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DIY Fiesta Favors: Bedazzled Lotería Match Boxes

DIY Loteria Match Boxes | Lola's Cocina

April has been a month full of love and festivities in honor of my best friend Corinne’s upcoming wedding. We kicked off the month with a weekend getaway in beautiful Santa Barbara, California with 22 of Corinne’s nearest and dearest gal pals and then the following weekend we reconvened for her fiesta-themed bridal shower. Read More…

{TRES DEL MES} Tamales, Traditions, and Toy Drives

Tamalada 2015 Lola's Cocina

Each year, the women in my family get together one day in December to make hundreds of tamales. It’s a time to catch up with cousins and tías and reminisce about the days when my great grandma Macky and grandma Lola ran the kitchen. Read More…

{TRES DEL MES} 3 Day of the Dead Altars to Die For

3 Day of the Dead Altars To Die For!

Creating an altar is one of the most significant traditions during Día de los Muertos festivities both in Mexico and in my home. Each and every element of an altar has special significance and is meant to remember and celebrate our loved ones who have left the mortal world. The real beauty behind a Day of the Dead altar is that it can be simple or elaborate, and can also be built communally or individually. Below are three altars that I find particularly beautiful and hope that they serve as inspiration for you! Read More…

Day of the Dead: A Celebration of Life!

Altar Décor and Ofrendas (Offerings) The most basic elements of an altar include photos, flowers, and candles. Altars can be simple or very elaborate.
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican cultural tradition that I developed a deeper appreciation for as I learned more about the celebration’s meaning and significance. It is a tradition that bridges the past with the present, mocks death in a fun and festive way, and celebrates life. On this day, altars are erected and decked out to resurrect the memories of those who have passed away.

Every year, my altar only grows and grows as I honor my own loved ones who have passed: my father Jose Luis Luna Wiarco, my grandmother, my great grandparents, and my baby cousin Olivia. Now my son even helps decorate and I can only hope that he grows to appreciate this tradition as much as I do. On Day of the Dead, we acknowledge the spirits that are with us and allow them to fill our homes with the memories of the lives that they left behind. Read More…

Mexican Cooking Classes with Lola’s Cocina

Day of the Dead Cooking Class

This fall, embark upon a culinary journey with Lola’s Cocina — no passports necessary! Beginning Sunday, November 1st, Lola will host an inaugural Day of the Dead Cooking class that is sure to bring your taste buds to life. Experience a taste of Mexico without leaving the country!

Stay up-to-date with what’s cooking in Lola’s Cocina by following along on Facebook and Instagram! Here you’ll learn about new recipes, cooking tips, contests, cooking classes, and more.

WHAT: Join us for a festive and interactive Day of the Dead Cooking Class! In this 3-hour hands-on class with Mexican-American food blogger, Dolores “Lola” Dweck, students will prepare some tasty Día de los Muertos recipes, including a rich and flavorful mole sauce, all while learning about age-old Mexican traditions.

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a celebratory day of remembrance observed by people in Mexico, and throughout Latin America and it is increasingly gaining popularity throughout the United States. People mark the occasion by creating altars that display ofrendas (offerings) including portraits, favorite foods and special mementos of their deceased loved ones. Outside of the home, families visit graves, enjoy food and music, and decorate headstones with flowers and candles.

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Lola’s Cocina, Highlands Ranch, Colorado

PRICE: Cost is $75 per person; includes a hands-on cooking class in Lola’s personal kitchen, a take-home recipe booklet and a certificate of completion. Class menu will feature: a mescal or tequila tasting, a homemade agua fresca (Mexican fruit drink), an appetizer and side dish, a main entrée and a dessert.


WHO: Dolores “Lola” Dweck, founder of Lola’s Cocina, draws inspiration from her family’s Mexican-American cooking traditions and provides a rich collection of easy-to-follow recipes on her blog. Lola’s appreciation for Mexican gastronomy and world travel has taken her across the globe in search of interesting cooking techniques, food, and recipes. Most recently, Lola was featured in Kroger’s fall issue of MyMagazine where she discusses her research on culinary tourism, food trends, and the significance of Day of the Dead. She has also been a guest speaker for the Taste Trekkers Find Dining Podcast and published Culinary Tourism in Mexico: Small Business Perspectives and Regional Insights of Culinary Tourism in Mexico: Cooking Schools in Oaxaca, following her extensive research in Oaxaca. Lola’s Cocina features more than 100 mouthwatering Mexican recipes, vibrant food and travel photography, as well as travel guides for anyone who loves comida! Lola is a Southern California native and currently resides in Highlands Ranch, CO with her husband, Michael, and their son, Amado.