The McDonald’s Dipping Sauce Taste Test

Posted on October 08, 2012

After the release of the documentary Super Size Me back in 2004, a lot of people have grown skeptical about eating at McDonald’s. I was that way for a long time, but I’ve recently given the restaurant another try. As part of my experiment, I decided to conduct a taste test to see how the new dipping sauces from 2011 tasted with the restaurant’s Chicken Selects. I was pleasantly surprised by what I found.

In total, there are eight sauces to choose from at McDonald’s:

•    Honey Mustard
•    Spicy Mustard
•    Sweet Chili
•    Tangy Barbecue
•    Creamy Ranch
•    Sweet ‘n Sour
•    Spicy Buffalo
•    Hot Habanero

I actually tried every one of these, and I was pleasantly surprised by some. The sweet chili actually reminds me of the Asian Zing sauce from Buffalo Wild Wings, or the Spicy Asian sauce from Pizza Hut (Wing Street). It just doesn’t have the spicy kick to it. The habanero sauce is surprisingly spicy, and the barbecue really does have a nice tang to it. I think this may have restored my faith in McDonald’s.

Do your own sauce taste test and see what you think about it. You may be surprised by what you find. Get a 20 count nugget meal, and go to town. Then let us all know what you liked best.

Healthy Eating at Fast Food Restaurants

Posted on August 28, 2012

It is hard to avoid fast food in America because it is such a big part of the culture. It is convenient for people on tight schedules and tight budgets, but it comes with the side effect of being notoriously fatty. After that one dude released the documentary Supersize Me, most people got paranoid about the dangers of eating out. The fact is that you can eat a healthy meal at a fast food place, even if the menu looks like anything other than healthy. You just need to know what to look for. Here are some tips to help you eat healthy at fast food restaurants.

Order Salads

Most fast food restaurants now offer salads as alternatives to burgers and fries. As long as you make sure to get grilled chicken (or no chicken at all), you should be able to avoid anything fried on the menu. Of course, some dressings and cheese toppings might send you straight to a dietary critical care nurse, but you can pick any of that off before you eat.

Get Different Sides

Rather than getting classic French fries, see if you can order a baked potato, soup, a side salad, or something else along those lines. Some restaurants serve crackers, baked chips, and apple slices, so you just have to look around. Worse comes to worse, skip the side and eat something at home.

Avoid the Condiments

You’ll probably get a pile of ketchup if you ask the restaurant to leave it on your burger. By ordering your sandwiches “dry,” you can take care of the condiments yourself. That may mean leaving them off completely or using a healthy alternative. When you’re in control, you are sure to eat healthily.

You can eat well when you eat out. You just have to pay attention to the options on the menu. Use the tips above, and you’ll be chowing down in a way that would make any nutrient nut proud.

The New Turkey Asiago Sandwich from Arby’s

Posted on July 22, 2012

I eat at Arby’s a few times a week, if not every single day. I just love the fact that it offers fast food that is still relatively healthy for you in the long run. If you have not been to Arby’s recently, you may have missed out on the Turkey Asiago Market Fresh Sandwich. This is now one of my favorite items on the menu, and I really hope it sticks around for more than a month. To get you in the mood to at least test this sandwich for yourself, check out my review below. It will open your mind to the wondrous world before you.

The Ingredients

The Turkey Asiago Sandwich obviously contains turkey and asiago cheese. It also has lettuce, tomato, and onion on it, all on the same market bread that they use for the other sandwiches of this kind. The sauce on the sandwich is a mix of mayonnaise and au jus, which tastes surprisingly good. I actually think the sandwich would be better with a sun dried tomato sauce, but that’s just me. You would have to give the sandwich a try to determine if you like it or not.

The Flavors

As a whole, I think the flavors on the sandwich work really well together. The asiago cheese tastes fresh and lively, and it pairs well with all of the other toppings on the turkey. Some people may think that the asiago cheese is a little too rich and hearty, so that is something to keep in mind. This just may not be the right cheese for you. I like it because it tastes like it came from a professional deli, not just any old fast food joint. I think that is a smart move on Arby’s part.

