A Trip to Sonoma

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I love my job more than anything, but working from home can sometimes get a little isolating. So when opportunities like this come my way, I’m all in! Last month, I spent an amazing few days with Williams SonomaFortessaThe Fairmont, and a group of lovely bloggers in Sonoma. We were wined and dined and wined some more… Here’s just a quick recap!

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I’m a sucker for kitchen gear so it was fun to visit the original Williams Sonoma store. It just reopened this year – many of the charming details were replicated from the store that Chuck Williams first opened in 1956. If you’re in Sonoma, check it out. We were also treated to a pasta-making class:

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Isn’t it fun to watch other people cook? Chef Thomas McNaughton of San Francisco’s Flour + Water Restaurant made handmade pasta for us. I’ve eaten a lot of pasta in my life, so this is a big statement: his pasta was the… best… ever. (It was even tastier on this beautiful dinnerware!). Check out his book, it’s a stunner. He also made a darn good kale & roasted squash salad too. I wish I had gotten the recipe:

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I wanted one of everything from these gorgeous wall displays:

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After lunch, we took a tour of Silver Oaks Winery – I especially loved their vegetable garden. I had major meyer lemon tree envy, and their kohlrabi was especially beautiful:

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Our group! (bloggers from: What’s Gaby CookingWaiting on MarthaSugar and CharmThe House That Lars BuiltStyle Me PrettyOnce WedSnippet and InkCoco + Kelley, Green Wedding ShoesIntimate WeddingsWedding Chicks)

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The trip ended with a beautiful dinner at the Fairmont. Below Chef David Blum plates up chocolate soufflés for dessert.

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Thanks to Fortessa, Williams Sonoma & The Fairmont for a lovely trip! This post was created in partnership, and is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fortessa. The opinions and text are all mine. (Some photos by Mark Poss).


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15 comments

  1. What a fun trip! I love love love WS and this trip seems like a dream (those kitchens are SO good!)

  2. Ok, this sounds like an absolute dream. Spending a day with the Williams Sonoma crew, drinking wine and looking at beautiful kitchenware…. Gosh, that basically sounds like my version of paradise.

  3. Kristin from eatflyloveblog.com on said:

    Wow! Now I know what I would do if I won the lottery – organize this trip! Looks like you all had an amazing time and the pictures are gorgeous!

  4. Kathy Roselli on said:

    What a fun trip Jeanine. My kids grandparents lived near the Sonoma area – always a favorite spot!
    We saw Scott and Nana in Charlotte and I introduced my daughter to your site. Can hardly wait for your book to come out!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      aw, thanks Kathy! Hope to see you soon 🙂

  5. Jeannine on said:

    Sounds like a trip that I should plan in the near future. BTW…my kids were sent two of the cookbooks that you suggested for my Christmas present. Can’t wait!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      oh, so glad! Hope they like them!

  6. Rachel from cookingthroughbittman.blogspot.com on said:

    Your photos are so beautiful! I love looking through your blog, it’s so inspiring 🙂 Also, those kitchen tool wall displays were making me crazy–I’m such a sucker for vintage kitchen gadgets. I mean, look at that mandolin!!

  7. Kari from sweetteasweetie.com on said:

    What an amazing experience! Sonoma is one of my favorite places in the world and Flour + Water makes the best pasta.
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

  8. Lisa on said:

    Love this. Thanks for sharing. Links aren’t working from my phone for the other blogs. Is it just me?

  9. Kate from cookieandkate.com on said:

    This looks like a blast! I’m going to have to find an excuse to visit their original store now.

  10. thefolia from thefolia.com on said:

    I agree with you, one of each please for me as well. I just heard about Chuck Williams the other day…rest in peace.

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      I know! so sad…

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