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Here's an unpopular thought: McDonalds is a necessary evil for travelers.
For all the stress on experiencing cities "like a local" and seeking out the best, freshest cuisine for the most reasonable price, there is something to be said for the reliability of good ol' McDs, as we recently found out for ourselves in that super rich, super small country of Monaco.
Seeking an alternative to the pricey menus and lengthy meals of the tiny principality, we headed to their one McDonalds, in the newest part of Monaco, Fontvieille. Here we found the real populationyacht crew, retail workers, policemenordering up 7 Euro meals and munching on Big Macs with a view of Fontvieille's harbor.
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If there’s one staple of the airport dining scene—besides Sbarro of course—it has to be Starbucks. The ubiquitous coffee shop is there when you need them, and of course they can supply you with everything from caffeine and cookies to macchiato and muffins.
Now things are getting even better, as the Starbucks Evenings concept has made its way to the airport. It’s just like Starbucks but with a little less coffee and a lot more food and wine. Here’s where to find the first couple of these locations during your next layover.
Los Angeles International Airport
The latest Starbucks Evenings location is part of the upgrades and improvements to the Tom Bradley International Terminal over at LAX . This one has been open since late last year, and it now gives the option for travelers to enjoy a nice glass of wine or a cold beer before their flight. As far as snacks are concerned they of course have those as well, as Chipotle Hummus Dip and Goat Cheese Flatbread are just a couple of the additions to the menu to help you further enjoy that adult beverage. Stop by before your next flight if you’re in the neighborhood of the South Concourse between Gates 157 and 156.
Reports over the last few months have indicated that baguette sales are down across the board in France, so much so that the French Bakers' Lobby launched a campaign in an attempt to get people to fall back off the wagon.
The campaign and its slogan (“hey there, did you pick up the bread?”) pretty much says it all about the state of the situation. According to the BBC, two factors have contributed most to the downturn in bread consumption: 1) The French are sitting down less and eating more meals on-the-go and 2) In an effort to cut costs, many bakeries are now using frozen bread instead of making it fresh.
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Well that didn’t take long—it’s only been a few months since Shake Shack made its debut at New York’s JFK Airport, and it’s already been voted like the best darn airport cheeseburger in the whole wide world. Well, sorta. Technically, The Moodie Report awarded the fast food joint the “Best Fast Food/Quick Service Restaurant" in the Airport Food and Beverage Industry during the Airport Food and Beverage Awards in Dubai.
If you haven’t visited Shake Shack in your travels—now’s the time to do so. There are locations across the United States, including plenty in New York City and a few in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Florida, and Washington, DC. As for the airport spots, the award winner is located within Terminal 4 near one of the Delta gates—B34—at New York’s JFK Airport. There’s even another one coming in the same terminal, and it’s expected to open later this fall.
There are a few theories about how fried potato strips became known as "French fries," some dating the term back to Thomas Jefferson and others attributing it to a French solider named Parmentier who lived off spuds as a prisoner during the Seven Years' war.
But don't bring any of that up on your next trip to Belgium, because as far as the people there are concerned, "French fries" should be called "Flemish fries." Their side of the story is that fries were introduced to American soldiers during World War I in Belgium, and the name "French fry" came from the fact that the official language at the time was French.
What's true is up for debate (such is history!), but this was one project where we certainly didn't mind doing the research. The Flemish put their own spin on the spuds by double frying them, which officially makes them one of the most unhealthy foods you can possibly eat. But hey, when in Rome...
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Who goes to Brunei? Not many, in truth, since the tiny, oil-rich Sultanate in Southeast Asia only sees around 250,000 visitors every year. Make that 250,001 for 2013, as we recently ventured there ourselves to find out exactly what there is to do besides get a cool passport stamp. So Google Map it and stay tuned as we share Brunei travel tips all week.
It may not look like much, but luckily beauty is not a requirement for excellent flavor. Meet Nasi Katok, Brunei's fast food take on the Nasi Lemak and Nasi Goreng you're more likely to find around the rest of Southeast Asia.
The dish is simple, appropriate for its incredibly budget-friendly price of $1. It's a heaping helping of hot white rice, ladled over with a sweet and spicy sambal sauce, topped off with a piece of fried chicken you select (wings, thighs, drumsticks--it's up to you).
