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Power of the Paddle With the opening of his Lodi kayak shop, paddling expert Dan Arbuckle is helping locals enjoy San Joaquin’s waterways. BY KATY BERRY

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   As with many young men, Dan Arbuckle’s love of the great outdoors started in his boyhood. Kayaking in particular was an adventure his family enjoyed together, and by the time he was 7 years old, he already had his own boat. This past December, Arbuckle opened the Headwaters Kayak Shop in Lodi, helping locals get on the water, while also fostering a growing interest in paddling in San Joaquin. >>

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different kayaks, and if they decide to buy a boat, the original investment of $150 goes toward the cost of the new kayak. If you already have your own boat, becoming a Lodi Paddle Club member is completely free. In addition to the club’s weekly paddles, Arbuckle also hosts ground clinics in his shop where he talks about topics like proper posture, different stroke techniques, and boat designs.    So, where’s the best place in San Joaquin to get your feet wet? Arbuckle says his favorite place to paddle is on the Delta. “The Delta is tidal and a lot bigger, so you have potential for a variety of conditions. There are also a lot of campgrounds and little islands… And the fishing is better.” However, for a relaxing paddle, the Mokelumne River’s natural beauty makes it a great choice year-round, especially for beginners. Head up the river for Class 1 and 2 rapids, where even inexperienced kayakers can catch a thrill while still enjoying an easy ride.    For sea kayaking, the Lodi Paddle Club does take trips to the Bay Area, but this requires more skill and experience. “You’re dealing with tides, and actually surfing in on oncoming waves, getting close to rocks, and timing with the ocean

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   “It’s something I’ve always been passionate about,” says Arbuckle. “The ability to explore on the water is something really unique to kayaking. You go the same pace as when you walk, but in a kayak you become a water creature. It extends where you can go, where you’d normally be limited.” At one point, Arbuckle took a hiatus from kayaking to become a competitive mountain biker, and expected to open a bike shop one day. But when he was offered a job selling kayaks at a local outdoor shop, his childhood memories reignited, and Arbuckle became a water creature once again.    “I try not to sell someone a kayak right away, but get them involved in a program,” says Arbuckle. “Every Wednesday night at Lodi Lake we do an evening paddle that’s $25. They get a kayak to use, and I transfer it to the water for them. All they have to do is show up and go on a trip.”    Arbuckle’s involvement with the Lodi Paddle Club has made kayaking an affordable way for locals to meet and greet, while reconnecting with San Joaquin’s natural beauty. If renters find that they love the sport, Arbuckle offers a program where paddlers pay $150 for unlimited rentals all month long. They can test out

swells,” says Arbuckle. “You need to be involved in some sort of course to progress to that sort of paddling. You need to be very aware of what the tides are doing in the bay.”    Whatever pace you prefer, kayaking is fun for all ages, and joining the Lodi Paddle Club is easy to do. Simply show up to a meeting or group paddle (if you need to rent a boat, call Headwaters in advance), and go for it. It’s a great way to stay active, get outdoors, and see the Central Valley from a new perspective.

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Bartenders wear many hats—mixologist, host, last-minute friend, or sometimes even therapist. They’re also witness to some fairly interesting behavior. We took a little field trip to see if our local bartenders would share their tales from the bar. —Katy Berry Strangest Drink We’ve been getting a lot of requests for “Stop Lights” lately. The drink is red, yellow, and green. The green is Midori, the yellow is banana liqueur, and the red is something with a Jaegermeister mix. Usually by the time you hit the red, you’re ready to hit the floor. - Tracie Leong, Bradley’s American Bistro, Stockton

Most Interesting Regular We have this one customer that dresses up like Michael Jackson. He never drinks, he just comes in and dances like Michael. The DJs know him as a regular and when he comes in, they’ll play a song and clear the way for him. He’s on YouTube. - Stephanie Castro, The Great Plate, Tracy

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Celebrity Sightings The Stockton Ports were here last night. A dozen of the players came to celebrate after their victory. - Andy Faria, O’Ryleigh’s Tavern, Stockton

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Biggest ‘Oops’ Moment It was the middle of winter and somebody threw a smoke bomb in the men’s room. It went through the vent system and came out through the heater, so we thought the heater was catching on fire. We called the police and the fire department and cleared everyone out on a weekend night. And then the manager needed to use the bathroom, and he walked in and it was completely filled with smoke. We looked like complete idiots. - Chris Rothenberger, Garry’s Lounge, Lodi

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Nothing tastes better when the weather gets warm than fresh fish from the grill or buttery lobster meat pulled from its bright red shell, but fresh seafood markets are few and far between in San Joaquin. If you live in Stockton, however, you can have almost anything your sea-faring heart desires delivered to your home by Stockton’s Seafood Express. The retail seafood market has been around since 1994 and offers a menu with a fresh and freshfrozen selection of fish, crab, scallops, live Maine lobsters, mussels, shrimp, oysters, and clams.You can order through their website, and deliveries are made Tuesday evenings between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. (The delivery fee is $5.99, or free for orders over $100.) If you live outside of Stockton or aren’t interested in delivery, not to worry: you can pick up your order at their market on Miner Avenue. —K.B.

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Tequila Tasting for Beginners Local tequila connoisseur Octavio Cruces of Stockton’s Casa Flores Marina teaches us about the notorious Mexican libation.

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What you’re drinking: There are five types of tequila: Gold, Silver, Resposado, Añejo, and Extra Añejo. Gold is the lowest quality, with only 51 percent pure tequila, the rest being sugar, food coloring, and starches (the culprits for your previous hangovers). Silver is made with 100 percent tequila and immediately bottled after distillation. Resposado, Añejo, and Extra Añejo, are all “resting” tequilas because they sit in barrels for two months up to three or more years. While resting, these tequilas blend with the barrels, creating a unique flavor. Quality tequila should also have a thicker, somewhat oily appearance from the pure tequila sediments. Stay away from those that are thin and watery.

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Tasting Happy: When it’s finally time to taste, Cruces says many people automatically go into “defense mode.” It usually takes three sips for the palette to calm down and open up to the flavors. Because everyone tastes tequila differently, there are no wrong interpretations. But the more you taste, the more your palette will pick up on different notes which, similar to wine, may range from fruits and sweets, to vegetables and spices. Eventually, you’ll be able to find what you like and choose a blend that suits your tastes perfectly. —Katy Berry

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How to drink it: Before you begin, ditch the shot glass. “Typically you put your nose against a shot glass and you get that real hard scent of the pure alcohol,” says Cruces. “Tequila tasting glasses are formed to allow you to smell and taste the actual concentrate from the aromas of the pure tequila, not just the fumes from the alcohol.” The aroma can vary depending on where the agave was grown. “For some tequila, the agave plants are grown next door to a citrus field with oranges. Through pollination you can smell those aromas coming through,” says Cruces.

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Jessica Siena Opera Singer, Stockton

Opera singers perform with no microphones or amplifiers, using only the power of their highly-trained voices to tell a story. Local soprano Jessica Siena talks about this unique art form. —compiled by Katy Berry

Does performing put a lot of strain on your voice? Unlike Broadway where you can do eight shows a week, it would be extremely rare to even sing two days in a row with opera. I did a national tour of an opera a few years ago, and it was in my contract that I could not perform more than three times a week. So yes, you have to protect your voice. Very often if someone is in a run of performances they will literally not talk between shows just to rest their vocal chords. Is it difficult to have an opera career? When you’re in this business you’re up against a lot of competition, I have been up against a lot of it. It’s a

completely subjective career. It’s not like being a CPA where if you get your license and are good with numbers you can be successful. In any performing art there will be people who like you and people who don’t. There are very few opera singers who are making a living, have health insurance, or have a home. Even the most successful ones are very often living out of a suitcase because opera works primarily on a freelance basis. Even though you're singing at the MET (New York's Metropolitan Opera) in October, your next job may be in Germany. How should people be introduced to opera? I feel like opera is meant to be experienced live, and that almost all of the power of opera is from being in the theater with that person singing right there, with no microphone, with their imperfections and all. It’s absolutely thrilling to be in that space. I think it’s significant that San Joaquin has its own opera company. Every year Stockton Opera puts on a full opera, a real opera. The tickets are something like $35 or $45, and you just can’t go to the opera for that amount of money, usually.

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Do you think one is born with a great voice, or can it be created? I think that a true operatic voice is probably one you’re born with. The whole point of opera is to project in a big theater without amplification, not just the sound but also your personality. The opera houses in America are big. They’re two to three thousandseat houses and you have to have a big personality, a big stage presence, and a voice that carries.

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Charming Healdsburg, a small hamlet in north Sonoma County, has long been a popular tourism destination in California’s wine country and well-known for its legendary welcoming atmosphere. Our most recent visit to this unique location at the confluence of three appellation valleys—Dry Creek, Anderson, and Russian River— reminded us why it’s also one of our personal favorites. Superb lodging choices, critically acclaimed dining, and highly regarded wineries really capture the essence of our renowned California good life.

What to see and do:

Walking around, the historic downtown plaza exudes a sense of diminutive quaintness where high-quality art galleries and boutique shops surrounding the plaza are very inviting to would-be shoppers.

Our favorite store: One World, an unusual enterprise offering international wares at very reasonable prices (www.oneworldfairtrade.net). Of all the art galleries, the one that really intrigued us was Rockin Roses, with paintings by rocker icons like Jerry Garcia and Grace Slick (www.rockinrosesart.com). Want to visit maybe the most unique museum in California, and the only one of its kind in the U.S.? Drop into the Hand Fan Museum, where thousands of dollars of premier collector fans as old as 1735 are on display (www.handfanmuseum. com). The free admission Healdsburg Museum located in the former historyfilled Carnegie Library is definitely worth a brief visit. Ask for their complimentary, self-guided, historic building tour map and enjoy viewing these architectural gems (www.healdsburgmuseum.org).

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Seeking some adventure? Canoeing or kayaking down the picturesque Russian River (www.riversedgekayakandcanoe.com) or biking the surrounding vineyard areas are popular pastimes (www.spokefolk.com). During the summer you might want to visit Veterans Memorial Park for a picnic on the beach or a fun swim in the Russian River.    “Cork Hopping” is Sonoma-speak for wine tasting at multiple stops. Many in-town tasting rooms eliminate the “driving while drinking” issue, and Kendall-Jackson, just off the Plaza and known for its premier Chardonnays, has been open the longest (www.kj.com).      Our favorite nearby Healdsburg wineries for exceptional tasting experiences include Rodney Strong, known for first-rate Russian River Appellation Pinots and Chardonnays and big-name summer jazz concerts (www. rodneystrong.com); long-time personal favorite J Vineyards and Winery right next door to Strong and home to award-winning sparking wines (www.jwine.com); and FerrariCarano, which is as well-known for its five acres of exquisite gardens as their limited-release Chardonnays (www.ferrari-carano.com). After you leave Carano, we recommend driving the few extra minutes to nearby Lake Sonoma where a stunning overlook awaits, as well as all kinds of boating, fishing, picnicking, and camping (www.parks.sonoma.net/laktrls.html). Where to stay and dine: Healdsburg has wonderfully diverse options in lodging. Looking for historic? Our recent stay at the 1883 Honor Mansion, the only four-star property in town, provided a number of pleasant surprises. The Honor has the charm of a typical country inn or Bed and Breakfast, and prices include creative full American breakfasts, delectable evening appetizers, and wine—but when you factor in all the resort features like bocce ball, croquet, and tennis, a golf putting green, swimming pool, and even a small basketball court, with all equipment, balls, and racquets included at no cost, it really is a rare and distinctive 13-room resort (www. honormansion.com). Another history-filled inn is the classic 1881 Victorian Madrona Manor, where antique furnishings and accommodations are matched by their Michelin-starred restaurant (www.madronamanor.com). Both inns are about a mile from downtown.

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   You might like the new H2 Hotel (www.h2hotel.com) or its slightly older sibling, Hotel Healdsburg on the Plaza (www.hotelhealdsburg.com). The H.H. is home to famed New York celebrity-chef Charlie Palmer’s multi-awarded Dry Creek Restaurant, but the H2 is completely ecofriendly and supplies bikes to its visitors. Seeking a special value? Look no further than the Dry Creek Inn, a Best Western Plus property that amazed us at the quality of their quite stunning new Tuscan building. Rooms include a spa tub, fireplace, and continentalplus breakfasts (www.drycreekinn.com).    Other restaurants in town of special note: Willi’s Seafood and Raw Bar was recently renovated to handle their increased popularity and remains a locals and visitors favorite (www.willisseafood.net). Healdsburg Bar and Grill is a fun place with al fresco dining, a lively sports bar atmosphere, and satisfying comfort food (www.healdsburgbarandgrill.com). Oakville Grocery, near the Plaza, serves as a welcome reminder that their deli sandwiches are the best in town (www.oakvillegrocery. com). For crème-de-la-crème baked goods and homemade ice creams, be sure to drop into Downtown Bakery and Creamery (www.downtownbakery.net).

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FLIP’S BURGERS

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

This little burger hut is packed every day of the week because locals with a burger craving know that only Flip’s will do their taste buds justice. Flip’s grills their 1/3 pound, all beef patties on a flat grill and then smothers them with classic toppings like cheese, grilled onions, or even fried egg. Their most popular dish is the cheddar bacon burger, a tried-andtrue classic. When you visit, we advise saving room for dessert; their deep-fried Oreos are not to be missed.

APPETIZERS

AVE ON THE MILE

2333 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 462-5283 www.aveonthemile.com

We can clearly see why Ave was voted as the best appetizers in San Joaquin—the entire menu is created around “small plates” tapasstyle dishes. We love the crostini plate, where diners have the option to choose three of five different seasonal ingredient combinations atop toasted baguette rounds. Try the mozzarella, sun-dried tomato, and basil for something savory; or the goat cheese with fig compote and honey for a sweeter bite. Also of note is seared ahi tartar over wontons with an avocado wasabi sauce. More importantly, this lounge meets eatery is simply meant for mingling over small bites.

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3201 W. Ben Holt Dr., Stockton, (209) 451-1116 www.casafloresmarina.com

In California, and especially here in San Joaquin, it’s quite easy to find Mexican eats due to our proximity to Mexico. So when a restaurant stands out above all the rest, you know it has to be incredible. Casa Flores Marina has become well-known both for its

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delicious dishes like tilapia salad and shrimp enchiladas with green sauce, and standards like fajitas and tacos. Owner Octavio Cruces also holds tequila tastings every third Thursday evening to promote education that this spirit actually is for sipping—if you have the right tequila.

