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features Neeta Sharma has been decorating brides with henna for twenty-two years, and has brought her craft to San Joaquin. by Jamie Menaker

36 Vintner’s Choice Twenty of our favorite ways to sip the life fantastic in Lodi wine country. by Jenn Thornton


42 Sushi 101 What are the roots of San Joaquin’s craving for sushi? We’ve got your answers right here. by Katy Berry


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When I think of favorite times in my life, they usually involve food, wine, and friends. With San Joaquin magazine’s wine issue timed to accompany the Lodi winegrape harvest and crush, I always think about how lucky we are to have so many great Lodi wines.    We are in the unique position here in San Joaquin to have an abundant wine region practically in our own backyards. Lodi has been growing top-notch grapes for years, even supplying many of the Napa Valley wineries, and in recent years has established itself as its own wine appellation, bottling some seriously good vino. We now have over 70 wineries in Lodi wine country, with over 35 tasting rooms open for sipping and sampling.    Many of these wineries are owned by Lodi families, and some go back three or four generations in Lodi’s history. What’s most notable is that the growers, winemakers, and winery families still enjoy spending time in the tasting rooms to share stories and talk about their wines. Lodi’s impressive vintages and reputation have gotten huge, but everyone involved in the Lodi winemaking process still remains grounded in what really matters—the people and the traditions.    So head to Lodi and check out some of those wineries that you’ve always wanted to see. Many of the wineries have special events and activities, above and beyond sipping wines. We put a list together of the most enticing adventures in Lodi wine country for you to try, from full moon barbecues, to live music in the vineyards, to sangria recipes, to wildflower picking. Check out “Vintner’s Choice” on page 36 and start checking off your favorite adventures. This is our wine country—why not enjoy it the fullest?

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A Tradition of Henna Art Neeta Sharma

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Henna is a plant and also an Indian tradition of staining intricate designs on the body. The henna leaf, when broken down and mixed into a paste, is used for its ability to dye the skin. While the plant itself has been in existence for centuries, the traditions and folklore behind henna, or mehndi, run almost as deep. Neeta Sharma has been decorating brides with henna for twenty-two years, and has brought her craft to San Joaquin.    Born and raised in India, Sharma was surrounded by henna during her childhood and became enamored with the ancient art. She taught herself the practice of henna, trying different styles, with no shortage of friends in India willing to let her sample henna designs on their skin. Through moves to Australia and Canada, she still brought the art with her, trying to keep up her henna designs as much as possible on anyone that was willing. »

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   “I was in Australia in 1996, when the Madonna [“Frozen”] video came out,” says Sharma. “She was wearing henna on her hands, and all the sudden it went from a little-known art form outside of India to international recognition. For two years in Australia I got to teach this art to a lot people, and even got interviewed by the media out there.”    Today, Sharma is one of the most in-demand henna artists for brides in San Joaquin (and really all over California), and also does her art at inhome henna parties, bridal and baby showers, festivals, and more. She’s been asked to bless baby bellies with her henna designs, and adorn entire bridal parties—including the groom and his attendants.     “In our [Indian] culture, weddings are such a joyful occasion, lasting for days with happiness everywhere,” says Sharma. “In most cases, henna is the first ceremony of the wedding celebration. I had a bride’s father say to me at one point, ‘You must feel so good, you kick off the whole wedding, and play such a big part with the bride wearing henna through the rest of the festivities.’”     Sharma explains that henna is part of the 16 adornments a bride needs to prepare for her wedding day—once the henna is on, the bride can’t do any work, she is just meant to relax and enjoy the festivities. Shbelieves in giving each bride a work of art that’s her own, and meets with the lady-of-the-day before the wedding to create a design. She asks what the bride does and doesn’t want in her henna, and tries to incorporate as much symbolism as possible, ranging from paisley (good luck) to peacocks (love and passion) and flowers (new beginnings). Even the groom’s name is worked somewhere into the design—according to tradition, if he can’t find his name, the bride has earned herself a present.    


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Whether applying henna on brides for their wedding day or on children at festivals, the henna process is the same. Sharma gets her finely ground henna powder from India, which is then mixed with lemon juice, sugar, water, and essential oils. The mixture sits for a full day so the dye can release from the powder. In tubes made for the henna paste—which very nearly resemble cake frosting piping bags—Sharma applies the design to the body free-hand with her steady artist’s hands.     Bridal designs can take anywhere from an hour and a half to six hours, while other designs done from one of Sharma’s pre-designed patterns take much shorter. For more intricate henna, Sharma will start with the palms of the hands and then move to the feet while the hands are drying. When the henna paste is dry, more lemon juice and sugar are applied to help seal the dye into the skin. The henna is left on for a minimum of six hours, and then scraped off—not washed off—to let more color sink into the skin. Henna designs last two to three weeks on the body.     “Henna has become so popular now that there are gatherings to celebrate the art all over the U.S.,” says Sharma. “I teach the Indian style that I am good at, but there are other styles—Moroccan, Turkish, Arab. At these events, it’s all about getting inspired by other artists and other styles of henna.”     Sharma has also authored eight books of henna patterns, both traditional and modern: pregnant bellies, matching designs that can be done on both sides for hands and feet, patterns for weddings guests, and more. She also teaches the ancient art at conferences and Modesto Junior College. For more information:





Taking a Stand Plea for Peace Center, Stockton

Last year over 80,000 volunteer workers in California helped take care of more than one million pounds of trash found on our coast, with San Joaquin County providing about 1,400 of our own volunteers. September 25 will be San Joaquin’s twelfth Coastal Cleanup since the decision to join the program in 1999, and each year the number of volunteers grows larger.    Participants can choose from twelve different locations to clean up, where safety materials and tools are provided by site captains. Volunteers can also opt to stencil messages on storm drains to help prevent litter from being funneled into waterways. Spread awareness and take part as Californians unite to keep our coasts beautiful. —Katy Berry

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Singer Mike Park started his Asian Man Records label in 1991, vowing to only represent bands that were “anti-racist, antisexist, and anti-prejudiced.” As Park’s success grew, he remained focused on spreading the message of peace and soon created the nonprofit organization Plea for Peace, raising over one hundred thousand dollars for charities through concert tours.    In 2007, Park approached local music promoter Middagh Goodwin about opening a community arts center here in San Joaquin. “Stockton was being called the most miserable city in America, so it seemed like a good time to bring new life to it,” says Goodwin. After winning a ten thousand dollar grant from, the two opened a space on Weber Avenue in 2009. Today, the center hosts shows for all ages, from high energy punk concerts to Grammynominated classical guitarists, but continues to strive for self sufficiency. “We have not been able to get any outside funding,” says Goodwin. “With the laying-off of cops and firefighters, no one has money to say ‘Hey, here’s a non-profit youth center. Let’s give them money.’”    For the time being, the Plea for Peace Center remains a space where locals can enjoy art shows, take classes, and even hold theatre practices, and Goodwin hopes they’ll continue to prevail as a free outlet for young people and artists alike. —K.B.




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Revisiting Old Highway 99 Dennis Ziemieski describes his childhood memories of driving down Old Highway 99 as giant oranges, motels with buzzing neon signs, fruit stands, and palm readers. It’s a kitschy, offbeat journey that now only exists in our memories—and brought back to life in Ziemieski’s collection of paintings, “Old U.S. 99,” currently showing at the Knowlton Gallery in Lodi.    With fond memories of the drive, Ziemieski relived the journey to see how it had changed. “There are McDonald’s’, Denny’s’, Motel 6’s—you could be in Virginia or Minnesota and it would be the same place at every interchange. In the old days, every stop or every establishment was a unique one.”    Ziemieski recalls seeing “giant oranges” on the side of the road as a kid: food stands that sold fresh squeezed OJ, burgers, and hot dogs to weary travelers. The “oranges” no longer exist, but they’re depicted in several of Ziemieski’s charismatic paintings. “I got the feeling, the ghost if you will, of the former buildings and activities that happened. And it’s like standing in front of a house you used to live in, you know? It’s just a shell.”    Ziemieski work is lively, rather than haunting, with vibrant colors depicting bright, summery scenes. As you take this nostalgic journey, notice his fondness for the colorful oddities that once lined Old 99. —Katy Berry Old U.S. 99, through September 25 at the Knowlton Gallery, 115 S. School St. Lodi, (209) 368-5123,


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Cathy Medeiros Ballroom Bootcamp, Stockton

Want to learn how to twirl across the floor in a glittering ball gown, or just look better during your first wedding dance? Stockton’s Cathy Medeiros can help with both. —Jamie Menaker

How do you train to be a teacher? A lot of people just serve an apprenticeship, but I did an intensive program at the Ballroom Dance Teachers College in Oakland, then remodeled my home to create a studio and began offering private lessons. I also teach a group class Tuesday nights at the Tracy Grand Theatre. Do you still compete in ballroom dance? I haven’t been in competitions since 2005, but I do have students I’m training that are getting up to that level. Now I really only perform for fun—we have a group of local studio owners who put on showcase events throughout the year. The third annual Stockton Showcase will be Sunday October 3, with exhibitions by the students and teachers, and plenty of dancing to watch throughout the day. How do you pick your partner? Finding a dance partner is one of the most difficult things in

ballroom dancing. Websites like aren’t for dating, but for dancing purposes. You’re looking for someone compatible, based on location, style of dance, and the amount of hours they want to dance and practice. For most ladies, if you find one, you hold on to him and don’t let go. What are your favorite dances? I would say my favorite as far as the movement and how it feels is the waltz—it literally feels like you are flying around the floor. I also like the Rumba—it’s a slow and sensual Latin dance, I like it for the musicality and the connection you get with a partner. What do you think of Dancing with the Stars? It’s great because it introduces more people to dance, but is it realistic? No. When you look at the people who start out on Dancing with the Stars—they train for about a month, eight hour days, before the show even starts. They eat, sleep, and breathe dancing. How do you get men to agree to dance lessons? I really encourage the guys to just try it once. Nine times out of ten the guy leaves saying, ‘You know that wasn’t bad, I really actually enjoyed myself.’ The most important thing, even without steps, is to be able to show the lady what you want her to do, to learn how to lead.

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How did you get interested in ballroom dancing? I’ve always enjoyed dance, and began dancing and choreography in high school. I took a Stockton Parks and Rec Salsa class, and the instructor, Juan Parache, asked me to apprentice with him. I helped teach his classes, and we also competed in San Francisco at the International Grand Ball.

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20 Vintage Experiences to Savor In Lodi Wine Country

by Jenn Thornton

The San Joaquin Valley accounts for 50 percent of California’s winegrape crush, making it every bit as noteworthy as that well-known wine valley to the north. Pair this fact with the region’s standout wine experiences—full moon barbecues, movie nights, art tours, and wine camp for grownups among them—and some might say its, gulp, even better. Following are twenty of our favorite ways to sip the life fantastic in Lodi wine country. »

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Tapa the World Sample the unique Spanish wines at Bokisch Vineyards, which have garnered the attention of none other than top wine critic Robert Parker, but by all means savor the experience with good company and great food. Bokisch hosts a private tapas party—think small plates, big flavors—each fall for members of its wine club. Leeks with blue cheese, canapés of Boqueron, and feta and figs are among the different dishes—and it only gets better from there. (209) 334-4338,

Prints Charming In the service of originality, there’s nothing wrong with being label-conscious. Commit to retiring the monogrammed M&Ms idea for special occasions (we’re done, aren’t we?), and personalize your next Lodi wine country event with wine bottles affixed with a customized label showing your smiling mug, your “save the date” reminder, or a far more interesting “Thanks for helping us celebrate.” (800) 690-9463,

Wine Down You love wine—body and soul—but your relationship might need some TLC and attention as well. Revive and reconnect with your sweetie at the Spa at Wine & Roses, where the couple’s Celebration for Two will indulge you and yours with a warm, candlelit bath, a couples’ massage, and two glasses of the resort’s private label wine. (209) 334-6988,

Read Between the Vines

Improve your shelf life considerably with Lodi On the Label, a literary compendium to all those Lodi wines you so love. This gem of a book, equal parts wine guide and historic novelette, features the stories and memories of local winemakers and wineries alongside gorgeous photos, making a great gift for Lodi wine collectors. (209) 825-8095,

Tapped For Greatness Experience a brewed awakening at the Dancing Fox Winery and Bakery, where espresso and wine tasting are not the only imbibing opportunities. The downtown Lodi eatery is tops of the hops as well, offering beer tastings and specials every Thursday night during the downtown Farmers Market, with special pricing and glassware to match the “Beer of the Night.” September marks the start of Dancing Fox’s “Beer Experience,” featuring eight different beers and unique pizza pairings once a month. (209) 366-2634,