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There's something oddly comforting about seeing a familiar brand when traveling to a foreign land. Amongst all of the sweltering hustle and bustle of Cambodia, we came across the icy goodness of Dairy Queen. Immediately after recognizing the iconic DQ logo, we had to rest our weary feet and dig into a refreshing soft-serve cone.
Not only did we escape the heat of midday Phnom Penh by scoring some much needed air conditioning (not to mention some free wifi), but we got to check out the interesting menu of another American fast-food chain abroad. After passing over the standard ice cream sundaes, Blizzards, and ice cream cakes, our eyes settled on the hot dog section, in particular the Chicago Hot Dog.
Think you've tried a fair share of weird fast food menu items? Think again, as Taco Bell continues to up the ante with their waffle taco. No, making tacos out of Doritos and apple pies out of empanadas isn't enough; this new offering is a "shell" of waffle filled with scrambled eggs, a sausage patty and a side of syrup (460 calories and 30 grams of fat) for $0.89 each.
Taco Bell focused on only five restaurants around the San Diego area for the initial test launch, which included other breakfast items like a yogurt parfait, but the waffle taco has proved so immediately popular that nearly 100 Taco Bells will boast of offering the creation as soon as this weekend.
The classic pizza feud of New York vs Chicago is old news. These days, it's all about the Pizza Huts of China vs the Pizza Huts of Hong Kong vs the Pizza Huts of Japan vs...you get the idea.
Recently, the pizza place chain even made headline news in China for doing away with their salad bars and whether or not the trend of building salad towers had anything to do with that decision. For real though, we can't even imagine eating any salad at Asia's pizza huts because the pie varieties are just so darn indulgent, and in the case of South Korea's Camembert pizza, even opulent.
What is the one thing that Bizarre Foods' star Andrew Zimmern just cannot make himself eat?
If you answered the Asian fruit Durian, then you're correct! The spiky-on-the-outside, custardy-on-the-inside produce is infamously smelly and banned from subway systems and hotel rooms; the stench is often likened to rotting foot flesh. That's a little extreme, especially since the meat of the fruit itself is quite tasty once cut up and served, whether on its own or in ice creams, puddings or cakes.
Durian is popular all over Southeast Asia, and has just made the big time as a featured item at McDonalds as part of the new "Singapura Feast" menu inyou guessed itSingapore.
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Recently, we found ourselves in New Zealand and, of course, we were overwhelmed and pretty much mesmerized by the scenery and surroundings as we put plenty of kilometers on the rental car. However, that didn’t mean we weren’t on the lookout for the (calorie-laden) comforts of home now and then. Thankfully, it’s always easy to spot a McDonald’s and that’s certainly the case when there’s an airplane pretty much sticking out the side of the place.
This McDonald’s — which is now one of our faves — is complete with all the usual offerings as well as a pretty decent McCafé, too. Which is a good thing as you’ll certainly need a flat white or something similar to enjoy while taking in the scenery.
Ah, the Shamrock Shake. This limited-time-only cup of swirly mint goodness is McDonald's small way of paying ode to St. Patrick's Day, but is it Irish at all?
The ingredients, pulled straight from the McDonald's official site, are listed as: vanilla reduced fat ice cream, Shamrock Shake syrup, whipped cream, maraschino cherry. Those last two are purely part of McD's serving suggestion, which we skip to save, like, 200 unnecessary calories.
Although no one official inventor of ice cream can be named, most articles on the history of ice cream agree that its origins can be traced to BC times, when it likely headed from China to Europe and found first popularity in France and Italy as "milk ice." The name only became "iced cream" when the first ice cream parlour opened in America, in New York City, in 1776. From here on, modern ice cream as we know it becomes a wholly American development, since the processes (commercial production, refrigeration, advanced recipes) were Yankee inventions.
As for mint syrup, its most popular use outside of coffee and medicine would be as an ingredient of a mint julep (in place of fresh mint). Mint juleps originated in the American south in the 1700s, right around the time ice cream was coming into its own, so their eventual cooperation in the Shamrock Shake was seemingly meant to be.