Picasso's Pizza by the Slice

If you venture past downtown, over the river you will find the Delano District.  Its a quaint little part of Wichita that is truly up and coming. If you want a great pizza slice head to Picasso's Pizzeria.  Welcome to Picasso's Pizzeria

Picasso's is located at 621W Douglas Avenue in the Delano District of Wichita.  It is located in the row of stores and restaurants between the round about and Oak Street.  There is also a Picasso's Pizzeria located at 620 N. Rock Road in Derby.  My visit to grab a slice was in Delano.
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Picasso's is a locally owned and run pizzeria that specializes in New York Style thin crust pizza.  The common order is a piece of pizza by the slice.  Believe me, a slice is enough.    You walk in the door and you immediately feel in your in a fun place.

Its an "order up" style of pizza place with an industrial feel.

When you walk in the door you stand in line to order.  While you wait you have to make the tough decision of what slice you want to eat.  They consider their pizza "slices of art" and there are many "masterpieces" in their gallery. The slices range from $4.95-$5.95, which might seem like a lot until you realize the slice is as big as a small personal size pizza. Lunch for right around $5-6 is great for the pocket book.

When you finally pick your "piece of art", you order your slice.

You grab you soda and find a seat while you wait, or you can watch the artists at work.

These pizzas are massive and you can tell by the size of pie pan.

He didn't know I was taking this shot and I caught him smiling.  Its great to eat food prepared by people who love what they do.
After the pizza is topped and ready to go they place it in a large brick oven.
When its ready it comes out like this massive pizza. You can actually order a pizza this size.  They call it the "Ginorma'.  Since each slice can be cut into 5-6 small pieces, this will serve (my guess) 8-12 people...depending on size of appetites of course.

Your order comes to you by the slice  And they slice the massive pieces of pizza's into manageable slices

My lunch consisted of four slices.
Each one of them is unique and has a great flavor. Picasso's bakes a great slice of pizza.  Yeah, I basically ate four mini pizza's for lunch.
If you are needing something sweet after your pizza, save some crust and grab some honey.  Their pizza crust dipped in honey is delicious.  It may sound weird but give it a try.

I snuck in a few shots of other people's choices.

For those who love or need to eat gluten friendly you have options...good ones.  Here is an example of of their gluten free pizzas.
For those of you who don't love pizza but love salads and sandwiches there are many choices for you.  Check out the entire menu here.

If you are craving pizza then try out Picasso's Pizzeria.  Don't mind me, I still finishing my four slices.

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The Cow and Sow

Last week I headed down to Old Town to try out a new deli I had heard about.  I walked into the Cow and Sow Deli and found a local treasure.

The store front faces Douglas right in the middle of the row of store fronts between the bridge and St. Francis Street.
Every day there are daily specials and soups of the day.   The best part of the Menu is that they use all local produce and products.  You can be healthy or your can choose not to be,.  If you are vegan or Gluten Free you need to drop what you are doing and run to this place.  This is your dream deli.  Those who could care less about that stuff you should do the same.  Everything tastes awesome.
Going inside and you will just feel local.  The place has a constant stream of people.
It also has some sweet architectural character.

You will for sure meet the owner Tracey and I can guarantee you 100% you will get a hug from Tracy when you walk in the door. Tracy is the owner and creator of this awesome place.  She grew up on a dairy farm run by her family for generations.  She truly knows the local produce heartbeat because she lived it!  She loves Wichita, cares about supporting local and most of all cares about people.
On top of all that she can make some pretty serious sandwiches, soups and desserts.  So lets skip all the fluff and get to why you would go to the Cow and Sow.
From Left to right, top to bottom:  Moofaletta, Smoked Turkey BLT, Henhouse Chicken Salad, The Garden Gate, Raw Cheescake, Upside Down Dessert, Homemade Ice Cream, The Signature Cow and Sow Treat
Click Here to see the full menu of Sandwiches.  Click Here to see the menu of treats and desserts.  You can go full meat or full veggie.  Here is a close up of the Smoked Turkey BLT that I had.

Here is me eating this best seller at the Cow and Sow.

Don't have time for lunch?  Stop in for a dessert.  The homemade ice cream is fantastic.  Tracy grew up on a dairy farm...she knows what she is doing.  I got to try blueberry, and the cacao nibs flavors. Both where amazing.  Meet Lindsay, who makes the most amazing raw cheesecake
I needed explanation and she explained that a raw cheese cake means its Vegan, Gluten Free and Refined Sugar Free.  It tastes amazing and is good for you. If you are in the mood for a good salad, go to the Cow and Sow and check out their Salad bar. I personally love how Tracey converted an old feeding trough to a salad bar.
The word on the street is that the cinnamon applesauce is the "go-to" salad bar item. I cannot ignore a popular item so I tried it.  It is really good.  While you are getting your lunch or dinner pick up some local produce.

Or treat your co-worker to a goodie from the bakery.
Whatever you do....don't miss out on the lavender lemonade.  Wow...get a refill on the way out...its that good!
Need a unique food gift.  Yep, Cow and Sow is the place. Check out these handmade chocolate truffles.

The Cow and Sow is more than just a lunch place.  Call them for your next catering order.  It's also a great place for family get-togethers, business meetings, birthday parties, rehearsal dinners, and showers.  Food and venue taken care of!  You can rent this seating area out for your next small event.
The Cow and Sow Deli is a local treasure.  You should check out soon...lunch today?  You might find me there.

Cow and Sow Deli on Urbanspoon


Social Manor

 One of the best shops around town, The Social Manor located downtown at Douglas and Washington.


Shop Local: A Happy Halloween at Country Bumpkins

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It's Halloween again in Wichita, KS. And for a man whose alter ego is a super hero, there's really no better time of year. When else can you wear a cape and not get akward stares?

In Wichita, there is really no better store to write about on Halloweens than Country Bumpkins Craft Shoppe at 3543 East Douglas Avenue.

Cindi, owner and creative genius behind the store's repurposed and crafty pieces, knows how to dress her shop at any season. But in my humble opinion, Halloween is when she's at her personal best. 

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Country Bumpkins is located on Douglas near College Hill Caterers. It is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can't miss it. Because Cindi shows off her creations both inside and outside the store.

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Although holidays are huge at Country Bumpkins, it is not strictly a holiday decor store. Country Bumpkins is brimming with vintage, repurposed, handmade, crafty goodness. From chippy white painted furniture to metal baskets lining the walls, this shop has the perfect piece of country flare to add to your house any time of year.

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A little scary isn't it fellas....

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Country home goods aren't the only thing Country Bumpkins is known for... just walk inside and take a whiff. Cindi's signature scent fills this shop. A blend of spice and fall, it is the perfect 'home sweet home' scent.  

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Be sure to 'Like' Country Bumpkins on Facebook and head to the shop for their Christmas open house November 1st through 4th... imagine what it will look like for Christmas!
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