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features 32 32 questions with Jose Hernandez

University of the Pacific graduate, Stockton native, and NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez answers our hard hitting questions. interview by Nissa Hallquist

42 Feeling zen in 2010 Create a better, more streamlined you Clockwise From Top Left: Snap Jackson; i-Stock; pigeon point 123rf.com

for 2010 by stressing less, eating right, and looking and feeling good. by Nissa Hallquist

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Dream Your Way into the New Year

You’ve heard it your whole life: Follow your dreams. The sky is the limit. You can achieve anything you set your mind to. No matter how many times you hear these words, they always ring true. Keep your focus and your dedication, and who knows what will come to follow. I can attest to these words—without them, there would be no San Joaquin magazine. We had to start somewhere, and I promise you, it was mighty far from where we are today. For one of our own in San Joaquin, NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez, it turns out the sky wasn’t the limit—he went even further, taking his first mission in space to the International Space Station in 2009. This accomplishment was not handed over on a silver platter, to say the least. Hernandez spent his childhood as a migrant worker in the fields of Stockton, worked his way up to the School of Computer Science and Engineering at University of the Pacific, and applied “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if to NASA twelve years in a row before he was finally accepted. Today, he is a proud member of the NASA you’ll die today.” – James Dean space program, and maintains his own charitable foundation, Reaching for the Stars, to inspire San Joaquin youth to stay in school and follow their own dreams. He is also proud father to five of his own children (“32 Things You Didn’t Know about Jose Hernandez” Page 32). Makes you think, doesn’t it? The possibilities for what we can achieve if we don’t lose our dedication are endless. Going into the new year, it goes without saying that we all want to be healthier and trimmer in 2010. Why is it then that a large percent of those who dedicate themselves to an exercise program as a New Years resolution have dropped the program by February? Maybe we need to realize that exercise isn’t the only way to better ourselves. Managing stress, eating right, looking our best, and taking care of pain that bothers us are all part of the bigger picture. (“Feeling Zen in 2010” Page 42). I think the main thing Jose Hernandez is able to teach us is that nothing comes easy, but the end result is more than worth the struggle. Be sure to keep this in mind in the 2010. I know I’m going to try. Sincerely,

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If you just don’t feel like driving to downtown Stockton to enjoy that nice dinner and a movie, or if the parking to watch the Stockton Thunder play is just a little too crowded for you, fear not. You need not even think about parallel parking or finding quarters for the meter, but you’d better be able to dock a boat and tie a secure knot. The latest chapter in the City of Stockton’s revitalization effort comes in the form of a new downtown marina that features more than 60 slips that can accommodate up to 80-foot boats. Along with the berths are more than 1,300 feet of guest dock on both the north and south shore of the downtown channel. The total cost of the marina was a combined $22.3 million, including both loans from the California Department of Boating and Waterways and grants from California River and Parkways and US fish and Wildlife agencies. Alongside the docks and slips that are now open is a planned renovation of the north and south shore promenade, including better access and parking, to not only beautify the downtown area but complete the transition as a great spot for San Joaquin to visit and enjoy. —Jeremy Fletcher

It’s not quite new, and it’s not really a comeback, it’s sort of a little bit of both. Whatever you call it, Hilton hotels can now call Stockton home once again. With a $10 million renovation, the former Hilton/Stockton Grand/Radisson is once again officially the Hilton Stockton. The nationally recognized chain of hotels renovated the five-story hotel after taking over the naming rights from the Stockton Grand, and now offers 198 rooms befitting all the luxury furnishings traditional of Hilton hotels—think highdefinition televisions, a new restaurant, fitness room, interior lobby, and bar. Opened this past summer, the Hilton gives visitors to Stockton a new March Lane option, as the hotel has over 13,000 square feet of meeting space and has already played host to conventions, weddings, trade shows, and tournaments. —J.F.


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[In the Spotlight]

Garet Hunt Stockton Thunder

Opponents would label him a menace, teammates simply ‘the Hunter’. He’s a self-proclaimed surfer, but to the people of the San Joaquin he’s most notably the fan favorite. Introducing Garet Hunt. — interview by Jeremy Fletcher

sjm: former coach Chris Chicocki once described your playing style as a guy that would do anything on the ice. i want you to describe your playing style. gh: I’d say energetic, gritty. I just try to bring lots of energy when I’m on the ice. sjm: i’ve heard the word agitator thrown around… gh: That’s accurate. If I can get guys on the other team off their game then that’s helping us out. Every team can’t have 20 goal scorers, so I pretty much will do whatever I can to get it done.

sjm: you came to the thunder last year as a rookie and were named the fan favorite. Do you play up to the fans? gh: Definitely. We have the best fans anywhere in the league. That’s been proven for the last five years and they come to the arena to cheer, so I build off of them. That’s where I find my energy. And if I can get a goal or a big hit to spark some momentum for them then that’s huge. That’s why I’m here and I love coming to the arena every day doing something I love.

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sjm: you were born and raised in Canada. was hockey ever a choice or just what you do growing up in Canada? gh: Yeah, it was pretty much hockey my whole life. Every kid in Canada plays hockey. My brother is a year older than me and played, still does, and I just wanted to do everything that he did. Hopefully one day we can play together again. sjm: but you’re in the 209 now. what do you love about stockton? gh: I really like the city. It’s close to everything. I love playing here because the arena is always packed and you don’t see that in a lot of places around the league. sjm: what’s an off day like? i’ve heard you’re a fan of in-N-out. gh: Oh yeah. But on off days I love to go to Santa Cruz and surf. We’ll hang out with the team a lot, go to the gym, or just rest up.

sjm: you know that you’ve become quite a youtube sensation with a few of your fights. Do you have a certain one that sticks out? gh: I’ve got a lot of great memories from last season. But what sticks out is game seven in the playoffs, getting through the second round. I don’t really think about my fights a lot. My dad taught me that it doesn’t matter if you win or lose as long as you show up. Sometimes you win but the next one you could lose. I just make sure I show up. sjm: so, your nickname, ‘hunter’— is that more of an extension of your last name, or a description of you? gh: A little bit of both probably. But I do try to be a hunter on the ice—try to get in there and bang some bodies and provide that spark—but off the ice I’m pretty relaxed. How I play is how I play, but you can’t always be crazy.


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PHOTO courtesy BANK OF STOCKTON ARCHIVES

On a Snowy Day in Stockton January, 1916

Nothing seems more unpredictable than the weather, but here in San Joaquin we can usually expect the best. Even the winter months in Northern California are relatively mild, thanks to the climate. Combine an average low temperature of 37 degrees from December to February with an average number of only 20 days of rain over that three month spread in the last 50 years, and the recipe for snow just isn’t in the cards.   Believe it or not, New Years Day in 1916, a light snow began to fall on the city of Stockton. Around 3 a.m. the first flakes were reported falling from the night sky, and the snow would continue for the next five hours until a blanket of nearly seven inches covered the city. During the rest of that rare January, a total of eight inches of rain fell on Stockton, pushing the total rainfall for that year to over 18 inches.   So if you’re waiting for snow in San Joaquin this holiday—hey, it could happen. —Jeremy Fletcher SOURCE:

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NAME: TRUDIE BIVENS-HOWARD HOMETOWN: STOCKTON FAMILY: Married to James Howard. Children: Marshela (48), Anisa (43), Julie (41), and Jeffrey (33). Grandchildren: Janon (31), Cory (22), Jamie (20), Cody (18), Juliana (18), Ric (14), Jesse (6), Coralyn (7), and Jaelyn (2). Great-Grandchild: Trinity (1).

Lord willing, I’ll be doing this when I’m 100.

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YOU WON’T SEE ME AT THE GYM looking like I just rolled out of bed. No sir. I take a shower, brush my teeth, comb my hair, and put on something decent. When I think I look good, I feel good. When I feel good, I have more energy to work out. And that’s when I get the most out of my time at the club and leave feeling my best. It’s all connected. I’ve been working out for decades now. I started as a jogger but I hated it, so I started fast walking. I joined In-Shape so I could work out year-round and lift weights too. I’ve changed my routine so many times I can’t even give you a number— all I know is you have to keep it interesting. If you hate your exercise routine, dump it. You don’t have to do what everyone else does. Just do what works for you and what your body teaches you it needs. Right now I go to In-Shape five days a week. I do cardio on the bike every time, followed by a weight workout each day for one part of my upper body, and weights for my lower body three days a week. I don’t overdo it; I sit down to eat a snack in the middle so I can feel energized and “restart.” I don’t want to rush through my time—if I make the effort to get to the gym, I want to really enjoy it and make it work for me. I do my routine for six weeks, and then I usually take a week off to relax. It’s what works for me and keeps me from getting burnt out, which is important when you want this to remain your lifestyle. Often I’ll go buy something new, like a pair of shoes or a new workout outfit. Like I said, if you look and feel good when you go, you can get more out of it. And there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to something small to get excited about going through those doors. I’m 71 years old, and I thank God for allowing me to be as active as I am. I know many people look for reasons why they CAN’T workout, but I have always found reasons why I CAN. I don’t let a heart murmur, two herniated discs in my back, or high blood pressure stop me. I don’t do it for anyone other than myself.


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Much of Jose Hernandez’s youth was spent working in the fields with his family. But he’s come a long way from there, as this past summer he headed into space on the Space Shuttle Discovery as one of NASA’s first Hispanic-American astronauts. Although born in Mexico, Jose Hernandez considers Stockton to be his hometown. He attended Franklin High School and graduated from University of the Pacific with a degree in electrical engineering, moving on to work at the prestigious Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. After being accepted into the space program in 2004, he lent his name and story to the Reaching for the Stars Foundation, to inspire area youth to strive and find passion in science and engineering. So what is it that really makes Hernandez tick, and what helped him rise from humble beginnings to literally reach

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As a youngster, what did you do for fun? Play soccer.

At the age of 10, what did you want to be when you grew up? I was lucky enough to have been able to see the first man land on the moon when I was 8. After that, I knew that I wanted to be an astronaut.

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What feels like a one-year old baby on your chest turns into a 600-pound gorilla. Then, all of a sudden, you’re out of the Earth’s atmosphere, and you’re floating.

If you weren’t doing your current job, what would you do? I’d probably still be working at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. What was your most embarrassing moment in high school? It took an embarrassingly long time for me to find a date for the Senior Prom.

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What was it like working in the fields? It was hard work. But at the time, being kids, we saw it as fun, a big adventure.

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How did you feel having the launch scrapped three times because of bad weather? Knowing the mission wasn’t cancelled altogether, it didn’t bother me that much. After waiting so long to get into space, I didn’t mind waiting a little longer. In fact, I actually enjoyed extending the anticipation some more.

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How does it feel thrusting into outer space? It takes a little over eight minutes between lift-off and main engine cutoff (MECO). The first four minutes are like going uphill on a rollercoaster; the engines vibrate and jerk you around. The next four minutes are when you feel the pressure of the G-forces. What feels like a one-year old baby on your chest turns into a 600-pound gorilla. Then, all of a sudden, you’re out of the Earth’s atmosphere, and you’re floating (in freefall).

What does a Flight Engineer do in space? During the flight, I sat behind the pilots to be on-hand to handle any equipment malfunction. When we arrived at the space station, I was in charge of the robotic operation of the shuttle arm. During the mission, I operated the station’s arm.

You’re the youngest of four children. Did your siblings pick on you? Yes, but no more than normal.

You applied to the space program every year for 12 years. How did you feel when you heard you were accepted? The only way to describe it is jubilation. After twelve years of tears, I finally had a reason to smile. I almost couldn’t believe it had actually happened.

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So you’re finally strapped in and waiting for the countdown. What was going through your head? The wait between strapping in and the launch was about three hours. It gave me time to reflect on my life, how I’d come from working in the fields to launching into space.

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What simple task on Earth seemed difficult to do while in space? When you eat on Earth, you set everything out on a table and take what you want. In space you have to choose and eat one thing at a time; otherwise, it’ll float away.

The only way to describe it is jubilation. After twelve years of tears, I finally had a reason to smile. I almost couldn’t believe it had actually happened.

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What was it like looking down on the Earth? I thought about how lucky I was to be one of only a few hundred people to see the Earth from that perspective. After having looked at globes in classrooms for years, you half expect it to look the same from space—countries in different colors. Logically, I knew it wouldn’t really look that way, but it was still a pleasant surprise to look at the Earth and not see political borders. I believe that if world leaders were able to see the Earth from the same perspective, there wouldn’t be as much conflict between them.

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I always liked playing soccer when I was younger. If I had any time and could get a group of guys together, I’d do it today.

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Was the experience in space everything you had hoped for? Absolutely. It was a great experience, and I’d love to go back whenever the opportunity comes up.

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Do you believe in extraterrestrials or life on other planets? It is egotistical to think that we’re alone in the universe. Every star we see is a sun of some other solar system. Statistically, it seems likely that at least some can support life. As for whether or not any have visited Earth, I’d have to say no. Being a scientist, I’d need to see some data or some other conclusive proof of it, which I have not.

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You call Stockton your hometown. Where would we find you on a Saturday night? I try to be good now, so at home with my family.

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Are you a Star Trek fan? If so, who is your favorite character? Yes, the original series. Captain Kirk would have to be my favorite.

It is egotistical to think that we’re alone in the universe. Every star we see is a sun of some other solar system. Statistically, it seems likely that at least some can support life.

