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Sonoma County Fair…and then some.

This weekend Grey and I took a trip to Sonoma County, Ca. It was spectacular.

With a wide array of chocolate, cheese, wine, etc. we probably came back a pound or too heavier, with smiles on our faces nonetheless .We started off by having dinner at The Red Grape in Sonoma, which used to be a feed store. Now, it’s a great little Italian restaurant that has the best pizza (besides homemade) that I have ever tasted. The crust is so thin, and they give the option of getting all organic whole wheat variety. Toppings might include sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese, grilled chicken, and calamari olives.

Folks enjoying the outdoor patio.

Stone pizza ovens.

Did you know that the “red grape” is actually a red grape tomato? The waitress informed us after we questioned her about its appearance of a tomato. Many people, especially in wine country, assume it is just a red grape.

We started the next day off right by going downtown Sonoma to walk around the plaza and go shopping in all of the little boutique type shops.

Do you see the wine trolly?

One of our favorite locations was the Sonoma Cheese Factory. They have great gelato, salami, balsamic vinegar, espresso, and of course…cheese. Undoubtedly, we saw the classics like pesto and garlic jack. Yum!

But there was something that I had never experienced…Lavender Jack. I had to go in for a taste! If I had to describe it, I’d say: sharp-cheesy-floraly-sweet-homey. If you didn’t get delicious out of that….it was :).

Grey tasting…every cheese. 

Yum-o fudge!

Passion Fruit Balsamic Vinegar…yes please. 

Next, we went around to all the little shops…chocolate shops. 

A taste of zinfandel dark chocolate…don’t mind if I do.  

Later that afternoon, we went to the Sonoma County Fair. This is absolutely my favorite fair of all time! There are always such great shows and exhibits. It is just the perfect size so it is not too much of a strain to see it all. The part I was looking forward to the most is the Hall of Flowers. Like most fairs there is a new theme each year that the entire fair is centered around. It is no different for the Sonoma County Fair Hall of Flowers. I enjoy the various exhibits because they are fresh flowers. Take a look at some of the exhibits and beautiful exotic flowers.

There was music…lots of music. 

…and lots of food.

Clover gives out free vanilla ice cream cones everyday. 

The famous Ibleto’s Spaghetti. 

Carnival.

We even went to the junior livestock beef sale in the Jamison Ring.

Phew! What a day. We got up the next morning, got our Starbucks, and headed back home. To top off the weekend we saw cloud:

What does it look like to you?…an alligator maybe?

Have a fan-diddly-tastic day. 

Love,

Grey and Brianna

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