Huffington Post names Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. a must-do for Kansas visitors

WICHITA — Arizona has the Grand Canyon, Louisiana has the French Quarter, and Kansas has . . . Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.?

The Huffington Post has published a list of the “ONE” thing visitors to each of the 50 states must do while there, and the downtown Hays business made it.

“One day, Gerald Wyman’s wife told him to please stop brewing beer in their kitchen,” the Huffington Post writes. “A few years later, Wyman had a charming-yet-modern storefront and a Gold World Beer Cup Award for his Oatmeal Stout.”

The publication recommends a sample of the No. 6 Oatmeal Stout.

In a statement, Wyman said, “We are thrilled to represent Kansas and look forward to toasting travelers with pints of Oatmeal Stout.”

Sandra Denneler’s pinata cookies attract attention from thousands, including Pee-wee Herman and the Huffington Post

WICHITA — She’s not going to quit her day job just yet, but Wichita State University art director Sandra Denneler is getting a lot of attention for some pinata cookies she created.

It was Cinco de Mayo 2011 when she first made the now-famous cookies. The year before, Denneler had made mini taco cookies that co-workers loved. She wanted to top them, so she created three-in-one pinata cookies. The middle cookie is hollow and spills mini M&Ms when broken.

Sometime in the last year, someone pinned Denneler’s recipe on Pinterest, and word spread.

More recently, the SheKnows food blog asked Denneler to create a tutorial on how to make the cookies.

So far, more than 40,000 people have “liked” it on Facebook, and more than 188,000 have pinned it on Pinterest.

“It was kind of weird because all these other blogs started posting it,” Denneler says.

The Huffington Post called this week and wanted to feature the recipe as well.

Even Pee-wee Herman commented on it on Facebook and Twitter.

“Oh, god, I was thrilled and excited and just laughing out loud because I thought of all people in the world, I never thought Pee-wee Herman would be a fan of mine,” Denneler says.

Her favorite comment came from one of his fans, though.

Denneler says the fan wrote, “Martha has finally been upstaged.”

“I was like, ‘Yes!’”

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“… I blame Wichita. Here’s why: That’s where Kirstie Alley is from. I believe that the Scientologists have gotten together … and they have created a new strain of virus to try to kill me, like the virus in ‘Contagion.’ And I believe that they are working in tandem with Oprah and Ryan Seacrest.”

– Comedian Kathy Griffin in a Huffington Post interview on how she got the bird flu, most likely while on a recent tour that included a stop in Wichita