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From the Editor

February 2014

Welcome to Benicia Magazine’s 100th issue! For us, it’s a momentous occasion. With magazines folding left and right, we are proud and excited to have reached this milestone and still be going strong. Although there have been many changes to the design and content throughout the years, the constants are represented by 100 deadlines met in as many months, 100 events' calendars printed, 100 editor's letters written and 100 issues and covers designed by Margaret. Speaking of cover designs, this issue’s cover is one of my all-time favorites. It was custom designed by Jerry Bowles, a very talented young photographer and graphic artist. To honor the occasion, we are conducting a brief survey on page 12 to see how readers feel about the magazine: What stories you like in particular and what stories you would like to see in the future. To start the year off right, our new restaurant guide debuted in January, which we expanded in this issue, and Fashionista has been given a new name—Trends—to allow for a broader range of what’s trending now in travel, food, style, culture and more. We also changed the masthead (email me if you can figure out what changed!). And if you need added incentive to return the survey, we are entering completed surveys into a drawing for a free iPad 2. If you prefer, you can also fill it out online at beniciamagazine.com. You’ll find lots of 100th issue fun facts, and also a bit of romance, in this issue as February also ushers in Valentine's Day, which we celebrate with two features on the subject. Because Mike’s and my anniversary is February 11, traditionally we haven’t made a big deal over Valentine’s Day (but I loved making homemade Valentines with Mike and the girls to take to school when they were young). For me, the best thing about the day is giving myself permission to eat an indiscriminate amount of chocolate, preferably the really good kinds available at Studio 41 and Bookshop Benicia. But when Madra Rue submitted his story about the romantic Pelican Inn at Muir Beach, we immediately booked a two-night stay for a double celebration. Maybe it’s because February is the month for expressing love, but I have to say, despite the steady drumbeat of unyielding deadlines, I absolutely love publishing Benicia Magazine. In preparation for this occasion, I read all 100 issues, and I am having my own personal love fest for each and every one of them, and for this town that has enchanted me for over 33 years. Stay tuned; we have new features and other fun stuff in store for the magazine, the website and for our free weekly e- newsletter, Weekends, in 2014.

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and a Complex History for Valentine’s Day By Beth Steinmann Each February 14, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s cards are sent across America (according to the Greeting Card Association), and thousands of pounds of chocolate are purchased and consumed, all in the name of love. If there’s a better reason to celebrate, I can think of none. How did this amorous exchange begin, and who is St. Valentine, anyway? Although several St. Valentines exist in recorded history, the holiday’s namesake is St. Valentine of Rome. Pope Gelasius declared February 14 his feast day (the day of his burial) in 496. However, it was removed from the official Roman calendar in 1969, because nothing specific was known about St. Valentine. Hence, details of his life are relegated to legend. One such legend derives from Roman emperor Claudius II, who, upon deciding that single men made better soldiers than married men, decreed that young men were forbidden to marry. St. Valentine continued to perform marriage ceremonies nonetheless, and also attempted to convert Claudius to Christianity, for which he was jailed and later executed. However, before his death, he was said to have cured his jailor’s daughter from blindness. Centuries later, a little embellishment was added to the story: Before his death, Valentine wrote a note to the once-blind jailor’s daughter, signing it, “Your Valentine.” She is rumored to have planted a pinkblossoming almond at his grave, which to this day symbolizes love and friendship. Despite its early Christian namesake, it would take almost ten centuries for the holiday’s connotation with love to catch on. The earliest known reference to love is from the 15th century Paston Letters, in which a young woman refers to her future husband, John Paston, as her “right well-beloved Valentine.” Still, the roots of this association are unclear. Some cite the stirrings of spring and bird-mating time, and others looks towards Pagan festivals, as it was common for the Catholic Church to Christianize preChristian celebrations. Lupercalia was a Roman festival celebrated February 13-15, and associated with ancient fertility rites. By the 18th century, Valentines notes and messages were exchanged en masse between friends and lovers. In 1797, a British publisher issued a guide for young men in need of suggested sentiments, called The Young Man’s Valentine Writer. The rise in commercial printing and later, a reduction a postal rates, helped spread the love. In America, the first person to capitalize on the holiday was Esther Howland of Worcester, Massachusetts. She mass-produced embossed lace cards to sell in her father’s bookstore with imported paper lace from England. The Greeting Card Association gives an annual Esther Howland Award for a Greeting Card Visionary. Starting in the mid-1950s, it became common to include flowers and candy along with cards, as commercialization took over. Hallmark cards and heart-shaped chocolate boxes have become ubiquitous, but perhaps the best Valentine is a child’s heartfelt and homemade card. The Greeting Card Association suggests that teachers receive the most Valentines annually. BeniciaMagazine.com • 13


