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!
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.
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.
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!