I went to Panera Bread for the first time today to meet up with some friends before I leave for college! This week has been pretty packed with catching up and nice lunch dates. It’s unbelievable how fast this summer has been. I need to put in my last goodbyes before everyone leaves & what better way to do it than with a nice meal? Today we all chose to meet up at Panera Bread. If you’ve never heard of Panera, it’s a nice little chain that’s famous for their delicious breads. They had a great choice of sandwiches and I decided to go with the Napa Almond Chicken Sandwich. I love all forms of chicken salad sandwiches and the almonds and grapes enhanced it even more! I’ll definitely come back to try more from their menu, especially since I neglected to try one of their pastries!
On August 1, 2012 at 10:16pm

I went to Panera Bread for the first time today to meet up with some friends before I leave for college! This week has been pretty packed with catching up and nice lunch dates. It’s unbelievable how fast this summer has been. I need to put in my last goodbyes before everyone leaves & what better way to do it than with a nice meal? Today we all chose to meet up at Panera Bread. If you’ve never heard of Panera, it’s a nice little chain that’s famous for their delicious breads. They had a great choice of sandwiches and I decided to go with the Napa Almond Chicken Sandwich. I love all forms of chicken salad sandwiches and the almonds and grapes enhanced it even more! I’ll definitely come back to try more from their menu, especially since I neglected to try one of their pastries!

There is this most adorable little restaurant out in Santa Clarita that specializes in all things tea! I have no clue why it took me an eternity to actually discover this place because it is just the cutest little eatery in the valley! If you ever feel in the mood for delicious sandwiches, honey mustard salads or dainty desserts, stop by The Tea Gardens. Overall it is just the most lady-like experience amidst all the tea cups and chandeliers! Pinky Up!

In general, I’m not much of a tea person to begin with, but when you are dining in a place called “The Tea Gardens” I feel like it would be all the wrong if I neglected to look at the tea menu. I really had no flavor to aim for, so I skimmed the menu and decided to choose ‘Paris’. The description was quite intriguing: 

'In homage to the city of love this tea is reminiscent to a popular french blend, a fruity black tea with lemony Bergamot with a note of caramel.'

Even after reading that lovely text, I honestly had no clue what I was ordering, I was just feeling a bit adventurous. Fortunately my instincts proved great! I just added a few sugar cubes and it was delightful! It wasn’t overly fruity and I could definitely taste that caramel undertone that the menu promised. Maybe I’ll become a tea lover!

As for the food, I decided to choose a curried chicken salad sandwich with a nice salad on the side. It was a simple sandwich which was all I needed. nothing too fancy, the curry seasoned the chicken salad well. I have also always loved honey mustard on my salad, so that was simply yummy as well!

Finally, the desserts, which in my opinion is the most important part of the meal. This is sorta like a dessert sampler with various cakes and bars (including my ultimate favorite: the lemon bar). Their version of a lemon bar was much creamier than others that I’ve had, which I found really delightful since it wasn’t too sour and overpowering. As for the others, there really wasn’t any dessert that failed me. I tried them all and they were the perfect size for a sampler! I’m not going to lie, I did think the menu was a bit on the pricier side, but with the freshness and the quality of their food I felt it was pretty reasonable! The Tea Gardens is a great place for some simple, pretty food! 

Today, my mom and I went to Burbank to run some errands and stopped by at Porto’s Bakery & Cafe on Magnolia Boulevard. Porto’s is a family-owned business originating in Cuba and now running in Glendale and Burbank. My mom always brings home the cheese rolls from Porto’s that I absolutely adore, but this was the first time I actually set foot in the bakery. When I first walked in, there were people all over the place, it was so crowded, yet surprisingly very well organized. My mom and I were in a bit of a rush to get back home so when we saw the swarm of people we were a bit worried of the time. But to our surprise the line went quick due to the immense organization the workers had in the bakery. So even through all that “hustle and bustle” my mom and I got our yummy sandwiches and cheese rolls just in time. 

these are just SOME of the yummy pastries they had…couldn’t avoid those red pants from getting in my shot, but I think it adds personality to the photo…don’t ya think?

I ordered The Hot Pastrami: freshly sliced pastrami, mustard, mayonnaise, and pickles on a french roll. Pastrami is my favorite meat on a sandwich so this hit the spot, especially with the pickles wedged in there. 

My brother got the Turkey Croissant: turkey, Swiss cheese, mayonnaise, lettuce and tomatoes all on a croissant

My dad ate the Cubano: slow roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, butter, mayo/mustard, and pickles on Cuban bread

My mom ordered the Medianoche (Midnight Sandwich): slow-roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, butter, mayo/mustard, and pickles on a sweet roll