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january volume eleven issue 1 • January 2012

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42 HISTORY: LODI GRAPES After trying out wheat and watermelons,

Lodi agriculture found its calling in the now famous local wine grapes. by Rachael Kanner

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january volume eleven issue 1 • January 2012

From Top: iStock, Harlem Globetrotters, Port City Pin-ups

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18 Publisher’s Note 29 UP FRONT | 209 Carolyn Brent, Local Senior advocate; Port City pin-up girls; Piloxing instructor Cynthia Salas; Haute Items for self-love; Nail art, Local author Jesse de la Cruz; and more

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3, 2, 1… Happy New Year! The Mayan calendar said we wouldn’t make it this far, but here we are. Phew. It’s officially 2012, we’ve wrapped up another successful holiday season and who knows what adventures lay ahead. For many, January is all about second chances and starting fresh. As Charles Lamb once said, the New Year is every man’s birthday. As the clock strikes midnight, we all hope to make the incoming year even better than the last. And many of us start with our holiday resolutions. But did you know that three out of four people who make resolutions don’t even last through January? My editor decided to do some serious research to find out the most popular resolutions people make, and why they fail. Turns out that most of us are somewhat unrealistic about our goals. So we spoke to experts in a variety of fields, from nutritionists and personal trainers, to family therapists, and even a financial analyst to get the best advice on making healthy, well thought-out lifestyle changes, whether they be getting into shape, finding love, or erasing old debts. Use our feature, Real Resolutions: Body, Mind, Soul, to guide you towards a resolution game plan that works, and maybe this year you’ll be able to stay on track and conquer your vices once and for all. In addition, we’ve found lots of other great stories to go with our theme of Health, Mind, and Body. For one, we’ve been lucky enough to interview local senior advocate and activist, Carolyn Brent. Brent is the author of Why Wait? The Baby Boomers’ Guide to Preparing Emotionally, Financially, and Legally for a Parent’s Death, and is known for her work in protecting the rights of the elderly and their caretakers. Anyone who has aging parents should check out what she has to say about families working together to keep their loved ones healthy, happy, and productive through their golden years. We also caught up with Cynthia Salas, a Piloxing instructor who is eager to whip her students into shape with her hybrid workout routine, a mix of Pilates and boxing. What’s next? Ballet and cage fighting? Sounds like fun to me. For you foodies out there, don’t worry, we didn’t’ forget about you. We have an amazing story about spices, thanks to local food historian Ken Albala, who was kind enough to clue us in to what's in our spice racks, and how to put all those exotic flavors to deliciously good use. There’s plenty to look forward to in the New Year. So as you sweep up your confetti, put away your party hats, and recycles those champagne bottles, kiss 2011 good bye, because there’s a whole new year of possibilities on the horizon, and we hope you are as excited for it as we are. Till next time! Thanks for Reading,

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Caring for a parent who is ill or dying is difficult. Legal, financial, and emotional stresses run high, and too often families are torn apart by expensive, painful legal battles, usually over money. Senior advocate Carolyn Brent experienced such a situation while caring for her ailing father, and now devotes her life to providing the elderly and their caretakers with valuable information to avoid these painful family feuds. >>

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parent’s death is to embrace the subject as a family. “We sit at the big family table and talk about who’s getting married, who’s graduating, who had a baby, who’s getting a promotion… We’re always planning. But when’s the last time we planned for death? Have we ever?” says Brent.    “If we can plan for our death as a family, then families are not going to fight, because they will look at it as a way to embrace the life and the legacy of someone they loved.”    One reason she says many parents avoid the topic is because they fear showing favoritism among their children. “I tell parents: Identify, here’s a child who’s good with medical issues. Have that child be responsible for that. If someone is good with money, let them be the responsible party. If there’s a child who hates your guts and doesn’t speak to you, let it be stated that you do not have a relationship with that child, and they cannot contest what you have in writing, because that happens a lot too.”    Brent is currently working to become a member of Gov. Jerry Brown’s California Commission on Aging, and is also scheduled to be the AARP keynote speaker in May. She has created a checklist of goals for reforming senior rights legislation, which includes items like requiring extensive background checks for potential power of attorneys, requiring attorneys to have evidence of a senior’s mental capacity from an independent medical professional before executing a power of attorney, and requiring adult protective services to report false claims to authorities for prosecution. Ultimately, Brent hopes to one day make this issue an openly discussed matter that will close the door to painful family separations, and allow loved ones to pass on in with dignity. For more information: caregiverstory.com JANUARY 2012

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   Brent cared for her father for twelve years with no assistance from her seven siblings. It was only when her father had a near death experience that Brent began hearing from family members, who filed false reports of abuse and dragged her to court on multiple occasions for unfounded accusations. Brent, unable to defend herself from the onslaught, was simply along for the ride.    Though her father had signed legal documents naming her as his caretaker and granting her power of attorney, he had only gotten approval from the county courts. This left loopholes for Brent’s siblings to contest the documents through state and federal courts – the ultimate goal being to gain access to his estate. Had Brent been aware of these legalities, she could have protected herself and her father’s wishes. Instead, she was dragged into a slow, unorganized legal process, harming her reputation and draining her of time and money. Eventually, the FBI and APS threw out Brent’s siblings’ claims against her, but the damage had already been done.    Since then, Brent has formed Caretaker’s Story, a non-profit organization which shares her experience and offers resources to those caring for a parent. In addition, Brent began her company Grandpa’s Dream, and has recently published: Why Wait? The Baby Boomers Guide to Preparing Emotionally, Financially, and Legally for a Parent’s Death. The book covers topics like when a parent can no longer live alone, how to find an attorney that is prepared to deal with estate planning and other complex end-of-life legal issues, how to find a quality assisted living facility or nursing home, how to create a sibling contract, and crucial legal and financial conversations with your family.    According to Brent, the key to discussing matters related to a


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was raised in the barrios of California and at the age of twelve, began a journey that led him to become a convict, heroin drug addict, and gang member who served approximately thirty years of his life at California prisons like Folsom and San Quentin. After his final release from prison, Mr. De La Cruz enrolled in college, graduating with a Baccalaureate Degree in Sociology in 2001 and a Masters of Social Work Degree from California State University, Stanislaus in 2003. He is currently working on his Ed.D.

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few folks survive. And in his telling we learn more about the growth of prisons and their terrible effects on the American family. Jesse's voice is urgent and his story is a true California tale. A must read. —JOSEPH RODRIGUEZ, AUTHOR OF EAST SIDE STORIES: GANG LIFE IN EAST

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— it flows, it makes sense, one scene leaps to the other, developing a story that is both informative and redemptive. It's a story told by a mature storyteller, and the reason the story is so important is that it’s a template for understanding so many of the ills plaguing society today. He gives us a lens to look through, that is, his lived experien ce is laden with recipes and solutions to our societal dilemma. His memoir addresses Chicano/Mexican culture, the disastrous prison mess we find ourselves in, racism, crime, family, and education. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the world we live in, especially of those people most ignored, Mexicans and Chicanos. Read on—you won't be disappointed. —JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA, AUTHOR OF A GLASS OF WATER

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Local ladies pose for women’s health

The Port City Pin-Ups are all about supporting bold, beautiful women, and to prove it, they’re releasing their third annual pin-up calendar for 2012, with all proceeds benefitting the Women’s Center of San Joaquin. Each year the twelve girls featured in the calendar are chosen through an elimination contest in which the girls prove their pin-up prowess. One girl is also chosen as Pin-Up of the Year at the end of the elimination. When the ladies aren’t posing for their calendar months, they’re hard at work promoting local non-profit organizations and community events. The calendar is available for purchase at local businesses on the Miracle Mile, or through the Pin-Ups’ Facebook page.—Katy Berry For more information: facebook.com/PortCityPinups

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Stockton resident Jesse De La Cruz has released his first book, Detoured: My Journey from Darkness to Light. Twelve years in the making, it tells the Texas native’s tumultuous life story. De La Cruz battled polio at the age of 3 and was hospitalized until he was age 6. After moving to Tulare County, he and his family lived at a farming camp, in two one-room cabins with cement floors. He didn’t begin school until he was 7, and his education was disrupted by his family’s need to travel for farm work. Wanting a different life, De La Cruz joined a gang when he was only 9 years old. He was arrested at ages 12 and 14, and sent to a boys' camp at 16. From that point on, he was in and out of prison for thirty years, and was released for the last time on April 2, 1996. He also ended a heroin addiction that had begun when he was 14. After leaving the prison system for good, De La Cruz received his bachelor’s degree in sociology and his master’s in social work. He is now working on his doctorate in education at CSU Stanislaus and teaches criminal justice at Heald College. De La Cruz began writing his story as a catharsis, and to give hope to families caught up in the cycle of addiction. He hopes his audience will take away a sense of hope after reading the book. “I’m not here to glorify what I did,” says De La Cruz. “My intent is to share my past with other people so they can learn from my mistakes.”—Kate Donahue


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Cynthia Salas Piloxing Instructor, Stockton

Cynthia Salas became a fitness instructor ten years ago after the birth of her fifth child. Today, she is one of only two certified Piloxing instructors in the area. We caught up with Cynthia to find out more about this new fitness craze. —compiled by Kate Donahue

What areas are targeted in Piloxing? With pilates, we’re learning about the core and balance. It also sculpts the arm muscles. The boxing aspect adds speed and agility. We use weighted gloves so those add resistance. Piloxing also incorporates cardio for fat burning. What has the response been from your Piloxing participants? They say, “You’re hardcore, you’re brutal. But you’re going to push me where I know I won’t push myself.” I don’t push to intimidate, I push to bring people to that next level out of their comfort zone. I always tell them, “You’ve gotta push from within.” Someone asked me if I was in the Marines because I make them count down with me and I say, “Give me eight more!” I also say, “Hoo-ah!” They ask me, “Are you sure you weren’t in the Marines?” No, that’s just the way I roll. They call me CC, for Crazy Cynthia. How do your participants affect you? They inspire me. I get women who are 70-something years old and they’re in class, giving their all. So they inspire me to give my all. There’s an interesting thing that happens in group exercise; there’s a community that is formed.

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What do you want people to take away from your class? I like to empower women because we’re the nurturers, and give of ourselves 110 percent. It’s okay for you to take time and work out. Life is going to always be there, whether it’s divorce, death in the family, or loss of a job or home. You still need to take care of yourself, and exercise does that and gives you a balance in life. With working out, there’s an interesting thing that happens. It’s not only a physical transformation; it’s a spiritual transformation.

What made you want to become a fitness instructor? I had a really bad pregnancy with my fifth child. After he was born, my blood pressure didn’t go down. The doctor said, ‘You need to do something for yourself.’ When you’re in the everyday hustle and bustle of being a mom, everyone else becomes important, not yourself. I had a newborn and four other kids who were 2, 4, 6, and 8. Where am I going to have the energy to go the gym and exercise? But I said, “OK, I’m 32 and I have high blood pressure. That’s not good.” So it was my health concerns that got me into the gym. I got hooked. After three months, I was recruited to become a group exercise instructor.

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Nailing It

Nail art is making a comeback in a big way, and when you find an artist who’s both creative and talented, the design choices are even more fun. »

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Smitten Kitten Chou Hang at Tips & Toes has a few tricks up her sleeve when it comes to creating her original nail art, but we really love her freehand designs, especially her adorable animal characters and signature roses. Tips & Toes Nail Salon 2114 Pacific Ave. Stockton, (209) 462-8477

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Where can I find a Perinatologist in Stockton?

