Ah, Mondays, how quickly you snap us back into reality and smack us in the face with our weekday adulting duties. Have you no mercy? We probably all know the answer to that, dear readers. After a weekend of leisure, we had to join the rat race again and try to catch up on the adventures we individually experienced over the past few days of short vacays and island getaways.

*via a good ol' phone conversation*

Trisha: Are you okay?

Gaby: lol Yeah, all good. Just made it back a little while ago. We survived the storm.

Trisha: Cool! Wanted to make sure you were alright and confirm we were meeting up tonight.

Gaby: For sure. All is good. Just let me know when you're ready.

Not shortly after ending the workday, we met up at a not so common eatery in our RGV. Lebanese cuisine anyone? We can almost read your thoughts, but whether you're a fan or have just never tried it, we certainly recommend exposing your palate to it, at least once.

Owner, Hassan Kanaan, is serving up Lebanese cuisine in the RGV that includes fresh falafel (a deep-fried ball, or a flat, doughnut-shaped patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Herbs, spices, and onion relatives are commonly added to the dough), hummus, baba ghanouj (appetizer of mashed cooked eggplant mixed with tahini, olive oil, possibly lemon juice, and various seasonings), kabab, stuffed grape leaves (beef or vegan), kibbeh, shawarma, cabbage roll, and lamb shanks. No need to second guess yourselves, yes, we tried a little bit of everything. After all, it is our responsibility to educate ourselves on as much of a variety of cuisines as possible, so that we can happily report the findings back to you. You're welcome. wink

Another surprise to our palate was their house-made lentil soup. Topped with some paprika cumin and coriander, this tasty dish sure made us feel all warm and cozy inside. Plus, they brought us some tasty thingamajigs (excuse the very official vocabulary, but we didn't catch their name) that look like wontons were brought to our table to sprinkle unto our soup, and it was raised to a whole other level!

For dessert, Lebanese Bistro offers baklava (rich, sweet dessert pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey). It was rather yummy, if we do say so ourselves and totally non-fattening. We hope you guys can read sarcasm. Lol

Lebanese Bistro is located at 3832 S McColl Rd Suite # 5, Edinburg, TX 78539. Their hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. For more information you can reach them at (956) 800-4930 or follow them on their social media platforms @lebanesebistromeditteraneangrill.

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 dishin.it.956@gmail.com.