October 12 08

It’s Thanksgiving in Canada, which feels weird. Thanksgiving for me, since i’m a total plant, is in November. and it involves a full day of eating and football. it’s on a Thursday and the entire day on Friday is spent shopping until i drop. or at least until the husband takes away the credit card. but in Canada, things are a little different. i’ll still be eating turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes and peas and sweet potato pie and pumpkin pie. mmmm…pumpkin pie….

but it’s Monday. Monday! and it’s OCTOBER! and there’s no black Friday (boo!). it feels weird, but it’s food. so, who am i to complain? i love food. i love eating it. and cooking it. and baking it. and serving it. and learning about it.

yes, it’s true. you read that right. learning about it.

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and luckily for me, i get to learn about food this week. (like the segue there?) McDonalds Canada and The McDonald’s Moms Quality Correspondents have invited me to join their team. To be one of five mom correspondents. To take an unprecedented journey behind the scenes at both the McDonald’s Canada headquarters in Toronto and their global headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois. To be there as McDonald’s gives moms across Canada a behind-the-scenes and behind-the-counters look. To be there for the truthiness. to dispel rumors. to answer questions – my questions AND yours.

I’ll be honest. i don’t really eat at McDonald’s…unless you count the occasional coffee. (but, truth be told, as Miss Vodkarella and i have discussed, the iced coffee? the cream? the CREAM! it’s all cream! that was a big mistake! This, of course, is something i want to talk to them about…) but i still want to know. and i’m super impressed that McDonald’s wants us to know.

i’ve been talking to people about this and they are all excited to get their questions asked…and to actually get an answer. They want to know whether or not there is any lard still used in the french fries. They want to know that when they order Chicken McNuggets that they are actually getting, well, chicken. They want to know what happened to the pizza?

they want to know what their healthier options are, if there are any. They want to know about the eggs in egg McMuffins. are they real? They want to know how the apples stay so darn fresh and keep from turning brown.

they want to know.

and i want to know.

and i’m going to get answers.

so, let’s have it! your best question to ask the McDonald’s bigwigs! What do YOU want to know??!?!?!

besides how it is that my son is so darn cute?

Joshie is all bagel-smiles by you.

 

 

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  1. I am totally experiencing the same thing – living in the states and celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving. Except we’re the only ones who are celebrating. :) But it all feels just a bit…off.

    About McDonalds, I would never consider it a healthy option. But we do eat there sometimes. I really fell like McDonalds in Canada has worked much harder to improve their menu selections and image to be more health-conscious. For some reason American McDonalds don’t offer things like muffins and when my kids get apple slices with their happy meals the apple are PEELED. In Canada they leave the peel on. It seems like a silly thing, but why would they peel them in the US? I find it really strange. I am interested to hear what you learn in your behind-the-scenes visit!

    Shannons last blog post..So long, and thanks for all the turkey!

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    Comment by Shannon on October 12, 2008
  2. Are you aware that the news you are watching is interlaced with Communist China’s propaganda,as
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    “Jiang Zhemin ordered us to kill you,but without creating scenes”6.16 “The Pakistani
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    16. Despite being even unable to fend for themselves in face of the high-tech detriments and attacks from China, we can not tolerate the fact that these politicians and journalists will become the accomplices to help China commit its terrorist acts and suppression on these innocent people in the current era or an unknown future.
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    Chen,Shun-Chuan 2002.10.13* Republic of China (Taiwan)

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    Comment by Chen,Shun-Chuan on October 12, 2008
  3. Ask them if the Big N Tasty burger is really brains, or if they have any plans for offering a Brains N Tasty burger in the future.

    Zombie Daddys last blog post..Lessons in Living, Dead.

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    Comment by Zombie Daddy on October 12, 2008
  4. Well, I was going to ask what the second commenter asked but she totally stole my thunder.

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    Comment by slynnro on October 12, 2008
  5. Ask them what happened to the McDLT? I mean, it was brilliance! The burger and toppings were separate until you deemed them together. Awesome.

    Seriously, I don’t think about McDonald’s that much. There are none nearby for me and it’s not a choice we make very often. I appreciate that they offer healthier options now, but the media has painted such a poor light on their ingredients and marketing that it’s left me with a sour taste (ha ha) regarding the company. That doesn’t mean I’m not open to hearing what really goes on.

    What do they think and how do they plan to address the bad press in recent years?

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    Comment by Chantal on October 12, 2008
  6. OK, since slynnro said what I was going to say, I do have another question. We hear all about the McDonald’s Monopoly game and then never hear who wins. Does anybody ever win the Monopoly game? And how many thousands of Filet O’Fish do we have to eat to win the car? And is the Hamburglar single? And if not, is he in an open relationship?

