I was hard at work yesterday morning (or was it "Hardly working"?), when I got a picture message from Rina over WeChat.
There was no accompanying caption to it. Just the image you see above. Within seconds, I was frantically fumbling with my phone, trying to call Rina. She answered the phone, saying "15...16! Haha I was counting how long it would take you to call me after you saw the picture.. A total of 16 seconds!". I told her that it would probably have been around just 8 seconds if my fingers weren't so fat.
But I got down to business. I asked her if what she sent was real. And she said, "I just passed by McDonald's Glorietta right now where I saw the sign, so YES, I can safely say it's real." I hung up the phone and looked at the time. It was around 11:30am. There was no way that I was going to wait for the Emerald Avenue lunch rush.
I asked my officemate Mimai, "What are you doing?" and she said, "I'm just finishing the-"'
"No you're not", I interrupted.
She looked at me quizzically and said, "Okaay.. So what am I doing?"
"You're going with me to have lunch", I said, in a deadpan voice. She looked at her watch, and had a curious look on her face. It was that moment that I showed her the picture that Rina sent me. Within three seconds of her eyes meeting the photo, Mimai was digging into her bag for her wallet.
Let's face it.. How many people have taken a bite out of their McDonald's Quarter Pounder, or Cheeseburger, or Double Cheeseburger, and wondered to yourself how much better it would be with bacon?
Well, my friends, Yes, This is Real. McDonald's Burgers have got a new Crunch.
Introducing McDonald's new Bacon and Cheese Quarter Pounder, Bacon Cheeseburger, and Bacon McDouble.
Unfortunately, Mimai and I found out the hard way that as of today, March 27, 2014, not all McDonald's Branches carry their new Bacon Burger line.. and certainly not the - Not ONE, but TWO Branches on Emerald Avenue.
I was quite eager to write about this great news to share with you guys, and was really disappointed to find out that it's only available in selected branches. But fortunately I had an ace up my sleeve.
"Are you serious?", was Rina's question to me. "It's for the blog, hun!", I implored. So yeah, Rina got a curious stare from the cashier, as my tiny wife ordered one of each burger.
The burger I order most often from McDonald's is their Quarter Pounder, so it was the news of the Bacon And Cheese Quarter Pounder that excited me most!
I was happy to see that the Bacon wasn't the synthetic looking kind that you often find in some fast food restaurants. The two strips of bacon looked like the kind you could make at home. It had a deep, almost crimson hue, a nice caramelization along the edges, and had the requisite crunch to it, living up to its tagline.
But with a patty as big as the Quarter Pounder, it could have used a couple more strips of bacon (But that's just me).
The next Burger in McDonald's I go for is the Double Cheese Burger, so I'm glad they decided to pimp it up, and create the Bacon McDouble. The bacon looked stunning, but could have used at least one strip more in my opinion.
It was the Bacon Cheeseburger offered the best ratio of bacon to burger, in my humble opinion. The bacon on this one had a gorgeous glaze to it, huh?
My personal preference is to enjoy the burgers without pickles and ketchup.. and slather any of these bad boys up with McDonald's BBQ Sauce!! And just like that, you have your own "McDonald's Western Bacon Cheese Burger"!
Regarding the availability, I have no clue which McDonald's Branches serve the Bacon line. I assume that all Major Mall outlets will have it, but I can't be sure.. All I know is that it seems quite rare, because there's no news of it even in their Facebook Page!
Also, I have no idea how long this would be available, so I strongly suggest you try it as soon as possible.
Rina just really lucked out and found this gem! Which is only fitting because I really lucked out when I found her! (Nax.. Suave ba?)
MCDONALD'S BACON BURGERS PRICES
MCDONALD'S BACON BURGER ALA CARTE PRICES
________________________________________________________UPDATED!! LIST OF MCDONALD'S STORES WITH BACON BURGERS!
My friends from McDonald's Philippines has provided me a list of stores!!!
Thank you Miss M!