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Malcolm’s Burger’s Awesome Twosome!

If you guys remember, I wrote a post about an artery-clogging triple patty Wagyu beef burger from a then-new burger joint called Malcolm’s Burger a few month’s back. Since then, they’ve been serving boatloads of their awesome burgers to many a satisfied customer. Next week, Malcolm’s Burger will be celebrating their first year anniversary!

And to celebrate, they’re offering a buy one take one promo on their fantabulous burgers. WOOT?! Yup, you read it right. On January 13, you can head on over to their Makati branch at PDCP building and avail of the Awesome Twosome promo. Get two burgers for the price of one! Details below-

Don’t pass up on this great deal! Line up and get our Wagyu burger fix on January 13, 2012 at Malcolm’s Burger in Makati!

Two more things. One, Malcolm’s Burger has just opened a new branch at Pearl Plaza along Pearl Drive in front of UA&P. And two, you can check out Malcolm’s Burger’s menu here and here.

For more info, check out the the official Malcolm’s Burger Facebook page and Twitter account. 🙂

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McDonald’s of the World: McRib in the USA

Ladies and gents, I would like to present to you the first foreign guest post on BaconTunaMelt. Mr. J P Hays kindly offered to add another notch to our McDonald’s of the World belt, featuring the good ole US of A. Read on as he tells us about the mouth-watering and artery-clogging selection from the fast food capital of the world (there’s no denying it).

*content and all photo credits go to Mr. Hays.

McDo - USA
Greetings, Nomsters! I am J P Hays, and I am going to be a contributing blogger here.  I am an American traveler who loves computers, food, and all things Pinoy! Anyways, on to the nomz!
McDonald's U.S.A
What’s a good place to eat after having a bad day, and you’re in no mood to cook or throw a quick TV dinner in the oven? That’s right! Fast food places like McDonald’s! Nothing helps satisfy the soul and make you feel better like a nice cheeseburger, fries, and a soda.  Today, though, I wasn’t really in a burger mood.  I wanted something different.  Something saucy.  Something unique.

 Fortunately, McDonald’s is now offering their McRib once again.  They only serve it once a year, and when it comes out, people get excited.  I have never ordered it before, and I decided today’s my big day.  So I went up, and ordered one, as well as a medium order of fries and sweet tea.  The whole thing came out to $6.44 (or 278.35 pesos), which is fairly inexpensive for a dinner this size.
BTM's note: This reminds me of the old McDonald's over at BF Paranaque.
After fifteen minutes, my order comes, and I sit down and commence the nomming.  The McRib is a rib-shaped pork patty, coated in copious amounts of sauce, and topped with onions and two pickle slices, between a long, unique bun which I think is only used on this sandwich.
BTM's note: That's the stuff, America.

It’s a very different sandwich, compared to anything else they offer. The patty has a pretty good flavor, much better than the frozen rib patties you buy at the store over here. The sauce, on the other hand, is mild, and doesn’t have too much flavor. The onions give the whole thing a fresh taste with a good, onion-y bite, and the pickles give a nice tartness to finish things off. It’s good, but the sauce ruins it for me. After finishing off the McRib and eating some of the fries, I decide to tackle the sweet tea. [BTM’s note: I would kill an ant for this tea.]

BTM's note: Onions, YEAH! Ribs, EFFING YEAH!
The first thing I noticed with the tea was the sweetness.  Just like authentic Southern-style sweet tea, it definitely has a good amount of sugar in it.  The next thing I noticed was the actual tea flavor.  It had a great flavor, with some herbal notes, and almost a chocolatey aftertaste.  If you like tea, you’d love this sweet tea.  Unless, of course, you don’t like sweet drinks.