SUMMER SOLSTICE THE GARDEN AT FINLEY’S BAR AND GRILL

EDITOR’S PICK

10477 S. Airport Way, Manteca, (209) 983-9493

Finley’s is one of those “off the beaten path” treasures, a cozy eatery with comfort food like burgers and sandwich melts, and only about ten or twelve tables. Small wooden signs posted around the restaurant request “No cell phones, please” in hopes of keeping the restaurant’s charming allure. We think the standout here is the quaint, greeneryfilled patio with trickling waterfalls and ivy vines climbing up the walls—relaxed enough for a Sunday afternoon snack and iced tea, but beautiful enough for a small wedding ceremony.

DELI/SANDWICH SHOP PODESTO’S MARKET & DELI

104 Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 951-0234 www.lincolncentershops.com

Whether you’re looking to pick up lunch to-go or bring some cold cuts home to the family, Podesto’s Market and Deli has everything you need when it comes to making a tasty sandwich. Step right up and fill out one of their handy order forms. Pick your meat, cheese, and veggies, all kept fresh and guaranteed to taste that way. We recommend trying their famous Dutch Crunch bread baked on-site—crispy and chewy, it’s without a doubt the best part of their sandwiches.

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> JAVIER DEL CASTILLO

Revolución 1910 296 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 955-0100, www.rev1910.com

After a flagship opening in Lodi that had everyone talking about Javier del Castillo’s handmade, authentic Mexican fare, the spotlight has now shifted to Revolución 1910’s new Lincoln Center location. The Lodi restaurant will become a more casual eatery, called Taqueria Oeste. Del Castillo himself is a wealth of knowledge about traditions and flavors (Did you know that vanilla and chocolate both came from Mexico?), and he also has quite a bit to say about tequila. “Authentic food from Mexico’s history and true tequilas seem to be misrepresented often here in America,” he says. To be called tequila, distillers are allowed to use up to 49 percent sugar from any origin, but Del Castillo explains that the mark of good tequila is when it’s made from 100 percent agave. Javier’s Picks The nature trail at Lodi Lake. Watching football games at the Grape Bowl, Lodi. Visiting Lodi’s wineries, especially Harney Lane Winery. www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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SANDWICH TO DREAM ABOUT

> THE BLUE MOUNTAINS AT BON APPETIT

1012 W. Lodi Ave., Lodi, (209) 367-5930, www.bonappetitlodi.com

EDITOR’S PICK

What do you get when you combine roasted turkey, crispy bacon, fresh Fuji apple slices, lettuce, homemade blue cheese spread, and a freshly baked ciabatta roll? You get the #17 sandwich from Bon Appetit, titled the Blue Mountains. Named to sound “monumental,” this sandwich is a tasty symphony of flavors and textures. Along with about twenty other original sandwich creations, Bon Appetit serves the Blue Mountains up warm and crispy, just how we like it.

SLICE OF SUMMER BERRY CRISP AT MEZZO

EDITOR’S PICK

3499 Brookside Rd., Stockton, (209) 473-7300, www.mezzostockton.com

When chef Richard Hyman set out to open an eatery to cater to the Brookside neighborhood, he hit the mark with a small “everyone knows your name” atmosphere. After a wonderful meal, the only thing we can think of is Mezzo’s incredible Berry Crisp. Made with locally-sourced strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries and a brown sugar crumble crisp, it’s melt-in-your-mouth scrumptious topped with Mezzo’s vanilla bean gelato. Kick back on the patio and enjoy—Hyman recommends a glass of Rosa Regale sparkling red wine to complement his signature treat.

PIZZA

MICHAEL’S PIZZA

2300 W. Alpine Ave., Stockton, (209) 462-6668 www.michaelspizzacafe.com

In a land overrun by run-of-the-mill pizza chains, Michael’s Pizza is a diamond in the rough. The pizza dough is made inhouse, mountains of fresh veggies are chopped daily, and flavorful meats and cheeses are sprinkled over real homemade sauce, a treasure for those who appreciate a great slice. The family-owned and operated establishment has been dedicated to making the freshest and most authentic New York-style pizza since 1978. You just can’t beat it.

TRIP TO NEW ORLEANS

BEIGNETS IN FRENCH QUARTER ALLEY, MIDTOWN CREPERIE

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2311 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 941-9070 www.midtowncreperie.com

New Orleans’s lively French Quarter is the inspiration for Midtown Creperie, where Matt and Melissa Grizzle were looking to bring the same sparkle to the Miracle Mile. Midtown could just as easily be Café Du Monde (of famous New Orleans notoriety), and they have the sugar dusted, puffed doughnut beignets to prove it. Take your beignets with Ghirardelli caramel or chocolate sauce to the breezeway next to the shop. With twinkling lights in the trees, café seating, and a mural of New Orleans sidewalks, you might as well be sitting on Bourbon St. in Louisiana.

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SOUP FOR A RAINY DAY > TOM KHA GAI AT TRACY THAI RESTAURANT

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POODLE SKIRTS AND POP, WITH A CHERRY ON TOP

Served flaming hot (literally, the bowl they serve it in is afire), the Tom Kha Gai soup at Tracy Thai can best be described as addictive. The flavorful broth is made from a base of coconut milk, with other ingredients like ginger root, lemongrass, chili flakes, mushrooms, and chicken added to taste. The result is tangy, rich, and mouth-wateringly delicious. Once you try your first bowl, you’ll be hooked.

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UJ’S RESTAURANT

When taking your family out to eat, the subject of ‘where’ can be tricky. UJ’s Restaurant has something for everyone, literally. Their extensive menu covers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with dishes like pork chops and eggs, chicken fried steak, omelets galore, Belgian waffles, an array of sandwiches and wraps both cold and grilled, sixteen different burgers, salads, steaks, seafood, pasta, and much more. With so many choices, plus a friendly atmosphere, even the pickiest family members will be pleased.

SPECIAL OCCASION RESTAURANT PAPAPAVLO’S

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

Situated in its own regal corner of Lincoln Center, Papapavlo’s Bistro and Bar is really a whole culinary compound, with an elegant dining room and bar, four private party rooms, and an expansive patio for outdoor dining. The cuisine is also unforgettable, California fresh with a Mediterranean/Greek flair that sets Papapavlo’s dishes apart from other upscale eateries in San Joaquin. For a unique treat, request the saganaki, a flaming cheese appetizer which arrives to your table in a oohing and ahhing display of flames, served with warm pita bread. www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

ANGELINA’S SPAGHETTI HOUSE

The idea to start Angelina’s was homegrown, literally. Inspired by the Italian/Genovese recipes handed down through generations from Aunt Angelina, this Stockton staple has been serving some of the best Italian around for quite some time. Their catering services have been able to shine in recent years, and Angelina’s will create a custom menu for any size occasion you wish. Choose from hors d’oeuvres, salads, pastas, and entrees— dishes like polenta with roasted peppers, sausage with sundried tomatoes and basil, pasta primavera, or lime glazed chicken.

UNEXPECTED TREAT

Service with a smile, that’s what you’ll get at The Creamery in Stockton. The old-school charm of this family eatery is one that keeps many regulars coming back again and again. Or maybe it’s just their large selection of thick, frosty, homemade milk shakes—flavors include peanut butter cup, mint chocolate chip, or the cheerfully pink cherry-vanilla, just to name a few. Served with a mound of whipped cream and a cherry on top, these shakes are as pretty as they are delicious.

EDITOR’S PICK

ASPARAGUS ICE CREAM AT STOCKTON ASPARAGUS FESTIVAL

Downtown Stockton Waterfront, (209) 644-3740 www.asparagusfest.com

Asparagus ice cream was debuted at last year’s Asparagus Festival and sold out, as visitors gobbled up roughly 2,000 servings. This year, Gleason’s Ice Cream in Stockton upped the ante and made 5,000 servings for hungry locals—and it sold out again! This creamy treat has become an instant classic: unexpectedly refreshing and sweet, with a subtly green flavor. Now that it’s a bona fide classic, you can expect plenty more to go around. SAN JOAQUIN MAGAZINE

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EDITOR’S PICK OLIVE OIL REVOLUTION > MIKE & JULIE COLDANI

Coldani Olive Ranch 1806 W. Kettleman Lane, Lodi (209) 334-0527 www.calivirgin.com

Just like winegrapes helped put Lodi on the map, so have San Joaquin’s artisan olive oils, much thanks to growers like Mike and Julie Coldani and their family. What started out as Mike’s senior project at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo became the seed of a whole new generation at Coldani Olive Ranch. Now with almost 100 acres of olive trees, Coldani is in the third harvest of their top-notch Calivirgin extra virgin olive oil, adding Lusty Lemon, Bountiful Basil, and Hot Virgin Jalapeno flavored oils to their production this year. “At this point, it’s really about educating that there are differences between olive oils,” says Mike. “We encourage California oils in general and all the fresh oils you can get here—many of the imported olive oils at the market have gone bad before you even bring them home. I’m the first to say ‘You don’t have to buy our oil, but buy California-grown’.” The Coldanis are working hard for olive oils to become as distinctive as wine: different varietals of olives, and which flavor you associate with which olive oils. Mike & Julie’s Picks Bud’s Beef from Bud’s Seafood, Stockton. Many people don't know that you can pick up this marinated beef and cook it yourself on the BBQ. Seasoning spice at Fiori’s Butcher Shoppe, Lodi. Good on almost anything, friends from out of town are always calling to get more. Stroller fit/baby boot camp, Lodi. Organized by Leigh Hobson, this fitness and strength class is designed for mothers with infants or toddlers.

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ANGELINA’S MEZZO PIETRO’S COCORO RAW DOMO

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHOCOLATE FACTORY GHIRARDELLI TOOT SWEETS

Caterer

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Chinese

DAVE WONG’S YEN DU TSING TAO

Deli/Sandwich Shop PODESTO’S GIAN’S DELI FIORI’S BUTCHER SHOPPE & DELI

Desserts

Pizzeria

MICHAEL’S PIZZA DAVID’S PIZZA DANTE’S PIZZA

Romantic Dining WINE AND ROSES LE BISTRO PAPAPAVLO’S

Seafood

BUD’S SEAFOOD PAPAPAVLO’S MEZZO

Special Occasion Restaurant PAPAPAVLO’S LE BISTRO WINE AND ROSES

Steakhouse

TOOT SWEETS PAPAPAVLO'S / THE DANCING FOX LE BISTRO

EL RANCHO STOCKTON JOE’S/ WOODBRIDGE INN WATERLOO, CA

Family Restaurant

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Wine/Drink A tip to the lips of a wonderful libation is just the thing to sweeten a scrumptious San Joaquin afternoon.

COFFEE HOUSE

EMPRESSO COFFEEHOUSE

1825 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 941-0072 www.empressocoffeehouse.com

Located in the Empire Theatre with its classic neon marquee—a landmark on the Miracle Mile—the Empresso Coffeehouse opens up onto Pacific Avenue with covered patio seating that might as well be right on the sidewalk, perfect for people watching. Empresso also makes almost every coffee shop drink you can imagine, from lattes and mochas, to fruit smoothies, teas, and Italian sodas. With free Wifi internet (don’t forget your laptop), and always bustling with coffee lovers, Empresso is the perfect place to see and be seen, or just hunker down and get work done.

also discerning with picks we haven’t often seen. (Crush also serves about fifty different beers.) Our favorite discovery is the Bellavista sparkling wine, light and bubbly, from Italy’s Franciacorta wine region. Don’t take our word for it; take a seat at the bar and have Warren talk you through the list to your favorite—he’ll even suggest one of his seasonal dishes to pair with your choice.

OVERALL WINERY

MICHAEL-DAVID WINERY

4580 W. Highway 12, Lodi, (209) 368-7384 www.michaeldavidwinery.com

As Lodi Wine Country has made a name for itself on the map, Michael David has become the most well-known winery in Lodi. Their wines have won numerous awards, and the most popular offering, 7 Deadly Zins, is a household name in wine cabinets all over the nation. We here in San Joaquin also know that Michael David is one of the most inviting wineries in Wine Country, with a tasting room, café and bakery (they’re known for their incredible, handmade pies), a fruit stand with local produce, bocce ball courts, and U-Pick flowers for 10 cents a stem.

BUBBLY BENEDICTION

BELLAVISTA SPARKLING WINE AT CRUSH KITCHEN AND BAR

EDITOR’S PICK

115 S. School St., Lodi, (209) 369-5400 www.crushkitchen.com

Aside from the fact that we love Crush’s laidback atmosphere and locally-sourced dishes, owner/chef Michael Warren has one of the best palates around for wine. His wine list is diverse with 140 selections from different regions, and

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EDITOR’S PICK WINE COUNTRY WOMAN > SHANNON HARBERT

Lodi Winegrape Commission / Lodi Wine and Visitor Center, 2545 W. Turner Rd. Lodi, (209) 367-4727, www.lodiwine.com

Originally known for winegrape growing, Lodi has evolved in the past twenty years to making its own unique wines, and has established Lodi Wine Country as a destination. As marketing coordinator, Shannon Harbert represents the Lodi Winegrape Commission in getting the word out about our fabulous wine region—close to 80 wineries and over 750 winegrape growers. “It’s a great time to be a part of Lodi Wine Country,” says Harbert. “Not only are we producing awardwinning wines, but we also offer a unique wine tasting experience. When you come to our tasting rooms, you’re most likely going to have the winemaker or owner pouring for you.” Harbert and the Commission promote Lodi through annual events like Wine and Chocolate Weekend and Zinfest; social media like the new Lodi Wine Country iPhone app; and a new ad campaign to be kicked off at the end of the summer. Shannon’s Picks Lodi’s Downtown Farmers Market, Thursday nights. Best peaches and heirloom tomatoes ever! Bread Pudding at The Dancing Fox, Lodi. One word... scrumtrulescent! Cheese Central, Lodi. Wine & cheese party anyone? www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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EDITOR’S PICK BEST PLACE FOR A GHOST STORY > THE BANTA INN

22563 S. 7th St., Tracy (209) 835-1311, www.bantainn.com

This historic saloon began as a stagecoach stop in the late 1800s. Now, more than two centuries later, it still stands as a great place to grab a drink at the bar or enjoy a hearty home-cooked meal. Filled with antique décor and photographs, this fun local “haunt” will make you feel like you’re in another era. It’s also notorious for being home to their friendly resident ghost, once the former owner of the Banta. Employees and regulars will gladly share their paranormal tales with those who stop in for a drink.

BREWERY

VALLEY BREWING CO.

