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July 7, 2010
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Getaway to Wine Country with Les Petites Maisons
Need a place to getaway and relax this summer?  Looking to experience the Sonoma Valley Harvest this Fall?  Our cottages at Les Petites Maisons provide the perfect private location for your vacation, or (if you’re local) a great in-town retreat for your visiting friends and family.  Spend your time relaxing in your own quiet cottage away from all the noise and commotion that you might otherwise find in a hotel.  Contact us or visit us online for more information on our packages and additional amenities, to check availability and make your reservation!

What people are saying about Les Petites Maisons…

“We had an amazing time and loved all of the charming touches.  I’ve already recommended it to other friends.”

“We had a great time visiting Sonoma!  Thanks for your sweet, quaint cottages!”

“We really like the cottage, the privacy, the way it was decorated and the coziness.  Thanks for being so thoughtful, we certainly will come stay with you again.”

Wine News: Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
If you’re looking for something to do this Labor Day weekend, consider a trip to Sonoma to experience the event-filled Sonoma Wine Country Weekend.  Put on by the Sonoma County Vintners and the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Foundation, this weekend will be filled with a variety of wine related events including Taste of Sonoma on August 30th and the 16th Annual Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction on August 31st.

Look for the girl & the fig to participate in various events over the course of Wine Country Weekend, including a winemaker’s lunch at Pezzi King Vineyards in addition to Taste of Sonoma and the Harvest Wine Auction, of course.

Join us for this fun-filled weekend!  Buy your tickets before they sell out!

Wine News: Rhone Around the World
The latest shipment of our wine club, “Rhone Around the World,” was sent out early last month and included three bottles of rosé as well as information on this interesting blend and each of the winemakers.  The wines we chose to feature this time were the 2007 Chateau Lascaux, the 2007 Bugay Long Stem Rosé and the 2007 Espelt Corali.  Rosé is a type of wine that we consider to be terribly underrated, and we hope that we’ve persuaded some of you as well!

Our next shipment will be titled “Que Syrah, Shiraz” and is scheduled to make its way to your door this October.  Sign up now!

To learn more about previous shipments of “Rhone Around the World,” as well as other goings on in the world of Rhone wine, visit Sondra’s blog!

Summer Recipe: Salmon Gravlax

4 lb salmon fillet, skin on
1/3 cup kosher salt
1/3 cup sugar
4 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1½ tablespoons crushed black peppercorns
1½ tablespoons crushed coriander seeds
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 oz brandy
6 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh dill

Wash the salmon fillet, dry with paper towels and lay on a baking sheet skin side down. Mix the salt, sugar, dill, crushed peppercorns, coriander, and allspice together. Sprinkle the salmon with the brandy and spoon the spice mixture evenly over the fish, covering all exposed flesh. Cover with plastic wrap, top with a baking sheet and then weigh lightly with a 1 lb weight to press the salmon. A couple of small cans would work as well. Refrigerate for 24 hours.

Remove the weight and covering, discard the solids from the marinade and rinse the remaining spice from the fish with cold water. Pat dry. Place the salmon on a clean baking sheet skin side down, press the remaining dill evenly on the salmon flesh, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 12 more hours.

Slice with a long, thin knife working towards the tail.

Serve with herbed cream cheese & crackers, on a  bagel with goat cheese or on tea sandwiches with cucumber slices & unsalted butter.

(Serves 10)

Contributed by Chris Jones, Chef de Cuisine at the girl & the fig
Find similar recipes in the girl & the fig Cookbook!

Green News: “Water the Way Nature Intended”
After much encouragement from our staff and over eight months of product research, water purification systems will be installed at both the girl & the fig and the fig café.  These new systems from Natura Water will help to turn our local Sonoma County water into purified still and sparkling water for use in our dining rooms.

Natura is currently one of the only eco-friendly alternatives to the widespread commercial use of bottled water.  Using this system will help to eliminate environmentally harmful waste related to the production, transport and disposal of regular bottled waters.  It also lightens our own carbon footprint by reducing our need for storage and recycling.  And it tastes great, too!  Natura is able to purify our local water with an efficiency of 99.99%, leaving only the most beneficial of minerals behind and proving that it’s just as good for our bodies as it is for our environment.

We are very excited about this new addition to our restaurants, and are proud to be the first in Sonoma to use a system of this kind!  Stop by soon to try it out!

Green News: See What We’re Growing…
Many of the herbs and vegetables that you see us serve everyday will soon be coming directly from our own organic gardens.  Planted with the green thumb of Judy Toulze, mom of Executive Chef John Toulze, the gardens are currently full of life and contain a variety of plants just waiting to bring flavor to your table.

Our gardens boast a variety of flavors such as lemon verbena, tarragon, dill, thyme, parsley, marjoram, chives, basil, rosemary, and sage.  Even more anxiously awaited is an assortment of fresh vegetables including Japanese eggplant, Armenian cucumbers, green beans, cranberry beans, heirloom tomatoes, leeks, English peas, Anaheim chiles and radishes.

Stop by in the upcoming weeks and months to taste these flavorful, organic additions to our menu – straight from our garden to you!

the fig cafe Plat du Jour
Be sure to stop by the fig cafe soon to see our new menus and try out our weekly plat du jour.  Already a customer favorite at the girl & the fig in Sonoma, our plat du jour menu changes every Thursday evening and offers a selection of three courses designed to pleasure your palette.  Included within these courses are your entrée, plat and dessert or fromage.  An additional flight of specially paired wine is also offered.  Our special plat du jour menu is offered every day of the week, and is more than a bargain at $25.00 for three courses.  Visit us soon to try it out!

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