GIVEAWAY DAY! Noodles & Company + More!

First things first - Cheese-Free 2011 is over. :-( I tried...but after being REALLY sick and getting laid off - I needed some comfort food and Kraft Mac & Cheese was what I needed. Since then I've added back cheese in moderation. I definitely appreciate it a lot more! I also appreciate the support I received and sorry I couldn't hang in longer than 2 months. I'm going to go cheese-free as much as possible for the rest of the year.

But the nice thing is - eating cheese allowed me to help out Noodles & Company with their new products! They have created 3 new "grown-up" macaroni & cheese dishes and wanted me (and a couple of you) to give them a try!
If you're not familiar - Noodles & Company is a fast-casual restaurant where you order at the counter, take a seat and they bring your order to your table. They have three major categories: Asian, Mediterranean and American. Although it's mostly noodles - they also have salads and sandwiches.

These are the 3 new macaroni varieties in addition to the traditional Wisconsin version: Bacon Mac & Cheeseburger, Southwestern Chili Mac & Truffle Mac with Baby Portabellas. 

I went for the Truffle Mac with Baby Portabellas while Larry tried the traditional Wisconsin version (both were free thanks to Noodles & Company.)

The truffle mac was a much different flavor than the traditional. It was not quite as creamy and more "bitter" - like a Parmesan cheese. I mean that "bitter" not in a bad way... I liked it - I think there could have been more mushrooms. I haven't really tasted truffle oil on it's own - so I'm not sure what impact that had on it flavor.

I also tried a bite of Larry's traditional and it tasted much more like Kraft - creamy and thick with an American/Mild Cheddar flavor.

The only drawback to the experience was that the noodles weren't quite done enough. They weren't crunchy but they were hard...another minute or two would have done wonders. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. I even saw a couple of free samples of different flavors made up for folks that were having a tough time deciding. I think the managers are very attentive there.

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Now it's time for the Giveaway! 

I've got 2 giveaway packs to giveaway - they'll contain multiple coupons for a variety of items: Noodles & Company, TGIFridays, Klostermann Bakery, Brueggers Bagels, Star Lanes on the Levee, Allen Foods and Green Giant. I have a bunch of coupons from a variety of the above brands that range from cents off to free product - I'll divvy them up between two winners.

Let me know which of the Noodles & Company "grown up" macaroni & cheese options you'd like to try and be sure to post CONTACT INFO! (Twitter, email, blog, anything - it has to be IN the comment or available when I click on your blogger profile - here's mine for a sample).

If you post to Twitter or Facebook (and let me know) you'll get an extra entry!

And if you've been following the alphabet restaurants - D & E are coming up this week! Make sure to vote on F!

Hope to get lots of comments - it's much more fun that way!

48 comments

  1. I'd like to give the truffle mac a shot!

    erinmays -at- gmail -dot- com

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  2. The truffle and mushroom one sounds the best. I love Noodles and Company....and welcome back to the cheese wagon, you lasted much longer than I would have!

    Kelly
    Phunkykell@aol.com

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  3. I'd get the Wisconsin one. I don't like mushrooms blech. Yay cheese!

    Stephanie
    slhenry81@gmail.com

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  4. Southwestern chili mac would be my choice! I always enjoy a little chili!

    @ChaskeH

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  5. Bacon Cheeseburger!! You can never go wrong with bacon!!

    soozycue520@yahoo.com

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  6. I'd like to try the truffle mac - I'm a sucker for anything with truffle oil! Speaking of which, when you get to S, you should try Senate - killer truffle fries!
    meggzz06@yahoo.com

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  7. i want to try the cheesburger : )
    plzyerzgstd @ yahoo

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  8. Truffle Truffle Truffle! It looks sooo good!

    Paige
    pa.bradds@gmail.com
    Twitter: @PaigeAmara

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  9. Southwestern chili mac sounds great!

    Claudia
    crmaltz@gmail.com

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  10. Id want the truffle mac n cheese mmmmm.
    Mandy
    Mandyd1229@yahoo.com

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  11. So sorry to hear about the layoff. Hope something comes your way soon.

