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The Girl & The Fig – Sonoma, CA

18 May

 I had the pleasure of showing a couple of my dear friends from Wisconsin around Sonoma County a few weeks back and we had a great brunch experience at The Girl & The Fig in Sonoma. This place is always packed and very lively. We were lucky enough to have booked a table ahead of time, so we didn’t have to wait! There were so many things on the menu I wanted to try, but I opted for the duck confit and potato hash. It had two perfectly poached eggs on top of the potato and duck mixture. This dish really hit the spot before our long day of wine tasting.

In case you have to wait to get a table, I would recommend stopping by Roche Wines next door. They have a $5 tasting menu, and it’s definitely worth the money. Their wines are decent, but you get six tastes of your choice for only $5. They even had three different wines that you could taste right out the barrel, which my friend Zach was a big fan. – 110 West Spain Street Sonoma, CA


Tartine Bakery

2 Aug

I FINALLY made it over to Tartine. This has literally been on my “to-dine” list since I moved to San Francisco, so it’s about time I made it to the Mission to scratch this off my list. This place is popular and as with all good places, there’s a line outside the door and about 20 people deep. While waiting in line you can smell the fresh baked goodness and its enticing as hell. I mean I’m starving and these smells are making me dizzy with excitement. Tartine means buttered bread in French, but they definitely offer a whole lot more than bread and delicate pastries.

We’re getting close to the counter which I wish I could stand in front of for a good 15 minutes and just look, but the line must move, so I need to make a decision. Everything on the menu looks good but I eventually choose a slice of the vegetable quiche and a double pain au chocolate as a treat for later. With little effort, (thankfully) we found two seats at a communal table and anxiously waited for our food to arrive.

The vegetable quiche was quite good, loaded with squash and corn. I’m told the eggs are local, they have a nice light fluffiness. The crust is the most important part of a good quiche, and this is crust done well; but I would expect nothing less from an establishment with a reputation like Tartine’s. My friend ordered the Croque monsieur, which was fabulous. Secretly, I think her choice was better than mine! This open faced sandwich was layered with béchamel, gruyere, thyme, spicy turkey and tomato. Truly delicious. Looking around at others food picks at our table, everything looked good, but the next time I am definitely going to opt for the brioche bread pudding. It looked phenomenal.

We enjoyed some good conversation, sipped on a latte and prepared for a full day of eating, drinking and shopping in the neighborhood. The perfect Saturday in my mind, and Tartine got it started right for us. – 600 Guerrero St. San Francisco