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Guelaguetza's Bricia Lopez on the 'overwhelming happiness' of a James Beard award
Guelaguetza's Bricia Lopez on the 'overwhelming happiness' of a James Beard award

It’s hard for Bricia Lopez to keep from choking up when she talks about Guelaguetza, her family’s landmark Oaxacan restaurant in Koreatown, being selected as one of the James Beard Foundation’s America's Classics this year. “I knew about this early on, but I couldn’t say anything, but I’m finally able to tell people, and I’ve been calling and talking and crying all morning,” Lopez says. “It’s just an overwhelming feeling of happiness. My dad has worked so hard. I’m starting to cry again right now. I feel very honored, but it’s really joy for my dad. He retired a couple of years ago, but his dream...

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