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2012-10-09 12:26:55 PM  

Canton: Let's see... Best McDonald's meal I ever had was in Bretagne, France. (Yes. Yes I did go to McDonald's in France. Twice, if you count the quick Orangina run in Paris, but I was parched, we were on the go, and it was the fastest place to go on the Champs Elysees.) But, uh, anyway, I had a salad shaker. It was surprisingly good. And it had chunks real cheese in it. Good luck finding that at an American McDonald's.


The McDonald's I worked at 14 years ago sold the McSalad Shaker. Those were damned good, with their huge amounts of meat and cheese and dressing and basically everything but lettuce.
 
2012-10-09 12:27:55 PM  

Obama4Life: ljk0828: Obama4Life:

McDonald's promotes un-healthy eating habits, and should be monitored. Since they can't police themselves, it's up to Washington to issue mandates.

Agreed, I can't wait til some REAL rules are laid down. Can't stand making my own decisions. It's about time someone took control of my life for me.

All I'm saying is, unless some kind of internal policing is done, nothing will ever get changed. And yes, some people do need to be saved, from themselves


Wow man. You don't get to decide what is best for someone. The only person that reserves that right is the individual. I wouldn't be opposed to the government adding incentives to fast food chains for creating healthier menu items however, but any form of punishment or mandate is outrageous.
 
2012-10-09 12:28:15 PM  

hick_town: The UK has (had?) Cabury Egg McFlurries...


That's a diabetic coma waiting to happen
 
2012-10-09 12:30:13 PM  
Just got back from Austria, where they have launched a chicken curry with McNoodles. Needless to say, I was not tempted to try it.

i.huffpost.com
 
2012-10-09 12:31:57 PM  
Without clicking the link, let me smugly assume that is a list of gross shiat that has no place in America any way?
 
2012-10-09 12:33:43 PM  
i was stationed at Ramstein, Germany for over 4 years, and also visited several other countries in that time. so, among all the other local foods i experienced (and i LOVE german food!), i spent my fair share of time eating fast food as well...mostly mcdonalds since it's pretty much everywhere!

NEVER tried a beer there...don't think my stomach could handle a combo of their food and a beer...but it's at every mcd i've been to outside the usa

McFARM as someone else mentioned is quite tasty! germans actually eat more pork than beef (as opposed to usa where beef is #1, pork is #2, in germany pork is #1, beef is #2). my parents came to visit and dad LOVED the mcfarm

McRopolis (sp?), a greek-style sandwich...think the meat was pork? topped with some feta and tsatsiki sauce...a sometimes-menu item in germany that was one of the best mcd items i've ever had

One year for the olympics they offered sandwiches based on foods from different countries...i tried i think 3 of them...the best was McAfrica or something like that...it was a flatbread with 2 or 3 burger patties and a sauce and toppings based on some african dish...very good burger!

McDonalds breakfast in germany actually turned me on to NUTELLA too! i had a croissant i think as part of my breakfast platter. they had a condiments bar with the little plastic containers of jellies/jams, butter, etc...and NUTELLA...i fell in love at mcdonalds that day!

Chicken Wings...one late night in Amsterdam i walked into a mcd because it was one of the few quick-food places open and convenient. the chicken wings were very inexpensive, non-breaded, lightly seasoned, deep fried crispy wings. i'd have to say considering they were a mcd menu item they were great!

and of course the mcrib was a year-round offering so i never had to wait for that magical time of year to satisfy my mcrib desires

oh...almost forgot...BOUNTY (dark choc. and coconut candy bar) as a McFLURRY option...THE BEST mcflurry!!!!
 
2012-10-09 12:37:35 PM  
These lists will always fail without the McLaks. I very rarely eat at McD's here in Cali, but every time I go to visit the relatives in Norway, the McD's is my first stop after I get off the airplane. I gotta have that tasty, yummy McLaks because I know the rest of my trip, unless I slip away and somehow navigate the streets of Kristiansand with NO Norwegian skills, I will be stuck eating frozen pizza, waffles (if it's a special occasion) or some dead thing with its head still attached and therefore staring at me (if it's a very, very special occasion). I don't go very often anymore.