Located in Stockton and serving San Joaquin County, Valley Perinatal & Genetics Diagnostic Center with Andrew Chao, MD is San Joaquin County’s only full-time practice specializing in caring for pregnant women who are high risk for reasons that may include: • Chronic medical conditions such as heart disease or diabetes • Family history of genetic disorders • Problems with previous pregnancies such as preterm labor or miscarriage • Pregnancy with multiples (twins, triplets) • Over age 35 at the time of conception • Structural abnormalities (birth defects) • Genetic disorders such as Down syndrome • Restricted growth in the womb We work hand-in-hand with patients and their obstetricians to monitor health concerns and review prenatal tests and ultrasounds. Before scheduling an MFM consultation or prenatal test, you should ask your primary caregiver for a referral. Please call (209) 933-9900 for more information.

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Father Alan McCoy first opened the doors to St. Mary’s dining room in 1955, using an abandoned bar and restaurant to serve meals to the Stockton homeless. Now known as St. Mary’s Interfaith Community Services, they have grown to include a clothing and hygiene center, a medical clinic, and a dental clinic. They also offer a variety of social services and a Head Start infant, toddler, and preschool program for children. Every day, the dining room serves a hot breakfast and lunch, and provides an afternoon sack meal to those who will not have access to food in the evening. St. Mary’s Interfaith Community Services offered its first Homeless Court in January 2006. It has now become a monthly opportunity for the homeless community to clear up minor offenses without the fear of incarceration or fines. Individuals then serve their sentences through volunteer work or by participation in substance abuse or mental health programs. The cold and rain of San Joaquin winters brings an increase in demand for weather-appropriate necessities. “The winter months are always a prime time for us to be looking for jacket donations, blankets, and sleeping bags,” says Edward Figueroa, CEO of St. Mary’s Interfaith Community Services. Figueroa says those items are in such high demand during the winter that they often go out as soon as they are donated.

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St. Mary’s Interfaith Community Services has felt the effects of the current economic climate. “Our numbers have increased but our funding has not increased at the same pace,” says Figueroa. The community can help manage the increase in need through financial support or through in-kind donations of items such as food, clothing, personal hygiene goods, medical supplies, and cleaning supplies. Volunteerism is also essential to their operation and anyone from kindergarteners through senior citizens can help. “Anyone who is interested in volunteering can come down and make a difference,” says Figueroa. This month, St. Mary’s Interfaith Community Services will participate in the 22nd annual Super Bowl Appreciation Luncheon, along with more than thirty other non-profit organizations. This luncheon marks the only fundraising event for St. Mary’s Interfaith Community Services for the year.

For information about volunteering with St. Mary’s Interfaith Community Services, visit: stmarysinterfaith.org or (209) 467-0703.

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HISTORY OF SAN JOAQUIN

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Near Stockton, circa 1916

After gold mining faded in Lodi, San Joaquin County realized the agricultural potential of the area. The first major commercial crop pioneers chose to harvest was wheat. The wheat grew so well, that the county soon became known as the California wheat belt. However, in 1880 the market faltered and the prosperity could not be maintained. Lodi then looked to another commercial crop: watermelon. Growing watermelons turned out to be a highly successful venture. The high water tables and dry summers produced excellent melons. Lodi excelled with this crop until the turn of the twentieth century, when competing watermelon farms began selling their product under the Lodi label. The market was flooded and prices dropped. Soon after, Lodi farmers decided to try growing grapes. The dry climate was favorable for the previous two crops, but in order to produce grapes, irrigation was necessary. The hard work was worth it. Various varieties were grown in an effort to find the most suitable. The most successful variety was the Flame Tokay grape. The crop was so booming, it became the

center piece of Lodi in 1907 with the Tokay Carnival. Lodi was so taken with the grape, that it was nicknamed Tokay Town. The grape growers initially grew table grapes, but the Flame Tokay grape proved to be especially useful as it could also be used for making wine. This helped many to survive the Prohibition years (1919-1933) when alcohol was illegal. In the 1960s, Lodi turned to growing grapes exclusively for wine. Tokay grapes lost their popularity as Lodi began growing quality varietal wine grapes and started its transition into a premium wine area. The transition was given a boost in 1986 when the Lodi Appellation was approved, allowing the area’s wines to list Lodi as the grapes’ origin. Zinfandel became popular, and today, old vine Zinfandel is one of the most well known varieties the area produces. The Lodi region now boasts more than sixty diverse wineries, each one as unique as the wines they produce.

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The New Year’s resolution has been around since the age of the Babylonians, who used to start the year with a promise to pay back their debts and make good with the Gods. Today, we still use January 1 as a day to start fresh and set goals to better ourselves. But according to the New York Times, three out of four people not only break their resolutions, but don’t even last through January. We tend to bite off more than we can chew; making huge promises without a game plan for success. That’s why this year we’ve put together a list of the most popular resolutions for improving your body, mind, and soul—along with some advice to help you achieve your goals this year. ywww.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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BODY Exercise More Personal trainer Gabe Subry says he sees plenty of people come in to the gym to get fit for the New Year, but six weeks into their programs, things start to fall apart. According to Subry, the biggest problem is that most people set unattainable goals. “You need to set yourself realistic expectations. Most women are not going to look like Jessica Alba. If you’re chasing an unattainable goal, you’re going to fail at some point.” If you want to make fitness a priority, then nix the “quick fix” mentality and commit to making a lifestyle change. Sound scary? It’s okay. Getting fit doesn’t mean you have to torture yourself for the rest of your days; in fact that’s exactly what you shouldn’t do. “You need to find an exercise program that’s sustainable; something you can live with but lets you go out and enjoy yourself,” says Subry. Start trying out different regimens until you find something that’s doable. Hey, you might even find something fun. And while pairing a healthy diet with your exercise regimen is important, it’s also good to let yourself enjoy your favorite meals once in a while. If you start the New Year with a Rambo-esque workout plan and a diet of carrot sticks and coffee, it probably won’t end well, so be kind to yourself.

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Eat Well

Similar to the exercise resolution, eating well should be viewed as a lifelong adjustment. Crash diets are often unhealthy and do more damage than good. Pam Warmerdam of the Nutrition Studio and Diabetes Care Center Inc. in Tracy says it’s important not to view eating better solely as a means to lose weight. That mindset often causes people to put too much pressure on themselves. Instead look at it as taking better care of your body. A great way to start is by planning out your meals. You should eat three meals a day, and two to three snacks. “Try to pack your lunch most of the time,” says Warmerdam. “And try to keep dining out down to one or two times per week at the most.” Warmerdam also says that the “perfect snack” to keep on hand is a fresh piece of fruit and a handful of nuts. Another easy but very important way to improve your diet is to cut out processed carbohydrates, which are most com-

Quit Smoking

Believe it or not, California has the lowest percentage of smokers among all fifty states (go us!). But for those that still light up, Smokefree.gov has a ton of great tips on how to prepare for the big quit. First, set a date, write it on your calendar, and get pumped. Next, tell your family and friends that you are planning to quit; you’re going to need their support. Then it’s time to sit down and think about the challenges you have ahead. Find what triggers your urge to smoke and create a game plan so you can deal with those cravings when they come. Be sure to remove cigarettes from your home, car,

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monly found in white bread and white rice. Instead, switch to 100 percent whole wheat bread and brown rice. Chances are you won’t even taste the difference, but you’ll be doing your body a huge favor.

Drink Less So you have a cocktail or five to wind down here and there. Okay, maybe it’s time to cut out those empty calories, and try setting limits for yourself. For women, low risk drinking is considered to be no more than seven drinks a week, and no more than three in a sitting. For men it’s no more than fourteen a week, and four in a sitting. You might consider having a no-drink policy on weekdays, or reserving your cocktail privileges for special occasions only. If you have trouble controlling yourself around alcohol, then it’s time to ask yourself why. Try taking an alcohol screening test at alcoholscreening.org. You’ll be able to learn how much is too much, whether your drinking habits are putting your health at risk, and helpful information on how to successfully cut back or quit drinking altogether.

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MIND Get Out of Debt David Berry, credit and risk management products manager at Financial Partners, Inc., says the first step in improving your finances in 2012 is to create a budget. “You need a list of your essentials and non-essentials,” says Berry. Begin by adding all of your “fixed” payments together, for example, your mortgage, insurance, electric, and phone bill. Then, you can create a list of your “variable necessities.” For example, food is a necessity, but it’s also a variable – it’s not the same from month to month. Other items in this list may include diapers, gas, and household items. Look at your last credit card statement to estimate how much you typically spend, and always round that number up. Then create an “unnecessary” column, which contains your entertainment costs. Once you’ve found out how much you spend each month, subtract it from your monthly income. If you’re in the red, then it’s time to do some trimming. Start with the unnecessary column and work your way up. “The most common problem is that humans are rational, so if you love dining out, you’ll rationalize it,” says Berry. “Do you really need HBO and Showtime on your TV? You can start a whole spinoff conversation on how HBO’s programs have enriched your life, but really?” Be realistic and use common sense. If you’re not in the red, then you should start saving. “After paying the necessities, you may have $200 left. But you don’t have to dine out for $200 worth,” says Berry. “Maybe just spend $100, and put the rest into a savings account, because stuff is going to happen. You’re going to need new tires, or to refill your fuel oil. These are big bills. People forget about them, and if they’re not putting money away, then when that bill sneaks up on them they have to put it on their credit card and let it ride. Once you’re borrowing money, you’re paying interest, so it costs even more.” If you’re really bad at controlling your spending, you might consider opening an

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additional checking account to deposit money that’s strictly for fun. That way, there is a very clear line as to when you need to stop spending.

Reduce Stress

Too much stress causes all sorts of icky health conditions like heart disease, obesity, acne, and high blood pressure. If you feel like you spent too much time in 2011 pulling out your hair, then it’s important for your mental and physical well-being to find some relief, kick back, and relax in 2012—it’s doctors orders. Clinical psychologist Hyma Kunamneni, of the International Stress Relief Academy, suggests approaching the resolution with a positive outlook. “The key to reducing stress is not to do more, but to be more,” says Kunamneni. “Stop worrying about the future outcome of your action. Be present now as you do your action.” Kunamneni suggests trying simple breathing exercises to help keep you in the moment. Her website, internationalstresslifeacademy.com, offers free videos demonstrating useful breathing exercises. Deep breathing also sends a message to your brain to relax, which helps calm the body and loosen tense muscles. Kunamneni also suggests using daily affirmations to make changes in your attitude. “Write down the two things you want to change. Instead of writing it in the negative: 'I want to reduce my stress', write the posi-

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Get Organized

In China, a popular New Year’s tradition is for families to clean their houses from top to bottom. There’s nothing like a clutterfree home to clear your mind and get ready for the New Year. Carrie Trammel from Something Simple Organizers in Stockton says the key to getting organized is to “take little steps and do one area at a time,” otherwise you might get overwhelmed and abandon ship. “Start with an area that is driving you crazy and isn’t too o v e r whelm-


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ing,” she says. One of the most popular places to start is where you set your mail down. Begin by putting a garbage pail or paper shredder in that area. When you get home, go through your mail right away and throw out the unnecessary stuff. Sign up for paperless billing and get off any unwanted mailing lists to cut back on those piles of junk mail. Another great place to start is the junk drawer. Pick up some inexpensive dividers, bins, or compartments so that everything in the drawer has a home. As the saying goes, make sure there is “a place for everything, and everything in its place”. If you pick up something and it has no home, then give it a new home: the garbage can. Once you have one area under control, you can graduate to the next.

