Walking around in the sunny, warm weather made us hungry, and we wanted to eat food that would leave us feeling light and healthy. We were somewhat toxic with cobwebs in our brains from over-imbibing the night before with our pal "Iron Liver Shag" at the Royal Exchange, Enrico's (have you seen the 2 cats they keep tethered to the hostess stand?), and Vesuvio's. The Slanted Door's cellophane Dungeness crab noodles offered simple, balanced, tastes. Looking out at the ferries and Bay soothed our senses. The sweet, fresh crab brought subtle flavor to the noodles. Paired with a refreshing ginger Kaffir lime-aid (with vodka and a sugar rim), it became the building block of a great meal.
Scone lovers flock to downtown Benicia's First Street Cafe where almost all the baked goods, jams, dressings, and granola are homemade. My crab theme continued, as I indulged in the creamy, smooth and fresh Dungeness crab and artichoke heart sandwich. It's a blend of ample crab, sour cream, roma tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and Monterey Jack cheese. Big plans for lap swimming gave way to a gentle walk in Benicia's shops, followed by reading and sunning on my parents deck. Sometimes it's best to go with the flow.