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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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-
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 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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
|McDonald’s of the World: France|
|McDonald’s at Place Bellecour|
|Maxi Best Of Royal Bacon (€6.90 or about Php423)|
|Look at that patty!|
McDonald’s of the World
|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-
|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)|
McDonald’s of the World
|McDonald’s of the World: Bangkok|
|Clowns are still creepy, imo|
|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.