Friday, November 30, 2007

A&W has "best fries", Mom & Dad said

A&W restaurant has the best French fries. Mom and Dad said so! I think they could be right, again! (However, I will add my comments on fries at another time.)

On Thursday evening, I shared some fries with them. At first they didn't know where I bought the fries.

They loved these fries, even before knowing they came from A&W restaurant.

Dad and Mom celebrated their "big" wedding anniversary earlier this month (they are not big, only the number of years married) so I will give them this opportunity to tell why they liked the fries.

Mom: "They are soft on the inside and they don't taste as oily as other fries do. I don't remember when I've had such good fries."

Dad: "That's right. They taste great and taste more natural. They are the best fries I've had in a long time."

Thanks, Mom and Dad! I will write about fries in December, along with my other favorite fast foods.

Note: This blog, its writer, his mom and dad have no connection to fast-food chains or restaurants. Trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Coffee Fight Brewing (reposted)

However, it's a gentleperson's sport, so I ought to show some manners, errr... "Crumpets, tea and caffeinated commentary!!!" Well no, I don't have crumpets and if I did, do you think I would share them! Yes, actually I would and will, when I can get my hands on some. But not this time. Anyway, you can make your own tea, or coffee, and read on if you enjoy coffee rivalries or just don't know what to do with the next 10 minutes of your life. Oh that's right, you're drinking coffee. Five minutes.

By Scott McLean

I was waiting in a McDonald's drive-thru Saturday night because I needed... well actually I wanted a large iced coffee from McDonald's.

A prog-metal song came on the radio as I was thinking about creamy iced coffee. I could have listened to love songs and thought about dreamy hot... coffee, but rock music is much more effective at keeping me awake, just not as much as caffeine.

Then a car exited the drive-thru...I'm moving, yippee!!!

As the vehicle slowly approached the window, somehow I held back my desire to finish off the Starbucks Venti iced Americano (you know, the big one) which I kept for comparison. Unfortunately the ice had melted.

Sadness overcame me? Nope. But it took too long to reach the window coz a family was ahead of me, or maybe it was just one guy with the appetite of an entire family. I'm not sure and don't care.

All I know is I got to the window and bought the iced coffee, parked, drank the coffee and was happy as a lamb, a ham, or (no, that's not it) oh yeah, a clam. The End.

I just wrote that because I always wanted to keep writing after "The End" just to confuse readers. haha

The Americano, which was almost gone, came close to perfection, with a little bit of cream and sugar. After a small sip of the McDonald's iced coffee, I finished the Starbucks Americano. I don't like to go back and forth much between two drinks these days. My taste buds might get confused.

This might be the best iced Americano I've had in my life, I thought to myself. It's difficult to say, but this one had excellent flavor.

The McDonald's iced coffee also seemed exactly the way it was supposed to be. Now I'm starting to sound like I should write fairy tales for coffee drinkers. But I'm telling it like it is, and was.

The weekend is an excellent time for spectator sports: football, baseball, and the newest sport I've been following -- the coffee competition between Starbucks and McDonald's.

Alright, it's not a real sport, for one reason because the fans of one coffee are way too nice to the fans of the other coffee.

I'm for good sportsmanship. However, fans need to get rowdy on occasion, paint their faces and bodies and basically always predict their team is gonna go all the way. And once in a while they are right. Still, nicey-nice just ain't gonna cut it.

We are customers who buy and drink the coffee and espresso drinks, so in that sense we are involved in the competition. So maybe we should put on our game faces. haha

There's a coffee fight brewing, which seems friendly right now, but don't get too happy-go-latte (I mean lucky) coz servin' up caffeine jolts is about more than how the game is played. It's business! But it doesn't hurt to mix in a little pleasure.

Along those lines, I'm out and about sampling the finest coffee and espresso drinks I can find. I'm sure some of you are as well.

Last week, I returned from Portland and Seattle, where the competition between Starbucks and McDonald's is more visible. In a couple of cases, the competitors are right across the street from one other.

One drive-thru cashier at a McDonald's in Washington turned up the volume on the rivalry, so to speak, by telling me about the coffee competition. I just listened, but he really got excited. Maybe I'll bring this up again.

I'm wondering if this competition is the reason the coffee drinks are better than ever, or perhaps it's only a coincidence.

In my opinion, it's not just McDonald's Vs. Starbucks. Other contenders may get into this 'friendly' fight for coffee supremacy. I'm not personally as interested in which chain is the biggest or how much coffee they serve to customers, but care about which coffee tastes best. That's what matters most to me.

