Cuba de Ayer Restaurant owners Jessica and William Rodriguez ensure their dishes demonstrate what the Washingtonian dubbed "the mandate of the Cuban restaurant: The food should never be too fine or too fussy." Their menu lets the traditional food speak for itself, from the marinated pork that arrives draped in sautéed onions to the hearty black beans and rice that accompany thinly-sliced steaks.
Steaming plates load tables inside the cozy dining room, which sports rich oxblood walls decorated with colorful artwork. Guests relax in snug booths with cups of café con leche and sweet tres leches cakes, a decadent alternative to glasses of milk.
Short of creating physical clouds to hold people aloft, Mattress Warehouse stocks almost every imaginable furnishing to help customers catch a few Z’s. Rows of name-brand mattresses from Sealy, Simmons Beautyrest, Serta, and Tempur-Pedic entice customers to replace their worn pad for new bedding, such as a standard mattress, a fluffy pillowtop unit, or a memory foam piece that conforms to bodies. Beyond mattresses, the warehouse also carries an ample collection of box springs, full bed sets with rails and headboards, and even premium futon mattresses that revitalize foldable couches.
Though its studio is located in the loft of a hay barn, Olney Yoga Loft is full of life. Air flows through the exposed rafters, natural light spills in through stain glass windows, and most importantly, the hardwood floors support scores of posing, breathing students every day of the week. The studio's certified teachers?each of whom draw from a spectrum of yoga training backgrounds?dole out nurturing instruction to students of all ability levels, including those with physical limitations. They infuse the classes they teach with elements of their own individual styles. That holds true whether they're guiding students through gentle poses in hatha yoga, coaching them through a dynamic vinyasa flow, or showing them how to take their keys out of their left jeans pocket using their right arm. Private and small-group classes in meditation allow for an even more personalized learning environment. In addition to yoga, the studio's practitioners perform holistic healing with qi gong and Thai yoga bodywork.
With three individual chains in its family of stores?Pet Valu, Paulmac's Pet Food, and Bosley's?scattered across Canada and the northeastern United States, Pet Valu claims the title as the largest pet-supply retailer in North America. Inside its well-stocked outlets are more than 7,000 products for dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, birds, and other animals. These include specialty items that range from grain-free dog food and multilevel bird cages to hamster balls that resemble helicopters and neon-colored shells so your hermit crab can achieve success in the online-dating world. Some locations are furnished with grooming facilities where professionals pamper dogs with shampoos, nail trims, and other perks, along with self-serve stations let owners wash their own pets. Stores also partner with local shelters to host regular adoption events.
Between the demands of work, cooking for yourself, and speed-running the latest Super Mario Bros. game, you may never finish your novel about the overworked writer who can't finish her novel. Today's deal for Done Right Catering will open up some time: for $50, you get five fully prepared meals delivered straight to your door (a $100 value). Done Right will deliver within a 30-mile radius of its Silver Spring location. Your meals will be delivered on a Sunday ($10 charge for delivery on any other day). You will have to order all five meals at once, but only have to eat them all at once if you're really hungry, or if a wager with a mustachioed hot-air-balloon pilot is involved.