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

Anyway coming back to the original thread ,

I had a McOz when I was in Perth maybe 10 years ago? It was a rather big single patty beef burger with a big slice of beetroot which was kinda too wet and stained everything purple. Wasn't crazy over it and had enough of the beetroot after a few mouthfuls so picked it out and ate the rest while wishing I had chosen a Filet-o-Fish instead.

My fave McDonalds product is still something I had here when I was in primary school. It was called the Kampung Burger and was limited-time only (there was some popular comic strip then). It was a McDonald's breakfast muffin with a grilled chicken patty and a large ring of pineapple slice sans sauce of any kind. Yum! It was served for lunch/dinner and was perfect for a pineapple fan like me

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

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.[/quote]

That was centuries ago, well I had great meals in Singapore. I wasn't backpacking. It was my 1st foreign travel. It was also then when I realized that Mc.donalds make products to suit local taste. My Singaporean friend from NTU, introduced me to Chicken Nuggets with its SINGAPOREAN sauces. Now I miss Singapore.

13. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 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

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;)

I remember eating a burger at some place called Blimpie? in Amsterdam some 30-35 years ago - tasted like boiled meatloaf shaped into burgers! Really the only thing I could stomach in the Netherlands was your wonderful cheeses. Have things improved since then?

14. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 7y

I enjoy going to McDonalds in different countries and seeing how they have been regionalized. Loved the little french fry fork I got in Athens. The slight difference in the taste of the hamburger in Germany. Sure, I eat regional food too but every now and then I want to have something that is almost guaranteed to be enjoyable because it really burns me to pay a lot for something I don't enjoy. I sat at a restaurant in Rome thinking I could get a wonderful pizza. After waiting 45 minutes with the waiter repeatedly telling me it was coming soon, I finally got a cold, slimy imitation of a pepperoni pizza. In another restaurant, I ordered the blandest spaghetti I've ever eaten. So sue me, food snobs, if I go for a cheap, fast sure thing once in a while. Besides that, I wandered for hours looking for the Parthenon and only found it because I saw a sign that said "McDonald's at Parthenon" that pointed me in the right direction.

[ Edit: Edited on 23-May-2009, at 11:19 by laurim ]

15. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

I love - on the European Mainland, how it's possible to go into a McD's and have a beer with a Big Mac. Just a superb lunch. Unheard of in GB.

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

Quoting Daawgon

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

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;)

I remember eating a burger at some place called Blimpie? in Amsterdam some 30-35 years ago - tasted like boiled meatloaf shaped into burgers! Really the only thing I could stomach in the Netherlands was your wonderful cheeses. Have things improved since then?

LOL, well I am 32 so I don't know exactly how things were back in those days. Still, I like French cheese more than Dutch;)
But in a way you are right, the typical Dutch cuisine is not everybody's cup-a-tea. But nowadays we do have lots of international restaurants compared to the past, and not only Chinese rubbish (which isn't really Chinese food anyway). You should try our famous peasoup and mashed cabbage and potatoes with smoked sausage...yummie

17. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Don't wanna create spam here - so I'll just say that in a restaurant in Amsterdam's Red Light (won't say which one) they do a giant sausage on a bed of mashed potato, with a choice of different additions to the mash. There's sauerkraut, beetroot, onion or carrot. It's a simple dish, very cheap, 100% traditional - and simply delicious.

18. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 7y

I think the best meal and the best deal on food for travelers has to be the Ratskeller in the Munich Town Hall - a huge platter of roast pork, sausages, potatoes and dumplings for very low prices (this platter is enough for a family of 6, but be sure to visit the local hospital after your meal).

"Frommer's Review

Throughout Germany, you'll find Ratskellers, traditional cellar restaurants in Rathaus (city hall) basements, serving good inexpensive food and wine. Munich's Ratskeller, one of the best, is typical, with lots of dark wood and carved chairs. The most interesting tables, often staked out by in-the-know locals, are the semiprivate dining nooks in the rear, under the vaulted painted ceilings. Bavarian music adds to the ambience. The menu, generally a showcase of regional fare, includes some international dishes, many of them vegetarian, which is unusual for a Ratskeller. A freshly made soup-of-the-day is featured, and you can help yourself from the salad bar. Some of the dishes are a little heavy and too porky -- best left for your overweight Bavarian uncle -- but you can find lighter fare. The chef has added grilled food that's lighter than the usual fare offered in many German Ratskellers."

Guess I'm the overweight American uncle they didn't mention?

[ Edit: Edited on 23-May-2009, at 12:25 by Daawgon ]

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

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
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Thats the one.

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

Quoting trainrider

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.

Dude, I know how ridiculous it is. But yeah, I definitely like doing it. Besides it;s not like hteres ever enough differences to cover more than a couple meals.

I think you are a bit of a drama queen eh?
Puked your guts out AND gave you the shits?

Sounds more like a bug to me. Perhaps you should wash after you wipe, especially before meals.
Or maybe your just hardcore, and thats how you roll.

But me, I like what I like, and it's just how it is. I'm not gonna pretend otherwise.