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Spend your time where you want to be... Short on time? No problem. Technology today is changing our everyday lives. Many people, however, aren’t aware that technology is also impacting dentistry in new and exciting ways. Cutting-edge innovations in dental instruments are requiring less time in the dental chair. Trips to the dentist are becoming less and less fearful, thanks to high-technology in dentistry. Our office is making these visits even easier and more convenient with technology that repairs damaged teeth in one appointment. We are pleased to offer our patients CEREC restoration services—a superior method of creating precisely designed, color-matched and highly durable ceramic restorations. From simple fillings to full crowns to veneers, CEREC delivers the results you need in one appointment.

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Creating beautiful smiles inside and out! At Wheeler Orthodontics our #1 goal is to provide the highest quality orthodontic care in a family-based, high-technology practice. We offer a unique orthodontic experience that is fun, affordable, interactive, and effective. We maintain the most advanced procedures and equipment available, including digital radiography, digital photography, and advanced computer graphics, to ensure that every patient achieves a healthy and beautiful smile.

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CONTENTS JULY 2017

Features AT 51 CREATIONS 32 BELOW

Have you heard about the over-the-top ice cream shop in Stockton that is sweeping social media? Learn more about the young family behind House of Ice Cream—their colorful creations, their hope for the community, and the obstacles they’ve overcome. By Copper Williams

With summer’s return, the farmers markets are back up in abundance, offering fresh produce straight from the fields. And honestly? What could taste sweeter? Join us as we delve into the famous fruits of our valley, ripe and ready for the harvest! We promise you won’t be “blue”berry about such peachy choices! So, prepare to turn that sour-grape frown right around! We’ve got a watermelon of a whopper-story waiting for you. By Copper Williams

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You voted and we listened! Our 11th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards are back to rep your favorites, with more than 100 new reasons to celebrate. By SJ Editorial Staff

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WINESCAPE: LIVERMORE VALLEY

While Lodi is one of California’s leading wine regions, we’ve scooted off to the Livermore Valley to trade our coveted glasses of award-winning zinfandel for other red varietals prominent in this AVA, most notably the relatively obscure petite sirah that thrives here. With an array of places to sip, see, and indulge, it’s the perfect locale to ignite the senses. By Nora Heston Tarte

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CONTENTS Hooked on Harney Lane

JULY 2017

Departments 36 PUBLISHER’S NOTE 51 UPFRONTS

Full More Riders, Gardening in Tight Spaces, Zap Zone, July Sparklers, Travel Down the Delta, and more!

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Travel Down the Delta

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The Connoisseurs of the Ocean

164 ALL BOTTLED UP Beyond the Bouquet

166 OFF THE VINE

Hooked On Harney Lane

172 CRAVINGS The Best of Craft Cocktails SEASON 174 IN Summer Dishes

187 AGENDA What’s Happening Around the County This Month

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publisher’s note

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LET US GUIDE YOU A staff favorite, July’s edition is near and dear to our hearts for a bunch of reasons. We get to hear directly from thousands of

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. – Eleanor Roosevelt

readers and community members, we enjoy the buzz as businesses promote Best Of voting, and we get to shine light and pass out crowns with big hearts and hands sore from applauding. In March of every year, our SJ staff eagerly meets to review the current ballot and consider new categories based on popular demand and community growth. And each year our categories expand, and the number of votes increases by hundreds. Now in its 11th year, Best Of is here once again, serving as a voice of the people. As a consumer, nothing beats finding your favorite hair stylist or spa, or doctor or boutique. It’s like a special present, knowing and appreciating talent and quality work, raving to friends, “She’s the BEST around!” And as a business owner, being on the other side of that scenario couldn’t be sweeter. It’s for this multifunctional reason that Best Of is such a great way to share and celebrate. And at a whopping 180+ pages, this edition celebrates further, with winner takeovers gracing many of our standard, monthly pages (209 Upfronts and Food & Wine). Summer’s always a whirlwind for us, with three months jam packed with our biggest editions and annual magazines—City Guide, Wine Dine 209, and Fall/Winter Weddings Magazine. Sprinkle in a few welldeserved trips, my wife and daughter’s birthday, my anniversary, and summer is almost over. As I was reviewing this magazine for print, the editorial was a needed reminder to stop and smell the local roses this season, with a bunch of free concerts and cookouts and outdoor opportunities. Thanks, ed. staff—I needed that! Because quirky is kind of my thing, next weekend I’ve made plans to venture off the beaten path, with Lindsey as my guide, for a few unique stops along Delta waters (check out the Travel Down the Delta article). Can’t beat uncharted territory close to home. I hope this issue kicks your summer up a notch and adds a few “todo’s” to your bucket list. We had a blast creating it, and are always stoked by your involvement and excitement. It’s a pleasure!

Thanks for reading Tony Zoccoli, Publisher/Editor

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LAST THOUGHTS WRANGLE IN THE KIDS

And speaking of getting out, our latest edition of San Joaquin Parents is here to help you out with those who are out of school and dying of boredom. Take a family getaway to our favorite city by the bay, or catch fireworks throughout San Joaquin for the 4th of July! Maybe this year it’s finally time to teach the kids how to hit the water? Take our advice on how to swim safely.

HOME SWEET HOME

It’s pretty hard to believe, but we’re already gearing up for some renovations in the house. And what better time to get some great tips! Our At Home magazine is hitting the shelves this August, and we’ve packed it full of the latest trends and housing décor, so you’ll never be out of tips for taking that kitchen up a few notches, or bringing peace and Feng Shui into the family room.


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It’s hardly noon, and already triple digit weather is well on its way. The window sign hasn’t been flipped, but customers are waltzing up to the shop, their eyes pouring over large signs describing ice cream concoctions found nowhere else in San Joaquin.   Owners Aminda and Roderick Tyler open their door wide, and two girls are the first to enter. They’re already exclaiming about the Instagram shots they’d seen of the place, but truth be told? Nothing, but a personal encounter with House of Ice Cream’s many artistic chilled treats will do.

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   “It all started at my parent’s donut shop,” Aminda begins. There, she and Rodrick worked as they pursued business degrees at Delta College. For the couple, it was harmless fun at first—creating zany donuts and posting them up on Facebook and Instagram. But soon, those very donuts and their savvy social media skills landed the duo a spot on Good Day Sacramento. After some serious heart to heart chats, they decided it was time to start their 52

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own business, something they’d dreamed of.    “We knew we wanted to work with food, and particularly ice cream,” Roderick explains. And when inspiration struck during an episode of House of Cards, the couple went straight to work. “I made the logo that very night. We created an Instagram, Facebook, and the next day we started looking for a location,” he says.    But, much like the portside city they’d hoped to open their shop in, the

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couple was treated like the underdog. “Nobody wanted to give us a location,” says Roderick. “We were this close to not doing it.” But even with the cards stacked against them, Aminda and Roderick prevailed, celebrating their first year of business in May.   And how could they not? Ice cream filled donuts were only the beginning. Now, the couple offers waffles and conchas (Mexican sweet rolls) as the outer shell for a delectable ice cream sandwich. And the crazy milkshake truly lives up to its name, mixed with your favorite flavor and served in a glass mason jar you’re free to take home, topped with a scoop of ice cream, a glazed old fashioned doughnut, and a topping of your choice.   But House of Ice Cream has become more than just a tasty retreat from the heat. It’s a beacon for many in the community—as Roderick and Aminda, only in their early 20’s, push for the success and growth of both their city and

employees. With the hope that their success spills over and into the minds of Stockton’s youth, the couple encourages their staff to follow their dreams. “They need role models to look up to,” Aminda states. Roderick adds that, “...instead of drug dealers and gang bangers, kids need to see positive role models that have nice things because they’ve worked hard. People that can still catch their eye, because they’ve made it.”    The owners behind House of Ice Cream continue to strive for bigger and better goals, and are considering opening a second shop in San Joaquin. And after that? The world is their oyster. But at the end of the day, Aminda says that there’s always one thing she looks forward to most. “Seeing our customers happy with their treat.” GRAB A BITE WITH: HOUSE OF ICE CREAM 947 N. El Dorado St., Stockton (209) 271-7888, HouseOfIceCream.net


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SOUNDS of SUMMER  BY FAITH LEWIS

Incendio // JULY 8 Known for their Latin flair, and harnessing elements that range from bluegrass to Celtic, this Los Angeles based band pushes the boundaries of genre. Lucca Winery is the perfect venue for Incendio, and proceeds of the summer concert series benefit Red Tie Arts, an organization that assists aspiring young artists in pursuit of their dreams. Lucca Winery, Ripon, (209) 761-5553

Bump Music Festival //JULY 29 Break out your best neon outfit and get ready to dance the night away. With a lineup of popular local DJs, and international electronic artists who have never performed in the Central Valley, this 18 and up music fes54

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tival draws crowds from across the state and nation. And if you find yourself in need of a break from dancing, head across the event center to Autofest. Weber Point Events Center, Stockton, BumpFestivals.com

Kenny Metcalf & the Early Years // AUGUST 11 The only Elton John tribute performer with endorsements from Mark Cuban, Ryan Seacrest, and Caleb Quaye is coming to Stockton. Known for booking some of California’s best musical acts, StoneCreek’s free admission summer concert series will bring the rock this summer! (209) 474-1634, StoneCreek Village, Stockton

Whiskey Dawn AUGUST 19 Don’t forget your lawn chairs and picnic blankets for this

Summer seems to be an integral part of Californians’ DNA, so much so that everything moves outdoors for the season. Lunch transforms into a picnic, exercise is taken outside, and the sky is the limit for summer concerts. From hometown hits to record winning bands, these outdoor concerts will have your toes tappin’ as it breathes fresh air into your California soul.

evening of country music and wine. Whiskey Dawn has made a name for themselves with their covers of popular new and classic country songs. Make a night of it and scoop up one of the winery’s camping spots. Jessie’s Grove Winery, Lodi, (209) 368-0880

Reggae on the Delta // AUGUST 26 This long-standing summer tradition is returning to Stockton for a 26th year, better than ever. Located along the beautiful San Joaquin River—and now featuring more performers than ever before—Reggae on the Delta brings the best of the Caribbean to Stockton. Lose yourself in the music and traditional Caribbean flavors. Stockton Sailing Club, Stockton, (209) 474-2100


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Full MOON RIDERS

 BY LINDSEY RODRIAN

There are plenty of ways to explore our Port Side City, and Downtown Stockton Alliance invites you to hit the streets with fellow bicyclists under the full moon. Full Moon Riders was first launched in July 2015, under the guidance of DSA’s Chief Operating Officer, Cindy Fargo. “We thought it’d give an opportunity to experience downtown in a new way,” explains Sylwia Walls, DSA’s Communications and Graphics Manager.    And the response was strong. After putting a call out to the community, the first event brought in over 100 people. “We honestly expected 25 people or so,” Sylwia admits. “But, that first event let us know that we hit our target, and that this is what the community wants and needs.”    Now in its third season, Full Moon Riders works with local organizations—The HUB, Performance Bicycle Stockton, Robby’s Bikes, Road Finch, and San Joaquin Bicycle Coalition—to create six different routes and events throughout the season (the event runs from May to October each year from 6-8 PM). Each organization adopts a specific date, plans and guides attendees through their unique route, and chooses a Stockton restaurant for post ride enjoyment. “Participating restaurants bring another element to the event,” Sylwia adds. “It offers a fun place to hang out after the ride, eat a meal, and really make new friends…It’s all about building a positive community.”    So, how do you get in on the fun? If you know how to ride a bike, you’re in. And if you’d like to tow your toddler or fur baby along for the ride, DSA is cool with that, too. “We say the event is for everyone ages 8-80,” Sylwia giggles. Add to the fun and

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light up your bike with glow sticks or other decorations. And of course, check in on event themes throughout the season, because who wants to miss out on a chance to dress up?!   The event is free to the public, but DSA asks participants to bring their own bike and helmet—and that adults register prior to the event for proper head count (plus, registration gets you get a free T-Shirt!) The registration booth can be found in front of the Downtown Movie Theatre, 45 minutes prior to each ride. Riders are then divided into groups that fit their pace and skill level for the hour-long, 4-5-mile ride.   “Our downtown is actually one of the bigger downtowns in the nation,” Sylwia explains. “We have 170 blocks, and because of the water, Stockton has an elongated shape. So riding through downtown from east to west is quite a distance, and half of it is along the water, which makes for a beautiful, scenic experience.”


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MAKE GARDENING WORK IN SMALL QUARTERS  BY EMILY LUDOLF

SUMMER EVENTS UNDERSTANDING PESTICIDES

JULY 8 & 25 10:30 AM – Noon Robert J Cabral Ag Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton Join the UCCE Master Gardeners of San Joaquin County for talks focused on garden pest control. Find out how to manage pests and prevent them from eating your plants.

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Just because you live in a small place, doesn’t mean that you can’t bring in a taste of nature. In fact, adding a splash of green to your small outdoor space can make it feel bigger. Get the most out of your close quarters by carefully selecting what, and how, you want to grow.

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Dwarf fruit trees are the perfect space saving solution. Although you can get dwarf fruit trees that produce almost every fruit imaginable, choose one that thrives in your area—like a citrus—that serves many purposes. Varieties like dwarf Meyer Lemon and Kaffir Lime love to grow in pots and are particularly fragrant.

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A window box doesn’t take up floor space, and is perfect for growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Plant strawberries in the summer months, when the golden California sun ripens them perfectly! And munch sweet morsels straight from the plant.

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Vertical garden walls are all the rage right now. And you can easily achieve this look—created by garden designers—with wooden pallets. Flip the pallet on its side and fill the interior space with soil. Or, buy ready-made fabric planters that can hang from

a fence. Flowering vines are a particularly easy way to create a living wall, especially in sunny California. Simply make a wooden frame for the wall, and then stretch wires across it. The vines will do the rest.

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Roses love to grow in pots, making them perfect for small patios or rooftops. They are also an excellent choice when considering aesthetics, due to their fragrant aroma and long flowering season that lasts through the summer. Roses love the sun, so make sure to place them in a spot that receives at least 5 to 6 hours of sunlight a day.

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Make paths or intimate areas in your small garden by arranging pots in clusters or lines. More pots can mean more varieties of plants, as you can customize their individual soil and sunlight needs. But if you’re especially pressed for space and can fit only a few pots, create stunning arrangments by combing different plants that have similar needs.


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SPARKLERS It’s time to reach for the sparklers this 4th of July! Wait- No! Not those ones! We’re talking about the exquisitely balanced bubbly that’s become famous across our appellation! Enjoy a few of our favorites, and leave the fireworks show to the experts. Trust us, you won’t mind!

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For more than 50 years, the enchanted wonderland switches gears to become a winter wonderland in July. Visit with Santa, enjoy holiday decorations, and even get an early Christmas gift (for children ages 12 and under)! Park admission gets you in on all the festivities, and of course, all Pixie Woods rides and attractions.

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Morning Camps for children ages 5-12 are back in action, offering two separate themed weeks this summer. Super Heroes to the Rescue— running from 8 AM – Noon from July 10-14—features superhero treasure hunts, identities and storytelling, special guest presentations from local community heroes, art opportunities, and water play adventures! Register today, and mark your calendar for next year’s camps!

BATTLE IT OUT, or BOND! Zap Zone in Stockton offers it all Is your brood ready to brawl by mid summer break? Is your work fam wound too tight? Let it out as you duck and weave through 6,200 square feet of playing space at Zap Zone—a two story, state of the art laser tag center in Stockton. Suit up under the black light and choose from different game modes that include base mode, free for all, and others. Whether you’re looking to

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team up or standoff—everyone will be laughing in the end—with three sessions for under $20! There’s beer, food, and sports’ games, too. Enjoy five drinks on tap, including hard cider, IPA, Blue Moon, Coors Light, and Corona while you munch on chicken baskets, fries, hot dogs and nachos. Or, make a pizza party out of it, and order Mountain Mikes delivery. The family owned and operated business, voted ‘Best Of’ since its inception, continues to offer many Birthday Party, Field Trip, and Fund Raiser Packages and is bringing back All Night Lock-In Tournaments, this summer! From Midnight to 7

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Healthy living is right at home at River Islands. Walkable neighborhoods, sports fields, lakes and parks make active recreation easy and convenient.

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Sure, we know and love the Delta, but what about the one-off towns that live along its waters? Explore their unique quirks and nationally-known establishments for an off-the-beaten-path adventure.