Through the Grapevine Spinning your wheels trying to designate a driver down the long and wine-ding road? Call on the personalized concierge services of Vintage Limo to taxi you and a selected tasting party here, there, and everywhere you want to go. Some of the service’s customizable tours include lunch, and if you can swing it, ditch work and take the four-hour, mid-week wine tour, Wednesday through Friday. (209) 333-2657,

Naming Names Do you secretly wish you came up with some of Lodi’s most clever wine monikers? (Whoever named MichaelDavid’s “7 Deadly Zins” is a genius.) Take the Macchia Winery challenge to name its next great wine. Submit an adjective ending in “ous” and, if too “ingenious” to ignore, it may appear on a future bottle of Macchia vino. Bragging rights will be yours, and so will $100 in “Macchia bucks.” (209) 333-2600,


Celebrate the wine harvest with a bounty of late-summer and early fall fests. Downtown Stockton Certified Farmers Market Through October Wine on the Waterfront September 11 Tracy Dry Bean Festival September 11-12 Lodi Grape Festival and Harvest Fair September 16-19 Taste of Lodi September 26 Stocktoberfest October 9 Treasure Island WineFest October 10,

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Pull up a musical chair at Van Ruiten Family Winery, where audiences of all ages are invited to gather together under the covered outdoor patio from 1 to 5 p.m. every Sunday through the end of summer for live music and an even livelier atmosphere. When the temperature drops, the party moves indoors, where revelers and wine lovers are welcome to warm up by firelight with a glass of wine. Food parings are also available. (209) 334-5722,

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Ahead of the Glass Do your stem swill research at the first-ever Taste of Lodi Wine Camp September 25. This hands-on vintner’s experience—a full day of winemaking A-Z—coincides with its namesake event and includes a viticulture demo, grape picking, vineyard tours, lunch with a winemaker, a blending class, interactive activities, and a food and wine pairing instructional. (209) 365-1195,

Best Cellars Head for the Cellar Door, a unique wine tasting gallery, for “flights of Lodi’s finest” and gourmet tasties, but stay for the festive extras. The Cellar’s selection of handcrafted jewelry, leather goods, art glass, and wine-inspired items complement local wine pours. The space also provides a venue to showcase untapped area talent: Salsa Wednesdays, Karaoke Thursdays, and live music are among the Cellar Door’s rotating events. (209) 339-4394,

Bakers Delight Get your just desserts at Lodi’s Crush Kitchen and Bar. The restaurant’s beer and wine list is extensive, including endless local, domestic, and imported selections, but its dessert menu is absolutely supreme, so put a cork in it to partake of some seriously sweet treats. While the seasonal fruit tart and cheese plate are divine finishers, the gooey s’mores—an artisan delight made from housemade mallows, graham crackers, and dark and milk chocolate—is one for the recipe books. (209) 369-5400,


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You’ve got the perfect Vino Con Brio wine just waiting to be uncorked (begging for it, actually) and several guests coming over to enjoy, but you have nothing else equally worthy to serve for dinner— now what? We all need some virtual kitchen help on occasion, especially if it’s a special occasion, so Vino Con Brio also offers recipes online that pair exceptionally well with their wines. The apricot chicken and the Estate Viognier are quite simply a match made in heaven. (209) 369-5392,

Basket Case Let the slaws come out at Heritage Oak Winery, where picnickers are invited to spread out a blanket, pop the cork, and relax on the scenic shores of the Mokelumne River. Your own sips and eats are welcome, but those who opt not to brown bag it can stop by the tasting room and pick up a pre-packed picnic sack, complete with tablecloth, cloth napkins, wine glasses, corkscrew, and utensils, as well as fresh fruit, gourmet cheese, and salami. Post-picnic, take a hike through the vineyards amid the songs of the western bluebirds that call Heritage Oak home. (209) 986-2763,

Screen Play Before the credits roll on the end of summer, enjoy reel entertainment at Miramont Estate Vineyards, which hosts Movie Night at the Winery. These special evenings screen cinematic classics such as His Girl Friday and Arsenic and Old Lace in high-definition on an outdoor, twelve-foot screen for guests, who will also enjoy a beautiful wine and cheese pairing and celestial evening skies. Reservations requested. (209) 877-3178, www.


Left (top): Lodi conference and visitors bureau; LEft (bottom): courtesy crush Kitchen and bar; Right: COurtesy david jon foster/maria cazarez; RIGHT (BOTTOM): I-STOCK

Face the Music

CRUSH COURSE New to the world of wine? Decode the wine lovers’ lexicon with tasting notes from Michael Perry, manager and wine club director of the Lodi Wine and Visitor Center.

When they say: “Body” They mean: Viscosity—the weight of wine from a combination of alcohol, glycerin, and sugar.

Art and Palate Pasos Vineyards has made an art of making wine, thanks to its artist-in-residence, David Jon Foster, whose studio gallery is located above the winery’s tasting room. On weekends you can watch the artistic process as it unfolds, and Foster also hosts the Pasos Vineyards’ summer and fall art shows, the latter of which will feature an artist reception, live music, wine tasting, and the film, “Explorations.” (209) 727-3153,

Best Buds If your flowers have gone to pot in the heat, reset your summer table with freshly picked flowers from Michael-David Winery. The popular U-pick wildflower garden is small but delightful, and smells positively wonderful. As one of many diversions at the winery— don’t miss the tasting room, bakery and market, petting zoo, or the fresh-baked pies—this small botanical surprise will occupy those too young to belly up to the tasting counter for a zesty Zin. (209) 3687384,

When they say: “Bouquet” They mean: The complex aromas developed in the bottle over time. When they say: “Finish” They mean: The lingering taste of wine after it is swallowed.   When they say: “Jammy” They mean: Concentrated berry aromas and flavors.   When they say: “Musty” They mean: Unpleasant mildew or moldy aromas.   When they say: “Smoky” They mean: Charred oak barrels that lend wine a smoky character.   When they say: “Tannic” They mean: The dry, astringent quality present in young wines, especially reds.   When they say: “Mouth-feel” They mean: Literally, what the wine feels like in your mouth—light, medium, or fullbodied; acidic, flat, or hot; pleasant or unpleasant.   When they say: “Flabby” They mean: The wine lacks acidity.   When they say: “Corked” They mean: Wet, moldy paper or a cardboard smell caused by a tainted cork.   When they say: “Barnyard” They mean:  A flawed aroma component caused by Brettanemyices, a wine-spoiling yeast.   When they say: “Nose” They mean: The wine’s aroma.   When they say: “Vegetal” They mean: Green vegetable aromas considered flawed if too prominent.  

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One of the best things about Ripken Winery’s Full Moon Barbecues, which each summer feature dinner, wine tasting, and live music, is the party favors that you can take home for a fall fete of your own—and when we say “favors,” we really mean “flavors.” Case in point: Ripken’s rosy-pink 2005 Rosato-Sangiovese, the ideal mixer wine for an anytime, at-home sangria. Blend two bottles with berries or sliced citrus fruits, two cups of sparking soda, and a hint of syrup, to taste. (209) 367-9463,

Fresh fruit and yummy pies mean good times ahead. Stock up on bulk nuts, homemade candies, dried fruits, handcrafted vinegars, and chicken pot pies at Clements Ridge Produce, a sunny stopover with something deeply satiating for everyone. Oldfashioned candy barrels and the smell of oven-baked goodies lend Clements Ridge its gingham charm, but excellent wine tastings and surprisingly satisfying espresso blend the present effortlessly with the past. (209) 759-3850,


Cultivate Community

On your market, get set, go—to Lodi for the downtown Farmers Market, a little bit of everything, all in one spot. Fresh produce, delicious wine, colorful flowers, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and a kids’ zone mark this Lodi mainstay, which takes place every Thursday night through the end of September. So bring your basket, your eco-friendly tote, or your good-time attitude and celebrate with 10,000 of your closest neighbors. (209) 369-8052,


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To further his philosophy that the people around a table matter just as much as the food atop it, winemaker Robert Mondavi has partnered with the American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) to further Giving Through Gardens, an initiative that works to transform unused outdoor areas into bountiful community gardens. Donate an eSeed to the cause online via the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi website, and Woodbridge Winery will donate $1 for each seed. (Don’t forget to pick up a gardenfresh recipe while you’re at it!) (209) 365-8139, www. [SJM]


CLockwise from Bottom left: Courtesy heritage oak winery; Farmers market; COURTESY RIPKEN VINEYARDS

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SUSHI 101 Sushi used to be a rare and exotic dining experience in America. It was difficult to come across and people were often skittish about eating something made with raw fish. Thanks to innovative sushi chefs, the number of sushi bars in America actually quintupled between 1988 and 1998. Today you can find sushi in nearly every city, and even prepackaged in grocery stores. But when exactly did this craving begin? Where did it come from? And whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the difference between maki and sashimi? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got your answers right here.




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Basic Sushi Types MAKI – This is probably

the most visually recognizable type of sushi. The middle of the roll typically holds fish or veggies, which are then wrapped in rice and nori, a thin layer of seaweed. In some rolls, like the California roll, the rice is on the outside and the nori is hidden inside. These rolls are sliced into small round pieces that vary in thickness.

SASHIMI – This dish is made only of sliced raw fish, without rice or vegetables. The fish is cut into varying widths and lengths, depending on what type you’ve ordered, to enhance its appearance. This is a great dish for those who really want to taste the natural flavor and texture of the fish. NIGIRI – Typically, nigiri has only two ingredients: sushi rice, and fish. To make it, a small clump of rice is pressed together and neatly covered with a strip of fish. Sometimes a little wasabi is used to keep them glued together. The chef will also use his best cuts of meat for this type of sushi to ensure that it is visually appealing.

The Rise of the Roll The origin of sushi actually lies in China, where centuries ago fish was dried and pressed between vinegary rice, then covered with seaweed as a means of preservation. The term sushi actually refers to the prepared rice, not the fish. In the 18th century, a chef in Japan decided to nix the preservation aspect and recreate the meal with fresh ingredients. It became very popular in Japan, and for the next hundred years, the Japanese tweaked the dish, experimenting with different fishes and vegetables, eventually creating the sushi we know today. During its evolution, sushi also became more than just a meal, it became an art form. Skilled chefs began creating meals that were not only delicious, but beautiful too.    Still, sushi bars did not become popular in America until the mid-

1980s, which also happens to be when the California Roll was invented in Los Angeles. American sushi chefs began incorporating non-traditional elements like avocado or cream cheese into their rolls, and soon sushi had shaken its fear-factor image and proved to be both tasty and healthy, a welcome change in fast-food America. Today, sushi is a household name, and believe it or not, some of the rolls invented here in America are now available in Japan, which could be considered quite the compliment.

TEMAKI – Think of temaki as a maki roll that’s been remixed. You may also hear it referred to as a “hand roll.” In temaki, rice, fish, and vegetables are layered on a square of nori, which is then rolled into a cone shaped piece of sushi.

Fish Flavors Maguro (tuna) – Meaty and mild, a common favorite and great for sushi beginners.


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Hamachi (yellowtail) – Rich and flavorful, buttery with a somewhat oily texture. Considered a “luxury fish.” SEPTEMBER 2010

未加工 みかさ Raw Sushi Mikasa Bistro

If you’re looking to impress a date, look no further. Raw is modern and chic with its dark lighting, industrial ceilings, backlit bar, and hanging artwork. The food itself is impressive, as well. Start by waking up your palate with their wasabi margarita, which is surprisingly subtle and refreshing. Then we recommend the seared, sesame seed-crusted tuna in ponzu sauce, and the Dante’s Inferno Roll. Make sure chef Dante Goodi is at the bar, because it’s not listed on the menu. This epic roll includes shrimp tempura, avocado, sautéed onions and peppers, salmon, tuna, tobiko, unagi sauce, jalapenos, and lemon. It’s as beautiful as it is tasty. Raw Sushi Bistro, 10742 Trinity Parkway, Suite D, Stockton, (209) 954-9RAW,

Japanese Bistro

Mikasa goes above and beyond, providing great service and creating fresh, beautiful dishes for their guests. Their extremely tasty Mikasa Roll is grandly presented, with fried shrimp and cream cheese rolled in rice, topped with seared tuna and crab meat, and placed on a drizzling of unagi sauce. Other delicious menu items include their delightfully refreshing 49er Roll, which is topped with thinly sliced lemon wedges and salmon. Don’t stress over which dish to order because, trust us, it’s all good. Mikasa Japanese Bistro, 15138 S. Harlan Rd., Lathrop, (209) 858-1818,

For the faint of heart:

California roll –

Unagi (eel) – Dense, white

meat, often evokes the age-old phrase, “tastes like chicken.”

Sake (salmon) – Soft texture with a slightly stronger ocean flavor.

Tako (octopus) – Very mild flavor with chewy texture. Best used in nagiri.

