Friday, October 16, 2009

World McFood Of The Day

Think our McD's food is nasty? Check out some of the shit they serve elsewhere. On the other hand, a couple of these look damn good.

From Food Network. Link from Sheila.


Across Asia, you can pick up a McHotdog Mega Breakfast Sausage.

Sausage & Egg Twisty Pasta

A breakfast item. Sausage, eggs, and pasta in chicken broth and “other greens.”

Bacon Potato Pie

It’s like an apple pie, but with mashed potatoes and bacon.

Cheese Katsu

Fried pork sandwich stuffed with cheese.

Double Beef Prosperity Burger

From Malaysia. two beef or chicken patties dipped in black pepper sauce and layered with fresh onion slices in a sesame seed bun.

Ebi Filet-O

A fried shrimp sandwich. In Hong Kong, it’s known as the Shrimp Burger. (Crabby patty!)

Shake Shake Fries

You dump your fries into a bag, sprinkle seasoning on them, and shake. Available flavors include seaweed, chargrill, French onion, salt & pepper.

McBanana Pie

Fried pie with banana filling.

Shogun Burger

Served in Hong Kong, it's a pork patty with Teriyaki sauce and cabbage.

Bubur Ayam McD

Bubur Ayam literally translates to “chicken porridge.” Chicken strips in porridge with onions, ginger, and chili peppers.


Spaghetti noodles served in sweet tomato-based sauce. (We have this in the U.S. It's called Chef Boy-Ar-Dee)

McRice Burger

A ground beef burger or chicken fillet served with special sauce on fried rice cakes.


Grilled chicken or kofta (beef with spices) with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and garlic mayonnaise, wrapped in an Arabic style pita bread.

Chicken Mac

Two breaded chicken patties (de-boned breast meat), lettuce, sesame seed bun, McDeluxe sauce, and cheese.

Recette Moutarde

Mustard burger on ciabatta bread. Introduced in Morocco in 2006.

Veg McPuff Pizza

Rectangular dough, filled with tomato sauce and vegetables.

Paneer Salsa Wrap

Cottage cheese, drenched in cajun seasoning and then wrapped in flatbread and fried.

Chicken McCurry Pan

Starts off with a rectangle dish made out of dough and is topped with a tomato-curry sauce, spiced with thyme, basil, and oregano, chicken, bell peppers, and cheese. (Thank you and come again!)


Chicken, bacon, and onions

Croque McDo

Two melted slices of Emmental cheese and a slice of ham toasted between flattened hamburger buns.


Offered in Germany, France, and a few other locations across Europe.


A fish wrap sold in Finland and Norway.


Sold in Turkey, it's two burger patties covered in cayenne pepper sauce, and vegetables, and served on a fried pita.

Bacon Roll

Just slices of bacon on a hard roll with ketchup. Sold in England. (You had me at bacon, lost me at ketchup.)

My Poutine

From Canada. French fries topped with cheese curds and gravy.


Started off as a family sized pizza, but turned into an individual-sized pan pizza.

Gallo Pinto

You can order gallo pinto (rice and beans) at the McDonalds in Costa Rica.


Sold in New Zealand. It’s a beef patty, with an egg, tomato, lettuce, cheese, onion, cooked beetroot, sauce and mustard on a bun.

Triple Mac

Big Mac not big enough? Try the new TRIPLE MAC in Argentina.


Refried beans, cheese, and pico de gallo served on an English muffin. Sold in Mexico.

Deluxe Breakfast

The McDonalds deluxe breakfast in Hawaii comes with spam, rice, eggs, and sausage patties.

McLobster Roll

Served seasonally in Canada.

Music Video Of The Day: A Glorious Dawn

Both soothing and educational. I like. My thanks to Michael for the link.

Classic TV Show Open Of The Day

Long regarded as one of TV's biggest flops, the show did have 41 episodes*, a lot more than today's flops. Network programmers had a little more patience back then -- for better or for worse.

I don't remember watching this at all. Probably came on after my bedtime, which was 5:30.

* IMDb says 41, Wikipedia says 35. Which one is right? Who cares?!

America's Smartest Cities Of The Day

The Daily Beast has ranked 55 of America's largest cities on intelligence. See full list and criteria here. Seems like a silly, dubious endeavor to me.

TOP 10

San Fran-Oakland-San Jose
Minneapolis/St. Paul
Hartford-New Haven
(tie) Seattle-Tacoma
(tie) Washington, D.C
Portland, OR


San Antonio
Las Vegas
(tie) New Orleans, Houston, Orlando
Dallas-Ft. Worth

Vid Of The Day: Cadbury

Another disconcerting chocolate ad from Canada. Clearly the drugs are better up there.

Thanks, Glenda, for the link.

The 20 Worst Movie Endings Ever

From Cranky Pants Betsy and the Times Online (UK). Contains spoilers -- as articles about movie endings often do. I don't agree with a lot of their choices, but you know what they say about opinions.

Cast Away
Robert Zemeckis, 2000

Being stuck alone with Tom Hanks on a desert island for 90 minutes is itself a test of patience, but at least there is the whole “will-he-escape?” question. He does . . . but things don’t stop there. In a turgidly anticlimactic homecoming, he discovers that his girlfriend is married to their dentist. He looks sad. Time passes. Just when things threaten never to end he finds himself standing at a crossroads. Like we don’t get it.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, 1975

They changed the face of modern humour, but the Python boys, moving away from standard sketch construction, often left themselves with no punchlines. In a half-hour TV show, that’s acceptable. But on the big screen, after some of the most hysterical comedy moments in cinema history, to have King Arthur and his knights arrested by contemporary policemen is, literally, a cop-out.

Blade Runner (original release)
Ridley Scott, 1982

The studio-tampered original has much to recommend it, including Harrison Ford’s noir-style voiceover, the perfect complement to Scott’s dark, rain-drenched hellhole. What really sucks is the decision to remove all ambiguity from the ending, leaving Deckard (Ford) and Rachael (Sean Young) driving in sun-drenched mountains that look as if they were torn from another movie. They were. From the outtakes of the opening minutes of The Shining.

Paul Thomas Anderson, 1999

How do you tie up the loose ends in an ambitious comedy-drama? Answer: you introduce a freak meteorological event, a rain of frogs that falls on your characters, interrupting suicide attempts and causing havoc on the highway. Biblical imagery? Or a desperate attempt to plug plot holes with amphibians?

Alfred Hitchcock, 1960

“Matricide is probably the most unbearable crime of all!” And so begins an agonisingly dull lecture from know-all Dr Richmond (Simon Oakland) that explains the psychopathology of Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) in painfully literal terms, and brings the formerly thrilling proceedings to an undignified splat.

Saving Private Ryan
Steven Spielberg, 1998

Spielberg opened his war drama with one of cinema’s most visceral combat scenes. But he added on a coda in the style of a Werther’s Original ad, in which Ryan, now a grandad, reflects on whether he was a good man. Spielberg at his gloopiest.

Randal Kleiser, 1978

Olivia Newton-John’s overnight transformation from virginal moppet to leather-clad vamp might have stretched credulity, but Kleiser’s musical at least conformed to the laws of physics. Until the final shot, in which John Travolta’s hotrod takes flight and soars away into the clouds. Why, oh why?

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Peter Jackson, 2003

Overegging the pudding in epic style, Jackson wraps up his nine-hour saga with no fewer than four endings. The coronation of Viggo Mortensen’s king was euphoric, but the dockside farewell and Sam’s return to Bag End were unecessary, and don’t get us started on the scene in which Frodo and friends laugh like stoned schoolgirls.

For the rest, see the full article at Times Online


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