Giggles had a birthday last week.
We visited Babita (1823 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel) for this special occasion.
We started with fresh guacamole ($7.50).
The soup of the day ($6.95) was cream of mango. I'm told that it only had a hint of sweetness, and the flavor resembled that of squash.
D enjoyed her sauteed salmon over colachi with Sinaloa's classic calabacita relish and jack cheese ($16.95).
The enchiladas de pollo en mole poblano with cilantro, onion, cheese, and cremamex ($16.95) delighted Prim. That she let me have a few bites delighted me. Rich yet delicate. Creamy yet smoky. A beautiful mélange of textures and flavors.
Giggles and I ate Monkey-style (i.e., we traded dishes midway -- in case you didn't already know, this is how Mr. Monkey and I eat nearly all of our meals).
The arctic char special of the day didn't disappoint. Moist, flavorful, saucy.
But my favorite this time was the mixiote lamb shank marinated in spices, beer, and chilies and baked-steamed in beer ($18.95).
Behold that juicy goodness!
Rich. Meaty. Fall-off-the-bone amazing.
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We all loved the smooth complimentary birthday flan.
No birthday is complete, however, without Glam's famous cupcakes. Believe it or not, we took a break later that afternoon to stuff our faces further with Glam's fresh strawberry-infused labors of love.
Happy birthday, Giggles! It's hard to say what's more extraordinary -- you or the food at Babita!