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40 TOURISM IN SAN Joaquin “The times, they are a-changin’,” and tourism in San Joaquin is changing as well. We talk to the Stockton, Lodi, and Manteca Visitors Bureaus. by Tammy Hansen

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Community 40 Tourism in San Joaquin The Stockton, Lodi, and Manteca Visitors Bureaus weigh in on the state of tourism in San Joaquin

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We WORK HARD EVERY DAY. Like most of you, we get up, we have our morning coffee, and we get to work. My team of fantastic designers, sales executives, and editorial staff all work together to turn each issue’s scrambled words, ideas, and snapshots into a well-constructed and beautifully designed magazine we call San Joaquin magazine.    Luckily, after all this hard work, we get such positive feedback from the San Joaquin community. In this “Best of San Joaquin” issue, meant to honor some of the area’s choice places to eat, shop, live and play, we’ve been gently reminded by our readers on the many (and we mean MANY) ballots that came in, that there is no category for “Best Magazine.” These same readers also reported to us that if there were such a category, they would have voted for us, hands down, as the best. It’s humbling; the truth is that it’s great to hear someone else say that your hard work is all worth it. But here at San Joaquin magazine, it’s not enough.    Anyone can put together a magazine—write some stories, take some photos, sell some ads and call it a magazine. What we have here that none of the other publications seem to have is passion. My staff is passionate about this magazine, from the late nights to the weekends spent in the office, from the multiple redesigns to the many edits each story goes through. No matter who tries to copy us or mimic us, what shows through in every page of our magazine is passion. Yes, it is nice to be told that we are the best magazine around, but it’s not enough. We are always trying to be better.    This year alone, we printed two new magazines, San Joaquin “You know, the Greeks didn’t write Weddings and San Joaquin Kids, and the pocket size Asparaguide obituaries. They only asked one question featured at this year’s Asparagus Festival, all of which have after a man died: “Did he have passion?” enjoyed a very friendly welcoming. We are constantly forward —Serendipity (2001) thinking here—What can we do next that has never been done before? Who can we spotlight that has never yet been given attention? How can we get the San Joaquin community to love this area even more than they already do?    At the end of the day, we all must have passion to be not just good, but great. We have to put more than time and sweat in to make this all work, we need a lot of heart and soul. Nothing great is ever created without passion—including the hundreds of locally-owned San Joaquin businesses mentioned in this, our “Best of San Joaquin” issue. I hope you enjoy reading about the Best of the Best.

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Try your hand at hang gliding without ever leaving San Joaquin by Jeremy Fletcher

Rich Palmon has no problem pushing the limits of what others think possible. Take flying for example. Catching a swell of wind and gliding among the clouds might seem a far reach to many, and even scary to others. After his first hang gliding experience, Palmon was already looking for a way to get people in the air quicker and higher. Mission accomplished. Âť

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Introducing the Flight Deck at has also effectively shortened “I can tether the student so he can feel the lift the learning curve from three Tracy Municipal Airport, which combines the best of hang gliding to four months down to a few and drop of the wind beneath the glider, but (flying, soaring, turning) and without the risk of crashing and losing control.” weeks. The hardest part of none of the worst (crashing, learning an extreme sport like -Rich Palmon, Dive High Hang Gliding falling, hurting oneself). Created water skiing, or in this case, by Palmon, the one-of-a-kind hang gliding, is the starting Flight Deck brings together the hang glider and a flatbed trailer. At and stopping. With this system of pulleys in place, he can teach the four points, along the sides, the back, and the front of the trailer, the various skills in 10 percent of the time it would normally take. glider is harnessed to the flatbed, giving the student a chance to feel   “I am able to stand right up there with you on the platform and the lift without… well, lifting off. correct things as the truck generates wind speed,” says Palmon. “In   Safety-wise, the Flight Deck is just as much about what the glider the past, we’d just run off small hills and it would take months of allows Palmon to do, as it is about what it allows the student not to time to teach that which I can now do in one afternoon.” do. The hang gliding simulator gives Palmon the ability to stand just   Palmon’s flight school, Dive High, offers lessons in two hour a few feet away, guiding fliers on the finer points of lift, pull, and blocks. His “crash course” consists of on-the-ground learning, roll, while not allowing the glider to slide off the trailer, become feeling your way around the glider, learning the proper movements airborne, and have the possibility to crash. to use once you’re airborne, and simulating the feeling of lift simply   “With this system the student can only go so far off course, a through wind resistance on the ground. A safety helmet, straps, and matter of a few feet,” says Palmon. “I can tether the student so he can a harness later, and his students are introduced to his creation. feel the lift and drop of the wind beneath the glider, but without the   As the sport of hang gliding becomes more and more popular risk of crashing and losing control.” in San Joaquin, Palmon has seen his business take off—no pun   Palmon has taken hang gliding from an extreme sport that’s rare intended. Visit Dive High’s website, www.gohangglide.com, for and difficult to learn, into a skill the average person can try his hand more details about your first flight, as well as videos and facts about at before sundown. For fliers that want to master hang gliding, he how to get airborne.


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Fire it Up fourth of July in san Joaquin take Me out to the ballgame… for fireworks

July 2 and 3, Stockton Ports Ballpark July 3, Modesto Nuts Ballpark Nothing beats watching a game at the ballpark on a summer night in the Central Valley—add a post-game fireworks show and you’ve got summer perfection. Game tickets $5-$10. www.stocktonports.com, www.modestonuts.com

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July 3, Downtown Manteca and Big League Dreams Park, Manteca This year, Manteca’s celebrating Independence Day a day early. The Kiwanis kick-off the fun with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. in downtown Manteca, followed by the traditional parade. At 4 p.m., head to Big League Dreams Park for live entertainment, kids’ games, a home-run derby, and the big fireworks show. Parade: www.sunrisekiwanis.org. Big League Dreams Celebration: Adults $2, kids 13-17 $1, kids 12 and under free. www.ci.manteca.ca.us/parks

Not Just another Day in the Park

July 4, Lincoln Park, Tracy Tracy’s annual Fourth of July celebration, Day In The Park, kicks off at 6 a.m. with a pancake breakfast. The celebration continues throughout the day with a parade, hamburger cook-off, Miss 4th of July competition, eating contest, and a finale fireworks show at the Tracy High Stadium. Free. www.tracychamber.org

pyro spectaculars, the team behind the modesto nuts and CsU stanislaus fireworks, has also done the atlanta, Los angeles, and Utah olympics fireworks shows.

The fireworks blasts that rattle the ground and shake inside your chest? They’re called “salutes.”

eating it all up

July 4, Stockton Waterfront, Stockton A full day of BBQ cook-offs and sampling from numerous 209 restaurants, accompanied by local entertainment and wine tasting, makes for a great way to celebrate the Fourth. The City of Stockton is currently working to raise funds for a fireworks show that will cap off the evening. Entrance fee $1, tasting tickets $1. www.downtownstockton.org —compiled by Jeremy Fletcher

Blue fireworks are produced by copper salts, green by barium salts, and red by strontium salts.

The idea of fireworks was started by the Chinese in the 800s out of bamboo shoots.

an aerial shell has 2 fuses. The user lights the external fuse, and a second, internal fuse burns as the shell flies up, igniting the burst or break.

Fireworks Facts: only 4.2 injuries were reported per 100,000 pounds of fireworks used in 2003.

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static electricity in synthetic clothing can ignite fireworks. Those who set off fireworks wear cotton all the way down to their underwear.

Fireworks shows are planned out more than a year in advance.

shows can be timed and choreographed to music and lights by computers, or simply fired off by hand.

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Battambang, Cambodia

The Sister City relationship between Stockton and Battambang, Cambodia is a fairly new one, dating only back to 2005. In spite of its brevity, the partnership between the two cities has flourished, and Battambang has proved to be a fascinating addition to Stockton’s international network.   Battambang is the second largest city in Cambodia, with a population of just over one million people. The city flanks the Sangker River near the border with Thailand in Western Cambodia. Its size and location make it an ideal trading hub between Thailand and the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. Battambang’s mix of cultures and time periods make it an enticing

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place to visit. The city combines grandiose statues and Buddhist temples, traditionally colonial French shops and architecture, modern Western amenities and stores, and natural resorts nestled in the surrounding hills.   In 2006, a documentary entitled To: Iloilo & Battambang was made to educate San Joaquin residents about the region, and to chronicle the Stockton Sister City Association’s goodwill visit to both Battambang and Iloilo City, Philippines. Among the film’s producers were San Joaquin residents who were born in Battambang. —Matthew Andrews

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Fruit of the Olive

The abundance of olive orchards in San Joaquin has helped drive a love for olive oil and its many uses. But have you ever thought about it as a cure-all for burns and cuts? When Lodi-based Mayiah (pronounced ma-yi-uh) owner Steve Nicolaou watched his aunt recreate a recipe used in the mountains of Greece more than one hundred years ago, for a “magical” ointment that treats skin conditions, he was hooked. Now, Nicolaou is taking an old family secret and bringing it to San Joaquin, hoping to help all skin types with a combination of olive oil and St. John’s Wort. Produced through a labor intensive, eighty-day process, the pairing yields an ointment that’s the base for Mayiah’s various forms of skin care. “I cannot emphasize how great it works,” says Nicolaou. “The herb and the olive oil together heal the skin; we’ve been doing it for years and it just works.” The ointment is included in four different products—lip balm, hand lotion, salve, and oil— and burns, cuts, scrapes, and eczema are the most common uses. “All four of our products are 100 percent natural, and composed of olive oil from California,” says Nicolaou. A face cream and body butter are in the works, and Mayiah currently sells its products in over thirty stores (as far away as Wisconsin and Arkansas), as well as through their website. —Jeremy Fletcher For more information: www.mayiah.com

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What’s New at In-Shape Lathrop: New club opening Tracy: Resurfaced and repainted tennis courts (U.S. Open colors); refinished basketball courts; new equipment in both Tracy locations

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Not every one of In-Shape Health Clubs’ thousands of members frequents the fitness clubs to get “in-shape,” no pun intended. Many are already in shape and just looking to get more toned or stronger. In devoting more than $6 million in renovations to their San Joaquin health clubs, In-Shape has taken a page right out of their clients’ playbook. Simply good just isn’t good enough.   With tennis courts, pools, aerobics rooms, playrooms, outdoor pools, and water slides, in addition to updated fitness equipment, In-Shape has become more of a fitness vacation. And we haven’t even mentioned the barbecues and patio areas.   “We simply believe in reinvesting in our facilities,” says co-owner and vice president Rob Farrens. “We want to put more into our facilities, more for everyone to enjoy, and that in-turn will give our membership more of a reason to come back.” —Jeremy Fletcher

Hammer Lane: New energy-efficient “green” roof; new cardio and weight training equipment

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Quail Lakes: Completely remodeled club. New cardio room; new weight rooms; expansive kids club; new TVs; new equipment West Lane: Refinished and upgraded outdoor pools with waterslides; upgraded and repainted indoor and outdoor tennis courts; new weight room; new cardio room; new equipment; new spa-like locker rooms; new kids club

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summer bbq grilling your favorite summer fare isn’t necessarily about how big your grill is, how many ways you can cook a steak, or the fancy gadgets you use to get the job done—it’s about the perfect char, flavor, and texture, and the company you share it with. Check out these barbecue tools that will get the job done with style.

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Nancy Beckman pauses at a question about Lodi and “the song.” Is she offended? She laughs heartily. “Honestly, we do have people who say they’re glad to be ‘Stuck in Lodi Again.’ We need to get Creedence Clearwater Revival to go back and redo that song,” says Beckman, President and CEO of the Lodi Conference and Visitors Bureau.   It’s unlikely anyone would have made such a suggestion five or ten years ago. Back then, the Valley’s cities and towns were little more than a blur outside the windshields of tourists rushing to San Francisco, Yosemite, or the sunny southern beaches and the land of Mickey Mouse. Tourists didn’t drive to the Valley; they drove through, at 70 miles per hour. >>

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To quote another ‘60s rock legend, Bob Dylan, “the times, they are a-changin’.” Local cities Stockton, Lodi, and Manteca are moving past their reputation as a punch line from an eighttrack, Top 40 tune. Travelers spent $623 million in San Joaquin County in 2007, up $164 million from $459 million in 2002, according to tourism figures from the county. Lodi is a certified wine appellation. Stockton has two new sports venues and the renovated waterfront district. Manteca, already a stop for Yosemite bound tourists, hooked a big draw last year—a Bass Pro Shop. The increase in Valley visitor spending is respectable, but still small compared to the big draw cities. Out-of-state tourists are unlikely to opt for Manteca’s miniaturized Major League Baseball parks over that other park in Anaheim, admits Linda Abeldt, CEO of the Manteca Convention and Visitors Bureau. “You’ve really got to play to what you have,” she says. “It doesn’t do us any good to say we’re Disneyland here, because we’re not.” What the Valley does have is enticing day trip options for families, wine enthusiasts, and sports fans. That’s why local bureaus instead are focusing on “drive” tourism—visits from within a 100-mile radius—says Wes Rhea, Director of the Stockton Convention and Visitors Bureau. Day trippers spent $202.4 million in 2007, up $57 million from $145.1 million in 2002, according to figures from the county. It’s a trend Rhea expects to expand as the economy shrinks. “Overnight stays are down and that’s Californiawide,” Rhea says, but “our day trips are up.” Tana Ogden-Gee of Antioch is the sort of tourist that Rhea is talking about. Ogden-Gee brought her family in May to Lodi’s new World of Wonders Science Museum. She’s planning a follow up summer visit to Micke Grove Zoo.