157 W. Adams St., Stockton, (209) 464-2739 www.valleybrew.com

Beer lovers of San Joaquin have found a home at the Valley Brewing Co. in Stockton, where local brews flow on tap year-round. All their beers are brewed in-house and cover a wide variety of flavors including wheat, stout, Indian red, and IPA. During the summer, watch for blueberry or apricot specialty beers which come and go. No matter your taste, Valley Brewing Co. has a selection to quench any beer drinker’s thirst.

CUTEST DOG WITH YOUR WINE

EDITOR’S PICK

HARNEY LANE WINERY

9010 E. Harney Lane, Lodi, (209) 365-1900 www.harneylane.com

We first discovered at Lodi’s Wine and Chocolate weekend how much fun it is spending time at Harney Lane. In addition to great wines, the winery offered up some of the best food of the weekend: chocolate barbecue sauce and sausages fresh off the grill. How are we so sure they were grilled on-the-spot? Because the cook was standing by the barbecue all afternoon on the winery’s cobblestone patio, making fresh batches right next to our teak wood table. And his canine

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companion, adorable yellow lab Ranger, was watching his every move with those sausages—that is, between coming over to get some love from visitors, of course.

COCKTAILS, HAPPY HOUR, MARTINI

AVE ON THE MILE

2333 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 462-5283 www.aveonthemile.com

Here in San Joaquin, Ave on the Mile ushered in a new genre when it opened a little over a year ago. Not all bar, not all eatery, but somewhere in the middle—a lounge-type space where locals meet up for drinks, snacks, nightlife, and ambiance all in one place. House specialties are the Ave cocktail with fresh-squeezed citrus juices and tangerine vodka, or the Q-tini, a cucumber martini with cucumber-infused vodka and fresh melon juice. Ave is also known for their bottomless mimosa Sundays, create your own Bloody Marys—spicy, choose your own garnish, salt or no salt— and Wine Down Wednesdays featuring different wineries and live music.

Castillo is a tequila connoisseur, offering top-notch, 100 percent agave tequilas both for sipping on their own, and enjoying in his famous margaritas. This signature drink has only three ingredients: fresh squeezed lime, quality tequila, and agave nectar. Depending on the variety, Revolución will also add in fresh muddled fruits to taste. On our visit, we loved the Mamacita with blanco tequila, agave nectar, and muddled blackberries. Most importantly, these margs are fresh, tasty, and natural.

MARGARITA

REVOLUCIÓN 1910

296 Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 955-0100 www.rev1910.com

At Revolución 1910, owner Javier del

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100 East Taddei Road Acampo, California

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REVOLUCION 1910 CASA FLORES MARINA LA PALMA MEXICAN

2333 Pacific Ave. Stockton CA, 95204

209.462.5283 Aveonthemile.com

We would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You for voting us #1 Best of San Joaquin in four categories! We are truely grateful, and will continue to make our voters proud. Appetizers • Cocktails Happy Hour • Martini

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Locally-owned shops in San Joaquin bring the finest in unique and specialty goods.

FURNITURE

C.R. PORTER HOME DÉCOR

357 Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 956-9250 www.crporterhome.com

For robust, well-built, Tuscan-inspired furniture, C.R. Porter is the place. The Lincoln Center store is filled with truly beautiful home finds like Jan Barboglio wrought-iron plates and candle holders, and Sid Dickens painted wall tiles, but the furniture is the real standout. Hand-carved

wood dining tables, armoires, and bed frames are complemented by plush, luxurious couches and chaises in rich hues (think golden, plum, and evergreen). The best part is that C.R. Porter has vignettes set up with their furniture all over the store, so you can picture just what it would look like in an actual home, or get ideas for you own interior design project.

PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO FRITZ CHIN PHOTOGRAPHY

2014 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 943-2446 www.fritzchin.com

For any type of studio or outdoor portrait photography—families, children, pregnancy and newborns, senior portraits —Fritz Chin Photography is the go-to photographer in San Joaquin. Started in the ‘60s (they’ve been taking pictures for over forty years), Liza and Fritz Chin first operated from their Stockton home before they opened shop on the Miracle Mile. Son Arnold is now in charge, and with all digital photography, Fritz Chin also offers a mock “living room” with a large projection screen so clients can see what their images will look like on the wall before they purchase prints.

CUDDLE BUDDIES

P.J. SALVAGE JAMMIES AT THEADORA

270 Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 474-7407 www.theadoraboutique.com

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Fashionistas will find plenty to buzz about when browsing the shelves and racks of Lincoln Center’s lovely boutique, Theadora. While boasting some seriously cute accessories and clothing, it’s the specialty lingerie and loungewear that gave Theadora its start. We simply love their collection of PJ Salvage pajamas and robes. The oh-so-soft fabrics, fun prints, and meant-for-comfort designs will have you begging the question, “Is it bedtime yet?”

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STYLE AND FLAIR

> RICK LADD & JEFF GIBSON

EDITOR’S PICK

With Garden Flair 2206 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 933-9009 www.withgardenflair.com

Rick Ladd and Jeff Gibson opened With Garden Flair (along with Jeff’s mom and sister) almost six years ago on the Miracle Mile to share their love for spending time in the backyard. In celebration of the art of the outdoor party, anything related to keeping a garden or entertaining al fresco is fair game at this specialty shop. “We aren’t landscapers, we don’t specialize in the actual layout of a backyard, but we will romance it up—add the outdoor furniture, bright cushions, and the funky accoutrements,” says Gibson. The gentlemen are dedicated to keeping their offerings new and fresh, as evidenced by unique, kitschy items that shoppers won’t find elsewhere: looks-likeceramic outdoor dinnerware, fun kitchen and garden books, garden statues, and artsy birdfeeders. Rick and Jeff are always looking for ways to thank their customers for being so wonderful, and we feel the same way about them. Rick & Jeff’s Picks The Naked Bee hand and body lotions. They have a great smell of orange blossoms, and we sell them at the store. Concerts in the Park at Victory Park, Stockton. Summer evenings with friends, listening to music, with a light dinner and a glass of wine. Fried chicken at Guisti’s Place, Walnut Grove. Right on the Delta with great atmosphere, and always a fun time. www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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EDITOR’S PICK DOGGY PARADISE

> SYCAMORE LANE KENNELS & FARM 5111 W. Sargent Rd., Lodi (209) 334-1316 www.sycamorelanekennels.com

Devoted San Joaquin pet owners know there’s only one place to go for major puppy pampering. Whether you need boarding, training, grooming, or daycare, Sycamore Lane has experts ready to satisfy your dog’s every whim. Pups can play in the group playground (complete with swimming pool), or enjoy some cuddle time in the “zen den.” Want to give your dog a little extra love? A Spa Day includes playtime, like a walk around the lake, and a pampering bath or haircut. If your dog could talk he’d thank you, but sloppy kisses will have to do.

BEST PLACE TO TRICK OUT YOUR KITCHEN

EDITOR’S PICK

LODI COOKS

5 N. School St., Lodi, (209) 334-5751, www.lodicooks.net

Only a cook can appreciate the gleam of a freshly sharpened knife, the splendor of a Kitchen Aid mixer, and the beauty of a copper saucepan. For all those things and more, Lodi Cooks has you covered. Their extensive collection of cookware, bake ware, and kitchen gadgets galore will inspire you to recreate your favorite dishes and experiment with a few new ones. Offering all the top brands, Lodi Cooks is a great place to browse and discover some fresh kitchen inspiration.

CHILDREN’S CLOTHING CAMPBELL’S IN THE VILLAGE

345 Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 477-5568 www.lincolncentershops.com

Open since 1952, Campbell’s in the Village has retained its original ‘50s charm through the years, although their kids clothing section is anything but old-fashioned. With plenty of adorable outfits for infants, toddlers, tweens, and juniors, both parents and kids will love browsing the finds at Campbell’s. Visit here for funky trends, fresh accessories, and boutique-quality kids clothes. Don’t miss the annual Thomas the Tank Engine Play Day for extra kid-friendly fun while you shop.

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BEST PLACE TO SEE TIME FLY

EDITOR’S PICK

THE HOUSE OF CLOCKS

260 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 951-1363, www.thehouseofclocks.biz

This Lincoln Center staple has been in business for forty-one years with its beautiful collection of clocks and wide selection of styles. Contemporary clocks, elegant grandfather clocks, musical clocks, hand-carved cuckoo clocks, and even the kitschy classic Kit-Kat clock, all have a home at The House of Clocks, where the knowledgeable staff will help you find the perfect timepiece whether you’re shopping for yourself, or looking for a unique gift.

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GRAND RE-OPENING RIBBON CUTTING

July 14th - Celebrating 66 years in Business Weekend Sales Event

Shop WINNERS Boutique

FINA THEADORA FLAIR BOUTIQUE

Children’s Clothing

CAMPBELL’S IN THE VILLAGE SASSY PANTS TOTS AND TEAPOTS

Furniture

C.R. PORTER THORNTON HOUSE PREMIER FURNITURE GALLERY

Home Décor Store

C.R. PORTER HAVEN DÉCOR CLASSIC DESIGN FLOOR TO CEILING

Jewelry Store

GARY J. LONG JEWELERS PECK’S JEWELERS DANZ JEWELERS

Photography Studio

FRITZ CHIN PHOTOGRAPHY CAROLINE PHOTOGRAPHY BRODIE JAYNE PHOTOGRAPHY / BRIGGS PHOTOGRAPY

Shopping Center LINCOLN CENTER WEBERSTOWN MALL SHERWOOD MALL

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PLACE TO KISS BY THE RIVER AT VIAGGIO WINERY

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Get out and enjoy all that San Joaquin has to offer, from sports to music to theater, and more.

EDITOR’S PICK

100 E. Taddei Rd., Acampo (209) 368-1378, www.viaggiowinery.com

Situated directly on the bank of the Mokelumne River, Viaggio Estate and Winery is a beautiful place to visit or attend a wedding, no matter what the status of your love life. The property has a hardwood wine tasting room, a lush orchard, party rooms, and a guest house on the property perfect for the bride and groom or a weekend getaway. The view from the winery’s lawn and orchard looking out towards the Mokelumne is swoon-worthy, especially when Viaggio has their many twinkle lights glistening all over the property in the evening. We speak from experience when we say, there’s no better place in San Joaquin to smooch. Swoon.

TOURIST ATTRACTION

SACRAMENTO-SAN JOAQUIN DELTA www.californiadelta.org

As soon as temperatures rise in San Joaquin, there’s nowhere we’d rather be than enjoying the cool waters of the Delta. Sometimes referred to as a “boating and fishing paradise,” locals have found plenty of prime fishing spots and exciting water sports to enjoy by the water. The long, skinny waterways and sheer size of the Delta make for unspoiled enjoyment when pulling a wakeboard or water-skis behind a speed boat, but laid-back houseboating and camping on the Delta’s shores are just as popular.

Historic Places, the Bob Hope is filled with impressive details, like the marble mosaic floor in the lobby, carved granite art outside the theater, and art deco details throughout. With plush red velvet seats and gilded golden walls surrounding, watching a live music show here means living like royalty.

LOCAL SHOUTOUT IN HOLLYWOOD SONS OF ANARCHY

EDITOR’S PICK

www.fxnetworks.com/shows/originals/soa

About to begin its fourth season on TV, Sons of Anarchy follows the tough but loyal guys of the same name outlaw motorcycle club. Set in the fictional town of Charming, which the Sons have sworn themselves to protect, they are equally consumed with keeping their club’s livelihood of dealing arms alive and prospering. Pumped with adrenaline, there’s never a dull episode, and especially for us here in San Joaquin. The madeup town of Charming is assumed to be just north of San Joaquin County, so there are plenty of local mentions of Modesto, Lodi, and Stockton.

MUSIC VENUE

BOB HOPE THEATRE

242 E. Main St., Stockton, (209) 337-HOPE www.bobhopetheatre.com

Originally the Fox California Theatre at its opening in 1930, the theater was completely renovated and historically restored to its current state, and renamed the Bob Hope Theatre in 2004. Listed on the National Register of

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EDITOR’S PICK HEART OF STOCKTON > DOUG WILHOIT

Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce 445 W. Weber Ave., Stockton (209) 547-2770 www.stocktonchamber.org

Doug Wilhoit says he will always stand behind Stockton—he loves to, it’s in his blood. From the Stockton Chamber office at the Waterfront Warehouse, he can see the exact spot where his Great Great Grandfather arrived by boat to Stockton in 1850. “Our mission at the Chamber is to promote what’s good about this area, and fix what’s not so good,” he says. As such, Wilhoit has become a sort of living incarnation of the City of Stockton. Wherever he is, all around town, locals talk with him about the city and what’s happening, a role that Wilhoit admits he loves. With development on hold in California, Wilhoit and his team have turned their energy toward keeping local businesses thriving, as well as supporting the schools to create a talented workforce for the future. “This falls on us here in Stockton to shop local and buy local—we are helping ourselves to make sure Stockton and San Joaquin County are both vibrant for many years to come.” Doug’s Picks Stockton Golf and Country Club. Nothing better than playing a relaxing game of golf, and dining with family and friends. Panko Calamari at Bud’s Seafood, Stockton. Stockton Asparagus Festival. Being lucky enough to have worked on 26 Asparagus Festivals and starting, with my fellow board members and staff, to plan the 27th festival year! www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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EDITOR’S PICK CONQUER YOUR FEARS > THE SERPENTARIUM

2379 Maggio Circle, Lodi (209) 369-7737, www.snakemuseum.com

The Serpentarium has been welcoming visitors since 1989 with its two-story museum and reptile shop in Lodi. For those with an aversion to things that crawl and slither, the museum offers plenty of hands-on activities to help you conquer your fears. Feed a mouse to Splash the water monitor, hold a Chilean rose hair tarantula, or meet one of their friendly crested geckos. Still not impressed? Ask to hold Crazy Legs, their 10 foot long, 30 pound Burmese python. You may just be persuaded to take one of your scaly new friends home with you.

BEST PLACE FOR A WINNING STREAK

THE HORSE RACES AT THE SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY FAIR

EDITOR’S PICK

San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 South Airport Way, Stockton (209) 466-5041, www.sanjoaquinfair.com

There’s nothing like the thrill of a horse race, with the sound of hooves pounding, the announcer over the loudspeaker, and eager betters cheering for their horse. In Stockton, the San Joaquin County Fair is the best place to try your luck. Entrance to the grandstand is free during the fair, and bets can be placed for as little as one dollar, so you won’t have to break the bank to get in on the action.

KIDS ATTRACTION

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF STOCKTON

402 W. Weber Ave., Stockton, (209) 465-4386 www.childrensmuseumstockton.org

Kids can run free in a world filled with hands-on activities and games at the Stockton Children’s Museum. Heroes in training can explore a real fire truck or ambulance, future doctors can learn about vision by walking through a giant eye, tomorrow’s marine biologists can see how to conserve water, and little Picassos can create something special in the art studio. This exciting museum has something to make every child say “wow!”

