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What kind of apple does Panera Bread serve as a side? — June 25, 2017

What kind of apple does Panera Bread serve as a side?

What side do you like with your Panera Bread entree: baguette, chips, or apple? What I want to know is what kind of apple does Panera Bread serve on the side. My research on Twitter has turned up a variety of answers: McIntosh, Fuji, Gala, and Red Delicious.

TBH (to be honest), if it was Fuji or Gala, I would say yes, and anything else I would say no. You know, the type of apple does make a difference to some people, cf. Top 15 most popular varieties of apples.

My guess is that each Panera Bread location or region might have different apple suppliers in the supply chain, so there isn’t one consistent type of apple served at all Panera Bread locations. Can anyone confirm or deny?

Other people have asked, “Why is it that no one at Panera knows what kind of apples they serve?” and “What apple does panera bread serve with its meals?


The last 2 times I went to my neighborhood Panera Bread in Aliso Viejo, they didn’t even ask which side I wanted. The first time the cashier just said, “It comes with a baguette on the side, is that ok?” The second time, a different cashier didn’t say anything about the side, and I was served potato chips.

And, in some locations, Panera Bread has even served a dinner roll instead of a baguette on the side, to the consternation of some, cf. “Panera swaps baguettes for bread rolls, angers customers” (Kansas City Star, October 2014).

Here’s an actual photo from someone’s Panera Bread meal. Can you tell what kind of apple this is?

apple on the side

As an aside, yes, Panera Bread has a Fuji Apple Salad with Chicken, but that salad is topped with (dehydrated) apple chips, not freshly sliced Fuji apples.

Battery for 2012 Toyota Prius c — June 13, 2017

Battery for 2012 Toyota Prius c

There are 2 batteries in the 2012 Toyota Prius c: 1 big one for the hybrid engine (aka hybrid battery pack) and 1 small normal one for the electrical accessories and starting the engine (aka auxiliary battery).

Found out I had a dead battery last night, so I wound up researching to find the battery needed to replace it. Thought I’d share my research so you can save some time. Essential battery info:

  • 12-volt battery
  • Dimensions: L- 9 5/16 in.; W- 5 1/16 in.; H 8 15/16 in.
  • Terminal Type: SAE-JIS Pencil Post
  • OEM Part Number: 8171-767

And other specs on the battery can have some variance, like cranking amps, amperage, width, length. Height is very tight in the Prius c, so look for a perfect fit there.

According to, the battery that fits the 2012 Toyota Prius c is this: Optima Batteries 8171-767 (DS46B24R) YellowTop Prius Battery. comment says this battery also fits the 2nd generation Prius (2004 – 2009).

Others batteries that appear to be compatible for Toyota Prius and Toyota Prius c are:

Duracell Ultra Platinum AGM Battery for 2012 Toyota Prius L4 1.8L 325CCA Hybrid Car (Batteries Plus)

Bosch Premium Performance Battery Group, Size 51 – Part #: 51-440BAGM (Pep Boys)

For this 12-volt battery, you can expect to pay around $200, give or take $100.

Here’s a series of videos that shows you how to change out the battery in a 2012-2015 Toyota Prius C.

In case you’re curious, I went with the Bosch battery because Pep Boys is closest to home. And, I couldn’t drive to the store for them to install the battery for free, because the car had a dead battery. So I had to remove the old battery, bring that into the store for recycling, and install the new one. Worked up a sweat. This is the second car incident when I’ve had a car with dead battery. What’s bad about it is that there’s no warning for when the battery is going to die, it just dies. Your car just won’t start. And you’re stranded. With all the technology advances today, you’d think someone would have developed a warning alert or something.

