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40 Man of Many Talents Creative genius Carlos Lopez has been painting public works of art and performing music in San Joaquin for over thirty years. by Jamie Menaker


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Amrita and Brian McIntyre honored both her Hindu traditions and his Scottish roots in their summer nuptuals, while still celebrating to the fullest. by Tammy Hansen

60 Your HEalth: Mind over matter

Mind/body medicine is the connection between soundness of mind and soundness of body, and your thoughts can actually help in physical healing. by Nissa Hallquist

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A Healthy Us for 2011 It’s the season of the New Year’s Resolution: we all want to be skinnier, healthier, better, and smarter. There’s no better time than a fresh new year to get back on track (or on track in the first place!). In this past year, health has become a priority in my life. Just by making better food choices, I’ve been able to drop almost 40 pounds, and I didn’t even know that I was doing it. Instead of making a grocery stop for donuts in the morning, I started picking up coffee instead. I stopped munching all day at work, and just ate lunch when I was hungry, and dinner at home when I was done with the day. It all became so simple when I just listened to my body: I eat when I’m hungry, and not when I’m bored. Our January issue is dedicated to your health, mind, and body. Take a deep breath and pay attention to your wellbeing. Take a step back and appreciate what’s really important. Think about what you want to be doing in your life, and make it happen. Now is the time—and if your New Year’s resolutions don’t pan out, don’t be too hard on yourself! In the interest of relaxing and rejuvenating, we talked with the lead masseuse at Lodi’s Wine and Roses Hotel and Spa about the benefits massage can have on our bodies, and how often we should really be getting massages—who knew? (pg 27) Our health story looks into the connection between the mind and the body. A calm mind can actually help keep the body happy and healthy, and also aids in speedy recovery when we do get hurt. (pg 60) We also wanted to open our eyes to some new experiences in San Joaquin: Tracy’s new Secret Sidewalk art gallery (pg 30), a local martial arts teacher that is dedicated to empowering women (pg 34), and a modern multicultural wedding—two traditions that could not be more different but became married somewhere along the way (pg 48). Take some time for yourself, do things you love, take care of your mind and body, and most importantly, be happy in this new year.

May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions. ~Joey Adams

Happy 2011 from San Joaquin magazine.

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Curing the January Blues Wine and roses’ Veronica guerra explains the power of massage

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Take a deep breath. You made it through the holidays. With houseguests, parties, and presents behind you, it’s time to relax, decompress, and pay attention to your body again. Wine and Roses Hotel and Spa is one of the most serene spots in San Joaquin, and Veronica Guerra is the lead massage therapist—which means she can help you relax and begin the New Year with a smile. ››

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      Guerra, who’s been a massage therapist for more than nine years, says it’s common for people who’ve never had a massage to be nervous or intimidated about speaking up to their therapist, but communication is extremely important. A quality masseuse won’t hesitate to ask you several questions.    “I’m here to make you feel good, to help you out,” says Guerra. “So I want to make sure I’m doing it right for you… You really want to know that your massage therapist is in tune with you and your body.” Guerra says to make sure the therapist asks you about the amount of pressure you like, where you carry your tension, and what daily activities cause you to ache.    The type of massage you choose is also important. “Each modality brings a different technique and result,” she says. Beginners may prefer a Swedish massage, which is done with basic light to medium pressure. Deep tissue massages are more intense, working further into the muscle layers and connective tissues; it can be somewhat painful, and may even cause slight bruising the next day. Some people like that, but if you don’t have an “it hurts so good” reaction, speak up. Sports massages are for those that like to be even more vigorous, and it includes a harder rub-down and even some stretching. It’s good for athletes, as well as those who want to prevent or heal injuries in the muscles and tendons. Guerra also suggests trying a hot stone massage, saying that the heat can be intense, but also extremely soothing and detoxifying.    When asked where most people carry their stress, Guerra says 80 percent of her clientele complain of tension in their neck and shoulders. “I always tell them to stretch as much as they can and breathe. If you take deep belly breaths, it sends little nerve signals to your muscles to let go.” For optimal results, Guerra says to get a massage every two weeks. This may seem like a lot, but the purpose is to re-teach our muscles how to relax. “Our muscles have memories, if they’re always tight, then all they know is to be tight. Even if you get a massage, they go right back to the tightness. The more you massage them, the more they get used to relaxing. They remember that and they learn to let go.”    Besides the feel-good factor, massage comes with long-term health benefits too. It helps boosts the immune and circulatory systems, and flushes out toxins stuck between the muscles. “With muscles being massaged and relaxed, they’re not compressing circulation. You’re getting the proper flow of your circulatory and lymphatic systems. Nothing is being stopped or lingering with that toxic buildup,” says Guerra.    With so many benefits, this is a resolution we’re guessing many will be happy to actually keep this year, and Guerra is here to help. “Once January comes, a lot of people feel like ‘The holidays are done and I just need to melt.’ It’s the perfect time to let go.”



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Artist Eddy Reyes is breathing new life into downtown Tracy with the recent addition of his eclectic art gallery, Secret Sidewalk. Reyes, who has experience running galleries in places like San Francisco and Amsterdam, is excited to bring his expertise to San Joaquin. Since opening at the end of October, the gallery has had an enthusiastic response (the opening night reception was packed), and Reyes hopes this will also generate traffic for neighboring businesses. Secret Sidewalk is open to the public seven days a week, and will host monthly shows featuring artists both local and abroad, book release parties, and fundraisers. His latest fundraiser in December helped benefit Tracy’s homeless shelters. The unique gallery also boasts moveable walls to change the dynamic of the shows, as well as to create a private area for tattoo appointments, as Reyes is also the owner of the Secret Sidewalk tattoo studio in Hayward. However, he wants the space to be primarily recognized as a gallery, and welcomes all ages to view the beautiful work on display. —Katy Berry

As owner and director of Snell’s PreKindergarten School in Stockton, Donna Johnson has put her talent to another use with her new children’s book, The Story of the Little Red Leaf. The tale involves a little leaf who is left alone on his mother, the tree, and patiently waits for his time to flutter to the ground. The original story dates back to the 1800s, and was introduced in the classrooms at Snell’s in 1907. More than one hundred years later, the kids at Snell’s are still reenacting the tale each year for their parents and teachers. The Story of the Little Red Leaf is beautifully illustrated by Donna’s own daughter, Emily Johnson, and each copy includes suggested lessons plans and an audio CD, making it a great classroom tool for teachers, and the perfect opportunity to have fun with your kids at home while learning about patience and respect. —K.B. To purchase a copy, visit or call: Snell’s Pre-Kindergarten School 9371 N. Lower Sacramento Rd., Stockton (209) 478-6161,

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On September 20, Aspire Public Schools CEO James Wilcox appeared on The Oprah Show to discuss our nation's fledgling education system. Oprah surprised Wilcox, along with representatives from other high-performing inner city schools, with a one million dollar grant to help them continue making a difference.    Aspire is currently running thirty schools in the Central Valley and the Bay Area, nine of which are in Stockton. Last year, their Academic Performance Index scores rated them the highest-performing school system of more than twenty schools serving a primarily high-poverty student population in California. With the goal of giving families in low-income neighborhoods better options for their kids, each school that opens is met by full enrollment and a waiting list. “We don’t do an admissions process,” says Wilcox. “It’s not limited to what neighborhood you happen to live in. It’s based on whether you want to come… We try to locate our schools where families want more high-quality options.”    Aspire’s schools are all charter schools, meaning that while they’re government funded (though substantially less so than regular public schools), they have more flexibility. In exchange for their freedom, they promise a high standard. Wilcox says the biggest benefit of the system is being able to change things quickly if necessary. “Big schools aren’t organized in a way that they can turn on a dime and try something new. They’re large and complicated places. At Aspire, we are trying to stay like a kayak, being able to navigate very quickly in a river to avoid things that don’t work.” Aspire conducts a more rigorous hiring process for new educators, and has dramatically smaller class sizes. Their philosophy is “College For Certain,” and has wielded a 97 percent college acceptance rate for their students since opening.    Wilcox says Oprah’s grant has given a 1 percent raise to their faculty, an act long overdue since budget cuts, and the remainder of the funds has been dispersed equally among the schools. “It was really an endorsement that means a lot at a personal level. At a time when all schools are struggling under the weight of a bad economy, it was really nice to get that recognition from such a nationwide voice.” —Katy Berry For more information:


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Tony Nuñez is a boxing and martial arts trainer who’s devoted his life to fighting domestic abuse and empowering women through his ladies-only school for kickboxing and self defense (the first in the nation). His studio, Women Kickin’ It, helps women learn serious fighting techniques, while building their confidence and getting in shape. We caught up with Nuñez to find out more about his noble love for the ladies. —compiled by Katy Berry

Why did you decide to work exclusively with women? For years, when I was a kid, my mother was abused by my stepfather. I’d be watching Happy Days and the next thing I knew, I’d hear kicking, screaming, punching, things breaking, and he’d be beating on her. Eventually she ended up taking her own life.

When I read some of the notes she wrote I saw that she blamed herself. He beat her to the point where her mind and her spirit broke. How did you decide that kickboxing was the way you wanted to help women? I went to live with my father, and that’s when I started boxing and getting into martial arts; because I was angry at the world. I was getting into trouble a lot, but once I started getting serious about boxing and martial arts, I started competing and keeping more to myself. It helped me, it straightened me out. When I decided to start a business, at first I was training out of my garage. I worked at the Lodi Card Room as head of surveillance and security, so I was teaching waitresses from there, and I thought I would love to be able to empower people. So I said, I’ll do it for women because they need it the most, and I had never heard of a school for women only. I found a location and opened the first Women Kickin’ It in Cupertino.

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What sort of classes do you offer at Women Kickin’ It? It’s a mix of kickboxing and self defense. It’s not like Billy Banks Cardio Kickboxing, it’s real pro ring fighting and street fighting. We do weight training classes because I think the ladies need to build their strength. Strength makes the technique work better, and they can kick and punch harder. I teach everything, from ground self defense to stick fighting and knife fighting (once they get their black belt). I make sure they learn everything so if someone grabs their hair, bear hugs them, or even if they wake up with someone on top of them, they can free themselves.

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Carlos Lopez

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by Jamie Menaker | profile photography by DAN HOOD

   Carlos Lopez won his first art award in kindergarten, when his parents entered his work in a local contest and he took first place. A few years later, while on a construction site with his dad, Lopez drew some pictures in the sand before it was to be filled with concrete, and a worker commented on his artistic talents. And so began the life of an artist.    Lopez has been creating art and music professionally for over thirty years. He’s responsible for billboards and signs all over San Joaquin and the Bay Area, all the way to Tahoe and San Francisco. He’s played with bands all over the world, and shared the stage with the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Santana. As far as we’re concerned, he’s a creative genius, starting with the chance meeting of Dad’s coworker at the construction site. The man’s wife was a woman named Maxine Dalben, and she happened to run a local art school, the Harlequin House Art Center.


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completed a mural welcoming visitors to Lodi’s Ripken Vineyards, and is currently working on a reproduction of Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” in a pizza joint in Sacramento. The famous portrait of two fingertips touching, originally seen on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, has been updated for Pizza Rock to include an electric guitar being handed to the first man. True to form, Lopez has taken the project so much further than just paint on the wall.    “It’s so exciting when you look at a piece of art for a month or so, from someone like Michelangelo,” he says. “You really begin to look into the soul of the person who created it, you are looking into the mind of a master. Art used to be such a craft, I know at one point he studied anatomy to get the bodies in his paintings correct.”    Lopez continues: “When Michelangelo was working on the Sistine Chapel he would draw on paper with charcoal, and his apprentices would dot these lines with a sharp object. Then he would put these papers on the ceiling, charcoal dust the lines onto the ceiling through the holes, and then paint. I still use that method today, that very same method that he invented back then. He used a ten color palette—ochre, gold-yellow, and so on—and I use that same palette. It’s crazy after computers and everything that I am still using the method of Michelangelo.”    Lopez also started making music when

he was a young boy: his brother got a harmonica when they were kids, and he’s been playing since. Then came percussion, the congas and the bongos, which he was already familiar with growing up in a Hispanic background; and then vocals, both in Spanish and English. The list of bands Lopez has played with is extensive: percussion for an afro-Caribbean dance group in college, Mexican band Los Uniques, Guitaras y Congas in San Francisco, The Ben Kolber Project with a Berklee College of Music graduate, and his own Lopez Brothers Band (with brother Anthony) which plays salsa, Latin rock, and blues at private events all over San Joaquin, to name a few.    Most important to Lopez is his wife and two children. “Some of these groups have asked me to go on tour, but I want to be here with my family,” he says. “But it’s hard sometimes to turn off the creative juices, to be present in the moment for dinner with my family. If I come up with a song in my head… or now I’m thinking maybe I ought to teach somewhere with all this stuff I know about Michelangelo—I just came up with that while we were talking! See, it never stops.”

