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Freedom to Choose!

“There are two freedoms the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought.” - Charles Kingsley

We love this time of year, and the month of July brings about a few of our favorite things: a celebration of freedom and our “Best of” San Joaquin edition! It’s exciting because we all get to share stories about the great people, places, and things in our county. Like “they” always say, “you learn something new every day.” And, with this issue, some of you might find a few new things to love about where you live! Check out the winners—that you helped pick—in all of our sections, including eat, wine and drink, shop, play, health and beauty, and wedding. Then, take a peek at our “editor’s picks.” Anything from beautiful cupcakes to man’s ultimate BBQ. We explore the latest and greatest around town. What’s even better: these businesses and people are the heart of San Joaquin. They make up our town, the ebb and flow of our community. If you’re looking for something new, it’s always great to start with the things that are right under your nose and in your own backyard. Plus, you’ll positively add to your local economy. Once you’ve had a chance to thumb through our "Best of" section, check out other great articles, like our Up Front 209 on Lucky Dog Paddleboard Co., a family-owned business in Lodi. Also, read through our getaway on Yosemite, and you might find a fresh perspective on this close-to-home gem. Dig a little deeper into our Kids & Parents magazine, tucked inside this very issue, where you’ll find a plethora of kid-friendly topics. There is a little something for everyone. With that, we hope you all have a happy 4th of July! Enjoy time with your family and friends…and hopefully, you’ll get to see your community display their own affection toward this great place we call home!

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Lori Dixon, of Lucky Dog Paddle Co., was born and raised in Sacramento. “I grew up in Rancho Cordova, along the American River,” Dixon said. “I’ve always been in the water. I can’t remember a time I was not in the water, for recreation.” It’s no surprise that she is now the co-owner of a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) company, along with her husband Mike.    However, the path leading up to this business venture is a little different than one might expect. Lori’s plan, before and after college at Sacramento State, included pursuing a career in law enforcement. After receiving a degree in criminal justice, she spent the bulk of her career as a police officer and detective in Stockton.

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Although she was passionate and dedicated to her work, an on-the-job injury forced her to medically retire from the force. Lori stayed at home for a while, focusing all attention on rehabilitating from her broken neck. From there, she worked in several different law-related positions, each one taking her career in a new direction. After teaching and directing the criminal justice department at Carrington College, Lori accepted a position with DeVry Inc. (DeVry University and DeVry Institute of Technology), where she became extremely busy with corporate security work and travel. It was an exciting time, but she began to feel the stress and pressure of constant travel and felt as if she was nearing the age of slowing down. It was just last summer when Lori took a little more time to truly examine her work life. She and her family took a trip to Bend Oregon, a place where life on the water is incorporated into the community. She remembers laying on her SUP, relaxing, and starting a conversation with her husband about how she could transition out of her job and into doing what she loved most: paddling and fitness. With full support, her husband said, “We could make a life out of this.” From that point forward, the two mapped out

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a plan for her resignation and began investing in their business within a couple of months. They put in countless hours of preparation and research, and made sure to find the right vendors and build great relationships with each of them. They wanted to establish solid vendor relationships to ensure their customers would have good support during their paddleboard experience. And now, if you’re in the market for stand up paddleboards, or to take lessons or unique fitness instruction, Lucky Board Paddle Co. is ready to help you with this endeavor. “We provide the opportunity to experience a wide variety of paddleboards, which allows you to make an educated decision on which board is suited for you,” Dixon said. “There is so much misinformation out there, we want people to be happy and safe with their boards.” Lucky Dog Paddle Co. offers paddleboard purchase and “try them out first,” opportunities. They offer private and group lessons at Lodi Lake; so, after you’ve purchased a board, you can find out how to use it correctly and safely. Dixon is also certified in PaddleFit and offers fitness classes that are uniquely specific to SUP. She most recently added SUP Yoga to the mix. And, once you have a board and some free time, you can also join the meet-up.com groups

they meet with on a regular basis for social paddles and outings. If you’re worried about losing free time with fido, no fear, “SUP pups” is a great way to meet with other canine companion paddlers. Dixon is often seen paddling with Stella on board (their French bulldog). In fact, Stella is the inspiration behind the company name. This summer, you might see a few more SUPs on the lake as Lucky Dog Paddle Co. is now contracted to work with Lodi Lake summer camp kids. “They don’t often contract people to vend on the lake, but we are very grateful to be welcomed into their fold,” Dixon said. Ultimately, Dixon and her family are excited to reach out to all members of the local community to introduce a family-friendly activity that truly impacted their lives, for the better.

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Stockton-Con BY MICHELE BIRD

Do comic books, anime, and superheroes call your name? Stockton-Con is preparing to kick off its second year full of anime, tournaments, auctions, and more. Every pop culture enthusiast’s dream will come true as everything from movies to video games will come together under one roof on August 2. StocktonCon first began in August 2012 as a way to shed light on local artists and bring pop culture to San Joaquin County. This year, there is a massive guest lineup with appearances by Dan Parsons, Tone Rodriguez, Matt Hawkins, and Richard Hatch. Stockton-Con promotes community involvement by offering an artist alley. All artists and small publishers are welcome to register online and purchase a space. There is also an all-ages art contest in memory of Tony DeZuniga who passed away last year. He helped co-create DC Comics’ Jonah Hex and The Black Orchid. Cash prizes will be awarded; there will also be a fan favorite category. If you’re more of a gamer, guests can showcase their skills in tournaments including Magic The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and HeroClix. Not to mention, costumes are another key element of Stockton-Con. Guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character. Creativity truly comes into play in this department and one-ofa-kind costumes could help you win this year’s Cosplay contest. Aside from all the fun activities, Stockton-Con also raises money for the United Way and St. Mary’s Dining Room through ticket

