Between all the juggling acts in our lives, nowadays, long weekends are an oddity. It comes as no surprise that many who stumble upon this rare gem are willing to maximize their time and cram in as much fun as one can possibly have in a tiny span of 72 hours. So what do you do when you have a “work hard, play hard” attitude? Not that we have partaken (wink), but we hear that the great state of Nevada is home to the adult version of Disney World. A quick 2.5 hour flight from McAllen-Miller International Airport, and you will soon find your way into endless pool parties, Cirque du Soleil shows, nightclubs, Broadway musicals, long nights of Pai Gow and whatever else you can think of that will distract you from the day-to-day responsibilities of adulthood.
Sadly, your time away playing slips quickly through your fingertips and you find yourself rushing through the isles, trying to board the dreaded 7:15 a.m. plane back to McAllen. Miraculously, you board and crash out within seconds of finding your seat. Not a single sound is heard. You and your fellow comrades are out cold trying to regain the lost hours of sleep from the past weekend, but nothing will prepare you for the harsh crash landing back to reality. In times like these, you are desperately seeking an antidote that will reinvigorate you and get you ready to tackle life (mañana).
A Michelada and a “Vuelve a la Vida” seafood cocktail just won’t do. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
*Conversation on two couches, covered with comfy throw blankets*
Gaby: I am so dead. I can’t even take two steps.
Trisha: Must. have. food.
Gaby: Right there with you! What’s nearby?
Trisha: Snow Bite!
*Pull out phones and hurriedly search for menus*
Snow Bite is a Vietnamese restaurant found right next to another one of our favorite eateries, University Draft House in Edinburg,Texas. The casual cafe offers a variety of traditional Vietnamese dishes, teas and shaved snow to the public.
Gaby: Wait a minute, I am in no way shape or form going to have a meal out in public!
Trisha: We’ll place an order and bring it back to our little cave of solace.
Within just a few minutes, we called to place our small order of Chicken Pho, Tofu Pho, Emperor’s Fried Rice and a Green Tea-rrific. While we waited we perused through Red Box on Demand and decided that Mary Shelley would be our choice for the evening.
Gaby: My girl Mary knows the struggle is real! She and I are both grappling with life.
Trisha: A bit of a dramatic comparison, no?
Gaby: Shush It! I am still recovering.
Trisha: Alright, “Oscar nominee”, time to pick up dinner.
Gaby: Waaaa-aaaaah! I did not agree to leave the confines of this couch. Dearest Snow Bite, please consider delivery!
After a slight meltdown from not-Trisha, and 20 minutes later, the delicious smells of basil, lime and hot broth filled the apartment. Pronounced (Fuh), Pho is the Vietnamese national dish. It is an aromatic rice noodle soup normally made with your choice of beef or chicken and served with fresh herbs and beansprouts. The origins of Pho trace back to the early 20th century in northern Vietnam, and was popularized throughout the rest of the world by refugees, after the Vietnam War.
A spritz of lime, a spoonful of Sriracha, a gulp of Pho broth and your body is instantaneously recharged with energy to take on the world, or at least to yell at the t.v, “Mary, giiirl, don’t you know Percy is playing with you?!”
All this newfound energy wasn’t solely brought on by the Pho. Much thanks must be given to the the satisfying feeling brought on by the ever so dreaded, carbs! Yes, CARBS. The Emperor’s Fried Rice is a mountain of tasty, bite-size shrimp, Vietnamese pork sausage, scallions mixed with one scrambled egg and one sunny-side-up egg to top off the carb-filled deliciousness.
Oh, and, we can’t forget dessert! Snow Bite has a unique list of options for their House Specialty Desserts. Although Brick-a-licious, Bacon Banana Bomb and Waffle-icious all sound incredibly delectable, as mentioned, we went for the “healthier” Green Tea-riffic (wink). No regrets! That Green Tea toast topped with vanilla ice cream, banana and strawberry slices, drizzled with powdered sugar and condensed milk, then complemented with a snack sized Green Tea Kit Kat, totally took care of that sweet tooth craving.
TIP: Keep in mind that after you’ve decided on your dessert and placed your order, please allow 15 minutes for it to be ready.
If you need any other reason to visit Snow Bite, make sure to check them out during their 5th Year Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, June 9, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. They will be serving up their most popular dish, Ramen Noodle Soup.
Snow Bite is located at 2405 West University Drive, Suite E, Edinburg, TX. You can reach them at (956) 867-4167. Their hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Closed on Sunday and major holidays. Make sure to follow them on Facebook @snowbiterestaurant and Instagram @snowbitergv for daily and weekly specials, as well as finding out where their new location will be, come October.
Gaby Jones and Trisha Watts work hand-in-hand with the service industry. Jones is in charge of craft and imported beer for L&F Distributors and Watts is the communications director for Visit McAllen. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on various locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley.