Sorteo Tuesday – Día de Los Muertos {GIVEAWAY}

día de los muertos apron

Happy Sorteo Tuesday! Why is it happy? Because sorteo means giveaway en Español!

Día de Los Muertos is coming up next week and I’ve been cooking up a storm to get ready! You can expect to see a recipe posted later this week to help you prepare for the holiday.

If you’re not familiar with Día de Los Muertos, check out SpanglishBaby each day this week for new and interesting posts – they’ve got a whole category on the subject to educate yourself along with fun ideas on how to celebrate with your escuincles (a funny slang term for ‘kids’ that José’s abuelita Ana likes to use). You can read more about the holiday here on Friday alongside a special recipe post, so don’t forget to come back or subscribe via email to get recipes and stories delivered directly to your inbox so you don’t miss it!

I’m a big fan of all things Día de Los Muertos and when I found this fabric with miniature sugar skulls on it, I knew I had to have it. At the cooking demo I did in Miami making albóndigas, I wore a special apron made of this very fabric that my friend Lisa made for me for an extra serving of buena suerte. She was kind enough to ship the apron to me at the hotel I was staying at so that I’d receive it in time to wear for my demo, and it was a huge hit with the audience – in fact, the apron got almost as many compliments as the albóndigas!


los detalles: the ruffled trim and the pleated pocket

The apron you have the chance to win is made with the very unique mini calaveras fabric by Alexander Henry with an adorable floral ruffle trim and a beautiful little pleated pocket, perfect for storing little kitchen tools or a few ingredients you need to keep close at hand. I purchased the fabric with my own money and Lisa donated her time and creative sewing services. I love my apron so much and wear it all the time in the Tortilla Test Kitchen, so I can’t wait to share one with you!

Please visit Lisa’s blog, Sabor a Cajeta for great tips on sewing, cooking and other topics as well as her Etsy store where you can purchase Lisa’s original designs. She also does custom orders, so tell her The Other Side of The Tortilla sent you!

the back of the apron with the adjustable tie closure


To enter to win this beautiful handmade apron please tell me in the comments why you love Día de Los Muertos and how you celebrate the holiday. That’s all you have to do!

If you want to increase your chances of winning, see the directions below on how you can get additional entries (only after you’ve completed the step above):

photos from the Kenmore cooking demo in Miami by official Blogalicious photographer, Carol Cain at

**Please leave a separate comment for each so I can count them properly.**

1. Subscribe to The Tortilla feed via email and leave an extra comment letting me know you did so or that you’re already a subscriber. Make sure to leave the comment using the same email you subscribed with.

2. Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway including a link to the post & mentioning @MauraHernandez. Copy the link to the tweet in an additional comment on the giveaway’s post.

3. Become a fan of The Other Side of The Tortilla on Facebook and post a status update that tags the fan page and links to the giveaway. Be sure to come back here to let me know you posted it on Facebook!

This giveaway ends Sunday, October 31 at midnight EST and you must have a valid U.S. mailing address to enter. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, November 2.

FINE PRINT: Entries or comments that do not follow the submission guidelines will be automatically deleted. The winner will be chosen by tallying up all the entries and then using to generate a random number. You may only enter once per entry method. Winner must leave a valid email address on their entry and will be notified via email with 48 hours to respond with a valid mailing address and contact info. If there is no response, winner will be disqualified and another winner will be chosen at random. Void where prohibited.
LIKE THE DETAILED PHOTOS OF THE APRON? They were taken using the new Samsung ST600 camera, courtesy of Sears Electronics. I received a sample of the product for testing but all opinions about the product are my own and not influenced by the company from which I received the product. The detailed shots were taken using the macro setting on the camera (which I love and plan to use often) and the regular view taken with the auto-smart function. I’m so pleased with the product, I’m happy to introduce it in the regular rotation to serve my photo needs while cooking and traveling.



  1. says

    I’m not Mexican, I’m Venezuelan. But I’ve been to Mexico about 10 times now, all over the country. I teach in Puebla twice a year, and I try to make the classes to happen while there is a special celebration. Independence Day in Zócalo Puebla turns into both an exemplary demonstration of what is to love one’s country and a street food fair made in heaven.

