G’day from the McCafe…. Have a nice day!
Hi. Sorry I’m late. Just back from the McCafe. Been hanging out there since really early this morning because, as Oprah’s American audience learned yesterday in a McDonald’s-sponsored segment, that’s what we Aussies do. All the time.
Lucky she reminded me about these “hip hangouts” really. There I was, about to buy a rack of spring lamb for dinner, and a beautiful fresh tray of Bowen mangoes for the fruit bowl, when bing! I remembered that in fact, what I actually craved, on a deeply-ingrained cultural level, was in fact that most Australian of treats, the American Choc Brownie Slice ™.
Or I don’t know, maybe some Cookies and Cream Cheesecake washed down with a caramel latte frappe, a beverage which demonstrates beyond question our love of a classic, untainted, good quality cup of real coffee.
Never mind that loads of American food franchises have failed here, like Baskin Robbins and Starbucks and most recently, Krispy Kreme, or that most Australians believe that American food looks and tastes like horse shit. As Oprah has reminded us in her timely pre-Christmas message, McCafe is where the true blue come to affirm our Australianness.
It is, in short, our national tuckerbox. It is the hub of our dreaming. Uluru, eat your red heart out.
Thanks to Oprah, Americans now understand that hanging out at McCafe is as Aussie as building a billycart to race down Bondi Road with your mates while yelling Oi! Oi! Oi!
Gosh darn it – oops, I mean fair dinkum – I could seriously go one of those mochafrappawhackasmackacino thingies right now.
Anyway, that’ll do for now. Like I said, just popped into the office to remind y’all of one of the unique aspects of Australian culture which Oprah is set to showcase to the world this week. Popping out again now. To McCafe, of course.
And if any of you think this is some kind of ill-conceived attempt at humour, let me assure you this is deadly serious. Australians are McCafe. McCafe is Australia.
As Shane Warne himself tweeted yesterday “Did everyone in Australia go to mcdonalds between 11-12 this morning for free chicken Mcbites… How good are they ?? Amazing ...”
You can’t tell me a deadset Aussie icon like him would tweet something like that if it wasn’t representative of our true blue culture. We should just count ourselves lucky that someone of Oprah’s influence is out here this week doing likewise.
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