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2013-09-28 05:47:14 PM
McDonalds isn't supposed to be upscale; that's why it's McDonalds.  Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets made from everything but the chicken isn't exactly the definition of fancy.
 
2013-09-28 05:54:25 PM
I don't go to Macdonalds for a pretentious dining experience, I go there for what I know will be a quick, cheap and moderately satisfying experience.  Just like subby's mom.
 
2013-09-28 06:03:50 PM
It doesn't matter; there's whole web sites devoted to documenting how food is delivered vs. how's it advertised. I don't see that changing.
 
2013-09-28 06:39:46 PM

edmo: It doesn't matter; there's whole web sites devoted to documenting how food is delivered vs. how's it advertised. I don't see that changing.


but the article has nothing to do with that.. it's about inviting chefs to use the readily avialble ingriedints from a typical Mcdonalds to make...

.. stuff..

not about dolling up the typical offerings from Mcdonalds.
 
2013-09-28 07:28:41 PM
The company invited a phalanx of media and other opinion-makers to try out a multi-course meal prepared by professional chefs using standard McDonald's food.

That sounds like an episode of "Chopped".
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-09-28 08:00:15 PM
Would you like to add parsley to that for 15 cents extra?
 
2013-09-28 08:58:07 PM
I think this is a stupid endeavor. Any successful attempt to make McDonalds 'upscale' is going to screw up the price. And the price is why I choose McDonalds. Well, price and the best fries available.
 
2013-09-28 09:01:41 PM

Cerebral Knievel: edmo: It doesn't matter; there's whole web sites devoted to documenting how food is delivered vs. how's it advertised. I don't see that changing.

but the article has nothing to do with that.. it's about inviting chefs to use the readily avialble ingriedints from a typical Mcdonaldsto make...

more expensive but equally unappetizing.. stuff..

not about dolling up the typical offerings from Mcdonalds.


FTFY.  Yeah, you can make really bad Chinese food by throwing fried chicken nuggets in sauce - my local crappy Chinese place does it every day.  And yeah, I'm sure that garlic and saffron came from McDonald's, and that the "aioli" made by adding garlic and saffron to mayonnaise packets is just as good...

Seriously, there is not enough garlic saffron aioli in the world to make McDonald's taste like anything other than McDonald's.

/every once in a while, I gots to have me a Filet-O-Fish.  I can't explain it, but I must.
 
2013-09-28 09:27:43 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Cerebral Knievel: edmo: It doesn't matter; there's whole web sites devoted to documenting how food is delivered vs. how's it advertised. I don't see that changing.

but the article has nothing to do with that.. it's about inviting chefs to use the readily avialble ingriedints from a typical Mcdonaldsto make...

more expensive but equally unappetizing.. stuff..

not about dolling up the typical offerings from Mcdonalds.

FTFY.  Yeah, you can make really bad Chinese food by throwing fried chicken nuggets in sauce - my local crappy Chinese place does it every day.  And yeah, I'm sure that garlic and saffron came from McDonald's, and that the "aioli" made by adding garlic and saffron to mayonnaise packets is just as good...

Seriously, there is not enough garlic saffron aioli in the world to make McDonald's taste like anything other than McDonald's.

/every once in a while, I gots to have me a Filet-O-Fish.  I can't explain it, but I must.


Oh, I hear ya.. In fact, I will fully admidt that after a 11 hour day down in the beer mines, I ended up grabbing some capt. D's tonight... I heard they were a great little seafood place ( they're not, but fark it)

thing is.. I read the article as they were inviting chefs to make stuff out of what the stuff at McDonalds is made out of, not making McDonalds food Pretty.

of course, no matter how you look at it, it is a corporate marketing excersize, and they farked it all up,

They should have done everything up to the poit of attaching their name to it as a sponsor.that way they could have gotten the Hipster foodie "put a pic of my dinner up on on instagram this is Ironically brilliant!" thing, kept their name attached to it all, and people would be lauding the brilliance of it instead of going all ERMAHGAWD MCDEES! BLEACH!!! NAWTEVAH!!!!
 
2013-09-28 10:06:30 PM
 
2013-09-28 10:07:09 PM
Just don't fark with the coffee - my road trip guilty pleasure
 
2013-09-28 11:47:01 PM
You can buy a virtual clone of McDonald's hashbrowns in the freezer section of your grocery. 20 patties for a couple of dollars.  In the winter, I throw 3 of those in the toaster oven for breakfast.

/grease, salt, and starch!
 
2013-09-29 12:34:52 AM

Gig103: I think this is a stupid endeavor. Any successful attempt to make McDonalds 'upscale' is going to screw up the price. And the price is why I choose McDonalds. Well, price and the best fries available.


They're not worried about you.  They're trying to get back the people switching to the Fast Casual concept like Five Guys and Smashburger and Chipotle and Panera and the like.
 
2013-09-29 12:55:19 AM

12349876: Gig103: I think this is a stupid endeavor. Any successful attempt to make McDonalds 'upscale' is going to screw up the price. And the price is why I choose McDonalds. Well, price and the best fries available.

