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Sunday, December 18, 2011

'Twas The Week Before Christmas.... #EqualCanada #CBias

'Twas the week before Christmas and we are stressed!

Stressed with everything which needs to be done in the next few days.  Cards need to be addressed and posted, presents need to be wrapped, some even need to be purchased still, and don't forget a little holiday baking thrown in as well.  Not to mention, my children are still in school this week,  (don't even get me started on that one) so we are still working around that.  Sometimes it seems the true meaning of Christmas is lost in all the hustle and bustle during the days leading up to the big day.

Sunday morning, my husband and I found ourselves childless - which never happens.  We decided to take advantage of a couple of child free hours and take a little time for ourselves, and enjoy a slower pace.

One of my all time favourite things is McDonald's breakfast, yet, I only get the opportunity to have it a couple times a year.   As a nice treat we thought we would stop at McDonald's and enjoy a hot breakfast along with their delicious McCafe coffee.

In the small town we live there isn't a McDonald's, but we can drive over to the closest city, which has two outlets which we can choose from.  One is renovated and is a true McCafe, and the other is a smaller, older style restaurant.  There isn't a play area or the comfortable seating, but we actually prefer this McDonald's.  It is closer for us to frequent and we find the management staff to be attentive, and friendly with the customers.  And, it was no different during our Sunday morning visit.

Entering the restaurant we found it decorated with some simple Christmas decorations, and it wasn't overly busy.  The wait in line was quick and the food was prepared to order, arriving on our tray nice and hot.  There was a big screen advertising McCafe coffee choices.

I ordered my favourite which is a McGriddle, with a large coffee to drink.  They seemed to be selling a tonne of coffee this morning, as the manager was designating an employee to be in charge of brewing coffee.  My cashier asked how I would like my coffee, I requested milk and #EqualCanada sweetener - to which I was told that Equal was not the sweetener they had to offer.  Since, I'm not a big fan of the sweetener they offer @McD_Canada, I opted for sugar this time.

As, I was ordering the manager on duty overheard and chimed in that Equal wasn't a choice available at McDonald's.  She said it once was, but not any longer.   I suggested that I would like to see a choice of  sweeteners available for customers and she directed me to the website, where I could leave my feedback.

We enjoyed our Sunday morning break in relative quiet.  There were no excessive trips to the washroom, and no one's drink was spilled...the wonders of being childless for a few minutes!  My husband and I even made a to-do list of everything which needs to get done before the big day.  After, we rushed off to pick up a few groceries to get us through the week and to get the kids.

Our break was much needed, but, it was time to get back to reality!  We found a few minutes of peace and holiday cheer, together on a Sunday morning.

Later in the afternoon, I dug my receipt out of my wallet so I could leave feedback about our visit and request that McDonald's considers offering Equal.  (I had remembered from previous visits that you needed the receipt in order to fill out the survey form.)

Visit Equal Canada to find out more about their no calorie sweetener.  You can also follow along on twitter @EqualCanada, and connect with Equal Canada on facebook. 

This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias. Opinions expressed are mine, yours may differ.


Tammi @ My Organized Chaos said...

A child-free meal - ahhhh, that sounds just devine, especially for the busy week before Christmas!!

SassyModernMom said...

Have to love a chance at a child free meal, your food is actually warm:)
Wonder why McDs stopped offering Equal? Hmmm

Melinda said...

Rob and I had a childless breakfast this morning too and went over the plans for the day!