Flavors of First Street
For your holiday get together or just for family game night, here is a scrumptious selection of small plates, tapas and appetizers for you to choose from. Pick up these baby bites to enjoy with cocktails and conversation or just to nosh your way through your favorite home entertainment. Perfect while decking the halls and decorating the tree—making celebrations easy. Below is a sampling of the many choices available in beautiful downtown Benicia this holiday season.
Char’s Hot Dogs
~ Jalapeño Poppers
~ Mozzarella Sticks
~ Crispy Fried Clam Strips
~ Monterey Bay Calamari
~ Pork and Chicken Dumplings
~ Crispy Vegetable Spring Rolls
One House Bakery
~ Charcuterie, Cheese, Veggie Crudités, Fruit and Pickle Boards (48 hr.lead time)
~ Samosas—Veggie Stuffed Pastries
~ Lettuce Wraps w/chicken, tofu or shrimp
~ Fiesta Platter—Nachos, Quesadillas, Flautas
~ Guacamole & Chips
Lucca’s Bar & Grill
~ Deviled Eggs w/Bacon, Salmon, Duck Confit
~ Salmon Tacos
Does it surprise you that Gracie has sampled 100% of these delicious items? They all pass the picky palate test, travel relatively well and if appropriate, can be heated up for a quick few minutes in a 350 degree oven. Check out the individual restaurant menus to find what else tickles your fancy.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
This 2020 American Christmas musical fantasy film is written and directed by David E. Talbert and co-produced by John Legend. Satisfying and heartwarming, you’ll be delighted for 122 minutes. It’s a musical, a dance party, a fairy tale, an inspirational journey and more. The story follows the success, heartbreak and redemption of Jeronicus Jangle—an inventor, toy maker and master of magic. An imaginary world comes to life in this riveting tale of an eccentric toy maker, his adventurous granddaughter and a magical invention that will ultimately change their lives forever. Critics are saying this movie might just be a brand new Christmas classic. So fun, with phenomenal acting and spectacular voices and oh, so original it will make your heart sing—vibrant and imaginative. Rated PG for some cinematic themes but great for young and old. A truly family movie.
The cast is unbeatable—academy-award winner Forest Whitaker; clever and hilarious Keegan-Michael Key; stunningly talented Anika Noni and the legendary Phylicia Rashad with special voices by Ricky Martin and others too numerous to name. Available on Netflix.
Cinema Cat gives it 9 out of 10 whiskers!!