BEST PLACE TO SEE YOUR KIDS FREAK OUT LORIKEETS AT MICKE GROVE ZOO

EDITOR’S PICK

11793 North Micke Grove Rd., Lodi, (209) 953-8840, www.mgzoo.com

This is the Micke Grove Zoo’s third summer hosting the impressive “Lorikeets!” exhibit, which features an open aviary housing 55 colorful birds. Visitors can purchase a cup of nectar for the lorikeets to snack on, as they’ll happily perch on your arm to get a taste. Be prepared to get up close and personal—there’s

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no telling when one might say hello by landing on your head. Parents, bring cameras! The Lorikeets exhibit will be at the zoo through October.

BEST PLACE TO PEOPLE WATCH LINCOLN CENTER

Stockton, (209) 477-4868, www.lincolncentershops.com

People-watching is a great way to discover the rhythm of a community. Lincoln Center in Stockton draws countless locals to its sidewalks each day, and has become a gathering place for the many people who give San Joaquin its unique spirit. With a host of retail shops, restaurants, and cafes, Lincoln Center is not just for running day-to-day errands, but for spending time and having fun with friends and family. Enjoy events, like LIVE! at Lincoln Center during the summer or their holiday tree lighting in the winter, that continue to draw crowds young and old.

BEST PUBLIC WORK OF ART DOWNTOWN LODI MOSAICS

Lodi Ave and Busksirk Park, Lodi, (209) 333-5511, www.lodiarts.org

Walking down Lodi Avenue, twenty-four mosaic art works beautify the sidewalk, each one designed by a Lodi resident and assembled by the community to represent the city’s heritage. The community-wide effort was completed in May of 2010. This year, another mosaic, this one forty-seven feet long, was installed in Lodi’s Van Buskirk Park. Diane Amaral, coordinator of Lodi’s Division of Arts and Culture, says she believes what has made the project so special is the community’s vital participation and the unique opportunity for residents to have their art installed permanently. JULY 2011

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Play WINNERS Art Gallery

TIDEWATER GALLERY KNOWLTON GALLERY HAGGIN MUSEUM

Casino

JACKSON RANCHERIA THUNDER VALLEY CASINO BLACK OAK CASINO

Fair/Festival

ASPARAGUS FESTIVAL LODI GRAPE FESTIVAL ZINFEST

Kids Attraction

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM STOCKTON PIXIE WOODS MICKE GROVE PARK AND ZOO

Kids Birthday Party CHILDREN’S MUSEUM STOCKTON ZAP ZONE PIXIE WOODS

Place to People Watch LINCOLN CENTER MIRACLE MILE STOCKTON WATERFRONT & CINEPLEX

Public Work of Art

DOWNTOWN LODI MOSAICS LODI ARCH MATCHBOX CARS, STOCKTON ARENA GARAGE

Sports Team

STOCKTON THUNDER STOCKTON PORTS UOP BASKETBALL

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99% of our graduation class continue their education Affordable tuition • Honors and AP courses offered Competitive athletics • Award winning Fine Arts program Student/Faculty ratio of 16/1 65% of our seniors received 1st and 2nd honors Fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

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Health/Beauty There’s nothing like feeling good both in body and in mind, and San Joaquin delivers.

MOST FUN WAY TO GET FIT

EDITOR’S PICK

ZUMBA CLASSES AT IN SHAPE

101 S. Tracy Blvd., Tracy, (209) 836-2505 www.inshapeclubs.com

If you plan on trying the Zumba class at Tracy’s In-Shape Health Club, be prepared to make plans to get there early for a spot. Zumba’s popularity is soaring quickly as both women and men are trading in their treadmill sessions for this calorieburning dance workout sweeping the nation. Set to high-energy Latin music, Zumba uses easy to learn dance moves to get dancers’ hearts pumping, muscles working, and bodies sweating. No wonder why they call it a “fitness-party.”

OPTOMETRY/VISION

BROOKSIDE OPTOMETRIC GROUP

3133 W. March Lane, Stockton, (209) 951-0820 www.brooksideoptometric.com

With fourteen talented doctors on staff, Brookside Optometric Group offers weekday, Saturday, and same-day appointments for optimal convenience. Their state-of-the-art equipment allows for more in-depth examinations, and their laser retinal scanning conducts eye exams without the need for dilation. They also have an impressive selection of designer frames, from Dolce and Gabbana, to Prada and Jimmy Choo.

offers more intensive skin procedures like mole removal and more, but facials and skin care are still available here, as well.

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BIKRAM YOGA STOCKTON

2341 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 948-YOGA www.bikramyogastockton.com

Stocktonians dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle breathed a collective sigh of relief when Bikram Yoga opened on the Miracle Mile. With over 35 classes throughout the week, the yoga studio has become the perfect place for locals to sweat out their toxins, clear their mind, and stretch and strengthen their body. Bikram yoga is a ninety-minute class consisting of a series of yoga postures done in fluid succession in a heated room, but more importantly, owner Helena Monica has created a yoga “community” at her Stockton studio.

SKIN CARE SALON

CENTRAL VALLEY DERMATOLOGY

423 N. Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 477-SKIN 296 N. Cottage Ave., Manteca, (209) 239-2901 www.cvderm.com

When it comes to your skin, it’s important to find someone that really knows what they’re doing—this is your face and body we’re talking about. Central Valley Dermatology has two locations: Stockton is a cosmetic/skin care center, and Manteca is a medical treatment center. Lincoln Center has facials, waxing, peels, and more, as well as a nurse practitioner on-site for laser treatments and acne consultations, and Dr. Prescott available one evening a week for botox and fillers. At the Manteca location, Dr. Prescott

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EDITOR’S PICK CUT TO THE CHASE > JILLIAN BRIZENDINE

Ciao Bella Salon, 1 W. Pine St., Lodi (209) 366-2255, www.ciaobellalodi.com

Hairstylists are one in a million— once you find one you love, you don’t let them go. Jillian Brizendine in Lodi is one of those keepers, with training from the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica, and swift but nimble skills with haircutting shears. With her short haircut and contagious exuberance, she’s also known here in San Joaquin for her fun, trendy cuts as much as her honesty with clients about what will look great in a real life, not-on-the-magazinepage haircut. “I do love cutting people’s hair off—if they’re ready,” says Brizendine. “It’s so much fun making a big change, and I love doing bobs, but I have to talk them through it to make sure they are really ready.” Shorter cuts and bangs are also in her bag of tricks, but she is more than happy to do a simple trim also, whatever makes you (and your hair) happy. Jillian’s Picks Outdoor patio at The Dancing Fox, Lodi. It’s so great to sit outside and enjoy their lovely pizzas and a frosty mug of Racer 5 beer. Mokelumne River, Lodi. During the summer, it is so much fun to get a group together, head up to The Fish Hatchery and float down the Mokelumne River. Lodi Lake. Taking my pup Sebastian on walks around Lodi Lake and downtown.

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EDITOR’S PICK GIRLS FIRST PEDICURE > QUEEN B NAILS & SPA 2630 N. Tracy Blvd., Tracy (209) 833-6245

A pedicure is the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your girlfriends, and with Queen B’s pint-sized butterfly pedicure chairs, even the little ones can tag along for some pampering. Girls under 13 years old will love picking their own nail polish colors, including a special toe nail design. The bubble-gum pink chair has butterfly wings sprouting out the back, and even the water in the foot soaking tub glows different colors.

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COSMETIC DENTIST

WATER BOUND

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TODD A. FRANKLIN, D.D.S.

A healthy, white smile makes a great first impression and boosts self-confidence, but even the prettiest set of chompers endures wear and tear through the years. Dr. Franklin prides himself in restoring all smiles so that patients look and feel their best, using procedures including teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and crowns, laser gum lifts, and gum contouring. He’ll even work with patients to create a personalized “smile makeover” plan, combining different procedures to make sure they leave completely satisfied.

EDITOR’S PICK

PADDLE BOATS AT LODI LAKE

Keeping healthy while also doing something you enjoy is a winwin situation. Spending time outdoors in nature is also good for clearing the mind, and increasing happiness and optimism. Head to the Lodi Lake Park boathouse, and rent a paddle boat for $5 per half hour to cruise around Lodi Lake and enjoy the sunshine. Open Tuesday through Sunday in the summer months, this is the perfect way to keep the kids busy for the afternoon, or plan a romantic date and bring a picnic lunch along.

MARTIAL ARTS CENTER

TIBON’S GOJU-RYU FIGHTING ARTS

923 N. Yosemite St., Stockton, (209) 465-0943, www.tibonkarate.com

For 38 years Sensei Gene Tibon has been teaching Goju Ryu karate, one of the original martial arts systems from the island of Okinawa, which combines traditional fighting techniques from both China and Japan. Along with learning how to fight, Sensei Tibon is dedicated to teaching students Goju Ryu’s “culture of honesty, integrity, and giving back to society.” Tibon’s classes highlight the importance of “helping, not hurting,” and offer multiple levels for kids and adults from beginner to advanced, including special competition classes.

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It's your special day, shared with the one you love and cherish, so celebrate in San Joaquin style.

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We love that this locally-owned men’s formalwear shop has two locations, in Stockton and Manteca, and they also have a diverse selection of styles and colors in tuxedos and men’s dress attire for the Big Day. Come here for suit/tuxedo vests in almost every fabric and color imaginable, as well as dress shoes and accessories to match. Your blushing bride should be the center of attention, of course, but why shouldn’t you look great as well?

Best Wishes has been in business for over thirty years, so needless to say, they’re experts when it comes to announcing your love to the world and finding the perfect wedding invitation. Stop in and browse their fifteen different albums, each filled with a variety of styles to suit every theme, many of which are customizable. Don’t worry about feeling overwhelmed—the experienced staff will help narrow down your choices to the perfect design.

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KAT’S CAKES

2230 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 466-2253 www.katscakes.com

Whether you need a few delightfully decorated cupcakes, or a five-tier, intricately piped wedding cake, Kat’s Cakes guarantees their customers a culinary creation that is tasty, homemade, and completely original. Choose from cake flavors like banana spice, champagne, or golden buttercake, with luscious fillings like chocolate Bavarian cream, Swiss meringue buttercream, raspberry, or lemon. Of course, you don’t need a wedding to enjoy their tasty confections. Stop by on Fridays and Saturdays to try one of their delectable cupcakes.

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SAN FRANCISCO FLORAL

2001 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 466-4973 www.sffloralstockton.com

When planning a wedding, flowers are one of the most important details—which buds you and your bridesmaids will be carrying down the aisle, the flower your future husband will be wearing on his lapel, and how you want the wedding to look. A bride herself not too long ago, owner Jenny Klooster at San Francisco Floral is easy to work with and has an eye for detail, no matter what the budget or how simple or extravagant the event. SF Floral is also an eco-friendly flower shop whenever possible, which means your wedding flora will be guilt-free.

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MOONLIGHT LIMOUSINE

2005 N. Main Street, Manteca, (888) 616-4376 www.moonlightlimo.com

On your wedding day, don’t just get to the church on time, get there in style. Moonlight Limousine has fifteen different cars in their fleet to make sure you travel first-class. Their fully loaded stretch Escalade is a favorite with brides. Each trip includes bottled water and soda for guests, as well as a complimentary bottle of champagne to begin the celebration. The staff is friendly, helpful, and more than willing to give you a tour of the fleet so you can find which ride suits your event.

PARTY RENTAL STORE ARTHUR’S PARTY WORLD

656 Rosemarie Lane, Stockton, (209) 952-2971

For the record, this is not the place to go if you’re looking for silly hats or party horns. But if your festivity calls for more heavy-duty necessities like tables, chairs, tents, arches, dishware, and more, then Arthur’s Party World is the place to be. All their rentals come in several different styles, and linens are available in a variety of hues to suit any color scheme. Browse their showroom where friendly associates are happy to guide you towards the perfect set up.

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EDITOR’S PICK FLOWER POWER > KATIE WENDLAND

Sweet Peas Floral Design 6231 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 472-9284 www.spfloraldesigns.com

Along with her mom and sister, Katie Wendland has been creating beautiful flower arrangements for locals since 2004. With so many buds, she loves when someone she designed a corsage or boutonniere for in high school comes back years later to discuss flowers for their wedding. Wendland says she always had an interest in design as a young girl, creating craft projects and arranging things for her family, but flowers are her forte. “For my home, a lot of the time I just have simple flowers in a vase, dahlias are my favorite. But we have done some seriously above-andbeyond flowers for weddings—we did a flower “chandelier” with hanging crystals in the ballroom at Wine and Roses.” Wendland says since Sweet Peas first opened its doors right before Valentine’s Day, it’s been a whirlwind, but she couldn’t be happier to be doing what she loves. Katie’s Picks Barkleyville Dog Park in Brookside. Love taking my two dogs and letting them run around, and the people that come to the dog park are friendly. Prawns Sauté at Stockton Joe’s. I’ve grown up eating here, and the prawns sauté with a side of raviolis and meat sauce is delicious. Specialty Cakes, Lodi. My favorite treat is the giant cupcake with vanilla cake and whipped cream frosting. I like to order these for birthdays (and sometimes just because!).

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BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

EDITOR’S PICK

> BLISS BRIDAL SALON

306 Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 473-9200 www.lincolncentershops.com

The intimate boutique atmosphere at Bliss Bridal allows for a personalized shopping experience when searching for the dress of your dreams. With a collection of gowns by nine different designers including Justin Alexander, Augusta Jones, Alfred Sung, and Alma Novia, there are enough designs to please a variety of brides, whether your taste is modern or traditional. With a selection of bridesmaid dresses as well, Bliss is one-stop shopping for your entire bridal party.

VIDEOGRAPHY

MEDIA FUSION STUDIOS

1833 W. March Lane, Stockton, (209) 957-4003, www.mediafusionstudios.com

Media Fusion has specialized in wedding videography for fifteen years and knows just how to reflect a couple’s style when capturing their special day. Whether you want as many details as possible or prefer something short and sweet, Media Fusion will work with your budget so your favorite moments of the day are beautifully preserved and edited to suit your taste with your choice of music and other personalized elements. They’ll even provide special touches like a video kiosk at the reception where guests can record their congratulations for the bride and groom. s

WEDDING VENUE WINE AND ROSES

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

Weddings at Wine and Roses are always beautiful, with your choice of venues for the ceremony and reception: choose from the garden ballroom, wedding garden, tented pavilion, or cellar room and patio for your event. At Wine and Roses, an event specialist will help plan all the details of your special day, and as a longtime wedding venue in San Joaquin, they have an impressive list of vendors to recommend. The property also houses the most elegant hotel in Lodi Wine Country, and a full spa for pre-wedding services like facials, massages, and pedicures.