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   “It was only serious little art students,” says Lopez. “We were doing perspective drawings and watercolors as little kids. I went there for about four years on the weekend, and if you can believe it, almost everyone in that class has become successful working artists in different forms—window displays in the city, other artistic endeavors. It’s really interesting.”    Lopez went on to study at Delta College and Sacramento State before starting work with the Scott Brothers sign making company in the 70’s. Pre-computers, all signs and billboards were made byhand, including learning all the fonts by memory, becoming a master calligrapher, and painting images to look as realistic as humanly possible.    “I would get up on a billboard and paint the latest model Cadillac, or for McDonalds I would paint a 12-foot hamburger, or for the casinos a huge portrait of Willie Nelson. I really got to work on my photorealism painting skills.”    Thirteen years ago, Lopez was ready to head out on his own. He secured his contractors’ license and officially became an entrepreneur. He has since graced walls, businesses, and water towers all over San Joaquin with murals on a huge scale— think entire walls of buildings. Lopez’s murals run the gamut from creations of his own mind, to works commissioned by businesses, to anything in between. He just

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the bride wore a strapless gown of ivory tulle and lace, and the red-brown marks of intricate henna tattoos on her hands and feet. the groom wore a kilt and sporran. for amrita and brian mcintyre, their Sunday wedding in September was the culmination of five days steeped in culture. on friday, amrita had taken a similar walk down the aisle in a traditional hindu wedding ceremony. on that day, her dress was an intricately embroidered red sari, while her arms, ankles, and neck were covered with jewelry. brian sat waiting for her at a gilded mandap, or hindu altar, in traditional indian attire including a too-tight turban that left an imprint around his forehead until Sunday.


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if america is still a melting pot, the mcintyres’ wedding was an expression of its more unique recipes. amrita’s mother was set on a traditional hindu wedding for her daughter, while brian felt a strong connection with his Scottish roots. their wedding ceremonies were two carefully planned affairs that brought together two cultures and two families. With the wedding week said and done, amrita wouldn’t change a thing. after the final Christian vows were said and the reception began, the couple was finally able to take a moment to slow down. “We were soaking it all in and enjoying it,” says amrita. “it was a great ending to an awfully long journey of planning. it will be something we never forget.”

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for the traditional hindu ceremony, that meant a multiple days-long event. the hindu ceremony started at home Wednesday with the bride covered in haldi, a paste made with turmeric, during a purification ceremony. friday ended with saptapadi, a ceremony of seven circuits around a fire pit during which the couple exchanged traditional vows. the three-day hindu wedding celebrates the joining of two families as much as the couple. amrita’s family worked until 2 a.m. cooking a feast for 250 guests at the friday reception. “it looked like a factory,” amrita says. “everyone had a blast that night. it’s a bonding moment.” brian’s family members, who were happy to learn about amrita’s culture, were welcome guests, he says. “it was a lot of learning and a lot of bonding. it helped me get a lot closer to her family.” both families took Saturday off from the wedding festivities, as it was the beginning of an unlucky time on the hindu calendar. Sunday brought a more modern flavor to the proceedings, with a hint of Scottish tradition. bagpipes played during the wedding, and brian’s family crest was emblazoned on the programs. the bride and groom’s hands were joined with a ribbon during the vows, a Celtic tradition. the outdoor wedding at modesto’s galletto ristorante featured a signature pomegranate lemon drop cocktail to match the dresses of the seven bridesmaids. hors d’oeuvres and dancing were the order of the day. “We wanted it to be more relaxed,” amrita says. “everyone loved it.” [SJm]

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after decades of visits to Carmel-by-the-Sea, we have developed an almost euphoric appreciation for this enchanting fairy-tale like village. We can’t think of any small town destination that compares to this ultra charming getaway. Storybook architecture, world-class art galleries, upscale shopping, exceptional lodging options, and superb dining choices flourish. Oh, and the entire town is dog-friendly. By Don anD ann jaCKson

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A little history:

Carmel mission (officially: mission San Carlos Borromeo Del rio Carmelo) was founded by Father Junipero Serra in 1771 and served as his residence and headquarters until his death in 1784. The town itself was established in the early 1900's by a bohemian group of authors and artists as a pastoral retreat, and remains a painters and writers haven today. Thankfully, strict zoning laws have preserved a quaint village atmosphere centered on the arts. Fun fact: Believe it or not, in the 1890's a gentleman by the name of Santiago Duckworth was unsuccessful selling lots on his Carmel land. Frustrated, he traded his acreage for Stockton property. any chance we could find someone in Carmel today to duplicate that deal for us?

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The best and easiest way to see Carmel is to walk the downtown, residential areas and its glorious white beaches. Self guided walking tour brochures are available at the Visitor Center, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, on San Carlos St. between 5th and 6th. Don’t miss seeing at least one of the original storybook structures, like the cute Hansel House or the Tuck Box (currently a tea room) designed by whimsical architect Hugh Comstock (www. a better bet is to sign up for the two-hour guided tour provided by Carmel Walking Tours. you’ll really learn some enlightening insider history, celebrity tidbits, and frivolous fun stuff ( Dog lovers will not want to miss walks on the local beaches, where dogs are allowed to frolic leash-free, a rarity in California.


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The Carmel mission, one of California’s most beautifully restored Catholic outposts, should be on your mustsee list. Be sure to note Father Serra’s burial site at the foot of the main altar, and the treasure-filled museum ( you might want to consider attending protestant services at the historic Church of the Wayfarer—where pets are welcome (www. We understand the minister once remarked: “Why not? The pets can sleep through my sermon just like some parishioners.” During your getaway, try to attend one of Carmel’s elite cultural events such as their annual Bach Festival usually held in July (, a concert at the acoustically acclaimed Sunset Center Theater (, or a production at the inviting Forest Theater, established in 1910 as the first outdoor theater west of the mississippi (www. a tour of the unique Tor House and Hawk Tower, a national Historic Landmark built of stone by noted poet robinson Jeffers over 90 years ago, is another interesting visit ( For exceptional wine sampling, be sure to visit galante Vineyards’ downtown tasting room in Piccadilly Park, owned by the great-grandson of Carmel’s founder, J.F. Devendorf ( a short walk or longer hike through Point Lobos State Park, two miles south of town, is also a must excursion, and the views alone are worth it, especially along the cliffs (

Where to shop: When mentioning Carmel,

shopping may be the first thing that comes to mind— and for good reason. Just strolling Ocean avenue, the town’s main street, will be retail paradise for you ultrashoppers, but don’t miss all the side streets, semihidden courtyards, and alleyways for an abundance of additional intriguing stores, boutiques, and art galleries. Carmel has over 80 galleries in town, but the Carmel art association, the area’s oldest at 83 years young, features local artists and remains our personal favorite ( Since the town is heralded as one of the most pet-friendly in the nation, be sure to notice how many locals and visitors walk


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La Playa Hotel at sunset their dogs downtown and into some of the shops. many stores offer water bowls for pets and even snacks. Dog and cat lovers should shop at Diggidy Dog, one of the most funfilled pet gift boutiques we’ve encountered anywhere ( For home accessories, furnishings, and an eclectic selection of contemporary gift items, be sure to drop into Carmel Bay Company, a landmark since 1972 (

Where to stay and dine:

With over 40 choices of hotels, inns, and B&B’s, there’s plenty to choose from. For a complete list, visit the Carmel innkeepers association’s website: www.stayincarmel. org. Here are a few personal favorites: La Playa Hotel, a historic hotel built in 1929, has long been one of our choices, with an ideal location equidistant between the beach and shopping. a yesteryear ambience, colorful gardens, and year-round heated pool are always alluring. Their Terrace grill has long been a locals favorite for Sunday Brunch, al fresco dining, and special holiday meals ( a recent stay at L’auberge, a highly regarded four-diamond, 20-room inn boasting a


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european flair, was a memorable experience. aubergine, their signature restaurant, is touted as one of the highest rated dining experiences in California. Be sure to check out their incredible 4,500-bottle wine cellar used for small dinner parties (www.laubergecarmel. com). The Hyatt Carmel Highlands (formerly the Highlands inn), a four-diamond resort just a few minutes south of town, sits gloriously perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Their signature dining room, Pacific’s edge, will please the most discerning palates; the striking ambience and stunning vistas are added plusses. USA Today named it one of the top 10 view restaurants in the united States ( not too surprisingly, Carmel has over 20 lodging properties and 29 restaurants that proudly advertise themselves as pet-friendly. The Cypress inn, built in 1929, has been coowned for over 20 years by famous singer, actress, and animal rights activist Doris Day, and may well be the most well-known inn featuring pet-friendly lodging in northern


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*Within one square mile of downtown there are no street addresses for homes, inns, restaurants, or shops, and all mail must be picked up at the post office. *many residents name their homes with appropriate signage in lieu of addresses. *arguably the town’s most famous resident, Clint eastwood served as mayor from 1986-88, and although he continues to direct and produce award-winning films, he still remains active in the area’s business and charitable affairs. *The population of the town remains around 4,000 but over 60 percent of the homes are second residences.

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Hansel House California. afternoon teas with your pets in their courtyard are very popular (www. mission ranch, owned by Clint eastwood, is a very unique 21-room resort centered around an 1850's restored farmhouse with excellent tennis and fitness facilities. Their restaurant is one of our favorites for dining, especially on their outdoor heated patio with views of the grazing sheep and Point Lobos. We’ve actually seen Clint at the bar a few times watching sporting events, and you might spot him as well—but keep in mind, it’s not the “Carmel thing” to bother him for an autograph. His old truck from the movie Bridges of Madison County and


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*a local ordinance forbids wearing high heel shoes to protect wearers from falling on the uneven sidewalks. although not rigidly enforced, High Heel Permits are available at City Hall, now located in a historic church.

Tor House and Hawk Tower his Ford Crown Victoria from Dirty Harry can be viewed in the parking lot (www. if you’d like a B&B tucked quietly away a few blocks from downtown, we suggest trying the classy and charming Carmel Country inn (www. For more dining options, Casanova, originally built by Charlie Chaplin for one of his employee’s cottages, is now considered by many as the town’s most romantic restaurant. Call in advance if you’d like to sit at artist Vincent Van gogh’s personal table imported from his boarding house in France ( Cantinetta Luca offers award-winning,

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to-die-for northern italian cuisine (www.; Forge in The Forest is the best outdoor casual dining in Carmel, featuring an american menu and great sandwiches (; and the Hog’s Breath inn, originally opened and operated by Clint eastwood (we understand he still owns the property, but not the business) offers multiple outdoor courtyard fireplaces which remain popular nighttime draws ( For additional info on all things Carmelby-the-Sea, visit and

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BODY minD OVer maTTer By nissa HaLLquisT

in the treatment and prevention of disease and injury, the connection between the body and mind is one that has been respected for millennia—just not by many in the West. But that has changed recently. in an effort to treat human bodies holistically, mind/body medicine has managed to gain scientific legitimacy in Western medicine. numerous studies have shown that it’s no coincidence that people who are of sound mind really do tend to be of sound body. evidence has also proven that if the body is damaged in any way, the mind can actually help in the physical healing process. »


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Even with the housing slow-down, as a general contractor, Albert Toccoli continues to do quite well. Some of it might have to do with all the construction work he’s been doing for Dameron Hospital. Beyond building, Toccoli and his family have been supporters of Dameron for decades. When he needed to have his hip replaced in 2009, there was no question where he’d have it done. Despite the pain from his bad hip, Toccoli still felt anxiety about the surgery. Fear about increasing pain and disability was countered, however, by the support and encouragement of his family, and quick results from physical therapy. Pain-free and fully-mobile, Toccoli’s only regret over the experience now is that he waited so long to do it.

WHaT Is mInD/BoDy meDIcIne? “There are lots of pieces to the puzzle of health,” says Mary Haack, a registered nurse formerly with St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton. “You need all the pieces working together for complete health.” As such, in combination with standard medical treatments, exploring the mind/body connection has become an increasingly accepted mode of healing. Mind/body medicine, also known as psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), is based on the premise that the body will respond to one’s thoughts, emotions, and actions. In other words, one can think their way to better health. By reducing stress and engendering a sense of well-being, the main goal of PNI is to reduce the severity of symptoms and bolster one’s willingness to adopt a healthy lifestyle. But perhaps its most beneficial aspect is that it gives a person a sense of control over their own body and helps them take an active role in the healing process. mInD/BoDy meDIcIne pracTIces PNI harnesses the power of the mind to create a positive physical effect, and vice versa. It is able to do this via numerous practical applications. They include: •Biofeedback. Through extensive mental training, one can gain control over involuntary bodily processes, such as heart rate or blood pressure, and manage pain. •Cognitive behavioral therapy. Through psychotherapy, a person can identify and then counter negative or harmful thoughts or fears. •Relaxation techniques. This encompasses everything from meditation and hypnosis to spiritual support and numerous types of therapeutic touch.

In regards to the latter, therapeutic touch actually ranges from hands-on to hands-near practices to heal chronic pain or stress. Techniques like massage, acupressure, and acupuncture apply firm physical pressure to specific points in the body to treat localized or systemic pain


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or illness. Other methods, like Reiki (an involved form of Japanese “palm healing”), transfer the healing energy of the universe through the practitioner and into the patient. At times, this particular practice sometimes does not even require direct contact, but instead the Reiki master’s hands hovering just over the afflicted area for a set period of time. In fact, after her husband Roger’s experience with Reiki during radiation treatment for his cancer nearly twenty years ago, Haack was so convinced in the preventative, stress-reducing advantages of touch that she eventually resigned her position as a nurse at St. Joseph’s and established her own massage therapy practice. Apart from clinical practices, basic encouragement and support from one’s family and friends is essential to keeping one’s spirits up. As such, it is just as much a part of supporting the mind/body connection as anything else.

knoW your mInD, BoDy, anD spIrIT Held by St. Joseph’s Regional Cancer Center, this bi-annual four-week event features speakers and seminars discussing various “creative avenues of healing.” Currently scheduled once a week throughout the month of February. For ticket information and scheduled topics, call (209) 461-6889,

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Mark Miller Coach, Linden High School

Top Tips for Less Stress 1. Exercise regularly. Beyond simply

feeling better about yourself for doing it, regular exercise releases endorphins that improve mood.

