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July 24, 2007

What kind of muppet orders a side salad from McDonalds?

Well, I did.

Not being a meat-eater, I’ve always been a bit stuck when it comes to fast food – especially KFC. We’ve been screwed over even more since McDonalds got rid of the Veggie Deli Melt and replaced with a veggie burger in a roll for 50p more than a veggie burger in a bun. So I thought I’d really irritate them when we went through a drive-thru at the weekend… by ordering a salad.

The concept of McDonalds selling salad to me, more so than the carrot sticks and fruit bags of the Happy Meal menu, speaks solely of political correctness. The clientèle of a burger bar is there for low-health burger and chips, not a portion of your five-a-day. But nevertheless if you don’t want chips, you can still have a meal. I was intrigued to see what was in it, and so knowing that my bun would taste of crap anyway decided to try it out.

Of course, Great Yarmouth isn’t exactly health capital of the county, and Great Yarmouth McDonalds is about as unhealthy as you can get. The pure fear on the girl’s face when faced with having to get a side salad… “I’ll… er… just have to see if we have one of them…” It’s probably the first time anyone has ever asked for one there. They did have one, one probably being the exact number in stock for the day.

It’s not bad actually; way too heavy on the lettuce but then it’s cheap green padding stuff. The dressing consequently a bit too strong, but with more content in the salad it would have been fine. But I’m not here for a food review, so that’s enough on that.

The irony is that naturally with such a complicated order (A deli melt? AND a salad? AND three lots of cheese sticks? AND apple pies? AND… oh bugger this, go over there and somebody might bring you stuff!) they inevitably forgot about the salad and gave me free chips, which were just as inevitably greasy salty tat. Much more like the McDonalds we know and “love”.


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