Welcome 2023 – Happy New Year!

This month, take a stroll down First Street in downtown Benicia for a trove of treasures and treats to enjoy at home in these early dark evenings.  It’s time to snuggle up with some snacks while streaming a movie.  Here are just a few suggestions for your private menu…but don’t be afraid to branch out.

First Street has a lot to offer.

Pick up an award-winning baguette or croissant at One House Bakery, 918 First Street, where you can further indulge your taste buds with a variety of sweets, sandwiches, coffees and drinks.

Wander on down the alley at 621½ First Street to the adorable SendSips and peruse their fine boutique selection of bourbons, champagnes, specialty wines and more. You’re sure to find something that tickles your fancy and will improve your evening—or even your week!

From there you can pick up some warming coconut milk soup at Mai Thai Cuisine or the tasty Samosa soup at Aung Maylika, 333 First Street.  Lucca Bar and Grill has got you covered, offering cheese and charcuterie platters to go with your bread and your favorite libation. Deviled eggs and/or battered prawns could complement your menu as well.

Enjoy the magic of the market at Amore Bistrot, just off First Street at 145 East D, and follow your whimsy through a selection of imported Italian sauces and spices, pastas and panettone, or the very special, made to order, cannolis.  Note to self: Pre-order the spectacular Lasagna al Ragu alla Bolognese ASAP.

Keep heading towards the water and you’ll find Sailor Jack’s at 123 First Street, where you can’t go wrong with their famous and fabulous New England Clam Chowder. Available in 8 oz or 16 oz containers to go.

All that exercise has made you hungry, so mosey on home with your goodies, get comfortable and tune in to this month’s Movie Magic.

About A Boy

Romantic Comedy, 2002
1 hr  45 min
Streaming on Apple TV, Amazon Prime, YouTube

The brilliant Hugh Grant plays Will, a wealthy and irresponsible 38 year old London bachelor who has never had a job. He lives off the royalties from his late father’s singular Christmas song hit. Ever charming, we find him with the simple goal in life of dating beautiful women. Through the twists and turns of his adventures, he meets a 11 year old boy who is determined that they will be friends.  This is the beginning of Will’s journey to discover that life has much more meaning than he knew. A very entertaining comedy, the movie is the epitome of confidence and grace.  We grow to like and appreciate Will, in spite of his flaws, as he learns to open his heart. Funny and moving, the story brings us hugs and happiness without being sappy.

Produced by Robert DeNiro, among others, and directed by Chris and Paul Weitz, the movie also stars Rachel Weiss, Toni Collette and Nicholas Hoult as the boy, Marcus. Oscar nominated for best writing and best screenplay, the movie also boasts multiple nominations and awards for acting.  Critics often use the words “hilarious” and “engaging” when describing About A Boy.

Movie Magic gives this movie 4 ¾ Moons.  Enjoy!

About a Boy movie art
takeout bread from One House Bakery