Monthly Archives: July 2021

Meet Chef Vallerie Castillo-Archer, Executive Chef of Yamashiro Hollywood

In today’s Meet The (818) Interview, I have the honor of chatting with Chef Vallerie Castillo-Archer, the first female Executive Chef at the iconic Japanese restaurant, Yamashiro Hollywood. Her grandfather, who owned a bakery in Chef Vallerie’s hometown in the Philippines, played an integral role in her love for food. And, yes, her culinary journey literally began when she was

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Brown.Baked Desserts: Inspired By Filipino Flavors

Jason Lustina, owner of the popular baking enterprise Brown Baked Desserts, just happened to fall into baking. “It wasn’t something that I thought would turn into a hobby or even business. I did the typical chocolate chip cookies, waffles, Rice Krispies treats. One day, a thought came into my head, ‘Could I incorporate traditional Filipino flavors into these desserts that

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Meet Naomi Johnson, San Fernando Valley Realtor and Creator of Live The Valley Life

San Fernando Valley Realtor Naomi Johnson is a valley girl at heart. As the creator of Live The Valley Life, a 818 lifestyle brand, she combines her two passions: helping her clients navigate today’s real estate market and sharing the 818 community she grew up in. “I’ve been a realtor for two years and I help families buy and sell

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