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sales. Gently used clothing is also being collected. Those who donate will receive $4 off the regular ticket admission price of $10. Pre-sale tickets are available online through Ticketmaster, the Stockton Arena Box Office, and various retail outlets. So, break out your best costume and get ready for an overload of pop culture. Purchase tickets now to ensure you don’t miss out on this fun and memorable event! FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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Calling all beer connoisseurs, enthusiasts, and fans! Stockton Beer Week will be kicking off on August 10 – 18 and is the ideal event for anyone who loves an ice-cold frothy brew. Various bars and restaurants located in Stockton serve as the backdrop for the annual event that celebrates local craft beers. The craft and micro-brew beer industries are also spotlighted throughout the week, which are often the original homes of all the delicious beers on tap. A diverse calendar of events is being offered including beer tastings, a beer festival, brewing education, and more! Whether you are interested in beer tasting on the rooftop of French 25 or the Craft Beer Garden at Taste of San Joaquin, there are endless amounts of activities to choose from. Events will vary daily, which ensures visitors will always have a unique experience no matter which day they visit.

AVE on the Mile, Stockton Joe’s, and Valley Brewing Company are just a handful of venues that were featured at last year’s Stockton Beer Week. The event is 100 percent non-profit, as venues work with beer suppliers, chefs, and farms to create the all of the fun and memorable activities visitors will enjoy. Community is a key aspect to Stockton Beer Week since local establishments and brews are at the head of the action. Don’t be alarmed if you’re not a Stockton resident, everyone is welcome to join in on Stockton Beer Week (given that you are 21+, of course). No matter if you are going out with buddies or heading out on a date, Stockton Beer Week is the perfect place to chill out in the humid summer heat. To find the full calendar of events and list of participating venues visit Stockton Beer Week’s official site.

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  By 1915, the European continent was fully engulfed in World War I. What many leaders had mistakenly believed to be a quick war had instead turned into a long bitter stalemate. This stalemate forced the European powers to explore new technology in an attempt to turn the tide of this conflict in their favor.   It was with that mindset that brought British intelligent officers and engineers to Stockton. They were drawn to the revolutionary invention of Stockton’s own Benjamin Holt and his Caterpillar. The Caterpillar mechanized agriculture with its crawler-type tread system, which was ideal for a variety of soils, including the war-torn soil of the European battlefield. It was this aspect of the machine that interested the British War Machine.   The adaptation of the Caterpillar, for military purposes, was kept top-secret to prevent the possibilities of German espionage. Even the men working on the project were unaware of the true purpose of their efforts. They were told that the machine was going to be utilized to transport water for British Troops fighting the Ottoman Empire in Palestine. Thus the name “tank” was adopted. The mechanized movement system was modified, and the first tank design was successfully tested in the rough local ground around Stockton.

   After the triumphant test run, the design was shipped to the East coast to be fitted with armor plates. The next step sent the machine to England, where it was assembled and mass-produced as the prototype developed in Stockton and was then utilized for the duration of the War. Finally, the tank made its way to its intended destination, the battlefield. In this capacity, the tank modified fighting tactics and significantly impacted the War; it was essential in the final Allied Victory.    This adaptation was not the only contribution of Holt’s Caterpillar during World War I. The Caterpillars were also quite common behind the front line; they were used to haul supplies, as they were more reliable than horses. It is estimated that by the end of the war, 10,000 Holt vehicles were utilized by the Allies. As the British became aware of the Caterpillars’ importance to the Allied Victory, they made another trip to Stockton after the War ended in 1918. General Ernest Dunlop Swinton expressed the Empire’s gratitude at a public meeting, honoring Benjamin Holt.   The outcome of this wartime ingenuity: an adaptation of a food production invention (cheaply producing more food) into a destructive instrument of War.

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the kaiser permanente DiFFerenCe From Dr. Moses D. Elam, Physician-in-Chief, Kaiser Permanente Central Valley Area How well do you know Kaiser Permanente? We’ve been around for more than 60 years, so most people recognize our name. But how many people actually know Moses D. Elam, MD, that our members have rated is Physician-in-Chief us among the top health plans for Kaiser Permanente in San Joaquin and for quality and service in every Stanislaus counties. market we serve? On the next several pages, you’ll learn more about some of our quality initiatives and the direct benefits our members and patients receive from them. Plus, you’ll meet some of the physicians right here in the Central Valley who are helping to drive quality and service to new heights using innovative techniques and ideas. We thank you for allowing us to tell you more about the Kaiser Permanente difference.

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PURSUIT OF

quality By putting patients first, Kaiser Permanente regularly earns praise from some powerful consumer agencies.

Michael Y.S. Wong, MD, is an Allergy specialist, and Assistant Physician-in-Chief for Quality for Kaiser Permanente in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.

