McDonald’s Is Adding Some Serious Flavor To Its Fries

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McDonald’s tailors its menus to the tastes of each country it serves — that’s how the restaurant chain maintains its global popularity. 

In Singapore, the company has taken the classic curly fry and added a regional twist: crab-flavored seasoning. 

Picture this: a gloriously grease-stained bag of your dearest fried friends, on which you sprinkle a generous dusting of salt-pepper-crab mixture. You shake it all together. The seasoning perfectly coats each fry, fresh (*fresh?*) from the kitchen.

You pluck a fry from the hot bag, bite through the crispy potato exterior, burn your tongue a little but don’t care that much, continue chewing and reveling in starchy goodness, and then the seasoning finally resonates. And it’s a dang party.

Unfortunately for most of the world, the Twist & Shake Fries — or as I prefer to call them, Crabby Tater Tornadoes — are only featured on the Singapore menu. We’re also missing out on spicy nuggets, mini fried banana pies and salted egg yolk chicken burgers.

Feeling left out of the flavored fry game? If the answer is yes and you live in California, McDonald’s recently began serving garlic fries at several locations. You’re welcome.

Sources: Brand Eating, Fortune / Photo credit: McDonald's Singapore via Brand Eating

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Ruby Rose Chucks Fries At Bartender While Throwing Tantrum

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“Orange is the New Black” star Ruby Rose appears to be applying the irascible temper of her on-screen persona to her real life.

This Friday, the actress was thrown out of a New Orleans restaurant for allegedly throwing a temper tantrum and chucking fries at a bartender. Rose, who was in the Big Easy for a performance, appears to have become upset after a long wait time at the Rebellion Bar and Urban Kitchen.  According to the restaurant’s owner, Seung Hong, the star was warned that the kitchen was busy before being seated, but elected to dine there anyway. He claims that Rose’s group received appetizers 40 minutes after their arrival, and entrees 10 minutes later.

Due to the wait, however, the star and her dining companions asked to speak to a manager after receiving their food. According to Hong, “I offered to comp the appetizers, but [Rose] was losing her cool, and then I offered to buy them a round of drinks. One of my bartenders was walking by and could tell they were upset, and [Rose] threw food at him. Ruby told my bartender that if she was a bigger man, she would kick my ass, meaning me.”

When the bartender turned to leave, however, Rose tossed a fry at his back. Hong recalls, “[the bartender] thought maybe it was an accident, so he came back and he asked, ‘Is everything OK?’ And she picked up a handful of French fries and threw them at him.” The owner continued his statement, saying, “she was just a really rude person who seemed to get a kick out of demeaning another human being. My bartender was very cool, calm and poised throughout, despite her statement. I mean, if he was really as big a jerk as she makes him sound like, wouldn’t he have reacted to having food thrown at him? You’d think he would have retaliated according to the way she is trying to paint him. But no, he was completely professional throughout.”

Following the incident, Hong asked Rose and her group to exit the restaurant, stating “after she threw food at my staff, I just wanted her and her posse to leave and no longer cared about their bill. I gave their entrees to my staff. She is the absolute rudest person we have ever had at Rebellion.”

Unsurprisingly, Rose has a different story about what happened at the Rebellion Bar and Urban Kitchen. She issued a statement saying: 

We waited 60 minutes for fries and over 90 minutes for food that never actually arrived. When I asked about it, the bartender offered us drinks. I explained I’m sober, but thank you. He then made some really rude and vulgar comments to the table. When someone makes repeated derogatory jokes about the sobriety I worked so hard to achieve, it’s hard not to react emotionally. So I threw a singular fry at him. Then he came back as we were getting ready to leave and continued making awful comments, so I continued with the fries. Every day I learn new lessons about handling cultural and social ignorance. I am deeply regretful to the French fry and I am regretful that I reacted at all. Maybe next time I won’t throw fries, then again, maybe next time that bartender won’t tell someone who is sober to “go call your f—ing sponsor!”

Fellow diners and wait staff who witnessed the incident, however, seem to verify Hong’s version of the story. A customer in the restaurant at the time wrote, “I was sitting a couple tables over and could hear your childish rant,” while waitress Briana Tosclair is quoted as saying, “I was working and you were completely rude. We warned you about the wait, offered you bar dining (hence the wait) … She was hooting and hollering as she left the establishment … He was not rude or making jabs at her sobriety. She flipped out on him because she can’t control her temper.”

Read the original tweets below in order to form your own opinion about what transpired at the Rebellion Bar and Urban Kitchen Friday night.

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Source: New York Post / Photo credit: New York Post

Tags: fries, meltdown, Rebellion, Ruby Rose, tantrum
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Enjoy All-You-Can-Eat Fries At ‘McDonald’s Of The Future’

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Once again, McDonald’s is testing new initiatives throughout the country in order to determine the next big thing that will make customers happy! All-day breakfast has been a big hit, according to Eater.

How does all-you-can-eat-fries sound to you? What about customizable desserts? Well, if you live near St. Joseph, Missouri, which is preparing to welcome a “McDonald’s of the future,” you’ll be among the first to try the next tasty idea.

“Today’s customers seek a comfortable and inviting atmosphere,” said owner Chris Habiger, who owns several McDonald’s in the area, “So we’re committed to providing a modern look and feel to this restaurant.”

Between a more modern dining room and state-of-the-art play area, to Create Your Taste self-serve hamburger kiosks and table-side service, the new St. Joseph’s restaurant may provide a McDonald’s experience that locations around the nation will hope to adapt.

“There really are hundreds of different choices to build the burger of your dreams,” Habiger said. “Once you’ve placed your order, you can find your seat because we’ll bring it out to you.”

However, as McDonald’s is testing out new products and ideas, they’ve realized that some menu items did not receive a passing grade from customers and franchisees. The fast food conglomerate is phasing out its McWraps. Although some restaurants still provide one type of wrap, expect to see it disappear entirely.

Sources: Eater, [2], News-Press Now / Photo Credit: St. Joe McDonald's/Facebook, News-Press Now

Tags: desserts, fries, mcdonald's, McDonald's of the future
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