Bienvenido, loyal reader. Please come along as Bruce and Mary explore, once again, the vast Puerto Vallarta hospitality scene. Provecho!
Mary is at the entrance to Uncommon Grounds on Calle Cardenas, just before the bridge, in Old Town. The restaurant’s trippy facade had caught our eyes on more than one bus ride to the river but we’d never had occasion to stop in until we spotted their happy hour special on the new Happy Hour Board, that buddy Craig has built, and all I can say is… 15P cervezas will get us in the door everyÂ time.
This day we decide to think outside our usual happy hour box which is cervezas, salchicha yÂ cahuates, beers, cold sliced up hotdogs and peanuts. Inspired by Lydia’s dessert presentation our last visit, we decide that there is nothing unnatural about beer andÂ cake, right? This is the “Interlude”, a dreamy fusion of chocolate and cheesecake.
BeholdÂ the treasure below the whipped creamÂ –Â take it away, Mary: This is a very rich, dense and intense chocolate cake with a whiff of almond flavoring and it is topped with a ganache of the deepest chocolate,Â followed by (oh, be still my heart) a luxurious layer of cheesecake. Plus it’s topped with whipped cream that is so delicious it has to be healthy. In their menu, Anne and Lydia remind us that “stressed” is “desserts” spelled backwards. Therefore, I have concluded that this cake is therapy.
We’re back once more and because we have just had a righteous workout at nearby Power Fitness gym we are going to treat ourselves to a meal,Â each! Time to scour this most interesting menu, which Chef Anne characterizes as “Truly international and organic”:
Our food has come. My Chicken Aphrodite is pretty amazing. I cut small portions of the super moist chicken breast and layer it with sundried tomato, artichokes, mushrooms and Feta cheese and savor the melding of the notes. It is awesome. And it’s ironic that I wavered on selecting this dish as I don’t normally like Feta, but in this case it serves wonderfully in tying all the flavors together, better than any other cheese that I can think of.
And here’s Mary’s Portobello Supreme, take it away, babe: Portobellos are celebrated in this sandwich. It is obvious Anne loves portobellos, as she treats them with such respect. Deeply flavored by the balsamic marinade they harmonize beautifully with the sundried tomatoes and the Feta. Accompanying this delight is an organic greens salad with olives, mandarin orange segments and strawberries. We are NOT in Kansas anymore, Dorothy!
See that chandelier? Not only is it remarkably clean and dust free, it is intact. Anne and Lydia tell us the story of this restaurant. Anne founded it 16 years ago in New Jersey. When Lydia came on the scene they’d vacation in PV regularly but then, 10 years ago, vacationing wasn’t enough. So they bought this property, started renovations and filled a 40′ container with the restaurant, two households and trans-shipped all those goods here. Of course anyone who has heard trans-shipping horror stories, which is most of us expats, right away asks, how much damage? Two plates.
And for an addedÂ bonus, we have live entertainmentÂ this evening. We are enjoying the music of the very talented jazz musician, Amanda Kay.
In a semi-regular feature, meet blog followers Candi and Brad from Manitoba, near the International Peace Garden. We’re on the deck of Traviesos exchanging fun PV facts like Bar Ridiculo is serving botanas again. Thanks, Candi and Brad,Â for that tip and others, for the beers, and above all, thanks for hailing us.
Thanks for visiting, gentle reader. As always Bruce and Mary love comentarios regarding PV hospitality or any other subject for that matter. Hasta proximo Domingo!