It's of interest to this blog because good coffee no longer is only available in coffee shops. Some fast food outlets are now serving excellent coffee and hopefully it will keep getting better.

Note: In October, I went to Portland and Seattle. After returning from my trip, I wrote this article about the coffee competition. I reposted my article because I realized some of my friends didn't get a chance to read it, and because I wanted to write more on this topic.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Lasting Love is so Sweet!!!

This month my parents celebrated a special wedding anniversary with a nice party. I took the digital photos and ate a little food.





Too sweet?!

Now I need an iced Americano with cream or half and half, but no sugar, please!

Photos: Scott McLean

Sunday, November 25, 2007

All Smiles at one of Thailand's best McDonald's

Photo: courtesy of N., Thailand
"Sawasdee", Thai greeting from
Ronald McDonald to customers at the
entrance of a McDonald's in Thailand.

By Scott McLean

My friend, N., in Thailand sent me the photo (above) for publication. Two years ago, we ate several times in this nice McDonald's in Pathumthani, Thailand, across from Zeer Rangsit Shopping Center.

We enjoyed eating there because the food was always delicious, the workers were polite and helpful, it was rather quiet when we sat near the window, and the restaurant is conveniently located near Asia Airport Hotel and a wide variety of stores and other restaurants.

Filet-O-Fish, a taro pie and Coca-Cola was my favorite meal at this McDonald's; sometimes I would add french fries. And that's another reason to have a friend, coz you can share the fries when they give you too many.

A meal in Thailand also goes easy on the wallet when compared to prices at restaurants in the United States.

Coca-Cola is better in Thailand than in America. Much better!!! Heck, that's just my opinion. But you know I'm right... Smile!

It's sweeter and not quite as carbonated, just the way I like it. (I hope to do a comparison at a later date.) Iced coffee was great!

A cute, yet sad-looking dog acted as though it might like a taste of fish, but it said no thanks in a doggie way. As we later discovered, the dog wanted chicken, and that's when we came to the conclusion that the KFC inside the mall was in the wrong location for street doggies.

But this McDonald's is in a great location and the whole fast-food experience was wonderful when I was there, so it will be on my list of favorites.

Note: I decided to repost some of my articles, including this article which was on Fast Food Yummy in September. This McDonald's restaurant will be on my list of favorites. I ate there in 2005.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving Brrrrssert!

I'm not sure if it was breakfast or dessert,
but what we ate this morning was
cold, sweet, and delicious!

Are you starting any new traditions this year? I know we did today.

Since Grandmother was going to stay at her place, Mom and I decided to bring her a treat. This morning, after I woke up, I thought it would be interesting to see what restaurants and stores were open. I drove to the end of town where Grandma lives, and checked at McDonald's but it was closed for Thanksgiving.

Jack in the Box is across the street, so I bought two order of the yummy French Toast Sticks, one order was blueberry flavor.

Next, I went to a local service station with a convenience store, Food Mart, which also has a small Baskin-Robbins and Panache espresso drinks, all in one location. I like these brands and am glad they are in one building.

When I sat down to type this entry, I was still sipping on the iced Americano, and it tasted very good. (This store has a small dining area where customers can sit at tables and have a meal, snack or something to drink.)

Baskin-Robbins is now selling seasonal ice creams and flavors of the month that people like during the holidays, along with all the other flavors. I chose one scoop of Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream and two scoops of Egg Nog Ice Cream, as shown in the digital photo snapped this morning at Grandma's place. The total price of the ice cream was barely over $5 and that's a great deal.

Grandmother loved the Egg Nog ice cream! Mom and I enjoyed both ice creams while nibbling on french toast sticks, which were NOT hot or warm by the time we ate them, including maple syrup that came with the order.

It was my breakfast. For Mom and Grandma, it was a snack or breakfast dessert. Is there such a thing?! LOL If there wasn't before, there is now. I know this much, we had a lot of fun, the perfect start of this Thanksgiving Day.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope your meal today is delicious! For those who celebrate other holidays, I wish you wonderful times eating delicious foods on the holidays you celebrate!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

NOT LIVE, just Goofing Off

If you are in Bangkok and it is 8 a.m. or perhaps you are from Manila and it's 9 a.m., I'm NOT LIVE! I'm probably not even here and there's a good chance I'm not having any fun either.