The Sides

I like to eat everything I get at Arby’s with curly fries and a sweet tea. However, I think that waffle fries would also taste good with this sandwich, if they sell them at your location. They don’t around here, just because the demand for them is down. I had trouble finding a sauce to dip my fries in because nothing really paired well with the sandwich. I usually eat honey mustard with my Market Fresh sandwiches and then Arby’s sauce for my roast beef sandwiches. Neither of those options tasted right with this one. Then I actually mixed the two of them together, and I ended up with the perfect dipping sauce. Give it a try, and you’ll see what I mean.

Would I recommend the new Turkey Asiago Sandwich? Yep, without question. I really do like the sandwich and all of the toppings that come with it. I have probably had it four or five times since it came out a few weeks ago, and I’ll have it a few more times until they take it off the menu. Then I’ll just have to hope that it sticks around on a more permanent basis. Come on chefs! Keep it on the menu!

Flavorful Fast Food Drinks

Posted on June 10, 2012

Most people go to fast food restaurants for the burgers and fries, but there are other reasons to visit these places every now and then. I will sometimes go out for fast food just because I want something to drink. No, I’m not talking about happy hour at Sonic (though there is a drink from there on my list). I’m talking about just going out to a plain old fast food place and getting something really good to drink as a snack. If you haven’t done anything like that before, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. Here are some fantastically flavorful drinks you could get from fast food restaurants.

Limeade from Taco Bell
Taco Bell has a really great drink out now called a Limeade Sparkler. It’s basically limeade with Sierra Mist, but it tastes great. They have a cherry limeade version too, but I don’t like that as much. The pure lime has just enough kick to keep my interest.

Wildberry Lemonade from Wendy’s
The Wildberry Lemonade from Wendy’s is to die for, and I don’t say that about a lot of lemonades. They have to be really good for me to like them. This is sweet and tart at the same time, and it tastes great with one of their pecan apple walnut chicken salads. Mmmm, my mouth is watering now. I know what I’m having for lunch :)

Flavored Tea from Sonic
Sonic has a ton of great drinks, but I like their flavored teas the best. Sometimes I go with plain old sweet tea, but other times I’ll get the peach, mango, or blackberry flavors, depending on what I’m eating. Most of these taste great with a dash of lemon juice, so check them out and see what you think.

Lemonade from Chick-Fil-A
I can never get enough of Chick-Fil-A’s lemonade. It’s so pure and natural, not like the manufactured Minute Maid crap that most people try to sell. I like to get mine halfway full with sweet tea. The combination is divine – seriously. I’m surprised I don’t have a tattoo of it yet. You have to try it to understand my infatuation.

Before you just buy your burger and fill your cup with Dr. Pepper, check out some of the fancy drinks at your favorite fast food places. You may be pleasantly surprised by what you find.

Chick-Fil-A Has New Desserts!

Posted on May 13, 2012

Alright people, you know that I love Chick-Fil-A. I talk about it all the time because I think the food there is just so darn tasty. Now, I am pleased to announce a new set of delectable dishes on the CFA menu. They’ve always had brownies and milkshakes at this place, but now they have a few new additions that are truly divine. If you’re sweet tooth is yearning for some good eats, Chick-Fil-A may have the perfect options for you. Here’s a look at some of the new desserts at Chick-Fil-A so you can get your grub on the next time you’re there.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Most fast food restaurants sell really crappy cookies, if they sell any at all. The ones from McDonald’s might as well be called cardboard chip cookies, and the ones from Jack in the Box are barely cooked. I’ll admit that the ones at Subway are good, but those are about the only exception…until now. Chick-Fil-A has come up with an amazing chocolate chip cookie recipe that you just have to taste to believe. The cookies are soft without being undercooked, and they are filled with chocolate chunks and oats. They aren’t oatmeal cookies. They just have oats in them. Those little oats create the perfect texture in every bite.

Banana Pudding Milkshakes
This isn’t the first time that Chick-Fil-A has come out with the banana pudding milkshake, but it is the first time I had the balls to try it. I am always hesitant about desserts that claim to taste like other deserts because they never really do. Key lime pie yogurt tastes more like diet lime soda yogurt, and I feared the shake would be the same. Luckily, it wasn’t in the slightest. This shake tastes just like banana pudding, and it even has bits of wafer cookies in it (or something that tastes like wafer cookies). It is extremely delicious, and I have eaten it for breakfast far too many times on its own. I would recommend it to anyone.