SOUL Find Love

Preparing for love requires introspection. There’s a great deal of truth to the old adage: You must love yourself in order to love others. Family therapist Irit Goldman says if you want a successful relationship in the New Year, then start with yourself. “Look at why things are not working in your life and make changes in your own behavior before committing to a relationship,” says Goldman. “What were the things that stood in the way up till now?” Think about your past relationships. Why didn’t they work? Was there a pattern, and if so, what will you do to make sure you don’t make the same mistakes again? If you haven’t had many relationships, do you feel you’ve made yourself emotionally available? Once you’ve thought these things out and feel ready to meet someone, there are a few key aspects to keeping the relationship healthy. “Be a good listener, don’t put yourself in the center,” says Goldman. “Communicate your thoughts and feelings clearly. Be

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compassionate and empathetic.” One shouldn’t forget about his or herself either. “Set very clear boundaries in the relationship. Don’t go overboard or say ‘I’ll do anything for him/her,’” says Goldman. Remember that your needs must be met as well. And no matter what happens, be true to who you are.

Help Others

It always feels good to get out into the community and make a difference. Luckily, there are a wealth of non-profit organizations around San Joaquin County happy to have your help. If you find that you’re pressed for time and want something that doesn’t require a major commitment, organizing a donation drive in your office is a great way to give back. You can contact the Delta Blood Bank to sponsor a blood drive, or you can arrange for other donations like toys, food, winter coats, and school supplies through organizations like Toys to the World, One Warm Coat, or the Stockton Emergency Food Bank. Or check your local newspaper for events like walk-a-thons to have fun while raising money for a good cause. For a more regular commitment, visit volunteermatch.org to see what local opportunities are available. Whether you choose to mentor a child, become a foster parent, or serve lunch at a local homeless shelter, there are plenty of ways to make a difference, and every little bit counts.

Spend More Time with Loved Ones

While other cultures work to live, we Americans are notorious for our live-towork mentality, and having an overlybusy lifestyle often takes its toll on the people closest to us. If you want to change your work-swamped habits this year, start by finding out what’s kept you from seeing your family, and be prepared to make some changes. That might mean no more overtime, and locking the office door promptly at five. But ignoring this problem will eventually have repercussions. “The best thing to do is to sit with family and find out what’s needed,” says Irit Goldman, family therapist. “Are the children demanding your attention twentyfour-seven? Or do they simply want mom to show up at their baseball game? Does the husband want to sit in front of the TV, or does he want to give his wife a few hours each week for quality time?” Once you find out what your loved ones need, plan to make it happen. That doesn’t mean you should sacrifice all your free time, you still need personal space. But make sure there is a healthy balance in your life. Turn off the iphones/ pods/pads and laptops during quality time—this will help you engage and communicate with your loved ones on a deeper level. [SJM]

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Tri-Valley Orthopedic Specialists has been proudly serving the extended Tri-Valley community since 1985, providing the highest quality patient care for all kinds of musculoskeletal injuries or problems. We have a dedicated team of nine surgeons and medical professionals who work at three convenient locations throughout the Tri-Valley area. Our surgical team is quite diverse and can handle your orthopedic needs from head to toe – you can count on specialized expertise for shoulder, hand,knee, foot and ankle problems, as well as sports medicine and joint replacement.

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www.TriValleyOrthopedics.com 2180 West Grant Line Rd. ‫ ׀‬Tracy, CA 95376 Phone: 866.623.7600 ‫ ׀‬Fax: 925.373.2492

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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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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 www.millennium-dental.net.

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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McNemar Cosmetic Surgery 2301 Camino Ramon, Ste. 215, San Ramon, (925) 866-0177 2160 W. Grantline Rd, Ste. 250, Tracy, (209) 834-0626 www.mcnemarcosmeticsurgery.com, www.bariatricplasticsurgeon.com

THOMAS B. MCNEMAR, MD, FACS Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. McNemar was named amongst the “Best of the Bay” by KRON-4 television. A respected authority on plastic surgery, he is coauthor of Breast Augmentation and Body Contouring. The book features various “Mommy Makeover” procedures such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and VASER liposuction. He has most recently published Bariatric Plastic Surgery: A Guide to Cosmetic Surgery After Weight Loss. A skilled cosmetic surgeon with a perfectionist’s streak and an eye for detail, Dr. McNemar offers a range of procedures to enhance each patient’s unique, natural beauty.

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TRI-VALLEY ORTHOPEDIC SPECIALISTS, INC. Solving Musculoskeletal Problems Since 1985 2180 West Grant Line Rd. Tracy, (866) 623-7600 www.TriValleyOrthopedics.com Tri-Valley Orthopedic Specialists has been proudly serving the extended Tri-Valley community since 1985, providing the highest quality patient care for all kinds of musculoskeletal injuries or problems. We have a dedicated team of nine surgeons, and numerous ancillary and support staff who work at three convenient locations throughout the Tri-Valley and Central Valley area. Our surgical team is quite diverse and can handle your orthopedic needs from head to toe – you can count on specialized expertise for shoulder, hand, knee, foot and ankle problems, as well as sports medicine, work related injury, and joint replacement. We’re completely committed to your convenience and comfort. We use state-of-the-art techniques designed to create substantially less pain, less need for rehabilitation, and a faster return to your normal activities. Our surgeons work with all major Tri-Valley hospitals, including ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton, Valley Memorial Hospital in Livermore, San Ramon Regional Medical Center, and Sutter Tracy Community Hospital.

CAMERON R. WHEELER, DDS, MS Board Certified Orthodontist

Wheeler Orthodontics 4568 Feather River Drive, Ste. D Stockton, (209) 951-0151 www.wheelerortho.com 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 top quality 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. TODD A. FRANKLIN, DDS

Cosmetic Dentist

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

“Discover Extraordinary Among The Ordinary” Dr. Franklin and his talented team are ready to show you why your next dental visit will exceed your expectations. “We understand the importance of a healthy, attractive smile and have dedicated ourselves to help make that a reality for every one of our patients. We want our patients to feel and look confident and youthful.” This dedication has rewarded them with the “Best of Lodi” and “Best of San Joaquin” for the past 4 years. Dr. Franklin is a premier cosmetic dentist in the Central Valley. He has his Mastership in Aesthetic Dentistry from the world renowned Aesthetic Advantage at NYU in New York City. He is the Program Director/Senior Instructor for the California Center for Advanced Dental Studies in San Francisco. For the California Center he trains other dentists nationally and internationally on cosmetics and comprehensive care. As the founder of the San Joaquin Society for Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry he mentors dentists all throughout the Central Valley. Whether you need preventive care or a complete comprehensive consultation, Dr. Franklin and his team have the skill and care you need. www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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MAYWELL L. INONG, DDS General and Cosmetic Dentistry 4568 Feather River Drive, Ste. E Stockton, (209) 477-9105 www.inongdental.com 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.

MANTECA DENTAL GROUP Family Dentistry

Manteca Dental Group 132 Sycamore Avenue Manteca, (209) 823-2164 www.mantecasmiles.com

General Dentist? Cosmetic Dentist? Pediatric Dentist? So many choices, which one to choose? At Manteca Dental Group you can find it all in one place. Dr. Ricardo Cuevas is a General and Cosmetic Dentist and Dr. Elverne ”Al” Tonn is a Pediatric Specialist. Our commitment is to provide you with the highest standard of personalized dental care in a gentle, efficient and professional manner. We trust you will find the atmosphere calming, the staff friendly, and our dental services exceptional. Top notch dentistry is more than just excellent clinical skills and state-of-the art equipment. We are a people practice. Establishing lasting relationships with our patients based upon mutual trust and open communication is the key to our success. Call us today at (209) 823-2164 or visit us online at www.mantecasmiles.com.

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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 www.vuplasticsurgery.com

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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JOSEPH RUSSELL, DC TIMOTHY COYKENDALL, DC, FICPA, QME Chiropractic

Valley Chiropractic Center 438 W. Beverly Place, Ste. 101 Tracy, (209) 832-9221 www.tracychiro.com 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!

MARIA STEFAN, DDS Family Dentistry

Maria Stefan, DDS, INC. 4647 Quail Lakes Drive Stockton, (209) 478-5884 www.stefandds.com Dr. Maria Stefan is a highly educated and skilled dentist in the San Joaquin area. She strives to accomplish all the latest dental techniques. She has also taken care to assemble one of the finest dental staffs to provide our patients with the best quality care in a relaxing and comforting environment. Dr. Maria Stefan is a graduate of University of Medicine and Pharmacy Bucharest, where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree in 1994. She has over 16 years of experience in dentistry. Before coming to Stockton, Dr. Stefan has been in practice for several years in Seattle, Washington. For your convenience Dr. Stefan is bilingual, she speaks English and Romanian. She is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and San Joaquin Dental Society.

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RONALD S. NORIESTA, DDS General Dentistry

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

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 www.oneappointment.com. www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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RAFAT S. RAZI, DMD, MPH Pediatric Dentistry

2160 W. Grant Line Road, Suite 130 Tracy, (209) 834-1307 www.TracyPediatricDentist.com Dr. Rafat Razi is a Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry. She received her D.M.D., Doctor of Dental Medicine, from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and M.P.H. degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her specialty training in pediatric dentistry was completed at the University of Rochester’s Eastman Dental Center. Dr. Razi also served as faculty in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at Columbia University in New York City. She has practiced in West Palm Beach, FL, Manteca, CA, and now is at a brand new state-of-the-art office in Tracy, CA. Her expertise in her specialty is over ten years. The office provides a warm, caring environment specialized for treating the dental needs of infants, children, and adolescents. The facility uses the latest dental materials, digital radiography, and nitrous oxide. The office has kids’ movies and play areas, making patients’ first dental experience fun. Dr. Rafat Razi’s expertise, her friendly dental team, stateof-the-art office, and its prime location provide an excellent place for children’s dental care.

SALIDA SURGERY CENTER DENTAL GROUP Children’s Dental Care While They Sleep

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5712 Pirrone Road Salida, (209) 543-9299 www.salidasurgerycenter.com Dr. Pankaj K. Patel established Salida Surgery Center in 2004, with a goal in mind of improving the oral health of children in the surrounding communities of the center. Our mission is to work towards exceptional patient care by treating all of our patients and families with respect and as individuals.

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Our dentists believe not only in the treatment, but also in the prevention of severe dental problems. We like to educate our parents on how to establish healthy habits. Studies have shown that starting a routine at a young age can help children maintain good oral health throughout his/ her life. Oral health is a very important factor in a child’s development and should be taken seriously. Each staff member is an important integral part to our specialized team and we are pleased to have them as a part of our family. Our staff promotes a welcoming environment where children and their families feel at ease. We find that many of our parents have been greatly assisted by our bilingual staff members. We will be happy to assist you in answering your questions or making your appointment.

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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 aboutsmiles@ymail.com

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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REBECCA MAMMO, MD Ophthalmologist

Center for Sight Stockton: 1805 N. California St., Ste. 101 • (209) 948-5515 Stockton: 1899 W. March Ln. • (209) 623-4700 Manteca: 1144 Norman Dr., Ste. 102 • (209) 823-1152 Tracy: 612 W. 11th St., Ste. 103 • (209) 836-4800 Oakdale: 1425 West “H” St., Ste. 340 • (209) 849-2748 www.StocktonEyeCenter.com A humanitarian, award-winning Ophthalmologist and originally from the Bay Area, Dr. Rebecca Mammo received her bachelor and master’s degree in Public Health at UC Berkeley and her medical degree at the prestigious Harvard School of Medicine. She completed her Ophthalmology residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Mammo was inspired to do Ophthalmology as a second year Harvard medical school student while interning with World Health Organization fighting river blindness in West Africa, the second leading cause of blindness in Sub-Saharan Africa and Central America. It was at that time she decided to devote her professional energy to prevent eye disease and restore eye sight, having witnessed the miracle of such work. Dr. Mammo has conducted several research projects and academic presentations on a variety of topics including open angle glaucoma, pediatric eye disease and infections of the eye. She was honored for her work by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and Wills Eye Hospital, the New York Academy of Medicine. She continues to be an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. She has also volunteered as cataract, glaucoma and eyelid surgeon in Kenya, India and Mexico. Dr. Mammo has joined the Center for Sight team and is available for consultation, surgical and laser care for glaucoma, diabetes, eyelid abnormalities, cataract and pediatric eye care beginning September 26th, 2011.