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Women in business The women featured in the following pages have quite a bit in common. Each of these San Joaquin women is a pillar of the community: intelligent, business savvy, and successful. These women are exemplary of the type of people that fill our community, people that are looking to make a change, to better themselves, or to better our surroundings. Read on to meet these admirable women.

THY Y-RIBERAL Styles Unlimited Salon & Spa 8807 Thornton Rd., #B, Stockton (209) 951-0777 www.stylesunlimited.net

Thy Y-Riberal has been in the beauty business for 18 years. As a first generation Cambodian-American, she excels in her career by running her business as a comfortable family atmosphere. She accommodates her staff and clients with a warm, welcoming place to work and relax. Her supportive family plays a very important role in helping with keeping the salon and spa clean and efficient. Styles Unlimited Salon & Spa provides our clients with complete hair & nails service; permanent make-up and eye lash extensions; and to cap off your day, indulge in one of our massages from Swedish to hot stones. We have 27 trained independent technicians to accommodate any of your busy schedules. Styles Unlimited has a great reputation for over 30 years, Thy exceeded her talents as an owner and hair stylist for 7 years. In the last year, she added a cafe called "Cafe by the Spa," that serves appetizing sandwiches, salads, coffee, smoothies and snacks. Thy always lives her life with her motto, "Do what I love; Love what I do, but do it with passion and be the best above the rest!"

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS BIKRAM YOGA Helena Monica, Owner 2341 Pacific Avenue, Stockton (209) 948-YOGA www.bikramyogastockton.com Just three and a half years ago, Helena Monica put her mark on the Miracle Mile, opening Bikram Yoga Stockton! Her high spirited personality, dynamic teaching style, and her love of all things Stockton quickly made her one of Stockton’s women to watch. For two years in a row, Helena has hosted the Regional Yoga Championships at UOP’s Long Theater, drawing more than 450 yogis from all over Northern California. Helena has successfully coached 3 youth competitors for the National Yoga Competition, and is currently training an international competitor. She continues to train and mentor others, having developed 6 yoga instructors who have been successfully certified by Bikram. Helena recently studied in Thailand, receiving a second yoga certification in September 2010.    When asked how she has become a successful business woman so quickly, and why she is already a mentor to others when her own studio is still growing, Helena replies, “I have been fortunate to be the recipient of the generosity of other successful women in business. I feel a profound sense of responsibility to pass that on to others.” Helena is committed to promote Stockton as someplace special.

CLASSIC DESIGN FLOOR TO CEILING Tiffany Gomes, Justine Miller, Elaine Fisse,

Melodie Ramsey, Karen Beus, Michelle Brink 2303 South Stockton St., Lodi (209) 334-4060 www.classicdesignftc.com

Classic Design Floor to Ceiling is a beautiful interior design showroom providing professional design services and products for new and remodeled kitchens, baths, floors, and custom interiors. It is owned by a woman, staffed by women, and aimed toward women.    A spacious showroom displays products, and the design staff pulls samples together so you can see your entire project from floor to ceiling at one time, in one location. From there, you will receive project management, installation, and after-care service, all of which are guaranteed to take the stress away.    “Women tend to make the purchasing decisions for their homes, so I wanted to create an environment where they would feel comfortable and able to complete all their projects under one roof,” says owner Tiffany Gomes. “I know how valuable time is these days, and picking out your interiors while dodging fork-lifts shouldn’t be your only option for convenience.”

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS

RAFAT S. RAZI, DMD, MPH Pediatric Dentistry

2160 Grant Line Rd., Ste. 130 Tracy, (209) 834-1307 www.tracypediatricdentist.com

Dr. Rafat Razi has many accomplishments as today’s woman in business. She is the owner of her practice, specializing in Pediatric Dentistry, in a beautiful, state-of-the-art office in Tracy. She graduated from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. She completed her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Rochester’s Eastman Dental Center in upstate New York. Furthermore, she served as an Assistant Professor in Pediatric Dentistry at Columbia University in New York City. Throughout her education, training, and faculty position, Dr. Razi has researched many dental topics, and has publications in scientific journals. Her expertise in her specialty is over ten years.    Dr. Razi, a wife and mother of two children, balances her home life with her growing practice. “Our team is well-trained to treat the dental needs of infants, children, and adolescents in a caring, nurturing environment. Our office uses the latest dental materials, nitrous oxide, and digital radiography.” As a clinician, educator, researcher, wife, and mother, Dr. Razi has successfully become a well-rounded, accomplished woman in business.

CARATS Pat Lee, Owner 333 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 955-0715 www.caratsjewelry.com

San Francisco native Patricia Lee has always loved jewelry and its expressiveness. Moving to Stockton in 1992, she tired of the long commute to her Silicon Valley Human Resources job and opened Carats in 1994. In addition to carrying brands like Crislu, Majorica, Lori Bonn, and Ice Watch, Carats is the only authorized dealer of the popular PANDORA brand in Stockton. One of Pat’s greatest joys is seeing her customers’ unique personalities appear when they choose their jewelry, particularly through meaningful pieces such as those found within PANDORA and similar collections. Working as a team with husband Curtis Chong, Pat runs several shopping websites, and the duo opened a PANDORA store at the Westfield San Francisco Centre in 2010.

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FINA Lisa Dixon & Deanne Garibaldi, Co-Owners 240 Lincoln Center Stockton (209) 478-5670

Fina first opened its doors on November 7, 1986 in Lincoln Center’s Brickwalk. Since then the store has moved to Atrium, and in November 2009, to 240 Lincoln Center. Owners and third generation clothing retailers, Lisa Dixon and Deanne Garibaldi make sure Fina is stocked with the most current fashion trends. Fina carries popular brands such as True Religion, Juicy, Ella Moss, and Seven Jeans, as well as great accessories that complement any outfit. Sisters Lisa and Deanne enjoy working together and both say their favorite part of the business is meeting new customers and helping them find that perfect outfit.

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS

NEW YORK LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY Gina Calder, Agent 3255 W. March Lane, Ste. 300, Stockton (209) 955-2430 gcalder@ft.newyorklife.com

How is success measured? That question was posed to local business owner Gina Calder. This is her response regarding her business philosophy. "I believe that anyone can be in business. However, it takes hard work, dedication and trust to be successful. I don't measure the success of people by the things they have. It is how they are able to give back and help others. Building trust is a great foundation for success. If you believe in what you do; then others will believe in you." About my career with New York Life, I love being able to assist families reach their financial and personal goals. It is also a passion of mine to help other business owners plan and reach their professional dreams. I believe that success for everyone is within reach.

ELEGANT ESSENCE Patt Rasmy-Arvie, Owner (209) 629-3357 www.Elegant-Essence.com

Since 2009 Patt Rasmy-Arvie has enjoyed creating customized designs with her own personal floral service, Elegant Essence. Born in Thailand, Patt grew up in Stockton. While attending in SFSU in 1994, she worked in a floral shop where she learned the art from a visually impaired floral designer, who taught her that a disability doesn’t have to be limiting, After getting her B.A. in Psychology, Patt started her family and worked as a youth counselor. When her son was diagnosed with autism, she moved her family to this area for services. Patt returned to the floral industry and her creative artistry as a floral design manager won the support of a loyal client base, inspiring her to offer her skills directly with Elegant Essence. The Arvies' specially created floral arrangement called “Piecing the Puzzle” benefits local families affected by autism. Patt’s many community activities include volunteering at the local blind center in honor of the woman who taught her the fundamentals of floral design.

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THEADORA Erica West, Owner 270 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 474-7407 www.theadoraboutique.com

In 2010, Erica West purchased the specialty boutique Theadora, and it's been a whirlwind ever since! Within 8 months, Theadora moved across the way to 270 Lincoln Center and expanded to 2,000 sq feet, offering a little bit of everything, from clothing, loungewear & swimsuits, to fun accessories, jewelry & shoes, making it the perfect place to find something for yourself or that unique gift. The store offers popular brands like Sanctuary, Tag, Charlotte, Red Haute, XCVI, P.J. Salvage, Juicy, and more.    "I've always had a passion for fashion and love the excitement I get when shopping. I've realized throughout my years of retail experience that women are frequent shoppers and love the thrill just like I do, that's why I feel it's so important, especially in this economy, to offer stylish pieces at affordable prices," says Erica West. Along with a great staff, beautiful things, and fun windows, Theadora keeps their customers updated through Facebook, where they can view pictures of new items & receive information on specials, upcoming events & contests. "At the end of the day, I feel so blessed to be doing exactly what I love, surrounded by a fabulous staff & amazing customers."

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS JEANNE LENZ American Martial Arts (209) 952-4000 stocktonkarate@aol.com

Jeanne Lenz is a dynamo. As an Owner/ Trainer at American Martial Arts Academy she trains clients at all levels of fitness. Be it self-defense like Kickboxing or Krav Maga (Israeli natural defense form), or the Ultimate Body-shaping Challenge, she inspires, commands, exhorts and shows the way. She’ll also lurk quietly in class and give students personal attention, like pointers on proper technique and form, as well as encouragement. She consistently leads people to get the most out of their workout experience with both humor and a giving spirit. Starting as a Mom on the sidelines, Jeanne quickly decided to get directly involved in selfdefense and fitness. Attention to detail, repeated demonstration and a watchful eye are inherent in her methods; she has high standards and is personally certified to teach in each of the disciplines offered at AMAA. Jeanne is a motive force that will help you change your life for the better.

JILLIAN BRIZENDINE Ciao Bella Salon 1 West Pine Street, Lodi (209) 210-7687

Jillian Brizendine left her little hometown of Lodi and moved to Santa Monica, California to attend The Vidal Sassoon Academy. Shortly after finishing her schooling she moved to San Diego to assist and continue her education at Jet Rhys. This salon is owned by two former Vidal Sassoon educators and often featured in Allure and ELLE magazines. There, she trained under Rhys and specialized in haircutting. “He is such an amazing teacher and stylist. Rhys made me so passionate and they helped me develop the skills." After moving a bit closer to home, Jillian became the haircutting instructor for the James Mark Salon in Elk Grove. She also began taking many coloring classes including the Master Colorist Program at The Wella Studio in San Francisco. She eagerly continues taking classes, stating, “In this profession you can never learn enough. This business is so competitive, stylists need to work twice as hard to keep up on the latest styles and techniques.” You can now find Jillian at Ciao Bella Salon in historic downtown Lodi. “I love having the freedom to create change, no matter how big or how small.”

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LEGACY ANTIQUES & INTERIORS Mary Ann Kester, Owner 128 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 474-7944

Legacy Antiques & Interiors is located in Lincoln Center. Owner and designer Mary Ann Kester has more than 30 years experience in home interiors. Travels to Europe and trade shows gave her the passion for selecting the finest in European antiques and high quality new furniture.   In addition to furnishings, Legacy features decorative accessories, wedding gifts, and designer fabrics for custom window treatments, bedding, and reupholstery.   “My passion is creating beautiful interiors. I strive to bring personality to your room and add comfort to your life while increasing the value of your home.”

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS

DR. ANUREET SOHI-THADWAL All About Smiles 5904 North El Dorado St., Suite C, Stockton, (209) 957-8907

V.B.R FOUNDATION Dr. Valerie Sims, Founder 72 W. 11th Street, Tracy (209) 830-6394 www.vbrfoundationinc.org

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Creating a community of healthy smiles is top priority for Dr. SohiThadwal 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 M.D., 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.

Dr. Valerie Sims, founder of the V.B.R. Foundation Children’s Services, began her career as a fashion designer and model, but realized her real passion to help people. With the support of her sweet husband Mr. Bill Sims she returned to college, holds several degrees in Psychology and Counseling, and is currently working on a Ph.D. as a licensed Clinical Psychologist. Since opening V.B.R., Dr. Sims has secured an adoption license for the agency’s foster children to find loving homes, expanded the counseling programs, and opened a second office in Elk Grove. Dr. Sims also saw the need for transitional housing for emancipated and foster homeless youth, as well as Fresh Beginning, a drug and alcohol outpatient clinic in Tracy.

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we take care of hearts February is American Heart Month

Wagner Heights is the only skilled nursing facility in the area which has a complete Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. • Backed by local cardiologists • Whether recovering from a minor chest pain or open heart surgery, Wagner Heights’ Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is here to help! • Cardiac Rehabilitation requires a multi-faceted, personalized, team approach for optimal recovery. The cardiac rehab team at Wagner Heights consists of specialized medical professionals including physicians, registered nurses, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, registered dietitians and pharmacists.

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Homecare by Angels! Serving San Joaquin County Visiting Angels provides personalized homecare services to help the elderly and individuals with special needs continue to live in their homes. Our thoroughly screened, bonded, and insured caregivers provide the following services: Personal Care, Meal Preparation, Light Housekeeping, Errands and Shopping, Medication Reminders, Joyful Companionship,  Transportation to appointments and activities, Assistance with discharge from hospitals or facilities, up to 24 Hour care, Day or night care, Live-in or Live-out care, Temporary or Long-term,  Weekends and Holidays, Flexible Schedules, Respite for Family Care. Call now for a Free In-Home Consultation.   Visiting Angels 1544 St. Marks Plaza, Suite 1B, Stockton, (209) 952-3585 • www.visitingangels.com

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Arbor Place Assisted Living LIVING ASSISTANCE SERVICES

1545 St. Marks Plaza, Suite 1B Stockton, CA 95207 www.jmhomecare.com

Arbor Nursing Center takes pride in our ability to exceed standards in Quality of Care everyday. We simply set the bar higher. We expect incredible outcomes and settle for nothing less. We are Family serving Families, and see each patient as a unique individual. Arbor Nursing Center strives to identify a specific plan that is tailored to each patient and their family. Our Clinical & Therapy Teams are exceptional in developing and implementing plans of care with each patient and family that result in the highest level of wellness. Arbor Nursing Center was awarded the coveted Clinical Excellence Award for 2010! Arbor Place Assisted Living 17 Louie Avenue, Lodi, (209) 369-8282

Wellness Connection at O’Connor Woods

Residents of O’Connor Woods and members of the Fitness Club enjoy many choices for staying fit—from walking trails amidst century old oaks to strength training equipment, a workout studio, and seasonal pool and spa. Wellness programs designed specifically for the older adult help improve functional ability, mobility, cardiovascular health, bone strength, muscle toning, flexibility and balance. We offer three water classes including an Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program in our summer schedule. Membership is open to the senior public. What are you waiting for? Call (209) 956-3470 to connect to a healthier you!   O’Connor Woods 3400 Wagner Heights Road, Stockton, (209) 956-3400

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If you, or a loved one or friend, are facing the challenges of a chronic illness or are just confused about the options of recovery care in your community – we are here to help. Golden LivingCenters, a leader in skilled nursing care, and AseraCare Hospice, one of the nation’s premier providers of hospice and palliative care services, have two dedicated liaisons in your community. Michelle Tomscak of Golden LivingCenters and Heather Marchetti of AseraCare Hospice can walk you through the difficult questions and guide you through your options. Call Heather if you have questions about: • Understanding hospice • When to consider hospice • Why you should consider hospice • Determining whether you or your loved one is ready for hospice

Call Michelle to learn more about: • Around-the-clock skilled nursing care and specialized programs, including Golden Rehab • Recovery stays after an illness or surgery • Understanding your benefits after a hospital stay • Home health care options

Please take advantage of these two dedicated members of our team. Reaching out to our community and educating on these emotional and confusing issues are what we do.

