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25 THE HEALING POWER OF FOOD

For Kerri Shiozawa, food is power. A licensed pastor, guiding others through their spiritual and emotional healing processes has always been a part of Kerri’s life. However, her interest in physical wellness began in 2005, when she experienced a collapse in her health that led her to embark on her own healing journey. “I found myself going back and forth to my conventional doctor, and the answers were all medication, medication, medication,” she recalls. BY JENNIFER MORROW

40 REDEFINING BEAUTY

At 39 years young, Shannon Rock is a strong, confident, and successful woman. She is a proud business owner, a celebrated photographer, a partner in a thriving, loving relationship, a generous daughter, and a friend. However, this wasn’t always the case. Up until recently—and sometimes even still—Shannon has struggled with aging. “I am starting to grieve the loss of youthful beauty,” Shannon says. “I have been plagued with a terrible fear of getting ‘old’ because society rarely calls older women beautiful. BY NORA HESTON TARTE

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64 WINTER ON THE COAST

Winter may have most running indoors to give into the hygge lifestyle, but if you have adventure in your heart, January offers a swell of outdoor activities for those that won’t let a little rain get them down. On the Central Coast, along Highway Route Discovery 1, the temperatures stay moderate even in winter, and outdoor excursions don’t shut down for the season. Plus, local businesses cater to the cozy with fireplaces and comfort food. So, take a drive down the scenic coast and dive into a world full of excitement. BY NORA HESTON TARTE

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Tracy Thai has long been a family affair. “I grew up in the restaurant business, it’s just in my blood,” says Gesaranee, who goes by Gesa, the friendly face and co-owner of Tracy Thai. “After graduating with my business degree, I realized that I really enjoyed what I grew up doing and decided to help run the family business. BY MEGAN MEINTASIS

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THE 209 28 A CLEAN ROUTINE Artesian Natural Foods is here to help you get healthy 30 REAL RESOLUTIONS FOR A BETTER 2021 Finally stick to your goals 32 SMALL BUSINESS MARATHON Isaiah Stowers runs to help local businesses 34 BUBBLES & BLISS Local finds to make your next bubble bath luxurious 36 THE PARTY’S OVER, NOW WHAT? Hangover myths and cures

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38 3 WAYS PLANKING BOOSTS YOUR MOOD Endorphins make us happy

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HELLO 2021! Happy New Year—finally. I know Jan. 1, 2021 doesn’t hold a magical potion to signal the end of COVID-19—although the vaccines are a close second—but somehow it feels good to say goodbye to the dumpster fire this year has been anyway. New Year’s

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Day (and the months to follow) have always been a time to set new goals for ourselves, focus on growth, and embrace hope for the future. In the midst of a global pandemic, this focus on bettering ourselves is more polarized than ever. As we make our new year’s resolutions (take some tips from page 30), it’s important to make commitments we can keep but still challenge us, as well as ask ourselves what is truly important. This year, I’ve learned that family is more precious than I think anyone realized before, I crave travel in a way I didn’t appreciate until it was gone, and I want to see the success of those around me, especially the small businesses that support us and exist in our community. So, my resolutions this year will focus on those significances. That being said, many new year’s resolutions focus on body image, from weight loss to increased flexibility, or perhaps something more specific such as completing your first pull-up or summiting a mountain. We are here for the fitness resolutions that make us feel good and build strength. We are also here for body positivity and loving ourselves and our changing bodies through the journey. Shannon Rock, a talented photographer based out of Stockton, started a body positivity project to celebrate women and their bodies, and even embrace what makes them different. This is a new way of looking at ourselves, and it doesn’t rebuke the desire to grow, but it does place emphasis on finding acceptance and self-confidence, too. It has been one hell of a 2021, and we’re not too sad to say goodbye. So, let’s raise a glass and toast to a better 2021.

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LAST THOUGHTS THE HANGOVER New Year’s Eve is over, and we all may be paying the consequences now. Our content focuses on the stuff you want to know in January 2021, from boosting your health with a clean routine from Artesian Natural Foods to how to actually cure that massive hangover in The Party’s Over, Now What?

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For Kerri Shiozawa, food is power. A licensed pastor, guiding others through their spiritual and emotional healing processes has always been a part of Kerri’s life. However, her interest in physical wellness began in 2005, when she experienced a collapse in her health that led her to embark on her own healing journey. “I found myself going back and forth to my conventional doctor and the answers were all medication, medication, medication,” she recalls. Hoping to find a more desirable and longlasting solution, Kerri turned her focus to learning everything she could about alternative healing practices. Her digging, which included the discovery of the healing power of herbs, Chinese medicine, holistic practices, and Ayurveda, not only gave her >> SJMAG.COM

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“Real food, the things that were given to us by nature, are actually powerful tools for healing. I think it was Hippocrates—the founder of modern medicine—who said, ‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,’” –Kerri Shiozawa

the agency to restore her own health but also resulted in her fascination with the possibilities of natural medicine. “That’s what led me to the schooling I went to and led me to a very fulfilling practice,” she says. Eager to broaden her understanding of natural medicine, Kerri began training as a naturopath through the Trinity School of Natural Health, where

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she studied countless dietary theories and lifestyle management techniques. Kerri says her educational experiences transformed the way she views food. “Real food, the things that were given to us by nature, are actually powerful tools for healing. I think it was Hippocrates—the founder of modern medicine—who said, ‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,’” she shares. “Through being able to learn about the nutrient density

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understanding how of different foods, and to nourish our bodies actually begin to apply properly is the only that in my life, my body way to true, long-lasting healed itself.” healing. “There’s never Upon finding success in a magic pill,” Kerri says. her own wellness journey, “There are wonderful Kerri felt compelled to supplements that help share her newfound us along the way, but it knowledge with others. really is learning to honor Equipped with her the gift of food—real, expertise and passion nutrient dense food— to make a difference, that gives our body what she opened Superit takes to heal itself. UWellness, a health Because that’s what we and wellness center in were created to do, heal Manteca that specializes ourselves.” in naturopathy, weight Kerri’s holistic loss, health coaching, and approach to healing has colon hydrotherapy. impressed clients and As a health coach, doctors alike. One of Kerri helps her clients her clients’ physicians identify the root cause even reached out to her of their issues and begin to learn more about her the process of healing methods, fascinated that themselves. She first the patient was losing guides them through a weight and healing detox that eliminates without the help of any inflammatory foods. mainstream diets or “When we attack that medication. inflammation, when we Kerri hopes to continue cause the body to go outreach to the medical after that inflammation community to be a and use it as a source of resource for doctors energy, what happens is and their patients who weight melts off, body are struggling with systems come into order, their health. She also we see liver health enjoys working with improve, and we see small businesses and sugar numbers balance corporations, recently out. It’s miraculous. And participating in PG&E’s it’s all food-based,” Kerri first virtual health and explains. safety fair. However, Kerri While many of Kerri’s says the most rewarding clients come to her with part of her job is seeing weight loss goals, she renewed confidence in says her primary focus her clients. “We’ve seen is getting people healthy. so many success stories However, in the process from people being healed of getting people healthy, emotionally because they often experience of their confidence, weight loss—along with returning or calling in myriad of other benefits, tears, saying, ‘Before I such as increased energy came to you, I literally felt and improved mental like I was dying, focus. that I didn’t While have a lot of embarking on EMBARK ON YOUR time left,’” Kerri this wellness OWN JOURNEY: says. “Those journey can be Super-UWellness 425 E. Center St., Ste. 1, testimonies challenging, Manteca keep us doing Kerri (209) 603.5184 what we do.” believes that


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A Clean Routine LET ARTESIAN NATURAL FOODS HELP YOU LIVE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE  BY ANGELA RUDOLPH / D DAN HOOD Living a healthy, clean lifestyle starts at Artesian Natural Foods not with a generic one-size-fits-all mentality, but instead with a personalized, holistic view of your unique body and circumstances. Each person has their own set of challenges and although the owner, Leslie Brennan, is technically a merchant, her goal is not to sell products. She’d rather engage with her customers and help them discover new knowledge and skills to assist them in living well. While there are products she couldn’t live without, like L-Theanine—a supplement she refers to as a game-changer—everyone is built differently.

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We each have our own medical needs and history and our own healthy-living goals. Leslie and her dedicated staff at Artesian always start with asking the customers why they want to live “healthier,” since that term means something different to each of us. Some people are looking to reduce anxiety or to sleep better. Some people are looking to lose weight. No matter what the reason is, the employees at Artesian Natural Foods work with customers to drill down into the causes of the challenges they are facing. There is no magic-bullet, but there are products that can help to support healthier life choices regardless of circumstance. Staff also takes it upon themselves to encourage customers to make small, manageable changes that will stick. For example, bread can be packed with flour that quickly transforms to sugar in our bodies. Instead of cutting it out or reducing the amount, simply replace it with a version made with sprouted grain. Sprouted grain bread has more protein and fiber and less carbohydrates. Making these simple changes to healthier alternatives can lead you to physically feel better quickly, all it takes is a little hardwork and knowhow.