“I don’t get there very often,” says OgdenLee. “But I have some specific places I have gone to, and places I would like to visit in the future. I actually prefer to visit the Central Valley because it’s easier to get to than some entertainment venues in the Bay Area. Definitely less traffic.”

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Ogden-Gee’s words are music to Rhea’s ears. All three tourism bureaus (each with a staff of three and an annual budget of about $350,000) are working together to convince families in a 100-mile radius that they have the goods for a good day away from home. They’re also working to convince travelers from elsewhere in the state that their cities are an economical and convenient base for longer visits that include trips to nearby Napa, Gold Country, and Sacramento. “We kind of like to see ourselves as potential hubs and spokes,” Rhea says. Stockton’s main draw for outof-town visitors is the waterfront

Previous page: (left to right) nancy Beckman of the Lodi Conference and visitors Bureau; sunset at Brookside golf Course in stockton; stockton waterfront; wine tasting in Lodi wine country This page: (top) Berghold estate winery in Lodi; (bottom) Cellar door wine tasting room in downtown Lodi


“Honestly, we do have people who say they’re glad to be ‘Stuck in Lodi again.’ We need to get Creedence Clearwater Revival to go back and redo that song.” —Nancy Beckman, Lodi visitors bureau with its new sports venues, Weber Point’s parks and shopping, and the ever-improving marina. Work is visibly advancing on 1,400 feet of dock space along the marina to bring in what Rhea calls the “water demographic.” Meanwhile, shopping and dining is expanding.   “Our real, core district is going to be right where that channel comes into Stockton. We’re basically a cul-de-sac on the Delta,” Rhea says. Stockton still has some work to do to counteract a negative image for crime, he adds. “Perspective is always a challenge. We get beat up in all the lists.”   Stockton Bureau promotions are heavy on special events, but a key element to its efforts is a revamped website. The site is a bright splash of internet savvy that includes short videos of travel star Huell Howser’s visit to the area. A Washington D.C. firm helped create not only the website, but also Facebook and Myspace pages.   “When you look at the You Tube generation, you need to look at two minutes or less,” says Rhea, who has the lingo of the generation down. “I try to blog every day. I try to Twitter. I’ve tweeted twice today.”

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For Lodi, the centerpiece for visitors is obvious. “Our wine region is the biggest draw,” says Beckman.   Wine lovers from as far away as San Jose come to Lodi for a relaxed wine www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

Fun Places to Get Stuck in Lodi The Wine Trail – Compare and contrast more than the vino. Ask different winemakers the same question. Try: “Which wine would you suggest with a grilled burger?” or “How many grapes does it take to make a bottle of wine?” See how many different answers you get. (www.lodiwine.com) Wine and Roses – Start your visit at the Lodi Wine and Visitors Center museum and tasting room on the property, and then just wander the grounds for a free introduction to Lodi luxury. (Steer clear of the wedding parties.) Ready to commit? The hotel plans to open 24 new rooms this summer, and the spa and restaurant feature seasonal specials. (www.winerose.com) Micke Grove Zoo – Look past the critters this time, and read the information about each animal. Keep a tally of how many are threatened or endangered. Then take a stroll through the grassy park grounds, and count the squirrels on your way to the San Joaquin County Historical Museum or Japanese Garden. (www.mgzoo.com) Great Valley Serpentarium – Gather up your courage and ask one of the helpful staff members if you can actually hold or pet one of the critters. Or ask if any of the snakes have been fed that day, and inspect the fellow for a telltale lump. (www.snakemuseum.com) Did you miss? – The new World of Wonders Science Museum (www. wowsciencemuseum.org), Sunset kayak tours on the Mokelumne River (www. sierraadventureoutfitters.com), Live bands and salsa lessons at Cellar Door (www.lodicellardoor.com) san joaquin magazine

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“Our real, core district is going to be right where that channel comes into Stockton. We’re basically a cul-de-sac on the Delta.” —wes Rhea, stockton visitors bureau

While You’re In Stockton Try... The Waterfront – You may have been to the movies, an event, or a restaurant at the waterfront, but have you lingered? Combine a few different activities for a day on the water. Follow an afternoon Ports game with salsa lessons at Chitiva’s Bar and Grill. Stroll down to check out the progress on the new boat slips. Sip a glass of Lodi wine at Paragary’s, and people-watch at Janet Leigh Plaza. (www.visitstockton.org) Children’s Museum of Stockton – You’ve been there, but have you done that? Kids have a better time when the grownups join in the fun. Take a ride in the pretend ambulance, and have a pint-sized MD diagnose your ailments and injuries in the make-believe hospital room. (www.stocktongov.com/childrensmuseum) Pixie Woods – Think beyond the play structures. The grounds at this children’s play area are lovely enough that the Board of Directors sponsors an annual summer wine tasting here. Stroll the woods with an eye toward the flora and the water views. Feel free to indulge your inner child on the carousel or the train. (www.stocktongov.com/pixiewoods) The Cambodian Buddhist Temple – Grab the explanations for the temple’s famous statues from www.visitstockton.org. Now you can read the story of the Buddha, represented by the 25-plus statues here built by monks and temple members. (www. visitstockton.org/things-to-do/arts-entertainment/stockton-cambodian-buddhist-temple) Did You Miss? – The midtown Stockton homes tour (www.stocktongov.com/ midtown), Bob Hope Theatre (www.bobhopetheatre.com), Farmers Markets (www. stocktonfarmersmarket.org)

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tasting experience. Unlike the state’s better-known wine regions, Lodi sports wineries and tasting rooms where the person pouring the wine is likely to be the actual winemaker or grower. A fistful of prestigious awards and complimentary trade articles in the media have helped put the region’s seventy wineries on the map.    “While they’re here, they tend to do other things too,” Beckman says.    Gregg Lewis and his wife Colleen opened the Dancing Fox Winery and Bakery in Lodi’s downtown in May. The economy is a worry, but the couple is confident Lodi’s growing reputation as a wine destination will see them through a lean year or two.    “We are very optimistic. It’s a wonderful downtown. I love it. I love Lodi,” Gregg Lewis says. The Lewis family moved to Lodi from Southern California in 1980.    Hotelier and Lodi transplant Beth Kim is similarly enthusiastic. Her family’s Holiday Inn Express was scheduled to open early in July. The Kims formerly owned the Comfort Inn and had planned for years to open a new hotel. Kim is hopeful of an economic upswing next year.    “Of course (the economy) gives us cause for concern, but our roots were a plus for us,” she says. “Another plus was we were able to keep our construction costs down.”

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Ironically, the city with the fewest specific tourist attractions is a granddaddy in the business. Manteca has for years been a bus hub for tourists traveling from San Francisco to Yosemite. Serving big groups or providing an overnight stay are old hat for many of the city’s businesses. Still, drive tourism is something the Manteca Visitors Bureau wants a piece of, says Abeldt. To

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LuRiNg you to maNteca The Bass Pro Shop – It’s two stories of outdoor ‘Wow!’ The outdoor living mega store is new enough that there’s probably still plenty to explore. Events and seminars like kids’ casting clinics and kayak demonstrations are held throughout the year. (www.basspro.com) Big League Dreams – The miniature versions of three Major League Baseball parks are sold out, but you can still visit and play fan. Root, root, root for any old team for ten minutes, then move to the next field and pick a new favorite. Or hit the stadium club and scarf down a hot dog while you catch the games on the big screen. (www.bigleaguedreams.com) Delicato Vineyards – It’s the only tasting room around, so settle in and ask a few questions. Ask about the winery’s twenty-one different grape varieties. Some of the family’s wines are available only in the tasting room. Also, check out the home winemaking supplies. (www.delicato.com)

that end, her bureau has identified family sports as an important factor. The city’s Big League Dreams ballparks, replicas of Major League Baseball’s most well-known stadiums, are already booked through 2009. The Bass Pro Shop saw a million customers in its first four months. Along with Showplace 16 Theaters, Manteca is in the first phase of The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley, with more stores scheduled to open next year. Abeldt hopes visitors will also gander at the town’s twelve downtown murals (slated to eventually become forty), and visit the tasting room at Delicato Vineyards. To keep the bus crowds and locals in town, the city boasts five existing hotels with two more being built. Abeldt says even international travelers tell her they’ve “seen the triangle” of San Francisco, Disneyland, and Las Vegas. They are looking for new California adventures. Still unconvinced that the Central Valley will ever shake off the ‘Stuck in Lodi’ mantle? California’s Democratic lawmakers in December were taken to task over a $14,000, union-sponsored spa getaway in the middle of the budget crisis. The chosen spa for our state’s government officials? Lodi’s Wine and Roses.

For more information from the stockton, Lodi, and Manteca Conference and visitors Bureaus: stockton: www.visitstockton.org Lodi: www.visitlodi.com manteca: www.visitmanteca.org

Downtown Murals – Downtown Manteca is eclectic by any definition. Go specifically to gander at the downtown’s twelve murals on a walking or driving tour. Add a stop at one of the town’s many authentic Mexican restaurants. (www.visitmanteca.org) Did you Miss? – Kelly Brothers Microbrewery (www.kelleybrewing.com), Manteca Trailer and RV (www.mantecatrailer.com), Caswell State Park in nearby Ripon (www.parks.ca.gov)

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of San Joaquin San Joaquin County, known as the 209 to those in the know, boasts some of the best of Northern California. The “best what?” you ask. Well, that’s been decided by the almost 700,000 residents who call San Joaquin home. We asked and you responded with your favorite places to dine, shop, play, and live. We added a few of our own top picks as well—of course, you don’t have to take our word for it. In fact, we’d rather you get out and try all these places yourself. Just be sure to let us know what you liked best. » compiled by the editors of San Joaquin magazine | profile photography by Snap Jackson

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Eat&Drink San Joaquin has more than enough dining destinations to satisfy any discerning foodie.

COFFEE

> house oF coFFees

239 N. Ham Lane, Lodi, (209) 368-2611

With the choices for coffee in the 209 virtually endless, House of Coffees rises above the competition by attention to detail and keeping their hometown roots alive with a where-everyoneknows-your-name outlook. The friendly atmosphere, locally-made baked goods, and outdoor seating all help with a steady flow of customers, but what really matters is the coffee. Far from few in selection, House of Coffees offers a wide variety of rich, decadent coffee beans, and, of course, the usual mochas, lattes, and flavored syrups if the regular joe just isn’t for you.

BURGERS

> manny’s caLiFornia Fresh

1612 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 463-6415

The Manny’s Burger, Avocado Burger, Carmel Burger. It doesn’t really matter which one is your favorite; just make sure you order a burger here. The Miracle Mile location is about as centralized as a business can get in the 209, and the “fresh” in California Fresh is one of the main reasons why Manny’s has continued to be a favorite for anyone from Pacific students to downtown businessmen. A huge beef patty on a large soft bun is what makes a great hamburger, but the little details like onions and avocado are the reasons Stocktonians keep coming back for more.

BURRITO

> La camPana

2346 Maggio Cir., Lodi, (209) 369-2877

Check off the things that you want in a great breakfast burrito—delicious meats, fluffy eggs, melted cheese, a great mix of potatoes, and some spiciness. Check, check, check, and check. Are you okay with huge? Good. You’re not going to find any tiny, little wraps here.

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How about price? Okay with cheap? Wonderful. You’re getting a whole meal here in one burrito. But what about the other selections? This is as authentic as you can get for a classic burrito. Our readers have spoken. This is the place to be.

CHIPS AND SALSA > migueL’s

7555 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 951-1931

If the chips and salsa are the first impressions of a great Mexican restaurant, so to speak, then Miguel’s in Stockton is one of the best. Immediately upon arrival, a bottomless basket of fresh and crispy tortilla chips are served up. With the chips flowing and a smooth and spicy salsa, the burritos and main dishes may be the last thing on your mind. Get them in-house or to-go.

APPETIZERS > PaPaPavLo’s

501 N. Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 477-6133, www.papapavlos.com

This Mediterranean-inspired restaurant has become more popular than ever since it expanded and moved to its current Lincoln Center location. Belly-up to the bar, snag a seat on their outdoor patio, or reserve a table. Be sure to peruse the expansive wine list, but save your search for the appetizers—this is where the best-of-the-best can be found. Famous for their saganaki or “flaming cheese,” patrons can also choose from classics like feta baked in filo, mushroom pitas, grilled artichokes, or the always delectable spanakopita. Sometimes simple is best; the warm pita bread and hummus is an appetizer that far too many fill up on before the main course ever arrives. The new location, airy décor, and extremely friendly and knowledgeable staff help this everyday favorite remain one of the most popular places in the county.

OR’S T I D E ICK P COFFEE WITH A SMILE > harish and naLini PateL Owners, Barista’s Coffee 112 W. 10th St., Tracy, (209) 830-6050

Not only do Harish and Nalini Patel know almost every customer’s name and favorite drink after only one time through the glass doors of their coffee shop, they’re also privy to a little-known secret. Their coffee shop is the force keeping our chi intact here at San Joaquin magazine (chi is a nice word for sanity, in case you were wondering). Walking distance from our offices in downtown Tracy, Harish and Nalini and their incredible staff have our coffee in the works before we ever reach the front of the line, encourage us to try to the new drink each season no matter how much we protest (it was tough to say goodbye to last fall’s pumpkin smoothies, they were so good)—they even let us relocate parts of our office, when it gets too crazy over here, to their coffee shop tables (boy, are we thankful they have that long table in the front of the shop). Home sweet home.