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Name two TV shows you’re watching this week. Pretty much whatever my kids are watching: Hannah Montana or some other Disney show.

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What was your favorite childhood television program? Star Trek, Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family. How did your Reaching for the Stars organization

come about? After I made it into the space program in 2004, friends of mine in Stockton thought my story was compelling enough

to inspire children in the area to believe in themselves and empower them to succeed. While I’m busy with my current duties, I make myself available as often as possible to come back to Stockton to make appearances and support the organization.

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Song you really like but don’t like to admit it? Something from the Bee Gees, like “Staying Alive.” Are you a collector of anything? I don’t really collect anything in particular. But I am kind of a pack rat. Which reminds me: I need to clean out the garage.

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If you were a superhero, what would your powers be? Flying, of course. What person or people have had the most influence on you as you’ve gotten older? Growing up, my parents and teachers were a great positive influence. As one of the first Hispanic-Americans to be accepted into the U.S. Space Program (in 1980), Dr. Franklin Chang-Diaz has also been a great inspiration to me.

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If you could be good at any one sport, which would you choose? Why? I always liked playing soccer when I was younger. If I had any time and could get a group of guys together, I’d do it today.

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Do you read your horoscope in the morning paper? No, because then you tend to do things to make the prediction come true. If anything, I recommend reading it afterward to see if it was correct to begin with.

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If you could give a 10 year-old advice, what would it be? Do your best and study hard.

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If you were talking to a child discouraged in their studies, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the one main thing you could relay from your own experience to try to keep them from giving up? Persevere. As long as you have the will, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a way. Keep in mind that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no way around hard work, but the effort will certainly be worth it.

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Think Healthy

Northern California Regional Yoga Asana Championship Hosted by Bikram Yoga in Stockton, the Bishnu Ghosh Yoga Asana Championship’s goal is to give the public a chance to learn more about yoga and its benefits. It is also part of an ongoing campaign to get yoga qualified as an Olympic event. Each competitor will perform seven postures in three minutes, with the man and woman the judges feel best present yoga going on to represent Northern California in the national championships in Los Angeles in February. » THE DETAILS: January 9, 12-4 p.m. Long Theater at University of the Pacifc. $10 general admission, $5 for 12 and under. (209) 948YOGA, www.bikramyoga.com

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Relieve Stress

Some stress is good for you, helping to challenge you to succeed. But it’s when stress becomes excessive and constant that you need to consider cutting some of it out of your life. After all, you can’t be Zen if your mind, body, and spirit are constantly strained and preoccupied by daily anxieties. More than just unpleasant, excessive stress can also have far-reaching effects on your emotional health, which in turn affects your physical health.   According to Nadine Joaquin, owner of Kharma Spa and Boutique in Stockton, “Mental stress expresses itself physically. A bad complexion, wrinkles, aches, pains, eating problems; all of these can be traced back to being mentally bogged down.”   And vice versa. At Versailles Salon and Day Spa in Tracy, Jonie Endo has observed that mental clarity, calmness, and a sense of peace and well-being can translate into a stronger immune system to help fight off diseases and germs, better organ function, and better sleep.   Reducing stress can be as easy as simplifying your schedule—cut back on non-beneficial commitments. Including some sort of relaxation technique in your

regular routine can help you handle the stress that remains. At home, you can do small things for yourself on a daily basis. Something as simple as reading, listening to music, yoga, or deep breathing for a few minutes each day can make a world of difference.   “As long as it’s pleasurable and something you can focus on (instead of your problems), then you should do it,” Joaquin recommends.   Then, once in a while, go ahead and splurge. Spend the day away from home and let someone else pamper you for a while at a day spa. Go on a date out alone with your significant other. Whatever you decide to do, make sure it’s fun.

Eat Right

In order to gain control over your body, you should first gain control over what you put in it, which is something a lot of Americans seem to have a lot of trouble doing. It has been said that America is in the midst of an obesity epidemic. According to recent statistics released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the rate of obesity per state stands between 18.7 to 32.0 percent, with JANUARY 2010


none meeting the national goal of less than 15 percent by 2010. This equates to 25.6 percent of the total population being identified as obese. This is of great concern because, beyond just being unfit, obesity has been linked to a variety of further-reaching— and life-threatening—health problems, especially heart disease, certain types of cancer, and diabetes. “As result of our environment, most Americans passively over-consume highfat, high-sugar foods in amounts that are often two to eight times the proper serving size,” states Dr. Lisa Davis, VicePresident of Research and Development for Medifast. “High-energy, low-nutrient foods pack on the weight without providing the nutrition.” In order to improve your overall health and manage your weight over the longterm, you need to start looking at food differently, to make a complete lifestyle change. This isn’t as daunting as it may sound. According to Joanna Lau, Clinical Dietician at Doctors Hospital in Manteca, taking small steps is the way to go. “Change one thing at a time,” she recommends. “Switch from whole milk to low-fat, from white bread to wheat. Then once you get used to that change, you can move onto the next. By setting realistic short-term goals, you can reach your long-term goals without feeling overwhelmed.”

Exercise

Consistent physical activity not only keeps you healthy, it can actually help improve your mood as well. Todd Speer, owner/manager/personal trainer at Fitness 360 in Stockton, has both seen and felt the positive effects for himself. “Exercise automatically releases your body’s natural feel-good drugs, including endorphins and dopamine, which relieve stress and enhance your mood,” he says. “So the more physical activity you get, the better you feel.” So how much physical activity do you need? Some experts have tried to come up with certain general guidelines for weight loss and maintenance, but truly accurate figures can only come www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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Foods that contain natural antioxidants help keep your body safe from free radicals as well as improve mood.

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from testing an individual beforehand, also taking into account their specific goals and circumstances. Metabolic testing can establish a baseline to determine your recommended caloric intake and where your heart rate needs to be for proper output.   The problem for many people getting started on a regular fitness regimen is sticking with it after the first couple weeks. There are a number of ways to fight through this. According to Speer, the trick to going the distance is variety; change up your routine every once in a while to keep it interesting to you. And have fun with it. If it’s fun, then you’re more likely to keep at it. Something unique like dance, Zumba, Pilates, urban rebounding, and so forth gives you a workout without feeling like torture.   Finally, you don’t have to go it alone. Exercising with a buddy, working with a personal trainer, or taking a regular class is fun, encouraging, and will give you the added discipline you might need. After all, it’s easier to keep up with an exercise regimen if you feel accountable to others to do so.

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Exercise for People Who Don’t Have Time to Exercise Ideally, you should make the time to get a proper workout. But if you just don’t have the time, that doesn’t mean you should give up. What you lack in time you can make up for in intensity. For maximum results, consider: • Hard run for 20-30 minutes • Bike ride on steep incline • High intensity interval training, such as Tabata, a four-minute workout consisting of performing an exercise non-stop for 20 seconds then a 10-second rest, then repeat seven more times. Tabata exercises can include jump rope, sit-ups, push-ups, squats, etc.

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One’s perception of their outward appearance often has a lot to do with their perception of the world in general. “How a patient sees her or himself can be life-changing,” states Dr. Hugh Vu of Vu Plastic Surgery in Stockton. “Changes in outlook and mood are directly linked to this self-perception.”   From there, it follows that improving appearance can help improve one’s mood. Cosmetic procedures range from minimally-invasive topical applications, such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and injectable wrinkle reducers to major surgery.

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What is Physical Therapy?

Whether through injury, age, or illness, many people may find themselves unable to move and function as fully as before. Physical therapy is able to renew one’s range of motion, minimize pain, restore body function, and prevent disability, and it does so without excessive surgery costs or pain medications. Instead, rehabilitation is accomplished through techniques involving hot/cold therapy, massage, electrical stimulation, and/or exercises.

While useful in any number of situations, physical therapy has proven especially useful when dealing with repetitive stress injuries, arthritis, back and neck pain, and problems with posture.

  Dr. Vu has found that for women 50 years and older, the most often requested procedure is facial rejuvenation, including eyelid and brow lifts; for 30 to 45 years old, the combined procedures of tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and breast lift (mastopexy) are the most popular (often marketed as a “mommy makeover”); for 20 to 30 years old, breast augmentation and liposuction are most often performed. For men, liposuction and rhinoplasty are common for younger individuals, while for those 50 years and older, facelifts and skin care or laser procedures are more common.   And when it comes to appearance, you can’t forget the smile. “Tooth whitening is the most effective way for someone to look and feel younger,” states Dr. Ronald Noriesta, DDS, of One Appointment Dentistry in Stockton. “And veneers still remain quite popular for creating a perfect smile when there’s a bit more damage to correct.”   With such procedures, more than just a physical transformation, area physicians and cosmetic dentists have also seen frequent internal transformations from shyness to confidence.

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Because the range of conditions that can be treated is so broad, many physical therapists specialize. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) lists Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiologic (electrical conduction of the heart), Geriatric, Neurologic, Orthopedic, Pediatric, Sports, and Women’s Health as specialist certifications currently available. Alternative Roads to Wellness This February, St. Joseph’s Medical Center hosts its four-part Know Your Mind, Body, and Spirit (KMBS) Wellness Series. Designed to explore creative avenues of healing, classes include “Empowering People to

  “When a person feels good about themselves, they tend to take better care of themselves,” states Todd Franklin, DDS, who specializes in cosmetic dentistry in Lodi. “As I travel and treat people all over the country, I get cards from patients and other doctors telling me wonderful life changing stories. Some people find a new job. Others do modeling, get married. They’re able to do things they never thought they would do.”

Manage Pain

It’s hard to be happy when you’re in pain. Especially wearing on one’s outlook is when the pain is chronic and keeps you from being able to function normally. While specific to the individual, pain can come from any number of illnesses and/ or injuries. That’s why, before starting attempts to reduce pain, it’s important to pinpoint the actual source.   Dr. Donna Kalauokalani, the clinical lead for Kaiser Permanente’s Pain Medicine Department in the Central Valley, has found that as the first step a thorough physical examination is the most useful tool in the area of pain management.

Heal Themselves,” in which aura interpretation offers a picture into why we become ill; “Experience iRest (Integrative Rest),” an adaptation of yoga nidra to release negative emotions and increase awareness; and “Awakening the Mystic in You,” which teaches you how to sustain inner peace while letting an illness serve as a catalyst to the next chapter of your life. Every Tuesday in February, beginning February 2. 6:30-8:30 p.m., St. Joseph’s Medical Center Auditorium, Stockton. $20 for the series; requires preregistration. For more information, or to register, call (209) 461-6889 or visit www.stjosephscares.org.

  “I’ve had people come in who’ve suffered for years with chronic pain,” Kalauokalani says. “And more often than not, they’ve never had a really thorough medical exam to try to get to the bottom of their problem.”   For each type and degree of pain, there are just about as many pain reduction techniques, including medications, injections, and surgery. There are also less invasive means, such as physical therapy, exercise, and even psychological intervention.   The world of alternative medicine offers yet other options to reduce pain. The term itself still shows a certain gap between it and Western medicine, however techniques like acupuncture, acupressure and massage, meditation/yoga, chiropractic, tai chi, herbal remedies, and so on are being used more and more in conjunction with Western medicine as a holistic approach to treating pain.   Kalauokalani has observed that patients who try a treatment with strong expectations of it working usually find it to be successful, and vice versa, proving that when it comes to healing the body, the mind is itself a powerful pain-fighting tool. It can be made even more formidable with ongoing support and education. SJM  JANUARY 2010


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Acupuncture: On Pins &

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When one hears the term acupuncture, the emphasis is usually on the “puncture” part, but the practice is much more than just needles in skin. For millions of Americans, acupuncture has meant relief from pain and other health conditions, as it has done for countless others the world over for millennia.

Philosophy

Acupuncture is one technique practiced within the system of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), founded about 5,000 years ago. The overall philosophy of TCM is to achieve balance in the body. Acupuncture does this by applying pressure to certain points on a person’s skin to improve the flow of qi (energy) through the body and restore the balance between its yin (dark) and yang (light).

History

The acupuncture technique is just as old as the TCM system in which it was derived, practiced in China and nearby areas since. Chinese immigrants brought it over to the U.S. in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but it did not find its way very far outside the tightly-knit Chinese communities. It finally became part of the U.S. mainstream after Nixon’s visit to China in 1972. An American reporter covering the event had an emergency appendectomy with acupuncture used as the anesthesia. The account of its successful use caused a surge of interest in the U.S. that continues to this day. With a large Chinese population already practicing it in secret for decades, California became the first state to legalize acupuncture the same year.

Acupuncture Points and Meridians

Depending on who you ask, there are twelve or fourteen established meridians, or channels through which one’s qi flows through the body. According to Dr. Yi-Po Anthony Wu of Pacific Complementary Medicine Center in Stockton, the meridians can be viewed as internal rivers, flowing throughout the body and connecting everything to form “the small universe inside us.”

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The acupuncture points that lie on these meridians number in the hundreds, which is one reason why becoming a licensed acupuncturist takes three years of medical training. You have to know which regions on the skin affect which ailments, organs, and/or other bodily functions. For example, the meridian that controls the bladder has 67 points alone, starting at the inner eye, moving over the head, then down the back and leg, before ending at the small toe.

