For me, nothing says comfort like bread. When I order my broccoli-cheddar soup in a bread bowl and I'm asked what I would like for my side...the answer is bread. Bread with a side of bread! Perfect.
I could never, never give up carbs. I LOVE carbs. You know those t-shirts that say "I heart NY?" I need a t-shirt that says "I heart carbs!" Marketing idea? I would imagine there are others like me out there. I am a carbaholic. There. I said it. It must not be a problem, because I'm not in denial. YUM. Broccoli-cheddar soup in a bread bowl, a side of bread and a green tea. Oh, and a loaf of Asiago cheese bread to go. Have you ever had Asiago cheese bread toasted? mmmmmm...
When I walk into Panera, I am instantly comforted. It is the smell of bread. Do they make the smell of bread in a candle? I know I've seen "cinnamon toast." How about "baking bread?" Another marketing idea!
I also love Panera for breakfast. Have you had a little quiche? I love the four cheese. (Do you see a pattern here? The cheese pattern.) And bagels - asiago cheese with sun dried tomato cream cheese. Makes my tummy happy.
What makes your tummy happy? What food comforts you?