A Romantic Getaway Steeped in old English Charm Story and photos By Madra Rue Picture the rugged shoreline and the grassy rolling hills of northern England. Sheep and cattle roam the hill close to the ocean. Imagine a beautiful drive over miles of windy, two lane roads interrupted only by the occasional village or small town. Now picture a quaint romantic inn, leaded glass windows, and the smell of burning wood and good food. If this sounds like a trip to a far away land, then you might be surprised. In only a couple of hours you can transform yourself to another world by visiting the Pelican Inn at Muir Beach. At first glance is appears to be a very nice replica of a traditional English Public House. The similarity does not stop there—the Pelican Inn is as authentic as you can get this side of the pond. The traditional English Public House has always been a place where the weary traveler could find a warm fire; and in this case, a cold beer, hot food, and good company. The Pelican Inn is the type of place where couples come to celebrate anniversaries year after year. Equipped with a dining room as well as a small, cozy pub, it makes the perfect destination for a special overnight stay. The Pelican Inn officially opened its doors in 1979. Patterned after a 16th century Tudorstyle country inn, it has all of the hallmarks of a proper inn with warm, dark wood, heavy handhewn beams and three fireplaces, one being large enough to walk in. The interior is soothingly dark

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and warm, full of nooks and crannies. There really is not a straight line in the place and every corner beckons. The inn is steeped in old English detail and superstition. Constructed in 1673, the Pelican bar was transported from the Laker’s Hotel in Surrey along with cricket tables and Jacobean court cupboards, where highly prized spices would have been kept under lock and key. Directly off of the bar and through a small door is the snuggery, or pub parlor room. This is where those who did not wish to be seen in the public bar could go to enjoy and drink. And, yes, the snuggery has its own cozy fireplace and makes the perfect place to curl up together and escape. The snuggery is the exclusive realm of the overnight guest. All seven rooms come in English motif and with half-tester beds, which are variations on the four-poster. Each bed also comes with its own piece of medieval lore. Hanging over the headboard is a small stone with a natural hole through it. Hag stones were believed to repel witchcraft. It was thought that during sleep a hag stone would prevent nightmares, and just might be the perfect way to ensure that you don’t get out of bed too early. It’s only a 5-minute walk down to Muir Beach. As the day begins to close, in its last light, it’s easy to feel like you have traveled to a romantic time where it’s not only all right to slow down, but in the spirit of the country, it might just be required. Photos: oppsite page top entry to rooms , bottom front walk. This page clockwise from top, Pelican Inn, outdoor dining patio, Pelican sign on Hwy 1, the snug. BeniciaMagazine.com • 15


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“I have always been interested in living life fully, and to me that means working for balance in all areas of my life: intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual.” —Emily Thomas January 2007

“The question is no longer whether global warming is real or not. This isn’t a political discussion any longer because we have to follow AB 32, which has reduction targets for greenhouse gases.” —Mike Marcus Benicia Climate Action Plan June 2009

“I was raised thinking that art was the fine art I saw as a kid in museums. Once I experienced art in a new way and saw how openminded and accepting it could be, I saw that art is an expression and I said, ‘I can do that.’” —LorriMarie Jenkins, Artist February 2008

“In teaching students about slopes, if all you talk about is rise over run, it may never sink in. But if you talk about a staircase or the pitch of a roof, they can connect. We measure a ramp outside a classroom, and all of a sudden, a light bulb goes on.” —Bud Donaldson Teacher, Liberty High December 2009

“Until four or five years ago, I’d not talked about my Army experience much with anybody. But I decided I wanted to share with students, to let kids know that going to war is not a decision to be arrived at with any ease or comfort.” —Jerry Page Educator and WWII Veteran July 2009

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“Teaching is a joy. There are miracles time and time again. There is an ‘aha’ moment and I’ve learned from reading about brain research that during these moments, a dendrite forms in the brain; there’s something physiological going on. —Annie Lloyd, Teacher Mary Farmer Elementary January 2008

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9. OCTOBER 2006, Jack ‘o lantern on picket fence

8. JUNE 2013, chocolate ice cream cone

7. JANUARY 2014, Dungeness crab on a platter

6. JULY 2010, meat and vegetable skewers on the grill

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4. MARCH 2011, Kaitlin and Paul DeMers in wedding attire at the Marina

