When I sat down on Saturday night with my Big Mac and wine glass, I was stumped as to what type of wine would taste best with this delicacy of a meal I was eating. I knew I couldn’t be the only one, so I turned to the internet for answers. After seeing some suggestions, I decided to conduct some tests of my own.
This experiment was probably the best one I have ever done, but it also made for a very long weekend that I tried to avoid sharing… Here’s a list of wine’s that you should definitely pair with your favorite fast foods:
1. French Fries and Champagne
This is an especially good pair with aged champagne. The bubbles will be sure to compliment the crispy exterior of the fry.
2. Taco Bell Tacos and Pinot Noir
This silky wine and your spicy taco will pair together weirdly and magically.
3. Chicken Nuggets and Rosé
Rosé is a perfect palate-cleanser after a chicken nugget. Every sip will get your taste buds ready for the next bite.
When Rob Lowe made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2015, he impressed his fans with something that had nothing to do with his acting talent.
What amazed viewers watching the talk show was a special gold card Lowe flashed during his interview with Kimmel. The West Wing star revealed the card entitled him to free food at a McDonald’s location in Santa Barbara, California.
News about Lowe’s special fast food privileges spread, and soon it was revealed that a handful of celebrities were also getting their Egg McMuffins for free.
Famous investor Warren Buffett has a gold card for McDonald’s locations in Omaha, Nebraska. The billionaire joked, “So that’s why the Buffett family has Christmas dinner at McDonald’s.”
Another billionaire, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, has an even more valuable gold card. His promises Gates free food at any McDonald’s location around the world.
It may sound like the gold card club is so exclusive you could never hope to get one. But the truth is it’s easier than you think to earn free food for life at McDonald’s, and we’ll tell you how to do it.
Super Bowl LII and the historic match-up between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots is approaching fast, and if you haven’t started planning your game day snacks, we have good news.
Pizza Hut loves to go all out for the big game. In the past, the chain has staged special promotions for Super Bowl Sunday including limited edition golden pizzas. But this year, they’re offering a huge giveaway that could come back to bite them.
Pizza Hut and the Super Bowl obviously go together like peanut butter and jelly. The nationwide chain says the game day is the single busiest day of their entire year, with their drivers covering 5 million miles while delivering pies to hungry fans.
This year, if everything goes just right during the game, everyone in America could win a free medium two-topping pizza. There’s a catch – of course – but there’s still good chance we could win the free pie.
So check out the details of the contest just in case.
There’s a lot of top contenders for best restaurant joint in America, and while some people will call on Subway, or McDonald’s, a lot of foodies stand by the young, yet classic establishment, Chick-fil-A.
You might only know them for their tasty chicken combos, so here’s 7 fast food facts about the awesome eatery!
Chick-fil-A only got it’s name in 1961, but before that it was a little place called “The Dwarf Grill” in Georgia!
It’s no yolk, founder S. Truett Cathy really did invent the chicken sandwich, when he realized that he could fry a chicken breast in the same time that it would take to grill a hamburger.
If you’ve ever ordered somehting at one of their locations, you might have been surprised when you didn’t hear a customary “You’re Welcome.” That’s because they’ve been trained to say “My Pleasure” instead!
As a Christian-owned company, Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays to give their employees the opportunity to go to church. However, they have been known to open their doors on the day of rest for first-responders during disaster scenarios.
We all know the value of an eye-catching logo. The more a product sticks in your mind, the more likely you are to think of it.
But some companies hide secret messages, special symbols, and double meanings in their logos. Here are 15 really common designs with meanings you probably never knew about.
Now that we turn to the almighty Google for all our answers, we’re used to seeing this logo everywhere. But did you notice that one of the letters doesn’t fit in?
While the Gs, Os and E are in red, yellow, and blue (primary colors), the L is green. This is on purpose. As graphic designer Ruth Kedar explains, “we put a secondary color on the L, which brought back the idea that Google doesn’t follow the rules.” Such rebels!
This social media app’s users know that it works like a digital cork board, where you can “pin” recipes, projects, articles, and anything else that interests you. To fit that theme, the capital P is actually drawn to resemble an old fashioned push pin.
