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