Thanksgiving might be the most Oaxacan holiday in the U.S.; Guelaguetza, the name of the Lopez family's award-winning Los Angeles restaurant, is a Zapotec word meaning "to give and receive."
Gunmen fatally shot the mayor of a town in Oaxaca state as he walked to city hall. It was the latest in a year of killings of public officials.
Oaxacan restaurants are offering diners an alternative to the ubiquitous Coke by selling Zega-Cola, an artisanal soda made in small batches nearby. Its maker hopes that will translate into local jobs.
Oaxaca is the heart of mezcal country, where the pungent booze is made from the same plant as tequila by traditional distillers. As U.S. drinkers embrace mezcal, investors are flocking south.
The nutritious indigenous plant is part of a movement to revive native crops and cuisines — and a means of restoring the health and economy of Oaxaca, one of Mexico's poorest states.