Seven for Saturday

Happy weekend and welcome to Seven for Saturday ☀️

It’s been a busy, eventful week around here. I am excited to share a a few things with you so let’s get started!

1 -Celebrated ‘the girl & the fig’ 

Twenty years ago this month, the girl & the fig opened its doors. It became one of the most – if not the most – popular restaurants in of Sonoma and remains so today. It’s also known throughout the Bay Area as the place to enjoy delicious French food with a Wine Country twist, all in a stylish and fun atmosphere.

When I heard that my friend and co-owner of the girl & the fig. Sondra Bernstein, was throwing a huge dinner party in the Sonoma with her business partner and co-owner, Chef John Toulze, I did not wait to buy my tickets. I knew this event would sell out fast, and I was right!

Six hundred guests sat down to a phenomenal meal in the heart of Sonoma. It was a fantastic evening and I am so glad to have spent it with Tori and some great friends.

Congratulations, Sondra and John! Here’s to 20 more 🎉

2 – About Those Solar Eclipse Glasses….

Remember the Seven for Saturday post when I mentioned I’d ordered a pack of 5 solar eye protection glasses for the upcoming eclipse? Only one of us put them to use.

Sonoma County was sadly blanketed in clouds so no eclipse viewing here. But my husband, away fighting a forest fire several hours north, did get to see it. I am so glad I remembered to pack a couple pairs of glasses for him.

Did you get a chance to see the eclipse?

3 –  Veraison

One thing I enjoy about this time of year in Wine Country is all the pretty grape clusters. I especially love seeing the red varieties go through veraison – when the grapes turn from green to deep purple, to put it simply. I might need to frame this one. It’s my favorite versaison photo from this season!

4 –  Cute Sandals On Sale

I have been wearing these ankle tie block-heel sandals a ton this summer.

They are so easy to walk in with their large block heel and I love how they can add a little extra style to my outfits. They are on sale right now and they come in olive green and cognac, which I also have.

5 – Rock the Rails

In my last post, I told you all about my recent ride on Napa Valley Wine Train taking the Quattro Vino Tour. I was elated when I was asked to return to Rock the Rails!

Rock the Rails, a new music series benefitting the Rail Arts District (RAD) Napa Valley. It kicked off earlier this week with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performing at V Sattui Winery.

I invited my longtime friend Christina to accompany me. We rode the multi-car train this time and were seated in the Vista Dome car which has big rounded windows. As we made our way from the Wine Train Station to V. Sattui, we were treated to a three-course meal and bubbly!

The concert was so much fun! I loved Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – such energy and talent and an immensely entertaining performance. I am now their newest fan.

There are two more concerts this season and include Sheila E on September 21st at Grgich Hills Estate, and David Pack’s Legends Live on October 5th at Charles Krug Winery. Get your tickets here.


6 – New Starts for the Fall Garden 

Tori has taken charge of our vegetable garden, thankfully. Left up to me, there would be nothing but dirt and old half-dead plants in our garden. A green thumb, I do not have.

Today, Tori went out to Harmony Farms in Sebastopol and picked up peas, kale, rosemary, thyme, lettuce, watermelon radishes, and rainbow chard. I love all of her choices!

We are expecting 100+ degree heat the next week so she will probably keep them shaded and sprayed with water until the heat subsides.

Do you keep a fall garden?

7 – New 50th Birthday Plans!

My 50th birthday trip plans have changed quite dramatically. The New Mexico and Texas road trip idea has been replaced with a two-week trip to France. I could not be anymore excited if I tried!

We leave in mid October and will spend the first several days visiting areas not far from Paris including Normandy, Giverny, and the Champagne region. The only parts of the trip that are booked right now are our plane tickets and the hotel where we will spend four nights at the end of our trip, during my actual birthday. I am delighted that our room will have a view of the Eiffel Tower!

Bill and I on top of the Eiffel Tower, March 2013. It was freezing cold but what a view!


How I Wear My is happening September 13th. Jill and I decided to close out the summer with one last warm weather theme: Straw!

To join in the fashion fun, send us a photo showing us how you wear “Straw” and be sure to include a description of your look and link to your blog or Instagram account. Send it to us at by the end of the day on September 11th.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Disclosure: The two tickets to Rock the Rails were given to me in exchange for coverage. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always. 


  1. August 26, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    I can’t compete with France! But I was looking forward to you coming to Texas…hopefully you will do that trip another time and I can show you San Antonio!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      August 27, 2017 / 6:14 am

      Hi Pam,

      I am sorry we won’t get to meet in SA this October but I still have my plane tickets to Texas and want to use them in the spring. Hoping to see you then!

  2. August 27, 2017 / 9:46 am

    I love this post Adrienne! What a fabulous party, totally over the top! I visited Girl in the Fig over 15 years ago, I am so happy to hear it is still thriving, we had the best meal there. This concert train ride looks like so much fun. You are blessed to live and play in such gorgeous surroundings. I am the only one who missed the eclipse. My kids were so lucky as both of their schools purchased solar glasses for all the students and staff to view out on the blacktop as a group, what an amazing experience. I have 2 friends that went up to Oregon and they said it was quite something. Now to dig up a look with a straw bag or something….
    Stay cool, I hear it’s hot up there!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      August 28, 2017 / 8:05 am

      Hi Suzanne,

      It was such a special treat to not only dine in the Sonoma Square but among 600 of Sondra and John’s friends and supporters made it even more special.
      So you didn’t get blocked out by the clouds on solar eclipse day? We were really socked in until mid afternoon, sadly. So great your kids got to see it!
      I hope you will join us for How I Wear My: Straw. It is HOT here in the Bay Area – no reason to store away our summer duds and accessories just yet!
      Stay cool and thank you so much for stopping by! xo, A

  3. Alison
    August 29, 2017 / 5:36 am

    That cluster of grapes is beautiful!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      September 5, 2017 / 8:37 am

      I am not a big fan of summer – my least favorite season – but I do love seeing the grapes mature. So many pretty shades of green, red and purple!

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