Saturday "slacking", which is not a common indulgence for us, was definitely something we reveled in this past weekend and took full advantage of. Nothing better than a Saturday with your favorite girls, enjoying a feel-good holiday film, some good grub and a li'l antiquing.
*via text messaging*
Trisha: Morning! Up for joining in on a holiday film with the gorgeous dude from Crazy Rich Asians, Emilia Clarke and the A-MAZING Emma Thompson?
Gaby: Do you mean Henry Golding?
Trisha:Yes! That beautiful specimen of a man.
Gaby: lol Yeah, I'm in!
Needless to say, ladies, and gents for that matter, the film was fantastically fun and heartwarming. Just what we needed before going on the hunt for a perfect Saturday afternoon meal. Just a heads up, we did enjoy a variety of movie snacks before the actual lunch hour and weren't necessarily looking for anything to heavy, but did want something to keep us fueled for the next couple of hours. Well, as luck would have it, because this was not our initial destination, we happened upon the cutest little pet friendly cafe and place to find unique gifts and artwork from local RGV artists, along with rare antiques that bring back all the good feels of yesteryear.
Upon arriving we were greeted by a friendly face and encouraged to walk through the seasonally welcoming doorway arch, made of fall harvest greenery and bright pumpkins with sparkly detail. It was like walking into your grandmother's house filled with history and long forgotten items that represent cherished memories. Such unexpected familiarity. With our interests already peaked, and after allowing ourselves some time to explore the hot setting, we made our way to Eats at Uncommon Grounds, nestled in the corner, and proceeded to ask for a menu. We were given some food options and told by the gracious and hospitable owners, Yvonne and Everett, that they were working on revising their menu with some new items, while still keeping some of the favorites.
After ordering a variety of hot herbal teas, Lemon-strawberry, Hibiscus and Mango-peach, we decided on a few paninis as well: Ham & Cheese (ham, cheddar cheese, red onion, tomato, and dijon mustard on jalapeño cheese bread), Curry Chicken Salad Sandwich (chicken breast, celery, Mayo and curry powder) and a good ol' Grilled Cheese, usually reserved for the kids menu. After all, aren't we all still kids at heart? wink
To top off the great experience, we were offered complimentary coffees to allow us the opportunity to sample from a variety of java flavors offered at Eats. One of us, the non-coffee drinker, kindly declined but did take Yvonne and Everett up on their offer of Piroulines. The rest of us enjoyed the Irish Creme and Mexican Hot Chocolate coffees.
Eats at Uncommon Grounds is cozily located within Uncommon Grounds at 1113 Upas Avenue, McAllen, TX 78501. Their current hours of operation are Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. & 5:00-8:00 p.m.; Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; and closed from Sunday through Tuesday. For more information, and deliveries of five or more, you can reach them at (956) 888-0762c Don't forget to follow them on Facebook @eatsatuncommomgrounds, for the latest and greatest on menu items and events.
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-South Texas and Watts is a freelance writer specializing in the marketing of the service industry. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.