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LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN


IT'S BURGERS AND BARBIE$' SEVEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY! What a kawinkadink that this day also falls on National Pizza Day *eyeroll* ...dah well! When I started this blog in 2010, I really didn’t know where this was gona go. I wanted an outlet for my creative pursuits, and a website dedicated solely to food or fashion was just out of the question (plus, those fields were oversaturated, anyway). I mainly started this blog for fun – to combine my love for food, fashion, photography and music all into one! Who would’ve thunk that after all these years, this blog would still be a ting? Read on for a look into my journey with BURGERS AND BARBIE$.
 
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I have been up to so much these past seven years, that I often forget how far BURGERS AND BARBIE$ has come. I’ve always said that nostalgia is my favourite feeling, so digging into the archives was more of a delight than a chore for this post. To commemorate my seventh year blogging about my favourite food in the world, here are a few random (and I really do mean random) Top 7 lists... enjoy!


A LIST OF MY FAVOURITE BURGERS, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER


HOLY CHUCK BURGERS
TORONTO, ON
WHY: Because their burgers are unapologetically delicious, and so is its founder.
POSTS CAN BE FOUND: HERE
SITE: holychuckburgers.com



LE CHIC SHACK
QUEBEC CITY, QC
WHY: Literally the best burger I have ever eaten! You've got to try it to believe it!
POST CAN BE FOUND: HERE
SITE: lechicshack.ca



TOMA BURGER ADDICTION
TORONTO, ON
WHY: It's their buns, I tell you!
POST CAN BE FOUND: HERE
SITE: toma-burgeraddiction.com



SHAKE SHACK
*EVERYWHERE BUT TORONTO* ...or so it seems
WHY: A simple, yet HOLY S* THAT'S DELICIOUS bite of heaven. And their crinkle cut fries... need I say more?!
POST CAN BE FOUND: HERE
SITE: shakeshack.com



FRING'S
TORONTO, ON
WHY: The least pretentious item on their menu happens to be their most delicious one.
POST CAN BE FOUND: HERE
SITE: fringsrestaurant.com



INSPIRE RESTAURANT
MARKHAM, ON
WHY: Because my friend co-owns this restaurant and it was such a pleasant surprise to see that their burger is definitely a contender for the best of the best. Plus, he let me try a concept burger before it (temporarily) hit their menu!
POST CAN BE FOUND: HERE
SITE: insprestaurant.com



STOCKYARD'S SMOKEHOUSE & LARDER
TORONTO, ON
WHY: A place that can dish up a delicious af burger AND the best fried chicken in the city is a win for me!
POST CAN BE FOUND: HERE
SITE: thestockyards.ca



THE BEST CITIES, TOWNS, COUNTRIES, ETC. TO GRAB A BURG'

TORONTO: ENDLESS choices...

MARKHAM: It's where I call home <3

SCARBOROUGH: A few good hidden gems out here... plus, it's where I grew up and met my bestest of friends (whom I still hang out with today).

EAST END (THINK PICKERING, AJAX, WHITBY): A lot of my family lives these ways, so it's more reason to visit!

QUEBEC (THE PROVINCE): Because when you live in Quebec for a school year (Val'd'Or to be specific), you learn to love the culture... and their burgers.

THE PHILIPPINES: Because it's the motherland, y'all! And it's pretty much summertime all year round. Burgers + summer = perfection

PRETTY MUCH ANYWHERE IN THE STATES THAT WE DON'T HAVE HERE IN CANADA: I guess you always want what you can't have


TOP MEMORIES IN BURGERS AND BARBIE$ HISTORY

BURGER PAWTY

WHY: I got to turn my dreams of throwing a burger pop-up event (now a full-fledged catering company) into reality!
READ ABOUT IT HERE


MIGHTY ANGUS PREVIEW

WHY: I got a sneak peak into McDonald's Canada's newest menu item before anyone else!
READ ABOUT IT HERE


BURGER DATE WITH JOHNNY PRASSOULIS

WHY: WHY: I got to speak with one of the city's burger gawds over arguably one of the best burgers the city has to offer... with a side of Greek Fries!
READ ABOUT IT HERE


#GETSOCIALWORKSHOP

WHY: I got to meet SO MANY creatives within the city and got to show them what Burger Pawty could whip up for brekky!
READ ABOUT IT HERE


BURGERS ABROAD

WHY: Who can say that they have had burgers in every corner of the world?!


SHAKE SHACK POP UP

WHY: I would have never thought that I would ever wait two hours in line for a burger, but I did, and it wasn't as bad as I thought.
READ ABOUT IT HERE
p.s. You can also see me nerd out here


BEHIND THE SCENES AT JOHNNY'S HAMBURGERS

WHY: This was one of my first posts, and to have a huge cult favourite such as Johnny's lets you in on some behind the scenes action, you would geek out, too!
READ ABOUT IT HERE



A FEW GOOD PEOPLE I LOVE TO SHARE BURGERS WITH (ALSO, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)

HAROLD

BEST KNOWN FOR: being my bf
FIRST APPEARANCE: Mighty Angus Preview
FUN FACT: "we met at Chipotle" lol
BEST BURGER BUDDY BECAUSE... he's always down - for burgers and for me, too DUHHHH
POSTS CAN BE FOUND HERE
CONNECT: mixcloud.com/hrld


JC
(photo stolen from insty)

BEST KNOWN FOR: being my go-to photographer
FIRST APPEARANCE: Wahlburgers
FUN FACT: my mom and her mom used to work together, and my grandma used to babysit her when we were kids
BEST BURGER BUDDY BECAUSE... she lets me be her muse
POSTS CAN BE FOUND HERE
CONNECT: julietachristy.com


