Will blog for food. Photo by Laney Whitt
It’s official! I now know where I’ll be having lunch for the rest of my Boston workdays. The Panera Bread on Boylston Street is finally open, and if you know anything about me it’s that I have an unusual affinity towards all things made with carbs.
The BSP (Boylston Street Panera) opened with lots of fanfare yesterday, approximately five months after we first spotted the “Coming Soon!” sign in the storefront window. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, and the line was out the door as servers passed around food samples to loyalists who showed up for the hoopla.
For the sake of transparency, I have to tell you that I was given a free lunch for blogging about the BSP’s opening. But also for the sake of transparency, I would have done it anyway. As I’ve said before, Au Bon Pain has become my go-to lunch spot, and I was beyond excited when I found out another bakery/cafe would be coming to the ‘hood. Also excited to see how this restaurant throwdown is going to play out.
Ladies. Gentlemen. Kids of all ages. I’m happy to report that today, April 12, is Ben & Jerry’s Annual Free Cone Day, and, because I’ve had my ritual coffee ice cream in a sugar cone, I can safely say that things are going along swimmingly.
For those of you living in a cave, Free Cone Day is good ole Benjamin and Gerald’s way of thanking their customers for all their support and patronage. For all your hard work eating ice cream over the past 365 days, you get a free cone/cup of your choosing. While often it’s only one scoop per customer, I can tell you that the scoopers at the Ben & Jerry’s in the Park Place Hotel are more than generous.
Find the nearest Ben & Jerry’s location and enjoy! Don’t say I never gave you anything.
The greatest thing ever happened to me yesterday.
On a walk to Borders bookstore on Boylston Street, I passed a sign that altered my everyday existence: Panera Bread is coming to Boston’s Back Bay. I’m pretty sure there were beams of light and angels singing around the storefront window. Unfortunately that didn’t show up in the picture.
I’ve been asking God (and for the past month I’ve turned my wishes on Santa) for a Panera Bread close to my office for a year now. The closest thing to it, a Cosi, is 1.1 miles away, according to Google Maps. I once made all the girls in my office take a field trip there on our lunch breaks. Four set out on the journey, only two made it there and back. Clearly, we were putting our lives on the line for delicious flatbreads.