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The highest praise a health care provider can get is from his or her patient. Being told they’ve made a difference in the lives of those who have entrusted their health to them is what made many physicians get into medicine in the first place. Each year, many different consumer agencies rate health care providers and hospitals based on numerous quality and service criteria, and on surveys and interviews with patients. And each year, Kaiser Permanente is ranked at or very near the top of every ranked list. “These quality and service rankings are evidence to the hard work put in by our doctors and the health care team every single day,” said Michael Y.S. Wong, MD, a Kaiser Permanente Allergy specialist and Assistant Physicianin-Chief for Quality in the Central Valley Service Area. “The honors go to everyone, as our teams will focus and continuously improve the delivery of patient-centered

care and service, in a safe and healthy environment.” In 2012-2013, Kaiser Permanente received the following awards and praise: • 5-Star Rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the second consecutive year. Only 11 Medicare plans nationwide received the 5-star rating — six of them were Kaiser Permanente plans. • 4 Stars (highest possible score) for Clinical Quality and Member Satisfaction from the California Office of the Patient Advocate for the fourth consecutive year. • Highest Ranking Health Plan in California (and 10th in the nation) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). • Highest in Satisfaction on the 2012 J.D. Power & Associates Employer Health Plan Study, for the second

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year in a row. • The Permanente Medical Group, the medical entity of Kaiser Permanente, was ranked in the Top 25 Percent of all California-based physician groups by the Integrated Healthcare Association. “While these tributes represent Kaiser Permanente as one organization, our local facilities also have performed well and contributed greatly to the success of the larger organization,” Dr. Wong said. He noted that Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers

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in Manteca and Modesto both received A grades for safety by The Leapfrog Group for the second year in a row; additionally, The Joint Commission, which rates hospitals on bundled quality measures, named the two Central Valley hospitals to its “Top Performer” list — a list of the top 14 percent of hospitals nationwide. “We are proud of the recognition we’ve received, because it means our efforts to deliver and demonstrate safe and quality care to our patients is on track,” he said. 

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A FOCUS ON

prevention “Mrs. Lopez, our records show that you’re due for a mammogram – would you like to take care of that while you’re here today?”

Above: Issa Fakhouri, MD, is Chief of Outpatient Quality and Medical Director for Chronic Conditions Management for Kaiser Permanente in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties; Below: Megumi Tomita, MD, is Chief of Hematology/Oncology for Kaiser Permanente in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.

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Reminders like this are a daily part of Kaiser Permanente’s approach to disease prevention with its members. And it’s not just a patient’s doctor or nurse that delivers the reminder. “We take every opportunity to remind our members when one of their preventive screenings are due, because we know it leads to better health for the patient,” said Issa Fakhouri, MD, Chief of Outpatient Quality and Medical Director for Chronic Conditions Management for Kaiser Permanente’s Central Valley Service Area. “For screenings such as mammograms, colorectal tests, or immunizations, our electronic medical record will prompt these reminders at every encounter, whether in the doctor’s office, in the pharmacy or lab, or even via an alert to their mobile phone.” One example is Kaiser Permanente’s “I Saved a Life”

program, which is focused on reducing breast cancer. According to Megumi Tomita, MD, Chief of Hematology/Oncology for Kaiser Permanente’s Central Valley Service Area, 208 Kaiser Permanente patients in the Central Valley Area were diagnosed with breast cancer last year – 73 of them as a result of physicians and staff encouraging mammogram screenings to patients who hadn’t planned to get one. And since most of these patients were diagnosed early – even before any symptoms had been noticed – the outcomes as a whole were much more positive. “That’s more than 70 wives, mothers, and grandmothers whose lives were improved or even saved by proactively reaching out and encouraging them to get a mammogram,” said Dr. Tomita. “Repeat this for more than nine

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million Kaiser Permanente patients around the country, and the impact is just incredible.” The medical record prompts are just one innovation that sets Kaiser Permanente apart from other health care organizations. A leader in adapting technology to the health care setting, Kaiser Permanente recently began using smart phone apps to push preventive screening notifications to its members in Northern California. “We know these frequent reminders work, especially when

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they’re coupled with same-day appointments for screenings and procedures,” Dr. Fakhouri said. “Kaiser Permanente was founded on the principle of keeping people well, and that continues strong to this day – in our facilities, online at kp.org, and now even on our members’ mobile phones.” “Kaiser Permanente goes to this extraordinary effort because we want our patients to stay healthy and thrive,” he added. “We know they have much better things to do than be in a hospital or doctor’s office.” 

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EXCEPTIONAL

CarDiaC Care Since its founding, Kaiser Permanente’s emphasis on prevention and wellness has resulted in the better cardiac health of its patients.

Michael Zhu, MD, is Chief of Cardiology for Kaiser Permanente in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.

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Residents of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties are almost 10 percent more likely to suffer from cardiovascular illnesses than the statewide average, according to recent county health needs assessments. Higher rates of obesity and smoking, coupled with less physical activity, create ideal conditions for heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, and other heart illnesses. Kaiser Permanente members, on the other hand, are 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack, and 62 percent less likely to have a heart attack that results in permanent damage. Why is this? In a word: education.