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Caring for you is our privilege. If you, or a loved one or friend, are facing the challenges of a chronic illness or are just confused about the options of recovery care in your community – we are here to help. Golden LivingCenters, a leader in skilled nursing care, and AseraCare Hospice, one of the nation’s premier providers of hospice and palliative care services, have two dedicated liaisons in your community. Jazz Dhaliwal of Golden LivingCenters and Heather A. Marchetti of AseraCare Hospice can walk you through the difficult questions and guide you through your options. Heather A. Marchetti

AseraCare Hospice Phone: 209-471-6693 heather.marchetti@aseracare.com aceracare hospice - 209-474-8349

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Call Heather if you have any questions about: • Understanding hospice • When to consider hospice • Why you should consider hospice • Determining whether you or your loved one is ready for hospice

Michelle Tomscak Golden Living Centers Phone: 209-304-0464 Call Jazz if you michelle.tomscak@goldenliving.com

have any questions about: • Around-the-clock skilled nursing care and specialized programs, including Golden Rehab • Recovery stays after an illness or surgery • Understanding your benefits after a hospital stay • Home health care options

Golden LivingCenters and AseraCare Hospice offer services and programs to residents without discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, status as a Vietnam era veteran, qualified special disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, or other protected veteran, or source of payment. GLS-06324-10

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Hearing is the sense that immediately connects us to people and the world around us. Our species was once regarded as Homo sapiens, the toolmakers, but Dr. Jane Goodall discovered that chimpanzees use tools, too, making us more accurately described as Homo sapiens, the communicators. But... what if you have a hearing loss? Improving interpersonal communication is more than buying a hearing device and sticking it in your ear. Contact Stockton Hearing and Speech Center today- we can provide you with the information and technology necessary to deliver you the best hearing healthcare plan available for your specific hearing needs. Stockton Hearing & Speech Center 4623 Quail Lakes, Stockton, (209) 438-4269 www.stocktonhearingandspeechcenter.com

Rosa Law Offices

Mr. Rosã is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, The California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, and The California State Bar Committee on Trusts, Estate Planning, and Probate. Mr. Rosã has written numerous papers on Elder Law topics, is a frequent media guest in the area of Elder Law, and has presented Medi-Cal training programs to California’s leading brokerage and banking firms. The Rosã Law Offices practices Elder Law in the following areas: Medi-Cal eligibility in LongTerm Care, Estate Planning, Revocable Living Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Advance Health Care Directives, Probate, Conservatorships, Trust Administrations, Protecting the homes of those who are institutionalized in skilled nursing facilities, from state recovery claims, and Pre-planning for the possibility of Medi-Cal eligibility in skilled nursing facilities. Rosã Law Offices 115 South School St., Suite 6, Lodi, (209) 333-8061 • www.rosalawoffices.com

The Commons Communities

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, JULY 2011

The Largest Selection of Whirlpool Bathtubs in a Single Showroom Anywhere in the World!

Where else can you nd what Tubz has to o er? Over the past 27 years we’ve gone from a “one man” home business to having the largest bathtub showrooms on the planet. Our Fremont facility, for example, has “hands-on / feet-in” tubs on display, over 400 including 13 models of door tubs with 3 or 4 more arriving shortly, as well as a very special new line of barrier free showers available nowhere else this side of Santa Barbara. Here’s some advice we’ve given out for decades: You wouldn’t even buy a new pair of tennis so, for goodness shoes without trying them on sake, “Come put your tootsies in our tubs”. And how about this: We have working bidet toilet seats in all three of our restrooms, plus a working “demo” out on the half acre showroom in the midst of the 20 Toto toilet “line-up.” Now, havi ng l earned al l thi s – why woul d a tub shopper go anywhere else looking for the selection, inventory, experience, opinion, and product knowledge, combined with truly competitive pricing that just doesn’t exist anywhere else?

The Naked Truth About Door Tubs

This tub is made in America.• This tub is made using • tub is manufactured by Jacuzzi. Acrylic.This This may surprise you but the VAST MAJORITY of the door tubs you’ve seen advertised are actually fabricated in, you guessed right, China, and are made using gel-coated which cannot compare with the properties of non stainable, non porous, thick, virgin, cross-linked acrylic. Once they’ve been with either a whirlpool system or an air system, they are then typically being advertised as having been “Made in America”. It is true that in the thermoforming process a sheet of acrylic gets stretched quite a bit, but the truth ought not to be.

“Come put your tootsies in our Tubz.” FREMONT - 400* 4840 Davenport Place Fremont, CA 94538 510-770-8686

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Make your home more energy efficient  with our Weatherization Program  Pay for your utility bills through our  Home Energy Assistance Program  (HEAP)  Handle difficult family situations such as  elder abuse, self‐neglect, or financial  scams  Put food on the table  Stay active and independent  Access senior or low‐income services 

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. Look for a rehab expansion this fall. Visit anytime to meet administrator Corey Wright and his long-time staff and learn about Vienna’s activities, dining program, and allinclusive rates. Vienna Nursing and Rehabilitation 800 South Ham Lane,
Lodi
 (209) 368-7141. www.ViennaNursingRehab.com

Arbor Nursing Center

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 Nursing Center 900 North Church Street, Lodi, (209) 333-1222

UBS Financial Services, Inc

Donna J. Kane, CFP When you are selecting a financial advisor to guide you as you plan for your important financial life

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Knowledgeable women make smart financial decisions

When the financial markets are so uncertain, many investors fear what the future may hold. Do you worry whether you can still retire comfortably, put your children through college or create a legacy for your family? Has the economic downturn shaken your confidence and caused you to put your financial goals on hold? Keep in mind a recessionary economy doesn’t have to upset your life’s hopes and dreams. With the right information, insights and planning, we can help you face the road ahead with confidence. Let’s discuss your future. It’s a conversation worth having. Please call to schedule an appointment.

Donna Kane, CFP® Vice President–Investments 209-473-0588 donna.kane@ubs.com UBS Financial Services Inc. 2800 West March Lane Suite 110 Stockton, CA 95219

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Investment Strategies & Portfolio Management “This past week, the market confirmed a turnaround through the sudden and violent drop in commodity prices across the board. There were too many sellers and no buyers in the commodities market and the volume was elevated. The economy and the stock market, over the past year, have benefited from many factors, including the Federal Reserve’s easy monetary policy, popularly known as QE2, and the government’s deficit spending policy elevating the federal deficit to surpass $14 trillion. These policies cannot go on indefinitely, and therefore, the market will adjust adversely and violently when it is left to function on its own. It is time to be conservative and raise the cash level through the end of this month. Historically, the stock market has retraced some of the lows two or three years after the recovery. However, the market was more or less left alone to adjust and to find equilibrium between buyers and sellers. With modern financial engineering and monetary policy interventions, the economic blow was lessened during the crisis, but the recovery has also been less than genuine.” (electronic letter to clients May 7, 2011) For more information, give us a call at:

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“Our responsibility is to serve you as a fiduciary and work with you to analyze and evaluate your liquid portfolio needs”. Elias Boudames Boudames Investments Corporation is a California Registered Investment Advisory firm CRD#150143.

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events, it is important to consider the commitment, experience and education of that person. A CFP title is conveyed by the International Board of Standards and Practices for Certified Financial Planners. A Certified Financial Planner must pass a series of exams, enroll in ongoing education classes, as well as have obtained a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution. Knowledge of estate planning, tax preparation, insurance and investing is required, as is at least three years of work experience in a related field. UBS Financial Services, Inc 2800 W. March Lane, Suite 110 (209) 473-0588, donna.kane@ubs.com

Boudames Investments Corporation

Think About It: Most wealthy investors here in San Joaquin County have their money parked in funds where money is made when these assets go up in value or lose money when the value goes down. This is also called “The Long only strategy.”  Long only strategies are good when markets are going up but they are not so good otherwise, especially as retirement age approaches. Although the domestic equity market is bullish at the moment, the debt market is in trouble, especially the public debt of states and municipalities. What about those times when the market is idle or giving back profits? Boudames Investments Corporation 25 South Hunter St., Stockton (209) 473-1156, www.boudamesinvest.com

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 and 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

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Set on beautifully landscaped grounds with a courtyard and walking trails, Emeritus at Fulton Villa is considered one of the premier assisted living and Alzheimer’s communities east of the Bay Area. Located close to Highway 99 and I-5, our newly remodeled community offers 79 apartments on two floors. Here, our residents - in many cases, with their pets - enjoy retirement living. Yet should they need a helping hand from our warm and caring staff, we also offer complete assisted living services, tailor-made to your loved one’s needs. We’ve designed our services to focus on wellness, helping your loved one maintain or improve their health, so they can live as independently as possible. Our promise is simple: Our Family is committed to yours. Emeritus at FultonVilla 517 East Fulton Street, Stockton, (888) 872-2499 • www.emeritus.com Antioch, (925) 754-7772 Manteca, (209) 463-9100 Elk Grove, (916) 683-6833

Golden Haven

Golden Haven is a secured, 150-bed capacity assisted living facility for elderly with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. For over 20 years, our family-built, owned, and operated facility has been one of the premier and largest stand-alone memory care homes in California. Our 40,000 square foot building sits on 2.5 acres of open, landscaped space, which promotes our residents’ sense of freedom and independence. Golden Haven’s care program includes a specialized activity program tailored to the various stages of Alzheimer’s. Residents also enjoy gracious amenities like our Serenity Wellness Center/Spa, a full-service beauty salon, and a hospitality room for private parties. Call or visit us for a tour of a place we strongly believe anyone would be proud to call home. Golden Haven 2324 Lever Boulevard, Stockton, (209) 464-4743

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Every course has its own personality, much like the people who play them. Each one has something special to offer. Whether you’re looking for a place to take the kids, meet up with your friends, or test your skills, you’re sure to find the ideal course just a short drive away. With the warmer evenings and longer days of springtime just ahead of us, now is the time to begin exploring the golf prospects available throughout this beautiful Valley.

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San Joaquin’s Secret Jewel

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Take a look at the list of upcoming events at Brookside Country Club and you’re quickly convinced there’s more to this place than just the eighteen challenging holes of Robert Trent Jones, Jr. championship golf. Cooking classes, haunted houses, Independence Day celebrations, winemaker dinners, and a recent addition of swimming and tennis facilities; there’s something to make every member of the family feel welcome and involved. With two levels of membership available, the opportunity to join is wide open. 6,777 yds, par 72

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Tucked away in the hills of the historic ranchlands of Northern California, you will find Diablo Grande Golf & Country Club. Diablo Grande is located 10 miles off the I-5 in a beautiful valley populated with creeks, canyons, native wildlife, prestigious oaks, wine vineyards, and golden hillsides. Diablo Grande also features two awardwinning courses, the Ranch Course and the Legends Course, both beautifully designed to challenge golfers of all levels. Diablo Grande takes golf to extraordinary heights with breathtaking landscapes, 36-holes of championship golf, and superb atmosphere and service. 7200 yards, par 72; 7100 yards, par 72 OLD RIVER GOLF COURSE AND RANGE 18007 S. MacArthur Dr., Tracy (209) 830-8585, www.oldrivergolf.com

It’s almost like two courses in one. The original nine holes, now the back nine, offer narrow, tree-lined fairways and undulating greens— be sure to bring the putter that works. The newer front nine has a more links-style atmosphere, with wide-open fairways, fairly flat greens, and water on almost every hole. 6213 yds, par 72 STOCKTON GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB 3800 W. Country Club Blvd., Stockton (209) 466-6221, www.stocktongolfcc.com

Stockton Golf & Country Club was founded in 1914 and boasts nearly a century long history of tradition. The beautiful 18 hole golf course stretches over 6,470 yards and borders both the San Joaquin and Calaveras Rivers. The forty-four thousand square foot clubhouse was built in 2004 and offers casual and formal dining areas, a members grill room, a state of the art fitness room, locker rooms with spas, a golf shop, and a large banquet room overlooking the San Joaquin River. The Club provides numerous opportunities to get involved, including dances, dinners, day trips, swimming, family fun nights, Jr. Golf Program, and Junior Swim Team. The Club also provides day care for our special events. 6,511 yds, par 71 WOODBRIDGE GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB 800 E. Woodbridge Rd., Woodbridge (209) 369-2371, www.woodbridgegcc.com

The hidden jewel of the Valley is Woodbridge Golf & Country Club. It’s a true 27-hole gem among the splendor of the many 100-year old trees, the Mokelumne River, and the vineyards of Woodbridge. This private country club boasts a brand-new heated swimming pool complex, 7 tennis courts & 27 holes of beautiful golf course. They have an attractive and comfortable clubhouse with one of the top food and beverage departments around, with a Chef that's one of the best in the Valley. The Pro Shop staff is a very friendly and professional group, and the course superintendent is nationally known. With all this going, it’s the membership that reveals the true charm of this Club: “The friendliest, most comfortable membership I have ever seen.” Depending on which combination of nines played, middle/river 6,438 yds, Par 71; river/lake 6,445 yds, par 72; lake/middle 6,611 yds, par 73

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In a foodie world that celebrates all that’s fresh and local, Farmers Markets are the epitome of this dedication to a healthier, more conscious lifestyle. growers are locals who you’ll be able to meet in person, and their spreads of mostly organic, natural fruits and vegetables are displayed right in front of your eyes—much of the time, taken directly from the field to the Farmers Market tables.

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Downtown Lodi Farmers Market Papa J-Fuller’s BBQ.

