Best Mole Phoenix 2011 - Asi Es La Vida
While Oaxaca claims to be the land of seven different moles, here in the Valley, we're pretty much stuck with one: black mole. Mexican chocolate, lots of chiles, sesame, and tomatillo are blended together to create a complex sauce that's savory and just slightly sweet. But with well over 20 ingredients and a laborious daylong prep, it's a complicated sauce to make and difficult to master. When the craving hits us, we just head to Asi Es La Vida. That way we don't have to slave over a stove all day to enjoy a delicious platter of enmoladas or mole chicken, smothered in a rich and tangy chocolate-based sauce that leaves us practically licking our plates.