American eating habits are changing faster than fast food can keep up

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Per-person restaurant visits dropped to 28-year low in 2018.

Home cooking would be making a comeback if it ever really went away.

Restaurants are getting dinged by the convenience of Netflix, the advent of pre-made meals, the spread of online grocery delivery, plus crushing student debt and a focus on healthy eating. Eighty-two percent of American meals are prepared at home — more than were cooked 10 years ago, according to researcher NPD Group Inc. The latest peak in restaurant-going was in 2000, when the average American dined out 216 times a year. That figure fell to 185 for the year ended in February, NPD said.

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McWedddings – McDonald’s to Offer Weddings in Hong Kong

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Toast your nuptials with soft drinks at McDonald’s

We can’t think of a better way to throw traditional wedding protocol out the window than to host it at McDonald’s.  Hong Kong will be the first city in the world to roll out McDonald’s nuptial packages for couples starting January 1 next year. (Pics)

 

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Reverse Engineering McDonald’s French Fries

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Scrutinizing McDonald’s French Fries

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt of The Food Lab (over at Serious Eats) likes a challenge, so he decided to reverse engineer what is considered to be world’s most perfect fries: McDonald’s french fries.

Now, you may disagree that the words “McDonald’s” and “good” belong in the same sentence, let alone “perfect” – but there’s something in their french fries that makes Americans go nuts. I personally don’t get it – perhaps because I didn’t grow up eating McDonald’s fries, but my wife swears by ’em. And she’s not alone: over 2 million pounds of McDonald’s fries are consumed every single day. That makes Mickey D the largest potato buyer in the United States.

Back to Kenji’s quest. So how hard is it to reverse engineer McDonald’s french fries? Turns out, it was very, very hard, so Kenji decided to do the next logical thing: he’s going to steal McDonald’s recipe…

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‘Happy Meals’ with Toys Banned to Fight Childhood Obesity

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The toys are said to be luring children to high calorie foods.

McDonald’s “Happy Meals” and other fast food snacks that come with toys are to be banned in part of California in an attempt to wean children off unhealthy, high-calorie diets.  The measure, believed to be the first of its kind in the United States, is being introduced in Santa Clara County, an area of 1.7 million people that includes Silicon Valley.

 

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Biodegradable Packaging Designed For McDonald’s

Biodegradable Packaging Designed For McDonald’s

Biodegradable packaging designed by University of the Arts graduate student, Andrew Millar 

Have you ever eaten at a fast food restaurant and noticed how much trash comes with your burger, drink and fries? University of the Arts graduate student, Andrew Millar has noticed the amount of trash and has designed an alternative eco-solution to this wasteful problem. (Pics)

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Giant Robotic Egg Announces Breakfast Daily At McDonalds

Gigantic Robotic Egg Announces Breakfast Daily At McDonalds 

How do you know whether or not McDonalds is still serving breakfast? Well, usually you just check your watch. If it’s earlier than 10:30 am, they are. If it’s later, they aren’t. Pretty simple. But what if you don’t have a watch? Don’t worry – one Chicago McDonald’s has you covered.

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Ordering a McDonald’s Hamburger with Your Cellphone

Ordering a McDonald’s Hamburger with Your Cellphone

Of all the things I can order through my cellphone, McDonald’s hamburgers ranks pretty close to the bottom

Continually attempting to shave seconds from the moment a juicy hamburger appears in you mind, and the act of taking your first bite, McDonald’s has teamed up with Nintendo to make ordering food even easier. So easy, in fact, that you’ll have grease splatters on your cellphone before you realize what hit you.

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