I recently received an email from Jen O’Donnell who works in public relations on a McDonald’s program called the Moms’ Quality Correspondents. According to the website, this is a group of "real moms" from all over the country who "have unprecidented access to the Mcdonalds' system" and who "ask the kinds of questions that you yourself want answered." They appear to be mainly focused on areas such as nutrition and wellness, with a healthy dose (pardon the pun) of articles about the Ronald McDonald House and charities.
O'Donnell tells me that "these Moms have met with nutritionists, suppliers and menu developers, learning about the food they feed their families from the inside out." She goes on to say that, as an example, the Quality Correspondents "toured a potato farm, processing facility and Research and Development Center to see first-hand McDonald's and its supplier’s joint commitment to food quality, safety, nutrition and sustainable farming practices."
While not a fast food restaurant, Village Inn earns some recogintion on this site for not taking themselves too seriously. Check out this great TV add for their breakfast menu:
Kudos to Village Inn. This is the kind of stuff that gets people talking!
A lot of people ask me how I decide what restaurants to feature on this site. I can start by telling you the definition has some gray area, but generally here's the criteria that I consider:
What goes around, comes around. Back in the late '80's and early '90's, the fast food chains made a big push into the salad business, complete with
salad bars and all the fixin's. Then, mysteriously, salads took a back seat in the late '90's to yet another burger war.
Now, salads are making a comeback. McDonald's, in particular, is leading the charge with an extensive array of deluxe salad choices. But why? According to McDonald's own press literature, the salads "offer customers wholesome, high-quality entrée salads with warm breast of chicken." Well, if you believe in the dictionary definition of wholesome as being "conducive to sound health or well-being" you might think that the chains have finally hit upon the holy grail: fast food that's good for you.
Don't get me wrong. As you know, I am a big fan of all things fast food. But the well-informed fast food patron is one who looks beyond the hype. For example, did you know that a Crispy Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad with Newman's Own® Ranch Dressing is higher in calories, fat and sodium than a Big Mac or Quarter Pounder with Cheese? Yes, the dressing is definitely the culprit in the fat and calorie department. But the salad alone (sans dressing) still has 1040 grams of sodium. A Big Mac has 1070.
OK, I know I have complained about this before, but when did someone decide the best way to give back change was to pour the coin change on top of the paper bills and then hand the entire mess over to the customer?!?! This pains me more than any other subject, so I thought I'd revisit the issue (click here for original article).
Last week, I was in the drive-thru at El Pollo Loco, and sure enough, the cashier tried to hand back a collection of coins perilously stacked on top of my paper change. Did he count it out to me? NOOO!!! So, a dime drops between my window and get this: he gives me a quarter and asks for 15 cents back! After about a minute of me searching my ashtray for a nickel the guy gives up and tells me to drive on.
Needless to say, none of this would've happened if he had handed me the coins first and then the paper. I told him as much but all I got in return was a stupid grin and a shrug. I don't think he even understood what I was saying. Man, this makes me mad!!!
Big Mac, my friend, this you must know:
Your special sauce comforts me so.
When I am tired you're there for me
to say hello with your patties.
The taste makes my stomach tickle.
Is that onion or one thin pickle?
Ingredients that become one
Nestled inside sesame buns.
Consistent as the morning sun
For dinner, lunch or just for fun.
At home, at work, or in the car,
You're always near and never far.
And we deserve a break today.
I'm sure we do, did somebody say?
Oh, can we go? Oh let us please!
Big Mac awaits with lettuce and cheese.
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