aq.

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wrapped up an incredible day with a little dinner date at AQ. the cocktails were absolutely incredible, and the space is beautiful and the perfect amount of cozy. dinner started with an amuse of lobster bisque, followed by cauliflower three ways, and a dish of cardoons and dungeness crab. we then had maple glazed parsnips with dayboat scallops, venison tartare with celeriac, coffee and mustard, and finished with a slow cooked beef short rib with bone marrow foam, turnips and capers. the meal was solid, but as far as uniqueness the standout was easily the venison tartare. the menu changes seasonally and i look forward to seeing what spring will have to offer.

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falling in love (all over again.)

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urban hike to corona heights. coffee from the blue bottle trailer in the castro. ferry building farmer’s market. burger from 4505 meats. bubbly, seafood and views of the bay bridge at waterbar. whiskey drinks, fries and a jukebox at 15 romolo. and thats just before dinner…

the hideout.

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tucked away in the back of dalva sits the hideout, a speakeasy with low ceilings and craft cocktails. it can get a bit stuffy, but the drinks are well worth it, and a little patience will usually score you a seat. the house whiskey cocktail is well balanced, with a huge chunk of ice keeping it perfectly chilled and light. also, check out their daily booze flights.