2. Find a hobby. Creating a positive

outlet for your tensions—and taking your mind off them for a while—will gradually help ease them.

3. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Keep

situations in perspective. That paper jam in the fax machine isn’t the end of the world.

5. Express yourself. Don’t keep your emotions bottled up. If you feel stressed, angry, or sad, let someone know about it. If you’re not comfortable sharing with friends or family, that’s what a therapist is for. Or, hey, feel free to chat up the dog. They won’t tell.

6. Have a sense of humor. When all else fails, laugh about it.

7. Splurge. Do something nice for yourself

every once in a while. Eat that chocolate, get a massage. Make it a regularly scheduled thing, so you always have something to look forward to.

4. Learn to let go. Don’t obsess about 8. Breathe. Stop, close your eyes and take things you can’t control.

Treatment of Illness & Injury The diagnosis of any major illness or debilitating injury is a definite stressinducer. It’s only natural. The idea of extensive pain or facing death can be disheartening to say the least. Everyone in such a situation faces extreme doubt. The difference lies in how you’re able to cope after the initial trauma.    Chronic pain can have a particularly debilitating effect on the mind, which precipitates a chain reaction of ongoing pain and depression. As a result of a number of serious car accidents, Jan Turner suffered for years with chronic pain.    “The broken bones healed,” she recalls. But it seemed like nothing else did. Her muscles hurt, and so did her spirit. After just one session with a gifted therapeutic touch practitioner, however, Turner was off painkillers. (As with Maack, Turner’s revelatory experience with the healing power of touch changed her life’s path as well. See her story on the next page.)

several slow, deep breaths. The oxygen and your stillness will give your body and mind the refreshment they need.

As a varsity football and softball coach for Linden High School, Mark Miller always strives to win. This is true off the field as well, as Miller has become a success story for both the St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s cardiac center (open heart surgery in 2003, following two heart attacks), as well as Dameron Hospital’s orthopedic program (hip replacement).    One medical issue on top of another can be quite daunting. But despite this—and a well-founded fear of hospitals—Miller came through better than ever with the support and encouragement of his family as well as that of the various hospital staff.    Today, with a well-functioning heart, a new, pain-free hip—and at nearly two hundred pounds lighter—Coach Miller both feels and looks like a new man. Winning never felt so good.

   PNI discourages the “woe is me” element of major illnesses and injuries. Rather than placing blame on whatever might have caused it, and making the afflicted no more than a powerless victim, mind/body medicine places emphasis on the pro-active power of the mind to heal.    As Resource Coordinator for St. Joseph’s Regional Cancer Center, Jim Linderman has dedicated himself to providing cancer patients and others with as many resources as possible to complement their standard treatments and provide all the extra support they need to get through.    “It’s a quality of life issue,” Linderman states. While you can’t necessarily see the mechanism at work, the positive results he’s seen through therapeutic massage, hypnotherapy, and so forth have been unmistakable. Simply put, “People feel better. And when they feel better, they can manage pain better.”

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jan Turner Certified theraPeutiC MaSSage PraCtitioner heaLing touCh for BodY, Mind and SPirit ManteCa

Depending on how you look at it, Jan Turner is either really lucky or really unlucky. A series of five serious car accidents—two very near fatal—left her battered and bruised. The broken bones healed, but Turner still felt pain, both emotional as well as physical. Then a session with a massage therapist changed her life. With that first session, she was off painkillers and finally felt at peace. The experience eventually transformed not only Turner’s body, but her whole life. She quit her government job and, today, she finds satisfaction in her gift of being able to heal others’ bodies and spirits as she herself was healed. Turner considers herself quite lucky, indeed.


THe orIgInal mInD/ BoDy meDIcIne

For ages, the practice of yoga has continuously cleared the path between minds, bodies, and spirits. One particular method, Bikram yoga, is a series of twenty-six postures and two breathing exercises performed in a heated room. The heat both softens the muscles to make the postures easier to attain, and acts as a conductor, allowing oxygen and nutrients to more readily enter the bloodstream. According to Helena Monica, owner of Bikram Yoga in Stockton, all of the various postures and breathing exercises have been proven as therapeutic in healing the whole body. There are immediate physical results—de-toxification, improved strength, and alignment—but the greatest transformation is that of the mind. Yoga transforms an individual by turning their attention inward. In American culture, this is perhaps the greatest challenge. We are attuned to external stimuli and constantly in motion. By being still and focusing on the inner self, one can take control of their health and gain peace from the outside world.


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One self-meditation process requires sitting absolutely still and looking at yourself in the mirror. You focus only on yourself, letting the world and all other thoughts fall away. By attaining such mental discipline, Monica says, “Neurological connections are strengthened, which results in an increased connection with the spirit.” Bikram Yoga, 2341 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 948-YOGA (9642)

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Roger Haack President, Geiger Manufacturing, Stockton

Prevention The mind/body connection not only has the power to heal, it has the power to prevent many such situations from occurring in the first place (except for accidental injuries, of course).    The low-stress state espoused by PNI does much more than create a pleasurable sense of peace; it is actually key to consistent physical health in general. A 2008 UCLA study found that people with chronic stress emit a large amount of the hormone cortisol, which actually suppresses the immune system’s ability to regenerate and fight illness.    So, low stress equals a strong immune system. In addition to helping fight off disease, a stress-free mind is also more likely to be a stronger one when it comes

to taking care of oneself physically. A strong mind will create a sense of selfcontrol and can give you the willpower to both quit bad habits and form good ones.    After all, when you feel good about yourself, you’re more likely to want to take care of yourself. This makes it easier to quit doing harmful things, like smoking or overeating, and replace them with more healthful habits of exercise and eating properly.    Prevention through PNI is the ideal situation since, in the event that disease or injury still happens to befall you, your mind is already in control of your body. You’re strong, optimistic, and ready to take on whatever challenges may come your way. [SJM]

Back in 1991, Roger Haack discovered a lump in his neck. Then another. At first, he wasn’t overly concerned, that is until what was initially suspected to be slow-growing lymphoma turned out to be metastatic squamous cell carcinoma.    Haack bore the subsequent surgeries and radiation at St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s cancer center with the support of his family and regular Reiki sessions. After each session, Haack was relaxed and reenergized. He remembers, “I felt a sense of goodwill and happiness.”    As such, Haack went to work every day of his treatment and didn’t take pain meds. To this day, he credits his relaxed mind and body as essential to his successful recovery and subsequent cancer-free life.

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San Joaquin County is home to many top medical and health professionals. These select few men and women strive to keep on top of their fields, keeping abreast of the latest research and cutting-edge technology to offer you the best service available. Passionate about their work, they are even more passionate about you and your well-being. Read on to meet these exceptional men and women.


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Dr. Todd A. Franklin, DDS Cosmetic Dentist

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

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

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Stephanie M. Dentoni, MD Vascular Medicine and Phlebology

California Vein and Vascular Institute 2216 N. California St., Ste C Stockton, (209) 462-VEIN (8346) Do you have aching, restless, heavy, or tired legs? Do your ankles swell? Have you been told that varicose veins are merely a cosmetic concern and you have to live with it? Varicose vein disease is a medical condition. Effective, minimally invasive treatment is available.

We pride ourselves on a comfortable environment, punctual appointments, and state-of-the-art treatment modalities. We offer a comprehensive vein treatment center. All office visits and procedures are performed by our board certified physician. Every treatment is on an out-patient basis and under local anesthesia. There is no need for extensive and painful vein stripping procedures with long recovery time. Endovenous procedures are effective, painless, covered by most insurance, and completed in the office. To find out more or schedule a consultation or complimentary screening appointment, contact us at (209) 462-VEIN or visit us online at

Vitune Vongtama, MD Dan Vongtama, MD Radiation Oncology

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


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Ronald S. Noriesta, DDS General Dentistry

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

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

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Robert G. Yavrouian, MD Colon and Rectal Surgery St. Joseph’s Medical Group 1805 N. California Street, Suite 409 Stockton, (209) 948-0578, Dr. Yavrouian is a specialist in colon and rectal surgery, and joins St. Joseph’s Medical Group of Stockton after most recently completing his Colorectal Surgery Fellowship at the University of Southern California. Before that, Dr. Yavrouian completed a General Surgery Residency at San Joaquin General Hospital, where he was Chief Resident. He is board certified in Surgery and a member of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Dr. Yavrouian is a member of the medical staff of St. Joseph’s Medical Group, which includes Primary Care, Surgical, and Hospitalist Physicians, offering a full range of healthcare services. St. Joseph’s Medical Group brings together the latest medical knowledge with a depth of clinical experience to provide the most up-to-date, comprehensive care available; and they admit patients to St. Joseph’s Medical Center, one of the Central Valley’s most respected hospitals.

Wei Zheng, MD Urology

St. Joseph’s Medical Group 3132 W. March Lane, Stockton, (209) 475-5500 Dr. Zheng has over 10 years of experience, is fluent in English and Chinese, and has special interests in cancer, stones, urinary incontinence, and minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Zheng is board certified in Urology and Endourology (minimally invasive surgery). He has completed a General Surgery & Urology Residency at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, as well as an Endourology Fellowship at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. “My philosophy of care is to serve my patients with integrity, quality and excellence,” says Zheng. He is a member of the American Urological Association, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, California Medical Association, and San Joaquin Medical Association. Dr. Zheng is a member of the medical staff of St. Joseph’s Medical Group, which includes Primary Care, Surgical, and Hospitalist Physicians, offering a full range of healthcare services. Since 2006, St. Joseph’s Medical Group of Stockton has been dedicated to serving the continuing healthcare needs of our community. The doctors at St. Joseph’s Medical Group are available to provide convenient, personalized care when you need it.


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ST. JOSEPH’S WOMEN’S IMAGING CENTER Comprehensive team of physicians and specialists, committed to providing the most complete range of diagnostic imaging services at reasonable prices

3439 Brookside Road, Suite 107, Stockton Scheduling: 466-5027 • Office: 466-5028

St. Joseph’s Women’s Imaging Center has moved and is now conveniently located in Stockton's Brookside area. With top-of-the-line technology, patients can rest assured they are receiving the most accurate and efficient diagnosis possible. Among the Center’s services are digital mammography, breast ultrasound, and stereotactic and ultrasound biopsies. Patients will also find a comfortable, well-appointed waiting room and soft color scheme, which create a calming atmosphere. It’s touches like these that make the Imaging Center the first choice for many women, who know they are in good hands—and among caring friends—the moment they walk through the door.

Johnston Co, MD, MPH and Occupational Medicine

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St. Joseph’s Occupational Health & Rehab Services 1801 East March Lane, Suite D-480 Stockton, (209) 954-3200 and 1341 Historical Plaza Way Manteca, (209) 824-1893 Johnston Co, MD, MPH, is the Medical Director for St. Joseph’s Occupational Health. He came to Stockton from the Los Angeles area where he worked with a large Occupational Medicine group for over a decade. Dr. Co is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Occupational Health program, and has a Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan. His professional interests lie in the economic impact of Worker’s Compensation and disability management and the development of best practices in clinical care. “I feel fortunate to be with St. Joseph’s Occupational Health because it is a service that brings together the best of all worlds,” says Dr. Co. “It is big enough to be able to offer the resources of a sizeable medical center, and yet small enough to still be able to call itself the ‘home team.’ Generations of Stockton-area residents have been born at St. Joseph’s, and are now in good hands with the physicians at St. Joseph’s during their working lives as well.”

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Mehrnaz M. Kamkar, MD Family Medicine St. Joseph’s Medical Group 3132 W. March Lane Stockton, (209) 475-5500, Dr. Kamkar has more than 18 years of experience in patient care, nationally and internationally. Board certified in Family Practice, Dr. Kamkar completed her Family Medicine Residency at San Joaquin General Hospital in 2004, in addition to an Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency at the Tabriz University of Medical Sciences in Iran in 1990. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and speaks Turkish and Farsi as well as English. She has a special interest in women’s health. “I believe open and honest communication between patient and physician leads us to the best quality health care. I always encourage my patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle, balanced diet, and to have a positive outlook on life.” Dr. Kamkar practices with St. Joseph’s Medical Group, which is affiliated with St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton and CHW Medical Foundation in Sacramento. St. Joseph’s Medical Group brings together the latest medical knowledge with a depth of clinical experience to provide the most up-to-date, comprehensive care available which a physician roster that includes primary care physicians and family practitioners, surgeons, and hospitalists.

JIN R. HUANG, MD Internal Medicine St. Joseph’s Medical Group 3132 W. March Lane Stockton, (209) 475-5500, Dr. Huang has recently completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in New York. He speaks Cantonese and Mandarin, as well as English, is board certified in Internal Medicine, and has a special interest in cardiology. Besides taking care of patients, Dr. Huang enjoys playing volleyball, running, and swimming. He believes that “communication is key,” and strives for good communication with his patients. Dr. Huang has recently joined an impressive roster of physicians at St. Joseph’s Medical Group, which brings together the latest medical knowledge with a depth of clinical experience to provide the most up-to-date, comprehensive care available. The doctors at St. Joseph’s Medical Group have established relationships with the leading specialists in the area, so patients can always count on a quality referral; and they admit patients to St. Joseph’s Medical Center, one of the Central Valley’s most respected hospitals.