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Safety

The needles used for acupuncture are very slim, about the width of a human hair. As such, any pain when the needle is tapped into the skin is minimal, usually no more than a pinch-like sensation, if anything. Before pursuing acupuncture as a treatment, however, there are certain other safety measures to keep in mind. First, you want to make sure the acupuncturist is using the proper sterile techniques and properly disposing of needles after each use. Second, understand that there are times when acupuncture may not be the right fit, especially if you are on blood thinners, are pregnant, or are in a particularly depressive state. (In the latter case, the acupuncturist may decide to proceed, but must be careful not to overstimulate, which can cause fainting.)

Acupuncture and the West

As far as the medical community goes, there still remains some conflict between traditional and Western medicine. The former deals with the philosophical, largely intangible connection between body and mind; the latter is based primarily on clinical observation.

Used in the Treatment Of…

In the United States, acupuncture is typically used as a form of pain management. According to Dr. Devinder Makker, who practices family medicine at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, he’s seen particularly great success in treating migraines, chronic neck and back pain, and fibromyalgia with acupuncture. “Research has shown that acupuncture treatments produce biochemical changes in different parts of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves to produce analgesia, anti-inflammation, and normalization of autonomic nervous dysfunction (stress

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reduction),” Makker states. “Since most chronic pain has its roots in the nervous system, acupuncture is as good, or sometimes better, than traditional medicine for chronic pain.” According to the philosophies of the TCM, however, its ideal use is actually as a preventative measure, to keep the qi flowing before a problem even has a chance to develop. “In China, acupuncture is used frequently to achieve overall health,” Dr. Wu states. “That way, things always run smoothly. No blockages are allowed to remain too long to cause pain or cancer.”

“There are many similarities in thought between both methods of medicine,” observes Dr. Calvin Lee, who performs both acupuncture as well as general surgery at Surgical Artistry in Modesto. “Both are very powerful in their own ways. And both have their weaknesses. I think there are many disease processes that are so overpowering, we would be fortunate to be able to use both forms of medicine to help heal the body.” Dr. Wu agrees. As he sees it, using one kind of medicine without the other is limiting. Rather than fighting each other, both can be used together as an overall holistic approach to health. Like yin and yang, good can come if both kinds of medicine can be brought into balance. »

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Health:

Going Alternative Acupressure/ Massage Origins

Developed over 5,000 years ago in China

Basic philosophy

Chiropractic

Herbalism

Founded in the 1890s in Iowa by Daniel

Used by numerous cultures since

David Palmer

prehistoric times

A traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)

Current emphasis is on the diagnosis,

Herbalism is viewed by most

technique used to stimulate a body’s

treatment, and prevention of mechanical

practitioners as the best natural

meridians, or channels, along which chi or

disorders of the musculoskeletal system,

way to build up one’s immunity

qi (energy) is allowed to flow uninhibited

especially the spine. Spinal issues are

and nutrition levels. A recent

throughout the body, and also helps

believed to be related to one’s overall

survey by NCCAM found that

rebalance its yin and yang.

health and mediated through the

herbal therapy is actually the most

nervous system.

common alternative medicine therapy used today.

How it’s done

Often called acupuncture without the

Hands-on, manual manipulation of the

When taken as directed, use

needles, acupressure points are massaged

spine, joints, and soft tissue; often also

over the long-term helps in the

by hand, elbow, or other conducive items,

includes exercises and health counseling.

prevention of and eventual cure of

often as a series of treatments; variations

non-emergency health conditions.

include Shiatsu, Qigong, Reflexology, etc.

Comes as dietary supplements, essential oils, aromatherapy, etc.

Most commonly used for:

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Headaches, toothaches, sinus problems,

Lower back pain, whiplash and neck

Anything from allergies to skin

digestion, and relief of a variety of muscle

pain, headache

care to cancer prevention; the list

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The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has defined alternative medicine as “a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine.” In other words, while acupuncture might be the most commonly used example, there are a wide range of alternative practices available.

Hypnosis

(Hypnotherapy)

Some of the more popular practices introduced into the U.S. are outlined below. While not perhaps officially endorsed by the U.S. health care system, each have been used for decades, some even for millennia, in both the prevention and healing of a variety of physical and mental ailments.

Tai Chi

Yoga

Established in the 1840s by Scottish surgeon

The oldest style of Tai Chi, Chen style originated in

Clearly established by 500 BC in India; introduced

James Braid

the late sixteenth century

into the U.S. in the nineteenth century

Based on mesmerism (developed by Franz

Translated as “supreme ultimate,” it evolved

Translations from the original Sanskrit include

Mesmer), and compared to yoga meditation,

based on traditional Chinese philosophies of

“joining,” “uniting,” and so on. There are a wide

hypnosis is a wakeful state brought on to

Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism, with a

variety of yoga systems in practice. Particularly

change one’s perception, memory, and

chief focus on achieving physical and spiritual

popular in the U.S., hatha yoga seeks to balance

voluntary control of actions. When used

balance (yin-yang). The element of “internal

one’s mind and body in a holistic manner, with a

therapeutically, it is termed hypnotherapy.

discipline” demands each movement is directed

distinct focus on the physical.

from the body’s core.

Through a hypnotic induction technique, one’s

A “soft” martial art with numerous styles and

Physical postures (asanas), purification practices,

peripheral awareness is reduced, making them

varying paces; all styles focus on one’s health,

focus on breathing (Praynayama), meditation,

more responsive to suggestions given by a

meditation, and, sometimes self-defense.

and relaxation are practiced together to achieve

hypnotist or self.

Routines should take one’s body through a

balance.

complete range of motion.

Smoking cessation, weight loss, anesthesia/

Numerous heart-related issues, high blood

Stress management, heart disease, asthma,

pain reduction, skin conditions, irritable bowel

pressure and cholesterol, arthritis, stress

back problems

syndrome

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“Although ‘high-risk’ pregnancy is a common medical catch-phrase, the ‘high-attention’ pregnancy better reflects my specialty focus,” says Dr. Chao, who is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and its subspecialty of maternal-fetal medicine. He offers consultation to obstetricians countywide to create, review, and augment care plans for patients whose current or planned pregnancies require additional attention. He addresses the expectant mother’s questions regarding choices and goals of treatment, purpose and interpretation of prenatal tests, and expectations for outcome. Patients are seen because of their age, medical history, prior pregnancy complications, or positive screening tests. Valley Perinatal & Genetics performs fetal ultrasound exams, genetic counseling, amniocentesis, and non-stress testing. Left to right: Anita Avalos, medical assistant; Dr. Chao; Bleslyn Manuel, sonographer

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Board certified in radiology and trained in radiation oncology, Dr. Suasin joins the impressive roster of clinical experts on staff at St. Joseph’s Regional Cancer Center, including three board-certified radiation oncologists, nationally certified oncology nurses and clinical nurse specialists, and the area’s only American Board of Radiology Certified full-time physicist. Dr. Suasin brings over 18 years of experience in radiation oncology to St. Joseph’s Regional Cancer Center. She specializes in cutting-edge cancer treatments, including: · Three Dimensional Treatment Planning and Conformal Therapy · IMRT – Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy · Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery · MammoSite Breast Brachytherapy Honors bestowed upon Dr. Suasin include the Who’s Who in Executive and Professional Award registered in the Library of Congress, and the Spirit of Service Award presented by the Arkansas Health Care Access Foundation. She has also participated in several unique educational experiences, two of which were medical missions to deliver health care to patients in the Philippines and the Dominican Republic.

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Board-Certified and San Joaquin magazine reader-celebrated, Dr. Hugh L. Vu treats his plastic surgery patients like they are members of his own family. He meticulously plans and customizes every procedure to give his patients beautiful, naturallooking results. Dr. Vu specializes in facial rejuvenation, body contouring, and all breast procedures, while his Skin & Laser Center offers advanced medical grade services such as laser hair reduction, Botox, collagen remodeling, cellulite treatments, microdermabrasion, and much more. In addition to cosmetic surgery, Dr. Vu brings to Stockton his reconstructive surgery expertise from his teaching career at UC Davis and as senior plastic surgeon at Sacramento's Shriners Hospital for Children. Dr. Vu's commitment to safety and excellence has earned him the confidence of patients and colleagues in Northern California and internationally. Thank you for voting Dr. Vu "Best Cosmetic Surgeon" in 2007, 2008, and 2009! We look forward to serving you in 2010!

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Aaron Rondon, DDS, MS Orthodontics

1002 W. Robinhood Drive Stockton, (209) 473-8700 www.centralvalleysmiles.com

Changing lives is what Dr. Aaron Rondon’s practice in orthodontic dentistry is all about. He has perfected the art of creating beautiful smiles using advanced techniques and the latest technologies in orthodontic treatment, such as the Damon System. “Orthodontic treatment starts with the correct diagnosis, taking the patient’s face as the most important guide in treatment decisions,” Dr. Rondon says. “I customize my treatments to maximize facial aesthetics, and treat my patients with a comprehensive diagnosis for the very best outcome.” A graduate of Loma Linda University, Dr. Rondon is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontists. At Rondon Orthodontics, they strive to make treatment affordable by offering low down payments with interest free financing. They accept most insurances and will help you coordinate benefits. Come experience the difference at Rondon Orthodontics.

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2160 W. Grant Line Road, Suite 130 Tracy, (209) 834-1307 www.TracyPediatricDentist.com Dr. Rafat Razi is a Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry. She received her D.M.D., Doctor of Dental Medicine, from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and  M.P.H. degree  from the Harvard School of Public Health.  Her specialty training in pediatric dentistry was completed at the University of Rochester’s Eastman Dental Center. Dr. Razi also served as faculty in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at Columbia University in New York City. She has practiced in West Palm Beach, FL, Manteca, CA, and now is at a brand new state-of-the-art office in Tracy, CA. Her expertise in her specialty is over ten years.

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Rafat S. Razi, dmd, mph Pediatric Dentistry

The office provides a warm, caring environment specialized for treating the dental needs of infants, children, and adolescents. The facility uses the latest dental materials, digital radiography, and nitrous oxide. The office has kids’ movies and play areas, making patients’ first dental experience fun. Dr. Rafat Razi’s expertise, her friendly dental team, state-of-the-art office, and its prime location provide an excellent place for children’s dental care.

Vitune Vongtama, MD Dan Vongtama, MD Radiation Oncology St. Teresa Comprehensive Cancer Center 4722 Quail Lakes Drive, Ste. B Stockton, (209) 472-1848 Dr. Dan Vongtama comes to St. Teresa from New York, where he completed his residency at SUNY Downstate Radiation Oncology and additional training at Beth Israel Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Vongtama’s professional radiation oncology experience includes the utilization of brachytherapy for prostate, gynecologic, and breast cancers; Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy for head and neck, prostate, gastrointestinal, breast, and gynecologic cancers; and Stereotactic Radiosurgery. Dr. Vitune Vongtama is a board certified radiation oncologist by the American Board of Radiology, specializing in brachytherapy. He has treated more than 10,000 patients, performed more than 1,500 permanent prostate seed implantations, and completed more than 1,500 low dose brachytherapy and HDR procedures. Dr. Vongtama is a diplomat of the American Board of Radiology and a member of the Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, San Joaquin General Hospital, and Dameron Hospital.

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Ronald S. Noriesta, DDS General Dentistry

3031 W. March Lane, Ste. 340 Stockton, (209) 472-7500 www.oneappointment.com

Do you want to restore that youthful smile or replace missing teeth? Do you want to prevent dental problems? Do you have a toothache? We all have different priorities and reasons for going to the dentist, but one thing is certain: We don’t want to spend a lot of time there. Our goal is to care for your dental health while making everything as convenient, comfortable, and economical as possible. Today’s high technology allows dental work to be done in much less time and with minimal expense, but still provides long lasting, esthetic restorations. Experience for yourself our family-like atmosphere and personal service. Priscilla from Modesto says, “I couldn’t believe I got my cosmetic work done in one appointment, with no temporaries.” John from Stockton says, “I’ve had root canals and crowns done before, but I’ve never had a root canal and crown done in one visit. I’ll never go back to the old way of fixing teeth.” Brian from Missouri says, “I was in Stockton with a dental emergency and Dr. Noriesta fixed my tooth in one appointment. I couldn’t find a dentist like Dr. Noriesta in Missouri, so I drove back to Stockton and got the rest of my crowns done in one appointment.” To find out more, contact us at (209) 472-7500 or visit us online at www.oneappointment.com.

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Ashok N. Veeranki, BDS, DDS Diplomate of American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Diplomate of National Dental Board of Anesthesiology

Dr. Veeranki has a Bachelors of Dental Surgery from University of Bombay, India, a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry, and completed a 4-year residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at University of Connecticut. Dr Veeranki has been in private practice since 2007. His practice consists of routine oral surgery including extraction of wisdom teeth and placement of dental implants, outpatient general anesthesia, reconstructive surgery, orthognathic surgery, and facial trauma surgery. He also takes facial trauma calls at a series of hospitals in San Joaquin. Besides his practice, Dr Veeranki serves on the Board of the San Joaquin Dental Society. He is also an active member of Rotary Club, through which he serves the community. He lives in Tracy with his wife, Devna, and son, Aryan.

