the things we do for mcdonald’s

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

You know how on Friends they have Central Perk and on How I Met Your Mother they have MacLaren’s?  Well, we have one of those in Salzburg and it’s called O’Malley’s.  And we like to say we run that place and we sort of actually do run that place because we know the staff and they let us do whatever we want, whenever we want.

Yet I was still so reluctant when Caroline said, “Let’s go get some McDonald’s fries and bring them back here and eat them!”. 

See, here’s the thing about McDonald’s in Austria (yes, there’s “a thing”):  Austrians (for the most part) are pretty strict about what goes into their food.  For this reason, they are very proud to say that their McDonald’s ingredients are 100% Austrian, which means the fries taste incredible (made with homegrown, local-ish potatoes).  Also, they don’t just sell “french fries”.  They sell curly fries, waffle fries and potato dippers (which are, like, really fat fries aka the most delicious things I’ve ever tasted).  Germany doesn’t have these options, for some reason.  So whenever we cross the border to Austria, we usually find a way to add “eat McDonald’s fries” to our itinerary.  And that’s all we order there – fries; never an actual meal (although I’ve been known to order the occasional “spontaneous strawberry milkshake”).  So that’s why Caroline suggested that we get fries and bring them back to O’Malley’s (because why would we want to eat them at McDonald’s?  that’s just not fun).

But since O’Malley’s sells food, I figured it would be frowned upon to waltz right in carrying bags of McDonald’s fries.

But at the same time, I really wanted those fries. 

Which is how I went from the initial hesitance:DSC00163   

to collecting everyone’s money, trekking through the cold to buy 4 orders of fries and hiding the bag under my coat so i could smuggle them inside without being questioned:DSC00191

(oh and surely that can’t be grease on the bag……I probably just dropped it in a puddle or something.)

I should mention that I pitched the idea of having a “fry party” under the table, out of fear that we were all “going to get kicked out!!!!!” - a notion at which my friends scoffed (and rightfully so, I do admit).  However, I should also mention that these same friends assured me we could eat them in plain sight ever so discreetly, which is what we ended up doing.  I thought we’d pulled this off well enough until our friend Danny, the O’Mally’s manager, later told me, “Of course we saw you eating those fries; you were passing the bag around and taking photos.  We just didn’t kick you out because we like you.” 

See what I mean?  We run that place.

40 comments:

Krystal said...

haha that is hilarious :)

Kayla said...

Oh the things we do....
I just kept pretending to be embarrassed while I continued to eat the fries.

Diana Mieczan said...

Hahah..I love fries as well and you guys are too funny! Btw: love that lipstick on you:) Happy Tuesday
Muah

Miss A said...

Hahah what a funny story! I wish McDonald's in India would have such an awesome variety of fries :)

Lindsay said...

hahaha those fries were well worth it. and followed by our free drinks made them all the better :)

magdalena viktoria said...

hahaha, this is like an episode from a tv show

Jan said...

Ha Ha that's funny. He sounds like a nice manager. I think McDonalds have the best fries, no matter where you go!!!!!

Saara said...

aaaah! THIS is why I like the fries here in Austria! I didn't know this :) Thanks for the lecture :) (...and for my weight gain....!)

Brooke said...

HAHA love what the manager said!! dang, McDonalds here sucks then- I want some curly fries!

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

bahaha that is too funny! i actually love mcdonald's fries - no matter where, but these sound so good too!

Gentri said...

hahaha! Love it! :) That grease though... haha!

nicole addison said...

haha any blog post with a friends comment in it makes my day. i want some curly fries! your lip stick is to die for by the way:)

steffisworld said...

yay for Austrian fries! :D
I love your blog and it's so much fun reading about my country from your perspective :)

Brissa said...

you make me want to move to austria specifically for the fries. they sound amazing. oh and the outfit + bangs + lipstick combo is spot on.

Eva @ Four Leaf Clover said...

