10 Things You Didn’t Know About McDonald’s

If you told me a few years ago that I’d be sat here writing this blog post, I’d have laughed so hard. My life has gone full circle. Whilst studying at college, I applied for part-time job after part-time job and nowhere wanted me. It didn’t help that for every job, around 200+ people were applying. On a whim, I applied forMcDonald’s and after a few different rounds, I got the job. Admittedly, I didn’t think I’d stay there very long and I was a little embarrassed. It seems to have this stigma that really just isn’t true. During my time there, I learned more than I could have ever imagined and really grew as a person. It made me grow up fairly quickly and I met some wonderful people. People I worked with are now teachers, pilots, lawyers (If you’re reading this and I used to work with you, hi!). It is a job for multi-skilled people with a great attitude to life, who want to pursue a career in customer service and there are so many opportunities for growth.

I’m here today to tell you about the amazing things that McDonald’s do to help our environment and make sure they’re being as eco-friendly as possible. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about McDonald’s.

1. Around 70% of McDonald’s in the UK are Franchises.

2. McDonald’s is the world’s largest restaurant chain with more than 34,000 restaurants worldwide and employing 1.8million people. That’s a lot of jobs, with a lot of room to grow. McDonald’s gives huge opportunities to their crew members. 9 out of 10 restaurant managers started as crew; 1 in 5 franchisees started as crew, so the rewards for working hard and being dedicated to what you do can reap huge rewards, not something that you hear from many businesses anymore!

Image Credit: Here Come The Hoopers – A light fitting made from recycled fry boxes.

3. They are dedicated to recycling, even some of their decor is recycled! They have designated trash stations to help customers recycle their packaging, too.

4. McDonald’s are a proud supporter of British agriculture, they source around 55% of the ingredients for their menu from 17,500 British and Irish farms. Pretty damn important, right?

5. The new Kiosks are not designed to wipe out jobs, in fact, they create more. McDonald’s introduced kiosks to let their customers take longer deciding and browsing through the menu, as well as customising their food. It enables them to take their time and ensure they are getting the best experience. As well as this, it provides nutritional information on each product and when ordering a children’s meal, doesn’t show soda as an option anymore. So hopefully when children order, they will choose from either water, milk, a fruit shoot or orange juice. Promoting healthier options. A little bit of psychology is used too, the first drinks that are shown on the kiosk are the diet drinks, so hopefully more people choose the sugar-free alternative in their fizzy drinks.

6. Table service is now a thing! Long gone are the days where you struggle to carry your food, McDonald’s are now introducing table service, which is a godsend for parents and people who struggle to carry their food to their table. It’s simple, pick a zone (A or B) in a restaurant and take a seat! The servers even carry sauce in little pouches. Super efficient.

7. McDonald’s are slowly introducing wireless charging for smartphones and tablets, which now means… you never have to leave! Jokes aside, super helpful for everyone. My phone is always dying and I rely on it for almost everything, so it’s nice to know if I’m ever in trouble I can pop in, grab a bite to eat and recharge my phone’s battery as well as my own.

8. Food is now MADE TO ORDER. When I worked at McDonald’s many moons ago, food would sit for about ten minutes and then thrown away if not bought. The chicken was made to order, but the rest was not. Alas, this is no more. Focused on cutting down food waste (something I am VERY passionate about) and protecting the planet, it is ensuring that food is only cooked once it’s been ordered, so no more wastage. It’s also fresher too, which means a better burger every time.

Image Credit: Here Come The Hoopers

9. The new refurb, most of the stores look different now. They’re becoming less commercial looking and more friendly, somewhere you’d happily spend your time and is a more relaxing environment. Comfortable seating, modern decor. I’m loving it. (I typed that then realised what I did, I’m leaving it in but I can assure you it was accidental…)

10. McDonald’s are focused on becoming part of the community. From litter picking days to sponsoring local children’s football teams, Bill, a franchise owner from the North East of England is committed to helping a local children’s football team and even paid for his restaurant manager to go through University. So not only has the manager gained valuable experience and worked his way up from a crew member, he’s also got a first-class education that will stay with him for the rest of his life. Pretty amazing, right?

  1. Whether you eat McDonald’s or not, they are improving their carbon footprint and focusing their efforts on being the best company they can be. Not for profit margins or personal gain, but to better our world. The petrol they use in their trucks has been made from the oil from the fries and they ensure that everything is kept clean. One thing you might think is, ‘well, surely they just made sure it was clean because they invited bloggers’. Wrong. When I worked there, everything was IMMACULATE constantly. From employee personal hygiene to the toilets, floors were mopped every 30 minutes and a deep clean was done every evening. No surface untouched. Bad rep and rumours aside, McDonald’s’ is clean and committed business, and for that? I commend them. It’s easy to shirk responsibility and pretend that’s not your job. Instead, they are tackling it head on and trying to make a positive change.
  2. Now, you might be reading this thinking ‘Yeah, she was paid to write this, what a sellout.’ I decided to write this blog post to prove that McDonald’s workers are not what the media and public portray them to be. They are hard working, smart people who are committed to doing a hard job to make sure people can get the food they want. It is a company I am proud to have worked for and I am thankful for the experience.
  3. I know I haven’t touched much on the actual food itself, so take a look HERE at their menu complete with nutritional information. You can find out more about McDonald’s food HERE.
  4. *this post is in collaboration with McDonald’s, thank you for supporting bloggers!*

Enter the Festive Season with Rekorderlig | How To Swedish Inspired Dinner Party

We’re officially in November, entering the party season and scouring Asos for some new clothes with a hint of glamour for the festive period. It’s time to step up our hosting game and have our friends over (because you know, it’s way too cold to leave the house).