    Día de los Muertos is quieter, though. I love that difference between two of the most important celebrations in Mexico. Like Pan de Muerto, things are on the ethereal side, bright with yellows and oranges, greens and reds, textures and objects and adding quirkiness by having decorated skulls all over. What could be a scary, sad happening, turns into a celebration of life through color, food and spirituality. Remembering with a heart full of love and generosity is admirable and soothing. What’s not to like about it?

  2. says

    I saw this apron in person y LO QUIERO!

    BTW, thanks for linking to our Dia de los Muertos Week on SpanglishBaby.
    We had to dedicate a whole week to it because I feel it is one of the most authentic and ancestral celebrations that celebrate our heritage. It is colorful, full of symbolism, reverence and magic.

  3. Tricia says

    I love it because while it is similar to Halloween, it has a much more upbeat tone to it, except during some of the remembrance activities. I think it’s great to think of this day as a way to reconnect with deceased family members.

  4. says

    Lisa is so talented!

    I love Día de Los Muertos, because it seems to be the most uniquely Latin American holiday we still celebrate. I love the bright colors and designs that are used to decorate calaveras – they make me so happy.

    This year we’re going to make an ofrenda for my husband’s father.

  5. says

    This year I will teach my kids how to make papel picado and we will make a little altar to honor the live of their greatgradmothers

    Lisa makes beautiful things, yo quiero este mandil !!!!

  6. says

    This apron is beautiful! Lisa is very talented! Dia de los Muertos is special because instead of relating death to scariness and gore we can celebrate our loved ones!

  7. says

    Yey so exciting! And no I don’t plan to win one, but I wanted to wish you all the best.

    Thank you Maura for such sweet words about my work.

  8. says

    In Ecuador we celebrate it a little differently, it is not as fun as in Mexico :)

    I’d love to win one of these! Especially if it was made by Lisa Renata! :)

  9. says

    What an adorable apron! So colorful and festive!

    This is the FIRST year we are celebrating this wonderful holiday. We never really grew up celebrating it, but are definitely making up for lost time.

    You need to check out our latest post on the Muy Bueno Cookbook! We orchestrated a beautiful photo shoot. If you knew my grandmother you’d know why!!! My grandmother was a giving person and with this photo shoot I feel like I was finally able to give back…with honor.

  10. mindy. says

    I don’t celebrate Día de Los Muertos at all. Would love to one day, as it seems like it’s a lovely thing. Anything that celebrates instead of mourns is glorious.

    PS—apron is GORGEOUS. Lisa Renata is clearly a talented lady.

  11. mindy. says

    PPS—posted this to my FB page too. I’d already been a “liker” of you. Liker. That sounds absolutely awful. Now you know why I’m not a writer.

  12. says

    What a great giveaway! I love Dia de los Muertos because it reminds me of growing up in Mexico! Now in the States, I set up an altar every year to honor my loved ones and we usually go to at least one of the events around LA!

  13. says

    Also subscribed to the blog via email and confirmed it!

    My favorite thing about Dia de Los Muertos are the amazing altars people create to celebrate the lives of their loved ones who have passed on. Last year’s celebration at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery was amazing. The colors, smells, and artistic aesthetic of the altars were incredible.

  14. says

    My family is Colombian, resulting in my never having celebrated Dia de los Muertos with them as a child growing up in the States. In more recent years when I began teaching Spanish, I would incorporate it into the classroom setting so that students would get to know the differences between Halloween & Dia de los Muertos because too often they thought they were the same.

    Now I do celebrate it because while I am not Mexican, I do enjoy a feeling of solidarity among Latin@s in the States as it is very much needed particularly in times when we are all under attack by very anti-Latin@ sentiment. I think it’s a beautiful way to remember loved ones.

    What I do is usually go with a friend to look at different altares, vigils, etc in Los Angeles. A museum nearby often has altares up as well as children performing various dances on a stage and seeing their families there very proud of them is such a great experience to share.

  15. says

    Hi! I just subscribed to the e-mail feed.

    Growing up, we didn’t do much in celebrating Dia de los Muertos, but as *I’m* growing up, I’m finding myself doing more and more in the way of bringing these customs into my life. I’ll be attempting to find traditional recipes to make this year, and I’m getting started on the pieces of my altar now.