Blah Bites: Review of Panera Bread Co. Shrimp Roll Sandwich

So Panera and I have a love/hate relationship.   Panera Bread is one of the healthiest fast food choices you can make.  They have salads, soups, and sandwiches that depending on your choices can be a healthy meal.  However, they are expensive and sometimes things are simply just misses.  So I find myself eating the same meal over and over again.

However, recently — for the summer months they released their Shrimp Salad Roll sandwich. ¬†They describe it as:

Shrimp tossed with lemon tarragon mayo, leaf lettuce and avocado served in a freshly baked New England roll and topped with chopped basil and Old Bay seasoning. Served with choice of half a cafe salad or cup of cafe soup.

I thought I would give it a go, with a cup of their Corn Chowder Soup.  I was not looking for a low-fat, low-carb, low anything meal.  I wanted something to perk up my bored taste buds.  Here are the stats for the sandwich (the entire sandwich is 17 Weight Watchers Points):

Summer Shrimp Salad Roll Sandwich


Now let me also say that I had been on a no-shellfish moratorum prior to this as well, and was having some heavy shellfish cravings. ¬†The Hubbs-To-Be has some skin/allerge issues where when it flairs up — shellfish only makes it worse. ¬†He isn’t alergic to shellfish per se, it’s more that it can make a flair up 10x worse. ¬†I had wanted his flair up to clear up, so I had taken us off of shellfish. ¬†No oysters, no shrimp, no crab. ¬†Sad because we both LOVE oysters, shrimp, and crab….. Yet I digress. ¬†I figured I could eat this tasty treat, and then sooth the savage beast.


Sadly.  No.

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The sandwich was….well. ¬†Not what I had hoped for. ¬†The bread was this huge, thick roll — but it just only¬†frustrated¬†me. ¬†It didn’t add anything to the sandwich like ¬†hear New Englander’s state about the roll that makes up the Lobster Roll sandwich. ¬†It was just blah. ¬†I have to give snaps to Panera for having perfectly cooked¬†shrimp¬†however. ¬†Moist, not chewy, and plump. ¬† But the rest of the salad was also very — well blah. ¬†Blah mayo, blah¬†avocado¬† ¬†It tasted very….bland. ¬†Like the spice fairy had forgotten to visit it — and the veggie fairy too. ¬†Maybe some crunchy veggies and a good tangy dressing might have saved it from the blah roll. ¬†But as is — I was utterly¬†disappointed¬† ¬† I hate it when my full fat treats turn out to be bombs. ¬†So I picked out a few of the shrimp to eat, and then I ate the soup (which was pretty nondescript as well — I didn’t even take a picture ….)


Oh well. ¬†Next time I think I’ll just order my usual…in my humble opinion it is SO not worth 17 weight watchers points.


Fit Eating: Panera Bread Co. Egg, Bacon and Cibatta — Meh.

So I decided to treat my taste buds to something rich, evil, and¬†certainly¬†off any diet plan I’ve ever been on! ¬†As I pulled into my local Panera Bread before work, I decided that I will not get the power sandwich, or the hidden low-carb bowl! ¬†Oh no! ¬†Today I want good bread, I want cheese, I want BACON!

So I pulled into my friendly Panera Bread and ordered the Bacon, Egg, and Cheese on Cibatta:

All-natural egg ‚ÄĒ freshly cracked every morning ‚ÄĒ a thick slice of Vermont white cheddar and Applewood-smoked bacon all grilled on freshly baked Ciabatta.

Here it is in all it’s non-diet glory!

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And that is about all I ate of it. ¬†No really. ¬†Seriously. ¬†It was MEH. ¬†It was the most MEH breakfast sandwich I had had in a long time. ¬†And I have eaten protein bars — this was more MEH. ¬†Really really just blah.
So here we go — lemme try to review this….more about the meh sandwich after the jump….