Wednesday, July 24, 2013

It Doesn't Take Much

If you'd told me when I lived in New York that a Panera was being built right around the corner, I wouldn't have thought much of it. With a million restaurant and food choices at my fingertips, quaint little caf├ęs and lunch spots mere minutes away, a Panera wouldn't have really even registered.

But today? When a local shop owner tells me a Panera is being built in our little town, right in front of the grocery store I go to, a short 5-minute drive from our house, I will tell her that she's made my day. And I will mean it.

Everything is relative, that's what I've learned.




I see lots of baguettes in our future, and Sunday night soup-and-sandwich dates, and cozy mornings spent writing and sipping coffee. 

It doesn't take much to excite me these days. I suppose one really healthy side effect of living in an area you aren't totally in love with is that you end up taking less for granted. And ultimately, that's a good thing.

So here's to chocolate croissants and acai berry iced tea!





16 comments:

  1. Perspective is everything. I love when I'm reminded of this. I live in an in-between place - not nearly enough cute cafes and eateries within walking distance, but enough within a short drive - and often find myself internally complaining when I see another chain restaurant pop up. But Panera has the best soups and sanwiches and free wifi, which is as good as gold for spending the day writing.

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  2. Oh I'm with you on the chains. That's one of the things that drives me nuts about where we live--SO many chains! But Panera is one chain I do really love and so I welcome it with open arms :) I'm sure we'll both get to live in places we really love one day...let's hope!

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  3. Kristyn @ Milk + CrownJuly 24, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    I feel exactly the same way about things these days. We're also not in a town we totally love, but I cling to those little things that make living here a little bit more enjoyable :) Also, so in awe that you are a classical pianist! That's amazing!

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  4. Thank you, Kristyn :)

    And I'm exactly the same way, clinging to the "little things" that I can enjoy about where we live. Not always easy, but I find that it becomes a habit after awhile!

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  5. We are going to be moving out of state in December, and discovering new local places to be inspired is one of the things I'm looking forward to the most! I would love to be able to wake up early and spend an hour at a coffee shop every morning. Buuuuut I still can't convince my body to be a morning person. Drat.

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  6. Oh fun! Yes I'm really grateful that I'm naturally a morning person, because those few hours early in the day are so precious and they're when I'm most productive. But then I'm in bed by 9! Trade-offs :)

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  7. Juliana HoffelderJuly 24, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Panera is also a treat in Maine! Panera study days are my favorite days. Never thought I'd say that!

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  8. Haha Jules! I said something similar to my Mom yesterday when I was telling her the "news"...that I never thought I'd be so excited about a Panera. I'm glad you're with me on this! :)

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  9. Juliana HoffelderJuly 24, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Haha it's too funny! I'm glad we can find the positives, cute coffee shops or not :)

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  10. I work at a Panera, and I am an expert bagel toaster/sandwich maker. Well just for your info a French Baguette costs $2.97 in Chicago. (yes I memorized the price of that and many other things) I hope you will get to indulge and enjoy your future Panera!

    -Brittany

    itsmylife-brittany.blogspot.com

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  11. Panera was the American restaurant I missed the most in England. SO GOOD AND SO EASY. their chicken noodle soup in a bread bowl? 100% comfort food. the asian chicken salad? healthy and fresh. the roasted turkey and avocado BLT on sourdough? perfect grab and go sandwich!


    (can you tell I like Panera? haha!)

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  12. Yes! It's just so fresh and reliable! I love your "quick takes" on your favorites--perfect! I love the bacon turkey bravo sandwich, minus the bacon and with avocado. That sauce they put on it...yum!

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  13. Love panera.
    I agree...being in MD (25 min from DC and Baltimore) and living in the capital of the state I am spoiled to have great restaurants and shopping at my fi g

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  14. I do love Panera! Delicious sandwiches, fresh bagels... it has always felt like like one of the "good" chains. I hope that it opens soon so you can enjoy it! :)

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  15. I definitely agree. It's one of the good chains. :)

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