HARISH AND NALINI’S PICKS can’t-get-enough mexican eats

LA COSTA. Packed with Tracy families and kids from Tracy High, this is the spot. (240 E. 11th St., Tracy)

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MANDARIN VILLA. When the Patel family says ‘Let’s order in Chinese,’ no one even needs to look at the menu. (2501 N. Tracy Blvd., Tracy)

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TRACY SPORTS COMPLEX. Hours are spent here playing with the dogs. (955 Crossroads Dr., Tracy)

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OR’S EDITICK P JUMP-START YOUR WEEKEND > Lincoln Center Patio

Pacific Ave. and Benjamin Holt Dr., Stockton, www.lincolncentershops.com

Food, gossip, sunshine, coffee, the possibilities are endless. There’s hardly a better way to start off your weekend than merging some breakfast and good company. The corner of Lincoln Center offers a little bit of everything, for everyone in the form of a few choice breakfast spots. Combine Starbucks, Noah’s Bagels, Jamba Juice, and Payter’s for coffee, baked goods, and everything else brunchappropriate within a few steps. The patio between said businesses makes for a hotspot of morning chatter and greetings as patrons spill over from neighboring breakfast places. Let’s review, three coffee choices, four baked goods options, smoothies, bagels, and full hearty breakfast galore. Need we say more?

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

THAI

Various San Joaquin locations, www.cafarmersmarkets.info

3236 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 466-0127

> Local Farmers Markets

While there’s quite a bit to be said for the produce section at the local grocery store, nothing says quality and quantity like the 209’s numerous Farmers Markets that last nearly year-round. With the abundance of fresh produce in the Central Valley, you’ll be able to find anything you need, much of it freshly picked that morning and ready to be eaten. Lots of places claim “fresh from the orchard,” but when you’re picking it right off the back of a truck you know it’s the best around. Our local markets also offer live entertainment, faceto-face contact with growers and farmers, and a host of other specialty items for sale.

> Siamese Street

Since opening their doors less than three years ago, Siamese Street has brought the flair of great Thai food to the San Joaquin Valley, becoming increasingly frequented by readers looking for something with a unique appeal. Big portions and an eclectic menu make this Thai spot a favorite. For the first timers, the Pad Thai is pleasing to almost any palate, and if you want something you won’t find anywhere else, try the Pineapple Fried Rice, served in a half-pineapple shell.

NEW RESTAURANT / MEXICAN > Revolucion 1910

307 S. Lower Sacramento Rd., Lodi, (209) 334-1519, www.revolucion1910lodi.com

With numerous Mexican restaurants to choose from in San Joaquin, the stakes are high, but Revolucion 1910 passed our

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PaPaPavLo’s aLder bistro revoLucion 1910

Bakery

m&W dutch american coLLege bakery cottage bakery

Breakfast

chuck’s Payter’s (tie) the creamery (tie) uJ’s FamiLy restaurant & breakaWay

Brewpub

vaLLey breW Lodi beer bradLey’s

Burgers readers’ expectations with flying colors. In its short time in the San Joaquin area, Revolucion has quickly become a favorite with its full bar, inviting dining room, unique dishes, and live entertainment. Open daily at 10:45 a.m., the 209 can enjoy this fabulous Mexican spot until late into the night, fitting for both a family dinner and an enticing date. No chips and salsa here… it’s fresh corn tortillas and pinto beans; and that’s just one of the “revolutionary” changes you’ll find here.

PIZZERIA

> david’s PiZZa

900 W. Benjamin Holt Ave., Stockton, (209) 957-2850 1744 W. Hammer Ln., Stockton, (209) 477-2677

David’s Pizza has been a staple for Stockton pizza lovers for some time, but now fans of the New York-style slices can get it in two locations. Still holding strong the realm of Northern Stockton, the Tuscan-themed eatery and numerous flat screens have made their way to Lincoln Center as well. David’s handmade, www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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OR’S EDITICK P BBQ LOVER’S PARADISE > the WaterLoo sPeciaL

Waterloo, CA restaurant 10447 E. Waterloo, Stockton, (209) 931-4019, www.thewaterloo.com

We know it’s never easy to sit down at a great restaurant and pick from an entire menu of favorites. Chicken, fish, ribs, steak—Waterloo, CA doesn’t make it any easier for you with their world-famous Bette’s BBQ Sauce topping off most of their selections. The east-of-Stockton location has been serving up two favorites for more than twenty years—you guessed it, ribs and chicken. If you can’t decide between the huge rack of ribs or the half mesquite-roasted chicken, go ahead and straighten up. You don’t have to decide. It’s called the Waterloo Special, with both full offerings on one plate. The only tough decision here is whether or not you think you can finish.

Burrito

La camPana tortiLLa Factory adaLberto’s La costa taQueria

Caterer

angeLina’s sPaghetti house aLder bistro & catering comPany PaPaPavLo’s bistro & bar

Local Chef

Warren ito: ernie’s on the brickWaLk richard hymen: Le bistro tony turner: shadoW oaks steakhouse

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hand-tossed pizzas are crafted from numerous toppings and cooked to perfection each time. Complimented by a wine and beer list and other menu items like cheese sticks and ravioli, David’s Pizza has vaulted to the top of our readers’ list.

SANDWICH SHOP > Fiori’s butcher shoPPe and deLi

400 W. Lodi Ave., Lodi, (209) 334-4121

The combination of small town, mom-and-pop eatery with bigcity taste and selection has helped make Fiori’s Butcher Shoppe a favorite in San Joaquin. Embodying all that makes a sandwich shop great, like fresh meats and breads and a huge selection of cheeses, this place will give you more than your average turkey and Swiss on white bread. Try something out of the ordinary here because they have it all—we suggest the Joe Montana, with smoked turkey, Gouda, sprouts, and tomatoes. And, please, you can do better than white or wheat here. We recommend the Dutch Crunch.

HEALTH FOOD STORE

> artesian heaLth Foods

1250 W. 11th. St., Tracy, (209) 836-0190 6349 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 952-8787

The health-conscious of San Joaquin turn to this spot when they’re looking for the best in organic food, vitamins, and all health-oriented items. Two convenient locations in San Joaquin help Artesian to serve a greater area in the Central Valley, and the small yet well-stocked stores boast a knowledgeable staff that can not only fulfill your nutrient needs, but help you find what’s new in the world of fitness and healthy eating.

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HAPPY HOUR

> shadoW oaks steakhouse 7555 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 4775547, www.theshadowoaks.com

Built in the early ‘60s and a trendy Stockton favorite for the better part of the last half century, “The Shadows” was recently remodeled. Renamed Shadow Oaks Steakhouse, the restaurant boasts a first-class lounge and daily drink specials that bring a huge happy hour crowd. Martini Tuesdays, Tequila Wednesdays, Ladies Night Thursdays, and live entertainment on Fridays help make this one of the hottest places around. The bar and lounge, a combination of oldschool charm and new-school style make Shadow Oaks the spot to be come five o’clock.

CATERER

> angeLina’s sPaghetti house 1563 E. Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 9486609, www.angelinas.com

For more than thirty years, Angelina’s has been the choice of not only Stocktonians but patrons all over Northern California for catering any and all events. The familyowned Italian restaurant opens its doors at their northern Stockton location, but is known for making special occasions sweeter all around San Joaquin with selections like homemade pastas and traditional sauces, prosciutto-wrapped melon and asparagus, ravioli, and lime-glazed chicken. Last year’s winner for Best Italian Restaurant takes double-duty this year by taking the title for Caterer as well, thanks in large part to the staff’s ability to ‘cater’ to any theme, event, or price range requested.

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Chocolate

chocohoLics nutcracker sWeete

Cocktails

stockton Joe’s shadoW oaks 856 restaurant

Coffee House

house oF coFFees Java aroma barista’s

Desserts

toot sWeets bakery caFÉ Le bistro (tie) the creamery (tie) PaPaPavLo’s

Family-Friendly Eatery the creamery garLic brothers shadoW oaks

Fruits and Veggies

Farmers markets Podesto’s market & deLi Louie’s Fruit & Produce

Grocery Store

Podesto’s market & deLi marina marketPLace

Happy Hour

shadoW oaks Paragary’s 856 restaurant

HEART OF WINE COUNTRY > Lani hoLdener

Co-owner, Macchia Winery 7099 E. Peltier Rd., Acampo, (209) 333-2600, www.macchiawines.com

In Italian, Macchia means “the spot,” and that’s exactly how we would describe this Lodi winery. In a wine industry that can sometimes be overly heavy on the specifics and the pomp and circumstance, Macchia owners Lani and Tim Holdener have managed to keep their winery fun and lively. Each of their wines has names like “Outrageous,” “Notorious,” “Rebellious,” and “Luxurious,” and Macchia visitors are invited to come up with future titles (winning choices earn winery perks)—but don’t let the names fool you; these are really great wines, with plenty of competition titles to show for themselves. Just as Macchia is known for its vibrancy, Lani Holdener is at the heart of the winery with her infectious smile and passion for wine, her family, and Lodi wine country. Just ask her; she’ll famously tell you, “It’s all good!”

LANI’S PICKS artisticaLLy driven

THE MUD MILL. Bring your friends, and paint your own pottery. (115 S. School St., Lodi)

FLoWer chiLd

U-PICK WILDFLOWERS AT MICHAEL-DAVID WINERY. For ten cents a stem, and an afternoon among the flowers, you can’t go wrong. (4580 W. Hwy. 12, Lodi)

Water baby

KAYAKING DOWN THE MOKELUMNE RIVER. There’s nothing like a river right in your own backyard—now add in local wildlife and a bottle of wine. (Lodi Lake Boat Launch Area, 1101 W. Turner Rd., Lodi)

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DRINK WITH A KICK > Wasabi Margarita

Raw Sushi Bistro 10742 Trinity Pkwy., Stockton, (209) 9549RAW, www.rawsushibistro.com

One part sweet, one part spicy equals one crazy drink that you’re not going to find anywhere else. The brainchild of a few regular patrons at Raw, this classic Mexican drink gets some inspiration from the sushi bar. The trendy Spanos Park sushi joint took some top-shelf tequila and fresh lime juice but added a little extra “kick.” By kick we mean a generous dollop of wasabi, seasoned to taste, of course. Garnished with a lime and a chopstick with a ball of wasabi on the end, this drink is all sweet, spicy, wacky, and surprisingly good.

NEW WINERY

> Abundance Vineyards

1150 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, (209) 334-0274, www.abundancevineyards.com

Abundance Vineyards began as a custom crush boutique winery through the vision of owners Dino and Ron Mencarini, knowledgeable winemakers in the Lodi area since the early 1950s. The vineyards’ top wines, the award-winning Abundantly Rich Red and the Old Vine Zinfandel can be found not only throughout the Central Valley but nationwide as well. The Mencarini vineyards have also produced Chardonnay, Viognier, Merlot, and Syrah. Abundance’s 2006 Bountiful Blanc was awarded Double Gold and Best in Class in the 2008 California State Fair Wine Competition—certainly not a wine your cellar is complete without. The winery also recently opened their new Lodi tasting room, on West Turner Road.

TASTING ROOM > Cellar Door

21 N. School St., Lodi, (209) 339-4394, www.lodicellardoor.com

Featuring the wines of Michael-David, Van Ruiten, and Jessie’s Grove wineries, and set directly in the middle of Lodi’s bustling downtown area, it’s no surprise why readers voted the Cellar Door as the best wine tasting

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room in San Joaquin. The Lodi location has become a hotspot where visitors can choose from wine flights, selections by the glass or bottle, and gourmet appetizers. An outdoor patio offers downtown people-watching, while the rich wood inside welcomes the wine connoisseur to extraordinary wines. Local talent has a strong presence here, as musicians perform every Friday night, and the walls are graced with artwork from area artists. Open daily (except Monday), tasting is from 12 to 5 p.m. and extended until 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

PLACE TO CELEBRATE A SPECIAL OCCASION > Le Bistro

3121 W. Benjamin Holt Dr., Stockton, (209) 951-0885, www.lebistrostockton.com

A special dinner, a first impression on a date, or a golden anniversary—all the perfect reason to make a reservation at Stockton’s own Le Bistro. The recently remodeled, Frenchinfluenced restaurant is classic elegance with their dimly lit ambience and an extraordinary wine list that features more than four hundred bottles. Le Bistro offers an experience in both class and service. The facilities are not the only thing recently updated, as the Bistro now features an expanded bar menu and summer menu. JULY 2009


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Italian

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Mexican

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GROCERY STORE > Podesto’s

104 Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 951-0234

Podesto’s Market is exactly what one should expect from an Italian-owned grocery store—approachable people, an extensive selection, and a family-owned tradition of the best market and deli in the Central Valley. With an unbeatable selection of deli meats, cheeses, and bakery items, it’s clear why Podesto’s remains at the top of the 209’s favorite food list. Looking for a unique item? This is the place to find it. Want specialized service for that spectacular meal you’re looking to make? Look no further. The staple of Lincoln Center shopping has maintained its position as a county favorite both as a superior grocery store and one of the top places to get a made-to-order deli sandwich.

BEST WINERY

> michaeL-david Winery

4580 W. Hwy. 12, Lodi, (209) 368-7384, www.lodivineyards.com

If wines with names like Earthquake, Rapture, Seven Deadly Zins, and Sixth Sense don’t pique your interest just a little bit, it’s okay; the extraordinary vintages of this Lodi winery will speak volumes alone. A plethora of 2004 to 2007 wines make Michael-David Winery the hottest vineyards around, and the popularity of their Zinfandels has put the fifth generation winemakers on the national map as well. Seven Deadly Zins is a wine not to be missed. The winery is featured around the country yearly, at wine events from New York to Nebraska to Miami.

