Shift Drink: Dylan + Jeni

What two of L.A.’s top food photographers drink when the shoot is over

Welcome to Shift Drink, where we take a peek into the post-shift drinking habits of LA’s finest food and drink personalities.

Dylan Ho and Jeni Afuso, the husband and wife duo behind DYLAN + JENI, have an enviable gastronomic schedule. The professional photographers and travelers shoot some of L.A.’s (and the country’s) best restaurants and bars for publications like GQ, Travel + Leisure and Bon Appetit. Dylan and Jeni spend their days and evenings with Michelin-starred chefs and cocktail wizards, shooting artful plates of food and perfectly poured drinks, but read on to find out what they sip on to unwind once the cameras are off.

What’s your shift drink?

JA: I like something rum-based and shaken so I can forget about work and pretend I’m on vacation.

DH: There’s nothing like punching out the time card with a Rye Old-Fashioned.

On your recent work trip to Portland, where did you most enjoy grabbing a drink and a bite after a shoot?

JA: We were fortunate enough to find an Airbnb right across the street from Expatriate, Kyle Webster & wife Naomi Pomeroy’s bar in Northeast Portland’s Concordia neighborhood. Expatriate became our daily watering hole after shooting. I loved Kyle’s Royal Hawaiian (made with Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength Gin, Fresh Lemon & Orange, Pineapple Gomme Surup, Fresh Orgeat, Angostura Bitters). Dylan loved their No. 8 (Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac, George Dickel Rye, Dolin Génépy des Alpes, Cocchi di Turino Sweet Vermouth, Regan’s No. 6 Orange Bitters). We also loved their drinking snacks like the James Beard Onion & Butter Sandwich and Chinese sausage corn dogs.