But right now this blog is LIVE... well, only according to the new, expanded Fast Food Yummy definition, which is: "sitting in front of the computer for a long time goofing off while publishing a post." That's as LIVE! as I get.

What is a "post"? Heck if I know. I think it's something they hitch a horse to when they go into a saloon. Or a restaurant. haha

But never go through a drive-thru on horseback, unless carrots are on the menu. I'm joking. Rabbits and our dog, Dolly, like carrots, too. Dolly is a cute black lab that loves food more than she should.

In a recent post (there's that word again), she was getting busy hounding me for my donut. I think her diet is over, although I'm not sure what's up with her. I mean, she would eat fried chicken 24/7 if we let her. Most "people" love fried chicken, but I think that's a bit much, don't you?

What time is it there, reader, and where are you? If it's 8 p.m. and you are in New York, I'm not here. I'm NOT LIVE, or goofing off. I just left. Gosh, I'm probably bored stiff or worse yet, getting something accomplished. Yeah, it's not much fun! Let me see, where was I?

If you are on the Moon or Mars, I have no idea what time it will be there when I am no longer goofing off! But I do know it's 5:55 p.m. (7:55 p.m. in New York; 7:55 a.m. in Bangkok; 8:55 a.m. in Manila) when I published this "post".

I'm Not LIVE, because you can't hear me or see me, thank goodness, and you can't call me and tell me what you think about fast food, slow food, what food you would take with you if you were visiting Earth, or any other planet with intelligent life forms. Yeah, Martians, maybe you are right, a few unintelligent life forms, too.

Seriously, I hope nobody with antennae is reading my blog. But if you are, don't get too excited, coz I think you will be getting some fast food on Mars eventually. And don't try to call me or anything, coz I'm NOT LIVE. I'm just goofing off!

Dolly's Diet Diary: Day 60?? When this diet is over, it's donuts for everyone!!!

Dolly worships a donut

If you were a black lab on a diet, don't you think a doughnut from Krispy Kreme would be a nice reward for "being good" for two months!

I'm told that Dolly, with the help of a new medicine, has lost at least 10 pounds. Way to go, Girl!!! Just for that, I gave her a little taste of the donut, but it was only a few crumbs. I cut it into pieces, eating three or four and giving the rest to my parents. After all, I've also lost some weight and want to keep it off.

Note: First posted Wednesday, September 5 of this year on Fast Food Yummy. I'll have more on Dolly and what she's doing--eating--in the weeks ahead.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Thailand KFC Ranks High Among Fast Food Experiences

By Scott McLean

Just as many Americans now love Thai food, so do Thai people enjoy American fast foods.

It's obvious that fried chicken is a favorite in Thailand and from my personal observations, KFC is a fixture of Bangkok. After all why should a fondness for fried chicken be an exclusive trait of American life.

While the restaurant chain in the United States and Bangkok, Thailand features tasty fried chicken, meal options and individual items differ greatly.

KFC and other fast food restaurants in Bangkok are found in shopping malls and rarely have their own buildings like in America. Mother Nature doesn't announce downpours ahead of time, so being located in malls has advantages for customers. As I learned during my trip to Thailand, it's best to be somewhere you can hang out for a while.

Bangkok KFC workers bring water to customers. That's wonderful. Also, tables usually are spotless, which is rarely the case in American fast food restaurants. Thailand restaurants were just so much cleaner, from my experience. Cleanliness is a positive trait of most Bangkok quick service restaurants.

Travelers will find Bangkok's fast food workers to be friendly, and from my experience they are very helpful and kind. While it wasn't always easy to communicate in English with them, ordering is easy due to meal numbers.

Fried chicken is why people fill these restaurants all over the world, and Thailand was no exception. But in other ways the menu is strikingly different from the chain's restaurants in the USA.

Instead of biscuits, Bangkok KFC serves rice or french fries with meals. Mashed potatoes and gravy is available although a salad with tuna and pineapple was every bit as popular.

Meals on the menu are numbered. The number 2 meal, for instance, was enough for leftovers unless two very hungry people share it. At less than $5 for three large pieces of chicken, chicken strips, chicken nuggets and french fries, it's quite filling. Try finding a lunch or dinner deal like that in America. It's not going to happen.

My favorite meal included one good-sized piece of chicken and rice with a small container of vegetables in a mild spicy sauce. And it was only 60 baht or about US $1.50. That's a great price!

Another cool thing about the Bangkok KFC experience is the ice cream section of the store, usually positioned near the doors. I suppose that is for the obvious reason that people take dessert with them.

