My life has turned into a game of “Where’s Rosie Espinoza?”
Yesterday I saw the La Habra councilwoman at Mike McGroarty’s memorial. On Memorial Day she was at The Gathering of the Crosses. When Fire Station 193 was dedicated, she was there wishing she could slide down the fire pole. And today I saw her at the opening of Panera Bread, looking like she was working hard. I didn’t interrupt.
I did interrupt David Babbush, one of the partners of the group that owns this Panera and three others in north Orange County. He told me the store bakes all its own goods — bakers come in at 10 the night before.
In case pastry sounds like too much of a good thing, Babbush recommends the strawberry, poppyseed and chicken salad with a frozen strawberry lemonade. Strawberries are in season, and the whole meal will only set you back 430 calories.
You can get that to go, eat inside, or take your food to the patio Panera shares with Starbucks and Pick-Up Stix. It’s been made more inviting with privacy screening to shelter it from the parking lot and a fire pit for warmth and cheer on cool evenings.
Panera also strives to be a good neighbor. They partner with Make-a-Wish Foundation. Panera doesn’t accept tips. Instead they make it easy for you to donate at the cash register. They also give food to food banks and churches.
1331 W. Imperial Hwy
La Habra, CA 90631