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THE NEW BOOMBOX

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What do you get when you combine a Houston-based rapper, an entrepreneur from Stockton, some Instagram savvy, and a few beers? In the case of Rob Owens, a multi-million dollar Bluetooth speaker company dubbed Bumpboxx repping the NFL, MLB, Coca-Cola, and a slew of musical artists with a parade of celebrities promoting the venture pro bono. BY NORA HESTON TARTE

The holidays are well underway, and that means you’re likely fielding invitations to intimate gatherings and family affairs. And while traditions may look a tad different this year, we’re turning to our local food experts to lend us a hand in the kitchen. Six local chefs are sharing their annual customs, go-to dishes, and favorite holiday-centric menu items from their own restaurants. BY NORA HESTON TARTE

We’re rounding up the best adventures in San Joaquin County and challenging our readers to try them all before it’s too late. This round-up of 50 exploits is quite the undertaking, but we think it’ll evoke some serious insta-envy while also helping you to create memories with your favorite people, all within the confines of the county we call home. BY NORA HESTON TARTE

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So often travelers separate Lake Tahoe into two main destinations—North Lake and South Lake. However, those who know the area well, know the region is broken down into more cities than that. In North Lake Tahoe alone there are 12 unique neighborhoods with their own vibes and offerings. Explore each locale by focusing on the tidbits that make it stand out from the rest. Here, we breakdown the region and offer suggestions for making the most of any North Lake Tahoe trip. BY NORA HESTON TARTE

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42 WE DARE YOU NOT TO LAUGH Awkward Family Photos exhibit comes to Haggin Museum

32 OH CHRISTMAS WREATH Pick up this dream-worthy wreath 34 EYE IN THE SKY Tracy installs cameras for safety

44 BRINGING IT HOME WITH ORT LOFTHUS At 95 years old, Ort is still living his best life

36 HOT OFF THE PRESSES Ed Bonilla published a sci-fi novel

46 FILL YOUR HOME WITH THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON Create a cozy environment

38 GET YOUR FLY ON We break down how to travel during COVID-19 40 LET IT SNOW Lincoln Center brings the holiday magic

CITY GUIDE 67 50 THINGS TO DO IN SJC BEFORE YOU DIE We’ve got plans for you! 74 WINE SIPS & TIPS Lodi Wine Country has a lot to offer 80 INSTA-LOVE We’re doing it for the ‘gram

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104 A HOPEFUL KITCHEN Bella Vista is making the most of its space 106 STREET FOOD The eating outdoors trend will carry into winter 108 IN SEASON: PRIME RIB There’s more than one way to make a prime rib 110 TIDBITS Canned Pie, Sip Masks, & Key Lime Cheesecake

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LAST THOUGHTS CITY GUIDE We did something a little different with City Guide this year. Typically a June publication, we decided to move this annual feature to our December issue, so we can bring you the 2021 City Guide just in time for the New Year to begin. Here, you’ll find plenty of inspiration to make the most of 2021. Just make sure you don’t toss the December issue out on Jan. 1. You’ll want to keep this baby around all year!

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TRACY CAMERA PROGRAM AIMS TO INCREASE SAFETY AT PUBLIC PARKS  BY NORA HESTON TARTE A reduction in the use of neighborhood parks led the City of Tracy to do a little digging. Why were less people using parks in Tracy? Resident concerns of safety seemed to top the list, as notable crimes began popping up in the local news. To increase park usage, the City Council approved spending as part of the Park Camera Program to install IntelliSite cameras in parks where safety was a notable concern, according to a recent Citywide Parks, Recreation & Trails Master Plan Update community survey. Clyde Bland Park, Lincoln Park, Gretchen Talley Park, Dr. Powers Park, and El Pescadero Park were chosen as the first sites for the program, which includes the addition of a camera and signage to alert residents of the

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welcoming and safe place for the public to enjoy.” Already installed at the Legacy Fields Sports Complex, Carissa says the cameras have been effective in deterring crime, especially after-hours. The cameras work by providing a live stream of park activity, which IntelliSite observes. “They are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and the appropriate city departments are notified to take action, when necessary,” Carissa

“The Park Camera Program will help ensure our parks continue to remain a welcoming and safe place for the public to enjoy.” Brian MacDonald + Parks & Recreation Director.

officer for the City Manager’s Office. The idea came from success with similar initiatives to reduce crime. “Cameras have become a common, effective tool for public safety at the Tracy Transit Station, Boyd Service Center, and Legacy Fields,” says Brian MacDonald, parks and recreation director. “The Park Camera Program will help ensure our parks continue to remain a

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The Write Place, The Stockton Arts Commission, and Friends of the Stockton Public Library Bookstore will host “Virtual Book Club: Stockton Reads 5 Clones” in January. Ed Bonilla will join sponsored Zoom meetings to discuss Jan. 15 and 30.

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ED BONILLA WRITES FUTURISTIC SCIENCE FICTION FOR TODAY  BY NORA HESTON TARTE / D DAN HOOD California is burning up in wildfires and the continent’s other corners are washing away in floods. California proclaims Calexit and breaks off from the rest of the United States to form the New California Independent Republic. In 2020, it sounds like just another month; but in reality, it’s the premise for Stockton native Ed Bonilla’s first published novel, 5 Clones. The school teacher who helps kids who have faced expulsion from Lincoln Unified School District at his school, Civic Pride Independent Academy, started writing 5 Clones in 2012 after Stockton declared bankruptcy. He took the idea that Stockton was the worst city and flipped it on its head, challenging himself to write a book where Stockton plays hero.

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Throughout the futuristic science fiction novel, Stockton makes several appearances. The story’s climax even takes place at the Children’s Museum of Stockton. Stockton “would transform from the place where housing wasn't worth anything, to the place where everyone in the world wanted to be,” Ed says. The novel interweaves several stories and complex characters as Dr. Abraha Tadese discovers a way to save the world from climate change. There is also an advanced technological side introduced through the characters’ mute clones, created to assist with menial tasks in a not-too-distant future. The main protagonist is Jack Daniel Martinez, based on a beloved former student of Ed’s, Jocelyn resembles a former girlfriend, the counselor at Civic Pride is projected in Trevor,

and Walt bears a resemblance to Ed’s best friend's stepdad. In addition to climate change and the post-apocalyptic craze that is certainly beginning to feel more like a real possibility and less of a fictional future, 5 Clones also focuses on antiracism. “One of the major characters is so devoutly antiracist that he will violently fight anyone who believes otherwise,” Ed says. Needless to say, the book’s themes are timely. The journey to getting published wasn’t quick. Ed racked up north of 50 rejections. But what kind of teacher would Ed Bonilla be if he let rejection force him to quit? Luckily for all of us, he rebounded spectacularly, and Montag Press, a niche publisher in San Francisco, decided to take a chance on him. A local, cult following ensured the book’s availability at the Stockton Barnes & Noble, as well as its Dublin location. It’s also available on Amazon and Sacramento’s Phono Select Records sells signed copies. A theme song to the book is free on YouTube and Spotify, created by one of Ed’s three bands, Radical Times.

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Dominican Republic, and the Caribbean. The Bahamas lifted restrictions in October, as well, welcoming U.S. travelers again, but still requiring a 14 day quarantine even after a negative COVID-19 test. If you want to head to Europe, options are slim, but Turkey and Croatia will welcome you with open arms. A 14-day quarantine outside of the U.S. can grant you access to Malta, too. Most hotspots in Mexico won’t even ask travelers to test before arrival. Some countries in the Caribbean, however, require negative tests and may even ask travelers to test again at the airport.

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ok. But for those looking to fulfill their wanderlust, it’s important to stay up on the latest restrictions. Here’s a look at some of the basics, but we can’t stress enough the importance of thorough research before you book a trip as restrictions shift day to day. STATE TO STATE It’s possible to cross state lines and even fly across country without limitations. However, getting a test before you travel is a courtesy many are urging. For some states, it gets a bit tricky. To get to Alaska, you’ll need proof of a negative test to enter the state and will need to repeat tests every 7-14 days after arrival. Getting to

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Connecticut, Kentucky, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Ada County in Idaho, and Chicago, is more difficult for some, requiring 14 days of quarantine depending on where you’re traveling from. California has not fallen into a restricted category as of late, but keep an eye on its numbers to see if that changes. In Hawaii and Maine, travelers will have to show proof of a negative test within 72 hours of travel, or selfquarantine for 14 days upon arrival. For those from California, travel is most restricted to Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Vermont.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL A lot of countries are asking Americans to stay out, but there are a few that have left borders open. If you’re itching to leave the U.S. behind for a few days, look at Mexico, Puerto Rico, the

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in holiday dining and watch the artificial snow flutter to the ground while the children prance in delight. Even if you aren’t in the mood for dinner, you can head to Lincoln Center to get in some holiday shopping, take a brisk walk, or stop in for a quick family photo op. Sounds fun, right? We all know the 2020 holiday season will probably be celebrated a little differently this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find our own family fun, which is exactly why Lincoln Center is our

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Is there anything more magical than a white Christmas? While we might need a miracle to experience a true white Christmas in the 209, our friends over at Lincoln Center are creating their version of the magical phenomenon, and you can get in on the action! Starting November 27, Lincoln Center began their annual snowfall on the brick walk each evening from 5-9 PM, every half hour. But how do they make it snow? Well, it’s all part of the magic that is Lincoln Center. Eat on the patio at Midgley’s Public House for the ultimate

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home for the holidays. The center will host the unique Department 56 Christmas display for the eighth year in a row. You can even take part in the Department 56 scavenger hunt or purchase the Christmas village set at Best Wishes. But the best news of all is that we hear there will be Santa sightings at Lincoln Center on December 5, 12, and 19. The kids probably won’t get to sit in Santa’s lap, but the pure joy of seeing him throughout the center should bring the magic of the season alive. Don’t forget that L.C. will also have a variety of holiday back drops that make for the perfect Christmas photos, daily holiday music, and weekly Instagram contests. So, go ahead, live a little, and let it snow! Tag #LincolnCenterShops for a chance to be featured on their page.


