A walk into My-Le Family Restaurant almost feels like a stroll into the park for a picnic. The restaurant dons a quaint, sentimental touch with the standard plastic, red-and-white-plaid table covers, the polyester roses on each table, the speckles of dirt on the walls and even occasional appearances by bugs on the ceiling. Fortunately, the scent of homemade recipes wafting through the restaurant's interior certainly makes up for the unpolished dining areas.
Settled snuggly in a corner of old downtown Silver Spring, Bombay Gaylord has offered authentic Indian cuisine for five satisfying years. The settlement's tapestries and beaming vases embellished in gold may be offset by peeling wallpaper and nicks on the wooden supports, but Bombay Gaylord's spicy concoctions are superlative and coupled with equally exceptional fares.
Words spill from the musician's mouth, peppered with syncopated beats. "I think about all my younger days/And I realize how this one was raised/This goes out to all the friends I'm missin'/I am reminiscin',” junior Andrew Spence rhymes, rapping about his childhood in Philadelphia. "Hip hop is my love/I ain't choose this life/But this life chose me,” he says with conviction. It's Spence's life story, sketched with emotional lyrics and dynamic style across eight tracks recorded in Washington, D.C.