I’ve written a bunch of times about how I love to visit McDonald’s when visiting a new country but rarely ever eat there at home.
Food is a big part of travel but sometimes it’s nice to eat something that reminds you of home (especially the Heinz ketchup!). However, the main reason that I have to visit McDonald’s when traveling is to see if there are any menu items which are not available at home which might be unique or a variation of a local dish.
These days McDonald’s has also become a special place for Lucas to visit. While he’s only eaten at a McD’s in the US a handful of times it is a nice treat- a place to play and get a little toy while doing things that mainly appeal to Mommy & Daddy in foreign countries.
(We’ve even stopped into a McDonald’s on rare occasion to let Lucas play without buying much more than a coffee for Kim at times!
During our visit to Romania we only had a short amount of time to grab lunch prior to doing our tour of the massive Palace of Parliament. We figured this would be a great time to stop at a McDonald’s close by to try out a menu item that I had noticed during our first day of the trip.
The item is called Nou Rondele Cu Mozzarella Si Pesto which Google Translate tells me is new slices with mozzarella and pesto.
I’ll call them a much simpler and more creative name for this post: Cheese Balls.
The cheese balls came with 4 to an order for 5.5 Romanian lei, around $1.60 US. Definitely a fair price for a little snack at .40¢ per ball.
If you look at the photo above you’ll see that the cheese balls aren’t exactly round. Two of them are while another is a triangle and one other is almost oval-shaped. I guess this is why they went with calling the item “slices”.
When I bit into the first one I was impressed with the flavor. How could you go wrong eating a fried ball of mozzarella! These small bites of cheese had good flavor and the pesto was from mild to non-existent (which was good for me since I don’t love pesto).
My one complaint with the cheese balls was a lack of dipping sauce. I think they would’ve been even better with a little packet of tomato sauce on the side.
Do you like to visit McDonald’s when visiting new countries? If so, what are some of the best local items that you’ve tried?
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