KIDS CARE 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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MD, D.ABSM, D.ABIM (SLEEP), FCCP, FACP, FAASM, RPSGT Dental Group of Stockton & Lodi Stockton, (209) 956-9650 Lodi, (209) 366-1850 www.WellCareNews.com Dr. Shrivastava received his Sleep Medicine training at Stanford University, and board certifications in Sleep Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Polysomnography Technology. He is Chief of Sleep, Critical Care, and Pulmonary Services at San Joaquin General Hospital, Professor of Internal Medicine, Sleep Medicine, and Pulmonary and Critical Care at UC Davis.

DOUGLAS M. MARTIN, DDS, FAAID, FICOI, DABOI/ID

DAX F. MARTIN, DDS General, Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry

Martin Dentistry 1310 E. Swain Rd., Ste 2, Stockton, (209) 951-4251 Martin Dentistry has been serving the residents of the San Joaquin County area for 36 years offering the full range of dental services. Dr. Douglas Martin is one of the leading implant dentists in the world. In January, Dr. Martin traveled to India where he presented the keynote address to the Indian Society of Oral Implantology. The Custom Osseous Integrated Implants that Dr. Martin helped develop have shown a 97% survival rate at 10 years and are now expected to last a lifetime. These custom dental implants can restore quality of life when existing dentures can no longer be relined to work adequately to allow functionality. Dr. Martin, a graduate of UCSF, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology / Implant Dentistry, a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology, and a Fellow of the American Association of Implant Dentistry. Dr. Dax Martin joined his father after graduating from UCSF Dental School in 2002 and is now a full partner in the practice. Bringing a fresh modern approach to dentistry, he is certified in Conscious Sedation, and has taken extensive courses in implantology and is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is now also teaching at Heald College as an instructor in Dental Assisting. Martin Dentistry offers dental solutions to solve even the worst problems that can meet almost any budget.

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RANDALL T. HAYASHI, DDS Dental Group of Stockton & Lodi Stockton, (209) 956-9650 Lodi, (209) 366-1850 www.WellCareNews.com Dr. Hayashi, a 1988 graduate of U.O.P. Dental School provides treatment for sleep apnea and snoring as well as temporomandiublar joint disorder (TMJ/TMD). He is heavily involved in an oral-systemic approach to dental care. He is a member of the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, ADA, CDA, AACD, Stanislaus Dental Society, and volunteers in the community services and University of the Pacific

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ASHLEY A. STREETER, DDS, MS Orthodontics

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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You’ve worked too hard to let this economy jeopardize your future. While you don’t have control over the markets, you do have control over how well-prepared you are for them. Working together with your UBS Financial Advisor, you can create a plan for retirement that accommodates future market changes, while still keeping you on track toward your goals. Once your plan is in place, you’ll feel more confident and rest a little easier knowing you’re always prepared for the unexpected.

Russell A. Ballew Financial Advisor russel.ballew@ubs.com 2800 West March Lane Suite 110 Stockton, CA 95219-8220 209-473-0588 800-545-7173

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Resources to Ease into Retirement and Care for Aging Parents

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Throughout their lives, your parents have worked hard to raise you, to provide for the family, and through thick and thin, they’ve always been there for you. But now you’re an adult, and it’s finally their time to kick back, relax, and celebrate the golden years—after all, they’ve earned it. Our Good Life Guide is a great way to help your parents make the most of their retirement. From dependable financial advisors and personal trainers, to beautiful apartments and the area’s top healthcare professionals, our local senior resources will give you the tools to make sure your loved ones are truly living the good life!

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The University of the Pacific’s Center for Professional & Continuing Education offers classes to residents and visitors at O’Connor Woods. The OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) program is open to adults 50+ from the community who enjoy attending and participating in interesting and educationally stimulating programs. There is an Annual Membership Fee and individual classes begin at $25 and up, depending on the class and duration of the sessions. For more information call (209) 946-7658. For specific information on classes offered at O’Connor Woods, please call (209) 9563400. 3400 Wagner Heights Rd., Stockton (209) 956-3400

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When you need us most …Bethany at Home is there for you! At Bethany Home we believe it is our mission to provide today’s seniors the support and care of the highest possible quality, at levels appropriate to each individual’s needs. We seek to provide that care in a spirit of Christian love, challenging each giver and receiver of care to act cooperatively and responsibly toward others, God and community. Having successfully accumulated 48 years of experience in serving seniors, we are now taking our mission and our commitment to a whole new level … we call it Bethany at Home. Bethany Home In-Home Care 368 Wilma Avenue, Ripon, CA 209-599-4222 / e-mail: inhome@bethanyripon.org

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Valley owned and operated by Premiera Care, The Commons communities offer a senior housing alternative combining independence with personal care in a warm dignified community setting. From our personal care services to our activities program, we strive to create a menu of options uniquely tailored to fit your individual needs. Those who become part of our family enjoy a beautifully decorated community with exceptional personal care from a staff ready to help 24 hours a day. Amenities include: elegant dining room, library, barber & beauty shop, hydrotherapy bath, emergency call systems, medication supervision, transportation, three chef prepared meals, weekly housekeeping services, planned activities, and much more! Come discover the difference, where quality of care matters every day.

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 VISITING ANGELS

It is stressful being a caregiver for a loved one, no matter how much you care for them. There can be a significant amount of disruption to your life, as well as the worry and sorrow of watching the one you love become more needy. There can also be feelings of frustration, guilt, and hopelessness. Ways to combat the stress of elderly care include maintaining your health, staying organized, and getting professional help. Maintaining your personal health helps deal with the stress of elderly care. Getting proper nutrition, rest, and exercise allows for your stable physical and mental health. Neglecting your health will lead to emotional exhaustion, depression, and illness. You must stay organized and aware of the details of the loved one’s care. You should be educated about legal matters, finances, and have knowledge of their medical condition. This helps the care process move smoothly so that you do not become overwhelmed with logistics. Allowing yourself assistance and support is critical to managing stress when caring for someone. Seek additional help from professionals, community resources, or support groups. Visiting Angels is the premier provider of in- home care that can provide the professional support you need. Their professional and caring staff offers a full range of services to help your loved one. They provide respite for family members with services like meal preparation, housekeeping, hygiene assistance, shopping, transportation services and companionship.

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Russell A. Ballew, Financial Advisor My expertise is in holistic investment solutions to advance the wealth building and preservation priorities of small business owners, retirees and other investors. The strategies are driven by a thorough inventory of the client's finanical objectives and requirements and are designed to reflect risks that current market and economic conditions may present. Clients rely on me to help them navigate the many practical challenges and frequent extraordinary demands of successful long-term investing. I work tirelessly to explore investment solutions to enrich our client's lives and legacies, while inspiring confidence, trust and peace of mind. Once a client has made asset allocation decisions, I monitor the investments to ensure they remain on course and appropriate given current conditions. I joined UBS in 2006. My journey in the financial services industry started in 2002 while working for the Chevron pension plan. Prior to that, I worked in the not-for-profit arena. I hold my Series 7 and 65 securities licenses, as well as a B.A. in Organizational Development from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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an M.B.A. in Investment Management from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. I am passionate about serving the community; I have served on the Board of Directors of the Stockton Homeless Shelter. I have also served as a director for the Boys and Girls Club of Tracy, the Tracy Kiwanis Organization and the Baha'i Community of Northern California. I am also a youth soccer coach. My wife, Taraneh, and I have three children-Yasmin, Erfan and Bayan. UBS Financial Services, Inc.

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n VIENNA NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER

Vienna Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lodi combines a compassionate team of experienced caregivers and a modern facility to provide the finest in skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. Locally owned and operated since 1967, this 150-bed facility near Lodi Memorial Hospital features 24-hour registered nursing care. The new Vienna rehabilitation center—offering physical, occupational and speech therapy—is open six days a week for inpatient therapy and five days a week for outpatient services. The new, 3,000+ sq. ft. rehabilitation center features a gymnasium, flat screen TVs, and the latest in rehabilitation therapy. Visit anytime to meet administrator Corey Wright and his long-time staff and learn about Vienna’s activities, dining program, and all-inclusive rates. Vienna Nursing and Rehabilitation 800 South Ham Lane, Lodi (209) 368-7141, www.ViennaNursingRehab.com

n RIO LAS PALMAS

It feels good to belong. At an early age, we discover how comforting it feels to belong.  As we grow older, it’s even more important to be accepted and understood.  At Rio Las Palmas, creating a spirited atmosphere where residents and their families belong is the secret to our long-lasting success in Stockton! We are independent, assisted living, respite care, and so much more: • Spacious apartments • Restaurant-style dining • Housekeeping and linen services • Activities and social events • Scheduled local transportation • Warm, friendly staff Please call for a complimentary lunch tour and ask about our amazing specials! Rio Las Palmas 877 E. March Lane, Stockton, (209) 957-4711 www.riolaspalmasretirement.com RCFE# 397004515

n WAGNER HEIGHTS

Wagner Heights is a premier Skilled Nursing Facility in Stockton. With over thirty full time rehabilitation staff, Wagner Heights provides the most intense, well-rounded and successful therapy in San Joaquin County. Our team of nursing staff will ensure that your loved one is taken care of with dignity and respect. Wagner Heights has continued to be the top-choice for Short Term Rehabilitation and Nursing care. For a personalized tour of our facility or to discuss your options, please contact Melanie, Director of Sales and Marketing, for an appointment at (209)470-2155. Wagner Heights Nursing & Rehab Center 9289 Branstetter Place - Stockton, CA 95209 (209)477-5252, www.wagnerheights.com www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

n ARBOR NURSING CENTER

Arbor Nursing Center in Lodi was awarded the Clinical Excellence Award for 2010! They exceeded Quality of Care in 4 Clinical categories EVERY month in the year 2010! Arbor Nursing Center is centrally located in the quiet northern part of town. A few minutes from downtown, a few blocks from H.W. 99 and only 5 minutes from Lodi Memorial Hospital and our Doctor’s offices. Their 149 bed family facility provides some Private Rooms, Private Dinning and Private Family room all located on the Terrace Unit. In addition their semi-rooms have views of one of two different large outdoor patios. The state-of the-art Therapy gym with full windows on three sides and access to one of the patios creates a very enjoyable atmosphere. Please come by for a visit and receive a complimentary gift from us. Have a very Happy & Healthy Holiday Season. “We are Family Serving Families”. Arbor Nursing Center 900 North Church Street, Lodi, (209) 333-1222

n ARBOR PLACE ASSISTED LIVING

Arbor Nursing Center is located near beautiful downtown Lodi. Our 149 bed facility promotes a family atmosphere, and each resident is nurtured through family and staff involvement in their daily lives. We offer private and semi-private short-term rehabilitation suites, a state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym, and beautifully landscaped grounds and courtyards. We boast a culinary chef who prepares meals based on medical needs and individual taste. The high standard of care each individual receives in our home-like environment is the foundation of excellence that Arbor Nursing Center brings to the community of Lodi. “We are Family serving Families." Arbor Place Assisted Living 17 Louie Avenue, Lodi, (209) 369-8282 Respect for Individual Preferences is a Service Mark of Brookdale Senior Living Inc., Nashville, TN, USA. ®Reg. U.S. Patent and TM Office.

