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Guelaguetza, One Of LA’s Most Iconic Mexican Restaurants, Is Sharing Some Of Their Recipes On Instagram

So many companies are sharing their longheld secret recipes. Disney wants you to make their churros from home while Waffle House is showing us how to make their waffles. In Los Angeles, the iconic and important Guelaguetza is giving people a chance to recreate some Oaxacan classics in their own kitchens.

Guelaguetza has been serving Oaxacan food to Los Angeles since the 1990s.

Guelaguetza was one of the restaurants that famed LA food critic Jonathan Gold reviewed and put on the LA food map. Bricia Lopez, one of the children of the original restaurant owners, has kept the business running with her siblings. Now, they aren’t just running the restaurant. The family has diversified the company to bring the best tastes of Oaxaca right to your kitchen.

Recently, Bricia Lopez and Javier Cabral released “Oaxaca,” a cookbook celebrating the regionally specific dishes.

The cookbook was released in 2019 and gives homecooks a chance to create everything from Oaxacan Adobo to Frijol Blanco con Bacalao Capeado to Chiles Rellenos de Picadillo. Lopez’s family moved to Los Angeles from Oaxaca and her father was the one who decided to open a restaurant that offered Oaxacan food, not general Mexican food. Decades later, the restaurant is a James Beard-award winning institution of Los Angeles.

With so many people at home because of COVID-19, Lopez is sharing recipes from Guelaguetza and the cookbook.

Food is one of the most important things when it comes to cultural representation and identity. There is something transcendent about digging into your favorite dish that you abuela made you all the time growing up. Some foods do far more than nourish your body. They feed the soul and highlight your cultural awareness and pride.

You can learn how to make some Rojo Chicken Nachos.

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@bricialopez uploaded this video on her feed a couple of weeks ago and it has become our most replicated mole recipe yet! ⠀ ⠀ If you haven’t ordered your Mole yet, remember we ship ALL OVER THE COUNTRY! 📦 Simple visit : STORE.ILOVEMOLE.COM. ⠀ ⠀ We offer free shipping in orders over $50 ✈️ ⠀ ⠀ FULL RECIPE 👇🏽 :⠀ ⠀ INGREDIENTS:⁣⠀ 1 tsp vegetable oil ⁣⠀ ¼ cup diced onion⁣⠀ 1 tsp cumin⁣⠀ One 14 1/2-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained ⁣⠀ 2 tablespoons mole paste⁣⠀ ¼ cup chicken broth⁣⠀ ½ teaspoon garlic flakes⁣⠀ Pinch salt⁣⠀ 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded⁣⠀ 1 large bag salted tortilla chips, about 14 oz⁣⠀ 24 ounces shredded cheese ⁣⠀ ¾ cup pico de gallo (homemade or store bought)⁣⠀ 1/4 cup Mexican crema⁣⠀ 1 or 2 ripe avocados, cubed⁣ ⠀ ⁣⠀ INSTRUCTIONS:⁣⠀ 1️⃣Preheat oven to 325° F.⁣⠀ Heat a pan over medium heat and heat oil. Saute onions and cumin for 5 minutes until fragrant and translucent. ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ 2️⃣Add beans. Stir for 5 more minutes and add vegetable broth, garlic flakes and mole paste. Stir mole paste until it’s fully dissolved. ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ 3️⃣Add shredded chicken and stir to combine. Remove from flames. ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ 4️⃣On a medium baking pan with a high lip (or another oven-proof casserole dish), spread out a serious layer of tortilla chips. Next, evenly spread half of the chicken and beans mixture over the chips, and then half of the cheese. ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ 5️⃣Repeat with another layer of chips, the rest of the chicken and beans, and then the remaining cheese.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ 6️⃣Bake nachos in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until both layers of cheese are melted.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ 7️⃣Remove nachos from oven and sprinkle with pico de gallo and cubed avocado.⁣⠀ You can also serve it with a side of guacamole.⁣⠀

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The recipe uses some of Guelaguetza’s mole, which you can purchase online from the restaurant’s store. This is also a nice chance for people to really give their kitchen some love and attention. Who hasn’t wanted to find a new recipe to learn during this time? Nachos are always a crowd-pleaser and surely these will be a hit with you and anyone you are currently isolating with.

Lopez also shows us how to make some delicious Mole Enchiladas.

There is so much you can do with mole and Lopez wants to show everyone what a little mole can do. Everyone is trying to find ways to save their money and make their food last. One tip Lopez offered in a recipe is that you can save the leftovers of any mole meat you make to create chilaquiles the next morning for breakfast.

Guelaguetza has done more than offer recipes. They have stood with their employees.

The family has made sure that the people who make Guelaguetza the food destination that is are being taken care of at this time. This means that La Guelguetza’s family has delivered grocery kits and has stayed open for curbside pick up fo family meals to give their employees a source of income while mortgages and rents are still due.

If you live in the LA area and want to order some food from Guelaguetza, they are offering curbside family meal pick up Thursday to Sunday.

Supporting your local businesses is one way you can help to keep your local economy going during this unprecedented shutdown. We are all in this together and we will make it through this time.

READ: This Is How This Mexican Mom From Oaxaca Is Running Successful Mole And Michelada Businesses

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Mexico’s AMLO Wants To Launch New Social Media Network For Mexicans After Twitter Banned Trump

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Mexico’s AMLO Wants To Launch New Social Media Network For Mexicans After Twitter Banned Trump

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Love him or hate him, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has long called himself the voice of the people – and many Mexicans agree with him. That’s why his latest announcement against social media companies has many so worried.

