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Great Tastes of America: The Mississippi Stack

DISCLAIMER: The following blog is written totally independently from McDonald’s CorporationGreat Tastes of America is a registered trademark and I am not associated with the product line in any way. I am not seeking to promote or disparage the American fast food giant in any way, shape or form. All opinions expressed below are personal to me and my Socialist background. I should add that anything written on these blogs should be taken with a pinch of salt – sachets available from McDonald’s counters. 

In the second of a new series, I will be eating and reviewing the Great Tastes of America range of burgers from popular fast food chain, McDonald’s.

I am unhappy about this for a number of reasons – from calories to Capitalism – but it is a good writing mechanism for me to hang my anger at modern society upon. I will be forcing fast food meals down my fat face for the next 12 weeks (one every fortnight) while discussing everything that I find unappetising about the modern world we live in.

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The Mississippi Stack is made up of two 100% British and Irish beef burgers with bacon, mild cheddar, tomato and onion relish, rich and sticky BBQ sauce, red onion and lettuce in a toasted ciabatta.

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I demolished the Mississippi Stack in the car at the side of the road on my way to the pub to watch Newport County v Tranmere Rovers in the League Two Play-off Final. This was a contest between two teams that most Wrexham fans – myself included – have reason to dislike. Both teams have recently won promotion from the National League while Wrexham have proved hapless also-rans who seem destined to a future of non-league football.

With feelings of justified bitterness and a hint of jealousy, I tucked in to my fortnightly taste of America that did little to lift my spirits. It was devoid of the sharp pickle that had made the New York Stack so enjoyable. Instead, there was a minimal layer of  onion relish and a BBQ sauce that proved slightly spicy, but ultimately underwhelming. There was just not enough of the BBQ sauce and the outer edges of the slimline burgers were dry, uninspiring and tasteless.

If I had been in a better mood before indulging in this burger, my review may have been more positive but I was gripped  with envy – something that was not helped by former Wrexham forward, Connor Jennings, scoring the winning goal for Tranmere Rovers deep into extra-time. If only he had stayed loyal to the Red Dragons and not been tempted to our Scouse rivals by the smell of filthy lucre.

The hunger pains are still biting as I type whilst generally irritated and dismayed at all around me. Satisfaction will never be found in the selfish modern world that we are stuck in…

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This long bank holiday weekend is one to forget. The results of the EU Elections have been pouring in and suggest worrying times ahead with the rise of right-wing ignorance across the continent.

No where was this more obvious than in the UK with the supposed rise of the Brexit Party and typically biased reporting by the BBC who merely paint a picture to support the prevailing status quo. This was summed up in the following tweet by Timothy Garton Ash (@fromTGA):

I am also sharing a Facebook post from my friend and comrade Adam Samuels, who has sensibly reflected on the election results and made the following observations:

Re the Euro elections from a Labour POV… So far, what this says to me is that people are even more entrenched in their views. The country is even more split if that were possible. People are pig-headed and not willing to compromise. It’s f**k the other side. There is no good solution. We should also remember this is not a General Election. It was also PR and not FPTP. I am saying of course we should listen and respect the comments and votes, but we must get all the information in first and then digest everything. No knee jerk reactions. No bold statements of “If Labour don’t do XYZ I am leaving, not campaigning, not voting etc”.

We take stock and reason things out. There are no easy answers, no matter what extreme Leavers and Remainers will tell us. The two things we must never forget, and we must remind emotional, passionate, good comrades is that we need our Manifesto put into practice. But, and we must never underestimate this, we need someone strong enough to take the crap and attacks to allow those policies to get through. Of course, that is Jeremy Corbyn. 

This story will continue to develop and expand as the hours pass. This is a truly explosive time to be involved in politics and it is taking all of our energy and resources to continue the good fight. However, no one should be in any doubt that we will all continue pushing for justice for the many, not the few while ensuring everyone is protected in a fair and equal society.