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Have you ever wondered what California’s coastal geography looked like 400 years ago? If you have, consider a visit to Channel Islands National Park, comprised of five islands located in a serene eight-island archipelago. Established in 1980, the trip requires a short but exciting boat or plane ride to get there, but it’s worth the extra effort to visit this national treasure. Just think: No cars, freeways, high-rise buildings, or any major sign of commercialization. These unspoiled, isolated and protected isles— Santa Cruz, Anacapa, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara islands—are a must-visit for anyone interested in an adventurous vacation getaway. Over 140 animals, birds, and plants, like the Scrub Jay and Island Fox, are found nowhere else on earth. Similar to the Galapagos Islands, the Queen Mary & Scorpion Sub

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Channel Islands’ isolation has allowed evolution to proceed independently. If you are done with overcrowded National Parks and like the idea of exploring a more secluded setting, you’ll love it here. Since there are only minimalist campsites available, we recommend staying nearby in the welcoming, next-door-neighbor beach cities of Ventura or Oxnard.

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What to see and do: Channel Islands National Park: The most popular and largest island to visit is Santa Cruz, which offers visitors plenty of exploratory options. You can get there by private boat or through a charter, but we highly recommend using Island Packers Cruises, which is licensed by the National Park Service and will get you there in about an hour. Their boats also make efforts to slow down if dolphins or whales Victorian Rose B&B Aquarium of the Pacific

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are spotted. (islandpackers.com) Once on the island, your options include hiking, birding, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, backpacking, kayaking and exploring. Our personal hiking trek through the rolling hills and near the cliffs provided unbelievable vistas of the California coastline. (nps.gov/channelislands) Our kayaking experience was the best guide-led ocean kayak venture we’ve had in years. Our guide and owner of Channel Island Outfitters informed us that the world’s largest and deepest ocean cave, Painted Cave, is on Santa Cruz. Although our day didn’t include it, we explored a variety of other amazing tunnels and grottos, including a 400 foot paddle into Cavern Point Cave. (kayaksb.com)

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Ventura (San Buenaventura): Although Ventura is not nearly as well-known as other California coastal communities, it should be. Great beaches, exciting surfing spots, a beautiful harbor and wonderful walking/biking trails along the water are welcome surprises. It might be best known for its beautifully preserved Mission San Buenaventura. Started in 1872, it is the ninth of our twenty-one state missions, and the last one personally founded by Father Junipero Serra. (sanbuenaventuramission.org) Other personal recommendations to add to your do-not-miss list: Channel Islands Visitors Center at the road’s end on the harbor is worth a drop-in prior to heading for the islands; San Buenaventura City Hall is a stunning 1912 Beaux Arts architectural landmark that offers dramatic interiors and courtrooms formerly

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VENTURA & OXNARD/CHANNEL ISLANDS energizing displays, and don’t miss the upstairs offices of this former Union Oil Company headquarters. (oilmuseum. net) The Farm Museum and Santa Paula Art Museum are equally enthralling. (santapaulachamber.com)

Ventura City Hall

used when serving as Ventura

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County’s Courthouse. Antique shopping and an amazing number of high-end thrift stores benefitting a wide variety of charities draw buyers from all over Southern California. Other shopping stops at the world-renowned Patagonia headquarters will entice the outdoor aficionado, and Cheap Sports is nearby for those seeking sporting goods bargains. (patagonia.com, realcheapsports. com) Buenaventura Art Gallery concentrates on featuring talented local artists (buenaventuragallery. org), and the Erle Stanley Gardner Building—the “birthplace of Perry Mason mystery literature and TV shows”—is slated to be developed into a dramatic special events venue.

Museum presents one of the country’s best collections of model tall ships and other nautical exhibits. (vcmm.org) Jim Hall Kart Racing School and Track have been highly touted by Motor Trend Magazine. (jimhallkartracing.com)      Try renting a popular Duffy Electric Boat and enjoy a quiet excursion through the picturesque harbor channels. (hopperboatrentals.com) Long recognized as one of our state’s most popular fishing ports, sign up for a sport fishing trip to the islands and expect great catch results including sole, sand dabs, rock fish, red snapper, lobster and crab. (hookslanding.net)    Carnegie Art Museum, originally built in 1906 as a library, is a gorgeous neoclassical building with rotating exhibits. (carnegieam. org) Take a nostalgic stroll through the Historic District and Heritage Square, where numerous notable homes and buildings await.

For all things Ventura: ventura-usa.com

Oxnard:

Maybe even less known than Ventura, Oxnard also offers many pleasant surprises, especially their Channel Islands Harbor and numerous uncrowded, well-maintained beaches. Other suggestions include: Mullin Automotive Museum, a display of the world’s largest collection of stunning Bugatti and French race cars. They have very limited visiting hours, but if you can arrange a visit, it’s a spectacular display. (mullinautomotivemuseum.com) The Madison Restaurant

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when visiting the area is Mandalay Bay Resort, an Embassy Suites property. We’ve stayed here at least four times over the past twenty years and have never been disappointed. Lush landscaping and a dazzling beachside location make it a no-brainer. Current ongoing renovations of all their suites should only enhance their reputation. Dining in their Capistrano Restaurant offers California cuisine, and

Ventura: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach claims to be the city’s only oceanfront hotel and is a great choice when you want to be within walking distance of the historic downtown. Their C

For all things Oxnard: visitoxnard.com

Santa Paula: While visiting the area, we recommend a short drive to Santa Paula, known as the citrus capital of the world. Three very unique museums make up a historical trifecta, and the quality is quite surprising for such a small, out-of-the-way community. Their California Oil Museum offers mind-

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Where to stay and dine: Oxnard: Our first choice for lodging

their Sunday brunch has been voted the county’s best. (embassymandalay.com)   For other dining picks, La Dolce Vita is a local fave located in a restored historic residence in Heritage Square, and features Italian/Mediterranean fusion cuisine. (theldv.com) SeaFresh Restaurant at the harbor is a delightful casual, al fresco dining experience. (seafreshci.com) Cabo Seafood Grill and Cantina, a very popular hangout for locals, features authentic Mexican fare and homemade tortillas. (caboseafoodgrill.com)


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Often referred to as America’s Galapagos, this pristine National Park should expand your vacation horizons, and the Ventura/Oxnard area will provide enough fun activities and interesting sightseeing opportunities to warrant at least a fourday stay. Major plus: hotel rates are less expensive than those in upscale beach cities like nearby Santa Barbara, and the beaches are very similar, if not better. [SJM]

Courtesy Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau; Gary W. Talbot

Street restaurant specializes in California-inspired cuisine featuring regional vegetables and cheeses. (cpventura.com)       Prefer a B&B? The unique Victorian Rose is located in a 1890's church and has been intriguingly reconfigured into a charming inn. Ever fall asleep in church and get scolded? Well, here’s your chance to do it without repercussions. (victorianroseventura.com)    Other dining picks include: Watermark Restaurant, the county’s newest culinary darling for that special occasion dinner. Don’t miss the dramatic 1920s restored interior and their stunning rooftop cocktail lounge, W20. (watermarkonmain. com) And the award-winning Sidecar restaurant has been open since 2004 and is located in a beautifully restored 1910 Pullman railroad dining car. (thesidecarrestaurant.com).

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Spice Up Your Life BY KATY BERRY

Spices are pieces of root, bark, seeds, or other parts of a plant that have been dried and are used to flavor food. All around the world, they are an integral part of cooking. But in America, the use of spices is not as emphasized, and we’re missing out. Part of the problem is that we just don’t know what the heck half of them are for. Luckily, we tracked down local food historian, Ken Albala, to give us the skinny on spices: where they come from, what they taste good on, and how you can make the most of them. So get in your kitchen, pull out that spice rack, and start experimenting. » www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

ALLSPICE:

“Contrary to popular belief, allspice is not a mixture of spices, but just one,” says Albala. It looks like a peppercorn and is actually the dried unripe fruit of the pimenta dioica tree. Allspice is grown in the Caribbean and Jamaica and is a bit spicy, warm, and aromatic. This interesting seasoning works beautifully with savory dishes, and Albala suggests using it with recipes like Jamaican jerk chicken and BBQ sauce. People also tend to put it in autumn desserts like pumpkin pie.

BAY LEAVES:

Bay leaves come from the laurel tree. In California, we have some species of laurel trees, but don’t try to put these leaves in your food. The bay leaves we enjoy actually come from Turkey. Bay leaves have a sharp and somewhat bitter flavor, and are best used in tomato sauces. Albala suggests throwing a leaf into your sauce to simmer, or tying it in a bouquet with thyme and parsley. You’ll be able to smell its fragrant aroma throughout the kitchen.

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CULINARY SPOTLIGHT

Cayenne is made from the dry ground-up pod of a chili pepper. “This spice is extremely popular around the world because it’s inexpensive and easy to grow,” says Albala. It has a nice spicy heat, and though commonly associated with Mexican cooking, it’s also widely used in Thailand, India, Turkey, Southern Italy, and Spain. Cayenne pepper is best on spicy dishes, but can also be used to add color to food, thanks to its lovely red hue. If you like cayenne, Albala suggests trying other types of chili based spices, like paprika, which is slightly sweeter and milder, and comes from a specific chili grown in Hungary.

CLOVES:

Cloves have an assertive flavor and despite once being revered as an important ingredient, they are rarely used today, save for the occasional pumpkin pie. In their height of popularity, during the Middle Ages, cloves were not only used for food, but also as medicine. If you put a clove in your mouth and leave it there for a while, it will numb your gums and tongue. Flavorwise, cloves add a uniquely aromatic warmth and sweetness to dishes, and taste especially good in rich stews. For those who make their own stock, Albala suggests sticking a few cloves in an onion to add flavor.

CUMIN:

Cumin is closely related to the caraway seed and is similar to mustard in that it’s inexpensive and easy to find. It was introduced by the Spanish and is popular in Middle Eastern cook ing, though Americans tend to associate it with Mexican food. Its distinctive flavor is slightly bitter, smoky, and some even describe it as sweaty. “It’s great for balancing the heat in spicy food and definitely belongs in a pot of chili,” says Albala. You can also experiment with it by mixing it with other spices and herbs and roasting it on meat.

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CINNAMON:

Did you know that the ‘cinnamon’ you purchase at the grocery store isn’t really cinnamon at all? It’s a spice called cassia. Though it tastes similar to cinnamon, it is less expensive, darker in color, and has a more intense flavor. “Americans tend to prefer the stronger flavor of cassia,” says Albala. Real cinnamon is light brown, easy to break, and has a papery texture. If you want to try real cinnamon, it can often be found in Mexican markets. Most people associate it with sweet desserts, but it’s also delicious in savory dishes. Countries like Morocco and India often use cinnamon in their cooking. Try pairing it with curry dishes or combining it with other spices like cumin.

NUTMEG:

Nutmeg is from Indonesia, though it also grows in the Caribbean. It is another spice that once had a prominent place in cooking but has become less popular over the centuries. Like many other spices, nutmeg is associated with sweet holiday dishes like pumpkin pie, and is known as a popular garnish for eggnog, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be used in savory dishes. Try adding a hint of nutmeg to gravy, or a ham glaze.

Fun Fact.

Believe it or not, eating a whole nutmeg can cause intense hallucinations. Not to worry though, a little in your gravy won’t do any harm.

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GINGER:

Ginger comes from Asia and is sometimes referred to as ‘the hand’ because of its odd shape. “When using ginger, fresh is always preferred,” advises Albala. It should be peeled and grated. Fresh ginger is usually white in color, though there is also green ginger which can be sliced into chunks and thrown into a dish. Ginger is a staple of Asian cooking and tastes delicious in stir-fries. Combined, ginger, soy, and garlic are very common flavors in Asian dishes. Ginger is hot in the mouth and has a pungent taste, but its burn doesn’t last the way a spicy chili’s does, nor is it volatile like horseradish or wasabi. It’s in a league of its own, which is perhaps why so many people enjoy it.