EAT DINNER AT GIUSTI’S

For over 100 years, this unique restaurant has served as a hunter and fisherman’s paradise along the Delta. Serving mostly Italian cuisine, the establishment offers lunch and dinner (with most produce sourced from Morais Family Organic Farms), a full bar, and beloved weekly specials like the two-for-one lobster dinner on Wednesdays, and Pizza Tuesday. Guy Fieri stopped by on an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives to try out their famous Minestrone Soup and Lamb Shanks with Polenta.   The original building is bursting with character, as owners joke that, “Some may think of us as an eyesore, but to many, Giusti’s is a ‘visual feast’ for the eyes.” The notorious hat-covered ceiling that welcomes you as you enter the bar began in the 80s as bartender, Mark II, began collecting caps left behind at closing time. A slow night inspired him to hang them from the ceiling, and the tradition grew as customers requested their own hats to be hung. 14743 Walnut Grove-Thornton Rd., Walnut Grove, (916) 776-1808, Giustis.com

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WIN IT BIG AT ROGELIO’S DINE & SLEEP INN

Check out the super-cute town of Isleton, located in Sacramento County, as you make your way down the Delta. Rogelio’s is a town gem, known for its Old West-style casino and river-side location. Stop in on Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 5:30 PM for poker tournaments, Texas Hold-Em, cash games, and Black Jack. Receive $100 in chips for only $70 when you play for a 3-hour period (or lose all your chips). Of course, we want you to hit it big, but if lady luck isn’t on your side this time, eat and drink your sorrows away at the restaurant and cocktail lounge. 34 Main St., Iselton, (916) 777-5878, Rogelios.net

HUNT GHOSTS IN COLLINSVILLE

Back in the day, this little town was booming with fisherman cashing in on Delta waters. Model T’s cruised the Boardwalk in the late 1800s, but by the 50s, commercial fishing in the Delta had slowed—and with it, the town’s livelihood. Today, maybe half a dozen homes are occupied, and roads often flood at high tide. If creepy-cool is your thing, venture through this sleepy town perfect for photo ops (a 2014 fire destroyed almost half of the remaining buildings), and ghost hunts.

EXPERIENCE MIYAZAKI BATH HOUSE & GALLERY

The only functioning historical Japanese Bathhouse in the country is just a stone’s throw from San Joaquin, and a serious must-see. Built in 1915, and restored to its historic usage in 2013, the Osento (bathhouse) boasts a truly unique experience. With private and intimate, beautifully decorated, hot and cool soaking tubs, a steam room, and mediation area—it is a picturesque sensory experience.    Opt for a soak and steam session starting at just $70 for 2 hours (two-person minimum) or, solidify your latest staycation plans and take advantage of their gorgeous, authentic Japanese lodging opportunities that include a soak and steam. 1250 B St., Walnut Grove, (916) 776-4290, MiyazakiBathhouse.com


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With summer’s return, the farmers markets are back up in abundance, offering fresh produce straight from the fields. And honestly? What could taste sweeter? Join us as we delve into the famous fruits of our valley, ripe and ready for the harvest! We promise you won’t be “blue”berry about such peachy choices! So, prepare to turn that sour-grape frown right around! We’ve got a watermelon of a whopper-story waiting for you.

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Blueberry Bestie Raise your hand if you know that the blueberry is, in fact, native to North America! For those who did, put your hand down, you look weird. And for those of you who didn’t, or were too shy to obey a magazine, the blueberry can be traced back to the colonial days and further still, where Native Americans would often use them in a variety of recipes that could last them throughout the winter. The wild blueberry was first domesticated in the early 1900s, and with its newfound ability to be harvested at ease, became a popular crop in states that experienced significantly cooler winters and warm summers.    Since then, the blueberry has become a new choice for planting in San Joaquin, enjoying a local growth spurt in the early 2000s. Chris Cotta, Product Manager at Rhythm & Blueberries, takes pride in offering organic blueberries, selling them at the Lodi Farmers Market. “Since we are organic and direct to consumer, we work with stricter guidelines regarding pest control and regulations,” Chris explains. As it were, people aren’t the only ones interested in taking a bite out of the blueberry market. “We have to deal with birds who love our blueberries, too. Our first crop, we had robins that had trouble flying away because they had gorged themselves!”   Now, nine years later, Chris is fairly certain they’ve smoothed out the kinks in their crops—birds included. “We work to provide an overall healthy ecosystem, one that is inviting to predators who feed on our pests. We have strong, on-site populations of insectivorous birds, birds of prey, and bats.” That’s good news for a company who can haul in as much as 3,000 pounds of blueberries per season. And since each blueberry is lovingly picked by hand, it means finding less pecks on fruit sold at market!

“Personally, I like them sweet, firm, and by the handful. Some people like them to pop!” – Chris Cotta, Rhythm & Blueberries

Table Grapes of Love

Although the grape can trace its roots as far back as the blueberry here in the States, it wasn’t until the 1700s that the grapes we know today were brought over by the Spanish to be raised for wine making in our Mediterranean climate. And it would take another hundred years, or so, for certain gold seekers to realize they could make their fortune in agriculture. Not long after, the table grape was

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Natural Dye!

In the colonial days of America, the blueberry was used to make all-natural dyes and paint.

Nutritional Punch

Blueberries have as much as 25% of your daily recommendation in vitamin C, and manganese per serving.

Masking Benefits

Blueberries are the perfect ingredient for making your own, all-natural face mask! Add some crushed blueberries to plain yogurt, oats, and honey and spread it right over your skin for an exfoliative experience like no other!

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first planted in Californian soil and bulk orders were shipped overseas.    Today, the market is filled with an incredible variety of grapes, wine-making in particular. But our hearts are set on that sweet, crisp bite of the table grape, and so are the folks at Smit Farms, who produce Flame and Crimson seedless, Summer and Autumn Royale, and the green seedless grape Melissa, otherwise known as the Princess. “[Table grapes] really love our soil,” explains Paul Smit, a Managing Member of Smit Farms. “We’re on the outer edge between Linden and Lodi, so it’s a sandy loam, with a little bit of clay.”    Even with the perfect soil, it takes patience

Branching Out

There’s nothing seedy about growing your own grapes. Really! Grapes are not grown from seeds, but instead from cuttings. You’ll want to get a cutting that’s about 18 inches long.

Big Softies

As much as advertising suggests, there’s no such thing as a seedless grape. Grapes have been bred to provide super soft seeds that you can bite right through.

Battle of the Bunch

There are some big differences in wine and table grapes, and a great place to start is their size. Wine grapes are much more compact and offer more juice, while its counterpart is larger and much pulpier. The skin of a wine grape is much thicker, and doesn’t offer the tell-tale crispness that a table grape has when bitten into. And, funny enough, wine grapes have a much higher sugar content, while the table grape has less acidity. Both beautiful in their own ways.

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“The flesh has got to be firm and juicy. You want it sweet, but you don’t want it bland. So, you want a little acidity to it.” – Paul Smit, Smit Farms and tenacity to grow such sublime crops. As harvest season kicks in, someone must always be on watch to ensure that each grape isn’t over-ripening on the vine. “You’ve got to be out there and you’ve got to know when to pick. Depending on the weather pattern, they could ripen very quickly,” Paul says. And an over-ripened grape is a soft grape, whose sugar levels have risen past its prime. “When they’re ready, we go out and cut them. They are not wine grapes; they can’t be harvested by machine.”   When they’re finally plucked, they’re sold nearest to their peak of flavor in local markets, unlike imported grapes. This allows customers to enjoy the grape as it was meant to be; sweet, crisp, and fresh.

Whatta Watermelon

It’s hard to imagine Lodi being anything other than the monumental appellation it stands as today. But when the city was first getting on its feet, agriculturally speaking, the watermelon was the great contender of the 1880s and 90s. With a water table only feet below ground, plants thrived in Lodi’s soil without heavy use of irrigation. Once the table dropped, Lodi lost its grandiose self-proclaimed title of “Watermelon Capital of the World”, and that honorary term headed south with many growers and to the edge of the county along townships like Manteca.

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Veggie in Disguise

It’s easier than ever to eat your vegetables when you learn that the watermelon is one! Although delightfully sweet, the watermelon is a part of the gourd family.

The First Canteen

In the olden days, adventurers would turn to watermelons for a nutritional way to quench their thirst during their travels. Makes sense considering watermelons are composed of 90% water!

All Squared Away

In Japan, watermelons are a highly popular gift to give to a host. And, believe it or not, the square watermelon is considered a delicacy! How do they make such perfectly cubed produce? Simple! While watermelons are growing in the field, certain ones are selected at a young age to be placed in a square container. There, they continue to grow until they’ve perfectly conformed to the cube’s shape! These cubes are made at just the right size to fit into Japanese refrigerators.

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Today, watermelons still make a splash in our southern agricultural region, with local farming families like George Perry & Sons hauling in 3,700 to 4,000 melons per acre. And that’s just an average crop! “We have cool weather from the Carquinez Strait,” explains Art Perry of George Perry & Sons. “Because of that, the fruit actually gets more sugar in it, because the cooling of the evening. There’s something about the cool breezes in this area that makes for a really good watermelon. We’re in the perfect climate.”   The Perry family have continued their legacy of farming in Manteca since the 1920s, and still work the soil where the family first settled near Brunswick Rd. They’re well known for their seedless watermelon, and the mini seedless. For them, advances in irrigation have allowed them to work beyond fields rich in sandy loam, like clay loam, a much denser soil. But even with such advances, these finicky vegetables are still as labor-intensive as ever. “They have to be cut by hand,” says Art. “We use conveyers that we have hooked to tractors. The workers pick the melon up and set it on that conveyer.” These melons are put into containers and sent off to the shed for sizing. Once they’ve been sized, they’re sent off and to a variety of local supermarkets around the region.

Peachy Keen

Speaking of labors of love, the peach is that delectable fruit that requires a fine touch throughout the seasons. Its heritage dates back to ancient China, where smaller, much more sour variations grew wild. Once they were bred into the sweeter, plumper versions we know today, their popularity spread across the world and orchards blossomed up in Mediterranean climates. It’s only natural, then, that we see these beauties growing in California.    One such orchard belongs to the Lucchetti Family, owners of The Fruit Bowl. The youngest son followed in his parent’s footsteps to continue the family’s farming legacy, which began with, of all things, peaches! “I’ve been farming peaches all my life, I guess. This is our 70th year in business and a lot of our varieties are considered heirloom,” says Ralph Lucchetti. “[Peaches] like well-drained soil, preferably anything you’d plant any stone fruit in. We used flood irrigation before we switched to micro jets in the mid 80s.”    Ralph has kept a close eye on his many crops over the years, but the peaches needed a little more looking after this year, considering all the wet weather San Joaquin has had. “Because it’s a wet year, they’re more susceptible to [a number of diseases], especially things like peach curly leaf.” And wet year or not, the trees require a steady hand for pruning. “They naturally overbear, that’s why they’re pruned over-heavily,” Ralph explains. “You have to thin them to get a decent size.”    Every time harvest comes rolling around, the work is always worth the reward. Because Ralph and his wife, Denene, run The Fruit Bowl, customers can enjoy a fresh supply of peaches that have likely been plucked from the tree only hours ago. “We pick it while it’s fresh,” says Ralph. “And we try to sell it that day.” www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

“Ideally, when we pick them ripe, they’re somewhat soft to the touch. When you bite into it, you have a little bit of a crunch, but not too much. Nice, and sweet, and juicy”– Ralph Lucchetti, The Fruit Bowl

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Heart of Stone

Wanna know why peaches are called “stone fruit”? The heart of the peach contains the pit, which surrounds the seed. It’s pretty tough to crack, hence the name.

In Good Time

It takes about three years before a peach tree produces fruit. That’s a quarter of the tree’s average life span.

Don’t Be Clingy!

Did you know there are two major types of peaches? The cling stone, and the free stone. The cling stone keeps a tight grip on the pit and has to be cut off to be removed. The free stone, softer and juicier, is much easier to detach.

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Best of food

FROM BRUNCH TO BAR BITES, AND EVERY ETHNIC EAT IN BETWEEN...

Best Health Food Store

Artesian Natural Foods. Quality products and customer service are the base of every transaction at Artesian Natural Foods. Serving our community for over 40 years, the shop continues to provide clients with a variety of organic, and all-natural snacks, meal substitutions, and nutritional supplements. Count on them to provide local products, gluten-free options, natural beauty products, and essential oils. Stockton, ArtesianNaturalFoods.com

Best SPECIALTY PIZZA Best Indian

Best ITALIAN

Tandoori Nites. Sample the very best of Indian cuisine with recipes that rekindle the true culinary taste of India. Enjoy a rich buffet of flavor in classically and uniquely prepared entrees from the lunch buffet, or choose from the bountiful opportunities on the menu. Relax and unwind with a full bar. Open lunch and dinner. Stockton, TheTandooriNites.com

Pietro’s Trattoria. Italian cuisine runs in the blood for the folks behind every meal at Pietro’s. The perfect stop for a family dinner, or sweet escape for two, the menu offers a boundless array of exceptional Italian dishes, such as the prawns scampi, or eggplant parmigiana. Take advantage of the perfect ambiance to enjoy the wine menu, a cocktail, or get your meal to go for you and your dinner date! Pietro’s also offers private dinning for those special events! Seating can accommodate up to 60 people. Lodi, PietrosLodi.com 94

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David’s New York Style Pizza. Cancel that trip to the Big Apple! Pizza with New York flair is just around the corner! David’s New York Style Pizza offers up pizza pies that are out of this world. Drop in and try the People’s Choice. It’s loaded with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, olives, and sausage. If you want something authentically David’s, go for the David’s Combo, which features pepperoni and salami, Canadian bacon, mushrooms, and linguica, bell peppers, onions, and sausage! Stockton, DavidsPizzas.com

Best Gluten

Free Menu Options

Mezzo. When you’re on the lookout for the latest in dining locales, but need to keep to a restrictive, glutenfree diet, turn your attention to one of San Joaquin’s top venues for incredible cuisine. Mezzo’s extensive menu is marked for your dietary restrictions, allowing you to rest easy with your meal. Choose from specialty plates like the Risotto, or Cioppino, a stew blend of mussels and clams, prawns and crab, fennel, greens, and fish, steeped in a spicy tomato broth. Stockton, MezzoStockton.com

Best Japanese Restaurant CoCoro Japanese Bistro &

Sushi Bar. The iconic Japanese restaurant along the Mile has won the peoples’ hearts! Enjoy a fine variety of sushi, sashimi, and specialty dishes within a spacious, low-lit interior. Dine on specialties like the Spicy Crunchy Scallop Roll, or the sautéed Prawn Teriyaki. Stockton, CoCoroBistro.com

Best

SUSHI

Mikasa Bistro & Sushi. If you need your sushi fix, no corner shop will do. You’ve got to have yourself the savory flavor of fresh cuts of fish, prepared with your taste buds in mind. With a location in Lathrop and Tracy, Mikasa serves plates of hearty hand rolls, including spicy salmon and tuna. Grab a Caterpillar roll for crab meat salad, and cucumber bliss. Lathrop, Tracy, MikasaSushiLathrop.com


Best Food Truck

A Moveable Feast. You can’t beat the eats boasted on many an Instagram follower’s page! A Moveable Feast offers its customers uniquely prepared fries and sandwiches. The Amazing Chicken Pesto is their signature sandwich for a reason, featuring grilled chicken, house crafted pesto, romaine lettuce, and shaved Parmesan on a toasted bun. Of course, there’s no going wrong with a Black Bean Burger for those hitting the vegetarian road—filled with tomatoes, cucumbers, sprouts, and more. But, whatever you do, you’ve got to give the fries a shot—crisp and drizzled with sauces aplenty. Add pulled pork to the equation and you’ve found your match made in apps! Lodi, Facebook.com/AMoveableFeast

Best Happy Hour

Best

FROZEN ICE CREAM/ YOGURT

Tigers Yogurt. Portion control? Chuck that out the window, because Tigers Yogurt believes that bigger is better in both flavor and volume! Grab a mini cup and don’t be fooled. This monster of a deal is hitting the ceiling with flavors like vanilla, oreo cookie, or salted caramel corn. Those looking to amp up the experience (and their sugar rush) will enjoy the plethora of candy toppings on hand. Can’t choose between two favorites? There’s no reason not to enjoy both! Stockton, (209) 952-6042

Best Gourmet Supermarket

Podesto’s Market & Deli. From specialty ingredients, outstanding cuts of meat, and a variety of imported products and artisan goods, Podesto’s in Lincoln Center has your back. Let your inner foodie meander along the aisles, or take a glance over sandwiches, sides, and desserts along the store’s extensive deli section. Stockton, PodestosMarket.com

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Midgley’s Public House. It just doesn’t get much happier than the happenings at Midgley’s. From 3 – 6 PM, take on their amazing apps, wines, and draft beers for half the cost. All while enjoying the view along their outdoor patio, or air conditioned interior! Best take some friends along, it’s going to be a long and very happy night! Stockton, MidgleysPublicHouse.com

BEST CHEF

BEST

GREEK RESTAURANT

Michael Midgley. Is it any surprise that our fav. funny guy from the screen returns for another year in the limelight of our Best Of? Certainly not, when he’s offering such a spectacular array of rotating specialties on a weekly basis! Join him for a night on the town when you stop in to Midgley’s Public House at Lincoln Center. Stockton, MidgleysPublicHouse.com

Papapavlo’s Bistro & Bar. Authentic Mediterranean cuisine rests right in our own backyard! Find your own piece of paradise tucked away along the dining room, many banquet rooms, or out and along the patio throughout the year. Start your meal off with a variety of appetizers, served the Papas way! Enjoy stuffed grape leaves, a grilled vegetable platter, or the flaming cheese—a heaping chunk of Kasseri set on fire for your entertainment! Ready for the main course? We suggest the Mediterranean Chicken Pasta, and for dessert, indulge in a little tiramisu. Stockton, Papapavlos.com

Best Chinese

Dave Wong’s. Take your dining experience to a whole new level. Dave Wong’s is the scene for high quality Chinese cuisine. Enjoy a full bar while settling into dinner-date worthy meals, like the Empress, which serves lemon chicken, garlic prawns, and fried shrimp with tempura-fried vegetables. Looking to watch that calorie count? Go for the chicken lettuce wraps, with chicken, water chestnuts, mushrooms, and lettuce cups. Stockton, DaveWongsRestaurant.com

