Meet Updater: Sandy Zhu, Product Designer

Meet Updater Product Designer, lifestyle podcaster, and carbohydrate enthusiast, Sandy Zhu. When Sandy’s not traversing (nearly) every state in America, he’s most likely concocting his perfect sandwich recipe. Read more about Sandy’s favorite Caprese sandwich and why he’s never helping his sister move again.

Where did you grow up?

San Diego and Philadelphia.

What are two personal tidbits about you?

  1. I’ve had the good fortune of having been to 48 states; only missing Montana and Alaska at this point.

  2. I co-host a lifestyle podcast called the Stone Cold Sober Podcast.

How many times have you moved?

Six times.

Do you have a moving horror story?

My sister needed help moving out of a four story walk-up. Stupidly, I agreed to help. On the day of her move, it was 108 degrees outside and I sweated my entire bodyweight helping her move everything in. On the day she moved out, it was down-pouring. I told her, respectfully, never again.  

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

“Find beauty in the process.” It’s not every day that we get to reach the mountaintop. Some days, you have to keep pounding; when no one is looking, keep giving it your all. You find beauty in that process, and before you know it you’ll be looking back down from that mountaintop.

What’s your favorite place you‘ve traveled?

Paris. Everything in Paris is bigger, shinier, and more buttery than I could have ever imagined. I ate my bodyweight in carbs and finally got to see all the sights I’d only ever seen in movies and magazines.

What’s your favorite book?

Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose.

What four things can you not live without?

Coffee, headphones, carbs, and my passport.

Lunch is on us! What’s your dream sandwich?

Oh, I got you, a caprese sandwich. Get me some ciabatta and slice that guy in half lengthwise (not vertically you monster). Next, put some thick slices of buffalo mozz down. Cut some thin slices of an heirloom tomato. Gently place some basil leaves down, let’s say eight leaves. Add salt, pepper, and a tablespoon of olive oil. Now, before you top it off with the bread, spread some pesto on that top slice.

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Right now, it’d probably be Chet Baker’s Deep in a Dream. Last time someone asked me this, it was Jay Rock’s Say Wassup ft. Ab-Soul, SchoolBoy Q, and Kendrick Lamar.