Holy moly, Christmas is next week! I can't even believe it. Although it certainly does feel like December...last week we had three holiday parties in six days. Happy holidays indeed!
After our whirlwind of social events, Evan and I took it easy on Sunday. We had a quiet date night at Panera where I enjoyed one of my all-time favorite soups: French Onion!
Panera holds a special place in my heart as it reminds me of college back in Nebraska. I loved meeting my mom there on her lunch break (and on those days when I didn't have class - man, I miss college!). We would always splurge and get one of the Panera shortbread cookies for dessert. Buttery, rich and...buttery again!
Can you believe I actually haven't been to a Panera since moving away from Nebraska 3 1/2 years ago? I'm very disappointed in myself!
Luckily, I had a gift card to use thanks to Panera & DailyBuzz Food, so all those fond memories came rushing back. The French Onion soup was just as good as I remembered - simple ingredients (and delicious croutons). I ordered the half & half combo and chose the Greek salad as my other half. I'm a sucker for salty feta and olives, what can I say?
Evan rolled with the tomato soup and a turkey, bacon and cheese sandwich.
Simple, quick and delicious. My kind of place!
Hope your week is off to a great start. Evan and I are wrapping Christmas gifts tonight, and I think I might be way too excited about the occasion.