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I was at Panera Bread today and getting some Veg. Black Bean Soup and a salad and I noticed this sign at the counter:<br><br><br><br>
"Attention Customers: Please note that the cucumber sauce on our Garden Veggie Ciabatta Sandwich contains gelatin which may not be suitable for some vegetarian diets. We can substitute pesto mayonaise."<br><br><br><br><br><br>
I was amazed by this sign because it looked very professionally done and I was impressed that they cared enough about their vegetarian clients to inform them with a big notice. Of course, they could be just trying to avoid a McFries-type lawsuit.<br><br><br><br>
It is annoying though that restaurants have to take an otherwise vegetarian item and sneak in some animal products. Even funnier that they suggest a dairy item as a substitue.<br><br><br><br>
Still, you've got to wonder how many soccer moms are going to see that sign and scratch their head and think "What's inappropriate about gelatin?"
 

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They're probably going to think it has Jell-o in it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><br><br><br><br>
I've always loved Panera. They have one vegetarian soup per day and unless it's labelled 'vegetarian' it's not. Can't get any clearer than that.
 

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I also love Panera. I once asked about an ingredient listing, and the manager happily handed over a nice bound notebook with a complete ingredient list of every item they sell. It's one of the very few non-veg restaurants I will go to because I feel I can trust them.
 

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We don't have panera up here but now I wish we did. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bigcry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cry:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bigcry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cry:">
 

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I heard somewhere that the vegetarian vegetable soup at Panera has chicken stock in it, so I never ate it, but now that I know I can get an ingredient list, I'll have to go check it out for myself.
 

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Our Panera here is very free with ingrediant information and they let you do a lot of substitutions on the sandwhiches. I recreate the veggie sandwhich ever time I go there and no one bats an eye at me. I also saw that sign and thought that it was very nice of them to be up front with the information.
 

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I happen to love the "Strawberry Poppyseed Salad." I am on the Fuhrman "Eat to Live" diet and it's perfect for that plan (fruits, veggies, nuts and no-fat dressing). I just have them hold the sourdough rolls that go with everything!<br><br><br><br>
Plus with the low-fat black bean soup it is one of the few fast food type things I can eat on my diet.
 

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There's a Panera about 10-15 minutes from where i live but I haven't been there yet...<br><br>
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"Attention Customers: Please note that the cucumber sauce on our Garden Veggie Ciabatta Sandwich contains gelatin which may not be suitable for some vegetarian diets. We can substitute pesto mayonaise."<br><br><br><br>
SOME vegetarian diets? All true vegetarians don't eat gelatin. The ones that do either don't know what it is or are not vegetarians. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:">
 

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Now I wish I had money and could afford to make Panera a regular place I patron. Hmmm... do they have Panera in Spain? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 
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