The Tortilla named Best Latin Food Blog by LATISM

We have some very exciting news to share! This past weekend in Chicago, I attended the LATISM (Latinos in Social Media) National Conference and was awarded Best Latin@ Food Blogger for my work on The Other Side of The Tortilla!

Thank you to each and every one of you voted! It was truly an honor to receive this award. Many of you who have been reading since the beginning know that I launched the social presence of this blog during a Thursday night #latism chat in 2009 after months of tweeting photos of all kinds of Mexican goodies coming from my kitchen. Since day one, it has been nothing but love and encouragement from everyone in the LATISM family and this award means so much to me.

Special thanks also to the LATISM board of directors, especially founder Ana Roca Castro and VP of communications Elianne Ramos for their unwavering support and also inviting me to speak at the conference about niche blogging. I had an amazing time spending two days listening to captivating speakers, making connections within the community and catching up with old friends, and I will definitely be attending LATISM12 in Houston next year. I go to a lot of conferences, but this was undoubtedly one of the best I have ever been to.

Thank you, my incredible readers, friends, fans and family, for your continued support, love and allowing me into your homes and kitchens. It has been an amazing journey so far, and I hope you’ll not only continue to join me here for recipes, cultural knowledge and travel tips, but that you’ll also share the site with your family and friends, too.

Thank you to the brands and sponsors who have believed in what I’m doing here on The Other Side of The Tortilla and have given me constant opportunities to widen my audience and share my recipes with more people to educate them about Mexican cuisine and culture.

Most importantly, thank you to my husband for pushing me to start the blog during those initial moments of hesitation before hitting publish, always supporting what I do (no matter how crazy it may seem) and being my chief taste-tester.

I hope you’ll continue to follow along here, find The Other Side of The Tortilla on Facebook, follow me @MauraHernandez on Twitter, or any of the other places online I hang my hat. It’s been a dream come true to share my passion with all of you since 2009 and I look forward to sharing even more in the coming year with expanded content and partnerships.

Un abrazo a todos,





  1. says

    Maura, you are very talented! This award is very well deserved and it is a reflection of your continued dedication with “The Other Side of the Tortilla”. Your DELISH recipes, tips, and overall exquisite content are part of my everyday lifestyle! AND Of course PONCHE Navideño!. YUM!

  2. says

    Maura, well deserved! I’m not much of a cook, but your food blog is so detailed with ingredients, how-to steps and photos that there is no excuse for anyone not to start hitting the kitchen. As a writer/blogger, I admire your work and focus. It’s been a pleasure meeting you at Blogalicious and participating with you on the Niche Blogging panel.

    Where are you going to place your award?

  3. says

    I’m beyond excited for you!. When I saw you were nominated I had to vote for you, I’m not Mexican but I really enjoy reading other countries traditions and your dishes are part of the Mexican traditions and culture. I love your videos and the work you do. Congratulations!

  4. says

    Well deserved Maura!! Your ability to bring the flavors and culture through your recipes is enviable and admirable all at the same time. I am so, so happy for your querida amiga. Never stop sharing your delicious treats and lovely stories with us all!

  5. says

    I’m so proud to see an hermana doing so well, and being acknowledged for writing about what she is passionate about.

    Kudos to you!!


  6. says

    Congratulations! What a great blog. If you ever get down to Miami you should try our culinary tours for a great taste of the Latin culture. We’d love to have you visit. Once again, congrats on the award!

  7. says

    Maura, I started my blog at around the same time. It is such a great feeling to see what friendships and bonds have developed in these past 2 years. I remember the support at Blogalicious when we saw you doing your first Kenmore presentation. It was so supportive! I knew it was something special and so happy to be a part of all these special women. Congrats!

  8. says

    Congratulations on your award Maura! It is well deserved. One of my favorite things about your blog is the way you include history into your articles. I always walk away feeling like I learned something and enjoy sharing what I learn with others. Your blog is one of the top 10 blogs I recommend to people I know. My all time favorite is the dia de los muertos posts. Still love ’em!

  9. says

    I´m so happy for you, Maura. The Other Side of the Tortilla is one of the most inspiring blogs about Mexican food, and you make such a great work giving your readers a beautiful image of Mexico as a country, its wonderful culture, and its outstanding food. Keep up the good work, dear friend. You are making us -your followers- too proud of you.

  10. says

    Congratulations – what an amazing honor to be recognized by your peers. I haven’t been reading from the beginning but in the few months I have been reading, I know its well deserved.

    I am not much of a cook, but I love food. And I love your writing, it’s obvious that this is a labor of love. Keep up the great work!

  11. says

    As a foodie and a blogger I know how much time and dedication it takes to maintain a blog. I’m so happy to hear you were recognized and rewarded. Very well deserved — Great job girl! I wish you continued luck and success. Salud!

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