Maywell L. Inong, DDS General and Cosmetic Dentistry 4568 Feather River Drive, Ste. E Stockton, (209) 477-9105 www.inongdental.com Dr. Inong practices in Stockton and is a graduate of the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. “Our goal is to help patients pursue a lifetime of optimal dental health and achieve winning smiles,” says Dr. Inong. “We strive to build long lasting relationships with our patients so that we can help them achieve lifelong oral health through prevention, maintenance, and quality care.” Dr. Inong utilizes the latest in dental technology to provide general, restorative, cosmetic, and implant dentistry. During dental appointments, Dr. Inong places an emphasis on patient comfort by providing warm neck wraps and heated exam chairs with back massage. Dr. Inong provides nurturing and caring dentistry in a professional, state of-the-art atmosphere so that patients can enhance and maintain their winning smiles.

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Dr. Todd A. Franklin, DDS Cosmetic Dentist

1208 W. Tokay Street Lodi, (209) 334-4370 www.toddfranklindds.com

Dr. Franklin and his outstanding team invite you to come “Discover Extraordinary among the Ordinary.” As the premier cosmetic dentist in the Central Valley, Dr. Franklin and his team have taken every effort to make sure your expectations are exceeded. “A person’s smile is the single most important attribute they have,” says Dr. Franklin. “We want them to feel confident and youthful with a fabulous smile.” Dr. Franklin has been trained in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. “Our patients are able to experience the best in care and expertise once only found in the big cities,” he says. “In contrast to today’s hurry-up world, our patients are given the proper amount of time to thoroughly listen to their desires and create a smile design specifically for them.” Dr. Franklin was one of only 13 cosmetic dentists nationwide recently awarded a gold medal at the International Smile Competition for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. As Program Director and Senior Instructor for the California Center for Advanced Dental Studies in San Francisco, Dr. Franklin lectures nationally and internationally. He is also an accreditation candidate with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

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Wheeler Orthodontics 4568 Feather River Drive, Ste. D Stockton, (209) 951-0151 www.wheelerortho.com A specialist in the field of orthodontics for both children and adults, Dr. Wheeler has completed an advanced program of education and training. He graduated with honors and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, a Master of Science degree, and a specialty certificate in orthodontics from University of California, San Francisco. When he is not practicing orthodontics, he is teaching it at his alma mater.

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Cameron R. Wheeler, DDS, MS Board Certified Orthodontist

In addition to his academic qualifications, Dr. Wheeler prides himself on exceeding the standards of his profession by making continued education a priority to his practice. He stays on top of the latest developments in orthodontics, and therefore continues to provide the top service to his patients. Furthermore, Dr. Wheeler and his staff do all their patients’ records in-house. When Dr. Wheeler isn’t busy putting smiles on his patients’ faces or teaching future orthodontists, you will probably find him scuba diving or cheering on one of his favorite sports teams— the San Jose Sharks, Stockton Ports, or Stockton Thunder.

DR. AnuReet Sohi-thadwal, DDS General Dentistry

All About Smiles 5904 North El Dorado Street, Ste. C Stockton, (209) 957-8907 aboutsmiles@ymail.com Creating a community of healthy smiles is top priority for Dr. Sohi-Thadwal and her staff at All About Smiles. For over 20 years, Dr. Sohi and her family have called the Central Valley home. She attended UC Davis, receiving her degree in genetics, and received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at UCSF Dental School. She is Invisalign Certified, providing patients with an alternative to conventional braces while achieving optimum cosmetic and functional results. Her passion for cosmetic dentistry has brought glowing smiles to many patients’ faces. She and her husband, Bal Thadwal, MD,  have two young children and are an  important part of the Stockton community.  Dr. Sohi understands that a nurturing environment is important to all members of her family, at home and  in her practice. Dr. Sohi is All About Smiles.

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Yusuke C. Suzuki, DMD Dentistry 801 S. Ham Lane, Ste. L Lodi, (209) 334-0630

Born in Tokyo, Japan, and raised between there and the United States, Dr. Yusuke C. Suzuki knew early on that he wanted to pursue his dream of dentistry in the United States. After receiving a Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) degree from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, he moved to a general practice residency program in Los Angeles, where he specialized in hospital-based dentistry. After a few years in private practice in Orange County, he

moved to the Bay Area and accepted a position as the managing dentist for a busy Vallejo office. It has been several years since his move up to Northern California, and now Dr. Suzuki and his wife Waka are proud to call Lodi their home. Having been fortunate enough to assume the practice and patients of Dr. Bradford H. Dickey, Dr. Suzuki pledges to continue Dr. Dickeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s philosophy of care and to deliver the same quality dental services to this community.

abbas kashani, md Facial Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon 1234 E. North St., Ste. 202, Manteca, (209) 239-5665 www.AbbasKashaniMD.com Abbas Kashani is a local physician, trained both in disorders concerning the ear, nose, and throat, and facial plastic and cosmetic surgery, including state-of-the-art facial rejuvenation techniques such as Botox and Restyln. Dr. Kashani understands exactly how delicate facial surgeries are, and focuses on the art, science, and craft that accompany each procedure. His practice treats patients of all ages and handles each person with sensitivity. Making sure patients are comfortable and informed are top priorities, along with treating their needs with the latest technology available. While he had his formal training in New York, he recently relocated to Manteca, and is excited to be an addition to this vibrant community.

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DOUGLAS B. WESSON, ACA, BC-HIS Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist Certified Audioprosthologist Wesson Hearing Aid Center 1079 Eucalyptus St., Suite B Manteca, (209) 823-2107 www.wessonhearing.com Successfully overcoming hearing loss takes more than just purchasing and inserting an amplified device. It takes a knowledgeable and caring hearing instrument specialist to determine which hearing instrument is most appropriate, and to properly fit and program it for each individual patient’s hearing needs. Wesson Hearing Aid Center has been a trusted hearing healthcare name in San Joaquin County for over 30 years. Douglas B. Wesson BC-HIS, ACA, a state-licensed hearing healthcare provider, a Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, and Certified Audioprosthologist, takes pride in bringing new hearing opportunities and experiences to his patients through advanced hearing instruments and assistive listening devices. Three locations to serve San Joaquin County—Manteca, Tracy, Ripon.

Martin Dentistry General and Cosmetic Dentistry 1310 E. Swain Road, Suite 2 Stockton, (209) 951-4251 www.martinimplants.com   Martin Dentistry provides preventative, restorative, prosthodontic, cosmetic, oral surgical, periodontic, and endodontic services, and does so with microsurgical precision.   The practice distinguishes itself by providing additional services not typically found in most offices, such as dental implants. Dr. Douglas Martin is Board Certified by the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry and both Drs. Douglas and Dax Martin were trained by the Misch Implant Institute. In order to design superior restorations in all their rehabilitation cases, both doctors also rely on their engineering training.   Martin Dentistry understands that with dental care comes fear for some patients. Both doctors have intravenous sedation licenses, which enables such patients to receive complete care while in a relaxed state of mind. Oral sedation is a complimentary service if and when used.   In addition to its skilled doctors, the Martin Dentistry staff has more than 130 years of combined experience in dealing with insurance and billing challenges, so patients are well taken care of every step of the way.

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Dr. Zhao attended UCLA and graduated from University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. She is a member of the San Joaquin Dental Society, California Dental Association, and American Dental Association. Dr. Zhao moved to Tracy soon after opening her office on Tracy Blvd. because she believes in being a part of the community that she serves. She treats the whole family, even encouraging little ones to come with Mom and Dad to see that the experience can be a good one. Dr. Zhao provides a wide range of dentistry: Lumineer certified, veneers, teeth whitening, crowns, dentures, partials, extractions, and root canals. Each new patient receives an electric toothbrush with exam, cleaning, and x-rays; each new child receives a power toothbrush with exam and cleaning; and all patients receive replacement brush heads with each 6-month checkup and cleaning. Having a bright smile is a good experience.

David A. Jardine, AuD Doctor of Audiology University of the Pacific Hearing & Balance Center 757 Brookside Road, Stockton (209) 946-7378 djardine@pacific.edu web.pacific.edu/x9620.xml Dr. David A. Jardine, Audiologist, is committed to helping people enjoy improved lives through better hearing. Dr. Jardine is skilled in using advanced techniques and the latest technologies to assess and treat ear and hearing disorders. Dr. Jardine specializes in diagnostic hearing evaluations, auditory processing, tinnitus, and balance disorders. He is uniquely trained and qualified in fitting and dispensing hearing aids, and is one of a select number of audiologists nationwide certified to dispense Lyric extended wear hearing aids. Dr. Jardine earned his Doctor in Audiology degree at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and has served as Director of the University of the Pacific Hearing & Balance Center since 2005. He is board certified by the American Academy of Audiology and the American SpeechLanguage-Hearing Association. Known for the high quality of his care, patients know they can trust Dr. Jardine with their hearing health care.

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Dr. David Moline, OD, FAAO Dr. Brian Yee, OD Optometry Tracy Optometry Group 36 W. Tenth Street Tracy, (209) 835-7446 www.visionsource-tracyoptgroup.com Tracy Optometry Group is located in the heart of downtown Tracy. Dr. David Moline and Dr. Brian Yee offer the highest quality patient care by utilizing state-of-the-art technology, and their highly-qualified staff can assist you in finding the perfect fashion frames to complement your unique style New this year, Tracy Optometry Group has opened a specialty, dry eye treatment clinic. Inflammatory dry eye is a chronic progressive disease which causes changes to the surface of the eye.  Symptoms include redness, burning, dryness, sandy gritty feeling, fluctuating vision, and reflex tearing.  The most common causes are aging, menopause, and diabetes.  Our clinic is accepting new patients and we are participating providers for Medicare, Sutter Health, Hill Physicians, Health Plan of San Joaquin, and most other medical plans. 

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HALF MOON BAY San Joaquin’s closest beach getaway by Don and Ann Jackson

Imagine you have guests visiting from the East Coast asking where they can go to best experience a Northern California Pacific Ocean beach. Our answer is always the same: Half Moon Bay. As the easiest and fastest beach town to reach from San Joaquin (take 580 to 880 and then scenic 92 to the coast), Half Moon Bay has scenic beaches, a quaint downtown area, a variety of quality restaurants, the world-famous Mavericks surfing competition (where waves have been known to exceed 40 feet), fun-filled seasonal events, lots of outdoor adventure choices, and more. You might drive there for a day and wish you could stay a week. Be sure to take enough time to really explore the area, you will be pleasantly surprised at what you’ll discover.   What to see and do: Our first recommendation is to visit the city websites, www.visithalfmoonbay. org or www.hmbchamber.com, and click on any of the intriguing choices that most pique your interest, like itineraries, farm visits, festivals, and events. Timeless Half Moon Bay activities include strolling around the quaint downtown, walks along the endless miles of beaches, kayaking in the harbor, surfing (but stay away from Mavericks unless you’re a pro), and horsebackriding and bicycling on off-road pathways.   Where to shop: Don’t miss going into Cunha’s Country Store, operating here since 1923 and www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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considered by many as the heart and soul of downtown. Cunha’s extensive variety of groceries, gift items, and household items will intrigue and tempt. The newer Harbor Village shopping center (www.shopharborvillage.com) across from the harbor, although not yet full, should eventually be a shopping destination to compliment downtown. Half Moon Bay also boasts more quality garden nurseries per capita than any other small California community, a pleasant shopping experience for plants, flowers, vegetables, and seasonal items like Christmas trees and pumpkins. Speaking of pumpkins, Half Moon Bay’s annual Pumpkin Festival in October has become one of the most popular in the state.   Where to stay: One of the premier upscale spa and golf resorts in the country, the Ritz Carlton (www.ritzcarlton. com), located on a picturesque bluff, is the perfect choice for a special occasion getaway. Much to our liking, and unlike many Ritz properties, the ambience is considerably less formal here. Dining in the Ritz’s signature restaurant, Navio, is always first-rate and especially stunning on a beautiful sunset evening. Championship golf at the Half Moon Bay Golf Links (www.halfmoonbaygolf.com), next to the Ritz, provides one of the more challenging tests of golf in the west. The Oceano (www.oceanohalfmoonbay.com), one Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay of the newest luxury hotels in California and maybe the last to be approved by the Coastal Commission, overlooks Half Moon Bay Harbor. Their friendly staff, tastefully decorated accommodations, and public areas add up to a delightful lodging experience. Landis Shores Inn (www.landisshores.com) right on Miramar Beach, or the beautifully restored Half Moon Bay Inn (www. halfmoonbayinn.com) in the heart of downtown are also good options.   Where to dine: For Half Moon Bay dining, try longtime critics and locals Italian favorite Pasta Moon (www.pastamoon.com); Cetrella (www.cetrella. com) for dramatic ambience and food to match; Sam’s Chowder House (www.samschowderhouse.com) famous for their waterside location, lobster rolls, and chowders; new spot It’s Italia (www.itsitalia.net) with upbeat ambience and creative cuisine; Crab Landing (www.crablanding.com) next door to the Oceano, with fresh seafood and steaks overlooking the harbor; and Mullins (www.halfmoonbaygolf.com) at the golf course serves up surprisingly imaginative comfort food. For a more raucous evening try Cameron’s Pub (www.cameronsinn.com), where English beer, darts, and British fun prevail. Bottom line: A visit to the seaside sanctuary known as Half Moon Bay area is a ‘shore thing’.