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AWKWARD FAMILY PHOTOS COMES TO THE HAGGIN MUSEUM  BY NORA HESTON TARTE include “behind the awkwardness” stories, so you can learn a little more about the funny families smiling—or not—in the photographs. Never heard of the Awkward Family Photos movement before? Well, we’re not quite sure where internet truly is a spectacular place. So, if you’ve you’ve been hiding out, but the best way to explore enjoyed browsing AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com and what exactly you’ll find at the Haggin display is want to get up close and personal with some of the to head to the website and start scrolling through most cringe-worthy family photos out there, then some of the hall of famers. If you find yourself this event is for you. laughing at photo after photo, we have a feeling you Since 2012, the Awkward Family Photo won’t want to miss the chance to see these pictures exhibition has been making its way around the in person. nation. The first stop was in Sheboygan, Wisconsin This truly is an exhibit made for the on June 17, 2012 at the Kohler Arts whole family. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 Center. Starting November 17, the 200+ HAGGIN MUSEUM for seniors (ages 65+), $5 for youth (ages photo display—all housed in vintage, era1201 N. Pershing Ave., 10-17), and free for students, museum appropriate frames—made its way to the Stockton members, and kids under the age of 10. Haggin Museum for a spectacle unlike (209) 940-6300 HagginMuseum.org If you really want to be part of the action, any other. One of the highlights of this submit a photo for the website online. presentation, though, is that the photos

Awkward family photos—we all have them. And at some point the web created a space for us to share these terrible gems with strangers across the world, perhaps in hopes of feeling like we’re not alone. The

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Q: WHAT ABOUT STOCKTON MADE YOU DECIDE TO STAY? A: I became very involved in the community. If I could describe my world in Stockton, I’d say I’m very lucky – Mr. Lucky, in fact! I had four children, all of whom are now adults who have stayed in Stockton, and I have many grandchildren. I have an awful lot of good friends. Q: HOW WOULD YOU SAY THAT STOCKTON HAS CHANGED? A: It is a much more sophisticated city due to the fact that it’s become an educational center. My kids have all enjoyed either going to schools and/or colleges here, and some of them have even become involved in teaching at those schools.

BRINGING IT HOME WITH ORT LOFTHUS

AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR OF IGNITING THE SPARK, THE PURSUIT OF GOLD IN CALIFORNIA  BY ANGELA RUDOLPH / D DAN HOOD When you talk with Ort, you can hear him smiling. At 95 years old, he has seen and done much for the community of Stockton. A WWII veteran, trustee for local schools, and now an author, Ort will happily tell you about the book he wrote, Igniting the Spark, Pursuit of Gold in California, or about his hobby of flying glider planes. (He

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still holds a record in Paris, France for flying his glider at the unusually high altitude of 20,000 feet!) We sat down with Ort, who calls himself “Mr. Lucky” because of the amazing life he has been fortunate enough to build in Stockton, to chat about his book, Stockton, and the wisdom he has to share with the world.

Q: YOUR BOOK INCLUDES OVER 100 SHORT STORIES THAT WERE ORIGINALLY ONEMINUTE RADIO SPOTS ON LOFTHUS’ KJOY AND KJAX IN THE 1980S. THESE TELL THE TALES OF THE MINERS WHO LIVED IN STOCKTON STARTING IN THE 1830S. WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO WRITE IGNITING THE SPARK, THE PURSUIT OF GOLD IN CALIFORNIA? A: The history of gold mining is a thrilling part of this whole area. When I managed the radio stations, I would send my staff to the libraries to search the public historical records in the small villages in the area. They found many, many stories about both success and failure during the gold rush. I used their research to create short, one-minute radio spots. Everything in radio is brief – people are used to tuning in for short stories about finance, sports, happenings within the community… so these oneminute tales about what life was like in the Mother Lode really hit home with listeners! Ratings were huge! Since they were so popular, I decided to write them down and turn it into a book. Q: DO YOU HAVE ANY WISDOMS THAT YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH THE WORLD AT 95? A: Stay healthy! That is a part of it… but here it is: just make good friends. Be good to your good friends. Do good things for them, and it all comes home.


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The Christmas season is a time that our hearts and homes should be filled with peace, warmth, and joy. It’s a time to both gather together and celebrate with the ones we hold dear, as well as relax and reflect in the quiet moments at days end. Here are a few simple ways to add a little extra Christmas spirit to your space this season:

1. THE SCENT OF FRESH PINE Gather with friends and family around a freshly cut Christmas tree this year. There’s nothing quite like the nostalgic smell that fresh pine fills a home with. Carry this magical smell throughout your space by adding fresh garland up the banister and live wreaths on mirrors, doors, or windows. Spritz with water every few days to keep them fresh. 2. HOT DRINK STATION Set up a holiday coffee or hot cocoa bar. Consider displaying peppermint candies, cinnamon sticks, and big fluffy marshmallows in pretty glass canisters, alongside holiday themed mugs. 3. FRESH BAKED COOKIES What goes better with a good cup of cocoa than a warm homemade cookie? Preparing cookie dough and storing it in the freezer makes for a quick and easy treat to display alongside your drink station. For a cohesive look, display cookies in a glass cookie jar or canister. 4. COZY FABRICS Decorating with faux fur throw pillows and chunky knit blankets adds a welcoming and warm element to your space. Consider placing a basket of buttery soft socks by the front door for guest to enjoy. And don’t forget to hang those pretty Christmas stockings on the fireplace! 5. CREATE AMBIANCE We all know that the holiday season is for getting cozy and cuddling up by the fireplace. Having sparkling lights on the tree and warm scented candles flickering throughout the house creates ambiance and is the perfect way to wind down after the hustle and bustle that comes with the busy days of the season. 6. CHRISTMAS WRAPPING STATION Consider setting up a festive table with a few different rolls of coordinating wrapping paper and ribbon ready to go in advance. Have plenty of tape, cards, tags, and a pair of ribbon scissors on the table, organized and ready to use. This makes wrapping gifts as you purchase them much more convenient and fun!

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Favorite Holiday Foods & Traditions

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The holidays are well underway, and that means you’re likely fielding invitations to intimate gatherings and family affairs. And while traditions may look a tad different this year, we’re turning to our local food experts to lend us a hand in the kitchen. Six local chefs are sharing their annual customs, go-to dishes, and favorite holiday-centric menu items from their own restaurants. As a special treat, each suggested dish comes with an expert cocktail pairing, complete with the recipe so you can order one in person or make a batch at home to really impress your guests. So, whether you’re looking to be wined and dined with festive holiday fare on an evening out or simply need some suggestions on what to bring to your next invite-only party, these foodies have got you covered from Hanukkah to New Year’s Day.

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Michael Midgley, Owner Midgley’s Public House

HOLIDAY MENU SUGGESTION: 50 OZ. TOMAHAWK STEAK If you invite Michael Midgley over for a holiday party, you’re likely to end up with one of the celebrity chef’s puff pastry specialties served with brie, a plate of crab Rangoons made from a family recipe, or his ultrafamous Asparagus Cigars (served at Midgley’s Public House). “Holiday parties people love to snack and pass food around,” Michael says. As a kid, his family used to make

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appetizers ahead of times to freeze and then pull them out whenever guests came over. The asparagus cigars and crab Rangoon recipes come from those early parties. It was also the custom at his grandma’s annual Christmas Eve party, an affair he still attends with his family each year, sharing a large spread of hors d'oeuvres while opening stockings and gifts with the kids. His favorite holiday foods, however, are the big showstoppers like turkey, ham, and beef wellington. According to Michael, these items feel Christmassy and elegant. His other weakness is dessert. Michael’s sweet tooth inspires some of the more saccharine dishes on his menu, including the

banana pudding Michael has become known for—a decadent dish that tastes like bananas foster had a baby with a banana crème pie. He also makes a bread pudding out of Krispy Kreme donuts and bacon, a blend of sweet and savory to satisfy any appetite. During the holidays, guests may see a coconut crème pie on the menu, as well. But it’s a specialty item, not a menu mainstay. If you’re looking to indulge this holiday season, step into Midgley’s for his Tomahawk Steak, a 50 oz. ribeye served bone-in. It’s not every day you’ll be throwing back a steak this size, but Michael does it up right, serving each hunk of delicious meat to order, oozing with flavors and served alongside your favorite accompaniments.


Perfect Pairing: Michael knows exactly what to pair with this hunk of tasty meat. The Santa’s Little Helper is a seasonal sipper that can stand up to this hearty meal. When you stop in for a steak, order this bad boy to go with it. And when you’re craving one at home, take a stab at Michael’s recipe.

SANTA’S LITTLE HELPER 2 oz. spiced rum 1 oz. chestnut syrup Your favorite eggnog Nutmeg Crumbled chestnuts

Fill a glass almost to the top with eggnog. Add spiced rum and chestnut syrup and mix well. Sprinkle nutmeg generously on top and finish with a small handful of crumbled chestnuts. Serve in a glass mug. MIDGLEY’S PUBLIC HOUSE 296 Lincoln Ctr., Stockton (209) 474-7700 MidgleysPublicHouse.com

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Perfect Pairing: You’re going to want something acidic to cut through the HOMEMADE POMEGRANATE GRENADINE richness of the pork belly, and the oak in this cocktail 1 ¾ c. pomegranate juice helps to balance the complex flavors of the dish’s ¼ c. lemon juice seasonal fruit. 1 c. organic sugar ½ c. maple sugar POMEGRANATE MAPLE SMASH 100g pomegranate molasses Zest of 1 orange 2 oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon 1 oz. homemade Pomegranate Maple Syrup DIRECTIONS: Combine sugars and 1 oz. lemon juice juices over low heat until sugar 1 dash angostura bitters dissolves. Remove from heat, add Orange twist molasses, and let cool. Micro zest

DIRECTIONS: Pour the bourbon, pomegranate syrup, and lemon juice into shaker filled with ice. Stir until thoroughly chilled, about 20-25 seconds. Strain into double old-fashioned glass with large ice cube, garnish with orange twist.

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Towne House Restaurant HOLIDAY MENU SUGGESTION: PORK BELLY APPETIZER For Ian Bens, Christmases in Canada are the basis for much of his holiday traditions and food inspiration. “Growing up, our Christmas dinner was almost always roasted chicken with potatoes, celery, and root vegetables,” he says. “My Mom placed the potatoes and vegetables underneath the chicken in a little broth with herbs so they would absorb all the flavors of the chicken as it roasted.” Rutabaga puree and oven-roasted parsnips made festive accompaniments and dessert always included homemade sweets like shortbread, chocolate haystacks, and galaxy bars. Eggnog is another big part of Ian’s Christmas traditions, which inspired his own eggnog recipe—a homemade concoction boasting multiple spirits (bourbon, brandy, and sherry) topped with a grating of fresh nutmeg. “It is simple, but everyone really appreciates the quality of something handcrafted with love,” he says. When it comes to shaping Towne House’s seasonal menu, Ian is motivated by local ingredients. “We still get a lot of local fruit including pomegranates, persimmons, and squashes,” he says. The nearby bounty leads to visions of butternut squash soup with roasted apples, a salad of Warren pears with gem lettuce and toasted walnuts, and Fuji Apple Salad with Point Reyes blue cheese and candied pecans. This season, Ian suggests indulging in the restaurant’s pork belly appetizer, brined overnight and roasted to perfection. “We will be serving it with caramelized pears, spiced heirloom cauliflower, and onion jam,” Ian says.

