Fast Foods of the World: McDonald’s English Pub Burger

American blog Within The Empier reports that a McDonald’s in Algonquin, Illinois is testing a rather odd creation named the English Pub Burger. As the ad says: “If someone asks you if you fancy an English Pub Burger, the correct response is YES! This sandwich is smashing, made with 1/3 lb. of 100% Angus beef, hickory-smoked bacon, white cheddar & American cheese, grilled onions, tangy steak sauce & smoky Dijon mustard sauce all housed on an artisan roll. It’s so tasty, you’ll be gobsmacked!” This burger seems to be part of the current trend towards localised / nationalised fast food. It certainly sounds tasty (and according to Within The Empier it is), although I can’t really see what’s English about this burger…American cheese & Dijon mustard? (pictures from Within The Empier via BurgerBusiness)

Competition Winners!

I’d like to thank everyone who entered my competition to win tickets to the Perth Good Food & Wine Show – the range of your “best breakfasts” was simply amazing, everything from pastries in Paris to jellyfish in Indonesia! The two winning entries were: Kristy, who made me smile with her tale of an everyday breakfast that reflected her expectations of life’s great journey; and Lauren, who made me hungry with her description of a fantastic breakfast of scrambled eggs and pancakes in Fremantle. Congratulations to you both, I will be in touch by email shortly. To everyone else, make sure you go along to the Good Food & Wine Show for a fantastic day out and lots to see, do and taste. Who knows, I might see you there!

The A-Z of McDonald’s

McDonald’s UK has released this 60-second commercial as part of a new campaign that focuses on its community & environmental initiatives and investment in employees, as well as food-quality. The campaign will also run across print and social media, as well as appearing on McDonald’s delivery trucks and in its 1,200 UK restaurants. (Marketing Magazine via Burger Business)

Some gristle to chew on

A lady dressed as meat, and mutton dressed as lamb. Read all about Lady Gaga’s meat dress at Meatpaper. Get some presidential spice from Barack Obama’s chilli recipe. Does it have substance, or is its bark worse than its bite? (San Diego Entertainer Magazine) Horse meat scandal on Top Chef Canada! Surely it can’t be an more offensive than Curtis Stone’s performance hosting Top Chef Masters? (Huffpost Food) Coke celebrates its 125th birthday with the largest building illumination ever – this thing is 26 stories high! (Adweek) Serious Eats tries to build a better Big Mac..? Lunacy. the opening of Texas’ first In-N-Out Burger brings madness and traffic chaos. I know they’re supposed to be good burgers, but this seems a little excessive… (SideDish Magazine) Make your own vegie chips for cheap and easy snacking – I love sweet potato chips so will definitely be trying these (Chow via Lifehacker) Eater National has…

News roundup

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has released a cookbook, and is getting an absolute pasting from the likes of Eater National. The New York Post reports that Martha Stewart attended a star-studded dinner to celebrate the book’s launch but abandoned ship before any food was served. Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria has also released a cookbook, but isn’t getting anywhere as much grief from the media as Gwyneth. Normally this would get its own post, but I’ve only just covered the Mega Tamago – behold Burger King Japan’s Meat Monster Whopper. That’s two beef burgers, chicken, bacon and whatever else they felt like cramming into it. Jamie Oliver appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman to talk about how vanilla ice cream contains an additive made from beaver anal glands. Put your dessert down, and check out the video here (Eater National). Josh Ozersky from Time talks about why Top Chef Masters is…

April Fool’s Day Round-up

You  may have seen these, but for the record here’s my favourite of this year’s foodie April Fool’s Day pranks: American burger chain Carl’s Jr. announced its new six dollar vegan tofu burger via Facebook – “Stacked high with lettuce, mushrooms, soy cheese and julienne carrots, these mouth-watering tofu burgers will take you on a wild ride to Flavortown”. Mmm, looks tasty. (Eater National) Chef José Andrés announced via Twitter a new reality show on NBC called Desperate Chef’s Wives, featuring his wife and the wives of Tom Colicchio, Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert and – strangely – Conan O’Brien. Starbucks announced its new “Mobile Pour Service”, using a smartphone application to have baristas on scooters deliver fresh coffee to you on the move. Recipe blog Food52 taught us how to burn toast, and had a competition to find the best warthog recipe. Chow reported that Michelin was firing its restaurant…

Long-overdue news round-up

Sorry for being a bit slack in the news department lately, folks…here’s a few items of interest and / or amusement. Barefoot Contessa star Ina Garten needs some new PR people after repeatedly refusing the requests of a 6-year old cancer patient. Now, other celebrity chefs are beating their way to the front of the queue to be the silver lining on that poor boy’s foot-shaped cloud. It was only a few months ago that her book “Barefoot Contessa: How Easy Is That?” was voted one of the unhealthiest cookbooks of 2010. Maybe she’s the grim reaper in disguise? ( & Eater National) An interesting day in the life of Tom Colicchio, who recently welcomed a third son. (Wall Street Journal Magazine) Fat Ho Burgers causes an uproar in Texas. Looks like someone’s had a sense-of-humour bypass. (Eater National) 10 extreme chocolate chip cookies. OMG! (Shine from Yahoo!) Cadbury Creme…