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In the restaurant business for almost twenty years, chef and owner Warren Ito knows about good eats. At his restaurant named after dad Ernie (a teacher at Stockton’s Lincoln High) as a tribute to Dad’s passion for food, Ernie’s on the Brick Walk is almost a historic landmark in Stockton, sitting amicably in Lincoln Center since 1994. What really should be named the landmark is Ito’s cuisine, which San Joaquin keeps coming back for over and over again. »

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  The real deal here is the regulars that have been coming to Ernie’s for years and have ‘their own table’ and their own regular seat at the bar. Dining here comes in two versions, the casual yet upscale main dining room, with crisp white tablecloths and rich jewel tones, or the bar area with a more open setting encouraging conversation among neighboring diners. Ito explains that there’s a group of ‘serious diners’ that will only eat at the bar, and even have their sides of the bar they like. On our visit, a ‘regular’, enjoying a cocktail at the bar, graciously (and jokingly) offers up ‘his table’ by the window, since he isn’t using it this particular evening. A third option to sit outside on the patio is also available in the warmer months of the year.   Speaking of the bar, Ernie’s drinks and desserts also deserve the spotlight. The wine list is geared towards the restaurant’s California cuisine, mostly California wines with some of our own Lodi wines poured here as well. Dessert is made on-site by Ernie’s pastry chef, Mike Mojher, and the bar even offers dessert drinks—most notably, the chocolate covered cherry, a concoction of chocolate liquor, Baileys, and amaretto.   “We try to offer something for everyone,” says Ito. “Whether you want to eat light or heavy, whether you want to be comfortable and casual or enjoy a fancy meal.”

If you go: Ernie’s on the Brick Walk, 296 Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 951-3311.

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   Taught strict technique by ‘hardcore French chefs’, as Ito refers to his training, this chef’s background is in classic French cooking. Add a modern touch and you have Ito’s California cuisine (‘California cuisine’ by definition is actually French fusion), with all stocks and sauces made onsite, from scratch, in small batches—think tahini sauce directly from sesame seeds, and cioppino with fresh, house-made tomato sauce.   While the menu offers a list of favorites like rib eye steak with apple wood smoked bacon, mushroom, and herbs; lamb chops with an olive-rosemary sauce; and a grilled calamari and clam fettuccini, a full list of seasonal specials greets diners upon entrance, items like butternut squash ravioli and Hawaiian Ono fish with stirfry veggies. Starters are also well-loved here: Dungeness crab salad (when crab is in season) with a lemon caper dressing; grilled tahini prawns; and a to-die-for clam chowder filled with squares of pancetta and Yukon gold potatoes. Even the side dishes here shine—Ito’s incredible ratatouille of eggplant, tomato, onion, zucchini, and bell peppers is sure to rival the pint-size chef from Disney’s same-name animated flick.


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Several Lodi wineries produce large quantities of wine that are nationally and internationally distributed. These wines are often thought of as only value-oriented, so when the time comes to select a wine for a special gift or occasion, wine drinkers tend to look elsewhere. What can a winery do to change this? The simple answer is to think small. Give the winemaker the freedom to produce limited-quantity wines for tasting and purchase only at the winery. These wines usually receive special handling, such as additional barrel aging, and most are produced as varietals. or a winemaker might purchase grapes from a very special vineyard and use the vineyard designation on the label, tools normally reserved for smaller lots of wine. another option is for a large winery to enter a value-oriented wine in the right competition and win a major award. This fact alone will create the impression of quality and demand for the wine. Here are a few examples you might want to try. Enjoy!

Woodbridge by robert mondavi 2007 tempranillo a wonderful representation of Tempranillo, varietal character abounds with red cherry, spice rack, earth, and oak aromas and flavors in a medium body, readyto-drink red. Think barbequed ribs for this wine. ($14) www.woodbridgewines.com

ironstone Vineyards reserve 2008 “rous Vineyards” old Vine Zinfandel a beautiful garnet-red color with good clarity, this vineyard designate (Rous Vineyards) is made from grapes from 100 year-old vines. The wine has vibrant aromas and flavors of tart, bright berry and red cherry fruit with hints of black pepper. This medium-bodied red is ready to drink and is a perfect accompaniment to pasta with red sauce or lightly grilled foods. ($24)

talus collection 2007 Zinfandel Every other year the Lodi Winegrape Commission selects the Top 12 Zinfandels of Lodi— last May, Talus Zinfandel was so honored. This wine is a perfect balance of fruit, spice, and oak. The finish of red berries and spice lingers and invites you to enjoy another glass. Lightly grilled meats and vegetables are the perfect accompaniment to this well-made Zinfandel. ($7) www.taluscollection.com

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For more information: Visit the lodi Wine and Visitor center, and taste from a selection of over two hundred award-winning Lodi wines. 2545 W. turner Rd., Lodi, (209) 367-4727, www.lodiwine.com

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Woodbridge by robert mondavi 2008 marsanne one of the more obscure Rhone white grapes planted in California, this Marsanne is light gold and crystal clear. Tropical fruit and floral notes dominate the aroma with just a hint of oak. The wine has a rich mouth-feel from sur-lie aging (wine aging in barrel with the lees) and citrus flavors that linger. The finish is long and crisp with a hint of spicy oak. The wine is a perfect appetizer wine and pairs well with pasta with creamy white sauce, seafood, and chicken. ($12) www.woodbridgewines.com

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serving authentic and modern Japanese cuisine, come enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the causal dining room, or grab a seat at the sushi bar and have some fun with the professional and creative sushi chef. to enhance your experience, mikasa invites you to explore the list of premium sakes. mikasa offers outstanding sushi, sashimi, tempura, noodles, and teriyaki, as well as traditional Japanese sukiyaki and yosenabe. the most popular dishes are the Hawaiian tuna poki, tako kimchee, hamachi jalapeno, tuna ceviche, mikasa steam sole, ginger beef tenderloin, golden gate roll, and mikasa roll. they’re looking forward to your visit! Kampei!

a favorite among guests that enjoy fine dining, Rosewood Bar and grill offers an upbeat and sophisticated setting with its rich wood and black and white tile floor, while still remaining family friendly. With an exceptional menu, Rosewood offers monday night prix fixe (French for “fixed price”) dining specials, letting diners order a complete meal for about half the price of doing so a la carte. Rosewood Bar and grill also boasts a wine list that is out of this world.

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With its seasonally-based menu and gourmet preparation, the Wine and Roses restaurant boasts a charming venue with exceptional service. Guests are spoiled with beautiful views of the garden, or can enjoy a romantic evening sitting by the large fireplace. Sit alongside the piano while enjoying an after dinner cocktail. As an added bonus, stay overnight at the charming and beautiful Wine and Roses Inn and make a weekend out of it. 2505 W. Turner Rd. Lodi, (209) 334-6988

Bringing a new look and feel to Stockton, Centrale Kitchen and Bar will give you the feeling of an upscale bistro in any big city around the world, with its authentic brick walls and dark, walnut wood floors. The menu features traditional American comfort food with a strong focus on fresh and unique ingredients. As with the dinner menu, the wine selection will change by season, and you will find many extraordinary bottles that you won’t find anywhere else in the region. With a full bar, Centrale is also bringing back the quality cocktail by using all fresh juices and housemade mixes. Centrale Kitchen and Bar is located on the “Miracle Mile” and is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Outdoor dining available. 1825 Pacific Ave., Ste. 2 Stockton, (209) 939-1825

Papapavlo’s Bistro and Bar is considered by many to be one of Northern California’s most unique fine dining establishments, located in Stockton’s Lincoln Center. They offer the finest and freshest in gourmet cuisine, and their fabulous menu includes a large variety of continental dishes. Three outdoor dining patios make for a perfect place to relax during lunch or dinner. Papapavlo’s offers four private banquet rooms accommodating groups as intimate as 12, to as large as 100 guests. Papapavlo’s is open Sun.Thur., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 501 N. Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 477-6133, www.papapavlos.com

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Looking for the best pizza in town? It’s here! The Great Plate has signature pizzas like Buffalo Chicken, or the Dominic, or build your own. Handmade to order and fired in the brick oven with always fresh dough for perfect crust and a delicious pizza. But that’s not all, excellent burgers, wings, salads, pastas, steaks, seafood, and more. Located downtown across from the Grand Theatre, come and enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere. Great Plate offers two full bars and 16 beers on tap, a fine wine list, and Sunday breakfast (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and the NFL Ticket. Or check out the exciting nightlife featuring live music and DJs on both floors. Visit, “Tracy’s Favorite Place to Play.” Banquet rooms available for up to 125 people. 714 Central Ave. Tracy, (209) 833-0862 www.thegreatplate.com www.theboardrock.com

Angelina’s is a true family restaurant: owned by four family members, named after another, and welcoming to all of yours. For thirty-three years, their hearty homemade pastas, raviolis, and traditional sauces have been bringing families together just like a meal at Grandma’s house. Consider inviting all your relatives to dine together in Angelina’s comfortable and cozy banquet room the next time you are hosting a family get-together. Angelina’s isn’t fussy—just simple, classic, and great tasting. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner.

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Welcome to Casa Flores Marina, the very best in Mexican Cuisine. Casa Flores Marina is the new location in the Marina Shopping Center on Benjamin Holt Avenue, just west of I-5 in Stockton. Enjoy the warm, inviting dining room or dine al fresco in the secluded, outdoor patio. You will be treated to mouth-watering, innovative dishes that will keep you coming back! Casa Flores Marina has a beautiful, fully stocked tequila bar offering the finest selection of tequilas anywhere. You can enjoy fresh fruit margaritas made with all natural ingredients. No pre-made mixes here. Enjoy Tequila Tastings every third Saturday of the month or book your next big party here. Open for lunch and dinner. 3201 W. Ben Holt Dr., Ste. 155 Stockton, (209) 451-1116

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Angelina’s Spaghetti House

1563 E. Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 948-6609, www.angelinas.com. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$ Angelina’s is a true family restaurant: owned by four family members, named after another, and welcoming to all of yours. For thirty-one years, their hearty homemade pastas, raviolis, and traditional sauces have been bringing families together just like a meal at Grandma’s house. Consider inviting all your relatives to dine together in Angelina’s comfortable and cozy banquet room the next time you are hosting a family get-together. Angelina’s isn’t fussy—just simple, classic, and great tasting.

Clements Clements Feed & Fuel 18938 E. Hwy. 88, (209) 759-3100. Full bar. Open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. $$-$$$$

Located in a building that dates back to the 1890s, and decorated to preserve its Victorian-era charm, Clements Feed and Fuel is an excellent choice for families and large groups (the large banquet room seats one hundred fifty). Turn of the century decorations may often call to mind faded roses and dainty tea houses, but not here. Instead, think antique railroads and hearty prime rib and steaks served seven days a week— perfect for hungry railroad workers and modern diners alike.

lathrop Mikasa Japanese Bistro 15138 Harlan Rd. (209) 858-1818. Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$$

LOCKEFORD Lockeford Inn Restaurant and George’s Lounge 18700 N. Hwy. 88, (209) 727-5028. Full bar. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. $$

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George’s Lounge at the Lockeford Inn and Restaurant may be known for its banquet rooms that can accommodate up to three hundred people for dancing and drinks, but the lounge also offers a wide variety of food for every meal of the day. Looking for some homemade cooking? You’ve come to the right place. The meatloaf is guaranteed to make you feel like you’re sitting at

lodi Habañero Hots 1024 Victor Rd., (209) 369-3791, www.habanerohots.com. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Not only does this Mexican restaurant offer steaming fajitas and cheesy nachos, but they serve up hot peppers, too. Those willing to eat a habañero chili pepper can win their way into the Habañero Hots “Hall of Flame.” This is no bell pepper, either; the habañero is rated between 100,000 and 350,000 on the Scoville scale, developed to rank spiciness, compared to a mere 5,000 for a basic jalapeño. If you’re successful in the “Eat the Heat” contest, you are rewarded with a complimentary T-shirt and your photo on the wall. Hey, you can always wash it down with one of their one hundred seventy-five selections of tequila. Lodi Beer Company 105 S. School St., (209) 368-9931, www.lodibeercompany.com. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Whether you’re looking for a place to meet for your next business lunch, to grab a bite with friends or your kids after work, or to dine with a party of one hundred, the Lodi Beer Company welcomes you. The beautiful slate floors, iron work, and copper accents create an inviting atmosphere, and with up to fourteen beers on tap and menu items ranging from deep fried macaroni and cheese to a twenty-two ounce rib eye steak to grilled mahi-mahi, everyone is sure to leave happy and full. Lodi Feed and Fuel 27 W. Elm St., (209) 365-1043. Full bar. Open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. $$-$$$$

Come dressed up or down; Lodi Feed and Fuel welcomes all for a fun, fine dining experience. With classic and contemporary movie memorabilia adorning the restaurant’s walls (think John Wayne juxtaposed with Jack Sparrow), and its prime location across the street from the movie theater, this

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Serving authentic and modern Japanese cuisine, come enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of this casual dining room, or grab a seat at the sushi bar and have some fun with their professional and creative sushi chef. To enhance your experience, you’re invited to explore their list of premium sakes. Mikasa offers outstanding sushi, sashimi, tempura, noodles, and teriyaki, as well as traditional Japanese sukiyaki and yosenabe. The most popular dishes are the Hawaiian tuna poki, tako kimchee, hamachi jalapeno, tuna ceviche, Mikasa steam sole, ginger beef tenderloin, Golden Gate roll, and Mikasa roll. Kampei!

your childhood kitchen table in your flannel pajamas. Not in the mood for traditional American fare? George’s also offers a wide selection of Mediterranean cuisine—enjoy a falafel or gyro and wash it down with something off the wine list.