They're not worried about you.  They're trying to get back the people switching to the Fast Casual concept like Five Guys and Smashburger and Chipotle and Panera and the like.


Heh, Five Guys, "WE'LL GIVE YOU SO GOD DAMN MANY FRENCH FRIES YOU'LL THINK THE BURGER WAS WORTH THE TRIP!"

I worked at McD's when they had Mcstuffins. /csb
 
2013-09-29 01:19:55 AM

12349876: Gig103: I think this is a stupid endeavor. Any successful attempt to make McDonalds 'upscale' is going to screw up the price. And the price is why I choose McDonalds. Well, price and the best fries available.

They're not worried about you.  They're trying to get back the people switching to the Fast Casual concept like Five Guys and Smashburger and Chipotle and Panera and the like.


That makes perfect sense because Smashburger is pretty awesome quality and worth the $6-$7, which isn't something I say about McDonald's.
 
2013-09-29 02:12:29 AM
"look" being the key word. it will still taste unappetizing.

every time i eat MacDonald's I hate myself for forgetting Chinese take-out is so much better and usually cheaper too.
 
2013-09-29 02:12:36 AM
FTA: "None of the dishes will reach McDonald's drive-thrus, at least not in the near future. But company spokespeople said the exercise will help engender new ways to think about the existing menu and highlight the chain's ingredients."


I don't give a fark how you cook it, pink goo is pink goo.

uptownmagazine.com
 
2013-09-29 02:48:17 AM

Gig103: I think this is a stupid endeavor. Any successful attempt to make McDonalds 'upscale' is going to screw up the price. And the price is why I choose McDonalds. Well, price and the best fries available.


But their fries have been shiat for years.  They were pretty dang good back in the 80s and early 90s, but they've been awful for a long time.
 
2013-09-29 02:50:49 AM

Heffaloo: Gig103: I think this is a stupid endeavor. Any successful attempt to make McDonalds 'upscale' is going to screw up the price. And the price is why I choose McDonalds. Well, price and the best fries available.

But their fries have been shiat for years.  They were pretty dang good back in the 80s and early 90s, but they've been awful for a long time.


This. I get so sick of people raving about McDonalds fries, they're crap if you ask me.
 
2013-09-29 02:50:59 AM

Ego edo infantia cattus: FTA: "None of the dishes will reach McDonald's drive-thrus, at least not in the near future. But company spokespeople said the exercise will help engender new ways to think about the existing menu and highlight the chain's ingredients."


I don't give a fark how you cook it, pink goo is pink goo.

[uptownmagazine.com image 450x338]


That picture always reminds me of some disturbing Rule 34 I saw of Strawberry Shortcake.
 
2013-09-29 03:01:01 AM
Screw making it upscale, I'd be happy if burger places could just make it the way it's supposed to be in the first place. I'm sick of every time you get a burger you have to open the bun and arrange all the vegetables properly because some lazy ass teenager just slapped everything in the middle of the burger. What's the point of putting on 5 pickles if you pile them all on top of one another?
 
2013-09-29 03:13:40 AM

ReapTheChaos: Screw making it upscale, I'd be happy if burger places could just make it the way it's supposed to be in the first place. I'm sick of every time you get a burger you have to open the bun and arrange all the vegetables properly because some lazy ass teenager just slapped everything in the middle of the burger. What's the point of putting on 5 pickles if you pile them all on top of one another?


Welcome to your elder years, sir.

*offers a can of beer with a pull tab*

*backs slowly off the lawn without bending the grass*
 
2013-09-29 04:20:54 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: /every once in a while, I gots to have me a Filet-O-Fish.  I can't explain it, but I must.


It's for the Hoax girl.

/alright

(If you get this joke - greetings fellow Hudson Valley resident!)
 
2013-09-29 05:01:41 AM
McDonald's invites celebrity chefs to take on ultimate challenge - making their food look appetizingly upscale

Suggestion: Use biodegradable ingredients.
 
2013-09-29 05:55:51 AM

ReapTheChaos: Screw making it upscale, I'd be happy if burger places could just make it the way it's supposed to be in the first place. I'm sick of every time you get a burger you have to open the bun and arrange all the vegetables properly because some lazy ass teenager just slapped everything in the middle of the burger. What's the point of putting on 5 pickles if you pile them all on top of one another?


This is why they shouldn't hire teenagers. Hire someone with a family, with kids. Most of these people would appreciate having a job, and appreciate the idea of being fired should they fark up. They'll wok harder. If not, boom, fired, good-bye.
 
2013-09-29 08:17:42 AM

Uncle Tractor: McDonald's invites celebrity chefs to take on ultimate challenge - making their food look appetizingly upscale

Suggestion: Use biodegradable ingredients.


Notthisshiatagain.jpg

Moisture and decomposition, how do they work?
 
