Looking back at 2012 news that was fit to blog but not to print . . . until now
Frankly, I haven't had a McRib in years. But the cult behind McDonald's BBQ pork sandwich were worried after a delay that postponed its return in October that the latter half of 2012 would be McRib-less.
There are few things in the music business as puzzling as the post-mortem release. Usually, when an artist we love expires, our first reaction is one of excitement to hear more from them. However, looking back at the history of such releases gives us an underwhelming selection of grave-robbing cash- ... More >>
I don't really care for McDonald's, but I do care for murals. I remember seeing a McDonald's-themed mural in Huntington Beach off Edinger Avenue and Edwards Street years ago but never really gave it any thought, figuring it was a bunch of corporate spinning. Of course, the truth was more fascinating ... More >>
When it comes to McDonald's fast food "pies" (I use the quotes on purpose there because what McDonald's serves I've always regarded as closer to Hot Pockets than pies) fried is better than baked and the special fillings are better than the standard old apple. I actually liked the Strawberry and Crem ... More >>
McDonald's Canada's "truthiness" campaign continues with more reveals on how they make and what goes into their most popular items. These videos have addressed just about every customer-lobbed question from "why doesn't the food ever look as good as the picture?" to "does McDonald's use 'pink slime ... More >>
A man in Florida went to a McDonald's drive-thru last Friday and allegedly demanded a free meal. He claimed he deserved it because he said he was a cop who had just come back from a sting operation. He flashed a gun and a badge. That was when the restaurant called the real cops.
McDonald's just isn't real food. So, it would make sense that something so fake, so artificial, and so full of preservatives would not be able to house mold. So, we at the OC Weekly, being as eager to jump on the McDonald's hating bandwagon as everyone else - decided to put this rumor to the test.
We probably need to start a new blog category for food items some branches of our homegrown fast-food brands are coming up with overseas. That hot-dog in a pizza crust at UK Pizza Huts was genius. McDonald's in Australia's lamb burger is an idea whose time has come.See also:McDonald's In China Sells ... More >>
Last week it was revealed that the Golden Arches offered black and white burgers in China. This week McDonald's tests out its noodles in Austria, which seems counter-intuitive somehow. The stir fry noodles will start being sold this Thursday for a limited time in the land that gave us Schw ... More >>
There are people out there who count the minutes until the McRib makes its triumphant return to McDonald's. These people know that Ronald usually rolls out the barbecue-slathered pork rib-shaped patty sandwiches around the October to November timeframe.
I don't watch Mad Men, nor do I know a lick about fashion, but the designer McDonald's has hired to revamp their uniforms has told the Telegraph that the new look the company is debuting at the London Olympics has "a little bit" of Don Draper in it.
The survey results of a so-called American Customer Satisfaction Index released Tuesday ranked McDonald's dead last in with a customer satisfaction rating of 73, two points behind Burger King and KFC. Number one? Papa John's. You can see the full list here. Pithy headlines like "McDonald's Custome ... More >>
While we're all about potlucks, this reminds us of how we felt after watching Super Size Me; we couldn't drive by a McDonalds without getting queasy for weeks months. This time, it may be the ultimate form of weight watching for those with a sweet tooth.Reports of a student pulling off a distasteful ... More >>
Does Long Beach-born pitcher James McDonald have the most wicked slider in baseball?The pride of Long Beach Poly High and Golden West College in Huntington Beach has had his slider ranked the second best swing-and-miss pitch among National League starters this season.Let's go the video . . .
Perhaps taking its cue from the success of the McRib and Shamrock Shakes, McDonald's has announced that its new strategy will involve more limited-time offers.Last year the Golden Arches offered a total of 8 limited-time specials including Asian Chicken Salad, Frozen Strawberry Lemonade, a ... More >>
McDonald's gets sued for a lot of things. Just the other day it was slapped with two new lawsuits from people alleging that they were burned by their coffee. But a late breaking story from The Consumerist sounds like it has to be a gift to late night comedians--a woman is suing McDonald's fo ... More >>
Luxe loncheras looking to attract hungry schoolkids may have to wait until way after the bell rings to do so if a proposed law goes into effect. Assemblyman Bill Monning (D-Carmel) introduced a state bill that would ban food trucks from parking within 1,500 feet of a public school between the hou ... More >>
Obviously not a revelation, more of an "about time" moment, R & D at McDonald's has gotten around to offering yet another version of their chicken-y protein. Granted, they did scoop their Kentucky competition of the coveted nugget niche (who eats a box of 50, anyway?!) back in the day. Waitin ... More >>
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Fascinating article out on the Motley Fool yesterday. Written by a trio of students from Wharton, the paper chronicles in detail how McDonald's managed to succeed in France in spite of initial push-back from French society in general.McDonald's now boasts more than 1,200 restaurants in France, th ... More >>
McDonald's has brought back the elusive McRib for a limited time only, and because we're disgusting, it's the biggest news story of the day. Here's what people have been saying on Twitter.