I have been making Molletes for breakfast for years, btw. It's a great way to use leftover refritos and I always have pico de gallo and cheese in the house. I know how to make my own bolillos if I don't feel like going to the market to buy some from the bakery, so why not?
 
2012-10-09 12:39:00 PM  
Trick question, there is nothing good on a McDonald's menu, ever.

/especially the McRibs
 
2012-10-09 12:41:43 PM  
When is McDonald's going to offer a steak sandwich?
They already have the steak & onions which they use for their steak & egg bagel sandwich for breakfast.
It's already more flavorful than any burger meat they sell.
 
2012-10-09 12:41:57 PM  
/megaphone billy mays voice
HAS ANYONE MENTIONED THAT MICKEY D'S HAS BEER IN CERTAIN INTERNATIONAL LOCATIONS?!



//sorry.
 
2012-10-09 12:42:05 PM  

Obama4Life: hick_town: The UK has (had?) Cabury Egg McFlurries...

That's a diabetic coma waiting to happen


But it is glorious!
 
2012-10-09 12:42:54 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: Trick question, there is nothing good on a McDonald's menu, ever.

/especially the McRibs


It's not supposed to be. It's meant to fill you up with carbs and empty calories, but it's not designed to be a nutritious source.

It's designed to be fast and cheap (and once again, you get what you pay for)
 
2012-10-09 12:50:28 PM  

Mog32Kupo: /megaphone billy mays voice
HAS ANYONE MENTIONED THAT MICKEY D'S HAS BEER IN CERTAIN INTERNATIONAL LOCATIONS?!



//sorry.


why yes, i did
 
2012-10-09 12:51:04 PM  
Croque McDo sounds like a bad Batman villain.
 
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2012-10-09 12:52:19 PM  
I want to try that spicy paneer wrap soooo bad.
 
2012-10-09 12:52:43 PM  

wildstarr: I live in the D/FW area all my life and one of the strangest items I saw at Mcdonalds was a pizza. I forgot where I was since this was about 15-20 years ago on a road trip.


The McDonalds in Windsor, Ontario, Canada had pizza when I was a kid, not sure if they still do. We'd drive over there from Detroit a couple times a year, and I always looked forward to it, although now I'm not so sure it wasn't for the simple fact that it was pizza from McDonalds rather than it being actual good pizza.
 
2012-10-09 12:57:34 PM  
Some of this stuff may sound good to you, but remember that a quarter pounder shares a similar description with what your neighborhood burger joint sells. Think about the execution.
 
2012-10-09 01:01:19 PM  
I would try all of them, and I've tried Mcd's in various countries because they have to try harder there. Their food abroad is often very good. I'd wait in a long line for those Samurai and prosperity burgers.
 
2012-10-09 01:08:20 PM  

Hermione_Granger: India: BigSpicy Paneer Wrap

This fast food take on a common Indian street food is both spicy and vegetarian, making it a hit at the 271 McDonald's locations in India. Made with breaded paneer, a type of South Asian cheese, the BigSpicy Paneer Wrap is one of many vegetarian McDonald's innovations, which have been so successful that the chain plans to open two all-vegetarian locations in India next year.


WTF? They just like keeping Americans fat?


I don't think they are keeping Americans fat. I think it's the fact that American vegetarians don't eat at McDonalds.
 
2012-10-09 01:11:35 PM  
humarashid.com
"Did you know, in the Mumbai-McDonald's you can't get a Big Mac? All you can get is a Chicken Maharajah Mac. And the special sauce: Curry. Which, in India, believe you me, is really not that special."
 
2012-10-09 01:16:26 PM  

wildstarr: Hermione_Granger: India: BigSpicy Paneer Wrap

This fast food take on a common Indian street food is both spicy and vegetarian, making it a hit at the 271 McDonald's locations in India. Made with breaded paneer, a type of South Asian cheese, the BigSpicy Paneer Wrap is one of many vegetarian McDonald's innovations, which have been so successful that the chain plans to open two all-vegetarian locations in India next year.


WTF? They just like keeping Americans fat?

I don't think they are keeping Americans fat. I think it's the fact that American vegetarians don't eat at McDonalds.


