McDonald’s has new Big Macs?!

It’s been a couple of weeks now but we went to McDonalds for a Caramel Frappe, which if you read my previous blog article is my new favourite starbucks.  They asked if we were interested in a Mac Jr or Grand Mac.. we’re like huh, what?  No… just the drinks.

Well today I decided to try the Jr because I’m not sure I can eat the Grand Mac when the Big Mac leaves me pretty dang full!  And you know what?  The Jr is the perfect size!

Whenever I go to Burger King, unless I’m completely famished, I get the Jr there and I’m totally fine.  But at McD’s I’d get their cheeseburgers which are good but you need two to fill up.  I usually get the kids meal because of the fun toy and well, enough other stuff to fill me up.  But now with the Jr, I don’t need to do that anymore.

Now granted, they JUST came out with this so it could be really good now and go carppy later as with the fish bites and the Angus burgers.  They start out awesome and then, I guess McD’s is like Meh and they aren’t as good anymore.  But I digress…

So before I ordered I asked what the difference is with the Jr. and they said the meat is different, it’s a little smaller than the quarter pounder (they aren’t kidding) but the rest is the same, pickle, lettuce, and mac sauce.   I was like OK and said I’ll try it.  I’m expecting a glorified overpriced cheeseburger but I was wrong.

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This thing is kinda big in my hands. (I’ll save you the joke… yes, that’s what she said!)I opened it and was surprised.  I think that pun wasn’t intended but you never know…

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I rotated it and the meat is as big as the bun!  When was the last time that happened at McD’s?!  Well OK, I don’t eat the quarter pounders so maybe they’re that big too, I don’t know but I can tell you that the normal Big Mac patties are NOT this size.  They’re skinnier and smaller.  So I’m thinking you get the same amount of meat and one less bun which is fine with me because saves calories and carbs!  I am pleasantly surprised with this Jr.

I’m thinking McD’s better start paying me for all this endorsement!  But this was a quinky dink.  They’re not Habit Burgers, which I still have to do that review but if you want fast food that fills you up and you have, I guess, a small stomach, this will do just nicely.

Til next time, thank you for reading and spring is almost here!  Does anyone really get that gardening joke? haha.  As usual, if you’d like to donate to my cause for a laptop click here.  If not, that’s cool too.  I love to write either way.

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What’s going on Starbucks?!

I went and got a caramel frappucino the other day and I was disappointed.  Normally they kind of look like this.  And this one did, more or less.  Yes, I like extra caramel.

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But where did the coffee flavour go?!  All I got was a mouthful of a watery cream, possibly milk, somewhat sugary drink.   No coffee to be found!  I’m sorry… did I not offer a frappuccino?  Do they no longer have coffee in them?  Did I get a vanilla frap by accident?   Let me try that again… I said a caramel coffee frapuccino…Once again, I get the same drink!  What the heck is going on!?  Maybe it’s this branch…

3 different starbucks, 3 different cities, same damn drink!  OK what gives?  Was I too distracted to notice no one wants coffee in their fraps anymore?  Well, at least they still have macchiatos but it just isn’t the same… I like they coffee slushy…  Picture me with a total sad face.  Then, my husband goes to fast food and brings me a rescue drink!

Now see, we all know that McDonalds has cheaper coffee but is it better?  This was their caramel frappe, with an e to make it fancy!  OK McD’s what are you trying to pull?

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Goodness… what’s this…?  Coffee?!  There’s actual coffee flavour slushy…!?  Oh my wow!  This was sweet and coffee and slush… JUST like the fraps used to be!  But well, not as much caramel…  until of course, I said the magic words…”extra caramel please.” and voila!

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Holy ginger snaps!  All the gooey caramel and the coffee slush?!  Hooo yeah, come to me baby!  Star who?!  I was back in my coffee caramel slush heaven.  But there’s a price to pay, of course.  For one, your version of extra caramel may not be that of the person making it.   Unlike Starbucks, the McD team takes caramel liberal.  Their drinks can vary depending on who makes it.  However, if you’re in it for the coffee more than the caramel, you’re golden!  Oh and you have to pay extra for the extra caramel whereas as Starbucks just does it… I think… I haven’t had one in a while but last I heard it was still free to ask for extra drizzle.  Oh and you can’t get extra shots with McDonald’s because theirs is a premix, which I guess so is Starbucks but they can still add an espresso shot or whatever where as McD’s can’t… at least I don’t think so…never asked but I don’t think they sell espresso.

So now that I’m getting fancy and branching out… why did I never go to Peet’s?!  I decided to try the burger king version of this drink.  And their premix is similar to McD’s but maybe more creamy, though not as bad as Starbucks, and sweeter.  It STILL has coffee flavour though so it’s not watered down.  The caramel is alright as well.

