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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 Ariadna Vásquez, Co-Founder of Oaxaca’s Central de Diseño and Almacén Mexicano

Ariadna Vásquez is as unique as her name and it is only fitting that she is from one of Mexico’s cultural jewels, as she is a gem herself. I had the pleasure of meeting Ari in 2012 while conducting my graduate research in Oaxaca. As fate would have it, our paths crossed and we connected immediately. We both love Mexican culture and food and enjoy chatting about all of our crazy business ideas. Read More…

{COMADRES CORNER} Interview with La Reyna del Sur: El Sabor Zapoteco’s Reyna Mendoza Ruiz

As the world celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8, I reflected upon the women from various walks of life who have had a positive impact on who I am today. This inspired me to develop a blog series highlighting some of these women and give you a taste of what they bring to the table. It is in this spirit of sharing that we can grow, bear fruit, and nourish the spirit of sisterhood here and throughout the world. 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…