Moo Moo’s Burger Barn 113 N. School St., (209) 369-9450, www.moo-moos.com. No alcohol served. Open for lunch and dinner. $

Playing off the name of the restaurant, Moo Moo’s is decorated with hand-painted murals of a large barn and open pastures, but the atmosphere is more reminiscent of a ‘50s diner than a drive through the countryside. Authentic burgers, shakes, onion rings, and fries are served in addition to less greasy sandwiches, salads, veggie burgers, and sweet potato fries. This is a great place to come with small children for a fun, tasty, and affordable meal. Moo Moo’s ensures that, like happy cows, happy diners come from California. Pietro’s Trattoria 317 E. Kettleman Lane, (209) 368-0613, www.pietroslodi.com. Beer and wine. Lunch and dinner. $$

Charmingly designed and warmly staffed, Pietro’s restaurant is a family-owned establishment that’s clearly well loved. Pietro’s serves up huge portions of traditional Italian fare, and the restaurant is designed to give the impression that diners are sitting in the middle of a tiny, rustic Italian village. Try the rich and garlicky penne aglio pasta with mushrooms, spinach, and crushed red peppers, the hearty individual pizzas, the chicken parmigiana, or the lemony veal piccata with capers. Family-friendly, and banquets up to 125 people. Rosewood Bar and Grill 28 S. School St., (209) 369-0470, www.rosewoodbarandgrill.com. Full bar. Open for dinner. $$-$$$

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setting with its rich wood and black and white tile floor, yet it remains family friendly. With an exceptional menu, Rosewood offers Monday night prix fixe—French for “fixed price”—dining specials, letting patrons order a complete meal for about half the price of a la carte. Rosewood Bar and Grill also boasts a wine list that is out of this world. School Street Bistro 116 N. School St., (209) 333-3950, www.schoolstbistro.com. Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

At this quaint European-style bistro, everything is made from scratch daily, as well as all of the sauces and salad dressings accompanying their regional American cuisine. Specialties include upscale comfort foods like bacon wrapped meatloaf and smoked gouda macaroni and cheese, in addition to delicious steaks and fresh seafood. The bistro features domestic and imported beers and an extensive wine list of over one hundred local and imported wines. This is a popular destination for both casual dining and the occasional wine tasting events hosted by the restaurant, so reservations are highly recommended.

A flavorful mixed grill of juicy steaks, tender chicken, fresh fish, and pasta dishes. Satisfy every taste with mouth-watering appetizers and salads. Every day, Outback starts out fresh, making every one of their soups, salad dressings, and sauces from scratch. At Outback, it’s all about quality —and all about the food. So let go of the worries of the day, and Go Outback. Open for lunch Mon-Fri at 11:30 a.m. Dinner 7 days a week Happy hour 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. M-F 1243 West March Lane, Stockton (209) 954-9615 www.outback.com

Helm’s A le Hou s e

We are dedicated to quality, service, and integrity. Chef Conway brings forth twenty-three years of experience to provide excellent dishes at affordable prices. Helm’s is a neighborhood pub, we are children friendly, and want you, our customers, to become a part of our extended family.

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is a perfect choice for a dinner-anda-movie date. Thursdays are great days to try out the bar—from 4 to 7 p.m. enjoy discounted drinks and appetizers and a live comedy show every other week. If you are in the mood for an adventurous drink, be sure to try the Grapefruit Cosmopolitan made from freshly squeezed grapefruit juice or the Wasabi Bloody Mary.

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Strings Italian Café 2314 W. Kettleman Ln., (209) 369-6400, www.stringscafe.com. Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

First impressions can be deceiving, as is the case with Strings Café. The modest location (nestled in the WalMart shopping center) doesn’t do its flawless reputation justice. You have to stop in, if only to taste the soft Parmesan bread and the salad, which is really quite memorable— crisp lettuce sprinkled with savory croutons, sunflower seeds, raisins, and a dressing that pulls the whole dish together. Thinking about stopping after the salad? Not a chance. Try the lasagna, which is superb, or any of the seafood dishes, all of which are surprisingly fresh and flavorful.

Charmingly designed and warmly staffed, Pietro’s restaurant is a familyowned establishment that’s clearly wellloved. Pietro’s serves up huge portions of traditional Italian fare, and has been carefully decorated to give diners the impression that they are sitting in the middle of a tiny, rustic Italian village. Try the rich and garlicky Penne Aglio, an overflowing bowl of penne pasta tossed with tender chunks of sautéed chicken, caramelized mushrooms, spinach, and crushed red peppers. Individual pizzas are hearty and cheesy. Pietro’s is a friendly family establishment. Banquets up to 125 people. 317 E. Kettleman Lane, Lodi (209) 368-0613 www.pietroslodi.com

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FISH TACOS WITH Avocado Grapefruit Salsa Fish Tacos 1 lb. Pacific halibut fillet Extra virgin olive oil (for drizzling) 8 corn tortillas, 4-6 inches, warmed 4 lettuce leaves Avocado Grapefruit Salsa (see below for recipe) On the stovetop, heat a grill pan over medium-high heat or prepare a medium-hot grill. Drizzle halibut with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and grill until barely done, 2 to 5 minutes per side, depending on thickness. Remove fish from grill, cool slightly, and pull apart into large flakes. Place warm tortillas on a work surface. Line each with a piece of lettuce and chunks of grilled fish. Top each with a generous spoonful of Avocado Grapefruit Salsa. Serve immediately.

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Avocado Grapefruit Salsa 2 medium ancho chiles, wiped clean, stemmed, and seeded 1 pink grapefruit, chilled 1 ripe California avocado, halved, seeded, and peeled ½ bundle chives, chopped ½ cup orange juice, freshly squeezed 1 Tbsp. lime juice, freshly squeezed 1½ Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil ½ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. black pepper, freshly ground

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Toast ancho chiles directly over a medium gas flame or in a cast-iron skillet until soft and brown. Turn frequently to avoid scorching. Slice toasted chiles into 1-inch strips, then into a fine julienne.

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There perhaps may not be a fruit with such a popular reputation as the avocado. Invariably when asked what the avocado is used for, one answer remains consistent— guacamole, of course. And while Californians don’t usually go so far as to add the avocado to ice cream (Brazil) or go with avocado, cream, and sugar smoothies (Philippines), it does serve as quite the tasty treat.   Close to 500 different varieties exist of this creamy green fruit that is often mistakenly called a vegetable, but California is known for seven different varieties grown commercially. Haas, the most popular, accounts for nearly 95 percent of this state’s total crop of avocados, grown from the southernmost part of the state all the way up to San Joaquin County. The 209 is actually the fifth leading producer of avocados in the state. In fact, the United States is the third largest producer behind Mexico and Brazil.   The California climate is perfect for growing the avocado year-round, but sales generally spike at the start of the year—we think, in part, due to the abundance of college football bowl games and the large need for bowls and bowls of guacamole. So keep an eye out for this fruit, as the Super Bowl is right around the corner, and keep in mind that the avocado has a lot more to offer than just an accompaniment to chips and tomatoes.

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Slice ends off grapefruit and stand the fruit upright on your work surface. Cut away peel and membrane, exposing fruit. Working over a bowl to catch the juices, separate the grapefruit sections by slicing with a knife between membranes. Remove and discard seeds. Cut grapefruit segments and avocados into ½-inch dice. Toss with toasted ancho chiles and chives in a medium mixing bowl. Gently stir in reserved grapefruit juice, orange juice, lime juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Let sit 30 minutes before serving.

Perfect Guacamole 2 ripe avocados 1/2 red onion, minced (about 1/2 cup) 1-2 serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, minced 2 Tbsp. cilantro leaves, finely chopped 1 Tbsp. fresh lime or lemon juice 1/2 tsp. coarse salt dash of freshly grated black pepper 1/2 ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped Garnish with red radishes or jicama Serve with tortilla chips Cut avocados in half. Remove seed. Scoop out avocado from the peel, put in a mixing bowl. Using a fork, mash the avocado. Add the chopped onion, cilantro, lime or lemon, salt and pepper, and mash some more. Chili peppers vary individually in their hotness, so start with a half of one chili pepper and add to the guacamole to your desired degree of hotness. Be careful handling the peppers; wash your hands thoroughly after handling and do not touch your eyes or the area near your eyes with your hands for several hours. Keep the tomatoes separate until ready to serve. Remember that much of this is- done to taste because of the variability in the fresh ingredients—use this recipe and adjust to your taste. Cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole to prevent oxidation from the air reaching it. Refrigerate until ready. Just before serving, add the chopped tomato to the guacamole and mix. Serves 2-4.

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Wine and Roses 2505 W. Turner Rd., (209) 334-6988, www.winerose.com. Full bar. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. $$$-$$$$

With its seasonally-based menu and gourmet preparation, the Wine and Roses restaurant boasts a charming venue with exceptional service. The kitchen uses fresh, local ingredients to create tantalizing examples of California cuisine. Guests are spoiled with beautiful views of the garden, or a romantic evening dining by the large fireplace. Sit alongside the piano while enjoying an after dinner cocktail and, as an additional bonus, stay overnight at the charming and beautiful Wine and Roses Inn and make a weekend out of it.

manteca De Vega Brothers 515 N. Main St., (209) 823-0947, www.devegabrothers.com. Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$$$

De Vega Brothers has risen from its humble beginnings in a converted A&W stand in Manteca to one of the Valley’s premier Italian restaurants, with expanded locations in both Manteca and Stockton. The Manteca site boasts hand-painted murals of Roman ruins and rustic Italian vistas, while Stockton prides itself on creating an atmosphere of urban elegance with patio dining and live piano music. Both restaurants are known for their generous portions and delicious lamb chops, cioppino, chicken and veal scaloppini, steak, and seafood, as well as their gourmet pastas and sauces. Finley’s Bar and Grill 10477 S. Airport Way, (209) 983-9493. Full bar. Open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch during the winter season. $$-$$$$

Finley’s is full of pleasant surprises, the first being the truly romantic restaurant that lies within this nondescript building. While soft candlelight flickers at the center of your elegantly set table, you can relax and share a bottle of locally-made wine and, if you’re brave enough, kick off your dinner by sharing an appetizer of sautéed or deep-fried frog legs. This succulent dish is sweeter tasting than chicken, and quite appetizing. After indulging your adventurous side, spring into dinner with the savory house specialty, smoked prime rib. Feeling romantic enough to propose? Finley’s also caters small, intimate weddings in their spacious garden. Isadore’s Restaurant 680 N. Main St., (209) 825-4300, www.isadores.com. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$$-$$$$

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menu you’re sure to fall in love with. Locals swear by the quality of the seafood and made-to-order pasta selections. Though there’s no official children’s menu, the kitchen will gladly whip up a pint-sized meal for your munchkins, as well as accommodate any other special requests. Finally, don’t be shy—order the Sex in a Pan for dessert. Sweet, ripe banana slices and rich chocolate pudding on a crumbly cookie crust topped with real whipped cream and chocolate sauce make for a climactic end to any meal. Kelley Brothers Brewing Company 112 E. Yosemite Ave., (209) 825-1727. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

This Manteca hot spot rose up out of the ashes of the El Rey Theatre, which ironically burned down after its final showing of The Towering Inferno. Big, bulky sandwiches, like the Southwest-style BBQ Pork Masterpiece make this a great lunch destination, but live music Friday and Saturday nights and the largest bar in the Valley (complete with twelve house-made beers on tap) draw crowds at dinnertime and in the later hours, too. The whole family will enjoy the food as much as the fun murals and collections of local antiques on display.

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stockton 856 Restaurant & Lounge 856 Benjamin Holt Dr., (209) 957-7856, www.856856.com. Full bar. Open for dinner. $$-$$$

Boasting one of the prettiest bars around, 856 is as comfortable as it is trendy. With over sixteen different martinis on the menu, all served to perfection, 856 hosts a “Martini Mood Hour” Monday through Friday, and prepares after-hours appetizers for those stopping by after a late night on the town. The menu is built upon lots of local produce, and their fish is trucked in each morning fresh from the docks of San Francisco. Enjoy delicious food, friendly service, and a beautiful full-service lounge. There’s always something happening at this unique place to dine. Check out their calendar of events for the live music schedule, early Supper Club hours, and more. Angelina’s Spaghetti House 1563 E. Fremont St., (209) 948-6609, www.angelinas.com. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

Angelina’s is a true family restaurant: owned by four family members, named after another, and welcoming to all of yours. For thirty-one years, their hearty homemade pastas, raviolis, and traditional sauces have been bringing families together just like a meal at Grandma’s house. Consider inviting all your relatives to dine together in Angelina’s comfortable and cozy banquet room the next time you are hosting a family get-together. Angelina’s isn’t fussy—just simple, classic, and great tasting.