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こころ Cocoro Japanese Bistro & Sushi Bar

Cocoro’s bustling atmosphere and happy customers are an easy giveaway that you’re going to enjoy your meal. The sunny interior and décor made from ripe tomato, lemon, and parsley bunches takes you out of the “fish” mentality, and prepares you for fresh ingredients and smiling hospitality. The sushi chefs are also happy to answer your questions as you watch them craft their rolls. Cocoro Japanese Bistro & Sushi Bar, 2105 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 941-6053,

Wasabi & Ginger When you order sushi at a restaurant, it may come with a few distinctive sides, but the two most common are wasabi and ginger (sometimes called gari). Here is some background on these curious condiments.


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Wasabi: Many people associate the

taste of wasabi with horseradish because of its spiciness, which tends to linger in the sinuses. Real wasabi is not made of horseradish, but ground from the root of a fickle plant grown in Japan. Because of its high cost and limited supply, many American sushi restaurants serve an alternative “western wasabi,” usually made of horseradish, mustard, and food SEPTEMBER 2010

Additional Sushi Bars to Consider

みさき Misaki Sushi and Bar

This inviting restaurant has big booths, a full bar, and a great location right in Stockton’s waterfront district. It’s a particularly good choice if you have a large party since they offer sushi boats, which start at $50 but can be as grandiose as you’d like. Also try their special Misaki Roll—not only does it have real lobster in it, but it actually looks like a lobster. Seared slices of maguro are fanned out for its tail, and chili sauce creates its whiskers and legs. Adorable and delicious. Misaki Sushi and Bar, 222 N. El Dorado St., Suite M, Stockton, (209) 547-1288

Oz Sushi & Grill 2414W. Kettleman Lane, Ste. 206, Lodi, (209) 334-9800 Haru Sushi Bar 550-H South Cherokee Lane, Lodi (209) 334-9988

し ら そ に Shirasoni This restaurant has a separate room for sushi lovers, since it’s also a steakhouse and teppanyaki restaurant. The interior is soothing and welcoming, with natural greens and mahogany browns. Chef Justin Saephanh recommends trying the albacore, which is as soft as butter. Their sushi menu features several rolls with jalapeno, including the bestselling Firecracker Roll with shrimp tempura, cream cheese, cucumber, crab, and deep-fried stuffed jalapenos. Shirasoni, 3249W. Hammer Ln., Stockton, (209) 473-2525 [SJM]

coloring. It looks like a bright green lump of clay and the taste is slightly more intense than authentic Wasabi root, but it serves as a good substitute. The best way to enjoy Western Wasabi is by mixing it into your soy sauce for an added kick.

Ginger: This tasty bite is made from a young ginger root that has been thinly sliced and pickled. Sometimes artificial

Kengo Sushi 2523 N.Tracy Blvd.,Tracy (209) 839-8292 Bluefin Japanese Cuisine 2433 N. Naglee Rd.,Tracy (209) 832-8995, Masumi 1140W. Colony Road, Ripon (209) 599-7188

coloring is added to make the ginger’s color a deeper shade of pink, but the best ginger is pale, and only slightly tinted as a natural result of the pickling process. Ginger is meant to be eaten between rolls to cleanse the palate. The taste can vary in intensity, depending on how it’s pickled, but it’s usually aromatic with a flavor that is pungent yet revitalizing.

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When it comes to great food and restaurants, San Joaquin can certainly hold its own. In the past five years alone, we’ve seen an emergence of top-notch, brand-new restaurants modeled after those of the big cities, both in cusine and atmosphere. But the real standouts are the restaurants that have been here for forty years and are still serving some of the best cuisine around, while also molding and shaping with the times, using fresh, local produce whenever possible. We feel lucky to be able to enjoy these San Joaquin chefs and restaurants in our own backyard—so dig in and enjoy!

Revolucion 1910

307 S. Lower Sacramento Rd., Lodi (209) 334-1519, Chef Jose “Sigi” Lopez has been cooking since he began helping in his mother’s restaurant in Mexico at age fourteen. He brings his multicultural experience along with his homemade sauces and vinaigrettes to the newly opened Revolucion 1910, an upscale Mexican restaurant in Lodi. The cozy restaurant/lounge, decorated in “old Mexico made modern,” prides itself on its authentic ancient techniques like using chili peppers for flavor rather than spice, making corn tortillas in-house, and baking rather than deep-frying most of their tapas-style dishes. Their signature margaritas keep with the authentic theme, and are made with high-quality, agave tequilas and fresh lime juice. Customers won’t find Americanized Mexican at Revolucion. Owner Javier Delcastillo says, “We wanted to ‘revolutionize’ our food back to the days when Mexican was made from fresh ingredients.”

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Oz Sushi

2414 Kettleman Lane, Lodi (209) 334-9800 Since he was young, James Jung has spent much time perfecting food in the kitchen due to the fact his parents owned a Japanese restaurant. He eventually went to Japan to continue his education in the culinary arts. He not only explored sushi but delved deeper into the overall art of Japanese cuisine. After returning to Korea to work on his skills, he received an opportunity to work in the United States and it was here, in the beautiful town of Lodi, that Oz Sushi and Grill was born. He hopes to fuse his prior education in the authenticity of Japanese food and introduce Lodi to a taste of its magic.

Hollywood Family Cafe and Catering

315 S Cherokee Ln, Lodi (209) 369-4065

All my friends and family would always ask me why I didn’t open my own restaurant, and I would always tell them “If God wants me to open my own restaurant he will drop one in my lap.” Well guess what? He did! They knew I loved to cook and entertain, they loved all the new delicious food I would serve them, and they understood for me my passion was great food, family, friends, and presentation. They always left thinking they were treated extra special. The funny thing was they were. Being in the food industry all my life and growing up in a loving, successful family restaurant taught me the do’s and don’ts of the restaurant business. Well I’m not out of the woods yet, but you know what? God has been so good to me and loves us, come out and share his goodness with us.

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If you are in the moo-d for a burger, Moo Moo’s Burger Barn is the place to be! The Moo offers a whimsical, table service, 50’s-diner style restaurant serving cooked-to-order juicy burgers, fish, chicken, and other sandwiches, salads & hot dogs. Try one of 15+ gourmet burgers served on a variety of buns, or create your own! Complement your choice with French, beer-battered, or sweet-potato fries, onion rings, old fashioned floats, milk shakes, and malts.

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

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Francisco Lopez and Augustin Hernandez, both born in Mexico, moved here 23 and 25 years ago, respectively. Shortly after moving to Stockton, they started out washing dishes at Miguel’s. Over the course of 20 plus years, they were taught traditional family recipes from Miguel. They take pride in serving everything fresh daily. Come in and enjoy traditional dishes or house specialties; fajitas, steak chicana, and huevos rancheros Miguel’s style.


Outback Steakhouse

1243 West March Ln, Stockton (209) 954-9615, Outback Steakhouse is already one of the most popular chain restaurants in the country, but entrepreneur Maurice Blankenship and restaurant manager Ken Haley have put their own spin and flair on the Stockton location. Ever since taking over the restaurant in August 2009, Maurice and Ken have been making improvements to the facility to become “environmentally-friendly,” making repairs with only “green” products. Also, it is the only Outback Steakhouse in San Joaquin that offers a lunch menu and happy hour Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. They are both very involved with the community and offer the “Downunder (Kitchen) Tour” to local schools K-3. Last year, Stockton Outback Steakhouse raised enough money to donate over 18,000 pencils to Stockton Unified School District.

Alder Bistro

151 W Alder St, Stockton (209) 943-1921, Adam and Stacey first met at The Alder Market in 2006. Adam was The Alder’s executive chef and Stacey a server. Their love for food and attention to detail brought them together and they immediately clicked! Searching for adventure in a field they both found rewarding, they expanded their experience to local area restaurants, but something was missing. Through their love of culinary arts and reaching for their spice in life, in September of 2009 Stacey and Adam were married and they found themselves exactly where it all began, The Alder Market. Total food lovers, the natural progression of their passion has brought them to their next exciting adventure and a dream come true. Larry and Kitty are happy to announce that Stacey and Adam are their protégées and are transitioning into the ownership of The Alder. san joaquin magazine


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Bud’s Seafood

314 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 956-0270, Bud and Matt Milsaps have owned and operated Bud’s Seafood Grill since 1993. Bud’s food can best be described as “simple and fresh.” Voted “Best Seafood Restaurant “ in San Joaquin County every year since 1994, Bud’s provides the ideal seafood dining experience with an extensive menu of fresh seafood, a variety of beef and chicken entrees, as well as delicious salads and fresh homemade desserts.

Crush Kitchen

115 S. School St., Lodi (209) 369-5400, It has been almost one year since Michael Warren Executive Chef and Owner opened his dream restaurant Crush Kitchen and Bar in downtown Lodi. Since opening Michael has proven that he can run with the big dogs. Crush has been successful because of Michael’s “Farm to Fork” philosophy. As a self taught chef, Michael has made his culinary point of view perfectly clear: CLEAN, CONSCIOUS, AND SUSTAINABLE. Michael’s favorite thing to do in life is to feed people. He believes that food made with love tastes different, and in his food you can most certainly taste the love. The menu at Crush is always changing, so stop in and see what Michael is up to this week.

La Palma Mexican Cuisine

2301 Pacific Avenue, Stockton (209) 941-4179, Bienvenidos. La Palma is a quaint, authentic dining venue located on the corner of Pacific Avenue & Tuxedo Court, in the heart of the Miracle Mile. Owners Rafael & Judith Duarte, natives of Mexico City, combine their traditional recipes with over 22 years of culinary experience to create savory Mexican dishes. Along with their children, this husband and wife duo prides themselves on using only the freshest and finest ingredients from local vendors in the San Joaquin Valley. Although their heart lies in making exceptional margaritas, La Palma Mexican Cuisine boasts a full service Tequila bar with an exquisite selection of local wines from which to choose. Join us for “Tapas Tacos & Tequila Tuesdays” from 6-9pm and taste the finest Mexican Cuisine on the Avenue. Experience Mexico without the air miles! Open everyday for lunch and dinner. Hasta Pronto Amigos!

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Bud’s offers a full-service bar, patio dining, and a banquet room available for up to forty guests. Bud’s takes pride in catering for special events such as weddings, office luncheons, company picnics, and birthday parties. Bud’s tow-behind barbeque allows for on-site grilling. Bud’s catering is delicious, and as simple and fresh, light or heavy as your needs may wish!

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

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Andy and Jennifer Pappas have been enticing the people of Stockton with their delectable fare for over nineteen years. Creating a restaurant that makes its customers feel like part of the family, the Pappases take pride in remaining upscale with their cuisine, wine list, and atmosphere without sacrificing customer service. Papapavlo’s serves continental cuisine with a slight Mediterranean flair. They specialize in chops, steaks, salads, and pasta dishes, with a small portion of their menu dedicated to Greek recipes passed down through the Pappas family for generations. The restaurant recently changed locations, moving to a large, elegant space in Lincoln Center with an open kitchen so patrons can view their dishes being prepared.


Mikasa Japanese Bistro

15138 Harlan Rd., Lathrop (209) 858-1818, Locals and sushi aficionados alike are impressed with the flavors and freshness of owner and chef Harry Yu’s sushi creations, not to mention the beauty with which they are presented. The dining room here is airy and casual, in addition to a sushi bar where patrons can watch their culinary creations being put together. Offerings from the kitchen include sushi, sashimi, tempura, noodles, soups, sukiyaki, and more, but be sure to try the chef’s hamachi jalapeno or Hawaiian tuna poki for a real treat. For fresh, fulfilling, Japanese cuisine, Mikasa has set the standard in San Joaquin. Try one of Mikasa’s many sake selections to accompany your meal.

Stockton Joe’s

236 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 951-2980, Born into a family of restauranteurs, brothers Michael and Billy Varni opened Stockton Joe’s in 1976. Styling their cuisine after the original Joe’s concept of exhibition cooking, they created unique and special recipes reflecting their Italian-American heritage. Chef Marcelino has been cooking up Joe’s favorites for thirty years. He and the other dedicated chefs enjoy the preparation of the fare in full view of their guests. In addition, Joe’s offers full service catering and is the exclusive caterer for the Commercial Exchange Banquet Hall and the Commander’s House. We have since lost both Michael and Billy. Their memory and vision live on at the restaurant. In keeping with the tradition of the brothers, Stockton Joe’s continues to support local causes and endeavors in our community. Today, Stockton Joe’s remains in the family and is operated by Michael Varni Jr. san joaquin magazine


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Peking Restaurant

7555 Pacific Avenue, Stockton (209) 957-0617,


317 E. Kettleman Lane, Lodi (209) 368-0613, Forty years after Pietro and Amelia Murdaca opened this familystyle Italian restaurant in 1957 to give their loved ones a place to enjoy “the traditional recipes of their native Italy,” husband and wife team Annette and Jim are following in their footsteps. At this time-honored favorite in Lodi, Jim still cooks in the restaurant’s kitchen, just like Pietro once did, serving up homemade raviolis, sauces, and desserts from family recipes passed down through generations. The Genovese ravioli with Calabrese sauce is a Pietro’s favorite, with all dishes still served Italian family-style and meant to be enjoyed by the entire table. Come and experience a delicious dinner with family or friends in a warm and inviting atmosphere of Old World Italian charm at Pietro’s Trattoria in Lodi.


