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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Who Woulda Thunk It? Heinz Mayochup Is Officially Coming to the USA


Give yourself an extra pat on the back… thanks to you, there’s a new symbol of America joining the ranks of apple pie, the bald eagle, and red, white, and blue Chubbies, and its name (for now) is Mayochup. After igniting an internet war last week, Heinz left the decision to bring its new condiment hybrid stateside in our hands. After almost a million votes, the country decided that mayonnaise and ketchup, in fact, do belong in the same bottle. However, the one thing more controversial about the sauce itself is what its name should actually be. It seems like Heinz can’t decide either, so for now, the brand is asking us to exercise our internet voices once again to come up with something better.

Your Favorite Mayo Brand Is Now Making Ketchup, Too »

17 April 2018

Andrew Bui

Tasting Table



Heinz sells this all over the world…. actually, the USA is Tail-End Charlie as far as this prepared condiment is concerned. If you’re of “a certain age”, you remember “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onion, on a sesame-seed bun”. The special sauce was nothing more than ketchup and mayonnaise mashed together… mayochup. You’ve had it before thousands of times on fast-food burgers. Now, all you lazy fuckers won’t have to mix it up yourselves. Of course, if you want it spicy, well, you’ll have to mix your own hot sauce…



Sunday, 20 September 2015

20 September 2015. Translated Russian Demot… This is Better Than McDonald’s Is!

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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Mickey Dee’s Sales Falling Despite Cheaper Food

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Yesterday, the HuffPo said that despite Big Macs being cheap, McDonald’s sales and profits decreased, with McDonald’s earnings falling by 30 percent. BBC reports said that although the company’s sales fell in Russia, Germany, and especially China after a scandal over meat supplies, the key reason for the poor numbers is low sales on the home front. Earlier, experts speculated that McDonald’s sales plummeted because lower-income Americans suffered from the weak economy; therefore, they weren’t able to afford eating out at McDonald’s. However, this could be a false conclusion, as Bureau of Labor Statistics data published by HuffPo showed that McDonald’s menu prices grew only by a mere 4.8 percent between 2009 and 2014, whereas prices at other fast-food eateries rose anywhere from 6.7 to 16.9 percent. Despite higher prices at other fast-food eateries, their sales actually increased. Therefore, the issue plaguing McDonald’s may be its falling reputation. According to the HuffPo, the commonly held perception is that McDonald’s food isn’t worth eating at any price. Now, CNBC News reported that McDonald’s is trying to re-brand itself as a seller of fresh and good quality food by introducing “transparency initiatives”, such as last week’s campaign asking customers to submit their opinions about the company’s food.

24 October 2014

Rossiya Segodnya



We prefer to eat at Burger King… the food tastes better… full stop. Mickey Dee’s is all over the place, but we prefer to buy food on the road that we can TASTE. Besides, everyone knows how Mickey Dee’s abuses and underpays its help… it’s the Republican Party Paradise writ large. Now, that I have the Burger King app on my tablet, I’ll never have to stop at McClown’s again (Friendly’s is a good bet on the road, too)!


Saturday, 14 September 2013

D’oh! First Russian Krispy Kreme Doughnut Shop Opens near Red Square

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Steps away from Red Square, hundreds of doughnut lovers lined up along a downtown Moscow street as American franchiser Krispy Kreme opened its first café in Russia this week in cooperation with a prominent local restaurateur. Krispy Kreme expects to open 40 locations in the Russian capital under a franchising deal with famed restaurateur Arkady Novikov, whose eponymous holding already runs about 50 restaurants in Russia, including some of Moscow’s highest-end dining spots. Novikov told RIA-Novosti that the initial investment in Krispy Kreme in Russia was 10 million USD (325 million Roubles. 10.8 million AUD. 10.4 million CAD. 7.5 million Euros. 6.3 million UK Pounds), with the cost of opening each café estimated at 500,000 to 700,000 USD (16.25-22.75 million Roubles. 540,000-756,000 AUD. 520,000-728,000 CAD. 380,000-532,000 Euros. 320,000-448,000 UK Pounds). He declined to specify the investors.

The 300-square-metre (3,230 square-feet) flagship café beside the historic GUM shopping mall hopes to attract local shoppers and tourists both with a classic doughnut assortment and with a chocolate-nut version conjured up especially for the Russian palate. One draw is that the doughnuts are baked at the café, right before customers’ eyes, circling around a glistening metallic conveyor in the glassed-off “doughnut theatre”. True to Moscow’s reputation as one of the world’s most-expensive cities, prices at the café are about twice those at the chain’s American shops, with a single doughnut in Moscow going for about 60 Roubles (1.85 USD. 2 AUD. 1.90 CAD. 1.40 Euros. 1.20 UK Pounds) and an assorted dozen for 480 Roubles (14.80 USD. 16 AUD. 15.30 CAD. 11.20 Euros. 9.40 UK Pounds). A large coffee costs 200 Roubles (6.20 USD. 6.70 AUD. 6.40 CAD. 4.70 Euros. 3.90 UK Pounds), 40 Roubles (1.25 USD. 1.40 AUD. 1.30 CAD. 1 Euro. 0.80 UK Pound) more than the smaller option. A large hot chocolate, likely to be in demand as the winter cold sets in, is also 200 Roubles.

North Carolina-based Krispy Kreme, founded in 1937, began its international expansion 10 years ago. On Thursday, global director Jeffrey Welch said at the crowded opening that the chain now has some 550 doughnut cafés abroad, with Russia becoming the 23rd country of presence. The café’s Moscow prices are comparable to those at rival Dunkin’ Donuts, which opened in the Russian capital in 1996, but left three years later due to a recession. The chain returned to Russia in 2010 and already has dozens of cafés in the capital. According to its website, Dunkin’ Donuts has a much bigger global presence, with some 9,000 cafés across more than 30 countries. A spokesman in Moscow said the company was opening about two new cafés each month in Russia, primarily around the capital. He noted that more than 60 percent of all chain businesses in Russia are cafés, and in Moscow, there are more than 500. However, Krispy Kreme’s Welch thinks his company has the advantage in the doughnut business, saying at the opening, “Our doughnuts are the best in the world”.

13 September 2013



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