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1. Posted by tleb (Full Member 117 posts) 7y

One of my favourite things about traveling is going to various Mcdonalds restuarants. I will keep going back until I have tried ever different sandwhich, sauce and side that differs from where I come from.

It does annoy some people I have traveled with. And the rest of my family think I'm nuts to do it.
I am born and raised Canadian, so Mcdonalds around here is of course my benchmark.

Does anyone else enjoy doing this?
Here are my favourite new items:

McArabia in Cairo beef or chicken - two patties wrapped in a ...I just forgot what those pita like things they eat in egypt are called.
Big MacChicken - Standard Big Mac, but with chicken patties. Also in Cairo.

Amsterdam has a great sauce for their fries. They called it mayonaise, but it was different than all the other mayo I ate hile i was there... and I ate alot.

Schiphol International had a McDonalds that had a sandwich I forgot the name of. the McK.....sumthin.
Anyways, the guy at the till told me only some locals like it, which meant I HAD to try it. I only had about 3 bites. I'm not real sure what all is in it, but it did not at all apeal to me.

In Calcutta I had a RajaMac which is just like a BigMac, except it is made with mutton. I couldn't tell a difference, and on that trip I had been living with some people and had not had any western style food in about 4 weeks. That RajaMac was like an orgasm of home in mouth.

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

I remember I ate at McDonald's frequently when I was in NZ because the food in that country is pretty bad, but when I was in Thailand recently I avoided the many golden arches in favor of the fabulous Thai cafes. I guess it really depends on where you travel!

I really think it's time for McDonald's to cease their expansion around the world - please keep them out of Vietnam!

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

Quoting tleb

Amsterdam has a great sauce for their fries. They called it mayonaise, but it was different than all the other mayo I ate hile i was there... and I ate alot.

Schiphol International had a McDonalds that had a sandwich I forgot the name of. the McK.....sumthin.
Anyways, the guy at the till told me only some locals like it, which meant I HAD to try it. I only had about 3 bites. I'm not real sure what all is in it, but it did not at all apeal to me.

Hear ya! I like the 'mayo' as well.
I think the one on Schiphol (in fact in the Netherlands) is the McKroket. It's bacially the same ingredients as the famous bitterballs

Although I don't visit McDonalds a lot, both at home and during travelling, I do mind the fact that many travellers I have met don't go there just because it is McDonalds. Of course, I like to try local food but every now and then, I just need something more familiar. After 10 days of Korean food I was so glad to get a nice juicy burger;)

4. Posted by trainrider (Full Member 95 posts) 7y

Post#2....Must have been bad to eat at Mc donalds. Worst food in the world. Last time I ate one was 3 years ago, It made me puke my insides up and gave me the shits. Have you ever tried cooking your own food?

....If you want to cease the expansion of McDonalds then stop buying into it.

Post#1....You're a very sad individual.

tleb 22 May 09, 09:05
One of my favourite things about traveling is going to various Mcdonalds restuarants


OH DEAR!

tleb 22 May 09, 09:05
That RajaMac was like an orgasm of home in mouth.

IS CANADIAN FOOD THAT BAD

[ Edit: Edited on 22-May-2009, at 14:40 by trainrider ]

5. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 7y

I rarely eat at McDonalds at home. I live near a street that is nothing but local restaurants and they are all pretty good...I'll eat at McDonalds if I am hotfooting somewhere and need something fast.

I ordered what I thought was McChicken in Amsterdam once, and it ended up being some sort of paste thing that apparently is pretty popular with the Dutch....Actually it wasn't too bad.

But I never never NEVER eat McDonalds in Latin America. The reason is that three out of the three things that make McDonald's McDonalds have been taken out of the equation. 3 out of 3!!!

My take on the three things that make Chez Ron's palatable.

1. It's hot
2. It's always the same
3. It's fast.

But this is not true in Latin America. You could go in all by yourself, with the place empty. The Counterperson will saunter over. And take your order. You can be as concise and clear as it is possible for someone to be, with no add ons, and the counterperson will invariably have to go over some of the more arcane points.

(translated from the Spanish)

"Hey there. A Big Mac McCombo please. With a Coke. Regular size."

"Can I take your order." (yes...statement)

"Errr....Big Mac McCombo please. With a Coke. Regular size."

" Would you like a combo."

"Yep."

"What kind of drink?"

"Coke, please."

"Regular size?"

Eyes roll..."Yes Please."

Then, and only then, will she call the GrillMan....who was apparently shooting craps in the back up until you showed up. He'll look up at the screen with the kind of incredulity you'd expect a ultranew cook to get on his first Sunday breakfast shift at Denny's. Then he'll start to move.

See there's nothing in the bin at McDonald's in SA. I assume they can't afford Wastage....I have no issue with that thinking. I do take issue with them not being trained to handle every call being a grill order.

I did a stint as a McDonald's employee in the early eighties. Back when they were wearing polyester leisure suits and paper hats. Dick Clark had been tapped to do the training video. The big idea of the training was multitasking....While one hand was reaching for a bun, the other was going for the patty. Down time while cooking was spent doing bun setups. The edict at Mickey Dee's was from scratch to the customer...four minutes....If you have ever heard a Grill Man yell "Full Time" from the back...what he meant was four minutes.

But the S.A. Rotten Ronnie's folk aren't trained that way. Go get the buns....Reset....Go Get the Patty...Reset...Drop the fries...Reset....

