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{COMADRES CORNER} Interview with Vanessa Nielsen, Founder of Sol Book Box

To kick off National Reading Month, I interviewed Vanessa Nielsen, founder of Sol Book Box, a children’s book subscription service en español that Amado and I absolutely love. I began following Vanessa’s trajectory and subscribing to her books about three years ago. Each month, we look forward to a beautifully wrapped hardcover book that never disappoints. 



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{COMADRES CORNER} Interview with Nicole Reyna, Founder of Voladores Vanilla and Flan and Apple Pie

This month I interviewed Nicole Reyna, recipe developer behind Flan and Apple Pie and founder of Voladores Vanilla, an online shop, “Preserving a Mexican Tradition: Vanilla from Veracruz.” Nicole and I have been Insta-amigas for years, but it wasn’t until the summer of 2018 that we made it official (met IRL) and actually met in Mexico City and let me tell you, she’s as sweet in person as all of the delicious treats she shares on her blog. I truly hope you enjoy reading this interview as much as I did conducting it!

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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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