Bretzel the Roof

by Jenn (eating bender) on April 18, 2011

Thanks to all who contributed to the magazine discussion. There were some well-written and thought-provoking comments on both sides, which were fun to read. I hope to write more topical posts like those in the future.

This weekend was as low key as it was fantastic, which is to say it was equal parts of both! It was kickstarted by the fact that I was able to play a role in fellow blogger (and one awesome lady) Megan’s first Hannah’s Bretzel experience. You may know it better as my sandwich shop obsession.

We met up at the Washington and Wells location for lunch and gossip, a winning combination. I couldn’t resist getting the Italian Parma Ham and Goat Cheese sandwich again.

It was just as good as last time. They need to jar and sell the goat cheese spread because it is dangerously addictive. When combined with the ham, there is no turning back.

I had a blast catching up with Megan – especially because I hadn’t seen her since the Healthy Living Summit. For two women who share a love of food and cheese and Shaun T and live in the same city, that is just not cool at all. We talked about our jobs, life and love – and plans to hang out once the weather in Chicago finally cooperates.

The sandwiches were delicious, too. I think I sold Megan on the idea of going to Hannah’s Bretzel again.

Next up on the agenda was a very special celebration. Hard to believe it but Bobby and I celebrated our six-month wedding anniversary on Saturday. Time flies but here we are half a year later, happy and still in the honeymoon phase. :)

We celebrated with a delicious pasta dinner and wine (penguin in the background optional).

The third and final marker of a good weekend? Using food to make you feel better about the miserable weather, which included snow, rain, wind and cold, not necessarily in that order.

I came up with a souper solution!

I thought I was done with soup season, but it isn’t ready to say goodbye just yet. First, I made a big bowl of Amy’s lentil soup, throwing in fresh spinach and sliced deli turkey to add volume, then topping it with mozzarella.

Then I went a little greener with Amy’s split pea variety, though the voluminous ingredients stayed the same. I always love adding something to soup, but you have to make sure you put in enough to get a little taste with every bite!

This one was overflowing the bowl. Don’t worry, I had no trouble emptying it. 😉

I was so inspired that I picked up three new cans of soup at the grocery store. And so it continues…

The weekend was souper awesome. Here’s to hoping this week will be just as great!

What’s one thing you are looking forward to this week?

I absolutely can’t wait to see Water for Elephants using this souper coupon (sorry, I couldn’t resist throwing that in one more time) on Thursday night. Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon appear to make an amazing Jacob and Marlena.


1 BroccoliHut April 18, 2011 at 10:39 pm

I never would have thought to add mozzarella to lentil or split pea soup…but it sounds delish!
I am looking forward to bringing my new puppy home in a few weeks:)

2 Melissa @ TryingToHeal April 19, 2011 at 12:17 am

those soups look great! i love the add ins!

wow…has it been 6 months already?! geez! it doesn’t feel like i was in AZ that long ago!!

so happy 6 months!!!!

3 Lauren April 19, 2011 at 5:49 am

I ALWAYS add things to my canned soup. It definitely makes it seem more homemade. My favorite is spinach but I’ve recently discovered how good pumpkin is stirred into soups.

4 brandi April 19, 2011 at 8:14 am

i love amy’s soups!

I’m looking forward to spending Easter weekend with family. we get to see our nephew and he just started walking!

5 Tracey April 19, 2011 at 9:27 am

Hannah’s has the best sandwiches. I love the organic turkey with cheddar and apples. The combination is fantastic and don’t even get me started on the bread, yum!

6 Megan (Braise The Roof) April 19, 2011 at 9:33 am

I almost bought that movie deal! Go figure. :) I had so much fun at lunch- can’t wait to hang out again!

7 cbrady3 April 19, 2011 at 9:38 am

I am reading Water For Elephants now so I can finish it before I see the movie! But I love Reese and Robert so I know they’ll be great in it.

And this weekend I’m looking forward to going to Hilton Head with my family for a few days!

Happy 6 month anniversary!

8 The Sometimes Healthy Girl April 19, 2011 at 10:27 am

OMG you must check out my post “And I gotta Say, Today was a Good Day.” I totally randomly stumbled upon the Water for Elephants premiere. It was down a random street in NYC. AND I saw Robert Pattinson. The pic isn’t that good but, wow, now I see what all the fuss is about. He is quite the looker!

This week I’m looking forward to a fellow Northwestern grad’s wedding in Texas. Always good to reunite with those Wildcats 😉

9 Susan Amestoy April 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm

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10 Tasha @ Voracious April 22, 2011 at 10:46 am

I consider it soup season year round, and that’s saying something since where I live it’s 125F+ for 6 months of the year! Amy soups are my favorite (after homemade, of course). I love the cream of tomato, and the lentil version especially. In fact, tonight I’m having a bowl with grilled cheese. But I WISH I was having it with that delicious Italian parma sandwich. That is a dream come true…

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