My dear friends insisted on taking me out to dinner for this milestone birthday a couple of weeks ago. It was quite a generous gesture, especially since I had already celebrated with AK at Atelier Crenn, itself quite the splurge (it was a surprise location to me). We chose AQ in San Francisco, which has won much critical acclaim since its opening in 2011 (voted by Esquire magazine as one of the 5 best new restaurants in SF; nominated for a James Beard award). The food was quite tasty, if expensive, and the presentation was beautiful and exquisite. But my favorite part was the decor, which changes with the seasons. In this photo, I’m standing under cherry blossoms created from paper that are part of the “spring” theme. Reminds me of being back in Washington DC!