Sugar skulls of Toluca: sparkling up in your face #Food#Travel#fall#groceries#holidays#Mexico#skulls#travel November 1 2011 | Guest post by Lesley Téllez I'm loving this time of year. Here I was, thinking the city went crazy for El Dieciséis, but Day of the Dead is so much more colorful, and soulful. Brightly colored sheets of papel picado hang in store windows. Velvety, crimson terciopelo flowers sit in vases at restaurants. Orange marigolds, the traditional Day of the Dead flower (called cempasúchil in Spanish) have suddenly bloomed in the street medians. Some stores have even set up altars, which look like a series of steps draped in white cloth, and then covered in oranges, bananas, and bread. Yesterday I saw one at El Tizoncito, the tacos al pastor place. These skulls are ready to be personalized -- it's a custom to write a friend's name on the skulls' forehead. Read the rest — and see twice as many photos — on Leslie's blog. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Lesley Téllez Mija is Lesley Téllez, a food writer and culinary guide based in Mexico City. In 2010 I co-founded the tourism company Eat Mexico. http://www.themijachronicles.com/ PREVIOUS Piercing question: I have dermal anchors in my back — should I remove them before giving birth? NEXT How I'm overcoming my abusive childhood to become a loving, patient parent Show/Hide comments [ 1 ] I love tacos al pastor! Random story: my then-boyfriend and I discovered this awesome Mexican supermarket that served them, and we had no idea what they were but ended up loving them, and eventually we had them at our wedding! Ok, thanks for letting me share my love of tacos al pastor. 🙂 Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.