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BURGER DATE: JACLYN SKROBACKY, BURGERSTO


My first almost-run in with Jaclyn was at the inaugural Burger Brawl at The Good Son, between Lisa Marie/Fidel Gastro’s and of course, the guys from The Good Son. The entire night, staff and organizers were on watch for this “@burgersTO” person. For the longest time, I had this anonymous entity in my mind running this account... I thought it was even a collective of people, coming together for the love of burgers. One guy I was with was convinced burgersTO was a man... of course, right? -____-
Anyway, fast forward to the first Burger Pawty we threw: I was looking for burger lovers to attend the event, and of course burgersTO came to mind! So I shot an email out and surprise, surprise, I got a reply from Jaclyn, who obviously is not a guy lol.  


Tell me who you loyal to...


Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to attend the first Burger Pawty, but we kept in touch (via the online world, lol) and I eventually reached out to her again, but this time, to be featured on Burger Date! Long story short, I left the restaurant in Jaclyn’s court, and she chooses Stockyard’s, which happens to also be one of my favs. When our schedules finally cleared up, we coordinated a date to meet, and we got to chattin’ about burgers! p.s. Photos in this post are c/o the lovely JC.

PART 1: BURGER DATE WITH JACLYN SKROBACKY

WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
Meet Jaclyn Skrobacky. She’s the badass that runs the infamous burger account we all know all love, burgersTO. I remember how mesmerized I was when I first came across the account. Being a burger aficionado myself, I was astonished as to just how many burger places this city alone had to offer... and it was at this point that I knew I had a ton of other burger spots to add to my list.
She currently works at BlogTO as the Community Manager and also runs their social media. I guess you can say that her Communications degree from Laurier definitely came in handy!


(it me lol)



HOW DID @BURGERSTO COME ABOUT?
The burgersTO account came about in 2013 because I was posting too much food on my personal Instagram account and my friends were calling me out on it... so I started a separate account. Taste Toronto came out around the same time, and at this time, there weren’t too many “food accounts” on Instagram. I started posting my own photos of burgers I’ve tried, but then I realized I could also share photos of other people’s burgers, as well.

(I think it’s safe to say that it sort of snowballed from there!)



WHEN WAS @BURGERSTO CREATED?
In March 2013 (FUN FACT: Jaclyn actually started the #burgersTO hashtag from scratch!)

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PART ABOUT RUNNING THE ACCOUNT?
Finding new burgers places in the Toronto scene.

YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE?
Finding the time to try and keep up with the posts!

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB, EVER? AT WHAT AGE?
My first job was at Sportchek at Promenade mall. I was probably 16 or 17.



WHICH CHARACTERISTICS ARE UNIQUELY “JACLYN” OR “@BURGERSTO”?
I’m actually the polar opposite on social media on my personal account vs. when I post on burgersTO. On my personal account, I’m more private and I don’t share often, but on burgersTO, there’s lots of sharing.

DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT BURGER
This might sound weird, but I love peanut butter on my burger. Other toppings that I would like on my perfect burger are cheese, bacon and some type of sauce.

WHY STOCKYARD’S?
It’s all about the meat! The quality of meat here makes a difference. And I also like that they cook the burgers on a flat top vs. on a grill.

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE MOTTO?
Just go with it!

PART 2: 10 QUESTIONS


1. WHAT’S YOUR SIGN?
Leo.

2. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE HOLIDAY?
Hallowe’en (FUN FACT: me, too!)

3. WHAT IS THE TOP ITEM ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?
Travel to Australia.

4. TEXT, TALK OR EMAIL?
Text for sure.

5. WHAT’S IN YOUR FRIDGE AT THIS VERY MOMENT?
Condiments and water... lots of Big Mac sauce.


The Classic Burger: a griddle smashed patty, topped with butter lettuce, house mayo, ketchup, pickles, tomato and red onions



6. PICK ONE ITEM FOR A FOOD FIGHT.
Mashed potatoes.

7. WHAT’S YOUR JAM?
Anything Drake.

8. NAME SOMETHING WE WOULD NEVER GUESS ABOUT YOU.
That I’m a homebody.

9. AT WHICH MOMENT DID YOU REALIZE THAT YOU’VE “MADE IT?”
When I hit 10K followers and working on my first big campaign last year for (Budweiser) Bud & Burgers.

10. WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
Hitting 50K! I have some things planned for this milestone, like getting a new logo (I actually created the burgersTO logo on Paint a few years back), in addition to some other exciting things.


Having already been here a few years back, I wasn't going to do a whole nother review of the place. Instead, I came here to get to know the mastermind behind the burgersTO account, and pick her brain a little bit! After the interview concluded, we finally got to dig into the amazing burgers and talk about real life: what it's like being a female in the burger scene, summer weekend plans, the foodie movement, our favourite burger spots, etc., etc. (honestly - she's a great conversationalist).
Finally, just wanted to thank Jaclyn for joining for some amazing burgers and even better conversation! Don't forget to follow her burger adventures on Instagram at @burgersTO.

'Til the next Burger Date,