“Kaiser Permanente was founded on the principles of wellness and prevention, so our members receive a lot of education to help have healthier lives,” said Michael Zhu, MD, Chief of Cardiology in the Central Valley Area. “So we do a great job with helping our patients control the risk factors for heart attacks, which include controlling high blood pressure, reducing bad cholesterol levels, improving diet and physical activity, stopping smoking, and taking important medications that can help the heart function better.” Dr. Zhu added that Kaiser Permanente’s integrated care

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delivery system makes it easy to study data from across a diverse variety of ages, ethnicities, and genders, tracking across both outpatient and hospital settings, and implementing evidence-based practices across the system. While prevention is preferred, of course, Dr. Zhu noted Kaiser Permanente in the Central Valley Area has received many quality accolades from some of the leading health care consumer agencies. They include a Primary Stroke Center Advanced Certification from The

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Joint Commission, and Silver Plus Award for Get With the Guidelines – Stroke from the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association. The Joint Commission also named the Kaiser Permanente Manteca and Modesto hospitals to its Top Performers in Key Quality Measures for Heart Attack and Heart Failure, among others. A new Combination Catheterization Lab which opened May 7 at the Modesto Medical Center provides additional CONtiNuEd ON NExt pAgE

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CHIlDHooD VACCInATIonS

— They make a difference! By R. Grant Mellor, MD Ten years ago, when I was working in the emergency room, I had to tell a mother and father that I could not save their two-year-old boy. He died of a vaccine-preventable disease, literally under my hands. I never want that to happen again – to my patients, or to anyone else’s patients. That’s why our pediatrics practice is so focused on vaccinating young children. We know that many deadly germs attack babies while their immune systems are immature, so we give shots at 2,4, 6, and 12 months of

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age – on schedule and on time. Even a mild delay in vaccinating puts the infants at risk. Last year, more than 90 percent of our patients with babies got these necessary immunizations. This is very good for a group of our size, but we want to do even better. We’re shooting for a 95 percent immunization rate this year – if we make it, we’ll celebrate; if not, we’ll try harder. These aren’t just numbers we’re talking about – they’re babies! I think we can all agree that we have an obligation to keep our children safe. 

services to Kaiser Permanente members, including cardiac catheterization procedures to help diagnose heart diseases. The Philips imaging equipment in the lab provides crystal clear 3-D resolution, reducing procedure time for patients and providing physicians with a premier diagnostic tool. But the foundation of all this work, says Dr. Zhu, goes back to Kaiser Permanente’s

R. Grant Mellor, MD, is Chief of Pediatrics for Kaiser Permanente in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.

mission of prevention and wellness. “Even though we have the expertise to provide top quality cardiac care, we’d much prefer patients avoid having cardiac risks, wherever possible, in the first place,” said Dr. Zhu. “But even with our patients most at-risk for cardiovascular events, many learn how to control and sometimes reverse their conditions and live normal, healthy lives.” 

For more information about Kaiser permanente Health plans, visit kp.org, or call 1-800-245-3181.

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2 0 of 1 n a S 3 n i u q a Jo At San Joaquin Magazine, we look forward all year to the big, huge “Best of San Joaquin” issue. We can’t wait to see who you, our readers,

vote as your favorite people, places, and adventures in the Central Valley. We’re also giddy to share our Editor’s Picks, representing our favorite untapped local gems that make San Joaquin a great place to live. This year, we added even more categories. In addition to eateries, shopping, health & beauty, and fun, our readers cast votes for their favorite places to drink, and the best of the best in planning a stellar San Joaquin wedding. Can’t wait to see who won? Then, keep reading.

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CARLOS DUTRA

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY FARMERS’ ASSOCIATION BY MICHELE BIRD

Carlos Dutra knows quite well what it is like to be in all roles at a farmers’ market. From vending to management, Dutra has more than 20 years of experience in the farmers’ market industry. Dutra utilizes his skills as a cherry farmer to help promote and create a successful season for local farmers’ markets each year. Originally from Brazil, Dutra moved to Stockton in 1984. “I live in the countryside and I really like Stockton,” said Dutra. “It’s a pretty good area because it is quiet and has a good climate.” Currently, Dutra is manager of the San Joaquin County Farmers’ Market Association. Some of his duties include organizing the various farmers’ markets, helping set up, and recruiting vendors. With farmers’ market locations in Stockton, Lathrop, and Tracy, Dutra can typically be spotted at the various stops not only as a manger, but as a vendor himself. Dutra is required to balance his time because he also runs his own nursery and cherry farm in Stockton. When approaching management, Dutra noted that he has a better understanding of what it is like to be on the vendor side by taking tips from his own experience. He enjoys working with customers and hopes they can tell the difference of what it is like shopping at a farmers’ market versus at a major store. “You can get anything fresh at the farmers’ market and you’re helping the local economy,” said Dutra. “There is also a great atmosphere and quality of service.” Dutra mentioned that he often shops at farmers’ markets for fruits and vegetables during the season from May to October. For anyone in search of delicious and fresh food, San Joaquin County’s farmers’ markets should be your next destination. From scrumptious fruit to homemade goods, the farmers’ market carries something for everyone. “I spend so much time at the farmers’ market that it’s like a big family to me,” said Dutra. “I miss the customers and vendors when the season is over.” TOP PICKS IN SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY:

Where is your favorite place to shop? I don’t do much shopping, but I usually visit the Stockton, Modesto, and Tracy malls around Christmas. I also visit the Weberstown Mall in Stockton a couple times a week since the farmers’ market is down there.

Where is your favorite place to eat? I like to go to Stockton Joe’s and I order the steak there.

What is your favorite season? Fall, because it is very relaxing for me and the weather is not so hot.

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EAT

San Joaquin has more than enough dining destinations to satisfy any discerning foodie.

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PODESTO’S MARKET & DELI 104 Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 951-0234 lincolncentershops.com

AVE ON THE MILE 2333 Pacific Ave. Stockton, (209) 462-5283 aveonthemile.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.

