Christmas in Mexico: “Lalo y Santaclós”

I was born with Christmas spirit, I think. And I’m a total sucker for organillo music. That’s why, when my cuñada introduced me to this cortometraje (short film) last week called “Lalo y Santaclós,” directed by Joseduardo Giordano and produced by Content, I immediately snapped into a holiday spirit mood.

We only have a few weeks before we head to Mexico for La Navidad and this short film got me so excited about the sights and sounds of Christmastime in Mexico. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! I spoke with the director and he’s agreed to chat with me this month, so keep an eye out for that interview here soon.

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Turkey stuffing, Mexican-style

Whether it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas, I’m always looking for a way to infuse Mexican ingredients into our family’s holiday traditions. I came up with this turkey stuffing recipe that’s a riff on my mom’s traditional turkey stuffing, but with a little kick from jalapeño chiles and soy chorizo (aka soyrizo).

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Wordless Wednesday: Nacimiento en Acapulco

A few weekends ago when we were in Acapulco, I spotted this elaborate nacimiento at the hotel where we were staying. It’s hard to see, but near the lefthand bottom corner, there’s even a cactus with little orange tunas on it. ¿Chido, no?

Wordless Wednesday: Nochebuenas by the fireplace

I spotted my first nochebuenas of the season last weekend and couldn’t resist buying some to decorate by my fireplace!

Learn more about poinsettias and how they came from Mexico in my post from last year.

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

The end of 2010 was pretty good to us here at The Other Side of The Tortilla. We had a chance to travel quite a bit within Mexico, take hundreds of photos, learn new recipes to share and spend time with family. We hope your new year was filled with food, friends, family and buena vibra for a great 2011.

But we couldn’t let 2010 pass without letting you in on a little good news that happened while we were in Huatulco. Just before Christmas, our ponche navideño recipe was featured as one of the top 20 holiday drinks on Better Recipes, a site that’s part of the Better Homes & Gardens network. We couldn’t be prouder, and we think Abuelita Elda would be proud, too.

Click on the image below to see the full list of top 20 holiday mixed drink recipes on Better Recipes.

Thank you to all of our family, friends, fans and supporters who made The Other Side of The Tortilla great in 2010. We’re looking forward to what 2011 brings, and we’ve got plenty of recipes, stories and travel experiences to share this coming year. We hope you’ll continue to visit regularly and tell all your friends about us, too. May 2011 bring you todo lo que desean!

Con todo cariño,

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