Ice Cream Sundaes
I don’t know if Chick-Fil-A’s sundaes have been out for a long time, but this is the first time I have noticed them on the menu. You can choose to get a brownie sundae or a chocolate chip cookie sundae, depending on what you are in the mood for. The sundaes consist of the cookie/brownie, soft serve ice cream, chocolate syrup, whip cream, and a cherry. If you can schmooze with the people behind the counter a little bit, you may be able to convince them to heat up the brownie or cookie before making the sundae. That, combined with the cold ice cream, makes for one amazing desert.

Other Options
If you don’t think you will like any of the options listed above, you can always get one of the classic Chick-Fil-A desserts. You could get a fruit cup, a bowl of oatmeal, a fruit and yogurt parfait, or a milkshake (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, or cookies and cream). These are all really delicious, but I don’t think they’re quite as good as the new additions to the menu. You can give them a try and see for yourself.

Now that you have inspiration for your desserts in the future, you might as well test one of these bad boys out and see what you think. Pretend you’re a pharmacy tech doing an “experiment” for the greater good. Grab a milkshake on your way home from work, and let your taste buds sing their approval to you. You should be pleasantly surprised by the wonder to come.

Creative Ways to Add Asian Flavors to American Fast Food

Posted on April 22, 2012

The Asian culture is somewhat stifled here in America because of the influx of Mexicans in the country. As a result of that, most native Asians have to make due with whatever Chinese or Thai food restaurants they can find in their area, even if they’re run by a bunch of white guys in plaid jumpsuits. If you are having trouble finding good Asian fast food around you, you might just have to get creative with the American stuff. You can add just a little bit of flavor to an otherwise American dish and totally transform the way it tastes. Here are some ways to add new life to your favorite fast food to make it more Asian than American.

Seasoning Sauces

Asia is home to an array of specialty sauces that you can add into your meat and pasta dishes. These seasoning sauces provide an extra spice or sweetness to whatever food they are worked into. They obviously will not pair well with everything, so you may want to taste your sauce before you add it into a dish. I don’t think you’d get much out of soy sauce on a Big Mac. Test out whatever you want, and then you can see what it will work well in. A simple teaspoon of sauce may be all you need to get the taste of Asia in your meals.

Spices

Some spices from Asia are already popular in America, but there are some that are not used often outside of Asian cuisine. You could try out an assortment of spices in your dishes to see what you do and do not like. Some of these may be a little spicier than you are used to, depending on what you get. You will just have to experiment with some different recipes to see what you like.

Noodles and Rice

Noodles and rice are used in tons of Asian dishes, and they could easily be used as side dishes to American fast food. This will provide a slight variance to the American noodles and rice you may be using for other recipes at home, and it will make you feel like you are actually making a cultural contribution to your diet. You can buy sets of rice cheaply online, and then all you have to do is cook them in water. You can figure out how to work them into your meals from there.

Dessert

If you can’t find a way to work in Asian flavor for the actual meal, you can always use a dessert of some sort to tie everything together. If you have a favorite dish from your home town, whip it up to go along with your Whopper and French fries. Desserts can pair with just about any dishes, so you don’t have to worry much about compatibility. As long as you like the way something tastes, you can use it to add some Asian flare back into your American meals.

There are plenty of other Asian ingredients to mix into your recipes for an instant change in taste. Think of this like a forensic science experiment of sorts, but less crime and more brine. You just have to play around with some of the options around you and see what works for you. You might have fun with this process if you let creative juices flow. Take a look at some of the suggestions above, and see if you can use them to bring a taste of home into your foods.

Saving Money on Fast Food Meals

Posted on April 08, 2012

If you’re a fast foodie like I am, you know how expensive eating out can get after a while. This is especially true if you eat fast food multiple times a day. Rather than shelling out your entire paralegal salary to pay for burgers from Jack in the Box, you may want to figure out a way to get the food you want at a cheaper price. There are several ways to go about this, and you may not have to make any sacrifices at all to fulfill them. You just have to adjust the way you order to provide the best deal possible. Let’s explore this idea a little further so you don’t end up in debt because of your diet.

