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{COMADRES CORNER} Interview with Jessica Gonzalez, Millennial Beekeeper and Founder of Happy Organics

¡Hola! Today I’m excited to kick off the re-launch of Comadres Corner – a monthly series of interviews with inspiring entrepreneurs, artists, and creatives. I’ve met each one of these interviewees personally and trust me when I say that they all have such unique and interesting stories. ¡Espero que les gusten! Once you read their online interviews, join me in going out to support them in the real world!

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{COMADRES CORNER} Interview with Cocinera Oaxaqueña: Alma de Mi Tierra’s Nora Valencia

I have thoroughly enjoyed writing and sharing interviews that celebrate the women who inspire much of what I do for Lola’s Cocina. As I mentioned in my March interview with Reyna Mendoza, it is in this spirit of sharing that we can grow, bear fruit, and nourish the spirit of sisterhood here and throughout the world. Soon I’ll be traveling to Mexico and I look forward to reconnecting with some of my culinary mentors and bringing home new recipes for all of you. This month’s interview features Alma de mi Tierra’s Nora Valenica, who like me, inherited some tasty traditions from her abuelita.   Read More…

{COMADRES CORNER} Interview with Pia Aiko Tokiyama, Owner of Oaxaca’s La Betulia Bed and Breakfast

Pia Aiko Tokiyama | La Betulia | Oaxaca

This summer I had the pleasure of meeting Pia Tokiyamo, the owner and operator of La Betulia Bed and Breakfast in Oaxaca, Mexico. La Betulia is walking distance from Oaxaca’s Centro Histórico and features eight guest rooms and one two-bedroom serviced apartment. I stayed here with a group of food bloggers, chefs, and food aficionados during a week-long retreat with Eat.Drink.Cook.Mexico and am so happy to have discovered this little gem.
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Jesús Alvarado: From Field Worker to Farm Owner, the American Dream Realized


Jesús Alvarado, Fresalva Berry, LLC #CAStrawberries

On June 6 – 8, I had the unique opportunity to join the California Strawberry Commission for an educational retreat that provided insights into the labor-intensive strawberry industry. Nine other bloggers and I participated in engaging and tasty activities as we toured the heart of California’s agricultural industry and learned about the human hands that drive it. Read More…

{COMADRES CORNER} Interview with Latina Entrepreneur Elexia de la Parra

Hola Casa Artelexia

In February, one of my favorite gift shops in San Diego celebrated its six-year anniversary. Before moving from sunny San Diego to Colorado, I was fortunate to meet the founder and owner of Casa Artelexia, Mrs. Elexia de la Parra. Her shop specializes in handcrafted Mexican gifts, art, and home décor – some of my favorite things, all under one roof!
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