In conclusion, both items are pretty decent, and quite unique.  If the McRib had a better sauce, I would go for it more often, and the sweet tea’s good for a quick, refreshing drink that isn’t soda.  If you ever go to America, I would recommend trying both.  That is, of course, if you are here when the McRib returns.
Maybe I should try making my own McRib one of these days… (cue ominous lightning)
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McDonald’s of the World: Italy’s 1955 Burger – Rome Diaries (2 of 3)

Okay, first things first. I would like to thank all you wonderful people for liking the BaconTunaMelt Facebook page. Warm hugs, double-cheek kisses, and chewy chocolate chip cookies for everybody! If you haven’t yet, what are you waiting for? There’s cash involved! Look to the right side of the blog and you’ll see a Like button there somewhere, or you can simply click this link- www.facebook.com/bacontunamelt, and then hit Like. (I’m kidding about the cash of course. Or not.)

Second order of business is the topic for this post. Like the title suggests, it’s another notch up the McDonald’s of the World belt. Anyhoots, I notice that the entries in this series drone on and on. We’ll try to keep this one short.

When you’re in Rome, you don’t just do as the Romans do, you also do as the tourists in Rome do. Which means you’ll have to visit this part of the city (refer to the pictures please). Between the iconic Trevi Fountain and the magnificent Pantheon are little sidestreets lined with restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, and tourists. It’s where we found the McDonald’s along Via Delle Muratte. It’s difficult to miss as there a handful of posters pointing you to which direction to head to for burgers.

Seems like this American fastfood is a hit in Rome.

There were restaurants aplenty around the area, most were near empty at lunch while McDonald’s was as packed and as busy as it could be. The lines were long and perhaps they were stressed but the crew wasn’t as friendly or helpful as you’d expect. They get the job done somehow and I got an order of the 1955 Burger half an hour and some yelling later (I forgot to mention that you pretty much need to shout to be heard).

This is the McDonald’s 1955 Burger-

McDonald's 1955 Burger

It’s a mighty fine-looking burger composed of 100% pure beef patty, some bacon, good old tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, and onions. But wait, that’s what they say. Here’s the actual McDonald’s 1955 Burger-

The actual McDonald's 1955 Burger

The patty was dry, the garnishings a mess, and I don’t know where the bacon went. It looks like they halfheartedly threw parts of a burger in the box. The burger actually didn’t taste bad, but I was expecting a burger at least resembling the one in the adverts. Suffice it to say, after a long morning of walking, getting this for lunch was a big disappointment. The only consolation was the Pistachio McFlurry for dessert.

That is all I have to say about McDonald’s in Rome. Please don’t let that deter you from visiting the city, it’s wonderful. But if you have a craving for a McDonald’s burger, try to wait until the crowds thin out, maybe you’ll have better luck than I did.

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Had a KFC Fix, Thanks to My Weekend in Bordeaux
A couple of weekends ago (okay, if we’re being honest, it was a month or so ago), I had to fly to Bordeaux city for a work-related requirement. Besides a work trip, it also doubled as a vacation of sorts. Some officemates are currently based in the city and because of them, I was able to go and see the pretty sights of the city (some photos here).
Mesmerized by this sight (more for the Col. Sanders sign than anything else)
And then of course, after all the walking (it’s big here in France), we needed to take a pitstop. My friends new exactly where to take me- KFC.
I know, I know. It’s not exactly a five star restaurant, not even close. But KFC is near and dear to my heart. If I have a fling with Manang’s Chicken, I have a full-blown love affair (sorry, babe) with KFC. My heart goes thump-a-thumpin’ for the fried chicken recipe perfected decades ago by Colonel Sanders himself (who wasn’t really a colonel, but that’s another story).
Drooling right now.
In Lyon, where I’m based, the nearest KFC is in another town (in Bron), which is more than an hour’s commute away. Not having my mistress close by is heartbreaking so I was ecstatic more than glad to be FINALLY having KFC’s finger-lickin’ good fried chicken in Bordeaux.
They had long lines too (it felt just like home).
A bucket of 8 chicken pieces, 8 hot wings, 8 crispy tenders, 4 side dishes, and 4 bottomless drinks is priced at 20 euros (about Php1,816). It’s a lot more expensive than our KFC buckets, but compared to other restaurants, this deal isn’t too bad. The set is more than enough for four (hungry cows).
I am happy to report that France’s KFC chicken is as crispy, tasty, and juicy (and unhealthy) as it is back home. But they don’t have gravy nor rice. Boo.
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McDonalds of the World: Royal Bacon in France
Bonsoir everybody! The day is about to close on this side of the world and I thought to start writing about this little fastfood chain that I visited recently. McDonald’s! Here on BaconTunaMelt, we have the series called McDonald’s of the World and I’m already living in France, of course I wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to feature their nomz. 

