Seriously. I hadn't gone this long without trying a new Chinese restaurant since I was in intensive care almost 15 years ago. Thousand Flowers has taken over the space formerly occupied by Lu Din Gee and JZY, 1039 E. Valley in San Gabriel. on that insane stretch of Valley Blvd. where the address directly across the street is 8450 E. Valley in Rosemead. Thousand Flowers seems to be an upscale Sichuan style restaurant, upscale being defined by nice dark furniture and some fairly pricey offerings. Most of the items in the "Thousand Flowers Famous Dish" section run between $25 and $40, except for the $149 shark fin soup. Also some kind of sweet corn dessert costs $15. They also have Peking Duck which requires an hour's advance notification, at $32, $39 and $45 depending on the number of preparations. I don't particularly like Sichuan food, so I had the beef rolls, which were almost as good as 101 Noodle Express.
The good news is that the new restaurant drought appears to be ending. Building out new space is a new branch of Duck House, which will be opening in the old Newport Seafood location on Las Tunas and Mission. Diagonally across the street, behind Luscious Dumplings, will be Michell Pancakes, which looks like it might be a dumpling and bun place. There's also a new place about to open up in the former location of Red Corner on Las Tunas near San Gabriel. And there's a place called Ning Jie in the shopping center just across from San Gabriel Mission.