There’s all kinds of hidden meanings behind the H on the front of your Hyundai. Slanting to the right is meant to make the letter look “aggressive,” but there’s a soft touch to the design too.
The logo is meant to be a silhouette of a Hyundai representative shaking hands with a satisfied customer.
See anything in this chocolate company’s logo? Here’s a hint, Toblerone comes from Bern, Switzerland, which is called “the city of bears.”
Yes, there’s a bear nestled into the negative space of the mountain. Now you’ll never be able to “unsee” it.
The TV network had tried a handful of logos before settling on “the bird,” a bright and colorful peacock meant to remind people about the channel’s lineup of programs in color (a novelty in the 1950s).
The original peacock’s tail feathers were paired down to six in 1986, representing the network’s six divisions. From left to right: news, sports, entertainment, stations, network, productions.
There’s a lot of special meanings packed into this one car company logo. The three ovals are meant to represent “the unification of the hearts of our customers and the heart of Toyota products,” while the background “represents Toyota’s technological advancement and boundless opportunities ahead.”
Meanwhile, the clever design also spells out “Toyota” with just one shape. See how it’s done:
This electronics giant wants you to remember “life’s good,” but the letters also stand for the company’s original name, Lucky-GoldStar.
But did you realize the logo is a winking face? The L and G created a friendly face meant to make the company seem more inviting.
Well Charlie Daniels went down to Taco Bell and he was looking for a snack to steal.
He was in a bind and was way behind, so he tried to order his meal.
But it seems the country star was rubbed the wrong way by the fast food chain’s new ads, and he wasn’t afraid to share his concerns with fans on social media, even if his conspiracy theory doesn’t quite add up.
For years, Daniels has been outspoken about his belief in the “Illuminati,” a secret society of the world’s most wealthy and powerful people. Daniels, and other true believers like himself, say that this secret group is working to destroy our planet and advance their own agenda.
But most people realize the Illuminati is just a conspiracy theory, and pretty a silly one to boot. Which explains why the country singer’s fans had a good laugh over his warning about Taco Bell’s latest ad campaign.
If there’s anything we all have in common, it’s our love for fast food.
Even the faint smell of our favorite fast food chain takes us down memory lane.
Before these menus consisted of dozens of options, they were simple in design and cheaper than you could ever imagine. If you grew up in that era, you probably miss that authentic fast food experience.
Here are 10 photos of the original menus of some of the most popular fast food chains in the U.S. The prices will shock you!
What a classic. The menu only consisted of less than a dozen items, which included burgers, fries, shakes, and other popular beverages. It wasn’t until the late ’60s that the Big Mac was introduced nationwide, and a decade later the Happy Meal made its debut, and a few years after that there was the Chicken McNugget.
Imagine walking into a McDonald’s and paying 15 cents for a beef burger.
I don’t know what looks better, the food or the prices. The first A&W drive-in restaurant opened in the 1920s in California and featured a long list of sandwiches and drinks.
The man responsible for the Original Recipe of 11 herbs and spices in the ’40s started off with a simple menu. The menu above is most likely from the 1960s, the time when the fast food chain added buckets full of fried chicken. It’s nice to see not much has changed, and the things that have changed have made the food at KFC even better.
This isn’t Wendy’s first menu when it opened in 1969, but it was one of the most loved menus at the time. The fast food chain was the first to launch a 99 cent value menu in 1989, until Burger King and McDonald’s followed suit.
The menus of these next ones will make you hungry!
Many of your favorite fast food chains are only a five minute drive or less from you, but before you could find at least one of them at every plaza, mall, or on the corner of your street, they could only be found at one location in the country, and they looked nothing like what the fast food chain does today.
Here are the photos of 10 original locations of your favorite fast food chains and the story behind their sweet success.
Location: Wichita, Kansas
Two brothers borrowed $600 from their mom to open a pizzeria in Kansas in 1958, and the rest is history. Fun fact: the sign only had room for nine letters, so they agreed on the name Pizza Hut.
