I'll admit I don't give a ton of thought to the state of drive-thru restaurants (they're quick, they're cheap, they're making us all obese--what more is there?), but one team of consultants has been watching them slowly become food-industry dinosaurs. Ohio-based Big Red Rooster, a "multidimensional ... More >>
Amazon.comRonald McDonald: champion for literacy? Well at least in the UK, he is. From now until February 7th, the fast-food giant long-criticized for being purveyors of unhealthiness and ruiner of children's nutrition is promoting one good habit even as it continues to peddle a bad one: It's giv ... More >>
Once a year, the normal people of the world take the opportunity to dress oddly in public. But in the music industry, there's no real need for Halloween--every day and every award ceremony is the opportunity for a new (and increasingly weird) costume debut. We bet you can guess who tops the ... More >>
What to eat and expect at the Filipino fast-food giant's first OC store
Sonic the Hedgehog, that cute little blue mascot of the Sega Genesis, turns 20 years old today. Created in 1991 by Yuji Naka and Naoto Oshima, Sonic quickly rose to popularity as one of the most recognized and beloved video game icons, even to this very day.Debuting in the self-titled game Sonic ... 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 mooshkie altgeldBusinessWeek posted an interesting article yesterday regarding the present and future of Ronald McDonald, the clown mascot that has sold the world Happy Meals for decades, in the process becoming the bane of anti-globalization activists.They got spokeswoman Danya Proud ... More >>
Edwin GoeiJollibee in CerritosWith the announcement that Jollibee is slated to replace Chris & Pitts in Anaheim came a few xenophobic comments, not just here, but on other blogs. The irony, of course, is that Jollibee is more American than Filipino. Take a gander at the menu and it's as if ... 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 >>
Consider the clown. Though clowns, in some shape, have manifested in all kinds of ancient cultures--from Native American myths of the arch-trickster to the ithyphallic satyr choruses of third century B.C. Greek drama--their image has taken quite the hit in the past 50 years. Most of us tend to ... More >>
Image from Google Maps Gustavo told me recently he heard news that Carl's Jr. opened its first franchise in Indonesia this month. And then on the same day, in a sort of bizarre cosmic coincidence, I got word a new Indonesian grocery store opened in Fullerton. In a bit of food quid pro quo, OC ... More >>
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Edwin GoeiAs I was waiting to pay for my Borders book purchases at The District in Tustin, guess what I saw at the checkout line? Not Snickers. Not M&M's. Pocky!
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 >>
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