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Perfect Pairing: If you ask Chris, the best way to bring out the flavors of this holiday meal is to pair it with a

PETITE-PETIT COCKTAIL 3 oz. Michael David petite-petit sirah 1.5 oz. pepper vodka 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice 2 dashes orange bitters 1.5 oz. cherry syrup

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Shake all the ingredients for ten seconds, pour over ice in a large wine glass, and garnish with a flamed orange coin. Recipe courtesy of Rick Martin BROOKSIDE COUNTRY CLUB 3603 St. Andrews Dr., Stockton (209) 956-6200 BrooksideGolf.net

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Chris Isert, Executive Chef

Brookside Country Club HOLIDAY MENU SUGGESTION: RACK OF LAMB WITH SAUCE CUMBERLAND For Chris Isert, the holidays are far from routine. The executive chef at Brookside Country Club admits he doesn’t have set celebrations during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Instead, he plays the holidays by ear, including going out to Discovery Bay with friends and barbecuing a turkey instead of the more traditional oven-roasted variety. “We do fantastic sides,” he says. “Dressing would be my choice to do. It is a specialty of mine.” At the restaurant, the holiday menu includes a lot of meaty centerpieces such as prime rib, lamb, duck, crispyskin salmon, and boneless balsamic short ribs. “I am waiting to see how things pan out this year, but I do remain very optimistic for members and businesses to be able to book holiday parties here at Brookside Country Club and am excited at the prospect of another busy December,” says Chris. When invited to a holiday celebration, Chris is likely to show up holding a charcuterie board where his two must haves are a semi-stinky cheese and a crusty loaf of bread. At home, Chris isn’t doing as much cooking as he sold his home recently and turned in his gourmet kitchen for a rental property with an electric stove. He is currently searching for his dream home up in the mountains. The holidays this year will include a little extra eating out, but Chris does not mind as it gives him time to enjoy the bounty of others; his favorites include Pietro’s in Lodi and Dave Wong’s for the Szechuan Chicken. If you find yourself dining at Brookside this holiday season, order up a rack of lamb finished with sauce Cumberland. Chris says members and guests can’t go wrong with this festive dish, served with wild rice that features dried cranberries and fried Brussel sprouts tossed in pecorino Romano.

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Perfect Pairing: Order your bruschetta with this killer cocktail, concocted by Papapavlo’s Bar Manager Jenna Solimine.

SPICED PAIR MARTINI 2 oz. Grey Goose La Poire 1/2 oz. Grey Goose La Vanilla 1/2 oz. Pear purée 1/4 oz Allspice dram 1/4 oz. Cinnamon infused simple syrup

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Pour all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake for 10 seconds, and strain into martini glass. Garnish with a fresh pear. PAPAPAVLO’S BISTRO AND BAR 501 Lincoln Cntr., Stockton (209) 477-6133 Papapavlos.com

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Adam Richards, Executive Chef

Papapavlo’s Bistro & Bar HOLIDAY MENU SUGGESTION: ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND GORGONZOLA BRUSCHETTA We bet you’ve never seen a Christmas Day spread like the one Adam Richard’s family puts out. Tradition says they forgo the stuffed turkey and honeybaked ham, and instead cook up a spread of finger foods worthy of replacing a meal. Making these creative dishes was one of Adam’s first forays into cooking, helping his grandma prep days in advance. The goal was to keep everyone out of the kitchen on holidays so they could focus instead on family time and opening gifts—which Adam says is a five hour extravaganza with his family. The foods include stuffed mushrooms, trays overflowing with cold cuts and cheeses, and chicken wings topped with a cranberry whipped cream sauce. “Usually I’m the whole spread guy,” Adam laughs of his home catering duties. Instead of bringing one dish, his family expects him to bring several foods to holiday dinners. One of his go-tos is a cauliflower gratin made with baked Cheeze-Its or Goldfish Crackers for the crust. “Whatever I have on hand,” he says. When Adam can get away from the kitchen, he treats his brood—which includes two daughters, ages 8 and 5—to takeout. Chop Chop in Lodi has been a favorite for 30 years and his daughter can’t get enough of the Philly cheesesteak at Dante’s Pizza & Café. At Papapavlo’s, Adam’s customary meal is the Chopped Chicken Salad topped with grilled vegetables. In winter, the menu has a special winter salad, made with Brussel sprouts, butternut squash, root vegetables, carrots, cauliflower, beets, and sweet potatoes. His recommendation is to add a serving of grilled fish or prawns. Other favorites include the ribeye or lambchops—a dish Adam didn’t favor until working at Papapavlo’s where he says the lamb isn’t gamey. This year he’s serving up a Roasted Butternut Squash and Gorgonzola Bruschetta finished with butter poached lobster, microgreens, and a pomegranate balsamic reduction.

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Heritage Dining Provisions at the Waterloo Gun and Bocce Club HOLIDAY MENU SUGGESTION: FOCCACIA BREAD WITH CIOPPINO During the holidays, Paul Ratto, owner and head chef at Heritage Dining Provisions at the Waterloo Gun and Bocce Club, is cooking up a storm. Between 12 hour workdays seven days a week, family gatherings, and catering orders, he pretty much lives in one kitchen or another through most of December. Ultimately, for Paul, the holidays are about family and friends—yours and his own. His favorite traditions include cooking up a Christmas feast with his brother and throwing back a few beers or glasses of wine while they do. “Mangiare (to eat) is out motto, and the more the better!” Paul says. Every Christmas Eve, Paul serves his fresh focaccia break with cioppino and lasagna. “If I am invited to a holiday party, everyone will expect focaccia bread,” he says. In addition to baking it for personal gatherings, it’s also one of those menu items he’s constantly filling orders for, especially on Christmas Eve. The best is dipping the warm bread into his cioppino, for fish lover’s, or lasagna, to soak up the sauces. His other big go-to dishes during the holidays are chicken cacciatore or short ribs and polenta. And banquets or private holiday parties are a good time to order up huge tomahawk steaks, a good Rib Eye, a filet or New York steak. If you’re looking for a good comfort item, order the squash soup. And never skimp on the sides—"My roasted vegetables and potatoes are a fall favorite,” Paul says. “My menu selections are mainly based on what is in season from the local farmers or vendors and the requests from my clients.” When you’re cooking around the clock to feed hungry patrons, it doesn’t always leave a lot of time to put together your own feasts at home. After a long day in the kitchen, Paul isn’t jumping back in when he gets home, but he also admits that with three kids, eating out is a bit of a luxury. “I do like to support the local restaurants especially with COVID-19 and the many hardships,” he says. But Paul and his brood also make a habit of eating with extended family, including Sunday dinners at his Mama Mia’s house. SJMAG.COM

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John Surla, Owner & Chef FINA

HOLIDAY MENU SUGGESTION: GRILLED CHICKEN FETTUCCINE WITH TRAINA FARMS SUN DRIED TOMATO CREAM SAUCE. Home cooking built Fina and owner John Surla’s culinary career, so it’s no surprise that when it comes to the holidays, he’s embracing that same family mentality in both his traditions and his cooking. Even his culinary inspirations hail from his family’s roots, which include Filipino and Italian ancestry, and both are wellrepresented in his favorite holiday dishes. When it comes to eating, you won’t find John’s favorite holiday dish on a menu. Every year it’s his mother-inlaw’s lasagna that he looks forward to devouring most. “It’s a tradition, served as a pasta course (on Christmas) for my family,” he says. However, when you invite John to a holiday party, he’s sure to show up with a treat from his Filipino family’s home recipes—lumpia. This dish is special because John learned to make it alongside his mother and aunts in a Filipino restaurant they owned together when John was growing up. That lumpia, of course, won’t come on its own. John always brings a bottle of wine to accompany his contributions—and a good one at that! Wine, to John, is one of the most important parts of the holidays. John and his friends host a 90 point wine celebration every year to celebrate their love of vino as well as to take a break from cooking! To participate, every guest brings a bottle of wine to share that’s rated 90 points or higher by Wine Spectator. To make it festive, they also show up in ugly sweaters. Every holiday season, John looks forward to cooking up seasonal specialties. On the Fins menu, guests can order up the House Smoked Applewood Kurobuta Pork Chops, a juicy meat dish that pairs expertly with many of the wines of the menu. Or, devour a Veal Osso Bucco with Soft Polenta. John’s favorite, however, is the Grilled Chicken Fettuccine with Traina Farms Sun Dried Tomato Cream Sauce. The fettuccine is made in house with flour, eggs, and salt, doused in special sauce, and served with a helping of grilled chicken. Finish that with the crème brulee of the day for an all-around scrumptious holiday meal.

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THINGS TO DO in SJC BEFORE YOU DIE We’re rounding up the best adventures in San Joaquin County and challenging our readers to try them all before it’s too late. This round-up of 50 exploits is quite the undertaking, but we think it’ll evoke some serious insta-envy while also helping you to create memories with your favorite people, all within the confines of the county we call home.

