Week No. 7 McDonald's
I didn't even have to get out of my car to order this week's highlighted burger. In fact, I didn't even have to get out of my car to eat it.
I was lovin' it!
While seated comfortably in my car, I ate the Big Mac, a creation that has to be the most famous burger in the world.
What's in it? As if you don't know: "Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun."
I?got my Big Mac, an order of fries and a pop for $4.79.
It certainly wasn't my first Big Mac. And it probably won't be my last. But I?am in no way Hastings' version of Don Gorske.
The 54-year-old man from Fond Du Lac, Wis., says he has eaten 23,000 Big Macs in the last 36 years. He even has the receipts at home to prove it.
Gorske said the only day in the past 36 years that he skipped a Big Mac was the day his mother died.
She must have been smiling down from the heavens.
At just $1, the double cheeseburger is a great value.
On Mondays at the Hastings location, hamburger Happy Meals are just $1.
McDonald's has recently added to its coffee offerings.
Don't like burgers?
The southern-style fried chicken sandwich is my favorite.
A number of salads now mark their menu at McDonald's, too, including a southwest salad with grilled chicken that has just 320 calories. If you add the dressing, add another 100 calories.
Forgive me if you've heard the story before: Ray Kroc opened his first McDonald's in Des Plaines, Ill., in 1955.
He was a salesman and was selling a five-spindled milk shake maker called the Multimixer. His best customer was a restaurant in San Bernardino, Calif., operated by Dick and Mac McDonald. He visited the store and watched as burgers and milk shakes were served faster than anywhere he had ever seen.
From there, things kind of took off for Mr. Kroc.
Every day, 47 million people in the world eat at a McDonald's. Their 31,000 stores are located in 119 countries.
What Christina says
Regina Medical Center dietician Christina Gapp looked over McDonald's menu and had this to say about healthful options there: "Is there really healthy fast food?
"Most healthy foods are fast foods; for example,you can bite into an apple after washing for about 15 seconds. Believe it or not, when you need a "quick bite," fast food can prove nourishing. Everyday, one out of four Americans eats fast food, the kind at restaurants. Most of us don't realize that we can pack in enough calories, sodium and fat for an entire day in one meal, though.
"Here are some quick tips for you to choose carefully when dining at McDonalds:
1. Omit fried, crispy, mayo, cheese, bacon, or special sauce words on menu items. Excess fat and sodium are not friends.
2. Look before you leap. Check online menus before purchasing food. McDonalds has a great, user-friendly menu.
3. Salad dressings - use less than half a packet or ask for "light," or consider saving the dressing for another large salad at home.
4. Ask for chicken grilled, on a plain bun, and/or with the veggies only. Special orders are OK. Ask for egg on a muffin.
5. Portion sizes matter. Kids should have kid-sized portions. I should, too. Kids meals pack 600 calories or more. I can give my toy to a little person later. Guys can order the standard meal deal burgers, but eat lighter during the rest of the day, right?
6. Instead of soda, try unsweetened tea or ice water. Sometimes, I sneak a splash of lemonade for flavor.
7. Eat slowly. It's fast food because it arrives to you quickly, but you don't have to eat fast.
8. Consider a yogurt parfait over an ice cream cone."
As always, if you have ideas, comments or suggestions about this piece, please let me know. My phone number is 651-437-6153 and my e-mail address is crichardson@hastings stargazette.com.