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BEST

BEST Best FINE Breakfast DINING

Restaurant Dessert

Midgley’s Public House Alright, foodies. It’s time to eat your heart out if you were born with a sweet tooth! Midgley’s offers a simple menu of your favorites, featuring crème brûlée and banana pudding, doughnut maple bacon bread pudding, and more. Go for the Midgley Mudd Pie and take on a triple chocolate brownie, chocolate sauce, bourbon caramel, and vanilla bean ice cream. Experience childhood with the MPH Strawberry Shortcake, which features batter dipped and fried Twinkies, strawberry sauce, powdered sugar, and whipped cream. Yum! Stockton, MidgleysPublicHouse.com

Best Farmers Market

Lodi Farmers Market. When warm weather arrives, you know where to go for fresh fruits and vegetables! The Lodi Farmers Market offers a taste of San Joaquin’s very best produce and local bites, every Thursday (5-8:30 PM) from May through August 31st! Sample from food trucks and artisan booths as you enjoy live music and conquer your weekly grocery list. Lodi, LodiChamber.com/ LodiFarmersMarket

Towne House Restaurant Follow the winding vineyard roads to exceptional tastes at Wine & Roses, where Towne House Restaurant is ready to take you on a journey through seasonally prepared entrees and specialty cocktails. Enjoy live jazz in the evening, unique specialty cocktails, and local wines from the highest quality wineries around. Lodi, WineRose.com

Chuck’s Hamburgers. The first meal of the day deserves to be a memorable one. And that’s why hungry San Joaquinians head on over to Chuck’s, where staff warmly welcome patrons with larger than life portions of equally tasty cuisine! Take on the Chipped Beef, served over toast or hash browns. Craving something classic? Go for the Whole Breakfast, which serves up two eggs, and your choice of sausage, bacon, ham, or corned beef. Stockton, ChucksHamburgers.com

BEST BRUNCH

Dancing Fox. Know where to go to wrap up a magical weekend? Why not our favorite Dancing Fox? Sunday brunch offers guests a full omelet brunch and buffet—with coffee, tea, or juice. Have a seat along the tavern-like interior, or take your meal out and onto the patio for a morning in the sunshine. Enjoy champagne and, if you’re looking to limit yourself, go for the omelet with side of potatoes. Lodi, DancingFoxWinery.com

Best Buffalo Wings

Smitty’s Wings & Things. Fresh and flavorful is the motto for this joint, and for good reason! Smitty’s offers customers an experience with a variety of tongue-tingling flavors. From honey barbecue, chili garlic, and, of course, buffalo, there’s always a good time to be had. Give yourself a taste of the best and, if you can spare the space, try out the pizza, too! You won’t regret a thing. Stockton, (209) 227-7479

Favorite Vegan Cookie EDITOR’S PICK.

There’s a little bit of something for everyone at The Pink Turtle Shoppe, and vegan options are no exception! When you’re hankering for a sweet-tooth fix, try the Tuxedo Fudge cookie on for size. This perfectly portioned recipe was crafted on Mount Olympus to ensure uncompromising flavor in vegan white chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Add almond milk and coconut oil, merge it with bananas and cocoa powder, and voila! A taste of paradise that all may partake in. Unless you’re allergic to coconut. Sucks to be you. Tracy, PinkTurtleIceCream.com

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BEST BURGERS

Squeeze Burger. There’s not a soul around who doesn’t know the majesty that is Squeeze Burger, home of some of the best cheese skirts in town. But, honestly? You don’t have to take our word for it, when juicy patties, warm buns, and cheese skirts aplenty are awaiting your careful judgment. Grab a bite and a brew, with over 20 taps on site, so you can sip a hard day away! Stockton, SqueezeBurger.com

BEST CATERING

BEST MEXICAN

BEST SEAFOOD

Best American

Angelina’s Spaghetti House. The best of Italy is readily available when you order your catering through Angelina’s. Enjoy any family reunion, wedding, or special occasion with classic dishes like the Pasta Primavera, Pime Rib, or Veal Parmesan. Side dishes, like the Rice Pilaf and Scalloped Potatoes, are perfect for everyone to enjoy. Make the most of your big day! Stockton, Angelinas.com

RESTAURANT

Bud’s Seafood Grille It’s no surprise that Bud’s Seafood Grille has captured the top spot for area seafood. From the Fresh Louisiana Catfish Filet to the Deep Fried California Combo, Bud’s fare is best described as “simple and fresh.” Stop in for dinner, hunker down at the bar, or book a banquet room for your next social gathering. Stockton, BudsSeafood.com

Nena’s Mexican Cuisine. Touted as a place that feels like home and tastes like Mexico, Nena’s offers authentic Mexican cuisine for every meal. Start the day with huevos rancheros (a corn tortilla layered with two eggs, refried beans, spicy red sauce, and Jack cheese) and end it with a plate of molcajete (grilled steak with onion, chorizo bacon and cheese). Every meal is made with fresh ingredients. Stockton, NenasMexicanRestaurant.com

Market Tavern. Local ingredients, inspired menu items, and a friendly atmosphere make Market Tavern an easy top choice for hungry San Joaquinians. Stop in for dinner, brunch, drinks, or dessert. The menu is boasting with creative dishes dreamed up by Chef Nicholas diArenzo including griddled cornbread spread with Calabrian chilihoney butter and wood-fired skirt steak finished with braised greens and roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Stockton, MarketTavernStk.com

BEST NEW

BEST CASUAL DINING Market Tavern. Bring your

RESTAURANT Prime Table Steak House. The food scene in San Joaquin is thriving. With a list of new culinary stops a mile long, it’s hard to pick a top spot, but our dedicated readers did their best! Market Tavern owners’ newest venture, Prime Table, wowed local foodies with a mouthwatering menu brimming with high-end cuisine. Order steak cooked to perfection and load up on sides such as mascarpone mashed potatoes and Zuckerman Farms’ asparagus—yum! Stockton, (209) 808-5999

buddies! Market Tavern has once again stolen our foodie hearts with friendly service, specialty drinks, and a gourmet menu! Drop on by and let barista and chef alike inspire you with out-of-this-world options that continuously revolve around the seasons! Stockton, MarketTavernStk.com

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BEST BBQ

Tin Roof BBQ & Catering. This family-owned eatery serves up a variety of smoked meats, sandwiches, and salads in a homey setting. Stop in for lunch and enjoy the casual ambiance, or hire the team to cater your next event. Lodi, LodiBBQ.com

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Best

Outdoor

Patio

Best Romantic Restaurant Towne House Restaurant Picture it now! A table for two within the cozy confines of a farmhouse whose ambiance is filled with all the charm and beauty of your dinner companion. With the candles lit, the lighting low, and the band in full swing, you peer lovingly into your partner’s eyes, tip your wine glass towards theirs, and signal the beginning of a beautiful dinner together. At least, until you’re fighting over the last bite of the appetizer. Lodi, WineRose. com

BEST

STEAKHOUSE

El Rancho Inn. You can’t write about the plethora of good eats in San Joaquin without tracking down the best steakhouse. And we’re proud to showcase El Rancho Inn on our tasty list, whose cuts are top grade and seared to perfection. Whether you’re a rare, medium, or well-done contender, there’s a little something for everyone. Stockton, (209) 467-1529

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Garlic Brothers. Living it up along the waterside is the San Joaquin way. Just ask our readers, who can’t get enough of the outdoor patio at Garlic Brothers! Take in an incredible view on a summer night, where the stars are out, the sun’s sinking into Mt. Diablo, and the boats are making that final wake. Stockton, GarlicBrothersOnline. com

BEST THAI Thai Me Up. When you’re as good at plays on words as you are with your menu, it’s a no brainer that you’d end up on our list. And Thai Me Up has won the foodie hearts of Miracle Mile fans. Our taste buds can’t get enough of the red curry entries, but a little Pad Thai for two doesn’t hurt on the ultimate dinner date! Stockton, (209) 9819040

Best Pub Food

Porter’s Pub. Drinks and good times go hand-in-hand, but if you really want the pubside experience, you’re going to have to get some grub. And that’s why Porter’s Pub is the limelight of everyone’s happy hour, offering delectable bites alongside brews that make your mouth water! Enjoy sports games from every angle while chowing down on patty melts, pork sliders, sample platters and more. Lodi, PortersPubLodiCa.com


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BEST APPETIZERS

Midgley’s Public House Appetizers abound on the menu of this Lincoln Center hotspot. Order them by the plateful to share (or not). Avocado Fries made from tempura and panko-battered avocado slices with sriracha ranch for dipping, Ahi Nachos created with fried wonton chips and marinated ahi, and a twist on the classic crab cake, with sriracha aioli, wasabi cream, cilantro, and green onion. Stockton, MidgleysPublicHouse.com

Best Wine Tasting Room

Oak Farm Vineyards.Let’s be honest. A tasting room is never just the medium to sampling fine wine. It’s an experience in and of itself. And the folks behind the counter at Oak Farm Vineyards have ensured that every sip during your retreat is a mesmerizing one. Enjoy sampling in the polished wooden interior of Oak Farm’s main tasting room, where cozy chairs lay nestled around the fireplace. In the warmer months, take your glass outside and onto the patio, alongside young trees and cushioned furniture sets. Lodi, OakFarmVineyards.com

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Best Bakery

M &W Dutch American Bakery. Divine confections are baked daily at this Dutch American bakery, where cookies, cupcakes, and other baked delights please every guest. Order a specialty cake, take home a fruit-filled pastry, or spoil yourself rotten with traditional Dutch cookies and other baked goodies. Stockton, MandWDutch AmericanBakery.com

Midgley’s Public House There are no losers when you eat at Midgley’s Public House in Stockton, but if you’re looking to sip like a winner, order up the high-end eatery’s flavorful Peach Smash, a colorful craft cocktail that packs a punch with fresh fruit, homemade syrups, and quality booze. Stockton, MidgleysPublicHouse.com

Best Wine Club

Harney Lane. “Wine:Thirty is a way of life at Harney Lane, where members of the aptly named club can enjoy the majesty of unique blends crafted in limited amounts. Enjoy 20% discounts on wine, and the very best prices on Harney Lane events. Complimentary tastings are available for up to six people, while quarterly newsletters are released with seasonal recipes. Choose from different levels of membership and get the most out of your experience with Harney Lane. Lodi, HarneyLane.com

BEST MARGARITA La Palma. La Palma stole the

top spot in this year’s margarita matchup with its collection of creative ‘rita recipes. Stay on trend with a Carona-rita (a margarita garnished with a bottle of brew) or go for a more original sipper with a host of flavored concoctions. Served in blue-rimmed glassware for ultimate authenticity. Stockton, LaPalmaontheMile.com

Favorite Trending Entrée EDITOR’S PICK.

You gotta love the latest trend adorning dinner tables across San Joaquin! Hot Pots are totally in, and, if our taste buds have anything to say about it, they’re here to stay. Our favorite? Dazzling Hotpot’s Curry Hot Soup! This delectable dish is a Malaysia curry base, with a kick you can adjust to your taste buds. It’s contents include Napa cabbage, pork slices, vermicelli, tomato, corn, egg, and Enoki mushrooms. Add some imitation crab meat, golden fishball, King Oyster mushroom, scallions, and cilantro for a flavorfest that will have all your senses tingling! Facebook.com/CafeDazzling.com

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OVERALL WINERY

Oak Farm Vineyards. Spacious outdoor patios—that overlook picturesque grounds—are made extra cozy with ample comfy seating and a beautiful fireplace. A stunning tasting room pouring award-winning and small lot premium, red and white wines. Live music events in the super-cute barn. These are just a few reasons why Oak Farm Vineyard reigns as this year’s Best Overall Winery. Think we’re hamming it up? Find out for yourself. Lodi, OakFarmVineyards.com

Favorite Childhood Flavor EDITOR’S PICK.

LOCAL COFFEE HOUSE

Empresso Coffeehouse Stocktonians and residents throughout the valley flock to Empresso Coffeehouse for a truly unique experience. It begins the moment you walk in to the revived Empire Theatre that operates as a hip and cozy, artful café. Here, you will find an extensive menu from drinks to food, and entertainment to boot. The café offers art in all forms, evident through daily and nightly performances, and, of course, the epic espresso art! Stockton, EmpressoCoffeeHouse.com

Favorite Place for High Tea

EDITOR’S PICK. Our favorite British tradition has taken Lodi by storm! Tea drinking enthusiasts can now settle into the intimate space known as the Hidden Tea Room every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for an afternoon of treats, tea, and delightful conversation – complete with proper china and fresh pressed linens in a respectful nod to the classic, British-style High Tea of the 18th and 19th centuries. Find your favorite flavor amongst housecrafted scones, quiche, and tart lemon curd. Lodi, CornerSconeBakery.com

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Remember those fond years so long ago, racing friends and siblings from ride to ride at the carnival? Ah, those sweet, sweet summer days were never complete until you made one final stop, and had a caramel apple in hand on the way back to the car, sticky and delightful with every bite. We compel you to relive those happy days, without the mess in the back seat, with a Caramel Apple Pop. This drink is the latest in great tasting combinations from POP in Tracy. Enjoy a sour apple infusion, with jellies just begging for a bite, and delightful caramel syrup on top! Facebook.com/POPinTracy

Best Beer

Selection Taps Barrel House – Pacific Ave. Variety is a beautiful thing, which is why we’re in love with the selection available at Taps Barrel House on the Miracle Mile. Choose your favorite among 28 craft beer blends, along with High Water Brewing Company, who boasts Taps as their official tasting room! If you’d rather purchase by the bottle, Taps has got your back with a series of suds to choose from. Stockton, Whirlows.com/TapsBarrel-House

BEST SPORTS BAR

Porter’s Pub. Looking for a place to watch the big game? Whether you’re a football fanatic or racing is more your speed, Porter’s Pub has a seat—and a television—with your name on it! Order up plates of delicious menu items, pick between local brews and big name beers, and relax while the staff takes care of you. Don’t forget to check out the lineup of local pub-sponsored events! Lodi, Facebook.com/PortersPubLodi


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BEST DESIGNER EYEWEAR Great Spectacles. Not sure of where to shop for the best designer frames? Our new category is here to help. Great Spectacles, owned by licensed optician Lynda Winter, carries a wide variety of high end eyewear by designers like Tom Ford, Bvlgari, Chanel, Dior and Gucci—to name a few. Pop in the Lincoln Center Shop and their talented staff will help you find the perfect frames by carefully considering your bone structure, eye color, skin tone, and lifestyle. Stockton, GreatSpectacles. com

Best Consignment Vintage Boutique Caterpillar Children’s Boutique

Whether you are looking for the cutest kids’ clothes, or must-have (and often very pricey) items like highchairs and strollers, Caterpillar has you covered. Don’t dish out big bucks on items that your child will surely outgrow by next year. Stop in the cute, cozy boutique, where the friendly staff is always on hand to help you find just what you’re looking for. Stockton, CaterpillarChildrensBoutique.com

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BEST

FASHION

ACCESSORIES

BOUTIQUE

Blackbird Boutique Also voted ‘Best New Boutique’, Blackbird has literally everything needed to complete your look. From shoes and purses, to jewelry and hats, you can mix and match your way to OOTD success. Need accessorizing inspiration? The boutique makes styling easy with daily posts on social media—with head to toe items available at the shop. Stockton, (209) 910-9193

Best Fine Jeweler Peck’s Jewelers. Founded in 1945, Peck’s Jewelers is the area’s oldest family owned and operated jewelry store. Located in Stonecreek Village, the shop specializes in the finest quality imported diamonds sent directly from Antwerp in Belgium—and is certified through the American Gem Society. With something for everyone, Peck’s also carries TW Steel, Swiss Army, and Seiko watches for men. Looking to have an heirloom appraised? Jeff Fields, of Peck’s, is the San Joaquin Valley’s only Certified Gemologist Appraiser (C.G.A.) and offers complimentary appraisal. Stockton, PecksJewelers.com

Best Gift Shop Best Wishes. A regular winner, Best Wishes reigns as the best gift shop in town. It’s also the go-to place to get into the holiday mood—as their seasonal holiday decorations are the stuff of local legend— with a range of stocking stuffers including everything from individual hot chocolate packs in varying flavors, to Department 56 collectibles. Also legendary is their gift wrapping. It’s the perfect way to present your gifts, with a spectacular range of ribbons for every taste and event. Stockton, (209) 478-3220

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EDITOR’S PICK.