BAKERY M&W DUTCH AMERICAN BAKERY 4343 Pacific Ave. Stockton, (209) 473-3828 mandwdutchamericanbakery.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.

The M&W Dutch American Bakery has been baking tasty cakes, pastries, breads, and cookies for nine years. They claim their popularity may be because European sweets are lighter than American ones, but we swear it’s their impressive variety of cakes. Where else can you find Italian Rum Meringue, Hungarian Nut, and Strawberry Genoise all on the same menu? And it’s not just cakes they’ve got i n the oven—visit the bakery for breads, cookies, pastries, and even lunch sandwiches.

BURGERS FLIP’S BURGERS 2503 Waterloo Rd. Stockton, (209) 943-5477 flipsburger.com

This little burger hut is packed every day of the week because locals with a burger craving know that only Flip’s can 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-and-true classic. When you visit, we advise saving room for dessert; their deep-fried Oreos are not to be missed.

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TOOT SWEETS 4755 Quail Lakes Dr. Stockton, (209) 474-6692 tootsweetsbakerycafe.com

CASA FLORES MARINA 3201 W. Benjamin Holt Dr. Stockton, (209) 451-1116 casafloresmarina.com

Owners Kim and Monique Kelso aim for fast but from-scratch service at Toot Sweets. When asked where the name came from, Monique explains, “Toot Sweets was the original store in Berkeley, which my brother and sister in-law opened in 1971. They heard it in the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, where ‘tout suite’ meant ‘get it and go quick’ in French.” Their service might be speedy, but their desserts taste anything but rushed. Try our summer favorite, the Carmelito bar, with butterscotch, caramel, walnuts, oats, and chocolate. Yum!

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 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.

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CHINESE DAVE WONG’S 2828 March Ln. Stockton, (209) 951-4152

For as long as we can remember, men and women have turned to Chinese food in order to soothe their deepest comfort food cravings, and Stocktonians agree that Dave Wong’s is the best place in San Joaquin for top-notch Chinese eats. It’s classy enough to take a first date, and inexpensive enough to order takeout for the whole family. Above all, it’s just plain delicious

CATERER ANGELINA’S SPAGHETTI HOUSE 1563 E. Fremont St. Stockton, (209) 948-6609 angelinas.com

AMAZING CUPCAKES FROSTED FLOUR CAKERY & SUPPLIES 904 W. Lodi Ave. Lodi, (209) 369-2253 frostedflour.com

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Calling all sugar lovers and sweet tooths! Frosted Flour Cakery & Supplies is home to an endless selection of scrumptious cupcakes and the go-to place to get your sugar fix. You can’t go wrong with the delightful designs and heavenly flavors that are sure to get your taste buds jumping! From snicker doodle to red velvet, you are sure to become a fan after just one bite into these magnificent cupcakes and will definitely come back wanting another serving.

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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.

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COCORO JAPANESE BISTRO & SUSHI BAR 2105 Pacific Ave. Stockton, (209) 941-6053 cocorobistro.com

Cocoro does sushi with casual elegance. The dining room is chic and simple, giving guests the option of visiting for a quick bite or enjoying a more celebratory evening out on the town. An impressive sushi bar allows diners to watch as Cocoro’s skilled chefs create your dish, and the outdoor seating is a great place to share a bottle of sake and relax.


SPECIAL OCCASION RESTAURANT PAPAPAVLO’S 501 N. Lincoln Center Stockton, (209) 477-6133 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.

A FRESH NEW LUNCH GOURMET BREAD BOWL & DELI 153 Lakewood Mall Lodi, (209) 369-2695

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Opening its doors in 2012, Gourmet Bread Bowl & Deli is known for its menu of subs, salads, and soups. One of the things visitors enjoy best about the restaurant is the freshness of the sandwiches. A wide selection of subs including triple meat, tuna melt, chipotle chicken, and vegetarian are just a few that can be ordered. Complete your meal with a drink, chips, or cookie and you’re sure to be leaving satisfied and on a full stomach!

FINNEGAN’S IRISH PUB & GRILL 6002 Pacific Ave. Stockton, (209) 951-4782 finnpub.com

Delicious food and drinks are what Finnegan’s Irish Pub & Grill is all about. With the welcoming atmosphere, Finnegan’s is a great place to have a memorable night out with friends. Enjoy the wide variety of beers with a selection off of the mouth-watering menu featuring authentic Irish dishes, burgers, salads, and pub baskets. To top off your visit, make sure to join in on the fun with karaoke and dancing!

FROZEN YOGURT TIGERS YOGURT 4343 Pacific Ave., Suite A3 Stockton, (209) 952-6042

Tigers Yogurt is a paradox of deliciousness. On one hand, their frozen treats are health-conscious, fat-free, and a delightful alternative to regular ice cream. On the other hand, the staff at Tigers fills their cups and cones sky-high, smothering them in your favorite toppings, dispelling any belief that fro-yo is for dainty dieters, and proving that you can be healthy and still devour desserts. Perhaps that’s why it’s called Tigers Yogurt. WWW.SANJOAQUINMAGAZINE.COM

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HOTTEST CHALLENGE BUFFALO WILD WINGS 2796 Naglee Rd. Tracy, (209) 833-3819 buffalowildwings.com

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Do you think you’re brave enough to take on Buffalo Wild Wings’ hot challenge? If you’ve ever been to BWW, the restaurant is well known for its assortment of sauces and seasonings. For those who take on the hot challenge, they will be faced with 12 traditional wings smothered in BWW’s hottest sauce, Blazin’. The sauce name couldn’t be more appropriate since it’s the hot challenge after all. If you can down the fiery wings in less than six minutes without dipping sauces to ease the heat, you will walk away with a t-shirt declaring you a champ. Who’s up for the challenge?