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better you 2021’S TOP 10 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS: Eat healthier Exercise more Lose weight Spend more time with friends & family Save money Improve at work Quit smoking Reduce job stress Spend less time on social media Drink less (Source: Statista. com)

WHY RESOLUTIONS FAIL: Over committing Vague goals Loss of motivation

REAL RESOLUTIONS for a BETTER 2021 SET GOALS AND STICK TO THEM  BY FAITH LEWIS Good-bye 2021 and good riddance. In 2021, we’re going to do better – starting by keeping those New Year’s resolutions. Sure, we said that last year (and the year before), but this time we mean it. It starts with optimism. Of the 50 plus percent of Americans who set resolutions every January 1st, people stick with it, on average, a measly 32 days. That’s pretty mediocre when you consider that it can take 66 to 254 days for some habits to take hold. What’s worse? According to the New York Post, one in seven Americans never really believe they’ll keep their resolutions in the first place and 52 percent of failed resolutions are blamed on a lack of self-discipline. Another 43 percent point to busy schedules. This year, set goals you’re motivated to achieve, build in incentives, and find what actually motivates you. Remember, the goals you set are to better yourself, but getting others involved can help hold you accountable and keep you motivated in that lull between the excitement wearing off and your goal turning into a habit.

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Forget two birds, one stone. Tackle all three issues with one tactic: set three very clear goals for yourself. One should be easily achieved, one moderately difficult, and one challenging. An easy win early in the year will keep you motivated to accomplish your loftier goals and keep up the momentum. Expert Tip: Break large resolutions down into short term goals to create an ongoing sense of accomplishment.

Millennial Motivation: 47 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds and 38 percent of 25 to 34-year-olds set New Year’s resolutions in 2021, compared to only 18 percent of people 55 and older. (Source: Statista.com)

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SMALL BUSINESS MARATHON ISAIAH STOWERS ENCOURAGED SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT WHILE RUNNING 26.2 MILES AROUND STOCKTON  BY NORA HESTON TARTE / D @ITSCABATIAN

COVID-19 held the power to decimate Stockton when it made its presence known in our community back in February. Shutdowns and restrictions as well as political unrest and demonstrations have led many businesses to not only shutter their doors, but to board up their windows, too. But COVID-19 is responsible for something else, as well. Back in November 2019, Isaiah Stowers, an eighth grade science teacher from Stockton and owner of Stowers Does it All, fell in love with running. But COVID took away his races, and as a result, Isaiah started running virtual events with a company

tough times,” Isaiah says. He dubbed the event the Small Business Marathon. On October 19, Isaiah took off, starting at Elkhorn Country Club and ending at Trinity Parkway, drawing attention to more than 35 businesses along the way. It all started with a phone call to The Healthy Spot when Isaiah asked owners to act as a water station for his run. He made more calls to childhood favorite Robby’s Bicycles and the site of his previous employer, Moo Moo’s Burger Barn. Once he had enough businesses committed, he created a 26.2 mile running path that would pass every single business

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that he had reached out to, called Medal Dash, in large or that had reached out to part to keep his sanity while him. The entire run cost sheltering in place. him $6.39—the price of the After some 5Ks, 10Ks, finishing tape Isaiah purand a half marathon, chased on Amazon. Isaiah stepped up to the “Everything came togethultimate challenge—a full er based on the connection marathon—but in order to of the community, and that complete it virtually, he’d [makes] the message of have to map out his own the marathon so incredibly 26.2-mile route, complete clear,” he says. “We are with water stations, a one community.” Friends starting point, and a finish rode alongside Isaiah on line. He also wanted the bikes and offered him encontent to stand out on couragement as he ran. At his YouTube channel, but the finish line, Isaiah was what in Stockton could he greeted by his wife and showcase? That’s when nine-month-old daughter, the idea to highlight local an ABC10 news van, and mom and pop businesses a well-deserved meal of took hold. “I wanted to tacos from food remind the people of our city to truck Tacos La WATCH THE RACE acknowledge the Palmita, where VIDEO: amazing people spectators feastYouTube: Stowers Does It All trying to stay ed alongside IsaIG: @stowersdoesitall afloat during these iah.

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NATIONAL BUBBLE BATH DAY IS JAN. 8  BY NORA HESTON TARTE January 8 marks National Bubble Bath Day and we can only think of one way to properly celebrate. We’ve rounded up some of the best products— sold locally—to elevate your evening self-care session. So, run the water, grab a glass of your favorite Lodi vino, and get ready to sink to your earlobes in a cozy tub bursting with calming aromas and soothing extras.

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CBD RELAXING SCENTED CANDLE Boxwood Finch Elizabeth W cucumber perfume candle, $30 The key to choosing a bath time candle to burn while you dip in a hot tub is picking a scent that evokes relaxation. At Boxwood Finch, this soy candle is specially formulated to hold aromas, so you’ll be able to fully enjoy the crisp cucumber scent with a hint of sweetness for as long as you feel like soaking. 606 W. Lockeford St., Lodi

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Sheri’s Sonshine Nutrition Center Serenity Fast Acting Topical Roller (10ml), $30 Sink into that bath a little lower and really let all of the stress of the day melt off. This CBD roller absorbs fast and acts quick, fortified with 300mg of full spectrum hemp extract. Roll a little on the nape of your neck, or another area that won’t hit the water right away at the beginning of your bath. 6 N. School St., Lodi

BUBBLE BATH French at Heart Mistral Foam Bath in White Flowers (250ml), $20 Don’t forget this key ingredient. The rich gel foams ever so gently in the bath and offers scents of organic chamomile that linger long after bath time is done. 16 N. School St., Lodi

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French at Heart Finchberry Fizzy Salt Soak in Sweet Dreams, $19 This luxurious combination of bath bomb and dead sea salt softens skin while also bringing a stillness to your bath with aromas of lavender and vanilla. The texture even adds a hint of fizz to the tub, complementing the bubbles. 16 N. School St., Lodi


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THE PARTY’S OVER, NOW WHAT? THESE OLD WIVES TALES PROBABLY AREN’T

MUCH GOOD TO YOU  BY FAITH LEWIS

So, you got a little too excited to bid farewell to 2021 and finally welcome the New Year. Who could blame you? But before you reach for a bottle of Tylenol – or another bottle of booze – you should take a look at these common hangover myths.

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MYTH: HAIR OF THE DOG

MYTH: LIQUOR BEFORE BEER

Shorthand for “the hair of the dog that bites you,” this would-be hangover cure references a once popular belief that you could cure rabies with a concoction made from the hair of the dog that bit you. Applied to drinking, the idea is pretty simple: just drink more! But this boozy iteration won’t do you too much good – not for long anyway. Hangover symptoms start when your blood alcohol content nears zero again, so by drinking more you are only putting off the inevitable, and that headache could return with a vengeance.

There’s no evidence that changing the order of your drinks will help you avoid a hangover. This myth likely originated from a basic understanding of how our bodies process alcohol. Since carbonated drinks like beer or sparkling wine can irritate the stomach, there is some evidence that they may be absorbed faster. However, more likely it’s a question of how much you drink, not the order of your drinks.

MYTH: POP SOME PILLS BEFORE BED You really shouldn’t. First, over-the-counter painkillers only last a few hours, so taking them before bed means they’ll have worn off before you even wake up. Second, and more importantly, acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) becomes toxic when mixed with alcohol and can do some serious damage to your liver. Instead, wait until morning and then take Ibuprofen.

SO, WHAT WORKS? Truth is, once you realize you’re hungover, it’s too late to do much about it. Still, there are a few ways to avoid getting there in the first place. Alcohol does dehydrate you, but that is not the cause of your hangover, which means a bottle of water won’t cure it. However, drinking water leading up to and throughout the night can help you avoid a hangover. Same goes for food. Eating after drinking is good for one thing: killing those cravings. But if you want to “soak up the alcohol,” you’re better off eating before you start drinking. And the one sure fire way to avoid a hangover? Everything in moderation.


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family to celebrate our holiday traditions. We are reminded of the things that are truly important and give meaning to our lives. During this season, we are especially grateful for the relationships we share with the people and the communities we have the pleasure of serving. From the entire Bank of Stockton family, we thank you and we wish you a Happy New Year.

