Hands Down, Best Smoothies Avocado & Durian Smoothies Eveeeeeer!

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After a brief visit to the Norton Simon in Pasadena, Fan and I stopped by Mr.Baguette to pick up an afternoon, post-Museum-exhaustion snack. Our favorite things to get here are not the banh mi (which is on the pricey side compared to the many other banh mi shops along Valley), but the smoothies. I am firm in my belief that Mr.Baguette makes the best durian and avocado smoothies in the world. And because Fan and I can’t decide which one we like better, we always end up getting one of each and sharing. The avocado is addictively creamy and barely sweetened with hints of condensed milk. Home in Hawaii, I’m used to splitting open fresh avocados and sprinkling on sugar for breakfast. This smoothie is like the same treat whipped and whirled in a blender with milk and a good cup of ice for chill. It’s plain honest and refreshing. But the durian is a fine competitor, not as thick but equally decadent boasting it’s signature scent that I find terribly inviting and texture, as creamy as cold custard.

To go with the smoothies, Fan had the grilled beef banh mi, which I swear she gobbled down in less than two minutes.
“Was it good?” I asked eagerly.
“Mmmmm. Mmmhmm,” Fan replied, before quickly downing the rest of durian smoothie. Sigh. We should ordered two.

I had the xiu mai banh mi, which is described on their website as an “oriental style meatball made from ground pork with additional spices to add the flavor.” Tells you a lot, doesn’t it! To be honest, I don’t know how else to describe it other than Asian meatball, which implies more savory that sweet, with a bit of fish sauce to taste and cellophane noodles and wood ear mushrooms. The meatballs are broken up and stuffed within the baguette along with picked carrots, daikon and cilantro and peppers. It’s a very satisfying sandwich, both in size and flavor. Though what confuses me is that even though they charge nearly double of neighboring shops, there’s always a line at Mr.Baguette. Banh mi’s are cheap in general, but still. It’s doesn’t feel good to pay more than the guy next door, especially when the taste quality isn’t that different :) Now, the ultimate xiu mai banh mi would have a nice thick spread of pate along both sides the baguette…that, I would pay good money for!

Mr. Baguette
8702 E Valley Boulevard
Rosemead, California 91770
(626)288-9166

9 Comments
  • anonymous
    December 3, 2006

    love the way you term these snack stops – like here, post-museum afternoon snack..just any excuse to stop for a snack :D have never tasted durian or avocado, so curious about them, esp. since you always rate durian so highly. the sandwiches look filling.

  • RON
    December 3, 2006

    Perhaps, Subway Restaurants should have durian and avacado smoothies to draw customers in.

  • anonymous
    December 3, 2006

    You had me going until…fish sauce.Jess

  • Kathy YL Chan
    December 3, 2006

    Hey Pallavi!Any excuse for a fooding detour is justified! hehe :) Oh man, you must get your hands on durian if you’ve never had it – is it not available back home?Hey Ron!It would certainly draw me in! Lol, meatball sub (a secret weakness!)and smoothie would make my day :)Hey Jess!Nooo, but you’d love fish sauce, I know it! You must! Ok, after Korean, we’re doing Vietnamese next :)

  • anonymous
    December 4, 2006

    Mmmm I think I would also have gobbled that down in less than 2 minutes.I’m also skeptical about the fish sauce but by that picture alone, I’d definitely give it a try! :)-Alice

  • elmomonster
    December 4, 2006

    Oh I looove Mr. Baguette. And I love that Vietnamese meatball…although I’ve not yet had it at Mr. Baguette. Concur on the avocado shake though. Awesome!

  • Chubbypanda
    December 4, 2006

    How wonky. I’ve heard so many good things about Mr. Baguette’s bread, but who am I to argue with a starch addict such as yourself?Do they make the durian smoothies from fresh, frozen, or powder?- Chubbypanda

  • Eddie
    December 4, 2006

    once again, i catch you before lunch…. DOH!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    December 5, 2006

    Hey Elmo!Avocado shakes do rock! But you should see the expressions on some of my friend’s horrified faces when I tell them about avocado (or durian) smoothies…what they don’t know they’re missing out on!Hey Chubbypanda!Sigh, the bread IS good. It’s REALLY good. But it also really craps to pay twice (or even more!) than the place down the street…but yes. It is good. The meats are nothing special, but the baguette itself is so lovely, light with a airy crisp crust. Sigh. I wish it wasn’t, so that my complaining could be justified :)The durian smoothies – fresh! All fresh fruit! Now isn’t that awesome?Hey Ed!Man! You just gotta get your timing down right! Lol, I’ll do my best to post after your lunch hour :)

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