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  1. The Italians have much the same kinds of celebrations on Nov. 2 and even make a cookie on that day called Bones of the Dead.
    Your recipe is new for me and I have never seen anything about it before. it looks fascinating and something different for breakfast.
    Enjoy the movie!

    • I wrote back to you this morning, but it didn’t post. I didn’t realize that Italians had these celebrations too. Mexicans make a pan de muertos, which is a sweetish bread that is shaped like the bones of the dead. I like the idea of a cookie version. Such interesting traditions. Thanks, Jovina. I hope all is well. I’m excited about the movie since I saw them filming so much of it. xo

    • Ha! I don’t get scared, but the dia de los muertos offerings and shrines get intense and if I really contemplate the dead for long enough I can freak myself out. But really Halloween is like my fave holiday. Thanks, Dana!

  2. This drink looks so warming and lovely. My daughter is taking a Spanish class, and they celebrated dia de los muertos in her classroom. It’s an interesting tradition that I would like to learn more about. I like your hauntingly beautiful description of it!

    • Thanks so much, Jenny. I used to love that about Spanish class. It’s nearly impossible to learn a language without learning a culture too. Be well! xo

  3. Sumptious, warming and all-embracing, just what you want now. In Germany, All Saints Day (1st of Nov.) is celebrated similarly though minus the great feasting at the graves. When evening has fallen we visit the graves and place lots of candles on them. Thinking of family members and friends, contemplating and remembering their lives – it is a very serene, reflective and in the end uplifting thing to do.

  4. Brilliant – the idea behind day of the dead seems far saner to me than the north European mourning and fear. No doubt your ancestors would be pleased with this champurrado 😉

  5. Amanda – this champurrado seems almost like the Mexican version of Turkish coffee – thick and full of flavour. Almost a meal in itself.
    And I’ve always loved the idea of the Day of the Dead. Recently I heard Tomson Highway, a Canadian writer, on stage. Among other things, he’s a playwright and classically trained pianist and he also First Nations. He talked about the First Nations tradition of keeping the dead with them – of absorbing their souls and talents. I love this idea.
    Beautiful photographs and now perhaps, I’ll have to break down and see the Bond movie too….
    xo

    • Thank you, Lindy! It is a really cool tradition and I kind of believe it. This really is kind of a meal, especially breakfast. It’s like Mexican grits, but corn-based with chocolate. A lot of times people add fruit too. I like to call it a drink as an excuse to have more of it. Sounds like a beautiful performance. Thanks so much for your kind and thoughtful comments as always. xo

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