THE ULTIMATE SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY BUCKET LIST  BY NORA HESTON TARTE GO TO FLAVORTOWN. Take a page out of Guy Fieri’s book and eat your way through the four Stockton eateries that have been featured on his Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives—Smitty’s Wings & Things, Green Papaya Food Truck, Gian’s Deli, and Midtown Creperie. For the best experience, order up what the expert himself deemed the most notable dishes from each. BECOME AN ESCAPE MASTER. Successfully escape every escape room at Lincoln Center Limitless Escape Games. There are six in total, but sometimes the themes rotate and the rooms get a makeover, meaning there’s opportunities to master even more puzzles. 280 Lincoln Center, Stockton MOONLIT KAYAKING AT LODI LAKE. Hosted by Headwaters Kayak Shop, this experience offers more than just a visit to Lodi Lake. With guided tours, kayakers can make the most on their water excursion while exploring the lake after dark. Check the website for upcoming tours. 847 N. Cluff Ave., #6, Lodi

FINISH OFF A SAN JOAQUIN MAGAZINE BURGER. This monstrous, meaty tower is larger than life. Stacked with eight ounces of certified angus beef, four ounces of barrel-smoked prime rib, bacon, onion strings, pickles, lettuce, mayonnaise, American and pepper jack cheese, horseradish cream, and Bruno’s peppers. Find it on the menu at Midgley’s Public House. 296 Lincoln Center, Stockton SJMAG.COM

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POST A PHOTO OF THE FLOWERING PINK ALMOND BLOSSOM TREES TO INSTAGRAM. This perfect photo-op is available early spring in Ripon (home of the infamous Almond Blossom Festival that takes place each February). For the best vibes, hire a local photographer to do a mini-shoot. Many book time in the trees in advance so they can snap some limited mini-sessions for clients. HIT THE ICE RINK AT THE STOCKTON ARENA ON TEDDY BEAR TOSS NIGHT, THE STOCKTON HEAT’S BEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR. Going to a Stockton Heat game should definitely be on your bucket list, and with a host of themed events every year, it’s easy to pick a fun night to enjoy. Teddy Bear Toss night in January, however, might just be the best time to go to the rink. Bring as many stuffed animals as you can carry and when the Heat scores its first goal, chuck them onto the ice. The animals are gifted to the United Way of San Joaquin County and distributed to kids throughout the county. 248 W. Fremont St., Stockton

GRAB $1 BEERS AT BANNER ISLAND BALLPARK. The Stockton Ports play home games at Banner Island Ballpark, and lucky for San Joaquin residents, there are a lot of games to enjoy during baseball season. The best nights, however, may be $1 beer nights. Courtesy of The Deliberation Room, fans can buy cheap brewskis at Thursday home games. 404 W. Fremont St., Stockton RACE AROUND THE FASTEST ¼-MILE PAVED RACE TRACK AND THE OLDEST RUNNING RACE TRACK WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI. The Stockton 99 Speedway welcomes amateurs to test their own speed on select event days. Check out the website each season to see when you can get in on the fun. Do you have the need for speed? 4105 N. Wilson Way, Stockton

CLIMB ABOARD A FULL-SIZE FIRETRUCK AT THE STOCKTON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM. This one is for the kids. Not every city has a playground filled with full-size vehicles, including a cop car, bus, ambulance, tractor, and helicopter, to climb on. Let kids’ imaginations soar as they dress up in costume and let loose at the indoor play museum. 402 W. Weber Ave., Stockton

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TAKE ON WATER SPORTS. If you haven’t wake boarded or water skied before, now is the time. The California Delta encompasses about 1,000 miles of waterways, many of which weave their way through SJC. Rent gear at one of the local marinas or H20 Craft in Tracy and hit the water in style on ski boats, jet skis, pontoons, and more. DECEMBER 2020 | SANJOAQUINMAGAZINE.COM


CRUISE THE DELTA FOR FREE WITH OPPORTUNITY RIVER CRUISES. Speaking of the Delta, if you’d like to get on the water free of charge, you can get a historical look at the California River Delta with Opportunity River Cruises. The California Sunset tours the Port of Stockton every summer, teaching those aboard about its rich history, current activities, and future plans. 445 W. Weber Ave., Stockton GO ON THE ULTIMATE STOCKTON-CENTRIC SCAVENGER HUNT. This event is ideal for both those new to Stockton and those who have lived here their whole lives, uncovering the coolest facts and other hidden gems about this great city. Hosted by Let’s Roam, the number one app-led scavenger hunt company, on the

like Santa Claus visits, cookie decorating, and more at the downtown Stockton waterfront. PLUNGE 13,000 FEET OUT OF AN AIRPLANE. Also routinely referred to as skydiving, the Parachute Center in Acampo is the local spot to take the dive. Come by for an introductory tandem jump with an instructor and get photos and videos for keepsakes! 23597 N. Highway 99, Acampo COMPLETE THE ULTIMATE WINE TOUR. It’s going to take you some time to cross this one off of your bucket list. Lodi is home to over 75,000 acres of vineyards, and nearly 60 wineries. Take it one by one and visit every winery in the city. Expert tip:

DINE AT FIVE RESTAURANTS FOR ONE MEAL. It’s all part of Savor Lodi, a walking tour that includes bites from five Lodi restaurants over a 2.5-hour tour. The tours are often themed and there is even a happy hour version that focuses on local drinks. Check out your options at SavorLodi.com RIDE A VINTAGE CAROUSEL ALL DAY LONG. There’s no limit to the number of times you can ride the carousel at Pixie Woods when you buy an unlimited ride wristband, so as far as we’re concerned, you should get in as many rotations as possible from open to close. 3121 Monte Diablo Ave., Stockton VISIT LODI’S VERY OWN AMUSEMENT PARK. Kids of all ages—including those that are technically adults—can refuse to grow up at Funtown Amusement Park at Micke Grove State Park. There are ten rides in all—including a Kiddie Coaster, Tilt-A-Whirl, and the Fun Town Express Train. 11707 N. Micke Grove Rd., Lodi

trek you’ll walk to landmarks answering trivia questions and solving challenges. You can work with a team or compete against your friends to be crowned champion. LetsRoam.com GET LIT ON THE WATER AT THE STOCKTON YACHT CLUB HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE. Each December the yacht club along with Roger Hahn does Christmas lights like only Stockton can. Stockton’s Annual Lighted Boat Parade features decorated boats throughout the marina as well as other fun festivities

print a list of all of the wineries and check them off as you go. PLAY BALL ON A REPLICA OF THE BOSTON RED SOX HOME FIELD. Big League Dreams in Manteca offers a lot of play space to play ball, but one of the coolest aspects of this over-sized playground is that it houses a replica field of Fenway, which may just be the most infamous ballpark there is. 1077 Milo Candini Dr., Manteca

WATCH THOUSANDS OF SANDHILL CRANES TAKE FLIGHT AT THE ISENBERG CRANE RESERVE. The annual festival takes place every November, offering peak viewing times, but most cranes start their migration to the California River Delta in September, and stay through the winter months. Tours of the reserve are typically available. West Woodbridge Road, Lodi LEARN A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR HOMETOWN. Local museums are one of the best ways to uncover secrets about the place you call home. Step into the Tracy Historical Museum to learn a thing or two about how the city came to be. 1141 Adam St., Tracy GO FULL SPEED ON A DIRT BIKE AT CARNEGIE STATE VEHICULAR RECREATION AREA. Carnegie used to be a small town, complete with a saloon, hotel, bakery, school, 17 homes, and two bunkhouses. Today, it’s best known for its open land and many dirt bike tracks. Go for the day or camp overnight. 18600 Corral Hollow Rd., Tracy JOIN AN EXCLUSIVE WATERFRONT RESORT. Eagal Lakes Resort is a private lake community open to members SJMAG.COM

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STUFF YOURSELF WITH NASHVILLE HOT CHICKEN. Nash + Tender is the only SJC eatery to serve up this southern staple, with locations in both Lodi and Stockton. Stop by for a hearty helping of chicken tenders or try a specialty sandwich or even taco made with the spicy meat. NashAndTender.SquareSpace.com

and boasting a slew of water and beach activities. Get a family membership and spend your summer days waterskiing on the man-made lake or playing beach volleyball in the sand. 12 W. Lorenzen Rd., Tracy

TASTE MORE BEER THAN YOU CAN FATHOM AT STOCKTON BEER WEEK. But, you know, drink responsibly. If you haven’t attended the September event yet, this is the year to do it! Local breweries band together to offer new brews and tasty discounts. Keep an eye on Visit Stockton for details. VisitStockton.com

WATCH COLORFUL BALLOONS FLY OVER RIPON DURING THE COLOR THE SKIES BALLOON FESTIVAL. Every year, hot air balloons take off over the city on Labor Day Weekend to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Central California. Those who want to see the spectacle will have to wake up early—the balloons are typically airborne by 7 AM. ColorTheSkies.com

ATTEND A FIRST THURSDAY TASTE OF RIPON EVENT IN DECEMBER. Held the first Thursday of December every year, this is the best way to sample the food and wine popular in Ripon. From 6-9 PM, ticketholders will have three hours to dine on refreshments from participating merchants, all while strolling down Main Street.

FLY YOUR OWN HOT AIR BALLOON. If the Ripon event inspired you, consider getting a license of your own to operate a hot air balloon at the first and oldest balloon flight school in the country (operating since 1971), dubbed Balloon Excelsior in Manteca. 711 Industrial Park Dr., Manteca

TAKE THE FAMILY CAMPING WITH YOGI BEAR AND HIS FRIENDS AT JELLYSTONE PARK. If you grew up watching Yogi Bear and Boo Boo get into mischief, then this is the vacation for you. And if your kids enjoy reruns—even better. The glamping spot at Tower Park in Lodi offers fun extras like a swimming pool, mini golf, sand volleyball, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, and more. 14900 W. Highway 12, Lodi

WAIT IN LINE FOR THE BEST SAUSAGES IN SJC. The food at Lockeford Meats is so good that you’re likely to find a line stretching outside of the building whenever you go, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it. We recommend sampling the Hawaiian Luau or the Smoked Dakota. 19775 N. Cotton St., Lockeford TOUR A HAUNTED CASTLE. Preston Castle in Ione most likely, probably has ghosts living in it. The former boy’s school— that housed troubled youth—is a paranormal activity hotspot. Drive up to the castle gates, and, if you dare, step inside. Preston Castle plans to bring back tours in 2021. 900 Palm Dr., Ione

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PICK THE PERFECT PUMPKIN BETWEEN RAUCOUS FAIR-STYLE RIDES AND OTHER ATTRACTIONS AT DEL OSSO FAMILY FARMS. If you haven’t spent an afternoon at this over-the-top pumpkin patch in Lathrop, we suggest you give it a go! Between hay rides, train rides, pumpkin games, bounce houses, and a seriously spooky haunted house, this overgrown patch is more akin to an amusement park. 501 W. Manthey Rd., Lathrop LET THE SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY FAIR LIGHT UP YOUR NIGHT. We’ve got our fingers crossed the SJC fair will be back in 2021—the event never took off in 2020—so we can boot scoot boogie to live music between rides on the Ferris

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wheel. And don’t forget the fried fair food! 1658 Airport Way, Stockton TRANSPORT YOURSELF TO A TROPICAL PARADISE AT TIKI LAGOON RESORT & MARINA. Need a tropical vacation but don’t have the time off or money to spend? Stockton’s resort and marina offers tent and RV camping as well as boat launches and a full grill, all with a fun, tropical theme that will make if feel like you’re off in the Caribbean somewhere instead of your own backyard. 12988 W. McDonald Rd., Stockton TAKE A WINERY TOUR ON TWO WHEELS. There may be no better way to enjoy Lodi’s sprawling vineyards than a bike ride through the countryside, stopping at favorite wineries along the way. Visit Lodi offers a wine tasting map that shows the easiest routes for hitting several at a time. VisitLodi.com

