This Weekend in the (818): 09/24/21 through 09/26/21

Who’s ready for the weekend? I know I am! Check out what’s going on in the San Fernando Valley this weekend. Come out and support some or all of these amazing events! Friday, September 24: Trivia Night at Café Aficionado: Join Dustin Staats of Board Gaming with Education as he brings back the first Trivia

Guinness, anyone?

Valley landmark and home of many a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, Ireland’s 32 has been on the corner of Burbank Blvd. and Mammoth Ave., since 1967. For the past two decades, it’s been owned by the Kennedy family. Megan Wright is Ireland’s 32 current owner. The daughter of Irish immigrants, she grew up with Irish

Meet Tina Codinha, Master Chocolatier and Owner of Codinha Chocolates

On today’s Meet The (818) Interview, Tina Codinha, master chocolatier and owner of Codinha Chocolates talks about her unique journey into the world of chocolate and shares the three tenants behind it: passion, love, and dedication. She talks about completely changing her career plans, and moving to New York to study under renowned chocolate experts

This Weekend in the (818): 09/03/21 through 09/05/21

It’s a three-day weekend! Woohoo! If you’re having a low-key, staycation this weekend in the San Fernando Valley, check out this weekend’s event line up, starting this Friday night. Friday, September 3: Summer Nights Sidewalk Series at Café Aficionado: Get ready for another Sidewalk Series! Stop by Café Aficionado in Northridge from 5pm – 8:30pm,

The Valley Fest: The Beginning Of A New (818) Tradition

San Fernando Valley realtor and media influencer, Nestor Aguilar, known to many as The 818 Insider, wanted to bring something special to the San Fernando Valley by bringing together and showcasing local businesses in one huge event. After months of planning, preparation, sweat, and maybe some tears, his idea became a reality last Saturday, August

This Weekend in the (818): 8/27/21 through 8/29/21

Trying to figure out what to do this weekend? Well, you don’t have to drive far. This weekend, the San Fernando Valley is bursting with back-to-back events from one end of the (818) to another! You’ll have many opportunities to support local businesses as well as the community. Friday, August 27 Magnolia Park Night Out

A Tale Of Two Saigon Brothers

After a year and a half of waiting, brothers Tony and Kelvin Doan officially opened their second location of Saigon Brothers in Northridge on the corner of Nordhoff St. and Reseda Blvd, mere minutes away from their alma mater, Cal State Northridge. “We have the original location in Simi Valley, Bamboo Café.  This Saigon Brothers

Meet Jason Lustina and John Erick Pabalan, Co-Founders of So Cal Filipinos

In the middle of the pandemic, friends John Erick Pabalan and Jason Lustina set out to create a Facebook community group called So Cal Filipinos. Their goal was simple: to connect Filipinos/Filipino Americans in (or have connections to) Southern California through shared experiences. From June 2020 to present, this online community now consists of 25,000

The Paw-fect Treat for your Furry Friend

When Trixie Calapatia started Bear and Belle’s Bakery, the desire for a healthier lifestyle for her and her family was the goal and the motivation. Her family includes two furry friends, Mozart and Lucille. “I started to realize the ingredients found in the processed foods I had at home truly lacked real nutrition, even more

A Rock Garden For The Community

The Panorama City Rock Garden started in May 31, 2020 by Javier Mejia as a response to the piled up garbage in the area, a common issue in the Northeast Valley where some small spaces in neighborhoods are consistently used as dumping grounds. One day, Mr. Mejia decided to pick up the trash being dumped

Kickin’ It With Style

What do (818) locals Alexander Orozco (the Hood Foodie), Marie Salazar (owner of the 818 Pop Up Shop), Joel Gonzalez (Head Chef of Mariscos Corona), Nestor Aguilar (The 818 Insider) have in common? Apart from being from the San Fernando Valley, of course! Give up? Each of them own shoes specifically tailored to their brand.


Back in 2006 when the “Real Housewives of Orange County” was gaining popularity, one of my co-workers and I would joke around and say that they should include one for the San Fernando Valley. We envisioned ourselves traipsing around Ventura Blvd, going on shopping sprees, spas, and maybe having a mimosa or two at 10

Meet Dustin Staats, Owner Of Board Gaming With Education

It all started in October 2017. Dustin Staats and his friend Rich went on a podcast adventure called Board Gaming with English. Both friends were teachers: Dustin with a strong background in English Language education and Rich as the resident history and international education experience guru. The podcast shifted gears and started including subjects apart

Art Is In The Heart

Italian multi-media artist Milena Morati is the heart and the founder of CRE8, a start up multimedia platform designed by artist for artist.  In an interview with Voyage LA in November 2020, Milena shares her love for art and her journey as an artist for the past two decades: “Instead of pointing out what sets

It’s About The Writings On The Wall

Phil Leonard’s passion of murals started in 1992 while attending California State University, Northridge (CSUN), as a Psychology student.  “They were adding the wings to the Oviatt Library.  There were some graffiti artists that did graf art on the construction walls.  Fast forward to after the 1994 Northridge earthquake in 1994 and they were doing


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