But they're not exactly promoting a healthy lifestyle, either. This is a case when both sides are at fault
 
2012-10-09 01:26:36 PM  
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2012-10-09 11:49:37 AM


Gdalescrboz: Mofo_Jones: I think the "no good food at McDonald's" crowd just don't want to admit they a) go to McDonald's or b) don't want to be seen at McDonald's so they can continue to pretend they're better than the rest of us.

No, there are just some Americans that actually aren't fat asses. We care about ourselves enough to not eat at McD's. We also love food enough to not eat at McD's. I appreciate good food, McDonalds is not good food. And yes, we are better than the rest of you. What you eat says a lot about you

There's no way that people could eat fast food every once in a while and still stay in shape. No way at all. It's great that you can look down on other people based on the food that they enjoy, though.


Playing a victim to fast food is one of the few subjects that get me hard. So

/Rant on

Yeah, as you can tell when you go in to Mcdonalds, most of them are just eating there, and places like it, "once in a while" and staying in shape. How can I debate that fact? I mean, American obesity only sits at 36% for adults and 17% for 2-19 year olds and projected to be close to 50% by 2035. You can say "once in a while" all you want, buit it is obvious Americans aren't eating there "once in a while." I don't look down on people because of the food they enjoy, i look down on them because of the poor choices they make. Eating shiat like McDonalds is a very very poor choic, and it's one you make over and over again. You make a conscious decision every time you put that 750 calorie Quarter Pounder w/Cheese in your mouth to be a fat ass diabetic at the age of 45. You don't even have an excuse like smokers who get addictedThat shiat should never enter your body. Stop justifying being a fat ass. You lack discipline and willpower

/Rant off
 
2012-10-09 01:32:59 PM  
heh...

BigSpicy Peneer Wrap

heh heh heh...

Peneer.

/vajayjay
 
2012-10-09 01:45:33 PM  

Your Boss: heh...

BigSpicy Peneer Wrap

heh heh heh...

Peneer.

/vajayjay


But is it spicy?
 
2012-10-09 02:09:09 PM  

Gdalescrboz: CK2005 Smartest
Funniest
2012-10-09 11:49:37 AM


Gdalescrboz: Mofo_Jones: I think the "no good food at McDonald's" crowd just don't want to admit they a) go to McDonald's or b) don't want to be seen at McDonald's so they can continue to pretend they're better than the rest of us.

No, there are just some Americans that actually aren't fat asses. We care about ourselves enough to not eat at McD's. We also love food enough to not eat at McD's. I appreciate good food, McDonalds is not good food. And yes, we are better than the rest of you. What you eat says a lot about you

There's no way that people could eat fast food every once in a while and still stay in shape. No way at all. It's great that you can look down on other people based on the food that they enjoy, though.

Playing a victim to fast food is one of the few subjects that get me hard. So

/Rant on

Yeah, as you can tell when you go in to Mcdonalds, most of them are just eating there, and places like it, "once in a while" and staying in shape. How can I debate that fact? I mean, American obesity only sits at 36% for adults and 17% for 2-19 year olds and projected to be close to 50% by 2035. You can say "once in a while" all you want, buit it is obvious Americans aren't eating there "once in a while." I don't look down on people because of the food they enjoy, i look down on them because of the poor choices they make. Eating shiat like McDonalds is a very very poor choic, and it's one you make over and over again. You make a conscious decision every time you put that 750 calorie Quarter Pounder w/Cheese in your mouth to be a fat ass diabetic at the age of 45. You don't even have an excuse like smokers who get addictedThat shiat should never enter your body. Stop justifying being a fat ass. You lack discipline and willpower

/Rant off


You sure know a lot about me.
 
2012-10-09 02:19:45 PM  

Regas: [www.freeimagehosting.net image 850x329]

/preferred Lotteria


Eat `em at home. Very tasty. Wife is Korean.
 
2012-10-09 02:58:06 PM  
During my 6 years in Thailand, I found eating at the standard American fast food joints like McDs and Burger King a bit more satisfying than in Thailand than back here. I don't know, it just seemed like everything was put together with a bit more care. I ordered burgers, but maybe it had to do with the fact that my order was just about always freshly made when ordered and not taken of the premade rack. It may also have something to do with the fact that an American fast food restaurant job in Thailand is considered very, very good. So, employees put more care into keeping everything clean and stuff.

