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[For the Love of ‘Fee] To go: McDonald’s McCafe Coffee

‘For the Love of ‘Fee’ is one coffee-lover’s attempt to machete through the tangle of coffee beans and brews to find an awesome cup of coffee. Juan Valdez follows ME! 🙂

Raunchy Ronnie’s, McDohNo’s, Starchy Archies…however you like to call McDonald’s, it’s hard to beat the plastic food rap.

I was a frequent flyer at McDo’s growing up, but an awareness of healthy eating and a necessity to save my pennies over the years put a serious damper on that. Truth be told, I have not eaten at McDonald’s since 2003, around the time they came out with those breakfast sandwiches with the syrup-infused french toast (blech). I also recall their coffee as being an afterthought, and pretty watered down. Really, I would expect a place the caters more to children to care more about what goes into a Happy Meal than what goes into their coffee. If the food doesn’t agree, and the coffee tastes bad, I really have no reason to go to McDonlad’s, right?

The hubs and I were talking take-out coffee recently. He said these days his coworkers swear by McDonald’s coffee, preferring it over Tim Hortons coffee (which, to anyone not Canadian, is the number 1 take out coffee shop in Canada). The opposite is true were I work. Having a Tim Hortons, Timothy’s coffee (no relation to Tim Hortons), three other coffee take-outs and most recently a Starbucks right on our college campus, there is no lack of coffee joints, but the favourite seems to be Tim Hortons. I don’t have a dog in this fight in case you are wondering…I’ll take my coffee cheap and tasty, please. I don’t care where it comes from! But, I pass by several McDonald’s and never think about going in.

It was our recent trip to North Bay, and lack of caffeine that made us want to try something different. We made a stop at a McDonald’s in Sturgeon Falls to try this so-called great coffee. Gone are the days of Higgins and Burke coffee (what McD’s served way back in the day), replacing it with its own brand and brew called McCafe. The hubs and I ordered two large coffees with milk, and paid just over $3 for both.

Well, bad coffee at McDonald’s is a thing of the past, folks! The votes are in and I am now a convert! The coffee was aromatic the instant I flipped open the lid. Although the cup had a “Caution Hot” warning, the temperature of the coffee was not a usual “nuclear hot” so I was able to take a slow sip immediately.

The coffee tasted great, almost like I would have made at home; bold with a smooth aftertaste. I felt comforted by its aroma to the extent it made me sad to see the bottom of my cup. Seriously, I was surprised this came from McDonald’s!

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So, if you are wondering what happens to be safe to consume at Mickey Dee’s these days, rest assured the coffee is pretty damn good.


[Review] Mystery Legends: Sleepy Hollow (PC)

Okay, hands up: who has heard of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow?

I am going to sound extremely sheltered and naive here..Let me tell you my point of reference associated with Sleepy Hollow:

1. Ichabod’s, a popular bar on Richmond St in London, ON (RIP).

2. Sleepy Hollow Golf Course, located on Tenth Line in Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON.

3. Sleepy Hollow: the movie, starring ubiquitous actor, Johnny Depp, with Christina Ricci.

4. The write-up on Wikipedia…

5. A hidden object game called Mystery Legends: Sleepy Hollow, loosely based on the story of the ghost of a headless Hessian soldier who haunts the hamlet of Sleepy Hollow.

What can I say. My mom never wanted my sister and I to be exposed to anything scary or that could maybe be associated with ghosts or “spirits” growing up, so even though we read a lot, this famous legend passed me by. I didn’t get around to learning anything in-depth about Sleepy Hollow until about 10 years ago.

Knowing the story, I really didn’t have much of an expectation that the Sleepy Hollow game would be any good. It is one of the three afterthought games packaged on my Victorian Mysteries: Woman in White game CD, and figured it would probably be a throwaway. I was partially right: it wasn’t bad, but could have been better.

If one were to rely on Mystery Legends: Sleepy Hollow to accurately tell the original story of Sleepy Hollow, literature teachers everywhere would be sorely disappointed. Essentially, the game takes elements from the story, and lamely frames hidden object scenes around it. Each chapter of the game highlights one character from the story, such as Ichabod Crane, Katrina, and Brom Bones. The gamer needs to solve 4 hidden object scenes to “solve” the mystery of each character. The “solving” is saving the character from “losing their head” to the fate of the ghostly headless Hessian soldier. You search some nicely designed scenes and play some okay puzzles. My favourite part? As you are playing the game this soldier voice-overs, “Bloo-ddddd, you-rrr hea-ddddd…” like a creepy “R-r-r-roll up the rim” guy from Tim Hortons. Nice!

This game is for those that enjoy repetitiveness and familiarity with their bona fide hidden object games. There isn’t much to tell about Sleepy Hollow;  each chapter follows the same formula, repeats hidden object scenes and clues (Repeating clues: a huge no-no in my books) and has similar chapter endings. I would have liked to have seen more variety with the gameplay myself which is probably why I abandoned the game after Chapter 4.

My vote? Meh: It’s an okay game, if repetitive. You could do worse…

Mystery Legends: Sleepy Hollow
Developer: Play Pond
Released: 2011