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Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is fast approaching, and it’s a traditional holiday down here in South Texas. According to Wikipedia, scholars trace the origins of the modern holiday to indigenous observances dating back thousands of years – to an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl. Pronounced ‘Mikt-eyk-as-see-wahl’. In case anyone asks.

If you are in South Texas, head to Port Isabel for the celebration and enjoy a skull candy workshop, listen to poetry, learn altar making and watch the talented live entertainment. Or gather up your friends/family and throw your own! In search of ofrendas? Vosges has these yummy chocolate skulls ready to go…or try this yummy salted pumpkin caramel recipe from Amanda Hesser. Sure to bring em’ back to the living. Don’t forget the calaveras, pan de muerto and decorations!

Quien con la esperanza vive, alegre muere!

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Head on down to Port Isabel in November for the World Championship Shrimp Cook-off. This annual event draws up to 9,000 visitors eager to taste the recipes of top amateur and professional chefs. Along with plenty of great shrimp, the event features the Annual Folk Arts Festival, a small carnival, and live entertainment for the whole family.

While you’re there, check out the Port Isabel Lighthouse. It’s the only lighthouse open to the public on the Texas Gulf Coast. A stroll to the top rewards the hearty with a 16-mile view.

17th Annual World’s Championship Shrimp Cook-Off
Nov 7, 2010
Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center
421 Queen Isabella Blvd. next to the Lighthouse
Telephone #: 800/527-6102
Web Page: http://portisabel.org/chamber/?page_id=53

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