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McDonald’s in Vietnam

March 3, 2014

McDonald's in Vietnam

Vietnam’s first McDonald’s has opened in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). It’s the first fast food joint in town to have a motor scooter drive-through window and to stay open around the clock. This is McD’s 10,000th location in Asia. KFC, Pizza Hut, Burger King, and Starbuck’s already beat Mickey D’s to Indochina.

The General Director of the Vietnam McDonald’s licensee is Vietnamese-American investor Henry Nguyen, MD (Nguyen Bao Hoang), son-in-law of Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

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Influential Burger

January 25, 2014

Influential Burger

“The now-iconic square patty—which debuted in 1921 at the first White Castle in Wichita, Kansas—was the first burger to spawn a fast food-empire: by 1930, White Castle had 10 U.S. locations. But more importantly, the restaurant’s emphasis on cleanliness—facilities were white and customers could watch their burger meat being ground through a window—helped quell fears that all ground beef was as unsanitary as the stuff depicted in Upton Sinclair’s best-selling The Jungle, which was released in 1906. Its success paved the way for the great American burger obsession.”

— Sarah Begley, “The 17 Most Influential Burgers of All Time,” TIME Magazine (links added)

Related:

“Slider (sandwich),” Wikipedia

White Castle website

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Burrito-Making Robot

January 13, 2014

Burrito-Making Robot

Those 36,000 Redbox DVD rental kiosks have been joined by the Burrito Box, a stand-alone, automated burrito-generating device. Say “saludos, señores” to our new robot overlords.

The first two Burrito Boxes are in Los Angeles where, as everyone knows, it’s so damn hard to find burritos. The touch-screen kiosks dispense $3 hot burritos in 60 seconds, presumably cooking them with heat generated by the blaring music videos on their screens during that minute. The five options of Evol “all-natural” burritos are 3 bucks a pop with additional charges for guacamole, sour cream and Tabasco sauce.

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McRib Confidential

November 18, 2013

McRib Confidential
Warning: The McRib is back It’s a seasonal plague, like the flu. Public health officials have produced an online map so you can avoid the worst infestations.

Often mistaken for an innocent sandwich, the McR is composed of “Restructured Meat” made from pulverized and re-glued pig innards, ammonium sulfate, polysorbate 80, sodium benzoate, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oils, calcium sulfate, ammonium sulfate, soy flour, sodium stearoyl lactylate, ascorbic acid, mono- and diglycerides, ethoxylated mono- and diglycerides, monocalcium phosphate, calcium peroxide, calcium propionate,high fructose corn syrup, xanthan gum, and sodium benzoate. And let’s not forget azodicarbonamide, used to make yoga mats.

Want to see what it looks like before it’s covered in sauce? Sure? Okay then, look here.

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KFC Cancels Syria’s Order

November 8, 2013

KFC Cancels Syria's Order

“In 2006, Kentucky Fried Chicken opened Syria’s first American restaurant in Damascus. The franchise weathered more than two and a half years of war, but this month, it became one of the last foreign businesses in the country to close its doors.”

 — Adam Heffez, “What KFC’s Exit From Syria Says About the Country’s Horrifying Food Crisis,” The Atlantic

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A Day Without Burgers

August 29, 2013

A Day Without Burgers

Don’t forget to pack a lunch this morning. Fast-food workers across the country are striking for a living wage, so’ll you’ll want to stay out of McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King. Don’t like cold sandwiches? Read this.

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Big Burgers

July 27, 2013

Big Burgers

Americans love big burgers. We’re talking BIG burgers here, not your puny Quarter-Pounders™. Would you like the 2-pound Hercules Burger. 2-pound, 4-ounce T-Rex Burger, 3-pound 911 Burger, 7-pound Zeus Burger, 25-pound Beer Barrel Burgenator, 134-pound Absolutely Ridiculous Burger, 19,490- calorie 100 X 100 – In-n-Out Burger, or 2014 pound Black Bear Casino Burger?

Would you like a bale of fries with that?

More:

“7 Very Big Burgers,” Roma Panganiban, Mental Floss

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‘McDonald’s 34,492 restaurants: where are they?’

July 25, 2013

McDonald's 34,492 restaurants: where are they?

A new restaurant in Vietnam means that McDonald’s will be serving up food in 116 countries around the world next year. See where they all are and find out how many restaurants there are per person in those countries.”

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Eastern Delights

May 17, 2013

Eastern Delights

“For six years, Rafat Shororo longed for the taste of a KFC sandwich he had eaten in Egypt. This week, he got his finger lickin’ fix at home in the Gaza Strip after a local delivery company managed to smuggle it from Egypt through underground tunnels.

‘It has been a dream, and this company has made my dream come true,’ says Mr. Shororo, an accountant, as he receives his order from the delivery guy.

The al-Yamama company advertises its unorthodox new fast-food smuggling service on Facebook. It gets tens of orders a week for KFC meals despite having to triple the price to 100 shekels ($30) to cover transportation and smuggling fees. The deliveries go from the fryers at the Al-Arish KFC joint 35 miles away to customers’ doorsteps in about three hours.”

— “KFC smugglers bring buckets of chicken through Gaza tunnels,” Ahmed Aldabba, Christian Science Monitor

Also:

“Delivering KFC by Tunnel, Not Too Fast but Satisfying,” Fares Akram, New York Times

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What McRib Sandwiches Are Made Of

January 26, 2013

What McRib Sandwiches Are Made Of

Warning: It’s McRib season in America, so be careful what you eat. Often mistaken for an innocent sandwich, the McR is composed of “Restructured Meat” made from pulverized and re-glued pig innards, ammonium sulfate, polysorbate 80, sodium benzoate, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oils, calcium sulfate, ammonium sulfate, soy flour, sodium stearoyl lactylate, ascorbic acid, mono- and diglycerides, ethoxylated mono- and diglycerides, monocalcium phosphate, calcium peroxide, calcium propionate,high fructose corn syrup, xanthan gum, and sodium benzoate. And let’s not forget azodicarbonamide, used to make yoga mats.

Public health officials have produced an online map you can use to avoid the worst infestations.

More:

“McDonald’s McRib Sandwich a Franken Creation of GMOs, Toxic Ingredients, Banned Ingredients,” Anthony Gucciardi, Natural Society

“The Invention of the McRib and Why It Disappears from McDonald’s,” Whet Moser, Chicago Magazine

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