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What I Have No Shame in Doing on My Travels

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I don’t believe in that whole “what’s right and what’s wrong” mumbo-jumbo when it comes to travel. When it comes down to it, people need to do what they feel is right for them, and not look down on others who think otherwise.

Sure, I may not believe some travel styles are to my liking, but… whatever.

This is a topic I’d like to extend to include an eating establishment we all know as it is populated in hundreds of countries around the world (but not in Kyrgyzstan… yet), and it is a place I absolutely love visiting from time to time.

Yes, I have no shame in eating at McDonald’s on my travels!

There, I said it. I mean, I’ve said it before so it’s no real surprise, but if it is, then I’m sorry if you don’t agree.

Not only can I rely on the heart-clogging goodness that is Macca’s when all I want is a meal without surprises, but I can also say that visiting one is a cultural experience in itself!

And, to prove my point, I give you…

The McTurko!

mcTURCO

In Istanbul, I may have been the driving force in the group, that involved myself and Beth and Randy from beersandbeans.com, in convincing the others we needed to stop off for a bite. My curiosity for what might be inside got the best of me.

So, the McTURCO

Where else in the world would it be so appropriate to turn a burger into a kebab inspired sandwich, really? I LOVED the idea of the McTURCO: two patties with kebab flavoring, slathered in sauce and in a pita wrap. But, I HATED the taste.

mcturco inside

The McTURCO was not a winner in my books, but it was so fun to experience that meal while in Istanbul. Just another reason I’ll probably never stop stopping by McDonald’s on my travels!

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23 Responses to What I Have No Shame in Doing on My Travels

  1. Susan December 23, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    Yes, Brooke! I am so with you on this one. I think it’s actually pretty interesting to see what the different Mickey D’s of the world are offering. Especially all the different McFlurry flavors!

    • Brooke December 27, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

      Ha, yes, I often wonder why other countries have such awesome McFlurry flavors! 🙂

  2. Annie December 23, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    I totally agree. I try to avoid McD’s (especially back at home) but I think it’s really interesting to see what it offers in different countries! Even to try the same burgers around the world is interesting. For example in Italy the meat is always so dried out and and they use only a teeny dab of sauce, while in Oz I thought the burger were extra juicy and tasty!

    I will stand behind you in this, it’s a nice little “comfort” from home and still a cultural experience!

    • Brooke December 24, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

      Oz has pretty good meat in their patties, and it is marketed well — real Aussie beef and potatoes in those products 😉

  3. DanielW December 24, 2011 at 1:45 am #

    I recently had a maccy d’s in Kiev, sadly it was the same as back home. Only they didn’t smile when they took my money. But hey this is Ukraine, maybe one day…

    Quite like the idea of McTurco though 🙂

    • Brooke December 24, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

      Haha, damn that no smiling. I found the Macca’s in Kiev to always be crowded and even business men having meetings there!

  4. Sheila December 24, 2011 at 4:34 am #

    My husband and I eat McDonalds when we travel when we want something fast and cheap. Nothing wrong with that. Plus, I normally dislike McDonalds in the States, but there seem to be more vegetarian friendly choices in other countries.

    • Brooke December 24, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

      Fast and cheap is a traveler’s best friend at times! 🙂

  5. Rebecca December 24, 2011 at 5:16 am #

    Love it! There is a McDonald’s in the train station in Florence, and every time I mention the fries there, everyone I know is like, OHMIGOD, I know, SO GOOD!! Plus they have a nice, clean bathroom that the public can use. No shame, who cares!!

    I love seeing different menus from around the world!

    • Brooke December 24, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

      Well obviously I must try these fries!!! 🙂 Love the differing menus too!

  6. Rishika December 24, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    I am ashamed to say that I LOVED McD’s while living in Seoul. Especially in the freezing cold winter when a 30 minute (round trip) walk was unthinkable, I could order McD’s DELIVERY!!

    Sadly, however, I never tried local specialties, such as the Bulgogi Burger. I DID try a special-to-Asia chicken sandwich called the Shanghai spice burger that was tons better than their McChicken. It could possibly even rival the Wendy’s Spicy Chicken. Possibly.

    Plus the fries for some reason were 95% of the time crispy, hot and fresh, unlike the wilted slop I often seem to get here in the States.

    Uhh…I feel like a loser now. I’m going to go eat an organic apple.

    • Brooke December 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

      BETTER than the Wendy’s spicy chicken?! I’m all over that. Enjoy your apple, Rish 😉

  7. Amanda December 25, 2011 at 3:17 am #

    No shame at all, Brooke! Sometimes you just want something cheap, quick, and familiar. Plus, I love seeing what sorts of things different McDonalds have around the world. The menu in China was interesting!

    • Brooke December 27, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

      Oooh would love to check out the menu in China. Oh wait! I’ll be able to in May! woot!

  8. Katina December 25, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    AHAHAHAHA you MUST read my extended blog entry… I try the cultural Maccas experience in every country I visit. Rather enjoyed the McTurco actually, the idea of it particularly.

    Pleeeease have a look if you’re even slightly interested in McDonalds on travels, let me know what you think 😀

    http://the-curiosity-kat.blogspot.com/2011/09/this-has-been-slightly-include-my-2011.html

    • Brooke December 27, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

      AHHHHHhhh! LOVE THIS. You rock! This is exactly why I love McD’s around the world! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  9. Jeremy Branham December 27, 2011 at 5:44 am #

    I have to admit the only time I EVER eat at McDonald’s is when I am traveling. It is not that often but it is somewhat of a comfort food from time to time.

    • Brooke December 27, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

      So comforting! And in Australia, the free wi-fi is a true gift.

  10. Harrison December 27, 2011 at 6:09 am #

    For me, it’ll have to be Chipotle. Always got to have one of those when I’m on my travels, regardless of where I am.

    • Brooke December 27, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

      I <3 Chipotle! Ate there several times on my last trip to the USA 🙂

  11. Kristin December 27, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    Yes I definitely have no shame in eating at McDonalds…even at home (commuting through Central Station counts as traveling, right?). Sometimes it’s just the easiest option, and sometimes I’m just craving some french fries or a frozen Fanta (or those new Bananaberry smoothies…yum). Plus, like you said, I find it quite interesting to see what McDonald’s adds to its menu in foreign countries. I had a frozen L&P in Wellington which was perfect, given it’s world famous…in New Zealand.

  12. Jade - OurOyster.com December 29, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    I loved the Mcdonalds in Asia! hahaha

  13. Megan December 30, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    Amen. It’s totally interesting to see the way culture impacts branding across the world and the fries are always good.

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