Name: Jimmy Lew
Blog name and URL: Mr. Lew's Great Burger Search www.mrlewburger.com
Where were you born? Montreal
Where are you living now? Brossard, a suburb of Montreal
Why did you start your blog?
I started the search back in 2009. I was going on a job interview and I needed to find a place to eat. So, I looked up the so-called best burger in Montreal and went there. After that experience, I thought only one thing, there has to be better out there. Weeks later, when I had time, I was able to go out weekly to try a new burger. It was just something to pass the time and it turned out to be so much more.
How did you decide on your blog name?
When I started the search, it was something that I posted up on Facebook. So, the name was random and since I'm a teacher, Mr. Lew fit the bill just right. The idea was simple and it describes what I do.
What do you blog about?
Each week, I share a burger that I try from anywhere in the greater Montreal area. I try to put myself in the customer's shoe when they enter the restaurant. By that, I do my best to describe my experience and what I choose to eat. Recently, I also decided to share my other restaurant experiences. I'm not trying to compete with any of the other incredible restaurant bloggers in Montreal, but I'm just trying to write about places that never get much hype.
What post are you most proud of and why?
I've covered over 220 burgers up to this point and the post I hold dear is the one on Au Pied de Cochon. For one, it was the location for a milestone 200th burger. The restaurant is probably the number one place to go to when you want to try the best. For a short moment in time, I was there having one of the more unique burgers I ever tried in 4 years. What had more impact was the reaction. Some people commented on the pictures and the gluttony of it all. Whether it was negative or positive, it showed me that what I have to say mattered to some people.
Which post do you wish received more love and why?
It's really hard to choose one of anything, since I write a lot. These days, the post that I wished received more attention was my visit to Anthem in Boston. It was a really nice experience to have south of the border and the burger was probably one of the better ones I've had in recent memory. The fact that disappoints me is that when I stray away from my geographical area, people lose interest. In a way, I can understand that. But, for me, those are memories that I'll have for a lifetime.
Which post’s success surprised you and why?
A few months ago, Montreal lost a legend in the world of diners. His name was Tony Koulakis and we was affectionately known as The Man of Grease. Due to the incident which occurred, a lot of people started looking up the restaurant online and my post was one of those that was seen a lot. It's surprising because I was shocked like everyone else at the tragic circumstances. It's not the way I wanted anyone to see my work. Regardless, it's always better to remember the positive by celebrating a person's life, which I hope, in a way, I did.
What is one (non-kitchen) gadget you can’t live without?
I would probably choose my camera. Without the camera, I can't really document any of my experiences without it.
What is one kitchen gadget you can’t live without?
This might not come as a shock to anyone, but I'm not really that handy in the kitchen, which is why I go out so much. So, the one thing that I can't live without is the microwave. I hope to change that in the future.
Favourite food, care to share a recipe or restaurant choice?
Right now, I find myself really liking Greek salads. There's something about feta cheese that I really like and the Greek salad does that best. There were some moments where I would order it all by itself just to get at the feta. This is probably not the answer people are looking for since I search for burgers and I obsess over everything bacon.
What else should we know about you that may or not be in your “About Me” page?
What I've come to realize recently is that if it wasn't for this search or blog, I wouldn't of had all the incredible experiences that I've had thus far. I'm not really in it for notoriety or monetary reasons, but to see what's going to happen next. Because of the search for burgers, I have a good reason to visit places that I would never think twice about going to.
What makes your blog unique?
All I can say is that I will go anywhere to try a burger, whether it's good or bad. I've tried over 220 different burgers in many different cities and there aren't too many people doing that in Montreal. All I know is that I'm having a lot of fun doing this and I'm looking forward to sharing the future burgers I'm planning on eating.
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