Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Los Reyes de la Torta

I traded in my beloved Audi A3 2.0 Sport over the weekend on a new VW Passat Komfort sedan. While I dearly loved my Audi, I hardly drove it now that I work from home and it's sport suspension was very rough on my delicate girlfriend. So I spent Saturday afternoon at the dealer and came away with a Candy White 2008 Passat. I even managed to lower my monthly payments a bit. It's got the same engine as my A3, but amazingly it's actually slightly lighter. Go figure. I lost my dual-zone automatic climate control and heated seats, but I gained Sirius satellite radio, an AUX port for my iPod (more on that later), a sunroof, trip computer, a much larger gas tank, and a lot more room inside.

As I was sitting at my desk last night, I realized I hadn't seen my iPod Nano in a while. That's when I remembered it was probably in the armrest of my Audi. I called the dealer and the lady I spoke to said she'd make a note to have someone check it this morning. Well, by noon I hadn't heard anything, so I drove down. One of the salesmen (apparently the one I dealt with on Saturday quit yesterday) drove me to the lot it was secured in while the paperwork is done. Alas, my iPod wasn't there. We talked to the lady I spoke with last night, but she said she hadn't looked for it yet. So either it's here in the house and I just can't find it (doubtful) or whoever processed my car helped themselves to a free 2GB Nano (most likely). I have faint hope that it'll turn up after a more thorough search. In the meantime, I've got a couple older iPods that'll work just fine in the car. I mostly use the Nano at the gym. No moving parts in case it falls off the treadmill or crosstrainer. The new iPod Touch looks to be a viable replacement... :)

One my way home, I decided to stop by Tortas La Presa, a Mexican sandwich shop I'd read about on for a torta, a type of Mexican sandwich. I didn't have the exact address, but knew the general location on 7th Street just south of the mountain pass. I also remembered it was in the 9000-block. As I searched, I saw a place called Los Reyes de la Torta in roughly the right spot. I assumed I probably had two places mixed up, so I pulled a u-turn and went to Los Reyes.

Since I was somewhat pressed for time, I decided to get takeout. I grabbed a menu and looked through it quickly. I decided to get a cubana (ham, cheese, pork sirloin). I ordered and paid at the counter and waited. I looked over a takeout menu and decided there are a lot of items I'd like to try. They serve a lot more than just tortas. After about 5 or 10 minutes, they brought me a bag with my sandwich in a styrofoam container and a couple of small containers of red and green salsa. I got in my car and headed home.

After a 15 or 20 minute ride, I got home. The container seemed pretty heavy, so I wondered if I had some sort of sides too. Nope. Opening it revealed a large sandwich cut in half. Layers of thinly sliced meats were topped with avocado and cheese. I took a bite and realized it was also topped with jalapenos. I removed the slightly soggy top (due to the long ride, no fault of the sandwich) and scraped off the chiles and avocado. The sandwich was very flavorful and I really enjoyed it. Next time I'll plan better and eat it there. There are quite a few tortas on the menu that look really good.

I looked online and found that I was indeed at Tortas La Presa. Sometime around late August/early September the owner changed the name when he expanded the location to add a few more dining rooms.


Andy said...

Too bad about your iPod...but you got a shiny new car!

I was admiring the Passats last month while I was waiting for my wife's car ('07 Rabbit) at the dealer.

I might end up doing something similar to you - I've got an '05 A4 and the Jettas and Passats are getting nicer and nicer each year (very comparable to the A4 and A6, respectively).

Yankee1969 said...

That was my one beef with the A3. For the price, it had almost no options. I had an '02 A4 3.0 Quattro 6-speed that I loved. It was LOADED. I traded it on the A3 because the lease was about up. While the A3 drove great, it had a bit too much power to the front wheels. It really needs Quattro with the 2.0. For the money, the Jettas and Passats are right up there with the Audis for content and quality of materials. And being in AZ, the Sirius will come in handy when we drive outside of metro areas. :)

David SB said...

Los Reyes is excellent. Try the huaraches or sopes some time. Also, the aquas frescas are great for washing down the food.

Phoenix Driver said...

I had an '03 A4 and had consistent problems with electrics. And I'm not the only person with that same complaints. From bulbs blowing every month to windshield wipers working only sporadically. Outside of speed I agree that the Jetta is a fine car.