JESSICA

BEST KNOWN FOR: being my first friend, ever!
FIRST APPEARANCE: Markham Station
FUN FACT: Her real name is Jessica, but I call her Hepica :)
BEST BURGER BUDDY BECAUSE... she loves food as much as I do!
POSTS CAN BE FOUND HERE


MEGAN

BEST KNOWN FOR: partying with me A LOT when we became legal haha
FIRST APPEARANCE: Johnny's Hamburgers
FUN FACT: her bf is a photographer and he took this photo
BEST BURGER BUDDY BECAUSE... she's super friendly!
POSTS CAN BE FOUND HERE


YVONNE

BEST KNOWN FOR: getting confused as one another, while we worked together at Aritzia
FIRST APPEARANCE: Lick's
FUN FACT: she used to work at Lick's, lol
BEST BURGER BUDDY BECAUSE... even though I don't see her all the time, she's one of my favourite girls
POSTS CAN BE FOUND HERE


SHELLS

BEST KNOWN FOR: being my Burger Pawty right hand
FIRST APPEARANCE: Butcher's Grill
FUN FACT: this was actually her only appearance on BURGERS AND BARBIE$ (so far)
BEST BURGER BUDDY BECAUSE... she's family and will always have my back (and vice versa)
POST CAN BE FOUND HERE


JUAN
(photo stolen from insty)

BEST KNOWN FOR: being Megan's bf - jk... his photography
FIRST APPEARANCE: Big Moe's
FUN FACT: I've known Juan since we were kids bc he was friends with my brother and my older cousins
BEST BURGER BUDDY BECAUSE... although this is his only post on BURGERS AND BARBIE$, he was a HUGE help with Burger Pawty, and that deserves some recognition!
POST CAN BE FOUND HERE
CONNECT: juanitochristopher.com

HONOURABLE MENTIONS: Alison, Alyssa, Avi, Candice, Daria, Derik, Emily, Erica, Gabe, Hazel, Ihsan, Kami, Karl, Juan, Laiza, Jessica, Melissa, Thomas, Tori, a few cousins in the Philippines (too many to name!), at some times, my mom... plus a few ex-boyfriends hahahaaaaa (but no really, thank you!)



SWEET GIFTS FROM SOME SWEET FRIENDS



BATH SPONGE FROM: Diane & Matt, my high school friends ♥ PRINTED SOCKS FROM: Mark, my cousin ♥ GRINDER FROM: an ex, lol ♥ COASTERS FROM: Janmari, my friend (she gave this to me before I moved to Val-d'Or) ♥ GIANT ERASER FROM: Harold, my bf ♥ MIÑATA FROM: Michelle, aka Big Ass Piñata - specifically for this post! ♥ CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT FROM: Harold (again), for our first Christmas "together"



MY TOP SEVEN ONLINE FEATURES... MAMA I MADE IT!

NEUE WILDEN
Various posts covering Burger Pawty, c/o my girl Sabrina at Neue Wilden

URBANOLOGY
One of my first features after Burger Pawty II in Oct '15

STYLE ME PRETTY
First collaboration shoot for the #babybunshower, Apr '16

MIMP MAG
Feature article for Aug '16 issue

NARCITY
Surprise feature (I really only found it after I googled Burger Pawty), Nov '16

THE WELL CONNECTED
Cover and article in Connected Magazine, Jan '17

THE STAR CROSSED
Libra Style, Feb '17



BETCHA DIDN'T KNOW...

THE IDEA OF CREATING A BURGER BLOG CAME TO ME IN THE SHOWER.
Where my best ideas come to life...

THE NAME WAS A COMBINATION OF THE TWO THINGS I LOVE MOST: BURGERS AND OBVIOUSLY, BARBIES. What do Barbies have to do with anything? The truth: absolutely nothing – other than the fact that Barbie was my favourite toy growing up.

THE CURRENT BANNER FOR THE SITE IS A SERIES OF A FAILED PHOTO SHOOT WITH THE BLOG’S MASCOT. S/O to my boo for breaking my camera (accidentally, of course) and then buying me a new one!

THE RATING IS CODED BY SHADES OF PINK IN THE TAGS, SO THE NUMBER RATING IS NOT GIVEN AWAY AT FIRST GLANCE. Have you decoded it yet?

THE POST PHOTOS ARE OFTEN C/O MY SUPER CREATIVE FRIENDS (THINK: HAROLD, JC, RAMI, KARL, JUAN, ETC.) #blessed

THE IDEA OF BURGER PAWTY CAME FROM MY AMBITION TO TRY A PINK BURGER. So great to see my dreams materialize :')

TO DATE, THE SITE HAS UNDERGONE THREE MAKEOVERS...(but the all pink theme has remained the same nahmeannnn


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Every year I continue doing this blog, more amazing things come my way. I’m a firm believer of what you get out of a situation is what you put into it, and this blog is no exception.

Although I don’t get to update this as often as I would like to, this blog will always be my baby. That’s why I transitioned this blog from being a “burger review only” blog into a “whatever the heck I want to post about” blog. This way, I can be free to let you in on new developments, burgers aside. I know I always tell you to stay tuned for more surprises coming up, but this time, I really do mean it! I’m so excited to announce this secret and the best thing I can do is to tell you (and myself) to wait patiently.

Thanks for reading and here’s to another year of BURGERS AND BARBIE$... and beyond!