Sunday, November 13, 2011

McDonald's...or not.

I am not a McDonald's fan. Their food is gross, in my ever so humble opinion. I have all but boycotted McDonald's for the last several years. We try not to eat fast food very often, especially since I can make it at home with a much better quality and taste.

Don't get me wrong, I do like my fast food. I've been spoiled by Chick Fil A being close by. Getting real chicken in my nuggets is very nice. Soft, juicy, tender meat. Okay, enough of that, I'm now salivating. Oh, wait. Then there's my newest obsession: BombDigitty's. They sell beefalo burgers and custard and their fries are to die for. Seriously people, this food is truly delicious. I will confess the occasional In-N-Out splurge since they're three blocks from my house. So compared to these, McDonald's serves crappy food. I also disagree with their getting involved in politics.

HOWEVER...there is one thing at McDonald's that I do like....a LOT. It is the McRib sandwich. Matt imagines that in order to have enough processed, boneless ribs for this occasional McDonald's deal, there are employees somewhere stashing as many rib tips as possible and freezing them until there is enough to feed us all McRib sandwiches for a whopping month of the year. I'm not even sure they have it that often.

Anyway, the McRib is currently available for a short period of time. One day earlier this month, my seven year old called me from school saying he was feeling sick. I was in the middle of errands at Walmart (which has a McDonald's) when I had to leave to go get him. So on our way to the car, I told Josh that I was running errands and asked him if he could endure a short shopping trip if it included lunch at McDonald's first, or would he rather go home and go to bed. His response was something to the effect of, "Well, I do need to rest, but I think it would be appropriate to have lunch first." I thought so. Poor boy, I did not even give him a choice of what he could eat at McDonald's. I simply bought him a McRib sandwich. He raved about how good it was. The funniest part was when he said, "I think this is the first time I've ever been to McDonald's." Well, I probably took him when he was little to play in the play place, but he apparently doesn't remember that. And yes, it has actually been that many years since we've frequented McDonald's.

Several days later, I was out and about with Elijah. Joshua also happened to be with me that trip. It was lunch time and we were at Walmart. Hmmm, how 'bout a McRib? Once again, I took the boys into McDonald's at Walmart and ordered us each a McRib. The boys commented on how gross the fries are, but the McRib's are great! Elijah also commented, "I think this is the first time I've ever been to McDonald's." I kinda feel bad that they didn't even get to experience the regular restaurant, just the Walmart miniature. Ah, no way. I don't feel bad at all. On the way home Elijah said, "Even if I knew what a McDonald's hamburger tastes like, I'd still think In-N-Out burgers are better!" I laughed so hard. I thought that was pretty funny.

Last night Matt and I made a quick trip to Walmart for a couple things, including newspapers for my coupon collection. We were brainstorming ideas for what to make for dinner when an idea seized me and Matt didn't seem to mind. You guessed it. McRib's all around, please! We took McDonald's food home to the children for dinner, probably the first time ever. Matt texted the teenagers to set the table and the children were all in shock that we were having McDonald's for dinner. Everyone enjoyed their ribs, the kids asked me why I haven't tried making these myself, and as usual, Zack was not filled by just one. There's nothing like growing teenage boys with hollow legs.

So there you have it folks. While I despise McDonald's, this month I am helping keep them in business. My craving for McRibs has been satiated and until next time, I will again swear off McDonald's and go for the other, higher quality fast food options. Have you had your McRib today?