On another note, here are articles about the hybrid battery pack:

The Ultimate Guide: Toyota Prius Battery Life, Cost, and Warranty (Green Car Reports, 2011)

Replacing A Dead Prius Hybrid Battery Doesn’t Have To Cost Thousands Of Dollars (Forbes, 2014)

Our Point of View: Prius Battery Change is No Big Deal (Toyota, 2008)

How to fix if Samsung Galaxy S3 Cyanogenmod screen won’t lock — November 25, 2015

How to fix if Samsung Galaxy S3 Cyanogenmod screen won’t lock

Using Cyanogenmod 10.2 on a Samsung Galaxy S3, and noticed that the lock screen won’t activate, after trying all kinds of settings. Eventually found the solution at

There’s a lock screen activation button on the quick settings (tiles that come down swiping down on the right side of the screen). It needs to be activated for lock screen to be active. 

And, if you’re using the Tasker app, the message forum thread there also talks about another setting in Tasker than might suppress the ability to lock your screen.

What can you do when an iPad 2 keeps on crashing — October 27, 2015

What can you do when an iPad 2 keeps on crashing

Having an Apple iPad 2 from a few years back, it gets its share of occasional iOS updates automatically suggested and recommended by Apple every few months or so. 

The last update I made was to iOS 8.3, even though it keeps reminding me that version 9.1 is available. And I can’t figure out how to tell it to stop notifying me and that I don’t want to upgrade, for fear of slowing down the iPad even more. and I don’t know when it happened exactly, but this iPad 2 on iOS 8.x became slower and slower, with almost every app crashing and unexpectedly exiting. When the web browsers, both Safari and Chrome, after looking at just one web page, that was the last straw. This iPad 2 was unusable! 
I connected the iPad 2 to iTunes and thought I could restore an old backup from 2013, but after restoring ran for like 10 minutes, it errored out. Did more research, and found out Apple doesn’t allow downgrades, so the old backup wasn’t going to get me back to iOS 7 that used to work well on this iPad 2.

Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 9.04.57 PM

With nothing to lose, clicked on the Restore iPad button, and let the iOS 9.1 update go ahead, and then did a factory reset.

That turned out to be the answer to making this old iPad 2 useable again! Even though iOS 8.x made everything bad and slow, and eventually to a grinding halt, this clean install of iOS 9.1 on this old iPad 2 is working well! In fact, writing this blog post on it. Thought I’d share this good news, and save some others from pulling their hair out from frustration.

Other references:

Is this the most expensive salad at a fast food restaurant? — March 2, 2015

Is this the most expensive salad at a fast food restaurant?

I love Chick-Fil-A, delicious food and great hospitality. Plus, it’s my coworking spot near home, the Chick-Fil-A in Aliso Viejo Town Center (Aliso Viejo, California). Trying to eat healthy does cost more money, as their salad prices have gone up over the past 2 years — there’s been some Twitter chatter about the expensive chickfila salad. Here’s the cost at my hometown Chick-Fil-A:

$8.15 for a Chick-Fil-A salad (Grilled Market Salad, Asian Salad, Cobb Salad)

There was a time when the newly-launched salad cost $7.19, back in April 2013; and a petition to get the old Chick-Fil-A salads back didn’t get very far. If you were to add a drink, the total would come to easily over $10. That’s double digits for lunch. chick-fil-a-com-Salads Maybe this could be a way to hack the menu and get almost the same thing. What if you got a Chick-Fil-A Nuggets combo meal and substitute a side salad for the waffle fries? You’d still get chicken, drink, and salad, yes, though a smaller portion, and we’re trying to cut calories anyways, so that’d be copacetic. Let’s do the math on this:

$6.39 Meal-Nugg 8ct combo with medium drink
$0.00 substitute cole slaw for waffle fries
$0.51 tax

$6.90 total

That’s for a cole slaw substitute, which is not the same as a side salad. Here’s what a side salad substitute came to:

$6.39 Meal-Nugg 8ct combo with medium drink
$1.06 substitute side salad for waffle fries
$0.56 tax

$8.01 total ~ ht: @jaykranda

#whoop There it is. Under $9.00 for a chicken, salad, and drink at Chick-Fil-A.