Alex and Ani stackable bangles are super cute. And the ecoconscious jewelry line keeps producing new charms we just can’t get enough of. Customize with classic initial charms sold at Carats Jewelry in Lincoln Center. Stockton, CaratsJewelry.com


BEST WOMEN’S SHOES BOUTIQUE Dennis Shea Shoes &

BEST LINGERIE

Theadora. Independent lingerie retailers are few and far between in San Joaquin, and Theadora remains a welcome exception to the rule. With an eclectic range of lingerie unparalleled by local malls, this is the place for beautiful and unique garments. The specialty boutique will even help you nail down your correct bra size, and record your specifications for your next visit—saving you from rifling through the rails or purchasing garments that don’t fit comfortably or correctly. Stockton, TheadoraBoutique.com

Best Women’s Clothing Boutique FINA. For the true

Accessories. Dennis Shea wins again! Although, it’s no wonder, with their stock of specialty brands like Stuart Weitzman, Dansko, and PELLE—in every price range, for every taste. Their customer service is another appeal, as their knowledgeable and helpful staff happily order unusual sizes and special requests. You might even bump into the owner himself, Dennis Shea, who is a champion of the local economy. Stockton, (209) 957-7064

BEST

NEW BOUTIQUE

Blackbird Boutique Another new category in this year’s Best Of Voting Poll received excellent reader response, crowning Blackbird Boutique as the favorite new shop to hit San Joaquin. Owner, Katie, is so renowned as a stylist that customers travel all the way from the Bay just to shop her carefully selected range of highly desirable fashion pieces, including dresses, tops, bottoms, purses, jewelry, shoes and more! Stockton, (209) 910-9193

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Lincoln Center. This beloved specialty shopping center is deeply rooted in the local community, bursting at the seams with shops unique to San Joaquin. Its wide range of offerings encourage you to never leave, as it’s equipped with boutiques for every need and everyone in the family—with a slew of awesome eats sprinkled in between. Stockton, LincolnCenterShops.com

BEST

PET SUPPLIES Carter’s Pet Mart. We

fashionista, Fina offers high end designers and products to die for. A firm favorite in San Joaquin, the boutique has been voted Best Women’s Clothing Boutique for another year, thanks to their range of classy feminine fashion items that leave every visitor salivating. Their designer threads include True Religion, Seven, Hudson, and Citizen—to name a few. Stockton, (209) 478-5670

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all love our pets, and the category’s undisputed champion—Carter’s Pet Mart—is stocked full of ways to pamper your fur baby, and has served the county for more than 20 years. With 15,000 square feet of pet food, toys, and accessories for dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, birds, and small animals, Carter’s is the place to stock up. Stockton, CartersPetMart.com

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Best of Play AMP UP YOUR SOCIALITE STATUS, WIN IT BIG, BUST A MOVE, HEAR A TUNE.

Best Art Gallery Art Expressions of San

Joaquin. The Gallery on the Move has made waves across San Joaquin. Featured in the San Joaquin Administration Building, Rapid Transit District Building, and Stockton Metropolitan Airport, among others, and now with their own gallery on the Miracle Mile—Arturo and Ana Vera are delighted to showcase the talented works of local and regionally regarded artists. Enjoy paintings and photography, ceramics, and metal work. Stockton, ArtExpressions.org

BEST WEEKEND GETAWAY

Lake Tahoe. We’re not called the Central Valley for nothing—drive two hours and end up in the most gorgeous and varied locations like Yosemite, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and more. Our readers weighed in on their favorite Weekend Getaway and Lake Tahoe took the cake. Play in the snow, swim in the lake, cash in on the seasonal beauty of this perfectly picturesque place, only a mere two hours away.

BEST

PUBLIC GOLF COURSE

Swenson Park Golf Course Owned and operated by the city of Stockton, Swenson’s is filled with Valley Oaks, making a scenic mark on the 18-hole par72 Championship Golf course. Enjoy 6,407 yards to hone your tees for 18-hole gameplay, and 1,380 yards for 9-hole par-3 games. When you’ve got your game down pat, take part in the Men’s and Women’s City of Stockton Golf Championship, held every summer! Stockton, StocktonGolfCourse.com

Favorite Theatre Group Stockton Civic Theatre

Best Private Golf Course

Brookside Golf & Country Club. Take aim at an 18-hole Championship Golf course, whose design is thanks to architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. Prepared for golfers of all skill levels, Brookside Country Club offers a practice facility, which features a two-tiered driving range, and chipping green. If you’re an avid golfer, consider one of their golf-focused memberships that save money when compared to public course fees—plus you get all the country club perks! Stockton, BrooksideGolf.net 104

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You know what you like, San Joaquin! And the Stockton Civic Theatre delivers on outstanding performances each and every time! Featuring Broadway shows, original plays, and some of our favorite classics, guests are treated to themed seasons across the year. Keep your eyes open for this year’s incredible compilation of stories of passion and devotion. Stockton, SCTLiveTheatre.com

BEST LOCAL CASINO Jackson Rancheria Sometimes you need to get away and try your hand with lady luck. And the slots and games at Jackson Rancheria are exactly where San Joaquinians go to play. Enjoy fine dining along numerous restaurants and cafes, comfortable accommodations in one of Jackson Rancheria’s luxury rooms, and hit the tables with a variety of card games and more! JacksonCasino.com


Best Paint Party Event Paint Nite. What could be

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better than a night with friends? Paint brush in one hand, wine glass in the other, and an assortment of colors ready to transform that empty canvas into something incredible! Paint Nite is a new sensation hitting the region, allowing local artists to showcase their own skill, while teaching others how to make their own breathtaking pieces. It’s certainly a win-win for folks seeking a girl’s night out, or the ultimate afterdinner wrap-up to a wonderful date. Check the website for the next spectacular event to hit our cities! PaintNite.com

EDITOR’S PICK This community program encourages people to find new ways to get from place to place, and commute to work. With an aim to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced Country—Dibs offers an excellent resource in support of its mission. Visit DibsMyWay.com for access to their trip planning tool that connects you with multiple ways to get where you need to go, including carpool and vanpool options, transit, and walking and biking (it even breaks down miles, time and calories burned). DibsMyWay.com

BEST TATTOO PARLOR

BEST FOOD FESTIVAL

Annual Saint Basil’s Greek Festival. Find a little piece of Greece nestled in Stockton at Saint Basil’s Greek Festival, an entertaining assemblage of music, dancing, and, most importantly, food! Vendors aplenty are available to purchase a variety of appetizers and desserts from, all authentically Greek! Enjoy gyro and moussaka, pastitsio, and so much more! Catch the fest this year on September 8. Stockton, GoSaintBasil.org

Canvas Tattoo. Canvas Tattoo has already put its mark on San Joaquin, despite being a new winner of our Best Of. Check out their incredible work on their Facebook page @ CanvasTattoo. Melissa and the other artists at this Stockton shop make ink on skin look like paint on a canvas—which has already attracted a devoted client base. Stockton, Facebook. com/CanvasTattoo

BEST DOWNTOWN STOCKTON HOTSPOT Deliberation Room. Escape

to a speakeasy in the heart of downtown Stockton, where the drinks are cool, the cocktails are wild, and the food speaks your lingo. Modified from the historic structures of our Port City, the Deliberation Room offers a step into the past, where classy dressed dames and gentleman stole away to secure a night of fun. Enjoy this reprieve with specialty drinks and a rotating menu of meal options, including the very popular asparagus potato skins. Stockton, Facebook.com/DeliberationRoom www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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Best of Health PLACES TO GET GORGEOUS – & PEOPLE WHO WILL HELP YOU STAY THAT WAY.

Best Facial

Perfect Balance Day Spa. The perfect facial is all about the perfect balance—and this year’s winner is the aptly named Perfect Balance Day Spa. Indulge in services just as relaxing as the pictureperfect surroundings, and give it up to the expert staff who specializes in creating a luxurious experience. The most-requested, ‘Signature Spa Facial’ includes a shoulder and arm massage to soothe you into utter relaxation, is effective against lines and wrinkles, and is specially formulated to help with everything from hyperpigmentation to dehydration, congestion, and sensitivity. Lodi, PerfectBalanceDaySpa.com

Best BEST Orthodontist OB/GYN

Dr. Gill, Gill Obstetrics & Gynecology. For the most intimate of subjects, you want an OBGYN who understands your needs. And with multiple ‘Best Ofs’ under her belt, Dr. Gil and her highly trained staff are here to provide you with expert guidance and specialty care—from your first baby, to menopause, and all moments in between. Stockton, GillObgyn.com

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Dr. Wheeler, Wheeler Orthodontics At Wheeler Orthodontics, the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted comes first, but having a good time in a friendly environment is a close second. Gone are the days of anxious waiting room experiences. Here, you can join in the fun and office games while you wait for those perfect, straight teeth. Now that’s sure to put a smile on your face! Stockton, WheelerOrtho.com

BEST YOGA STUDIO Now and Zen Yoga. Every

Now And Zen, we have a new winner to celebrate in the Best Of Yoga Studio category! This Lodi yoga studio offers the pursuit of ‘zen’ on a weekly, hourlong basis—with a range of yoga classes designed to be accessible to everyone. Take a therapeutic class to relax your mind and body, or try a more advanced class to push yourself further than you ever thought possible. Improve your mental state, health, strength, and flexibility—whatever your fitness level—in a warm and safe environment with small class sizes. Lodi, NowandZenLodi.com

BEST TANNING STUDIO

Havatan. Under new ownership since 2014, Havatan has won San Joaquin Magazine’s Best Of for the second year running. The studio’s success reflects its offerings and quality of service. In addition to the best bronze in town, Havatan offers a divine mix of tanning services, and stocks the finest products, all in an immaculately clean and comforting environment. Stockton, Lodi, Havatan.com


Best Hair Removal Perfect Balance Day Spa. A menu of

full-body waxing services offered a la carte gives guests freedom to pick and choose their hair removal services. Schedule monthly appointments to maintain brows, or treat your whole body to a wax at Perfect Body Day Spa—a mainstay in the Lodi business community for 30 years. The fullservice day spa even offers treatments to help sooth sore skin afterward. Lodi, PerfectBalanceDaySpa.com

BEST

DAY SPA

The Spa at Wine & Roses Treat yourself to a day of pampering at The Spa at Wine and Roses, where the setting is as luxurious and relaxing as the treatments. Book a package to make the most of your day—massages, facials, and beauty treatments are all performed by professionals using the highest-quality, natural products. Lodi, WineRose.com

BEST MAKEUP ARTIST

Shandi’s Faces. New to this year’s Best Of is a category marked by popular demand. And the readers’ response was strong! Shandi Alegre Hunt, owner of Shandi’s Faces, racked up some serious votes. Renowned for her friendly demeanor and makeup artistry, she’s your go-to girl for impeccable and creative beauty, bridal, and event makeup. (209) 400-8617

BEST CHIROPRACTOR

Tom Paige, DC, The Chiropractic Lifestyle. Optimize your health with chiropractic care from Tom Paige and The Chiropractic Lifestyle. Ease aches and pains and find balance in your life through spinal adjustments and other services aimed at healing body and mind. Stockton, (209) 487-1482

Best Health Club/ Overall Gym

Best

Medi-Spa

Total Body Medi-Spa Total Body Medi-Spa grants patients a venue in which to receive medical treatment in a spa-like atmosphere. The cosmetic surgery center headed by Dr. Shah expertly combines science and medicine with art, to care for patients who are seeking beauty and rejuvenation driven by knowledge and skill. Stockton, TotalBodyMD.com

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In-Shape Health Clubs Become a member of InShape and gain access to a myriad of health clubs across the Valley with group classes, free weights, an indoor pool, one-on-one personal training, a kid zone, and more. A free 7-day pass allows guests to sample membership before they purchase. Amenities vary by location. Multiple Locations, Inshape.com

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Best Local Gym

The Shop Fitness. The Shop Fitness is known for building bodies through strength set, cardio interval training, offered in a group setting—and boasts membership free of contracts. Each 50-minute instruction is designed to simultaneously optimize metabolic burn, build muscle, and strengthen the cardiovascular system. Oh, and in-between classes members have full access to the gym! Lodi, TheShopFitness.com

BEST LASIK EYE SURGERY CENTER

Zeiter Eye At Zeiter Eye’s many San Joaquin locations, skilled ophthalmologists offer free consultations to determine if LASIK Corrective Eye Surgery is a good choice for you. Professionals use eye exams to give patients insight into the best approach to correct individual vision problems, and the team prioritizes both patient contentment and safety, limiting post-operative eye comfort and offering quick visual recovery. Multiple Locations, ZeiterEye.com

Best Optometrist

Brookside Optometric Group. Nearly 20 years ago, three of San Joaquin County’s premier optometry groups joined forces to create a super-group of eye care professionals. By teaming up, Brookside was able to extend its hours of operation to better accommodate patients, invest in state-of-the-art optometry equipment to advance care, and stock a larger inventory of frames and contact lenses onsite. Stockton, BrooksideOptometric.com

Best Allergist

Dr. Gregory Bensch, Allergy Immunology & Asthma. It’s been a rough year for allergy sufferers, but have no fear; Dr. Bensch (who practices at Allergy Immunology and Asthma Medical Group) is here! The Allergy Immunology and Asthma specialist is skilled at treating every sneeze, mild or severe. Get help for your seasonal sniffles, or undergo testing to learn more about your body’s unique immune responses. Stockton, AllergyImm.com

BEST BEST DERMATOLOGIST Stuart Jacobs, MD. Dr. Stuart Jacobs is a dermatologist practicing out of Sutter Health. Dr. Jacobs is equipped to diagnose and treat both cosmetic imperfections (mole removal, Botox and dermal fillers, spider veins, skin tightening and rejuvenation, laser hair removal) and serious medical conditions (pre-cancer, basal cell carcinoma.) Stockton, (209) 957-6662

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COSMETIC

SURGEON Dr. Hugh Vu, Vu Plastic

Surgery. Let Dr. Hugh Vu turn your body into a work of art. The master of cosmetic manipulation can help you nip and tuck your way into the body you’ve always desired. Undergo a total body transformation, or pick and choose your “problem areas,” including face, body, breast, and skin treatments. Stockton, VuPlasticSurgery.com


Best Hearing Center

Hearing Services Center Enhance your hearing with Loree Frazee, Hearing Services Center’s board certified audiologist who is dedicated to diagnosing and improving hearing conditions for San Joaquin residents. The community-centric business uses state-of-the-art equipment and the most advanced technology to offer individualized patient care, with services that are fully guaranteed. Lodi, HearingServicesCenter.net

BEST DENTAL PRACTICE

Dr. Amy Scriven Amy Scriven, DDS, is a dedicated dental professional born and raised in Stockton. Serving families in her hometown, Dr. Scriven offers general family & cosmetic dentistry care to include routine dental exams, biannual cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatments, and more, all while operating with the belief that a patient’s smile is top priority. Stockton, NorthStocktonDental.com

BEST COSMETIC DENTIST

Todd A. Franklin, DDS. A solid smile really strikes a cord. So much so, that studies report people with straight, white teeth make more annually. Todd Franklin offers top-rated cosmetic services sure to pump up your confidence. From fixed and broken teeth, to veneers, crowns, implant and shaping—his Lodi office is stocked with high quality tools and a talented staff ready to enhance your look. Lodi, ToddFranklinDds.com

BEST EYEBROW ARTIST

Favorite Workout Fusion Best Hair Salon

The Make-Up & Skin Care Studio. The Make-Up & Skin Care Studio employs a team of talented aestheticians to care for your face’s most coveted feature—your brows. Trust your caterpillars in the hands of a professional, who can wax, tweeze, and trim those face-framers to perfection. Book appointments online for ultimate convenience. Lodi, TheMakeUpStudio.biz

Favorite Way to “Wake Up Like This”

EDITOR’S PICK.

Planet Beach Spray & Spa in Stockton offers a unique and private workout experience— HOTWORX—that combines the power of infrared heat and isometrics (a form of strength training where the joint, angle, and muscle length do not change during contraction.) The 30-minute, virtually-instructed workout is performed in an infrared sauna-like room that allows you to reap the benefits of infrared absorption as you complete one of eight work outs that include Hot Pilates, Hot Yoga, Hot Core, Hot Buns, and more. Stockton, PlanetBeach.com

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POMP Salon. Find a new you, or simply update your do at POMP Salon in Lincoln Center. A team of hair gods and goddesses are there to transform your look with nary more than the snip of a scissor. Color your way to the mane you desire. Stockton, PompSalon.com

EDITOR’S PICK.

Today, effortless beauty is everything, and more women are investing in services that allow them to ditch the time it takes to super glam every morning. All of us girls know the magic a good tube of mascara packs, and the movie-star feeling you get rocking a quality pair of falsies. Choose from three Lash Extension options (that allow you to choose the length and curl of the lashes), or the all-natural Lash Lift that adds a semi-permanent perfect curl to your existing lashes—at La La Lashes Boutique in Stockton. (209)451-0729, LaLaLashesBoutique.com

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BEST AIR CONDITIONING/ HEATING Lovotti Inc. For over 10 years, Lovotti Air has served San Joaquin County, providing the very best in air-conditioning and heating services. Lovotti may have started as a one-man operation, but has since grown into a large company of 36 highly trained staff members—including technicians, plumbers, and refrigeration experts. Whether your needs are commercial or residential, the honest workmanship and service provided by Lovotti Air make it the best, yet again. Stockton, LovottiInc.com

BEST RETIREMENT CENTER / COMMUNITY O’Connor Woods. O’Connor

Woods is Stockton’s only not-for-profit continuing care retirement community, and Winner of Best Retirement Center and Community for the second year running. Their high standard of care, teamed with the community’s uplifting, fun, active, and nurturing environment encourages residents to continue learning and embrace the good life! Stockton, OConnorWoods.org

BEST INTERIOR DESIGN

Classic Design Interiors This locally owned and operated corporation is an award-winning, full-service interior design operation—from start to finish. Their talented design staff is eager to create your dream space, as you see, touch, and feel basically every sample along the way! An extensive inventory awaits! Lodi, ClassicDesign-Interiors.com

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PLAN AND PURCHASE IN CONFIDENCE WITH HELP FROM THE PROS.

