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Holiday Dinner 2020

Holiday Dinner 2020

The holidays are often a mixed bag (with mixed blessings!) of gifts, both given and received. Sometimes they are funny gag gifts exchanged with a Secret Santa at work. Or maybe it’s a whole week of gift exchanging, in which you score a scarf, some sweets, a book, and...

Kimono Japanese Restaurant

Kimono Japanese Restaurant

As restaurants reopen, and we get used to the “new normal” of social distancing, facemasks, and outdoor seating, we have the opportunity to enjoy establishments like Kimono Japanese Restaurant. Located on busy Second St., Kimono has transformed a previously low key...

Unusual Pairings

Unusual Pairings

Jumping in for Maura Sullivan this month, Catherine Crawford has a few unusual pairing ideas that you may not have thought to try… Maura will be back with her usual column in January. When it comes to pairing a meal with the perfect glass of wine—whether it be white,...

Recipe for a Small Thanksgiving

Recipe for a Small Thanksgiving

Recipe for a small Thanksgiving Thanksgiving has always been about large family gatherings, extended family and all the partners and children and cousins. People who can’t be with their families often come together with their besties for Friendsgiving. However you...

Thanksgiving Wine & Spirits 2020

Thanksgiving Wine & Spirits 2020

Thanksgiving Wine & Spirits Thanksgiving is coming up quick. The COVID results have come back negative and the social distancing table is set! Let’s face it, this year our recycling bins have been quite impressively full. You’ve been drinking the good stuff and...

OKTOBERFEST 2020: How to Celebrate

OKTOBERFEST 2020: How to Celebrate

As we approach the last few months of the most “interesting” year of the 21st century, we are still holding out hope for our yearly traditions. Halloween décor is ubiquitous as ever, the harvest moon is still coming, and the annual occurrence of our autumnal “second...

Recipe for a Fall Day: Lasagna Soup!

Recipe for a Fall Day: Lasagna Soup!

Lasagna or Soup? Both!! Enjoy this recipe for a fall day. As the weather starts to chill, I always find myself looking for warming recipes. Fall inclines me to make soups and casseroles and wonderful artisan bread to sop up every last flavorful drop. I love a good...

Sippin’ on Staycation

Sippin’ on Staycation

As we approach the last few weeks of consistently fantastic summer weather, we all have vacation on our minds. Don’t get me wrong, Benicia’s bay breeze isn’t too shabby, but why neglect our Northern California neighbors? My staycation/day trip choice is where they...

Java Point Café

Java Point Café

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new."  - Socrates This Socrates quote is particularly apt for the restaurant industry during the current COVID-19 pandemic, both nationally, throughout our country’s...

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