Tanya Tandoc

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5:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Food: Slow Cooking

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My plan for today was to talk about leftovers and what to do with them, but as I sat in my office Wednesday, typing and watching snow fall beautifully onto our patio, I changed my mind.

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5:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Restaurant Review: Fizz Burgers and Bottles

Fizz Boursin burger
Credit Tanya Tandoc

I took my mangled friend Teri to Fizz Burgers and Bottles out at 37th and Rock Road before her orthopedic appointment the other day, to cheer her up and to eat something good.

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5:00 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Tanya Tandoc: Food Essays

I devour books. When I find one I love I’ll read it cover to cover, as fast as I can, and all other activities pale in comparison. I have a particular passion for food essays that started when I was a little girl.

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5:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Food: Resolutions

Kale salad
Credit Another Pint Please... / Flickr

Every New Year brings fresh resolutions to us all. Most of them revolve around weight loss and exercise. I am astonished every year by the next new weight loss fad, whether it be some new ketone, or a miracle extract made of exotic fruit, or a fast that promises melting pounds of fat with little or no effort.

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5:00 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Food: Fast Food In Wichita

Credit Fletcher Powell

I love good fast food, whether it’s a hangover helper or I just crave something salty, greasy and cheap. Wichita has some marvelous, locally owned fast food joints and here are some of my favorites:

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5:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Food: Holiday Relaxation

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The holidays can be extraordinarily stressful for even the most spirit-filled person. If you are the one doing the cooking, replicating a giant, fancy holiday meal can bring one to wit’s end, particularly if you just did another elaborate dinner at Thanksgiving.

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5:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Food: Asian Market

Fletcher Powell

I love Asian grocery stores. All of those mysterious, oddly named ingredients-- stinky tofu, anyone? Anyone?-- the smell of rice and soy and dried mushrooms. I visit Asian Market on Central, near Hydraulic, often, because it is close to both the restaurant and home.

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5:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Restaurant Review: Hana Cafe

Credit Fletcher Powell / KMUW

I have been going to Hana Café since it was a little Rock Road hole in the wall. It was tiny then, and very simple and Japanese-looking, complete with a waving kitty and blue and white curtains. The menu was small but excellent, serving sushi, pork tonkatsu, miso soup, and other Japanese specialties. One might also order a few Korean dishes, all well prepared.

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5:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Food: Alternative Thanksgiving

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According to Pinterest, Thanksgiving is upon us. I know that it seems like several weeks away, but for those of us in charge of the meal, the planning begins now. I grew up eating the same huge meal, very traditional-- turkey and all the trimmings, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, the works. We had so many dishes to do, and so many courses. My mother is from the east coast and she made all the things from her childhood. We ate oyster casserole with creamed corn and saltines, bread stuffing with sage, sweet sweet sweet potatoes with brown sugar and marshmallows.

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5:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Food: Wichita Asian Festival

Filipino lumpia
Luis Mazier (mazemet) / Flickr

The Wichita Asian Festival is coming up this weekend, and I’m excited about it.  I have attended nearly every year since it started 32 years ago.  What began as a small celebration with a smattering of food vendors and a beauty pageant has grown into a huge multicultural event.  There’s still a pageant, but now the entertainment ranges from East Indian dance troupes to martial arts demonstrations.  It’s a blast, but the best part for me has always been the food.

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