I don’t eat Western fast food* often perhaps once every 6 – 12 months. However, when I travel, I do like to go to different countries and see what their fastfood versions are like.
*McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, KFC, you get the idea. I consider Vietnamese pho, Middle Eastern shawarmas and all that stuff to be fast food as well.
For instance, in Paris, France, the McDonald’s cafes sold macarons.
They didn’t look anything like the photo below, although they were very tasty. Cake-like and blasphemous at the same time**.
Citron (Lemon) pictured below was my favourite. My mouth is watering.
**All Parisians swear up and down that that Ladurée is the best in Paris but my unsophisticated and plebian tastes preferred the McDonald’s version.
More like a cake. Less like whipped air. In my defense, BF is originally from France and says he preferred the McDonald’s version too.
So when I take a look at these following images of fast food advertisements versus reality, I’m slightly disgusted but fascinated at the same time:
Conclusion? We all knew this, but as is with all media, take anything you see, read or hear with a grain of salt.
Note: I said “media” because even watching the news can shape your world view. Television shows, movies, anything you watch and consume as a media consumer, has an agenda. Figure out what it is and then proceed.
These are images all taken from a fabulously documented site called: Fast Food – Ads vs. Reality. You can see more the site.
Update as of June 22 2011: I was sort of troll-ishly informed in the comments that the images come from a truer source site from someone named “Dario D”.
I googled his name and realized that I DID reference his site (see above link)
Again, the “fabulously documented site” is called Fast Food – Ads vs. Reality by Dario D.
Here are more from another site called Pics Roll: