A Jazz Hands-Worthy Weekend in the Sonoma Valley – 7×7 Bay Area

THE GIRL AND THE FIG

“The garden-fresh California bistro fare sufficiently restores the calorie burn from the hike. As expected, figs are vital to the menu, from the fig and arugula salad flecked with salty bacon to the fig shrub, a O% ABV fizz with a refreshing sour note. The steak frites was one of the best this meat-and-potatoes connoisseur has ever devoured, an accolade I don’t bestow lightly, but in this case is well deserved due to the singular achievement of a perfectly mid-rare steak (the generous heap of crisp matchstick fries didn’t hurt either). We ended our meal with a thick slice of zucchini bread studded with chocolate chunks, a delicious way to put the summer’s usual abundance of squash to good use. Even if dessert seems too much to bear given the binge, the fig kisses—chocolate-dipped figs naturally shaped like a certain foil-wrapped candy-store confection—that come with the check are just sweet enough to put the finishing touch on the feast.”

110 W Spain St. (Sonoma),thegirlandthefig.com

thank you 

Source: A Jazz Hands-Worthy Weekend in the Sonoma Valley – 7×7 Bay Area

Ink: from Harper’s Bazaar Mexico & Latin America

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CALIFORNIA DREAMING
Sonoma and Mendocino counties are two California that invite you to reconnect with nature and the small pleasures of life. Join us for a road trip for its enchanting
landscapes. 

By Pedro Aguilar Ricalde

We have a lovely mention in the last paragraph – thank you Pedro! We are glad you enjoyed and shared your experience with your readers at Harpers Bazaar.

The last stop was Sonoma, a village nestled in the center one of the wine producing areas with more awards international. The outdoor activities are a must during the hot months is a tasting at one of the vineyards, a picnic or a walk in the woods. In the gastronomic field one of his strongest cards is The Girl and The Fig whose menu season is best enjoyed in its outdoor terrace. Your selection is carefully curated wine to accompany dishes such as curry soup with carrots, asparagus grilled, beef tartare with capers and lavender crème brûlée. A full moon perfectly round and bright lit up the stage for this dinner It marked the end of a journey of introspection and self-discovery. With those last drinks promise to return it is also sealed. San Francisco is not my only reason to love California.

A Lavender Lover’s Guide to Sonoma County  – Sonoma Magazine

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Goat Cheese & Lavender-Honey Toasts
Makes about 50 nibbles

½ cup honey
1 tablespoon culinary lavender (save a pinch for garnish)
1 cup fresh goat cheese
¼ cup heavy cream

Place the honey and lavender in a medium saucepot over medium heat. Let the lavender steep in the honey until you have reached the desired intensity. Strain the lavender and set aside.

Place the goat cheese and cream in a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Add the lavender honey to taste (about 5 tablespoons). Whisk until the mixture is light.

Place the goat cheese mixture on a toasted baguette or cracker of your choice. Drizzle with the honey and garnish with the reserved lavender.

Lavender Mojito

Local lavender lover Sofia Englund lists the best ways to enjoy the fragrance and the flower in Sonoma County.

Source: A Lavender Lover’s Guide to Sonoma County  – Sonoma Magazine

Cruising Sonoma: 5 Ways to get Outdoors This Summer

While it is gorgeous here all year long, summer weather is beckoning and now is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the sun!

Sonoma County has a multitude of fun things to do. Among them, going to your local farmers market, going on art walks, cycling in the vineyards, or if you’re looking to cool down, local beaches & the beautiful Russian River Valley.

Of course in our minds, every great outing deserves delicious food and incredible wines to be complete.  And if there’s one thing we know how to do in this county, it’s eat well!  So throw a basket and a blanket in your car and head out on a foodie adventure!


Summer Markets

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Local Farmers’ Markets

We are lucky to live in an area that offers so many amazing farmers’ markets. No need to limit yourself to just one!  Branch out – visit a city over to meet new vendors and taste new treats. Take the whole family, a friend, or make it a date of it, and enjoy some amazing food, music, and company. 

Farm Life

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Visit local Farms 

Wondering where your food comes from or just what goes in to running a farm? Take a day with your family or friends and visit some of these local farms and experience what farm life is like.

Pack a lunch and make a day of it, but don’t forget to save room for tasting on-farm treats!

Biking in Wine Country

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Sonoma Valley Bike Tours

Experience the beauty of the Sonoma Valley wineries and vineyards while bike riding. Cycle through your favorite winery and pick up a bottle of wine to share at lunch.

This is a great way to enjoy a winery tour as well as getting your exercise outdoors!  Work up your appetite so you can indulge in one of their made-with-love picnic lunches, prepared by yours truly!

The Sonoma Coast

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Beaches

What better way to escape the summer heat than to bring a picnic to one of the local beaches and enjoy the beautiful coast.

Take a stroll along the beach and get your toes wet, collect seashells, make a sandcastle, play with your dog, and watch the sunset with someone you love.  Theirs an incredible array of local on-farm stands & unique artisan markets to fill your picnic basket along the way!

Zip Lining 

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Zip through the redwoods

Looking to get a little adrenaline rush this summer, go zip lining through Sonomas beautiful redwoods. Experience 11 different platforms and see amazing panoramic views of the redwood forest.  These views are definitely worth the leap!

To relax at the end of an exciting day, check out one of the many friendly tasting rooms in West County!


What’s your favorite summer foodie activity? Leave us a comment below! 

Cruising Sonoma: 5 things to do this summer – Art Walks

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Summer is on its way, and what better way to soak it all up than walking through the streets of Sonoma County and seeing local art work! Expect to see fascinating neighborhoods, drink some wine, get a bite to eat and even dance to live music during one of these charming community events.

Read below for a quick guide to county-wide art walks this summer!

First Friday Art Walk: Guerneville – Monthly event from 3 – 8 pm the first Friday of each month, year round. Local artists, street performers and music, tasting rooms, and shopping. Dress creatively and be ready to join the show!

First Friday Art Walk: Santa Rosa Monthly event from 5 – 7 pm. Walk throughout downtown Santa Rosa and enjoy art openings and open studio events, music, and refreshments while you admire all the stunning local artwork!

Second Saturday Art Walk: Healdsburg – Monthly event from 5 – 8 pm the second Saturday of each month, running from May-December. Stroll through Healdsburg’s historic plaza and experience local art, wine, food, and music.

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts: Santa Rosa – The Luther Burbank outdoor sculpture garden is now open to the public. Come and experience the 16 monumental wood sculptures by Bruce Johnson. Feel free to admire, climb, and take pictures of this magnificent sculptures. (Displays are updated biannually – come back often!)

Sculpture Trail: Cloverdale and Geyserville– Choose a trail and experience local art work while enjoying the great outdoors. Art displays are changed every year in May. Don’t miss it!

Summer is right around the corner – don’t miss out of all the wonderful events to enjoy in Sonoma County. These 5 art walks are the perfect date night or for a fun family outing!

What’s your favorite way to enjoy the summer season in Sonoma Valley? Leave us a comment!!