3. APRIL 2009, wooden boat in waterfront cove


Interview with Adobe’s

Jane Halbert & Pat Purvis

When did you join Adobe? Pat: We both came to group in 1987. I was an alcoholic prior to becoming part of Adobe. I came in on my birthday. It was a 90-day program then. Coming to Adobe gave my life meaning. It made sense. I kept staying around—Kevin kept asking if I was ready to move on and I said no. Jane: I worked for financial institutions, working on second deeds and things like that. ... We were involved in different community projects with Adobe when Kevin McCall was here and that’s how I became involved. It just evolved from there. It was a natural progression. … We decided to make a life instead of making a living. How is Adobe helping men in recovery now? Jane: We can offer assistance to guys in recovery who have had set backs—lost their job or have fewer hours or their car breaks down. We sure bought a lot of gas last year (laughing). … It depends on what they need. We might help five guys with $20 each for gas, or help one guy with $1,500 to get his car back on the road. Do you provide ongoing help to some? Jane: We have some who do warrant some ongoing assistance for a while. For others, it’s just sort of a one-time shot. It’s just that one little teeny boost and they can say, “Oh boy, I made it.”

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By Sue Sumner-Moore Photo by Malcolm Slight With a year of tough transitions behind them, the leaders of Adobe are reshaping the organization’s future. “It feels like we’ve been moving for a year and a half. We’re still trying to get our sea legs,” says Assistant Director Jane Halbert. “We’re trying to get settled in our new surroundings and look at what assistance we can do. It all depends on the economy.” After decades of providing jobs and housing for men in recovery, Adobe sold its two houses in 2013 to pay off debts on the properties. At its peak, Adobe housed about 25 men at a time in its main and transitional living houses. The men worked at the agency’s thrift store on First Street, did handyman jobs and volunteered with countless local groups. In 1992, Adobe was recognized as the 829th daily Point of Light for its commitment to community service while being self-supporting. Although the residential program is no longer in operation, Adobe’s thrift store remains open and the group continues to do set-up and clean-up work for Main Street events. “We would be lost without them. They are so reliable,” says Nancy Martinez, executive director of Benicia Main Street. “We’ve been working with them since 1989. Anytime we have events, we call on them. The 3rd and 4th of July, Farmers Market, Waterfront Festival, chili cook-off, Christmas parade—everything. They are pretty darn amazing.” Funds continue to benefit those in recovery, say Jane and Executive Director Pat Purvis. “Adobe will continue to be—although in a very different way—about newcomers who come in, graduate and come back and help newcomers,” Jane says. The couple have weathered other major changes in Adobe over the years, including the 1989 death of organization founder Kevin McCall. Pat, 60, and Jane, 63, took over leadership when Kevin passed and have devoted their lives to serving men in recovery since then.

How did you cope with the big change of selling the houses? Jane: You go through a grieving process like a death. As long as you’re not in denial, then the process will happen in a fairly good fashion. One of the best ways to work on that process is to realize what’s going to happen and think about what you can do about that. We began immediately talking about what we could do instead of spending lots and lots of emotional energy on what we couldn’t do. For me, part of the way to cope is realizing this was going on all around us. For heaven sakes, what happened to us is so minimal compared to what’s happened to so many people. There are tragedies that have been happening to people all over and they’ve been happening since 2008. You just don’t feel sorry for yourself when you get out of it without too much damage. Look at other organizations that can’t make their payments. We didn’t want to be in that position. It was other people’s money. Lucky us that we got to sell these (houses) and pay everyone back.

Pat: The reality is that people cost money and we wanted to be sure that we could take care of people who were in recovery at Adobe. We saw the economy slide, and you still want to stave that off and keep things going and keep a stiff upper lip and hopefully things can turn around for you.

We were concerned about maintaining the house and nobody was there. It was like a monument down there. The time had come when that type of facility was no longer needed to do what we needed to do. Jane: That was a hard decision. It may seem like the sale of houses was abrupt to an outside observer, but it’s always been like a process to us. You are always looking at the numbers and you realize certain things are going to happen. But we don’t feel bad about what happened because we had that money to spend on services for the men. What will Adobe programs look like in a year? Five years? Jane: I would hope the economy will allow us to provide more assistance and do more community service work. I would hope that. I really do. I’m just not willing to be whiney. We’ve downsized to a pea pod but we are still able to provide services and help some guys. I think we are very fortunate. We sold the houses and we’re First Street people now. What do you do to relax? Pat: I have all these golf clubs to look at. Jane: I’m trying to figure out if we like relaxing. We like to have a little movie night on Saturday night.