This hot stop courtesy of John Fuller and Louis Bynoe, of the Delta’s Breadfruit Tree restaurant, roasts a whole pig on a spit each Thursday. Half the fun is watching the pig roasting in front of you, but the rest is in the perfectly barbecued Caribbean flavors.

The Market at Crush.

Crush Kitchen & Bar’s adjoining specialty market is taking some of its best finds to the streets, like artisan olive oils and vinegars, cheeses, and even Crush’s signature truffle oil popcorn for munching.

Others to watch for at Lodi Farmers Market:

Just for Friends Catering homemade pickles and sauerkraut, Sea Salt Cottage herbs and bath salts, C&C Ranch beef

Downtown Stockton Farmers Market 4-K Farms. This Ripon-based farm brings their addictive flavored nuts to the market table, from caramelized pecans and almonds and good old roasted nuts, to almond and peanut butters.

M&W Dutch American Bakery.

Voted the Best Bakery in San Joaquin magazine three years in a row, enjoy handmade pastries like fruit turnovers, sticky buns, and almond bars outdoors in the sunshine.

Others to watch for at Stockton Farmers Market:

Cecchetti olive oils, Four Season Flowers, Main St. Nursery plants.

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COURTESY DOWNTOWN STOCKTON ALLIANCE AND EMILY BAIME

Here, shoppers can sample the difference in farm-fresh produce, and    growers are more than happy to share everything you need to know: growing practices, ideal seasons for different fruits and veggies, how to store and prepare their produce, recipes, and more. All in all, Farmers Markets turn the experience of buying produce from a generic grocer and shopping cart, to some real thought into where our food comes from and who is growing it. Here in San Joaquin, where we have no shortage of rich agricultural land, the bounty of fresh produce is plenty. Even local restaurateurs head to their community Farmers Market during the summer for inspiration in creating seasonal menus.    In addition to the cornucopia of fresh greens and sweet fruits for the taking, Farmers Markets have also evolved to offer up all sorts of other locally-grown and handmade goods: local honey, artisan pastries, culinary treats, flowers, crafts, barbecue, and more. These alfresco markets have become the quintessential neighborhood event, a sort of block party, in many cases accompanied by local beers and wine and live music. Restaurants and shops along the Farmers Market streets keep their doors wide open with later hours, neighbors greet each other, and young children munch on kettle corn and dance in the streets. All in all, the Farmers Markets in San Joaquin have helped provide higher quality produce, support local businesses, and foster community pride—and we just love that warm, fuzzy neighborhood feeling during the summer.    As Farmers Markets have become an easy and thoughtful way to keep healthy, local markets have popped up on various days and times in almost every corner of San Joaquin (see our listing on pg 121 for more info). The Downtown Lodi Farmers Market has really made its mark as a summer hotspot for Thursday nights, with School Street blocked off throughout the entire downtown district, and Lodi buzzing with “locavores” looking to buy local and celebrate their community. Downtown Lodi businesses have gotten in on the fun too, posting weekly updates to their Facebook pages about special Thursday Farmers Market hours and unique offerings each week.    Following are a few of the most exciting non-fruit and veggie stops at our local Farmers Markets this summer.

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Thursdays 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Weberstown Mall, Yokuts and Claremont Ave., Stockton, www.sjcfarmersmarket.com

Downtown Lodi Farmers Market

Thursdays 5 p.m.-Dark. School St. Downtown District, Lodi, www.downtownlodi.com

Downtown Stockton Farmers Market

Fridays 8 a.m.-2 p.m. East Main St. at Bob Hope Theatre, Stockton, www.sjcfarmersmarket.com, www.downtownstockton.org

Stockton Open Air Asian and Farmers Market

Saturdays 6-10 a.m. Under the crosstown freeway, between El Dorado Ave. and San Joaquin St., Stockton, www.stocktonfarmersmarket.org

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The RED Invasion

Wines from vines as codgerly, and wise, as folks from Lodi BY RANDY CAPAROSO

COURTESY PATRICK CAMPBELL/REDS

In the early ‘90s, when Lodi’s reputation for highquality wine grapes was still basically nonexistent, it was big news in the California wine industry when Sonoma Mountain’s Patrick Campbell began to venture from his prestigious coastal estate called Laurel Glen, to source old Lodi plantings to produce his ideal “drinking” wine, simply called REDS. Very much conscious of his role in the growth of Lodi as an ultra-premium winegrowing region, Campbell marketed his REDS as something radically different, marketing it as “a wine of the people.” Borrowing a quote from J. Edgar Hoover, he also adopted the motto, “Find REDS and expose it.” And for many years, REDS—craftily blended from heritage plantings of Zinfandel, Carignane, and Petite Sirah—was arguably the best $10-$12 retail priced wine made in the U.S., sold in every state as well as in Asia and Europe. In 1998, the Lodi Winegrape Commission demonstrated their appreciation by awarding their first Wine Industry Integrity Award to Campbell. The Winegrape Commission’s longtime executive director, Mark Chandler, praised Campbell for being among the leaders in the California wine industry, known for “soft words and strong actions, quietly and consistently setting the standard measure for hard work, honesty, and integrity.”

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But from the beginning, according to Campbell, there was always one batch of Zinfandel picked for REDS, sourced from a single 104-year old stand of gnarled, split trunked vines along Lodi’s Harney Lane, that “always stood out, full of a rich, composed character that you can only get in an old vineyard that knows itself, and controls its own growth.” Located on the east side of Lodi’s Mokelumne River appellation—where this area’s fabled Tokay Sandy Loam is especially deep, porous, practically beach-like—this vineyard produces enormously intense Zinfandels, yet rarely oversized in alcohol or overripe in fruitiness. Therefore, commencing with a 2002 vintage, a red wine called !ZaZin joined REDS as Campbell’s second Lodi appellation bottling, made from this turn of the century vineyard. We sat down with Campbell this past March to taste it, along with his current release of REDS:

2009 REDS, Lodi: Deep purplish ruby color and intensely fresh (not tutti-fruity) fruit-centered nose of black cherry, red licorice, touches of raspberry, peppery spice, and crackling autumn leaves. These flavors couched in a smoothly textured medium body, bright, zesty, and bouncy on the palate. 60% Zinfandel; 30% Carignane; 10% Petite Sirah.

2009 !ZaZin, Laurel Glen Vineyard, Lodi: Black/purplish ruby, dark as night, and beautifully rich cassis/blackberry/black cherry nose, tinged with nuances of Chinese black tea, Asian spices (like cardamom and star anise), and cigarbox. Full, fleshy, viscous, and chubby on the palate without being hard or flabby; velvet-textured flavors going long into the night. Quite possibly, the finest $15/$16 Zinfandel produced in California. Talking about his rewarding relationship with Lodi’s old vines, now going on 19 vintages, Campbell told us: “I have found that old vines are like the generations of people who have been farming them. They know what they’re doing because they’ve been around. It can be annoying because you can’t do a lot to influence these stubborn, old codgers, and you end up learning from them, not the other way around. At the end of the day they will always do what they’ve been doing for a long time, which is grow great wine.”

Randy Caparoso is the multi-award winning sommelier/restaurateur and longtime wine journalist who pens the blog for the Lodi Winegrape Commission’s lodiwine.com.

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Pistachio-Stuffed Nectarines (Adapted from the Chez Panisse Recipe) 2 ripe nectarines, cut in half, stones removed 2 Tbsp. butter, softened 1/8 cup sugar 1/3 egg yolk ½ tsp. orange extract ¼ cup chopped unsalted pistachio nuts ¼ cup pound cake or sponge cake crumbs

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Arrange nectarine halves in a baking dish, cut side up. In a small bowl, cream butter with sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg yolk, then stir in remaining ingredients. Divide mixture evenly among nectarine halves, lightly mounding it into center of each with a small spoon. Bake on center rack of oven for 30 minutes or until nectarines are plumped and juicy, and the stuffing is browned. Serve immediately. Makes 2-4 servings.

Crumb-Topped Nectarine Pie

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2 9-inch pie crusts Nectarine Filling: 8 medium fresh Nectarines (white or yellow) 1½ cups white granulated sugar ¼ cup cornstarch 2 tsp. very fresh ground ginger

BY KATY BERRY

Like plums and peaches, nectarines are a type of stone fruit, which means they grow on trees or shrubs and have one large seed (or stone) in their center. This type of fruit grows especially well in San Joaquin’s Mediterranean climate. The fruit grows and ripens during our hot, arid summers, but come the cool and foggy winter, their trees have ample time to rest. Nectarines are beautiful. Some varieties have a white, pearly flesh, but many people are used to seeing the golden-hued nectarines, with fiery red-orange skin. Nectarines are extremely similar to peaches; in fact, the only gene that separates the two fruits is the one that controls peach fuzz. Nectarines are essentially just hairless peaches. They’re so closely related that sometimes peach trees produce a few nectarines, and vice versa. Selecting a nectarine is relatively easy. Choose one that has taut skin and soft flesh (but not mushy). You should also be able to smell its luscious, fruity aroma. Juicy and sweet, nectarines are a wonderful summer treat, so enjoy them this season. They shouldn’t be hard to find since California produces a whopping 95 percent of our nations supply of this sweetheart fruit.

Crumb Topping: 1 cup all-purpose flour ½ cup almond meal (also known as almond flour) ½ cup white or brown sugar ½ stick (4 Tbsp.) butter or margarine

Nectarine Filling

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients until well blended. Blanch nectarines in boiling water for 1 minute. Remove from water and rinse under cold water to stop cooking. Peel nectarines, then slice them into even wedges about ½-inch thick, removing the stone from each. Toss nectarines in dry ingredients until fully coated. Set aside while you make the crumb topping.

Crumb Topping

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. With your hands, lightly rub and toss butter through dry ingredients until a soft-crumbed mixture is formed, fully incorporating all ingredients. Handle as little as possible. It will look like very coarse meal. Set aside.

Assembly

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Blind bake (bake without the filling) the pie crust shell for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and evenly spoon in peach filling with the juices. Scatter crumb topping over peaches to fully cover. Bake at 375 degrees F for 30-40 minutes, or until pie crust and crumb topping are browned. Remove pie from oven and allow to cool on rack in the tin. Pie will slice more easily if fully cool.

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Crush Kitchen & Bar has a menu that Executive Chef/Owner Michael Warren describes as California with HEAVY Mediterranean influence. The entire menu is made from scratch. From the unique Hummus plate to the house made mozzarella and the handmade pastas, Crush is focused on the “Farm to Fork” philosophy. This year Crush was chosen as “The Best of San Joaquin” and it is very clear why. Crush has a wine list that boasts over 130 European and local selections and also has a full bar. Next door to Crush is “The Market” a boutique grocery that is also owned by Michael Warren and partner Michael Thomas. Thursday-Monday 11:30 amclose, Wednesday 5 pm-9 pm, CLOSED Tuesday. 115 S. School St. (inside Woolworth Place) Lodi, (209)369-5400 www.Crushkitchen.com

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 awardwinning, 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, deepfried pickles, deep-fried twinkies, deepfried oreos... Flip’s is Stockton’s place to pig out. Enjoy restaurant quality food at fast food prices. Flip’s has a familyoriented 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. 2503 Waterloo Rd. Stockton, (209) 943-5477

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

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

Johnny’s Diner & Creamery @ Tracy Outlets off MacArthur

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

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

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Includes: 4 Enchiladas, 4 Tacos, 4 Burritos Rice, Beans, Tortillas & Chips and Salsa

Michael’s Pizza has been supported by this community since 1978 and voted the best Pizza in San Joaquin County. We take pride in every pizza we make using the freshest ingredients and making our dough every day. All of our pizzas can be made with our original dough and we are happy to offer whole wheat dough. Also at Michael’s Pizza is our fun Café featuring full breakfast and fresh baked goods. Come in with a group, sports team, or birthday party and enjoy our party room that seats 30+ people.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner all day Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat-Sun 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

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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

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

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Family owned and operated for 12 years Casa Mexicana has been serving Lodi with the best authentic Mexican food. We offer home made tortillas and a family pack for $29.99. Casa Mexicana also provides catering for your event of any occasion and our own banquet room. Join us Saturday night for the nightclub with a variety of Spanish and English music.

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2301 Pacific Ave. Stockton, (209) 941-4179 www.lapalmaonthemile.com

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

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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

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Voted San Joaquin’s Best Family Restaurant, the Creamery is a classic American grill that has been a Stockton landmark since 1985. Even with a fresh, new look that is more spacious and modern, this dining favorite still offers the same cozy feel as when it first opened more than two decades ago. Enjoy gourmet sandwiches, huge hamburgers, garden fresh salads, pasta dishes, homestyle dinners, and an impressive dessert selection seven days a week. Whether you are in the neighborhood or just hungry for great food, The Creamery Restaurant will be sure to please. NOW SERVING BREAKFAST ON THE WEEKEND.

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!

5756 Pacific Ave. Located in Robinhood Plaza, Stockton (209) 952-1111

15138 Harlan Rd., Lathrop (209) 858-1818 www.mikasasushilathrop.com

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

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

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

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

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• Prime Rib • Baby Back Ribs • Sunday Brunch Looking forward to serving you. Steve Ding - New proprietor For reservations call (209) 366-1800

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Open Daily Serving brunch on weekends 296 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 955-0100 www.rev1910.com

4755 Quail Lakes Dr., Ste. D Stockton, (209) 474-6692 www.tootsweetsbakerycafe.com

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

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.

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

236 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 951-2980 www.stocktonjoes.com

Everyone is welcome at Bud’s Seafood Grille. Friendly service, hearty portions, and a range of fish, seafood, pasta, steak, and poultry entrees make Bud’s a great choice for a business lunch, family dinner, or night out for two. Every meal begins with 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.

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

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Toot Sweets... Is a from-scratch bakery/café with a friendly and inviting environment. Started in Berkeley in 1975, this successful family owned business has made its place in Stockton. Toot Sweets does not use mixes or any artificial ingredients. From custom roasted coffees offered in a wide range of flavors to suit your taste, to gladly filling lunches and light dinners, Toot’s offers a variety of unique food and drink items suitable for any occasion. We also offer drop-off catering. Gift certificates available!

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Our belief is that Mexican dishes done right are both wonderful and diverse. Creating superb dishes from Cochinita Pibil to Tartare de Salmon; our food is inspired by the heart of Mexico. Our 100% natural margaritas made with true agave nectar and fresh squeezed lime can be enjoyed on our covered and heated outside patio. We’re holding to the authenticity of true Mexican dishes not found in this area, thus revolutionizing Mexican food.

