Thousands Flock to BK. My Heart Breaks a Little

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Burger King opened it’s first location in Paris last month, resulting in lines a hundred-deep of French customers eager to taste their first Whoppers. Fast food is rapidly taking over in Paris, where there’s already a McDonalds (they call it McDo’s), a Subway or a Starbucks on seemingly every corner. And I couldn’t be more upset that a city famed for its gastronomy has fully fallen prey to fast foodization. Continue Reading →

Paris Says ‘Non!’ to McDonalds. But Is it Too Late?

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Parisian officials have reportedly rejected a bid by McDonalds to open up a shop on the fantastic market street Rue Montorgueil, saying that the international fast foodery would drive up rents and squeeze out character.

While I’m thrilled at the city’s efforts to prevent its historic core from turning into another Americanized mini-mall, I wonder if the change of heart has come too late. Continue Reading →