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Photo by Jerry Bowles

Two Waterfront Towns By Christina Strawbridge Living at the Benicia Marina has been a kick since the great move of 2013. I never knew how much activity occurs on Benicia's waterfront, the Carquinez Strait. From our condo deck, we can see small recreational boats and sailing catamarans, silhouetted against mammoth vessels led by tiny tugboats any time of day. The sun rises big over Mt. Diablo to the left, and to the right, sets softly behind the Carquinez Bridge. Much of Benicia's history revolves around the water, with its proximity to the Bay and the Delta. Southern Pacific Railroad built a trestle across the Strait in order to get train cars over to Port Costa before the Benicia and Carquinez bridges were built, making Benicia the hub of transportation in the early 1900's. Water has always held a fascination for me. Perhaps because I was born under the sign of Pisces, the fish in me is drawn to its mystery and beauty. This past fall I made my second visit to another city situated on water—Copenhagen, Denmark. My earliest recollection of this town with Viking roots was a song I sang as an eighth grader in landlocked Indiana. My school had been invited to sing in a songfest at Butler University's Hinkle Field House. For sports movie buffs this is where the final game of the movie Hoosiers was played. The lyrics of the song resonated with me, either because of the reference to a queen of the sea, or the faraway city where Hans Christian Anderson wrote his fairy tales:

…Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen Salty old queen of the sea Once I sailed away But I'm home today Singing Copenhagen, wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen for me…

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Today’s Copenhagen is a blend of modern and medieval, with a diverse infrastructure that allows a mix of bicycles, cars, boats and rail to move the population and tourists harmoniously around the metropolitan area. There are castles and spiraling towers, a royal family, a modern waterfront Opera House and National Library, and a new bridge that connects Copenhagen to Malmo, Sweden. Since its completion in 2000, the Oresund Bridge, which carries both rail and autos, has made Copenhagen the center of a larger metropolitan area spanning both nations. The bridge has brought about great change in public transportation, commerce and education. Copenhagen has over 94,000 students enrolled in its universities and other educational institutions. From my point of view, students inspire the fashion scene with their street-smart styles, riding their bikes to class or local cafes. Copenhagen is recognized as one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world with a goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 20% before the end of 2015, and efforts underway to get 50% of the population to cycle to work or school. In 2012, Copenhagen was named the world's leading green city by the Global Green Economy Index and has received the title “European Green Capitol 2014” for its ambitious goals. Highlights of our trip included dinner and beer tasting at the Carlsberg Brewery, the oldest Nordic brewery dating back to 1847; dinner at Tivoli Gardens, which, in addition to park rides and games, has a variety of Danish, ethnic and experimental restaurants; and my favorite, a visit by boat to The Little Mermaid, a four-foot bronze sculpture by Edvard Eriksen, based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson. The tiny statue is a Copenhagen "rock" star and has been a major tourist attraction since its unveiling in 1913. Through the years she has been vandalized, but her resiliency is a tribute to the wonderful, salty old queen of the sea. And for the little mermaids inside us, she is a reminder of our love of the great bodies of water around the world, and a Strait that's just a view away.


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Urban Notions

Greeting Cards Letter & number art Birdhouses Lanterns Reclaimed wood & metal items Tableware & textiles Clocks & Chalkboards Decorative bins & boxes Journals & notebooks

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OPEN ENROLLMENT • NO AUDITIONS • • Feb 4th & 11th 2014 for ages 6-18 • Preparatory, Intermediate, Concert choir, and Percussion levels.

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Yountville Lincoln Theater rehearsal site also available Check website for details on Mondays VOENA UNITES THE WORLD WITH CHILDREN’S VOICES

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Anyone can nominate a tree for Heritage designation! A prospective Heritage Tree must meet 1 of 7 criteria, including historical significance, diameter and aesthetic value. Find out more online or call 707.746.4285

February 8, 1-5pm Ages 21 and older

Stroll First Street with your sweetheart

and indulge in an afternoon of decadent chocolates, fine wines, and shopping!