MAKE WINE TASTING A GROUP AFFAIR WITH A SIP SHUTTLE RESERVATION—NO DESIGNATED DRIVER NEEDED. Sip Shuttle offers roundtrip rides for those looking to taste through Lodi and Acampo. Book your tour and hit the road; trips run daily from 11 AM-4:30 PM. SipShuttle.com VISIT THE UNDER SUNG GEM OF CALIFORNIA, AS COINED BY SUNSET MAGAZINE. The Haggin Museum has become a cultural hub in Stockton, celebrating local triumphs in art and history as well as paying tribute to other artists with rotating displays and traveling expositions. Plus, the museum caters to families with themed nights and interactive displays that help you delve deeper into the artwork. 1201 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton SEE A HEADLINER AT BOB HOPE THEATRE. The historic theatre, which sits on the National Register of Historical Places,


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was once called Fox Theatre. Today, it plays host to a wide range of acts from plays and films to concerts and festivals. The gorgeous theater always seems to have something going on, making it one of the liveliest spaces to spend an evening. And if you didn’t come for a show, at least show up to see the theatre, complete with elegant touches including dangling chandeliers and a mosaic marble floor. 242 E. Main St., Stockton SNAP AN INSTA-WORTHY PHOTO ON THE RED BRIDGE IN THE JAPANESE GARDEN AT MICKE GROVE PARK. If you haven’t been to this serene Lodi gem yet, take a friend and head into the green landscape. Above a koi pond, a red bridge is the ideal spot for an impromptu photo shoot, or, even wedding photos in many cases. Stop by and grab a few shots for the ‘gram and be sure to tag Lodi. 11793 N. Micke Grove Rd., Lodi GET CUTE IN UMBRELLA ALLEY. Another photo backdrop begging to appear on your feed is Umbrella Alley. The art installation at Yosemite Village Market is the ideal background for your next artsy social media pic. Plus, it was created by a local artist, which makes it even cooler. 924 N. Yosemite St., Stockton LISTEN TO LIVE MUSIC IN THE PARK. Music in the park events are not scarce in San Joaquin County. Swenson Park, Weber Point, and Victory Park all have their own lineups of live music entertainment (socially distanced and outdoors) plus Mountain House usually hosts musicians at its food truck nights. LET A 50-FOOT BUDDHA PHOTOBOMB YOU. Stop at Stockton Cambodian Buddhist Temple (Wat Dhammararam), an active Buddhist temple boasting larger-than-life, jewelencrusted statues that celebrate the story of the Cambodian Buddha. The tallest

figure stands 50-feet! Looking for a time to visit? The temple hosts an annual Cambodian New Year event every April. 3732 Carpenter Rd., Stockton

Colt Gridley. Plus private mausoleums. And look for a few dead rich guys on “millionaires row.” 2350 Cemetery Lane, Stockton

STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES. Find peace on the Discovery Trail , a lovely, one-mile walk through the UOP Campus, with several stops highlighting art, architecture, nature, and the International World Peace Rose Garden, as well as a lake and other historical elements. 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton

PLAY ALL 21 GOLF COURSES IN SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY. This is another one of those lists you’re going to have to chip away at, but for any avid golfer, it should be a fun endeavor. The best golf courses in San Joaquin County, according to our 2020 list, includes public courses Swenson Park Golf Course, Elkhorn Golf Club, and Micke Grove Golf, as well as private courses Brookside Golf & Country Club, Stockton Golf & Country Club, and Woodbridge Golf & Country Club.

TRANSPORT YOURSELF TO A MYSTICAL LAND OF SUPERHEROES AND SCIENCE FICTION. StocktonCon is a tribute to Comic-Con, a wild event where people dress up in cosplay and celebrate alternate universes and fictional characters. Go in full costume to make the most of your experience. Facebook.com/ StocktonCon WASTE AN AFTERNOON WATCHING THE SHIPS COME IN AND OUT OF STOCKTON PORT. If you’ve ever wanted to lay on your back, stare up at the clouds, and just enjoy a peaceful day near the water, then we recommend grabbing your picnic basket and heading to Dad’s Point near Louis Park. This little stop is perhaps the best place to view port operations. GIVE YOURSELF THE HEEBIE JEEBIES OR A HISTORY LESSON (depending how you see it) at Stockton Rural Cemetery, the final resting place of many of Stockton’s founding fathers. See the hand-carved tombs and monuments of Caterpillar inventor Benjamin Holt and the famous Civil war fundraiser Reuel

SAMPLE EVERY BURGER ON OUR ULTIMATE BURGER LIST. We came out with our own round-up of the best burgers, available in our July 2020 issue, in print and online. If you love burgers, this list won’t disappoint. Start at the beginning and work your way through 33 meals (plus some serious sides!) Bonus points if you pull up the 2017 issue and run through that list, too. DINE YOUR WAY THROUGH STOCKTON DURING STOCKTON RESTAURANT WEEK. The dates have been set for the 12th annual, 2021 event—Jan. 15-24. During restaurant week, diners can take advantage of special menus at fixed prices to showcase the best stuff coming out of their kitchen, all hosted by Visit Stockton. VisitStockton.com SAY YES TO YOUR FAVORITE INDULGENCES AT WINE & CHOCOLATE WEEKEND. This annual Lodi event is a favorite for those who love both wine and chocolate. Always hosted around Valentine’s Day, the event includes wines paired with delicious treats at local wineries including everything from fresh churros with chocolate drizzle to decadent truffles. LodiWineAndChocolate.com

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box, make it easier to take your goodies on the road and over to your favorite winery (that allows outside food).

SIPS & TIPS

WILL BIKE FOR WINE.

Driving from winery to winery is often the most convenient mode of transportation, but there’s something magical about taking two wheels with you on a winery tour. The ultimate way to bike the vineyards is a 24-mile route that winds through Lodi, Acampo, and Woodbridge, and runs right past Woodbridge Winery, Robert Mondavi, LangeTwins Winery, St. Jorge Winery, and Feilds Family Winery. Make your own tour using maps at VisitLodi.com.

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MAKE THE MOST OF LODI WINE COUNTRY  BY NORA HESTON TARTE A Sunday afternoon strolling through wine country, an after-work glass with a group of best friends, or a Friday evening shindig over a bottle paired with charcuterie… the ways to enjoy Lodi Wine Country are endless. Our team got together and rounded up some of our favorite tips and tricks for making the most of a vino-filled outing. Check out our picks!

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No one wants to fight over who gets to be DD, and safety, of course, is paramount. This taxi-service specializes in winery stops and includes four wineries over the course of five hours. Take advantage of the transportation and enjoy yourself as you hop from one winery to the next.

CHEESE CENTRAL.

What goes better with wine than cheese? We personally cannot think of a better pairing. Cheese Central on School Street in Downtown Lodi keeps a case full of every type of cheese you can think of. And new programs, including a to-go

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Several Lodi wineries offer yoga and wine events for those who want to stretch out their muscles and then reward themselves with a glass of vino. Keep an eye on local event calendars to see what pops up. Oak Ridge Winery and M2 Wines have hosted the practice before, and Spenker Winery even brought goats out for their affair.

WINERY GAMES.

Add an extra element of fun to your winery visit by taking advantage of winery games. Again, it’s a good idea to check local event calendars for the coolest upcoming happenings, but a couple notable events include wine bingo at Peltier and Paskett trivia nights.


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to Peach Mango. Stop into their fun Downtown Lodi tasting room to conduct a tasting on their dry-erase bar top, sip one of their specially crafted “Mimosas of the Month,” or try their “Flights and Bites,” which consist of a flight of different sparklings, individually paired with sweet treats. 9 N. School St., Lodi, (209) 3706013, Weibel.com

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Pet Friendly | Food on site | Indoor/Outdoor There’s a lot of wine wisdom to be had at this fifth-generation family owned vineyard. Visit inperson or online to learn more about the family’s sustainable growing practices and why they’ve been recognized as “Certified Green” by the Lodi Rules sustainable viticulture program. Or, simply sit back and sip from the winery’s selection of whites, rosés, and reds.

The Mettler family’s roots run deep in Lodi Wine Country and you can taste their commitment to quality in every glass of Albariño, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel. The family started growing grapes in the late 1800s and takes pride in the fact that they are still involved with every step of the winemaking process, from growing to bottling and sending the fruits of their labor home with you. By reservation only.

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HIGH WATER BREWING It’s hard to pick the highpoint of a trip to Lodi’s High Water Brewing. Is it the indoor tasting room, sporting 36 taps and a full kitchen? Maybe the 5,000 square foot outdoor beer garden? Or could it be the onsite production of their original brews – from ales to stouts and IPAs? Belly up to the bar, order up a flight, and decide for yourself. 927 Industrial Way, Suite A, Lodi, (209) 625-8146, HighWaterBrewing.com

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Macchia carefully selects their grapes from California’s most prestigious wine growing regions and vineyards for the unique notes they will impart in each wine. Their “Adventurous” Zinfandel, “Righteous” Barbera, and “Dangerous” Port benefit from grapes grow in a particularly “spicy” vineyard, for example. This stringent selection process ensures only the best grapes are used for each of their renowned varietals and make for an excellent drinking experience.

WEIBEL FAMILY WINERY Through three generations and over eight decades, the Weibel family has consistently produced top-quality, affordable, and delicious still and sparkling wines. Patrons travel from near and far to sample the vast collection of award-winning sparkling, which includes more than 14 unique flavors, ranging from Almond

VIAGGIO ESTATE & WINERY When you visit Viaggio, you aren’t just going for a Saturday afternoon outing – you’re going on a journey. Let the expansive park-like lawns of the luxurious 23-acre estate and the Vino di Vita (Italian for “Wine of Life”) tasting room transport you to Italy, where Viaggio’s varietals offer, of course, the journey’s crescendo. (209) 368-1378, ViaggioWinery.com


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High Water Brewing is a local independent craft brewery, taproom & restaurant with an extensive menu featuring seasonal offerings & 36 beers on tap. We offer both indoor & outdoor seating in a relaxed environment. Families & dogs are always welcome. We have on-site catering for both private parties & banquets. We offer live music, trivia, beer yoga, paint classes, open mic nights & more! Take out is available for both beer & food. We can ship our beer anywhere in CA.

