Category Archives: Meet The (818) Chats

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 Jacques Torres and Melissa Coppel.

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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 members and is still growing.

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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 from English, paving the way

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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 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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