3249 W. Hammer Lane Stockton, (209) 473-2525

Shi Ra Soni’s newly remodeled atmosphere is a long time favorite of San Joaquin residents. Head Chef Phillip Nguyen has been with Shi Ra Soni for over 15 years, perfecting his “tempanyaki” skills. Tossing knives and spatulas and flaming volcanoes entertain customers of all ages. Delicious food from chicken to lobster, veggie dishes, and sushi, too. Come celebrate your next special occasion or just an evening out.

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Curterina Chu, partner of Peking Restaurant, welcomes you to taste the cuisine of both Shandong and Szechuan provinces. Established in 1979 by her husband Bill Chu, the restaurant serves an extensive array of chinese delicacies sure to please most. Customer favorites include Hot Braised Fish (whole rock cod quick fried then braised in a spice filled sauce), Potstickers (prepared fresh on the premises), Hot and Sour Soup (many swear to it as a cold remedy), and Peking Noodle Soup (an assortment of meats and seafood with shredded vegetables in a rich broth). Whether dining in the warm and friendly atmosphere, picking up a quick dinner to go, or having a meal delivered, Peking is committed to making your meal memorable. Open M-F 11 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sat & Sun noon to 9:30 p.m.

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The Great Plate Bar & Grill

714 Central Ave., Tracy (209) 833-0862, -

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The Great Plate Bar & Grill is Tracy’s Favorite Place to Play, but it’s also quite the gem for dining. The kitchen staff is led by New York Culinary Institute’s Patrick, who really has a flair and love for making great food. Patrick is joined by Scott who hails from Le Cordon Bleu. These two make a dynamic duo capable of greatness. Whether its burgers, great daily soups, or the signature Jack Daniels New York or Rib eye steaks, you can’t go wrong when you’re in their capable hands. They also put out the best pizza in town, hands down, and create excellent party platters and banquets. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, the Great Plate also offers a kids menu, patio dining, two private rooms, and live music at second-floor venue The Boardrock.


Flip’s Burgers

2503 Waterloo Rd., Stockton (209) 943-5477, (209) 94-FLIPS

Chef Anthony Enhaynes has lived in Stockton his whole life. He received his certificate from Institute of Technology in Modesto specializing in the Culinary Arts. He previously was a line cook at the Woodbridge Country Club. He always wanted to bring back what Stockton was lacking; an old fashioned burger and hot dog joint. Flip’s serves fresh, hand-crafted burgers, Chicago dogs, Coney Island dogs, hand scooped ice cream milk shakes, hand battered deep-fried pickles, deep-fried twinkies, all made to order. Flip’s meat is always fresh, never frozen. Flip’s hot dogs are exclusively from Alpine Meats. If you haven’t tried one of Flip’s Burgers, you really need to come down and experience it for yourself. Flip’s is a new dining experience with no comparison anywhere in the Valley.


3499 Brookside Rd, Ste A, Stockton (209) 473-7300 For the past 30 years, Chef Richard Hyman has been honing his culinary skills in some of the finest restaurants in the country. Mezzo is the culmination of years of experience and family tradition, where great Italian food is served in a vibrant atmosphere. The modern and inviting décor sets the tone for a menu of light and healthy Italian dishes, true to Chef Hyman’s heritage and experience in multi-regional Italian cuisine. All pastas, sauces, mozzarella and ricotta cheeses, and sausages are made fresh daily, and all produce, meats, and seafood are sourced locally and sustainably. “We are not reinventing the wheel here,” says Chef Hyman. “We are just taking the finest and freshest ingredients and presenting, to our guests, the best quality Italian food that can be found anywhere.”

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9289 Branstetter Pl, Stockton (209) 477-5252,

Casa Mexicana

1110 Kettleman Lane Lodi, (209) 368-2272

Restaurant owners Elena and Job Sanchez take pride in providing the best Mexican dining experience in Lodi. For the past eleven years Casa Mexicana, a family owned and operated restaurant, has been a local favorite serving delicious authentic Jalisco style mexican food including homemade tortillas. Casa Mexicana offers a banquet room with full bar that is perfect for any family gathering or event. Come and treat yourself to a night of dancing every Saturday night with DJs playing the latest and greatest Spanish hits. We are open 7 days a week serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is a second location on Cherokee Ave, as well as a bakery in Stockton offering fresh Mexican bread and cakes. Family pack specials offered daily.

Haru Sushi

550 S Cherokee Ln #H, Lodi (209) 334-9988 For over two decades, the family behind Haru Sushi Bar & Grill has fed and captivated people with their restaurants located all over the Pacific Northwest. The latest venture for the Tsui family is in Lodi, where on any given day, the place is bustling with activity, as regular customers crowd in as often as new friends do, ordering from Haru’s extensive menu of deliciously creative sushi rolls. The restaurant also boasts a carefully chosen selection of sake that every discerning palette can enjoy. Offering happy hour specials, catering services, and large party accommodations, Haru has quickly become the Central Valley’s go-to hotspot for sushi and Japanese cuisine. Come join the family.

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Chef NáCole is a 2003 alumni of the world renown California Culinary Academy located in the heart of San Francisco. Following her formal training with the academy she took flight over crystal clear blue waters to hold a position with the The Ritz Carlton of Montego Bay, Jamaica. Her return to the states was met with a position at The Sequoia at Bee Bennet House, a fine French restaurant set in the old Victorian Bee Bennet Mansion in Placerville, California, and with Tunnel 21 in Sacramento, California owned by former Sacramento King Vladi Divac. Continuing with her history of working in only top quality establishments Chef NáCole is now with Wagner Heights Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Stockton, California where her sights are set on introducing Fine French, Asian Fusion, and Caribbean Cuisines on a level that will improve the quality of life for those who choose to indulge in the quality of culture change.

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Casa Flores Marina

3201 W. Benjamin Holt Drive, Stockton (in the Marina Shopping Center) (209) 451-1116,

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Restaurateur Octavio Cruces has cultivated the ultimate Mexican dining experience at Casa Flores Marina. Celebrating its first anniversary, the restaurant has already won over Stockton residents by combining a warm, inviting atmosphere with a delicious and innovative menu. Octavio has also brought to Stockton its first regular Tequila Tasting event—each third Thursday of the month, participants can taste over 82 different tequilas, sample tequila-inspired cuisine, and learn about the cultivation and history of tequila. Octavio’s father, Chef Juan Cruces, brings traditional Mexican cuisine to the cocina. His knowledge and experience with Mexican food and culture have been influential in the development of the “Marina Menu,” sharing the traditions from Mexico to our savory plates. Come join us on September 16th for “Dia De Independencia” Mariachi, Pozolazo and Tequila Tasting.


Stockton Golf and Country Club

3800 W. Country Club Blvd., Stockton (209) 466-4313,

Chef Nicolas Sanchez has been pleasing the appetites of the Stockton Golf & CC membership and their guests since 2005—and he does it well. “A new member told me they joined the Club specifically for the diverse cuisine created by Chef Nico,” said General Manager Bob Young. Chef Nico was featured on the May 2010 cover of the Professional Golfers Association magazine after a search of 250 club chefs, and also periodically competes in cooking competitions. In 2008, he won the Peoples Choice Award in the local Chefs Challenge. Chef Nicholas oversees a staff of 18 and must be ready to serve up to 400 visitors for a banquet or provide dining pleasures in possibly seven different rooms at one time. For more information on membership opportunities, banquet facilities, or hosting a golf tournament, call (209) 466-4313, or visit the Club’s web site at

Masa Contemporary Japanese Lounge 2819 W. March Lane, Suite A3, Stockton (209) 473-1255

Masa Contemporary Japanese Lounge opened its doors in April of 2010 in Palm Crossing. The restaurant’s contemporary atmosphere is refreshing and gives off the vibe of a big city lounge. Masa has a unique menu with a fusion of culinary styles, Japanese meets Californian. They take great pride in their food and use the freshest ingredients and fish delivered daily. The chefs’ artistic ingenuity makes the presentation of the food and sushi look incredible. Take some time to try a bottle of sake from the extensive sake list with one of the special rolls on the menu. There is something satisfying for everyone at Masa. san joaquin magazine



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TAHOE Our World Famous Lake-in-the-Sky By Don and Ann Jackson Lake Tahoe is truly one of our country’s most beautiful natural treasures, and we are fortunate enough to live only a few short hours away. Unmatched vistas and a myriad of adventurous activities in both summer and winter await us all. Fun fact: If Lake Tahoe, our country’s largest alpine lake, was completely drained it would cover our entire state with over 14 inches of water­—that’s a lot of H2O. »

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South Shore Lake Tahoe is a glorious short getaway or vacation destination for all of us no matter what our budget. Winter sports enthusiasts know about Heavenly, the largest ski resort in California with challenging ski runs in both Nevada and California, and the longest mountain descent (5.5 miles) on the west coast ( Whenever it’s open and the weather is clear, be sure to take the gondola ride from Heavenly Village to one of the most spectacular panoramic viewing decks anywhere.    So what can folks do on those majestic blue and green waters in the summertime? Unlike many lakes with limited space, Tahoe’s expansive 22-mile length and 12mile width adds to the enjoyment and safety of water activities. Water skiing, parasailing, power boating, jet skiing, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, and other water sports are all available through Ski Run Boat Company ( A day excursion or sunset dinner cruise on the Tahoe Queen, an authentic paddle wheeler, is another recommended lake outing (    Hiking and biking in Tahoe are superb options with numerous bike trails. For bike rentals, we suggest Anderson’s Bike Rental ( Tip: For free maps/directions to the best rides visit Whether you’re hiking, biking, or driving, be sure to visit these nearby spots: breathtaking Fallen Leaf Lake and the Glen Alpine waterfalls; stately Vikingsholm Castle, one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in North America (; and Tallac Historic Site, containing a number of well restored early Tahoe estates of the wealthy including our favorite, “Valhalla.”       Golfers will find that Edgewood, home to the nationally televised annual celebrity golf tourney, is a magnificent lakefront championship course (www.edgewoodtahoe. com). For those interested in beach walks or sunning, we counted at least eight pristine beaches that should prove very inviting— our personal fave is Pope Beach.

Where to Shop: The shopping at the lake is rather minimalist, but the new and beautifully designed Heavenly Village and Village Center, next door, are both delightful improvements to the local shopping scene. Our favorite stores: Up Shirt Creek, a unique selection of gift items and much more than just shirts (and yes, we really liked the name), and the upscale Marcus Ashley Art Gallery (

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The crystal clear waters and fresh air of Tahoe are the perfect antidote to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With South Shore’s breathtaking natural beauty and casino nightlife, there should be something for every Tahoe visitor. For complete details on all things South Tahoe, visit [SJM] SEPTEMBER 2010

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Lakeland Village Resort’s attractive condos offer a private beach with pier, two pools, full kitchens in all units, tennis, and kayaking—a perfect family getaway option ( Embassy Suites, at the California/Nevada border, is surprisingly the only 4-diamond lodging on the South Shore and provides excellent values when including those complimentary breakfasts and evening happy hours (www.embassytahoe. com). For visitors wishing to stay where they can do a little gambling, the MontBleu Resort and Casino on the Nevada side offers some of the best online lodging bargains. MontBleu’s Ciera Steak and Chop House is the only 4-diamond dining in the immediate area and definitely lives up to its culinary reputation (    The 150 acre wooded setting of Camp Richardson Historic Resort is a perfect choice for camping, RVs, and rustic cabins. Their Beacon Bar and Grill overlooking the lake and beach, an obvious locals’ favorite, provided one of the most fun evenings we had on the trip and featured comfort grub and live music (www.camprichardson. com). If you’re into high-in-the-sky dining experiences, be sure to try Friday’s Station on the top of Harrah’s, where their awardwinning cuisine is often matched by stunning sunsets (    Other dining/food/club picks: Latin Soul, a casual dining experience featuring a delectable fusion of Mexican and South American cuisine at the Lakeside Inn/Casino (; Stateline Brewery, a fun microbrewery for the sports junkies with tempting happy hour food and drink specials (; Red Hut Café and Fountain, the newest sibling of a South Shore institution for breakfast/lunch since 1959 (; and Rude Brothers Bagels and Coffee for mouthwatering bagels with attitude. For nightlife, the Cabo Wabo Cantina at Harvey’s has one of the most lively scenes on the casino strip: top-notch tequila, plenty of pub-table seating, and an expansive dance floor for groovin’ to Cabo Wabo’s live cover bands (