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3 WAYS PLANKING BOOSTS YOUR MOOD THIS EXERCISE HAS THE POWER TO MAKE YOU HAPPIER  BY NORA HESTON TARTE Feeling a little down? Especially in the midst of a pandemic, who can blame you? Luckily, there’s a fast way to give your mood a boost, and it only takes sixty seconds. Exercise in general is good for your mental well-being. Breaking a sweat, for example, releases endorphins. Jackie Kiegley, fitness and group exercise director at Twin Arbors Private Sports, says exercise is an integral part of happiness and can promote feelings of happiness. Exercise also promotes increased mobility and can reduce physical pain, all of which makes you feel better overall.

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Accomplishment feels good. A plank is an exercise that is easy to use for tracking progress. If you’ve never done a plank before, or if you don’t exercise regularly, start small. Hold the plank position and focus on keeping the body in a straight line, without raising the booty up too high. At first, hold the position for just 15-20 seconds at a time and repeat the process three times per session. As core strength builds, increase time increments; one minute is pretty standard for holding a plank. From there, increase the frequency, duration, and/or repetitions. If this doesn’t feel like enough of a challenge, add weights. A partner can place a circular weight plate on the back to help promote muscle engagement and build strength.

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LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER SHANNON ROCK CHALLENGES BODY IMAGE NORMS IN PA S S I O N P R O J E C T  BY NORA HESTON TARTE / D SHANNON LEA ROCK, PRESERVE STUDIO

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At 39 years young, Shannon Rock is a strong, confident, and successful woman. She is a proud business owner, a celebrated photographer, a partner in a thriving, loving relationship, a generous daughter, and a friend. However, this wasn’t always the case. Up until recently—and sometimes even still—Shannon has struggled with aging. “I am starting to grieve the loss of youthful beauty,” Shannon says. “I have been plagued with a terrible fear of getting ‘old’ because society rarely calls older women beautiful.” It’s not just one feature—it’s the whole of them. As women, aging doesn’t carry the same graces as it does for men. Our breasts may sag after childbirth, our legs get cellulite, crow’s feet appear, and our necks begin to wrinkle. Even the texture of our skin begins to morph in a way that signals an impending doom (thank you beauty industry!). “I can’t tell you how many times as a photographer I am asked to edit out these ‘imperfections’ and it breaks my heart,” Shannon says. Shannon, a former model herself, has started to feel the pressures of perfection in her own image. She has struggled to embrace the lines on her face, thinning hair, flabby arms for all the world to see every time she raises a camera to her face. And her same insecurities were echoed in the subjects of her photographs, women asking Shannon to edit them to look younger, more, dare we say, beautiful? “I so intensely have wanted to band together with other women and redefine what beauty really means,” Shannon says. It was that desire coupled with a chance meeting of a photo subject who had

recently undergone a breast implant removal after double mastectomy—she is now flat chested and scarred after 17 surgeries, but also beautiful, bold, and owning her unconventional, yet still womanly body—that jump started a passion project Shannon had wanted to pursue for years. (The subject’s name is Tara Heinzen, see the San Joaquin Magazine October 2021 issue for her full story). Tara’s story coupled with Shannon’s past, which includes an abusive relationship in her 20s that ended in a broken arm and a final awakening that proved to Shannon her worth, a childhood filled with ridicule and violent bullying that fed an unhealthy need to be liked by others, a lack of confidence inside of herself even as she pursued a career in the arts and dabbled in modeling, and a tragic and sudden loss of her father at a young age toiled together before it manifested into this revealing and empowering opportunity Shannon created for herself— a photography book celebrating new norms of beauty and the women who are fierce enough to speak out and speak up for those everywhere struggling to see their own worth and magnificence. With Shannon behind the lens, these fine art portraits will be styled either high-fashion, intense or offbeat, creating dramatic editorial imagery that evokes the emotions portrayed by these brave, vulnerable, and strong subjects as they show off their bodies lived in, born this way, or just plain different from society’s most accepted ideals of beauty. “I am taking this moment to hopefully open some eyes and hearts, to those women

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HEALING THROUGH ART STOCKTON CERAMIC ARTIST’S BREAST CANCER EXPERIENCE INSPIRES NEW DESIGN  BY NORA HESTON TARTE / D SHANNON LEA ROCK

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and men who feel weakened by the pressures of society’s definition of beautiful, those who feel different about their imperfectly perfect bodies, or think that those wrinkles and signs of age aren’t stunning depictions of the wisdom you have, to be raw, to be open, and to declare, you are beautiful just as you are,” Shannon says.

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STRENGTH THROUGH BATTLE

Many women struggle to accept themselves. Physical features, whether it’s the size of their nose or their body, a skin condition they were born with or a limb difference they obtained later in life, can threaten the very core of what being a woman is. It can also make women question their own beauty and desirability to others. But it seems that many women outspoken about breaking these norms have endured something deep and meaningful to find clarity, and through that fight they have emerged victorious and better than they were before. Tatum Turner was diagnosed with stage 2B breast cancer just before her 40th birthday, a diagnoses that took her mother when Tatum was just 14 years old. For 26 years, Tatum lived in fear of developing cancer. “Being a woman with breast cancer has shaped my idea of beauty because it can distort everything that society feels is beautiful,” she says. Tatum is African American, and like most ethnic women, she has dense breast tissue, which has been associated with a higher risk of breast cancer. Currently undergoing chemotherapy and with surgery on the docket, Tatum’s body is changing. She utilized cold cap services— a close-fitting silicone cap that cools the scalp during treatments— during infusion appointments, trying desperately to keep her hair. Throughout the years, with braids, perms, press and curls, weaves, wigs, and more, Tatum was very attached to her hair. But when it started coming out in long strands, she saw no other choice but to part ways with it. “One Saturday evening I discovered that I am not my hair and the weight

TATUM of my problems and strife left on that day,” she says. “All the worries and the trauma of being a dark skinned black girl left me and I felt inspired, light, redeemed, and happiness of just being me…. When my 12-year-old looked at me and said ‘Mama, you are so beautiful,’ everything that concerned me left and I was ready to rock my perfectly shaped head.”

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REBECCA breast cancer. The diagnoses came at 31 years old when her third son was just eight months old. An attempt to fight the cancer naturally didn’t work, and she underwent numerous treatments for cancer that had metastasized to her liver, abdomen, spine, pelvis, and brain. She is currently cancer-free. As a result of her port, a necessity to receive life-saving drugs, Rebecca developed a pronounced scar near her collarbone. She remembers coming home from the hospital, not far from death. “I came home after nearly dying; very jaundice, skeletal, and sick looking. I said to my mom ‘I look so ugly,’” Rebecca recalls. Other moments of insecurity have crept in, too. But between three births and a battle with cancer, Rebecca reminds herself that her body has been through hell and back, and that is beautiful.

“I came home after nearly dying; very jaundice, skeletal, and sick looking. I said to my mom ‘I look so ugly,’” Rebecca

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Anne-Allyce George was in her 20s when she noticed a tiny spot on her left hand. At first, she assumed it was a scar that would fade, but instead of getting smaller, it began to grow. Anne-Allyce had vitiligo, a rare condition where the skin loses pigment cells and creates the appearance of light-colored spots. Since Anne-Allyce’s skin was already pale, she didn’t feel the spots were too noticeable, until they began to pop up in new places. “The skin around my nails started to change (lighten), and I got a spot the size of a dime in the very center of my décolletage. That spot has grown to the size of a pear,” she shares. One of the most common reactions she gets from strangers is asking what methods she’s tried to fix her “spots.” Her response? Her vitiligo is nothing that needs to be fixed. While some women begin to struggle with confidence and physical beauty as they age or undergo a traumatic event, others’ experiences start young, and can be even more difficult to cope with. As a teenager, Shyla Pinkins attempted suicide twice. She was depressed, and as a full-figured African American girl, felt like she didn’t fit in. “I’d say I still struggle with being treated differently because of my body. I feel like it stems from stereotypes that claim that fat people are sloppy, smell bad, and just overall lazy. None of which I am,” she says. The bullying Shyla endured came from the usual suspects—kids at school—but she also felt judged by people in her life who should be lifting her up, whether it was intentional or not. As a child, Shyla hated doctor’s appointments. Her pediatrician pointblank would call her fat and recommend extremely restrictive diets to help Shyla slim down. Her grandmother once offered to pay her one dollar per pound she lost as encouragement to shed some weight, which made Shyla feel like something was wrong with her, even though she wasn’t in pain and didn’t feel physically ill.

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Today, Shyla still struggles with being different, but now it’s more about how others treat her than how she treats herself, although her insecurities aren’t all in the past. Dating, she says, can be difficult, as she often finds herself friend-zoned. “I’ve been rejected many times, in many aspects in my life because of my size,” Shyla says. “I’ve been picked last and just flat out told I couldn’t do certain things because I couldn’t fit the outfits.” Constantly told she was too big to dress like other girls and that she should avoid short dresses, swimsuits, tank tops, and other feminine clothes based on her size, all of Shyla’s ideals surrounding beauty have been consistently challenged.