Location: Chicago, Illinois
The first McDonald’s that opened in 1948 had a pretty simple menu. Did you know that the first menu items were hot dogs, and not their famous hamburgers? That being said, the McDonald brothers realized their hamburgers sold best, and now McDonald’s hamburgers are one of the most famous in the world, making the company the most successful fast food chain in the world, feeding approximately 68 million people every day.
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Dave Thomas’s “old-fashioned” hamburgers became quite a hit in 1969. He named the restaurant after his fourth child, Melinda Lou “Wendy” Thomas. What many don’t know is that Dave was a high school dropout, and his success proved that he didn’t need a degree to become a wealthy businessman.
Location: Joliet, Illinois
The first store opened in 1940 and served a variety of frozen products. But way before that, a father and a son were experimenting with soft frozen dairy product to come up with a recipe that would make the world fall in love.
Location: Downey, California
Before there was Taco Bell, Glen Bell started Bell’s Drive-In and Taco Tia in San Bernardino in the ’50s. In 1962, he opened the first Taco Bell, serving what customers called “Tay-Kohs.” The first location also featured fire pits and mariachi bands, now that was a bang for the buck – literally.
Location: San Diego, California
Businessman Robert O. Peterson had a snazzy idea back in 1951 of a restaurant equipped with an intercom system and drive-thru window. Some of the first Jack in the Box employees served up hamburgers to passing motorists for only a few cents.
Lum’s started as a hot dog stand in 1956, and eventually opened into a family-style restaurant. In 1983, the last of all Lum’s closed down, but there’s still some Ollie’s Trolley locations where you can get the classic Ollieburger and spicy fries!
Think of it as the original Outback Steakhouse. Mountain Jack’s had individual salad bars which came to your table, and a prime rib which still makes our mouths water at the thought of it! The parent company of Mountain Jack’s filed for bankruptcy in 2002, and in 2008 the majority of all restaurants had been shut down.
According to franchise owner Bill Lapitsky, Red Barn was the first fast-food restaurant to offer a salad bar in 1961. The chain was famous for the fried chicken, as well as barn-themed foods, like “Big Barney” and “Barnbuster.” There were over 400 locations across Canada and the United States.
Good news! There are actually some Shakey’s left. Bad news: they’re only in California. The original pizza joint featured this, crispy, made-from-scratch pizza, draft beer, and soft drinks. You want something else? You’ll have to eat somewhere else. Every location featured live jazz and ragtime music. The chain was bought out in 1984, and by 1989 most locations had closed down.
Imagine a world where the biggest food chain was Burger Chef, not McDonald’s. That’s what it looked like was going to happen in 1971, as Burger Chef’s 1200 locations were poised to surpass the golden arches. The company arguably invented the Happy Meal, except it was a Fun Meal, which included a burger, fries, drink, dessert, and toy. In 1979, Burger Chef sued McDonald’s when they introduced their Happy Meal. In 1982, Burger Chef’s parent company was bought out, and most of the restaurants were turned in Hardee’s.
Chi-Chi’s Mexican food was “as ethnically authentic as Chef Boyardee’s canned pasta”, but damn did it taste good. In 2003, however, Chi-Chi’s infected over 600 Pittsburgh residents with hepatitis A, thanks to some scallions imported from Mexico. They paid out over $40 million in lawsuit setllements, and eventually closed down.
It shouldn’t get easier than fast and cheap food, but believe it or not there are ways that you can save time, money, and get the bang for your buck if you follow these 10 simple fast food hacks.
1. Flip back one side of your fries carton and add ketchup.
It beats ketchup soaking on a napkin.
2. Carry your sub properly for a more delicious sandwich.
Do you find that half of your sub is covered in sauce and other side is dry? Rip a hole in your to-go Subway plastic bag and carry it horizontally.
3. Don’t miss out on deals.
If you’re constantly showered with fast food coupons you should definitely use them before they expire. Many fast food chains offer deals on special days, such as birthdays.
4. Get free ice cream at Chick-fil-A by putting down your cell phone.
If you got with a group of friends or your family to a Chick-fil-A restaurant and dine in, you can get a free cone of ice cream at the end of your meal. The only catch here is that everyone has to put their cell phones in the middle of the table and not check it at any point until finished.
