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Old November 11th, 2013, 05:33 PM   #22821
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Old November 11th, 2013, 05:36 PM   #22822
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The first drive-through restaurant (a McDonald's drive-through) in Europe opened at the Nutgrove Shopping Centre in Dublin, Ireland in 1985.[10]

In Spain and Russia, McDonald's drive-through services are often called McAuto.

In the Netherlands, Germany, France, Portugal and other northern European countries, McDonald's drive-through service is called McDrive.

In Argentina and Mexico, McDonald's drive-through service is called AutoMAC.
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Old November 11th, 2013, 05:51 PM   #22823
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Well, it's not really that, but when I'm hungry and in a hurry I save a lot of time going through the Drive thru. After all, anyone can eat a Big Mac, eat some fries, drink a coke, read a newspaper and make a phone call behind the wheel...

(for some reason the Dutch I think are the only ones calling it McDrive.)
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Old November 11th, 2013, 05:55 PM   #22824
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In the Netherlands, Germany, France, Portugal and other northern European countries, McDonald's drive-through service is called McDrive.
In Serbia it's also called McDrive.
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Old November 11th, 2013, 05:56 PM   #22825
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+1 word learned.
Thought it might be new to some people. My work here is done. :-)

But where the heck did you even see the "the more you know thing"? (That appears, with a little four-note tone, at the end of "educational" announcements on NBC television, surprised anyone in Europe's seen it...)
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Old November 11th, 2013, 06:14 PM   #22826
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I never use drive-throughs. [Curmudgeon mode on] God forbid anyone should walk ten feet. [Curmudgeon mode off]
they usually have tiny parking lots, that's the main reson why i use drive-through option rather.
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Old November 11th, 2013, 06:26 PM   #22827
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I always feel guilty after having had "dinner" at McDonald's. It's not tasty, too salty and you get hungry an hour after you've eaten despite the huge amount of calories. I prefer to pick something up from the local cafeteria and only use McDonald's on trips.

Europe doesn't have as many fast food brands as the U.S. I think over 90% of all fast food restaurants along major roads in the Netherlands are McDonald's. It rare to see something else, though Burger King and KFC are somewhat common, though far fewer in number than McD.
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Old November 11th, 2013, 06:31 PM   #22828
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More Burger King's than Maccies in the UK. I luv my fast food burgers. In France and Belgium you've got the Quick hamburger restaurants chain. I think they're the best.
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Old November 11th, 2013, 06:36 PM   #22829
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i am not hungry 1 h after eating in McCrap. i don't find it more toxic or unhealty than most of the other fast food bars. i actually feel safer there because hygiene is regularly at higher level than 90% of other fast foods.
in last year or two in HR (actually in Zagreb) we have flood of those restaurants with high quality burgers. i like eating there, and it really doesn't have anything in common with McCrap. and they are not that more expensive.
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Old November 11th, 2013, 06:37 PM   #22830
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Haven't been to a McDonald's in months.

I occasionally have an Arby's craving, and Burger King does chicken sandwiches that I can convince myself are healthier than burgers. One advantage, if it is an advantage, of living downtown is that we don't have fast food nearby, except McDonalds. For a cheapish meal when I don't feel like cooking, I'll go to one of the neighborhood takeout places; for lunch on work days, I usually get a sandwich from a deli a block away.

Some convenience store chains like Sheetz and Wawa have decent food, even (in the case of Sheetz) seating; I'll lean towards that sort of thing when I'm traveling. But those are regional chains, so what's around depends on what part of the country you're in. (Sheetz actually seems to be avoiding the Philadelphia area; nearest one's 40 miles away, but they're pretty thick on the ground in most of Pennsylvania and the states to the south.) Developed a taste for Tim Horton's on my last trip to Canada, but they don't exist in the US except fairly close to the border. (Come to think of it, the last McD's I was at was probably at Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Quebec, and that was just for an iced latte because I was groggy.)
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Old November 11th, 2013, 07:50 PM   #22832
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In Romania I know it also as McDrive...
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Old November 11th, 2013, 09:00 PM   #22833
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Well, it's not really that, but when I'm hungry and in a hurry I save a lot of time going through the Drive thru. After all, anyone can eat a Big Mac, eat some fries, drink a coke, read a newspaper and make a phone call behind the wheel...

(for some reason the Dutch I think are the only ones calling it McDrive.)
Also in Italy are called McDrive.
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Old November 11th, 2013, 09:29 PM   #22834
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Thought it might be new to some people. My work here is done. :-)

But where the heck did you even see the "the more you know thing"? (That appears, with a little four-note tone, at the end of "educational" announcements on NBC television, surprised anyone in Europe's seen it...)
Most of those bits of US popular culture come to me through shows as The Simpsons and Family Guy, who use to parodize a lot of TV stuff. Then they tickle my curiosity and I look out for the originals...

https://myspace.com/113620280/video/...-know/54998638

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Old November 11th, 2013, 10:03 PM   #22835
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Talking about fast food: In Spain we had our local fast-food chain: 100 Montaditos. They even have restaurants in the USA, México, Colombia and Italy.




Beer's and Montaditos (small sandwiches)
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Old November 11th, 2013, 10:08 PM   #22836
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Speaking about fast-food restaurant chains, I sometimes eat at McDonald's, but I rather go to KFC or Subway. And one more thing: every time I eat at a Burger King I regret it. I never liked their burgers.
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Old November 11th, 2013, 10:08 PM   #22837
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Most of those bits of US popular culture come to me through shows as The Simpsons and Family Guy, who use to parodize a lot of TV stuff. Then they tickle my curiosity and I look out for the originals...

https://myspace.com/113620280/video/...-know/54998638

Well, I also have a great memory for almost useless details...
A lot of the US shows are becoming increasingly popular, since they've introduced Comedy Central in a lot of European countries. I personally love the Daily Show.
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Old November 11th, 2013, 10:46 PM   #22838
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Speaking about fast-food restaurant chains, I sometimes eat at McDonald's, but I rather go to KFC or Subway. And one more thing: every time I eat at a Burger King I regret it. I never liked their burgers.
I'm patiently waiting for KFC to arrive here. Some rumors are circulating about that.

To me BK has better meat - sadly there is only one BK restaurant here and even that only in a shopping center. I go to McD mostly after taking some sport, like full day of cycling and taking some of "feature" meals.
For example during my last visit I ate that:

1600 kcal
When I spend almost double of that during sport then I'm pretty calm about (un)healthiness of fast food.
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1600 kcal is minor thing here. major fact is that you've spent 15€ on that.
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Old November 11th, 2013, 11:19 PM   #22840
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I don't always suddenly turn the heating in my car at full range up, but when I do, I completely confuse the temperature control with volume one and temporary become deaf.

(happened to me today: almost crash and was almost deaf for 3 hours)
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