Buy as a Group

You can usually save money on fast food if you get it with someone else. For instance, Burger King usually runs a special every few months that offers a free chicken sandwich with the purchase of a chicken sandwich. If you can find someone that likes to eat that, you can each pay half of the price of one sandwich. Sonic has the brown bag special, which has two burger combos for one low price. If you have a friend to eat the other one, you can each save money on food. Fid a buddy that loves fast food as much as you do, and then you will be able to get the food you want at a price you can afford.

Find Creative Alternatives

In some cases, you can change the way you order your food to get a lower price on it. Let’s say that you want to get a burger and fries for you but a friend wants a drink and another sandwich. You can get a combo for one of the sandwiches to cover the drink and the fries, and then you can get the other sandwich on top of that. Pairing meals together in this way can greatly reduce the money you pay for fast food, as long as you put the right menu items together.

Sign up for a Newsletter

Sometimes you can get freebies and coupons through your email if you sign up for an account with a fast food restaurant. I can’t think of any programs like this off the top of my head, but I know I’ve seen them before. You basically give the company your name and email address, and then you can get special offers right in the mail. The restaurant does this to entice people to come in, but that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from the experience. You just have to give up a little information about yourself as a tradeoff for some great opportunities.

Complain

I know this sounds terrible, but you could actually save money by complaining about your food. I wouldn’t suggest doing this every time, but once and a while it may be alright to act pissed off (even when you’re not). If you are going to do this though, you might want to call the company, rather than complaining in the store. That way you avoid causing a scene for no reason. The restaurant will probably send you coupons in the mail, and then you can use them when you get to the restaurant.

Saving money on fast food is simply a matter of thinking outside the box (and the bun, if you must). You don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy what you eat. You just need to look for creative alternatives for your purchases. Take a look at the tips above, and you should be eating your way to a skinny wallet in no time.

Best Fast Food Sauces

Posted on March 25, 2012

If you are going to spend your software engineer salary at a fast food restaurant, you need to make sure you are getting a good experience. For me, the ideal experience involves really tasty food with some really tasty sauce to go along with it. Every restaurant has some sort of sauce to call its own, and that sauce dictates the kind of experience you can have with the restaurant. You might as well make sure that the one you choose to enjoy is going to be delicious. Here are some of my favorite sauces from fast food restaurants so you know what to look out for. You may find one of them to be the perfect fit for your taste buds.

Arby’s Sauce

It is no secret that I love Arby’s, and one of the main reasons I love this place is because of the Arby’s sauce. This sauce is kind of like barbecue sauce, but it has more of a kick to it. It’s thin like hot sauce, but it still has a tang that goes perfectly with roast beef and curly fries. I use it on my sandwich and my fries any time I eat at Arby’s, and I really don’t think I could eat a meal from there without it. You can get small packets of sauce to take home with you, or you could just pump out bowls of it when you dine in. That part is up to you.

Chick-Fil-A Sauce

Chick-Fil-A Sauce is sort of like sweet honey mustard, but it doesn’t have that mustard taste to it. It pairs well with chicken, fries, hash browns, and even pigs in a blanket. No, Chick-Fil-A doesn’t serve pigs in a blanket. I just tested that out on my own one day and really liked it. You won’t find any of this sauce out on the counter, so you will need to ask for it by name whenever you get your food. One lick is all you need to go bonkers for this stuff. I love to eat mine with chicken minis, but you may like it on something else. One thing is certain though – you will enjoy it no matter what.

Taco Bell Mild Sauce

I’m not a huge fan of hot sauce, but I do like the way the mild sauce tastes from Taco Bell. This is a lot thinner than most Mexican sauces that I have tasted, and it has just the right amount of spices to punch without knocking me out. Some people may prefer the taste of traditional salsa, but I don’t mind the fact that it’s not super authentic. The tacos in the place aren’t exactly screaming “south of the border,” so I think everything works really well together.

