Ladies’ Night – Cuba de Ayer

24 Aug

Girls night happened Thursday night in a fun and unexpected fashion and included a few special ladies.

My friend Kelly and her daughters, Cienna and Charlotte were in the area where I live (they only live about 35 minutes away, but in rush hour DC time, this is a rare occasion) and wanted to meet for dinner.  Of course, I worked 45 minutes late and was currently in my work parking lot when she called.


But Kelly was persistent and it took a whole 30 seconds to convince me to meet her and the girls for dinner.  They’re currently having a “staycation” while most daycare’s are not in business being the week before school and dad is traveling for work.  Kelly wanted “Spanish like food” and I immediately thought of a great place, but I can never remember the name.  So, a quick Google search and text to another friend while sitting in traffic and I found I was only 10 minutes away from Cuba de Ayer.

Isn’t it such an eye sore from the outside?  I’ve been here twice before and it has DELICIOUS and authentic Cuban food.

We started the meal with Tostones Relleno which included stuffed green plantains with shredded beef.


Just so we’re clear, this was a nice place.  Our meals were not served in styrofoam trays…this was a post dinner shot of a Totstones Relleno which made it back home with me 🙂

Then we ordered our main dishes.  I ordered Ropa Vieja.  I had only ordered pork here before and the beef did not disappoint.  So, tasty! The sweet plantains and black beans were spot on too.  Rice…yeah…that went home in a box for my husband 🙂

The above is a photo of my dish from their website.  I couldn’t get a good shot before the food hit my mouth.

While dessert was tempting, we knew we would be back without kids to indulge in their homemade Rum Cake.


The only down fall of this hole in the wall gem is the space.  While we were there on time and able to get a comfortable table, it gets crowded, fast!  There is no waiting area which means when you wait, you are standing right in someones dining area.  I’ve been on both sides.  Both are awkward.

As you may remember from my Simple Things A to Z post, Ed and I are local food restaurant snobs.  We love hole in the wall places and make it a point to avoid chain restaurants at all costs for date nights.  Our taste buds usually thank us.

Maryland Friends

Kelly became a fast friend when I first moved here.  Her, her husband, Jake, and two girls transferred to MD from Miami, FL the same time I did from Cleveland, Ohio in April 2011.

“Yes, there were some tense basketball conversations this past season.  Obviously, I lost.”

Jake and I worked for the same agency while Kelly also got a job at the time they were transferring (Talk about perfect timing!).  Kelly and I work on the same campus and were put in the same orientation class.  We quickly found we both shared a lot of the same tastes for fun and new experiences in life and have since spent lots of time planning events from tea parties to rock climbing.

Moulin de Paris Evening Tea – June 2012

We started experiencing Maryland/DC together.  She encouraged me to go back to school to finish my masters degree and has made it her goal to find a home for Ed and I closer to her house.

Elyse – “What about this house?”
Kelly – “Nope, to far from me.”

And that’s, that.

We’re planning a girls getaway to NYC to visit her sister, Elsa (Maria) in October.  We are SO excited!  It’s sure to be a weekend of crazy girl events, typical touristy attractions (Like maybe the Cake Boss store!) and very little sleep.

So, now I ask you…

“What would you do on a girls weekend to New York City?”

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One Response to “Ladies’ Night – Cuba de Ayer”


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