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A Sweet Affair

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory By Jamie Menaker | photos by dan Hood

When Vinnie Bhann decided to open a candy shop in Manteca, he was looking for something nice to contribute to the downtown area. With Manteca quickly growing and improving, Bhann was hoping to add to this revitalization. It was a good guess that a candy shop would fit in well with all ages, and Manteca’s Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory was born. ››

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  Enter the colorful candy shop, and here you will find one of the largest and most diverse chocolate selections in San Joaquin, from caramel apples covered with an array of different toppings, to candy clusters, chocolate-dipped pretzels and marshmallows, and freshly-dipped chocolate strawberries.   Each of the over 300 different types of chocolate candy is made on-site at the shop (other than a few of the fine truffles) with fresh produce—locally-grown whenever possible—and gourmet white, milk, and dark chocolates.    “Our store is such a beautiful addition to Manteca,” says Jayne Panigada, who has been the store manager since Rocky Mountain opened Labor Day weekend of 2008. “Oftentimes people come in and are amazed that we have something like this here. You really have to see it to believe it.”    Rocky Mountain Chocolate factory is actually a franchise business, started in 1981 in Durango, Colorado. The first shop was opened by chocolate-lover Frank Krail, and more than 300 stores are now open worldwide, with other San Joaquin locations in Lodi and Modesto. The Rocky Mountain recipes are tried-and-true, but Panigada and the Manteca Rocky Mountain staff put love

into each item they make at the shop.    “It’s like that movie, Chocolat,” says Panigada. “We cook the chocolate in a big copper kettle. The first thing we do every morning is temper the chocolate so that it will be silky and smooth for dipping. That’s become one of my favorite movies since I’ve been working here. Plus, I love helping someone that comes in not knowing what to pick out, and giving them ideas which chocolates might be their favorite.”    Panigada loves the daily fresh-dipped strawberries, but says that one of Rocky Mountain’s biggest claims to fame is the over twenty varieties of caramel apples. Always made with market-fresh Granny Smith apples, flavors include apple pie, cheesecake, rocky road, English toffee, pecan, M&M, smores, and more. Rocky Mountain even carries the hard-to-find, old-fashioned, red candy apple.    The chocolate barks are another standout here, a blending of flavors and textures: pretzel, mint, peanut butter, dark chocolate, light chocolate, Oreo, nuts. Dipped-chocolate treats like strawberries, marshmallows, graham crackers, and pretzels are melt-in-your-mouth good, as are truffles with different fillings and chocolates. Try the chewy fudge for

something traditional, or even browse the sugar-free chocolate selection.    “We get anyone from someone looking for a gift, to someone having a bad day, someone needing a chocolate fix, or kids that have been good and get a trip to the candy shop,” says Panigada. “The most rewarding part is probably having a customer come in not such a great mood, and leaving happy because they had a good time at the candy shop.” It can’t hurt that each person through Rocky Mountain’s doors is rewarded with a sample of the shop’s chocolate.    Panigada also points out that visitors can watch the chocolate being made. “We don’t have a set cooking schedule, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you came in and saw us cooking a big batch of fudge, or spinning caramel apples.”    Rocky Mountain can also gather together and wrap any chocolates or candy in the store to create a gift of any size. The shop creates wedding favors, baskets, platters, anything you can imagine—hand-picked to your design.    So the big question: Working at Rocky Mountain, is it tough to not eat every fresh chocolate that hits the shelf?   A one-word answer from Jayne Panigada: “Yes!”

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A Noble Bordeaux Grape Variety: Merlot by Michael Perry

Merlot is a grape variety used all over the world to make classic wines. In France, there are more acres of Merlot planted than Cabernet Sauvignon. For red wine grapes grown in California, Merlot is third behind only Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel.    Merlot is often produced as a varietal wine and is a popular blend component with Cabernet Sauvignon. There are three main styles of Merlot—a soft, fruity, smooth wine with modest tannins; a fruity wine with more tannic structure; and, finally, a brawny, highly tannic style made in the profile of Cabernet Sauvignon.

   Merlot offers a complex mix of aromas and flavors highlighted by plum, cassis, cherry, blueberry, and blackberry fruit. It can also exhibit vegetal notes of green olive, bell pepper, and mushroom. Tea, pine, eucalyptus, and mint notes are also common as is spice, chocolate, smoke, and vanilla derived from oak aging.    Merlot can lend itself to a wide array of food matching options. Cabernetlike Merlots pair well with grilled and charred meats. Softer, fruitier Merlots go well with salmon, mushroombased dishes, and greens like chard and

radicchio. Light-bodied Merlots go well with shellfish like prawns or scallops, especially if wrapped in a protein-rich food such as bacon or prosciutto.    Lodi grows more Merlot than anyone else in California! Try these when next shopping for Lodi Merlots. Cheers! For more information: Visit the Lodi Wine and Visitor Center, and taste from a selection of over two hundred award-winning Lodi wines. 2545 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, (209) 367-4727,

SIPS AT HOME Stama Winery 2006 Merlot Medium body with moderate tannin, cherry, leather notes, and a spicy oak finish. ($13)


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Vicarmont Vineyards and Winery 2007 Merlot Medium body with hints of cherry and plum, mint, and oak. Tannic but not overpowering, with a firm cherry and oak finish. ($16)

Berghold Vineyards 2006 Merlot

Abundance Vineyards 2007 Merlot

Cherry, mint, green olive, and smoky oak flavors and aromas. Medium body with a nice mouth feel and mature tannins. ($22)

Red berry, anise, and earth flavors and aromas. Slightly tannic with a cherry and spicy oak finish. ($12)



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The Lodi winemaking industry has enjoyed tremendous expansion in the last decade. The land devoted to vineyards has increased from 46,000 acres in 1996, to nearly 100,000 today. Now the region produces more fine wine than Napa and Sonoma combined! The Lodi appellation is proudly blowing away the mists of anonymity that have shrouded local wines, allowing them to bask in the sunshine of worldwide recognition. We invite you to take a short ride and discover Lodi Wine Country for yourself.

Oak Farm Vineyards 2005 Zinfandel - Lodi Appellation

Oak Farm Vineyards, located at the end of DeVries Road, was home to William DeVries, a well-regarded historical figure in San Joaquin County. The estate was built in 1864 and DeVries lived there until his death in 1908, according to a Sacramento Bee article.    His ranch was known throughout the San Joaquin Valley as one of the most magnificent and beautiful pieces of property within the state. DeVries was an enthusiastic lover of trees, particularly of oaks, and on the home ranch he never allowed a tree to be cut unless it was a menace, the newspaper reported upon his death.    Today, many of the property’s oaks still stand and twenty acres of vineyards are harvested each year, but it’s the entertainment accommodations that are worth the short tenminute drive from Lodi.    The property has been largely renovated with great attention to its heritage. It is an oasis in the country and your guests will appreciate the trip to be a part of it.

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Tasting Room Open Daily 11:00am-5:00pm 340 West Highway 12 Lodi, CA ph 866-334-5722 fx 209-334-5726

Delicato 12001 S Highway 99 Manteca, CA 95336 (209) 824-3500

Tasting Room Open Thursday - Sunday 12:00pm – 5:00pm 9010 E. Harney Lane Lodi, CA 95240 PH 209-365-1900 Love. Laughter. Family. These are the three main ingredients we pour into every bottle of Harney Lane wine.

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Mokelumne Glen Vineyards 139 S. Guild Ave. #102 Lodi, CA 95240 (209) 369-5755

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DiningOut compiled by ROBIN MEYER with additional reporting by Amanda Rife and Lindsey Ball

Bud’s Seafood Grille 314 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 956-0270, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

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

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

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

LOCKEFORD JOE’s of Italy 18700 N. Hwy 88, Lockeford (209) 727-5841. Full bar. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. $$

Joe’s of Italy’s cuisine is a well-known type of food available in the Central Valley for over 75 years. Their comfort Italian food has been refined to perfection and is a joy to experience and reasonably priced. Located in the middle of wine country, Joe’s has some of the most authentic Italian cuisine anywhere in this area. Try linguine and clams, stuffed raviolis, gnocchi, or canneloni—not to be missed.

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

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


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105 S. School St., (209) 368-9931, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Whether you’re looking for a place to meet for your next business lunch, to grab a bite with friends or your kids after work, or to dine with a party of one hundred, the Lodi Beer Company welcomes you. The beautiful slate floors, iron work, and copper accents create an inviting atmosphere, and with up to fourteen

beers on tap and menu items ranging from deep fried macaroni and cheese to a twentytwo ounce rib eye steak to grilled mahi-mahi, everyone is sure to leave happy and full. Lodi Feed and Fuel 27 W. Elm St., (209) 365-1043. Full bar. Open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. $$-$$$$

Come dressed up or down; Lodi Feed and Fuel welcomes all for a fun, fine dining experience. With classic and contemporary movie memorabilia adorning the restaurant’s walls (think John Wayne juxtaposed with Jack Sparrow), and its prime location across the street from the movie theater, this is a perfect choice for a dinner-and-a-movie date. Thursdays are great days to try out the bar—from 4 to 7 p.m. enjoy discounted drinks and appetizers and a live comedy show every other week. If you are in the mood for an adventurous drink, be sure to try the Grapefruit Cosmopolitan made from freshly squeezed grapefruit juice or the Wasabi Bloody Mary. Pietro’s Trattoria 317 E. Kettleman Lane, (209) 368-0613, Beer and wine. Lunch and dinner. $$

Charmingly designed and warmly staffed, Pietro’s restaurant is a family-owned establishment that’s clearly well loved. Pietro’s serves up huge portions of traditional Italian fare, and the restaurant is designed to give the impression that diners are sitting in the middle of a tiny, rustic Italian village. Try the rich and garlicky penne aglio pasta with mushrooms, spinach, and crushed red peppers, the hearty individual pizzas, the chicken parmigiana, or the lemony veal piccata with capers. Familyfriendly, and banquets up to 125 people. Revolucion 1910 307 S. Lower Sacramento Rd., Ste. D, Lodi, (209) 334-1519. Full bar. Lunch, dinner, and Sunday Brunch. $-$$.

Javier Del Castillo started a revolution, or rather Revolucion 1910, his authentic Mexican restaurant that has quickly become a local favorite. Using fresh ingredients and only serving entrees that originated in Mexico, patrons will find a menu full of small plate entrees designed to bring out the best of authentic Mexican flavor. The corn tortillas are all homemade, as are the sauces and vinaigrettes which made to fit each entree. Chili peppers are used in most dishes for their flavor rather than spice, in inventive entrees such as tacos al pastor or chile relleno con huitlacoche and Mexican oaxaca cheese. Be sure to try the tres leches cake for dessert, and margaritas made from only the highest quality tequilas from agave nectar, and lime juice squeezed fresh for each drink.


Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner all day Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat-Sun 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Casa Mexicana also owns a bakery. Saturday nights at 9 p.m., Casa Mexicana hosts a nightclub with all varieties of music. 1110 Kettleman Lane Lodi, (209) 368-2272

Hollywood Family Cafe & Catering is proud to serve only the freshest & highest quality ingredients, like choice Angus beef, fresh fruits & vegetables. Our specialty breakfasts come with juice and your choice of homemade cinnamon roll or fresh baked muffins. EARLY BIRD specials between 6:00am and 8:30am for breakfast. 4:00-5:30pm for dinner including salad, garlic cheesebread, choice of side and fresh grilled veggies. Kids 10 years and younger eat free Thurs, Fri, & Sat (dinner only). Wi-fi Available. Let us help you with your fundraiser, call for details. Restaurant available for your private parties. Call early to reserve. 315 S. Cherokee Lane Lodi, (209) 369-4065

Sitting around the immense copper beer vats in the middle of the dining room floor, beer connoisseurs with a taste for fine dining can enjoy the best of both worlds at Lodi Beer Co. Restaurant and Brewery, newly opened and located in downtown Lodi. With such house specialties as the deep-fried mac and cheese nuggets for starters, to the melt-in-your-mouth prime rib entrée cooked to perfection, this casual fine dining restaurant is the ideal choice for both lunch and dinner.

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

Masa means “straight forward” in Japanese, and Masa Contemporary Japanese Lounge is just that. Once you try Masa, you will want to come back again and again. Patrons come for the fresh fish and culinary creativity. You may find yourself sitting at a table on a lounge bench covered with pillows or at the sushi bar and watch the sushi chef slice, roll, and artfully arrange his sushi creations. Masa is perfect for a fast lunch or as a late night hang out.

