For part three of the Panera project, I was given a gift card and asked to head back and appreciate the bakery and cafe in any way I desired. No constraints, no theme. Simply enjoy a meal and share a facet of the experience that I felt deserved recognition. I chewed on this idea for a bit in an attempt to figure out the best approach for highlighting Panera in a manner that I hadn’t already done.
My opportunity came this past Saturday. Scott took the older boys to the Pinewood derby to race Nick’s car and it was just Andrew and myself left back at the house. I determined that I needed to spend a little one-on-one time with my youngest and what better way to do that than over breakfast at Panera. Especially considering I had never even eaten breakfast there before. Heck, I didn’t even know they offered breakfast until recently. Yes I’m a bit blonde and a bit behind the times.
Drew is always in for any event that involves food (hmmm… wonder where he gets it from), so I packed him in the car and we headed off to share a meal. We found a nice table for two next to the window and then went up to order some chow. I selected a souffle for myself, the granola parfait for Drew and the black cherry smoothie for both of us to share. I loved the idea that the parfait was a menu item inspired by Olivia, the head chef’s five year old daughter.
Drew must have loved that idea too, because once we sat back down at our table, he was instantly drawn to it. I’m not sure which part he loved more, trying to get the sticker off the container…
….or finally enjoying the fruits of his labor.
For myself, I chose the bacon cheddar souffle and it most certainly didn’t disappoint. In fact, I wish I had ordered two, because little hands kept swooping in to steal bites of my morning time treat!
When all the eating was done, Drew and I set our eyes on the black cherry smoothie. And what a smoothie it was. I quickly got in touch with my inner two year old and found myself not wanting to share. Of course, being the good mom that I am (most of the time), I managed to part with a few delicious sips.
When the parfait cup was scraped clean, the souffle crumbs inhaled, and the smoothie slurped down, what I discovered is that there is something inherently special about spending one-on-one time with your child. I also discovered that Panera makes a pretty darn good breakfast. I think Drew would wholeheartedly agree.
Note: I am currently working on an ongoing project with Panera Bread. As a result, I have been compensated for my time and expenses, however my thoughts and opinions are completely my own.