So GrillDude will go at it one step at a time...and he will completely freeze and lock up and yell for help if another person shows up to ask for something different. The manager will appear from the mystical back area....(Presumably after finishing his Craps roll) and start to Triage the TWO orders.

Meanwhile, at the front. The Counterperson has been watching them with her arms crossed and a teenaged version of Latin Muzak playing in her head. (Daddy Yankee the current hero of this nonsense) When she sees the two of them fumbling close to completing the order, she'll start and realize she is responsible for drinks.

It is painful to watch. A very busy version of this place just has more Grill Men and more Managers bumping into each other. You can easily wait ten minutes. And then you open your meal and find stuff all shot to hell. The bun is stale AND burnt. The sauce has been shot out the side. Some fire fifteen pickles on your Mac...some forget altogether. For some reason there is Fish Filet sauce on you Quarter Pounder...and even though you SAW them make it...Somehow, it's already cold. (As I type this, I am thinking that they keep the grill so low to save even more money that only just enough heat is generated to actually cook the damn things.)

In the end, without HOT, THE SAME, and FAST it's just a shitty cardboard hamburger, even worse than a Husky truckstop microwave burger, cause at least you know at Husky, you have two minutes to wait....

Nope. Now that I live in SA I NEVER go to McChokeandPuke.

D

[ Edit: Edited on 22-May-2009, at 16:08 by Piecar ]

6. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 7y

Quoting Daawgon

I remember I ate at McDonald's frequently when I was in NZ because the food in that country is pretty bad,

Wow, that's funny, I was just saying to a friend that the main thing I will miss when I go back to the UK is the food in NZ - I think it's outstanding here. But that's compared to the UK; perhaps compared to the USA it's not as good.

I have eaten in McDonalds in a lot of the countries I have been to. Sometimes you do just want something familiar, and you always know what you're going to get with McDonalds.

[ Edit: Edited on 22-May-2009, at 16:44 by bex76 ]

7. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

I am a hypocrite, after passionately condemning the arrival of that Clown in my beautiful postcard perfect town, I went there at 3 AM in the morning for my first ever FILLET-O-FISH.

I met other travellers like you. They are very passionate about Mc.donalds.

I still wish Mc.donalds dont pop out everywhere. But I learned in my 1st foreign travel, that after 7 days of SINGAPOREAN food, the BIG MAC taste like its the only reason to live.

8. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting Daawgon

I remember I ate at McDonald's frequently when I was in NZ because the food in that country is pretty bad, but when I was in Thailand recently I avoided the many golden arches in favor of the fabulous Thai cafes. I guess it really depends on where you travel!

I really think it's time for McDonald's to cease their expansion around the world - please keep them out of Vietnam!

Yes, 3 MONTHS in Thailand and I wasnt vegetarian then, BUT i NEVER ate at MC.DONALDS.
There are too many good thai restaurants and even STREET VENDORS... they are cheaper and they taste like heaven.

In winter, I go there for the HEATers that they have.

Yes, I really hope there is less Mc.donalds... I have yet to be in Latin America and I will join the Taliban if I see the Golden Acres beside a MAYAN pyramid.

9. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting Utrecht

[quote=tleb]

After 10 days of Korean food I was so glad to get a nice juicy burger;)

I ate Fish-o-fish, 5 times in 8 weeks. I still hope they keep off ancient towns and places that are not urban.

But on my 7th day in Singapore and it was on a FOOD COURT. I could eat DUCK and other exotic cuisines. But I chose a BIG MAC, which was so expensive in Singapore.

10. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 7y

Quoting Utrecht

Quoting tleb

Amsterdam has a great sauce for their fries. They called it mayonaise, but it was different than all the other mayo I ate hile i was there... and I ate alot.

Schiphol International had a McDonalds that had a sandwich I forgot the name of. the McK.....sumthin.
Anyways, the guy at the till told me only some locals like it, which meant I HAD to try it. I only had about 3 bites. I'm not real sure what all is in it, but it did not at all apeal to me.

Hear ya! I like the 'mayo' as well.
I think the one on Schiphol (in fact in the Netherlands) is the McKroket. It's bacially the same ingredients as the famous bitterballs

I don't think I'll ever eat a McKroket but I do like Dutch croquettes when they're really hot, much much more than Japanese ones anyway. Maybe it's a sign I'm going to Holland too much? I've learnt to steer clear of fast food there cos it's disappointing and to eat what the locals eat. I totally agree with the mayo though I can't stomach too much, and I like Hollandaise mustard too.

McDonald's used to be a comfort food to me when I travel, but nowadays I prefer soup, dimsum and sushi which can be hard to find at some places. It was however a godsend when I was in Taipei, food was so inedible to us that we had McDonald's at least once a day and even lost weight, imagine that! I lost 3kg in 2 weeks and my Finnish friend 5kg. But the fast food in Taipei was horrible too, so much drier than what we have here but well still better than the other options we were offered

Quoting Swept Away

I still wish Mc.donalds dont pop out everywhere. But I learned in my 1st foreign travel, that after 7 days of SINGAPOREAN food, the BIG MAC taste like its the only reason to live.

No idea what you were eating but if you stuck to food courts I'm not surprised you feel that way. Food courts have just about the worst food here, though there're a few co-called gourmet ones that may be better.