As India's middle class grows, so does their waistlines, says a fascinating article on News24 and other outlets. The culprit according to the article? McDonald's and KFC of course. The fast food giants, along with their kin Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, are said to be making inroads there and they're ... More >>
Mark McDonald, moving on upWe've always loved Old Vine Cafe and the McDonald brothers, Mark and Brandon, who run it. We've also loved how the two will engage with any criticism leveled at them over at Yelp. Some might call it being thin-skinned; I say it's instantaneous response to any slights th ... More >>
Anne Marie PanoringanLet's face it, soft serve is generally found at three places: McDonalds, buffets (Vegas, Soup Plantation or otherwise), and the occasional Korean establishment. Sweet, cheap, and appealing to the masses, nothing says "Let's finish our reasonably priced meal" like a dish or co ... More >>
Edwin GoeiSubway has announced that it will add Vitamin D and calcium to all its breads, except for their English muffins and flatbreads. According to Nation's Restaurant News, eating a Subway six-inch sub will now give you 30% of the recommended daily allowance of calcium and 20% of the recommen ... More >>
This Corona del Mar spot looks yuppie, but makes doughnuts worthy of Anaheim
Before you dismiss me as a corporate-hating elitist...well, maybe I'm the former, for sure. But I do not reflexively hate McDonald's. I still maintain their ham Egg McMuffin is one of the great fast-food creations, one that spurs me to eat four in a sitting, while their small apple pies, gooey an ... More >>
something brewing....The Swiss and French call it fondue; Japanese refer to it as shabu-shabu (literally 'swish swish'). Over in Garden Grove, in a space previously occupied by Four Seasons, the term they use is hot pot. Cooking meats and vegetables in boiling liquid is an interactive, even socia ... More >>
Amidst calls and petitions for McDonald's to fire Ronald McDonald and stop marketing to kids, a 57-year-old man named Don Gorske has reached a remarkable milestone: he ate his 25,000th Big Mac, 39 years after eating his first.
Flickr user mhaithacaBut the cheese isn't even melted on this McDonald's sandwich! Meh!The Golden Arches. Even those who profess to hate it fall prey to their addictive breakfasts. The Deluxe Breakfast, the Egg McMuffin, and the most evil, habit-forming nemesis of all, the Sausage McMuffin with E ... More >>
Though Irvine has risen in the past decade as one of the county's best dining cities, chains still rule the land of Agran--and they propagate like Tribbles. Proof in point: two Mexican chains opened their doors in the past month: Chipotle in Westpark and Chronic Taco in Woodbridge. Both offer m ... More >>
The headline is as scandalous as it gets: "China Makes Fake Rice From Plastic." The news reports, like the one linked above from a site called Very Vietnam, alleges "that some distributors are selling fake rice in Taiyuan, Shaanxi Province, and this rice is a mixture of potatoes, sweet potatoes an ... More >>
Flickr user fugutabetai syashinIf you spent your youth with the McRib, you're just happier than a hog in slop right now with the re-launch of that sandwich at every US McDonald's franchise. I admit it: I liked them as kid, but I've since learned about real barbecue, and welcomed the news with a s ... More >>
Surely by now you've heard about the bizarre results of the McDonald's Happy Meal experiment that hit the web this week. If you haven't, here's the story in a nutshell: New York-based artist Sally Davies bought a Happy Meal back in April, brought it home, but didn't eat it. Instead she put ... More >>
Photo by Kimberly Valenzuela There's a lot of interesting stories behind our local food truck scene. Stephanie Morgan's is one of them. To start the Seabirds--OC's one and only vegan gourmet food truck--this entrepreneur gave up a plum job at a New York City investment firm. Today we ask our s ... More >>
Hey, fast food junkies--good news. We think.Now the McDonald's Angus Third Pounder is available in a handy form: As a Snack Wrap. Cheeseburger shoved into a tortilla!
Edwin Goei We continue to countdown our 100 favorite dishes at local restaurants. We'll be sharing these with you every weekday until our annual Best Of Issue comes out. Enjoy!#85. Beef Fat Fries at SideDoor Fries are fries, but what if you cooked them in beef fat? Thank yourselves that it ... More >>
Edwin GoeiWould you want people to know you're eating your fifth Big Mac in a week at exactly the moment you eat it? McDonald's and social networking giant Facebook will let you do just that. The two companies are reportedly teaming up to use Facebook's upcoming geolocation feature, which could ... More >>
Courtesy of PETALet's hope their signs are bigger tomorrow. Harbor has a 40 mph speed limit.If you're going to be driving in the area of Harbor and McFadden tomorrow, Wednesday, December 9, from noon to 1 p.m., be aware that there will be a person in a chicken suit protesting McDonald's chicken s ... More >>
As if Starbucks and McDonald's weren't enough, we now have the superior (in my opinion) Peet's in the mix, luring us in with comp'd drinks.Participating locations will be offering a free 8oz Caffè Freddo (that's a cold one) from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday, August 7.
Disclaimer: I've outright nicked this from our sister pub, SF Weekly. CLICK HERE for the slideshow of gruesomeness. But there must be some better examples out there (the Sausage McGriddles look like pure junk food heaven to me, and the carrot and raisin salad is hardly outlandish).Admittedly, there ... More >>
Just when you think that it's all gloom-and-doom for every business out there, guess who's doing just fine.Yep. McDonald's.According to a QSR Magazine and backed up by some very convincing numbers, Ronald McDonald is making out like the Hamburglar these days, posting 52 consecutive months of sales ... More >>
Costa Mesa resident Lori McDonald's odd taste in holiday decorations may be getting her into trouble with the city and her neighbors, but after she described them to us we had to get a look. McDonald's huge 1971 Cadillac Hearse, painted "Plum Crazy" purple has raised the ire of some of her uppity ... More >>
Of Micks and McDonald's
The online environmental Grist Magazine points to a New York Times story with this: Words Fail Us Hummer propaganda aimed at kids through McDonald's Happy Meals Sometimes a story comes along that so perfectly captures a culture's pathologies that it should be put in a time capsule, so future genera ... More >>
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