Who could refuse an ice cream cone for just 9 baht, or less than 25 cents? KFC also serves sundaes. An orange sundae, featured one month, was delicious. It made me want to eat at KFC again, which I did a week later.

Note: republished article, orginally published on my blog Faster Food Yummy! on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006. KFC Thailand will be on my list of favorite fast foods. That is why I have posted this article again.

"Milky Way" Discovered at Dutch Bros. Coffee Stand in Portland, Oregon

The nice Baristas at a Dutch Bros.
coffee stand in Portland, Oregon
posed for this digital photo.

Article and photo by Scott McLean

After finishing off an order of CrissCut Fries at Carl's Jr, and still sipping on a soda, on an October evening in Portland, Oregon, I realized a latte would taste great just then. But I wasn't familiar with this part of Portland.

Stores were closing for the night, and I was thinking I might have to wait until the next day to get my latte. Almost no time had passed when I noticed a light on at a small building. It was a Dutch Bros. Coffee stand. And it was open! I was happy.

The baristas were friendly and told me about the coffee chain, based in Oregon, and described some of the espresso drinks. They recommended a "Milky Way" hot coffee drink, which they said they give to all new customers. I said two shots of espresso would be enough as it was getting late and I had to drive to Seattle the next day.

It was delicious! It tastes a lot like a candy bar, if it were in the liquid form, hot, though not too hot, delicious and with a nice jolt of caffeine. Unfortunately, I don't live near the Milky Way, the one made by Dutch Bros. baristas.

So, knowing that I wouldn’t be able to have it for a while, I went there again the next morning before heading to Seattle… And I drank it and had the "Almond Joy" two different times after returning to Portland. I also stopped at a Dutch Bros. stand during the long road trip home.

I heard that Dutch Bros. is in Idaho too, so I’ll check it out when I have time.

The return of Fast Food Yummy!!!

I'm starting this blog back up again because I'm not going to let a few people or my concerns about not being perfect bother me anymore. I'm going to restore some of the old posts or refer to past articles when I post my favorite fast foods. I'm not taking comments at this time. If you don't like me or my blog, I really don't care. I love myself and my writing.

This blog isn't intended to provide extensive nutritional information, up-to-date prices, new menu items or details on franchising. That requires quite a bit of reading and research, and I don't have time for that now. I am more interested in writing about wonderful fast-food times in my life. That's what I've been doing off and on for nearly two years.

I joke around sometimes, but I'm always serious about the food, restaurants and fast-food chains. The trademarks, logos, copyrights, and names are used in reviews and updates for educational purposes and to provide information to readers. People's rights to share and exchange information are essential to protecting freedom.

I believe that fast food competition and the competition of many other industries and businesses help protect, promote and further freedom of choices and democracy. In countries without freedom, I believe freedom of market choices will help pave the way for other freedoms, because people will want, expect and eventually demand more from their leaders.

For the most part, Fast Food Yummy is a very positive and upbeat food blog. I will let other writers present the down side of fast food. I love fast food, but I don't eat it every day. Also, I don't eat large portions or big meals when I do go out to eat. Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing, right? However, the foods people eat at home can be just as bad for them.

I've lost seven pounds since I did my series on the local Carl's Jr. grand opening in September, which I know some of you enjoyed reading about. In all, I've lost more than 15 pounds and possibly 20 pounds, but I didn't weigh myself at the beginning. I'm not into numbers. What's important for me is how I feel and look in the mirror.

During the months of my weight loss, I continued to eat fast food on occasion but usually only small portions; a sandwich one time, fries another time, a milkshake another day. Once in a while I would eat larger meals, but I don't "pig out" much these days.

I do drink iced coffee or an iced Americano more often. I don't eat much rice, potatoes, bread or pastas. Those foods really cause me to gain weight or prevent me from taking it off.

Some people try to make fast food seem worse than it is by using exaggeration to make their point: showing what it's like if someone only eats fast food and eats a lot of it every day or every meal is just plain irresponsible. Most people don't, or at least they shouldn't. It should be noted that people eating massive amounts of foods at home can also be very unhealthy, too.

Finally, if you critical of fast food or this blog and you are a smoker or you consume large amounts of alcoholic beverages, I'm not going to listen to you.

Other than that, this blog is a cool online hangout. Enjoy life! Lighten up! Peace! Love your neighbor! May all your meals be delicious! Take it easy! Take care!