Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Long Lost Friend

Today I ate at McDonald's all by myself. While this may seem like no big deal to the average person, my circumstances are a bit unusual. See, McDonald's and I haven't been on speaking terms for the last year.

It all began with my disdain for Wal-Mart. Three years ago Matt and I decided to give up Wal-Mart for our New Year's resolution. For lots and lots of reasons (which I'll spare you of for now) we think Wal-Mart is a big, fat bully. So we decided to boycott the company for a year. And it was a rousing success--the first New Year's resolution I've ever kept. (Well except maybe for those silly ones where I resolve to eat lots of chocolate or potato chips in the coming year. Those have always been successful.) So when the next New Year's Day rolled around, we felt we had to choose another boycott victim. We added McDonald's to our list. It's not that we despise the McDonald's corporation, but rather I think it's an easy target. To further matters, Matt and I had been eating off the $1 menu far too frequently (effecting our waistlines accordingly), so we decided to eliminate it from our diets for 1 year. And, that too, was a success.

So this year rolls around and while we're pleased with ourselves for having had such strong self-discipline, both of us are feeling a strooooong hankerin' for a Big Mac. It's been exacerbated by moving to Hong Kong, the land where all meat scares me. While I don't know exactly where McDonald's gets its meat, I appreciate that it's most likely heavily regulated. (Many Hong Kong restaurants specialize in "mystery meat". It gives me the willies.)

So do we continue to abstain from McDonald's (keeping Wal-Mart on our list is an easy decision) and add a third corporation to our list, or do we give in and withdraw the Big Mac from the chopping board? Well, as you gathered from the first line, McDonald's is back on our good side. In fact, it's our new best friend. We ate their twice on New Year's day (starting at 12:08am, Jan. 1, 2007), and at least once a week since. But still it feels weird. I mean, it's hard to act normal around someone that you've been ignoring for the last year, even though you've made up. I still don't think it's a fabulous company or anything, and the food is really, really bad for you, but, dang, those breakfast sandwiches are tasty. And they serve them all day long here.

Since we don't know enough about Chinese companies, we haven't picked a new culprit this year. If anyone has any suggestions, let us know. For now, we have to be content with our non-corporate resolutions to quit eating on the couch instead of at the table, and to do our dishes every night before going to bed. Those resolutions feel lame in comparison, but so far, so good.

13 comments:

matt said...

Did you read that closely, friend? She just said that McDonalds serves BREAKFAST SANDWICHES ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT LONG.

Pretty awesome, or what?

Crabby Rangoon said...

yes, sir. Mickey-D's is a thriving temptation here in HK, serving breakfast sandwiches 24 hours a day.

hombre guapo said...

We just got some McDonalds breakfast menu items like two weeks ago in Korea! Only from 5-11 everyday .

Crabby Rangoon said...

hombre-
well, it's a start. once they catch on, I'm sure they'll be rockin' the breakfast all day long...It's a wonder the US hasn't caught on yet.

the justice said...

Hate to rain on your parade, but I've never been partial to McD's breakfast sandwiches.... but I know a girl who likes her some breakfast burritos! Any of those in HK?

Andi said...

that's awesome. a susage, egg :& cheese mcmuffin anytime of day. at least you're walking so you can burn off all the mcfat.

Anonymous said...

I do love a McD's breakfast sandwich. If I ever have to wake up before 6am, that is what I treat myself with to get me through the day. Wow, served all day! Awesome!

Katy

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Crabby Rangoon said...

It's nice to have a topic we can all rally around. And, Justice, no such thing as a breakfast burrito in the Far East. It's ok, 'cause they'd probably screw it up anyway.

emily Littleton said...

We're pretty close to a 1/2 chinese family here in the states. We've been invited to a few big occasions where the whole Tran family cooks us some authentic Chinese food (which is just a better version of the stuff you love at the restaurant down the street). He always tells us that that the meat in the food is just... "meat". He never let's us know what kind...

Kelloh said...

Man, singapore doesn't have 24 hours breakfast :( I wish it did, I would eat there all the time. Although we do eat there all the time! It is so good here! But then we saw Jamie Oliver demonstrate how they make chicken nuggets, I was so disgusted that I took that off the eating list. Of course, I have already caved in a few times, but seriously now it is back on! Only that, I will still eat McDs

cabadoo said...

my hubby would be thrilled about the 24 hrs breakfast thingy however i would be much more excited if they served a big mac for breakfast.

Crabby Rangoon said...

Then HK is the place for you! They also serve Big Macs for breakfast. It's a McDonald's wonderland. Come one, Come All!