To our family, McDonald’s means travel. It’s a tradition. We get in the car to take a road trip, we haven’t left the driveway yet, and my daughter is already asking, “When can we stop at McDonald’s?”
Every year for my daughter’s birthday, we take a road trip to Disneyland. The only places we stop along the way are McDonald’s. We know the exact ones we like. We usually get breakfast at our first stop, lunch at our second, and a snack at our third.
I’m a big fan of the McDonald’s salads (and fries), my husband gets a Quarter Pounder, and my daughter always always get a Chicken McNugget Happy Meal, with preferably a “girl” toy. Before she starts eating, she must open the toy first. It’s a rule. She even keeps the toys as souvenirs, right next to her princess dolls from Disneyland.
Since we can find a McDonald’s wherever we go, it’s our one family constant when we’re on the road. I know this provides a sense of comfort for my daughter, who’s not the most adventurous traveler. Travel is all about flexibility, broken routines, the unexpected... and having McDonald's as something my daughter can depend on, makes her more willing to take risks, and venture into the unknown. On our travels, we’ve eaten at McDonald’s in Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, Palm Springs, Palm Beach, Maui, and rural North Carolina.
As a mother, when I think of McDonald's, I always think "special treat." (Nothing ever makes up for a shot at the pediatrician than a surprise trip to McDonald's.) So to be honest, I'm thinking more about convenience, than quality.
But for this post, I got to learn a few things about where McDonald’s food comes from, and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. Just like how we, as a society, are thinking more about the foods we eat, so is McDonald’s.
The way McDonald's is able to keep prices low, is not by lowering the food quality. It’s from buying in advance and buying directly from the supplier. This made me feel better writing this post, and I’ll be thinking it the next time we need a special treat after the pediatrician or when we hit the road.
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