McDonald's V&A Waterfront

A Big Mac, fries, and a Coke – how iconic is that image? It’s one that conjures up memories of eating out with your family, getting that Happy Meal Toy you’ve been waiting for, or midnight burger runs. Let’s face it, McDonald’s is the face of the fast food burger not only in South Africa but the world over. Last year, Next Window Plz was invited on a kitchen tour of the McDonald’s branch in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. We had the opportunity to pick the brain of the company’s Chief Operations and Supply Chain Officer, Jo Ann de Wet. Since 1995, McDonald’s hasRead More →

wimpy waffles

There’s something magical about waffles. It could be the numerous and concise indents, their roundness, or just how they are the perfect combination of soft and crispy. Regardless, in my opinion, Wimpy makes the best waffles – especially when paired with cream and syrup. A few years ago, I was a full-time business and technology journalist. When I needed to fly to a different part of South Africa for an event or story, I would always stop in at one of the Wimpy branches in the Cape Town International Airport for a pre-flight snack. And besides its glorious cheeseburgers, Wimpy waffles were always on order.Read More →

Frankie's Soft Drinks

Since 2006, Frankie’s Olde Soft Drink Company created some of the best beverages in South Africa. Its recipes for Original Cream Soda, Cloudy Lemonade, and Root Beer were fantastic.. Now, the company has made a change that has upset a lot of its fans. As with most soft drinks, Frankie’s created with sugar as a major component. Around February this year, the company changed to substitute 60% of its sugar for artificial sweeteners. It’s a move that Lucozade did last year. Unfortunately for Frankie’s, customers aren’t happy about the change. Fans voice their outrage Its Facebook page now contains several one-star ratings from angry customersRead More →

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And this would have implemented with specialised Coke vending machines around the end of the 1990s. How did they plan to do this? Apparently, the vending machines would be fitted with a thermostat and software that would raise the price on hot days. This would have been done in the US and other markets, though I doubt it would have reached South Africa. Generally, vending machines offer companies one of the highest profit margins. It’s easy to see why they would want to implement this “feature”. It didn’t end well for Coke Thankfully, it never came to pass. Though if you’ve ever purchased a drink fromRead More →

Dr Peppers

In South Africa, our soft drinks market is primarily dominated by Coca-cola and its products, with Pepsi and a few local brands fighting for a piece of the pie. But there may be a soft drink that you’ve never had the chance to try: Dr Pepper. You wouldn’t be blamed for not picking this up while shopping as it’s generally more expensive than other drinks. Why? Because Dr Pepper is imported and not manufactured locally in South Africa. Which is a bit odd since we have Snapple in SA (Snapple is a part of Dr Pepper in the US), but the country has a longRead More →

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I’ve decided to try something new for this review. Instead of the normal write-up, such as Backyard BBQ Pretzel from Mugg & Bean, I filmed a short video about the Big King. This will be the first of many so please excuse the amateurishness of it. Not too long ago, Burger King South Africa launched the Big King hamburger. And, yes, it looks incredibly similar to the McDonald’s famous BigMac. This means that I just had to try it out and see how the two compare. The burger itself consists of two beef patties, lettuce, gherkins, onion, cheese, and a mayo-type sauce. The medium meal isRead More →

kiwi strawberry vitaminwater

Like most people, my tastes go through phases… or stages. Not too long ago I was obsessed with Peach Tropica, then Frankie’s Root Beer, then Coke. But, now, I have a new love when it comes to quenching my thirst: Glaceau Kiwi Strawberry Vitaminwater. It’s so different to the other drinks I mentioned, that I do wonder why my body craves it. Okay, so the obvious reason is the taste. There’s just something about it that’s indescribable to my taste buds. I’m not a fan of the other flavours in the range – the Dragon Fruit is an okay alternative – but somehow this oneRead More →

Whenever I jump into a new job, there’s always one aspect that worries me. It’s not my workload, my bosses, or my co-workers; it’s the local eatery options. My previous place of employment had a Pick n Pay, Checkers, Woolworths, and a number of fast food outlets within five-minute walking distance. Thankfully, I discovered something interesting about my new location. The Super Spar is super What first appeared to be a run-of-the-mill and boring Super Spur, buried between a McDonald’s, KFC, Steers, and Debonairs, turned out to be a hidden gem. The Spar store in Belhar, Cape Town has a pretty fine bakery. In fact,Read More →

There are few positive constants in this world; few things that keep me safe. I know that I can always phone my mom, I can always count on my fiance, and I can always buy Coke. But what happens when one of these things betrays you? When one of those things slaps you in the face, spits on you, and walks away? This what happened with Coca-Cola recently. The 500ml Coke bottle is no more After that overly-dramatic intro, it’s time to get to the issue at hand. The Coca-Cola company has phased out its 500ml plastic bottle offerings and replaced them with 440ml instead.Read More →

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Recently, I headed to my local Checkers store to pick up supper and was surprised to find something interesting. Just sitting behind each of the ten-items-or-less tellers were several blue boxes of Pop Tarts. What a rare and astonishing find. What a rare and astonishing find. Of course, I had to pick up as many packs as possible. Well, as many packs as my wallet would allow me to pay for. So much for a healthy supper that night. The flavours available were Frosted Chocolate Chip and Frosted S’mores, both of which contain cocoa goodness. I later found out that the Frosted Strawberry was keptRead More →

fish and chips

Today’s picture comes from GinniDeville on Pixabay and is entitled: Fish and chips. A lovely portion of fish and chips is a regular take away treat in many households. It doesn’t matter if you have hake, snoek, fried, or grilled. And, of course, you’ll need a squeeze of lemon for the fish and salt and vinegar for the chips. Fish, chips, and Star Trek This dish is the perfect meal on cold and rainy days. And if you’re as old as I am, you may have eaten this treat on Friday evenings while watching Star Trek episodes on SABC 3. At least, that is my memoryRead More →

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The Fillet-O-Fish from McDonald’s is somewhat of an anomaly. Not only is it the only fish-based item on the menu but the staff doesn’t always know it exists. In fact, when ordering the item for review, the workers behind the counter gave me quite a few puzzled looks. I mentioned this particular item in my recent ‘5 items you probably didn’t know were on the SA McDonald’s menu‘ piece. Having eaten it more than a decade ago, I decided it was time to give the rarely spoken about offering another chance. What is the Fillet-O-Fish made of? The first thing to take note of is thatRead More →