Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Noodles and Company and a Small Giveaway!

A little while ago I was invited to Noodles and Company to meet their head Chef Tessa and to try some of their new menu items and learn all about Noodles. They said I could bring a guest so I brought my friend Carrie with me.

I don’t know about most people, but I am a creature of habit, once I find something I like, I tend to stick with it. I have always noticed that Noodles and Co have soups and salads (and now they have sandwiches too!) but I always get my same ol’ delicious fav pasta options. Either Penne Rosa, Pasta Fresca or my new recent favorite, Japanese Udon Noodles.

We decided to try a random assortment of items, and both Mandy (communications manager) and Tessa let us know if there was something particular that we wanted to try we could but we were content with the choices already made. One of the first things that they both emphasized was the fact that they want people to know that they can customize their order to their liking. What you are seeing is not set in stone. They also encourage people to try new items and if they do not like the items to return them at no cost and get what they like, how awesome is that?

The first thing that we sampled was the “Very Berry Spinach Salad,” one of Chef Tessa’s newest creation and the newest addition to the menu. Although currently instead of berries, there are apples in the salad because strawberries are not yet in season<this has probably changed now>. The salad included apples/strawberries, pecans, house-made croutons, crumbled bacon and blue cheese atop spinach with a balsamic fig drizzle. Although I am not a fan of blue cheese on the salad was delicious and it was of Tessa’s favorite items on the menu. Next time I order it I will request the blue cheese be left out
The next item we tried was the Thai Curry Soup, yellow coconut curry broth, spinach, cabbage, mushrooms, tomato, red onion and rice noodles. The broth was delicious, and the soup overall was very good. One of the cool things about this dish is that the noodles are imported from Thailand and when they are being cooked, the cannot be broken. Keeping the noodles long symbolized a long and prosperous life…what better reason to eat this dish. A good dish for the winter/fall.
Carrie had never tried the Japanese Udon Noodles: caramelized udon noodles in a sweet soy sauce, broccoli, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, Asian sprouts, black sesame and cilantro. Since it was a favorite of the three of us we decided to order it, adding steak on top. The noodles are caramelized which is one of the reasons this dish is so delicious! I have never tried their steak before, but it went perfectly with the noodles, and I was told that they just “revamped” the steak. It was good quality, no gritty or fatty bits whatsoever.
We also sampled the Truffle Mac and Cheese,” originally part of their “Adult Mac and Cheese” promo, but it was so popular they decided to make it a regular item on the menu. The sauce was creamy and it oozed of the truffle goodness but I needed a little bit more of a cheese flavor. A perfect hearty dish. I of course would leave the mushrooms out, but that is just my personal preference.
The last entrée we tried was one of their sandwiches, “The Med with chicken, mushrooms, spinach, red bell pepper, cucumber, red onion, our zippy Med dressing, cilantro and feta on flatbread. I was surprised at how good this sandwich was and the fact that the entire thing was only 340 calories. A perfect low calorie meal that will fill you up.
My favorites were The Med Sandwich, Japanese Udon Noodles and the Very Berry (or apple) Salad. I liked the soup and truffle mac and cheese but they were not my favorites and I probably wouldn't order them again.

We also got to try their Krispies (a weakness of Mandy’s, one of those once you pop the fun don’t stop situations), the Chocolate Chunk Cookie and the Snickerdoodle cookies. The Krispies were delicious, I am not always a fan, but I loved their version (and they are currently working to release a Smore version…can we all say yum). I wasn’t as big of a fan of the cookies, thought the chocolate chunk needed more chunks but the snickerdoodle wasn’t bad.

I was already a fan of Noodles and Company and I will continue to be after meeting those two awesome woman and learning a lot about the company. There are so many cool things that I learned about that I could go on and on about.

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This was an amazing opportunity that I was very fortunate to have so I want to say a little thank you to everyone who reads my blog by offering a small giveaway. I was given a coupon for a FREE BOWL OF NOODLES, SOUP or SALAD, no strings attached and I wanted to pass it along to one of  you!

To enter leave a comment stating your favorite Noodles menu item or if you have never been, look at the menu and tell me what you would want to try.For an additional entry follow my blog or if you are already a follower leave me a comment saying so. 

Check here for a location near you!

The winner will be chosen by a Random Number Generator on Friday April 20. Please make sure you give me some way to contact you (an email address), anonymous entries will not be accepted.


Congrats Amanda! I will contact you soon for details! 

18 comments:

  1. Like the mac n cheese. I have been before. Want some "Med". Now. Good blog. Believe that covers everything. Give me free food.
    -Rommie

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  2. and I'm a follower. Two entries. Double chance.

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  3. The Truffle Mac N' Cheese sounds uh-mazing and I will have to definitely try that the next time I go to Noodles and Co.! However, I am always a sucker for the Penne Rosa dish they have on the menu. It is such a nice blend of flavors with a spicy kick-plus fresh veggies!

    You contact me at my gmail!! Which you have!! :)

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  4. I LOVE the WISCONSIN MAC & CHEESE & I always add chicken! I love Noodles & Co.! & I am a fan of this blog. I love eating adventures :) -Carleigh

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  5. I love the meatball sub at Noodles and the cookies

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  6. i want to try the thai curry soup...to take out the competition i will be leaving boobie traps and liams and stephens desk :o

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  7. I'm a big fan of the Penne Rosa with chicken and extra feta cheese!!!

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  8. Wow Rommie! He wants that fooooood.

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  9. That's awesome that you got to go try out the food! I would love the opportunity to do that - free food? Yes please!! That salad & udon noodles sound absolutely amazing! Great review!

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  10. peanut saute is my dish... a little spicy and totally awesome.

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  11. I like their penna rosa :) I haven't been to Noodles forever!

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  12. The truffle mac & cheese looks really good, but like you I don't like mushrooms so it would have to be without. I've never been to Noodles (shocking, I know), but I would love to try it!

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  13. Looks is if i will be having to deploy more traps than anticipated thanks to amanda

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    1. hhaa I'll tell her to watch out, good thing everyone in the office didnt enter :)

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  14. I loveeee the pesto cavatappi. Get it with the parm crusted chicken. You have a foodgasm in your mouth, party of one.

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  15. I would love to try the Truffle Mac w/ Portobellas
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  16. I follow via gfc
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