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VILLAGE WEST MARINA & RESORT

RECREATION

Nestled in a protected basin in the heart of the Delta, Village West Marina can accommodate up to 651 boats and offers guest and gas docks, a dockside convenience store, two of Stockton’s most popular restaurants (Garlic Brothers and Bob’s at the Marina), and more. A boutique RV Park, Waterfront Vacation Bungalows and Kayak rental center have become some of the favorite attractions. With the many amenities and the natural beauty of the river, it’s easy to see why locals are hooked. 6649 Embarcadero Dr., Stockton, (209) 951-1551, VillageWestMarina.com

CULTURE: HAGGIN MUSEUM

RECREATION: SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY PARKS Thanks to San Joaquin County Parks’ ongoing efforts to preserve the community’s outdoor recreational areas, you don’t have to go far from home to find some fresh air in San Joaquin County. Pack a picnic or reserve your place for a party at nearly a dozen parks (including family favorites like Oak Grove Regional Park and Micke Grove Regional Park) throughout the county.

The red brick exterior of the Haggin Museum has been a staple of Stockton’s Victory Park for nearly 90 years, but it’s really what’s on the inside that counts. Featuring historical galleries, 19th and 20th century artwork, and a number of temporary exhibits throughout the year, the Haggin Museum offers a glimpse into the county’s past while also inviting guests to think more broadly about the future of art with interactive exhibits. 1201 N Pershing Ave., Stockton, (209) 940-6300, HagginMuseum.org

WORLD OF WONDERS SCIENCE MUSEUM Looking to getting the kiddos out off the couch and out of the house? There’s nothing better than a little hands-on learning – especially when they think it’s all fun and games as they hurry from station to sensational station. Watch as they discover how the world works and help foster a life-long interest in science with WOW’s exhibits on energy, electricity, magnetism, optics, and more. 2 N. Sacramento St., Lodi, (209) 368-0969, WowScienceMuseum.org

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This 18-hole public course is both walkable and challenging, making it perfect for a low-key midmorning tee time or an all-out tournament. Golfers of all levels are welcome: while the pros will head straight for the tree-lined course, driving range, and three putting greens, amateurs can take lessons to practice their putt.

Operating continuously in Stockton since 1896, Humphreys University 501(c)(3) nonprofit university that aims to help students of all backgrounds achieve their career goals. Offering Associate, Bachelor, Masters and Juris Doctor degree programs in a diversity of disciplines ranging from Early Childhood Education to Legal Studies, Accounting, and more.

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The grandeur of the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel in the heart of Stockton coupled with its reputation for impeccable service promises a truly memorable experience. Known for turning moments into memories for leisure and business travelers alike this luxury Stockton hotel has been host to some of the most influential meetings and events, breathtaking weddings and personalized special occasions of the century. In addition to its 179 guest rooms and suites this luxury Stockton hotel offers over 10,000 square feet of spectacular function space. With a panoramic view of the City and the California Delta from the picturesque Waterfront Courtyard, The University Plaza Waterfront hotel presents an unmatched blend of luxurious accommodations, elegant meeting spaces and superb services, which make for an unforgettable stay.

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SHOPPING

DINING: ARROYO’S CAFE As one of Stockton’s oldest, family-owned restaurants, Arroyo’s Cafe has been serving up generations of family tradition and traditional Mexican cooking on every plate for nearly three quarters of a century. Discover why this has been the long-time local hangout with its nostalgic, homey atmosphere and too-good-to-change menu featuring favorites like Nachos Machos, tostadas, tacos, enchiladas, chimichangas, and more. Pair it with a beer or a lime margarita and you’ll feel right at home. 2381 W. March Ln., Stockton, (209) 472-1661,ArroyosCafe.com

BUD’S SEAFOOD

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Family owned and operated, Bud’s has been serving up fresh seafood in Stockton since 1993, reeling in a “Best of San Joaquin County” recognition nearly every year since. Always popular are the Clam Chowder and Fish & Chips. Or give your sea legs a break and opt for a more land-going option like Bud’s Beef or Bud’s Chicken Marsala. 314 Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 956-0270, BudsSeaFood.com

Whether you’re making a big move or just hoping to spruce up your wellloved family room, Kathleen Jennison has just what you’re looking for. Longtime local home designer, Kathleen brought her eye for detail to retail with the opening of her furniture store and home goods boutique in March 2017. Each item carried in store has received her personal seal of approval and her carefully curated selection of furniture and décor is anything but cookie cutter.

CORNER SCONE BAKERY

404 N. Harrison St., Stockton, (209) 932-9801, KathleenJennison.com

322 N California St., Lodi, (209) 747-3418

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At Corner Scone Bakery, the seasonal treats are stacked high alongside popular year-round favorites like muffins, cinnamon rolls, blueberry bran muffins, and plenty of cookies. And, of course, their namesake scones are sure to hit the sweet spot: take your pick of Lemon Poppy, Maple Bacon, or classic Chocolate Chip. Come in early and get them while they’re hot!

DAVID’S PIZZA The goal was simple – create a familyfriendly pizza parlor with top-notch pizzas that highlights the variety and quality of fresh local ingredients – and the results speak for themselves. Consistently voted best in the county since 1993, it’s hard to top these pies. Trust the experts and order popular pizzas like David’s Combo, Chicken Gourmet, or Taste of Gilroy. Or take your toppings into your own hands and create your own mouth watering pizza. 1744 W. Hammer Ln., Stockton, (209) 477-2677, DavidsPizza.org

FAT CITY BREW & BBQ Step aside Tennessee. It’s time for California BBQ to take center stage. Stockton native Don King discovered a love for barbecuing more than a decade ago and open Fat City to share that passion with his hometown. Now he’s serving up all the BBQ classics, from BBQ sauce slathered minisliders, ribs, and pulled pork sandwiches to Tri Tip and Hot Link Sandwiches. 1740 Pacific Ave, Stockton, (209) 323-4920, FatCityBrewBBQ.com


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DINING OUT

KOMACHI SUSHI Whether you’re searching for something light and sweet (Taiyo Roll), something savory (Golden Gate), or something spicy (Dynamite Roll), Komachi serves up classic Japanese dishes with iconic Californian ingredients. Opened more than a decade ago, Komachi quickly became a Lodi staple. But locals get more than their sushi fix here: also on the menu are ramen, soba, and udon, bento boxes, and sizzling plates. 307 S. Lower Sacramento Rd., Lodi, (209) 334-3131, SushiKomachi.com

NOTHING BUNDT CAKES If you’ve got a sugar craving to squash, Nothing Bundt Cakes has just the sweet treat you need. Dig into classic cream cheese frosting topped confections like chocolate and vanilla marble, white chocolate raspberry, or lemon cakes. Treat yourself to a personal sized “bundtlet” or a dozen bite-sized “bundtinis.” Not enough to go around? Tired Bundt Cakes will satisfy up to 26 sweet tooths. 128 Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 957-2253, NothingBundtCakes.com

WEST OAK NOSH While still relatively new to the Downtown Lodi scene, this German inspired pub has had no trouble finding it’s footing in wine country. With their knead-to-try pretzels (served with beer cheese and beer mustard for dipping), bratwurst, and schnitzels – not to mention their large selection of beers, lagers, ales, IPAs, and ciders – every day can feel like Oktoberfest. 10 W Oak St., Lodi, (209) 224-8157

HOUSE OF COFFEES Every day is a brew-tiful day at House of Coffees. But don’t make this mistake of thinking that this is your ordinary, run of the mill coffee shop. Not only can you get hot and cold coffee drinks (customized any way you can think up) and teas, but House of Coffees is also the House of Cheers, serving up brew of the 21-and-old variety. 239 N Ham Ln., Lodi, (209) 368-2611

MIDGLEY’S PUBLIC HOUSE With culinary capabilities that drew national attention, you know Chef and Owner Michael Midgley is always going to be serving up something good at Midgley’s Public House. The menu revolves around American fusion food with some Asian influences, seafood, and a whole lot of meat – which is only logical considering Chef Midgley’s status as a Certified Angus Beef brand ambassador.

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They’re also serving up some killer cocktails that cannot be missed. 296 Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 474-7700, MidgleysPublicHouse.com

UNIVERSITY PLAZA WATERFRONT HOTEL Whether you’re a local looking for a sophisticated staycation or just passing through, spending the night at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel means chic accommodations in the heart of it all. Steps away from the Stockton Arena, Banner Island Ballpark, and the Civic Auditorium, the city is at your doorstep, giving you access to all the best of Stockton’s revitalized Historic Downtown. Looking for a relaxed night in? Dine at the hotel’s esteemed Delta Bistro. 110 W Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 944-1140 UniversityPlazaWaterfrontHotel.com


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“Come as a customer, leave as our family!” A personalized, Japanese dining experience catered to your taste buds. Choose fresh, exquisite dishes both on and off our menu.

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OH HOW WE’VE MISSED YOU!

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escape So often travelers separate Lake Tahoe into two main destinations—North Lake and South Lake. However, those who know the area well, know the region is broken down into more cities than that. In North Lake Tahoe alone there are 12 unique neighborhoods with their own vibe and offerings. Explore each locale by focusing on the tidbits that make it stand out from the rest. Here, we breakdown the region and offer suggestions for making the most of any North Lake Tahoe trip.

INCLINE VILLAGE VIBE: HISTORIC, LUXURIOUS

Incline Village certainly has a reputation for its wealthy inhabitants, which often also lends itself to some luxurious accommodations and activities. Where to stay: If you step into Incline Village for the weekend, we suggest holing up at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, where glasses of champagne are doled out on arrival, gambling is accessible on site, and the adults-only whirlpool is heated to keep off the winter chill. The on-site spa is another luxury to take advantage of, with a full menu of relaxing offerings. Where to eat: Off-site, we recommend grubbing at Lone Eagle Grille next door. The heated patio (adorned with large fire pits) fills up fast for dinner service, but our personal favorite time of day to eat here is brunch, when warm cups of coffee are the ideal accompaniment to a meal

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on the beach (and yes, it’s located right there on the resort’s private beach). For drinks, hit Glasses Wine Bar about one-mile down the road. Outdoor Recreation: The new(ish) East Shore Trail runs from Tunnel Creek Café (another hot breakfast spot) to Sand Harbor Beach. Even when it’s snowy, you can throw on some boots to walk the three-mile stretch (one way). Best Hike: With the right gear (see: snowshoes) you can still get to some of those sought-after viewpoints. Our favorite in this area is Chickadee Ridge, just a hop, skip, and a jump away, and winter is actually the best time to go. Here you can channel your inner pigeon lady à la Home Alone. All you have to do is bring a handful of birdseed, stick out your palm, and wait for the chickadees to come to you. The lake views aren’t half-bad either.


if you dine at Gar Woods. The upscale eatery has an outdoor deck with plenty of heaters for keeping warm in the winter months, as well as indoor seating and a big ornate, stone fireplace inside. Must have: A Wet Woody is the typical Tahoe staple, but when it’s cold out, we suggest swapping the iced beverage for an Irish Coffee. Outdoor Recreation: It may sound a bit too chilly to spend a day on the lake, but we disagree. One of the coolest experiences to have on Lake Tahoe is kayaking or paddle boarding in winter. As long as weather permits, Waterman’s Landing will take interested parties out on the water all winter long. Old Range Steakhouse

KING’S BEACH

VIBE: NOSTALGIC FAMILY BEACH TOWN If you’ve ever driven through North Lake Tahoe, this is that stretch of road where everything slows down for a minute as you move at a snail’s pace through roundabouts basically regardless of the time of day. Where to eat: Caliente offers great views of the lake and a rooftop tiki-style bar. Even in winter, it’s nice to sit outside on a warmer winter day. Or, set up at Spindleshanks For Happy Hour. Here, the outdoor deck sits right on Brockway Golf Course. Outdoor Recreation: For adrenaline junkies, Full Throttle Tahoe provides snowmobile rentals for self-guided tours. The trail-riding area consists of 13,000 acres of snowmobile trails boasting

some truly epic views. Or hit the beach in Kings Beach State Recreation Area for a little snowshoeing.

