Welcome! My name is Rezel Kealoha! Yes, this place is named after me. Rezel is my first name and Kealoha is my middle name. I'm a Food Photographer, Stylist and Recipe Developer.
I was born in Hawaii (hence the Kealoha) to Filipino parents and have lived in the Philippines, Japan, Australia and Singapore. Now I live in the Bay Area of San Francisco California.
My Dad was in the US Navy but I was lucky enough to have a pretty stable childhood. He was stationed in Subic Bay for 8 years, so I got to spend all my elementary school years there. We finally had to move and I went to Middle and High School in Japan. My prom was in Tokyo! I know! Then he retired from the Navy and we moved to Sydney, Australia to be with my Mom's side of the family. Then I moved myself to Singapore to get away from everyone. Haha. That is the condensed version of my life story.
Here I focus on making doable Filipino recipes with ingredients you already have in your pantry. You will see some traditional recipes as well as recipes that have been flipped, or re-imagined in a different why while still sticking to the key flavors of the dish. My remixes of palabok and bibingka have been a hit.
Before I started the food thing I was a Director of Enterprise Business Solutions at Visa Inc. Yes! The credit card company. I spent 15 years there starting as an IT support person working my way up to the Global CTO office working on data analytics. I actually started working for them in Australia and then got moved to our office in Singapore and eventually to Headquarters in San Francisco. It was a great run, but when my daughter was born, I could not leave home. So my hobby of food photography on Instagram started a business where I create recipes for the most awesome food brands and for you! I also take photos of those recipes and love seeing them all over social media and on corporate brand sites.
Salamat (Thank you) for following along and if there is a recipe or story you want to see, let me know! You a send me an email at anytime at email@example.com. Also don't be a stranger on Instagram and Pinterest.
Friends and Partners
Here are some of the companies that I have had the pleasure of working with. You'll see some of them throughout the site supporting our recipes.
Simple Mills | VineBox | California Walnuts | Amy’s Kitchen
Anthropologie | Jord Watches | Corto Olive Oil | Mighty Tea
Vital Proteins | Health-ade | Jana Foods | WelleCo
Elements Truffles | One Hope Wine | Big Island Organics | Just Date Syrup
La Tourangelle | Paleo Hacks | Paleo Plan | Luvo Foods
Morton Salt | Aiya Matcha | Ottos Natural | Oodaalolly Chocolate
Lillet | Velvet Cocoa | Purely Drinks | Miss Jones Bakes
California Olive Oil Council | Pop & Bottle | Edible Eastbay | Taste Cooking
Renewal Mill | Harvey & Sons Tea | Jenni Kayne | Right Rice
The Feed Feed | Epicurious | Spread The Love Foods | Latitude Beverage
Valley Fig | PBS | jcoco | pepper.ph | Saragani Bay
nolisoli.ph | OZO Foods | Side Chef | Empress Gin
Red Boat Fish Sauce | FilliFlavors | Filla Mania | Magnolia
Sarap Now | Kasama Rum | Tanduay Rum | Auro Chocolate