Back in 2009 I blogged about McDonalds. It was my 2nd week of living overseas. I was desperate for a little bit of home. I mentioned how much I hate McDonalds. The food is so gross and I avoided it at all costs.
Fast forward to today. I went there voluntarily. By myself. No, the kids weren't in the car asking for it. Me. I wanted it. True, all I really wanted was a fountain Coca~Cola, but while I was in the drive thru I opted for some chocolate chip cookies also. No more do they come in a box with tiny dry cookies with a picture of Ronald on the cover. No, today I received fresh, hot, soft, chocolate chip cookies. At McDonalds!?
Dave calls it Brand Name Marketing at its finest. All I know is that I've been a lot of remote places, and there are three things you can always count on 1.) Starbucks 2.) 7-Eleven 3.) McDonalds.
In Switzerland (where a Big Mac was insanely expensive) I'd usually order in person to try and get someone who spoke English. One day I was really brave and ordered in French in the drive-thru. Granted, they got my order wrong, but it was close ;)
In Egypt (where a Big Mac was insanely cheap) I'd have my driver take me and the kids there. I never did try the McArabia (grilled kofta pita sandwich), but Dave did.
In Kuala Lumpur we celebrated Chinese New Year with the CNY McFizz. (Orange Juice mixed with Sprite).
|At McDs in Cairo with Endicotts. Love how the hat is over the top of the hijabs.|
As much as I abhor McDonalds, I really do admire them and thank them for being in every country I've ever been in. Even if I don't always eat there, and I do still try to avoid it -- Hats off to you, McDonalds, today your cookies were just what I needed.