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#FreeMcMuffin for National Breakfast Day!

McDonald’s is giving away McMuffins! On Monday, March 17, you can line up at your nearest McDonald’s branch for breakfast and celebrate National Breakfast day with a free McMuffin. Go ahead, bring your sister, friend, boss, the whole barangay (if you can manage to wake them up)! Starting 6am, all McDonald’s branches will be giving out free McMuffins to the first 1000 customers. Yum!

Happy National Breakfast Day!

For more info, go to the McDo Philippines Facebook page or the McDo Philippines Twitter account. Hooray for today National Breakfast Day!

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McDonald’s of the World: Why, Saigon?

It was last year when I fell in love with Vietnam’s strong and fragrant coffee. I wrote a couple of blog posts about my trip to the hot city of Ho Chi Minh. As you might know (or not), it is BaconTunaMelt tradition to find the local McDonald’s in a new(ly visited) city. The hotel I stayed at was in the middle of the city, and I figured that I’d find it one of the major streets or something. I still hadn’t found it after the first couple of days so I thought to ask for help from the hotel staff.

Nnnnnooooooooooooo!

Guess (or not, I’ll say it anyway) what I found out? There is no McDonald’s in ALL of Vietnam! Huh? I repeat, there is NO MCDONALD’S in Vietnam. Wooot?! Apparently, the people of Vietnam aren’t big fans of burgers and fries. They do have a local version of sorts called Lotteria. They have probably everything you can get in a McDonald’s. Except the clown.

It must be why the hotel receptionist had a waistline that could rival a child's.

Here’s the silver lining for fast food junkies, according to this article, McDonald’s is all set to open its first Vietnam branch in 2014! On that note, I leave you all with the fact that there is no Starbucks either (it’s probably because the Trung Nguyen coffeeshops will put their coffee to shame).

Read the Vietnam-related posts on BaconTunaMelt here.
Read the other McDonald’s of the World posts on BaconTunaMelt here.

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Nothing Beats McDonald’s World Famous French Fries

Throughout the years, no matter how many variations, flavors, or packaging others come up with, the crispy, golden fries of McDonald’s remain to be my favorite. Knowing that I can order from McDonald’s anywhere in the world and it would taste the same is comforting, it’s like having bit of home in one little package. It’s a happy snack I can indulge in anywhere and everywhere. The only problem is not to indulge in it way too often.

Like the fruit of the Tree of Life, McDonald’s French Fries tempts even the stingiest of souls. My willpower is tested whenever I get a whiff of those golden crispy fried potato strips (or everyday, fml). They’re too darn irresistible! It seems like this guy in this funny new McDonald’s commercial is a kindred spirit.
I’d be careful to keep my eyes on my own fries.

Since McDonald’s has a number branches open for 24 hours and a 24/7 delivery service, it would be easier just to get your own (safer too, haha). Go ahead and give in to the craving.

McDonalds Philippines
Delivery details: Call 8-6236 or visit mcdelivery.com.ph.
Social networks:
Facebook: facebook.com/McDo.ph
Twitter : twitter.com/McDo_ph

You know you want it.
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McDonald’s of the World: Barcelona’s McIberica Burger

Although a little late (ok, a lot late), we are to add another notch to this series, featuring the burgers over at Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona is a beautiful city known for gorgeous and eclectic architecture by Antoni Gaudi, the most famous one being the Familia Sagrada. For the sports fans, it’s probably more known as the home of the FC Barcelona, one of the more prominent football leagues in the world.

Last year, I had the chance to visit the colorful city for a few days and as is the ritual for every country I visit, I ate at McDonalds. Who goes to Spain and eats at McDonalds instead of hoarding all the tasty Spanish noms? What kind of crazy does that? Me (and the people I drag along), of course.

McDonald's in Barcelona

Most of us had some leftover energy after a full (walking) day so we decided to stroll along the streets of the city and see where the night would lead us. We found ourselves visiting the Familia Sagrada (which is btw, even more gorgeous at night) and ending up hungry.

And like an oasis in the middle of the desert, the bright shining yellow ‘M’ of McDonalds invited us to fatten ourselves up with their juicy burgers and sinful fries. Totally ignoring our bodies screaming to eat healthier, we rushed right in and ordered promptly.

