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What we're into: Giant soup dumplings

If you spend much time at San Gabriel Square, the enormous shopping mall at the corner of Valley Boulevard and Del Mar Avenue in San Gabriel, then you'll know how easy it is to get lost in the labyrinth of restaurants, tea shops and little boutiques. There is the 99 Ranch to negotiate, as well...

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