Pick Two Tuesday

Do I have any Panera fans out there?

Since the closest location has always been in Nashville, I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve set foot inside…

Panera Bread Clarksville

That is, until they FINALLY came to Clarksville a few weeks ago!

When I was asked to sample and review one of the soups from the Panera Bread menu as part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I’ll admit it,

I was “SOUPER” excited! 😉

I’ll also admit to deliberating over my computer for at least an hour last night while trying to narrow down my selection to just one bowl…

In the end, I decided to go with the You Pick Two combo and ordered the signature
All-Natural Sonoma Chicken Stew alongside a Classic Side Salad:

Panera Bread's Sonoma Chicken Stew

From Panera’s website: Creamy chicken stew with carrots, peas, leeks & red potatoes with sweet cream and thyme, topped with Dry Jack Cheese biscuit.

Seriously, they had me at “creamy chicken stew”!

Panera Bread's Sonoma Chicken Stew

But CAN we talk about that Dry Jack Cheese biscuit?

Absolute HEAVEN!

Panera Bread's Sonoma Chicken Stew

And downright dumpling-like once crumbled and mixed into the bowl.

The stew itself did NOT disappoint! It was rich and creamy and FILLED with flavorful chicken, big hunks of potato, and the sweetest carrots I’ve ever tasted…they practically melted in my mouth!

I learned through one of Panera’s Soup Stories videos that the carrots they use for the stew are called “Thumbelina” carrots which are imported from Belgium and only grow to about the size of your thumb!

Yep, I’m pretty sure in a matter of weeks, the staff will know me by name…or at least as “that weird girl who takes pictures of her food” as I have EVERY intention of going back until I’ve tried each and every soup…and then, you know, while I’m there, I might as well have a cookie…all in the name of research of course! 😉

Especially since I’m now ARMED with this:

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Free food ALWAYS taste better, don’tcha know! 😉

As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program, I was selected to review one of soups from Panera’s menu in exchange for a stipend. Although I was compensated for this review, all expressed opinions above are of my own.

Have you ever been to Panera Bread? If so, what is your favorite thing to order?

What is your all-time favorite soup?

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