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Oh right… I remember why I didn’t try another coffee shop… both the McD’s and the Burger King option are cheaper!  Well…  Maybe one day I will try another coffee shop’s version but isn’t that like going to Teavana and expecting cheap Tea?  I think I’m better off with the fast foods for now… or if I can find a local coffee shop…maybe there.   I think the commercialization of Starbucks and their stretched thin because they’re on every corner made their fraps fall flat which is sad but ey, more money in my pocket!

Have you found a good frap somewhere else?  Let me know in the comments below!

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I know it’s been forever since I’ve done this.  Something called a job has been keeping me distracted…one day I’ll have to get rid of that to focus just on this…but until then I’ll just have to keep trying harder.  I have so many reviews backed up!  And of course, kitten stories!   Until next time, folks.  Thank you for reading!

 

ObamaCare…? What do I know about Obama Care?

Not much…

I’m sorry if that upsets you.  I was a little busy trying to survive in a minimum wage world.  A world where it costs a couple of grand just to rent a shoe box or a world where money is more important than people.  I was busy trying to figure out how to care for myself and my family while figuring out if we’re eating this month or paying bills or getting our lights shut off…

That sounds far fetched to a lot of you but believe it or not, I hear the story a lot.  It’s not an unusual story.  So this post I’m writing in that perspective.  The down and out and the misled…  If it sounds depressing, I did my job.  If it doesn’t, something’s odd about you but I love your optimism!

Now the idea that we would ALL get healthcare sounds FABULOUS.  They do it in Europe, right?  It seems to work well there.  In England you get yourself all patched up in a jiffy! No red tape or other garbage to deal with or go through… at least not when it comes to health insurance.  But we aren’t in England or in Europe.  We’re in the U.S. of A.  Land of the free to do whatever…or so people think.

People who love money know how to get through the loops.  OH, you want me to pay for healthcare?  I’m sorry, what? ME? LOSE MONEY!? OH HELL NO!!  What’s the loop around?  Oh… they have to work more than X hours for me to pay?  WONDERFUL!!   Guess what everyone, you’re all demoted.  We’re only going to let you work 20 hrs or LESS in a week.  And if you’re big enough to be a chain, they just make you sign a thing that says doesn’t matter, you’ll NEVER get Obamacare.  Don’t ask, you’ll never get it, doesn’t matter the hours, we just aren’t paying and we know the tricks.  True story from McDonald’s employee…

Now, on paper, the insurance plan Obama proposed sounds awful and Republicans (and others) are protesting for various reasons.  I protest both Republicans AND Democrats because for as long as I’ve known politics, they’ve been EXACTLY the same people just wear different colours, one wears blue the other one red, but it’s the same friggin people.  So do I LIKE the idea of healthcare for all? YES.  Do I think it’s going to happen?  HELL NO.

I see ourselves further and further into debt, a depression and whatever is lower than that.  I am pretty sure the country’s about to be run into the ground.  Hell, we already had a government shut down.  What I’m envisioning is NOT that far fetched.  But who knows, I could be wrong.  We could all be A OK or business as usual.

I think Obama SHOULD have said, “Healthcare for all, REGARDLESS of their hours.”  Or simply “take care of your workers since they make so much money for you!”  but we know that wasn’t going to fly.  We know Democrats don’t want to pay for the health insurance ANY MORE than Republicans do.  Oh sure, they ACT like they do, but trust me, these rich folk aren’t giving up pennies for anyone.  We are, after all, still a capitalistic and independent society.  Dog eat dog and every man for him/herself.  Nothing new there and I don’t expect that to change.

So what do I know about Obama Care?  I know it’s stressing us “little” people out.  I also know that a lot of us are too poor to care.  We need to survive first, however that happens.  Rent out our shoe boxes for 2K a month… decide to buy food vs. bills, get shut out next month, buy electricity vs. food, at least until one of them gives… usually the bills…  but that’s the U.S. of A for you.
It’s the part no one tells you about… the part that illegals don’t know about…  For good reason… we WANT to keep the illusion that someday you’ll go somewhere but in reality?  You probably won’t…

It’s like Hollywood… 3 million people or so want to be stars…not even 1 percent make it… the rest turn into regular folk, like you and me, and out of those folks, some turn to illegal activities.  Dog eat dog world.  Welcome to America.  Now go home…
No, seriously… the grass is always greener!

That reminds me of the so called immigration reform… I wonder how many of THOSE people, if they knew the truth, would really be pushing for this?  Me, I hope it passes.  Then they could realise just how crappy it is to live here if you’re poor.  But hey, at least we’re given the illusion of opportunity.

And I realise we’re spoiled here in the U.S. with our running water and abundance of food we throw out all the time while people starve…  it’s why I stay here.   But I have to wonder, who’s eyes should we look at the U.S. through?  The rich people who are so out of touch with reality or the little people who struggle every day?  Is there a happy medium somewhere?  I hope so.  I really do.