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Outdoor Dining garLic brothers PaPaPavLo’s Wine and roses

OR’S EDITICK P GET A BRAIN FREEZE > cookie-bottom sundae

Ghirardelli Factory Outlet and Ice Cream Shop 11980 S. Harlan Rd., Lathrop, (209) 9829304, www.ghirardelli.com

In business for over 150 years, Ghirardelli is the most well-known chocolate-maker in the world, also world-famous for its landmark San Francisco chocolate and ice cream shop. Here in Lathrop, we are home to one of only ten other locations outside of San Francisco, and boy, are we lucky. Ghirardelli’s sundaes are homemade goodness down to the very last bite, especially the signature hot fudge sauce made fresh daily. The shop’s Cookie-Bottom Sundae is the ultimate treat—half of a Ghirardelli chocolate chip cookie served warm, topped with vanilla ice cream, freshly homemade hot fudge, whipped cream, chopped almonds, and, of course, a cherry on top. All we can say is, sigh…

Pizzeria

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Romantic Dining

Wine and roses Le bistro (tie) ernie’s on the brick WaLk (tie) shadoW oaks

Sandwich Shop

Fiori’s butcher shoP Podesto’s market & deLi gian’s deLicatessen

Seafood

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Best of San Joaquin WINE MENU / ROMANTIC DINING / SUNDAY BRUNCH > Wine and Roses

2505 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, (209) 334-6988, www.winerose.com

Hotel, restaurant, spa, wines, award-winning brunch… if it wasn’t clear before now, it’s safe to say that Wine and Roses is an all-around standout in San Joaquin. A multiple winner the last two years, Wine and Roses has staked claim this year as the 209’s favorite spot for Romantic Dining and Sunday Brunch, and also took the title for Wine Menu. The hotel recently finished redecorating their lovely restaurant, expanding the kitchen, hiring a new chef, and creating new seasonal dishes, in addition to redecorating and expanding their fireside lounge. Outside the restaurant, the grounds are filled with colorful, blooming flowers, and plenty of tucked away spots for romance. And with the Lodi Wine and Visitor Center on the property, the Lodi wine selection here is unsurpassed.

OR’S EDITICK P FROM-SCRATCH FAVORITE > House-Made BBQ Chips

Paragary’s Bar and Grill 110 El Dorado St., Stockton, (209) 9431110, www.paragarys.com

When we think about foods in San Joaquin that we just can’t get enough of, a huge plate of Paragary’s homemade barbecue chips is exactly what comes to mind. The chips are just sweet enough to satisfy our craving, just salty enough to leave us wanting more, and more than fresh enough to taste authentic. Paragary’s chef Buddy O’Dell makes all the chips from scratch from Kennebec potatoes, and then seasons them with a custom seasoning blend made exclusively at the restaurant, a combination of salt, sugar, spices, peppers, and a couple other things that O’Dell just isn’t willing to share. The best part? The barbecue chips are on Paragary’s Happy Hour menu from 3 to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, for only $2 a plate.

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Locally-owned shops in San Joaquin bring the finest in unique and specialty goods.

BEAUTY SUPPLY

FURNITURE STORE

1209 W. March Ln., Stockton, (209) 957-4244

357 Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 956-9250, www.crporterhome.com

> sir gauuan’s co-oP beauty

Looking your best is a head to toe job, and at Sir Gauuan’s they’ll make sure that you not only look great but keep looking great month after month. Filled with all sorts of beauty products from tweezers to leave-in conditioner to curling irons, anything you’re looking for to keep up your appearance can be found here. The fullservice co-op and salon can also do anything you’d like with your beautiful hair—color it, highlight it, condition it, cut it, or style it. Their convenient March Lane/Pacific Avenue location and experienced staff makes Sir Gauuan’s the place to start that new hairstyle, and the best place to keep it up.

> c.r. Porter home decor

If you’re looking to furnish your house with just the basics, this might not be the place for you. Family-owned and operated for over ten years, C.R. Porter is a collection of some of the most lavish and decadent furniture and home décor in San Joaquin. More than that, the shop specializes in customization and one of the most talented home furnishing and creative design teams in the 209. Owners Chris and Tammy Kelley will make sure to outfit your place with the finest in whatever your needs dictate—think wrought iron, rich hues, and smooth leather.

FLORIST

> san Francisco FLoraL

2001 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 466-4973, www.stocktonsbestflowers.com

Birthday, graduation, wedding, Valentine’s Day, just because… there are hundreds of reasons to give flowers. There are also a hundred reasons to need flowers… I’m sorry, funeral, and first impressions. At San Francisco Floral, there are hundreds of options to take care of your many occasions. Seasonal favorites, bouquets, single flowers, and more, the centrally located Stockton shop will take care of your floral needs no matter how simple or how large.

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> WeLdon cheung

Manager and Linenologist, Lino Bella 265 Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 933-0441, www.linobella.com

Since the day that Lino Bella’s Stockton boutique opened in Lincoln Center, Weldon Cheung has been the go-to guy for anyone looking to spruce up their sacred space—the bedroom. Although the shop is filled with the ultimate in bedroom luxury, from tiptop thread count bed linens to plush, fluffy comforters and pillows, Weldon makes certain that his clients are focused on creating a space they love, not a page ripped out of a magazine. With each client, the goal is to create a space that is reflective of their life, loves, and personality. Weldon is passionate about helping his clients to be surrounded with beautiful things, and his sophistication and elegance matches only that of Lino Bella’s lovely shop.

WELDON’S PICKS sushi centraL

COCORO JAPANESE BISTRO. Coming from a sushi connoisseur, this is the best sushi around. (2105 Pacific Ave., Stockton)

seeing straight

GREAT SPECTACLES. Great quality, and a unique, out-of the-box selection of eyewear. (622 Lincoln Center, Stockton)

Weekend hideaWay

OAK FARM VINEYARDS. One of the most beautiful spots around, with breathtaking grounds and trees. (23627 N. DeVries Rd., Lodi)

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GET YOur SmokE ON > Tobacco Leaf

209 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 474-8216

GET LOST IN A FANTASY WORLD > Tom’s Used Books

108 N. School St., Lodi, (209) 369-1453, www.tomsusedbooks.com

Anyone who loves to read knows what it’s like to get lost in a good book—the “real world” disappears, and all you can think about is the down home South, or the vampires’ lair, or first loves reuniting, or the Spanish Riviera. We sometimes forget how enjoyable it can be to go into a used bookstore, and not only find books for less, but find books that come along with a previous story of where they’ve been and who they’ve been read by. Who knows? Jack Kerouac himself could have held your copy of On the Road. Tom’s has over 55,000 books in their inventory, can order any used or new book that you would like, buys used books, and also has two quite friendly cats that nuzzle up to book browsers.

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PLACE TO BUY ART

> Tie: Tidewater Art Center and Gallery / Knowlton Gallery 223 E. Weber Ave., Stockton, (209) 463-4033, www.tidewaterartgallery.com 115 S. School St., Lodi, (209) 368-5123, www.knowltongallery.com

If you’re looking to outfit a new home or just want to redecorate with some art, these galleries should be tops on your list. Tidewater benefits from a bit of local flavor, with paintings, photography, pottery, sculptures, or even jewelry and pens—whatever you have a flair for. The Knowlton is known more for regional fine art, and a top-notch jewelry selection from all over the West Coast. New exhibitions at both galleries each month help cover the ever changing landscape of local art, and opening receptions are free and open to the public.

The perfect after-dinner cigar, a gift for the groom-to-be, or just a way to relax in the evening—all these and more can be found at this Lincoln Center cigar shop. Tobacco Leaf has been catering to cigar and pipe lovers for more than 25 years. The shop is home to hundreds of varieties of cigars, tobaccos, and the best of humidors and cigar holders.    Catering to the lover of a strong smoke or a mild one, this Stockton gem is a cigar-haven for all. No experience necessary, great advice is readily available to pick the perfect smoke for any occasion. Take note, the Tobacco Leaf is what a cigar store should be… a huge walk-in humidor filled from floor to ceiling with only the best cigars available, choice pipe tobaccos, friendly and knowledgeable service, and prices for everyone, from the first-timer to the aficionado.

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Get out and enjoy all that San Joaquin has to offer, from sports to music to theater, and more.

KIDS BIRTHDAY PARTY

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402 W. Weber Ave., Stockton, (209) 465-4386, www.stocktongov.com/childrensmuseum

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> chiLdren’s museum oF stockton

Trying to keep the little ones’ interest is never an easy task, especially for the annual birthday party, but if you’re looking for an escape from the typical pool-pizza-park ideas, then venture over to the Stockton Children’s Museum. The educational (they won’t even know they’re

learning) and interactive museum features tons of hands-on exhibits to keep them going long after the cake and ice cream has run its course. The mini-sized town, filled with a grocery store, dentist office, airport, fire station, and more, will capture the imagination of any young one. Better than that, too hot, too cold, too rainy, this is the place to go.

KIDS ATTRACTION > Pixie Woods

Louis Park, Occidental and Shimizu Sts., Stockton, (209) 937-7366, www.stocktongov.com/pixiewoods

If you’re looking for something for the kids to do, for a little price but a lot of fun, look no further than Pixie Woods in Louis Park. The amusement park is full of rides and games, the Pixie Express train travels throughout the park, the Pixie Queen II roams the lake, and a carousel is available for all ages. Single ride tickets or unlimited ride packages are available for the park, open Thursday through Sunday. Be sure to wear something suitable—the water spray of the friendly Sea Serpent knows no bounds.

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> bob hoPe theatre

Bringing the best in arts and entertainment to San Joaquin has been the goal of the Bob Hope Theatre for its almost eighty-year existence. The theater was remodeled to include its now 2,000-plus seating and state-of-the-art sound system, and has played host to top musical acts, classic cinema, dance, comedy, and Broadway-caliber entertainment. Anything from mainstream musical groups to local arts productions to big-name talent have graced the grand ‘ole stage in downtown Stockton. An ever-changing event schedule keeps the theater busy throughout the year, and our readers have responded by frequenting the landmark at every event.

GOLF COURSE

> brookside country cLub

3603 St. Andrews Dr., Stockton, (209) 956-6200, www.brooksidegolf.net

Long-known as one of the Valley’s most prestigious country clubs, Brookside Country Club is a golfer favorite for anyone from early amateur to professional. The Robert Trent Jones Jr. course has played host to Canadian Tour events, and is home to University of the Pacific’s hosted Pacific Invitational every November. The beautifully manicured course that winds through the Brookside community also boasts a top practice facility complete with chipping and putting greens. Head professional Piper Wagner is available for lessons, on-course teaching, and will work with you to host a tournament. While this country club is private, it is certainly a favorite for those in the 209 wherever they reside.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURER > mary diLs

Owner, Sierra Adventure Outfitters 120 N. School St., Lodi, (209) 368-3461, www.sierraadventureoutfitters.com

Mary Dils and her fiancé, Joseph, live what they sell. Both avid backpackers and kayakers, they opened Sierra Adventure Outfitters in Lodi in 2006 to share with San Joaquin their love for the outdoors and all that the Central Valley has to offer. Nature is where Mary gets rejuvenated, and where she finds peace and tranquility—and the shop is a place for like-minded people, or even better, those looking to enjoy their first outdoor experience. As Mary puts it, there’s something different about a person that has a love for the outdoors, a certain grounded feeling, and her greatest thrill is sharing this opportunity with newcomers. Translation: Don’t be scared to stop by, no matter how newbie you are. Kayaking on the Mokelumne River is the specialty, but Mary has plenty to share about local hikes and bikes as well, with a full collection of laid-back beach cruisers on-hand at the shop at all times.

MARY’S PICKS Pub styLe

THE DANCING FOX WINERY AND BAKERY. Newlyopened wine bar and restaurant reminiscent of an Irish pub, be sure to try the Shepherd’s Pie. (203 S. School St., Lodi)

Lookin’ good

FASHION SAFARI. A never-know-what-you’regoing-to-find selection of unique jewelry and accessories. (104 N. School St., Lodi)

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THE DERMAL CLINIC, A SKIN CARE SALON. Facials, massages, and makeup, sure to relax the body and soul. (105 W. Walnut St., Lodi)

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Best of San Joaquin LOCAL BAND > Latin Magic

Stockton, (209) 478-9766, www.latinmagicband.com

You can’t have a party without music, and what’s better to liven up the party than live entertainment? In fact, according to our readers, you can’t have live music in San Joaquin unless it’s Latin Magic. Created by percussionist Peter Castañon in 1990, the group specializes in cumbias, oldies, Latin rock, and old-school music. Playing at local hotspots like Fat’s Grill and Bar, Torino’s, Envy, Black Oak Casino, and even the Stockton Asparagus Festival has made Latin Magic the local favorite. Their exciting blend of music will have your dance floor packed at anything from a wedding or graduation, to a corporate event, or even a summer house party.

OR’S EDITICK P TRAIN FOR THE BIG SHOW TRAIN FOR THE BIG SHOW > Big League Dreams Sports Parks

1077 Milo Candini Dr., Manteca, (209) 8242400, www.bigleaguedreams.com

Bottom of the ninth, game tied, full count. Go ahead, gaze out over Fenway Park at the Green Monster in left field and call your shot. Or the “short porch” in Yankee Stadium. Or put one into the ivy at Wrigley Field. If you haven’t noticed, this isn’t your average softball game. One of only nine places in the country like it, Big League Dreams Sports Parks in Manteca features scaled down replicas of Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs), Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees), Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox), the Polo Grounds (New York Mets), and Forbes Field (Pittsburgh Pirates). In addition to playing out your Major League Baseball glory, the grounds house basketball and volleyball courts, soccer and football fields, hockey, batting cages, and much more.