2013-09-29 08:18:32 AM
Turn down the lights, make the portions smaller, and put them in the middle of a big white plate for "presentation".

ta farking da
 
2013-09-29 09:25:45 AM
McDonald's invites celebrity chefs to take on ultimate challenge - making their food synthetic compounds parading as food look appetizingly upscale


cause after all, working class/poor have this incredible need to look upscale.   its all about the looks, baby.   (in a TV generation)
 
2013-09-29 09:27:48 AM

BumpInTheNight: I don't go to Macdonalds for a pretentious dining experience, I go there for what I know will be a quick, cheap and moderately satisfying experience.  Just like subby's mom.



horsesh*t!!  you go there to MEET subbys mom.  you don juan you!!
 
2013-09-29 09:29:00 AM

Heffaloo: Gig103: I think this is a stupid endeavor. Any successful attempt to make McDonalds 'upscale' is going to screw up the price. And the price is why I choose McDonalds. Well, price and the best fries available.

But their fries have been shiat for years.  They were pretty dang good back in the 80s and early 90s, but they've been awful for a long time.


so.   they'll last forever under your car seat with molding or rotting.   its all those good preservatives they put in them.
 
2013-09-29 10:37:42 AM
I won't deny that you can probably make some good food with the ingredients on hand at a McDonald's, but it would require a complete overhaul of their food assembly line. Unless they're going to put a chef in every kitchen or train every sixteen year-old with a few months of culinary school, I don't know what I'm supposed to do with the information that good food can be made there. Am I supposed to buy some fries, a burger, and a smoothie, then repurpose them once I'm home into a beef and gnocchi dish?
 
2013-09-29 11:22:33 AM

Linux_Yes: Heffaloo: Gig103: I think this is a stupid endeavor. Any successful attempt to make McDonalds 'upscale' is going to screw up the price. And the price is why I choose McDonalds. Well, price and the best fries available.

But their fries have been shiat for years.  They were pretty dang good back in the 80s and early 90s, but they've been awful for a long time.

so.   they'll last forever under your car seat with molding or rotting.   its all those good preservatives they put in them.


They only use 1 chemical preservative. It just happens to be a real doozie.
 
2013-09-29 12:30:48 PM

ReapTheChaos: Heffaloo: Gig103: I think this is a stupid endeavor. Any successful attempt to make McDonalds 'upscale' is going to screw up the price. And the price is why I choose McDonalds. Well, price and the best fries available.

But their fries have been shiat for years.  They were pretty dang good back in the 80s and early 90s, but they've been awful for a long time.

This. I get so sick of people raving about McDonalds fries, they're crap if you ask me.




Mmmmm, trans-fats and tallow. Yum.

/bowling alley fries FTW
 
2013-09-29 12:59:34 PM

FrancoFile: You can buy a virtual clone of McDonald's hashbrowns in the freezer section of your grocery. 20 patties for a couple of dollars.  In the winter, I throw 3 of those in the toaster oven for breakfast.

/grease, salt, and starch!


Walmart also has an excellent generic version of the mcrib, which is actually a little better than the real thing (the bun is less soggy)
 
2013-09-29 02:23:11 PM

optikeye: [extras.mnginteractive.com image 600x400]

http://www.denverpost.com/ci_21709834/taco-bell-opens-upscale-protot yp e-store-commerce-city


And so, we move one step closer to the society of Demolition Man.
 
2013-09-29 02:35:36 PM
A friend of mine went to the 3* Fat Duck restaurant, entertaining a client. The following night he went to McDonalds. Said he enjoyed McDonalds more.
 
2013-09-29 04:00:50 PM
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2013-09-29 05:15:21 PM

robohobo: ReapTheChaos: Screw making it upscale, I'd be happy if burger places could just make it the way it's supposed to be in the first place. I'm sick of every time you get a burger you have to open the bun and arrange all the vegetables properly because some lazy ass teenager just slapped everything in the middle of the burger. What's the point of putting on 5 pickles if you pile them all on top of one another?

This is why they shouldn't hire teenagers. Hire someone with a family, with kids. Most of these people would appreciate having a job, and appreciate the idea of being fired should they fark up. They'll wok harder. If not, boom, fired, good-bye.


Isn't how that already works?

I haven't really seen teenagers working at fast food joints for years.

Mostly single mothers and immigrants.
 
2013-09-29 05:19:13 PM

Linux_Yes: Heffaloo: Gig103: I think this is a stupid endeavor. Any successful attempt to make McDonalds 'upscale' is going to screw up the price. And the price is why I choose McDonalds. Well, price and the best fries available.

But their fries have been shiat for years.  They were pretty dang good back in the 80s and early 90s, but they've been awful for a long time.

so.   they'll last forever under your car seat with molding or rotting.   its all those good preservatives they put in them.


You seem to think the poor matter.

If you can only afford to eat McDonald's, they don't really need to market to you, do they?
 
2013-09-29 11:00:33 PM
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2013-09-30 12:47:11 AM
Headline: celebrity chefs

Article: Aaron McCargo
 
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