BEST BATH REMODELING

HT Home Design. Our readers weighed in on another new category, crowning HT Home Design. Located on Miracle Mile, the multi-talented remodeling business and showroom is here to help you love your home again. Their talented staff will guide you through selecting the very best products, with expert design advice. Stockton, HTHomeDesign.com

BEST

FLOORING

Classic Design Interiors Quality flooring has a big influence on any space. And anyone moving or remodeling need look no further than the winner of this year’s Best Of— Classic Design Interiors—who make choosing the right flooring seem effortless, from conception to installation. Classic Design Interiors has a wide range of residential and commercial flooring, including the new and trending LVP flooring that has created quite the buzz amongst interior designers. Lodi, ClassicDesign-Interiors.com


BEST PET BOARDING / KENNEL Sycamore Lane Kennels. We all know the hurdles of finding a pet sitter when it’s time to take that

week-long vacation. After all, who would care for your furry companion quite like you? That’s where Sycamore Lane trots in, providing a friendly getaway that your pet will adore while you’re away from home! Rest easy knowing that both cats and dogs will enjoy comfortable accommodations, with optional activities to help liven up their stay. Lodi, SycamoreLaneKennels.com

BEST VETERINARIAN

Sierra Veterinary Clinic. Pets have been, and always will be, an essential part of your family. And that’s why, when your little one is feeling a little under the weather, you want the best in care. Sierra Veterinary Clinic has the best in mind for your canine or feline, offering a variety of services to cater to every aspect of their needs. From the yearly exam to grooming needs, vaccinations, and in-house diagnostic capabilities—Sierra Vet’s proven record of quality care for your pet is surpassed by none. Stockton, SierraVetClinic.com

Best Custom Blinds/ Window Coverings

Discovery Shutters. The family owned and operated business has served the Central Valley for over 20 years, and has graced our Best Of yet again! Boasting trained and certified installers sure to produce excellent results, and a wide range of product offerings and choices including a full line of Hunter Douglas window treatments—Discovery Shutters has what you need. Stockton, DiscoveryShutter.com

Best Financial Planning Company

The Salvetti Group. When you’re looking to manage your assets, plan your estate affairs, find the right route to retirement, or open a 401k, turn to the Salvetti Group. A trusted business in the industry, they are committed to planning the best financial future for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Choose them for business assistance, college fund, and tax planning. From insurance to liability management, the Salvetti Group is ready to forecast a better future for your finances. Stockton, TheSalvettiGroup.com www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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BEST BEST LOCAL LAW BANK FIRM

Law Offices of Lawrence Knapp. Accidents happen, but when they are the result of another’s careless actions, know that Lawrence Knapp is here to help. Work with the leading law office in personal injury for automobile and motorcycle accidents, as well as child injury, and elder abuse cases. Have the right lawyer on your side. Stockton, StocktonInjuryLaw.com

Bank of Stockton Not only is Bank of Stockton the oldest bank in the city, but it’s also actually the second oldest business in all of San Joaquin County. Locally owned, Bank of Stockton offers customers business, personal, and electronic services, as well as provides online stock trading. Multiple Locations, BankofStockton.com

BEST LOCAL CREDIT BEST UNION

AUTO

DEALERSHIP

Chase Chevrolet. Looking for new wheels? Whether the family needs a new minivan, the beau craves a new truck, or you’re looking for a fast ride—Chase Chevrolet has a car for you. They also offer certified pre-owned options for the ultimate deal seekers. Stop in to test drive your dream car, and let the experienced staff take care of you! Stockton, ChaseChevrolet.com

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Financial Center Credit Union. Established in 1954, Financial Center Credit Union is the oldest credit union based in San Joaquin County. Services include quick loans, debt consolidation, auto loans, insurance needs, and banking services. And don’t say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks! FCCU recently launched several technology programs aimed at making banking even easier for customers! Stockton, FCCUburt.org

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BEST DOG GROOMER

Country Clippers. Does Fido need a new hairdo? Gone are the days of schlepping him, against his will, to the nearest pet grooming chain. Country Clippers in Lockeford touts professional grooming at affordable prices, and the shop’s Facebook page is overflowing with glowing reviews from customers. Book an appointment today; Fido will thank you, (209) 727-5049, Lockeford


BEST Kitchen

Remodel

Classic Design Interiors With multiple Golds in this year’s Best Of, Classic Design is certainly living up to their promise as ‘Everything You Need for Effortless Home Improvement’. Touch and feel items in their showroom, get expert input from designers, and sit back and relax as this full-service business gives you the kitchen of your dreams. Lodi, (209) 334-4060, ClassicDesign-Interiors.com

BEST Furniture

STORE

Thornton House. With over 35 years in the bizz, Thornton House knows their stuff. Peruse a vast selection of full bedroom, living room, and dining room sets, and home accessories. The one-stop-shop strives to be the most complete collection of quality home furnishings in the area—and our voters agree. Lodi, (209) 369-0130, ThLodi.com

BEST OUTDOOR GARDEN

BEST HOME BUILDER

FCB Homes. San Joaquin is on the up and up—we’re selling, building, and moving. So, who’s the best in town? The creators of Rose Gate and Orchard Lane communities. The pockets of paradise they’ve built are sprinkled with gorgeous single family homes ranging from three to six bedrooms. Lodi/ Stockton, (209) 957-8112, FcbHomes.com

ACCESSORIES

With Garden Flair. The family owned business began with a passion for gardening, relaxing, and entertaining outdoors. It’s evident through their handpicked selection of unique quality pieces covering everything from outdoor furniture and accessories for the home, to garden ornamentation and specialty gifts. Stop in next time you’re on the Miracle Mile. Stockton, (209) 933-9009, WithGardenFlair.com www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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Best of Wedding WHO NEEDS A PINTEREST BOARD WHEN YOU HAVE LOCAL INSIGHT.

BEST Wedding

VENUE

BEST

Wine & Roses. At Wine & Roses, the scene is set for romance, and the sparkling grounds cater to events both large and small. Choose from an intimate setting for your nearest and dearest, or a large reception for up to 350 guests. The property, set in Lodi Wine Country, offers a picturesque wedding garden, multiple event venues -including both indoor and outdoor options- a bride’s changing room, event coordination services, hotel rooms for guests, and bridal spa packages on-site. Lodi, WineRose.com

WEDDING

BAKERY

Frosted Flour. Frosted Flour is so good that partners Christine and Lisa had to open a second storefront to house their specialty cake business—Frosted Flour Too. The dynamic duo has earned a reputation for crafting custom cakes from the best ingredients in a variety of mouthwatering flavors. And while they are clearly super heroes when it comes to all things baking and deliciousness, weddings are their specialty! Lodi, FrostedFlour.com

Best Live Band

Latin Magic. Peter Castañon promises every bride one thing when they book his band, Latin Magic, for their big day: Guests will have no problem making their way to the dance floor throughout each soulful tune! Feel the rhythm in energetic collections that include cumbias, oldies, Latin rock, and old school jams. Stockton, LatinMagicBand.com 114

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BEST WEDDING CATERER

Angelina’s Spaghetti House. At Angelina’s, guests can count on quality. From the one-ofa-kind spaghetti dishes to the secret gravy recipe handed down through the generations, Angelina’s meals cannot be duplicated. Treat wedding guests to a mouthwatering lineup of gourmet goodness, starting with hors d’oeuvre and ending with dessert. Angelina’s expert catering staff is here to serve! Stockton, Angelinas.com

BEST EVENT PLANNER

Superior Events. Put the planning in the hands of the professionals. At Superior Events, a professional team of party planners handles everything, from the proposal to the cleanup. No need to stress about negotiating contracts, planning matching linens, and creating the vibe you crave on your big day. No more asking your husband to choose between lavender and periwinkle. Simply call up your wedding planner and let the experts work their magic. Stockton, SuperiorEventsLLC.com

BEST WEDDING DJ

Elite Entertainment. When choosing the master of ceremonies for your elegant affair, look no further than Elite Entertainment. The staff of charismatic disc jockeys handles everything from the song list to the extras (think photo booths, confetti canons, and other special effects). Stockton, EliteDJ4U.com


BEST WEDDING DRESS

Bliss Bridal Salon. Say yes to the dress at Bliss Bridal Salon, where every bride is treated like a queen. This Miracle Mile shop is brimming with designer gowns, tuxedos, bridesmaid dresses, flower girl getups, and more. Your whole bridal party will be styled from head to toe with the help of an attentive professional! Stockton, BlissinStockton.com

Best Event Supply Rental

Giuffra’s Party Rental. From glassware to flatware, cooking equipment to candelabras, Guiffra’s in Lodi has just about everything a bride could need for her big day (note: husband not included!) Stop in to peruse goods at the Lodi showroom, view a comprehensive photo gallery online, or call ahead to request items not already stocked. Lodi, GPREvents.net

BEST WEDDING

BEST PHOTO BOOTH

The Original Selfie Photo Booth. Before Snapchat, there were photo booths—the ultimate way to snap a selfie with your crew, no forward-facing camera required! Turn off the dog filter and let the professionals handle the shot. Fun props make better photos IRL! Facebook.com/TheOriginalSelfiePhotoBooth

BEST MEN’S FORMAL WEAR Tuxedos of Lodi. Get your party looking picture-perfect with a groomsmen’s day out to Tuxedos of Lodi. The formal wear shop stocks classic wedding apparel, as well as the latest trends, so every groom can look their best on their wedding day. Lodi, Facebook.com/ TuxedosOfLodi

Silveria’s Flowers & Gifts Take a trip to Lincoln Center where florists at Silveria’s Flowers & Gifts are there to make your bridal dreams come true. From luxurious lilies to painted peonies, the shop has an endless supply of blooms, and knowledge to share, so brides can have the most beautiful arrangements for the best prices. Stockton, SilveriasFlowersAndGifts.com

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DAY MAKE-UP

Best Wedding Day Photographer Briggs Photography. Real life lovebirds

Shandi’s Faces. Perhaps you’ve seen Shandi Hunt work her magic on Instagram, perhaps your helpful maid of honor scouted her out and spread the word, or maybe you’re hearing about her skills for the first time right here. If you haven’t already, head over to Instagram @Shandis_Faces to see the Lodi-based makeup artist in action. Lodi, (209) 400-8617

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Richard & Shawna Briggs have earned a reputation for helping couples feel comfortable in front of the camera, resulting in the best possible wedding portraits to hang on your wall. Take the partnership to the next level by adding a dreamy engagement shoot to your package. Manteca, BriggsPhotography.com

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Health Careers Academy. For children who are interested in pursuing careers in the health field, Health Careers Academy caters to their educational needs. As part of the Stockton Unified School District, curriculum not only meets state requirements necessary for a wellrounded education, but includes specialized instruction to prepare children for a life working in medicine, without compromising on extracurriculars. Stockton, (209) 933-7360

Festival Now this is an event the whole family can’t wait for! The Asparagus Festival offers live music, bites aplenty, and a variety of epic rides that the kids will enjoy! Give asparagus themed plates a try, including ice cream, and visit live entertainment throughout the day. Stockton, SanJoaquinAsparagusFestival. net

Favorite Art with Heart EDITOR’S PICK.

The nonprofit, Jagged Lines of Imagination, worked for years to develop a public art studio where young artists can grow and flourish under the guidance and support of professional artists. Today, Jagged Lines of Imagination Academy provides FREE all ages art classes out of their studio located within the Podesto Teen Impact Center in Stockton. Stockton, JliAcademy.org

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Unique Visions Dance Company At the award-winning Stockton dance studio, Unique Visions Dance Company, Chelsea Hill (owner, director, instructor, and choreographer), engages children ages 3-18 in a variety of dance disciplines, bringing her passion for dance to every classroom. An award-winning dancer herself, Chelsea’s Unique Visions classes cater to both students who want to dance recreationally and professionally, with courses ranging from pointe to acrobatic dance.Stockton, UniqueVisionsDanceCompany.com


BEST CHILDREN’S BOUTIQUE

Sassy Pants Children’s Boutique. Looking for snazzy styles to outfit your band of boys and girls? Sassy Pants caters to spunky kids with upbeat clothing from top-notch designers. Located in Stockton’s coveted Lincoln Center, the kids’ clothing shop stocks everything from summer accessories to winter coats, with an ever-evolving inventory of truly special pieces. Stockton, ShopSassyPants.com

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Little Love Story Photography & Design. When it’s time to capture that perfect moment on camera, you can’t afford to miss it. And that’s why San Joaquin chooses Little Love Story, the leading photographer for catching each and every smile, giggle, and outright guffaw with your little ones. Work with them for family photo time, to snap the right angle, lighting, and grins that will hang proudly on your wall for years to come. Stockton LittleLoveStoryPhotography.com www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

BEST CHILDREN’S PHOTOGRAPHER

Sweet Sisters Photography. Janda McManus has made a name for herself in Stockton’s local photography space, topping our Best Of list more than once! A born-and-raised Stocktonian, Janda is skilled at capturing all of life’s little moments, and while she offers a variety of services, she is particularly skilled in photographing young children, which every parent knows is no easy feat! Stockton, SweetSistersPhoto.com

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BEST CHILDREN’S DENTIST

Kids Care Dental. Regardless of which San Joaquin city you call home, there is a Kids Care Dental conveniently located near you. At each location, experienced dentists and dental care staff work tirelessly to create positive dental experiences for children of all ages, following the philosophy that fostering the child-dentist relationship young will set them up for a lifetime of good oral health. Multiple Locations, KidsCareDental.com

Best Indoor Family Activity Sky Zone Trampoline

BEST CHILDREN’S MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO (Tied 1st Place)

Stockton Jiujitsu Academy

Students from across San Joaquin are mastering the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in both adult and kid-focused programs! With tournament training readily available, weaponless defense techniques, and a family-friendly environment to promote strong friendships amid training, it’s no wonder the program has become such a success! Stockton, StocktonJiuJitsuAcademy.com

Rodney Hu Goju Ryu Karate With over 30 years of experience, Sensei Rodney has provided an outlet for students young and old to master their skill over Goju Ryu Karate, Submission Grappling, and MMA. Allow your students to reap the fruits of a successful training session and master not only physical prowess, but mental as well. Stockton, RodneyHugojuKarate.com

BEST CHILDREN’S GYMNASTICS

GymStars. GymStars is one of the few gyms in the area that offer classes for kids as young as two months old! True to its name, kids become stars in their area of choice—from competitivelevel gymnastics and cheerleading, to karate, soccer, and more! There’s something for every child at the multisport entertainment facility. Stockton, Gymstars.com 118

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Park. Looking for a high-flying adrenaline rush? Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Stockton is a family’s dream adventure. With freestyle bouncing, dodgeball, and fitness classes at the facility, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy this indoor park, located in the Sherwood Mall. A plethora of programs exist to help families make the most of their time, including designated toddler jump times, college nights, and sensory friendly programs. Stockton, SkyZone.com/Stockton

BEST OUTDOOR FAMILY ACTIVITY

Lodi Lake. Year round, Lodi Lake is one of our favorite places to explore. The lakefront park offers water activities, a playground, picnic tables, and a lineup of entertainment options (including nature programs!) primed for families. Introduce kids to kayaking, or spend an easy day in nature. Lodi, (209) 368-5624


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Winners HEALTH FOOD STORE Artesian Market Green’s Nutrition Sheri’s Sonshine Nutrition INDIAN Tandoori Nites Swagat Indian Cuisine Dhaba Indian Cuisine ITALIAN Pietro’s Trattoria Angelina’s Spaghetti House De Vega Brothers SPECIALTY PIZZA David’s New York Style Pizza Michael’s New York Style Pizza Dante’s Pizza & Café JAPANESE CoCoro Bistro Mikasa Asian Bistro & Sushi Komachi Sushi SUSHI Mikasa Bistro & Sushi CoCoro Bistro Komachi Sushi MEXICAN Nena’s Mexican Cuisine Habanero Hots Casa Flores Marina (Now known as Octavio’s)

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scape While Lodi is one of California’s leading wine regions, we’ve scooted off to the Livermore Valley to trade our coveted glasses of award-winning zinfandel for other red varietals prominent in this AVA, most notably the relatively obscure petite sirah that thrives there. With an array of places to sip, see, and indulge, it’s the perfect locale to ignite the senses. You’ll revel in the scenery (all rolling green hills), taste the international cuisine (each within walking distance of the next), enjoy the sweet serenades of local musicians, treat your eyes to the area’s inspired art scene and get your hands on a pair of clubs in an attempt to beat par at some of California’s most eye-catching golf courses. For Lodi lovers, it’s the ideal spot to wine and dine without sacrificing the small town charm you’ve become accustomed to. www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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Getting Around

Wine

It’s no secret that Wente Vineyards— producing 700,000 cases of wine annually—is Livermore’s largest wine producer; you’ve probably already had the pleasure of tasting a Wente label. The winery itself, however, is an experience. With both a tasting room located on the main stretch in the vineyard-heavy outskirts of town, and a restaurant-golf course-vineyard location off the beaten path known for its upscale dining experience and summer concert series (see sidebar), it’s a worthy destination for first time visitors and locals.   Concannon Vineyard is the town’s other big player. One of just two wineries—the other being Wente—to thrive through the prohibition period in the Valley, the barrel-filled tasting room offers guests the setting wine tasting dreams are made of, while on-site food trucks, weekly events, and the Underdog Wine Bar make it a must-stop destination.   There are, however, several lesserknown wineries that grant Livermore locals bragging rights as a premier vino destination. Murrieta’s Well, Wente’s luxury label, proffers a tasting experience akin to high-end Napa wineries; McGrail Vineyards with its expansive lawn is known for familyfriendly live music events complete with catering and lawn games (the rosè here is perfect for a summer 140

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evening); Garrè Vineyard & Winery has an on-site restaurant worthy of a pre-tasting lunch (absolutely try the champagne); The Big White House Winery & John Evan Cellars is a laidback experience with bottles that taste as good as they look thanks to the L.A.-based artist and winemaker’s sister Laura Marion who creates them; and Bent Creek Winery, where the retiree turned expert winemaker, has a passion for teaching guests who want to listen about winemaking in the Valley.