BUILDING CONFIDENCE

“Every time I turn on the television, open the magazine, or even browsing the internet, society’s standards of beauty tell me I’m not beautiful,” Shyla says. Over the years she’s been able to build confidence and practice selflove. “It has taken a lot of time, patience, and hard work to change my mindset. I still have to tell myself every day I am beautiful, I am loved, and I am strong.” Self-love is an ongoing journey for Shyla, and it isn’t a perfect one. She has her moments of feeling rejected still but focusing on her daily affirmations helps. She holds back criticism of her own body and replaces the negative thoughts with positive thoughts and ideas. “I do struggle with my confidence at moments, but I put my head up higher and make my back straighter and push through those moments,” Shyla says. After shaving her head, Tatum began to accept her new look. Bodies continuously change and with more treatment and surgery on the horizon, Tatum’s physical journey is far from over. She says learning a new body can be both depressing and liberating. “My ideals surrounding beauty have definitely changed because I feel so naturally beautiful and I feel like I’m so thankful to be just be alive,” Tatum says. “The extreme measure I took to find beauty seem shallow now and shedding the stress of what society places on women to be beautiful is no longer part of my regimen.” For Tatum, her ability to find peace in her evolving appearance is rooted in faith. Pushing negativity out is the key to inner confidence, as is the reminder to be gentle with herself. “I find comfort in myself and that’s the best confidence you can have because it’s hard to spend time with your worst critic,” says Tatum. Rebecca, too, donned a bald head. “I was bald-bald for a good five months,” she recalls. For her, it was the inability to blend in that made her feel self-conscious. She was rocking the bald look, all praise from those closest to her and sweet reminders of just how beautiful she was from her husband, but the new look was captivating, and everyone took notice. She had to get comfortable with not being able to blend in. In the beginning, Anne-Allyce says she was embarrassed by her changing skin. Her acceptance—now ten years in the making— wasn’t immediate. Eventually, however, instead of shying away from the attention her skin called to her, she began to embrace it.

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“Once I realized that it wasn’t going anywhere and it’s what my skin was going to look like for the rest of my life, I didn’t feel uncomfortable anymore,” Anne-Allyce says. Most of her moments of insecurity stemmed from wanting to look like everyone else. The dreaded Instagram scroll would turn up photos of women with flawless skin, and Anne-Allyce would feel pricks of envy. The feeling, luckily, was fleeting. “I enjoy being different and having skin that looks like no one else’s,” Anne-Allyce says. “If you think about it, even others with vitiligo don’t have the same spots as mine. My spots are completely unique to me... that’s pretty cool!”

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bucking the attachment to those physical attributes she used to find so important. “You can rewrite your story and create your own definition of beauty,” Tatum says. Working on her inner self is most important now—that and focusing on her health. Instead of fighting the hair loss, the scars, and the side effects, Tatum has chosen to fight the cancer. She’s embracing her bold new look and seeing her bald head as a sign of beauty and resilience. “You can’t change your journey, but you can make it better.” Anne-Allyce learned to love her vitiligo by accepting it as part of who she is, and that’s the same tactic she applies to the rest of her changing body. Turning 30 triggered a lot of physical changes in Anne-Allyce—an idea most women are familiar with. “I find myself constantly longing for what once was. As time goes on, I look at past pictures of myself


and wish I looked the way I did last year or several years ago,” she says. Ultimately, she has chosen to focus on what’s inside to shine a light that will illuminate her outsides. Acceptance does not mean you will not struggle still; it doesn’t mean that your thoughts surrounding physical beauty are one hundred percent healthy and you’re cured from self-criticism, but it does mean you’re working to love yourself. “What makes me beautiful is all of me inside and out, from my kind and giving heart; my goofy, blunt, and opinionated personality; all the way to the outer me: my eyes, my lips, my size, and my big hair,” Shyla says. “As a woman you are always under pressure to be thin, to be pretty, to be stylish, to be nice, and to be everything for everyone at some point in time. It took me until recently to figure out what I like, what I think it’s beautiful, and that it’s okay for that to

be many different things.” While it’s important that selflove and beauty come from within, sometimes we need the support of others to pull ourselves out of a dark place or embrace a new image. Rebecca had always valued scars. On others she found them glorious stories of a life lived, so she didn’t struggle too much with the bold new accessory on her skin. Other ways her body changed, however, were a struggle, and the gentle reminders of her beauty from others—friends who said they liked her no-hair look, her husband’s reminders that he found her attractive, reassurance ¬-from her own mother—helped her accept her changing form and become comfortable in her new skin. Shannon, too, has learned to value her scars—both physical and emotional. Instead of letting them hold her back, she embraces them, let’s them make her better. She feels

pain every time she holds a heavy camera, something left over from the broken elbow that never fully healed. But Shannon won’t let the pain someone else gave her hold her back. It’s her message to the world that she can’t be stopped. Today, Shannon’s scars remind her to push forward. “I am strong, determined, and confident. Something I wasn’t before.” Shannon’s emotional scars are more prominent, echoed in the way she chooses to live her life every day, letting them humble her and expose perfection for the myth it is. She’s given herself her own scars, too—etchings to honor the pain of the past. These are her tattoos, one of which is prominent in her company logo; a semicolon to signal the emotional pain that comes with losing a loved one to suicide—in this case her father—and the survivors suicide leaves behind, like herself.

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For Anne-Allyce, being a mother—her daughters are 11 and 7—Is another piece of the puzzle when it comes to self-acceptance. Much as people ask Anne-Allyce how she will fix her vitiligo, she wants her daughters to know that their differences are not something to be changed. She calls it a wildly necessary lesson for young girls. “You don’t need to be ‘fixed’ just because you look different or not ‘normal.’ You are who you are and that is beautiful!” Ultimately Anne-Allyce wants her daughters to grow up with the influences and resources to form their own opinions on everything, including beauty, and to embrace their own natural attributes may it be vitiligo or curly hair. “This is such an amazing time to raise a daughter because women all over the world are making history every day and showing my girls that there are no limits to their potential.” While cancer changed Rebecca’s outside, it also gave her a new perspective on life. Her insides, perhaps, morphed even more. “It’s made me more thankful for life, health, relationships, motherhood,” Rebecca says of cancer. “It’s made me more empathetic and intentional about loving others. I can be a barer of hope and encouragement to those that may be facing the scariest thing in their lives.” Shyla sees the merits of Shannon’s project. She hopes Redefining Beauty will become a source of self-love and acceptance for other women struggling with their physical appearance. “I will tell other women... honey you are beautiful in any size and if you can’t see that, you need to open your eyes. Love yourself, every inch and every pound. Love yourself now because tomorrow isn’t promised.” “Over the course of the next year, I will be looking to uplift and showcase courageous people of all genders, colors, backgrounds, and sizes. I want to raise awareness and change the face of beauty in this world,” Shannon says. It was originally her goal to focus the project on women and the harsh beauty pressures we face, but through development, Shannon has decided to incorporate stories from men, transgender individuals, the LGBTQ community, and more. Her goal is to produce eye-catching photo spreads accompanied by personal stories that redefine what it means to be beautiful in today’s society for everyone, and to help people find the acceptance she has found, and is still pursuing, in her own journey.


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Creekside Center is a skilled nursing facility located in Stockton, CA. Our center has an attractive warm atmosphere in a neighborhood setting. Patients and family can stroll the beautiful courtyards and sit in the lounge by the fire. At Creekside Center, we offer select menus and snacks in dining rooms with a garden setting. The facility offers in-house therapy 7 days a week in our Rehab Recovery Suites. All care is patient-centered and promotes independence The goal is to return our patients to good health and spirit.

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The sights, smells, and flavors of a well-loved garden are good for your soul, reducing stress and even building self-esteem. But more than that, gardening is good for your body, helping people get that daily dose of vitamin D, improving motor function, and burning calories. For seniors, however, this seemingly low-impact pastime can be surprisingly strenuous. Luckily, it is possible to adapt and thrive—just like your garden! SJMAG.COM

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good life GET ON MY LEVEL Working on the ground can be hard on the knees and back. Invest in an adjustable ergonomic kneeler that can double as a seat or, better yet, bring the gardening to you. Pot plants at your workbench, have raised beds installed, or consider vertical planting: options range from tall potting fixtures to walls of live plants.

WEEDS, WEEDS GO AWAY Lay weed cloth and mulch to avoid unwelcome garden guests and the need to spend hours weeding. With these tips, any weeds that do manage to get in will be easier to pluck.

FORGET THE HEAVY LIFTING Working with pots can be another great alternative to keep you off the ground but avoid heavy terracotta pots that are awkward to carry and can strain your back easily. Opt instead for those made from lightweight resin, fiberglass, or fiberstone.

