Monday, March 30, 2009


Giggles had a birthday last week.
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We visited Babita (1823 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel) for this special occasion.
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We started with fresh guacamole ($7.50).
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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.
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D enjoyed her sauteed salmon over colachi with Sinaloa's classic calabacita relish and jack cheese ($16.95).
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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.
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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.
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But my favorite this time was the mixiote lamb shank marinated in spices, beer, and chilies and baked-steamed in beer ($18.95).
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Behold that juicy goodness!
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Rich. Meaty. Fall-off-the-bone amazing.
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Sharing is caring!
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We all loved the smooth complimentary birthday flan.
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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.
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Happy birthday, Giggles! It's hard to say what's more extraordinary -- you or the food at Babita!


  1. Cream of mango? Hmm, sounds interesting!

    Happy Birthday to Giggles!

  2. looks like another amazing meal! the food looks so pretty, I can only imagine how it tasted.

  3. In heaven, I believe they serve food from Babita.

    Except it's a buffet.

    And you never EVER get full.

  4. That food looks amazingly fancy for such a homey looking restaurant! Those cupcakes made me a little dizzy.

  5. Mmm-mole. I am going to make that magical sauce myself someday.

  6. happy, happy birthday to giggles! looks like a fabulous birthday meal. the ILs are gonna love this place.

  7. The food all look yummy, especially the cupcakes! Happy birthday, Giggles!

  8. Aw - what a great time! Mr. Insomniac and I do "half-half" too, when I can get him to cooperate.

  9. wowza. i think you always know how to order the right things. babita was great the last time i went, but i think i needed you to order (and take photos for me!). :-)

  10. sounds like Giggles had a Happy WorkdayBirthday! And yeah, that guac looked like it was worth every penny

  11. ugh i need all that food now.

    so fat,


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