grand big mac

UPDATE 2016-06-04: McDonald’s Kenilworth addressed my concerns in this article and provided me with a new Grand Big Mac to try out. I am happy to report that it was a much better burger, but still a large Big Mac. To celebrate 50 years of the Big Mac, McDonald’s South Africa launched two new variants of the burger. I finally got my hands on the Grand Big Mac and the offering is quite underwhelming. What is the Grand Big Mac? Simply, it’s a bigger Big Mac. Instead of the burger’s standard size, it’s now more akin to the ‘Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese.’ Both theRead More →

Big Mac promotion

On the 14th of May, McDonald’s South Africa (along with Australia) launched two new Big Mac variants: Mac Jr., and Grand Big Mac. As part of the iconic burger’s 50th Anniversary, there has been a lot of marketing surrounding the #BigMacYourWay campaign. The new Big Mac burgers The Mac Jr. consists of one patty, along with the standard garnish and sauce. The Grand Big Mac has two patties that are wider than the McFeast’s and burger contains all of the standard Big Mac trimmings. Both versions are on offer for a limited time. To my memory, SA received the Mac Jr. quite a few years ago. Though,Read More →

McDonald's Logo

McDonald’s is one of, if not the largest fast food chain in the world. To date, the company has well over 36 000 stores worldwide and is a global force. And while you may be planning on picking up a few burgers for lunch, here are nine facts about McDonald’s SA that you can chew on. The cheese is imported from New Zealand – That’s right, the cheese in McDonald’s SA burgers is sourced internationally! It’s also created in such a way that slices peel away from each other with ease for faster burger assembly. Some of the beef supply comes out of Botswana –Read More →

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 →

starbucks logo

After months of planning, Starbucks together with Taste Holdings opened the doors to their new store in Sandton City on 26 April. The store spans 305 sq. and offers coffee lovers the Starbucks core bar, which serves Starbucks core beverages consisting of their 100% Arabica coffee and an expansive fresh food selection. Customers can also choose from an exciting range of Teavana teas, cold brew including nitro brew that infuses coffee with nitrogen and of course, free high-speed Wi-Fi. The store also offers a cashless payment solution through the Starbucks Rewards app. In true Starbucks fashion, the Sandton City store carries unique design elements thatRead 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 →

starbucks nitro cold brew

6 March 2018 – Today Starbucks launched Cold Brew and Nitro Cold Brew on tap in South Africa. The arrival of Nitro Cold Brew marks Starbucks the next chapter of cold coffee innovation in the South African market by offering customers a wider choice. Clive Liversage, managing executive, Starbucks in South Africa said, “This special method gives our customers a really different cold coffee experience and we think it will revolutionise the way our customers think about our cold coffee menu. We have an exciting year planned, bringing innovation in cold brewed coffee to South Africa and showcasing the passion of our skilled baristas.” ColdRead More →

Big King header image

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 →