In the wake of Twitter and Facebook’s (along with many other social media platforms) announcement that they would be restricting or banning Donald Trump from their platforms, the Mexican president expressed his contempt for the decisions. And his intention to create a Mexican social network that won’t be held to the standards from Silicon Valley.

Mexico’s AMLO moves to create a social media network for Mexicans outside of Silicon Valley’s control.

A week after his United States counterpart was kicked off Facebook and Twitter, President López Obrador floated the idea of creating a national social media network to avoid the possibility of Mexicans being censored.

Speaking at his daily news conference, AMLO instructed the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) and other government departments to look at the possibility of creating a state-owned social media site that would guarantee freedom of speech in Mexico.

“We care about freedom a lot, it’s an issue that’s going to be addressed by us,” he told reporters. He also added that Facebook and Twitter have become “global institutions of censorship,” sounding a lot like the alt-right terrorists that stormed the U.S. Capitol.

“To guarantee freedom, for freedom, so there’s no censorship in Mexico. We want a country without censorship. Mexico must be a country of freedom. This is a commitment we have,” he told reporters.

AMLO deeply criticized the moves by Twitter and Facebook to ban Trump from their platforms.

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AMLO – like Trump – is an avid user of social media to connect with his constituents. He’s also been known to spread falsehoods and boast about his achievements on the platforms – sound familiar?

So, it came as little surprise when he tore into social media companies for ‘censoring’ Donald Trump, saying that they have turned into “global institutions of censorship” and are carrying out a “holy inquisition.”

Nobody has the right to silence citizens even if their views are unpopular, López Obrador said. Even if the words used by Trump provoked a violent attack against his own government.

“Since they took these decisions [to suspend Trump], the Statue of Liberty has been turning green with anger because it doesn’t want to become an empty symbol,” he quipped.

So what could a Mexican social media network be called?

The president’s proposal to create a national social media network triggered chatter about what such a site would or should be called. One Twitter user suggested Facemex or Twitmex, apparently taking his inspiration from the state oil company Pemex.

The newspaper Milenio came up with three alternative names and logos for uniquely Mexican sites, suggesting that a Mexican version of Facebook could be called Facebookóatl (inspired by the Aztec feathered-serpent god Quetzalcóatl), Twitter could become Twitterlopochtli (a riff on the name of Aztec war, sun and human deity Huitzilopochtli) and Instagram could become Instagratlán (tlán, which in the Náhuatl language means place near an abundance of something – deer, for example, in the case of Mazatlán – is a common suffix in Mexican place names.)

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At 78-Years-Old, This Oaxacan Woman Learned To Read And Write And Even Authored An Award-Winning New Book

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At 78-Years-Old, This Oaxacan Woman Learned To Read And Write And Even Authored An Award-Winning New Book

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It’s never too late to follow your dreams. It may sound cliche but one Indigenous woman from the Mexican state of Oaxaca is showing just how true that sentiment really is.

Although growing up knowing how to speak her native language of Náhuatl, she was never able to read or write it – let alone Spanish. Now after years of studying and being too embarrassed to attend classes, this 78-year-old woman can say that she achieved her dream and is now an award-winning author.

Despite being illiterate for years, Justina Rojas has finally finished primary school.

Justina Rojas Flores, a resident of the Oaxacan community of San Miguel Espejo, learned to read and write at 76. She remembers that at first she was embarrassed to attend her classes, but with the support of her teachers sh was motivated to learn the alphabet and words and communication.

In fact, she became so motivated that she’s recently authored a handmade book that earned her a national award. She recently told El Sol de Puebla, that “I was already cracking under pressure because I was cheating a lot, but the teachers told me ‘yes you can, Justina’, so I continued taking classes and it was thanks to them that I learned. After two years, I wrote La Mazorca, which is dedicated to the community of San Miguel Espejo.”

In her Indigenous language of Náhuatl, Rojas shared the history of La Mazorca, which emphasizes the value of appreciating all things – especially that which the land gives us.

“I beg you, if you see me lying on the ground, pick me up, don’t step on me. Just as you take care of me, I will take care of you,” is part of the story in the book that was awarded in 2019 by the State Institute for Adult Education (IEEA), an achievement with which Rojas feels accomplished, and with which motivates other people to enter the competition.

Rojas is proving that it’s never too late to learn something new.

Now, at 78-years-old, Rojas is able to celebrate her achievements. Though she admits that many in her community continue to doubt her real motivation. It’s common to hear people ask ‘Why do I learn if I’m old?’, ‘What use is it going to do?’, and ‘I’m on my way out so it doesn’t matter.’

But many of the people who ask these questions are the same people who don’t have the same opportunities, since they can’t read or write. According to figures from the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (Coneval) in Rojas’ community, there are around 2,267 inhabitants, and the majority are living in poverty, a factor that significantly influences educational access. Many, from a very young age, leave school to work to support their families and take jobs working in the fields or construction.

Finally, Rojas wants everyone to know that they should not limit themselves and to embrace knowledge regardless of age. “If you don’t know how to read and write, or if you know someone like that, I invite you to go where they teach, so that those who know more can share their knowledge with us.”

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