The fight goes on…

Great Tastes of America: The New York Stack

DISCLAIMER: The following blog is written totally independently from McDonald’s Corporation. Great Tastes of America is a registered trademark and I am not associated with the product line in any way. I am not seeking to promote or disparage the American fast food giant in any way, shape or form. All opinions expressed below are personal to me and my Socialist background. I should add that anything written on these blogs should be taken with a pinch of salt – sachets available from McDonald’s counters.    

In the first of a new series, I will be eating and reviewing the Great Tastes of America range of burgers from popular fast food chain, McDonald’s.

I am unhappy about this for a number of reasons – from calories to Capitalism – but it is a good writing mechanism for me to hang my anger at modern society upon. I will be forcing fast food meals down my fat face for the next 12 weeks (one every fortnight) while discussing everything that I find unappetising about the modern world we live in.

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The first Taste of America burger is The New York Stack. This is a burger made up of two 100% beef burgers with bacon, pickles, cheese, tomato ketchup, chunky coleslaw, mustard and lettuce in a sesame seed bagel.

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This was a very nice burger. I am not going to go over the top, but the pickle in this burger did remind me of the time I enjoyed in Tom’s Restaurant, New York City back in 1999.

The exterior of the diner featured in popular TV sitcom, Seinfeld. Inside was a traditional NYC diner and a massive, greasy burger was polished off, no problem. It was helped by the fact that it was served with a massive gherkin on the side of the burger and fries, that added acidic sweetness to compliment the mountain of meat I had been served.

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It didn’t compare to my experience in ’99, as the meat was not as substantial and there was no romance after trudging through an anonymous town in  North Wales, to get my hands on the same burger that was being peddled across our bland, identikit nation.

As I am trying to eat sensibly, I only opted for the regular sized burger, and fries while managing to resist the Nacho Cheese Wedges and Aero Peppermint McFlurry. I don’t want to totally ruin my health and my taste-buds while writing this series of blogs. Instead, I want to use these reviews – of what are ultimately unsatisfying mouthfuls of future faeces – to lead me into a discussion of all the unappetising aspects of modern life. There are many, and the only question I need to ask is, ‘where the bloody hell should I start?’

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I’m alone, depressed and angry. I’m abandoned and left to struggle without the support needed to live independently, despite campaigning tirelessly for four years to help others.

I won’t go into detail ATM as I am without typing support and am both hungry and thirsty – I can access water bottles, but can’t drink as my urinal is three-quarters full of steaming hot piss and needs emptying before being used again.

Instead, I want to share a bible story with you all from the little known book of Nathan, pose the question “Who is my neighbor?” and ask YOU if this is the kind of selfish society that you always dreamt of?

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In the Gospel of Nathan, the parable is introduced by a question, known as the Great Commandment:

Behold, a certain person stood up and tested him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to become a decent human?”

He said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?”

He answered, “You shall love all people regardless of gender, race, religion with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.”

He said to him, “You have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live. You may want to draw the line at Tory cabinet members and hatemongers such as Farage, Trump and Robinson. I think that’s fair enough.”

But he, desiring to justify himself, asked Nathan, “Who is my neighbour?”

— Nathan 10:25-29, 

Nathan replies with a story:

“A certain man was going down from Stansty to Rhosddu, and he fell among Conservative and Independent councillors AKA robbers, who stripped him of mental and physical well-being, leaving him half dead. By chance a wealthy banker was going down that way. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side. In the same way a Welshman also, when he came to the place, and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a certain Cestrian as he travelled, came where he was. When he saw him, he was moved with compassion, came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. He set him on his own animal, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two quid for he was last of the big spenders, gave the coin to the host, and said to him, ‘Take care of him. Whatever you spend beyond that, I will repay you when I return.’ Now which of these three do you think seemed to be a neighbor to him who fell among the robbers?”

He said, “He who showed mercy on him.”

Then Nathan said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Did he listen? Did he fuck.
— Nathan 10:30–37
With thanks to Wikipedia.