from the kitchen: Warm California Fig and Thyme Crisp with Fig Syrup


This is one of the girl & the fig restaurant’s signature desserts. Because fig season is so limited, we make the jam for the filling with dried figs. In season, we use fresh figs.

Warm California Fig and Thyme Crisp with Fig Syrup

Makes one 9 x 12-inch crisp. 


  • 2 cups walnut halves
  • 6 tablespoons plus 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, thinly sliced
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 egg yolks

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a food processor, grind the walnuts (until medium-fine) with the 6 tablespoons granulated sugar and set aside. In an electric mixer, mix the 3/4 cup granulated sugar, the brown sugar, salt, baking powder, and flour until well combine. Add the butter and mix until the mixture clumps, about 1 1/2-2 minutes. Add the vanilla and egg yolks to the mixture and mix for 40 seconds. Pack two-thirds of the dough into the bottom of a 9 by 12-inch ungreased pan and bake until the dough is light brown, 25-30 minutes.


To make the jam, in a heavy-bottomed pot, combine the figs, sugar, lemon zest, thyme, and lemon juice and pour in enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat and summer until the figs are tender, about 30 minutes. Remove the thyme. Puree the mixture in a food processor until smooth.

To assemble the crisp, spread the jam evenly over the baked dough. In a bowl, crumble together the remaining third of the dough and the walnut and sugar mixture. Sprinkle the mixture over the fig jam and bake for 50 minutes.

Fig Syrup:

  • 5 Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice California Mission Figs, stems removed, figs sliced
  • 4 cups (750 ml bottle) ruby port
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 clove
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Heat the figs, port, cinnamon stick, and clove in a saucepan over medium heat and reduce to 1/2 cup. Strain the sauce, pressing on the figs to get as much juice as possible. Whisk in the sugar and cool.

To serve

Drizzle with Fig Syrup. Add a scoop of your favorite gelato and serve while still warm.

Wine Wednesday: Saxum 2014 Red Blend, James Berry, Paso Robles


As you may know, since the very beginning the girl & the fig has boasted an exclusively Rhône-alone” wine list.

We’ve always loved that featuring unique Rhône wines gives us an opportunity to begin a conversation with our guests, perhaps introduce them to something new, as well as to present talented and innovative producers we believe in.

In honor of “Wine Wednesday,” a little about one of our beloved Rhône producers –

This week: Saxum 2014 Red Blend, James Berry, Paso Robles

The Story of Saxum Wines

Saxum Vineyards is focused on producing Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre based blends from the Willow Creek District of Paso Robles. We let our rocky calcareous soils, steep hillsides, sunny days, and cooling ocean breezes speak through our wines by keeping our yields low, picking the fruit at the peak of ripeness, and using a minimalist approach in the cellar. We respect our land and farm everything sustainably without chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. Because our vine’s roots penetrate deep through the fissures in the calcareous soil irrigation is rarely needed. Production is kept at 4000-5000 cases a year divided between seven different cuvees, Broken Stones, James Berry Vineyard, Bone Rock, Booker Vineyard, Paderewski Vineyard, Heart Stone Vineyard, and Terry Hoage Vineyard.

Tasting notes:

It is a wine that has a ton of richness along with an amazing spine to hold it all together. There’s an abundance of ripe red and black fruit, but it’s balanced by notes of leather and cardamon, maybe a pinch of cinnamon and sassafras.


At the girl & the fig we’d recommend pairing Saxum 2014 Red Blend, James Berry, Paso Robles with steak frites (6-ounce flat iron steak, frites, roasted garlic & herb butter) and hard cheeses.

At home enjoy with sautéed truffles, beef stew and pot roast with roasted potatoes. 


(Thirsty? Book your next reservation at the girl & the fig!)

Upcoming Events with the girl & the fig

Don’t miss us at these upcoming events!

Thirsty Thursdays – November & December @ 5:30 PM


Thirsty Thursdays at the fig cafe!!

Join us and some of our favorite local winemakers for incredible pours on Thursday evenings from 5:30 ’til the tastes run out! Winemakers will provide complimentary tastings of their limited edition, Sonoma-centric creations for you to enjoy – and you’ll be able to chat with the makers in person! No reservations required. Complimentary Tasting. See you at the fig cafe!

Ramen Nights @ Suite D! Every Wednesday Night


Join us for RAMEN on Wednesday nights from 5 pm – 7:30 pm or until we run out!

For just $15 the menu includes your choice of a cucumber or mung bean sprout salad and a bowl of one of our four ramens.

Dessert a la cart $3
Ramen salad $15
Beer, Wine & Sake Available for $5
Corkage $5 (comp for Suite D members)

Ramen Nights on the fig rig Every Thursday Night at the Lanning Building


Join us for RAMEN on Thursday nights at the Lanning Bldg beginning at 5:30!

The menu includes assortment of house-made Ramens, kimchee dogs and dirty fries!

“Sip & Slide” Thursdays – November 17th, 23rd (Wednesday) @ ROCHE,  3:30 – 6:30 pm


Brought to you by Roche Winery & Vineyards AND the girl & the fig!

Roche Winery and the girl & the fig invite you to join us Thursday evenings, through November, fireside on the Roche patio.  Enjoy extraordinary sips by Roche (offered by the taste, flight, glass or bottle), alongside raw or barbecued local oysters, lobster rolls & chowder crafted for you by the girl & the fig!

