56 episodes

Welcome to Phlavor Profiles, a conversation about the Filipino American experience through food.

I’m Karena Apollonya Higgins, small biz owner, culture enthusiast and your host. I chat it up with some of the most established, innovative and inspiring people in food. We discover the who, what, where and why of their Filipino American story.

Phlavor Profiles Pig Parts and Beer

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9, 101 Ratings

Welcome to Phlavor Profiles, a conversation about the Filipino American experience through food.

I’m Karena Apollonya Higgins, small biz owner, culture enthusiast and your host. I chat it up with some of the most established, innovative and inspiring people in food. We discover the who, what, where and why of their Filipino American story.

    Desiree Frederickson, Keto Ass Bih

    Desiree Frederickson, Keto Ass Bih

    This week we sit down with Desiree Frederickson, aka Keto Ass Bih! Mrs. Bih tells Phlavor about her journey to get her mind and body right on the gram and “In Real Life". This fly Pinay keeps it 100 about being a wife, mom and lover of Filipino food.

    • 46 min
    Lem Balagot, LA Rose

    Lem Balagot, LA Rose

    This week Phlavor sits down with restaurateur Lem Balagot. Lem chats with host Karena Higgins about his time at the historic Manila Hotel, how he changed the food game at Philippine Airlines and why he opened LA Rose, a Filipino restaurant, in the middle of Hollywood California. 

    • 1 hr
    Aileen Suzara, The Sariwa Kitchen

    Aileen Suzara, The Sariwa Kitchen

    Phlavor Profiles sits down with Chef Educator Aileen Suzara. The Sariwa Kitchen creator tells host, Karena Higgins, about her journey as an Environmentalist to teacher and why re-branding her pop up made a huge difference in the “legitimacy” of her pop-ups.  

    • 39 min
    JR Martin, Tatang

    JR Martin, Tatang

    In this week’s episode, Phlavor Profiles host Karena Apollony Ebora Higgins sits with JR Martin, owner of Tatang. They chat about his global search for his identity, his reluctance to cook Filipino food and who helped bring him full circle. 

    • 42 min
    Freya Estreller, Co-Founder of Cool Haus

    Freya Estreller, Co-Founder of Cool Haus

    This episode features Cool Haus Co-Founder Freya Estreller. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Freya and Karena meet up in Koreatown to discuss life growing up in Los Angeles, the “F” truck and the skills needed to be an Entrepinay. 
     

    • 40 min
    Rezel Kealoha, Food Stylist/Photographer/Recipe Developer

    Rezel Kealoha, Food Stylist/Photographer/Recipe Developer

    On this episode Phlavor Profiles visits Food photographer, Rezel Kealoha, at her home in Walnut Creek, CA.
    They discuss her job, her travels as a Server Tech for Visa Credit Card company, pregnancy health, sweaty selfies on Instagram and a recipe for refined Halo Halo. 
     

     
     

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

Tiff Apps ,

A refreshing podcast through the eyes of Filipino-Americans

This podcast is so relatable growing up Filipino-American. I’m happy I found it because there are a lot of things discussed here that I’ve felt or experienced and never heard discussed outside my family/friend circle. I’ve discovered restaurants and cafes through this that I never would have found by myself too.

mmgadia ,

Great topics!

So glad to have discovered this podcast, keep the culture alive ☀️❤️

Tiko42 ,

Celebration of Filipino food and entrepreneurs

Love this podcast as it highlights those who help bring Filipino food to the mainstream. Great podcast for me to add Filipino restaurants to my list to try and to relate with stories being/growing up Filipino. Keep doing what you're doing!

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