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DiningOut GARLIC BROTHERS 6629 Embarcadero Dr., Stockton (209) 474-6585, www.garlic-brothers.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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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. $$

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-H South Cherokee Lane, (209) 334-9988 Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Haru Sushi Bar boasts an extensive menu including a wonderful array of original sushi rolls, not to mention their colorful sushi boats, bento boxes, nigiri and sashimi, this sushi bar has something for everyone. Taking pride in their artistry, their Asian influenced décor and beautiful plate presentation is pleasing to both sushi fanatics and first-timers. Locals can also come to Haru Sushi Bar to enjoy their happy hour specials and their tasty selection of beer, wine, and sake. This family owned business is committed to quality and customer satisfaction so diners can expect a great meal each time they return. JULY 2011

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Pietro’s Trattoria

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

317 E. Kettleman Lane, (209) 368-0613, www.pietroslodi.com Beer and wine. Lunch and dinner. $$

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

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

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BARBECUE AND KARAOKE MANTECA’S ROOSTERJUICE

Friends of Rob and Suzanne Forsberg know that this couple loves two things: karaoke and barbecue. So when the two decided it was time to take on a new venture, they combined their joy of grilling and love of terrible singing to create a new bar and restaurant in Manteca. Now folks looking to liven up their weekend plans have discovered a new favorite in Roosterjuice.    This one-of-a-kind hub is all about kicking back and having fun, with an outdoor firepit and a barbecue grill serving up Suzanne’s own menu of “tailgate cuisine.” The karaoke is free, and their strategy to get singers on the microphone may have something to do with their odd name. “Roosterjuice” is Rob and Suzanne’s term for sangria, or as they have aptly renamed it: sing-ria. Roosterjuice makes fresh singria every day using seasonal fruit and infused wines; try a sample at the bar and then grab a glass of your favorite, it’s only a matter of time before you’re belting out “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Families are welcome during the day, but after 9 p.m., it’s 21 or older. —K.B. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Roosterjuice, 1325 W. Yosemite Ave., Manteca (209) 665-4414, www.roosterjuice.net

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

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

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School Street Bistro

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

116 N. School St., (209) 333-3950, www.schoolstbistro.com Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

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.

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.

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2414 W. Kettleman Lane, Ste. 206, (209) 334-9800 Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

2505 W. Turner Rd., (209) 334-6988, www.winerose.com Full bar. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. $$$-$$$$

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.

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. JULY 2011

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

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

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MANTECA De Vega Brothers 515 N. Main St., (209) 823-0947, 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. Finley’s Bar and Grill 10477 S. Airport Way, (209) 983-9493. Full bar. Open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch during the winter season. $$-$$$$

Finley’s is full of pleasant surprises, the first being the truly romantic restaurant that lies within this nondescript building. While soft candlelight flickers at the center of your elegantly set table, you can relax and share a bottle of locally-made wine and, if you’re brave enough, kick off your dinner by sharing an appetizer of sautéed or deep-fried frog legs. This succulent dish is sweeter tasting than chicken, and quite appetizing. After indulging your adventurous side, spring into dinner with the savory house specialty, smoked prime rib. Feeling romantic enough to propose? Finley’s also caters small, intimate weddings in their spacious garden. Isadore’s Restaurant 680 N. Main St., (209) 825-4300, 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 pint-sized meal for your munchkins, as well as accommodate any other special requests. Finally, don’t be shy—order the Sex in a Pan for dessert. Sweet, ripe banana slices and rich chocolate pudding on www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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

112 E. Yosemite Ave., (209) 825-1727. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

This Manteca hot spot rose up out of the ashes of the El Rey Theatre, which ironically burned down after its final showing of The Towering Inferno. Big, bulky sandwiches, like the Southwest-style BBQ Pork Masterpiece make this a great lunch destination, but live music Friday and Saturday nights and the largest bar in the Valley (complete with twelve 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 gettogether. 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. $

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.

2333 Pacific Ave., (209) 462-5AVE, www.aveonthemile.com Full bar. Open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. $$

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, Caribbeanstyle 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 year-round, 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.

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Casa Flores Marina 3201 W. Ben Holt Drive, (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

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445 W. Weber Ave., (209) 941-8605, www.chitiva.net Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

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

Cocoro is the “it” place to go for sushi in Stockton. Its streamlined, contemporary Japanese décor and intimate seating arrangements give it a sophisticated atmosphere, and its artful sushi creations made with fish delivered fresh daily from the Bay Area keep patrons coming back for more. At the sushi counter, you can watch talented chefs roll and wrap beautiful bites right before your eyes. The restaurant’s signature sushi—the Coco Roll—consists of a tempura prawn wrapped up with avocado and topped with eel, spicy tuna, teriyaki sauce, and special house dressing, all garnished with a walnut. For the less

The Creamery 5756 Pacific Ave., Robinhood Plaza (209) 925-1111. No alcohol served. Open for breakfast (on weekends), lunch, and dinner. $-$$

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

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

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

Toppings, cheese, and dough that’s prepared fresh daily may be three of the reasons this Stockton staple has had such success that they’ve recently opened a second location in Lincoln Center. Or maybe it’s all the choices at David’s New York Style Pizza that make it so popular: Eat in or take out? Hammer Lane or Lincoln Center? Thick, thin, or standard crust? Indoors or out on the patio? One of David’s twelve specialty pizzas or JULY 2011

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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.

adventurous eater, Cocoro offers the traditional range of tempura, teriyaki, and noodle dishes.

one of your own creations? We know sports-lovers love the pizzeria because it combines some of their favorite things: great pizza, beer, fellow fans, and the big game televised on the many 46-inch flat screen televisions hung in both locations. Whatever their reasoning for coming back, repeat customers can be found enjoying David’s New York Style Pizza seven days a week. De Vega Brothers

2819 W. March Lane, Ste. A1, (209) 957-3839, 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 handpainted murals of Roman ruins and rustic Italian vistas, while Stockton prides itself on creating an atmosphere of urban elegance with patio dining and live piano music. Both restaurants are known for their generous portions and delicious lamb chops, cioppino, chicken and veal scaloppini, steak, and seafood, as well as their gourmet pastas and sauces. De Vinci’s 4555 N. Pershing Ave., (209) 957-2750 No alcohol served. Open for lunch and dinner. $

Old-world Italian eats rule here, where the foccacia and ravioli are homemade. Red and white checkered tablecloths and an Italian-inspired mural lend distinct charm to this half deli, half restaurant which serves up spectacular sandwiches, rice torta, and pesto. The food may be delicious, but don’t bring a hungry crowd and expect to find a table big enough—this place is best for take-out and catering. Instead, grab a bag of goodies to go and head over to nearby Victoria Park for a picnic with panache. A downtown Tracy location was recently opened. Delights Waterfront Coffee Bar and Deli 445 W. Weber Ave., Ste. 126, (209) 462-3401 Beer and Wine. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. $

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

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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.

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El Rancho Inn Steak and Lobster House 1457 E. Mariposa Rd., (209) 467-1529 Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$$-$$$$

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

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sits right on the water’s edge and boasts delicious garlicky pizzas, pastas, and seafood. Contrary to popular belief, however, anything on the menu can be whipped up without the brothers’ favorite ingredient. Before you leave, roll up your sleeves and dig into a serving of Justy’s Cake—vanilla ice cream on a cookie crust topped with toffee and glazed with caramel and chocolate. Gian’s Delicatessen 2112 Pacific Ave., (209) 469-0108 Open for lunch. $

Nobody does sandwiches quite like Gian’s, and that’s why locals flock to this long-time neighborhood gem for a lunch that makes you say Mmm! Try their coppa and prosciutto, flown in from where else but Parma, Italy, the food capital of the world. Or have some of their homemade Italian dishes like their famously delectable ravioli. It won’t be long before you become a regular at this must-visit Italian eatery. La Palma Mexican Cuisine 2301 Pacific Ave., (209) 941-4179, 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, (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.

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

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3499 Brookside Rd., Suite A, (209) 473-7300 Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

1243 W. March Lane., (209) 954-9615, www.outbacksteakhouse.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 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. $

Playing off the name of the restaurant,

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

Papapavlo’s Bistro and Bar is considered by many to be one of Northern California’s most unique fine dining establishments located in Stockton’s Lincoln Center. They offer you the finest and freshest in gourmet cuisine and their fabulous menu includes a large variety of continental dishes. The main dining room has a unique design with a showcase kitchen and bar in warm, classy decor.You’ll find the three outdoor dining patios a perfect place to relax during lunch or dinner. Papapavlo’s offers four private banquet rooms accommodating groups as intimate as 12 to as large as 100 guests. Papapavlo’s also specializes in offpremises 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, JULY 2011

Revolucion 1910 296 Lincoln Center (209) 955-0100, www.rev1910.com Full bar. Lunch, dinner, and Sunday Brunch. $-$$.

Javier Del Castillo started a revolution, or rather Revolucion 1910, his authentic Mexican restaurant that has quickly become a local favorite. Using fresh ingredients and only serving entrees that originated in Mexico, patrons will find a menu full of small plate entrees designed to bring out the best of authentic Mexican flavor.The corn tortillas are all homemade, as are the sauces and vinaigrettes made to fit each entree. Chili peppers are used in most dishes for their flavor rather than spice, in inventive entrees such as tacos al pastor or chile relleno con huitlacoche and Mexican oaxaca cheese. Be sure to try the tres leches cake for dessert, with margaritas made from only the highest quality tequilas from agave nectar, and lime juice squeezed fresh for each drink. Sass Bar & Grill 110 N. El Dorado St., (209) 808-4058 Full Bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

The warm and contemporary décor in Sass is inviting and excites the senses with its unique accents and attention to detail. The excitement is only multiplied when you see their eclectic menu, with cuisine inspired by flavors from around the world and local ingredients that showcase the wonderfully fresh produce available in San Joaquin. Enhance your meal by their selection of local wines, or a chilled cocktail from their bar. And in the warmer months, don’t miss the opportunity to dine on their romantically lit sky terrace while enjoying the Delta breeze as you overlook Stockton’s waterfront. Sharing so many impressive elements, Sass is a special place to dine with family and friends year round. Shirasoni Japanese Restaurant 3249 West Hammer Lane, (209) 473-2525, www.shirasoni.com Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

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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 hearthealthy 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 fourteen beers on tap at all times, from a pale wheat, to an IPA, to the house favorite Black Cat Stout, and apricot and berry fruit beers. Check the website for up to the minute information about when the fun’s happening. Waterloo

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 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.

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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

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

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

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

Tracy Thai successfully captures the unique and complex flavors Thai food is famous for. Using only fresh, quality ingredients, their food has artistic presentation and exceptional flavor, from mouth-watering appetizers like their heavenly Angel Wings (boneless chicken wings stuffed with silver noodles), to their soups served in a flaming tureen that keeps it warm throughout the meal. Tracy Thai prepares imaginative creations for those with adventurous tastes, and also familiar favorites for those who have never experienced Thai food before. 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 family-friendly atmosphere. Great Plate offers two full bars and 16 beers on tap, a fine wine list, and Sunday breakfast (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and the NFL Ticket. Or check out the exciting nightlife featuring live music and DJs on both floors. Visit, “Tracy’s Favorite Place to Play.” Banquet rooms available for up to 125 people.

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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. [SJM]

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The Cash Tribute Show July 15, Lodi The Cash Tribute Show featuring James Garner delivers the Man in Black’s music with conviction, accuracy, sincerity, and honesty. James Garner not only takes his audience through a musical journey of Johnny Cash’s biggest hits, but also through his legendary life. Audience members will find themselves tapping their toes and singing along with the train-like rhythms of Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Three. 8-10 p.m. $20. Kirst Hall, Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi, (209) 333-6782, www.hutchinsstreetsquare.com

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Robert Mondavi to benefit the Lodi Memorial Hospital. Guests enjoy a picnic

to watch a hot air balloon liftoff and enjoy a pancake breakfast. At 9 a.m., a

atmosphere while tasting fabulous food from 15 to 20 local caterers,

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each dish paired with a glass of Mondavi wine.

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ages. Grab a few seats at the Tracy High Football Stadium for the fireworks

event. 6-9 p.m. $65. Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi,

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Romeo and Juliet July 14-16 & July 21-23, Lodi The Changing Faces Theater Company will be staging a youth production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet for two consecutive weekends at Jessie’s Grove marketplace, dinner, dessert, and a pre-show featuring Changing Faces’ younger company members. Dinner and dessert 6-7:30 p.m., pre-show at 7:30 p.m., main show at 8 p.m. $35. Jessie’s Grove Winery, 1973 West Turner Rd., Lodi, (209) 327-2754, www.changingfacestheater.org

LIVE! At Lincoln Center July 15, Stockton Celebrate sixty years of Lincoln Center at their annual summer event, LIVE! At Lincoln Center. This ‘50s themed celebration will be complete with live music, hula hoop contests, balloons and face painting, a jump house, and more. For adults, it’s a shopping extravaganza with special sales in every store. Wear your ‘50s clothing and come out for a fun-filled evening. 6-9 p.m. Free. Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 477-4868, www.lincolncentershops.com

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Delta Fusion July 23, Stockton After five weeks of hard work and preparation, the final celebration of Delta Fusion will commence in Stockton. The parade spans from Miracle Mile to the Haggin Museum, followed by a grand performance at Victory Park. Prepare to see the history of the Delta Region as you’ve never seen it before. This

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Enjoy great food and wine as you raise money to benefit the Child Abuse

11 a.m. Free. Beginning at Pacific Avenue/Miracle Mile and ending at Victory

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need of advocates. With the help of this program, kids in need will be given the attention they require and have brighter futures ahead of them. This event will be filled with food, fun, and stories of hope that will make you proud to support such a worthy cause. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $35. Van Ruiten Family Vineyards, 340 West Highway 12, Lodi, www.nochildabuse.org

Chicano Comedy All-Stars July 16, Lodi Comedian Joey Medina will be joining the All-Stars this July in a hilarious show which features a rotating cast of comics that represent the many voices in Latino and Chicano culture. Telling jokes about family, friends, and current events, there’s something for everyone. 8 p.m. $25-$35. Charlene Powers Lange Performing Arts Theatre, Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi, (209) 333-6782, www.hutchinsstreetsquare.com

Taste of the Delta July 16, Stockton What better way to celebrate summer than a trip to the lovely Delta waterfront, where you’ll enjoy food from the best local restaurants, tasty local wine, live and silent auctions, vendors featuring jewelry, crafts, and more, live music, and even a door prize. 1-4 p.m. $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Windmill Cove Resort & Marina, 7600 Windmill Cove, Stockton, (209) 948-2940, www.tasteofthedelta.com

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San Joaquin Magazine Best of July 2011