There’s nothing that says 2018 more than fast food chains offering better deals. They provide our bread and butter, and what better way for them to thank us for being loyal customers than offering us amazing deals.
Lately, Taco Bell has been full of surprises. They recently came out with a food-themed clothing line with Forever 21, and added a bunch of strange items on their menu, such as the KitKat quesdalilla, a burrito filled with spicy “popping crystals,” and a “French fry burrito.” Now some chains will soon be able to serve alcohol.
Seriously, Taco Bell is really stepping up their game.
“We believe passionately that people should have more than just the ability to eat for $1; they should feel like they can feast for $1,” said Marisa Thalberg, Chief Marketing Officer at Taco Bell. “We are (and always have been) completely committed to coming up with the most craveable, creative menu items that set the bar for what great food at a great value should be.”
I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all had experiences at fast food restaurants that were less than ideal, but have you ever called 911 over a minor inconvenience at one? These people have.
This is a REAL 911 call made in Arlington, Virgina.
Caller: “I’d also like to be connected to Domino’s Pizza please, in Arlington.”
Dispatcher: “That’s not a, this is 911, 911 is for police and fire emergencies.”
Caller: “Well I can’t get through on the Pizza Hut line or 411.”
Dispatcher: “OK, well, ma’am, 911 does not connect you to Domino’s Pizza.”
So this call actually worked out in the end, but it’s still wild. A man in Florida ordered soup from Leo’s Grill and called 911 when he found a band-aid in it (I’m literally gagging). It was technically a non-emergency, but a health inspector found 22 health code violations.
911 Operator: 911, is this a police, fire or medical emergency?
David Baier: It’s a non-emergency call. I tried to call your non-emergency number but they can’t hear me and I can’t get through.
911 Operator: What are you trying to report?
David Baier: I’m in a restaurant in Palm Harbor and I’d like to make some sort of report. There’s a Band-Aid in our soup, and we’d like to get the health department involved in this.
911 Operator: OK. So, you need — you want to speak with the police?
David Baier: I do.
Latreasa Goodman went to McDonald’s to order a 10 pc. McNugget meal (yum), but after she paid she was informed the location was out of nuggets. The cashier suggested she order something else. Then Goodman called 911 three times.
“This is an emergency. If I would have known they didn’t have McNuggets, I wouldn’t have given my money, and now she wants to give me a McDouble, but I don’t want one,” police quoted her as saying. “This is an emergency.”
“Our campaign focuses on the anticipation, excitement and little moments of magic the run-up to Christmas brings,” says Emily Somers, VP of Marketing and Food Development at McDonald’s U.K. “Our TV ad focuses on one little girl’s preparation for the big day, saving a carrot stick for the reindeer, a tradition the whole country will relate to. The wider campaign is also designed to reflect those moments of preparation that we all go through at Christmas. We can’t wait for people to see our campaign and look forward to seeing people all over the country be inspired to get #ReindeerReady.”
They will continue the campaign on Snapchat with Reindeer Face Lens and a game called “Carrot Run”.
“We’re so proud to be launching our most ambitious Christmas campaign for McDonald’s yet, with loads of treats and surprises in store for our customers and audiences,” gushes chief creative officer Chaka Sobhani of Leo Burnett. “With playful unique Snapchat filters, a mobile reindeer game and branded Christmas carrots, we hope the story of our little girl (and her dad) warms the hearts of the nation, captures the magic of the Christmas spirit and has everyone asking that all important question, are you #ReindeerReady?”
What keeps us all captivated is how adorable the little girl is.
I know we were saddened the day in 2014 when McDonald’s retired it’s budget menu. No longer could you score a cheeseburger, fries and a drink with change to spare.
The McDonald’s Dollar Menu used to offer a range of items including a McDouble Cheeseburger, 4 Chicken Nuggets or a large sweet tea for only $1 each.
The Golden Arches then experimented with other discount options including the McPick 2 for $5 in attempt to attract people back.
After the change, many of us tended to shy away from the Golden Arches with our bank accounts in mind, but a new announcement will bring the budget-conscious consumers back to the burger joint.
Everyone’s favorite fast food chain will be making everyone McHappy with their latest announcement. Starting as soon as early 2018, they will be bringing back their Dollar menu with items priced at $1, $2, and $3.
