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Lola's Kusina Presents: Merienda (Halo-Halo Workshop)
Presented By Lola's Kusina
Sunday, October 21st at 2:00pm PST
Online sale ends: 10/21/18 at 12:00pm PST
The Gray Cafe
13104 Palm Dr
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
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Lola's Kusina

​Join Michelle Castillo, artist, writer, educator, community organizer, founder of Wyld Womxn and the owner/chef behind Lola's Kusina, a local Filipino pop-up eatery for Merienda, a Halo-Halo workshop! 

The Merienda workshop will be kicking off Lola's Kusina 3-part pop-up series.

Merienda is time to take a break, rest, and have a snack. Merienda time is a big part of the Filpino culture and many other cultures. Merienda also means a light meal or snack in between meals. Merienda time is best when shared with family and friends! 

Halo-halo, literally means ‘mix-mix’, a popular dessert and merienda treat. Halo-halo is traditionally made up of an assortment of ingredients from a mix of sweet beans, fresh fruit, toasted rice, shaved ice, drizzled with milk, topped with a slice of flan and ube halaya all coming together in a symphony of flavors! 


At the workshop, we will create a vegan version of halo-halo, a beloved Filipino classic dessert with a modern spin! The workshop has 15 spots available and tickets can be purchased in the link in my bio. Thank you Gray Cafe for uplifting brown-owned small businesses and welcoming Lola's Kusina into your space! 

Workshop Details

Sunday, October 21
2:00 PM

Happening at:
The Gray Cafe
13104 Palm Dr
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240

Lola: Tagalog word for grandmother 
Kusina: The word for kitchen in Tagalog


The name for Lola’s Kusina was inspired by eating lunch with her family every Saturday at Lola and Lolo’s house in the desert. Saturdays at Lola’s was a way for the different generations in her family to connect and pass down stories. Lola’s Kusina shares the many flavors and spices of the Filipino culture and believes in the magic that happens when people get together.

How We Started:

When Michelle was living in the city, she started to host pop-up dinner parties for her fellow artist friends in her tiny Oakland studio apartment. Her friend Natasha encouraged her to start a Filipino pop-up eatery and first sold bibingka (Filipino coconut rice cakes) at Halmoni Vintage a vintage boutique and art performance space. Since then Lola’s Kusina has been at the Oakland Art Murmur, art galleries, parties, Whole Foods, and throws workshops and pop-up dinners! One day, she hopes to open a brick and mortar Filipino restaurant.

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Not outside food and drink is allowed.

Presented By

2:00pm to 4:00pm
Doors open at 1:45pm

General Admission: $15.00


The Gray Cafe<br> 13104 Palm Dr<br> Desert Hot Springs, 92240

(760) 333-4810