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REACH FOR THE SUN Yes, this is advice for the gardener, not just the garden: a quick stretch before and after gardening can get your blood flowing and help you avoid minor injuries.

START AT THE KITCHEN COUNTER Sounds counter-intuitive to recommend gardening inside, but January is the perfect time to give those seeds a head start in your kitchen window and a good way to ease yourself into the gardening season. Plus, staying out of the cold can help stave off sticky joints and related injuries.


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CHEERS TO HEALTH BEST EXERCISES FOR ACTIVE SENIORS  BY DEIRDRE CARLSON No matter your age, it’s important to keep in mind exactly what you want and need to get out of your workout. Focus on these top workouts designed specifically to help build strength, stay mobile, and improve balance.

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There’s a reason swimming is called the world’s perfect exercise. Whether you’re performing the breaststroke or playing Marco Polo with the grandkids, getting in the pool is a great way to increase your fitness while also strengthening your muscles. It does all this while putting minimal stress on your bones. According to Jackie Kiegley, fitness and group exercise director at Twin Arbors Private Sports Club, “the natural buoyancy of the water takes the load off of your joints.” As if that isn’t enough reason to jump in, the indoor pool at Twin Arbors is kept at a perfect 90°F – ideal for an aqua therapy class, regardless of time of year.

Yoga helps build muscle strength, core stability, and total-body mobility, all of which are important for the active, mature adult population. And while yoga is low-impact and gentle on your body’s joints, it’s still weight-bearing, which is vital to strengthening not just your muscles, but also your bones. With the addition of the chair, you can do poses seated or standing to meet your body’s needs.

One out of every three older adults experiences severe muscle loss. Fortunately, you don’t have to bench press a ton of weight to keep muscles healthy and prevent fat gain. Simple bodyweight exercises such as chair squats, single-leg stands, wall push-ups and stair climbing will do a great job at keeping your body strong and ready to tackle everyday activities. SilverSneakers Fitness classes offered at Twin Arbors are a great way to get started with increasing muscle strength and range of movement.

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 Creekside Center Creekside Center is a skilled nursing facility located in Stockton, CA. Our center has an attractive warm atmosphere in a neighborhood setting. Patients and family can stroll the beautiful courtyards and sit in the lounge by the fire. At Creekside Center, we offer select menus and snacks in dining rooms with a garden setting. The facility offers in-house therapy 7 days a week in our Rehab Recovery Suites. All care is patient-centered and promotes independence. The goal is to return our patients to good health and spirit. CREEKSIDE CENTER 9107 N Davis Road | Stockton

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THOUGH THE WORLD HAS CHANGED, our commitment to the health and well-being of our participants has never been stronger. We’ve shifted to an in home model of care, delivering internet connected tablets to all participants to help them stay connected to our medical team and staying engaged through games and social activities. When in-person care is required, it’s done by a single caregiver in the home whenever possible, minimizing potential exposures to Covid-19. We continue to enroll new participants, helping keep seniors healthy and thriving while also physically distanced to prevent the spread of the virus. For more information about our program, visit stocktonpace.com.

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 Community Hospice For nearly 40 years, Community Hospice has provided compassionate and quality medical and nursing care, services, and resources to terminally ill patients and their loved ones free of charge. Community Hospice believes no one should face their journey alone, and provides medical care, education, emotional, and spiritual support for terminally ill patients and their loved ones regardless of their ability to pay. Today, Community Hospice also offers patient services and programs for those in Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Merced, Calaveras, Mariposa, Tuolumne, and parts of Contra Costa, Sacramento, Alameda, and Santa Clara counties. COMMUNITY HOSPICE 2431 W. March Ln., Suite 100, Stockton (209) 477-6300; Toll Free: (866) 645-4567 HospiceHeart.org SJMAG.COM

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 O’Connor Woods There’s never been a better time to join the O’Connor Woods Life Plan community! While the safety and well-being of our residents has always been a top priority, our dedicated team members have implemented creative solutions to help them stay engaged and connected. Independent living residents are able to come and go from the community as they please, and with so many opportunities to rediscover themselves and the things that bring them joy, our newest residents say they feel like they’ve embarked on a grand adventure. For more information about life at O’Connor Woods, call to schedule your tour today! O’CONNOR WOODS 3400 Wagner Heights Rd, Stockton (209) 956-3400 oconnorwoods.org

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The mission of Hospice of San Joaquin, a not-for-profit organization, is to provide comprehensive and compassionate medical care, counseling, and support to terminally ill patients and their families, regardless of ability to pay, they aim to educate and collaborate with healthcare providers and the public in promoting quality end-of-life care.

Hospice of San Joaquin has the only Hospice House in San Joaquin County with a 6-bed hospice inpatient facility. Hospice of San Joaquin believes that the end of life can be just as beautiful as the beginning. Hospice of San Joaquin has three offices to serve you: Stockton, Lodi, and Manteca. HOSPICE OF SAN JOAQUIN 3888 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 957-3888 HospiceSJ.org

 Nurse Next Door Home Care Services The "silver tsunami" is on its way, and Nurse Next Door is at the front lines of improving the aging process. Nurse Next Door is an in-home care services agency that serves the senior population. What makes Nurse Next Door different is our philosophy on celebrating aging by offering a WOW experience. We offer 24/7 service, where anyone calling in will be greeted by a live operator. We strive to make lives better by offering different levels of care while promoting independence by helping seniors stay in their homes. Our services include companionship, housekeeping, meal preparation, bathing, and medication reminders. NURSE NEXT DOOR HOME CARE SERVICES Elk Grove & Lodi Kiran Samran Cell: 916.524.7020 24/7: 916.900.CARE (2273) kiran.samran@nursenextdoor.com


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WINTER ON THE COAST  BY NORA HESTON TARTE

THE CENTRAL COAST OFFERS COZY COMFORTS FOR THE CHILLY SEASON

Winter may have most running indoors to give into the hygge lifestyle, but if you have adventure in your heart, January offers a swell of outdoor activities for those that won’t let a little rain get them down. On the Central Coast, along Highway 1 Discovery Route, the temperatures stay moderate even in winter, and outdoor excursions don’t shut down for the season. Plus, local businesses cater to the cozy with fireplaces and comfort food. So, take a drive down the scenic coast and dive into a world full of excitement.

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If you want to extend your trip, combine this itinerary with the one published in our July 2019 issue. The two routes connect to offer a full week of exploration.

LOS OSOS/BAYWOOD After you cruise into town, take it easy. The small communities of Los Osos and Baywood are your oyster, brimming with gorgeous views of rugged bluffs and the roaring Pacific Ocean. Stretch your legs at Sweet Springs Nature Preserve, a halfmile trail winds around a river and ends at the Pacific Ocean. Along the way there is plenty of wildlife, including great horned owls, deer, California quail, and more, plus plaques boasting educational tidbits about the preserve. After you snap some photos, trek back to your car for a bite to eat. The parking area for Sweet Springs Nature Preserve is on the corner of Ramona Avenue and 4th Street

Noi & Doi’s 2nd Street Café is an unsuspecting gem. Situated near the water, the small eatery offers a patio by the Avila Boardwalk as well as take out when indoor dining is closed. If it’s chilly, grab goods to go. The Asian grub ranges from seafood stir fry to rice and protein dishes. If you’re looking for something a little easier, we recommend the tuna melt—a classic done extremely well. While you wait, enjoy the views, or take a little stroll around the neighborhood. 1325 2nd St., Los Osos On the way out, take a drive through the rolling hills on scenic Turri Road, just off Los Osos Valley Road.

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AVILA BEACH Just north of San Luis Obispo sits Avila Beach, a modern coastal town tucked into the curve of the San Luis Obispo Bay. Right on the water, Avila Beach Paddlesports, offers kayak and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) rentals. Staff give you a quick rundown before launching you off the dock into the ocean. We recommend paddling yourself down to the Port San Luis Lighthouse. The route will take you out amongst a gaggle of adorable, fuzzy sea otters before looping you under the dock (past a rowdy group of sea lions) and along the bluffs, where you’ll spot giant rocks decorated with entire families of pelicans that will take off if you get too close. In the distance you’ll see a small beach. Up the steps and along a paved path you’ll quickly reach the lighthouse, as well as a wooden tree swing that sweeps you out near the ocean, before trekking back to the shore. Wetsuits are available upon request for the two-hour excursion. 443915 Avila Beach Dr.