CARNELIAN BAY VIBE: CLASSIC, WOODEN BOAT CULTURE

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VIBE: HOME AWAY FROM HOME If you’re looking to shred some gnar on the slopes, we recommend booking a stay and play vacation at NorthStar California. With a new reservation system in place, the mountain opened for winter fun and extra benefits for season pass holders. When you’re not skiing, explore the village, which includes ice skating accompanied by live music. Something different: Another off-beat winter activity picking up speed in Tahoe is fat tire snow biking. Scenic trails in NorthStar’s backyard make it easy to explore and reach new heights where those lake views are sure to impress, and the best part is, you can rent gear on sight. Where to eat: When it comes to grabbing a bite, there’s really no reason to leave the village. Zephyr Lodge has floor-to-ceiling views paired with contemporary cuisine while the Living Room, located mid-mountain in the Ritz-Carlton, feels like home, serving up signature cocktails and wine with views of Martis Valley. Start your morning: with a cup of joe from Café Blue (also in the Ritz Carlton) and a morning yoga class (call ahead for reopening dates). Don’t miss this: An alpine terrain park at NorthStar features meticulously built jumps, flawlessly maintained jibs, and pristine halfpipes.

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VIBE: ENTERTAINMENT Let’s be honest, some people venture to Tahoe more for the entertainment, gambling, and casinos than anything else. Crystal Bay is home to some historic casinos including The Tahoe Biltmore Lodge where, fun fact, the largest jackpot in Lake Tahoe history was won. You can stay here or just come in around-the-clock—it’s open 24/7—for some exciting gaming. Where to dine: Crystal Bay Club Steak & Lobster House at Crystal Bay Casino cooks up the best of land and sea. Great Views: Trek the Historic Stateline Fire Lookout, a paved road that climbs about 400 feet in a half-mile.

TAHOE VISTA

VIBE: RECREATION AND WELLNESS

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In our opinion, the best activity in Tahoe Vista is a moonlit snowshoe tour hosted by Tahoe Adventure Company. Guides take trekkers on nighttime snowshoe adventures on various nights to experience full moons, pink moons, or other natural phenomena. The tours include rentable equipment, are two to three miles in duration, and usually include stories doled out at resting points along the way. Halfway through you’ll get to a viewing point with snacks and hot chocolate before making your way back to home base in the dark with headlamps to light your way. North Tahoe Regional Park also offers sled and snowmobile rentals. We suggest sliding down some sled hills for a little fun with the fam. What to eat: Old Range Steakhouse is a longtime staple on the North Shore, serving aged steaks, prime rib, seafood, and cocktails in a oldschool, lodge-like establishment with big booths.

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SQUAW VALLEY/ALPINE MEADOWS VIBE: ADRENALINE AND ADVENTURE

Technically this is two neighborhoods, but they squish together as one. Where to stay: We can’t recommend the Resort at Squaw Creek more. This homey resort has all of the amenities you need to enjoy a weekend away with views of the towering sierras right outside your door. Outdoor Recreation: If you came to get your ski on, this is the place to do it. The resort offers direct access to Squaw Valley, the site of the 1960 Olympics, so guests can ski and ride where the pros did 60 years ago. The nearby Village at Squaw Valley is the best choice for beginners while intermediate and advanced riders can take the chairlift right out of the resort for a day on the slopes. Après Ski: Dive into a mystery wine flight at PlumpJack Bar or book a reservation for dinner at the very-popular PlumpJack Café.

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Holiday RECYCLING

THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, GIVE THE PLANET A PRESENT! Did you know that between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, Americans throw away an extra million tons of garbage each week? Americans also use more electricity to power holiday lights than some countries use in an entire year!

This Season Try Some of These Earth Friendly Tips: Make a little less food; save both your waistline and your wallet. Swap old incandescent holiday lights for energy-efficient LED lights. Use rechargeable batteries instead of alkaline batteries.

Avoid Giving “Stuff”, Instead: Give the gift of time: give a coupon to make dinner for a loved one, help with gardening or small home repairs. Give the gift of an activity: a hiking trip, picnic, massage, or movie. Give the gift of culture: buy tickets to a concert, musical or play.

Find convenient, local recycling locations for medications, electronics, fluorescent bulbs, and more at:

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This is another place for adrenaline junkies to get their fill of skiing and snowboarding, but it’s also a good resort for families who want to ski and ride together. If you make the trek to Homewood often, it’s worth your money to stay loyal to this resort because those who take three ski or snowboard lessons receive a free season pass. The Best Deal: Score a family pass good for two adults and two children. Where to stay: West Shore Café and Inn is the sister property to Homewood boasting unmatched views. Rooms appear to sit on the water where you can see bobbing boats right out your window, plus in-room fireplaces keep things cozy.

Tahoe City ditches the resort lifestyle and instead offers guests a slice of home within Lake Tahoe. Come here to walk the downtown, browse shops, and eat really good food. The Boatworks Mall is home to an adorable upstairs candy and ice cream shop that’s worth a visit—or two. Where to eat: Don’t pass up a chance to go to the Hawaiian islands of the mountains. Jake’s on the Lake has a waterfront dining experience famous for coveting the best views in Lake Tahoe. And the Hawaiian-inspired fare like the Jidori Huli Huli Chicken served with black, forbidden coconut sticky rice will have you feeling like you’re on an

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VIBE: NATURE-INSPIRED If you like the great outdoors, come to Tahoma. Best hike: Even when it’s snowy, a trek along Eagle Rock hiking trail is feasible. The hike takes about 20 minutes to hit the top of a volcanic formation and once you get there, the views are unparalleled. Getting your bearings: Tahoma is one of the smaller communities in Tahoe, but it’s very close to Homewood and Tahoe City if you’re looking for more amenities. Where to eat: Westshore pizza offers a menu of mostly expected pizzas with a few surprises and beers on tap, including local favorites. The galaxy theme makes it feel a little out of this world.

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If you came for the views—you’re in the right place. A drive up the winding highway will land you at various lookout points that garner astounding glimpses of Donner Lake below. Best hike: Grab your snowshoes for this one, it’s a bit of a doozy in winter. The Donner Train Tunnels house more than five miles of graffiti on the old railroad and people have made a habit of walking the tunnels to view the art. You’ll take a small trek up to the top and then it’s an easy walk. But bundle up, the icy tunnels get chilly. Local’s secret: Somewhere in Donner there’s a swing overlooking the lake. It’s become a favorite spot for photo-ops, but locals like to keep it hidden from view. So, we’re going to let you know it’s there, but you’ll have to track down the coordinates yourself! Nearby Skiing: Sugar Bowl and Royal Gorge, the largest cross-country ski resort in North America.

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if someone wanted dino ribs for eight, we will make them. It’s not something on our normal menu, but we will do it,” Don says. And that goes for the menu’s smoked fried chicken, too. “All our wonderful customers have to do is ask and I am sure we can find a way to accommodate their needs.” If you’ve been convinced to hand the cooking duties over to Don, simply call or step into Fat City to place your order, or order online at FatCityBrewBBQ.com. Choose from convenient options including pick-up, delivery, or full catering services where Fat City will stay behind and help serve the grub you’ve ordered. "We want to share our good food with everyone,” Don says. “Family is first and foremost on our minds at Fat City Brew & BBQ.”


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This rich cabernet is garnet in color with aromas of black fruit, brooding tobacco, and toasted spice. On the palate you’ll find flavors of black currant, cedar, and vanilla. And while there are structured tannins, the wine boasts a smooth and velvety finish. $22, OakFarmVineyards.com Pair it with herb crusted, oven-roasted prime rib.

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 BY NORA HESTON TARTE / D DAN HOOD When COVID-19 changed life in California as we know it, Rima Barkett had to pivot. The Bella Vista owner had recently started a new incubator program aimed at helping entrepreneurs start businesses in the food industry using a 5,000 square foot commercial kitchen. But with COVID shuttering restaurant doors, most of her entrepreneurs weren’t comfortable launching a new food biz quite yet. While Bella Vista was forced to shutter its own doors due to the pandemic, the commercial kitchen and mentor program was able to go on thanks to some creative re-planning. With six chefs looking to learn the ins and outs of the food business, an otherwise unusable workspace, and a city full of hungry people, Rima’s incubator program became something even better for the community. Known simply as the Stockton Community Kitchen, Rima asked the program’s six entrepreneurs to make meals three times per week for those in need. With their help and her foundation’s budget, she was able to pay some of the incubator members for their work—many who lost their jobs soon after the pandemic hit. After more months than Rima had planned for, a community grant came through to expand the program to a five-days-per-week meal service available to Stockton residents in need, plus a weekend box of fruits and vegetables to take home on Fridays.

