I always like to get a day of recovery after travel. This past Sunday was exactly that.
Our morning started with a trip to Mayorga Coffee down in south Silver Spring. Christie had gone there a few times as part of one of her moms’ groups, and had nothing but good things to say about it.
Hm, make that almost nothing but good things. The bad thing was that it’s shutting down at the end of the year. Judging by the reactions I got to mentioning this on Twitter (and Facebook by proxy) few people were aware of it. It’s a real pity, too — it has an incredible amount of space, and reportedly did a good job of supporting the local arts and so on. (I also heard through Twitter that there had been an occasional Wits & Wagers gathering there.)
But then construction happened. It took a while to happen and rerouted a nearby road that provided the place with a bunch of its traffic. With that traffic gone and (I suspect, given the big rental banner on it) the nearby apartment building slow to fill with occupants after it finally opened, they just couldn’t keep it going. The silver lining in all of this (which you already know if you followed the earlier link) is that they’re opening a new location in Takoma Park to replace this one. So that’s something. (And better yet, its new location will be right across from the spiffy Takoma Park Co-Op.)
I’d never known about it until Christie started talking about it, and I’m sad to see it go, but glad I managed to visit at least once at this location before the end of the year.
We spent some time there sipping hot chocolate, nibbling on muffins, and sorting through our prodigious number of Christmas photos (more on those some other time). But the kitchen was permanently closed, so we found ourselves casting about when lunch-time came. We headed towards Downtown Silver Spring without much of a plan, but really that’s the glory of DSS — plenty of options for the indecisive.
We settled on trying out zPizza, a place I’d learned about while reading an article on the wall at a local Five Guys but didn’t really know much about. This turned out to be a roaring success, and as Christie put it, zPizza has definitely “gone into our rotation”. We split a small Tuscan pizza (I really enjoyed it, and Christie did too but asked for some marinara sauce to dip it in) and a ZBQ salad (which Christie rightly noted as having me written all over it). Very satisfying for a quick, small lunch, and within line of sight of the Majestic Theater, so it’s something to keep in mind whenever we manage to make it out to the movies next (you know, in 2013 or so).
And as she proved over Thanksgiving and Christmas, Evie remains a ridiculously easy baby to take on outings and bring into unfamiliar locations. She doesn’t fuss much, and spends most of her time alternating between joyful and solemn concentration. Good, good kid. We’re very lucky.
All in all exactly the sort of lazy Sunday I was looking for, without realizing that this was how to make it happen.