McIberica

It wasn’t too difficult to understand the Spanish menu, Filipino, our national language is loosely based off it, after all. I, being the healthiest eater out of everyone else (WATEVSURFEZ), tried to look for the healthiest thing on the menu. I eventually decided on the McIberica with a side of fries and orange juice (HEALTHY!) and couldn’t have been happier.

The McIberica is a beef burger with jamon iberico, Manchego cheese, olive oil, lettuce and tomato on a toasted baguette type of a bun. Since I’m a fan of cured ham (cured anything for that matter), the delightful flavor of jamon iberico and manchego cheese on top of the juicy beef patty felt like a mind-blowing nomsgasm. Jamon Iberico is not a type of ham that’s easy (or cheap) to find outside Spain, the taste is somewhat similar to the more common Jamon Serrano. Manchego cheese is a relatively mild Spanish cheese that was quite pleasant (I was expecting it to be too strong). Yum!

Watch their ad for it, it’s all in Spanish, but try to see how much of it you understand. 🙂

Also, read the other posts on this McDonald’s of the World series by clicking on this link.

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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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McDonalds of the World: 100% Authentic Swiss Beef

Before talking your ears off regaling you with the nomfinds from my recent Rome trip, we’ll talk about the newest notch in our McDonald’s of the World series- Switzerland. The Cornavin station of Geneva, Switzerland is merely a two-hour train ride from Lyon, France. One fine Saturday, a few of us hopped on a train for a day trip to the neutral country. Of course, I didn’t pass up on the chance to have a quick meal at the fastfood of all nations.

Although it’s only a train ride away from Lyon, going to Geneva was a totally different experience. For one thing, I found the Swiss to be very helpful people. Their transportation system, while efficient and extensive, was confusing for a noob like me. Not that the French aren’t nice, but in Geneva, a couple of people actually approached us and offered to help us with directions (although it was possibly because we looked stupid lost).

Eventually, we found our way to the places we wanted to see and visit. One day was enough to see the Jet d’Eau, which is a gorgeous (and large at 229 feet) fountain of water right dab smack in the middle of the city, CERN (must stop for a geek), the UN headquarters, the Red Cross headquarters, and even the Saleve (for a beautiful view of Switzerland).

At the end of the full (walking) day, we headed to the nearest McDonald’s. There was one along the popular Rue du Mont-Blanc and it was mighty full (see photo for proof!). It seems that the Swiss love greasy fast food too (we’re all the same, at the core).

Mcdonald's Switzerland CBO Meal (about Chf13+/- or Php630+/-)

The menu had the basics, with your typical Big Mac, McChicken, McNuggets, Filet-o-Fish and sundaes. To try something different,  I had the CBO meal. It comes with a side (a choice between regular fries, deluxe fries or a salad), a drink, and if you upgrade your side and drink to medium, a free Coke glass as well. CBO combines three of my favorite things- chicken, bacon, and onions. It was a melt-in-your-mouth combo (at least, according to me). The patty was softer than your typical McChicken, and together with the bacon and onions you get an extra flavorful sammich.

Mcdonald's Switzerland McWrap (Chf7+/- or Php330+/-)

Here’s a healthier-than-most-Mcdonald’s-meals meal, the Chicken McWrap, available in most McDonald’s all over Europe (they also have it in Abu Dhabi). I really wish they offer this eventually in Manila.

And this photo below, is of a Swiss Big Mac. Not much different from other Big Macs all over the world, in size and in toppings. But the Swiss Big Mac has an authentication- the patty is made from 100% pure Swiss beef.

Mcdonald's Switzerland Big Mac Meal (about Chf13+/- or Php630+/-)

Switzerland is a lovely country to visit. Besides the beautiful landmarks and many souvenirs, there were also a lot of Pinoys in the country. For a Pinoy assigned abroad for a while, hearing snippets of Filipino conversation from the next table is somewhat reassuring (you don’t get a lot of it in France, I tell you).

One more important thing to know if you’re visiting Switzerland is that the shops close at about 6-7pm. If you want to get some souvenirs like Swiss knives and Swiss-made watches, make sure you visit the shops before 6pm. And then head to McDonald’s for a quick and cheap enough dinner, they close later than the shops.

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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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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!