Eternal Happy Meal

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2-year-old McDonald’s Happy Meal on display at Papillion chiropractor’s office

By KelseyStewart / World-Herald News Service

February 21. 2014 12:01AM

During the month of February, The Bridge Chiropractic and Wellness Center is celebrating a birthday — that of a 2-year-old McDonald’s Happy Meal.

The no-so-happy Happy Meal has been on display in the office at 1213 Golden Gate Drive, since Andrew Rivera, director of the practice, purchased it two years ago.

“We have it on a glass platter so everyone can see it,” Rivera said. “It’s been exposed to the air, and it’s still intact. There are so many preservatives in these processed foods that it will never mold.”
The purpose of displaying the meal is to show people the importance of nutrition.

“People are great visual learners, so let’s let them see what it really looks like,” he said. “They’re stunned.”
All parts of the meal are intact, from the bag of fries to the burger’s cheese, ketchup and pickle.

“It’s a fun thing for them to see,” Rivera said. “Health starts from the inside out. It’s what you put into your body.”
A spokeswoman for the national fast food chain said, “McDonald’s serves real, quality food.”

 

Why good coffee matters

I know I’ve asked this question before but I’ll do it again as I believe it is worth repeating. “You wouldn’t voluntarily eat stale bread so why drink stale coffee when you have excellent options? That question bothered me until I started parsing out various components:

  1. Corporate coffee shops are everywhere so it makes it convenient to buy stale coffee (yes, almost 100% of corporate coffee is stale)
  2. Most people’s palates are trained to expect stale coffee
  3. If a corporation markets their coffee as premium or fresh brewed or 100% arabica beans or mountain grown most consumers are not educated enough on the product to realize that those terms have nothing to do with a quality cup of coffee
  4. Many folks are just too busy and stressed to care.

I’m busy and stressed, too, and I really care about the quality of the cup of coffee you drink. That is why Amy and I own Valley Green Coffee Roasters and Elcy’s Cafe. I’ll explain more about why that matters to you in another post.

Weird coffee facts

Coffee was the first food to be:

a) Shipped from Europe to the New World
b) Freeze-dried
c) Used in Aztec religious ceremonies
d) Roasted and ground for drinking

I envy

I envy

 

b) freeze dried