McDonald’s of the World: France
Quite honestly, it was one of the first few places I looked for (seeing a McDonald’s in a strange place oddly comforts me). It wasn’t until I first had to venture my way around the city to open a bank account until I finally found one, specifically in Bellecour.
Bellecour is one of the more popular destinations in Lyon, France. In the heart of the city, this square is one of the busiest. Right in the middle of it is the statue of King Louis XIV (a tourist destination) and near the area are landmarks such as the Hotel de Ville and is considered a mecca for shopping with a long stretch of filled with stores of all kind (including Louis Vuitton and Cartier).
McDonald’s at Place Bellecour
Right above one of the exits of the Metro (Bellecour station) is a McDonald’s. I actually kind of got lost getting there, heading in the opposite direction towards the Poste Principale (the main post office) instead of the commercial area and had to backtrack (here, walking shoes is a must, if you like your feet) to find it. It was such a relief when I found it, because I was feeling kind of down (you would too if you had to eat my cooking) and McDonald’s nomz, wherever it is, is comfort food.
Inside, it was almost like your typical McDonald’s restaurant. The place smells like fries, the familiar yellow M logo, and the crew in fastfood uniform (caps too!). Everything, of course, was in French, including the menu. Also noticeably different, is that in every counter, there’s a self-service machine to pay via debit card. Cool!
Maxi Best Of Royal Bacon (€6.90 or about Php423)
It took me a while to order because I couldn’t understand much of what was on the menu, but when I saw the words “royal” and “bacon” all in one line, I knew I had to get it. The lady behind the counter couldn’t understand much English but I kind of figured out how to order the meal and upgrade the fries and drink while at it (the ugrade cost €0.50) and order a dessert, all for take out.
Look at that patty!
Sadly, the dessert, supposedly chocolate mousse, got lost in translation. Or something. I ordered and paid for it but it wasn’t in the bag (I forgot to check until I was home). No matter, I had with me a burger that seriously smelled like home (I dunno, it might be the grease). The Royal Bacon is a one layer burger with a wide beef patty and some bacon strips sandwiched between very thin burger buns.
To the very hungry me (I walked several kilometers only on breakfast nomz), it tasted really, really good. The beef was not as greasy as I was expecting it to be (surprisingly), and thick enough for me to actually taste the flavor of meat and the hint of bacon (the thin buns helped too). The fries were cold by the time I got home but their special sauce (something like an herbed mayonnaise) made up for it. Except for the fact that ordering can be a bit of a challenge if you can’t speak the language, I give McDonald’s in France two thumbs up.