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1800 N. California Street Stockton, (209) 467-6560

Featuring board-certified radiation oncologists, nationally certified oncology nurses and clinical nurse specialists, and the area’s only American Board of Radiology Certified full-time physicist St. Joseph’s Regional Cancer Center offers the area’s most advanced medical technology with support and compassion to patients and their families. The diagnosis of cancer is a life altering experience that touches each person in a unique way. No matter what your response is to this challenge, know that there are individuals who care at St. Joseph’s Regional Cancer Center. When you are treated here, you have a team of dedicated professionals, as well as the best technology and equipment in San Joaquin County. St. Joseph’s Regional Cancer Center is the only center in San Joaquin County that has been approved by the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer and is a member of the Association of Community Cancer Centers. These organizations provide a rigorous set of standards and structure and St. Joseph’s is proud to have been awarded the “Three Year Approval with Commendation”.

Millennium Dental

Family Dentistry Dr. Rene Yabar DDS, Dr. Ljubica Petrasic DDS, Dr. Lita Rodríguez DDS, Dr. Ramon Chichón DDS Stockton: 2363 W. March Lane • (209) 952-3951 Tracy: 436 W. Beverly Place • (209) 835-6487 At Millennium Dental we are committed to providing our patients with quality dentistry at affordable prices. We have a team of well rounded professionals, each with a different area of expertise so that we may provide our patients with both comprehensive and highly skilled dental care. Patients of all ages are welcome! Aside from general dentistry, our services also include orthodontics, oral surgery, pediatric dentistry (for infants too!), implants, cosmetic dentistry, sedation, and general anesthesia. It’s our philosophy at Millennium Dental to become part of the community we serve. Thus, our doctors regularly volunteer their time to provide gratuitous dental care and they collaborate on several community service events throughout the year. We hope that you’ll consider us for your next dental visit. We’re online at

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Joseph Russell, DC Timothy Coykendall, DC, FICPA, QME Chiropractic

Valley Chiropractic Center 438 W. Beverly Place, Ste. 101 Tracy, (209) 832-9221 At Valley Chiropractic Center, you will experience the most compassionate and reliable care. Dr. Timothy Coykendall and Dr. Joseph Russell combine the latest skills and expertise that spans the entire chiropractic wellness spectrum. Committed to bringing you better health and a better way to live, they teach and practice the true principles of chiropractic wellness care. • Most progressive techniques and equipment in the Valley • Extensive training on injuries to the spine and entire body • Evening appointments available • Open 6 days per week Combining over 14 years of experience, you are assured of receiving only the finest quality care utilizing the most modern chiropractic techniques and equipment in the Valley. The entire staff has a genuine concern for you and your well-being. It’s Your Life... Live it Well!

Cameron R. Wheeler, DDS, MS Board Certified Orthodontist

Wheeler Orthodontics 4568 Feather River Drive, Ste. D Stockton, (209) 951-0151 A specialist in the field of orthodontics for both children and adults, Dr. Wheeler has completed an advanced program of education and training. He graduated with honors and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, a Master of Science degree, and a specialty certificate in orthodontics from University of California, San Francisco. When he is not practicing orthodontics, he is teaching it at his alma mater. In addition to his academic qualifications, Dr. Wheeler prides himself on exceeding the standards of his profession by making continued education a priority to his practice. He stays on top of the latest developments in orthodontics, and therefore continues to provide the top service to his patients. Furthermore, Dr. Wheeler and his staff do all their patients’ records in-house. When Dr. Wheeler isn’t busy putting smiles on his patients’ faces or teaching future orthodontists, you will probably find him scuba diving or cheering on one of his favorite sports teams— the San Jose Sharks, Stockton Ports, or Stockton Thunder.


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DR. AnuReet Sohi-thadwal, DDS General Dentistry

All About Smiles 5904 North El Dorado Street, Ste. C Stockton, (209) 957-8907

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

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

Kids Dental group Children’s Dentistry

Stockton Office (209) 957-4386 3485 Brookside Rd., Suite 101 Outpatient General Anesthesia is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs that would not work well under conscious sedation or I.V. sedation. General anesthesia renders your child completely asleep. This would be the same as if he/she was having their tonsils removed, ear tubes, or hernia repaired. This is performed in a hospital or outpatient setting only. While the assumed risks are greater than that of other treatment options, if this is suggested for your child, the benefits of treatment this way have been deemed to outweigh the risks. Most pediatric medical literature places the risk of a serious reaction in the range of 1 in 25,000 to 1 in 200,000, far better than the assumed risk of even driving a car daily. The inherent risks if this is not chosen are multiple appointments, potential for physical restraint to complete treatment, and possible emotional and/or physical injury to your child in order to complete their dental treatment. The risks of NO treatment include tooth pain, infection, swelling, the spread of new decay, damage to their developing adult teeth, and possible life threatening hospitalization from a dental infection.


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Hugh L. Vu, MD, MPH, FACS

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Vu Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery 1617 St. Marks Plaza, Ste E & F Stockton, (209) 476-7074

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

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Salida Surgery Center Dental Group Children’s Dental Care While They Sleep

5712 Pirrone Road Salida, (209) 543-9299 Dr. Pankaj K. Patel grew up in California and aspired to be a Dentist. After obtaining his Dentist license and Anesthesiology Permit, he helped start Central California Dental Surgicenter in Atwater, CA where he served as Director of Anesthesiology for four years. In 2004, Dr. Patel started Salida Surgery Center and their doors opened in 2005. Over the years, Dr. Patel has worked to increase Access to Care for the underserved population of California providing the much needed dental care. Most of these patients receive Medi-Cal benefits and even with low levels of reimbursements, Dr. Patel has always insisted on providing the best dental care that is possible. And now with the opening of his second surgery center in Milpitas CA, there is now even grater access to care being provided to thousand of patients. Dr. Patel will always strive to meet the needs of children and special needs patients for their dental care.

Ralph Andrade, DC Chiropractic

Andrade Chiropractic 2754 N. Tracy Blvd., Tracy (209) 832-1996

Dr. Ralph Andrade brings a unique and powerful set of skills and experience to provide excellent care for his patients. With 20 years of chiropractic training and education, Dr. Andrade has provided care for thousands of patients’ conditions including low back pain, neck pain, herniated discs, migraines, and sciatica, just to name a few. Dr. Andrade leads by example. He is passionate about chiropractic, fitness, and nutrition, and shares his knowledge and expertise with his patients. Patients seeking care at Andrade Chiropractic are assured to receive the finest quality of care because Dr. Andrade and his warm and efficient staff have a genuine concern for your well-being. New patients always accepted • Same day appointments available Open 6 days a week • Specializing in auto accidents and work injuries Call us today and experience the Andrade Chiropractic difference.


4534 Precissi Lane Stockton, (209) 478-5167 Dr. Ashley Streeter, a Stockton native, is excited to have the opportunity to provide orthodontic care to her hometown and community. Dr. Streeter attended Lincoln High School and the University of the Pacific. She received her dental training at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco. After earning her DDS, she continued on to a specialty residency in orthodontics at the Baylor College of Dentistry where she earned her master’s degree. Dr. Streeter offers a variety of treatment options to meet each individual’s orthodontic needs including metal braces, clear braces, lingual braces, and Invisalign. She and her husband, Dr. Austin Schellinck, live in Stockton and enjoy spending time with their families and friends. Dr. Streeter also loves movies, traveling, and snowboarding.


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Ben Schaffer Cancer Institute Travers McLoughlin, MD: Co-Director Harvey A Gilbert, MD: Co-Director Radiation Oncology Center

311 South Ham Lane, Lodi, (209) 365-1761, What makes the Ben Schaffer Cancer Institute a wonderful place to be treated? Technical Excellence in a Healing Environment. We are always available to you. Experienced, caring, and skilled staff & physicians • Highest technical equipment and staff • Transportation provided for daily therapy if needed • Knowing when to refer to hospice • First in San Joaquin with CT-PET scanning • Garden environment • Holistic-wellness integration • Consultative clinics in your local community • Outpatient clinics in your community & working hand-in hand with your doctors January 2011


Sutter Tracy Community Hospital awarded the “Certificate of Excellence� Recently, the California Hospital Assessment and Reporting Task Force (CHART) awarded Sutter Tracy Community Hospital the coveted Certifi cate of Excellence. This prestigious award recognizes Sutter Tracy and seven other Sutter Health hospitals for exceptional performance in health care quality in 50 categories. Only 40 hospitals across California received this honor. When choosing a hospital, quality should be at the top of your list. Make sure that you choose a Sutter-affiliated hospital.

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Domo Japanese Sushi Grill & Bar is the newest Japanese Cuisine Restaurant to embark in Stockton. It is located at 300 Lincoln Center Stockton CA. It is 8000 square feet of Japanese experience. Domo’s Sushi, Grill, and Teppan Yaki is all about innovative food creations. Domo’s is all about variety. With our ever growing menu of satisfying selections, there is something for everyone to enjoy. From our special sushi rolls, asparagus beef wrap, to our Teppan Yaki of Lobster, Filet Mignon, and Chicken or even a special drink or sake from our bar, there are sure to be many selections and favorites. Explore our menu and our specials; learn about our establishment and delicious Japanese cuisine. Domo Arigato !

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Take Out & Gift Cards Available. DOMO Japanese Sushi Bar & Grill 300 Lincoln Center, Stockton

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Mexico Bound

La PaLma meXiCan CuiSine by jaMiE MEnaKER

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Authentic, old-world Mexican eats are hard to come by. In California, where Mexican restaurants are almost as common as Starbucks on every corner, it’s important to find an eatery that does it right. Adorned with folk art reminiscent of Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration, and plenty of brightly striped serape blankets, Miracle Mile’s newest addition, La Palma, hits the mark from the moment you walk in the door. ››

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Chef/owners Rafael and Judith Duarte are both originally from Mexico, and first met working at restaurants together. Inseparable since then, their dream has always been to open their own Mexican eatery. Rafael does most of the cooking, Judith keeps everything in the front of the restaurant running smoothly, and the Duartes’ children (2 daughters and 1 son) take turns working at the bar and restaurant. Judith was also responsible for all of La Palma's décor, and everything in the restaurant is straight from Mexico.    Standing proudly on its Miracle Mile corner, La Palma is a cozy eatery away from the daily hustle and bustle, with high-backed rustic wood chairs and tables, terra cotta tiles, and rich blue walls edging the dining room. The bar area is open and airy, with big windows and a long, cool bar, housing margaritas of every hue. The menu is a melting pot of dishes the Duarte family grew up with, enhanced by new flavors and spices Rafael created in the kitchen.    “We’ll suggest something for the menu,” says son Manuel, “and my dad will go into the kitchen one morning and just play around, some spices here, some extracts there, until he gets a good flavor.” Rafael’s signature sauces include a chocolatey mole


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sauce, and crisp, tangy aiolis on the shrimp and fish tacos.    “We have about five dishes that are top five, not-to-be-missed,” says Manuel. “The fish tacos; chipotle chicken and chipotle shrimp—that’s another sauce my dad threw together; chicken mole; shrimp green enchiladas; and the especiales, a big platter of meat, bell peppers, bacon, onions, and Monterey Jack cheese for make-your-own tacos.”    As a family-owned restaurant, La Palma is not a far cry from sitting in abuela’s (grandma’s) kitchen and eating these same Mexican dishes that have been passed down through the generations. As soon as you sit down, La Palma offers homemade tortilla chips and two types of red salsa, and Judith treats all diners like they’re family, asking how they like the food and what’s their favorite dish.    “We have pretty authentic Mexican food,” Manuel explains. “I have yet to find a place with mole sauce like ours. It’s a recipe that my Grandma gave my mom, that she’s had since they were in Mexico City. It has Mexican chocolate in it.” La Palma’s desserts are also noteworthy: creamy flan from scratch, deep-fried ice cream, and chimipalmas filled with warm apples and

topped with chocolate sauce.    December 29 marked the one-year anniversary of La Palma, and now that the Duartes have a fairly steady following, they’re looking forward to adding more: daily specials, tequila tastings, live music, and outdoor seating.    “My parents are really happy,” says Manuel. “This is kind of a life-long dream for them. It’s pretty hard to measure up; they came from Mexico to start a business here, with nothing more than a high school education. It’s a pretty good reminder that if you really put your mind to it, you can do amazing things.” For more information: La Palma Mexican Cuisine, 2301 Pacific Ave. (on the Miracle Mile), Stockton (209) 941-4179

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This month’s picks from the Lodi Wine and Visitor Center

A taste of history: Jessie’s Grove Carignane by Randy Caparoso

Jessie’s Grove 2006 Ancient Vine Lodi Carignane ($32; This full bodied, dry red wine staggers the senses as much as the mind: bushels of blackberry and black cherry in the nose. The gushing aromas turn into bright, boysenberry-like flavors on the palate; plump and teeming, like caramelized syrup seeping through a gripping palate. Optimal with marinated red meats or game birds, grilled with root vegetables. When you stroll through the Royal Tee Vineyard belonging to Lodi’s Jessie’s Grove Winery, you literally brush up against history: this 5-acre vineyard was originally planted by Joseph Spenker in 1889. Today, these majestic vines— twisting, whirling arms rising from tree-like trunks—produce red wines that are emblematic of the recent growth of Lodi as a region known for ultra-premium, old-vine wines. Spenker’s great great grandson, Greg Burns, is Royal Tee’s current gatekeeper and winemaker/proprietor. Walking us through the vineyard this past November with the grape leaves turned to deep reds and golds, Burns shared some of the family history. “Although there was a good market for wine grapes 121 years ago, we never produced wine of our own until Jessie’s Grove was bonded in 1999. The winery was named after my great grandmother, Jessie Spenker, who really was the one who kept the ranch going after Joseph Spenker’s passing at the beginning of the last century,” says Burns. “Up until the mid-nineties, our grapes were sold almost exclusively to E&J Gallo. Before I took over in 1996, the vineyard was farmed by my great uncle, Joe Beckman. For many years, Julio Gallo used to fly into Lodi in his helicopter to make his yearly rounds, and then he’d come over to our little shack, which is still on the property, sit down, and play cards with great uncle Joe. After a couple hours talking about everything but, they’d finally get around to hammering out an agreement on the sale of grapes. Of course, in those days, all the contracts were strictly by handshake.”