Lighting of the Snowmen @ Cornerstone – December 3rd


This year, the Lighting of the Snowmen kicks off with a festival and actual lighting on SATURDAY, December 3rd, and the display will remain up through the end of December for all to enjoy!

The festival will feature music, kids crafts, wine + beer tasting, delicious food, festive decoration and more!Parking will be available at Cornerstone (until the lots are filled) and then at the Sonoma Valley Airport, located next to Cornerstone (shuttle service will be provided).Admission to the festival is FREE and there is a $10 charge for parking.

AND come say “hi” to the fig rig while you’re there!

Wine Wednesday: Cochon 2013 Red Blend, Whole Hog, California


As you may know, since the very beginning the girl & the fig has boasted an exclusively Rhône-alone” wine list.

We’ve always loved that featuring unique Rhône wines gives us an opportunity to begin a conversation with our guests, perhaps introduce them to something new, as well as to present talented and innovative producers we believe in.

In honor of “Wine Wednesday,” a little about one of our beloved Rhône producers –

This week: Cochon 2013 Red Blend, Whole Hog, California

The story of Cochon Wines 

Cochon Wines is the brainchild of Adam Webb and Mike Kuenz, owners of Odisea Wine Company, which is a Rhone and Iberian specialist using California grapes. Cochon Wines is located in the Napa Valley and our fruit is harvested from vineyards planted within two hours away from the winery. At this range we can insure the fruit arrives in the most pristine condition to begin its journey from grapes to wine. We buy our fruit from small family owned vineyards, which in some cases are being farmed by the third generation on their land.

Tasting notes:

Shows a deep brooding opaque purple color. Aromas of spicy black raspberry, blackberry pie, ripe plum and briary loganberry fruit mingle with hints of white pepper, cocoa, crushed rocks, smoke and savory spices.


At the girl & the fig we’d recommend pairing Cochon 2013 Red Blend, Whole Hog with duck confit (creamy corn, braised greens, brandied cherry-duck jus), sonoma mountain beef burger (grilled onions, house-made pickles, frites), and hard cheeses.

At home enjoy with Braised lamb shanks with creamy polenta and roasted vegetables.


(Thirsty? Book your next reservation at the girl & the fig!)

Cruising Sonoma: Beer Tasting

Everyone knows Sonoma County as Wine Country, but our award-winning beer and spirits are garnering quite a bit of attention in recent years.

No matter where you’re visiting in the county, there is stellar craft brew nearby. Word is getting out: these five breweries not only have taprooms, but also offer tours and tastings! Now there is no excuse not to visit!



Sonoma Springs Brewing Company

With over twenty fresh beers on tap, the taproom serves as a great location to plant oneself to try all of Sonoma Springs beers.

They offer tastings Mon-Tue 4-9pm and Wed-Sun 1-9pm.

Sonoma Springs Brewing Company is currently expanding and expect to be offering tours of their brewhouse by the end of the year.


Prohibition Spirits Distillery tasting room @ Cornerstone

Prohibition Spirits’ has opened a new craft distillery tasting room at Cornerstone, in Sonoma. Taste Prohibition Spirits’ libations, Limoncello, Brandies, Gins and more. Open daily.




Find Lagunitas TapRooms and brewery at their Petaluma location. Tasting tours are daily, free, and no reservations are required. You must be 21 or older for the tasting tour (don’t forget to bring your ID or passport!)

The hours for the tours are as follows:

Mon-Wed 1pm & 3pm, Thurs-Fri 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, Sat-Sun 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm



Bear Republic

Bear Republic offers a tour of their Healdsburg Brewery on Saturdays by appointment only. You must contact the Bar Manager Ryan Lindecker, Tuesday-Thursday by 11am to schedule your tour. (Note: closed toe shoes are required.)



Spirit Works

Distillery tours are Friday-Sunday at 5pm and are $20 per person. The tour includes an in depth look at the path our grain takes through our production facility to become Spirit Works Distillery product. We conclude the tour with a full tasting of our spirits.

Tasting Room is open Wednesday-Sunday From 11am-5pm. Reservations Are Not Required.

Here at the girl & the fig we always encourage safe travel during your tasting excursions! So, here are a few wonderful brew tour options in Sonoma County.

Brew Tours


Brew Brothers Brewery Tours

Allow us to take you on a brewery tour  to your favorite or never visited breweries. Get lucky enough to meet the brewers and check out their operations. Booking with Brew Brothers Brewery Tours  is the best way to visit our local North Bay breweries. Our plan is to be your designated driver and adventure makers. So sit back and enjoy your tour while also enjoying some complimentary brew.



North Bay Brewery Tours

We were well aware of the world-class beer being produced locally but we started to notice a trend; beer geeks were coming from far and wide to Sonoma County just to visit our favorite local breweries. Now everybody knows that Sonoma County is famous for its wine but when our breweries started taking home medals year after year, the word got out: There’s some damn fine beer being made in these parts. Sure the wine is good, don’t get us wrong, but we want to revise the familiar moniker of ‘Wine Country.’ That’s why our official motto is…

“Welcome to Craft Beer Country”

Call it what you will, but to us this is Beer Country.