After the success of Bombay Bistro’s first location in Rockville, Maryland, chef K.N. Vinod and partner Surfy Rahman opened the Fairfax eatery in 1995. Like their first restaurant, the new location continues to serve fine Indian cuisine in a setting complete with Indian artifacts and warm colors. Savory dishes such as tandoori salmon and lamb vindaloo have attracted guests such as Madeleine Albright and visiting ministers from India, while a daily buffet attracts rumbling bellies.
For 50 years, the owners and staffers of Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing have encouraged the artists of their community. They visit local fairs and set up booths for kids to color and craft, and they workshops, demos, and classes for artists of every age. As their name implies, they also outfit art makers of all skill levels with top-of-the-line materials, such as Gamblin oil paints, Prismacolor pens and markers, and custom frames perfect for saving a favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.
Named one of Portland's top-10 most romantic restaurants by Gayot, the Joel Palmer House fills fine china with globally inspired dishes, which fuse locally produced herbs and vegetables with wild Oregon mushrooms. Amorous eaters take breaks from sweetheart staring contests to thaw benumbed tongues with warm bowls of Joe's wild-mushroom soup, a 75-year-old family recipe that combines the rich essence of pureed suillus mushrooms with creamy crème fraiche ($9). The beef stroganoff, prepared with succulent meat, wild mushrooms, and seasoned rice ($30), pleases palates, and the sautéed sea scallops, served with lotus root, wild mushroom duxelles, and a Creole pinot gris sauce ($32), fill abdominal abysses. Fortify fungus fare with a bottle of locally fermented pinot noir from a sprawling list of Oregon wines and achieve a culinary harmony unseen since the California Raisins dominated the airwaves.
United States Marine Corps veteran Michael Fouche scratched a long-standing entrepreneurial itch when he launched the Charleston branch of You've Got Maids. Now, his housekeeping team—all graduates from the company’s training program—scour dirty domiciles using the Green Clean regimen. HEPA-filtered vacuums suck up allergy-inducing particles and evidence of fugitive sand sculptors, and microfiber cloths wipe away gunk from all manner of surfaces.
At Thai Yoga massage, a team of skilled massage therapists specializes in improving overall wellness with a variety of holistic treatments. The cornerstone of their treatments, traditional Thai massage combines soothing strokes with yoga positions to help release tension and increase vitality throughout the body. The staff also promotes benefits of Thai yoga massage beyond physical wellness, such as mental benefits including improving concentration and creativity, and psychological effects such as relieving anxiety and boosting inner energy levels. Additionally, nutritional counseling and personal training sessions help people determine the root of their bodily complaints, and LED light therapy uses a rainbow of colors to activate skin growth and reduce the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles. Thai Yoga Massage can also help patrons plan trips to Thailand and switch to using ionized alkaline water for drinking, cooking, and filling their fish bowls.