    Margarets last blog post..How To Win a Pissing Contest

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    Comment by Margaret on October 12, 2008
  7. The apples? My guess is they dip them or spritz them or treat them with some type of weak acid solution, like citric acid, or lemon juice or similar. The acid reacts with the phenols(?) in the apples in such a way as to retard or eliminate browning. That’s a trick you can use next time you peel a bunch of apples at home: spritz the slices with a little lemon juice, or put them in a bowl of cold water with some lemon juice in it.

    Brains? Eh, I think they were going to launch the McScrapple breakfast muffin first!

    IrishGumbos last blog post..Bless Me, Father, For I…Wait, I’m Not Catholic

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    Comment by IrishGumbo on October 12, 2008
  8. Ask them why the hell my food never looks like the stuff on the menu board by the time I get it, and why it’s never, ever hot. Also, ask them why the damn employees take up all the customer parking spots rather than the spots designated for them in the back. Also, if you can, find out what it is they lace the Southwest salad with that literally shreds me each time I eat one.

    Feel free to omit the curse words from your queries if you see fit.

    differentkindofgirls last blog post..she never mentions the word addiction in certain company

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    Comment by differentkindofgirl on October 12, 2008
  9. Joshie IS so cute. Good to see him EATING!

    Haley-Os last blog post..The PYKFH, the Beautiful Friends, and the Etc.

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    Comment by Haley-O on October 12, 2008
  10. Perfect!!!
    I have been unable to get a straight answer in 3.5yrs.
    I NEED to know if the french fries contain gluten or casein.
    Could’ya find out for Cuy??
    Thanks ;-)
    And for me – Why the frig they stopped making the Big Extra????

    Christines last blog post..

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    Comment by Christine on October 12, 2008
  11. Ask them if there’s anything they can add to the Chicken McNuggets that would protect our minds from being infiltrated by China’s microwaves. (That would be a follow up for Chen Sun Yang a Tang’s question.)

    And ask them where they get their meat from (I’m guessing Mexico).

    And ask them why there’s always one McNugget that you get the boot… you know, the chicken who forgot to take its rubber boots off before being turned into a nugget?

    And ask why they quit serving happy meals in happy meal containers. My kids are finally old enough so I can legitimately buy them, and now they come in BAGS?!? WTH?

    And ask why they don’t ASK people if they want napkins and silverware before they stuff every bag full of them. Not everyone who takes food TO GO is eating in their car/camper.

    Yep, that’s it. :)

    lorens last blog post..Thursday Night Live???

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    Comment by loren on October 12, 2008
  12. That Shun guy commented on me earlier too. I’m not sure how his comment is related to McDonald’s, but I guess you could get a few questions out of it. Can you ask Mickey D’s why the McRib sandwich is a special offer only? My husband is upset about this. Also, could you find out, once and for all, their breakfast service hours during the week vs weekend? My clock is always off.

    jenboglasss last blog post..The Five Spot

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    Comment by jenboglass on October 12, 2008
  13. I want to know why they can NEVER get my order right when I go through the drive-thru. It’s to piss me off, isn’t it?

    And how did your son get so cute? I’m guessing your husband.

    Matthews last blog post..Added Incentive

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    Comment by Matthew on October 13, 2008
  14. Happy Thanksgiving!

    I eat at Raunchie Ron’s occasionally. Not too often cuz it’s crap.

    Teena in Torontos last blog post..Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Comment by Teena in Toronto on October 13, 2008
  15. I would like to know who’s big idea it was to get rid of the Big Extra! Clearly it was the greatest burger of all time? And seriously my husband talks about the Pizza all of the time. They should really bring that back!

    Loving Dangers last blog post..Some Thoughts

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    Comment by Loving Danger on October 13, 2008
  16. I took the kids to McDs this weekend and ate ONE of their chicken nuggets.

    What exactly was the white hard piece I bite in and pulled out. Hard. White. About the size of a marker point.

    Ewww. Please tell me what it was.

    OHmommys last blog post..Shamelessly Burning Calories in High Heels.

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    Comment by OHmommy on October 13, 2008
  17. I just want to say that I have no pity for you and your lack of Black Friday when you have Boxing Day! Why can’t we all have both??

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    Comment by AJ on October 13, 2008
  18. 2 Questions from me…

    1. What exactly is in a McNugget?
    2. How would they explain the fries in super size me not deteriorating in a jar for several weeks? Why dont the fries decompose normally?