Photo: Merridith Robertson, Concannon Vineyard

Grab a map of Livermore wineries, and you’ll be surprised to see just how many stretches are walkable (although bare in mind you will be walking the dirt sidelines of a busy road); they are also perfectly acceptable biking paths as long as you don’t overindulge. As with any destination, Uber is a good way to get between stretches suitable for walking. However, if you want to take advantage of another Livermore gem, book a ticket for the Wine Trolley.    A typical trolley ride picks riders up downtown and shuttles them to Livermore Wine Country where they stop at three separate wineries for tastings and indulge in a catered lunch from one of Livermore’s local establishments—Ofelia’s Kitchen or LaPanotiQ. LivermoreWineTrolley.com


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beer-prominent hotspots. Almost every stop gives guests the option of sitting outdoors. If the weather is nice, take advantage. Outdoors seating, often laid out right on First Street, brings booming energy to your dining experience.

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When visiting Livermore, the itinerary is simple: wine, then dine. The blooming Valley and nearby downtown are primed for the experience. More laidback than wine country to the North, the casual feel doesn’t translate to second class. Instead, you get the same homey feel of Lodi, with a different string of international restaurants boasting authentic cuisine and sophisticated wine and

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private garden) to create a parade of American dishes, subtly influenced by French and Italian provincial cuisines. With a menu that changes daily, there is always something new to tickle your taste buds. DOWNTOWN: Set a few miles from the vineyards, Livermore’s established downtown is home to an array of international dining destinations complete with local wine selections as well as international pours. Take a trip around the world without leaving the confines of Livermore’s quaint city center.    For Italian cuisine, step into Bruno’s—you can’t miss it, an oversized chef statue flanks the front door—a staple of downtown Livermore that opened in 1998, before the rest of First Street had caught up with the town’s reputation as a worthy food and wine destination. Here, authentic Italian cuisine is served in a family-friendly atmosphere. Grab a table (and order the gnocchi de jour) or simply sip wine at the indoor wine bar. MUST TRY: the restaurant’s bread, dropped by the basketful, accompanies every meal. Eat as much as you can.   For Chicago-style pizza in California, Paxti’s—a growing small chain—reigns supreme. You’ll wait 45-minutes for a deep dish pie, but just like Bruno’s, its authenticity that you’ll get. The pizza here does not pale in comparison to those ordered in the windy city. MUST TRY: the bruschetta.   To continue your tour of genuine international cuisine, make a reservation at Uncle Yu’s on the Vineyard. Another downtown restaurant, this spot

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TRY: the beef and chicken satay.

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Night Cap

Flight Schedule Check out these other Livermore spots—that aren’t winery tasting rooms—with wine flights on the menu:

Livermore has evolved over the last decade or two, trading many of its everyday businesses for unique offerings that cater to the Bay Area’s sophisticated clientele. The downtown continues the wine experience well into the night, with live music, coveted late night small plates and cocktail venues, and wine bars that boast plush outdoor seating or indoor couches for a lounge-like, drinking-in-your-own-livingroom feel.   Step into The Last Word, a perpetually busy afterhours spot where craft cocktails are sipped in a lively yet quaint dining room complete with a short menu of small plate favorites. MUST TRY: the menu’s chicken and waffles to share.   The Banks Vault, a newer establishment opened late last year, resembles the infamous coffeehouse in Friends, if you traded espresso beans for Valley wines. Grab a seat at one of two couches in the lounge and catch up. Several TVs at the bar cater to Bay Area sports fans. MUST TRY: a twist on the trendy Moscow Mule, made with vino.   Double Barrel, located next door to First Street’s popular Alehouse, offers

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Zephyr Grill & Bar 1736 First St.

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Call ahead for a schedule— most offer a calendar of local acts from Thursday-Sunday (and the wineries have similar offerings during the day).

outdoor seating in front and back (although you may have to wait for an outdoor seat on a nice evening). MUST TRY: Taste sips from several vineyards in one spot with a wine flight.

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You’ve sipped varietals all day long and enjoyed expert wine pairings with dinner, so why stop now? Loard’s Ice Cream serves a (non-alcoholic) champagne sorbet that is perfectly pink and refreshing after all that wining and dining.

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Try your hand at some of Livermore’s best golf courses with on-site restaurants. Poppy Ridge Golf Course offers players three nine-hole courses, appropriately named after some of the region’s most popular wines. The Merlot is the most challenging of the lot, while the Zinfandel offers a flatter playing field and the Chardonnay takes advantage of both topographies.

Après Golf: Grab grub at The Grill at Poppy Ridge, which uses fresh, locally grown ingredients to create a seasonal menu. Wente Vineyards: offers the area’s most prestigious course. Book a tee time in advance to ensure you can get on the course, and if you want to play for less, ask about twilight tee times. Après Golf: Order from the easy menu of appetizers, salads, burgers, and sandwiches while overlooking the 18th hole. Las Positas Golf Course: prides itself on its reputation as a walkable course for guests. Renovated in 2012, golfers can choose between nine- and eighteenhole options on the 27-hole course before retiring to nearby Beeb’s Sports Bar & Grill for California fare and refreshments. Après Golf: Affectionately called Beeb’s, the laidback hangout boasts panoramic views of the course. On Wednesdays, guests can partake in a spirited, and rather competitive, trivia night.

The Art Scene Evenings on the Green 2400 First St. Peruse artwork and fine handcrafts from local vendors in Downtown’s Bankhead Plaza Tuesdays, July 11-August 15, 5:30-8:30 PM. Live music is offered from 6:45-8 PM. Pinot’s Palette 153 S L St. Sign-up to create your own masterpiece at Pinot’s Palette, a wine-and-paint spot in Livermore’s thriving downtown business district. The Bankhead Theatre 2400 First St. The cultural epicenter of Livermore, the Bankhead Theatre offers ballet, opera, theatre, music, and more. Starting July 15, the Tri Valley Rerperatory Theatre will present The Wizard of Oz on Saturdays and Sundays through July 30. Beeb’s Sports Bar & Grill

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Wine Happenings

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Sunset Yoga & Wine JULY 13 McGrail Vineyards offers yoga instruction followed by wine tasting and small bites from 6:30-8:30 PM. Vu Speakeasy JULY 13 Vasco Urbano will offer a flight of five wines at Nottingham Cellars from 5-8 PM. Evening in the Vineyards Music Series JULY 14 Las Positas Vineyards host its fifth annual summer music series, including wine and pizza from 6-9 PM. Art Under the Oaks, JULY 15-16 Head to Alden Lane Nursery to taste pours from local wineries, and enjoy live music, art, and food offerings.

Taste Our Terroir

JULY 20-23 Livermore’s annual food and wine event partners area winemakers with Bay Area chefs to produce drool-worthy food and wine pairings. All of the creations highlight the region’s terroir, and awards are granted to the best by a panel of judges made up of industry experts. Buy tickets to cooking demonstrations, garden lunches, evening lobster boils, and more. A true treat for foodies and wine lovers alike, the entire weekend is dedicated to promoting the area’s best in food and wine.

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The Somm Series JULY 26 This selection of Concannon Vineyard’s Somm Series, lead by Estate Sommelier LeeAnn Kaufman, focuses on pairing wine with pizza, 6-8 PM. Tempranillo & Taco Thursday JULY 27 At Dante Robere Vineyards, sip the vineyard’s 2014 tempranillo, paired with eats from Your Taco Guy, and live music, 6-9 PM.

Summer BBQ & Music Event JULY 29 At Cedar Mountain Winery & Port Works, enjoy music, wine, and grilling 6-9 PM. Bring your own grub to grill while the winery takes care of the rest!


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TEAMING UP The Miracle Mile Improvement District is proud to announce a strategic partnership with Port City Marketing Solutions. The goal of the partnership is to attract businesses and customers to the Mile by building a cohesive brand strategy and implementing digital marketing tactics. According to Erin Giles, Co-Owner of Port City, “The Mile is so much more than a client to us— it’s our community. We’ve called the Mile home for over 6 years, and we’re thrilled to aid in its continued success in any way that we can. It is a place in which we work, play, and live. A place that we believe should be showcased and celebrated!”

Dutch Bros focuses on three priorities: speed, quality, and service—teamed with a culture focused on customer relationships and a high-energy work ethic. These qualities were captured in Erik Sawyer, who started with Dutch Bros in 2008. The stand atmosphere, and relationships he developed with customers and the community, captured his heart. Erik cannot wait to create these relationships with Stockton and his neighbors on the Miracle Mile, as owner of the franchise . He is ready to continue his love of giving back to the community and positively pour into a place he is thankful to call home. “It’s an honor to join a historic part of this community,” says Erik. “I’m grateful to grow alongside these amazing businesses and neighbors!” DRIVE THRU: 1665 PACIFIC AVE., STOCKTON


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You’ve worked hard to raise a wonderful family. From moonlit strolls with your loved one, to diaper changes, graduation arrangements, and career shifts, it’s been one incredible ride. But now it’s about time for some R&R- and we agree that you’ve earned it! As you advance into your golden years, we’re honored to take this journey with you, and offer up the best financial advisors, healthcare providers, retirement communities and sage wisdom to help your transition into the good life.

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The number of hip replacement surgeries performed in the United States has skyrocketed since the beginning of the new century, while the median age for patients undergoing the replacements has simultaneously dropped. But how young is too young to undergo hip replacement surgery? And how do patients know if they are a good candidate for the procedure?    “We very rarely will perform a hip replacement on a patient

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to opt for surgery to relieve arthritis pain.   Dr. Kawaguchi says he has personally noticed an age shift in patients opting for hip replacement surgery. The recommendation to do surgery once reserved for patients age 60+ is now touted to those a decade younger. It should never, however, be a patient’s first approach to treating arthritis.

BEFORE SURGERY. There are several avenues of treatment to try before under-

going hip replacement surgery.    “You want to try to avoid surgical treatment as long as possible. The younger you are, the more we try to avoid surgery,” Dr. Kawaguchi explains. That’s because of the prosthesis, essentially made of two pieces of metal sandwiching a piece of plastic, wear out over time.   Replaced hips can, when taken care of, last 20 or more years, but if someone is young and active, they have a higher risk of wearing out the hip faster. Then you’re looking at revision surgery (or surgeries) that is more complex with a higher risk for complication.   At the first twinge of groin pain (the most common first sign of arthritis of the hips), it’s important to rest, take over the counter pain medication and treat the ailment as an injury. If it does not heal in two to four weeks (younger patients can take longer to wait-and-see), it’s time to consult a doctor. An x-ray should determine if arthritis is present. An MRI is almost never needed for diagnosis.    Treatment usually starts with conservative management. NSAIDs, acetaminophen, and other over-the-counter pain medications can be used to manage symptoms, as well as rest. “Very few people need anything stronger than that,” says Dr. Kawaguchi. However, prescription drugs can be given.   At the same time, physical


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therapy can strengthen the muscles around the hip, and those who are heavyset may be instructed to lose weight. “That can make a big difference in pain levels,” Dr. Kawaguchi says.

GETTING THE SURGERY. “Even though the hip prosthesis and procedure haven’t changed much in 15-20 years, there’s been a lot of progress made in how we take care of patients,” Dr. Kawaguchi says. Instead of patients taking five to seven days to recover in a hospital, St. Joseph’s is getting most patients out in one to two days. With better pain management and updated care practices, most patients also trade rehabilitation facilities for home health and physical therapy post surgery. Centers throughout the country are even starting to offer hip replacements as outpatient procedures.

WHO SHOULDN’T GET THE SURGERY? In addition to those who are young and can manage their arthritis by other means, there are people who are not good candidates for surgery. This includes those who are classified as morbidly obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher because obesity can result in a higher risk of complication during surgery. Other preexisting medical issues, including patients with kidney issues who are on dialysis or whose immune system is compromised, can lead to slower recovery times or increased risk of complication.

CONSULT A DOCTOR: ST. JOSEPH’S MEDICAL CENTER 1800 N. California St., Stockton (209) 943-2000 StJosephsCares.com

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retirement living

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When someone you love isn’t getting better, turn to VITAS in San Joaquin. Working with your doctor, we can visit your loved one, complete an evaluation, discuss your goals of care and arrange for hospice services that help the whole family. Don’t know what next steps to take or where to turn?

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Plan ahead for retirement with our guide to local services, communities, and options for the most important time in life.

 ARBOR NURSING CENTER

Arbor Nursing Center in Lodi was awarded the Clinical Excellence Award for 2010! They exceeded Quality of Care in 4 Clinical categories EVERY month in the year 2010! Arbor Nursing Center is centrally located in the quiet northern part of town. A few minutes from downtown, a few blocks from H.W. 99 and only 5 minutes from Lodi Memorial Hospital and our Doctor’s offices. Their 149 bed family facility provides some Private Rooms, Private Dinning and Private Family room all located on the Terrace Unit. In addition their semi-rooms have views of one of two different large outdoor patios. The state-of the-art Therapy gym with full windows on three sides and access to one of the patios creates a very enjoyable atmosphere. Please come by for a visit and receive a complimentary gift from us. Have a very Happy & Healthy Holiday Season. “We are Family Serving Families”.

Turn to VITAS.

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ARBOR NURSING CENTER 900 N. Church St. Lodi, (209) 333-1222

 VITAS HEALTH

Your community’s nonprofit hospice, providing compassionate and quality care, education and support to terminally ill patients and their families, regardless of ability to pay since 1979.

The Community Hospice Difference Comprehensive support and care for patients and families 24/7 Admissions 7 days a week Alexander Cohen Hospice House, the only hospice inpatient facility serving San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties, 16 beds

Attend a free seminar to gain resources and practical information for yourself or to help you become a better caregiver. To register, visit hospiceheart.org or call 209.477.6300.

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VITAS Healthcare, the nation's leading provider of end-of-life care, is committed to meeting the growing demand for quality, compassionate hospice care in the community. Hospice is an end-of-life care option that focuses on the patient, not the disease, by delivering medical care and other services to terminally-ill patients where ever they call home. VITAS’ trained experts understand the importance of attending to the medical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of patients during their final six months of life and are equipped to care for patients with complex symptoms. For more information about VITAS Healthcare—a Medicare-approved hospice provider—visit www. VITAS.com or call (866) 41-VITAS.

 RIO LAS PALMAS

It feels good to belong. At an early age, we discover how comforting it feels to belong. As we grow older, it’s even more important to be accepted and understood. At Rio Las Palmas, creating a spirited atmosphere where residents and their families belong is the secret to our long-lasting success in Stockton! We are independent, assisted living, respite care, and so much more: • Spacious apartments • Restaurant-style dining


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The Wellness Connection Fitness Club at O’Connor Woods is recognized for providing comprehensive programming designed specifically for senior adults. Although aging is inevitable, there are things that you can do to face challenges gracefully and by taking an active role in your own health. Members (folks 60+) are provided with options of aquatic and land exercise classes, individual coaching sessions, a therapeutic pool, and equipment that will assist them in meeting their personal goals. We believe that the key to successful aging is remaining physically active, eating well, exercising the mind, and maintaining personal relationships. Fitness Club Monthly memberships available – 209.956.3470 THE WELLNESS CONNECTION 3400 Wagner Heights Rd. Stockton, (209) 956-3470 oconnorwoods.org/wellness_fitness

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Somerford Place in Stockton, California is an assisted living community home specifically designed to care for people with a Dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis since its inception in 1998. Somerford Place is nestled in the Brookside area, away from busy streets and noise of the city, in a safe and secure environment. Our only focus is helping those affected with memory loss live a quality life. At Somerford Place, our unique approach to caring for residents with memory loss includes helping each person to continue engaging in the world around them. Somerford Place offers Adult Day Care, Respite Stay and Permanent Residency. SOMERFORD PLACE 3530 Deer Park Drive, Stockton, 209-951-6500 fivestarseniorliving.com/communities/ca/stockton/ somerford-place-of-stockton

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Our patient centered approach at Hearing Services Center allows us to focus on satisfying your unique hearing care needs. We work with you to diagnose and find solutions through our state-of-the-art technology. We provide exceptional follow-up care that ensures your hearing needs are being met. We are a local, independent, community oriented practice. We believe a strong patient-provider relationship based on trust and integrity is the best approach to making sure you don’t miss any of the precious moments in your life. HEARING SERVICES CENTER 1101 W Tokay St # 4, Lodi, CA 95240 (209) 787-5018.


