McDonald’s chicken: Good-bye Italy, hello France!
Say bonjour to a whole new McDonald’s chicken sandwich!
The fast food giant is ditching its Italian-flavored chicken breast in favor of a French-flavored one in its grilled chicken sandwiches, reports the Christian Science Monitor.
The move is part of a bid to embrace a “more neutral flavor profile.” The new seasoning, mirepoix, is made from salt, pepper, onions, carrots, and celery, with perhaps a bit of garlic and herb tossed in, says McDonald’s menu director.
And the chicken-related changes don’t stop there. Coming soon to a drive-thru near you:
- New buns for the chicken sandwiches that are rounder and have whole grains and cracked wheat
- The mirepoix-flavored chicken will now top the Asian salad
- “More buttermilk flavor” in the ranch dressing
- A Thai-inspired McNuggets dipping sauce: hot buffalo and sweet chili
Slider Nirvana: Now you can order White Castle online!
Internet junkies and agoraphobics rejoice! White Castle has added online ordering for all locations.
In a press release, White Castle corporate relations VP Jamie Richardson explains the impetus behind the move toward the new ordering protocol:
“Slider nirvana” is just a click away for White Castle’s die-hard Cravers because orders are now ready when they are. The service is especially beneficial for those with large orders.
Richardson added that more people prefer to order their food online. “It’s a matter of accessibility,” he said. “Our customers are on the go and they need their Crave satiated quickly.”
Feel like a tiny, moist, onion-laden burger or four? You can place an online White Castle order here. The process of online ordering is pretty easy and it has an easy to use “no this” and “add this” system that makes it even more enjoyable.
Panda Express branching out to… China?
Panda Express is weighing an expansion to China—but it could be tough sell for the Chinese food chain, given that American-style Chinese food here is “very alien” in China, writer Jennifer 8. Lee tells NPR.
Indeed, American-Chinese food is a cuisine all its own, she notes. Take General Tso’s chicken: “I actually went to the home town of General Tso,” says writer Lee. “I showed them pictures of General Tso’s chicken,” and “they were like, ‘Huh, we’ve never seen this!’”
American-Chinese food veered off from traditional Chinese fare around 1900, when chop suey “took off like wildfire” in the US, says the curator of the “Sweet & Sour” exhibit at the National Museum of American History. Chop suey is seen as a US dish, but it’s similar to real Chinese food. The name roughly means “extra bits,” like leftovers, he says, and “who doesn’t have leftovers?” A tip for those seeking authentic Chinese taste: Stop by a restaurant serving jellyfish. “No fully American-Chinese restaurant would serve jellyfish,” Lee notes.
Win: Taco Bell pulls full page ad to demand apology (pic)
The taco giant put a full-page ad in today’s USA Today, asking for an apology from the law firm that filed the suit.
It says, in part, “As for the lawyers who brought this suit: You got it wrong, and you’re probably feeling pretty bad right about now. But you know what always helps? Saying to everyone, ‘I’m sorry.’ C’mon, You can do it!”
I would personally want to apologize to Taco Bell for not believing in their magical delicious meat.
Eww: Papa John’s “The Wills & Kate Commemorative Pie” (pic)
In the Royal-wedding-tacky-souvenirs contest Papa John’s have just taken the lead with this horrible creation:
The pizza makers bring us The Wills & Kate Commemorative Pie. Company brass commissioned a food artist in the UK to create a unique mosaic pizza portrait of the prince and his bride-to-be in celebration of their upcoming wedding at London’s Westminster Abbey. Kate’s veil is made from mushrooms and her dress from cheese, while William’s morning suit consists of salami and peppers.
“Royal Wedding fever is sweeping the world so we couldn’t resist having some fun and creating our very own pizza portrait of Kate and William to celebrate their forthcoming marriage. Like our original crust pizza, our royal portrait is made from 100 percent fresh dough and quality ingredients, so it tastes as good as it looks,” says Andrew Vargas, Chief Marketing Officer for Papa John’s.
I don’t know is Mr. Vargas is blind but this looks fucking disgusting.
An Apple a Day Really Does Keep the Doctor Away
A study has found that women on an ‘apple diet’ saw their cholesterol drop by almost a quarter in six months. Another added benefit is they also lost weight.
Dr Bahram Arjmandi, of the department of nutrition, food and exercise sciences at Florida University, described the results as “incredible”
In the study, 80 women aged 45 to 65 were asked to eat 75 grams of dried prunes a day for a year, and the other 80 were asked to eat the same amount of dried apple, in addition to their normal diets.
Blood samples were taken at the start of the study and at three, six and 12 months.
Dr Arjmandi said that “incredible changes in the apple-eating women happened by 6 months- they experienced a 23 per cent decrease in LDL cholesterol, which is known as the ‘bad cholesterol’.”
They also had lower levels of bio-markers linked to heart disease, such as C-reactive protein.
They also shed on average 3.3lbs (1.5kg).
Dr Arjamandi, who presented the research at the Experimental Biology conference in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, concluded that there was some truth in the old adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”.
Apples have long been known to be a good source of fiber, but the study, funded by the US Department of Agriculture, added to evidence that they had additional health benefits which made them a “miracle fruit”.
Dr Arjamandi said: “Everyone can benefit from consuming apples.”
Previous studies have shown that apple pectin and compounds called polyphenols – also present in substances including blueberries, tea and dark chocolate – stimulate the breakdown of fats in the blood and reduce inflammation of vessel walls, which both reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Burger King thinks Japan hasn’t suffered enough: Introduces The Meat Monster
As if the Japanese people haven’t suffered enough, Burger King is introducing a new sandwich in the country that flies in the face of sensible eating: The Meat Monster.
The “aptly named sandwich” consists of two meat patties, a chicken breast, two slices of cheese, three pieces of bacon, and, of course, lettuce, tomatoes, and onion.
Total calories: 1,160. That’s more than half the daily recommended amount for a 40-year-old woman of average height and weight. (A regular Whopper has 670 calories.) Japanese customers can also personalize their Monster, adding teriyaki sauce, an egg or even a fish patty.
No word yet if the Monster will be available in the States.
It’s Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s!
In celebration of 33 years of serving up signature scoops with tongue-twisting monikers, the confectionery giant is dishing out free one-scoop cones of your favorite flavor from noon-until 8 PM this Tuesday, April 12.
Bonnaroo Buzz, Stephen Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream, Clusterfluff, and Late Night Snack, a fudge-filled treat inspired by NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon are just a few of the flavs up for grabs.
Visit Ben & Jerry’s Official Website to find a location in your area.