    Bacon Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese sounds delish.

    vgauntner@yahoo.com

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  12. I'd want the Truffle Mac, but in your picture, it does look like it is lacking the 'shrooms. Maybe the Bacon Mac & Cheese? Yum!

    @Twitricia

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  13. I definitely think the truffle and mushroom sounds best, but I think it might be hard to compete with Keystone's mac and cheese! I love them all :)

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  14. I think the truffle and mushroom sounds very interesting. I love mushrooms and that would definitely be a 'grown-up' version.

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  15. The bacon cheeseburger sounds interesting.. I already love the regular Wisconsin Mac!

    -Diana

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  16. I'd like to try the Wisconsin chili mac...sounds yummy! Sharon at zoabev@gmail.com

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  17. Definitely the truffle mac with baby portabellas! Love me some mushrooms :) They make everything better!

    vickdn@live.com

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  18. Truffle Mac with Portabellos looks GREAT!!
    beckeesdeals at gmail dot com

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  19. BACON!!
    I was actually just there on Monday--got the yummy yummy yummy chicken noodle soup--seriously, it's my favorite chicken noodle soup anywhere--and a salad.

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  20. The Southwestern Chili Mac sounds very tasty! -Steve

    1977sjr@gmail.com

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  21. I think I would go with Bacon Cheeseburger max... I would hope my husband would pick another so we can swap. YUM sounds good.
    Emily
    emmalee821@aol.com

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  22. Definately the Truffle Mac for me

    ababe28 (at)hotmail dot com

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  23. Tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/ababe28/status/45960372183777280

    ababe28(at)hotmail dot com

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  24. Truffle mac and cheese sounds amazing!

    http://twitter.com/#!/amywillard

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  25. Tweet - http://twitter.com/#!/amywillard

    amyw424-at-yahoo-dot-com

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  26. RE: the cheese
    Kroger has a prime selection Vermont White cheddar with jalapenos that is exquisitely satisfying. I find that a small piece of this good stuff is much better than 2 or 3 pieces of the regular cheese.
    Re: Noodles
    I'd lke the chili mac, sir.
    thanks, phyl
    phapplegate@gmail.com

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  27. The Bacon Cheeseburger and Mac-my choice thanks for the giveaway
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  28. would love to try truffle mac!
    lovebugliv@gmail.com

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  29. I'm lactose intolerant, but I'd try the truffle mac anyways just because it looks so good!

    yeejenn2@msu.edu

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  30. Just clicked over from Reader to see the F poll. I thought the Foreign Exchange was closed after a fire. Have they reopened?

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  31. bacon cheeseburger for me!
    gram122@comcast.net

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  32. I'd get the Wisconsin one.

    T
    gadgetman90210@greenmail.net

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  33. I'd get the Wisconsin one.

    T
    gadgetman90210@greenmail.net

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  34. I would like to try the Truffle Mac! wrestlermom2 at yahoo dot com

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  35. While the Truffle Mac looks mighty tasty, today I'm feeling the Southwest flair. That'd be my pick.

    [designbylisa at gmail dot com]

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  36. I'd like to try the truffle mac. My husband wants the Wisconsin one with bacon. Both sound yummy!
    Karen
    kearls@earthling.net

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  37. I wanna try the bacon cheeseburger mac!

    @stretchjean

    stretchjean [at] gmail [dot] com

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  38. I tweeted a link to your giveaway! (@stretchjean)

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  39. Southwestern chili mac would be my choice!
    cjwallace43 at gmail dot com

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    cjwallace43 at gmail dot com

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  42. Well, if I am going to indulge in mac n cheese it most certainly will be the TRUFFLE!

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  43. I would try the southwestern chili mac.
    mary@cire.com

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  44. Id love to try the Truffle Mac with Baby Portabellas.

    Rachel
    rbenson1011@gmail.com

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  45. Oh the truffle sounds delish!!! I love Noodles & Company!!! ...almost as much as mac n cheese :)

    marie.deangelis@gmail.com

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  46. What could be better than an American fav -the cheeseburger- mixed with mac and cheese AND bacon. It's the Cheeseburger Mac for me :)

    Andi
    afink99@sbcglobal.net

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  47. The grown up mac and cheeses are coming back!!!!! I heard they are coming back in December!! I hope so cuz I LOVE the chili mac.

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