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We have an unlimited buffet with your choice of rice, beans, chile colorado, chile verde, tacos, enchiladas, chile relleno, and carnitas. Also includes drinks, tortillas, chips, and salsa. Elena and Job Sanchez at Casa Mexicana are happy to cater to anything else that you are hoping to eat.

The Alder Market has served California for 30 years. Headed by Kitty Ruhstaller, The Alder Market stands for experience, quality and freshness. Dedicated to the art of fine foods and service, Kitty is a fine food and spirits lover who will guarantee you a wonderful event. Particular about ingredients and unerring about freshness, Kitty can help create a memorable event that you will talk about for years. Schooled in California Cuisine and appreciative of International Foods, Kitty has created a Food Line that is surpassed by none. Creativity is her guideline and freshness is her ammunition. Making Memorable Events for 30 years. Voted Best Caterer of San Joaquin in 2010 - why select anyone else?

Open for lunch Mon-Fri: 11:30-2:30pm Dinner Mon-Thur at 5:30-11 pm, Fri-Sat at 5:30 pm-12 am Beer and wine. Open for Lunch and dinner. 2819 W. March Lane, Suite A3, Stockton, (209) 473-1255

Bringing you the freshest fruit and vegetables for over 63 years. In operation since 1947, The Fruit Bowl continues to provide the freshest and the best of local produce, baked goods, fruit pies, light lunches, local honey and local olive oils. The Lucchetti family encourages you to stop in and enjoy the bounty of San Joaquin County. 8767 E. Waterloo Rd. (Hwy 88) Stockton, (209) 931-1196

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

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries 4 sweet potatoes (yams) 2 Tbsp. olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Chopped parsley (optional)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray, or line with foil. Cut sweet potatoes into 1/2-inch thick lengthwise strips, toss with oil. Arrange in single layer on baking sheet, bake 15-20 minutes. Turn potatoes over, bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown all over. Season to taste, sprinkle with parsley. Makes 4-6 servings. Variations: For a sweeter version, omit parsley, and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg before baking.

The Autumnal Equinox is on September 22 and what better way to celebrate the fall than by enjoying a California sweet potato as their harvest begins this month? Did you know that sweet potatoes aren’t actual potatoes? They’re not even slightly related. Potatoes are tubers and sweet potatoes are root vegetables. While their outsides may look alike, their insides couldn’t be more dissimilar. Sweet potatoes have a softer flesh that is festively colored in shades of yellow or orange, and a sweet taste that’s great at dinner or dessert.    California is the third largest producer of sweet potatoes, with San Joaquin contributing 80 percent of that. While many cooks look forward to making rich pies and marshmallow-topped casseroles with this delicious veggie, we’re happy to report that the Center for Science in the Public Interest ranked sweet potatoes as number one on their list of the healthiest vegetables. They’re loaded with beta-carotene and Vitamin C, both of which are powerful antioxidants that help destroy cell damaging free-radicals and prevent a slew of diseases and cancers. They also have high amounts of protein, fiber, iron, and vitamin B6. And, as if it couldn’t get any better, sweet potatoes take a long time to digest, helping you feel full for a longer period of time, so don’t skip them at dinner time—they might help you kick those late night cravings to the curb. How sweet it is!


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Fancy Mashed Sweet Potatoes 6 sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed 1 cup canned, crushed pineapple 3/4 cup pineapple juice 1/2 stick butter or margarine, melted 1/3 tsp. each ground ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg 1 cup walnut pieces 10 marshmallows Place sweet potatoes in a bowl. Add pineapple juice, butter, and spices; blend together. Mix in nuts and pour into oiled baking dish. Top with marshmallows, and bake for about 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes 6-8 servings.

Credits: Created by Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission spokesperson, Holly Clegg.



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

If you are in the moo-d for a burger, Moo Moo’s Burger Barn is the place to be! The Moo offers a whimsical, table service, 50’s-Diner style restaurant serving cooked-to-order juicy Burgers, Fish, Chicken and other Sandwiches, Salads & Hot Dogs. Try one of 15+ gourmet burgers served on a variety of buns, or create your own! Complement your choice with regular French, beerbattered, or sweet-potato fries, old fashioned floats, milk shakes & malts. Now serving a Full Breakfast Menu at the El Dorado (Mon-Fri 6:30-10:30 am) & Trinity Locations (Sat-Sun 7:00-11:45).

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

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

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

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28 S. School St. Lodi, (209) 369-0470

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Oz Sushi and Grill family restaurant is located in Lodi, CA (E. Kettleman) and officially opened May 22nd 2010. We house fresh sashimi, exotic rolls, delicious kitchen food, and wonderful customer service. We extend these services in hopes of creating the perfect environment for families, individuals, couples. We hope to not only have you leaving with a taste of true Japanese food but a taste of something new as well. 2414 Kettleman Lane, Lodi (209) 334-9800

“YOURYou TABLE, OUR Your KITCHEN” Wishing and Family Shirasoni Japanese Restaurant is a a Very Merrytraditional Christmas & hibachi a Happy New Year Japanese steakhouse. The authentic cuisine at Shirasoni is prepared fresh and cooked in front of you at the teppanyaki tables, and served by a performing chef, in hot bite-size portions ready to dip into a variety of delicious Japanese sauces. Shirasoni also offers an excellent menu of sushi and sashimi. Birthday eats free with a party 6 or more 3249 W. Hammer Lane Stockton, (209) 473-2525 6367 Lone Tree Way Brentwood, (925) 240-7808

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I Restaurant Guide Rosewood Bar and Grill 28 S. School St., (209) 369-0470, Full bar. Open for dinner. $$-$$$

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

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The Big Green Egg Just because autumn is approaching doesn’t mean the grilling season’s over. Check out the Big Green Egg. This dome-shaped “kamado” cooker (derived from a clay cooker of ancient times) is made of extremely durable ceramics, making it impervious to weather damage so it remains in great condition year after year. One twenty-pound bag of charcoal will last more than a month in this efficient cooker, making it economical and eco-friendly as well. Its unique design cooks everything evenly with no hot spots, and it smokes meat in a quarter of the time it would take a regular smoker. Try using it on your Thanksgiving turkey this year to add a new twist to the holiday menu. —Katy Berry Available at Rydel’s Healthy Home, 26 W. Lodi Ave., Lodi, (209) 333-2941,


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2314 W. Kettleman Ln., (209) 369-6400, Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

First impressions can be deceiving, as is the case with Strings Café. The modest location (nestled in the Wal-Mart shopping center) doesn’t do its flawless reputation justice. You have to stop in, if only to taste the soft Parmesan bread and the salad, which is really quite memorable—crisp lettuce sprinkled with savory croutons, sunflower seeds, raisins, and a dressing that pulls the whole dish together. Thinking about stopping after the salad? Not a chance. Try the lasagna, which is superb, or any of the seafood dishes, all of which are surprisingly fresh and flavorful. Wine and Roses 2505 W. Turner Rd., (209) 334-6988, Full bar. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. $$$-$$$$

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

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

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

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

Isadore’s is anything but humble: the kitchen is out-of-this-world, and they know it. In fact, if you happen to inquire, they’ll gladly tell you which items on the menu you’re sure to fall in love with. Locals swear by the quality of the seafood and made-to-order pasta selections. Though there’s no official children’s menu, the kitchen will gladly whip up a pint-sized meal for your munchkins, as well as accommodate any other special requests. Finally, don’t be shy—order the Sex in a Pan for dessert. Sweet, ripe banana slices and rich chocolate pudding on a crumbly cookie crust topped with real whipped cream and chocolate sauce make for a climactic end to any meal.


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

dinner cocktail and, as an additional bonus, stay overnight at the charming and beautiful Wine and Roses Inn and make a weekend out of it.

Discover the sushi that has Central Valley residents and visitors buzzing with excitement! At Haru, our allembracing selection of rolls and sake ensures we have something for everyone. From raw to cooked, and soup to rice plates, our variety is your gain. Our family welcomes you! 550 S Cherokee Ln # H, Lodi (209) 334-9988

18700 N. Hwy 88, Lockeford (209) 727-5841,

La Palma is a quaint, authentic dining venue located in the heart of the ‘Miracle Mile’ on the corner of Pacific & Tuxedo. La Palma specializes in superior Mexican cuisine such as Sizzling Fajitas, Fish Tacos and Chipotle Shrimp; all of which come served with Spanish rice and your choice of black, pinto, or refried beans. Alongside an exquisite selection of local wines from which to choose from, La Palma Mexican Cuisine boasts a full service Tequila bar with more than 50 of the finest imported tequilas. Come experience Mexico, without the air miles! Open everyday for lunch & dinner.” 2301 Pacific Ave. Stockton, (209) 941-4179

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 new leafy outdoor patio seats thirty, and is the perfect spot to take a break from shopping in Lincoln Center and enjoy a leisurely lunch or even just a drink with a friend or two. 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 314 Lincoln Ctr., Stockton (209) 956-0270

All of our custom crafted burgers and hot dogs are made to order using fresh, local ingredients. Our milkshakes are made using real milk and award-winning, hand scooped ice cream. We are known for our unique deep fried specialties. Come and try a fried egg on your burger, deep fried hot dog, deep fried pickles, and deep fried twinkies.....FLIP’S is Stockton’s place to pig out. Enjoy restaurant quality food at fast food prices. FLIP’S has a family oriented environment which will make you feel like you’re at your own home. We are only a short 15 minute drive from anywhere in Stockton. Located right off of Highway 99, take the Waterloo Exit, go west for 2 minutes. We are open Mon-Sat. 11-8.

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Joe’s of Italy’s cuisine is a well-known type of food available in the greater Bay Area for over 75 years. Their comfort Italian food has been refined to perfection and is a joy to experience and reasonably priced. Joe’s of Italy is in the middle of the San Joaquin Valley’s wine country, approximately 10 miles east of Stockton and Lodi on Hwy. 88 in Lockeford. Be sure to visit Joe’s of Italy, the one-stop food experience in the San Joaquin Valley’s wine country. Mon-Thurs, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Lunch and Dinner, full service bar. Fri, Sat, Sun, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, and bar.

2503 Waterloo Rd. Stockton, (209) 943-5477

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I Restaurant Guide Kelley Brothers Brewing Company 112 E. Yosemite Ave., (209) 825-1727. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

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


Lodi Farmers Market Chef’s Tour Who hasn’t found themselves in the produce aisle of the grocery store smelling the vegetables and squeezing the fruits, but still stumped on what’s ripe? Now home cooks have the opportunity to visit the Lodi Farmers Market with one of two professional chefs from the Wine & Roses restaurant in Lodi to learn how to shop like a pro.    As you browse the vendors, Chef Didier Gerbi or Chef Fabrice Dubuc will provide answers to all of your questions while teaching you how to select the best produce and providing useful recommendations and tips on utilizing your ingredients. After your “personalized shopping education” is through, you’ll have plenty of fresh food and tons of inspiration to go home and cook. Be sure to make reservations as each tour only has twelve available spots. —K.B. Tours run every Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. until September 23, and meet at 5:15 in front of the Rosewood Bar and Grill in Lodi. For reservations contact (209) 371-6117,

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

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8095 Rio Blanco Rd., (209) 952-7361, Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

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

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

1563 E. Fremont St., (209) 948-6609, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

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Angelina’s is a true family restaurant: owned by four family members, named after another, and welcoming to all of yours. For thirty-one years, their hearty homemade pastas, raviolis, and traditional sauces have been bringing families together just like a meal at Grandma’s house. Consider inviting all your relatives to dine together in Angelina’s comfortable and cozy banquet room the next time you are hosting a family get-together. Angelina’s isn’t fussy—just simple, classic, and great tasting. Arroyo’s Café 2381 W. March Ln., (209) 472-1661, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $

When Guadalupe and Jesus Arroyo moved here in the early 1940s, they immediately began sharing their passion for food with friends and family by opening their first restaurant. Sixty years later, their son Mario continues the tradition and commitment to excellence at Arroyo’s Café. Located on the water, one can enjoy fresh, homemade tortillas, enchiladas,


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

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


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

carne asada, and other Mexican favorites. Friday and Saturday nights the restaurant hosts live Mariachi music, and the bar hosts Happy Hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

1243 West March Lane, Stockton (209) 954-9615

115 S. School St. (in Woolworth Place) Downtown Lodi, (209) 369-5400

So let go of the worries of the day, and Go Outback.

