Ria Dolly Barbosa


Have you ever eaten an incredible meal in Los Angeles? If so, it’s very possible that Ria Dolly Barbosa prepared it for you. From the beginning of Sqirl to Wild at Canele to Go Get Em Tiger, Ria was recently named one of LA’s most promising young chefs.

Along the way, Ria has continued to add more of her Filipino heritage to her cooking. Her tocino cured bacon is the best we’ve ever had.  When you eat Ria’s food, it doesn’t stop at taste, she knows a dish is ready to be served when it evokes a memory. If she isn’t finding your nostalgia, she’s aiming to create a new memory by pairing flavors that don’t usually hang out together. |  @riadolly4



We asked Ria to choose a word that ends with -ity that best represents her.

I work with my hands! They are involved in almost everything I do.




We wanted to know what goodies Ria carried with her.

  • Reg and perforated Gray Kunz spoons
  • Rösle fine tongs
  • Sharpie
  • Pilot Kakuno Fountain pen
  • Muji travel scissors
  • Blue tape
  • Fermented shrimp paste (bagoong)
  • Fish sauce
  • Tamari
  • Filipino cane vinegar
  • Android charger
  • Moleskine notebook
  • Tenugui (Japanese towel/headband)
  • Zyrtec
  • EmergenC
  • Eyeliner
  • Samsung S5



illustrations/motion by @merylrowin