Rank #1: Ginger Dimapasok Owner of Cafe 86
Karena sits down with Ginger Dimapasok the owner and founder of Cafe 86. They talk about the beginnings of Cafe 86, the growing Filipino Food movement, entreprenuership, and so much more.
Jun 03 2017
Rank #2: Chef Yana Gilbuena
This weeks episode comes at ya from the SPRIZZY, Palm SPRINGS. CHEF Yana Gilbuena and I soak up the sun as she outlines her journey from living her best life in the Philippines, to an abrupt, no so great existence in Los Angeles. Yana also describes the trauma that led her to NEW YORK and why a search for ARROZ CALDO was the catalyst for what she feels is her life’s purpose.
Apr 07 2018
Rank #3: Paul Montoya of Barkada Restaurant and Lounge
Paul Montoya of Barkada Restaurant and Lounge invites everyone to be part of his Barkada, why your Barkada is a good thing, reveals what is in a Filipino Trifecta, and shares what personality traits he believes you need to be an entrepreneur.
Jul 15 2017
Rank #4: Mary Grant, the Filipina
In this episode, we kick it with the multi-talented singer, song-writer and actress, Mary Grant, This military brat gets candid about the advantages and disadvantages of her Filipino American identity, the acting role that was made for her and how a video parody, connected Ms. Grant to the world.
Phlavor Profiles is up next.
Dec 04 2018
Rank #5: Barb Batiste, Owner of B Sweet Dessert Bar
networking that brought her Filipino flavors to the people and her dad’s words of wisdom when it came to running the business. Stay tuned because Flavor Profiles drops now!
Feb 09 2018
Rank #6: Michael Leelin, Leelin Bakery CFO
Feb 24 2018
Rank #7: Chef Isa Fabro
Our guest this week is pastry chef Isa Fabro. This Canadian born Filipina was really sick of school and just wanted to make money. It wasn’t until a health scare, that Isa had to reflect on the simple things that made her happy. Stay tuned Phlavor profiles is coming up next.
Apr 01 2018
Rank #8: Chef AC Boral, Rice and Shine
In this episode, Chef AC Boral and I meet up at Romeo Chocolates in Long Beach, CA. Born in Guam, raised in Oxnard, this “Cali” chef describes his search for identity, despite that colonial shit and the theatrics that go into a longanisa scotch egg. Phlavor Profiles is coming up next!
Mar 24 2018
Rank #9: Susie Quesada, President of "Ramar Foods" and Tita Fe of "She Don't Cook, She Just Eats"
Susie Quesada, President of Ramar Foods reminisces about growing up in her family's Filipino frozen food business and she tells us how she plans on helping to educate the next generation of Filipinos. Also, we talk to Karena's mom, Tita Fe, and they discuss the most popular Filipino words and how they relate to food, eating, and being Filipino.
Aug 05 2017
Rank #10: Chocolatier Tonet Tibay
Our show is written and produced by me Karena Apollonya Higgins and Amy Shuster. The shows are edited by Amy Shuster and tech support by Rodney Cajudo. Thank You to all of our guests and sponsors. Be sure to RATE, REVIEW and Subscribe.
Feb 02 2018
Rank #11: Executive Chef Anthony Sinsay of J.Six Restaurant
Feb 17 2018
Rank #12: Dr Ray Mangune of Gerry's Grill
He describes the journey from dentist to restaurateur and duplicating the authentic flavors of the Philippines.
Jun 10 2017
Rank #13: Romeo Garcia, Chocolatier
In this episode, we sit down with Romeo Garcia, Owner of Romeo Chocolates in Long Beach. We discuss how his passion for social justice plays a big role in his business and why the Philippines has so much to offer the global community. Phlavor Profiles is next.
Nov 27 2018
Rank #14: Rhea Rachelle Espino of Neri’s Curbside Cravings
Rhea Rachelle Espino of Neri's Curbside Cravings discusses her journey from the Philippines to San Francisco and finally, Los Angeles. Rhea chats about the twists and turns that lead to an overdue collaboration with her Tita Neri.
Jul 08 2017
Rank #15: Kristine De La Cruz, co-owner of Crème Caramel LA
Kristine De La Cruz, co-owner of Crème Caramel LA breaks down the process of creating a niche food business from a traditional Filipino dessert,
marketing this unique confection company and why it’s an exciting time to be Filipina.
Jun 17 2017
Rank #16: Ralph Degala, Cheftestant on Master Chef
In this episode, Trilipino Cook Ralph Degala, describes his global food journey. He tells Phlavor how he went from home cooking to representing Filipino food on Master Chef and why he’s so particular about pork fat. Phlavor Profiles is next.
Oct 16 2018
Rank #17: Lynne Tolentino, Chef De Cuisine at Superba Food and Bread
Chef Lynne Tolentino describes her journey from a surfing nurse to Chef De Cuisine at Superba Food and Bread and
how her grandparents love letters inspire her to cook.
Jun 24 2017
Rank #18: Ray Yaptinchay & Jay Tugas, Spoon & Pork LA
May 07 2019
Rank #19: Season 2, Episode 3 Teaser: Barb Batiste
Feb 07 2018
Rank #20: Season 2, Episode 9 Teaser: Chef Yana Gilbuena
This week our guest is Yana Gilbuena, the nomadic chef responsible for SALO SERIES, a Filipino inspired, eat with your hands only, community driven experience.
Apr 06 2018