With a stay at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa in Sonoma, you'll be in the historical district and minutes from Sonoma Train Town Railroad and close to Sonoma Plaza. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Sonoma Town Hall and Sonoma Plaza.
Make yourself at home in one of the 182 air-conditioned rooms featuring fireplaces and LCD televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with down comforters and Egyptian cotton sheets, and all rooms are furnished with sofa beds. Rooms have private patios where you can take in pool and garden views. 32.00-inch high-definition televisions with premium TV channels provide entertainment, with wired and wireless Internet access available for a surcharge.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. If you're looking for recreational opportunities, you'll find a health club, an outdoor pool, and a spa tub. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and gift shops/newsstands. Guests can get around on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 2 mi.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar. Buffet breakfasts are available daily for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, business services, and audiovisual equipment. Planning an event in Sonoma? This hotel has 11000 square feet (990 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Free parking is available onsite.
At the heart of the cabernet sauvignon merlot and chardonnay vines of Napa Valley the French restaurateur Claude Rouas has created a discreet and elegant hotel hidden amongst a grove of olive trees that evoke his love of Provence in the South of France. A handful of houses perched on the hillside offer spacious maisons with private terraces where aged French oak floors colorful chenille fabrics abstract paintings and fireplaces create an air of romance. The Mediterranean inspired cuisine features the very best of the region and the spa which also draws its cue from the land proposes treatments based on grapes olives herbs flowers mud and minerals. The 15 000 bottles in the wine cellar promise an oenophiles journey to the wine heaven as you watch the sun setting on the horizon. CLUB 5C Hotel welcomes Relais and Chateaux Club 5C members with a VIP Welcome and a Discovery Privilege. Please include the Club 5C membership number in the reservation and please show your Club 5C membership card on arrival.
The Girl and The Fig: A User’s Guide
French-Country Cuisine | House-Cured Charcuterie | Local Wine | Fig Dishes and Cocktails | Casual Gourmet
Starter: charcuterie platter with house-cured meats, housemade pickles, pâté, and terrine
Salad: fig-and-arugula salad, with toasted pecans, house-cured pancetta, and local Laura Chenel chèvre
Entrée: duck confit with farro, chicories, turnips, bacon vinaigrette, and golden-raisin mostarda
Dessert: chocolate and salted-fig caramel trifle, topped with Italian meringue and cocoa nibs
Sunday brunch: Braised short rib benedicit and crispy mushrooms and espelette chili pepper hollandaise
With its high-end cuisine and quirky-chic atmosphere, The Girl & The Fig has not only attracted its share of critical applause, but also appeared in People when Lady Gaga and other half Taylor Kinney were spotted dining on mussels, beet salad, and Fig Kiss cocktails. The restaurant, and its line of cookbooks and condiments, has also been featured in Bon Appétit, Food Network Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, and Wine Spectator.
Meet the Staff
Sondra, Owner: An experienced restaurateur, Sondra is works passionately to create a "quirky and elegant" atmosphere that's unique to The Girl & The Fig.
John, Executive Chef: In addition to curating the standard and weekly prix fixe menus, he helped Sondra develop the products and cookbooks associated with the restaurant name.
Julie, Resident Artist: Her paintings and pastel images undulate with soft colors and rippling contours. Sondra felt Julie's sumptuous work evoked the restaurants' farm-to-table values and intimate focus on detail.
Meet the Meats: The Fig sources its lamb, rabbit, duck, and beef from local farms. Then there's Mano Formate, the restaurant's line of charcuterie. John discovered his love of making salumi when he and Sondra opened another restaurant, Estate, and has since filled the Fig kitchen with daily house-cured batches of bacon, pancetta, prosciutto, guanciale, lonzo, salami, and more.
The Girl & The Fig Cookbook: Publishers Weekly described this tome as "a magnificent specimen of the Wine Country cookbook genre," adding that the recipes "have a relaxed, decadent feel" often amplified by their "elegant simplicity."
Fig Food: This line of jams, chutneys, and herb blends is inspired by recipes from Fig kitchen. They're sold at the restaurant, so patrons can take home some of their favorite flavors.
Julie's art: Prints are available for purchase at the restaurant, as well as on Julie's site.
Dean and Deluca is located in the heart of Saint Helena, making it a go-to grocery store for locals and visitors.
Make sure you always have a variety of beverages on hand, especially during the warmer months. This drink is sure to take care of business.
Do you have a new pasta recipe that you've been dying to try? Pick up some noodles and treat yourself to a tasty dish.
Not only is fish great for your heart, but it also packs a punch in the flavor department, so get to grilling!
Bread at Dean and Deluca is absolutely delicious.
Stock up on tasty canned goods from Dean and Deluca and quickly pull together last-minute dinner ideas.
If you're in the need for some protein, this is THE place to go, as they have wonderful and various meats for purchase.
When you get that craving for chocolate chip cookies, pick up the ingredients here.
Start cooking like a professional with the spices and seasonings at Dean and Deluca.
When you have a hunger craving in between meals, these snacks will come in handy.
Who has time to cook anymore? That's why there are frozen foods available here to help you keep pace with your career and family.
When you need a quick meal after a long day of work, a TV dinner from here is sure to fill you up in a jiffy.
The exquisite coffees and teas from here are great for an after-dinner beverage or a pick-me-up during your workday.
When the heat gets the best of you, water is more important than ever. Cool off no matter where you are with a bottle from Dean and Deluca.
This liquor is perfect for your next party or after work cocktail. Sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of this next time you want to pour yourself a tasty drink.
If milk is your go-to beverage, you'll love the dairy products available here (great for strengthening your bones and teeth).
If rushing out the door is your morning routine, be sure to pick up a box of cereal for a quick and easy breakfast solution.
Every kitchen requires oil and vinegar. When you need something acidic to balance out a recipe, vinegar will do the trick, or when you need something slick to grease the pan, oil is often a cook's first choice.
This fresh produce here is so tasty it will change the way we think about healthy eating.
At Dean and Deluca, you can find easy in-and-out parking for you to take advantage of during your shopping spree.
Dean and Deluca provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
Save yourself some time and energy, Dean and Deluca will make sure you find everything on your grocery list.
LaSalette Restaurant: A User’s Guide
New Portuguese Cuisine | Romantic Terrace | Port Wines | Bib Gourmand Recipient
Starter: flash-baked whole Monterey Bay sardines and warm onion cebolada stew
Main plate: fisherman’s stew loaded with sea bass, scallops, clams, mussels, shrimp, fingerling potatoes, and lobster fumet
Dessert: spicy piri piri chocolate ice cream
What to Drink
Try a flight of port wines, which are fortified wines that originated in the northern provinces of Portugal. Flights include three one-ounce selections.
Chef Manuel Azevedo, whose new Portuguese cuisine blends the fresh, seasonal produce of California with the complex flavors and ingredients of Portugal and Southern Europe.
Many of the menu items are made from scratch, including the farmer’s cheese, linguica sausage, bread, pasta, and desserts.
Where to Sit: on the romantic terrace, where softly playing fado music makes meals under the stars even more romantic.
Hanging brass cookware, Portuguese hand-painted pottery, and tables crafted from old wine boxes makes you feel like you’re dining in chef Azevedo’s home. Wafting aromas fresh-baked bread and spices only add to the cozy ambiance.
In 2012, LaSalette earned a Bib Gourmand rating from Michelin for offering the “best hidden culinary value” in the Bay Area.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: recreating some of chef Azevedo’s dishes at home while following the LaSalette Cookbook, which comes packed with 360 pages of photographs, recipes, and historical anecdotes.
Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, the produce from this store will give you the energy your body needs.
Going on a road trip or heading to the office? Easy to take anywhere, this snack will hold you over between any meal.
Feeling hungry? Make your breakfast, lunch, or dinner even better with some great seasonings and spices from here.
Healthy eaters realize the importance of dairy in their diet. Make sure you're getting your fill of Vitamin D with dairy products from Maid at Home.
You'll definitely not want to miss the terrific vinegar and oil deals available at this location. You'll find top notch ingredients to transform your cooking when you stop in here.
H20: The essential element for every human being. Stay hydrated everywhere you go with a bottle from Maid at Home.
Make your cooking life as easy as possible and grab some frozen food today. It's perfect for when you don't have the time or energy to make something from scratch!