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Chic-Boy Gives Us a Taste of Cebu for Cheap
All set to nom on Chinese food at Lutong Macau last Friday, we were disappointed to find out that the restaurant was closed for a private party. Instead, we ended up having an excellent Pinoy dinner only a few paces away at Chic-Boy, a 24-hour grill that serves chicken and baboy cooked the Cebuano way.
Part of what I love about restaurants in Jupiter street is the free parking provided for diners by most restaurants in the area, Chic-Boy was no exception. We had no trouble finding room to park in front of the restaurant.
I’m happy to say that for a fast food grill house, the place was fairly roomy and cozy. The restaurant was divided into two sections, the airconditioned non-smoking dining area and the open smoking area. We opted to stay indoors (it was a bit warm outside) and proceeded to order.
From top- left, clockwise: Ginisang Kangkong sa Bawang (p30), Ensaladang Mangga (p25), Inihaw na Talong with Bagoong (p25)
For appetizers, we ordered a bit more than usual. We ordered the Ginisang Kangkong sa Bawang, Ensaladang Mangga, and Inihaw na Talong with Bagoong, your regular Pinoy side dishes. Chic-Boy didn’t really offer anything new or unusual to the dishes, but they were good (althought the bagoong could be better) and very, very affordable.
Cebu Lechon Liempo (p160)
One of their baboy specialties is the Cebu Lechon Liempo. For one hundred sixty bucks, you get a plateful of the classic Pinoy grilled pork belly seasoned ala Cebu lechon. Mind you, it doesn’t taste like your typical liempo, the meat is juicier than normal and it has the flavor of the famous lechon from Cebu. One order is good for sharing. My only complaint is that it had too much fat and a little less lean meat than I would have liked.
Sinigang na Bangus (p48)
To warm up, we had an order of their Sinigang na Bangus (no, that price is not a typo, it’s really that cheap). Comforting sinigang soup together with a good few pieces of bangus and a handful of vegetables are served in a medium sized cup at Chic-Boy. Like the appetizers, there’s also nothing very new in this order (if you’re used to Filipino cooking) but it still satisfies you in more ways than one. The order can be good for sharing too, especially if you have other orders.
Cebu Lechon Manok Half (p120)
The chicken specialty at Chic-Boy is their Cebu Lechon Manok. Half a chicken can be had for only one hundred and twenty bucks whileas a whole chicken is two hundred ten bucks. Not bad at all. The chicken is so tender that pieces of meat would fall off if you try to bite a chunk. Like the Cebu Lechon Liempo, it also has the distinct taste of Cebu lechon. It was pretty good (and cheap too!).
Turones con Leche (p30)
This is my (current) absolute favorite from Chic-Boy. Turones con Leche is just like the mini version of your everyday turon. It’s smaller and isn’t fried with brown sugar. The best part about it is that it comes with a not-too-sweet caramel sauce for dipping. Because they have no additional sweeteners, your caramel dip (which is divine) will act as sweetener. Great combo.

Considering that Jupiter street is home to several fancy restaurants and Chic-Boy had a classy fast-food feel to it, we were pleasantly surprised at the cheap price. Everything that was ordered amounted to just two hundred bucks (or so) per person. And that included a (very) full meal, complete with appetizers, soup, dessert, bottomless drinks and a couple bottles of beer. ‘Twas a good night.

Chic-Boy Chicken at Baboy
Location:112 Jupiter Street, Makat
Contact info: (02) 659-4762

Other details: Chic-Boy Chicken at Baboy Website; Chic-Boy Facebook Page
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Bingeing on Malcolms Triple Patty Wagyu Burger
G’morning gaiz! We’re halfway through Monday and I’m feeling very optimistic (I wasn’t late today, hrhr). Did any of you see the super moon that was supposed to be up last Saturday? (I kind of did, but it wasn’t as super as I was expecting it to be.)
Anyhoots, what we’re here to review today are the Wagyu burgers of Malcolm’s Burger. Weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks ago (been rry busy ಠ_ಠ), I was introduced to this (then) newly opened burger joint in the heart of Makati CBD.
At the corner of V.A. Rufino and San Agustin streets is this tiny burger stop that serves Wagyu burgers the way you like it (map at the bottom of this post). They have fastfood staples like french fries, onion rings, and chicken wings, but of course, we were there to try out the burgers ѽ͜ (ᵔ ̮ ᵔ)› (I just wanted to use this emoticon).
The Ultimate Malcolm’s Bacon Cheeseburger (p135)
I picked an order of The Ultimate Malcolm’s Bacon Cheeseburger. With a name that long, I was expecting great things from it. And it rated better than expected. A thick and juicy wagyu patty was sandwiched between a medley of lettuce, cheese, tomato, onion, bacon and a couple of buns. It was so good that I was able to finish the large(r than usual) order.
Malcolm’s Triple Patty Wagyu Burger (p245)
They also have customized burgers where you can choose the number of patties and additional toppings (besides lettuce, tomato, and onion). I’m not sure how many superlatives I can say about it without sounding like I’m being paid to advertise their burgers (I’m not!). But three very tasty Wagyu burger patties piled on top of the other in between two burger buns is a serving of juicy, meaty, savory, and tantalizing greasy goodness in a bun.
The iced tea is pretty good too (the hint of calamansi gave it a kick).
The place only has a few small tables for dine in customers and it gets pretty full quickly at lunch on weekdays so I suggest to just get the burgers and enjoy the delicious burgers in the comfort of your own office pantry.