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After a morning on the water, explore the Bob Jones Trail. A five-mile, roundtrip walk, mostly shaded by a sycamore forest, will take you past a tidal estuary, Woodstone Market, and downtown Avila Beach. Break up the (approximately two hour) journey by pausing at Woodstone for lunch and a glass of wine. Start from the Ontario Road parking lot. Even in the colder months, Avila Valley Barn beckons families, couples, and friends to spend an afternoon on the farm. There are often hayrides and pony rides (though those have been temporarily suspended) as well as fresh barbecue food, a fruit stand, and sweet shoppe. As you stroll, grab fruits and veggies to taste along the way. 560 Avila Beach Dr. Spend the latter part of the day on the boardwalk. Though small, the Avila Pier has plenty to offer in the way of food, shops, and wine. We recommend a pre-dinner drink at Alapay Cellars Tasting Room, a chic corner spot garnering great views of downtown and worthy


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the private hot tub adorning your patio before tucking in for a cozy night next to the fire. A stay at the inn also grants guests discounts to several local attractions including tastings at the aforementioned Alapay Cellars, as well as wine at Ancient Peaks, ziplin-

people watching alongside the line-up of handcrafted and French oak-aged wines (415 1st St.). Then, stroll past the shops before landing at Ocean Grill. Here, your views of the water are best accompanied by fried calamari, endless bowls of clam chowder, and fresh fish entrees such as salmon served with sweet garlic broccolini and quinoa stir fry. 268 Front St. If the weather isn’t too nippy, bundle up for a stroll along the water before heading to your digs for the night. At Avila Village Inn, you’ll want to have a nightcap in

ing in Santa Margarita, and golf at the adjacent Avila Beach Golf Resort. 443915 Avila Beach Dr. Return to Woodstone Deli & Marketplace for a quick breakfast and toasty coffee before heading off on your next adventure. 6675 Bay Laurel Pl.

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MORRO BAY An early winter morning warrants a game of golf. Morro Bay Golf Course offers an affordable game on a public course—part of San Luis Obispo County’s trio of courses. The stunning scenery, however, is what makes Morro Bay a top pick in the area. Every hole proffers panoramic ocean views, bringing a sense of tranquility to even the most frustrating strokes. 201 State Park Rd.

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A highlight of time spent on the Central Coast’s southern stretch is a hike along the ocean bluffs at Montana De Oro State Park. There are several routes to take in the area, but if you’ve never been, we recommend the Bluff Trail. The 3.4-mile out and back path follows rugged coastline along a flat trailhead, winding along coves and offering stopoffs to walk down to the beach where you’ll find lively tidepools. There is no shortage of wildlife here, and the animals don’t come across shy, often hopping right next to the trail as if they are observing you. After a leisurely stroll, it’s time to check in at your accommodations

for the night. The Bee’s Knees Fruit Farm is a farm stay unlike any other. The sprawling property is bursting at the seams with rustic yet luxurious touches including a jetted tub overlooking the outdoors, enclosed vines where fresh fruit begs to be picked, and an ornate chandelier hanging over the outdoor dining table. Upstairs a fireplace fills the cozy living room and a chef’s kitchen welcomes cooks to whip up whatever they please. Bedrooms up and down make it a perfect place for a group stay. Downstairs, games and a TV room are prime for entertaining. Guests have the option to rent the entire property for themselves or choose one floor. 5840 Los Osos Valley Rd. We recommend spending the rest of your day tasting through the area’s wineries. Comfortable outdoor spaces make it easy to enjoy even while restrictions may be in place. At Tolosa Winery (4910 Edna Rd.), sip your way through the pinot noir and chardonnay lineup from Edna Valley on outdoor tables situated underneath the vines. Next, indulge in both the history—vines were originally planted in 1880 before prohibition forced owners to abandon the work— and the vino at Saucelito Canyon Tasting Room, where long benches on the cozy front lawn are perfect for sprawling out and enjoying the sips (3080 Biddle Ranch Rd.) End at Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards, a quaint local winery boasting brightly-decorated bottles housing killer varietals. Plus, flocks of peacocks that you can feed keep the winery dogs company. Expert Tip: Don’t leave without sampling the Red Delicious. 1947 See Canyon Rd.


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OCEANO If you really want to get your adrenaline pumping, don’t leave town without a stop at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area. The only drivable beach in California and the only drivable dune complex in the country is the perfect landscape for off-road vehicles and hosted dune-buggy tours. Or, explore on horseback. 1001 Cabrillo Hwy.

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Located about 30 minutes from San Luis Obispo, heading to the Santa Maria Valley is an excellent way to extend your trip. With landmarks made popular by award-winning movie The Hitching Post and plenty of wining and dining, it’s a worthy stop-off before heading home. It’s best to fuel up before visiting the area’s rural wineries. Stop by Moxie Café for a hearty lunch of sandwiches, salads, and more. Tucked away on an industrial stretch, the service is unparalleled, and a long patio offers plenty of seating for guests. It’s not uncommon for the owner to make her rounds, checking on patrons as they dine on the warm Santa Maria Sandwich—all-natural sliced Angus tri-tip, melted cheddar cheese, roasted red onions, and bacon—or a classic like the Coastal Croissant—turkey, mayo, sliced avocado, bacon, organic spring mix, and tomatoes, served on a buttery, flaky croissant. A nice touch is each menu item suggests a drink pairing to bring out the flavors, from local reds to fruity IPAs. 1317 West McCoy Ln. Next, make your way to the region’s best wineries. Foxen Winery specializes in pinot noirs, including some earthy, piedmont flavors you won’t find everywhere else. There is even a farm special that will make sense once you sip it. The real winner here is the grounds, all sweeping views of the rolling hills (7600 Foxen Canyon Rd.) Rancho Sisquoc Winery takes you to a hidden gem of a property. The winery dogs run free on the expansive

We’re willing to bet you’ve never heard of The Luffa Farm before. In fact, we’re willing to bet you didn’t know luffas—yes, those beige shower sponges—grow on a farm at all. Learn all about Chinese okra, male and female luffa plants, and how to peel your own on a complimentary tour. Intrigued? In the gift shop grab some seeds and start making your own. 1457 Willow Rd.

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lawn where lemon trees ripen in the sun. Sit for a while and enjoy a glass or bottle of exquisite wine, sipped out of over-sized, stemless glasses that barely fit in your hand. 6600 Foxen Canyon Rd. Whatever you do, don’t leave town with stopping into The Hitching Post in Casmalia. The original site of this famed restaurant has both indoor and outdoor dining, the latter of which sits under a canopy of twinkly lights. Take a walk around the property and snap photos on the wooden bridge that crosses the pond just steps from your seat. Here, dine on hearty entrees of medium-rare filet mignon, buttery Australian lobster tail, and combination plates with options such as quail, shrimp, and scallops. Pair with a local pinot and bask in the lush evening glow as you cheers with those around you. 3325 Point Sal Rd., Casmalia When you’re ready to turn in for the evening, check in to The Historic Santa Maria Inn. The ornate entry feels welcoming, while modern amenities including a hot tub and pool await you outside. Upstairs,

guest rooms in the historic building are over-sized and may proffer window seats. 801 S. Broadway Expert Tip: Absolutely do not leave Santa Maria without visiting Cups & Crumbs. Located in the quaint downtown of Orcutt complete with an old-timey feel, this modern bakery is anything but ordinary. In addition to a small indoor operation, the back patio provides plenty of seating for guests. Rustic charm oozes from every corner and there is an adorable food truck outside for those who want grab-and-go sweets, but the real standout here is the food. If you’re a sucker for avocado toast, order up one of the menu’s three specialties, or build your own. We also recommend grabbing a crepe—sweet or savory—and any of the menu’s gourmet coffees. 156 Broadway St., #B, Orcutt

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Tracy Thai has long been a family affair. “I grew up in the restaurant business, it’s just in my blood,” says Gesaranee, who goes by Gesa, the friendly face and co-owner of Tracy Thai. “After graduating with my business degree, I realized that I really enjoyed what I grew up doing and decided to help run the family business. At the center of Tracy Thai’s magic formula—the one that has kept the Asian eatery in business for 14 years—is the cuisine. “Thai food is very fresh, nothing is preserved,” Gesa says. “We cook with a lot of vegetables and use healthy ingredients like garlic, ginger, lemongrass, SJMAG.COM

