Craving Panera (Part III)
Month three of the Panera blogger program and you should be rightfully warned. I ate awesome food and I’m gonna write about it. No recipe. No mercy. Fierce details about crazy delish eats. Take heed.
Tomato Soup. First, there was a heaping bowl of Panera Bread’s Vegetarian Creamy Tomato Soup. Vine-ripened pear tomatoes, red peppers and oregano pureed with fresh cream and topped with Asiago croutons. It was lovely. The day was just the slightest bit nippy, one of those days when the smells of Spring tease on a bitter breeze, and a warm bowl of soup proved a splendid match for the weather.
Panini city. A good bowl of soup really requires a hunky sandwich for dipping. The new Steak & White Cheddar Panini accompanied my meal and gosh was I glad. Thick cut slices of steak were pressed to perfection between one of Panera’s fresh baguettes. Yep. I ate that. Slathered with Creamy Tomato Soup. Topped with fresh croutons. Don’t be jeal.
Oh, okay. Be jeal. But only for two minutes. Because, that’s all the time it takes to buzz into Panera and grab a meal to go. Which is exactly what I love to do when I’m in desperate need of healthy, fresh food and don’t have time to toss together a snazzy lunch for myself.
Of course, I heart Panera’s kick-back atmosphere for chillaxin’ with girlfriends, or meeting up for business, or lingering near the fireplace with the hubby on date night. Let’s be honest. There’s a hundred things to like about Panera.
Come to think of it, there’s at least a thousand. Not the least of which is getting to talk about how good the food is once you’ve got it warm inside your belly. Yum.
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