Summer is a fabulous time to travel.
I met Jerome Shaw a few years back through hanging out at my best friends house. Since then I've seen the world through his eyes as a dope photographer and also discovered he's a foodie as well. With summer being the perfect time to grab a bag and explore, Jerome is the perfect person to chat fabulously with about all things food, what he would never eat and his best tips for traveling all year round.
What is your current position?
Jerome Shaw - I am currently a self employed full time photographer and director.
Where did you get your education from?
JS - I went to Berkeley College for 3 years and left early to take a full-time position at Goldman Sachs from 2004 to 2008, until I was laid off during the recession.
Do you consider yourself a foodie?
JS - Yea, I would consider myself a foodie. I am always open to trying new foods and restaurants from all over. I even have a section in my Evernote App that contains a list of restaurants with quick tips on why it's good in case I'm in the area or need to suggest something great to friends.
What is your food philosophy?
JS - My food philosophy at the moment is go with your gut and don't get to fancy to avoid being disappointed. Some restaurants have items that may look good on paper but isn't worth it when you eat it. I'm always in a situation where friends would order something extra and I play the safer but still great option and end up having the best dish.
Do you eat where locals eat when traveling?
JS - I love to eat where locals eat when traveling. My last 4 countries I've been to, Tulum, Barbados, Greece and Istanbul, we went to the real restaurants that were recommended by real people. The best people to ask are the taxi drivers in my opinion. They try to keep you away from the touristy places and get you to the places where the food is authentic and not drummed up for outsiders.
What's some of your best tips for traveling year round?
JS - Some of my best tips for traveling year around are:
Pack light - Sometimes you over think what to wear and end up packing so much and wearing so little. It's ok to have a few statement outfits But when you keep it simple it will make the trip a lot better.
Sign up - for award programs. Signing up for airline, hotel, food programs will help you in the long run. The miles and points will add up and you will start getting free flights, upgrades and more perks to make your journeys even better.
Try to stay with locals - I love a good plush hotel but it is a fast way to not seeing the real environment. Staying at AirBNBs is a great way to meet locals, see different neighborhood sights, and it saves you money. Why get a room for 160 to 300 and even more a night when you can get an apartment for the same price or even less.
Where do you go for a no fail meal?
JS - Currently my no fail meal is Just Salad. Lol. There are a lot of options and a good salad for me will hold me down every time!
Where have you been in your travels, that the food completely blew you away?
JS - The place where the food completely blew me away was definitely Istanbul, Turkey. The night I landed the hotel workers pointed us into the direction of a restaurant and it was amazing. Different meats, breads, sauces...we were amazed. Another place where the food was all around amazing is definitely Paris, France. You can't go wrong with France.
Whats your food related guilty pleasure?
JS - My food related guilty please would have to be Five Guys. I feel like they have the best Burgers and I always slip into there every few months and always feel bad afterwards