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  Despite its name, the Seafood Grille serves some of the most tender beef in San Joaquin. The owner is so proud of it he put his name on it. Bud’s Beef consists of pan-fried medallions that almost melt in the mouth. Or, try the New England clam chowder, served by the cup or in their signature Bud’s bread bowl. Many say that it is the best in town, because of its creamy, silky consistency, and its generous serving of clam chunks that give it a delightful bite. Local secret: if you get the early bird special, served between 4 and 6 PM, you get a complimentary cup of chowder with your entree!   On Friday nights Bud’s Seafood Grille lights up, and the chef cooks some sublime homemade specialty dishes. Start with the homemade crab cakes and then try Bud’s Authentic Cioppino fish stew, which is made fresh every Friday. It’s a great way to sample a selection of the seafood available at Bud’s, with shrimp, squid, mussels, and crab in one delicious dish. If you don’t happen to visit on a Friday, then ordering the Mixed Grille or the California Combo is the next best thing. Then, on the Specials Board on Saturday, it’s Surf ‘n Turf, given a unique twist by the addition of prawns to the usual beef and lobster offerings. If Bud’s has one motto it is ‘put more shrimp on it’, and if you order a shrimp dish, like the Jambalaya special, you will not be disappointed by the generous mound of succulent Gulf shrimp you receive. Don’t worry salad lovers, you won’t be disappointed by the greens here, the Shrimp Louie Salad and Bud’s Beef Salad both come loaded with all the goodies you could desire. To finish, the Cheesecake and Pot De Crème at Bud’s gives the best desserts in town a run for their money.   On Sundays, Bud’s Seafood Grille is open for one of the most legendary brunches in the area. For just $14.95 you can choose between loads of classic brunch dishes like Omelets, Eggs Benedict and San Francisco Sourdough French Toast, or opt for a decadent seafood dish, like the Crab Cake Benedict, Hot Shrimp Melt or the Lox Bagel. Incredibly, included in the price are a seasonal, super ripe fruit salad and a homemade blueberry muffin or coffee cake, as well as unlimited coffees and mimosas, depending on your preferred poison. Go to Bud’s, and bring your taste buds. This spot cannot be missed for seafood enthusiasts in San Joaquin Valley. TAKE A BITE OUT OF: BUD’S SEAFOOD GRILLE 314 Lincoln Cntr., Stockton (209) 956-0270, BudsSeafood.com

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Rep your favorite Wine Country with accessories perfect for summer exploration! PHOTOS BY RITA HILL

BEYOND THE BOUQUET Manuel Martin’s brownie points for top-notch boyfriend-ery actually inspired him to start a business. The idea came while shopping for his girlfriend, a bath enthusiast. He asked himself, “What makes an awesome bath experience?” And searched for a gift that provided, with no luck. “All I could find were bath bombs!”   With experience in mind, Manual created a luxury box in support of a luxury soak. The gift was so well received that it sparked a business idea. He teamed with Etsy artists for homemade bath salts, soaps, and bombs— and the local winery, McCay Cellars. Manuel’s uniquely named business, Lovusion, now offers three (soon to be four) different box options which include three handmade soaps, three handmade bath bombs, three bath salts, a milk bath, chocolates, and four candles—and even a bottle of wine with custom glasses, or a dozen fresh roses (if you opt for the gold or black box option.)

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Enclosed in 80-year old Deodar cedar trees is a Mediterranean retreat that captures the essence of our Lodi appellation. Five generations of the Mettler family have helped cultivate the soil of their Harney Lane residence, where a legacy of farming and wine grape growing has continued since the 1900s. But its latest generations are what have brought about the extraordinary tastes of the Harney Lane vintage we all know and love. A process that is as near and dear to the Mettlers as family.   “My husband, Kyle, and I started the winery with my parents, George and Kathy Mettler,” Jorja Lerner explains. “In 2006, my husband and I presented a plan to my parents to diversify and start making a bit of wine ourselves. It was a way to keep our business viable moving into the next generation.”   George and Kathy Mettler were eager to continue the family legacy of farming, and soon enough they, Jorja, and Kyle had developed a brand that has prospered much like the wines

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to which they credit their success; growing better with age each year. “…We have tried to focus on creating a variety of wonderful wines so that everyone will find something that they enjoy,” says Jorja. “The greatest compliment is that so many of our visitors finish tasting through our lineup and say that they didn’t find one that they didn’t like.”    But who can’t play favorites? When guests drop in for a visit, they become a part of the extended family, offered seating along Tuscan-styled patios under the shade of the cedars that were planted so long ago. Favorites like the Old Vine Zinfandel, Lizzy James Vineyard, or the Albarino, a taste of summer itself, are perfect for sipping out in the sunshine. Friendly staff are ready to share not only a glass of Chardonnay, but the family’s fine history.    But Jorja and Kyle’s hard work has not only showcased itself in the plethora of guests that drop in for a spell,

but the many awards they’ve won over the years. “We have won 11 Best of Class awards, over 8 Double Golds, and over 40 gold medals,” Jorja smiles. “We have been very blessed to have won multiple awards since our inception.”    Those that subscribe to their wine club have also tasted the fruits of the family’s labor, receiving exclusive offers to bottles of Primitivo, and other library wines. And the family is thrilled to sit down with their biggest wine enthusiasts every year for Dinner with the Family. But whether you’re part of the Wine: Thirty club, or an old friend visiting your favorite winery, you’re always a part of the Harney Lane legacy. SIT DOWN FOR A SIP WITH:

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So, where do you go for the best cocktail in town? We selected 5 amazing summer sips from our 2017 annual Best Of San Joaquin Readers’ Poll.

SMOKED OLD FASHION @ MARKET TAVERN

An American restaurant and tavern that features local, farm-fresh ingredients, Market Tavern in Stockton’s Lincoln Center creates craft cocktails inspired by the seasonal produce of the Central Valley. Available year-round, the Smoked Old Fashion is ‘a bold drink that pairs well with bold food.’

It’s a bold drink that goes with bold food.” —Arezou Souleimani, beverage director

Old Forester bourbon, cane sugar, orange wedge, bitters, Luxardo cherry INGREDIENTS:

FAVORITE ASPECTS OF THE DRINK:

The taste changes depending on the wood used. “We take the local wood that we use to cook our food. We smoke the peel from the orange and the glass the drink is going in. The wood changes with the time of the year,” says Arezou Souleimani. BARTENDER SECRET TIPS: Don’t

pulverize the orange. Muddle it nicely and firmly. Sometimes we use ice when we want to bring out the effervescence of the drink. WHAT IT PAIRS WELL WITH:

Wood fired pizzas, wood fired flatbread with hummus, bone marrow, Korean chicken wings. Anything savory.

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A hotel restaurant that offers over 70 wines from the Lodi wine country, Townehouse Restaurant on West Turner Road in Lodi offers unique craft cocktails, outdoor seating, and live music every evening. And new to their beloved, seasonal cocktail menu is the Gin Blossom—available throughout spring and summer. Blueberries, mint-lavender hybrid microgreens, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, Lighthouse gin, club soda. INGREDIENTS:

BARTENDER SECRET TIPS: Muddle

2 oz each of blueberry and the lavender-mint hybrid with ¼ oz. fresh lemon juice, add ice, ½ oz simple syrup, 2 oz Lighthouse gin, shake and strain it into another glass full of ice. Add a splash of club soda. The lavender-mint hybrid can be hard to find. WHAT IT PAIRS WELL WITH: Any

fish, especially salmon, also French fries, salad. IMPORTANT: It’s

a seasonal cocktail. All of the bar drinks are seasonal. This one is available for spring and summer. FAVORITE ASPECT?

It’s very botanical and fresh-tasting. Very spring-like,” —Teresa Perry, lead bartender

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@ MARKET TAVERN Popular demand turned this seasonal drink a permanent brunch must-have.

HUCKLEBERRY LEMON DROP

Brut champagne, pear vodka, elderflower liqueur, fresh pear juice.

INGREDIENTS:

@ MIDGLEY’S PUBLIC HOUSE

FAVORITE ASPECTS OF THE DRINK:

It’s light, fruit forward, not too sweet. It’s well-balanced.

Midgely’s top-selling drink has been a favorite since day one.

BARTENDER SECRET TIPS: We

use the pears ourselves. We use local pears. The riper they are, the thicker the juice. We use Bosc pears. These hold their flavor really well. It doesn’t come off as too sweet. It’s about as sweet as a mimosa would be. It sits in a champagne cru glass. Strain the pear juice.

360 huckleberry vodka, Triple Sec, sweet and sour, a little splash of cranberry juice

INGREDIENTS:

BARTENDER SECRET TIPS:

Serve it up on a martini glass with a sugared rim. WHAT IT PAIRS WELL WITH:

Appetizers, ahi or any other fish, salad.

WHAT IT PAIRS WELL WITH: A light appetizer, deviled eggs, the burrata stuffed with cream, the charcuterie board, desserts like gelato, cheesecake, or the blackberry apple crisp

FAVORITE ASPECT?

“The cranberry juice adds tartness and color,” --Jarrod Tillery.

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An innovative American steakhouse and gastropub in Stockton’s Lincoln Center, Midgley’s has a wide variety of craft cocktails and happy hour 7 days a week. The Peach Smash graced their cocktail menu over two years ago and can be enjoyed seasonally, throughout the summer months. Lemon wedges, mint, sugar, Bird Dog peach whiskey. Muddle the lemon wedges. Shake it up and serve it on the rocks. INGREDIENTS & DIRECTIONS:

BARTENDER SECRET TIPS: Use

fresh mint, not mint syrup. Keep the seeds out of the lemon. WHAT IT PAIRS WELL WITH:

BBQ, sticky wings FAVORITE ASPECT?

It’s a whiskey drink but very refreshing. It goes down pretty easy,” —Jarrod Tillery, bar manager.

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We may not enjoy that summer heat, but we simply can’t stay out of the kitchen when a vast variety of fruits and vegetables are ready to complement our favorite seasonal recipes!


And that’s why we here in San Joaquin take the weekly plunge into our favorite famers markets despite the weather, where various foods, freshly plucked from our vast vines, fields, and orchards, are available in quantities big and small.    Whether you plan to stroll through downtown Lodi on a Thursday evening, shimmy through Tracy’s streets on a Saturday morning, or revel in Stockton’s Thursday and Sunday morning markets, there’s a plethora of fresh ingredients in stock this summer. Catch the tail end of the harvest for apricots, cherries, and figs. Blueberries, melons, nectarines, and peaches are just getting started. As are plums, summer squash, tomatoes, and strawberries!    So grab your basket, maybe a few reusable bags, and prepare to pamper your taste buds with a wide range of ripened goodies, some of which we’ve found recipes for! Enjoy!

Sweet Summertime Blueberry Syrup INGREDIENTS:

• 5 Cups organic blueberries, washed • 1 Cup water • 1 Cup Turbinado sugar, firmly packed (or white sugar) • 1 Organic lemon, whole, washed DIRECTIONS:

Peel three to four ½ inch wide strips from lemon with paring knife. Juice remaining

Baked Garlic Parmesan Zucchini & Summer Squash Wedges

Minty Watermelon Salad

INGREDIENTS:

2 Zucchini • 2 Summer squash 3 Egg whites • ½ C. parmesan ½ C. Panko breadcrumbs • 1 Tsp. Italian seasoning ½ Tsp. garlic powder • ¼ Tsp. red pepper flakes Salt & pepper • Cooking spray

INGREDIENTS:

• 6 C. cubed watermelon • ½ C. thinly sliced fennel bulb • 1/3 C, crumbled feta cheese • 2 Tbs. minced fresh mint • 2 Tbs. thinly sliced pickled onions • ½ Tsp. pepper

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Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut vegetables into wedges and season with salt and pepper. Whisk together egg whites and place in shallow dish. Combine remaining ingredients, except for cooking spray, in another shallow dish. Dip vegetables into egg white and then into breadcrumb mixture, coating each side. Place on baking sheet covered in foil and spray with cooking spray. Bake 18 – 22 minutes, or until golden brown. *Recipe courtesy of SlenderKitchen.com

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Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Refrigerate, covered, for one hour minimum and serve. *Recipe courtesy of TasteOfHome.com

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lemon. Pour blueberries and water in medium pot and crush up using potato masher. Bring mixture to boil on medium-high heat, then lower to medium-low. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove pot from heat and ladle mixture into a fine sieve set over heat-proof bowl or measuring cup. Press on solids to extract juice. Return juice to pot, then add lemon peel and sugar. Bring to boil, simmer for 10 minutes, and add 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Stir, let boil another minute and remove from heat. Remove zest and pour into clean jars. *Recipe courtesy of SimpleBites.net

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Serving San Joaquin County since 1979

We use ingredients of only the highest quality when preparing our meals. We cook using 100 percent cholesterol-free cooking oils, for a delicious and healthy meal. If you would like to order something not listed in the menu, we will do our best to accommodate you in any way we can. Gift Certificates available. Mon-Fri: 11am-2:30pm & 5-10pm Sat-Sun: 12pm-10pm

PEKING RESTAURANT 7555 Pacific Ave., Ste. 115 Stockton, (209) 957-0617 pekingstockton.com

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Nestled on the Brickwalk in Lincoln Center Midgley’s Public House specializes in steaks and seafood, with an extensive appetizer menu and unique desserts. Our bar menu consist of several unique cocktails, fine wines and spirits. We have several dining options including our extensive patio, dining room with floor to ceiling open windows, and a large bar area. We offer several dining options for large parties and do catering of all sizes. MIDGLEY’S PUBLIC HOUSE 296 Lincoln Center Stockton, (209) 474-7700 midgleyspublichouse.com

JULY 7-16, STOCKTON

BY FAITH LEWIS

Returning for its sixth year, Stockton Beer Week is poised to take Stockton by storm July 7-16, and prove that the Central Valley has more to offer adult beverage seekers than wine. The weeklong celebration brings the best Stockton breweries, bars, and restaurants together, to celebrate local beer culture and encourage people to try regional flavors. In the past, Beer Week has hosted events like Beer and Cheese Pairings, a Beer Cocktail Competition, and a Brews and Shoes 5k.

The week kicks off with a Brew Fest that features over 30 breweries from across California on July 8 at Stockton Arena. Over a dozen local businesses will be participating across Stockton this year, including Channel Brewing Co. and Midgley’s Public House. So clear your calendars and get ready to hop on over to Stockton Beer Week and find your new favorite summer brew. SIP AT: Stockton Beer Week Various locations StocktonBeerWeek.com

Owners Harry and Susan Yu have been a major part of the local economy since 2007 when Mikasa opened its location in Lathrop. Cooking with local produce and only using the freshest fish right from the Bay has always been key to their success. Fortunately the Yu’s chose Tracy for their newest location stocking the full bar with the most extensive liquor, sake, wine and beer selection around. Plus, with happy hour 7 days a week you’ll be sure to get your fill! Mikasa also offers off site catering and a separate banquet room for all your rehearsal dinners, large parties or business needs. Try the special SJM Roll (pictured). MIKASA JAPANESE BISTRO 2610 S. Tracy Blvd. Ste. 110 Tracy, (209) 830-8288 15138 S Harlan Rd., Lathrop, (209) 858-1818

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Ernie’s Food and Spirits offers a unique dining experience, featuring exceptional cuisine, the highest service standards, an extensive, yet reasonably priced wine list, as well as a notably impressive collection of fine spirits. Unassuming from the outside, our doors open to a sleek, contemporary environment, reminiscent of dining in San Francisco, Las Vegas and Chicago. Our vision is to prepare the absolute best Certified Angus Beef as well as Kobe style beef, the highest quality Chops, sustainable seafood, and the freshest produce available. Our menu will tantalize the palate, with our modern version of traditional menu items, creative, yet simple. ERNIE’S FOOD & SPIRITS 1351 N. Main St., Manteca (209) 239-3351, erniesfoodandspirits.com

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Somewhere over the rainbow isn’t quite so far away when you’re exploring the drink menu at POP, Tracy’s latest trending drink venue with options fit to tickle any fickle taste buds. And when it comes to their sip-worthy sensations, POP knows how to put the flavor and the fun into color-changing duos like the Butterfly Love and the Butterfly Kiss.   You read that right! These beauties will shift their hue 178

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De Vega Bros. is family own Italian Restaurant and focus on very traditional Italian food and using the freshest ingredients. Our outdoor patio is a great place to take advantage for outdoor gathering and dining. Happy hour, full service bar. We offer banquet and catering for large or small events. Open 7 days a week, Lunch and dinner. Sunday-Thursday: 11am-9pm Friday-Saturday: 11am-10:pm DEVEGA BROTHERS 5757 Pacific Ave., Stockton (We are located inside Stonecreek shopping center)

(209)323-4339, www.devegabrothers.com

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. The leafy outdoor patio seats thirty, and is the perfect spot to take a break from shopping in Lincoln Center and enjoy a leisurely lunch or even just a drink with a friend or two. We also invite you to come visit the newly renovated bar and lounge for one of our delicious specialty cocktails and bar bites. Please be sure to ask about our banquet and catering services for your special event or holiday party. Full bar and banquet room available. Open for lunch, dinner, and scrumptious Sunday brunch. Happy hour daily with $1.00 off all beer & well drinks and $5.00 bar bites 4pm 6:30pm BUD’S SEAFOOD GRILLE 314 Lincoln Ctr., Stockton (209) 956-0270, budsseafood.com


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Awaken your taste buds to a fanfare of flavor at the leading venue for Contemporary American cuisine! Fenix brings out the very best in locally grown produce with every meal, complementing cuts of meat and seafood in their unique and seasonal entrées. Whether you’re in the mood for something light or ready to sample the vast array of appetizers with your dish, save room for dessert and enjoy the décor tucked away in the heart of the Lodi appellation. FENIX 117 W. Elm St., Lodi (209) 400-3950, FenixLodi.com

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Papapavlo’s Bistro and Bar is considered byBistro many and to be one of Northern Bar 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.

