Cafe Reviews

Asi es la Vida in Phoenix: The Culinary Love Story Continues

A man with a passion, a woman with a generous heart, an episode of Unsolved Mysteries . . . anyone up for a love story of the culinary kind?

You'll find it at Asi es la Vida, the Spanish phrase for "such is life." The 20-year-old Mexican restaurant in East Phoenix is as much a charming spot for a gratifying culinary journey through the regions of Mexico as it is an ongoing adventure of love, heartache, and hope.

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Here's an excerpt from this week's review:

"Given Así es la Vida's history, you may want to forgo the familiar and order up one of the more unique specialty dishes that helped put Treves' restaurant on the map. Skip the rather ho-hum lamb dish called Borrego Azteca for Carne Tampiqueña, an outstanding plate of thinly sliced and perfectly seasoned Angus sirloin paired with a roasted and soft poblano pepper packed with Chihuahua cheese. Or try the Pescado a la Veracruzana, a tilapia fillet covered in an earthy, spicy mix of tomatoes, capers, onions, and olives in a white wine sauce. It's a refreshing seafood dish with a Spanish slant. But best of all might be the Camaron al Mojo de Ajo, five enormous butterflied shrimp opened up to reveal tender, garlic-flavored white flesh you'd be forgiven for picking up and eating right out of the tails."

Hungry for more? Here's my full review of Asi es la Vida in Phoenix. Enjoy.

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