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Scintillation
06-20-2012, 02:12 PM
I don't see many mcdonalds with a play area for kids anymore either. That was part of the draw for me and my friends growing up. We'd eat our kiddies meals and then play in the giant tube maze thing for awhile. Ive always been obsessed with food but I managed to stay skinny for most of my childhood by running around and playing in my neighborhood, or at the local mcdonalds. I was never allowed to play video games.

Garden Kitty
06-20-2012, 03:14 PM
I think there were fewer chain fast food locations in my youth, but there were plenty of local pizza places and individually owned delis and bakeries with some of the most yummy cakes and donuts around. Lots of opportunity for "bad food" although it may have been different bad food.

cruisin
06-20-2012, 03:36 PM
I think there were fewer chain fast food locations in my youth, but there were plenty of local pizza places and individually owned delis and bakeries with some of the most yummy cakes and donuts around. Lots of opportunity for "bad food" although it may have been different bad food.

I don't know that we can blame the proliferation of fast food restaurants. We have to consider supply and demand. If people did not eat at the fast food restaurants, there would not be as many. Everything is convenience oriented. If you notice, there are very few actual bakeries around anymore (at least, around here). Grocery stores now have big bakery departments, which have put independent bakeries out of business. One stop shopping. It seems we have changed. It used to be that fast food and other types of restaurants were for special occasions or treats. A bakery cake or donuts, etc. were treats. Now, even though the quality of the grocery store baked goods is not as good, we impulse buy them. We don't have the same idea of things being special anymore. Maybe part of the instant gratification generations.

Bev Johnston
06-20-2012, 04:15 PM
This is interesting: http://www.divinecaroline.com/22177/49492-portion-size-vs-now

I met a friend for drinks at a local restaurant last night, and we decided to get something small to eat. I noticed that the menu had a mini burger and fries. I ordered it, and indeed it did look mini. Come to find out, it was actually 1/4 lb, but really compacted into a small size. When did 1/4 pound of beef become "mini"? Made me wonder how much their non-mini burgers weigh!

MacMadame
06-20-2012, 04:32 PM
I don't see many mcdonalds with a play area for kids anymore either. That was part of the draw for me and my friends growing up.
They all have them where I am. Maybe it's a regional thing?

Scintillation
06-20-2012, 05:11 PM
Maybe it is. I live in a different area of the US now, so maybe the play areas aren't a big thing here.
Kids are becoming increasingly sedentary these days though, and that's a problem.
Most "regular size" burgers these days now boast at least 1/2 pound of beef. At least.

sap5
06-20-2012, 06:03 PM
Drink sizes definitely were smaller. I think the fry sizes might have been smaller too.

I definitely remember that when I ordered fries for myself, it would come in the white envelope that is now the small/dollar size. Buying fries in the "large" red carton meant I'd be sharing that carton with at least 1 other person. Now it seems that the red carton is the standard "individual" size.

Another link: http://moneyland.time.com/2012/03/08/mcdonalds-dollar-menu-shakeup-no-more-fries-and-drinks-for-1/

If small fries are priced closer to the medium size, I can see how more people will buy the larger size because the difference in price is so small for so many more fries.

Also, interesting info on using the word "snack."

kwanfan1818
06-20-2012, 08:16 PM
The Washington Post had an article today about how the pizza industry is objecting to guidelines requiring chains to display caloric content:

http://wapo.st/KLcmba

I love how their coalition says that 90% of orders are taken over the phone and Internet, but they're worried most about how to fit the info on a pizza board. Like (xxxx) or (xxx) takes up a lot of space.

Phone, I could see, but they're worried about space on their web pages? It's not like they are the at the forefront of pristine web design.

michiruwater
06-20-2012, 08:18 PM
Of course they are. What sucks is that their reasons shouldn't be taken seriously, but likely will be.

BlueRidge
06-20-2012, 08:25 PM
Funny thing is that with all the increases in size of supposed single portion foods, here's one that has gone down: yogurt. Single serving size yogurt used to be 8 oz. now its 6 oz. I suppose that is because people eat it as a diet food and they want to list the lower calorie count?

Gil-Galad
06-20-2012, 08:27 PM
OMG, there is still fruit'n'yogurt on your menus? It's been taken off the German menus completely, it was my no.1 reason to go to McDonalds. :eek: I need to move.

Prancer
06-20-2012, 08:35 PM
Funny thing is that with all the increases in size of supposed single portion foods, here's one that has gone down: yogurt. Single serving size yogurt used to be 8 oz. now its 6 oz. I suppose that is because people eat it as a diet food and they want to list the lower calorie count?

I would think it was more a matter of saving money on product by reducing the amount of product in a container that looks (and sometimes is) the same size; many other foods have experienced "shrinkage" over the years.

I think coffee was the first to diminish: http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-18561_162-543240.html

Tesla
06-20-2012, 08:41 PM
Funny thing is that with all the increases in size of supposed single portion foods, here's one that has gone down: yogurt. Single serving size yogurt used to be 8 oz. now its 6 oz. I suppose that is because people eat it as a diet food and they want to list the lower calorie count?

It still is. The serving size on the yogurt quarts is 1 cup. It's the individual sugar bombs that got smaller.

BlueRidge
06-20-2012, 08:45 PM
speaking of yogurt, what's with the sudden popping up of yogurt places all over? I assume this is all frozen yogurt? They brought one of these companies in to serve yogurt at a function at our work today, can't remember the name, man that stuff was nasty.

Badams
06-20-2012, 08:55 PM
I was excited the other day when. on a 20oz. bottle of pop, it showed the calories for the entire bottle rather than per serving. When people read "120 calories per serving" they think it isn't so bad and stop reading before they see that there's 2.5 servings per bottle.