Yep, here we go again. Save the date on your calendar, here comes Art Basel Hong Kong right around the corner. Art Basel has a pretty good spread across the globe at this point, of course the annual in Basel Switzerland itself, the somewhat iconic although over rated Art Basel in Miami for all of […]
The last time I was in Sonoma, I got there a little before my date. Being interested in place and place-writing, I took the opportunity to stroll its streets and try to see them in a new way. I asked myself what the defining feature of the town’s spirit is. My hunger may have contributed to the answer, which was resoundingly “food.” A certain emphasis on local food, exquisitely prepared, permeates the downtown area.
On the day in question, I broke all of my self-imposed dietary rules for the day to eat at The Girl and the Fig. The duck confit was absolutely well worth it. In fact, the food was so good that it led to a third date. That one, in San Francisco, was the last with that particular gentleman—though I should have known he wasn’t “the one” at the beginning of this Sonoma date, when he asked me what a fig is. (Guys, take this as proof that asking a girl out on a date with incredible food really can make a difference.)
Being part of California’s wine country, Sonoma is chock full of wineries and tasting rooms. It’s hard to go more than a block in the downtown area without seeing at least a couple. I prefer to explore them after eating; it’s much easier to handle the plethora of tasting samples when you don’t have an empty stomach.