Cafe 86 Sets Up Shop In Northridge

 Ube, where? Ube-r there…(lip pointing optional). Maybe that was funnier in my head than in actual print. But, if you are a HUGE fan of UBE (sweet yam), then maybe it wasn’t too over the top? In mid-June, Café 86, a popular Filipino owned café known for its Ube treats and drinks, opene its new

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

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

A Collector’s Haven in the Heart of the Valley

If you walk into Plaza Del Valle, right next to the playground, you will find the newest collectible store in Panarama City, the Flipz Collectibles. Owned by 818 local, Jonathan Mendez, the shop opened about four months ago and boasts of an extensive collection of Funko! Pops, anime posters, as well as Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh!

My Valley Pass’ Top 5 Places To Visit In The (818)

My Valley Pass, the San Fernando Valley’s #1 Visitors’ Guide, shares with us their top five destinations in the San Fernando Valley.  The My Valley Pass team, led by Oscar Urrutia, strives to make the San Fernando Valley a destination spot through organizing various events such as Movies On Location, and tours like The San

Meet Claudia Chaverra, Owner of Your CBD Store Northridge

In today’s Meet The (818) Interview, I chat with Claudia Chaverra, owner of Your CBD Store Northridge. She was featured in the #818bossbabes series last March because of how she turned a life-altering tragedy into her motivation to help her community. In 2017, after surviving the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting in Las Vegas,


Coach Cat, owner and CEO of Cat’s Club Fitness in Sherman Oaks, is no stranger to adversity. Being honorably discharged from the US Army in the late 90s was a devastating blow to what she thought was her destiny. Despite this tragedy, she found a way to survive and carve a new path for herself.


Meet the EXA Band, one of the best live music bands in the 818!  The band was brought together in March 2014 by Ricky Molina, an 818 local who’s played and toured with multiple bands in the Los Angeles Area.  Seven years later, the EXA band is still playing around the San Fernando Valley. “Everything


Longtime friends and former roommates, Jonathan Andrade and Derek Lee Ramsey, are the co-creators of Brews with Masters, a YouTube channel featuring local breweries in and around the San Fernando Valley.  While writing as a sports journalist for The Acorn Newspapers, a weekly newspaper in Ventura County, the idea of creating a craft beer channel

Meet Jojo Aguilar, Art Director of Trese

Jojo Aguilar is a Production Designer, Art Director, and Concept Designer who has worked in the entertainment industry for close to 30 years. He started right out of high school at Hana- Barbera at 1988 as a character designer. Feeling he needed more formal education, he left to the Philippines to study Commercial Arts at


Compiled by Jonathan Andrade and Derek Lee Ramsey, co-creators of Brews With Masters. Father’s Day is upon us! Celebrate with pints in hand. With everything fully re-opened, local craft beer fans can flock to the tasting rooms of the microbreweries in the (818), where they’re churning out some of the best brews in all of

From Chef To Baker: Meet Cookies By Joe

Sometimes, you make plans and life has a way of putting you on a different path.  The origins of Cookies by Joe is a testament to that. Joana Turcios, owner of Cookies by Joe, didn’t start baking cookies off the bat(ter). She went to culinary school with the hopes of becoming a chef but soon

Meet Johnny Brillantes, Founder of Pisano Pictures

Today’s Meet The (818) interview highlights photographer, filmmaker, Burbank kid, and founder of Pisano Pictures, Johnny Brillantes. Recently featured in Voyage LA, this San Fernando Valley local uses his unique brand of humor and perspective to create films and recreate movie/tv scenes with a twist. His Quarantine Scene series, created during the pandemic, bring not


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