Chicago's New McDonald's Serves Sandwiches From Hong Kong and McFlurries From Brazil

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McDonald's

If you want to get a taste of local flavors when visiting a foreign country, just duck into the nearest McDonald's. The quintessential American burger chain adapts its menu wherever it sets up shop to reflect local palates and dietary restrictions. Now, Mickey D's super-fans interested in sampling every menu item offered abroad can get a little closer to achieving that goal without leaving the U.S. As Eater Chicago reports, the restaurant at the new McDonald's headquarters in Chicago will feature a rotating menu of food served at international locations.

The new nine-story corporate headquarters in Chicago's Fulton Market district is still under construction, but as of April 25, 2018, the 6000-square-foot McDonald's restaurant on its ground floor is open for business. The initial menu includes the McSpicy chicken sandwich from Hong Kong, cheese and bacon loaded fries from Australia, the Mozza salad from France, and the McFlurry Prestigio (with strawberry sauce and chocolate-covered coconut bites) from Brazil. Classic American menu items such as Big Macs and McNuggets are also available to guests.

The new restaurant features all the updates McDonald's has been gradually introducing to its stores in recent years. Customers can use unmanned kiosks to order their meals, take advantage of the location's table service, or order their food online and pull into one of the spaces outside for curbside pickup. The company aims for all of its franchises to offer the “McDonald’s Experience of the Future” by 2020.

“This is an exciting time for McDonald’s and the city of Chicago,” owner-operator Nick Karavites said in a press statement. “As a Chicago native who has grown up in the McDonald’s business, I’m proud to add the new headquarters restaurant to my organization.”

If you were hoping for a domestic McDonald's with slightly more exciting options, like India's spicy paneer wrap or Japan's shrimp burger, you may get your wish in the future: The Chicago restaurant plans to update its menu with new international items every few months.

[h/t Chicago Tribune]

America’s 10 Most Hated Easter Candies

Peeps are all out of cluck when it comes to confectionery popularity contests.
Peeps are all out of cluck when it comes to confectionery popularity contests.
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Whether you celebrate Easter as a religious holiday or not, it’s an opportune time to welcome the sunny, flora-filled season of spring with a basket or two of your favorite candy. And when it comes to deciding which Easter-themed confections belong in that basket, people have pretty strong opinions.

This year, CandyStore.com surveyed more than 19,000 customers to find out which sugary treats are widely considered the worst. If you’re a traditionalist, this may come as a shock: Cadbury Creme Eggs, Peeps, and solid chocolate bunnies are the top three on the list, and generic jelly beans landed in the ninth spot. While Peeps have long been polarizing, it’s a little surprising that the other three classics have so few supporters. Based on some comments left by participants, it seems like people are just really particular about the distinctions between certain types of candy.

Generic jelly beans, for example, were deemed old and bland, but people adore gourmet jelly beans, which were the fifth most popular Easter candy. Similarly, people thought Cadbury Creme Eggs were messy and low-quality, while Cadbury Mini Eggs—which topped the list of best candies—were considered inexplicably delicious and even “addictive.” And many candy lovers prefer hollow chocolate bunnies to solid ones, which people explained were simply “too much.” One participant even likened solid bunnies to bricks.

candystore.com's worst easter candies
The pretty pastel shades of bunny corn don't seem to be fooling the large contingent of candy corn haters.
CandyStore.com

If there’s one undeniable takeaway from the list of worst candies, it’s that a large portion of the population isn’t keen on chewy marshmallow treats in general. The eighth spot went to Hot Tamales Peeps, and Brach’s Marshmallow Chicks & Rabbits—which one person christened “the zombie bunny catacomb statue candy”—sits at number six.

Take a look at the full list below, and read more enlightening (and entertaining) survey comments here.

  1. Cadbury Creme Eggs
  1. Peeps
  1. Solid chocolate bunnies
  1. Bunny Corn
  1. Marshmallow Chicks & Rabbits
  1. Chocolate crosses
  1. Twix Eggs
  1. Hot Tamales Peeps
  1. Generic jelly beans
  1. Fluffy Stuff Cotton Tails

[h/t CandyStore.com]

84-Year-Old Italian Nonna Is Live-Streaming Pasta-Making Classes From Her Home Outside Rome

beingbonny, iStock via Getty Images
beingbonny, iStock via Getty Images

If you're looking for an entertaining distraction and a way to feed yourself that doesn't involve going outside, sign up for a virtual cooking class. Since the COVID-19 pandemic forced people around the world into isolation, plenty of new remote learning options have appeared on the internet. But few of them feature an 84-year-old Italian nonna teaching you how to make pasta from scratch.

As Broadsheet reports, Nonna Nerina is now hosting pasta-making classes every weekend from her home outside Rome. Before Italy went into lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, the home cooking instructor taught her students in person. By moving online, she's able to share her authentic family recipes with people around the world while keeping herself healthy.

Live classes are two hours long and take place during Saturday and Sunday. This weekend, Nonna Nerina is making fettuccine with tomato sauce and cannelloni, though you won't be able to tune in if you haven't signed up yet—the slots are booked up until at least mid-April. If you'd prefer to take your remote cooking lessons during the week, Nerina's granddaughter Chiara hosts pasta-making classes Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Classes cost $50, and you can sign up for them now through the Nonna Nerina website. Here are more educational videos to check out while you're stuck inside.

[h/t Broadsheet]

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