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EATWINNERS BEST CATERER Angelinas Gourmet Bread Bowl Papapavlos BEST OUTDOOR DINING Garlic Brothers Papapavlos Pietros BEST SEAFOOD Buds Mezzo/Papapavlos El Rancho

BEST SPECIAL OCCASION DINING Papapavlos Wine and Roses Le Bistro BEST STEAKHOUSE: El Rancho Waterloo Woodbridge Inn BEST THAI Siamese Street Royal Siam Thai Spices

BEST FAMILY RESTAURANT UJ Papapavlos Pietros BEST FROZEN YOGURT Tigers Yogurt My Way Nubi BEST DELI: Podestos Gians Fiores

BEST CHINESE Dave Wongs Yen Du China Palace BEST ITALIAN: Angelina Pietros De Vega Brothers BEST MEXICAN Casa Flores Marina Miguels Arroyo

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Bistro and Bar Now Accepting Banquet Reservations The Chardonnay Room seating up to 12 Bistro and

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The Cabernet Room seating up to 18 The Grand Marnier Room seating up to 90 The Grand Room seating up to 48 The Marnier Room seating up to 30 The Patio seating up to 36

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BEST SUSHI Cocoros Domo Misaki

BEST DESSERTS Toot Sweets Frosted Flour M&W/Papapavlos

BEST BURGERS Flips Bobs Manny’s

BEST BAKERY

BEST APPETIZERS Ave Pappapavlos Mezzo

M&W Frosted Flour/College Genova BEST BREAKFAST Chucks Avenue Grill Finnegans

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BEST CANDY SHOP Rocky Mountain Rocky Lodi Frosted Flour

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

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HOUSE OF COFFEES 239 Lakewood Mall Lodi, (209) 368-2611

VALLEY BREWING CO. 157 W. Adams St. Stockton, (209) 464-2739 valleybrew.com

Early morning commutes become that much easier with House of Coffees. Located in Lodi, this is a one-stop shop that meets all your caffeine needs and tops it off with delicious homemade pastries and muffins. House of Coffees is the perfect meet-up for families, friends, and couples in search of something sweet in their lives. Why not try cooling off from the sweltering heat this summer with your choice blended drink? It will be sure to put a boost in your day.

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.

WINERY TASTING ROOM

COCKTAILS, HAPPY HOUR, MARTINI

VAN RUITEN FAMILY WINERY 340 West Highway 12 Lodi, (209) 334-5722 vrwinery.com

Maybe it’s the vine-covered arbor that glows when the sun sets on their outdoor pavilion. Maybe it’s the fireplace that crackles inside during the winter months. Heck, maybe it’s just the wine. At any rate, Van Ruiten Winery has a certain charm that attracts visitors year-round to relax and enjoy. The vineyard began in the 1950’s when a Dutch immigrant named John Van Ruiten came to Lodi after WWII and bought the first Zinfandel vines. Today, three generations of the Van Ruiten family cares for their 800 acres of vineyards, preserving John’s original purpose to create exceptional wine through hard work and meticulous dedication.

AVE ON THE MILE 2333 Pacific Ave. Stockton, (209) 462-5283 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

POPCORN-LICIOUS! CRUSH KITCHEN & BAR 115 S. School St. #13 Lodi, (209) 369-5400 crushkitchen.com

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If you want the best popcorn in Lodi, you have got to scurry over to Crush Kitchen & Bar. This handmade signature treat has customers always coming back for more thanks to the wide array of flavors that are featured including Black Truffle Salt, Cayenne pepper, nutritional yeast, a little bit of butter, and lots of love. Guest can purchase pre-made batches at the restaurant as well as the seasonings if they want to make their own popcorn at home. Whether you’re already a fan or want your first taste of the popcorn, drop by Crush Kitchen & Bar to sample it with dinner! It’s doubtful that you’ll be anything less than amazed and awaiting the next batch.

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JEREMY TRETTEVIK JEREMY WINE CO. BY MICHELE BIRD

With nearly two decades of experience in the wine business, Jeremy Trettevik has done a little bit of everything that the industry has to offer. Jeremy Wine Co. first opened its doors in September 2010 by husband and wife team, Jeremy and Choral Trettevik. Jeremy has worked in a variety of positions for the Lodi wine industry, from marketing to merchandising. He also took part in a successful label design business, which featured a special etching technique. More than 200 different labels were designed by the company, but the tough economy negatively impacted the business with layoffs in 2008. Today, the former design studio is now the current tasting room for Jeremy Wine Co. During a trip to Paso Robles, Jeremy and Choral were discussing what they wanted to do next because they had been in the Lodi wine business for a long time and were not satisfied with what their lives were like. “Our focus was not completely financial, but quality of life and happiness first,” said Trettevik. “It has been a satisfying shift.” The workload is split up between Jeremy and Choral, which includes working in the tasting room, merchandising, greeting customers, and winemaking. The duo can often be spotted in the tasting room and they both love to interact with customers. “We meet many different people,” said Trettevik. “We always try to make a connection by offering a warm greeting and creating a rich experience.” The atmosphere of the tasting room is happy, youthful, and warm with a rustic charm, Trettevik explained. “People are not just there to buy wine,” said Trettevik. “There is an expectation to have interaction and a social experience; a lot of wineries miss that.” One particular challenge about working in a winery is that wine is a very natural product and extremely dependent on vineyards, Trettevik noted. He also mentioned that weather is a key factor. Each year, Jeremy Wine Co. typically produces 1200 cases, and Trettevik works with nine to 11 different growers in the Lodi and Amador area. “I’ve been able to meet a broad range of people,” said Trettevik. “Interacting with people is the best part and wine is something a lot of people are passionate about.” If you are in search for a great community-based establishment, Jeremy Wine Co. is the place to be. Trettevik, his wife, and the staff not only provide excellent customer service but truly love the wines they create. “I encourage people to come down,” said Trettevik. “We have a small staff and we always make it a point to connect with every customer.” TOP PICKS IN SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY:

