Blah Bites: Hardee’s Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Sandwich

So during exams I was in a rush and starving. ¬†The closest fast food joint to where I was that was NOT a McDonalds was a Hardees. ¬†So I slowly pulled in, expecting to be forced to leave with just a $1.00 tanker of Diet Coke in my hands. ¬†However, they still had their Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Sandwich. ¬†So I thought I’d take a risk, and give it a go.

Now me and Hardees go wayyyyy back. ¬†What fat kid in the South did NOT love Hardees breakfast¬†biscuits? ¬†Heck what skinny kid did not love Hardees¬†biscuits? ¬† Pre-weight loss me would certainly indulge in the¬†delicious¬†treats that Hardees (thats Carl’s Jr. for those West Coasters) would provide. ¬†My favorite was the Chicken Fried Steak breakfast biscuit — add mayo. ¬†Yep. ¬†Thats a hunka fat and calories right there, but MAN do I remember it being tasty. ¬† I try to avoid trigger foods like that now. ¬†Not because they still may not taste good — but I know they are horrible for me, and even more so I know that I will feel SO darn guilty after eating them that it ins’t worth it calorically or emotionally. ¬†However, today was a different day and I needed nourishment. ¬†So to the cod sandwich I went. ¬†Here are the stats from Hardee’s website (which actually does have one of the better nutrition listings I’ve seen — you can build your “bag” to see what you are about to put in your mouth) [10 Weight Watchers Points]:

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So 10 points is a lot for many people — but again I hadn’t eaten all day. ¬†So here we went. ¬† The Verdict: ¬†not amazing, but not half bad.

The cod was cooked well — still moist and actually quite flavorful. ¬†They pair it with a more “multi-grain” bun [they call it their honey wheat], but being honest as you’ll see in the photos — I ended up throwing the bun away. ¬†I didn’t need it, nor like it that much to eat it. ¬†Then there was a slice or two of tomato, a lettuce leaf, and some tartar sauce.

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Overall, if I was in a hurry again — but was going to sit at a desk where I could deconstruct this sandwich, I might get it again. ¬†There are no break down stats on how many points just the fish filet is, but I’m sure it isn’t that horrible. ¬†I imagine most of those points come from the bun. ¬†So this (and my $1 tanker of Diet Coke) turned out to be an okay investment. ¬†Imagine that.

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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):

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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.