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cravings and fresh herbs to flavor our food.” Those ingredients lend themselves to a healthful menu, one that can boost the immune system and promote overall well-being. It’s all in the ingredients. Lemongrass is an herb that gives off a citrus like scent and is thought to have antioxidant properties, as well as work as a natural fever reducer. Tamarind comes from a pod and is made into a paste. When used in cooking, it imparts a sweet and sour flavor. Its many health benefits include digestion assistance. Ginger is a spicy root that adds a warming element to food. It is thought to soothe the stomach and possess anti-inflammatory properties. All three of these ingredients are found often in Tracy Thai’s cuisine— helping customers feel good while they eat well. When it comes to lunch, Gesa recommends starting with the Grilled Prawns, her personal favorite, featuring jumbo prawns marinated in coconut sauce and grilled to perfection, followed by the Tracy Thai Salad, a refreshing salad made with lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, and a house made

basil dressing, before finishing with the Wonton Soup, cooked with homemade chicken dumplings, bok choy, spinach, carrots, chicken, and shrimp, sizzled in a warm chicken broth. For dinner, there are too many good options to only choose one. If you are in the mood for something comforting, the Pad Thai is delicious—classic rice noodles sautéed with bean sprouts, green onion, tamarind sauce, and your choice of beef, chicken, or prawns. Yellow Curry is another customer favorite made from scratch with potato, carrot, onion, chicken, yellow curry powder, and coconut milk, and served with the customer’s choice of jasmine, white, or brown rice. But if you’re in the mood for poultry, Gesa recommends ordering the Basil Chicken. This flavorful meal is served with sautéed chicken, bell peppers, yellow onion, basil, and house made garlic chili sauce. And you can’t go wrong if you order the Garlic Pork, marinated pork sautéed with garlic pepper sauce and served with a dried chili. All of the sauces at Tracy Thai are made in house and really take

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the flavors of the food to the next level. Sweet and sour sauce comes with most of the appetizers, ginger sauce is served with crispy duck, and Tracy Thai’s famous sweet chili sauce is served with chicken, calamari and grilled shrimp dishes. For customers who don’t eat meat, the garlic tofu, crispy tofu sautéed with garlic pepper sauce, is a very popular option. Or, if you’re an eggplant lover, that’s on the menu, too! If you’re looking to accompany your meal with a fun, fresh cocktail, Gesa recommends her own concoction—the Phoenix. The pretty purple sipper is made using Lychee puree, vodka, pineapple juice, and fresh lime, served in a martini glass. Regardless of what you order, your experience at Tracy Thai is sure to make you feel right at home. “I love seeing my regulars come in; knowing people by name,” Gesa says. “This is like their kitchen at home. It’s beautiful to me.”

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“The most popular thing on our menu is the Papaya Salad,” says Gesa. “It’s something we eat a lot in my culture and family.” This customer favorite is served with lettuce, carrots, tomato, shredded green papaya, peanuts, lime juice, fish sauce, and freshly grilled prawns. If you’ve never had green papaya, Gesa describes it as crunchy and flavorless; taking on the flavor of the sauce it’s in while elevating the texture of the dish.

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CRISPY POLENTA WITH CAVIAR AND CRÈME FRAICHE INGREDIENTS:

• 1 Polenta Log, packaged • 1 jar black Caviar, drained • Crème Fraiche, or substitute sour cream • Fresh Chives, chopped • Olive oil PREPARATION:

Cut Polenta into rounds, about ¼-inch thick Pat the polenta rounds dry with paper towels before frying to help with spattering. Fry the polenta rounds in olive oil until slightly brown and crispy along the edges; let drain on paper towels. Cut the polenta rounds into halves. Top with a dollop of crème fraiche and caviar. Garnish with chopped chives.

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TAPAS Liz Bokisch wrote a cookbook. The owner of Bokisch Vineyards and creator behind Liz’s Kitchen, a lifestyle and food blog at LizBokisch. com, started selling copies of Tapas last year. Available for sale out of the tasting room, the book includes favorite recipes—a hard copy version of the food blog she’s been running for years, featuring new dishes.

 BY NORA HESTON TARTE / D DAN HOOD Liz willingly handed over the secrets to her Crispy Polenta with Caviar and Crème Fraiche for us to share with readers as a special treat for toasting to the New Year and celebrating the launch of her cookbook, Tapas. While you’re enjoying these crispy bites, you’ll certainly be feeling fancy enough to uncork a bottle of champagne. After all, how else would you wash down the rich taste of caviar? We recommend grabbing a bottle of something local to sip while you nosh—black tie optional.

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SPILL THE TEA LEARN ABOUT LODI’S TEA HOUSES  BY NORA HESTON TARTE Lodi is making a name for itself in the tea world, with craft teas that go beyond your traditional drip varieties. School Street—the heart of Lodi’s captivating downtown—is home to two of the city’s craft tea businesses, and two more reside not far away, making it easy to find specialty teas, served hot and cold, in an assortment of intriguing flavors.

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Specializing in flowering teas, Boba teas, and wine teas, guests are sure to find something that sparks their interest on this varied menu. Popular teas include combinations of floral and fruity flavors. Some are served hot, some cold, and some sparkling (made with sparkling water). We recommend a tea mocktail, a non-alcoholic beverage that feels both festive and fun. Order the Tropical Daiquiri and dream of warmer days on an island you’re not currently allowed to visit, made with daiquiri flavored tea, mango syrup, strawberry syrup, and fresh lime slices. 1420 W. Kettleman Ln., Ste. G, Lodi, (209) 625-8033, Teaflora-tea-boutique-tea-tasting. business.site

This School Street hotspot may be best known for its coffee offerings, but that isn’t the only caffeinated beverage on the menu. Mokelumne serves up nitro tea, an exciting trend in the tea world. Using nitrogen, the tea is infused with tiny bubbles, just like nitro coffee. Choose from flavors including Passion Tea Lemonade, Chai or Matcha Tea Latte, Black Tea, Green Tea, or Passion Tea. Each one has its own unique flavor profile but offers the same silky mouthfeel. 115 S. School St., #5, Lodi, (209) 625-8893, MokeBrew.com

The drinks at Tea Tasting in Lodi’s Downtown Mall have a storied history. Hailing from Wuyi Mountain, Wuyi Rock Tea has been around for hundreds of years, dating back to 1078 AD. The owners of Tea Tasting bring these specialties to Lodi residents, and while there are many teas on the menu, offered as part of a 90-minute tea tasting experience, it’s the Wuyi Rock Tea that brings most people in. 40 Downtown Mall, Lodi, (209) 787-9037, Tea-Tasting.com

This is about an experience not a grab-and-go tea service, more akin to Tea Tasting in the Downtown Mall. But at the Hidden Tea Room, you’re opting for a food and tea pairing, featuring a collection of English-style teas served with baked goods, or a fivehour tea seating with food and drinks. 310 N. California St., Lodi, (209) 452-5366, HiddenTeaRoomLodi.com

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BEER COCKTAILS HIGH WATER BREWING GETS CREATIVE WITH BREW-BASED CONCOCTIONS  BY NORA HESTON TARTE / D DAN HOOD Gone are the days when you’d have to choose between an ice cold beer and an enticing craft cocktail. The masterminds behind High Water Brewing, Inc.—Steve and Barri Altimari—are turning out an exciting menu of sippers using their line-up of flavorful beers as the base. “One of the big driving forces in why we were pursuing beer cocktails was for us to expand the available types of drinks and use our beers to enhance the flavors of some of the standard cocktails,” says Steve. Beer cocktails aren’t exactly new, but they are trending. In addition to the mainstays like the Michelada and Shandy, High Water is working with flavors like raspberry, cranberry, lavender, grapefruit, and violet, to make beer cocktails with more edge. The results are some refreshing and complex drinks like the B&B Spritzer with Violets and Lavender made with #FUBAR2021 Sour Beer, Abe’s Famous Michelada featuring the Cucumber Kolsch, Ramble on Rose Spritzer created with Ramble on Rose Sour Beer, and Mother Gose Missing Raspberry Lemonade, which uses a base of High Water’s Raspberry Gose. What sets High Water’s drinks apart is they don’t mix additional alcohol in—the beer speaks for itself. The duo makes it easy to enjoy a beer cocktail. Simply step into the tasting room and order one up. Barri doesn’t rest, constantly turning out new mixtures to indulge. They’ve also included recipes to two favorites below, so you can pick up the necessary ingredients—including beer from High Water— and mix up your own at home.

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MOTHER GOSE MISSING RASPBERRY LEMONADE High Water Brewing’s Raspberry Gose blended with housemade raspberry lemonade and raspberry-cranberry juice. Garnished with fresh cranberries. INGREDIENTS:

4 oz. Mother Gose Missing Gose Beer 2 oz. sweetened fresh lemonade 2-1/2 oz raspberry-cranberry juice

ABE’S FAMOUS MICHELADA Cucumber Kolsch blended with Abraham’s Picante Clamato Juice and fresh citrus. Served with a tajin rim and garnished with a green olive, pepperoncini pepper, cocktail onion, housemade pickled carrot, and a lime wedge. This cocktail is named for Abraham Lara, the High Water Brewing bar manager and co-conspirator in the Beer Cocktail program. INGREDIENTS:

4 oz. Cucumber Kolsch 14 oz. Clamato Juice 1 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice 1 oz. lime Juice Worcestershire Sauce, to taste Tabasco, to taste Ground black pepper, to taste Tajin powder Choice garnishes DIRECTIONS:

Mix Juices and season to taste. Wet rim of 16 oz. pint glass, dip rim in Tajin Powder to coat, and fill with ice cubes. Pour beer into glass, top with clamato juice blend, and garnish with choice ingredients.

