GBS Year in Review 2011: Best Moments | Mr. Lew's Great Burger Search

In 2011, the Great Burger Search rose to new levels.  Those levels were far beyond any of my expectations.  There are at least 5 happenings that I won’t soon forget.  It will be rather difficult to top those things in 2012.

Honorable Mentions:

1.  Mr. Lew makes it to #1 on Urbanspoon Montreal.

2.  Mr. Lew has his students make him bretzels (without bacon).


1.  Mr. Lew interviewed on the radio.

In late July, a rather odd request was e-mailed to me.  This was completely out of the blue.  A radio announcer sought out my opinions on where to find the “better” burgers in Montreal.  After going back and forth, trying to figure the logistics, the date and time were set.  On July 26, 2011, Mr. Lew was going on air to talk about his favorite burgers in Montreal.  I haven’t been as nervous for anything else in my life up to that point.  I searched for a quiet place and settled at the Palais des Congres.  After a short 5 minutes on the air, it was done and the GBS was a bigger deal.

Though, on this very day, I’m not as proud of that moment as I was then (long story), it was the turning point for the GBS.  I don’t think I’ll ever be on any form of media again, but at least I was there once.  That’s one thing to cross off my bucket list.

For those interested, click HERE to hear the interview.

2.  Mr. Lew gets invited to Kono Pizza’s launch party.

In August of 2011, Kono Pizza opened its doors in Downtown Montreal.  Fellow blogger, Le Mechant Mangeur was charged with gathering the vast amount of bloggers for a launch party.  It was one thing that I couldn’t turn down because I was completely and totally intrigued by the concept of pizza in a cone.  On that night, we tried a large variety of pizza cones.  Some were good, while others fell through a bit.  The highlight of the night was when the owner prepared a special bacon Nutella Kono after seeing my tweets on Twitter.  If that’s not a special moment, I don’t know what is.

3.  Mr. Lew visits Le Centre Bell.

Now, a lot of people take hockey games at the Bell Center for granted.  If you’re me, with 18 years between NHL hockey games, you jump on any chance you get.  Now, I know it wasn’t a regular season game, but the red, white, and blue jersey was enough for me.  On that night, we took a huge loss, but I was there for another reason.  I wanted to see what the food was like at the overpriced concession stands.  My goal for the future is to return when they start selling burgers.

4.  Mr. Lew’s Greek Night

After making a few Fall visits to other Greek restaurants, a couple of Twitter followers showed interest in having a Greek night.  I was more than happy to oblige.  I enlisted the help of my very hungry teacher colleague to suggest a suitable Greek restaurant for the night in late October.  We were about 8 in all who gathered, having braved the rather difficult Montreal traffic to enjoy the food at Rotisserie Panama.  My only regret for that evening is not having stayed for the loukoumades.  Just remember, sometimes, when the company is good, the food takes a back seat.  However, the food was just as good as the company.

I would like to thank Foodie Date Night, Gloutonne Cosmopolite, Sandman5, stereoqueenbee, and ToulasTake for all taking time out of their busy schedules to make Mr. Lew’s Greek Night one I won’t forget.

If you’re interested in the next get-together. Mr. Lew’s Burger Night is hopefully being scheduled for late January.  Keep an eye out on Twitter on January 2nd to get your spot because seats are limited.

5.  Mr. Lew celebrates Mr. Puffs’ 1st year anniversary.

I couldn’t think of a better way to cap off a momentous year in the GBS by visiting Mr. Puffs on their first year anniversary of being in business.  I don’t normally go out of my way to have people identify me, but I got caught here.  The staff were extremely cordial and showed the passion it requires to be successful in any line of business.  Along with one of my teaching colleagues, I got to try a wide variety of loukoumades.  I even got to take a large box to my students, on the house!  It’s the best way to end 2011, on a high note.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the 5 desserts that stood out in 2011!