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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 a.m.—because you know it’s 5

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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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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, Claudia developed PTSD. Several attempts

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