Jack in the Box Sun Dried Tomato Spread

The sun dried tomato spread from Jack in the Box is featured on their grilled turkey and cheddar sandwich. This is one of the only things I will eat on the menu because I’m not a fan of their hamburger meat. The sun dried tomato spread tastes kind of like Thousand Island dressing, but with more of a tomato-y background. It works really well with the components of the sandwich, and I would imagine it would work well on other sandwiches you make at home. I have never tried that, but I think I may actually do so now that I have put it in my mind. Wish me luck ;)

KFC Pepper Mayonnaise

KFC pepper mayonnaise may not sound very delicious, but I can assure you that it is. It kind of reminds me of ranch and Caesar dressing, but that may just be based on the way it looks. It’s not overly spicy, and it works really well with most of their menu items, or at least the ones that contain lettuce. If your restaurant sells any sort of wraps or KFC snackers, you should be able to get a taste of this special sauce. Mine no longer carriers it, so I have to miss out on all the joy. Woe is me, woe is me.

Test out some of the sauces above for yourself, and see what you think. Your taste buds are in for a real treat.

My Favorite Fast Food Meals

Posted on March 11, 2012

I recently came to the realization that I have never made a list of my “fast food favs.” That is the title of this silly little blog, yet I have never really shared what I like to eat with all of you. Today, that is all going to change. That’s right, I am going to reveal all of the best meals in the fast food joints I frequent, with the hopes of encouraging you to try at least one of them on your own. I can’t guarantee that you will like the same foods that I do, but I can hope to inspire your eating in the future. Here is a list of some of my personal favorite fast food meals. Use its powers wisely.

Arby’s

When it comes to Arby’s, you can’t do any better than the classic roast beef sandwich. I almost always get a #1 combo with curly fries and a sweet tea, but I do occasionally upgrade to a larger version of that same sandwich. All it has on it is roast beef, but it tastes so damn good with the bread, fries, drink, etc. If you really want to push this meal over the top, you need to put some Arby’s sauce on the sandwich. Use a little for your fries as well, and you are sure to be in fast food heaven.

Wendy’s

At Wendy’s, I try to keep things healthy. I almost always get a Pick 2 order with a baked potato (just butter and cheese) and an apple walnut chicken salad. The salad is small enough to be considered healthy but still large enough to fill me up. It has grilled chicken, cranberries, walnuts, bleu cheese (which I take off), and pomegranate vinaigrette dressing. Doesn’t that sound divine? The baked potato is a lot more fattening than it should be, but that is because of the way I set mine up. Lots of cheese, lots of butter…lots of clogging in my arteries, I’m sure. (Don’t tell my pharmacy tech)

Chick-Fil-A

I only eat at Chick-Fil-A in the mornings because that is when they have my chicken minis. These are little bitty chicken sandwiches, made with a cute roll with honey butter on top of it. I get the four count #2 with a large lemonade or sweet tea, depending on what I’m in the mood for. I also get a combination of sweet tea and lemonade at times, which is really unique and tasty. If you are going to try this, you could just eat it on its own. I like to spruce mine up a bit though. I use Chick-Fil-A sauce to do this, and I dip both my minis and my hash browns in it. All of this goes together brilliantly, and it can honestly cause an orgasm in your mouth if you let it.

Subway

There are plenty of sandwiches that I like to eat at Subway, but my favorite is probably the meatball sub. It’s cheap, it’s delicious, and it’s really filling all at once. I will get a six inch or a footlong, depending on what I am in the mood for that day. I put mine on Monterey cheddar bread and then get Monterey cheddar cheese on top. Mozzarella also works well on this, but only a few Subways have that around the country. With all of that in place, I have the sub toasted. Then all it needs is a sprinkle of parmesan to be pure perfection. I usually pair this with Doritos and a Mr. Pibb, and I’m good to go.

Try out some of the foods above and see if you like any of them. Hopefully I have opened your eyes to your new favorite meal.

Say Bye-Bye to King Sized Candy Bars

Posted on March 04, 2012

Michelle Obama isn’t what you would call a “normal” first lady, but that isn’t always a bad thing. Yes, she and her husband gave the Queen of England an iPod for a present, but not all of their decisions have been bad. Recently, Michelle decided to tackle one of the really really really really really important threats to the country – king sized candy bars. Yes, I know how scared you were of them. I was too. No worries though – Mrs. Obama has put an end to their production. Thanks to her, there will be no more king sized candy bars in America here in the near future. What a relief! What a relief!

Give me a break.