Kick off your weekend with a barbecue. Pick up some fresh and tender meats from here and start cooking.
Pick up super fresh fish (and a heck of a lot of nutrients) for your next meal.
When you only have time for a quick lunch during your busy workday, heat up a TV dinner from here and enjoy a quick and yummy meal.
People can't get enough of the drinks here that take refreshment to the max.
Bread is a kitchen must-have, so pick up some fresh goodness today.
Whether you're a double shot of espresso or a jasmine tea, this place has you covered.
Everyone knows that home-cooking beans can take literally almost forever. Save yourself the time and effort by picking up some from the amazing canned food selection at Maid at Home.
If pasta is what you're in the mood for, swing by Maid at Home and pick up some fresh noodles.
Not everyone has time for pancakes in the morning. Get going with a tasty box of cereal the whole family will enjoy.
When you get that craving for chocolate chip cookies, pick up the ingredients here.
Traveling by car is no problem at all with the fantastic available parking near Maid at Home.
Most Top Chef finalists launch their restaurant careers right after their time on television ends. Not Casey Thompson—she spent seven years after season three traveling, all the while thinking hard about what she wanted in a venue. She met farmers, built relationships, and finally opened Aveline (plus its cocktail bar sibling, The European) in June. As the result of so much careful planning, the restaurant truly embodies Casey’s vision, both in the space and on the plate.
One key part of that vision? Pigs. Casey loves to use almost every part of them, including the head. In honor of Aveline’s recent launch, we asked her about her fondness for pork, her cooking philosophy, and some of her go-to spots in San Francisco.
GROUPON: One ingredient that crops up on the menus at Aveline and The European is pork. Specifically, pork from the pig’s head—pork jowl, pig cheek, pig ear. What do you like about this ingredient?
CASEY THOMPSON: In general, I love any animal that tastes good from head to toe! As a chef, it’s really beneficial for me to use different parts of an animal that might otherwise be underutilized. It keeps costs down and provides guests with the opportunity to try things they may not otherwise try.
There is a lot more marbling in these parts than you might think, and there are a variety of different textures in specific parts like the ear.
G: Do you think that pig face is trending right now?
CT: I don't know. I try not to pay too much attention to what’s “trendy.” I just want to make food that tastes good, and if it means using parts of an animal that are unfamiliar to most people and [then] educating people about them, I’m happy to do so.
G: If someone hasn't tried any part of the pig’s head, where should they start?
CT: I think a good place to start is with pig cheek—it’s rich and it braises perfectly! Confiting a pig cheek [at home] is easy. The most difficult part is probably finding the product, but your local butcher can help with that.
G: Are there other pig dishes in San Francisco that you like?
CT: The pork at Kokkari is unreal, and Namu Gaji does a pretty impressive job too!
G: Aside from cooking with pig parts, you’re also an advocate for sustainability and the environment. Where does that passion come from?
CT: I have a job that impacts the environment, and as such, I have a duty to make sure that my staff and I do all we can not to add to the overwhelming issues we’re already facing.
I am also a firm believer in good husbandry. All animals deserve to live a good life, especially if they are giving us theirs for nourishment. It’s our responsibility as humans to recognize that.
G: Some of your dishes have original ingredients with a cool, earthy vibe. I’m talking about the "ham snow" and "chicory soil" on Aveline’s menu. Can you tell us more about these?
CT: Environmental elements in a dish add interesting flavors. The chicory soil contains nori, breadcrumbs, candied cashews, and chicory—all pretty earthy, you’re right. Now, the ham snow is highly technical stuff: we freeze ham, grate it over cold amberjack, and call it snow!
G: You’re also creating the menu over at The European, your bar-and-lounge project with Adam Wilson. It seems like the snacks have more of an updated comfort-food feel. Is The European the other side of Aveline's coin?
It absolutely is! There is a secret kid side to me with that menu and, really, it’s us having fun. I do think we have the best burger—it is so good. I want people to use both spaces! Come and eat at The European!
G: To close out, can you share some of your favorite San Francisco spots to grab a bite?
For coffee: Réveille Coffee Co.
