Rank #1: 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.
Rank #2: Chef Ria Barbosa
In this episode, Chef Ria Barbosa and I meet up at FrankieLucy Bakeshop. She reminisces about the butter lyfe at “The Mansion” in Vegas, making awesome mistakes at “Sqrl” in Silverlake and the dumbing down dinuguan. Phlavor Profiles is up in your earhole now.
Rank #3: Chocolatier Tonet Tibay
This episode, Chocolatier Tonet Tibay reveals why her finance career wasn’t as fulfilling as she anticipated, and how reading the N.Y. Times helped her discover her passion, and we discuss her favorite Filipino flavors. 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.
Rank #4: Michael Leelin, Leelin Bakery CFO
In the episode I sit down with Michael Leelin, CFO of Leelin Bakery at their production facility in Santa Fe Springs. We chat about the legacy of Goldilocks, the successes and challenges of running a family business, and his pride and passion for Filipino food. Phlavor Profiles drops now.
Rank #5: 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.
Rank #6: Barb Batiste, Owner of B Sweet Dessert Bar
In this episode, Barb Batiste, owner of B Sweet Dessert Bar in Los Angeles has us all in our feelings. We chat about the key connections and 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!
Rank #7: 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 s**t and the theatrics that go into a longanisa scotch egg. Phlavor Profiles is coming up next!
Rank #8: Carissa Ortega, Owner Ninong's Cafe
In this episode, small business owner Carissa Solomon shares the story behind her family’s restaurant Ninong's Pastries and why, if she could turn back time, she’d make everyone smell her lunch. Phlavor Profiles is coming up next.
Rank #9: Maryanne Cabrera, Little Epicurean Blogger & Food Photographer
In this episode of Phalvor Profiles, Filipino Food On The Table: Blogette Maryanne Cabrera takes us to culinary school. She outliines her journey from aspiring attorney to sans rival baker, slash calamansi shaker and professional picture taker. Stay tuned. Phlavor Profiles is next.
Rank #10: 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.
Rank #11: Season 2, Episode 5 Teaser: Michael Leelin, CFO of Leelin Bakery
On our next episode of Flavor Profiles….. We interview Michael Leelin, CFO and COO (child of owner) of Leelin Bakery. He recounts the history of Goldilocks, the original family business, and his hopes for the next generation of pandesal eaters. Stay tuned you won’t want to miss it.
Rank #12: Season 2, Episode 7 Teaser: Chef AC Boral, Rice and Shine
On our next episode of Plavor Profiles… Chef AC Boral breakdowns the physical mishap that led him to the kitchen and motivated the creation of Rice and Shine, his Filipino inspired pop ups. Stay tuned you won’t want to miss it!
Rank #13: Jelynn Malone, Co-Owner Mostra Coffee
In this episode, Jelynn Malone, Co-Founder of Mostra Coffee in San Diego tells us how a family trip to the Philippines influenced her business today and why setting up a coffee cart for the people was not going to be enough for the demands of a growing customer base. Phlavor Profiles is next.
Rank #14: Randy Ramiro, Founder Infanta Lambanog
In This episode, It’s a BYOB get-together at Genever Cocktail Lounge in Historic Filipinotown. Infanta Lambanog founder Randy Ramiro is here for it. Find out how this young entrepreneur is bringing back an old school drink made in the Philippines. Stay Tuned.
Rank #15: 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. Stay Tuned.