Malcolm’s Burger
Location: 311 G/F PDCP Bldg, San Agustin, Makati
Other info: For deliveries, call 2121212 (QuickDelivery)
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McDonalds of the World: Shrimp EuroKnallers in the Netherlands
Hi guys, this will be a quick post. We shall again be disrupting the Delightful Davao series for an update on yet another series. It’s been awhile since the last post on the McDonald’s of the World series and it’s high time for a new one. Mostly because we recently got photos of the nomz from McDonald’s Netherlands from an anonymous donor.

McDonald’s of the World: Netherlands

Because I haven’t been there myself, the pictures will have to do the talking (writing, in this case). So, here they are-

Looks like the Dutch also like chicken (like me!). But hey, they have Chicken Sate (Met satesaus), which is something I would expect more from McDonald’s in Indonesia or Malaysia rather than the Netherlands. And, and, and, and… is that a Kit Kat McFlurry I spy? *drools*
I can’t understand much of what’s written on the menu but I can see the prices. That’s 5.90 euros for the salad, 3.75 euros for the Happy Meals, 1-2 euros for the Euroknallers. That’s a 356 peso salad, 226 peso Happy Meal, 60-120 peso side dishes. It’s not as expensive as I thought it would be (I was told a Value Meal is priced at EUR15 or Php905. Yikes!).
Chicken Sate (Met satesaus)
(EUR 3.75 or Php 226 for burger; EUR 6.05 or Php 365 for a meal)
Garnalen met chilisaus (EUR 2 or Php120)
SHRIMPS! Mcdonald’s in the Netherlands sell shrimps! WANT! To the awesome person who shall remain nameless and anonymous by request, thank you for the photos. 🙂 

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McDonalds of the World: Samurai Burger in Bangkok
Today, we’ll add another entry (the third, yay!) to BaconTunaMelt’s McDonald’s of the World series. Thanks to my tita, who’s regularly in Thailand for business, our latest entry will be about the Bangkok version of the much loved, sometimes hated, but nevertheless very popular fast food chain.

McDonald’s of the World: Bangkok
When visiting Thailand, communication can be a bit of a problem. While the Thai people don’t look much different from our countrymen, unlike most Filipinos, few will be able to converse with you in English. Even in Bangkok, the country’s capital, not many can understand, and much less speak the language. You’ll have to get used to hand gestures and basic words to transact in most parts of the city.
Clowns are still creepy, imo
One of the most basic hand gestures that you should learn when you get to any part of Thailand is the wai. The wai is a traditional Thai greeting that can be used for many different situations. Bowing with your palms together in a praying position is the Thai way to politely say say “hello”, “thank you”, and even “i’m sorry”. Adopting Thai culture, the Ronald McDonald statue that welcomes you as you enter the store is in the traditional “wai” pose.
The menu is in Thai

 

The standee has chinky eyes ~_~
The logos and the theme is the same as it is in all McDonald’s branches around the world, but the menu in Bangkok is in Thai and their standee has the Thai chinky eyes. Maybe our posters should be in Filipino (plis no jejemh0wnz).

Samurai Burger Meal (116 baht/169 pesos) + Corn Pie ( 15 baht/22 pesos)

Tita Ging ordered the Samurai Burger Meal (specially for BaconTunaMelt <3) which comes with a Samurai Pork Burger, fries and a drink- like your typical McDonald’s meal. The meal costs one hundred sixteen baht, or about one hundred sixty nine pesos, a tad more expensive than our meals here. The Corn Pie costs 15 baht, or twenty two pesos. (I used Google’s current exchange rate: 1THB= 1.46 PHP)

The pattie is somewhere in there

With a name like Samurai Burger, you wouldn’t think it’s from Thailand. The patty is made with pork instead of beef and is slathered with teriyaki sauce (hence the name) and is topped with heaps and heaps of lettuce.

