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My First Shake Shack Experience in 2010 #ThowbackThursday

I thought I’d share my first experience at Shake Shack as a “Throwback Thursday” post since today marks the 10 year Anniversary for Shake Shack as a company. The “Decade of Shack” celebration has been going on all week with chef collaboration burgers, along with a special event today at the original Madison Square Park location with several bands playing live music, Dominique Ansel birthday cake, Brooklyn Brewery Shack X IPA beer and a “pay what you’d like” Hot Dog Cart. These guys know how to throw a party! All of this week I have been wishing I could be in NYC eating all of those specialty burgers. So about my first Shake Shack experience, it was back on July 31, 2010 in the South Beach location in Miami’s Lincoln Road district. I was with my food partner OD and we were excited to try this burger spot our friends kept telling us about. On this first trip to Shake Shack I went basic and ordered a ShackBurger, cheese fries, Shack-cago Dog, Peanut butter Shake …

Droolius Travels: Eating My Way Through The Philippines and Japan

At the end of February I took an unexpected last minute trip to the Philippines. I ended up staying for one month, then two weeks in Japan. For six weeks I was unprepared, had no set plans, and basically planned a food journey day by day. The initial reason for the unplanned trip was unfortunately a family emergency in Manila. I spent some time with family and to make the best out of the situation, I decided to stay for a while and that’s the reason why I have not blogged in weeks. Sometimes you just have to embrace what life gives you and go with the flow.   (click image to enlarge) Since I left on such short notice, I pretty much had one day to plan before booking the flight with my family. I drove down to Miami Beach for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF coverage still in the works) to do some event photography work, then drove straight back to Orlando after, and flew out a few hours later. …

Tuna On White, No Crust – A Sandwich In Honor Of Paul Walker

I went to a few restaurants in the past week and ordered, “Tuna on white, no crust”. It may sound like a strange request, but I was asking for this sandwich in honor of the late actor, humanitarian, and all-around car guy, Paul Walker. It was a line from the movie The Fast and the Furious where his character Brian O’Connor orders “the tuna” in a memorable scene and introduces key characters into the Fast & Furious franchise. It’s one of those scenes I remember watching in the movie theater, excited to see the cars that my friends and I worked on. Our car culture, our lifestyle, our passion for cars was now on the “big screen” and Paul Walker was the ambassador to all of this.    (click image to enlarge) Before my life as a food photographer and blogger, my industry and life revolved around cars. I attended and photographed automotive lifestyle and racing events. Cars and traveling was my world from the late 1990’s to the late 2000’s, and food was always …

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