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Papapavlo’s Bistro and Bar 501 N. Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 477-6133, www.papapavlos.com. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$ Papapavlo’s Bistro and Bar is considered by many to be one of Northern California’s most unique fine dining establishments located in Stockton’s Lincoln Center. They offer you the finest and freshest in gourmet cuisine and their fabulous menu includes a large variety of continental dishes. The main dining room has a unique design with a showcase kitchen and bar in warm, classy decor. You’ll find the three outdoor dining patios a perfect place to relax during lunch or dinner. Papapavlo’s offers four private banquet rooms accommodating groups as intimate as 12 to as large as 100 guests. Papapavlo’s also specializes in off-premises dining with their outstanding catering services. Papapavlo’s is open SundayThursday 11 a.m to 9 p.m, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m to 10 p.m.

2381 W. March Ln., (209) 472-1661, www.arroyoscafe.com. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $

When Guadalupe and Jesus Arroyo moved here in the early 1940s, they immediately began sharing their passion for food with friends and family by opening their first restaurant. Sixty years later, their son Mario continues the tradition and commitment to excellence at Arroyo’s Café. Located on the water, one can enjoy fresh, homemade tortillas, enchiladas, carne asada, and other Mexican favorites. Friday and Saturday nights the restaurant hosts live Mariachi music, and the bar hosts Happy Hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Breadfruit Tree Restaurant 8095 Rio Blanco Rd., (209) 952-7361, www.breadfruittree.com. Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

In the mood for something different? Relax on the Delta and enjoy the flavors and rhythms of the Caribbean Islands at the Breadfruit Tree. The restaurant serves food from many of the tropical islands, and prides itself on its Peleau—a rice stir-fry with fresh veggies and seafood, seasoned with a myriad of delightful spices. Complete your meal with a Jamaican beer or house-made, Caribbean-style drink. While eating, admire the hand-painted murals depicting waterfalls and island life. The owners proudly claim, “As they say in the Caribbean, ‘we cook food with love.’” The Breadfruit Tree is open for catering year-round and restaurant dining from February to November. Bud’s Seafood Grille 314 Lincoln Center, (209) 956-0270, www.budsseafood.com. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

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1825 Pacific Ave., Ste. 2 (209) 939-1825. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Bringing a new look and feel to Stockton, Centrale Kitchen and Bar will give you the feeling of an upscale bistro in any big city around the world, with its authentic brick walls and dark, walnut wood floors. The menu features traditional American comfort food with a strong focus on fresh and unique ingredients. As with the dinner menu, the wine selection will change by season, and you will find many extraordinary bottles that you won’t find anywhere else in the region. With a full bar, Centrale is also bringing back the quality cocktail by using all fresh juices and housemade mixes. Centrale Kitchen and Bar is located on the south end of the Miracle Mile. Outdoor dining available. Chitiva’s Salsa and Sports Bar and Grill 445 W. Weber Ave., (209) 941-8605, www.chitiva.net. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

Chitiva’s serves up authentic Mexican food, tasty tropical drinks, and a giant side of fun six nights a week. Saturday nights after 9 p.m., the fajitas and enchiladas play second fiddle to the DJs and live bands on center stage—the Salsa is still hot, but now it’s a dance, not a culinary dip. If all this has you craving a cool Delta breeze, look no further than the restaurant’s outdoor dining overlooking the water or one of their popular Salsa cruises (summer months through October). So go find your dancing shoes, sip a cool mojito, and have some fun. Cocoro Japanese Bistro 2105 Pacific Ave., (209) 941-6053. Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

Cocoro is the “it” place to go for sushi in Stockton. Its streamlined, contemporary Japanese décor and intimate seating arrangements give it a sophisticated atmosphere, and its artful sushi creations made with fish delivered fresh daily from the Bay Area keep patrons coming back for more. At the sushi counter, you can watch talented chefs roll and wrap beautiful bites right before your eyes. The restaurant’s signature sushi—the Coco Roll—consists of a tempura prawn wrapped up with avocado and topped with eel, spicy tuna, teriyaki sauce, and special house dressing, all garnished with a walnut. For the less adventurous eater, Cocoro offers the traditional range of tempura, teriyaki, and noodle dishes. JANUARY 2010

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Everyone is welcome at Bud’s Seafood Grille. Friendly service, hearty portions, and a range of fish, seafood, pasta, steak, and poultry entrees make Bud’s a great choice for a business lunch, family dinner, or night out for two. Every meal begins with a bottomless basket of fresh sourdough bread, so be careful not to fill up before the rest arrives. The new leafy outdoor patio seats thirty, and is the perfect spot to take a break from shopping in Lincoln Center and enjoy a leisurely lunch or even just a drink with a friend.

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The Creamery 5756 Pacific Ave., Robinhood Plaza (209) 925-1111. No alcohol served. Open for breakfast (on weekends), lunch, and dinner. $-$$

The Creamery Restaurant is a classic American grill that has been a Stockton landmark since 1985. Great for large parties or a family meal, it is also the perfect spot for hungry shoppers. Enjoy gourmet sandwiches, huge hamburgers, garden fresh salads, pasta dishes, homestyle dinners, and an amazing dessert selection seven days a week, with breakfast served on the weekends. Whether you’re in the neighborhood or just hungry for great food, The Creamery Restaurant will be sure to please. Dante’s California-Style Pizza 9305 Thornton Rd., (209) 474-0221. Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

Nestled in the Thornton Plaza shopping center, Dante’s puts a sunny California spin on the standard pepperoni and cheese creation. In fact, most of their pizzas don’t even come with pepperoni or mozzarella. The name of the restaurant says it all—this is not your authentic Italian pizzeria, so be prepared for specialty pizzas with experimental combinations of unique and exotic toppings. Dante’s offers fourteen different pizzas made with fresh meats and produce, gourmet cheeses, and colorful sauces (the pesto is fantastic). Like pizza joint worth their sauce, take-out and delivery options are also available. Dave Wong’s Chinese Cuisine 2828 W. March Ln., (209) 951-4152. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

You may already have a favorite Chinese restaurant—everybody does—but if you are in the mood to venture away from habit, hit Dave Wong’s. This longtime Stockton favorite serves up a pleasant combination of Chinese, Cantonese, and Szechwan eats. The broccoli beef, lemon chicken, and fried rice are hands-down favorites. The menu has many traditional dishes, alongside appetizing treats like wok-charred green beans. The muted walls and intimate (yet expandable) quiet candlelit dining chambers reiterate the fact that Dave Wong’s is not your typical Chinese restaurant. David’s New York Style Pizza 1744 W. Hammer Lane, (209) 477-2677 900 W. Benjamin Holt Dr., (209) 957-2850. Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

Toppings, cheese, and dough that’s prepared fresh daily may be three of the reasons this Stockton staple has had such success that they’ve recently opened a second location in Lincoln Center. Or maybe it’s all the choices at David’s New York Style Pizza that make it so popular: Eat in or take out? Hammer Lane or Lincoln Center? Thick, thin, or www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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De Vega Brothers has risen from its humble beginnings in a converted A&W stand in Manteca to one of the Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier Italian restaurants, with expanded locations in both Manteca and Stockton. The Manteca site boasts hand-painted murals of Roman ruins and rustic Italian vistas, while Stockton prides itself on creating an atmosphere of urban elegance with patio dining and live piano music. Both restaurants are known for their generous portions and delicious lamb chops, cioppino, chicken and veal scaloppini, steak, and seafood, as well as their gourmet pastas and sauces. De Vinciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4555 N. Pershing Ave., (209) 957-2750. No alcohol served. Open for lunch and dinner. $

Old-world Italian eats rule here, where the foccacia and ravioli are homemade. Red and white checkered tablecloths and an Italian-inspired mural lend distinct charm to this half deli, half restaurant which serves up spectacular sandwiches, rice torta, and pesto. The food may be delicious, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bring a hungry crowd and expect to find a table big enoughâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; this place is best for take-out and catering. Instead, grab a bag of goodies to go and head over to nearby Victoria Park for a picnic with panache. A downtown Tracy location was recently opened. Delights Waterfront Coffee Bar and Deli 445 W. Weber Ave., Ste. 126, (209) 462-3401. Beer and Wine. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. $

Delights Waterfront Coffee Bar and Deli is appropriately named, serving up some of the best casual favorites this side of the Delta. With its premium coffee bar, morning starters, salads made to order with the freshest local produce, and the popular tri-tip sandwich thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grilled daily on the patio, you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t escape the quiet, peaceful nostalgia that Delights has to offer. Located right on the water in the historic Waterfront Warehouse building, Delights is a visual treat. While they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t accept reservations, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll soon find that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not necessary. This restaurant is a relaxed hangout for anybody, from businessmen to students from local colleges and schools. El Rancho Inn Steak and Lobster House Now offering daily

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Celebrating seventy years in business, El Rancho Inn has been charming customers with its superior service and delectable dishes. Although most drive by without giving this establishment a second glance, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well worth your time to stop in for a meal. The steak, lobster, and homemade soups are excellent, but be sure to look up from your plate and take in the surroundings. From the cattle brands on the walls to the regulars relaxing at their favorite tables, this country inn is sure to bring a smile to your face as well as warmth to your belly.

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ErNIE’s ON thE BrICk Walk 296 Lincoln center, (209) 951-3311. Full bar. open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

Ernie’s has been incorporating classic French technique with abundant Central Valley produce since its doors opened in 1990. Chef and owner Warren Ito was trained at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and loves to use his skills to prepare fresh takes on “old classics” for his loyal patrons. The menu ranges from rib eye steak to Australian lamb chops to seasonal fish and pasta dishes to house specialties like the nutty grilled tahini prawns and made-to-order fresh Manila clam chowder. Take your time while perusing the extensive wine list—it’s over one hundred fifty wines long. GarlIC BrOthErs 6629 embarcadero dr., (209) 474-6585, www.garlic-brothers.com. Full bar. open for lunch and dinner. $$

Ironically, Garlic Brothers is a spectacular spot for a date, even though the kitchen is known to go heavy on the—you guessed it—garlic. Fun and lively, this restaurant sits right on the water’s edge and boasts delicious garlicky pizzas, pastas, and seafood. Contrary to popular belief, however, anything on the menu can be whipped up without the brothers’ favorite ingredient. Before you leave, roll up your sleeves and dig into a serving of Justy’s Cake—vanilla ice cream on a cookie crust topped with toffee and glazed with caramel and chocolate. lE BIstrO

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This award-winning restaurant is Stockton’s only four-star dining experience. Whether eating lunch or dinner, Le Bistro offers a menu of French Continental cuisine beautifully presented in a stylish and sophisticated setting. This is a luxurious affair, where servers wear tuxedos and the ever-evolving wine list is like no other. The quiet elegance extends to the outdoor patio as well as four banquet rooms that can accommodate up to two hundred guests. If you are in the mood for an upscale treat, this is the place to go. Check the website for current information about live bands playing in the restaurant’s show room this fall. mIChaEl’s NEW yOrk stylE pIzza 2300 W alpine ave # a, (209) 462-6668 open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. $-$$

Once simply one of the best pizza joints in Stockton, Michael’s has grown to add a café, deli and now a full breakfast menu. The pizzas (13 combinations or make your own) draw you in but choices for everyone keep the community coming back as a whole. Michael’s also boasts a party room for up to 40 guests and has long been a favorite for sports teams and birthday parties. Dive into a hearty meat pizza or give Michael’s newest creation, the whole wheat crust a try. papapaVlO’s BIstrO aND Bar 501 n. Lincoln center, (209) 477-6133, www.papapavlos.com. Full bar. open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

Papapavlo’s Bistro and Bar is considered by many to be one of Northern California’s most unique fine dining establishments located in Stockton’s Lincoln Center. They offer you the finest

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Did you know that tequila was North america’s first indigenous distilled spirit, comes in up to six different varieties, and must be manufactured in the Mexican state of Jalisco in order to be labeled “tequila”? The background of tequila may not be well-known, but the Casa Flores Marina restaurant in Stockton is working to change this with monthly tequila tastings each third Saturday for $10. “I wanted to educate people on the tequila so that when they come in, they can appreciate what we have,” says owner octavio Cruces. Each tasting showcases the tequila of the month. Guests are served a signature cocktail made with the chosen tequila, and an appetizer that is either prepared with the spirit or complements it. Past dishes have included tequila ice cream, a tequila-marinated shrimp ceviche, and gourmet tacos filled with chorizo and thin cuts of beef called suadero. Housing over 82 different tequilas, the extensive bar also features selections from local importers. Whether you prefer a smooth, citrusy resposado or a bold silver, or are just starting out, Cruces says that the trick is to keep an open mind. “The good thing about tequila is that it’s really based on your own personal taste,” Cruces says. “It’s like wine. What you think is good; someone else may not think so.” —Rachel Filipinas

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to fall in love with. An incredible selection of wine awaits you at Shadow Oaks, with bottles priced anywhere from $25 to $450. And did we mention the tequila list? Hidden within the full bar is a variety of tequila bottles, whose respective shots range from $6 a shot to $85. With itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sophisticated interior, beautiful bar, and live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, this casual restaurant offers fine dining without the pomp and circumstance. Stockton Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 236 Lincoln Center, (209) 951-2980, www.stocktonjoes.com. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

Featuring San Franciscan, Italian, and American continental cuisine, this is the place to go for a delicious meal in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Entrees include charbroiled steaks, fresh seafood, and veal, chicken, and pasta dishes, and have recently extended to offer several heart-healthy options. Stockton Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s frequently plays host to a variety of musicians and local artists who entertain diners relaxing in the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comfy, padded booths and chairs. Each month, the kitchen selects a featured wine from a local winery, and wine tasting events and wine dinners are held throughout the month. With exhibition cooking, a banquet hall that can seat up to sixty people, and catering for all occasions, Stockton Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is a local feature not to be missed.