My tita says that the Corn Pie is not unlike our very own local dessert- the Filipino maha blanca. Corn kernels are mixed in a sweet and creamy mixture and wrapped in the same crunchy crust of the McDonald’s Apple Pie.

Thanks for the pictures Tita Ging! Check out my titas’ fabulous clothes, click here to visit the Pikachu’s Closet Facebook page (they’re cute, I promise!). Happy start of the weekend, gaiz!
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Army Navy: Burger + Burrito + Freedom Fries
And now that the holidays are over, we are back to regular programming (I’ll worry about the boatload of pictures that I have to sort out later). I trust that everyone had a good holiday? We’re on to yet another new year and let’s get rid of all the bad juju of the year that was (and think of happy nomz instead)

For months now (actually since the McDonald’s Twister Fries vs KFC Bucket Fries post), friends have been urging me to try the nomz at Army Navy.

They claim that the french fries at Army Navy tops all the french fries available pretty much anywhere. Big claim methinks, specially because Army Navy is a relative unknown in the land of fast food bigwigs with branches popping up in the city only recently. I just heard about this new burger joint towards the later part of 2010.

The menu

In line with its name, the newish fast food chain has a mess hall theme, with a simple ambiance of stainless tables and chairs accentuated by wood, greens (a color I associate with the army), and sheet metal decor. The menu is simple- it contains basic fast food grub that includes burgers, burritos, chicken, tacos, sandwiches, fries, onion rings, iced tea, and soda.

Burger

It would be a shame to go to a burger + burrito place and not try the burger. There are three to choose from- the classic Burger, the Double Burger, and the Bully Boy Burger (with three quarter-pound patties piled on top of each other) and I ended up trying the classic.

Burger (p135)

This large, single-patty burger was more than enough for (a very hungry) me. The quarter pound patty was a little undercooked for my liking but I think you can request them to cook the meat until it’s well-done. It isn’t my favorite burger (it’s still Double Brother’s Burger at the top of the list for me) but it’s not bad, I actually want to try the Bully Boy Burger someday just for the heck of it.

Burrito

The next item on the list is the burrito, of course. I, for one, am really happy that we finally have a fast food store (besides Taco Bell) that sells burritos. I’m a big fan of the stuff, but the only branch of Taco Bell here is at GateWay mall, and I hardly head thattaway.

Chicken Burrito (p135)

I ordered the Army Navy Chicken Burrito and I would have to conclude that it is made from all things happy and good. Biting into the soft roll filled with strips of chicken and flavored rice is truly a fantastic treat for the senses. Top it with their special sauce and it’s heaven on earth. Best of all is that it’s a complete meal all in one neat package.

Freedom Fries

One last thing that I couldn’t pass up is the famous Freedom Fries. These are the very same fries that they say trumps all fries commercially available. I just had to find out if that claim is true.

Freedom Fries (p60)

With a semi-spicy coating, the famous Freedom Fries isn’t much different from Twister Fries and KFC fries in flavor. But unlike the other two, Freedom fries are thinner and are less oily, without the greasy aftertaste of Twister Fries nor the mushy texture of KFC Fries. They’re crispy, light, tasty, and they live up to the hype. Thumbs up!

Also good to note is the Army Navy iced tea called Libertea (p45/p55), it’s one thing I’ll keep going back for even without all the other things on the menu. The branch we visited at Glorietta 5 is a small little corner that’s almost always full. For people up North, you can visit the bigger Tomas Morato branch and for Southerners, do not fret, the one at President’s Avenue at BF will be open very soon (yay!).

Army Navy

Location: G/F Glorietta 5, Ayala Center, Makati
Contact Number: (02) 501-3106