Foodie Life: Instagram Influencer Shawn Rodgers Thinks Avocado Toast is Overrated

Local foodie Instagram Influencer Shawn Rodgers
Local Instagram influencers talk trends and misconceptions.

This article originally appeared as part of the story Foodie Life from the March/April 2019 issue.

We tracked down four foodie influencers in the City South area for a Q+A that will have you craving all things food. Below is our interview with Shawn Rodgers. Read the others here: Elle Yorobe, Christina Stevens and Sidney Schultz.

How did you start your foodie journey?
It originally started out as a way to get out and explore the different neighborhoods around the Twin Cities. It happened to be right around the time the food scene here started to pick up and I wanted to start documenting my food adventures to show people that the Twin Cities have a lot of great restaurants that we don’t always have to travel out of state for.

What do you do when you’re not posting on Instagram?
My day job as an IT business analyst usually keeps me busy. Otherwise, I’m usually at the gym or hanging out at home.

Which food personality do you most admire?
The food personality that I admired most was Anthony Bourdain. He had an extraordinary ability of bringing people together with his travels around the world through food, which has inspired many of us to explore different cultures and their respective cuisines.

Which food trend are you loving right now?
The food trend I love right now is the rise of more authentic international cuisines. With that, we’re seeing more global street food concepts and dishes on menus around town.

What do you consider the most overrated ingredient/trend?
For me it’s probably avocado toast. It’s an easy dish to make at home, but it only continues to become more expensive at restaurants due to its popularity.

What are your guilty food pleasures?
Doughnuts are probably my favorite guilty food pleasure.

Favorite restaurant in City South?
My favorite restaurant in the City South area is the Italo-Argentinian restaurant Martina. It was one of those restaurants that after my first visit I knew would be visiting often and I have been back there. They have great food, excellent cocktails and the service is top-notch.

Shawn Rodgers
Instagram: @shawnsrodgers