I was excited when Daily Buzz Food gave me the the opportunity to review one of the many delicious soups from Panera Bread because I order soup most often when dining at Panera. Black bean soup, French onion, tomato? They're all delicious, but French soup is my favorite.
There are a few foods I associate with a memory, and French onion soup is one of them. It reminds me of the time my mom and I would see The Nutcracker when I lived in Michigan. After watching the ballet and taking a picture with the Nutcracker and the mice, we'd walk over to the Amway Grand Plaza for soup at one of the restaurants. I remember that it was very fancy and had a dress code. We always ordered the French onion soup since it's not a soup Mom made often.
Although I wasn't able to see The Nutcracker this year, I relived that special moment over a bowl of soup with my mom, and while Panera's soup isn't quite like the soup from that restaurant, it is warm and comforting and still evokes those memories. I like the large flakes of cheese that melt and blend with the spongy croutons and onions in the beef broth. For me, a bowl of soup with the accompanying piece of baguette is perfect for a light lunch, and the price is right.
Disclosure: I was compensated by Daily Buzz Food and Panera for this post. All opinions are my own.