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The change came in the mid-nineties, when Larry Turley—the owner of Turley Wine Cellars (if not California’s most prestigious Zinfandel producer, certainly the most cultlike)—came knocking. According to Burns, “During the harvest, they drove the tractors pulling the macro-bins themselves, and there were some fantastic Turley Zins made from our grapes in ’96, ’97 and ’98.” “Naturally, that motivated us to start our own winery. Of the original vines planted by my great great grandfather, 42 acres were struggling, so in 1996, we made the heartbreaking decision to pull most of them out and replant; keeping the healthier ancient vines, with the deeper root systems in loamier soil—and that’s the Royal Tee Vineyard.“ The good news: The new Zinfandel plantings now produce incredible wines of their own; including arguably the finest $12 Zinfandel made today, the Jessie’s Grove Earth, Zin & Fire. Burns says, “The vineyard is interplanted with several grapes—only about four of the five acres is actually Zinfandel. The Carignane adds up to about three-quarters of an acre, and the rest is a mix of Black Prince, Mission, and the classic, old, pink table grape, Tokay.” “I believe Carignane vines really need to be at least 100 years to truly express the grape. Even so, not every year. Maybe we’re picky, because we know what a phenomenal wine it can be, from great vintages like ’02 and ’04. We didn’t make an Ancient Vine Carignane in ’07 or ’08. The past vintage (2010) was a great one for all of Lodi; but in the fermentor our 2010 Carignane did not quite hit us with the aromatic power and structural intensity we look for, and so we decided to blend it into our Westwind Zinfandel. But here’s some inside information: the 2010 Jessie’s Grove Westwind is going to be intense!”

About Randy Caparoso: An award-winning sommelier/restaurateur and longtime wine journalist, Randy pens the blog for the Lodi Winegrape Commission at

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St. Mary’s High School

A College Preparatory High School To register for the test, or for more information please call Registrar, Julia Scriven 209-957-3340 Ext. 103

Parent Information Night January 27, 2011 7:00 p.m. Morelli Gymnasium

Placement Test January 29, 2011 ALL prospective students must register for the PLACEMENT TEST

5648 N. El Dorado Street Stockton, CA 95207 In compliance with federal regulations, Saint Mary’s High School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, or national or ethnic origin.

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

Michael David Winery incognito 2008 red wine blend

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The newest of Incognito vintages have seen subtle changes on the outside, but what’s most impressive is corked up inside the newly screened bottles. The winemaking team at Michael-David has worked up two intriguing blends, one red and one white. Both wines are blends of multiple complimentary varietals, each showing the complexity and balance that come from experienced blending in the cellar. Soft and very approachable, this blend is laced with fresh picked blackberry, eucalyptus, and exotic spice. Well balanced with sweet polished tannins this wine will tantalize with its full fruit and integrated flavors. Michael David Winery: 4580 W Highway 12 Lodi, (209) 368-7384

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Winery Directory Berghold 17343 n. Cherry Rd Lodi, Ca 95240 (209) 333-9291 Delicato 12001 S Highway 99 Manteca, Ca 95336 (209) 824-3500

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Home of Amorosa Inn & Gardens B&B

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


Voted the “Best Tasting Room in San Joaquin County” & “Best Zin in America”

Tasting Room open Thursday – Monday

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Enjoy our wine in our tasting room or by the fireplace on our patio. Fridays & Saturdays 12 - 8pm Sundays 12 - 6pm 209-368-1378

Grands Amis Winery 115 n. School St. #5 Lodi, Ca 95240 (209) 369-6805 Harney Lane Winery 9010 e. Harney Ln. Lodi, Ca 95240 (209) 365-1900



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Heritage Oak Winery 10112 e. Woodbridge Rd. acampo, Ca 95220 (209) 986-2763 Michael-David Winery 4580 W. Highway 12 Lodi, Ca 95242 (209) 368-7384 Van Ruiten Family 340 W. Highway 12 Lodi, Ca 95242 (209) 334-5722 Viaggio 100 east Taddei Road Lodi, Ca 95220 (209) 368-1378

TASTING ROOM OPEN DAILY 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CALIFORNIA’S NEWEST WINE DESTINATION WINE ~ EVENTS ~ GIFT BOUTIQUE Tasting Room open Thursday-Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm

VIAGGIOWINERY.COM 100 East Taddei Road Acampo, CA 95220

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

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I Restaurant Guide

DiningOut Domo Japanese Sushi Grill & Bar 300 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 451-3654, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Whether you enjoy sushi, seafood, or steak, Domo has a menu with choices to satisfy any appetite. Their sushi is rolled fresh, with innovative flavors and ingredients. Or grab a seat for something sizzling at their Teppan Yaki grills, where chicken, beef, even lobster can be prepared right at your table. Domo is a great place to have fun with friends or family. Don’t forget to have a sip of one of their delicious sakes or try another creative cocktail at their full bar.

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

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

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

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

LODI Califas Café & Bistro 480 S. Cherokee Ln., Suite E, (209) 367-9866, Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

If you love fresh California flavors, then you’ll love Califas. Owners Aracely Camberos and Chef Julio Camberos have created a menu that combines all the great local ingredients that San Joaquin residents crave, artfully infused with ethnic flavors and a traditional European cooking style. The result is a menu that’s fresh, original, and delicious. Become a member of the “Bistro Club” and get special VIP deals throughout the week. Also keep an eye out for their wonderful dinners and special events. OUR POLICY

These listings are provided as a free service by San Joaquin magazine for its readers. As such, inclusion is based on editorial consideration and is not guaranteed. If you would like your dining establishment to be considered for this listing, send information to jamie@, including your name, the name of the establishment, address, and contact information.

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Casa Mexicana 1110 W. Kettleman Lane, Suite 1, (209) 368-2272. Full Bar. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. $$

With their cozy diner booths and their rich red interior, Casa Mexicana is a great place to hunker down and enjoy some authentic, inexpensive, and delicious Mexican food in a homey and relaxed setting. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Casa Mexicana makes warm, homemade tortillas and other homecooked dishes that will leave you satisfied

and happy. Grab a margarita from their full bar if you’re feeling frisky, or join the crew on Saturday nights as Casa Mexicana hosts a dance party featuring a live DJ. As long as you enjoy tasty fresh Mexican food, this fun and versatile restaurant and bar is a great place to visit day or night. Crush Kitchen & Bar 115 S. School St., (209) 369-5400, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

This chic establishment is becoming a fast favorite in Lodi and all over San Joaquin. Crush Kitchen & Bar utilizes the freshest ingredients to make dishes that showcase the wonderful flavors of California’s local agriculture. Their homemade pastas and sauces are paired with local wines, and the well conceived menu has a variety of options that include Italian, American, and Mediterranean dishes, infused with the original gourmet vision of Crush’s talented chefs. Located on School Street, this place is the perfect way to end a day of shopping in Lodi by enjoying a delicious cocktail at their stylish bar, and don’t forget to try their unusual yet addictive white truffle salt and cayenne pepper popcorn while sipping your martini. Habañero Hots 1024 Victor Rd., (209) 369-3791, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Not only does this Mexican restaurant offer steaming fajitas and cheesy nachos, but they serve up hot peppers, too. Those willing to eat a habañero chili pepper can win their way into the Habañero Hots “Hall of Flame.” This is no bell pepper, either; the habañero is rated between 100,000 and 350,000 on the Scoville scale, developed to rank spiciness, compared to a mere 5,000 for a basic jalapeño. If you’re successful in the “Eat the Heat” contest, you are rewarded with a complimentary T-shirt and your photo on the wall. Hey, you can always wash it down with one of their one hundred seventy-five selections of tequila. Haru Sushi Bar 550-H South Cherokee Lane, (209) 334-9988 Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Haru Sushi Bar boasts an extensive menu including a wonderful array of original sushi rolls, not to mention their colorful sushi boats, bento boxes, nigiri and sashimi, this sushi bar has something for everyone. Taking pride in their artistry, their Asian influenced décor and beautiful plate presentation is pleasing to both sushi fanatics and first-timers. Locals can also come to Haru Sushi Bar to enjoy their happy hour specials and their tasty selection of beer, wine, and sake. This family owned business is committed to quality and customer satisfaction so diners can expect a great meal each time they return.

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner all day Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat-Sun 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Casa Mexicana also owns a bakery. Saturday nights at 9 p.m., Casa Mexicana hosts a nightclub with all varieties of music. 1110 Kettleman Lane Lodi, (209) 368-2272 651 N. Cherokee Ln., Suite #G Lodi, (209) 334-1884

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

Experience Lodi's premier Restaurant, and Wine Tasting Room, Califas Cafe & Bistro. Featuring an innovative wine and beer selection, Califas offers diners fresh California cuisine with a Latin style and European flair. Lunch and dinner reservations are accepted and can accommodate banquet parties as large as 50 people. Ask about our full service off site catering services for your private parties, weddings or cooperate events, catered by “Black Tie Gourmet Custom Catering”. Executive Chef and Owner Julio Camberos has over 20 years of "hands on" culinary experience in the food service and hospitality industry. “It is my mission to bring a quality gourmet experience, with outstanding personal service”. – Chef Julio

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

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

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

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

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



Angelo’s Mexican Restaurant Full Bar & Catering, serving Mexican breakfast, American breakfast, lunch, and dinner to the community and all our Angelo’s customers. We sincerely appreciate your support through the hard economic times, and for voting us BEST OF LODI 2010—Thank you! Your Amigos at Angelo’s. Open 7 Days a week Mon-Thurs 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri-Sat 8 a.m.-10 p.m. 28 North School st., Lodi (209) 366-2728

Califas Cafe and Bistro/Black Tie Gourmet Catering (209) 367-9866

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Tracy Thai Tracy Thai successfully captures the unique and complex flavors Thai food is known for. using only fresh, quality ingredients, their food has exceptional presentation, from mouth-watering appetizers like their heavenly angel Wings (boneless chicken wings stuffed with silver noodles), to their soups served in a flaming tureen that keeps it warm throughout the meal. Tracy Thai prepares imaginative creations for those with more adventurous tastes, or delicious familiar dishes that are great choices for those who have never experienced Thai food before. 1035 Central ave. Tracy, (209) 833-9703

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


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Serving authentic and modern Japanese cuisine, come enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the causal dining room, or grab a seat at the sushi bar and have some fun with the professional and creative sushi chef. To enhance your experience, mikasa invites you to explore the list of premium sakes. mikasa offers outstanding sushi, sashimi, tempura, noodles, and teriyaki, as well as traditional Japanese sukiyaki and yosenabe. The most popular dishes are the Hawaiian tuna poki, tako kimchee, hamachi jalapeno, tuna ceviche, mikasa steam sole, ginger beef tenderloin, golden gate roll, and mikasa roll. They’re looking forward to your visit! Kampei! 15138 Harlan rd., Lathrop (209) 858-1818

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

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

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

2414 Kettleman Lane, Lodi (209) 334-9800

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Lunch : 7 days a week: 11am-2pm dinner: 7 days a week: 4-9:30pm Happy Hour: Sunday- Thursday: 4-6pm 209.451.3654 300 Lincoln Center Stockton , Ca 95207

a favorite among guests that enjoy fine dining, rosewood Bar and grill offers an upbeat and sophisticated setting with its rich wood and black and white tile floor, while still remaining family friendly. With an exceptional menu, rosewood offers monday night prix fixe (French for “fixed price”) dining specials, letting diners order a complete meal for about half the price of doing so a la carte. rosewood Bar and grill also boasts a wine list that is out of this world. 28 S. School St. Lodi, (209) 369-0470

michael’s Pizza has been supported by this community since 1978 and voted the best Pizza in San Joaquin County. We take pride in every pizza we make using the freshest ingredients and making our dough every day. all of our pizzas can be made with our original dough and we are happy to offer whole wheat dough. also at michael’s Pizza is our fun Café featuring full breakfast and fresh baked goods. Come in with a group, sports team or birthday party and enjoy our party room that seats 30+ people. For fast delivery, or take-out, Please Call 462-6668. 2300 West alpine Stockton, (209) 462-6668

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


domo Japanese Sushi grill & Bar is the newest Japanese Cuisine restaurant to embark Stockton. it is 8000 square feet of Japanese experience. domo’s Sushi, grill and Teppan yaki is all about innovated food creations. There is something for everyone to enjoy. From our special sushi rolls, asparagus beef wrap, to our Teppan yaki of Lobster, Filet mignon, and Chicken or even a special drink or shake from our bar, there are sure to be many selections and favorites. Happy Birthday! receive one Free Steak and Chicken dinner with purchase of three dinner entreés or more. (Not valid with happy hour)

2301 Pacific ave. Stockton, (209) 941-4179

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

We use ingredients of only the highest quality when preparing our meals. We cook using 100 percent cholesterol free cooking oils, for a delicious and healthy meal. if you would like to order something not listed in the menu, we will do our best to accomodate you in any way we can. gift Certificates available. mon-Fri: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m and 5-10 p.m. Sat-Sun: 12 p.m.- 10 p.m. Serving San Joaquin County since 1979 7555 Pacific ave., Ste. 115 Stockton, (209) 957-0617

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

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

Welcome to Casa Flores marina, the very best in mexican Cuisine. Casa Flores marina is the new location in the marina Shopping Center on Benjamin Holt avenue, just west of i-5 in Stockton. enjoy the warm, inviting dining room or dine al fresco in the secluded, outdoor patio. you will be treated to mouth-watering, innovative dishes that will keep you coming back! Casa Flores marina has a beautiful, fully stocked tequila bar offering the finest selection of tequilas anywhere. you can enjoy fresh fruit margaritas made with all natural ingredients. no pre-made mixes here. enjoy Tequila Tastings every third Thursday of the month or book your next big party here. Open for lunch and dinner.

