If you think pan dulce is only for consuming at a rapid speed and leaving you with a stomach ache, YOU’RE WRONG. Here are 12 things every girl who is obsessed with pan dulce needs right now… because an obsession should never stop at just food. Duh.
These adorable stickers deserve a YAAAAS! Look at how cute they are! These babies are perfect for decorating your planner or agenda. What’s the point of owning a planner if it’s not adorable? To “manage your time,” you say? Nahhh, we’d much rather spend the evening putting conchas and orejas everywhere.
Although they’re always so self-conscious of it, I love listening to my parents speak English. Their heavy accent, present in every syllable, tells a story of sacrifice, bravery, determination, and love. Along with a new way of life away from all their families and friends, they also had to learn an entire new language. My immigrant parents left their families behind in search for better opportunities, not just for themselves but for future generations as well, and their accent is like a scar that reminds them of the sacrifices and years of hard work to get them to where they are. To get us to where we are.
The beautiful part of all of this is that I am not alone in this experience, as there are so many other members of my community that have gone through the same thing. In each other, we find strength, love, and family, and when we speak we don’t worry about being judged by others for having an accent or for being from where we’re from. It fills me with so much hope to know that these sentiments are not confined to our gente, but to everyone’s gente from all around the world, and so we are all connected accents and all.
To honor our differences, mitú has partnered up with Cinq Music for a new collection that is all about owning our accents and connecting with others from all over the world who are doing the same.
What began as a conversation between two musicians who bonded over a mutual love of writing and performing music has turned into something much bigger, and so much more special. Drei Ros was worried about how his Romanian accent would be perceived when RobYoung explained that his accent is actually what made him unique, and made him feel connected to others who felt the same. Thus marked the beginning of “Excuse My Accent — a global media platform designed to share cultural stories of inclusivity, spotlight incredible individuals from diverse backgrounds, and feature organizations that are helping multicultural communities.”
Excuse My Accent is a collective committed to telling stories of empowerment and perseverance to humanize the multicultural experiences of so many around the world. The collective is made up of entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, and advocates who believe that sharing our human experiences and celebrating our unique cultural differences empowers us all. It has long been time to change the narrative around accents and celebrate our identities.
As part of the mitú and Cinq partnership with Excuse My Accent, we are featuring the collection in our mitúShop and the items are perfect for anyone who wants to join in the conversation and make a statement.
Excuse My Accent — Hat
Let others know that there’s more than meets the eye with your own Excuse My Accent hat! The next question you’ll probably be asked is where your accent is from and just like that, you’ve made a connection with someone 😉
Speaking of connectedness, let’s hear it for inclusivity! These inclusivity joggers are the definition of comfort, and the bands around the ankles means you can wear this out and about and not get dirty looks from señoras at the supermercado because they can’t believe you walked out of the house con esas garras. Señora, es fashion!
The yearly calendar for Mexican social life pretty much is dictated by baked goods. You know the year is wrapping up when bakeries and supermarkets start stocking traditional pan de muerto, a type of bread that is placed on altars and enjoyed by families around Day of the Dead. It is a delicious, spongy delicacy that tastes like brioche but has a distinctive smell, product of the orange peel and orange blossom essential oils that the traditional recipe calls for. This is what you need to know about pan de muerto. Hey, if you wanna get on your abuela’s good books this is your chance to impress her.
1. The origins of pan de muerto seem to go back all the way to Aztec times.
Of course, the original owners of the land on which Mexico City exists now did not have wheat, eggs and oranges (the main ingredients for pan de muerto) before the Spanish arrived. Rather, according to chronicles from the time and some historians, they made a sort of cake with amaranth flour. Some believe that this bread contained blood product of human sacrifices and that it was an offering to the gods.
2. The Spanish conquistadores changed the recipe, as they found this culinary practice violent and barbaric.
During colonial times the Spanish learnt of this practice and changed the recipe (it no longer contained actual dead people’s blood!). The amaranth was replaced with wheat flour and the top was sprinkled with sugar turned red with a colorant, which symbolized blood, an echo of the Aztec tradition. Some bakeries still use red sugar.
3. So what about the circle in the middle of the bread?
The circle represents a skull, and the elongated pieces of bread stand, of course, for the bones. The skull and bones are the most coveted bits of every pan de muerto, so snatch them as soon as you can (although you might get someone upset, as there is nothing worse than finding a boneless pancito de muerto laying around in the kitchen!). The long bones also symbolize the tears we shed for those who have passed away before us.
4. So you have noticed the sesame seeds in lieu of sugar in some panes de muerto?
Well, that reveals that the bread is from the Mexican state of Puebla, where sesame seeds are sprinkled on top. This has to do with the French influence on culinary affairs, and we all know French bakers like to get creative.
5. And in Oaxaca pan de muerto has a completely different shape and actually features a corpss. It’s much less creepy than it sounds.
Everything is just a little more elaborate in Oaxaca and pan de muerto is no exception. The Oaxacan variety is made with extra egg yolks and has an anthropomorphic design, complete with a little edible doll which represents the dead. They are simply delicious.
6. BTW, the orange blossom essence in pan de muerto has a very poetic meaning.
Orange blossom has a delicate and comforting smell that inevitably takes us back to the Day of the Dead altars that have been important in our lives. The smell is meant to symbolize the everlasting presence of the faithful departed. It is a sweet celebration of the connection between life and death.
7. Pan de muerto is a perfect example of contemporary Mexican identity.
This bread is the epitome of the cultural mish mash that defines contemporary Mexican identity. It has a prehispanic origin with religious connotations, but it has developed into a European food (bread is, after all, a product brought by the colonial power). It is also used in a celebration that fuses ancient indigenous beliefs and Catholic tradition.
8. It is round, like the circle of life.
Its roundness is also a reminder of the cycle of life and death, a cycle that has no definite end and no definite beginning. Indigenous cosmology frames life and death as coexisting and complementing realms.
9. If the bones form a cross, they stand for the four cardinal points.
The compass directs each arrow, or bread bone in pan de muerto, to a point ruled by the Aztec gods Quetzalcóatl, Tláloc, Xipe Tútec and Tezcatlipoca.
10. Panes de muerto are placed on altars so the dead can feast.
Of course, come November 3 you can have the delicious pan for yourself, and if you make a traditional chocolate caliente it will be even better.
11. Of course, as with everything else, pan de muerto has been gentrified. Just look at this delicious monstrosity.
Yes, we gotta admit that this looks absolutely delicious and we don’t wanna get all puritan when it comes to popular culture (which, far from stable, is a mutating thing), but having melted conejitos (a traditional Mexican chocolate) is a bit too much. Is it Day of the Dead or is it Easter? You can’t always have both!
12. Oh, hipsters, just sprinkling matcha on absolutely everything!
Yes, perhaps following the gentrifying wave of Starbucks some Mexican bakeries are starting to add green matcha tea dust in with the traditional sugar. Verde que te quiero verde, hipsters seem to recite in unison.
13. Can everyone just please stop? Is innovation just killing the true meaning of this Mexican traditional bun?
We mean, what fresh hell of deliciousness is this? No, seriously, a pan de muerto hamburger is just a tiny bit over the top, isn’t it?