The Theory behind the Ban

The reason that Michelle Obama put a ban on king sized candy bars is because she thought that it was impacting the obesity rates in America. By depriving people of the chance to eat a large candy bar, she thought she would stop them from eating as much. While I respect that theory, I think it is a total load of crap. It is the same as trying to reduce tobacco usage by lessening the number of cigarettes that come in a box. Would that stop smoking? Nope. People are going to do what they want to do. That is why I think this is all a load of crap.

The Problems with the Ban

One of the main problems I have with the ban is the fact that it isn’t going to change anything. People who have been eating king sized candy bars will just buy two smaller candy bars to fill their chocolaty needs. This will help the economy a bit, so I don’t mind this issue from a financial standpoint. Nevertheless, the big reason why Obama wanted to ban the candy is to prevent people from eating it. That’s just not going to happen.

Another problem I have with this ban is that it comes across as a form of unnecessary control. Why should the government try to stop people from eating what they want to eat? If they want to get two Big Macs and stack them on top of one another, they’re going to do it. Why would the government have a say in that? If this country truly is based on freedom for all, I think that includes the fatties among us that want to satisfy their crunchy cravings. Maybe that’s just my opinion.

At the end of the day, there are more important things to be worrying about than king sized candy bars. Does the government really have that much time on their hands, where they can sit around and spend taxpayer dollars just to chat about Twix and Butterfingers? I would focus my attention on something a little more significant, like – oh I don’t know – the f*cked up state of the economy. I guess chocolate is just more interesting to some people.

The Solution for the Ban

If you really want to “stick it to the man” now, buy out all of the king sized candy bars you see and keep them stored away. Then when the ban officially goes into effect, you will have a stockpile of yumminess to pull from. You may even be able to sell the candy you have stocked up for a profit because of the reduction in supply. I can’t guarantee you’ll be able to buy a Ferrari with the profits, but you may be able to buy a few extra regular sized candy bars.

I’m honestly not a huge fan of the Obama administration, but I’m not a total hater either. I just think that there are more important things to worry about than how much caramel we are all scarfing down. What’s next, a ban on double scoop ice cream cones?

Shoot, I think I just gave someone an idea…

Is Colon Cleansing Excessive?

Posted on February 26, 2012

We’ve all seen those diet crazy food gurus that profess their colon cleansing diet is the best of the best. Colon cleansing detoxification is designed to remove toxins in the body and cleanse the system from the inside. Many people find this to be a bit excessive because they do not see why colon cleansing would make a difference. You may be one of those people. Before you turn your nose up at the idea of colon cleansing though, you need to think about the actual benefits that this could provide. By eating fast food, you are stuffing your face with tons of toxins that your body needs to get rid of. Colon cleansing can have that process along. Here is a look at some of the advantages available to you if you decide to go through this procedure.

Mood Changes

Colon cleansing can happen in many different ways, from an invasive medical process to a daily cup of tea. No matter how you decide to go through the detoxification, you will be able to see changes in the way you feel over time. Toxins sit in your body, mainly around the intestines and the colon. These toxins can actually weigh down your insides and make you feel angry, depressed, or upset as a whole. If you get rid of them, you can improve your attitude and even sleep better, all through a simple process you thought was unnecessary.

Weight Loss

You can lose weight through colon cleansing detox as well. This process gets rid of some of the toxins that make you heavier, and these can block your digestive track so fat does not pass through easily. That fat will settle in other areas without you ever realizing it. Whenever you eat fast food, the fat in the food only add to your weight and the amount of toxins in the body. You need proper cleansing to get rid of that. If you combine this process with a simple workout routine, you could get rid of a lot of the Whoppers hanging out around your hips at the moment. Your body will look better in no time.

Energy Improvement

When you have a ton of toxins hanging out in your body, you don’t have as much energy as you should to move throughout the day. This will make project management difficult on levels, and it will prevent you from doing the things you want to do throughout the day. If you go through a good colon cleanse, you can get your body in shape so you can start using your energy properly. You will feel more alert, more efficient, and more enthusiastic throughout the day after your cleanse, and who knows what can come from that? You might be a superhuman robot and not even know it because your circuits are clogged with toxins. Not likely, but it is a far far far far far away possibility.

