the girl + the fig

One of the biggest highlights of last week’s visit to Sonoma was undeniably getting to see my friend Robin again. I have referred to Robin in past posts, like the time we met at Bistro du Midi and had dinner at Towne, but she is probably most famous for the Venge wine dinner she hosted in September. Robin is a ton of fun, an amazing chef and blogger, and overall just one of those people who you just have to have a good time with!


On a very warm and sunny day (last Tuesday), Eric and I went to Robin’s house where we reunited with her adorable dogs and very sweet mom. I also finally got to meet Cynthia Cosco, the winemaker at Passaggio Wines and someone I have been tweeting with for some time. Luckily, she kindly brought me a bottle of her highly-acclaimed Unoaked Chardonnay. I can not wait until it arrives in Boston (via NJ, stupid MA wine laws!) with the wine we shipped from California. Passaggio unoaked Chardonnay

We also got a sneak preview of Cynthia’s first rosé, which has yet to be released. It was absolutely beautiful.

Passaggio rose

Robin had made lunch reservations at the girl + the fig, a restaurant I was eager to try since we cancelled reservations last March, due to our being on East Coast time and staying pretty far away.

the Girl + the Fig

the girl + the fig is located on Sonoma Plaza, and on this particular day, the weather was perfection. The restaurant touts country food with a French passion, and both the outside and inside are wrapped in cozy French country meets Sonoma warmth.

the Girl + the Fig

the Girl + the Fig

Once we were situated at a big round table near the back, we let the winemaker among us order the wine, a dry rosé, Maison Bouachon from Tavel France, an area known for its dry rosés. Did I mention the weather was perfect? Rosé was a perfect choice, and after we returned the first bottle, which was corked, we were all happy with the wine.

Maison Bouachon Rose

To start, we shared pastis-scented steamed mussels and frites.


Served with grilled bread and a tarragon aioli, the mussels were fragrant and perfectly-cooked, and the frites were nice and crispy, perfect for dipping.


The table also shared the grass-fed steak tartare which Robin somehow convinced me to try. It was good, but while eating raw tuna doesn’t bother me, I couldn’t get over the raw beef factor.

It was back to veggies for me. I ordered the arugula and fig salad; I figured I must have figs at the girl + the fig. Lightly dressed with a port vinaigrette, the arugula was spicy, the goat cheese creamy and fresh, and the figs like sweet candy.

arugula and fig salad

Robin had the wild flounder meuniere.

wild flounder

And Eric had the beet salad with pretty pink beets.

beet salad

We were all too full from dessert, but I am hoping a return trip to the girl + the fig is in our very near future. Who knows when we will be in Sonoma again?

The Girl and the Fig

A lovely lunch was followed by wine tasting and sunshine. More to come. . .

And if you missed it earlier, please check out my new recipes page!

How’s your Monday coming along?

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Tags: arugula, Chef Robin White, Figs, Food, frites, mussels, Passaggio, Restaurants, rose wine, Sonoma, the girl + the fig, Travel, wine

  1. Daisy’s avatar

    i love the name of the restaurant, and all that food looks so good!


  2. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    I have their cookbook and would love to eat there in the flesh at some point. Looks lovely!


  3. alicia’s avatar

    That restaurant name is awesome.

    My monday is rolling along quite nicely. I babysat my friend’s son for a couple hours, now I’m back home cooking and catching up on my favorite blogs :)


  4. Michelle’s avatar

    I absolutely love how blogging can introduce you to so many interesting people who become good friends!

    Those mussels look DELISH!


  5. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    I would love the arugula and fig salad! My mouth is watering thinking about it. Sounds like a fabulous lunch.


  6. Elizabeth’s avatar

    I would totally go there just for the name. Your salads look delicious.


  7. Raija’s avatar

    MVO and I have a special place in our hearts for Tavel roses after visiting Tavel. Yum. Can’t wait for rose weather here!


  8. Julie’s avatar

    It’s hard to say this without sounding like I’m whining…I want to go!! Looks like a beautiful day, a lovely lunch & great company! Somehow, your photos make it possible for me to crave fish & arugula before 6 a.m.!


  9. Fresh and Foodie’s avatar

    I went there a couple years ago while vacationing in Sonoma. Such a cute place with good food. Oddly enough, the standout for me were the homemade bread and butter pickles — they were so good! And the frites, too.


  10. Lori Lynn’s avatar

    We love it there!
    Had great bloody mary’s and an awesome cheese service.
    Looks like you had a lovely time!


  11. Megan’s avatar

    That flounder looks incredible! And you look so relaxed and happy!


  12. Sherry @JustAPinch’s avatar

    I wish we had a spot like that here in Nashville. How inviting! Thank you for sharing!

    Sherry Parfait


  13. Veronica Gantley’s avatar

    All the food looks wonderful. If I ever visit, I will make sure to check it out.


  14. Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }’s avatar

    This is one of my absolute favorite Sonoma restaurants! Their quiche is out of this world with the pomme frites. It is light and airy! I am lucky to only live a bit over an hour away from Sonoma and enjoy each time I am there. If you visit again, check out Della Santini’s off the square – delish! Have a great weekend ahead!


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