Rekorderlig got in touch with me and asked if I’d like to host my own Swedish dinner party and show what types of food I’d pair the different flavours with. Now, there’s a certain art to Swedish dinner parties so I’m going to talk you through the rules first.

Swedish Dinner Party Rules & Etiquette

  • Never arrive even one minute early, if the party starts at 7pm, then arrive between 7:00 and 7:15.
  • Don’t sit with your partner – the whole point of a Swedish dinner party is to meet people.
  • Don’t sit immediately – whatever you do, stay standing until the host or hostess says to sit.
  • Placement of a napkin is crucial – on your lap only, never around the neck or down a shirt – and should always be placed to the left of your plate.
  • Never refuse food. Some people have special dietary requirements, and they should call ahead and alert the hosts. But they should never ever refuse food. If something particularly ghastly is served up, one should taste a tiny little bit and then tell the hosts that you’re not so hungry.
  • Get your cheers right – don not touch your drinks until you’re told. The host will usually make a toast with a glass of white wine. Not until then should you even touch your drink. Look to the person on your right and say “cheers” or “ska!” and take a sip.

Flavours of Cider

Rekorderlig has always been my cider of choice. It’s refreshing, effortlessly balanced and pure. An amazing quality taste that you will receive time and time again. Usually the drink I will opt for when I’m dining out or at a social gathering. I truly think it is super refreshing and a great choice for anyone.

Strawberry-Lime (4%) flavour perfectly embodies a Swedish summer with the authentic flavour of freshly picked strawberries. It tastes best served cold over ice with a squeeze of lime and fresh mint. It has a sweet finish with a medium body and goes best with balsamic chicken and berry cheesecake.

Wild Berries (4%) flavour is a fresh and juicy cider with the flavour and fragrance of wild blueberries and raspberries. It is a medium body and is pale pink with a mild carbonation. It is a fruity and sweet cider and goes best with shrimp and brie!

A seasonal favourite, Spiced Plum cider (4%) has flavours of plums, cherries and a mix of spices including cloves and cinnamon. It is a rich and fruity experience, it can be served hot or cold and best served with an orange. It is a beautiful deep purple colour and is spicy, warm and fruity. It is suggested to be paired with duck and gingerbread.

The Passionfruit (4%) flavour has the fragrance of ripe passionfruit and an intense tropical flavour, I like it best over ice with lime. It is light bodied, refreshing and crisp with a tropical, tangy and slightly zesty taste. It is best paired with salmon and white chocolate (maybe not both in the same dish though…)

Last but not least, my favourite. Mango-Raspberry (4%). Rekorderlig mango-raspberry cider is sweet and tropical with the intense fragrance and flavour of ripe mango with a hint of wild raspberries. It’s light pink and a medium body with a tropical, zesty and fruity taste. It goes best with smokey pulled pork and creamy cheese – two of my favourite foods!

The Food

For this dinner party, I decided to cook a few different things for the four of us. A white chocolate and berry cheesecake, Swedish meatballs, Smørrebrød (an open sandwich) and camembert with lingonberry dip. I chose these options due to the food pairings as I wanted my food to compliment the cider, and ensure that everything was a great tasting experience. It’s important that drinks are not an afterthought when it comes to food, they should compliment each other nicely and if paired right, the drink will bring out the flavour in the food.

For the white chocolate and berry cheesecake, I made the cheesecake (recipe here) and added fruit and drizzled melted white chocolate over the top. Simple, right? Paired with either Mango-Raspberry or Passionfruit Rekorderlig.

You can find the Swedish meatball recipe here. A classic, staple paired with mashed potato or chips – no Ikea trips needed.

For the Smørrebrød I opted for avocado and tomato, cheese and prosciutto and then mozzarella and tomato. Focusing on the creamy cheese to bring out the taste of the Mango-Raspberry flavour. I loved this course, it acted as my starter and I cut all of the sandwiches up so my guests could have a taste from each. It went down a storm! 

The camembert with lingonberry dip was breaded mini camemberts and I found the lingonberry dip (sort of like jam) in my local supermarket. Such an easy course but it was a lovely one! Paired with Passionfruit Rekorderlig.

So, when will you be hosting your own Swedish inspired dinner party? Let me know your favourite flavour of Rekorderlig in the comments below. Mine is Mango-Raspberry!

I love food and I love an ice cold cider, but please don’t forget to drink responsibly and be aware of how much you are consuming, and absolutely never drink and drive. A huge thank you to Rekorderlig for sponsoring this post and giving me the opportunity to share with you some of my food photography and favourite drink!

Hey Sweetie, Here’s a Way to Consume Less Sugar*

There’s one thing that really plagues our lives. Sugar. It’s everywhere and we really can’t avoid it that easily. We probably (well, at least I do) consume way more than I need to and it’s becoming a real problem. I just really love sweets, okay?!

This is where this blog post comes in, Nestle has launched 30% less sugar in some of my favourite sweets! They recently sent me some to try and I’m actually weirdly excited to tell you all about them.

It took two years of extensive research to come up with the recipe for these sweeties, the brand says ‘the sugar removed has been replaced by increasing the fibre content in these brand new versions’. I LOVE the fact they have fewer calories too – I feel way less guilty munching on them now!

I wasn’t sure if they’d taste the same or if they’d just be lesser-flavoured versions of themselves but I was seriously surprised! They taste exactly the same. My mum loves these and I’m glad that we as a family can consume less sugar. It’s mad how much is in food, especially the ones you’d least expect it. Recently I found out how much is in my usual Starbucks order and wow… I’m really surprised!

I actually think I prefer the less sugar version as I really think the flavours of the fruit come out a lot more, especially in the fruit pastilles!

*This is a collaborative post*