Free! Free! Free! That’s the million-dollar word for Olympians who moved into the swanky Olympic Village digs in Whistler/Vancouver. After the games, the upscale athlete neighborhood will convert to a residential neighborhood, but for now it’s free living, free Wii, and free food.
“Food, folks and fun” is the name of the game and “bah, dah, dah, dah, dah…” the athlete’s “are loving it.” For the eighth consecutive Olympics, fast food mega-chain, McDonald’s, spreads its golden arches in the Olympic Village, and they are the only official restaurant feeding the Olympians. On the eve of the Olympic’s Opening Ceremonies, with the help of Olympic gold medalists Cassie Campbell (Canada), Shawn Johnson (USA), Picabo Street (USA) and Katarina Witt (Germany), the fast food chain unveiled its new upcoming menu item — Real Fruit Smoothies.
Available in Strawberry Banana and Wild Berry, the beverages will debut at the three McDonald’s restaurants in the village. For the rest of us, we will just have to wait for the summertime when the Real Fruit Smoothies becomes part of the McCafe line-up. Other items being served to the Olympians include, Mickey D’s signature item, the Big Mac, as well as Chicken McNuggets with a new Spicy Szechwan dipping sauce, and of course, the international favorite French Fries
Now, don’t you worry about your favorite athlete over-indulging on meat and carbs; salads and parfaits will also be available on the menu as well. Beyond McDonald’s there are other options, the Olympic Village contains a cafeteria which serves dishes like Egg Foo Young, Chuckwagon Chowder, Carved Jamaican Pork Tenderloin, and grilled chicken and roast potatoes. The catering is provided by Sodexo.
*Olympic Village Cafeteria Menu Breakfast:
- Breakfast: (4am -10am) Cereal, egg dishes, assortment of breads, meats, potato dishes, and other hot items such as waffles.
- Lunch (10am – 4pm) and Dinner: (4pm-12am) – Lunch and dinner meals include soups, international entrees, an Asian section, grill/carvery, a Native Canadian section, pizza and pasta, halal and various vegetables and starches (rice, noodles, pasta).
- Late Night-soups, pizza, salads, omelets, pasta, salads and a Native Canadian section. *Menu taken from: http://www.topendsports.com/nutrition/olympic-nutrition-vancouver.htm
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by Monica Johnson