allisonrobicelli
Allison Robicelli
allisonrobicelli
Allison Robicelli is The Takeout staff writer, a former professional chef, author of three books, and The People's Hot Pocket Princess. Questions about recipes/need cooking advice? Tweet @Robicellis.
Sep 25
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Because it’s affordable. I live in a food desert in Southwest Baltimore, and if I’m hungry, there’s no places to get groceries I can cook with. Even if I did, it’s cheaper to get a full meal for $2 rather than ingredients to make one yourself. I’m lucky enough to have a car so I can get to a supermarket, but not all Read more

Sep 25
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Big Data tells the corporate overlords what dipping sauces everyone is ordering with their nuggets, too, so whenever your favorite gets discontinued, you can blame society at large. 

Sep 25
1

EXACTLY. No one needs to sell you monkey burgers to make money off you.

Sep 25
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Not sure how this particular deal plays, exactly, because with a lot of in-app deals, they’re rotate day by day. McDonald’s has a new deal every day, because once they’ve made you a habitual customer, they don’t want you just to buy the low-priced thing. So, one day you’ll have a big discount, and a few days later Read more

Sep 25
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There’s so much to cover! You could probably get a whole book out of breaking down all the fine print in the fast food industry. 

Sep 25
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It also helps them notice if there’s a trend in customer modifications, or if certain burgers entice people to order more things. As someone who spent most of her life in food service operations, I think all of this is utterly amazing. When you focus on what you’re doing for the customer, it’s practically all upsides. Read more

Sep 25
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I’ve got all the apps myself; we all gave up our privacy long, long ago. If we can save a few bucks AND keep big business from serving us Monkey Meat McNuggets, I’m all for it. 

Sep 25
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I mean, I assume most of our regular reader are smart enough to know that they’ll die at the hands of a robot, but I don’t want to traumatize our newcomers too badly. 

Sep 25
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It’s usually a buck higher in big cities where overhead is higher. I grew up in NYC and our McDonald’s $1 value menu suuuuuuucked.

Sep 24
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It’s also coming out just as McDonald’s introduces its new Spicy McNuggets. You might not be able to peel people away with another nugget deal, but you add nuggets AND a burger, fries, and drink for $2?

Sep 24
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I am missing so many things! There is only so much room, and so much time! 

Sep 24
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Their TOS is a legally binding agreement; if you sign, you are swearing that you’re not misrepresenting yourself. Another term:

You are giving up the right to litigate (or participate in as a party or class member) all disputes in court before a judge or jury. Instead, all disputes will be resolved before a neutral Read more

Sep 22
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I managed to contain myself, but I did bring home a whole bunch of the new spicy dipping sauce to put on all sorts of things. I do anticipate having some sort of McNugget-related breakdown sometime this week, though. 

Sep 11
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They’re quite delicate, so they’re wasted if thrown in the pan. 

Sep 11
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Try this gremolata, which goes great on all sorts of things:

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Sep 9
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It’s both the best and worst decision I’ve ever made. 

Sep 3
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Don’t get me started on SNAP benefits. The way this country treats its most vulnerable is unforgivable.  I’m also realizing that I have never had Little Caesar’s before!

Aug 31
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Just rub them in a little bit of oil and stick them in there. That’s it! Like I said, they’re pretty much microwaves for stuff you can’t microwave. They’re just ovens on speed, and incredibly easy to use.

Aug 26
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Crazily enough, now that everyone’s stuck and home and they can’t see their friends, Minecraft kinda is “real life” for anyone under 18. They’ve got school programs inside of it, they hang out with their friends, and they build cites collaboratively where they can hang out and meet new people. It’s pretty amazing.