— 10:56 AM on July 14, 2009

After I posted a few TR writers' Twitter IDs yesterday, some of you asked if we had an official account that would update every time we posted something.  I'm happy to report that we've successfully fed our RSS feed into a Twitter account, opening a stable vortex to the social networking dimension.  Follow us at @thetechreport, if you wish.  You can still follow me at @scottwasson, too, if you prefer manually produced neglect punctuated by occasional abuse.

With that out of the way, I'm going to have to start thinking about what to have for lunch today.  Any of you tried McDonald's new Angus burgers?  I tried all three in the past week, in order to prepare this in-depth review.  (I'm a health nut.)  The first two were pretty good, but the third was a bit much.

Still, here's my take: not bad!  The beef is actually, you know, beefy, without being dry and hard like the Angus burgers at Hardee's/Carl's Jr. and, ugh, Burger King.  (The BK ones take some real jaw muscle strength to put away.) The McD's Angus patties are seasoned with the same salty MSG goodness as any McDonald's burger, which I happen to like, so they're a familiar taste combined with an oddly natural, loose, ground beef texture.  Somehow, food science has produced a miracle.

I thought the mushroom 'n' swiss burger was a strong rendition of those flavors and a nice change of pace.  The bacon cheeseburger version is basically a like a Quarter Pounder with Cheese (Royale with Cheese?) made better by fresher, thicker-cut pickles and red onions, the aforementioned above-average meat, and, yes, bacon.  Three strips of it.  One can hardly go wrong.  The Deluxe is filled with even more premium veggies and apparently real mayo, but this was the third one I tried, so it was a bit much—a little salty for a burger with that much salad riding on top, too.

What is with Europeans calling it "McDo's," anyway?  Does the extra letter ward off American hegemony?

Anyhow, these Angus burgers might just supplant Wendy's as my favorite fast food burger.  They're no substitute for Five Guys' delectable discs of wonderment, but they're better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.  Which is more than I can say for the BK Angus discs of doom.

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