ChaCha.com recently put together a list of some of the most unique fast foods available around the globe.
This was of particular interest to me because a couple of their choices were from Japan: McDonald’s Ebi-Fillet — that’s shrimp — and Burger King’s Spam and Egg Sandwich (pictured on the left).
I’m proud to say I didn’t frequent any fast food restaurants during my stay, so I didn’t notice these options.
What did strike me as slightly odd was the traditional breakfast in Japan:
White rice. A green salad. A thin, bland yogurt. And green tea.
Now, I might eat this for lunch if my main meal was delivered to the wrong table, but it’s not the flavor profile that I crave for breakfast. But my hotel offered it, and I ate it. When in Rome…
(I did break down and add sweetener to the tea. And to their credit, the natives didn’t wince too hard when I did.)
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What does happiness look like?
McDonald’s says this:
He’s the new mascot for their Happy Meal.
New to the States, I should say. He’s been repping the kid’s menu in France since 2009, and Latin America and Europe since.
I think he looks a bit like the Kool-Aid mascot who crashed through walls when I was a youngun. But many online find the meal mascot a bit scary…and are creating memes to prove their point.
Yeah, I feel you.
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Once upon a time there was an apple.
He dreamed of one day being an apple pie on a Thanskgiving Day dinner table. Or maybe an apple cake for a very good girl or boy’s special birthday.
Heck, he would have settled for a turnover at McDonald’s — gooey, crispy goodness on the run.
But what did life have in store for this apple?
Hotel lamp at the Hilton.
Oh well, at least he was in….
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Why are rare things inherently more special?
Take the McRib Sandwich from McDonald’s.
It returned this week after a 16-year hiatus. And it’s only going to be around until December 5th.
The very scarcity of this oddly pressed slab of mystery meat will no doubt make it a daily sell-out at all 14,000 McDonald’s outlets.
(Some folks swear it’s the sauce. Addictive. I’ll take their word for it.)
Same goes for the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbuck’s. A seasonal brew, it’s only available in the fall, ’round Halloween and Thanksgiving, when our thoughts turn to the spooky orange gourds.
It’s very popular. But is it because Pumpkin Spice Latte really tastes all that great…or because you never know when it’s going to be taken away from you? When you’re going to be standing in that long line in Starbucks…and the harried teenager behind the counter will mouth the dread phrase, “Pumpkin latte is out of season. You’ll have to make another choice.”
Gasp. Thud. (That’s you passing out, next to the condiment counter. And you know how sticky that is.)
If the McDonald’s McRib were always on the menu…if Pumpkin Spice Latte were right next to the Chai Tea — would we order them with as much urgency? Would we tire of their individual flavors? Would they become just another menu item?
And where’s the promotion in that?
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In the coca-cola wars, I have always been Team Pepsi.
I grew up drinking Pepsi, switched to Diet Pepsi when the world started reading nutrition labels, and reaffirmed my preference for Pepsi over Coke in one of those legendary mall taste tests.
I drink a lot less soda than I used to, but after reading that Pepsico is being boycotted, I may just step up and drink a bit more…for the team.
The American Family Association, which has targeted brands like Ford and McDonald’s in the past for their ‘lack of values,’ claims they now have over 500,000 signatures from people who have pledged to stop buying Pepsico products.
The reason behind the boycott? Pepsico offers financial support to organizations promoting the ‘homosexual agenda,’ namely Human Rights Campaign and PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).
Well, la de frickin’ da.
When are organizations like AFA going to realize that targeting a company for being open-minded only underlines their membership’s backward prejudice? I mean, come on — first you don’t want gays to marry, and now you don’t want them to drink soda or enjoy a salty snack? Where does it end?
Pepsi’s current advertising slogan is ‘something for everyone.’ If they are actually putting that thought into action — by supporting people of every race, creed, and sexual orientation — then I think they should be commended, not condemned.
I’m proud to purchase products from a company with such aspirations.
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