• Delicious Dining in Sonoma

    November 9, 2009

    After spending all afternoon tasting wines, it was time for dinner. I think we were all ready to eat!

    We drove into Sonoma and had an early dinner at the girl & the fig.

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    It was an adorable restaurant!

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    Inside:

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    We dined outside on the patio, which was beautiful– and sort of romantic! ;-)

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    Our meal started with marinated olives. I ate a bunch.

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    And then plenty of bread. I must have ate 4 or 5 pieces over the course of the meal.

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    As my cocktail, I ordered the Fig Royal, which was made with sparkling wine and fig liquor. It was so, so, so delish! Light and subtly sweet. :-D

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    The table split a trio of appetizers…

    Crispy Pork Belly with aramelized apple, parsnip purée, frisée salad & brandied pork jus. I didn’t try this one, but it got a good reviews.

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    I ate a few of the Matchstick Frites. They reminded me potato sticks.

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    My favorite appetizer was ‘The Works,’ which was a selection of three cheeses, cured meats, seasonal fruit, house-made fig cake, and baguette. I dominated this one! ;-)

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    It had all of my favorites!

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    The night turned really cold once the sun set. Luckily, the restaurant had plenty of blankets to warm us up.

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    Warm tea helped too!

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    I’m glad that I filled up on appetizers because my bowl of broth was not quite the meal I had hoped for. But, it did leave plenty of room for dessert! :mrgreen:

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    We headed next door to El Durado Kitchen to warm-up and enjoy some treats.

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    Again, we shared a bunch of desserts among the group:

    Tahitian Vanilla Crème Brulee with chocolate shortbread, a Pumpkin Pie and Apple Crumb Tasting Plate, and Chocolate S’mores Tart with a graham cracker crust, guittard chocolate ganache, fluffy italian meringue, vanilla ice cream.

    The S’mores Tart was heavenly!!!

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    Holy yum!!!

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    After dessert, we said our goodbyes, and then Beth, Meghann, and I drove back to San Francisco.

    It was an awesome day, but I was so sad to say goodbye to my blog friends. We don’t have another meet-up on our calendars. I think we need to change that, ladies!

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    Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) November 9, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Sounds like an amazing restaurant! I love that they had grass-fed beef :)

    Is there a plan for another Healthy Living Summit?

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    Lu November 9, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    It’s great that you had fun! That cheese plate looks divine. I hope you guys can get together soon. It is always nice to see friends.

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    Diana November 9, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    That restaurant sounds awesome. The cheese plate would probably be my fav too. :P

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    Whitney @ Lettuce Love November 9, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    All of that looks amazing! Glad to see you ladies enjoying a fun weekend :)

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    Maria November 9, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Glad you had fun!

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    Jaclyn November 9, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Sounds like you guys had an amazing time, I’m jealous I couldn’t be there! I would love to try that restaraunt, I’ve heard amazing things about it!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 9, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I want to try that fig drink! I love figs!!

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    Abby (Abbys Vegan Eats) November 9, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Matchstick fries look yum!

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    Joelle (The Pancake Girl) November 9, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Looks like a gorgeous restaurant!

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    brandi November 9, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    ooh, that cocktail sounds so good! What a fun night!

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    Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers November 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    that DOES look like a romantic restaurant! hubba, hubba! ;) i love how they gave you guys blankets.

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    happyshoes November 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Yum yum yum. The Fig Royal sounds awesome.

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    Katherine (blissful-body) November 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    the sparkling wine and fig liquor looks super special! your whole weekend looked like so much fun!

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    Food Makes Fun Fuel November 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    That tart looks absurdly yummy

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    Meg @ Be Fit Be Full November 9, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    The Fig Royal is definitely a drink that I would order! All that food looks amazing!

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    Lizzy November 9, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    THe girl and the fig looks like such a fun little place! :)

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    Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries November 9, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Everything looks great! That The Works plate looks like the best antipasto plate ever! Why is anything called The Works automatically delicious??

    Looks like a great time :)

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    rhodeygirl November 9, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Philadelphia is a great place to visit, and I have room in my place…. :)

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    Katie November 9, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Delicious eats with good people. I know I want to meet some bloggers. My town is NOT a bloggers paradise however. I love the name of that place… So cute!

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    Cynthia (It All Changes) November 9, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I love the idea of sharing appetizers among the group. Makes a nice chance for everyone to get a bit :-)

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    Jill November 9, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Im dying for those desserts! And you look so cute wrapped in the blanket, funny how they had them on hand!

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    Allison November 9, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Your whole trip has made me totally envious, but especially this restaurant. How cute! Everything looks so savory and delicious. I’m so glad you had fun!

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    candice November 9, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Just the name of that restaurant makes me happy. It’s adorable, and the food looks fantastic! Especially that pork belly and “the works”… I’d kill for that fig cake! All enjoyed in good company, too. ;)

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    Nicole (dishin') November 9, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    That place looks so cute and I love the sampling of food!

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    Lynn (The Actors Diet) November 9, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    that place sounds like it was named after me – i love figs and well, i am a girl…

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    Brittany November 9, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I love that the restaurant provided blankets if you got cold- that’s my kind of restaurant!

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    Jenna November 9, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    glad you liked the appetizer! all the other bloggers didn’t like their soup as well!
    jenna

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    Jackie November 9, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Going here for Thanksgiving dinner in a few weeks! Can’t wait…first trip out to wine country for our honeymoon. (We’re also going to El Dorado Kitchen that week!)

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    BroccoliHut November 10, 2009 at 12:56 am

    Oh my! Fig liqueur sounds divine!

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    Sarah November 10, 2009 at 10:59 am

    I want that s’mores tart!

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