Final Thoughts

Colon cleaning is not necessarily a costly process, and it can do wonders for your body if you allow it to. All you have to do is adjust a few of your habits and you can see a dramatic change in the toxins levels you carry with you. If you go on a healthy diet or start exercising regularly, this will improve even more. Your body is not up to par in its current state, but it could be with a little bit of work. Make a plan and stick to it if you want to see a positive transformation in yourself. You might not even remember having all those toxins when you get done removing them from your insides.

My Terrible Experience with Burger King

Posted on February 19, 2012

I can’t seem to get lucky with fast food restaurants nowadays, or customer service in general really. First there was my mayhem with McDonald’s, then my horror with the hair dresser, then the trouble with the transporters, and now a blunder with Burger King. When am I going to catch a break? Ugh. I don’t know if that will ever happen, but I again felt like venting. I hope you enjoy my frustrations, because I damn sure don’t. Here’s what happened…

I have been protesting Burger King ever since they got the new thick fries that I absolutely despise. My husband and I decided to give them another shot because we haven’t eaten at the one in our new city (we recently moved). The building looks great and we always see people there, so we assumed the experience would be positive as a whole. Hmmm, wrong!

We get in the building and told the lady at the counter we would take a minute to figure out what we wanted to order. She stared at us the whole time we reviewed the menu, and then right when we went up to order, she started talking to the manager about nonsense. After we waited for about a minute for her to get finished, she finally moseyed over to help us out. Here’s what our order consisted of (we were ordering for my father-in-law too):

  • A Whopper combo – small, no pickle or ketchup, meat patty well done
  • An Original Chicken Sandwich combo – medium (they didn’t have large, even though it’s on their menu), plain and dry (no sauce or veggies)
  • A BK Chef’s Choice combo – medium, no pickles or onions, sub ketchup and mayo for the sauce
  • Two Hershey’s Sundae Pies
  • All of the fries well done

It may not be the easiest order in the world, but it is far from complicated. My husband and I saw the people in the back putting the Whopper together without cooking the meat a second time, so we said something about it. The cook then proceeded to put the meat in the microwave, not the broiler like he should have. The lady at the counter got an attitude with me when I said something about it, and nothing was right after that.

The drinks at the restaurant all tasted like poorly flavored water, including the sweet tea, the root beer, the Dr. Pepper, and the HI-C (yes, I tried them all). We waited around for a long long time for our order, even though we were the only ones in the restaurant. When we finally got the order, my fries literally sagged because they were barely cooked. I asked the girl if they were well done, and she flat out lied to my face that they were. I told her I needed them redone because they weren’t crispy at all, so she rolled her eyes and then grudgingly shluffed off to put the fries back in the fryer.

When I started looking over the order a little closer, I realized that my Chef’s Choice burger had the advertised sauce on it, not the ketchup and mayo I had asked for. I went to the front to say something about it, and everyone tried to go to other areas of the restaurant so they wouldn’t have to deal with it. I finally got someone to hear about my problems, and I got all of my food fixed.

To end this lovely experience off on an equally great note, my husband and I got home to find that our chocolate pies were frozen solid. We couldn’t even eat them. The whole experience was just a nightmare, and it solidified my protest against BK once more. Thanks for letting me vent about it. Hopefully you won’t go through anything like this in the near future.

Chick-Fil-A Is a Step above the Rest

Posted on February 12, 2012

I love Chick-Fil-A, and I probably write about it a lot more than I should. The reason why I include this restaurant in so many of my posts here is because it truly sets itself apart from other fast food restaurants. The quality and care in every Chick-Fil-A restaurant is nothing like that of McDonald’s, Burger King, Sonic, or any other place like that. I always leave CFA with a smile on my face knowing that I am eating good food and I received good service. If you haven’t been to Chick-Fil-A before, you really need to think about going there in the near future. Here are a few reasons why.

Healthier Food

If you need to get fit for your FBI training or your midnight mall runs, Chick-Fil-A may be able to help you out. The chicken at Chick-Fil-A is cooked in peanut oil, not the standard grease that most fast food restaurants use. That is why the chicken has such a unique taste to it. Peanut oil is a lot healthier for the body than traditional frying oils, so the food in this restaurant is as healthy as it can be. If you have no time to cook but you still want a healthy meal to eat for lunch, this could be a great place to start. Most Chick-Fil-A restaurants have a poster on the wall that highlights different meals you can get for less than 500 calories total. You can refer to that poster to get the perfect healthy snack for you.