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Pixie Woods Children’s Museum of Stockton San Joaquin Historical Museum

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Health&Beauty There’s nothing like feeling good both in body and in mind, and San Joaquin delivers. COSMETIC DENTIST > dr. todd FrankLin

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

A 2008 winner of Best of Lodi and Best of San Joaquin, Dr. Franklin keeps perfecting pearly white smiles for his clients, chosen once again as the place to go to keep your teeth at their very best. His practice takes on all types of patients, from those who want a brighter smile to those with treatable dental conditions. Dental bridges, crowns, bonding, and implants are all in a day’s work for Dr. Franklin, as he keeps San Joaquin smiling nice, bright, and white.

MED SPA

> totaL body medi sPa

1805 N. California St., Stockton, (209) 939-3800, www.skindoktor.com

GET OFF TO A RUNNING START > FLeet Feet

6541 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 952-1446, www.fleetfeetstockton.com

One part jogger, one part Olympic marathon runner, one part Cinderella. What? You heard right. At Stockton’s Fleet Feet, you don’t simply pick out a nice-looking running shoe in your size and check out—it’s a total fitting experience. From your running style and personal preferences, to precise measurements of different parts of your feet, this true runners’ shoe store (owner Tony Vice is the most avid runner we know) will have you fit better than that famous princess herself. The community-conscious business in Lincoln Center also sponsors local races and events to benefit charities. Want to get involved even more? You are invited to join the twice-weekly, evening group runs. Shoes, shorts, shirts, and everything above are also available at the number one runners’ spot in the 209.

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Whether you want to look your best, look better than your best, or simply improve on a certain area, Total Body Medi Spa has all the amenities the beauty and health world has to offer. Saying that Total Body specializes in any certain treatment simply wouldn’t do this central Stockton location justice. From hair removal to skin treatments to spa therapy, this do-it-all spot will have you feeling better in no time. Whether you’re looking for younger, smoother, or simply more relaxed, an hour or two in the hands of Dr. Shaukat A. Shah and you’ll have what you need to put your best foot forward.

MARTIAL ARTS

> moore’s chinese martiaL arts

Various San Joaquin locations, www.mooresmartialarts.com

Whether you’re looking to learn the ancient secrets of martial arts, get in shape, or tone up to kick some butt, Moore’s is the place San Joaquin’s martial arts enthusiasts turn to first. The Moore’s schools teach the art of Shou Shu, which is focused on self-defense. Beginners courses all the way up to the most advanced martial arts experts are welcome. With clean studios and ample room for parents to observe, it’ll make those Saturday morning classes that much more interesting.

TRAIN FOR THE BIG SHOW ALL-STAR PLAYER > Justin Friend

Pitcher, Stockton Ports Banner Island Ballpark, 404 W. Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 6441900, www.stocktonports.com

Born in Tracy and an alumni of Manteca’s East Union High School, Stockton Ports right-handed pitcher Justin Friend is one of the rare local athletes to make it to the professional sports world. As one of the Ports’ most promising players, Justin has helped the Ports clench quite a few games so far this season, and could just as well be playing for the Ports’ affiliate team, the Oakland Athletics, or another Major League Baseball team in the near future. A local, born and raised, Justin is all about his friends and family whenever he’s not at the ballpark, and we can’t wait to see what this promising player has in store.

JUSTIN’S PICKS authentic eats

TAQUERIA YVETTE. Nothing beats the carne asada burrito at this Mexican eatery. (947 E. Yosemite Ave., Manteca)

kick-back sPot SECRET FISHING SPOT OFF MOSSDALE ROAD. For down-time in the great outdoors, fishing in this little-known spot does the trick.

nightLiFe VALLEY INN. Good times, good friends, and local flavor. (1744 Main St., Escalon)

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TATTOO SHOP

> 12 Monkeys Tattoos

917 Central Ave., Tracy, (209) 839-1265, www.12monkeystattoos.com

MANI/PEDI

> Fantasy Nails

4719 Quail Lakes Dr., Stockton, (209) 957-1700 8014 Lower Sacramento Rd., Stockton, (209) 478-6699

If you’re particular about your nails—if you want an extra half-inch of length, a perfect shade of pink, and a white Frenchtip, then we assume you are—Fantasy Nails’ two locations in the Stockton area are where we will most likely find you. The salon specialists at Fantasy Nails ensure that you’re not only satisfied but thrilled with the range or services they offer and the work they can do. Experts at manicures and pedicures, as well as a host of other salon specialties, Fantasy Nails is the number one place in Stockton to shine up your nails.

For personal expression, there’s little better option out there than tattoos. With body art being as permanent as you can get, you want to get “inked” by a professional that knows what they’re doing. At 12 Monkeys in Tracy, your fears will be put to rest as a clean and welcoming studio greets all who enter. Whether you’re there for your first time or back again and again to add a little body art, the tattoo artists at 12 Monkeys can accommodate all styles. Come in with a design or browse their shop for recommendations. They can make suggestions, draw any of your designs, and will be sure you leave satisfied with your newest expression of individuality.

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Revolucion 1910 307 S. Lower Sacramento Rd., Lodi, (209) 334-1519

Alder Bistro 151 W. Alder St., Stockton (209) 943-1921

La Campana Tortilla Factory 2346 Maggio Cir., Lodi (209) 369-2877

Chocoholics 18819 E. Highway 88, Clements, (209) 759-3340

Podesto’s Market & Deli 104 Lincoln Ctr., Stockton (209) 951-0234

Centrale Restaurant & Lounge 1825 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 939-1825

Revolucion 1910 307 S. Lower Sacramento Rd., Lodi (209) 334-1519

Adalberto’s 3243 W. Hammer Ln., Stockton, (209) 957-7480

Nutcracker Sweete 279 Lincoln Ctr., Stockton (209) 474-1804

Louie's Fruit & Produce 2232 N. El Dorado St., Stockton, (209) 466-6666

The Back Bay 100 N. Cherokee Ln., Lodi (209) 334-3565

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M&W Dutch American 4343 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 473-3828 College Bakery 4663 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 957-7474 Cottage Bakery 40 E. Neuharth Dr., Lodi (209) 333-8044

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Chuck's 6034 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 473-9977 Payter's 61 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 477-9513 (tie) The Creamery 5756 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 952-1111 (tie) UJ's Family Restaurant & Breakaway 7628 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 957-2081

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Valley Brew 157 W. Adams St., Stockton (209) 464-2739

La Costa Taqueria 311 E. Grant Line Rd., Tracy (209) 833-8583

Angelina’s Spaghetti House 1563 E. Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 948-6609

Shadow Oaks 7555 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 477-5547

Marina Marketplace 3201 W. Benjamin Holt Dr., Stockton, (209) 955-0380

Papapavlo's 501 Lincoln Ctr., Stockton (209) 477-6133

Alder Bistro & Catering Company 151 W. Alder St., Stockton (209) 943-1921

856 Restaurant 856 W. Benjamin Holt Dr., Stockton, (209) 957-7856

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Papapavlo’s Bistro & Bar 501 Lincoln Ctr., Stockton (209) 477-6133

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Warren Ito Executive Chef at Ernie's on the Brickwalk 296 Lincoln Ctr., Stockton (209) 951-3311 Richard Hymen Executive Chef at Le Bistro 3121 W. Benjamin Holt Dr., Stockton, (209) 951-0885 Tony Turner Executive Chef at Shadow Oaks 7555 Pacific Ave., Ste. 2, Stockton, (209) 477-5547

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Yen Du 702 Porter Ave., Stockton (209) 951-3748

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Garlic Brothers 6629 Embarcadero Dr., Stockton, (209) 474-6585

Bradley’s 116 N. Hunter St., Stockton (209) 464-1295

Bobs at the Marina 6639 Embarcadero, Stockton (209) 957-3279

GROCERY STORE

Podesto’s Market & Deli 104 Lincoln Ctr., Stockton (209) 951-0234

Dave Wong’s 2828 W. March Ln., Stockton, (209) 951-1213

Manny’s Drive In 1945 S. El Dorado St., Stockton (209) 464-8207

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Stockton Joe's 236 Lincoln Ctr., Stockton (209) 951-2980

Lodi Beer 105 S. School St., Lodi (209) 368-9931

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Peking Restaurant 7555 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 957-0617

CHIPS AND SALSA

Miguel's 7555 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 951-1931 Santiago’s Cocina Mexicana 222 Lincoln Ctr., Stockton (209) 478-6444

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Shadow Oaks 7555 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 477-5547

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PIZZERIA

House of Coffees Lakewood Mall, Lodi (209) 368-2611

Paragary’s 110 N. El Dorado St., Stockton. (209) 943-1110

David’s New York Style Pizza 1744 W. Hammer Ln., Stockton, (209) 477-2677

Java Aroma 2233 Grand Canal Blvd., Stockton, (209) 952-5282

856 Restaurant 856 W. Benjamin Holt Dr., Stockton, (209) 957-7856

Dante’s California Style Pizza 9305 Thornton Rd., Stockton, (209) 474-0221

Barista's 112 W. 10th St., Tracy (209) 830-6050

DESSERTS

Toot Sweets Bakery Café 4755 Quail Lakes Dr., Stockton, (209) 474-6692 Le Bistro 3121 W. Benjamin Holt Dr., Stockton, (209) 957-0536 (tie) The Creamery 5756 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 952-1111 (tie) Papapavlo's 501 Lincoln Ctr., Stockton (209) 477-6133

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The Creamery 5756 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 952-1111 Garlic Brothers 6629 Embarcadero Dr., Stockton, (209) 474-6585 Shadow Oaks 7555 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 477-5547

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Artesian Health Food Store 6349 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 952-8787 Sheri's Sonshine Nutrition Center 6 N. School St., Lodi (209) 368-4800

ITALIAN

Angelina’s Spaghetti House 1563 E. Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 948-6609 Ciao Bella 5644 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton, (209) 474-2100 Pietro's 317 E. Kettleman Ln., Lodi (209) 368-0613

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Michael’s New York Style Pizza 2300 W Alpine Ave., Stockton, (209) 462-6668

ROMANTIC DINING

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CR Porter Home Décor 357 Lincoln Ctr., Stockton (209) 956-9250 Thornton House Furnishings 6 S. School St., Lodi (209) 369-0130 Haven Home Décor 2110 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 467-3669

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Silveria’s Flowers & Gifts 995 Lincoln Ctr., Stockton (209) 368-7858

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Woodbridge Feed & Fuel 27 W. Elm St., Lodi (209) 365-1043

Taste of Brittany 2041 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 946-9494

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The Creamery 5756 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 952-1111

Tracy Thai 1035 Central Ave., Tracy (209) 833-9703

Maxim’s 3409 Brookside Rd., Stockton, (209) 952-3141

Fina 308 Lincoln Ctr., Stockton (209) 478-5670

Delicato Vineyards 12001 S. Highway 99, Manteca, (209) 824-3500

Shadow Oaks 7555 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 477-5547

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Knowlton Gallery 115 S. School St., Lodi (209) 368-5123

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(Tie) Berghold Estate Winery 17343 N. Cherry Rd., Lodi (209) 333.9291

WOMENS BOUTIQUE

Wish List 2111 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 466-4126

Tigers Yogurt 4343 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 952-6042

El Rancho 1457 E. Mariposa Rd., Stockton, (209) 467-1529

Wine and Roses 2505 W. Turner Rd., Lodi (209) 334-6988

PLACE TO BUY ART

Tidewater Gallery 223 E. Weber Ave., Stockton (209) 463-4033

Cellar Door 21 N. School St., Lodi (209) 339-4394

Siamese Street Thai Restaurant 3236 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 466-0130

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HOME DÉCOR

CR Porter Home Décor 357 Lincoln Ctr, Stockton (209) 956-9250 Haven Home Décor 2110 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 467-3669 Regalo Bello 6231 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 951-4329

JEWELRY

Gary J Long Jewelers 320 Lincoln Ctr., Stockton (209) 477-6881 DeVons Jewelers 220 Lincoln Ctr., Stockton (209) 951-9610 Peck's Jewelers 5308 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 478-6510

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Latin Magic Stockton, (209) 478-9766 www.latinmagicband.com Mike Torres Band Lathrop, (209) 234-6824 www.miketorresband.com Stockton Symphony 46 W. Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 951-0196

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Jackson Rancheria Casino 12222 New York Ranch Rd., Jackson, (209) 223-1677 Thunder Valley Casino 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln, (916) 408-7777 Black Oak Casino 19400 Tuolumne Rd., Tuolumne, (877) 747-8777

FAIR/FESTIVAL

Asparagus Festival 311 E. Main St., Stockton (209) 644-3740 Lodi Grape Festival 413 E. Lockeford St., Lodi (209) 369-2771 San Joaquin County Fair 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton, (209) 466-5041

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women in business The women featured in the following pages have quite a bit in common. Each of these San Joaquin women is a pillar of the community: intelligent, business savvy, and successful. These women are exemplary of the type of people that fill our community, people that are looking to make a change, to better themselves, or to better our surroundings. Read on to meet these admirable women.

WOMEN IN BUSINESS niCole thoMson Wallbeds “n” More 526 W. Benjamin Holt Drive, Suite E Stockton (209) 405-1076 www.wallbedsnmore.com

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Nicole Thomson set out with close friend Liz Roller to revolutionize what is known to many as the Murphy bed, with their first Wallbeds “n” More showroom opening in 2004. Now, five years and five showrooms later, Wallbeds “n” More has been helping people reduce clutter and simplify their lives with its modern, space-saving designs, including the Wallbed, Hidden Bed, and Chest Bed. In addition to specialized beds, each store carries a full line of matching cabinets and mattresses. After taking Northern California by storm—locations include Stockton, San Ramon, San Jose, Roseville, and Burlingame—Wallbeds will soon expand southward, with three stores to open in Southern California. Nicole lives in the Bay Area and credits her family, who live in Stockton, for the success of that location, from the operations of the showroom to the advertising and communication that keep the business running. “I’ve always wanted to own a business,” says Nicole. “Being able to do this with the support ADVERTISING SECTION of family and a good friend of 20 years just makes it better!”

