“With a last name like Birkenstock, it was really natural for me to start talking about shoes and fashion,” jokes Kara Birkenstock.
And while you may initially think of the popular German footwear label when you hear her surname, at the rate Kara’s going, it’s only a matter of time before the name will bring to mind the talented and beautiful host of Lifestyle Network’s Style Bites. This daily series, which premiered April of this year, satisfies viewers’ cravings for the two things Kara loves most: fashion and food.
Kara began her love affair with fashion at the age of 15 when she began to model. ”I used to do gymnastics competitively,” Kara recalls. “When I got too tall — I had a big growth spurt when I was 14 — I had to quit gymnastics. So I started to model and I realized my height worked for me.”
The Thai-Filipino American model’s love for food goes back even further. “The Thai side of my family has always been in the restaurant business. My grandma had one of those street carts, and my aunt and mom now have a Thai restaurant in the Bay area.”
So when Lifestyle Network, the newest channel launched by Filipino media group ABS-CBN International, approached Kara and asked her to come up with a concept for a new show, she already had the answer.
“It was a whirlwind experience,” laughs Kara. “They approached me in December and by January we were in production and had 24 features to shoot. It was all airing by March 30th!”
Style Bites features the best of fashion and food in four segments. In “Glam Guide,” Kara shows us some of the biggest fashion trends and red carpet secrets. “Designer Dish” gives us the first look at new and hot designers. “Taste of the Town” features a restaurant or food spot of Kara’s choice, and “Cook Like a Chef” takes us into the kitchens of renown chefs who gladly show us how to make famous dishes.
And above all else, Style Bites gives audiences a chance to watch Kara do what she loves while talking about what she loves.
“I love hosting,” gushes Kara. “This particular experience with Style Bites is like a dream come true. It’s the perfect combination.”
Check out this perfect combination for yoursel.! Style Bites airs daily with new episodes premiering weekly on the Lifestyle Network. For more information, click here.
“Lifestyle Network is the newest channel launched by ABS-CBN International which was created almost 20 years ago to be of service to all Filipinos. With the launch of its flagship product, The Filipino Channel (TFC), the company became the first and most successful Filipino content distribution company in the U.S. The company offers telecommunication, retail, theatricals, money remittance and cargo services, online audio and video streaming, IPTV, On Demand, along with philanthropic support for Filipinos and the communities they now call home. Based in Redwood City, CA, ABS-CBN International is a subsidiary of ABS-CBN Corporation, the Philippines’ largest entertainment and broadcasting company, through ABS-CBN Corporation’s wholly-owned subsidiary, ABS-CBN Global Hungary Kft. For more information, visit www.tfc-usa.com.”