Snapshots from the UK: McDonald's Fish Finger Happy Meal

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Would you like fries (or onion rings or chicken tenders) with that?

I'll be the first to admit, British food isn't something I miss on a large-scale basis. Bloody black pudding, goopy bubble and squeak—not for me. I'd rather have a big slice of New York pizza. But, there are some English foods that I pine for, and the "Fish Finger" (that's fish sticks to we Americans) Happy Meal at McDonald's is one of the few.

I'm always entranced by McDonald's foreign options. I've had Insalate Caprese in Rome and Dulce de Leche soft serve in Buenos Aires, but while in grad school in the U.K., the 2-quid, 500-calorie (including fries and a diet soda) Fish Finger Happy Meal became my library lunch of choice. Somehow, it just feels more wholesome to me than the average McDonald's dinner--maybe because the fish is filleted Hoki sourced from sustainable New Zealand fisheries, and if I'm feeling particularly virtuous, I can substitute my fries and coke for apple slices and water. And after all, they do say fish is brain food--plus, I get a free toy.

In fact, I might even go so far as to say that the Fish Finger Happy Meal is my preferred version of fish and chips. Why, oh why, can't I get it here!?

Would you order a happy meal with fish sticks?

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