More Professional Atmosphere

The people that work for Chick-Fil-A are required to use what they call “elevated language.” Rather than saying “Pull around to the second drive thru window,” they say “It would be our pleasure to serve you at the window.” Little phrasing like this makes a big difference in the quality of service that the customers experience as a whole. The atmosphere is professional and high-class, even if it is still a fast food restaurant at the end of the day. I like to feel like I am important when I give money to an establishment. I always feel that way at Chick-Fil-A.

More Attentive Staff Members

There are always several people at the counter waiting to take orders at Chick-Fil-A. Rather than having to wait for someone to come around from the back to help you, you can get served right when you want in the door. The staff is always attentive to your needs, and they are constantly looking for ways to improve your experience in their restaurant. I have written about crappy fast food service before, and I can honestly say that I have never had an experience like that at Chick-Fil-A. I don’t know what the managers do to make their workers so darn awesome, but I’m glad they do it.

Better Menu

The menu items at Chick-Fil-A may be simplistic in nature, but that is because they taste so good on their own. This is not a place that has to go through a bunch of gimmicks to get customers coming back for more. They rely on simple, effective menu items to keep their customers loyal to them. As long as you like chicken, you can find something to love about this menu.

Funnier Mascot

If you cannot think of any other reason to love Chick-Fil-A, do it for the cows. They want you to “Eat Mor Chikn,” so you might as well give them the benefit of the doubt. I love this restaurant to death, and I literally eat there every day that they are open. If you go in there a few times yourself, you will soon see why I adore Chick-Fil-A so much.

McDonald’s Chicken McBites – They Can McBite Me

Posted on January 30, 2012

Until now, the only small pieces of chicken that you could get at McDonald’s came in the form of the chicken McNuggets. I’m not a huge fan of those in the slightest, but my husband is. Thus whenever Mickey D’s came out with their new chicken McBites, we were excited to give them a try. The results of this trial were a little less than thrilling, and quite frankly, I don’t want you to go through the same disgusting experience I had. Spare yourself the trouble and just get something else on the menu. Here’s why…

What Are Chicken McBites?

The McBites are McDonald’s feeble attempt at popcorn chicken. They are much smaller than regular chicken nuggets, and they have a different kind of breading. I think the breading is the same as that of the chicken selects, but do not quote me on that. The chicken is served in a little box that has a handy flap on the top to hold sauces. That is about the only redeeming feature of this menu item, and it is far from something I couldn’t live without.

What I Hate about the McBites

The main reason why I hate McBites so much is because they are mostly made of breading. They have very little chicken inside of them, and what little bit there is doesn’t taste very good. When I buy a chicken product of any kind, be it a sandwich, a nugget, or something in between, I expect to taste more than just the breading when I bite into it. Don’t you? That would be the same as getting a sausage link that was all skin or a crab that was all shell. I just don’t think there is a lot of value in the food.

Another thing I hate about McBites is the fact that they cost a whole lot of money. I don’t mind paying good money for good food. I’m far from what you may call a cheapskate. Nevertheless, I think the prices for the various sizes of McBites are absolutely ridiculous. You can either pay $2 for about five kernels of chicken, or you could pay $6 for a Chinese takeout size. There is nothing in between. Thus I had to pay a whole lot of money for chicken that I didn’t even eat. Sounds like a bunch of bull to me.

How to Make McBites Taste Good

If you find yourself trying the McBites despite what I have to say here, you at least need to make an effort to jazz them up a bit I would recommend getting a lot of your favorite dipping sauce because you are going to need it to mask the flavor. You could also try adding the bites to a salad doused in dressing or a sandwich caked in mayonnaise. Do whatever you have to do. Just don’t get your hopes up about eating them on their own. The results are not going to be pleasant.

Conclusion

It is entirely possible that you will think the chicken McBites are the best food invention since the McRib, but I just don’t think so. In my opinion, they are tasteless balls of breading that someone is trying to pass off as chicken. If you don’t mind spending your money on that, so be it. I just don’t want to be a part of the experience. If I were you, I would avoid wasting a single dime on the McBites so McDonald’s isn’t encouraged to keep them as a permanent menu item.