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Valentine's lunch at The Girl and the Fig

janet of reno | Feb 17, 200601:55 AM

Since Ruth asked: Four of us had a lovely lunch on Valentine's Day at the Girl and the Fig in Sonoma. I was happy that we were able to secure a last-minute reservation....when we arrived we had to wait a few minutes, but only a few. The restaurant was understandably busy, but the service was still great (and very friendly!). Hubby and I started by splitting the fig salad....wonderful! I am not a big fig fan, but figured I could pick past them and let DH enjoy his figs...well, they were delicious, so no worries! I then had the mussels with frites, and hubby had the polenta "starter." (Their starter dishes are servings large enough to be mains, IMO). Dad and stepmom ordered the mussels and the fig salad, and split those. Waiter was very nice about bringing extra plates for all the sharing. The mussels were especially delicious....in a yummy wine sauce with just a little butter :-). The polenta starter was also very good: very creamy polenta, topped with spinach, a portabello mushroom, and with a creamy tomato sauce. I am not usually a big fan of food that comes in stacks, but it was so tasty the composition can be forgiven. We washed all this down with a bottle of Chandon Blanc du Noir. Somehow sparkling wine just seems right on a sunny afternoon...We were too full for desert, but did split an order of "dark chocolate dipped figs." One fig each, perfect! On the way back to my dad's place in Glen Ellen we stopped at the Barking Dog, a coffee place he loves in town. Excellent iced lattes....they take (decaffinated) coffee and freeze it to make the ice cubes so your latte isn't diluted as the ice melts! Check it out!

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