During Martha Valenzuela’s childhood growing up in Arizona, she remembers her mother taking trips back to Mexico. She’d often return with a yellow box of plastic wrapped peanut flavored De La Rosa Mazapan candy. At every birthday party and family gathering, she remembers eating tres leches cake, a moist sponge drizzled with the traditional combination of evaporated milk, condensed milk and cream.
She associates these flavors with times of celebration and reunion. And now, these memories inspire the menu at Deseo Coffee Shack, her tiny, but carefully thought out shop on McDowell Road near central Phoenix.
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