Mexico’s Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) holiday takes place over the course of 2 days, the 1st and 2nd of November. On Nov 1st, you remember the lives of children who have passed, and Nov 2nd is for adults. I know folks who find el Dia de Los Muertos a bit gruesome. I think it’s a beautiful thing to have a few days when you reflect & celebrate your deceased family and friends’ lives.
Altars are created for the difuntos (deceased) with their favorite foods and pictures of those you’ve lost. It can be a very elaborate and intense thing to behold.
Mexicans also celebrate by eating Pan de Muerto and Sugar Skulls. The Pan de Muerto (bread of the dead) is a fragrant sweet bread covered in sugar, and the Calaveras de Azúcar (sugar skulls) is just that.
WHERE TO GET PAN DE MUERTO?
La Migaja Mexican Bakery in Little Havana is where I have been getting my Pan de Muerto for the last few years. If you’re not in South Florida, I’d search out the nearest Mexican restaurant and ask them. They should be able to help you find your way.
La Migaja’s Pan de Muerto is the real deal for those who want to keep it as authentic as possible & remember those family members and friends who have passed.
You can find La Migaja Mexican Bakery hidden inside of Mi Rinconcito Mexicano in Little Havana. You might drive right by it by mistake, so keep your eyes peeled. Once inside, there is no way you can ignore the intoxicating smells emanating from there.
If you’ve never had a Pan de Muerto, now is the time.
If they’ve got the Pan de Elote (corn pie), pick up a couple on a semi-related side note. It’s very similar to cornbread. Then sit down with your favorite cup of coffee and enjoy this awesome twosome.