¡Viva dim sum!

Cultures and cuisine blend in newly vibrant San Gabriel

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San Gabriel Mission Archangel. What: Take a self-guided tour of the church, museum, and grounds. "forget your cares and troubles as you re-live the early days of the western world," suggests a sign in the patio. You know what? So tranquil is this place that your cares may actually fade away. When: 9-4:30 daily. How much: $5, $3 ages 6-17. WHERE: 427 S. Junipero Serra Dr.; www.sangabrielmission.org or 626/457-3048.


Dim sum at Mission 261. What: In a mission revival setting, savor the most creative Chinese dumplings in town; some are imaginatively shaped like bees or butterflies. You'd be hard-pressed to find better versions this side of Hong Kong, least of all in such a beautiful space. When: Dim sum and dinner daily. How much: $$. Where: 261 S. Mission Dr.; 626/588-1666.




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