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Monday, October 22, 2007

Forgive me, fellow foodies, for I have sinned.

I confess: I've been going to McDonald's a lot lately. And by a lot, I mean once or twice a week, which is a dramatic increase from how I often I used to go – never – before I moved somewhere where there's one just down the street.

It all started when I heard that miniature My Scene Barbie Roller Girls were the new Happy Meal toys (I'm a Cincinnati Rollergirl and so I have a weakness for all things roller skating-related, even if they're small, plastic and appallingly scantily-clad).

Then I discovered that it's McDonald's Monopoly time, which means that certain menu items contain small peel-off versions of Monopoly squares which might win you some cash if you collect the full set of properties of one color.

So recently, I've been placing orders like this:

"Can I have an Egg McMuffin meal with no meat, hash browns and a medium coffee? And also one of the Barbie Happy Meal toys? It’s for my niece." (FYI, I don’t have a niece.)

I’ve discovered a couple of things on these trips. First, meatless Egg McMuffins (they normally come with Canadian bacon – and here I thought it was just ham!) and hash browns are pretty darn good, in a greasy, morning-after-a-friend's-birthday-slash-Halloween-party kind of way. And I'd take McDonald’s coffee over, say, Starbucks any day – it's tastier and cheaper.

Second, I am never, ever going to win anything playing McDonald's Monopoly. I got all excited when I got a Park Place token a couple of weeks ago because I would win $1 million if I also got a Boardwalk token. Then I got another Park Place token last week. My kitchen counter is now strewn with duplicate tokens of varying colors, which I'm afraid to throw away until the contest is over just in case one goes missing.

So tonight, I'm going to make a nice stir-fry with vegetables, tofu and brown rice to make up for my terrible diet of late. And I'm going to start driving a different way to work.



at 1:30 PM Anonymous Schottzie03 said...

The three best places with better, cheaper coffee than Starbucks....


MY 4 Year Old Mr. Coffee Maker

Luckmans in the SkyTop Pavillion (right next to Starbucks)

at 1:41 PM Anonymous FoodieToo said...

No worries... I love their coffee too. It's surprisingly good.

at 7:50 PM Anonymous nicejewishgirl said...

No need to atone. I also occasionally stop by for a porkless egg mcmuffin, which are surprisingly low in fat and the protein keeps me going in the a.m. Also, the walnut and apple salad with yogurt is a nice, healthy snack. I don't go every day, but a couple times a month? No biggie. There are worse things.

at 8:14 PM Blogger Earl said...

The power of marketing is amazing!

at 10:43 AM Anonymous Schottzie03 said...

When is McRib coming back? Please get all food correspondants on this story immediately.

at 3:41 PM Blogger Lauren Bishop said...

I know, Earl, I know. Sigh. I guess I've learned nothing from "Fast Food Nation" and "Super Size Me."

And I have yet to try White Castle coffee, though I keep hearing good things about it. I have tried Luckmans and thought it tasted kind of Starbucks-esque, which isn't to say that it was bad, just not exactly my taste. I'd give it another shot though. And my 10-year-old coffee maker, which I inherited from my parents, still does a pretty decent job!

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