Join us for the Maseca Twitter fiesta!

This Wednesday, March 7, we’ll be participating in a Twitter party with all of the Maseca Amigas Blogueras to talk about healthy cooking, nutrition and more. I hope you’ll joint us! Like any good party there will be some special prizes you’ll have a chance to win.

Here’s all the info you need to know to participate:

Participate and follow along with the #clubmimaseca hashtag using TweetGrid, TweetChat, Twitterfall or your favorite Twitter tool, such as Tweetdeck to keep track of the conversation easily.

RSVP online via Facebook or Twitter and read the official rules in order to be eligible to win prizes.

Make sure you follow the Amigas Blogueras and the moderator, @LBConnect, to help you keep track of the conversation in addition to the hashtag.

And if you’re not familiar with all the Amigas Blogueras listed above, you can check them out on the Maseca website! Meet the Amigas Blogueras in Spanish or in English to get to know them a little before the fiesta and read some of their stories!

¡Nos vemos en Twitterlandia!

Travel Tuesday: Riviera Maya book and Mexico tote bag {GIVEAWAY}

One of the best parts of attending tourism events with the Mexico Tourism Board is the goody bag they send you home with to learn more about new places in Mexico! Whenever I get a goody bag filled with new reading materials about destinations I already love or am planning to visit, I always feel like the kid who got the most candy out of the piñata.

That’s why I’m sharing the loot with you!

If you enjoyed yesterday’s post with the video footage from the César Russ photo gallery exhibit, then you’ll love today’s giveaway (items pictured here above). The beautiful soft cover book about the Riviera Maya has 250 glossy pages of stunning images from around the area with photo captions in four languages (English, Spanish, German and French) to describe the subject and the history of some of Mexico’s treasures; nature, native animals, people, places, and scenery that will all have your heart aching to visit. Also included in the giveaway is a black fabric tote bag with the Visit Mexico logo.


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Win the grill of your dreams from Holland House!

The summer heat must have us going giveaway crazy! (And there’s more where that came from too, wink wink!)

Through the #MizkanLatino cooking challenge that we were selected to be a part of, which will continue this month with challenge no. 2, they’re offering fans of Holland House products the chance to win a $2,000 grill of your dreams or other great prizes instantly.

All you have to do to enter is “Like” the Holland House Facebook fan page. The sweepstakes ends on Friday, August 5, so hurry and enter for a chance to win!

If you missed the first recipe of the challenge, check out our video recipe for Mexican chimichurri-marinated flank steak. It was a HUGE hit at our Fourth of July party and everybody crowded the grill for a bite!

Stay tuned next Monday for another great recipe as part of the challenge. The theme is “sabroso grilling” and I can’t wait to show you the recipe I created! No doubt it’ll have you saying ¡Que rico!


Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored series to promote Mizkan cooking wines, vinegars, marinades and sweepstakes of interest to our readers. We also received samples of Mizkan’s Holland House, Nakano and World Harbor brand products and promotional material from Mizkan to assist in preparing the recipe posts. All opinions and recipes in this series are our own.

Win a trip to Huatulco from Mexico Today!

Photo provided by Secrets Huatulco

I’ve written several times about our trip to Huatulco last year when we spent our Christmas vacation in Mexico. Lots of you have written to say you loved the photos and the stories, and even the video I took from the beach. Huatulco is, hands down, one of the most beautiful, peaceful places we’ve been in Mexico.

Now you have a chance to win a 3 day/2 night stay at the brand new Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa!

Mexico Today is hosting a giveaway on their Facebook fan page for a trip for two that includes airfare, hotel accommodations and spending money for you to enjoy and discover Las Bahías de Huatulco. You must be a fan of the Mexico Today page to enter. You must be at least 18 years old and a resident of the U.S. or Canada in order to be eligible to win. The sweepstakes ends July 20 at 6 p.m. PDT. See the official rules and more information at the Mexico Today Facebook fan page…. 

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The Salsa Showdown is tomorrow! And we’ve got a {GIVEAWAY}!

I’ve been receiving lots of encouragement here on the blog, on our Facebook fan page, via Twitter and email from all of you about my Salsa Showdown at the Kenmore Live Studio! Thanks for all your support!

Don’t forget: the showdown starts tomorrow night at 7 p.m. CST! You can attend in person in Chicago or watch from home live over the internet via the Kenmore Facebook fan page’s Live Studio tab. Watch our promotional video for the show and click on the Kenmore Live Studio button below the video to reserve your free tickets to attend the show in person tomorrow. We had lots of fun shooting the promo video, and I assure you that Chuy’s very nice despite all the tough-guy acting in the video. And if you come to the show, please introduce yourself afterward! I love meeting fans of The Other Side of The Tortilla!

No chefs were harmed in the filming of this video.

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To reserve your FREE ticket and get details with the studio address and directions, please click the Live Studio button below:


And, we’ve got a very special giveaway this month!

Head over to our Facebook fan page and click “LIKE” for a chance to win a 2011 culinary calendar from our good friends at Muy Bueno Cookbook. The calendar, beautifully photographed by Jeanine Thurston, has a sneak preview of what will be in Muy Bueno’s cookbook, which I’m hearing will be out later next year. We’ll be posting some instructions on Facebook on how to win starting today. We’ll choose one lucky fan of The Other Side of The Tortilla as a winner once we hit 250 fans, so hurry and tell your friends about us!

Muy Bueno has partnered with The Denver Foundation to donate a portion of the proceeds from each calendar sale to their Strengthening Neighborhoods (SN) program. It’s a grant program that helps residents in 10 struggling Denver neighborhoods improve their communities “from the inside out.” The Grants help pay for resident leadership training, and community projects such as food pantries, tutoring programs, neighborhood gardens and school safety patrols. They have also helped with park and school cleanup, among other projects. If you are interested in learning more about this innovative program, please visit their website at and click on Strengthening Neighborhoods.

You can also try your hand at winning a calendar through Muy Bueno’s site and submitting a recipe. If you win, they’ll also photograph your recipe and post it on their blog.

  • ¡Suerte! Let me know what you think of the video in the comments.

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


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