For breakfast (and guilty, greasy pleasures): San Jalisco
For lunch and dinner: Kokkari, Kin Khao
For after-hours drinks and eats: Rye, Tradition, Le Colonial
For outdoor dining: The Ferry Building, Slanted Door, Cavallo Point, Coqueta
This interview has been condensed and edited. Photos courtesy of Casey Thompson. The European photo by Andi Fisher.
When you live in a city with so much scenery, eating inside can feel a bit stifling. Here are five beautiful restaurant patios in San Francisco that allow you to order in the great outdoors.
Mission Rock Resort (817 Terry Francois Blvd.)
The restaurant group that owns South Park staples MoMo’s, Pedro’s Cantina, and Pete’s Tavern overhauled Mission Rock Resort in late 2012. Now, it’s a bayside escape with plenty of deck seating, calming ocean views, and easy parking. Try bites from the raw bar or fried seafood for lunch, brunch, or happy hour.
Foreign Cinema (2534 Mission St.)
The most popular tables at this Mission stalwart are in the romantic covered patio. In the evening, artsy or retro flicks are projected on the patio wall while sound can be played through drive-in–style speakers at each table. The movies, however, are a secondary draw compared to the Californian-Mediterranean food.
Waterbar (399 The Embarcadero S)
Waterbar is a perennial Top 100 restaurant, so you can bet on some memorable seafood with views of the bay, the Bay Bridge, and the Bay Lights—not to mention $1.25 oysters every day before 5:30 pm.
Bar Agricole (355 11th St.)
Opened by a collective of the city’s best bartenders and sommeliers, Bar Agricole is led by master drink maker Thad Vogler. Unsurprisingly, its cocktails are just as good as its seasonal food. The space’s award-winning design features plenty of redwood, concrete, and glass, plus a spacious patio that’s covered and heated during the winter months.
Biergarten (424 Octavia St.)
Biergarten takes its name literally—its only seating is outdoors, where all of its Bavarian-style street food is served from shipping containers converted into a kitchen and bar. Brews can be ordered by the half- or full-liter, but considering the long lines, it’s best to get the larger of the two before you squeeze into one of the communal picnic tables.
Photos courtesy of Mission Rock Resort, Foreign Cinema, Waterbar, and Bar Agricole; Biergarten photo courtesy of BarFlySF.
Sushi is not hard to come by in San Francisco, but so much variety means that finding the perfect sushi spot can be a challenge. Here are our picks for the five freshest, most innovative sushi restaurants in the Bay Area.
1. Cha-Ya (762 Valencia St.)
Vegetarian sushi anyone? While that may sound like an oxymoron, Cha-Ya is redefining what sushi means, veggie- and vegan-style. It’s cash-only here, and the wait can be long, but the food is inventive and the service is great. Even meat eaters should enjoy the Cha-Ya Roll: tempura-battered asparagus, avocado, yam, and carrot with Cha-Ya’s special sauce.
2. Minako Organic Japanese Restaurant (2154 Mission St.)
Never tried fried “veggie eel” before? This place has you covered, and it accommodates most dietary restrictions. There’s a vegan menu, a gluten-free menu, animal-product-free tempura, and sushi made with brown rice.
3. Roka Akor (801 Montgomery St.)
The presentation at Roka Akor is out of this world: sushi served on a landscape of salt rocks, ice, bamboo boxes, and light (that’s right, your sushi plate will glow). The tasting menu is a must-try and incorporates a wide range of different fish.
4. Tsunami Sushi Panhandle (1306 Fulton St.)
Tusnami’s classic california rolls are half off during happy hour, but the restaurant is most famous for its combination rolls. Try the Mama San with tempura shrimp and spicy tuna or the Magic Mushroom roll with salmon, snow crab, and enoki mushrooms. Also, consider adding some zing to your meal with sake or wine.
5. Akiko’s Restaurant (431 Bush St.)
Located in Union Square, Akiko’s serves up superfresh sushi—the menu changes daily based on the availability of ingredients. The kitchen focuses on serving sustainable, organic, seasonal, and local fish at high-end prices. The omakase menu will run up to $100 per person, but for sushi die-hards, it’s worth it. If you’re not feeling fish, there are non-sushi items on the menu, too, including teriyaki meats and udon soups.