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Giving women business owners a place to receive support, training, and the ability to network and joint venture with other women in business has become the passion of Sandy Reed, a Certified Professional Coach, Marketing Strategist, and the co-owner of Exceptional Habitats, Inc., a residential construction firm, which she and her husband have owned since 1985. “I love helping women be successful, and seeing their eyes light up when they discover new and innovative ways to market themselves and their businesses. Members of the IAWIFE community can live anywhere in the country and still receive all the benefits, including telephone coaching, teleseminar training, and the opportunity to access a whole host of resources that will help them build and market their businesses.”

rhea CoWdery Hair 2 Dye 4 1010 Central Ave., Tracy 407 Sycamore Valley Rd., Danville (925) 470-0706

Rhea is an independent hair stylist with 21 years of advanced training experience. “I have trained with the best in the industry such as Gary Gerard and Vidal Sassoon in San Francisco, and Ruth Roche and the Redken Exchange in New York. My main goal is to create a look for every one of my clients that makes her feel as beautiful as a Victoria’s Secret model. Every woman deserves to have Hair2Dye4!” Hair Extensions are Rhea’s specialty. Advances in technology and a variety of product choices have made extensions more affordable than ever before. For women who have thinning or very little hair, adding hair extensions gives them the style and cut opportunities they thought they no longer could achieve. Extensions don’t only add length, they add volume too. You can contact Rhea at two locations: Versailles Salon and Spa in Tracy, and West Side Salon in Danville.

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Child aBuse prevention CounCil (CAPC) 540 N. California Street, Stockton (209) 464-4524 ● www.nochildabuse.org Pictured from left to right: Stephanie McCoy, MSW, Program Director; Lindy TurnerHardin, Executive Director; Sue Winslow, MSW, Program Manager; and Yceychie Fields, Program Manager.

The leadership of the Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) works daily with families to beat back the odds when they fall on tough times. This is done by connecting them with much needed services that can help stop the repetitive nature of violence, as well as help them heal, find harmony, and restore a sense of balance in their lives. As a team, they are focused on how to change the human condition and what needs to be done to extend hope to families in order to create a new generation where violence and abuse, both physical and verbal, are no longer a traditional home condition. Through intervention, education, and therapy, CAPC is protecting children, strengthening families, and saving lives. CAPC provides services countywide. Sponsored by Judith Buethe Communications

Giselle vinCent Giselle Vincent Photography (209) 957-2181 www.gisellevincent.com

After seven years as a portrait photographer and a photography degree from CSU Sacramento, Giselle Vincent wanted to revolutionize Stockton's photo scene. Knowing it would be hard for established studios to accept her unique style, Giselle, with the help and encouragement from her husband Matt, decided to open her own business specializing in weddings in 2005. Glance at her portfolio, and one will see images filled with vibrance and life, enriched in composition and artistry. To complement her photos, Matt contributes his photojournalistic eye, capturing the genuine emotions of their clients. "Weddings are supposed to be beautiful and fun, and the photos should reflect that. That's what we do. We just have fun." Photo by Matt Vincent.

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS Gunnevi Westerlund A Perfect Finnish Medical Spa 819 Central Ave., Tracy, (209) 836-9700 www.aperfectfinnish.com A Perfect Finnish Medical Spa, located in historic downtown Tracy, began as an idea in early 2005. This luxurious, welcoming spa is owned and operated by medical director N. Abudayeh M.D., and the motherdaughter team of Greta and Gunnevi.    With its fifth year coming up this summer, A Perfect Finnish excels in its customer service. Each client is special and made to feel so. The staff will do everything in its power to make you feel pampered and relaxed. When you enter you will love the elegance this spa offers.    Specializing in all laser services, Botox, and dermal fillers, Gunnevi will make you feel right at home. Her vast experience in the medical field as an R.N. clearly comes across with each client.    A Perfect Finnish’s highly trained staff also offers many other amenities such as massages, facials, chemical peels, permanent makeup, and so much more. In this day and age, well-being is of maximum importance, and lending oneself to a regular routine of body and skin care is selfnurturing. Their goal is to make you feel great today as well as days to follow. Their motto has always been, and still is, “Stop in for a visit and leave with a perfect finnish.”

Lindsay Dingler and Cathy Lagorio Wish List 2111 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 466-4126 www.wishliststockton.com

Open almost five years, Wish List owners Lindsay Dingler and Cathy Lagorio have created a unique shopping destination on the Miracle Mile in Stockton. With a focus on customer service, they include in-house personal shopping, style consultations, and custom jean fittings as their boutique’s amenities in this shop which already boasts a fun, energetic atmosphere and great clothing lines you won’t find anywhere else in the area. In addition, the shop has devoted itself to showcasing the work of local jewelry artists. Every piece of jewelry and many of the accessories here are one-of-a-kind, found only in Stockton and only at Wish List.

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Jenny Garay Classic Gymnastics 3602 Mars Way., Ste. 113, Tracy, (209) 832-5554 www.classicgymnastics.net

It was a desire for excellence paired with a love for gymnastics that saw Jenny Garay through twenty years of personal gymnastics. It was that same love combined with her experience and a growing family that inspired the creation of Classic Gymnastics five years ago. Living in Tracy with her husband, Matt, and four children, Shaylyn, Katelyn, Matthew, and Sean, Garay wanted San Joaquin to share in both her passion for gymnastics and the benefits it shares for building individual goals and gaining self-confidence.    “At Classic Gymnastics, we pride ourselves in providing the best quality of gymnastic instruction to all ages of boys and girls,” Garay says. “We guide through a progression of skills so they can feel confident about their accomplishments.”

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Lani Holdener Macchia Winery

7099 East Peltier Rd., Acampo (209) 333-2600 www.macchiawines.com Lani Holdener, owner at Macchia, is passionate about life, her family, the winery, and her customers. She enjoys giving everything her personal touch. She makes people feel like friends and family. Her goal is for everyone’s visit to Macchia to be a pleasurable experience. Customers agree, with compliments such as “We like wine tasting here… they make us feel right at home,” and, why not? The tasting room and offices at Macchia were once the Holdeners’ home.    Her daughter Tanya is an absolute asset as the Tasting Room and Wine Club Manager and website coordinator. With Macchia for more than three years, her attention to detail and customer care helps the business to continue to run smoothly.    Newest at Macchia, as the office manager and Lani’s personal assistant, is Lani’s sister, Kimmberlyn. “I think the secret to Macchia’s success is the excellent wines and my sister’s creativity,” says Kimmberlyn. “It’s her adventuresome and friendly spirit.” As Lani likes to say, with wine, friends, and family, “IT’S ALL GOOD!” Photo by Brodie Jayne

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5904 North El Dorado Street, Suite C Stockton, (209) 957-8907 aboutsmiles@ymail.com Creating a community of healthy smiles is top priority for Dr. SohiThadwal 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 M.D.,  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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rafat s. razi, dmd, mph Pediatric Dentistry 2160 Grant Line Rd., Ste. 130, Tracy, (209) 834-1307 www.tracypediatricdentist.com Dr. Rafat Razi has many accomplishments as today’s woman in business. She is the owner of her practice, specializing in Pediatric Dentistry, in a beautiful, state-of-the-art office in Tracy. She graduated from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. She completed her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Rochester’s Eastman Dental Center in upstate New York. Furthermore, she served as Assistant Professor in Pediatric Dentistry at Columbia University in New York City. Throughout her education, training, and faculty position, Dr. Razi has researched many dental topics, and has publications in scientific journals. Her expertise in her specialty is over ten years.    Dr. Razi, a wife and mother of two children, balances her home life with her growing practice. “Our team is well-trained to treat the dental needs of infants, children, and adolescents in a caring, nurturing environment. Our office uses the latest dental materials, nitrous oxide, and digital radiography.” As a clinician, educator, researcher, wife, and mother, Dr. Razi has successfully become a well-rounded, accomplished woman in business.

Susan Meyer Indulgence Salon 7610 Pacific Ave., Ste. B8, Stockton (209) 478-5859 www.indulgence-hairsalon.com I have lived in Stockton since 1972, and worked as a RN at Dameron and St. Joseph’s hospitals until 1993. After this rewarding but intense career, I wanted to work, but at something very different, and it had to be fun. Thus the concept for Indulgence Salon was born. This is my second salon, and I learned a lot from owning my first. Having been able to hand-pick the current stylist team, I encourage and support their continued education so they may better serve our clients with the latest salon techniques and styles.    I am excited that I was able to achieve my goal of an upscale, but fun and warm salon in October 2007, when Indulgence Salon opened for business in “Hammer Ranch Center.” Since then, the salon has continued to grow with the addition of two spa rooms and new services such as massage, facials, teeth whitening, and mineral makeup application and sales.    So stop by, meet our caring staff, check out our monthly product specials, and have some fun. Indulgence you really can afford!

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Penny van der Meer

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Penny van der Meer, EA, owner of Willson and Company, has been preparing tax returns since 1982. She prepares tax returns for individuals, small businesses, partnerships, corporations, trusts, estates, and non-profit organizations.    Taxpayer representation is a passion of Penny’s. An Enrolled Agent since 1996, she represents her clients before the Internal Revenue Service on all compliance and collection related matters. She has extensive experience defending clients undergoing audits and obtaining installment agreements and acceptance of offer and compromise applications. With a Series 6 and 63 securities license and a California insurance license, Penny also assists her clients with retirement and estate planning.

Stockton School of Performing Arts (SSPA) offers classes in tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, technique, voice, and acting. In addition to teaching dance classes, Owner/Artistic Director Rhonda Cummings has produced and directed numerous children’s theatre productions, as well. Highly successful competition dance teams and the new vocal ensemble set to tour throughout the county are also a big part of SSPA. After more than 10 years in business, Rhonda believes that each year brings a new opportunity to challenge herself and her students.    “We never stop learning. We attend dance competitions and workshops to test our skills and stay current on the latest dance trends. At SSPA we continually strive for excellence as we attempt to inspire the artist within each of our students.”     

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Classic Design Floor to Ceiling is a beautiful interior design showroom providing professional design services and products for new and remodeled kitchens, baths, floors, and custom interiors. It is owned by a woman, staffed by women, and aimed toward women.    A spacious showroom displays products, and the design staff pulls samples together so you can see your entire project from floor to ceiling at one time, in one location. From there, you will receive project management, installation, and after-care service, all of which are guaranteed to take the stress away.    “Women tend to make the purchasing decisions for their homes, so I wanted to create an environment where they would feel comfortable and able to complete all their projects under one roof,” says owner Tiffany Gomes. “I know how valuable time is these days, and picking out your interiors while dodging fork-lifts shouldn’t be your only option for convenience.”

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS Johana Martz Kat Martz and Sarah Kline

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This mother-daughter venture began in the Bay Area in 2001, but has been calling Stockton home for two years. Now in a fresh, new location on the Miracle Mile, the trio is continuing to bring a modern touch to weddings and events throughout the region with their custom, made-from-scratch confections.    Also available are cake decorating supplies and classes for every skill level. So, whether you’re looking for leopard-print cupcake liners and hot pink fondant to make your own dainty delicacy, or you want a more practiced hand creating the wedding cake of your dreams, this is the place to come!

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Since graduating from University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, San Francisco in 1999, Dr. Maywell Inong has completed several advanced and continuing educational courses to assure that her patients receive the most comprehensive and innovative dental care.      Dr. Inong and her staff strive to provide quality dental service in a professional, caring, efficient, and safe environment. They work hard to maintain an upbeat and harmonious atmosphere where patients feel comfortable and at ease.    “It is our goal for each patient to achieve a lifetime of optimal dental health. We feel that the best way to ensure this is through a lifelong dental relationship with our patients.”

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Taking care of women’s healthcare needs, Dr. Cynthia M. Vanata combines professional, gentle care and a personalized one-onone atmosphere with her patients. Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Vanata and her courteous staff present a gentle, caring place for women only, offering services ranging from diagnosis and treatment of bleeding problems, to cervical and uterine cancer, and bladder and pelvic pain problems. Her well-women and preventative care covers annual exams, Gardasil HPV, and menopausal management. Total and complete care of pregnancies, including office ultrasounds and deliveries by doctors, are just a few of the reasons why the Manteca resident has been a top choice for women in the San Joaquin Valley.

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When asked what her favorite part is about owning a boutique, Joanna ardently replies, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The customers.â&#x20AC;? Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s helping a client find the right shoes and accessories to go with an existing outfit, or actually dressing them from head-to-toe during one of her style consultations, Joanna loves what she does. â&#x20AC;&#x201A;â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each time I walk into the store, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like walking into an oversized closet filled with the latest styles of shoes, accessories, and lots of great clothes! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a dream come true!â&#x20AC;? says Joanna. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, Joanna knows the importance of diversifying herself as a boutique owner, which is why she strives to carry lines that other local shops do not.

San Francisco Floral Co. 2001 Pacific Ave., Stockton (on the Miracle Mile) (209) 466-4973 www.stocktonsbestflowers.com

Jenny-Faye Klooster is a lifelong Stocktonian, raised primarily in the Miracle Mile area of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mid-town. San Francisco Floral Co. is one of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest and most prestigious flower shops, making it the perfect fit for its owner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are full service floral specializing in lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s compelling events,â&#x20AC;? says Jenny, â&#x20AC;&#x153;from Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sorry to I do.â&#x20AC;? Aside from running her business, Jenny enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael, and 3-year-old son, Cosmo, while staying very active in her community. â&#x20AC;&#x201A;â&#x20AC;&#x201A; San Francisco Floral Co. has a daily source of fresh blooms and experienced designers, just a phone call away from sending to your friends, family, and clients.

