Our last two days were spent enjoying the beauty of California wine country. And eating. So much eating! We were trying to pack in as much fun as possible on our last full day and we went a little crazy ordering food. We definitely didn’t finish everything shown, but we did eat quite a lot.
We started Friday with coffee,
and fruit and bread.
We split a Satsuma, an unpictured banana, and a rosemary roll from ACME Bread Company.
We saved the sourdough roll for an amazing lunch of bread, cheese, and chocolate.
Plus earl grey panna cotta for dessert.
We had the Cowgirl Creamery Mount Tam fresh from the source because we were there for a history lesson and cheese tasting.
Best tour of the trip!
After cheese, it was time for wine, with a tasting at Matanzas Creek.
The grounds were gorgeous and the wine was de-lish! We liked it so much we even bought a few bottles to bring to Thanksgiving.
Next up was beer (and more cheese!) at Lagunitas Brewing Company. Brown Shugga was my favorite, unsurprisingly.
They had pretzels out for palate cleansing between tastes,
but we also got a big plate of cheesy nachos.
This was the point in the day where I was getting a little too full!
But we forged ahead with a trip to Bouchon Bakery for a butterscotch éclair.
And finally settled in at The Girl and the Fig for an outstanding dinner.
Those light green olives were shockingly good.
I had to get a lavender mojito, it was made with Cruzan rum!
We started with a cheese plate with apple, house-made fig cake, spiced nuts and baguette.
We choose a P’tit Basque sheep’s milk, Bohemian Creamery’s The Bomb goat’s milk, and a Bleeting Heart Moolicious Blue. Because we had to fit cheese into every single meal that day.
Adam and I shared for dinner. Local mushroom raviolo with sunchoke purée, truffle pesto, local mushrooms, and chicories.
And the house-smoked trout sandwich with farm egg salad, caper aioli, pickled red onion and dill.
Both were absolutely amazing. The sauce under the pasta and the pickled red onions on the trout totally made the dishes.
We got an after-dinner drink with Firelit coffee liquor and Sailor Jerry rum.
And had dessert that was my favorite dish of the entire trip. Chocolate and salted fig caramel trifle with cocoa nibs and Italian meringue.
Adam was amazed by the nibs and I was obsessed with the marshmallowy meringue. Plus we came home with a jar of their salted fig caramel.
We had such a wonderful dinner at The Girl and the Fig that we ended up going back for brunch on Saturday! We met up with a medical school friend who is doing his residency in Fresno and he said The Girl was his favorite Sonoma spot.
Mussels and frites for the table, which I was totally brave about and ended up loving.
And the best grilled cheese sandwich of my life.
We left completely stuffed; the three of us were barely able to get coffee, hours later.
Our flight was a red-eye and it didn’t leave until after 10 pm so we were able to spend the whole day catching up. Our friend chose to spend his one day off for the week with us so we were thrilled to make the most of it.
A perfect end to a perfect vacation!