Friday, July 3, 2009

grown up decadence in hayes valley: absinthe, miette, and arlequin

the heart sister and i are staying in the city over the 4th of july weekend. it is a way to have a very grown up, decadent, and relaxing vacation without thinking about responsibilities or any pre-set agendas. it is working out pretty well. i am super relaxed at our boutique modern union square hotel, sipping on a night cap of ravenswood zin....


typing away on this blog posting while the heart sister is cuddled into bed for the evening. it makes sense....it has been quite an eventful afternoon and evening.

we kicked off the afternoon by deciding to visit hayes valley and grabbing an early dinner at absinthe. both of us have been quite curious about it for some time, yet, we hadn't had the opportunity to visit until now.


we started out by ordering some cocktails....


chatting, and absorbing the surroundings....

then noshing on some food. the heart sister ended up getting a crab salad sandwich....


while i went for the house burger with gruyere cheese and sauteed mushrooms.....


the burger was pretty good and extremely filling.


yet, despite being full we still stopped by miette for cupcakes and macarons...


i suppose miette's wares were so enticing that despite being full, we each had a cupcake. the heart sister went for the chocolate cupcake with strawberry frosting while i went for the gingerbread cupcake with cream cheese frosting....

both of us were quite happy with our treats.

yet, i could feel my stomach protest from my over indulgence. in an effort to ease into the digestion, we walked around hayes valley and browsed the various chic-chic clothing and accessories stores....until we decided to take a small break by lounging about with tea and hot chocolate at arlequin....


i especially enjoy arlequin's outside courtyard.....



which is something that you wouldn't know existed unless you've been here before. it is a lovely place to take a small break within hayes valley.

overall, our entire experience thus far has been pretty grown up and decadent....which really is the point of the weekend. it will be interesting to see what tomorrow will bring. we haven't really planed anything out....and are just seeing where the mood will take us.

well, i think it is time for bed. thus, nite for now and i'll keep you posted on our further grown up and decadent adventures in the city....

absinthe brasserie & bar, 398 hayes street, san francisco, ca 94102, +1 (415) 551-1590, http://www.absinthe.com/

arlequin, 384B hayes street #B, san francisco, ca 94102-4421, +1 (415) 626-1211


miette, 449 octavia street, san francisco, +1 (415) 626-6221, http://www.miettecakes.com/

1 comment:

Victoria said...

How did you manage a weekend without any preset agenda? ;-)

Can't wait to hear more about Absinthe, and I agree-- Arlequin is delightful.

Have a good rest of your weekend!