I’ve got a ton of posts to crank out on our family vacation to Sicily and Salzburg. I’m hoping to get my butt in gear. Here’s a quick peek at what I expect to cover:
- Getting There. Connecting In Rome And Using Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points Overseas
- Hotel Review: Sheraton Catania, Sicily
- A Return To Taormina, A Beautiful City On A Hill
- Exploring Mt. Etna
- Walking And Eating In Downtown Catania
- A Day In Siracusa
- Rooftop Dining At Primo Piano
- Priority Pass Lounge At Catania Airport
- airberlin To Salzburg
- Hotel Review: Sheraton Grand Salzburg
- Sound of Music Tour
- Walking Around Salzburg
- L’Osteria Restaurant
- Salt Mines at Berchtesgaden
- Cable Car at Untersbergbahn
- Tasty Donuts, Salzburg
- Train To Vienna
- Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Vienna, OMG
- Haus des Meeres: Aqua Terre Zoo
- Austrian Airways Lounge, Vienna Airport
- Austrian Airways VIE-IAD, Business Class Review
- Wrapping Up
It’s funny. I just got through saying “I don’t expect McDonald’s service at Morton’s (the moderately upscale steakhouse), and I don’t expect Morton’s service at McDonald’s” in the most recent post of this series. That’s what made me remember that I needed to write about our Sicily McDonald’s experience.
I generally try to hit a McDonald’s when overseas. That may sound like blasphemy, but in many cities they feature menu items you don’t find in the US. While some of them have been duds, others are quite tasty (spicy wings in Barcelona). The McDonald’s in Sicily was probably one of my favorites. As I mentioned in my post about the Sheraton Catania, the breakfast at our hotel was challenging. We grabbed what we could one morning but it wasn’t enough to fill the kids’ bellies. So, we swung by McDonald’s to grab some chicken nuggets for Charlie to snack on. Boy, were we surprised.
First, it was modern and shockingly clean. Large touch screens allowed you to scroll through the entire menu. And, the bathrooms were spotless. Once you placed your order, the staff would bring it to where you were sitting.
There was also a large kids play area, a fairly imaginative one. There were two stationary bikes the kids could race on with video screens tracking their progress. And, there was also an obstacle course with timers and a scoreboard. Needless to say it took a lot of prodding to get Charlie to leave.
What About The Food?
If you can believe it, the most underwhelming thing we ate were the donuts. They were colorful and imaginative in their toppings. Similar to Dunkin Donuts in texture and flavor, but just a bit less appealing. There were probably other items in the pastry case that would have been more appealing.
I was able to grab some chicken wings that were pretty darn good. Meanwhile, Michelle had a Quinoa (?) salad that she absolutely loved.
For beverages, there was no soda at our table (though you could certainly order a Coke). Instead my wife had a great cappuccino. I ordered a fresh-squeezed orange juice (!) and Cat had fresh pineapple juice.
Definitely not an American McDonald’s experience. It left me shaking my head at what McD’s could be in the US.
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