The pandemic was a rude awakening for many people. It was a period where everything changed: work, social interactions, and more.
But if there was a silver lining, it was also a period that pushed more people to pursue their goals and passions.
For Natasha Acuba, it was the moment she finally honed in on to make her dreams a reality.
Working in retail for the past 12 years, the pandemic made Acuba realize just how volatile and important time is, especially as she watched case numbers and hospitalizations rise. “The year 2020 really made me realize life is short and, if I’m going to be waking up everyday to do something, I want it to be something I’m proud of and call my own,” she says.
It’s why, after years of contemplation, she turned her dream into reality by opening Manila Kitchen with her mother during the 2020 holiday season. The new business would highlight her cultural roots through food.
“I started having conversations with mom and we were brainstorming what products we could come up with. We knew it was going to be food, and the idea struck that it should be something that the Vancouver/BC community has never had,” she says. “This where our Adodo Flakes came about and my vision for the packaging and the branding adds that homemade artisan gourmet feel to it.”