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

3201 W. Ben Holt dr., Ste. 155 Stockton, (209) 451-1116

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

Happy hour daily with $1.00 off all beer & well drinks and $5.00 bar bites 4pm - 6:30pm

Juan Cruces iii is the second generation to expand in the restaurant business, by stepping out to Tracy. Casa Flores today has grown with great reputation and new traditions. When visiting a Casa Flores mexican restaurant, you can count on great tasting foods, a welcoming environment, and speedy friendly service. Juan will be creating a combination of old mexican tradition and modern flair. He is creating an expanded menu that will serve traditional mexican entrees from recipes passed through generations, but modified with a healthier twist. as for the future, Casa Flores will continue striving for excellence and quality, a tradition we are obligated to uphold.

314 Lincoln Ctr., Stockton (209) 956-0270

2503 n. Tracy Blvd. Tracy, (209) 879-9608

everyone is welcome at Bud’s Seafood grille. Friendly service, hearty portions, and a range of fish, seafood, pasta, steak, and poultry entrees make Bud’s a great choice for a business lunch, family dinner, or night out for two. every meal begins with a bottomless basket of fresh sourdough bread. The new leafy outdoor patio seats thirty, and is the perfect spot to take a break from shopping in Lincoln Center and enjoy a leisurely lunch or even just a drink with a friend or two. Full bar and banquet room available. Open for lunch, dinner, and scrumptious Sunday brunch.


Crush Kitchen & Bar has a menu that executive Chef/Owner michael Warren describes as California with HeaVy mediterranean influence. The entire menu is made from scratch. From the unique Hummus plate to the house made mozzarella and the handmade pastas. Crush is focused on the “Farm to Fork” philosophy. This year Crush was chosen as “The Best of San Joaquin” and it is very clear why. Crush has a wine list that boasts over 130 european and local selections and also has a full bar. next door to Crush is “The market” a boutique grocery that is also owned by michael Warren and partner michael Thomas. Thursday-monday 11:30amClose Wednesday 5pm-9pm CLOSed Tuesday

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So let go of the worries of the day, and go Outback. Open for lunch mon-Fri at 11:30 a.m. dinner 7 days a week Happy hour 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. m-F 1243 West march Lane, Stockton (209) 954-9615

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

mezzo restaurant, located in the Brookside business center, serves authentic, multi-regional italian cuisine using only the freshest ingredients, local produce, meats and seafood. renowned chef and owner richard Hyman has created a menu steeped in italian culture where seasonal menus and local, sustainable produce are at the center of the plate. Pastas, sauces, sausages, mozzarella and ricotta cheeses are all made in house, guaranteeing diners that they are in for a culinary experience like nowhere else in the San Joaquin Valley. 3499 Brookside rd, Ste a Stockton, (209) 473-7300

Far from the origins of barbeque, located in the industrial area east of Lodi California, Tin roof Barbeque and Catering has become a favorite in the Central Valley. With a contemporary twist to traditional barbeque favorites, owner richard Berardi has mastered smoking meats unique to California, including oak-smoked tri-tip, Smoked brisket, pulled pork and of course BBQ chicken. add a traditional southern style barbeque sauce or homemade horseradish. a side of sinful macaroni and cheese or potato salad with a homemade aioli complete the meal. Tin roof Barbeque and Catering is open for lunch monday through Friday, serving local wines and a large selection of beer on tap. Full-service catering available. 171 guild Street, #101 Lodi, (209) 366-1128

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


a flavorful mixed grill of juicy steaks, tender chicken, fresh fish, and pasta dishes. Satisfy every taste with mouthwatering appetizers and salads. every day, Outback starts out fresh, making every one of their soups, salad dressings, and sauces from scratch. at Outback, it’s all about quality —and all about the food.

1825 Pacific ave., Ste. 2 Stockton, (209) 939-1825

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Inside-Out Spinach Lasagna Here we take basic lasagna ingredients—ricotta cheese, pasta, and tomatoes—and skip the layering and long baking time to make a super-quick and satisfying meal for the whole family. To cut down on prep time, look for pre-sliced mushrooms. For meat lovers, brown some crumbled turkey sausage along with the onions and garlic. Serve with: Steamed broccoli and whole-grain baguette.


Spinach traveled a long way before finding a home in California. It originated in Iran, moved to China, migrated to Europe, and eventually made it to the states in the early 19th century. This leafy green vegetable is packed with minerals and vitamins to keep you strong and healthy, as demonstrated by none other than Popeye, the cartoon legend who used spinach to fuel his amazing feats of strength and save the day. In reality, eating spinach may not give you instant biceps, but it can help reduce the risk of certain cancers, especially prostate cancer, as well as excessive inflammation (a risk factor for cancer), eye problems, and high blood pressure, just to name a few. Spinach also contains a large dose of Vitamin K, which is great for maintaining healthy, strong bones. When buying spinach, keep in mind that the greener and more vibrant it looks, the richer it is in nutrients. It it’s wilting, yellow, or browning, put it back and find leaves that are fresher. If you’re planning to store your spinach, don’t wash it first, simply put it in a plastic bag, squeeze all the air out, and store it in the refrigerator where it will stay fresh for up to five days. Spinach tastes great boiled or eaten raw in a tasty salad. There are also a plethora of recipes that will help you put San Joaquin’s fresh spinach supply to good use, so get out your cookbook and dig in.


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8 oz. whole-wheat rotini or fusilli 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 1 small onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, sliced 8 oz. sliced white mushrooms (about 3½ cups) ½ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper 1 14-oz. can diced tomatoes with Italian herbs 8 cups baby spinach ½ tsp. crushed red pepper (optional) 3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta; cook until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until soft and beginning to brown, about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, salt and pepper, and cook, stirring, until the mushrooms release their liquid, 4 to 6 minutes. Add tomatoes, spinach, and crushed red pepper (if using). Increase heat to medium-high; cook, stirring once halfway through, until the spinach is wilted, about 4 minutes. Toss the sauce with the pasta and divide among 4 bowls. Dollop each serving with 3 tablespoons of ricotta. Serves 4.

Creamy Spinach Dip Try this light spinach dip made healthier with reduced-fat cream cheese, nonfat yogurt, and low-fat cottage cheese instead of full-fat cheese, mayonnaise, and sour cream. It will save you a whopping 84 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving when compared to traditional versions. Serve it with pita chips and crunchy vegetables or spread it on a sandwich. 1 small shallot, peeled 1 5-oz. can water chestnuts, rinsed ½ cup reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel) ½ cup low-fat cottage cheese ¼ cup nonfat plain yogurt 1 Tbsp. lemon juice 1/2 tsp. salt Freshly ground pepper to taste 6 oz. baby spinach 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh chives Pulse shallot and water chestnuts in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Add cream cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and pulse until just combined. Add spinach and chives and pulse until incorporated. Makes about 2½ cups. » FoR MoRE inFoRMaTion: Copyright 2010 Eating Well, Inc. ( photography by Ken Burris / Eating Well Inc.

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Hollywood Family Café 315 S. Cherokee Ln., (209) 369-4065 Beer and wine. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. $

Whether you missed out on the fifties, or just miss them in general, flashback to the age of Elvis, June Cleaver, and the Big Bopper with a visit to the Hollywood Family Café. Complete with a juke box and plastic upholstered booths, this all-American diner has a menu of classic items like juicy cheeseburgers, thick milkshakes, pancakes, and much more. No matter what meal you’re stopping by for, the chipper atmosphere, friendly service, and great food makes this family-friendly joint a fun alternative for dining out. Lodi Beer Company 105 S. School St., (209) 368-9931, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

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

Come dressed up or down; Lodi Feed and Fuel welcomes all for a fun, fine dining experience. With classic and contemporary movie memorabilia adorning the restaurant’s walls (think John Wayne juxtaposed with Jack Sparrow), and its prime location across the street from the movie theater, this is a perfect choice for a dinner-and-amovie date. Thursdays are great days to try out the bar— from 4 to 7 p.m. enjoy discounted drinks and appetizers and a live comedy show every other week. If you are in the mood for an adventurous drink, be sure to try the Grapefruit Cosmopolitan made from freshly squeezed grapefruit juice or the Wasabi Bloody Mary. OZ Sushi & Grill 2414 W. Kettleman Lane, Ste. 206, (209) 334-9800 Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Family owned and operated, this contemporary sushi restaurant and bar offers a unique menu with over thirty special rolls to choose from, along with the option to create your own. With names like The Pink Lady and the Vogue Roll, diners are sure to enjoy exploring the creatively crafted and deliciously fresh fare offered here. OZ Sushi & Grill also boasts chic, modern décor to complement any get-together, whether it’s a casual meal or a special occasion. Pietro’s Trattoria 317 e. Kettleman Lane, (209) 368-0613, Beer and wine. Lunch and dinner. $$

Charmingly designed and warmly staffed, Pietro’s restaurant is a family-owned establishment that’s clearly well loved. Pietro’s serves up huge portions of traditional Italian fare, and the restaurant is designed to give the impression that diners are sitting in the middle of a tiny, rustic Italian village. Try the rich and garlicky penne aglio pasta with mushrooms, spinach, and crushed red peppers, the hearty individual pizzas, the chicken parmigiana, or the lemony veal piccata with capers. Family-friendly, and banquets up to 125 people.

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

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

At this quaint European-style bistro, everything is made from scratch daily, as well as all the sauces and salad dressings accompanying their regional American cuisine. Specialties include upscale comfort foods like bacon wrapped meatloaf and smoked gouda macaroni and cheese, in addition to delicious steaks and fresh seafood. The bistro features domestic and imported beers and an extensive wine list of over one hundred local and imported wines. This


is a popular destination for both casual dining and the occasional wine tasting events hosted by the restaurant, so reservations are highly recommended. Strings Italian Café 2314 W. Kettleman Ln., (209) 369-6400, Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

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

With its seasonally-based menu and gourmet preparation, the Wine and Roses restaurant boasts a charming

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

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

De Vega Brothers has risen from its humble beginnings in a converted A&W stand in Manteca to one of the Valley’s premier Italian restaurants, with expanded locations in both Manteca and Stockton. The Manteca site boasts hand-painted murals of Roman ruins and rustic Italian vistas, while Stockton prides itself on creating an atmosphere of urban elegance with patio dining and live piano music. Both restaurants are known for their generous portions and delicious lamb chops, cioppino, chicken and veal scaloppini, steak, and seafood, as well as their gourmet pastas and sauces.

Finley’s Bar and Grill 10477 S. Airport Way, (209) 983-9493. Full bar. Open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch during the winter season. $$-$$$$

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

Isadore’s is anything but humble: the kitchen is out-of-this-world, and they know it. In fact, if you happen to inquire, they’ll gladly tell you which items on the menu you’re sure to fall in

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

151 West Alder Street, (209) 943-1921, Full bar. Open for dinner. $$$

Having been in business for thirty years, The Alder Bistro is a tried and true choice for fine dining in Stockton. Their menu includes everything from artisan salads like the Maple Salad, which includes maple dressing, Danish blue cheese, dried cranberries, waldernuts, and fresh apple slices, to juicy steaks and fresh seafood. On Saturdays, they have “Basque Night” with an impressive, and impressively priced pre-fixe menu featuring an array of dishes for those who like to try everything. They also have a “1/2 off night” every week, so locals can enjoy delicious gourmet meals without needing a Rockefeller budget. The cozy lighting and décor also makes The Alder Bistro perfect for a romantic evening out. Angelina’s Spaghetti House 1563 E. Fremont St., (209) 948-6609, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

Angelina’s is a true family restaurant: owned by four family members, named after another, and welcoming to all of yours. For thirty-one years, their hearty homemade pastas, raviolis, and traditional sauces have been bringing families together just like a meal at Grandma’s house. Consider inviting

When Guadalupe and Jesus Arroyo moved here in the early 1940s, they immediately began sharing their passion for food with friends and family by opening their first restaurant. Sixty years later, their son Mario continues the tradition and commitment to excellence at Arroyo’s Café. Located on the water, one can enjoy fresh, homemade tortillas, enchiladas, carne asada, and other Mexican favorites. Friday and Saturday nights the restaurant hosts live Mariachi music, and the bar hosts Happy Hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ave on the Mile 2333 Pacific Ave., (209) 462-5AVE, Full bar. Open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. $$

Commonly described as “chic” and “upscale,” Ave on the Mile takes finger foods to a whole new level. Come have a seat in the swanky, comfortable lounge and prepare to enjoy decadent appetizers and desserts while sipping on top shelf cocktails from their fully stocked bar. Celebrating a night out on the town? Ave offers bottle service for those who want to enjoy a night of VIP treatment. Or simply come to relax and enjoy the top-notch hospitality that makes Ave special.