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    Comment by Hockeyman on October 13, 2008
  19. OHMommy – That’s the BOOT!

    lorens last blog post..I spin me right round, baby

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    Comment by loren on October 13, 2008
  20. When on your trip to Oak Brook, you must go to Oak Brook Mall! You will thank me.

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    Comment by Tara L on October 13, 2008
  21. I want to know if McDonalds is in cahoots with Communist China and is using electromagnetic rays to scan our brains.

    My sons want to know why they took away the indoor playground at the McDonalds in West Mobile.

    Heather, Queen of Shake Shakes last blog post..This is how we do crazy around here. Alternate Title: How many times can I ask what the hell?

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    Comment by Heather, Queen of Shake Shake on October 13, 2008
  22. Slynnro – HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    I want to know why they pulled the selection of salads (ie The Bacon Ranch, et al), at least in BC.

    I had no problem getting decent salads there when we were across the border.

    Angellas last blog post..Two

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    Comment by Angella on October 13, 2008
  23. Why the hambruger wrapper says 100% pure beef with a copyright symbol on it when all it means is that is the clever name of the people who make the wrapper and not McDonald’s describing the contents of the patty.

    And why do they not call the double quarter the half pounder?

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    Comment by Steph on October 13, 2008
  24. I want to know how those nuggets are treated before they become food? also Ali are using electro-magnetic waves to make me ask this question. hahaha

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    Comment by LAVENDULA on October 13, 2008
  25. How much sugar goes into their sweet tea? It’s really sweet, but I’m addicted to it!

    Lindy Wests last blog post..Gavin’s First Motorcycle Event

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    Comment by Lindy West on October 13, 2008
  26. Why isnt the McRib year round? And WTF is a McDonalds PIZZA?? Oooh also, why is there NOT a kids breakfast meal?? They should totally have one.

    Misss last blog post..Please! Don’t act like you didn’t know…

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    Comment by Miss on October 13, 2008
  27. Is the secret sauce REALLY Ronald’s “secret sauce”?

    Seriously though, the McDLT and the pizza are two items I miss personally.

    SciFi Dads last blog post..Fuck.

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    Comment by SciFi Dad on October 13, 2008
  28. What happened to the McLean Deluxe and are they going to use any whole wheat or whole grain products any time soon?

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    Comment by Charna on October 13, 2008
  29. Why don’t they offer their new coffees in decaf? I love lattes from Starbucks (but with the price, they are a treat not an everyday occurance). McDs only has regular fancy coffees, no decafs (at least here in MN where we are not being exposed to electromagnetic communist activity).
    What happened to those yummy warmed up apple danishes?

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    Comment by Amy on October 13, 2008
  30. Thanksgiving in October is weird. Weird and wrong, I say. Oh wait, pie? I love pie. I’d eat pie in October. Ok, never mind my first statement. I take it back.

    Ask McDonalds for me, if they pump french fry smell into the air, so you can smell it from a six mile radius.

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    Comment by Issa on October 13, 2008
  31. How come there fries are so bloody addictive? I mean as long as they are hot and fresh. McD’s needs to implement at freshness rule…like fries will not sit longer than 5 mins. or we start a new batch.

    Kalles last blog post..Voting Day

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    Comment by Kalle on October 14, 2008
  32. Cute pic btw!

    About Mickey d’s…Love all the questions so far, would love to see them answered. While I’d love to see more healthy options on the menu, what kid in their right mind would choose them (or allow mom to choose them) when there are fries and chicken nuggets there? I’d like to see a whole new restaurant like “McHealthy’s” with the same atmosphere, kids meals in neat boxes with toys, clean high chairs, fast service, fun decor, with ONLY healthy options on the menu. Now that’s where I’d wanna take my kids, and eat too.

    Kathys last blog post..How not to cook a turkey

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    Comment by Kathy on October 14, 2008
  33. I spent almost seven years of my life slinging grease at McDonald’s, so there’s really not much I want to know. I know a lot about McD’s, inside and out, and it is a pretty decent place to eat (at least, the locations I worked at were). I wouldn’t consider McD’s a healthy option – I didn’t when I worked there and I don’t now – but I have no problems with getting the kids happy meals or scarfing down a McChicken.

    Several times when I worked there we had a special burger called the Hockey Hero burger. We called it the Triple Bypass because it was three patties, mayo, special sauce…*shudder*. Whenever we worked drive thru we’d always call it The Hockey Hair burger and you know…nobody ever noticed.

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    Comment by mamatulip on October 15, 2008
  34. I’m a transplant, too! So weird to have Thanksgiving in October!

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