In May of 2006, school teachers in Oaxaca City staged a protest to demand higher wages. What was originally a peaceful demonstration soon turned into a 6 month nightmare for businesses, tourism and the many people who made their living in the service industry of this United National World Heritage City.
One of the businesses that was lost that year was a small restaurant named El Naranjo. Located in the city center, El Naranjo owner and Chef Iliana de la Vega had a great reputation. The restaurant was a regular stop for foodies and locals alike but was unable to survive a protest that effectively shut down an entire city.
I know, because I was there, negotiating with pipe wielding protestors and the folks that were burning busses for the right to walk in the city.
And recently I was there in Austin, Texas at the newest incarnation of El…
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