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What to do: Any city with such a bustling

harbor, pristine beaches, and extraordinary seashore lends itself to all the water sports and activities you might expect. Sailing, kayaking, surfing, ocean swims, deepsea fishing, and any type of boating await, with rentals available for any equipment you head into town lacking. The Discovery Channel proclaimed that the Santa Barbara channel is some of the best year-round whale watching on the planet, and on our recent trip we saw plenty of grey whales swimming on their way north (www. condorcruises.com). Beach walks and biking, or strolls along picturesque Cabrillo Boulevard’s pathways are always pleasant. Hiking trails in the nearby mountains can be

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physically exhilarating and provide unparalleled views of the city, coastline, and offshore islands. Wine lovers should head for the “urban wine trail,” where a number of local wineries have tasting rooms downtown within a few blocks of each other and near the beachfront. Our personal favorite, Santa Barbara Winery, is the oldest in the county and known for its award-winning Chardonnays (www.sbwinery.com).

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What to see: One of the first places visitors should

go is the county courthouse’s tower for wonderful vistas of the city. There isn’t a courthouse anywhere in California that compares to this imposing Spanish-Moorish architectural gem. Be sure to take a complimentary, guided tour of the building itself, which is unexpectedly enlightening, and then drive by during evening hours to view the building in all its night-lit splendor. Must-visit spots include: Mission Santa Barbara with its distinctive twin bell towers (pictured above)—the widely proclaimed Queen of California’s missions has been beautifully maintained (www.santabarbaramission.org); the Santa Barbara Zoo— large enough to display some truly impressive animal enclosures, but small enough to explore in a day or less especially with young children (www.santabarbarazoo.org); and the Botanic Garden—65 acres of native California fauna that invites exploration (www. sbbg.org). Other recommended options, depending on interest, include the highly regarded Museum of Art in downtown Santa Barbara (www.sbmuseart.org); the Maritime Museum at the harbor (www.sbmm.org); enticing yesteryear tours of Casa del Herrero and Lotusland, two notable estates and gardens in the upscale www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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Where to stay: The Eagle Inn, within a block of the

beach, is a hidden jewel. This small, tastefully decorated boutique property, with thirty-one rooms, exudes a sense of welcome and joie de vivre. Accommodations are superb, especially the newer rooms located to the rear of the property (www.theeagleinn.com). If you prefer a Bed and Breakfast, look no further than the Cheshire Cat. The rooms are cozy and comfortable, and Alice in Wonderland aficionados will enjoy tasteful literary references like rooms named Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum, and Mad Hatter (www.cheshirecat.com).   For those who want to stay at one of the finest resorts on the West Coast for a special occasion getaway, the Four Seasons Biltmore is a perfect choice. This grand dame has recently undergone a multimillion dollar renovation thanks to new owner Ty Warner, of Beanie Baby fame. Always a favorite of the premier resorts, it’s hard to believe it could improve, but it has. If your pocketbook can handle the pricey rates, it’s more than worth a stay here (www.fourseasons. com/santabarbara). For those on a tight budget, we’d recommend the

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Cabrillo Inn on East Beach, offering the lowest local rates we could find. Although the rooms are modest, the complimentary breakfasts are unbelievably first-rate, with options like quiche, ham-filled croissants, and banana-nut breads, and the inn boasts beautiful ocean views (www.cabrillo-inn.com).

Where to dine: The culinary scene in Santa Barbara

has choices to satisfy anyone’s price range or ethnic preferences. Here are a few to whet your appetite. Any meal at the Biltmore or the famous celebrity club across the road, the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club, should be on your list. Bouchon, an intimate cafe serving wine country cuisine, is one of the most critically acclaimed restaurants in town and certainly worth a reservation (www.bouchonsantabarbara.com). Downey’s, another critics’ favorite, has been providing memorable dinners and impeccable service for over twenty years, with a focus on organic and local selections. Recent dinners at both Bouchon and Downey’s were flat-out exceptional (www.downeyssb.com). For breakfast, don’t miss the original Sambo’s, a waterfront landmark for over fifty years, and still serving tasty pancakes and complimentary chocolate chip and blueberry muffins (www.sambosrestaurant.com). We also enjoyed dinners at Blue Agave, a locals favorite for nightlife and global JULY 2009

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Fresh Apricot Ripple Ice Cream 1 1/2 cups pureed or mashed fresh apricots 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice 3/4 cup sugar 1 quart vanilla ice cream 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/4 tsp. almond extract Directions Mix puree with lemon juice and sugar. Chill for 30 minutes. Soften ice cream slightly. Whip cream and add flavoring. Mix puree, ice cream, and cream quickly, but not thoroughly—just enough for a ripple effect. Freeze until firm. Serve with additional fresh apricots for a tangy topping. Serves 6-8.

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syrup with 1 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt. Directions Heat waffle iron. Dice apricots. Combine whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, and 1 Tbsp. sugar; set aside. Whisk together buttermilk, egg yolk, vanilla, and oil. Stir into dry ingredients until just moistened. Fold in apricots and pecans. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form; add remaining 2 Tbsp. sugar and continue beating until firm peaks form and egg whites are shiny. Stir ¼ of egg whites into waffle batter. Fold in remaining egg whites. Measure 2/3 cup batter for each waffle. Cook about 4 minutes. Serves 8.

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» One of the first fruits each summer, the growing season is short—just a few months—but the popularity of this 4,000 year-old fruit makes it in high demand. The apricot was originally grown in China but made its way across the Mediterranean and eventually to San Francisco, where the first production of apricots was recorded in the late 1700s.    A source of Vitamin A, the cousin to the peach is most commonly dried, jarred, and jammed. The fruit is enjoyed by the young, as one of the top baby foods, to the old, as apricots can be made into both brandy and wine.


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July weekend, as well as the rest of the summer, is an American tradition. What better way to entertain family and friends and celebrate our country’s heritage than to grill a steak and enjoy it with a glass of red wine? Barbecue is such a distinct way to cook, and the best wine choices are those that compliment the food—big, young, complex, flavorful red wines. If you are concerned that a young red will be too tannic (dry, astringent), keep in mind that tannin is moderated by protein and fat in meat, to the point where you may not even notice it. You are left with all the wonderful, complex flavors of the wine to balance those of your barbecued steak. One other note: it has been medically proven that red wine helps thwart the formation of harmful chemicals released when meat is digested. So, try these great Lodi wines and enjoy!

michael-david 2005 “earthquake” cabernet sauvignon

A color core of purple with garnet accents and good clarity, this Cabernet Sauvignon has wonderful aromas of cherry, smoke, and tobacco, and floral notes. Rich cherry flavors are complimented by mature tannins, a pleasant mouth feel, and a rich finish of cherry and dark chocolate. ($28) www.lodivineyards.com

Klinker Brick 2006 “old Ghost” old Vine Zinfandel

Garnet red in color, this Zinfandel exhibits smoky oak, black pepper, bacon, and jammy fruit aromas. Flavors mimic aromas leading to a long lingering finish of berry jam and spice. ($38) www.klinkerbrickwinery.com

mettler family Vineyards 2005 Petite sirah

This Petite Sirah is a pretty, bright purple with perfect clarity. Aromas of plum, berry, dry earth, and oak accents lead to rich fruit flavors, a pleasant mouth feel, and a finish of berries and spice. ($24) www.mettlerwine.com

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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American Continental Cuisine

magellan’s restaurant, named after owner and executive chef tomas magellan, is much like the small but intimate restaurants found in san francisco. featuring traditional american cuisine, the menu choices range from duck salad to the ever popular, mouth-watering filet mignon. if you are looking for a good traditional meal with peaceful ambiance, seafood specials, and a martini bar to put others to shame, then magellan’s is the place for you. 15 e. 6th st. tracy, (209) 839-2333

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Tracy Thai tracy thai successfully captures the unique and complex flavors thai food is known for. using only fresh, quality ingredients, their food has exceptional presentation, 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 more adventurous tastes, or delicious familiar dishes that are great choices for those who have never experienced thai food before. 1035 central ave. tracy, (209) 833-9703

Bartoni’s at The Great Plate

sitting around the immense copper beer vats in the middle of the dining room floor, beer connoisseurs with a taste for fine dining can enjoy the best of both worlds at lodi beer co. restaurant and brewery, newly opened and located in downtown lodi. With such house specialties as the deep-fried mac and cheese nuggets for starters, to the melt-in-your-mouth prime rib entrée cooked to perfection, this casual fine dining restaurant is the ideal choice for both lunch and dinner. 105 s. school st. lodi, (209) 368-9931

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two of tracy’s favorite establishments are blending into one exciting destination. bartoni’s long list of fans will be excited by his return to downtown tracy. come and enjoy the best of both worlds! all the great plate favorites along with bartoni’s sensations are available in a relaxed dining atmosphere. choose a selection from the extensive wine list to compliment any item. lunch, dinner, and appetizers are available 7 days a week, along with a full bar and 16 beers on tap. fresh pastas, certified angus steaks, gourmet pizzas, famous hot wings, excellent burgers, and so much more! catering is also available. 714 central ave. tracy, (209) 833-0862 www.thegreatplate.com

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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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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 house-made mixes. centrale kitchen and bar is located on the south end of the “miracle mile” and is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. 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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since 1990, ernie’s has provided the stockton area with fresh local goods, prepared by well-trained chefs. featuring fresh salads, made-to-order manila clam chowder, steaks and fish selections from the grill, pasta and sautés, plus daily specials, the menu has something for everyone. a full bar, including a wine list of 200 california Wines, will add to your dining choices. find out why ernie’s was voted #1 for fine dining in the area.

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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.

de Vega brothers restaurant offers the romance and warmth of a picnic on a tuscan hillside, any night of the week. specializing in a cuisine that celebrates life and culture through flavor, they are a local favorite in manteca and now in stockton. their menu offers mostly delectable italian staples—caesar salad, veal saltimbocca, tiramisu, cappuccino—but adds lunch menu options like the teriyaki chicken sandwich and the de Vega burger to ensure that all their guests are satisfied.

296 lincoln center stockton, (209) 951-3311

comida refinada – giving mexican food the elegance it deserves. With a menu that ranges from central mexico to the Yucatan coastal region, we’ve added a modern day touch to recipes from the kitchens of historic mexico. We eliminated all common dishes created in typical u.s. mexican restaurants and held to the mexico tradition of baking our food instead of frying it. our food is plated for sharing with family or you can make friends at our always lively communal table. We have revolutionized margaritas by using only the three most natural ingredients: agave nectar, limes, and 100% agave tequila. looking for something fun to do? Join us for one of our upcoming events. 307 s. lower sacramento road, lodi (209) 334-1519 www.rev1910.com

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Habañero Hots

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

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

Located in a building that dates back to the 1890s, and decorated to preserve its Victorianera 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.

Mikasa Japanese Bistro

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.

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

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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!

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

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 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.

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 is a perfect choice for a dinner-and-a-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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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.

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WOW WHAT A RUN IT HAS BEEN! I would like to thank God in everything and for everything, my wife Elisa, and family Christopher, Gabriela, and Elijah. my parents Marciano and Bertha del Castillo, and my extended family. Thank you to the people of San Joaquin County for responding to our concept of authentic And refined mexican food. Special thanks to Sigi our chef, Christian Lara our bar manager and the honest, hard working, kind hearted staff at rev 1910. SPECIAL RECOGNITION prayer and dedication / Pastor Perry Kallis business consulting / Ernesto Jimenez restaurant build out / Grant Tillery legal consultation / Jonathan McGladdery incredible paintings / Betty del Castillo, web site and development / Jamie Weisz and Andres Quiroz. Viva La Revolución! Javier del Castillo revolución 1910

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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 handpainted 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

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The Delicious Dozen Lodi celebrates its Top 12 Zinfandels For all the “must have” or “best” lists out there, making it as one of wine country’s “tops” is certainly something to celebrate. Like San Francisco does sourdough or the coast does seafood, Lodi does Zinfandels, and it’s tough not to get excited about being named one of Lodi’s Top 12 Zins. As one of the top Zinfandel producing areas in the country, twelve Lodi Zins were selected in a blind tasting by seven of the wine world’s top connoisseurs. While nearly 50 wines were put to the test, it was a selection of 2005 to 2007 wines that made the cut, ranging from $7 to $59. Packaged as a unit and sent to the leading wine writers in the nation, the Lodi Woodbridge Winegrape Commission’s goal is to promote and educate about our up-and-coming wine region. If you want to get your hands on one of these select cases, move quickly—a limited number will be released to the public through the Lodi Wine and Visitor Center. More information can be found at www.lodiwine.com. —Jeremy Fletcher

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.

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28 S. School St., (209) 369-0470, www.rosewoodbarandgrill.com. Full bar. Open for dinner. $$-$$$

A favorite among guests that enjoy fine dining, Rosewood Bar and Grill is an upbeat and sophisticated 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. 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

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2505 W. Turner Rd., (209) 334-6988, www.winerose.com. Full bar. Open for 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

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The Winners Bargetto Winery 2007 Old Vine Zinfandel ($19) Eola Hills 2007 Zinfandel ($12) Harney Lane 2006 “Lizzie James Vineyard” Zinfandel ($28) Laurel Glen 2007 “!ZaZin” Zinfandel ($17) m2 2007 “Soucie Vineyard” Zinfandel ($28) m2 2007 “Artist Series” Zinfandel ($35) Macchia 2007 “Oblivious” Zinfandel ($24) Mettler Family Vineyards 2006 “Epicenter” Zinfandel ($19) Michael-David 2006 Gluttony Zinfandel ($59) Oak Ridge Winery 2005 “OZV” Zinfandel ($15) Talus 2007 Zinfandel ($7) VanRuiten Family Winery 2007 Zinfandel ($22)

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.


share a bottle of locally-made wine and, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re brave enough, kick off your dinner by sharing an appetizer of sautĂŠed 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? Finleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also caters small, intimate weddings in their spacious garden.

Isadoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant 680 N. Main St., (209) 825-4300, www.isadores.com. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$$-$$$$

Isadoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is anything but humble: the kitchen is outof-this-world, and they know it. In fact, if you happen to inquire, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll gladly tell you which items on the menu youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sure to fall in love with. Locals swear by the quality of the seafood and made-to-order pasta selections. Though thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no official childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menu, the kitchen will gladly whip up a pint-sized meal for your munchkins, as well as accommodate any other special requests. Finally, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be shyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;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.

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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.

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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Martini Mood Hourâ&#x20AC;? 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. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

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

1563 E. Fremont St., (209) 948-6609, www.angelinas.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

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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Add in summer fruits for refreshing cocktails Summer cocktails are enjoyable all on their own, but once you add fresh, in-season fruits, the deal is sealed. All you need to make fresh fruit cocktails at home is a muddler (or a pestle, or even just a spoon). Muddling the fruit is as simple as pressing it firmly into the bottom of the glass before you add the rest of the drink’s ingredients. You don’t need to crush or pound the fruit; just press it into the glass. Add your ingredients to taste, and your alcohol of choice (or not) and you’ve got a summer drink to savor. —Jamie Menaker Cherry Refresh 1.5 oz. SKYY Infusions Cherry vodka 3 muddled fresh raspberries Squeeze of fresh lime wedge 3 oz. ginger ale ¼ oz. simple syrup

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CEntrale Kitchen and bar

2301 Pacific Avenue, (209) 941-0094. Full bar. Open for dinner. $$-$$$

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

In business for twenty-four years, the Back Bay is the place for couples and friends to go for casual yet intimate dining in Stockton. The white tablecloth draped tables, nauticalthemed watercolors and oil paintings, create a sophisticated atmosphere and provide an elegant backdrop for the restaurant’s signature prime rib, seafood, lamb, and veal dishes. Friday and Saturday nights, enjoy live piano music from the bar.

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 house-made mixes. Centrale Kitchen and Bar is located on the south end of the Miracle Mile.

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. $$-$$$

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

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

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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 CaliforniaStyle 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

RESTAURANT GUIDE 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 standard crust? Indoors or out on the patio? One of David’s twelve specialty pizzas or one of your own creations? We know sports-lovers love the pizzeria because it combines some of their favorite things: great pizza, beer, fellow fans, and the big game televised on the many 46-inch flat screen televisions hung in both locations. Whatever their reasoning for coming back, repeat customers can be found enjoying David’s New York Style Pizza seven days a week.

De Vega Brothers 2819 W. March Lane, Ste. A1, (209) 957-3839, 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.

De Vinci’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 don’t bring a hungry crowd and expect to find a table big enough—this place is best for takeout 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 that’s grilled daily on the patio, you can’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 don’t accept reservations, you’ll soon find that it’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 1457 E. Mariposa Rd., (209) 467-1529. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$$-$$$$

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, it’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

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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.

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 madeto-order fresh Manila clam chowder. Take your time while perusing the extensive wine list—it’s over one hundred fifty wines long.

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Le Bistro 3121 W. Benjamin Holt Dr., (209) 951-0885, www.lebistrostockton.com. Full bar. Open for dinner. $$$$

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 everevolving 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.

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 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 offpremises dining with their outstanding catering services. Papapavlo’s is open Sunday-Thursday 11am to 9pm, Friday and Saturday 11am to 10pm.

Paragary’s Bar and Grill 110 El Dorado St., (209) 943-1110 www.paragarys.com Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

Located at the downtown Stockton Waterfront area, Paragary’s Bar and Grill is a destination in itself. The menu is full of simple American fare with all the right ingredients taken straight from our own Central Valley. The contemporary eatery also features a classic kids menu and surprisingly inexpensive happy hour specials in addition to their lunch, dinner, and dessert offerings. The Stockton location is part of the Sacramento-based Paragary Restaurant Group, but with tasty offerings like these, we don’t mind sharing.

The Shadow Oaks Steakhouse 7555 Pacific Ave. (209) 477-5547. Full bar. Open for dinner. $$-$$$$

If you’re looking for a place that knows it’s steak, Shadow Oaks is the spot. Known for its Kobe beef and Porter House steaks, the Prime Rib, lamb, and veal aren’t the only thing made to perfection at this local restaurant. With pasta, seafood, and salads on the menu as well you’re bound to find something 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 it’ssophisticated interior, beautiful bar, and live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, this casual restaurant offers fine dining without the pomp and circumstance.

Stockton Joe’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 hearthealthy options. Stockton Joe’s frequently plays host to a variety of musicians and local artists who entertain diners relaxing in the restaurant’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 Joe’s is a local feature not to be missed. Taste of Brittany 2041 Pacific Ave. (209) 946-9494 www.tasteofbrittany.com Full bar. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. $-$$

Owner Daniel Peron and Executive Chef Christopher Freeman create the most authentic classic French cuisine in the Valley. Dishes range from savory crepes made out of buckwheat flour and filled with beef bourguignon, chicken Chardonnay, or smoked salmon, to a variety of omelets made on the griddle, pancakes, and, of course, sweet dessert crepes. Sunday Champagne Brunch is also a winner, and at nighttime, try dishes like Oysters Rockefeller, grilled rack of lamb, filet mignon with wild mushrooms and cherry demi-glaze sauce, and crispy skin seabass with sunchoke puree. Taste of Brittany also has banquet facilities and provides full catering services for any event—“Beyond the Bayou” catering serves French and southern-influenced food from New Orleans’ French Quarter. 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 10447 E. Waterloo Rd., (209) 931-4019 www.thewaterloo.com. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

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Yasoo Yani 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. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be intimidated by the Greek side of the menu or the local luminariesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;souvlaki is simply the Grecian version of shish kebab, served on pita bread, and at Yasoo Yani, everyone gets the same fine family service. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even get us started on the honey-drenched baklava for dessert.

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Diamond Ice celebrates summer! well as main dishes like chicken picatta and the restaurant’s freshly made soups, pastas, and sauces are handmade from old world family recipes. Don’t skip the dessert; the assorted selections will keep you coming back for more. Magellan’s 15 E. 6th St., (209) 839-2333, www.magellansworldcuisine.com. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$$-$$$$

Magellan’s Restaurant, named after owner and Executive Chef Thomas Magellan, is much like the small, intimate restaurants found in San Francisco. Featuring American Continental cuisine, the menu choices range from duck salad to their salmon burger to the ever popular, delectable filet mignon. The menu changes seasonally and the high level of noise found in some restaurants is not to be found here. If you are looking for a good traditional meal with peaceful ambiance, seafood specials, and a martini bar to put others to shame, then Magellan’s is the place. Primrose Lane II, Tea and Crumpets 47 W. 10th St., (209) 830-0175 www.primroselane2.com Wine and beer. Open for lunch, Saturday breakfast and dinner. $

Known for its traditional high tea, Primrose Lane II Tea & Crumpets offers a three-tier tray filled with scrumptious scones endorsed by Kathy Griffin, savory snacks, cheese and crackers, fruit, finger sandwiches, and delectable mini-desserts, along with your choice of more than forty different tea varieties and homemade soups and salads. Enjoy lunch or a traditional meal seven days a week. The tea room hosts private and themed parties, and has a complete catering menu for parties of any size. Primrose Lane II Tea & Crumpets is truly a unique tea room filled with eclectic décor, unique tea blends and flavorful foods, all of which are perfect for that special occasion or to simply chat with close friends. Thai Café 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

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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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entertainment, food, and regional wine, to the West

trolley transportation, several drinks and appetizers,

Coast’s best barbecue eats. In addition to sampling

cover charge into at least ten bars and restaurants,

cuisine from local eateries, for the first time over

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Celebrate America Festival July 2, Lodi This long-standing community event has become tradition—bring your family and a picnic dinner to the west lawn at Hutchins Street Square to enjoy the patriotic sights and sounds of the Lodi Community Band and other special guests. Don’t forget to dress in red, white, and blue. 6 p.m. Free. Hutchins Street Square, West Lawn, Lodi, (209) 333-6782, www.hutchinsstreetsquare.com

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TIDEWATER ART CENTER AND GALLERY

The Tidewater Art Center and Gallery is an artists’ cooperative in downtown Stockton offering the community a wide variety of fine art. Established in 2000, Tidewater boasts 22 member artists, several consignment artists, and a 15member Board of Directors. The Tidewater Gallery has been consistently voted “Best in San Joaquin” in The Record’s annual poll for the past seven years. At last year’s Stockton Arts Commission Awards Gala, the Tidewater Gallery received the “Mayor’s Award” for its contributions to the community.   Exhibits featuring member artists and guest artists change monthly, with a wine and hors d’oeuvres “Meet the Artist” reception hosted every second Friday, 5-8 p.m. Artists offer a variety of unique fine art including paintings, prints, photography, jewelry, art glass, ceramics, metal sculpture, and unique cards.   Through July, the Tidewater will feature the fifth annual San Joaquin Potters Guild exhibit. This year’s show is a juried exhibition judged by established Northern

California artists Tom Collins and Bruno Kark, and promises to be a breathtaking showcase of many of Northern California’s top talents in the ceramic arts.   The gallery exists on community support through “Friends of the Gallery” donations and fundraisers, including the widely-acclaimed annual Souper Supper and Auction in February. On Saturday, August 29, Tidewater will host its summer fundraiser, “A Taste of Art and Wine,” at the beautiful Brookside home of Dr. Harjit Sud. In addition to tastings of premium wines accompanied by hearty hors d’oeuvres, this year’s event features a totally new element, “Art by the Yard.”      Guests will have the opportunity to bid for positions to select their section of choice from a 6’x40’ canvas created by Tidewater and other local artists. Selected pieces will be paid for by the inch. This project will be a work in progress at the gallery in the weeks leading up to the event. Come and see the progress!   The Tidewater Art Center and Gallery is located directly across the street from the County Courthouse at 223 E. Weber Avenue. Regular weekday hours are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Through July: 5th Annual San Joaquin Potters Guild Exhibit A juried exhibition featuring a breathtaking showcase of many of Northern California’s top talents in ceramic arts. Wine and hors d’oeuvres reception open to the public in conjunction with the downtown art walk. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Reception: July 10, 5-8 p.m. Tidewater Gallery, Stockton, (209) 463-4033 July 9-30: Street Photography: Stockton Photographer Ilona Sturm presents her work along with fifteen youth from San Joaquin Delta Kids College. This culmintating exhibition is based on a two-week Street Photography Workshop, where students and the instructor photographed the City of Stockton and Delta College campus. Funded by the Stockton Arts Commission. Gallery Hours: Tues. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Wed.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.1 p.m. Reception: July 9, 5-7 p.m. Free and open to the public. LH Horton Jr Gallery, Delta College, Stockton, (209) 954-5507 July 10, 18, 24: Impossible Marriage July 11, 17, 25: Nine Parts of Desire Enjoy on-stage works at Delta College. Studio Theatre, Delta Center for the Arts, Delta College, Stockton, (209) 954-5110 Through August 22: Rough Sawn: Paintings of Historic Barns Barns are a symbol of the agricultural heritage of California’s Central Valley; the barns in “Rough Sawn” are at least 80 years old. The Knowlton Gallery teamed with the San Joaquin County Historical Society & Museum to scout and record barns of the Central California region; in paint and through oral interviews. The paintings will be primarily plein air works. Artists include Carolyn Lord, Kim Lordier, Kathleen Dunphy, Gil Dellinger, Chella, Janette Jones, Ann McMillan, Clark Mitchell, Marilyn Eger, Lucinda Kasser, and many others, working in pastel, oil, acrylic and watercolor. Gallery Hours: Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment. Knowlton Gallery, Lodi, (209) 368-5123 August 29: Save the Date on “A Taste of Art and Wine” Tidewater Art Gallery’s summer fundraiser. Tastings of premium wines accompanied by hearty hors d’oevres, and an “Art by the Yard” auction of sections of a 6’x40’ canvas created by Tidewater and other local artists. 5-7 p.m. Call to reserve your spot. Tidewater Gallery, Stockton, (209) 463-4033

For more information: Tidewater Art Center and Gallery, 223 E. Weber Ave., Stockton, (209) 463-4033, www.tidewaterartgallery.com

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SPIRIT OF SAN JOAQUIN

PHOTO CONTEST

San Joaquin Magazine is pleased to announce our Spirit of San Joaquin Photo Contest! San Joaquin readers and professional photographers are invited to submit their special photos depicting the life and sights of San Joaquin!

Il o na St ur m Boys with a Bike, Jodhpur, India

Street Photography: Stockton LH HORTON JR GALLERY • JULY 9 – 30, 2009 San Joaquin Delta College

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Winning entries will be featured in our October issue of San Joaquin Magazine. Enter your photos of people, places,

animals and other things that show the spirit of San Joaquin! Get out your camera, grab your friends and family and show us what you think is great about San Joaquin! Prizes include gift certificates for local restaurants. Professional photographers could win a free ad in San Joaquin Magazine or one of our other publications! Novice Photographers can win Dinner on Us!

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