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In the mood for something different? Relax on the Delta and enjoy the flavors and rhythms of the Caribbean Islands at Breadfruit Tree. The restaurant serves food from many of the tropical islands, and prides itself on its Peleau—a rice stir-fry with fresh veggies and seafood, seasoned with a myriad of delightful spices. Complete your meal with a Jamaican beer or housemade, Caribbean-style drink. While eating, admire the hand-painted murals depicting waterfalls and island life. The owners proudly claim, “As they say in the Caribbean, ‘we cook food with love.’” Breadfruit Tree is open for catering yearround, and restaurant dining February to November.

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Everyone is welcome at Bud’s Seafood Grille. Friendly service, hearty portions, and a range of fish, seafood, pasta, steak, and poultry entrees make Bud’s a great choice for a business lunch, family dinner, or night out for two. Every meal begins with a bottomless basket of fresh sourdough bread, so be careful not to fill up before the rest arrives. The new leafy outdoor patio seats thirty, and is the perfect spot to take a break from shopping in Lincoln Center and enjoy a leisurely lunch or even just a drink with a friend. Casa Flores Marina 3201 W. Ben Holt drive, (209) 451-1116, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

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Casa Flores Marina has everything that a lover of Mexican food could want, from the fresh and tasty chips and salsa they bring over when you sit down, to the hot and sizzling fajita skillets, accompanied with hearty portions of warm tortillas, rice, sour cream, and fresh guacamole. But aside from the delectable food, Casa Flores Marina hosts great events including their tequila tasting on every third Thursday of the month. Guests can try their impressive tequila collection paired with an appetizer and shaken into a delicious cocktail. Their outdoor seating is a great place to enjoy a marina margarita, or stay indoors for a romantic meal in the soft lit dining room. Centrale Kitchen and Bar 1825 Pacific ave., Ste. 2, (209) 939-1825. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

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

Chitiva’s serves up authentic Mexican food, tasty tropical drinks, and a giant side of fun six nights a week. Saturday nights after 9 p.m., the fajitas and enchiladas play second fiddle to the DJs and live bands on center stage—the Salsa is still hot, but now it’s a dance, not a culinary dip. If all this has you craving a cool Delta breeze, look no further than the restaurant’s outdoor dining overlooking the water or one of their popular

Salsa cruises (summer months through October). So go find your dancing shoes, sip a cool mojito, and have some fun. Cocoro Japanese Bistro 2105 Pacific ave., (209) 941-6053 Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

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

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

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

You may already have a favorite Chinese restaurant—everybody does—but if you are in the mood to venture away from habit, try Dave Wong’s. This longtime Stockton favorite serves up a pleasant combination of Chinese, Cantonese, and Szechwan eats. The broccoli beef, lemon chicken, and fried rice January 2011


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are hands-down favorites. The menu has many traditional dishes, alongside appetizing treats like wok-charred green beans. The muted walls and intimate (yet expandable) quiet candlelit dining chambers reiterate the fact that Dave Wong’s is not your typical Chinese restaurant. David’s New York Style Pizza 1744 W. Hammer Lane, (209) 477-2677 900 W. Benjamin Holt Dr., (209) 957-2850 Beer & wine. Open for lunch & dinner.$-$$

Toppings, cheese, and dough that’s prepared fresh daily may be three of the reasons this Stockton staple has had such success that they’ve recently opened a second location in Lincoln Center. Or maybe it’s all the choices at David’s New York Style Pizza that make it so popular: Eat in or take out? Hammer Lane or Lincoln Center? Thick, thin, or standard crust? Indoors or out on the patio? One of David’s twelve specialty pizzas or one of your own creations? We know sports-lovers love the pizzeria because it combines some of their favorite things: great pizza, beer, fellow fans, and the big game televised on the many 46-inch flat screen televisions hung in both locations. Whatever their reasoning for coming back, repeat customers can be found enjoying David’s New York Style Pizza seven days a week. De Vega Brothers

2819 W. March Lane, Ste. A1, (209) 957-3839, Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$$$

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

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

Victoria Park for a picnic with panache. A downtown Tracy location was recently opened. Delights Waterfront Coffee Bar and Deli 445 W. Weber Ave., Ste. 126, (209) 462-3401 Beer and Wine. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. $

Delights Waterfront Coffee Bar and Deli is appropriately named, serving up some of the best casual favorites this side of the Delta. With its premium coffee bar, morning starters, salads made to order with the freshest local produce, and the popular tri-tip sandwich that’s grilled daily on the patio, you can’t escape the quiet, peaceful nostalgia that Delights has to offer. Located right on the water in the historic Waterfront Warehouse building, Delights is a visual treat. While they don’t accept reservations, you’ll soon find that it’s not necessary. This restaurant is a relaxed hangout for anybody, from businessmen to students from local colleges and schools. Domo Japanese Sushi Grill & Bar 300 Lincoln Center, (209) 451-3654, www. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Whether you enjoy sushi, seafood, or steak, Domo has a menu with choices to satisfy any appetite. Their sushi is rolled fresh, with innovative flavors and ingredients. Or grab a seat for something sizzling at their Teppan Yaki grills, where chicken, beef, even lobster can be prepared right at your table. Domo is a great place to have fun with friends or family. Don’t forget to have a sip of one of their delicious sakes or try another creative cocktail at their full bar. El Rancho Inn Steak and Lobster House 1457 E. Mariposa Rd., (209) 467-1529 Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$$-$$$$

Celebrating seventy years in business, El Rancho Inn has been charming customers with its superior service and delectable dishes. Although most drive by without giving this establishment a second glance, it’s well worth your time to stop in for a meal. The steak, lobster, and homemade soups are excellent, but be sure to look up from your plate and take in the surroundings. From the cattle brands on the walls to the regulars relaxing at their favorite tables, this country inn is sure to bring a smile to your face as well as warmth to your belly. Flips Burgers 2503 Waterloo Rd., (209) 943-5477, Open for lunch and dinner. $

This place is what some people might call a diamond in the rough. It’s small

and quaint, but packs a punch with their awesome menu of decadent fried favorites. Come in for a big juicy burger since they have over fifteen options including the ever-popular Mad Cow Burger, which includes toppings like a fried egg and fried jalapenos. They also have several choices of hot dogs, a plethora of fresh ingredients to pile atop, and a separate section on the menu that’s devoted to their deep-fryer, where you can order such delicacies as the fried twinkie, fried oreo, fried pickles, or fried zucchini. If you love true-blue American food, then discover this hidden gem in Stockton and you’ll be hooked. The Fruit Bowl 8767 E. Waterloo Rd. (209) 931-1196, Open for breakfast and lunch. $.

Since 1947 the Luchettis have been selling delicious, fresh fruit from their ranch. After years of passersby stopping in for their ripe peaches and cherries, today the Luchettis sell more than just fresh fruit. Stop in for homemade preserves or their famous fruit or cream pies. They also offer fresh baked bread, pastries, cookies, muffins and imported Italian coffee. If you’re more than just passing through, have a seat and enjoy their gelato made in-house using their own home grown produce. Let them make you a warm panini sandwich or try their best seller, Ina Luchetti’s original Zucchinni Torta. If you want homemade food that’s as fresh as it gets, The Fruit Bowl is a little piece of country heaven. Garlic Brothers 6629 Embarcadero Dr., (209) 474-6585, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Ironically, Garlic Brothers is a spectacular spot for a date, even though the kitchen is known to go heavy on the—you guessed it—garlic. Fun and lively, this restaurant sits right on the water’s edge and boasts delicious garlicky pizzas, pastas, and seafood. Contrary to popular belief, however, anything on the menu can be whipped up without the brothers’ favorite ingredient. Before you leave, roll up your sleeves and dig into a serving of Justy’s Cake—vanilla ice cream on a cookie crust topped with toffee and glazed with caramel and chocolate. Gian’s Delicatessen 2112 Pacific Ave., (209) 469-0108 Open for lunch. $

Nobody does sandwiches quite like Gian’s, and that’s why locals flock to this long-time neighborhood gem for a lunch that makes you say Mmm! Try their coppa and prosciutto, flown in from where else but Parma, Italy, the food capital of the world. Or have some of their homemade Italian dishes like their famously delectable ravioli. It won’t be long before you become a regular at this must-visit Italian eatery.

La Palma Mexican Cuisine 2301 Pacific Ave., (209) 941-4179, Full bar. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. $$

Open since December of 2009, La Palma has quickly become a favorite in Stockton for delicious Mexican cuisine. Come for their fish tacos, sizzling fajitas, and shrimp green enchiladas, all of which are included on their list of specialty dishes. Open at 10 a.m., La Palma also serves hearty breakfast dishes like eggs with chorizo, huevos rancheros, and chillaquilles. Enjoy a cocktail at their full service bar, or one of their decadent desserts like the ChimiPalmas. Their festive yet tasteful décor and friendly service add to the pleasant atmosphere of this Stockton hotspot. Le Bistro 3121 W. Benjamin Holt Dr., (209) 951-0885, Full bar. Open for dinner. $$$$

This award-winning restaurant is Stockton’s only four-star dining experience. Whether eating lunch or dinner, Le Bistro offers a menu of French Continental cuisine beautifully presented in a stylish and sophisticated setting. This is a luxurious affair, where servers wear tuxedos and the everevolving wine list is like no other. The quiet elegance extends to the outdoor patio as well as four banquet rooms that can accommodate up to two hundred guests. If you are in the mood for an upscale treat, this is the place to go. Check the website for current information about live bands playing in the restaurant’s show room this fall. Masa Contemporary Japanese Lounge 2819 W. March Lane, (209) 473-1255 Wine and beer. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

With their modern yet welcoming décor, fresh selection of sashimi, and friendly service, Masa is a major contender on the Stockton sushi scene. Their diverse selection of handmade sushi rolls includes fast favorites like the Masa roll which includes onion, tuna, avocado, and asparagus. Their unique creations are only paralleled by their elegant presentation. If your date isn’t a big sushi fan, there are plenty of other great menu items like the teriyaki chicken or beef udon on the menu, just to name a couple. Mezzo 3499 Brookside Rd., Suite A, (209) 473-7300 Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

This wonderful Italian restaurant is dialed in to what local foodies are looking for. The hand-painted artwork on the walls helps create their elegant yet fun ambiance, and the friendly staff is happy to make your dining experience special. However, where Mezzo really san joaquin magazine



i reSTauranT guide hits the mark is with their use of fresh and local produce that travels from the farm to your plate, making their scrumptious dishes taste even fresher. Their passion for cooking authentic Italian meals doesn’t stop there, as their pasta is also homemade, proving that Mezzo has the passion that all true food lovers will come back to taste time and time again. Michael’s New York Style Pizza 2300 W alpine ave., Ste. a, (209) 462-6668 Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. $-$$


Once simply one of the best pizza joints in Stockton, Michael’s has grown to add a café, deli, and now a full breakfast menu. The pizzas (13 combinations or make your own) draw you in but choices for everyone keep the community coming back as a whole. Michael’s also boasts a party room for up to 40 guests and has long been a favorite for sports teams and birthday parties. Dive into a hearty meat pizza or give Michael’s newest creation, the whole wheat crust, a try. Midtown Creperie

Europeans who miss the smell of fresh baguettes in Paris can find solace in the hand-crafted artisan loafs available at Dancing Fox Winery, Bakery & Eatery in Lodi. “When we find customers who appreciate good, natural, preservative-free, handmade loaves, it’s very rewarding,” says Colleen Louis, one of the owners at Dancing Fox. The bakery, which currently grinds their wheat in-house and uses their own yeast cultures, offers several types of bread, each baked in a process that hearkens back to the traditional bread making of 100 years ago. Dancing Fox’s recent acquisition of a commercial stone grinder will make it easier for the bakers to grind their own wheat and rye; their goal is to eventually become completely local, hoping to acquire wheat and rye kernels grown exclusively in San Joaquin County. Louis says customers often describe their freshly ground wheat bread as tasting sweet like honey, which she says is the natural flavor that comes through when bread is made without preservatives or dough stabilizers. She also says that customers who have an intolerance to wheat are able to enjoy Dancing Fox’s bread because of their delicate baking process and allnatural ingredients. Aside from their wheat bread, bestsellers include the Lodi Country Loaf and their Multi-Grain Loaf. —Katy Berry For more information: The Dancing Fox Winery, Bakery & Eatery 203 School St., Lodi, (209) 366-2634


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For those who’ve always wanted to visit the French quarter in New Orleans, now they can have all the southern charm and delicious flavors of Louisiana at Midtown Creperie. With a fantastic menu of both savory and sweet crepes, along with salads, sandwiches, and scrumptious breakfast items like omelets and beignets, this fantastic addition to the Miracle Mile is the perfect place to put a little south in your mouth. Miguel’s 7555 Pacific ave., (209) 951-1931. Full bar. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. $

