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#WCW: LA's Guelaguetza Owner Talks Oaxacan Cuisine

Bricia Lopez learned to cook her famous mole recipe alongside her grandmother in Oaxaca. Today, the entrepreneur is a partner at Guelaguetza, one of Los Angeles' best restaurants, where the same recipe is served and sold by the bottle.

The well-known Mexican eatery, located in the heart of Koreatown, was opened in 1994 by her parents, who were immigrants from Mexico. The hotspot isn't only known for serving some of the city's best Oaxacan dishes, though. It's also a vibrant cultural location that features regular live music and a retail store where customers can purchase some of their food products. To longstanding fans of Guelaguetza, it's no surprise that the restaurant recently received The James Beard Award in the American Classics category.

Aside from owning and operating Guelaguetza, Lopez is pursuing dreams of her own: she is a judge at numerous food events; she is the founder of The Taste of Mexico Association; and she is a food blogger and recipe developer for her personal site, Mole & More. We spoke to this "Oaxacan Princess" about her upbringing, businesses and more. Read on to see why she's this week's #WomanCrushWednesday!

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