DRY MUSTARD:

Mustard plants can be seen growing in vineyards during the winter because they help keep the soil healthy. It is an extremely common plant, and the very same used to make the bottle of mustard in your fridge. In fact, you can use dry mustard to make your own condiment by mixing it with water, wine or vinegar, salt, and other flavorings. The longer it sits with the water, the spicier it gets. Experiment by combining it with other spices and using it as a dry rub. Or put it under the skin of a chicken with paprika, salt and pepper.

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Fun Fact:

Despite being grown year after year, spices are only sold on a supply and demand basis. For this reason, the spices you see in the grocery store may already be well over a year old. To get the most out of spices, you should buy them fresh. To enhance their flavor even more, toast them slightly on a dry skillet to bring out their aromatic oils, and then grind them in a spice mill or a mortar. PEPPER:

Perhaps the most important spice of them all, pepper is a major ingredient in every culture. Pepper was once worth its weight in gold, though today it is common and can be grown in any tropical climate. There are different types of pepper: black, white, and green. All three types come from the same exact plant. The pepper plant is a flowering vine, and its fruits are called peppercorns. Green pepper is simply made from immature peppercorns and can be found pickled, similarly to capers. Albala suggests sautéing them in butter and eating them with a steak. FUN FACT: During the middle ages, spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg were extremely expensive, and using them in food was a sign of wealth. In the 16th century, families would use these spices in generous quantities on everything, especially cinnamon and sugar. It was comparable to how we use salt and pepper today. This went on until the 17th century when a direct route to Asia was established, causing supply to increase and prices to drop. At that point, flaunting one’s spice cabinet became less impressive.

“The Finest in Italian and American Cuisine” At Angelina’s, we serve spaghetti you can’t get anywhere else. Our gravy comes from an authentic family recipe which has been in our family for generations. We have a full service restaurant, a lounge - “The Hanger”, a deli, and offer take-out orders and reservations for parties of 6 or more.

White pepper is the same as black pepper except the seed coat has been removed and the pepper has been bleached white. It does not have a particularly good flavor and most people use it simply so they don’t have black specks on their food. If you want to try other more exotic types of pepper, consider the long pepper, which is commonly found in Indian groceries. Or Szechuan peppercorns, originally from Thailand and Nepal, which are unusual for their combination of spiciness and slight numbing sensation.

Roy’s Seasonings Want an easier way to try spice combinations? Roy Campbell of Murphys began playing with spices when his wife broke her foot, leaving him in charge of cooking dinner. Looking to have a few pre-mixed seasonings ready to go, Roy headed to the grocery store only to find that many of the seasonings contained preservatives and additives. From there, Roy’s Seasonings was born. Today Roy’s has seven seasonings to offer, including their most popular blend: The Woodsman, a earthy mix of juniper berry, garlic, ginger, fennel, sage, cumin, savory, rosemary, and fruit powder for a touch of sweetness. FOR MORE INFORMATION: ROYSSEASONINGS.COM

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L o c a l L od i This month's picks from the Lodi Wine and Visitor Center

  When tasting the 2009 Alta Mesa Lodi Verdelho in San Francisco last year, Andrea Immer Robinson (a master of wine and author of multiple wine books) could not stop talking about the “silky dryness and perky tartness” of this uniquely scented dry and bracing white wine— think lime, lemon verbena, and white peach skin. Robinson also noted flavors of “marzipan and almonds in the finish as you exhale,” adding that “it makes you crave a Barcelona-style spinach salad, laden with pine nuts and raisins.”   Who wouldn’t want some of that? But what is Verdelho, and why are we talking about it? In her Guide to Wine Grapes, Jancis Robinson MW writes that Verdelho is “most closely associated with the fortified wines of Madeira,” although it has done “notably well in hotter regions of Western Australia.” She’ll have to revise that book, of course, to mention winegrower Ron Silva’s magnificent obsession with the grape in Lodi.   “I was inspired to plant Verdelho,” says Mr. Silva, also the proprietor of the boutique-sized Alta Mesa Cellars, “after visiting Ilha do Pico (the “island of Pico”) in the Portuguese Azores in 1997. I was in Pico to see where my grandfather was born, and came across a sign that said Zone of the Verdelho. There I found plantings of an indigenous clone of the Verdelho grape, planted in fields surrounded by a rat’s maze of black volcanic walls, built everywhere on the island to protect the vines, and fig trees, from the winds whipped up by the Atlantic Ocean.”   At that time, Silva was just beginning to expand his vineyard in Lodi’s Alta Mesa AVA, located just east of Highway 99 between Galt and Elk Grove. “It was quite a chore,” says Silva, “because there’s only about 27 inches of loose, gravelly topsoil in Alta Mesa, and after that you hit about 9 inches of hard-packed sandstone. But beneath that was some beautiful, blonde colored loamy soil that hadn’t seen the light of day in over a million years, along with lots of extremely pure groundwater. So we had to rip through the sandstone layer 7 feet down to get to it. But just look at the vines and you can see why it was

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Lodi’s King of Portuguese Grapes BY RANDY CAPAROSO

worth the trouble – they’re growing beautifully, and have produced some outrageously good fruit.”

  Altogether Silva’s Silvaspoons

Vineyards (named by his wife Kat, because just about everything Ron touches seems to turn out well) totals 300 acres; twelve of those acres devoted to Verdelho, plus twenty other grapes such as Zinfandel and Petite Sirah (Michael David-Winery is a big buyer); the rarely seen Torrontés (closely associated with Chile, but producing absolutely luscious, spicy, musk scented grapes in Silvaspoons); and a full complement of black-skinned grapes that originated in Portugal’s Douro River Valley, which Silva likes to sell as field mixes to winery clients producing sweet, fortified Port style reds (varieties like Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, and Tinto Cão).

  While Zinfandel and Petite Sirah

pay the bills, it’s the Portuguese grapes that are nearest to Ron and Kat’s hearts because of their heritage. “My grandfather came to California in the first wave of Portuguese immigrants just after 1910,” says Ron. “Although my dad grew up in Hayward, he didn’t learn how to speak English until he got to grammar school. My wife’s family first went from Portugal to Maui, which is where she was born, and we met in San Leandro, after their sugar cane contracts in Hawaii were up."

  "When you stand in Silvaspoons,

you can see what brought us here 36 years ago – the same reasons why many Portuguese families came to Galt before us, primarily to raise dairy cattle.” Silva still keeps about 300 head of beef, which furnishes excellent compost to compliment their Lodi Rules-certified, sustainable farming. Continues Silva, “Alta Mesa is virtually identical to Alentejo, east of Lisbon – the same gravelly soil and Mediterranean weather, the same dry summers and cold winters, and cool breezes at the end of each day, ours coming off the Delta rather than the Atlantic.”

  At sunset we sit on the shaded concrete

crush pad alongside Silva’s tiny winery, as unostentatious as the man himself, and gaze westward at a golden horizon from where a late afternoon breeze has begun to cool our skins.   Silva opens a bottle of his 2008 Alta Mesa Lodi Tannat; the Tannat is a Southern French grape notorious for its black color and relentless tannins. Silva’s Tannat is suitably dark and impenetrable, and the nose is jam-packed with sweet, luscious blueberry & boysenberryish fruit, with undertones of thick, beefy consommé. On the palate, the wine is

dense, tight as a banker’s fist, with exotic, rambunctious flavors.   The hefty red wine makes our thoughts turn carnivorous; a hunger for smoky barbecued beef short ribs, or else extremely rare prime rib slathered in raw, tingling horseradish. “You’ll have to come back for a full blown Portuguesestyle dinner,” says Silva. With that, he sits back, cradling his glass, with wine stained lips forming into a visibly contented smile beneath a wild, wintry gray beard.

Randy Caparoso is the award-winning sommelier & and longtime wine journalist who also pens the blog for the Lodi Winegrape Commission’s lodiwine.com. To taste over 200 Lodi wines, visit the Lodi Wine and Visitor Center, 3545 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, (209) 367-4727, lodiwine.com.

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Wine Tours and Tastings

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.

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New “Experience a taste of Spain in Downtown Lodi”

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EXPERIENCE FLIGHTS OF LODI’S BEST Jessie’s Grove Winery Michael David Family of Wines Van Ruiten Family Winery Bokisch Winery

Berghold 17343 N. Cherry Rd. Lodi, CA 95240 (209) 333-9291 bergholdvineyards.com Cellar Door 21 N. School Street Lodi, CA 95240 (209) 339-4394 lodicellardoor.com Delicato Family Vineyards 12001 S. Highway 99 Manteca, CA 95336 (209) 824-3500 dfvtastingroom.com

Voted the “Best Tasting Room in San Joaquin County” & “Best Zin in America” wall street journal wine competition

Harney Lane Winery 9010 E. Harney Ln. Lodi, CA 95240 (209) 365-1900 harneylane.com

Michael-David Winery 4580 W. Highway 12 Lodi, CA 95242 (209) 368-7384 michaeldavidwinery.com

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Lodi Wine and Visitor Center 2545 West Turner Road Lodi, CA 95242 (209) 365-0621 Klinker Brick Winery 15887 N. Alpine Road Lodi, CA 95240 (209) 333-1845 www.klinkerbrickwinery.com

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Thursday-Monday. 11am-5pm. Tasting by appointment on other days.

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Tracy Thai 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 marble 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. Voted Best Fine Dining in Lodi 5 Years in a row! 28 S. School St. Lodi, (209) 369-0470

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. 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 www.outback.com

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

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

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We invite you to walk in our door and let the time machine take you back to the good old days of the fabulous 1950’s, where life was just a little simpler. A bit of 1950’s fun fills the walls. We are serving up burgers, fries, milkshakes, BLT’S, chili cheese dogs, and more…. And we have a full ice cream parlor where you can sit and enjoy a tall root beer float, classic banana split, specialty sundaes, and kid inspired treats like dirt n worms and cookie crumble. Whether you’re on date night, a family outing, or celebrating a birthday, a visit to Johnny’s Diner is sure to be a treat. A bit of 1950's fun

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.

1005 E. Pescadero Ave., Tracy, (209) 832-1188 www.johnnysdinerandcreamery.com

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

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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.

203-A S. School Street Lodi, (209) 366-0539

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

Everyone is welcome at Bud’s Seafood Grille. Friendly service, hearty portions, and a range of fish, seafood, pasta, steak, and poultry entrees make Bud’s a great choice for a business lunch, family dinner, or night out for two. Every meal begins with a bottomless basket of fresh sourdough bread. The new leafy outdoor patio seats thirty, and is the perfect spot to take a break from shopping in Lincoln Center and enjoy a leisurely lunch or even just a drink with a friend or two. Full bar and banquet room available. Open for lunch, dinner, and scrumptious Sunday brunch. Happy hour daily with $1.00 off all beer & well drinks and $5.00 bar bites 4pm - 6:30pm 314 Lincoln Ctr., Stockton (209) 956-0270 www.budsseafood.com

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, www.papapavlos.com

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Crush Kitchen + Bar has become Lodi’s hottest eatery over the last two years! With their farm to fork philosophy, extensive wine and beer lists, and customer service that is not only very professional but also warm and inviting, it’s no wonder why Crush has received so many accolades in their first two years of operation (Being named “Best Place to Stock Up” by Sunset Magazine).