What is your favorite season? I like spring and late fall because there is a nice temperature and I love sitting outside.

What is your favorite activity to do? I like to jog and walk. Some of the places I enjoy going are Lodi Lake and hiking behind Heritage Oak Winery.

Where is your favorite place to eat? My wife and I like eating in downtown Lodi. Some mornings we go to the Dancing Fox for pastries and then walk around downtown.

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FANCIFUL FLIGHT ROSEWOOD BAR & GRILL 28 S. School St. Lodi, (209) 369-0470 rosewoodbarandgrill.com

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Martinis come in all sorts of flavors and picking out just one could be difficult. Rosewood Bar & Grill is home to the popular martini flight where customers can taste six different flavors to discover their favorite. Five threeounce martinis are served on a wire rack at the great price of just $20. The flavors include: belly dancer, fruit cocktail, jalapeño, tang, and espresso. If you haven’t quite discovered the drink that makes your thirsting for more, Rosewood Bar & Grill will be able to find one for you on the delicious martini flight.

COFFEE CUBE GOOD! BARISTA’S 112 W. 10th St. Tracy, (209) 830-6050 baristastracy.com

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Summertime is always ideal for an ice cold drink. Barista’s is home to a menu featuring coffee, smoothies, Italian sodas, pastries, and more. If you’re looking to quench your thirst, Barista’s iced coffee selection is the perfect solution. All hot drinks are offered in an iced and blended version, making the options endless for customers. If you’re looking for a caffeine boost and a chilly treat, make your way over to Barista’s as soon as you can. You have to check out their standard iced coffee, they use coffee ice cubes to ensure a non-watery delight!

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BEST MARGARITA Casa Marina Ave La Palma

BEST SPORTS BAR: Finnegans Valley Fats

BEST MARTINI: Ave Finnegans Central

BEST BREWERY Valley Brew Lodi Beer Abbey

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YOU SAY SAKE, I SAY BOMB! MIKASA ASIAN BISTRO & SUSHI BAR 2610 S. Tracy Blvd. Tracy, (209) 830-8288 mikasabistro.com

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Craving Japanese food? Mikasa Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar has two locations in San Joaquin County, with its latest one in Tracy. The appetizing menu is every sushi lover’s dream with the classic California Roll to the signature Mikasa Roll. And, never fear if sushi isn’t for you, they have a wide variety of noodles, tempura, and teriyaki dishes to choose from. Oh yeah, don’t forget to try a sake bomb to top off your meal!

BEST COCKTAILS Ave Finnegans Central/Papapavlos

BEST TASTING ROOM: Van Ruiten Harney Lane Michael David

BEST HAPPY HOUR Finnegans Ave Le Bistro

BEST OVERALL WINERY: Van Ruiten Michael David Harney

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CATHY GREBE

STONE BROS. MANAGEMENT BY MICHELE BIRD

From entrepreneurship to marketing, Cathy Grebe knows what it takes to make a business successful. Growing up in the Bay Area, Grebe moved to Tracy in 1990. She thought the small town feeling benefitted her kids’ childhood by providing strong roots with school, church, and friends. Grebe has a background in art and created sculptures in the early 1990s. Grebe’s pieces were featured in Nordstrom, specialty baby stores, and in various Bay Area retailers. Grebe took her artistic and entrepreneur skills as she launched her career in the marketing industry. She has 15 years of experience and held her first marketing position in 1998. Later on, Grebe was laid off, which displaced more than 200 marketing directors in the company. Looking back on the experience, she notes that when one door closes, another opens. In 2008, Grebe began working as a marketing manager for Stone Bros. Management. Some of her duties include advertising for Sherwood Mall and Stonecreek Village in Stockton. She also helps out on community and property events while working with the retailers and restaurants, too. “I definitely like working with the community because it’s important to me,” said Grebe. As a marketing manager, Grebe has to take on a variety of roles such as planning events and coming up with advertising plans. “There is a lot that goes on simultaneously and there is always something to do,” said Grebe. “I thoroughly enjoy it because I’m never bored.” Some of Grebe’s favorite events to work on are the summer concert series and holiday events near Christmas. “It’s something special for the kids and a magical experience for the child,” said Grebe. “It makes it all worth it to see people happy at the holidays with their families.” For those aspiring to get into marketing, Grebe’s advice is to pay attention to the details because it does not hurt to be a perfectionist and to have fun with what you are doing. “I feel really fortunate to do what I do best every day and I enjoy what I do,” said Grebe. “I’m helping create memories and that’s what it’s all about.” TOP PICKS IN SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY:

What is your favorite activity to do? I like the summer concerts at Stonecreek Village. The series happens from July to September. We have an excellent concert series with a lot of great bands.