PAPAPAVLO’S 501 N. Lincoln Center Stockton, (209) 477-6133 papapavlos.com

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Nothing screams summer like food, music, and outdoor family fun—and Stockton’s Food Truck Mania has it all. This monthly meet up of meals-on-wheels is pulling out all the stops for the summer shindig. “Food comes in seasons too,” says AJ Navaro of the On the Fry Food Truck, and a Food Truck Mania vendor. “We bring foods that relate to outdoor events, foods you’ve been waiting all winter for.” With the kids out of school and the warm weather coaxing families to enjoy the great outdoors, Food Truck Mania 180

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With its seasonally based menu and gourmet preparation, the Towne House Restaurant at Wine & Roses boasts a charming venue with exceptional service. Offering a farm-to-table experience with ingredients sourced from local farms as well as their own garden, the Towne House Restaurant captures the subtle elements of fun and excitement while also providing unparalleled food. The Lounge features live music and an extensive wine list showcasing the best Lodi has to offer. Dine in the intimate setting of the dining room or outdoors on the veranda where guests are spoiled with beautiful views of the gardens.

TOWNE HOUSE RESTAURANT 2505 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, (209) 371-6160


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Experience breathtaking views of Stockton’s Historic Waterfront while watching the sunset on The Delta. The Terrace at BellaVista is now open at 5pm daily, weather permitting. Enjoy our tasty bar menu, specialty cocktails and extensive wine list at the only roof top bar in Stockton. Still hungry? Head downstairs for an authentic Italian meal made in house daily. In True Italian Tradition, dishes are created with passion and simplicity using best ingredients of the season. BELLA VISTA 110 N. El Dorado St., Stockton, (209) 949-2104

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

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE 1243 West March Ln., Stockton (209) 954-9615, outback.com

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A favorite among guests who enjoy the comforts of fine food, Rosewood Bar and Grill, located in the heart of downtown Lodi, offers an upbeat and sophisticated setting with its rich wood and black & white marble floor. Rosewood offers Classic American cuisine with a full bar and an extensive outdoor dining patio, features seasonal menus sourced locally and regionally, and boasts a diverse wine list. Voted Best Fine Dining in Lodi 5 Years in a row. Open for lunch: Fridays 11am-2pm Dinner: Mon-Thur 5pm-9pm, Fri 5pm-10pm All Day Dining: Sat 11am-10pm Sun-11am to 9pm Bar open daily at 4pm

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Celebrating their 8th year in the Historic Tracy Inn, the chefs at Tracy Thai Restaurant have produced countless satisfied customers, with their wonderfully inventive dishes. The chef makes classics dishes like ‘Pad Thai’ and ‘Tom Kar Gai’ that leave the diner feeling that they have been transported to a street in Thailand. Many of the dishes such as Eggplant prawns, or Garlic Pork reflect a homestyle feel. The Menu is a delight and there are always Lunch and Dinner Specials. The wood panels and decors at Tracy Thai will bring you to a classic home style in Thailand. With a warm, cozy ambiance and delicious food, you would enjoy your meal at Tracy Thai. TRACY THAI 1035 Central Ave., Tracy, (209) 833-9703

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When you’re looking for a foodie fix, but you’re aiming to keep that perfect summer beach bod you’ve been working on all year, Sunset Sweets has your treat for cooling down and filling up. Layered up in a refreshingly tart, tangy, and sweet combination, the Acai Bowl is packed with wholesome nutrition! Begin with smooth and creamy acai, then work your way up to chunks of granola.

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Lodi’s Habañero Hots Restaurante, a local cantina and hot sauce shop, is a gathering place where people from all over the region come for fun and food. Established in 1981, the restaurant is proud to offer Mexican Food prepared according to recipes handed down from generation to generation. The restaurant also features a bar which serves it’s famous margaritas, in addition to a full service catering company that can handle your next fiesta from a full sit down to a casual buffet.

Enter thick slices of strawberries, juicy whole blueberries, bananas and voila! Your bowl of summer-kissed bliss awaits, dusted in almonds and coconut flakes, Chia seeds and cocoa nibs, with goji berries and bee pollen on top! GRAB YOUR BOWL AT: Sunset Sweets 2414 W. Kettleman Ln., #210, Lodi (209) 327-6067 SunsetSweets.net

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Hailed as one of the most authentic powerhouses of Japanese cuisine in the San Joaquin valley, Komachi offers a diverse array of exquisite dishes, ranging from the freshest sashimi to mouth-watering sushi rolls. “Come as a customer, leave as our family.” Hours: Mon - Thur 11AM to 9PM, Fri Sat 11AM to 9:30PM, Sun closed KOMACHI SUSHI 307 S. Lower Sacramento Rd. Ste. D Lodi, (209) 334-3131 SushiKomachi.com


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STOCKTON BEER WEEK

JUL 7 – 16

Bring out the bites, brews, and hours of fun! This year’s Stockton Beer Week boasts a broad range of participants from all corners of Port City! Stop in on some of our favorites in downtown, such as Bella Vista, Cast Iron Trading, and Deliberation Room. Head out and enjoy tastes near the Miracle Mile and Lincoln Center, such as The Abbey Trappist Pub, Midgley’s Public House, and more! Various Stockton Locations, VisitStockton.org

INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS DISPLAY AT MANDEVILLE ISLAND

JUL 4

When it comes to the 4th of July, there’s nowhere else, but the Delta waterways to showcase the spectacular view of Mandeville Island’s fireworks show. Hop aboard a friend’s boat (or your own) and take in the remarkable view of Barron Hilton’s annual fireworks display. Be warned! This event packs in people aplenty! Mandeville Tip County Park in the Delta Waterways, Stockton, CaliforniaDelta.org

CONCERTS IN THE PARK

JUL 5, 12, 19, 26

Don’t spend all summer cooped up inside! Step out of the house and into Victory Park for a wide array of concerts of all genres! Experience a Concert Band on the 5th, Country Rock on the 12th, Swing on the 19th, and Standards on the 26th. These events are all free and begin at 6 PM! Victory Park, 1001 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton, VisitStockton.org www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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CONCERTS AT LINCOLN CENTER

USA WATER POLO GOLDEN STATE INVITATIONAL

There will be rhapsodies aplenty on your trip to the Lincoln Center every Friday night in July! Let the fun begin with a little pick me up on the rock climbing wall on the 7th. Enjoy listening to the Summit Band on the 14th. Take a load off on the 21st to enjoy the movie “Grease”. And on the 28th, listen in to beautiful acoustics while you peruse the shops. LincolnCenterShops.com

What better way to kick off the hearty summer months, than by kicking it poolside to cheer for the participants of this year’s USA Water Polo Golden State Invitational? The competition is fierce as rivals meet at UOP to prepare for the rigor of the Junior Olympics! University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton, USAWaterPolo.org

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S.H.E. 365 5K WOMEN ONLY RUN

MICKE GROVE FOOD TRUCK MANIA

JUL 9

Gather up the girls and head out to Woodbridge Winery, because a fabulous day of fun awaits! Enjoy champagne mimosas, catered lunch, and a variety of sweet treats, such as fresh fruit and chocolate, and bundt-tinis from Nothing Bundt Cake! Enjoy exquisite jewelry courtesy of Gary Long Jewelers and a finisher shirt! Woodbridge Winery, 5950 E. Woodbridge Rd., Lodi, FleetFeetStockton.com

JUL 7

When the heat is getting you down, it’s time to take a trip out to your favorite grove for a day of food and fun! SactoMoFo proudly presents a scrumptious surplus of fine cuisine, hailing from our own backwoods and the big city up north! Grab a blanket, or choose a picnic table and enjoy sweets, and savory bites before taking a trip in to visit with your best buddies at Micke Grove Zoo! Micke Grove Park, 11793 N. Micke Grove Rd., Lodi, SactoMoFo.com

STOCKTON BEER WEEK BREWFEST JUL 8 Didn’t think Beer Week could get any better? Think again! Head over to the Stockton Arena on Saturday and experience over 30 microbrewery blends from within and beyond our Valley! Take up the tasting a couple notches by enjoying a wide range of food, live music, and sud-centered events! General admission begins at 1 PM, with VIP access beginning at noon! Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont St., Stockton (209) 938-1555, VisitStockton.org

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ITF WOMEN’S CIRCUIT

JUL 17 – 23

Take the family out to UOP and enjoy a pro tennis tournament like no other! With a reward stacking up to $60,000, players will be visiting from far and wide to try their hand against challengers. Learn the ins and outs of tennis and cheer for your favorite player! Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center @ UOP, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton, ITFTennis.com


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LODI’S 18TH ANNUAL WEDDING EVENT PRESENTS

LOVE IN THE HEART OF WINE COUNTRY SUNDAY, AUGUST 6, 2017

Hutchins Street Square • 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi Hosted & Sponsored by

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Bride & Groom Check-In & Registration begins at 12:30pm • DOORS OPEN at 1:00pm For Wedding Event details & to Pre-Register visit our website: wwwbridalevents.info

Brides Pre-register & Enter to WIN “A Bit of Heaven” Spa Package for the Bride & Guest Compliments of The Perfect Balance Day Spa VIP Drawing for Pre-Registered Brides Only Must be present to win.

Enter to WIN Fabulous Prizes Provided by All the participating Merchants Including these Grand Prize Sponsors:

Elizabeth of Lodi • Boomtown Casino Hotel • Just For You Boutique Marquis Entertainment • Elkhorn Banquet • Formal Connection www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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PEPE AGUILAR AT THE STOCKTON ARENA

JUL 21

For Pepe Aguilar, Latin music runs in his veins. The voice behind 26 studio albums with over 12 million sales, Pepe comes to the Stockton Arena to showcase his vocal craft with the region. Enjoy reigning favorites, such as “No Lo HabÍa Dicho” and “Nada de Nada.” The show begins at 8:00 PM. Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont St., Stockton, StocktonLive.com

MEET THE AUTHOR AT HAGGIN: KYLE ELIZABETH WOOD

JUL 20

Tillie Lewis left her mark on Stockton and the world beyond, and Kyle Elizabeth Wood allows us a glimpse into the Tomato Queen’s agricultural reign in an inspiring biography. Meet the author behind this incredible book at the Haggin and enjoy a .25 Kilometer Wine Walk with blends courtesy of Van Ruiten. Haggin Museum at Victory Park, 1201 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton (209) 9406300, HagginMuseum.org

XANADU JR AT STOCKTON CIVIC THEATRE

JUL 20 – 23

San Joaquin’s young showstoppers take the stage in Stockton Civic Theatre’s summer youth program. Enjoy their full-scale musical performance of Xanadu, the story of a young man who finds his muse in a girl who, strangely enough, ends up being an actual muse and daughter of Zeus himself! Follow along in this hilarious story of dreams, ambition and romance. Stockton Civic Theatre, 2312 Rosemarie Lane., Stockton (209) 473-2400 SCTLiveTheatre.com

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IN-LAWS, OUTLAWS, & OTHER PEOPLE THAT SHOULD BE SHOT JUL 20 – 23, 28-30 Feeling the summer heat? Why not cool off with a hilarious winter-themed play, promising to remind you of the true meaning of Christmas! When two liquor store robbers are on the run, they’re in need of a place to hide while waiting for the cops to cool off. Cue the Douglas family, preparing for Christmas Eve dinner! Linden High School Performing Arts Center, 18527 E. Front St., Linden (209) 401-8549, LindenTheatre.com

CHRISTMAS IN JULY AT PIXIE WOODS

JUL 22

Even Santa needs a few hours in the sun! Join him at Pixie Woods for a day of holiday-fun! Enjoy arts and crafts, special activities, and visit the holly, jolly man himself before he makes his trip back up to the North Pole! During your visit, make sure to take the little ones on their own trip through Pirate Lagoon on the Pixie Queen paddle boat, and other exciting rides! Pixie Woods at Louis Park, 3121 Monte Diablo Ave., Stockton, (209) 937-8206

MAMA RAMA ON THE MILE

JUL 22

Our favorite roadside strip of incredible shops in Stockton is hosting another fantastic festival fit for the whole family! Come on down to the Miracle Mile on July 22nd to experience a wide variety of food, music, and fun at this year’s Mama Rama. Unique vendors from around the region take to the sidewalks to showcase their crafts and skills, while local participating merchants offer a unique perspective on their businesses! Multiple Locations on Miracle Mile, (209) 948-6453, StocktonMiracleMile.com


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STOCKTON PORTS VS. MODESTO NUTS

JUL 23

It’s time to pick up some peanuts, cracker jacks, and maybe a hotdog or two! This month’s Stockton verses Modesto Nuts game is ready to rev up the rivalry between the two local teams! Enjoy this exciting event, which begins at 6:10 PM with the whole family! Banner Island Ballpark 404 W. Fremont St., Stockton, MILB.com

MEGA 100 SUMMER JAM

JUL 22

Mega 100 is ready to bring the music to Weber Point in a stupendous array of 90’s and 2000’s hits! Enjoy live performances by Rodney O and Joe Cooley, Skee-lo, Paperboy, Baby Bash and more! Rolling out rain or shine, it’s a day-long showcasing of all your favorites. The music starts at 2:00 PM! Weber Point Events Center., 221 N. Center St., Stockton

FRIENDS OF THE FOX PRESENT: “THE BLUES BROTHERS”

WOW PRESENTS: “CARNIVAL OF SCIENCE”

JUL 23

The classics will never die, and neither will The Blues Brothers as they attempt to raise $5,000 for their childhood home, a Catholic orphanage, from destruction. Follow the hilariously dramatic quest of these two brothers as they lay waste of Chicago on their “mission from God”. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 East Main St., Stockton (209) 373-1400 StocktonLive.com

SUMMER FEST at MICHAEL DAVID WINERY JULY 22

The wine and food event of the year is back for another toast of all that’s delectable in San Joaquin! Tip your glass in honor of Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation, with guests enjoying various appetizers from gourmet businesses in our county. Enjoy live music, wine pourings, and unique raffle prizes and silent auction bidding! Michael David Winery, 4580 West Highway 12., Lodi (209) 368-7384 LMHFoundation.org

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JUL 29

What better way to bid July adieu than with a fun-filled carnival that presents that greatest marvels in science! Scoop up the little ones, slide into the car, and travel on down to the WoW to traverse a wide variety of fun games. Bonus? You might score a few prizes if you win! The festivities commence at 10:00 AM! WoW Science Museum, 2 N. Sacramento St., Lodi (209) 368-0969, WoWScienceMuseum.org


2017 CONCERTS IN THE COURTYARD SERIES

Summer2017:

Guitars, Saxes, Keyes & More Jazz in the Courtyard

September 24th: Steve Cole October 27th: Jackiem Joyner

University Plaza Waterfront Hotel | 110 West Fremont Street | Stockton

Call for Details!

209.944.1140

LODI MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION’S

SUMMER FEST #33 Jazz in the Vineyard

July 22, 2017, 6-9pm Michael David Winery 4580 W. Hwy 12, Lodi (209) 339-7582 lmhfoundation.org Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation, Inc.

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UNFINISHED BUSINESS TOUR

JUL 29

Take in one of the greatest performances of Tom Browne in his Unfinished Business Tour, featuring hits like “Thighs High” and “Jamaica Funk”. With VIP tickets gaining access to reserved seating, raffle tickets, and an artist souvenir, you might want to upgrade that spot before seating sells out! The show begins at 7:00 PM. Stockton Civic Memorial Auditorium 525 N. Center St., Stockton (408) 5154420

BUMP MUSIC FESTIVAL & AUTOFEST

JUL 29 - 30

Take to Weber Point and discover the party along the waterside! Bump Music Festival, alongside Autofest, is a celebration of music and amazing cars. Enjoy music performances by Morgan Page, Brooke Evers, EC Twins, and more. Experience all downtown has to offer, alongside food booths and incredible activities! This weekendpacked extravaganza begins with a preparty at Ave on the Mile on Friday, and ends on Sunday. Weber Point, 221 W. Center St., Stockton BumpFestivals. com

EAGAL LAKES

DSB MOUNTAIN BIKE & SPRINT TRIATHLON JULY 23

It isn’t enough to take the plunge, nor is it enough to bike the miles. Hitting the dirt for the long haul won’t do you any good, either! But combine all three and you have the promising triathlon of the county that puts our greatest athletes to the test! Enjoy Eagal Lake’s DSB Mountain Bike & Sprint Triathlon and show the world what you’re really made of! Proceeds benefit Ride 2 Recovery. The trials begin at 7:00 AM! Eagal Lakes Resort, 12 W. Lorenzen Rd., Tracy (209) 640-4252, EagalLakes. com

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BUDDHIST CHURCH OF STOCKTON OBON ODORI

AUG 5 - 6

Pack up the family and head on down to the Stockton Buddhist Temple to experience a day infused in Japanese culture! Food vendors and game booths line the walkways and corridors with authentic cuisine and entertainment, while taiko drum, Japanese dance, and martial arts demonstrations are showcased along the stage. Enjoy bonsai exhibits and a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Buddhist Church of Stockton, 2820 Shimzu Dr., Stockton, StocktonBuddhistTemple.org


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The Best of San Joaquin. Celebrating more than 300+ local winners from our 11th annual reader's poll.