Good morning and happy Friday! Is it just me, or has this week absolutely flown? One more week and I’ll officially be moved back into school. Sheesh. Before I start worrying about that, let’s talk about yesterday. My mom and I went on a little Thursday night adventure.
By the time we made it out, dinnertime was approaching, so our first stop was Panera Bread. For me, it was a “You-Pick-Two.” Part one: Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: this sandwich is awesome. Every component—the crisp, fresh-cut vegetables, cilantro-jalapeno hummus, and the squishy tomato basil bread with a brown sugar crust—works together in perfect harmony. Years ago, there was an Einstein Bros. Bagels nearby, which has since closed. The sun-dried tomato bagel was my request every.single.time we went. What can I say? I was an adventurous little one. Panera’s tomato basil bread reminds be exactly of that bagel. Good memories!
Part two was a new addition to my Panera repertoire: the Lemon Chicken Orzo soup. I wasn’t expecting anything too earth shattering, maybe something along the lines of chicken noodle soup. Still, I figured I’d give it a go because it’s a part of their limited time seasonal menu. Man, after tasting this, I wish it were available year-round. My cup was chock-full of meaty chicken chunks, spinach, orzo, and a delightful lemon-infused broth. Although the soup is obviously served hot, it’s perfect for summer because the fresh lemon adds some seriously refreshing, crisp flavor.
My mother shared my love for the soup. She also ordered the Fuji Apple Chicken Salad, which she also raved about.
We then ventured on to Marshall’s/HomeGoods. Our goal for the outing was to find a rug for our kitchen, so we spent most of our time in the HomeGoods furniture department. There weren’t any we liked, unfortunately. I did manage, however, to squeeze in some classic furniture store shenanigans. Shopping trip complete.
We also happened upon a new frozen yogurt place that opened up near the Panera: YoGo Factory. As a soft serve connoisseur, I was obligated to try it out and write a review– you know, I had to do it. For the blog.
Honestly, I walked in not expecting anything too different from the many self-serve yogurt places that are popping up in our area. Well, I was proven wrong. In the world of self-serve frozen yogurt, this place is classy with a capital “C”. On appearance alone, it far surpassed any of the fro yo joints I’ve encountered. The company calls itself a frozen yogurt “café,” complete with restaurant-style booths, flat panel TVs, and bottled beverages for purchase.
A soft serve frozen yogurt joint cannot sell itself on looks alone. Therein lies the question: how did it taste? I got too excited and inhaled my cup before I remembered to take a picture, but am delighted to report that it was nothing short of excellent. My selection was a mix of Twix and cookies and cream flavors, which were nearly spot-on replications of the classic candy bar and Oreo cookie. The texture was notably smooth and creamy. Sometimes frozen yogurt can be icy, but that was absolutely not the case here. YoGo Factory was a home run. I’ll be back!
After doing a little research on the place, I learned that there are 25 franchised locations throughout Eastern PA and New Jersey. If you’re ever in the area and craving fro yo, hit it up. You won’t be disappointed.
This morning, I have plans for BodyPump class, a doctor’s appointment, and thinking about everything I need to get in order before heading down to school next week. Hopefully I’ll check in later today. In the mean time, have a wonderful Friday!
What’s your favorite frozen yogurt flavor? Are there a lot of frozen yogurt places opening in your area? Any fun plans this weekend?