Anna and I slept in today, given our late night hanging at Matt's house and our early rising throughout the week. We got into town about noon for me to take care of a couple things at school and then headed to afternoon tea at Dartealing Lounge. Anna found a pretty great deal on travelzoo.com for a $30 voucher for tea for two.
Dartealing Lounge is located in SOMA (South of Market) and is absolutely amazing. We walked in and our jaws dropped from the Pintrest-worthy perfection. We tried a Mint Lavender tea, as well as a blend called Purple Gems, which was essentially blueberry and absolutely scrumptious. The finger sandwiches and teacakes were also so yummy and very filling for how petite they were. The tea service we ended up ordering might be a little pricey for some, but with the online deal it was very worth it. The ambiance and decor are delightfully pretty and relaxing. And our waitress was very friendly. I highly recommend a visit to Dartealing and I will certainly be back!
At about 3pm, Anna and I bussed over to the Mission District. We rested in Mission Dolores Park for a bit, then wandered where our feet took us. We admired the murals adorning the walls of the Womens' Building, which were stunning. We also found Clarion Alley, which is a prime example of the mural art that the Mission is famous for. The entire alley is covered in murals - some with a revolutionary feel, others serving as memorials to recently-passed community members, as well as some simply beautiful artwork (though I'm sure there is some meaning I don't know about.)
We were able to meet up with Matt and a couple of Anna's friends for dinner and a bit of bar hopping. At the rainbow-flag Latino bar Esta Noche, I played my most decent round of pool (well the second game at least...) when I sank 4 balls on a row. It was very exciting! It was a good time meeting Anna's friends who live in/near the city and of course spending some quality time with Matt, whom I hadn't really seen for a month.
And that was our Mission adventure!