If you’re a foodie in search of your next great meal or just someone who enjoys excellent food, Crush is your destination! Located in quaint downtown, Crush is easily accessible by car or foot, tucked in the back of the historic Woolworth’s building, Crush offers a hip, big city vibe with the service of a small town, privately owned business. Whether it be a special occasion or just a night on the town, CRUSH KITCHEN + BAR is the place to be! 115 S. School St. (inside Woolworth Place) Lodi, (209)369-5400 www.Crushkitchen.com

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 www.mikasasushilathrop.com

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Shangri La Asian Bistro is located on beautiful School Street in downtown Lodi. The restaurant is open from 11:00am-9:00pm Sunday through Thursday and 11:00am10:00pm Fri-Sat. Happy hour is available 7 days a week from 2:30pm-5:30pm which includes $5.00 sushi rolls and discounted appitizers. All well drinks, house wines and beers on tap are $3.00. We are known for our Hong Kong Pan Fry Noodles, Honey Walnut Prawns and lunch bento boxes. The most requested sushi roll is the "Moms Roll" which consists of spicy tuna, tempura shrimp, snow crab, avacado, tai snapper, white tuna and a garlic Mayo. This one of kind roll is then toarched and topped off with unagi sauce, spicy mayo and massago. You can order online at our website www. Shangrilaasianbistro.com. We are a family run restaurant and family dinning is our style!


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Welcoming Big Valley diners since 1976, this family owned restaurant is still THE place to go for a delicious meal in a relaxed atmosphere. The exhibition kitchen features Italian/ American cuisine, all house made dishes and cooked to order. The consistency of the top quality food, friendly staff, excellent service and wonderful customers have made Stockton Joe’s an all time favorite dining establishment. The award winning lounge has been voted Best Happy Hour year after year. The beautiful banquet room seats up to 60 guests. Stockton Joe’s also specializes in catering at any location for any occasion, and is the exclusive caterer for all events at the Commercial Exchange Banquet Hall and the Commander’s House. 236 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 951-2980 www.stocktonjoes.com

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

The DELTA BISTRO introduces its new fresh, local driven menu. The menu features Certified Angus Beef, fresh Alaskan Halibut, Pacific salmon, and lots of local produce. Chef Jeff Stogsdill and his team are driven to provide a fine dining experience in a casual setting with fantastic waterfront views. Enjoy dining on the courtyard, experience the wonderful atmosphere and treat yourself to gourmet delights. Pair your dining with local wines, or the best concoctions from the fully stocked bar. The DELTA BISTRO is located in the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel. 110 W Fremont St., Stockton 209-944-1140 for reservations

Domo Japanese Sushi Grill & Bar is the newest Japanese Cuisine Restaurant to embark Stockton. It is 8,000 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) Lunch : 7 Days a week: 11 am-2 pm Dinner: 7 Days a week: 4-9:30 pm Happy Hour: Sunday- Thursday: 4-6 pm 300 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 451-3654 www.domostockton.com

M & J BISTRO A TASTE OF SAN FRANCISCO CREPES, SEAFOOD, STEAK, PASTA & CHOPS

The moment you walk through our door, your eyes are dazzled by our elegance and your taste buds capture a unique experience in Tracy. No longer do you have to travel to the big city to partake in multi-cultural dining. Our French Basque-California Fusion offers the taste of San Francisco through dining on our Mediterranean influenced faire such as chicken axoa, salad nicoise and lamb chops with Basque style beans to name a few. We serve seafood, steaks, pasta, salads, paninis, burgers, sweet and savory crepes, as well as an array of appetizers. On Sundays you can choose from our regular menu or dine family -style which consists of soup, salad, pasta and entrée. We offer an assortment of beers; and wine from our local Tracy wineries. Our Restaurant is truly a feast for all palates. All dishes are prepared when ordered; also vegetarian and gluten free requests are welcomed. Your Taste of San Francisco, right here in Tracy! Mon-Sat 11:30am - 2:30pm 5pm-9pm Sun 4pm-8pm 2515 N. Tracy Blvd., Tracy, (209) 832-2727 www.mjbistro.net

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

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Crostini with Fig, Apples, and Pecorino Romano 6 dried figs, halved 1/2 cup simple syrup (recipe below) 2 Tbsp. brandy 1/4 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts (or almonds) 24 baguette slices Olive oil, for drizzling 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano 1 large apple (Granny Smith or Braeburn), thinly sliced into 24 slices 1/4 lb. chunk Pecorino Romano, for shaving 24 pieces

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DRIED FIGS BY KATE DONAHUE

Figs are believed by some scholars to be the notorious “forbidden fruit” of the Garden of Eden. True or not, today we can enjoy the many health benefits of this fiber-rich fruit. Loaded with good-for-you antioxidants, figs even outrank more common fruits when it comes to their calcium, iron, and potassium content. Some varieties grown in California include the Calimyrna Fig, Mission Fig, Kadota Fig, and Adriatic Fig. Figs have a long, storied history that spans many eras and countries, including ancient Greece, Rome, and the Middle East. Records indicate that the Sumerians and Assyrians were aware of this fruit and that its origins likely lead to southern Arabia. Figs are at their best when grown in a Mediterranean climate, much like San Joaquin, and the trees can grow between 15 and 30 feet tall. This naturally sweet fruit can be eaten fresh or dried. In fact, 100 percent of the nation’s dried figs are produced in California. The California fresh fig season starts in May and continues through mid-December, which makes January a perfect time to enjoy them in their dried form. The Calimyrna fig was brought to the San Joaquin Valley from Smyrna and was renamed to reflect its past and current home. This variety is commonly consumed dried. Figs make for a great ingredient, whether you want to add them to a salad, bake them into a delicious bread, or build a main dish around them.

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Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the figs, simple syrup, and brandy. Bring the mixture up to a simmer. Turn off the heat and let sit for 10 minutes. Place the fig mixture and the hazelnuts in a food processor and blend, pulsing a few times, until pureed. Set aside. Place the baguette slices on a heavy baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Top each slice with 1 teaspoon grated Pecorino Romano. Bake until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted and golden, about 7 minutes. Top each slice of toast with 2 teaspoons of fig jam, a slice of apple, and a piece of shaved Pecorino Romano. Transfer the toasts to a serving platter and serve. Serves 8. Simple Syrup Recipe: 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup sugar In a saucepan combine water and sugar over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved. Take pan off heat and cool the syrup. Any extra cooled syrup can be saved in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Recipe and photo courtesy of: sarahslifeinfood.blogspot.com

Bread Pudding with California Dried Figs 2 small dinner rolls 1 croissant 1 cream cheese Danish 1/3 cup sliced dried California figs (thick slices) 1 egg yolk 1/4 cup sugar 6 Tbsp. heavy cream 1/2 vanilla bean, cut lengthwise 1/2 Tbsp. brandy 2 tsp. rum 1 tsp. softened butter Brandy Sauce: 1/3 cup heavy cream, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 tsp. brandy Whipped cream for garnish Cut rolls, croissant and Danish into 2-inch cubes; turn into large bowl and add sliced figs. Combine egg yolk and sugar in small bowl; whisk together and set aside. Measure cream into a nonreactive saucepan; add vanilla bean. Heat to simmer, but do not let temperature rise above 180 degrees. Then, slowly pour hot cream into egg yolk mixture, while whisking vigorously. Discard vanilla bean; stir in brandy and rum. Pour mixture over bread and figs; mix together to combine well. Cover and chill for 2 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Divide and spoon mixture into 8 buttered, individual baking dishes or ramekins. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown on top. For Brandy Sauce: combine cream and sugar in saucepan; stir constantly over low heat until thick enough to coat back of spoon. Remove from heat and add brandy, as desired. To serve, spoon Brandy Sauce over reheated puddings and finish with dollop of whipped cream. Serves 8. Photo and recipe courtesy of California Fig Advisory Board and The Cracked Pepper Bistro, Fresno.

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DiningOut MIKASA JAPANESE BISTRO

15138 Harlan Rd., (209) 858-1818 www.mikasasushilathrop.com 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. Make sure you try the San Joaquin Magazine roll. Kampei!

LATHROP Mikasa Japanese Bistro 15138 Harlan Rd., (209) 858-1818 www.mikasasushilathrop.com 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. Make sure you try the San Joaquin Magazine roll. Kampei!

LODI Casa Mexicana

1110 W. Kettleman Ln., Ste.1, (209) 368-2272 www.casamexicanarestaurant.com 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 home-cooked 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 www.crushkitchen.com Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

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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 www.habanerohots.com 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 S. South Cherokee Ln., Ste. H (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. 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 familyfriendly joint a fun alternative for dining out. Lodi Beer Company

105 S. School St., (209) 368-9931 www.lodibeercompany.com 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 JANUARY 2012


Lodi’s Finest Cakery items ranging from deep-fried macaroni and cheese to a twentytwo ounce rib eye steak to grilled mahi-mahi, everyone is sure to leave happy and full. Lodi Feed and Fuel

27 W. Elm St., (209) 365-1043 www.feedandfuelrestaurants.com Full bar. Open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. $$-$$$$

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

2414 W. Kettleman Ln., 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 Ln., (209) 368-0613 www.pietroslodi.com Beer and wine. Lunch and dinner. $$

Charmingly designed and warmly staffed, Pietro’s restaurant is a family-owned establishment that’s clearly well loved. Pietro’s serves up huge portions of traditional Italian fare, and the restaurant is designed to give the impression that diners are sitting in the middle of a tiny, rustic Italian village. Try the rich and garlicky penne aglio pasta with mushrooms, spinach, and crushed red peppers, the hearty individual pizzas, the chicken parmigiana, or the lemony veal piccata with capers. Familyfriendly, and banquets up to 125 people. Rosewood Bar and Grill 28 S. School St., (209) 369-0470 www.rosewoodbarandgrill.com Full bar. Open for dinner. $$-$$$

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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.

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.

School Street Bistro

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

116 N. School St., (209) 333-3950 www.schoolstbistro.com 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. Wine and Roses

2505 W. Turner Rd., (209) 334-6988 www.winerose.com 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.

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Finley’s Bar and Grill

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 locallymade 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.

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Isadore’s Restaurant

680 N. Main St., (209) 825-4300 www.isadores.com Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$$-$$$$

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

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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

This Manteca hot spot rose up out of the ashes of the El Rey Theatre, which ironically burned down after its final showing of The Towering Inferno. Big, bulky sandwiches, like the Southwest-

515 N. Main St., (209) 823-0947, www.devegabrothers.com. Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$$$

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style BBQ Pork Masterpiece make this a great lunch destination, but live music Friday and Saturday nights and the largest bar in the Valley (complete with twelve house-made beers on tap) draw crowds at dinnertime and in the later hours, too. The whole family will enjoy the food as much as the fun murals and collections of local antiques on display.

STOCKTON Angelina’s Spaghetti House

1563 E. Fremont St., (209) 948-6609 www.angelinas.com 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 all your relatives to dine together in Angelina’s comfortable and cozy banquet room the next time you are hosting a family get-together. Angelina’s isn’t fussy—just simple, classic, and great tasting. Arroyo’s Café

2381 W. March Ln., (209) 472-1661 www.arroyoscafe.com Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $

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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 www.aveonthemile.com 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 topnotch hospitality that makes Ave special. Breadfruit Tree Restaurant

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

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 house-made, Caribbean-style drink. While eating, admire the hand-painted murals depicting waterfalls and island life. The owners proudly claim, “As they say in the Caribbean, ‘we cook food with love.’” Breadfruit Tree is open for catering yearround, and restaurant dining February to November. Bud’s Seafood Grille

314 Lincoln Center, (209) 956-0270 www.budsseafood.com Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

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

3201 W. Ben Holt Dr., (209) 451-1116 www.casafloresmarina.com Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

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, www. chitiva.net Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

Chitiva’s serves up authentic Mexican

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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) 952-1111. 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 www.dantespizzaandcafe.com 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

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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 are hands-down favorites. The menu has many traditional dishes, alongside appetizing treats like wokcharred 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 Ln., (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.

