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Need a visual aid for your print edition? Jonathan Gold visits Fig in Santa Monica's Fairmont Miramar Hotel (“Garcia's cooking seems to carry within it more than a bit of aggression, and if I were a culinary therapist rather than a critic, I might take the slug of bacon in the brussels sprouts or the presence of tooth-cracking, undercooked pig's ear in the frisée salad to be subtle cries for help''). Click through for Anne Fishbein's spectacular photos and read more in Gold's Counter Intelligence, “Fig Out.”

Fig's private dining room; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Fig's private dining room; Credit: Anne Fishbein

a ball jar of fresh blueberries at the bar at Fig, used for cocktails; Credit: Anne Fishbein

a ball jar of fresh blueberries at the bar at Fig, used for cocktails; Credit: Anne Fishbein

polishing the wine glasses before the dinner shift at Fig; Credit: Anne Fishbein

polishing the wine glasses before the dinner shift at Fig; Credit: Anne Fishbein

seared tuna Nicoise at Fig; Credit: Anne Fishbein

seared tuna Nicoise at Fig; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Fig's watermelon salad; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Fig's watermelon salad; Credit: Anne Fishbein

barramundi at Fig; Credit: Anne Fishbein

barramundi at Fig; Credit: Anne Fishbein

a dessert of corn fritters, poolside at Fig; Credit: Anne Fishbein

a dessert of corn fritters, poolside at Fig; Credit: Anne Fishbein

8 oz. steak frites at Fig; Credit: Anne Fishbein

8 oz. steak frites at Fig; Credit: Anne Fishbein

baby artichokes with buffalo mozzarella, watercress and goji berries at Fig; Credit: Anne Fishbein

baby artichokes with buffalo mozzarella, watercress and goji berries at Fig; Credit: Anne Fishbein

staff meeting at Fig; Credit: Anne Fishbein

staff meeting at Fig; Credit: Anne Fishbein

grilled mortadella with whipped ricotta at Fig; Credit: Anne Fishbein

grilled mortadella with whipped ricotta at Fig; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Fig poolside service; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Fig poolside service; Credit: Anne Fishbein

charcuterie sampling plate at Fig; Credit: Anne Fishbein

charcuterie sampling plate at Fig; Credit: Anne Fishbein

cheese shaver at Fig; Credit: Anne Fishbein

cheese shaver at Fig; Credit: Anne Fishbein

wating for the doors to open for dinner at Fig; Credit: Anne Fishbein

wating for the doors to open for dinner at Fig; Credit: Anne Fishbein