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CulINary rEpErtOIrE the stockton symphony alliance creates a cookbook on a high note They’ve already got the tempos, minuets, and rondos down pat, but now the Stockton Symphony alliance is branching out to the art of cooking. Classical Cuisine is a compilation of over two hundred recipes from past and present symphony members. a wide range of contributors make for an equally diverse set of recipes. “Some are very quick and easy while others are really involved gourmet recipes, but you know they are things that people like to make,” says symphony secretary Conni Bock, who also edited the book. Bock’s own contribution is a recipe for lemon cupcakes with lemon glaze, a treat other members urged her to submit after she served them at a meeting. other dishes include five-cheese lasagna from symphony music director Peter Jaffe, overnight French toast from Chris Brubeck, and a creamy asparagus risotto from clarinet player Patricia Shands. “Music is really creative; people like making it and listening to it,” Bock says. “Cooking can be creative. People like making food, and they love eating food.” Proceeds from the book go to the symphony’s educational program, Steppin’ out, which invites fourth and fifth graders in the county to attend symphony performances at a reduced rate. —Rachel Filipinas

2041 Pacific ave. (209) 946-9494 www.tasteofbrittany.com Full bar. open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. $-$$

Owner Daniel Peron creates the most classic French cuisine in the Valley. His signature galettes and crepes are filled with beef Bourguignon, chicken Chardonnay, Brie, and of course a variety of sweet crepes. Breakfast brings omelets on the griddle, french toast, and Sunday’s popular Champagne Buffet Brunch. Lunch/ dinner offers salads and sandwiches on French baguettes, as well as steaks, chicken cordon bleu, and fresh sea bass. Banquet facilities and full catering services for any event. Try the “Moulin Rouge Lounge” at Taste of Brittany for live music with your favorite cocktail. VallEy BrEWING COmpaNy

157 W. adams st. (209) 464-2739, www.valleybrew.com. Full bar. open for lunch, dinner, and weekend breakfast. $-$$

The Valley Brewing Company is a fun place to bring the whole family for dinner: homemade beers, classic pub fare, live bands during the summer, and unique sports memorabilia keep everybody happy. The Brewing Company keeps fourteen beers on tap at all times, from a pale wheat, to an IPA, to the house favorite Black Cat Stout, and apricot and berry fruit beers. Friday is fish night, and Saturday is all about Prime Rib. Beer and scotch tasting events are held throughout the month; check the website for up to the minute information about when the fun’s happening. WatErlOO

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10447 e. Waterloo Rd., (209) 931-4019 www.thewaterloo.com. Full bar. open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

At this fun aussie-inspired restaurant, they really know how to mix it up on the barbee. One of their signature dishes is the savory barbecued ribs, served as an appetizer or an entrée. The ribs, which are best paired with Bette’s world-famous pesto, are tender to the point of melting away in your mouth. It is likely visitors will find this restaurant bustling when they visit, so during peak hours, be prepared for a lengthy wait. If that doesn’t suit you, they also offer their entire menu for take-out orders, and they even offer catering.

326 e. main st., (209) 464-3108. Full bar. open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

This downtown restaurant, open since 1975, is a classic eatery where the food is as eclectic as the diners. Mothers with their toddlers settle in next to prominent businessmen in ties for everything from a sturdy American burger to Greek souvlaki. Don’t be intimidated by the Greek side of the menu or the local luminaries— souvlaki is simply the Grecian version of shish kebab, served on pita bread, and at Yasoo Yani, everyone gets the same fine family service. Don’t even get us started on the honey-drenched baklava for dessert.

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130 W. 11th st., (209) 835-9566. Full bar. open for lunch and dinner. $$

Anything but bland—that’s Amore’s. The building that houses this eatery is historic and rustic, which, when combined with the fun decorations and local antiques inside, creates a sense of smalltown charm echoed by the friendly service and traditional Italian dishes. Rigatoni with herb chicken is a house specialty that everybody loves, but the Mediterranean garlic shrimp is a close second. Take your time looking over the menu; it also features a selection of fantastic steaks, pizzas, and salads. Check out the specials offered at the weekly Family Night and Monday Night Football Sports Night celebrations. CarmEN’s Casa NaChOs

350 W. grant Line Rd. (209) 835-9402. Full bar. open for lunch and dinner. $$

Want to spice up a dull week? A trip to Carmen’s Casa Nachos family Mexican restaurant should do the trick. Try Carmen’s fantastic fajitas and their specialty salsa seven days a week for lunch and dinner, where they make all of their food fresh everyday. Outdoor dining and a children’s menu are available to accommodate the whole family, while their catering and banquet menus take care of all your special occasion needs. Turn up the heat at Carmen’s Casa Nachos, where it’s Siempre Caliente! maGEllaN’s

15 e. 6th st., (209) 839-2333, www.magellansworldcuisine.com. Full bar. open for lunch and dinner. $$$-$$$$

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614 Central Ave., (209) 832-3800. Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

More practical than fussy, Thai Café is the place to go when the craving for good Thai food, fast, strikes. This little place manages to stay afloat despite some stiff competition from surrounding restaurants, perhaps in part to a large following of loyal customers. Regulars rave about the Thai Chicken Salad and Salad Kai, but if you are in the mood for something a little heavier, go ahead and try the Koa Paad—deep-fried rice served with your choice of meats. The colorful Thai decorations set the mood for a fun and flavorful meal where everyone is welcome. Tracy Thai

1035 Central Ave., (209) 833-9703. Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

Tracy Thai successfully captures the unique and complex flavors Thai food is famous for. Using only fresh, quality ingredients, their food has artistic presentation and exceptional flavor, from mouth-watering appetizers like their heavenly Angel Wings (boneless chicken wings stuffed with silver noodles), to their soups served in a flaming tureen that keeps it warm throughout the meal. Tracy Thai prepares imaginative creations for those with adventurous tastes, and also familiar favorites for those who have never experienced Thai food before.

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Woodbridge Crossing 18939 N. Lower Sacramento Rd. (209) 366-1800, www. woodbridgecrossing.net. Full bar. Open for dinner, Sunday Brunch. $-$$

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January 14, Stockton iconic family-favorite the Harlem globetrotters will make a stop in stockton on their 2010 World tour to show their tricks and skills in an all new show. this highflying performance from the “world’s most famous team” features some of the most extraordinary athletes and entertainers in basketball showcasing dribbling magic and ball handling, all while clowning around. $21-$81. 7 p.m. Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 373-1700, www.stocktonarena.com

OpEN-aIr asIaN aND FarmErs markEt Saturdays, Stockton Rain or shine, no need to search far and wide to make a treasured find at the stockton open-air market. the family-fun market features fresh flavors, produce, herbs, fish, and sweets alongside exclusive delicacies from cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Korea, china, and india. Free. saturdays yearround, 6:30-10 a.m. Under the Crosstown Freeway, El Dorado and San Joaquin Sts., Stockton, (209) 943-1830, www. stocktonfarmersmarket.org

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GaBrIEl IGlEsIas January 16, Stockton Known to fans as the “fluffy” comic in a Hawaiian shirt, gabriel iglesias will set up a one night stay at the Bob Hope theatre as part of his 2010 comedy central Live tour, “gabriel iglesias: the Fluffy shop.” $35. 7 p.m. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton, (209) 337-HOPE, www.bobhopetheatre.com

January 10-11, acampo Join friends at Heritage oak Winery for this second anniversary milestone. the celebration will include food, music, and wine. selected vintages will be on sale, and guests will be able to taste 2008 wines from the barrel, as well as some of the first sips of newly-released wines offered by the winemaker. Free. 12-5 p.m. Heritage oak Winery, 10112 e. Woodbridge Rd., Acampo, (209) 986-2763, www. heritageoakwinery.com

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January 13-February 7, Stockton the stockton civic theatre’s rendition of British comedy Are You Being Served? follows the offbeat and sometimes clumsy staff working at a major department store through random acts of bad luck—and the antics that ensue as they attempt to turn their luck around to run the store smoothly. $15-$25. Various showtimes. Stockton Civic Theatre, 2312 Rose Marie Ln., Stockton, (209) 4732424, www.sctlivetheatre.org

January 15 and 17, Stockton in celebration of their fortieth season, the stockton opera association presents mozart’s Don Giovanni. the dramatic and classic tale of unquenchable thirst for love is full of wit and enchanting music. music director is Peter Jaffe, with James Haffner as stage director. Friday 7:30 p.m., sunday 2 p.m. $10-$35. Faye Spanos Concert Hall, University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 946-2474, www.stocktonopera.org

aFrICaN DaNCE January 14, Tracy check out the Fenix drum and dance company’s presentation of “From africa to the americas,” an interactive dance presentation for all ages hosted by the tracy Friends of the Library and gWF tracy community charitable Foundation, which helps provide multicultural materials and programs to the library. Free. 5 p.m. Tracy Branch Library, 20 E. Eaton Ave., Tracy, (866) 805READ, www.myspace.com/ fenixdrumanddance

FrIDay NIGht lIVE! January 15, Lodi oak Ridge Winery along with Lodi’s “delicately aged” classic rock band, the Vine dawgz, will host “Friday night Live!” come kick up your heels as the weekend kicks off with music, dancing, and, of course, wine. Free. 7-11 p.m. Oak Ridge Winery, 6100 E. Hwy 12, Lodi, www.vinedawgz.com, www. oakridgewinery.com

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COmmuNIty CENtEr FOr thE BlIND CraB FEED January 23, Stockton Benefiting the community center for the Blind, this third annual, get-your-hands-dirty crab feed will feature a silent auction and door prizes. Providing an array of activities from dances to beep baseball, the center has assisted thousands of blind and visually-impaired persons of san Joaquin since 1949. $45. 6 p.m. Waterloo Gun and Bocci Club, 4343 N. Ashley Ln., Stockton, (209) 466-3836, www. communitycenterfortheblind.org

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grand theatre center for the arts The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts presents several new offerings coming in January, including live theatre, new arts classes, and exhibitions.   My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m in Therapy is the second off-Broadway production of the 2009-10 season at the Grand. Steve Solomon’s two-time award-winning show has been met with rave reviews throughout the country, becoming one of the longest running one-man shows in Broadway history.  The third production by the Tracy Performing Arts Foundation, Boesman and Lena, is an exploration in human emotions and racial politics. Set in South Africa, two beaten-down “coloureds” seek safety while confronting universal questions about existence and the meaning of life in a violent, chaotic world.  New offerings from the Arts Education Program include Street HipHop, Actors Masters Class, and Artist Studio, which will provide an opportunity for local artists to have an independent working studio space within the Center.  The Exhibitions Program will offer “Art Co-Opted” in the Matthews Gallery, featuring artists and lenders as part of an exciting collaboration. The show will exhibit exclusive original artwork, limited editions, and artist-designed products, all under $500 for a limited time. As the galleries are part of a larger interdisciplinary arts center fostering community involvement and life learning, products incorporating arts education are encouraged. Local Tracy musicians, songwriters, poets, and spoken-word artists with professional recordings are also invited to participate. If you go: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave., Tracy, (209) 831-6858, www.atthegrand.org.

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Painter Gil Dellinger leads a four-day workshop for adults and mature teens who want to learn the fundamentals of painting. 4 days, $350. Knowlton Gallery, Stockton, (209) 368-5123, www.knowltongallery.com January 19-February 23 Dan Kasser: Western Technosites

Dan Kasser, Professor of Photography at University of the Pacific, will show approximately 25 prints from his “Western Technosite” series, a project he will soon publish as a book. He will also create an installation piece titled “The Law of the Spade.” Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Reynolds Gallery, University of the Pacific, Stockton, (209) 946-2241 January 21–February 17 New Faculty Exhibition

The sculptures of Gary Carlos, the photography of Kirstyn Russell, and the color and design of Ruth Santee will be featured as part of the new faculty exhibition at Delta College. Hours: Tues. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Wed.Thurs. 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. LH Horton Jr Gallery, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, (209) 954-5507 Through January 31 Artists’ Choice

A selection of paintings chosen by the Knowlton Gallery artists, with varied subjects and prices. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Knowlton Gallery, Lodi, (209) 368-5123, www.knowltongallery.com Through January Homeworks

Local high school art teachers display their personal works. As independent artists outside the classroom, these teachers have created a variety of fine art including paintings, mixed media, photography, and three-dimensional pieces. Reception January 8, 5-8 p.m. Tidewater Gallery, Stockton, (209) 463-4033, www.tidewatergallery.org

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Wine and Roses was the setting for Taste of Lodi September 27, featuring Lodi wines, cuisine from the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest restaurants and caterers, and chef demonstrations. [1] Colette Gail, Tony Hardy [2] Steve Manildi, his daughter Teresa Manildi (Talus Winery) [3] Mark and Melissa Massa [4] Wendy Okuhara, Michelle Butler (Lodi Conference and Visitors Bureau) [5] Jim Pryor of Constellation Wines pours Twin Fin for a guest [6] Vickie Franklin, Darrin Stewart, Bridgette Stewart [7] Karin Donaldson, Jackie Wilkinson, Cindy Flesher [8] Svitlana Kryshtafoych, Olga Trofymluk, Andy Kryshtafoych

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