McDonald’s has admitted that they have struggled to get value-minded consumers back in their restaurants since discontinuing the menu three years ago.
“This perhaps is the biggest $MCD news in yrs & has been in development for a very long time,” an account run by a McDonald’s insider, under the title “McD Truth,” tweeted.
While franchise owners have expressed frustration about maintaining profits under the dollar menu, almost 100% of stores have signed up to participate in the new program.
This won’t be the same dollar menu as you remember, though. It will be revamped to show that it can keep up with the times- and our cravings.
When you sit down at at restaurant and order something off their menu, you expect that it will be something fresh from the kitchen that will be served to your table.
Yelpers recently blasted one restaurant for not only serving food that wasn’t made by them, but being brought in from a local fast food restaurant. Sweet Dixie Kitchen in Long Beach, California recently received a one-star review for using Popeyes chicken in one its dishes and then passing it off as their own.
When Yelp user Tyler H. and his friends sat down at the restaurant they saw employees bring in boxes of Popeyes into the kitchen.
“Before my friends and I got seated, we saw them quickly bring in two large boxes of Popeyes to the kitchen,” the user wrote in the review.
Tyler hoped the chicken was just a snack for restaurant staff, but unfortunately he was wrong.
The ordered the chicken and waffles off the menu, a dish that was priced at $12.95.
He inquired about the cooking methods of the dish with the server, who admitted that it was, in fact prepared by a local Popeyes fast food restaurant.
Tyler’s table was compensated for their meals, after he admitted that his waffles were “hard as rocks.” Three of the five people at the table “thought their food was ok or enjoyed it.”
Opening in 2013, Sweet Dixie Kitchen prides itself on sourcing local food and they don’t consider their alliance with Popeye’s to be a secret that they need to hid.
They have only been serving the fried chicken for about two months, saying they don’t have a deep fryer in their kitchen because they are located in a historic building with residents living above the restaurant.
To get city approval and install a deep fryer, could take years at a cost of $75,000.
“People came in all the time asking about fried foods, because when you come to a Southern restaurant that’s what you expect on the menu,” she said. ”[Popeyes] was the easiest and best option, because Popeyes chicken is actually really good.”
On Tyler’s review, owner Kimberly Sanchez said that the staff PROUDLY SERVES” Popeyes spicy tenders, which they consider “the best fried chicken anywhere and from New Orleans.”
She further on went to explain that the restaurant has the famous chicken delivered twice each day, but that’s not all she has brought to the restaurant to serve to customers.
The reason McDonald’s is so successful all around the world is that you can go to any location and know exactly what you’re getting. Well, most of the time, anyways.
Despite a few hiccups in the system, everything about McDonald’s, from their golden arches to the menu, has stayed the same for decades. That means there has been a lot of time for hungry customers to experiment, and find ways to guarantee they get the best experience possible. It’s not cheating the system, more like using it to your advantage!
Take the Filet-O-Fish for example: it uses a steamed bun that’s softer and fluffier than the regular burger buns. Clever foodies have started requesting these buns instead of the regular sesame seed-topped version for years. Some people have even discovered secret menu items that you can request.
One of the most popular unofficial dishes is the grilled cheese sandwich, made from two burger buns flipped upside down. Some customers even go the extra mile by ordering a McDouble and substituting ketchup for all the missing ingredients of a Big Mac (this trick saves you about $2 at most locations).
But now a tip from an in-the-know McDonald’s employee reveals how you can guarantee your order will come out of the kitchen fresh and fast…
Kids are far more observant than we give them credit for. They pick up on little things and put pieces together we never would have expected them to.
For Tara Routzong, she was absolutely stunned when her son, Landon, made a connection she never thought he would.
Tara and Landon were sitting in the Chick-fil-A drive-thru in Alabama, waiting to order lunch, when Landon spotted the license plate ahead of them. Instead of an Alabama plate, it was all the way from Florida. It’s about an 8-hour drive from Central Florida to Alabama, so both Tara and Landon were a little surprised to see the plate so far from its home.
Then something clicked in Landon that made him spring into action.