Wow.. I had no idea, way to go Austria for making McDonald's somewhat healthy!

MJ {The Honeypie Archives} said...

mmmm I will definitely have to go to McDonalds for lunch now. I love the grease marks on the bag.... hahahhaa so bad for the body, but good for the mouth!

LCR said...

Thanks for coming by and commenting on Shades of Spring- Krystals photos are beautiful, i love them too! The vespa was pretty awesome. And no worries about not being involved in shades of spring because now i'm going to be doing a themed photo post every month! From the 1st until the 7th it will be open, and have a certain theme. I'll be posting about it soon. Would you like to be on the email list to be notified of topics once a month so you can contribute? The next topic is 'trees':)

Hope to have you involved!

Oh, and I LOVE that you guys have a "Mcclearens" love HIMYMother. And I dtotally wanna try healthy Austrian McD's now:)

Anahit said...

ahahaha I love it. And hey, whats the use of having a "regular" place if you can't take advantage of the perks every once in a while! Plus, those fries sound delicious. Think you can mail them to Chicago???

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Ha! I'd so be afraid like you were. My friends always insist that if we are craving two different places it's OK to order from one place and sit down at the other so we can all eat together. This terrifies me haha.

Cute blog! :)

Dancing Branflake said...

So fun that you have "the place". Great photos!

Kathrine said...

Now this is what you did: I may just have to drive the 110km that separate us from Austria and get me some...nomnom

I am Megan said...

Ah, that sounds brilliant! I will conquer a little pub with my friends someday, I will!

I can solemnly swear that I have never in my life, ever, ever eaten McDonalds.

Until last year, because we lived like 500 m from one, and I hate cooking. It's boring beyond!

Thank you very much for the lovely comments on my side! As a result, I found the awesomeness that is your blog and am now a follower. yay

Danielle said...

Can I just say how jealous I am of you living in Europe? I fully plan on going back someday. Hopefully to live there for an extended amount of time...but until then, I'm going to live vicariously through you! Love your blog!

Feeona said...

Oh I miss having a local bar where evrybody knows your name haha...

Alysia Pollock said...

Haha McDonald's is like that drunk stop for me!! lol! Great blog! Stop by mine and follow if ya get the chance!! :)

www.modishmoxie.com

Jennifer said...

Haha. I love it! I only ever order fries at McD's...maybe something else...maybe. I'm a little jealous of Austrian fries. I want some now...haha.

Sophie said...

haha loveeee this! maccas is worth the stress and anxiety! for sure. x

Fi, Previously Owned said...

hahahahaha this is awesome! I wish that McDonald's was like that over here. haha That bag would be completely brown and oily! Great blog! <3

danielle @ take heart said...

you make me laugh!
and i love your red lips

Mimi said...

i didn't know that, i will make sure to stop by a mcdonald's when i'm over there. :)

<3, Mimi
http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

linnea paulina said...

Haha :o) The fries are worth it!! I remember when I lived in Belgium, the "frites" at McDonalds were delicious! We would dip them in mayonnaise. Yummmm!

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

I love this story!! The fries sound amazing!! Once we smuggled in fries to a pub, and they let us stay because we answered three trivia questions they gave us correctly :)

arielle @ a beautiful journey. said...

haha...that is too funny! :)

Josie said...

Is so good to have a bar that you rule! I used to have one of my own called The Cellar. When I was 17 me and my friends got away with just about anything in there!

YnR said...

I haven't had McDonald's in maybe 4 or 5 years, but after reading this, it makes me want to venture out to other countries McD's and break that record! Funny story!

TexaGermaNadian said...

Oh, aren't Irish Pubs abroad the best?!?! They just always feel like home...even with those greasy fries :)

elledee said...

loooove that lipstick!

Maggy said...
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Maggy said...

Ugh, why do we get the short end of the stick here? Why don't we demand better fries? Great story! Not that I want some fries now or anything...

Mighty Burns said...

ummmm I realize this is about fries.. but thats bad ass