BDE in Sonoma

Unbeknownst to the Nashville faction of BDE, the McDowell Street faction was on a parallel California track in beautiful Sonoma County this week.  Due to a short-burn, last-minute business trip, the BDE-Augusta (A2) faction (JW is A1) had to visit San Jose for a few hours, then spend some local time in a better area waiting on a non-redeye flight back home. 

That local time in a better area was spent driving a 30-something coworker, who had not been to SF since 8th grade, on the fastest whirlwind tour of SF ever managed (2 hours:  eat at Ferry Building, browse Ferry Building, drive down Lombard, visually stimulating and audibly guided tour from car of Bay Bridge, Coit tower, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghiradelli Square, Alcatraz, Palace of the Fine Arts, Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Marin County Civic Center), then making the ~1 hour trek to Sonoma. 

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One of my bucket list restaurants The Girl and The Fig got crossed off. They had crispy sweet breads as a Monday special – nuff said. 

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Not so amazingly, BDE-A2 got to experience the farmers bounty of Northern California as well.  Sonoma (the city of) restarted their seasonal Tuesday Farmer’s Market in early May, so we were privileged enough to arrive from the whirlwind back in Sonoma in time for the 5:30pm kickoff.  Historic Sonoma Plaza was ringed by a Grateful Dead wanna-be band, tons of fresh fruit and produce, locally made humus and pita chips, locally made ravioli, fresh locally foraged mushrooms, corn dogs as big as Chris Haddock’s forearm, Gyros, Sushi (disconcerting outdoors), smoked pulled pork, and pizza from a moh-bile wood-fired pizza oven.   It was also sunny and about 60 degrees with a slight, unhumidified breeze.  Now you know why people are drawn to California (mudslides, wildfires, earthquakes, and pestilence aside).

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