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Place juice in 16 oz. pint glass with ice cubes, add 4 oz. Mother Gose Missing, and top with 2 oz. of lemonade. Stir and serve with a straw.

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SAVOR SWEET POTATOES  BY SUZANNE LEDBETTER

When the frosty winter winds arrive, we all turn to comfort food. But with the new year and new fitness goals, sometimes healthy comfort food is hard to come by. But fear not, because sweet potatoes are the perfect staple to add to your pantry. Mildly sweet, creamy, and packed with flavor, these root vegetables are what many dieticians call a superfood! Did you know sweet potatoes contain more potassium than a banana and are low on the glycemic index? This means the carbohydrates digest slowly and don’t spike insulin levels. They are loaded with essential nutrients, high in fiber, and fat- and cholesterol-free. And here’s a little-known fact, purple sweet potatoes have more antioxidants than blueberries! Be sure to give sweet potatoes a chance this winter. Incredibly versatile, they can be boiled, baked, broiled, grilled, steamed, sauteed, and pureed. Sweet potatoes make a tasty addition to a piping hot bowl of green coconut curry, winter salads, soups, and even desserts.

TAHINI ROASTED SWEET POTATOES INGREDIENTS 4 lbs. medium sweet potatoes 2 c. plain whole milk Greek yogurt 1 4 oz. package pancetta 2 tsp. orange zest 2 tbsp. sunflower seeds 2 tbsp. pumpkin seeds 1 tbsp. hot honey 4 tbsp. tahini ¼ c. lemon juice 1 garlic clove crushed 1 c. mint leaves 2 tbsp. olive oil Jacobsen Sea Salt

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DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss the sweet potatoes in olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt on a foil-lined baking sheet. Roast, turning once halfway through, until tender, approximately 55 minutes. Remove the potatoes form the oven and let cool. Increase the oven temperature to 450 degrees. Roast until browned and crispy on the edges for 25 minutes. Meanwhile mix yogurt, tahini, chile, orange zest, lemon juice, salt, and garlic in a small bowl. Garnish with hot honey, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and mint.


SWEET POTATO AVOCADO TOAST INGREDIENTS 2 medium sweet potatoes 2 avocados 1 tbsp. lemon juice 1 pinch sea salt Pepper to taste ¼ c. crumbled feta 2 tbsp. dried cranberries

DIRECTIONS Cut the sweet potato lengthwise into ¼-inch slices. Toast in a toaster, (you will probably need to do this twice) or in a toaster oven for ten minutes. Add the toppings of your choice and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt. **Alternative Toast Toppings • Peanut butter and honey • Crème Fraiche and raspberry jam • Almond butter, apples, coconut flakes, and cinnamon

SWEET POTATO GNOCCHI INGREDIENTS 1 large sweet potato 1 ¼ c. flour ¼ c. ricotta cheese 1/3 c. parmesan cheese ¼ tsp. nutmeg 1 tsp. + ¼ tsp. salt 4 tbsp. butter 3 large sage leaves 1/ 8 tsp. black pepper

DIRECTIONS Fill a large stockpot with water and add salt. Peel a large sweet potato and place in pot. Bring to a boil. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until tender when stuck with a fork. Meanwhile, in a mediumsized mixing bowl, add flour, nutmeg, ricotta, and salt. Remove the potato and

submerge in an ice bath. Once cooled, grate, using the large holes of a grater. Add one cup of the sweet potato mixture and add to the flour mixture. Stir until a dough is forms. Gather the dough into a ball and knead for two minutes. Divide the dough into four equal portions and roll each ball into a long rope, about 18 inches long. Cut each rope into oneinch pieces. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a slow boil. In a medium-sized saute pan, add butter over medium heat. Add sage, pepper, and ¼ tsp. of salt. Meanwhile, add 25 pieces of gnocchi at a time (approximately ¼) into the water. Cook until floating, two to three minutes. Strain gnocchi and add to a bowl, pour over butter sauce, and enjoy! SJMAG.COM

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

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

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AT DLILAH’S CAKERY  BY NORA HESTON TARTE adornments on top. See: mini pancakes, small sausages, a chunk of bacon, a vial of maple syrup, and more. Then, the cake flavors and frosting are Stockton cakery is serving created to compliment those up brunch cupcakes, little breakfast goodies. flavorful combinations of Stop in during open hours our favorite breakfast foods on Sunday (10 AM-4 PM, baked into cupcake form. but call ahead cause…you The offerings change week know, COVID) to week, with to enjoy one of every Sunday these syrupy Funday bringing SAY YES sweets, or a new delicacy TO BRUNCH: follow along on to enjoy. What Dlilah’s Cakery 445 W. Weber Ave., Instagram for really makes Stockton the occasional these special— (209) 740-1026 DlilahsCakery.com glimpse of what’s and Instagram@dlilahscakery to come. worthy—is the

We’re all for a Sunday brunch, and Dlilah’s Cakery has concocted one more way for us to enjoy a weekend AM treat. The

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

MIKASA JAPANESE BISTRO 2610 S. Tracy Blvd. Ste. 110 Tracy, (209) 830-8288 15138 S Harlan Rd., Lathrop, (209) 858-1818

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

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Hailed as one of the most authentic powerhouses of Japanese cuisine in the San Joaquin valley, Komachi offers a diverse array of exquisite dishes, ranging from the freshest sashimi to mouth-watering sushi rolls. “Come as a customer, leave as our family.” Hours: Mon - Thur 11AM to 9PM, Fri Sat 11AM to 9:30PM, Sun closed

KOMACHI SUSHI 307 S. Lower Sacramento Rd. Ste. D Lodi, (209) 334-3131 SushiKomachi.com

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tween a blondie and a snickerdoodle cookie. The combination results in a moist and chewy cake reminiscent of Owner Lisa Hassett says it’s a soft brownie topped with a the absence of cocoa that cinnamon-sugar crust more makes a brownie a blondie akin to the cookie. Stop in and brings the seriously to pick one up (the cost is sweet bready treat to the $3.50 each) or grab a few to mouths of everyone, share. As always, we even those who arrecommend calling SAVOR en’t chocolate lovers. SOMETHING SWEET ahead to ensure the AT FROSTED FLOUR Year round the Lodi case is stocked— 904 W. Lodi Ave., Lodi bakery serves up its some goodies sell (209) 369-2253 Cinnamon Sugar out throughout the FrostedFlour.com Blondies, a cross beday.

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

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

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

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THE CLASSIC Bud’s Seafood Grille. It’s no wonder the Lincoln Center seafood-centric eatery is expert at cranking out a classic New England-style chowder, served with freshly made sourdough bread. Offered daily in a cup or bowl, this is a simple yet fresh rendition of the classic. 314 Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 956-0270

February 25 is National Clam Chowder Day

THE GOLD MEDAL WINNER Midgley’s Public House. Just a few doors down from Bud’s, Michael Midgley serves both his award-winning Manhattan-style clam chowder and New England Clam Chowder. The Manhattan version took home the gold at The Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cookoff in 2018. Neither one is featured on the daily menu, but it is a special treat when it makes an appearance. It’s often announced on Facebook so fans get first dibs for a helping. 296 Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 474-7700

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Seafood Express. The self-proclaimed “crab experts” specialize in takeout lunches (and catering), which makes it easy to pick up The Santa Cruz Clam a generous portion of the New Chowder Cookoff is England-style clam chowder scheduled for owners say rival the stuff from San Francisco’s Pier 39. It’s Feb. 20-21 this year. homemade and served in a fluffy sourdough bread bowl perfect for dunking. 2269 E. Miner Ave., Stockton, (209) 948-5808

MANHATTAN & NEW ENGLAND THE BEST CLAM CHOWDER IN STOCKTON When the weather chills, nothing can warm our soul better than a bowl of warm clam chowder. Stockton just so happens to be home to some of the best bowls around—and they’ve got the accolades to prove it. Local eateries offer both Manhattan style and New England style options for hungry diners. But what’s the difference? New England clam chowder is the classic most of us dream of with its creamy white base, thick and decadent. Manhattan clam chowder,

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on the other hand, is a lighter, tomato-based broth. What they have in common is the chunky clams, subtly sweet and briny. If you’re looking to satisfy your craving, our West Coast corner of the world knows how to deliver both of these East Coast varieties, and Stockton is home to all three of our top picks. Run into town for a bowl or take the challenge and sample all three before choosing your own winners of gold, silver, and bronze.

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