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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Gabbi's Quick Stop #3

Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen - Quesadillas de Huitlacoche

Stopped by Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen on the Orange Circle today for lunch. I go roughly once a month and they generally seem to have at least one new item every time I go. This time they had an excellent Quesadillas de Huitlacoche. This was recommended to me by their co-owner Ed, whose wife Gabbi was very busy being the new up-and-coming celebrity chef. I talked more extensively with Ed than usual this time and he explained that huitlacoche is a sort of Mexican truffle that grows on ears of corns. It destroys the corn it grows on but sells for considerably more than corn so the corn farmers don't mind too much if their corn gets attacked by this fancy, delectable mushroom. This dish is served as an appetizer with melted cheese in two corn tortillas in a poblano crema sauce.

Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen - Quesadillas de Huitlacoche

Gabbi's was also recently named "Promising Newcomer in Mexican Cuisine" by the Southern California Restaurant Writer's Association. Also, I wanted to try their new banana cheesecake for dessert but for today I had other dessert plans. More on that later...

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