City of Benicia

Heritage Tree Program

Heritage Tree applications and pruning & removal permits can be downloaded at www.ci.benicia.ca.us, Parks & Community Services

Wine and chocolate tastings available at participating downtown merchants. $25 advance/$30 day of event or 2 tickets for $45 advance/$55 day of event includes souvenir wine glass

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2/1 Crab Feed-Benicia Public Service Employees Association 6pm

rab, music, dancing, a silent auction & raffle C 140 West J Street, B.D.E.S. Hall visitbenicia.org 707.745.6981

2/3 Food For Thought Book Club 7-8pm Read the book and join in the discussion 150 East L St Benicialibrary.org 707.746.4343

2/4 First Tuesday Poetry Gathering 6:30pm Listen to and read poetry of all kinds 150 East L St., Benicialibrary.org 707.746.4343

2/5 Lunch Time Book Club 12pm

Read the book, bring lunch & join in the discussion 150 East L St., Benicialibrary.org 707.746.4343

2/5 &2/7 Benicia Reads Event 7pm

2/7 Jazz 'n Crab Feed 6-9pm

Crab, music, dancing, a silent auction & raffle 1189 Washington Street pantherbandboosters.com 707.742.3888

2/8 Friends of the Library Book Sale 10am-4pm Benicia Library basement, 150 East L Street Benicialibrary.org 707.746.4343

2/8, 1-5pm Wine and Chocolate Walk Wine and chocolate parings inside downtown shops Downtown Benicia Beniciamainstreet.org 707.745.9791

Discussion of The Maltese Falcon with local experts 150 East L St., Benicialibrary.org 707.746.4343 2/6 Lawyers at the Library 6-8pm Free 20-minute consultations, 150 East L St. Benicialibrary.org 707.746.4343

2/6-2/13 Self Expressions: Mixed Media with LorriMarie 6:30-9pm

Learn new techniques using paper, fabric, paints & pencils 991 Tyler Street, Suite 114 Artsbenicia.org 707.747.0131

2/6-2/16 Art of Community 12-5pm

Arts Benicia’s annual membership exhibition Arts Benicia Gallery, Thurs-Sun 991 Tyler Street, Suite 114 Artsbenicia.org 707.747.0131 28 • Benicia Magazine Calendar

2/14 Board Games at the Library 6pm Bring a board game and have some fun 150 East L St Benicialibrary.org 707.746.4343

2/14-2/16 48 Hour Film Contest 1pm

Open to all ages, 150 East L Street Benicialibrary.org 707.746.4343


2/15 "Golden Bough" In Concert 8pm

Celtic music band in concert, no host bar beniciahistoricalmuseum.org 707.745.5435

2/16 Upcycled Guerilla Sewing 1-5pm

Learn to make garments without patterns 991 Tyler Street, Suite 114 Artsbenicia.org 707.747.0131

2/16 Love Poetry Contest Awards 2-4pm

Presentation of awards, 2060 Camel Road beniciahistoricalmuseum.org 707.745.5435

2/19 Evening Book Club 7pm

Read the book and join in the discussion 150 East L St Benicialibrary.org 707.746.4343

2/19-2/26 Life Drawing Studio for the Timid & Curious 6:30-8:30pm

Life drawing practice with clothed, live models Wednesdays, 991 Tyler Street, Suite 114 Artsbenicia.org 707.747.0131

2/22 Pamper Me First 11am-5pm

A relaxing day of pampering and shopping on First Street Downtown Benicia BeniciaMainStreet.org 707.745.9791

2/22 Library Trivia Bee 6pm

Dinner, silent and live auctions, raffle and trivia competition Based on the movie The Maltese Falcoln 150 East L Street Benicialibrary.org 707.746.4343

2/23 “Stumm’s Vintages Postcards” Exhibition/Presentation 1pm

Views of Benicia and beyond 2060 Camel Road, Benicia beniciahistoricalmuseum.org 707.745.5435

Kindergarten Enrollment Starting the Month of February This year's Kindergarten and new student Elementary Enrollment will be held at each of our Elementary Schools starting the month of February. Your child must turn five years old on or before September 1, 2014 to enroll in Kindergarten. BUSD is also offering Transitional Kindergarten again this year for all Benicia students who turn five years old between September 1st and December 2nd, 2014. Enrollment for this program is done at each of our Elementary Schools starting the month of February.

Please call any of our Elementary Schools for additional information and to schedule an appointment.

2/23 Introduction to Watercolor 1-5pm earn the basics of watercolor painting L 991 Tyler Street, Suite 114 Artsbenicia.org 707.747.0131

2/27 Mystery Book Club 7pm

Read the book and join in the discussion 150 East L St Benicialibrary.org 707.746.4343

Benicia Unified School District 350 East K Street, Benicia, CA 707.747.8300 • www.beniciaunified.org

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Guide TO LOCAL RESTAURANTS

SPOTLIGHT ON

Sailor Jacks

Fine dining at its best with a spectacular view of the Carquinez Strait with terrific breakfast, lunch and dinner options served in a rustic, intimate atmosphere. Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm Fri-Sun 9am-10pm 123 First Street, Benicia 707.746.8500 sailor-jacks.com

BENICIA GRILL Family-style food with an extensive menu. Come with an appetite—serving sizes are generous. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the dining room or on the patio. 4760 E Second Street, Benicia, 707.751.0155 beniciagrill.com.

