McDonalds just levelled up in class. Breaking free from the mold of fast food, and the assumed low quality which comes with the food-genre, McDonalds has released the Quarter Pound Jewlery Series to its Japanese market. Wrapped up in sleek minimalist packaging, and not the traditional brown paper bag, the burgers look to be something ordered from a luxury burger boutique rather than a run of the mills McDonalds.
Priced at 1,000 yen (about ten dollars Canadian), not including fries or drink, these new burgers don't try to pull the 'affordable but tastes expensive' card. You do get what you pay for as the Quarter Pounder Jewelry burgers are decked out with a few ritzy additions.
First up is the Gold Ring, a burger topped with thickly sliced pineapple and bacon, monterey jack cheese, and some barbecue sauce for good measure. Sounds like a Hawaiin pizza on a bun, which sounds good to me.
The Black Diamond features black truffle sauce, grilled mushrooms, onions, and cheese. McDonalds and truffle sauce...worlds collide.
And last, but certainly not least, is the Ruby Spark, including five slices of chorizo with avacado and cheese.
The entire Jewelery Series sounds delicious, but is McDonalds reaching too far out of its comfort zone? McDonald's does 'bad' fast food the best, so should we have faith in their abilities or just assume they can't do fancy? And how long until North America gets its own line of ballin' burgers?
Over the past year, more and more people have become aware of the importance of supporting local businesses.
Whether you're shopping for handmade clothes that fit your new WFH lifestyle, ordering takeout from a small restaurant or picking out farm-to-table ingredients for dinner, we've become increasingly aware that buying local is good for our communities.
If you want to be more informed when it comes to your everyday shopping and eating habits, the Aliments du Québec au menu program lists more than 600 restaurants that promote Quebec products on their menus.
The list includes all types of establishments: independent businesses, local cafés, microbreweries and even large chains — but it's the delicious homemade sauces lovingly concocted by the restaurants in the Aliments du Québec au menu program that really steal the show.
From wings smothered in mouthwatering bourbon BBQ to burgers doused in boozy beer sauce, these local dishes are perfect for anyone who thinks that sauce is basically life.
Les 3 Brasseurs
Featured Sauce: The beer sauce
Why You Need To Try It: Les 3 Brasseurs has created a seriously delectable homemade sauce using drinks brewed directly on site. It's a unique blend that you won't find anywhere else.
The Dish To Order: To tide you over until official BBQ season, the Traditional Burger is made with a Quebec beef patty served with all the summer toppings you could ask for: a slice of dill pickle, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and of course, Les 3 Brasseurs' must-try beer sauce.
Why You Need To Try It: Comforting and downright delicious, Toujours Mikes' sauce has that special something that makes you want to eat it straight from the jar.
The Dish To Order: The Duetto All-Dressed Pizza is the perfect way to enjoy this sauce (and two of everyone's favourite foods). Pairing pizza and spaghetti, this meal comes with a choice of homemade salad, Caesar salad, fries, waffle chips or Bolognese spaghettini.
Why You Need To Try It: There’s something about the secret sauce from Benny & Co. that's completely addictive, and it's nothing like the other BBQ sauces you usually find in restaurants.
The Dish To Order: The locally-raised roasted quarter chicken is perfect with the BBQ sauce, but you can enjoy it on a whole other level if you throw it on your poutine. The melting cheese curds complement the sauce in the best possible way.
Why You Need To Try It: SHAKER Kitchen and Mixology's homemade sauces have been popular among Quebecers for many years. The burger sauce adds a unique touch to the restaurant's gourmet burgers. This sauce can be found in five creations from the Burgers section.
The Dish To Order: While the sauce mainly comes on burgers, you can also try it by ordering SHAKER Kitchen and Mixology's famous baby back ribs. They're served with fries and a choice of jasmine rice, vegetables, green salad, Caesar salad or sweet potato fries.
Why You Need To Try It: If you want a meal that reminds you of your grandmother's best recipes, Restaurant Normandin's mild and comforting spaghetti sauce is a must.
The Dish To Order: Get the spaghetti if you're looking to sit back, relax and enjoy a homemade-style sauce. You can order it for takeout, or purchase a jar if you prefer to make your own Italian dish at home.
Featured Sauce: The Pomodoro pizza sauce (also available in grocery stores)
Why You Need To Try It: It's made with real Italian tomatoes, ideal for anyone craving authentic pizza!
The Dish To Order: The Chorizo and Cheddar Cheese Curds Pizza is made with products provided by local businesses Les Viandes Biologiques de Charlevoix and Maison Orphée. The cheese curds come from the Fromagerie Champêtre in Repentigny.
Why You Need To Try It: Whether you prefer something mild or intense, one of these two options will please your taste buds.
The Dish To Order: The Chicken Wings 911 are a local Quebecois delicacy and one of the best ways to enjoy this spicy sauce — especially during a Habs game. Or, if you're in for a relaxing movie night full of binge-watching, try the ribs with Bourbon BBQ sauce.
Whether you prefer spicy BBQ on chicken wings, tangy beer sauce on a burger, or light and airy Hollandaise smothered all over your eggs benedict, you can douse your food knowing that each of these sauces is proudly and locally made by businesses near you.
So go ahead and dip, drizzle or drench your way to your sauciest life.
To learn more about restaurants that use local products for your next takeout order, check out Aliments du Québec au menu's website, or follow them on Facebook or Instagram.
This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.
L'atelier Sucre et Sel, a personalized made-to-order dessert shop based in Saint-Léonard, makes five flavours of their "sweet burgers" — and, no, none of them contain actual meat or burger ingredients.
And, for every promo code applied, DoorDash will give $1 to Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada.
Then, once the Big Mac giveaway ends on November 10, customers can continue to enjoy $0 delivery fees on McDonald's orders of $12 or more through November 30, according to a statement.
The promotion marks the "nationwide rollout of McDonald’s Canada" on DoorDash.
"We’re so excited to celebrate our partnership with McDonald’s by offering our customers the iconic Big Mac for free, while also creating an opportunity to give back in the communities where we operate," said Ryan Freeman, Head of Enterprise Partnerships at DoorDash Canada.
"We’re proud to have teamed up with McDonald’s and RMHC to make this week possible and help the families RMHC supports during a time when it’s needed most."