This fantastic, family-run restaurant is a top choice in Stockton for savory Mexican fare. Miguel’s promises quality food; as a result, the kitchen doesn’t cook with animal fats and uses sirloin tip rather than ground beef. You’ll taste the difference in the carne asada, camarones rancheros, braised red snapper, fajitas, and steak a la chicana. Omelets and spicy egg dishes also draw raves, and combination plates offer good value and a selection of tastes. 7555 Pacific Ave., Ste. 5 Stockton, (209) 951-1931

Mezzo Restaurant, located in the Brookside business center, serves authentic, multi-regional Italian cuisine using only the freshest ingredients, local produce, meats and seafood. Renowned chef and owner, Richard Hyman, has created a menu steeped in Italian culture where seasonal menus and local, sustainable produce is at the center of the plate. Pastas, sauces, sausages, Mozzarella and Ricotta cheeses, are all made in house, guaranteeing diners that they are in for a culinary experience like no where else in the San Joaquin Valley. 3499 Brookside Rd, Ste A, Stockton, (209) 473-7300

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

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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

At newly opened Crush Kitchen and Bar, Executive Chef Michael Warren has created a menu that is California cuisine with heavy Mediterranean influences. From hand-crafted raviolis and housemade mozzarella cheese to the 12 oz. Niman Ranch rib eye, quality and freshness is the focus at this upscale eatery. Crush also offers a full bar and a wine list that boasts 121 bottles of local and European selections. Crush offers a casual and warm atmosphere. Join Crush Sun, Mon, Tues, and Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturdays 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Closed on Wednesdays.

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.

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

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

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Chitiva’s Salsa and Sports Bar and Grill 445 W. Weber Ave., (209) 941-8605, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

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

Cocoro is the “it” place to go for sushi in Stockton. Its streamlined, contemporary Japanese décor and intimate seating arrangements give it a sophisticated atmosphere, and its artful sushi creations made with fish delivered fresh daily from the Bay Area keep patrons coming back for more. At the sushi counter, you can watch talented chefs roll and wrap beautiful bites right before your eyes. The restaurant’s signature sushi—the Coco Roll—consists of a tempura prawn wrapped up with avocado and topped with eel, spicy tuna, teriyaki sauce, and special house dressing, all garnished with a walnut. For the less adventurous eater, Cocoro offers the traditional range of tempura, teriyaki, and noodle dishes. The Creamery 5756 Pacific Ave.,Robinhood Plaza (209) 925-1111. No alcohol served. Open for breakfast (on weekends), lunch, and dinner. $-$$

The Creamery Restaurant is a classic American grill that has been a Stockton landmark since 1985. Great for large parties or a family meal, it is also the perfect spot for hungry shoppers. Enjoy gourmet sandwiches, huge hamburgers, garden fresh salads, pasta dishes, homestyle


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dinners, and an amazing dessert selection seven days a week, with breakfast served on the weekends. Whether you’re in the neighborhood or just hungry for great food, The Creamery Restaurant will be sure to please. Dante’s CaliforniaStyle Pizza 9305 Thornton Rd., (209) 474-0221. Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

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

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

Toppings, cheese, and dough that’s prepared fresh daily may be three of the reasons this Stockton staple has had such success that they’ve recently opened a second

location in Lincoln Center. Or maybe it’s all the choices at David’s New York Style Pizza that make it so popular: Eat in or take out? Hammer Lane or Lincoln Center? Thick, thin, or standard crust? Indoors or out on the patio? One of David’s twelve specialty pizzas or one of your own creations? We know sports-lovers love the pizzeria because it combines some of their favorite things: great pizza, beer, fellow fans, and the big game televised on the many 46inch flat screen televisions hung in both locations. Whatever their reasoning for coming back, repeat customers can be found enjoying David’s New York Style Pizza seven days a week. De Vega Brothers 2819 W. March Lane, Ste. A1, (209) 957-3839, www. Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$$$

De Vega Brothers has risen from its humble beginnings in a converted A&W stand in Manteca to one of the Valley’s premier Italian restaurants, with expanded locations in both Manteca and Stockton. The Manteca site boasts handpainted murals of Roman ruins and rustic Italian vistas, while Stockton prides itself on creating an atmosphere of urban elegance with patio dining and live piano music. Both restaurants are known for their generous portions and delicious lamb chops, cioppino, chicken and veal scaloppini, steak, and seafood, as well as their gourmet pastas and sauces. De Vinci’s 4555 N. Pershing Ave., (209) 9572750. No alcohol served. Open for lunch and dinner. $

Old-world Italian eats rule here, where the foccacia and ravioli are homemade. Red and white checkered tablecloths and an Italian-inspired mural lend distinct charm to this half deli, half restaurant which serves up spectacular sandwiches, rice torta, and pesto. The food may be delicious, but don’t bring a hungry crowd and expect to find a table big enough—this place is best for take-out and catering. Instead, grab a bag of goodies to go and head over to nearby Victoria Park for a picnic with panache. A downtown Tracy location was recently opened.

Delights Waterfront Coffee Bar and Deli 445 W. Weber Ave., Ste. 126, (209) 462-3401. Beer and Wine. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. $

Delights Waterfront Coffee Bar and Deli is appropriately named, serving up some of the best casual favorites this side of the Delta. With its premium coffee bar, morning starters, salads made to order with the freshest local produce, and the popular tri-tip sandwich that’s grilled daily on the patio, you can’t escape the quiet, peaceful nostalgia that Delights has to offer. Located right on the water in the historic Waterfront Warehouse building, Delights is a visual treat. While they don’t accept reservations, you’ll soon find that it’s not necessary. This restaurant is a relaxed hangout for anybody, from businessmen to students from local colleges and schools. El Rancho Inn Steak and Lobster House 1457 E. Mariposa Rd., (209) 467-1529. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$$-$$$$

Celebrating seventy years in business, El Rancho Inn has been charming customers with its superior service and delectable dishes. Although most drive by without giving this establishment a second glance, it’s well worth your time to stop in for a meal. The steak, lobster, and homemade soups are excellent, but be sure to look up from your plate and take in the surroundings. From the cattle brands on the walls to the regulars relaxing at their favorite tables, this country inn is sure to bring a smile to your face as well as warmth to your belly. Ernie’s on the Brick Walk 296 Lincoln Center, (209) 951-3311. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

Ernie’s has been incorporating classic French technique with abundant Central Valley produce since its doors opened in 1990. Chef and owner Warren Ito was trained at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and loves to use his skills to prepare fresh takes on “old classics” for his loyal patrons. The menu ranges from rib eye steak to Australian lamb chops to seasonal fish and pasta dishes to house specialties like the nutty grilled

tahini prawns and made-to-order fresh Manila clam chowder. Take your time while perusing the extensive wine list—it’s over one hundred fifty wines long. Garlic Brothers 6629 Embarcadero Dr., (209) 474-6585, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Ironically, Garlic Brothers is a spectacular spot for a date, even though the kitchen is known to go heavy on the—you guessed it—garlic. Fun and lively, this restaurant sits right on the water’s edge and boasts delicious garlicky pizzas, pastas, and seafood. Contrary to popular belief, however, anything on the menu can be whipped up without the brothers’ favorite ingredient. Before you leave, roll up your sleeves and dig into a serving of Justy’s Cake—vanilla ice cream on a cookie crust topped with toffee and glazed with caramel and chocolate. Le Bistro 3121 W. Benjamin Holt Dr., (209) 951-0885, Full bar. Open for dinner. $$$$

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

Once simply one of the best pizza joints in Stockton, Michael’s has grown to add a café, deli and now a full breakfast menu. The pizzas (13 combinations or make your own) draw you in but choices for everyone keep the community coming back as a whole. Michael’s


Our belief is that Mexican dishes done right are both wonderful and diverse. Creating superb dishes from Cochinita Pibil to Tartare de Salmon; our food is inspired by the heart of Mexico. Our 100% natural margaritas made with true agave nectar and fresh squeezed lime can be enjoyed on our covered and heated outside patio. We’re holding to the authenticity of true Mexican dishes not found in this area, thus revolutionizing Mexican food. Open Daily 10:45 a.m.-10 p.m. Serving brunch on weekends - 9 a.m. 307 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi (209) 334-1519

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 accomodate you in any way we can. Gift Certificates available. Mon-Fri: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m and 5-10 p.m. Sat-Sun: 12 p.m.- 10 p.m. Serving San Joaquin County since 1979 7555 Pacific Ave., Ste. 115 Stockton, (209) 957-0617

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

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

Welcoming Big Valley diners since 1976, this family owned restaurant is still THE place to go for a delicious meal in a relaxed atmosphere. The exhibition kitchen features Italian/American cuisine, all house made dishes and cooked to order. The consistency of the top quality food, friendly staff, excellent service and wonderful customers have made Stockton Joe’s an all time favorite dining establishment. The award winning lounge has been voted Best Happy Hour year after year. The beautiful banquet room seats up to 60 guests. Stockton Joe’s also specializes in catering at any location for any occasion, and is the exclusive caterer for all events at the Commercial Exchange Banquet Hall and the Commander’s House.

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

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also boasts a party room for up to 40 guests and has long been a favorite for sports teams and birthday parties. Dive into a hearty meat pizza or give Michael’s newest creation, the whole wheat crust a try. Moo Moo’s Burger Barn 10940 Trinity Parkway, (209) 957-9450 222 N. El Dorado St., (209) 469-9450 No alcohol served. Open for lunch and dinner. $

Playing off the name of the restaurant, Moo Moo’s is decorated with hand-painted murals of a large barn and open pastures, but the atmosphere is more reminiscent of a ‘50s diner than a drive through the countryside. Authentic burgers, shakes, onion rings, and fries are served in addition to less greasy sandwiches, salads, veggie burgers, and sweet potato fries. This is a great place to come with small children for a fun, tasty, and affordable meal. Moo Moo’s ensures that, like happy cows, happy diners come from California Papapavlo’s Bistro and Bar

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Eaters, start your engines! Restaurant Week is coming back to Stockton this September. During this seven-day event you’ll be able to try all the great restaurants you’ve been meaning to visit, without breaking the bank. A three-course dinner can be enjoyed for $15, $20, or $25 dollars, and pre-fixe lunch deals are available at some locations for as little as $10. No tickets are necessary, though you may want to make reservations at the restaurant, if possible. Stockton Restaurant Week is a great opportunity for foodies who need their fine dining fix, but it also helps businesses become more accessible to those who don’t dine out often. Many Stockton restaurants will be participating, so take advantage of this event and try something new each night. —Katy Berry For a list of participating restaurants, visit

Papapavlo’s Bistro and Bar is considered by many to be one of Northern California’s most unique fine dining establishments located in Stockton’s Lincoln Center. They offer you the finest and freshest in gourmet cuisine and their fabulous menu includes a large variety of continental dishes. The main dining room has a unique design with a showcase kitchen and bar in warm, classy decor. You’ll find the three outdoor dining patios a perfect place to relax during lunch or dinner. Papapavlo’s offers four private banquet rooms accommodating groups as intimate as 12 to as large as 100 guests. Papapavlo’s also specializes in off-premises dining with their outstanding catering services. Papapavlo’s is open Sunday-Thursday 11am to 9pm, Friday and Saturday 11am to 10pm. Paragary’s Bar and Grill 110 El Dorado St., (209) 943-1110 Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

Located at the downtown Stockton Waterfront area, Paragary’s Bar and Grill is a destination in itself. The menu is full of simple American fare with all the right ingredients taken straight from our own Central Valley. The contemporary eatery also features a classic kids menu and surprisingly inexpensive happy hour specials in addition to their lunch, dinner, and dessert offerings. The Stockton location is part of the Sacramento-based Paragary Restaurant Group, but with tasty offerings like these, we don’t mind sharing. The Shadow Oaks Steakhouse 7555 Pacific Ave. (209) 477-5547. Full bar. Open for dinner. $$-$$$$

If you’re looking for a place that knows it’s steak, Shadow Oaks is the spot. Known for its Kobe beef and Porter House steaks, the Prime Rib, lamb, and veal aren’t the only thing made to perfection at this local restaurant. With pasta, seafood, and salads on


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Stockton Joe’s 236 Lincoln Center, (209) 951-2980, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

Featuring San Franciscan, Italian, and American continental cuisine, this is the place to go for a delicious meal in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Entrees include charbroiled steaks, fresh seafood, and veal, chicken, and pasta dishes, and have recently extended to offer several heart-healthy options. Stockton Joe’s frequently plays host to a variety of musicians and local artists who entertain diners relaxing in the restaurant’s comfy, padded booths and chairs. Each month, the kitchen selects a featured wine from a local winery, and wine tasting events and wine dinners are held throughout the month. With exhibition cooking, a banquet hall that can seat up to sixty people, and catering for all occasions, Stockton Joe’s is a local feature not to be missed. Valley Brewing Company 157 W. Adams St. (209) 464-2739, Full bar. Open for lunch, dinner, and weekend breakfast. $-$$

The Valley Brewing Company is a fun place to bring the whole family for dinner: homemade beers, classic pub fare, live bands during the summer, and unique sports memorabilia keep everybody happy. The Brewing Company keeps fourteen beers on tap at all times, from a pale wheat, to an IPA, to the house favorite Black Cat Stout, and apricot and berry fruit beers. Friday is fish night, and Saturday is all about Prime Rib. Beer and scotch tasting events are held throughout the month; check the website for up to the minute information about when the fun’s happening. Waterloo 10447 E. Waterloo Rd., (209) 931-4019 Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

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

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501 N. Lincoln Center, (209) 477-6133, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

the menu as well you’re bound to find something to fall in love with. An incredible selection of wine awaits you at Shadow Oaks, with bottles priced anywhere from $25 to $450. And did we mention the tequila list? Hidden within the full bar is a variety of tequila bottles, whose respective shots range from $6 a shot to $85. With it’s sophisticated interior, beautiful bar, and live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, this casual restaurant offers fine dining without the pomp and circumstance.

