GBS Review of January 2012 | Mr. Lew's Great Burger Search

Recently, I decided that I’d take a time at the beginning of a new month to remind you of what I did the previous month.  It’s just a chance to give you all that opportunity to catch up on anything you might of missed.

January started a brand new year for the GBS.  Personally, since 2011 was such a hectic year, especially in the last 6 months, I decided to take it easy since I was on holiday.  So, even though I posted on New Year’s, it took me almost 2 weeks to get back in the swing of things.  In a way, it affected me because I’m still not back to my normal swing of things.  January was also big for 2 reasons.  The first reason was my personal introduction to Happening Gourmand.  It was enough to make me decide that 2013 was a must to come back.  The second was that I was introduced to the Menuism team, something that I hope brings in more burger fans in 2012.  So, without further adieu, here’s what happened in January 2012:

1.  GBS Year in Review - Burgers

I can’t go and do a post about January without reminding you of the first thing I posted in 2012.  There’s not much to say about this because the title speaks for itself.

2.  La Maison V.I.P.

This was an impromptu decision when it comes to whether or not I write a post for it.  This was my long standing family restaurant and there wasn’t really any other moment to get it done.  So, now was a good time as any.  I actually think I’ll bring future generations of Lews to this place.  I chose the picture above because it represents the thing I like doing best in that restaurant, drowning rice in lobster sauce.

3.  EM Cafe

This was the first burger of the year.  The service wasn’t exactly top-notch, but the burger is a strong contender for the year in review posts I’ll be doing in December.  Burger-wise, it was a great way to start the year.

4.  Kalalu

The Fat Squirrel Society’s gathering for the month of January took us to Caribbean food.  My prior research did not give me much hope.  But, after an hour going through the food and atmosphere of the islands, I had a little more hope.  These Black Satin Wings that you see above were chosen to represent Kalalu because I find that these were quite the photo.

5.  Rockaberry Saint-Denis

The outing at Kalalu didn’t finish there, we went off a few doors down to Rockaberry.  As some of you know, I’m a big fan of baked apple goods.  So, getting to try a pie with apples and cheese was something that I could never turn down.

6.  Taverne Gaspar

This was the first stop this year for my Happening Gourmand tour.  I was really looking forward to the restaurant and the burger.  Some things worked well, while others left things to be desired.  I even had one person question my legitimacy because I got in through Twitter, but that’s water under the bridge now.  Regardless, being with colleagues that I respect so much made it a night to remember.  The onion soup was chosen because I saw so many of them that night.

7.  Vieux-Port Steakhouse

My last stop for Happening Gourmand was at VP Steakhouse.  Comparable to my experience at Moishes, there wasn’t much I could bash that night.  As a matter of fact, Steakman and I will be making another appearance there soon.  What you see here is the dish that Steakman drooled over all night and he continued drooling over it today when he read the post.

8.  Crêperie St-Paul

After VP Steakhouse, we went off to the place right above Montreal Poutine.  I used that as an opportunity to try a dessert crêpe for the very first time.  While I wasn’t blown away completely, it was enough to make me add that on my list of things to try in the future.  Again, this was another case of company making things that much better.

9.  G-Spot

My final spot (pardon the pun) for January came to a deliver/take-out place in Laval.  I went there for only one reason, what you see above.  I’m afraid it didn’t leave much of a good impression, but that’s the point of the search.

Other Happenings

In January, I made my debut as Burger expert for Menuism.  It was something that took some convincing to get me to do, but I’ll take the responsibilities seriously.  I’ll be posting there about once a month.  I’ll also be sharing those posts on my Facebook page and on my Twitter, so be sure to follow.  As always, your feedback is welcomed.

Click HERE for the link to my Menuism Q&A.

Click HERE for the link to my first Menuism post.

On January 31, the Huffington Post picked up the Menuism post and you can see it by clicking HERE.  By the way, it looks really good.  I’m pretty sure I didn’t write that.

What to look forward to in February?

-Burgers 129-133
-Mr. Lew’s Burger Night (Burger 130)
-Scandinavian Food
-and whatever else comes to mind

Stay baconed (tuned)!!!

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