This place is no frills, just delicious, homemade, Mexican cuisine. For a small cost, lovers of traditional cucina mexicana can enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Start off your day with a flavorful breakfast dish like Miguel’s huevos, and come back for lunch and to enjoy favorites like the carne asada or taco dishes. On Fridays, stop in for their special Albondigas soup, a Mexican meatball soup with veggies and noodles. Their Mexican décor will make you feel like you’re south of the border and the food will keep you full and happy. Moo Moo’s Burger Barn 10940 Trinity Parkway, (209) 957-9450 222 n. el dorado St., (209) 469-9450, no alcohol served. Open for lunch and dinner. $

Playing off the name of the restaurant, Moo Moo’s is decorated with hand-painted murals of a large barn and open pastures, but the atmosphere is more reminiscent of a ‘50s diner than a drive through the countryside. Authentic burgers, shakes, onion rings, and fries are served in addition to less greasy sandwiches, salads, veggie burgers, and sweet potato fries. This is a great place to come with small children

Outback Steakhouse 1243 W. march Lane., (209) 954-9615, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

For a perfect steak every time, Outback Steakhouse is always number one. Their hearty menu includes ribeye, NY strip steak, Prime Rib, and their Outback Special, a signature sirloin seasoned to perfection. Steak dishes come with options like adding a delicious blue cheese or horseradish crumb crust, or their Lobster and Mushroom topping. If you’re not into red meat, Outback accommodates you with plenty of delicious chicken and fish dishes like their Shrimp En Fuego Fettuccini or their King Crab. Plus they have great salads, sides, soups, and appetizers like their famous Bloomin’ Onion. Papapavlo’s Bistro and Bar 501 n. Lincoln Center, (209) 477-6133, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

Papapavlo’s Bistro and Bar is considered by many to be one of Northern California’s most unique fine dining establishments located in Stockton’s Lincoln Center. They offer you the finest and freshest in gourmet cuisine and their fabulous menu includes a large variety of continental dishes. The main dining room has a unique design with a showcase kitchen and bar in warm, classy decor.You’ll find the three outdoor dining patios a perfect place to relax during lunch or dinner. Papapavlo’s offers four private banquet rooms accommodating groups as intimate as 12 to as large as 100 guests. Papapavlo’s also specializes in off-premises dining with their outstanding catering services. Peking Restaurant 7555 Pacific ave., (209) 957-0617, Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Peking has all the Chinese dishes that your family already knows and loves, like seasoned mushu pork, crispy pan pacific won tons, and hot and sour soup. But they also have some new classics that you’re bound to discover, just ask your server for their fresh specials, or try what locals have already deemed an instant classic like their delicious crispy House Chicken. The dishes at Peking are never bland, but are always served hot, with flavorful sauces that add a kick to your typical Chinese menu. Perfect for lunch or dinner, Peking is a great place to eat with family, colleagues, and friends all year round. Revolucion 1910 296 Lincoln Center (209) 955-0100, Full bar. Lunch, dinner, and Sunday Brunch. $-$$.

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

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Sass Bar & Grill 110 N. El Dorado St., (209) 808-4058 Full Bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

The warm and contemporary décor in Sass is inviting and excites the senses with its unique accents and attention to detail. The excitement is only multiplied when you see their eclectic menu, with cuisine inspired by flavors from around the world and local ingredients that showcase the wonderfully fresh produce available in San Joaquin. Enhance your meal by their selection of local wines, or a chilled cocktail from their bar. And in the warmer months, don’t miss the opportunity to dine on their romantically lit sky terrace while enjoying the Delta breeze as you overlook Stockton’s waterfront. Sharing so many impressive elements, Sass is a special place to dine with family and friends year round. The Shadow Oaks Wine Bar and Lounge 7555 Pacific Ave., (209) 477-5547. Full bar. Open for dinner. $$-$$$$

Formerly a steakhouse, Shadow Oaks has recently updated its offerings to become an upscale wine bar and lounge. They still offer a few steaks, as well as sandwiches, appetizers, and a menu of other delicious selections. An incredible wine list awaits you at Shadow Oaks, with bottles priced anywhere from $25 to $450. With its sophisticated interior, beautiful bar, and live entertainment Wednesday through Saturday, we are more than happy about the new Shadow Oaks. Shirasoni Japanese Restaurant 3249 West Hammer Lane, (209) 473-2525, Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Shirasoni is a triple threat, operating as a steakhouse, sushi bar, and teppanyaki restaurant all in one. Hungry guests can choose to sit at the sushi bar or in their large dining room where talented chefs prepare your dish while putting on an authentic teppanyaki dinner show. Watch as professionals perform tricks, flipping their utensils and chopping your sizzling veggies right in front of your eyes. Enjoy a juicy steak or try one of their more traditional Japanese dishes. If you’re just stopping for a quick bite, have a seat at their intimate sushi bar for a taste of their fresh sushi or sashimi. Try one of their unique creations, like their Firecracker Roll, for a spicy surprise. Stockton Joe’s 236 Lincoln Center, (209) 951-2980, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

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

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157 W. adams St. (209) 464-2739, Full bar. Open for lunch, dinner, and weekend breakfast. $-$$

The Valley Brewing Company is a fun place to bring the whole family for dinner: homemade beers, classic pub fare, live bands all year round, and unique sports memorabilia keep everybody happy. The Brewing Company keeps fourteen beers on tap at all times, from a pale wheat, to an IPA, to the house favorite Black Cat Stout, and apricot and berry fruit beers. Check the website for up to the minute information about when the fun’s happening. Waterloo

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You may have heard the word on the street—juice boxes aren’t just for kids anymore. At least not when you’re talking about the ecofriendly Bota Box wines, vinted and “bottled” right here in Manteca. Boxed wine is making a comeback for all the right reasons, taking the same quality wines you’d find in a bottle, and combining portability to create a wine perfect for a party or a picnic. The Bota Box itself is 100 percent recyclable and holds the equivalent to four bottles of wine, with eight different varietals to choose from. And unlike bottles, the Bota Box shields the wine from light and air, and the FlexTap technology keeps the wine fresh for more than a month after opening, so you can enjoy it wherever, whenever, without spoilage. Cheers! —Katy Berry For more information:

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

TRACY Carmen’s Casa Nachos

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

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

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

Magellan’s Restaurant, named after owner and Executive Chef Thomas Magellan, is much like the small, intimate restaurants found in San Francisco. Featuring American Continental cuisine, the menu choices range from duck salad to their salmon burger to the ever popular, delectable filet mignon. The menu


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Thai Café

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

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

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

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

714 Central ave., (209) 833-0862, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

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

WOODBRIDGE Woodbridge Crossing

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

Housed in one of the oldest brick buildings in the San Joaquin Valley, this historic restaurant, formerly Woodbridge Feed and Fuel, provides fine dining in the midst of antiques, Western artwork, and memorabilia. Known for their prime rib and steak, this restaurant strives for great customer service. Woodbridge Crossing diners are treated to live entertainment and dancing on the weekends, and the restaurant also offers private banquet facilities where guests sit in unique old boxcars. [SJm] JanuaRy 2011

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

changes seasonally and the high level of noise found in some restaurants is not to be found here. If you are looking for a good traditional meal with peaceful ambiance, seafood specials, and a martini bar to put others to shame, then Magellan’s is the place.



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January 9, Tracy Considered one of elvis’ best movies, Viva Las Vegas is a romantic musical about a race car driver named Lucky (Presley) who travels to nevada for their first annual grandprix race. Having car troubles, Lucky needs to raise money for a new engine before the competition, but things get complicated when he meets the lovely ms. Rusty, and his main opponent, Count elmo mancini. 2 p.m. $4. Eleni Tsakkopoulos-Kounalakis Theatre at the Tracy Grand, 715 Central Ave., Tracy, (209) 831-6TKT,

Centuries of Progress: American World’s Fairs, 1853-1982

in the Hoffman family for five generations. today, the ripe and flavorful grapes

Photo: World’s Fair Chicago poster, 1933-1934

produce rich wines, and the winery hosts wonderful events including outdoor

Through February 6, Stockton

activities like bird watching and wildlife picnics. Join the Hoffmans for an

this exhibition covers the span of fairs from the

anniversary celebration that will include wine tasting,

Crystal Palace exhibition in new york to the World’s

food, live music by Levi Huff, and special discounts to

Fair of 1982 in Knoxville, tennessee. these fairs were

their supporters. Families and children are welcome.

not just places to eat cotton candy and get your face

Free. 12-5 p.m. Heritage Oak Winery,

painted, but gatherings where amazing innovations in

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Run for Your Wife January 12-February 6 thanks to his erratic work schedule, John Smith thinks

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he can pull off having two wives, but he soon learns

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that getting away with it is no piece of cake. Hailed as a “superb example of British farce,” this punchy, comedic

Heritage Oak Winery’s Third Anniversary Celebration

show is known for keeping audiences in stitches as they watch the disastrous plot of a London taxi driver unfold. $25 adults, $15 kids. Dates and times vary. Stockton Civic

January 8-9, Acampo

Theatre, 2312 Rosemarie Lane, Stockton, (209) 473-2424,

the Heritage Oak Winery has been open for three

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Professional Bull Riders January 14-15, Sacramento this dangerous and exhilarating sport will make you hold your breath as brave cowboys enter the rodeo ring on the backs of kicking, bucking bulls who try to throw their riders off. Riders must stay on their bulls for at least eight seconds to score any points, and in a sport like this, every moment counts. $17.50-$102.50. Shows at 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday. ARCO Arena, One Sports Parkway, Sacramento, (916) 928-6900,

Geometry of Occupation January 18-February 26, Lodi this one-man exhibition features artist Deladier almeida, whose colorful paintings focus on aerial landscapes of the Sacramento and Delta region. almeida was born in Brazil but came to California in the mid 1980s. His paintings reflect his fascination with how land is viewed from the sky, and how the geometrical shapes and colors represent man’s ability to create, control, and manipulate the earth into productive land. Free. Open tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Knowlton Gallery, 115 S. School St.,

Insectfest at WOW Museum The Odd Couple

January 22, Lodi Creepy-crawly experts from the Bohart entemology museum

January 14-16, Tracy

at uC Davis and the Lodi Serpentarium will be bringing

Before the tV series or the film, The Odd Couple

their fascinating displays and other surprises to share with

was a smash hit Broadway play by neil Simon,

fellow bug lovers at the WOW museum. Kids and parents

whose commercially successful shows often

will have much to explore and discover as they learn all

reflected his own humorous memories of life in new

about their favorite insects from the experts. insectfest

york. On stage now at the tracy grand, Oscar and Felix

will also have free face painting, arts and crafts,

are two divorced men trying to live as roommates

and games for all ages. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $6 adults,

despite their opposite personalities—one an uptight

$4 kids. World of Wonders Science Museum, 2

neat-freak, the other a laid-back slob. the result

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14-16 at 8 p.m. January 16 at 2 p.m. Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave., Tracy, (209) 831-6TKT,

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Harlem Globetrotters

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group of the 1950's who, in an

their impeccable athletic ability, sense of humor, and undeniable skills with a basketball. not only do they know how to run opponents up and down the court, but these mavericks will impress you with their amazing tricks as they spin balls, slam dunk, and keep you guessing throughout their “4 times the Fun” world tour. 7 p.m. $25-$87. Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont Street, Stockton, (209) 373-1400,


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catholic school girls, die on their way to see the Beatles at the Ed

Sullivan Show. in the hopes of one last shot at stardom, the boys return from heaven to entertain their audiences one more time. $29.50-$45.50. 7:30 p.m. Charlene Powers Lange Performing Arts Theatre, 125 South Hutchins St., Lodi, (209) 333-6782,

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Athena Awards Luncheon November 18, Stockton San Joaquin’s most prominent community members gathered to honor Dea Spanos Berberian and Nikki Lowery for their invaluable leadership as women in the community.

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Tracy Dry Bean Festival September 11-12, Tracy The Dry Bean Festival celebrated another turnout for the books this year with the return of favorite activities like the Bean Run and Bean Town. [1] Abbie Hunter, Laurie Genske [2] Alma & John Moxley, Aubryanna Smith, Andrea Casino, Tony Ramos [3] Chris Andrews, David La Brecque, Bull Burns, Shaughnessy McGehee, Paul Fry (Spirits of the Old West) [4] Lee Gerhart, Irene Rose, Yordon Coss as McGruff, Antonio Hernandez [5] Sergey Ivaschenko, Chris Andrews

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With Garden Flair Open House November 4, Stockton Ornament lovers gathered among glittering trees to begin the holidays with a little shopping and mingling at With Garden Flair on the Miracle Mile.

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Meet the Fashion Industry Insiders at Delta College September 30, Stockton Students, professors, and local fashionistas got the inside scoop from a panel of top designers, stylists, and fashion moguls from around the country at Delta College. [1] Jose Hernandez, Nicole Grauman [2] Billy Hutchinson, Renata Campion, Michael Palladino, Uduak Oduok, Jeni Elizabeth



CALA Breakfast at Fulton Villa September 21, Stockton Members of the California Assisted Living Association hosted an elegant breakfast in support of Assembly Member Cathleen Galgiani. [1] Cathleen Galgiani, Zenzo Tazawa, Christina Perez, Kathy Garcia, Max Vargas [2] Joyce Olkiewicz, Maricel Magaoay, Christina Perez, Kathy Garcia [3] Heather Harrison, Max Vargas




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