Panera is toying with my emotions, guys. A few months ago, they had a salad I loved. The spinach power salad was awesome, and I got it every time I was near a location that offered it. When they took it away, I was pretty disappointed. So imagine my elation yesterday when I got an email from Panera with the subject “Celebrate the summer with a spinach salad.” They brought it back! Hooray! John and I had just discussed picking up dinner from Panera for tonight (because going to the store is beyond us after a long work week), and now I could get my favorite salad. The world is a wonderful place.
Today, though, I got a second email from Panera. Subject: We’re sorry – we made a mistake.
We were so excited to send your monthly MyPanera® email yesterday that we failed to notice that the Spinach Salad we featured is no longer available. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience you may have experienced.
We’d like to suggest that you try the Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken Salad instead.
We hope you’re enjoying your summer — and thanks for understanding.
— your friends at MyPanera®
I was (I am) disappointed. At least they sent a nice email. But hey – it reminds me that I’m capable of making a similar salad myself. We’ve been doing that with that salad I love from the Cheesecake Factory (French Country Salad) these past weeks, too.
French Country Salad
- Good lettuces
- Steamed asparagus
- Pickled beets
- Crumbled goat cheese
- Balsamic vinaigrette
- Pecans or walnuts
Spinach Power Salad
- Crumbled bacon
- Boiled eggs
- Fried onions (optional)
- Some sort of sweet onion vinaigrette
So good, so good for you. And it doesn’t count as cooking, so I can still say I don’t like to cook.