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“It started with families but then we felt the need of also feeding the homeless,” Rima says of the efforts. It didn’t take long before the small group was feeding hundreds of residents per week, finding those in need through El Concilio, Child Abuse Protection Council, and churches in South Stockton. Friends of the entrepreneurs volunteered to deliver meals, and homeless people soon became part of the receiving population, giving them

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When Governor Newsom called to end indoor dining in March, restaurant owners in San Joaquin County got creative. In addition to places that already offered outdoor seating, restaurants without a patio space—or those with a limited patio space—started taking over parking lots with tables, chairs, and tents when stay-at-home orders relaxed a bit in May. Temporary outdoor spaces have been all the rage across California due to the orders, which include stipulations that tables are placed six feet apart, and Lincoln Center seems to be a mecca for the trend, in part thanks to the City of Stockton’s decision to offer free outdoor seating permits to businesses to keep them on their feet. As a result, when you walk into the shopping center today, it looks a bit different. There may be less parking,

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but there are a lot more chairs for those looking to eat and social distance. Even when orders for indoor seating changed—in October Governor Newsom allowed for 25 percent capacity inside of restaurants with some stipulations— outdoor dining did not dissipate. Instead, restaurant owners are still utilizing the space to serve more guests while indoor dining is limited. And some patrons seem to like the change, especially when weather is nice and outdoor dining is a privilege they may otherwise have had to wait for. Michael Midgley of Midgley’s Public House says his eatery continues to offer expanded patio dining and will as long as Lincoln Center allows it. Lincoln Center isn’t the only place taking over parking spaces with dining tables, though. Just about every restaurant that has room to

expand is doing so. For Nesrin Shabbar at American Waffle Diner, COVID-19 encouraged her to start using her restaurant’s existing patio space, which she previously only had one table on. “I bought all new furniture for outdoors,” she says. “We are going to keep outdoor seating even after COVID.” For the time being, Nesrin also has expanded into her parking lot, offering covered tents for patrons looking to dine outside. While the tents have been protecting diners from the elements in warmer months, some patios will start to put heaters in to keep guests warm while they can keep outdoor food service going. When festive decorations and even falling (faux) snow begins, dining outdoors may become an even more magical affair in Lincoln Center.


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If there is such a thing as a meal that is synonymous with Christmas dinner—it’s Prime Rib. The massive roast is the ultimate crowd-pleaser to celebrate the season, and it’s easy to see why. Simple, juicy, and packed with flavor, there is, in our opinion, nothing better! Be sure to try these tried and true methods to make your holiday entertaining easy and stress free!

PRIME RIB WITH ROASTED GARLIC AND HORSERADISH CRUST INGREDIENTS 30 large garlic cloves, unpeeled 1/4 c. olive oil 1/3 c. prepared cream-style horseradish 1 tsp. coarse salt 1/6 lb. well-trimmed, boneless beef rib roast

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DIRECTIONS Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Toss garlic cloves and olive oil in a small baking dish and cover. Bake until the garlic begins to brown, about 30 minutes. Drain the olive oil into a food processor or blender and let cool for 15 minutes. Peel the garlic and add to the processor. Add prepared horseradish and coarse salt and puree until almost smooth. Place a rack on a large, rimmed cookie sheet and sprinkle the beef with salt and pepper. Spread a thin layer of garlic mixture on the underside of the beef and place the beef, garlic mixture side down, onto the rack. Spread with the remaining garlic puree and cover with foil. Refrigerate for at least three hours, or up to one day. Position the rack in the bottom third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Uncover the beef and roast until a thermometer registers at 125 degrees for rare, about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Transfer the beef to a cutting board and let sit for 30 minutes. Scrape the juice from the pan over the top and slice beef crosswise.


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DIRECTIONS Let the rib roast stand at room temperature for one hour. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Season the beef generously with salt and pepper. Place in the oven, uncovered. Cook for one hour and then turn off the oven. Do not open the oven until you are ready to serve the meat, regardless of how long it sits in the oven. 40 minutes before dinner, turn the oven back on to 375 degrees and continue to cook. Remove from the oven after 40 minutes and let the meat rest. Slice and serve.

LOCAL ANGLE The 209 has more than its fair share of butcher shops and premium grocers to order your prime rib. Just remember to order it ahead of time and make sure you get a large enough prime rib to feed your hungry guests. FIORI’S BUTCHER SHOPPE 400 W. Lodi Ave. , Lodi (209) 334.4121 FiorisDeli.com

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well and transfer to the bowl of your stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment, start the mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium and slowly drizzle in the hot milk and heavy cream. While the mixer is on, add softened butter, one tablespoon at a time. Add the salt. Taste the potatoes and add more salt if needed.

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Celebrating their 14th year in the Historic Tracy Inn, the chefs at Tracy Thai Restaurant have produced countless satisfied customers, with their wonderfully inventive dishes. The chef makes classics dishes like ‘Pad Thai’ and ‘Tom Kar Gai’ that leave the diner feeling that they have been transported to a street in Thailand. Many of the dishes such as Eggplant prawns, or Garlic Pork reflect a homestyle feel. The Menu is a delight and there are always Lunch and Dinner Specials. The wood panels and decors at Tracy Thai will bring you to a classic home style in Thailand. With a warm, cozy ambiance and delicious food, you would enjoy your meal at Tracy Thai.

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Nestled on the Brickwalk in Lincoln Center Midgley’s Public House specializes in steaks and seafood, with an extensive appetizer menu and unique desserts. Our bar menu consist of several unique cocktails, fine wines and spirits. We have several dining options including our extensive patio, dining room with floor to ceiling open windows, and a large bar area. We offer several dining options for large parties and do catering of all sizes, including our own food truck, Midgley's Public Truck, that can be rented for private and public events.

MIDGLEY’S PUBLIC HOUSE 296 Lincoln Center Stockton, (209) 474-7700 midgleyspublichouse.com

sweet and tart taste. The magic is in the ingredients, and while we’re not giving away any secrets, there is real key Fairfield-based business is selling lime zest in the batter, which her off-the-wall, flavor-infused helps the cake stay true to cheesecakes at Lord of the that authentic flavor profile Wings, so San Joaquin locals and gives it that little pucker can dive into an array of tasty created by the lime flavor. The treats ranging from Watermelon smooth and creamy cakes are Jolly Rancher to Mocha Frappe. always finished in a delectable Lord of the Wings is graham cracker crust. talking up the Key Lord of the Wings Lime Cheesecake, sells the personalLORD OF THE WINGS and says it’ll be on the sized cakes, perfect 3436 W. Hammer Ln. menu this December. for one person cause, Ste. A, Stockton It tastes like a key lime we’ll be honest, you’re (209) 227-7310 pie but in cheesecake StocktonWings.com not going to want to form, proffering a share!

If you love cheesecake and you love creative flavor combos, you’ll go bananas over Teescakes Cheesecakes. The

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Serving San Joaquin County since 1979 We use ingredients of only the highest quality when preparing our meals. We cook using 100 percent cholesterol-free cooking oils, for a delicious and healthy meal. If you would like to order something not listed in the menu, we will do our best to accommodate you in any way we can. Gift Certificates available. Mon-Fri: 11am-2:30pm & 5-10pm Sat-Sun: 12pm-10pm

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


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 fresh sourdough bread made exclusively for Bud’s by our local Genova Bakery. The covered outdoor patio seats thirty and is the perfect spot to take a break from shopping in Lincoln Center and enjoy a leisurely lunch or even just a drink with a friend or two. We also invite you to come visit the newly renovated bar and dining room which now offers more window tables for a lovely view of Lincoln Center while you dine. While at the bar, take advantage of the nightly deals on bar bites. Please be sure to ask about our banquet and catering services for your special event or holiday party. Full bar and banquet room available. Open for lunch, dinner, and scrumptious Sunday brunch. Happy hour daily with $1.00 off all beer & well drinks 4pm -6:30pm.

BUD’S SEAFOOD GRILLE 314 Lincoln Ctr., Stockton (209) 956-0270, budsseafood.com

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HIGH WATER BREWING’S SEASONAL BEERS ARE HERE  BY NORA HESTON TARTE

instead of a cold brewski. But buyer beware: this hearty beer is high in alcohol content; at 9.8 percent abv, you might need to limit how many you devour—just like slices of Grandma’s hot pecan pie at Christmas. Step into the brewery to buy cans or try a pint. Run, don’t HIGHWATER BREWING, INC. walk. This seasonal 927 Industrial Way, Lodi brewski is only (209) 625-8146 available for a HighWaterBrewing.com limited time.

When it comes to the holidays, we can’t get enough seasonal flavors— and High Water Brewing sure does deliver. From the creators behind the famous campfire stout comes the Sugaree Maple Pecan Pie Specialty Ale, sold for the first time in 16 oz. cans.

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ASSEMBLE THE TAMALES Drain the husks and then spread about three to four tablespoons of masa in the center and around the husk, leaving the edges open. Add the pork filling down the middle and fold in the sides of the husks. Fold up the narrow end of the husk.

STEAM THE ASSEMBLED TAMALES

A TAMALE TRADITION  BY MEGAN MEINTASIS

Along with the Christmas season comes beloved family traditions. For many of us, those include festivities like decorating a Christmas tree, baking homemade cookies, or hanging pretty lights outside our homes. For those of us that come from a Hispanic family, there’s another highly anticipated holiday tradition: fresh, melt-in-your-mouth tamales. Often times the recipe has been handed down from generation to generation, and it’s the kind of comfort food that just tastes like home. Tamales are one of those special meals that a lot of love and labor goes into, so it’s common for everyone in the family to have a part in the preparation. From making the masa to shredding the meat to wrapping the finished tamales, it’s a lot of work, but the finished meal is well worth the effort!

ARROYO’S PORK TAMALE RECIPE

Stockton’s beloved Arroyo’s Cafe has been serving up delicious Mexican food for many years. They’ve been kind enough to share their famous Pork Tamale recipe with us for anyone who would like to take part in this tasty holiday tradition.

CORN HUSKS For easier wrapping of the tamale, use concha or shell-shaped husks. You’ll want to soak the husks by submerging them in hot water for up to two hours, or until soft.

PORK MEAT Place around ten pounds of pork butt in a large pan and cover with cold water. Season the meat with onion, garlic cloves, and four to six table-

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spoons of salt. Bring to a simmer over high heat, then reduce to medium heat and cook until pork is tender (about 2 hours). Remove meat and shred in a shallow pan. Strain and keep the cooking liquid.

SAUCE In a blender, add about seven chili California pods, seven guaijjo pods, one pasilla pod, five garlic cloves, a large onion, ¼-cup chicken bouillon, salt, and about half of the saved cooking liquid. Blend until smooth. Then add to shredded pork and let simmer until liquid is absorbed.

MASA Mix about 16 cups of corn masa, six teaspoons salt, ¼-cup baking powder, two cups lard, and the rest of the cooking liquid. Slowly add enough warm water to the mixture to make the dough spreadable.

Place Tamales in a large steamer, standing with the open side up. Bring water to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover and steam until dough is firm (approximately 90 to 120 minutes). Be sure the steamer does not go dry. Remove tamales from steamer, let cool, and enjoy!

PICK UP A BATCH: Arroyo’s Cafe 2381 W. March Ln., Stockton (209) 472-1661


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