Fast Food

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According to Asahi News, McDonald’s will only serve small size fries in Japan.

This is a crisis of epic proportions.

Apparently, there’s a labor contract dispute going on in ports along the U.S. West Coast, which means that McDonald’s in Japan can’t get potatoes it needs to make the fries. Hence, smaller fry offerings at McDonald’s locations throughout Japan. Meals that typically come with medium fries will now be 50 yen cheaper.

One day you’re having fry parties and filling up colossal titan buckets and the next day you’re in the midst of a tiny fry nightmare.

(via Kotaku)

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Thanks to the massive success of the Doritos Locos taco, Taco Bell may be ready to double dip on the chips. At an investor presentation, one of the slides included a Fritos taco shell under the heading “Revolutionizing the Taco.” Parent company Yum! wasn’t willing to confirm that the Fritos taco will exist, but it seems like a natural move for Taco Bell.

Since the 2012 launch, they’ve sold one billion Doritos tacos. Yes, billion with a “B.” The next big thing in fast food seems to be convincing us all that what’s in the office vending machine can be turned into taco shells and pizza crust. Anyone working on a Funyuns taco shell?

(Business Insider via Eater)

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(via Clark Gregg’s Facebook)

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It took eight long centuries for the raw meat that Mongolian soldiers stashed under their saddles to evolve into the modern hamburger we know and love today. But the burger’s journey is an interesting one, and if you’d like to learn more, you can watch this clip from Nat Geo’s EAT: The Story of Food: The History of the Hamburger. Wow, I’m kind of craving a burger now.

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Pizza Hut wants to make it easier for you to figure out what to order by reading your mind, or at least your eyes. They’re currently testing a retina-scanning system that will scan your eyes as they roam over the menu and pick up on the items where your eyes linger. A “subconscious menu” if you will.

So if you’re thinking about extra cheese, the system will notice and make the choice for you. Make sure you don’t linger on the anchovies.

See the video after the break.

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Gabriel Harris was arrested in New Smyrna Beach, Florida after having one too many and then attempting to order at a Taco Bell drive-through at 3AM. The restaurant was closing and he refused to leave so the police were called. They happened to notice a Swiss Army knife hanging from a belt loop which concerned the responding officer who then tried to take the knife away. Harris wouldn’t let him and is now facing a charge of resisting arrest with violence.

Aw, someone get this guy a taco.

(via Mashable)

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People who are fanatical about McRib have probably avoided thinking about what goes into making it. That is especially true after this photo of frozen McRibs made the rounds on the Internet last year.

As part of their “Our Food. Your Questions” campaign with former Mythbuster Grant Imahara, McDonald’s is making an attempt to reassure customers with a behind-the-scenes video.

The video also features Wes Bellamy, the guy who posted the McRib picture seen ’round the world, taking part in the whole manufacturing process from beginning to end.

Watch the video after the break and let us know if it sets your mind at ease.

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If you’ve ever felt the pressure of having to order so quickly that you don’t get exactly what you want at Taco Bell, then you’re going to love their newly introduced mobile ordering app. It lets you place your order exactly the way you want beforehand. From the press release:

Customize. Order. Pay. All from the new app. Now you can easily select a local Taco Bell, customize your favorite items and pay for your order. No need to select a pickup time. We make your food when you arrive so that it’s hot and just-prepared. Then skip the in-store line like you own the place. Plus, reordering your favorites is as easy as a twist of the wrist.

The app also knows when you’re almost at the store so you don’t have to stick to a time. Order lunch at 11AM and if you don’t manage to get a break until 12:15, your food will still be ready at the right time.

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This McDonald’s shaped like a lunchbox was a pop-up that appeared in Melbourne, Australia to promote some new additions to the menu including four new wraps and a new salad. Those who happen by the lunchbox location will be able to try Mini Steak Taster Wraps. It’ll be in Melbourne through Friday and then heading on to Perth, Adelaide, and Sydney.

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Generally speaking, censorship isn’t a good thing…unless it’s clever and funny. A prime example is a new Attack on Titan exhibition that’s being held at the Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo in late November.

According to Livedoor News, in order to promote the exhibit, the museum put up posters like the one above at the Roppongi Station in Tokyo. AoT is all about giants eating people (and yeah, it can get bloody). So the museum went with some funny self-censorship by making it appear as if the Titans in the posters are eating fast food items instead of people.

The exhibit starts on November 28 and will run until January 25, and it will feature unique art from Hajime Isayama, the creator of AoT, an Oculus Rift 3D movie, a “realistic” Titan (yikes!) a specialized “sound and light” presentation and much, much more.

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