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De Vega Brothers

2819 W. March Lane, Ste. A1, (209) 9573839 www.devegabrothers.com 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. #21, (209) 957-2750 www.devincisdeli.com No alcohol served. Open for lunch and

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

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

TOBY’S CHEESECAKE Cheesecake lovers, rejoice! Toby’s Cheesecake will satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth. Lodi's Toby Chandler has been making her signature dessert using an old family recipe since she was 12 years old. In late 2010, she and her husband opened their commercial kitchen, Favorite Things, in Lodi, which became the home base for Toby to make her delicious cheesecakes. Toby’s Cheesecake may only offer one traditional flavor, but it’s done right. Her old-fashioned cheesecakes are light, fluffy, and delicious. For a little something extra, add some chocolate or raspberry sauce, or Toby’s personal favorite: fresh fruit. “That’s what seems to complement it more than anything,” she says.—K.D.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Toby’s Cheesecake, Lodi (209) 603-6094, centralvalleykitchens.com

The Delta Bistro at University Plaza Waterfront Hotel 110 W. Fremont St., (209) 944-1140 www.universityplazawaterfronthotel.com Full bar. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. $-$$$

There is no better way to enjoy the beauty of the Stockton waterfront then by enjoying a meal at The Delta Bistro. Located at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, this restaurant offers seating inside their chic lounge or guests can enjoy their meal al fresco on the beautifully landscaped grounds of the hotel. With a menu boasting simple and deliciously prepared local fare, as well as an impressive selection of fresh seafood dishes, this restaurant is perfect for enjoying an intimate meal or for hosting an event. Domo Japanese Sushi Grill & Bar 300 Lincoln Center, (209) 451-3654 www.domostockton.com 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. $$$-$$$$

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Flips Burgers

2503 Waterloo Rd., (209) 943-5477 www.flipsburger.blogspot.com 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 www.thefruitbowl.com 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 www.garlicbrothersonline.com 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

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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.

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.


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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 www.lapalmaonthemile.com. 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, www.lebistrostockton.com 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 Ste. A3 (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. www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

Mezzo

3499 Brookside Rd., Ste. A (209) 473-7300 www.mezzostockton.com 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 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 www.michaelspizzacafe.com 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

2311 Pacific Ave., (209) 941-9070 www.midtowncreperie.com Open for breakfast and lunch. Dinner served only on Thurs., Fri., and Sat. $

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. Moo Moo’s Burger Barn

10940 Trinity Parkway, (209) 957-9450 222 N. El Dorado St., (209) 469-9450 www.moo-moos.com. No alcohol served. Open for lunch and dinner. $

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to come with small children for a fun, tasty, and affordable meal. Moo Moo’s ensures that, like happy cows, happy diners come from California. Outback Steakhouse

1243 W. March Lane., (209) 954-9615 www.outback.com 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. 501 N. Lincoln Center, (209) 477-6133 www.papapavlos.com Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

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KERRY’S SWEET DECADENCE Those with food allergies know the how hard it is to find the perfect snack; something that hits the spot. Working around dietary limitations isn’t easy. Kerry Heckman knew this well, having an allergy to wheat. “I was trying to buy things out in stores and nothing was very good,” says Heckman. “You get fed up with buying cardboard and wasting a lot of money. I thought, ‘I can do better than that.’” And so Kerry’s Sweet Decadence was born: a line of deliciously rich desserts that are wheat and gluten free – but don’t taste that way. Kerry’s desserts are so good that people without food allergies enjoy them too. Her most popular treats include her carrot cake, brownies, lemon cupcakes with blueberry filling, and chocolate peanut butter cake. Kerry’s Sweet Decadence products are carried at several local shops, though folks can also order from her online store. Kerry is also happy to take larger orders.—K.B. FOR MORE INFORMATION: kerryssweetdecadence.com

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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 www.pekingstockton.com 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. Shirasoni Japanese Restaurant 3249 West Hammer Ln., (209) 473-2525 www.shirasoni.com 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

Stockton Joe’s

236 Lincoln Center, (209) 951-2980 www.stocktonjoes.com Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

Featuring Italian/American Cuisine in the San Francisco tradition, this is the place to go for a delicious meal in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Entrees include charbroiled steaks, fresh seafood, veal, chicken, and pasta dishes, including several heart-healthy options. Stockton Joe's frequently plays host to a variety of musicians who entertain guests in the comfortable lounge. Wine tasting evenings and specials are offered by local wineries featured each month. Joe's also caters all over the county, and is the exclusive caterer for the Commercial Exchange Banquet Hall and the Commander's House. With exhibition cooking, an award-winning lounge, and a large and attractive banquet room, Stockton Joe's is a local feature not to be missed. Valley Brewing Company

157 W. Adams St. (209) 464-2739 www.valleybrew.com 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 ten beers on tap at all times, from a pale wheat, to an IPA, to the house favorite Uberhoppy, an award winning double IPA. Or check out their great selection of specialty bottled beers. Check the website for up to the minute information about when the fun’s happening. Waterloo

10447 E. Waterloo Rd., (209) 931-4019 www.thewaterloo.com Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

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. Yasoo Yani

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

This downtown restaurant, open since 1975, is a classic eatery where the food is as eclectic as the diners. Mothers with their toddlers settle in next to prominent businessmen in ties for everything from a sturdy American burger to Greek souvlaki. Don’t be intimidated by the Greek side of the menu or the local luminaries—souvlaki JANUARY 2012

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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.


food&wine ‫ﺍ‬ 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 Johnny’s Diner & Creamery 1005 E. Pescadero Ave., Tracy, (209) 832-1188 Open for lunch and dinner. $

A trip to Johnny’s Diner and Creamery in Tracy is like a trip back in time to the 1950s. Filled with pictures of classic cars, Elvis and Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, and an old fashioned ice cream counter, Johnny’s is the perfect place to share one of their thick milkshakes with a date, or take the kids for a fun night out. The menu boasts tons of all-American favorites like the “JuicyLucy,” two hamburger patties grilled together with cheese melted in the middle, the Philly cheese steak, a grilled cheese sandwich on sourdough bread, or a big basket of fried zucchini. Be sure to leave room for one of their enormous, signature ice cream sundaes. Magellan’s

15 E. 6th St., (209) 839-2333 www.magellansworldcuisine.com 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 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. 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.

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Tracy Thai

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

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

714 Central Ave., (209) 833-0862 www.thegreatplate.com Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Looking for the best pizza in town? It’s here! The Great Plate has signature pizzas like Buffalo Chicken, or the Dominic, or build your own. Handmade to order and fired in the brick oven with always fresh dough for perfect crust and a delicious pizza. But that’s not all, excellent burgers, wings, salads, pastas, steaks, seafood, and more. Located downtown across from the Grand Theatre, come and enjoy the familyfriendly atmosphere. Great Plate offers

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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.woodbridgecrossing.net. 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.

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January 10-11, Sacramento A must for Michael Jackson fans, this show combines his music and signature choreography with the mesmerizing acrobatics of Cirque du Soleil. This memorable night will give fans an insight into the heart and spirit of the late King of Pop. Doors at 6 p.m. $52-$252. Powerbalance Pavilion, One Sports Parkway, Sacramento, (916) 928-6900, powerbalancepavilion.com

San Joaquin International Film Festival January 12-15, Stockton Since 2008, the San Joaquin Film Society has been presenting their annual film festival, and bringing innovative and award-winning films from around the world to San Joaquin. The festival also features educational programming, guest artists, locally-made films, and events for all ages. Screenings and events will be held at the Stockton Empire Theatre, and the Janet Leigh Theater. Local lovers of cinema should not miss this important event. Film screenings and event times vary. Prices vary. Stockton Empire

Monster X Tour For the first time ever, Stockton will be the motorsport entertainment epicenter, as the nation’s most competitive Monster Trucks and Metal Mulisha FMX Stunt

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Riders invade the Stockton Arena for this exciting, family-friendly event. See the biggest performers on four wheels weighing in at 10,000 pounds as they compete in racing, wheelie contests, and much more. Then rock the house with amazing freestyle action during the Metal Mulisha FMX! Plus, you can meet the drivers and see the trucks up close at the pre-event Autograph Pit Party. 7 p.m. $7-$32. Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 373-1400, stocktonarena.com

Dearly Beloved January 11-February 12, Stockton This comedic play takes place in the gossipy town of Fayro, Texas, and tells the story of the Furtelle sisters—Frankie, Honey Raye, and Twink—as as they desperately attempt to throw a wedding for a missing-in-action bride and groom. Full of zany characters, plenty of laughs, and even a performance by The Sermonettes, audiences will be sure to enjoy the loveably dysfunctional sisters in this fun show. Showtimes vary. $15-$25. Stockton Civic Theater, 2312 Rosemarie Lane, Stockton, (209) 473-2424, sctlivetheatre.com

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The California Vernacular January 17-March 3, Lodi The Knowlton Gallery offers a tribute to our Golden State with a nod to all things uniquely “Californian.” Artists Dennis Ziemienski, Carolyn Lord, Randall Sexton, Timothy Horn and Chuck Kovacic have all created their own artistic interpretations of the term. Hours vary. Free. Knowlton Gallery, Courtesy Knowlton Gallery, Harlem Globetrotters

115 S. School St., Ste. 14, Lodi, (209) 368-5123, knowltongallery.com

Pagliacci and Gianni Schicchi January 13 & 15, Stockton Presented by the Stockton Opera Association, this combination of Leoncavallo Pagliacci’s play within a play, and the comedy of Puccini Gianni Schicchi, is sure to delight with its grand music, costumes, and set design. Opera lovers especially should not miss this wonderful opportunity. January 13, 7:30 p.m.; January 15, 2 p.m. $35-$45, $10 for students. Faye Spanos Concert Hall, University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 946-2474, stocktonopera.org

Harlem Globetrotters, Stockton

Community Center for the Blind Crab Feed January 21, Stockton Seafood lovers can unite at this fourth annual event to benefit the Community Center for the Blind. Guests will be able to enjoy a delicious crab dinner, as well as door prizes, a raffle, and a silent auction. 6 p.m. $45. Waterloo Gun and Bocci Club, 4343 N. Ashley Ln., Stockton., (209) 466-3836, communitycenterfortheblind.org

January 17, Stockton For 85 years, the Harlem Globetrotters have been wowing audiences with 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 2012 world tour. Come see the team’s new rookies this year, including the shortest Globetrotter ever, the tallest pro basketball player, and the first female Globetrotter in 19 years. 7 p.m. stocktonarena.com

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$16-$83. Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont St. Stockton, (209) 373-1400,

Insectfest January 21, Lodi

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Creepy-crawly experts from the Bohart Museum of Entomology at UC Davis and the Lodi Serpentarium will be bringing their fascinating displays and other surprises to share with fellow bug lovers at the WOW Science Museum. Kids and parents will have much to explore and discover as they learn all about their favorite insects from the experts. Insectfest will also have free face painting, arts and crafts, and games for all ages. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $6 adults, $4 kids. World of Wonders Science Museum, 2 N. Sacramento St., Lodi, (209) 368-0969, wowsciencemuseum.com

Stockton Thunder January 27, Stockton Come support Stockton’s own hockey team and get rowdy with the Thunder mascot as you watch our boys battle the Alaska Aces on ice. You don’t need to know much about hockey to take in the energy and excitement of this sport. The Thunder will also be giving away a free adult black replica jersey to the first one thousand fans (ages 18+) to arrive, so you can sport your team pride all year long. 7:30 p.m. $7-$28. Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 373-1400, stocktonthunder.com

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