LUCCA BAR & GRILL The warm, urban décor with a friendly atmosphere lures diners in, and they are not disappointed. Small bites, lunch and dinner are served in the dining room, bar and street-side tables. 439 First Street, #102, Benicia 707.745.0943 luccabar.com.

ROSIE’S CAFÉ This sweet little roadside diner serves full breakfast and lunch options of hearty American fare. Try the biscuits & gravy or grits, and the homemade soups and chili. 3001 Bayshore, Benicia 707.745.1154 cafebenicia.com.

BUON APPETITO Intimate dining at this downtown eatery serving contemporary Italian cuisine. Try the Risotto special for a dinner treat, or a variety of scaloppini favorites. 191 Military East #F, 707.746.7410 buonappetitorestuarant.net

MATSURI SUSHI Favorite standby fresh Nigiri, sushi rolls and tempura are available along with specialty rolls, salads and sake. Lunch & Dinner. 920 First Street #102,Benicia, 707.747.1585

SANDOVAL’S MEXICAN FOOD The fun décor and good food make this Benicia institution a local family favorite. Try the shrimp, chicken or steak fajitas; the salsa gets rave reviews. Mon-Sat, Benicia, 707.746.7830.

CAMELLIA TEA ROOM Located in a beautifully restored Victorian building with ornate dining room, Camellia Tea serves traditional afternoon tea, along with lunch and desserts, all made fresh daily. 828 First Street Benicia, 707.746.5293 camelliatearoom.com. JAVA POINT CAFÉ With a street-side plaza strewn with tables, this popular café, known for their freshly made breakfast and lunch options, often has a line out the door. 366 First Street, Benicia, 707.745.1449. LITTLE THAI Pad Thai, savory soups and fresh, inventive salads and curry dishes along with other Thai favorites, served in a casual atmosphere. 870 Southampton Road Benicia, 707.747.9777 30 • Benicia Magazine Restaurant Guide

NINE O SEVEN GRILL Fresh American cuisine with a Mexican flair is served in this upscale café with a heated outdoor patio in the back, or at street-side tables. The fish tacos are legendary. 907 First Street Benicia, 707.745.0505 907grill.com. PALERMOS CUCINA ITALIANA Italian specialties at Palermos Cucina Italiana on Columbus Pkwy and Venticellos downtown. Pastas, soup, salads, meats and seafood. Lunch & dinner. 2050 Columbus Pkwy, Benicia, 707.748.1011 palermosbenicia.com ROOKIES SPORTS BAR & GRILL This casual sports bar and full-service, familystyle restaurant serves lunch, bar snacks and dinner. It’s pub-grub meets fine cuisine: salads, sandwiches, burgersand sensational sweet potato fries. 321 First Street, Benicia, 707.746.7665 rookiesbenicia.com.

THE RELLIK TAVERN Live music and community events keep this upcale tavern hopping. Food offerings, ordered by iPad, include tasty tapas and a huge selection of specialty beers on tap. 726 First Street, Benicia 707.746.1137 therelliktavern.com. THE WORKSHOP This popular take-out spot serves up seriously delicious New Orleans-style dishes. Morning Beignets lead into lunch options of hot sandwiches and fresh made soups and sides. 511 Claverie Way, Benicia 707.7476028. VENTICELLOS Italian specialties at Venticellos downtown and at Palermos Cucina Italiana on Columbus Pkwy. Pastas, soup, salads, meats and seafood. Lunch and dinner; weekend brunch at Venticellos. 911 First Street, Benicia, 707.747.5263 venticellos.com


Full-line pet store Do it yourself pet wash Professional dog & cat grooming

1202 East 5th Street, Benicia 707.745.5016 • www.FeathererPet.com

Welcome to

Tosch Dental

Feel at home—even in the dental chair! Proudly serving Benicia families for over 25 years.

• Full-service dentistry • In-house lab, ensures perfect fit • Orthodontics • 50% off bleach with exam & cleaning

Ronald J. Tosch, DDS l 118 West K St.

• Relaxed and comfortable environment

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