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Discover great picnics at the New World Deli

(ran NP edition)

After a weekend filled with household chores, including the replacement of venetian blinds in our 45-year-old house, my husband of almost as many years decided it was time to get outside.

A picnic seemed in order.

He remembers all too well the days when "Mom" spent hours shopping for and preparing picnics. I think that picnics should be as much fun for "Mom" as for everyone else.

Solution: Call the local deli and let folks there prepare the food.

Old World Deli opened just weeks ago across from Cleveland Plaza in Clearwater. On a previous visit, I had enjoyed a yummy turkey sandwich with Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato, and a cup of spinach soup served with a dollop of sour cream. Surely the deli would provide food for a Sunday afternoon outing.

I made the call about 2:45 p.m. and was told our order would be ready in 30 minutes.

The sandwiches _ one turkey, one ham and one pastrami _ and containers of potato salad and sauerkraut were ready when we arrived. After a quick look around, we added a serving of carrot cake _ the only dessert left in the deli's cooler _ and a couple of soft drinks.

My advice, if you're planning a similar outing, is to call early in the day to receive the best choices _ the deli makes a scrumptious apple strudel _ and to take along your own picnic basket with plates and utensils.

Old World Deli did supply napkins and plastic forks upon request, but individual containers would be a must for larger groups or those who don't want to share.

My husband never saw an apple pie he could resist and was sorely disappointed that the apple strudel was sold out.

Old World Deli, in a building just off Cleveland Street, advertises homemade sausages and Kurz-brand deli meats imported from Canada, cheeses and breads from old world recipes, and a daily hot-lunch special. It also offers Greek salads, cream cheese and a variety of imported chocolates, jams and jellies.

Sandwiches are filled generously with meat and garnished with cheese, tomatoes, onions and an oil-based dressing. The potato salad was good, the sauerkraut was tangy but not too tangy, and the carrot cake was moist and delicious with lots of nuts and coconut and a tasty cream cheese icing.

The setting for our meal, a stretch of grass in a terraced area in Philippe Park overlooking Old Tampa Bay in Safety Harbor, may have contributed to the success of the outing. So did the cute little tyke who played peekaboo with us from her seat in a wagon pulled by her dad, and the couples, young and old, who walked hand-in-hand.

If you visit Philippe Park, we recommend that stretch of grass. We also recommend the Old World Deli.

PINELLAS TO GO

OLD WORLD DELI

11 N Jefferson Ave., Clearwater

Phone: 447-7933

Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday

Consumers: Two adults

What we got: Turkey sandwich, ham sandwich, pastrami sandwich, potato salad, sauerkraut, carrot cake, soft drinks

What it cost: $12.79

Time it took: 30 minutes

Pay with: Cash, checks

Delivery: No

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