Christmas Adventures with Alpine and McDonald’s Canada in Toronto

*This article was sponsored and created in collaboration with McDonald’s Canada. As always, all thoughts, opinions and experiences are my own.

Visiting McDonald’s Headquarters in Toronto

This Christmas, I decided to head out on an eastern Canada adventure to visit a few places I’ve never been before!

A few weeks ago I travelled to Toronto for my very first time (I know, right?!) I’ve transferred through the city dozens of times but never had a layover long enough to stop in! But this time, I joined #TeamMcDs for a visit to the McDonald’s Headquarters for a festive party and a tour of their test kitchen.

One highlight was meeting Chef Jeff, the head chef at McD’s HQ. He helps create and test new and different menu items.

After a tour of the facility and on-site restaurant, we were treated to regional menu items. We sampled items like fish and chips and buffalo chicken poutine. They even let us drop a basket of fries in to cook them ourselves.

That evening we celebrated at a holiday party with other content creators from Toronto.

From a velour green couch with a golden arch above it to tiers of caramel cranberry bars and the Dufflet peppermint brownie set out to sample, it was a pretty amazing evening. (They even had to-go bags so we could take a late night snack home with us).

My Return to Toronto

It was a quick trip and I didn’t have a lot of time for sightseeing. So I decided to come back and spend more time in TO and area, checking out the Christmas lights, the markets and Niagara Falls.

Photo Credit: Scobel Photography

While in the city, photographer Matt Scobel and his adventure pup Alpine were also there. So we planned a hangout at High Park.

Back in September, us three went on a big adventure to Alaska which led to me taking care of Alpine for a few weeks afterwards. Spending so much time with her made me feel like she’s my pup too!

Photo Credit: Scobel Photography

To celebrate our mini-reunion, I picked up a few of the new festive menu items from McDonald’s. We decided to share it while playing in the park. Alpine was more than excited to try the new Herb & Garlic Seasoned Fries. It’s a holiday twist on their classic World Famous Fries – drizzled with butter and tossed in a savoury blend of basil, oregano, thyme, garlic, parsley and sage.

Photo Credit: Scobel Photography

Although I’m usually a Big Mac girl when travelling, the Seriously Chicken menu is my favourite when back at home in Canada. To change things up, I sampled the crispy Asiago & Bacon Seriously Chicken. It’s topped with Swiss cheese sauce, bacon pieces, tomato, leaf lettuce, Asiago cheese and rotisserie seasoned sauce on a Brioche-style bun.

Photo Credit: Scobel Photography

The afternoon in High Park was the perfect festive way to celebrate the holiday season with good friends.

One Reply to “Christmas Adventures with Alpine and McDonald’s Canada in Toronto”

  1. Havent seen and talked to you in a while.What are you upto nowadays? still traveling? Stuck at my 52nd country for now

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