Make Your First Stop at Last Call Live Bands Most Saturday Nights 9:30pm to 1:30am

Taco Tuesdays Starting Sept. 13th

Sunday & Monday Night Football Oct. 2-3rd • Authentic German food & music • Beer Wenches • Beer Garden • All Day event starts at 1pm

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DJ & Dancing Thursday and Friday Nights

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Yasoo Yani

Thai Café

326 E. Main St., (209) 464-3108. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

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

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

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

tracy Amore’s 130 W. 11th St., (209) 835-9566. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

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

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

Tracy Thai successfully captures the unique and complex flavors Thai food is famous for. Using only fresh, quality ingredients, their food has artistic presentation and exceptional flavor, from mouth-watering appetizers like their heavenly Angel Wings (boneless chicken wings stuffed with silver noodles), to their soups served in a flaming tureen that keeps it warm throughout the meal. Tracy Thai prepares imaginative creations for those with adventurous tastes, and also familiar favorites for those who have never experienced Thai food before. The Great Plate 714 Central Ave., (209) 833-0862, www. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$


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

15 E. 6th St., (209) 839-2333, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$$-$$$$


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

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

Magellan’s Restaurant, named after owner and Executive Chef Thomas Magellan, is much like the small, intimate restaurants found in San Francisco. Featuring American Continental cuisine, the menu choices range from duck salad to their salmon burger to the ever popular, delectable filet mignon. The menu changes seasonally and the high level of noise found in some restaurants is not to be found here. If you are looking for a good traditional meal with peaceful ambiance, seafood specials, and a martini bar to put others to shame, then Magellan’s is the place.

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

Housed in one of the oldest brick buildings in the San Joaquin Valley, this historic restaurant, formerly Woodbridge Feed and Fuel, provides fine dining in the midst of antiques, Western artwork, and memorabilia. Known for their prime rib and steak, this restaurant strives for great customer service. Woodbridge Crossing diners are treated to live entertainment and dancing on the weekends, and the restaurant also offers private banquet facilities where guests sit in unique old boxcars. [SJM]


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Ten Great Dates

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September 16-19, Stockton This September the Stockton Arena will be celebrating 200 years of P.T. Barnum with a “funundrum” so gigantic it you won’t want to miss out. See over 130 performers from six continents including cowboys, clowns, mermaids, pirates, and of course, elephants. Showtimes vary. $14-$90. Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 373-1400,

San Joaquin Valley Regional Culinary Showcase

Tracy Dry Bean Festival September 11-12, Tracy Each year, downtown Tracy is filled with thousands of locals who come to

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celebrate Tracy’s abundant bean production. Along with great events like a Chili

If you love watching Top Chef, then be sure to partake in this live culinary

Bean Cook-Off and the 10k and 5k Bean Runs, there will also be a carnival for

event. Four local chefs will draw straws to see which course they have to

kids, bean crafts, and a beer garden to wash down all the, well, beans. Sat. 10

prepare, creating a four-course meal for each guest. Each table along with

a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Downtown Tracy, 10th St., Tracy, (209)

four professional judges will then rate the dishes and award a $500 prize


to the “Top Chef” and the “People’s Choice” winners. All proceeds benefit the Charter House Center for Families. Cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. $75. Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi, (209) 476-1106,

Final Fusion Friday at Borra Vineyards September 10, Lodi This is your last chance to visit Borra Vineyards Fusion Friday event this summer. Come relax and listen to live music as you enjoy the pairing of Borra wines with great local food. For the final Friday, Waterloo, CA restaurant will be providing their barbecue cuisine, including their not-tobe-missed Bette’s World Famous Black Barbecue Sauce. What a great way to end the summer. 5-7:30 p.m. $12. Borra Vineyards, 1301 E. Armstrong Rd., Lodi, (209) 368-2446,


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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Barnum’s Funundrum

BEER & BRATS IN DOWNTOWN STOCKTON Saturday, October 9, 2 pm - 10 pm Waterfront Warehouse Dinner with the Brewer

October 8, O’Ryleigh’s Tavern, 6 pm

Glass Beer Steins Over 15 Craft Brews Live Entertainment Beer Stein & Keg Lifting Competitions




209.464.5246 (English)

209.888.8637 (Español)

34th Annual

Riverbank Cheese & Wine Exposition October 9 & 10, 2010 A “FREE” Street Festival

Bring Your Family and Have a Great Time!

Hosted by Riverbank Rotary Club

$10 Passport Admits Two Searchers Call Lodi Community Art Center for details (209) 333-3855 or Knowlton Gallery (209) 368-5123

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Lodi Grape Festival and Harvest Fair September 16-19, Lodi This festival helps to promote San Joaquin’s agriculture and to provide related programs like 4-H Clubs and the Future Farmers of America with fundraising opportunities. The day also includes carnival rides, food, and live entertainment for plenty of fun, and don’t miss seeing the Haai Shark Adventure, an amazing live shark Lodi Grape Festival; Stockton symphony

exhibit that includes live feedings and up-close encounters. Hours vary. Adults $8, youth 6-12 years $4, children 5 and under Free. Lodi Grape Festival Grounds, 413 E. Lockeford St., Lodi, (209) 369-2771,

Teddy Bears’ Picnic September 12, Stockton Bring your family to Victory Park on Grandparents Day and enjoy lunch and other great activities at the Haggin Museum’s 18th annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic. The day’s itinerary will include big bubble blowing, kite decorating, cookie decorating, and other fun crafts for all ages. 11 a.m.1 p.m. $10, or free for kids under 2. Victory Park in front of the Haggin

Stockton Symphony Classics September 23 and 25, Stockton

Museum, 1201 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton, (209) 940-6300,

Come see the first show in what’s

sure to be another fantastic season

Gospel Explosion 2010: Battle of the Choirs

with the Stockton Symphony. Heroism with Heart will tell stories of romance and

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bravery through the powerful music of

Come hear Stockton’s most powerful and talented voices as choirs

Beethoven, Bruch, and Prokofiev. This show

compete for bragging rights during this all-day event. If you love the

will also feature the talents of guest artist

soulfulness of Gospel music, this show is sure to get your hands clapping

Elena Urioste on the violin. 6-8 p.m. $22-

and body swaying. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. $37-$43 for adults, $23.50 for kids.

$55. Atherton Auditorium at San Joaquin

Stockton Civic Auditorium, 525 N. Center Street, Stockton, (209) 373-1700,

Delta College, 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton,

(209) 954-5110,

St. Mary’s High School Scholarship Golf Classic

Taste of Lodi

September 20, Stockton Over the past twenty-two years, the St. Mary’s High School Golf Classics have raised over $480,000 for student academic scholarships. This year, in addition to a great game of golf, participants will enjoy lunch, course games, and refreshments, as well as a chance to win a “hole-in-one” car, gift cards, and dinner. Bidding will be open in silent and live auctions,

September 26, Lodi Enjoy forty wineries and eighteen restaurants as they show off their culinary prowess at Taste of Lodi, San Joaquin’s premier food and wine event. Taking place this year on the beautiful grounds at Lodi’s Wine and Roses, the evening will include plenty of great food and wine as well as live music by Joe Lennigan’s Little Big Band. 1-5 p.m. $40 in advance, $50 at the door, $25 designated drivers. Wine and Roses, 2505 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, (209) 365-

and a raffle will win one lucky person a five-night stay in Hawaii including


airfare for two and $1000 cash. Check-in and lunch at 11 a.m. $250.

Carrie Underwood

Stockton Golf and Country Club, 3800 W. Country Club Rd., Stockton, (209) 957-3340 ext 180,

September 28, 2010 Carrie Underwood was given her first shot at fame as a contestant on American Idol. She went on to win the competition and quickly became a smash success, nominated for six awards this year at the Academy of Country Music awards. After having to add more dates due to high demand, Underwood will be bringing her Play On Tour to Stockton so you can hear her perform all her hits live, including her powerhouse revenge ballad, “Before He Cheats.” 7:30 p.m. $35-$55. Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 373-1700,, www.


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Juried Art ~ Winemakers Dinner ~ Barrel Tasting

Over 20 Lodi Appellation Wineries

Š2009 Feld Entertainment


Barrel Tasting Vineyard-Designated Zinfandels A Winemaker Hosting Each Dinner Table

Gourmet Dinner by Delta College Culinary Chefs Silent & Live Auction for Art Works & Wine Live Music by Stevan Pasero Trio Cigar & Port Tent

Premier Event of the Year Black Tie Suggested

October 23, 2010 Hut Hutchins Street Square 6:00 pm Reception 7:00 pm Dinner

Starting At Just $14!

(Service charges, facility and handling fees may apply.)

SEPT. 9 - 12

Thu. SEPT. 9

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Fri. SEPT. 10 11:00 AM 7:00 PM

Sat. SEPT. 11 11:00 AM 3:00 PM 7:00 PM

Sun. SEPT. 12 11:00 AM 3:00 PM 7:00 PM

*(Excludes Circus CelebritySM , Front Row and VIP seats. No double discounts.)

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Sun. SEPT. 19 1:00 PM 5:00 PM

*(Excludes Circus Celebrity, Front Row and VIP seats. No double discounts.)

Tickets and Information: Proceeds Benefit the Arts & Education

Buy tickets at or call (209)-373-1700 . TICKET PRICES: $14 - $17 - $23 - $38 VIP - $60 Front Row - $90 Circus Celebrity Limited number of Circus Celebrity, Front Row and VIP seats available. Call for details (Service charges, facility, and handling fees may apply.)

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Fusion Friday at Borra Vineyards Live music and laid-back atmosphere were the standouts at Borra Vineyards July 2, when the winery hosted Mediterranean restaurant Yasoo Yani for their Friday evening event. 1. Outdoor Patio 2. Bonnie & Dodd Samuel 3. Steven and Gina Borra 4. Evone Cardenas, Armando Flores 5. John & Andrena Paladini 6. John & Gayle Certini, Paul & Arlene Troop






Guests at Woodbridge Winery raised money for the Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation July 10, featuring twenty-six local restaurants paired with Robert Mondaviâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wine.

1. Vikki Goodman, Gene Simmons 2. Larry Hansen, Dave Kirsten, Tony Coyne 3. Gavin Ellis 4. Victoria & Rob McCaffrey 5. Tonya & Ellis Miller 6. Tausha Rempfer, Tara Spurgeon, Penelope Peckham 7. Lisa Hanson, Dan Wilson, Carol Johnston





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Lodi Cycle Fest Bike riders both professional and amateur gathered in Lodi July 11 to celebrate their love of bicycles with food, wine, raffles, and bike races. 1. Robbie Farrens, Caleb Knaggs, Jack Maddux, Jonathan Christensen 2. Jessica Conner, Christine Harris, Allyson Kutler, Michelle Melka 3. Luke & Brian Pulliam 4. Brian, Davis & Brianna Bosch 5. Karen Guthmiller, Amy Guthmiller, Marylee Levey





Taste of Tracy Centennial Celebration




In honor of 100 great years, Tracy residents toasted to the town July 24 as they tasted great local food and wine while listening to live entertainment downtown. 1. Paul, Mya, Lynn Camp 2. Bill Prioste, Anne Estes, Terrell Estes 3. Sam Tucker, Denny Presley 4. Lina Longmire, Athena Peterson 4. Bill Prioste, Anne Estes, Terrell Estes 5. Dean Moore, Tom Will




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I Enter to win this month’s giveaways

september giveway

Enter to Win Great Prizes from these local businesses

Grand Prize 4 Tickets to Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey


September 16th - 7 pm Stockton Arena 248 W. Fremont St. Call for more info (209) 373-1400 or visit

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Congratulations to our July winners!

Eilene Lambdin. Winner of the grand prize package at Versailles Salon and Day Spa in Tracy. Laura Petrulakis, Eric Johnson, and Toni Lilley. Winners of Gift Certificates to Ave, Alder Bistro, and Pietro’s restaurants.


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