Hail to the Chief!

Picture courtesy of Panera Bread

Happy President’s Day everyone!  And an early Happy Birthday to George Washington(Feb. 22nd).

The other day, I had received an email from Panera Bread about what some of the favorite foods were from the Presidents.  While I had almost hit the delete button, I saw that delicious picture of their cinnamon roll and decided maybe this was an article worth reading.  So to hopefully capture your attention, I will do the same. 🙂  Hungry yet?

Read on! (Source: Panera Bread Tips and Stories)

George Washington 1789-1797
Favorite Foods: Fruit, especially cherries.
Panera Bread Picks: Young George didn’t really chop down that cherry tree – the story was a fabrication in the biography The Life of George Washington: With Curious Anecdotes Equally Honourable to Himself and Exemplary to His Young Countrymen. But the legend lives on; after all, he really did like cherries. We think the father of our country would really enjoy our Cranberry Orange Muffin and Cherry Artisan Pastry, with whole cherry filling, topped with yummy white icing.

Thomas Jefferson 1801-1809
Favorite Foods: Macaroni and cheese and cookies
Panera Bread Picks: At Panera, we think President Jefferson would’ve enjoyed our own homemade Mac & Cheese. Made with Vermont white cheddar and a touch of mild American cheese, it’s a comforting – and all-American – favorite. To top it off? The redheaded TJ, whose ancestors came from Scotland, might have picked our Shortbread Cookie – delicious and elegant – made with butter, flour, and sugar.

Theodore Roosevelt 1901-1909
Favorite Foods: A hearty breakfast of hard-boiled eggs with rolls and coffee
Panera Bread Picks: If Teddy stopped into a Panera Bread bakery-cafe, he’d say, “Bully for the Breakfast Power Sandwich!” It’s prepared with all-natural fresh-cracked eggs, a slice of Vermont white cheddar, and applewood-smoked bacon, all grilled on a freshly baked Ciabatta. We’d suggest he top it off with a cup of our full-bodied, flavorful Dark Roast coffee, for a breakfast hearty enough for a Rough Rider.

Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933-1945
Favorite Foods: Doughnuts and French roast coffee – at breakfast and teatime
Panera Bread Picks: We’re pretty sure FDR would order up one of our amazing pastries – our sweet-dough Cinnamon Roll with cinnamon-sugar filling, topped with white icing, along with a cup of our fresh-brewed coffee, of course. The only thing he’d have to fear? That there wouldn’t be enough for seconds!

John F. Kennedy 1961-1963
Favorite Foods: New England chowder and a sandwich
Panera Bread Picks: If JFK came to Panera Bread for lunch, we’d ask not what he wanted for lunch – we’d just serve up a bowl of our New England Clam Chowder, with chopped sea clams, diced potato, celery, and onions, simmered in a rich, creamy broth. And we’d fix him a Tuna Salad sandwich on our crusty Whole Grain bread.

Richard M. Nixon 1969-1974
Favorite Foods: Fresh salads
Panera Bread Picks: Everybody knows: Nixon was not a cook. But he did make a historic visit to China, where he handled chopsticks with confidence and enjoyed the local cuisine. In honor of his diplomatic triumph, we’d serve him our Thai Chopped Chicken Salad – a mix of romaine lettuce, wonton strips, fire-roasted edamame, red bell pepper, and carrots tossed in a low-fat Thai Chili Vinaigrette. It’s then topped with slices of season-grilled chicken, Thai cashews, fresh cilantro, and a Thai-style peanut drizzle. To read about Asian inspired food, click here.

Jimmy Carter 1977-1981
Favorite Foods: Fresh fruit and buttered toast for breakfast
Panera Bread Picks: Before he became president, Jimmy Carter was a Georgia farmer who grew peanuts and pecans. We think he’d really enjoy our Strawberry Granola Parfait. It’s made with Stonyfield Farm® organic low-fat vanilla yogurt, maple butter-pecan granola, whole grain oats, and fresh strawberries. And nothing beats a toasted Trail Mix Bagel, filled with dried fruit and topped with honey-roasted sunflower seeds.

Bill Clinton 1993-2001
Favorite Foods: Vegetable soup
Panera Bread Picks: We bet our saxophone-playing president would love a steaming bowl of our low-fat Garden Vegetable Soup with Pesto, with its medley of diced tomatoes, sliced zucchini, yellow beans, Swiss chard, cauliflower, bell peppers, and barley in a tomato broth – garnished with a dollop of pesto.

George W. Bush 2001-2009
Favorite Foods: Anything Tex-Mex
Panera Bread Picks: If President Bush stopped in from the ranch, we’d offer him a You Pick Two® combination meal with a Southwestern accent. We’d start with our BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad – with all-natural chicken, romaine lettuce, roasted corn, black beans, and tortilla chips, drizzled with a bit of barbecue sauce. And we’d pair that with our Chipotle Chicken Signature Sandwich – packed with even more of the Tex-Mex flavors he loves.

Barack Obama 2009-Present
Favorite Drink: Iced Tea
Panera Bread Picks: Running the country is a thirsty business, so in between meetings President Obama likes to power up with bottled water and fruit-flavored iced teas. We think a tall glass of our refreshing Iced Green Tea – infused with passion fruit and papaya and served over ice – would hit the spot for President no. 44.


So, my question to you… what is your favorite thing to eat at Panera?? Me?  French Toast Bagel



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