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The hubs and I hardly ever get to go out alone. We have a 3-year old and a 6-month old. Nobody, and I mean nobody wants to babysit kids that young for longer than 2 hours. At least not anyone that I know. My mom is great about watching the kids, but I know that if I am missing for longer than 2 hours, I am really pushing it.

Therefore when I received a questionnaire from DailyBuzz Food about visiting Panera Bread and trying one of their soups, I jumped at the opportunity. I knew that going to Panera with my husband would be the quietest hour in over 4 months. It would also be one very delicious, warm, and cozy experience.

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When we arrived at Panera Bread, we were greeted by the friendly clerk that almost immediately informed us that they were out of bread bowls. It was 7:30 on a Saturday night – we understand. But, I wasn’t there for the bread bowl; I was there to finally try their Tomato Soup. Whenever I go to Panera, I only order the Broccoli Cheese Soup. It’s so good. But, this time, for the sake of this experience, I wanted to try something different. I really am glad that I did.

I chose to order the “You Pick 2″ combination with a bowl of  their Creamy Tomato Soup and a Salad. This was my first time trying this soup at Panera, and I must admit that I really was missing out. This soup tastes like something that you would make in your own kitchen. It is creamy, a bit chunky, a bit spicy, and of course, delicious. The side of warm, fresh bread that comes with the soup just kicks the meal up a notch…or ten.

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The entire ambiance was, in fact, a perfect ten. There was a warm fireplace, children with their parents enjoying a cup of soup, students studying for their final exams… Yet it was quiet enough for us to enjoy each others’ company and talk about our busy week ahead, and a recap of our day.

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Many thanks to Panera Bread and DailyBuzz Food for this wonderful opportunity.

Be sure to check out the new Panera soup web site for more information.

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Disclaimer: I was provided with a $10 gift card to Panera Bread, and  a stipend as part of the Tastemakers program from DailyBuzz Food. The opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. foodwanderings December 18, 2012 at 8:02 PM - Reply

    Isn’t it the quickest and easiest meals one can have with two little tykes?! :) Packed with nutrition too. Happy Holidays Kate!

  2. Lora @cakeduchess December 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM - Reply

    Your Panera looks so lovely:) How nice that you had a date night:)Their tomato soup is really good:)

  3. Stacy December 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM - Reply

    What a great date night out with the hubs, Kate! I adore Panera and I REALLY LOVE Broccoli Cheese Soup as well as Creamy Tomato & Basil Soup. So happy you had some quiet time…out…alone…away…for a spell.

  4. Meagan @ A Zesty bite December 18, 2012 at 11:18 AM - Reply

    Oh wow your panera bread is way fancier than mine down the street. Love their tomato soup and I’m glad you had a good date night.

  5. Kim - Liv Life December 18, 2012 at 10:27 AM - Reply

    Awww!! We don’t have a fireplace at our Panera!! We do love Panera though, and we are lucky to have one 10 minutes in either direction. I find that I’m currently obsessed with the Turkey Cranberry Panini!
    I took my parents to a nice holiday shopping break at Panera with our gift card… I don’t get lunch with them very often, and it was a real treat.

  6. I’m so glad that there isn’t a Panera closer to my house. I love their food. I’m glad that you and your Hubby were able to get out and enjoy a meal together too!

  7. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts December 18, 2012 at 9:33 AM - Reply

    I love Panera soup, I don’t go there nearly enough! Glad you got a night out with hubby!

  8. Ramona December 18, 2012 at 7:44 AM - Reply

    Cozy date night at Panera… congratulations on getting selected for this Tastemaker Program event. :)

  9. Dijana December 18, 2012 at 6:24 AM - Reply

    My favorite soup is tomato! I work next to one it’s dangerous,I had to pull back for awhile and control myself lol.

    • Kate@Diethood December 18, 2012 at 8:42 AM - Reply

      I used to have an office next to a Panera and one office next to Garrett’s … talk about dangerous!! :)

      • Dijana December 20, 2012 at 4:44 PM - Reply

        Omg Garrett’s?! That IS dangerous!
        Date nights are hard to come by with kids but are important! Glad you both got a chance to do so :-)

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