Also, being able to eat at McDs or BK in Thailand is seen as something only the hiso crowd can really afford so maybe that made me subconsciously feel like I was eating pretty well.
 
2012-10-09 02:59:54 PM  

Real Women Drink Akvavit: Your Boss: heh...

BigSpicy Peneer Wrap

heh heh heh...

Peneer.

/vajayjay

But is it spicy?


i read that in STEFON's voice
 
2012-10-09 03:00:25 PM  
Obama4Life

>>> OnlyM3: sodomizer
>>> Still not going to McDonald's. It's too much of a symbol of everything wrong with the world.
>>> * An example of a successful small business, grown to be prosperous.
>>> * Inexpensive and readily available food.
>>> * Entry level jobs for teens.
>>> * millions annually in donations to various charitable organizations.
>>> * business opportunity for entrepreneurs(franchisees).
>>> Oh you're so right. Such evil must not be allowed to endure.

McDonald's promotes un-healthy eating habits, and should be monitored. Since they can't police themselves, it's up to Washington to issue mandates.

Because being allowed to make choices is not what a free society is about. What we need more of is government employees with guns to make all your decisions for you.


/// i may have been trolled.
 
2012-10-09 03:02:53 PM  

OnlyM3: Obama4Life

>>> OnlyM3: sodomizer
>>> Still not going to McDonald's. It's too much of a symbol of everything wrong with the world.
>>> * An example of a successful small business, grown to be prosperous.
>>> * Inexpensive and readily available food.
>>> * Entry level jobs for teens.
>>> * millions annually in donations to various charitable organizations.
>>> * business opportunity for entrepreneurs(franchisees).
>>> Oh you're so right. Such evil must not be allowed to endure.

McDonald's promotes un-healthy eating habits, and should be monitored. Since they can't police themselves, it's up to Washington to issue mandates.
Because being allowed to make choices is not what a free society is about. What we need more of is government employees with guns to make all your decisions for you.


/// i may have been trolled.


He seems to be some sort of caricature.
 
2012-10-09 03:03:04 PM  
The Ribwich?
 
2012-10-09 03:03:53 PM  

Oldiron_79: The Ribwich?


wash that thing down with some malk and you've got a deeee-lish meal!
 
2012-10-09 03:08:20 PM  
I don't care about the food. I just want to know what the hell they Happy Meal toy is!

www.foreignpolicy.com
 
2012-10-09 03:13:43 PM  

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: I don't care about the food. I just want to know what the hell they Happy Meal toy is!

[www.foreignpolicy.com image 625x400]


It's a fan. So you can have at least some sort of breeze when walking around IN A GODDAMNED DESERT HELL HOLE!!!!
 
2012-10-09 03:34:19 PM  

TheYeti: NoxNoctus: When I visited GITMO last year the McDonalds on base had Chicken Wings. They tasted exactly how you would expect them to if McDonald's made chicken wings.

Like, real wings with bones, or something formed into wing shapes?


Real wings with bones. VERY surprised at that.
 
2012-10-09 03:36:59 PM  

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: I don't care about the food. I just want to know what the hell they Happy Meal toy is!

[www.foreignpolicy.com image 625x400]


Oh, that's Fan-face. He is always down for a blow.
 
2012-10-09 03:40:54 PM  
I think its very strange that McDonald's in Russia does not serve beer, considering A. They do it in a few other places in europe. B. Literally every other fast food place here does. BK, KFC, Sbarro, Subway, Wendy's, etc.

Oh, well, that means i have more options
 
2012-10-09 03:43:50 PM  

Skleenar: [imageshack.us image 500x325]

Apparently, only available in Kenya.


That is also available in Hawaii. Also wanted to add that the Taro Pie is in Hawaii too. By the way, Hawaii is part of the US. I'd link pictures, but I'm lazy and everyone here has access to google. Poorly researched article is poor.
 
2012-10-09 03:44:15 PM  

Arkanaut: CruJones: In before "There is nothing good at McDonalds"

/decent breakfast
//fruit smoothies aren't actually that bad either

Their coffee's decent. Also, I have a friend from college who swears by their soft serve ice cream cones.

/It's a good value, I suppose.


I worked at McD's in my late teens and to this day I won't have their ice cream or shakes. I've
seen how often those machines are cleaned, seen the nastiness inside, and seen how thorough
my fellow McEmployees were about cleaning them.

I do love me some sausage egg and cheese McGriddles and a Mocha Frappe, though. Mmmm.
 
2012-10-09 03:46:36 PM  
http://tastyislandhawaii.com/2010/06/26/mcdonalds-saimin/

Here ya go.
 
2012-10-09 03:47:28 PM  

PallMall: Dumb-Ass-Monkey: I don't care about the food. I just want to know what the hell they Happy Meal toy is!

[www.foreignpolicy.com image 625x400]

It's a fan. So you can have at least some sort of breeze when walking around IN A GODDAMNED DESERT HELL HOLE!!!!


Reading that in my SAM KINISON VOICE . . .
 
2012-10-09 03:52:10 PM  

priapus54: It's a fan. So you can have at least some sort of breeze when walking around IN A GODDAMNED DESERT HELL HOLE!!!!

Reading that in my SAM KINISON VOICE . . .


I typed it in a Chris Farley "Van down by the river" voice, but Sam Kinison would have been better.
 
2012-10-09 04:14:56 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com

These are nasty but tasty
 
2012-10-09 04:42:07 PM  

Britney Spear's Speculum: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 640x426]

These are nasty but tasty


So just how do you order that?

Sloppy, of course!
 
2012-10-09 04:59:23 PM  

Your Boss: Britney Spear's Speculum: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 640x426]

These are nasty but tasty

So just how do you order that?

Sloppy, of course!


my guess: 2 "Dollar Menu" items...mcchicken and double cheese burger. open up the dcb, insert mcchicken, close it and eat it
 
2012-10-09 05:04:26 PM  

UGOTPZD: Being from Canada I am always a little surprised when I try to order a McChicken in the states and they don't have one. Easily the best thing you can get from McD.


mcchicken? isn't that on the Dollar Menu at USA McDonalds locations? last time i had something other than breakfast at mcd (probably about a year ago...i get breakfast about once a week there) i got a mcchicken and small fries and small drink for $3 + tax
 
2012-10-09 05:53:09 PM  

DeltaPunch: The burgers and buns and overall quality in Japan is incomparable to the US. You come back to the US and it's obvious that you're getting "grade D" rock-bottom quality food over here.


Clearly you've never tried the "Chicken Selects" in Japan.

I'll put it this way: they "select" different parts. In the US, it's breast meat. In Japan, it's whatever part of the chicken feels the most slimy.

/Do chickens even have tentacles?
 
2012-10-09 05:55:04 PM  

Beerguy: Portuguese sausage, spam, rice and eggs.

Only available in Hawaii.....and freaking delicious.


My nose is already bleeding.
 
2012-10-09 06:08:27 PM  

dbirchall: DeltaPunch: The burgers and buns and overall quality in Japan is incomparable to the US. You come back to the US and it's obvious that you're getting "grade D" rock-bottom quality food over here.

Clearly you've never tried the "Chicken Selects" in Japan.

I'll put it this way: they "select" different parts. In the US, it's breast meat. In Japan, it's whatever part of the chicken feels the most slimy.

/Do chickens even have tentacles?


I have had it, and it's hard to believe, but it's just dark meat and skin (and maaaybe some of that gristle between the skin and flesh). That style of juicy dark meat with fried crispy skin is popular around all the konibinis in Japan -- and often MUCH better than the McDonald's version, but only because they're fresher and hotter and tastier, not because the McD's version is particularly disgusting or whatever...
 
2012-10-09 06:22:15 PM  

ongbok: ABQGOD: MCDonald's should open up a "global store" that sells all of their menu items around the world. They probably couldn't afford to, but it would be so cool.

Or do a promotion for a week every month or every 3 three months, they sell one of their overseas items in the American stores.


Over where? Why do you hate America?!

// You sound foreign.
// Can't trust them foreigners.
 
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