What is your favorite season? Summer because I don’t mind when it’s hot. I also get to spend time in the pool and the garden.

Where is your favorite place to eat? I like all of the salads at Boudin SF in Stonecreek Village. My favorite one to order has apples, walnuts, and cranberries in it.

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SHOP

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

BOUTIQUE FINA 308 Lincoln Center Stockton, (209) 478-5670 lincolncentershops.com

If you’re looking for high-end, designer clothing and accessories, look no further than Fina in Lincoln Center. The boutique has an extensive selection of denim in names like True Religion, Hudson, and Seven for all Mankind, in both shorts and jeans. For upscale apparel finds, Fina always carries the latest, up-to-date collections from Vince, Joie, Ella Moss, and more. Or browse the unique jewelry and accessories selection from designers all over the country, including Linea Pelle, Calleen Cordero, and Chan Luu. SASSY PANTS 354 Lincoln Center Stockton, (209) 451-9775 shopsassypants.com

Sassy Pants is the go-to shopping destination for budding fashionista in your life. Dressing chic has no age requirements and kids who shop here are sure to walk away with the trendiest brands such as Juicy Couture, True Religion, and 7 For All Mankind. Infant, boys, and girls apparel is carried in store. Come August, your child is sure to be the talk of the classroom with these upscale brands.

GARY J. LONG JEWELERS 320 Lincoln Center Stockton, (209) 477-6881 gjlongjewlers.com

Are you in search of that perfect piece of jewelry for your loved one? Gary J. Long Jewelers is home to diamonds from around the world to ensure a beautiful and unique selection for customers. From custom designs and jewelry repair to appraisals and insurance, every shopper is sure to fall in love with one, if not all, of the majestic pieces in shop.

SHOPPING CENTER LINCOLN CENTER Benjamin Holt and Pacific Ave. Stockton, (209) 477-4868 lincolncentershops.com

Although we love all of San Joaquin equally, Stockton is the city at the center of it all, and Lincoln Center is located right at the heart of the city. Long known as an upscale shopping destination, Lincoln Center is beautifully groomed and offers a wide range of shopping, dining, and services. Boutiques, home décor and furniture, bridal wear, specialty groceries, shoes, lingerie, salons, and plenty of eateries with outdoor seating all find a home at Lincoln Center. The Center also throws some seriously fun events throughout the year like “Live! at Lincoln Center” and outdoor movie nights. WWW.SANJOAQUINMAGAZINE.COM

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HOT HOME DUDS LINO BELLA 265 Lincoln Center Stockton, (209) 933-0441 linobella.com

EDITOR P ICK If you’re in search of all the hottest home décor items, you should be making Lino Bella your next shopping destination. Everything you could ever want for a home makeover is sold in-store including bedding, decorative pillows, bath accessories, and mirrors. An empty wall can easily transform into a stylish backdrop with the wide selection of frames, lighting, and art that Lino Bella carries. This summer is the perfect time to spruce up your home and after visiting Lino Bella, it might be hard not to.

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CUTEST GIFTS HARNEY LANE WINERY 9010 E. Harney Ln. Lodi, (209) 365-1900 harneylane.com

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Since 1907, Harney Lane Winery has been family-owned and creating a product that they love. The winery draws in visitors with a welcoming atmosphere and hand-crafted wine selection including Dry Rose, Chardonnay, and Tempranillo. Enjoy the lush scenery on the winery grounds and be sure to check out the gift shop for unique finds. Shopping, wine tasting, and good company sound like the recipe for a relaxing summer afternoon.

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MY BEST FRIEND’S CLOSET 821 N. Central Ave. Tracy, (209) 833-6232 mybestfriendscloset.com

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Have you ever wondered how going green and fashion can pair together? My Best Friend’s Closet is a consignment store located in downtown Tracy. Customers can consign gently used clothing and shop designer brands simultaneously. Some brands that are featured in-store are Michael Kors, True Religion, and Juicy Couture. Why not clear out the closet and consign as a way to fund your next shopping trip? Who knows, you might find your next favorite outfit or two when you stop by My Best Friend’s Closet.

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THE BIG GREEN EGG Various local locations in San Joaquin County, biggreenegg.com

Barbequing is always a summer tradition and there’s no better way to do it than with The Big Green Egg. Being regarded as “The Ultimate Cooking Experience,” it’s no wonder The Big Green Egg is a hot item. A variety of sizes ranging from x-large to mini are available. Depending on how many burgers, ribs, or hot dogs you want at your barbeque, it will help you decide what size is best suited for you. Get ready to grill and enjoy a whole lot of barbeque with The Big Green Egg this season!

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PLENTIFUL PERUSALS THE BOOK EXCHANGE 332 N Main St. Manteca, (209) 823-2938 facebook.com/pages/The-Book-Exchange

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Got unwanted books? If so, head over to The Book Exchange in Manteca. This little store packs a big punch, with a plethora of great reads just waiting to be found, and an exchange system that works on points. So, if you can’t find the latest copy of your favorite series in stock, save your points for a future purchase. Another noteworthy mention: they seem to have a decent selection of research books on hand. If you’re looking at starting a small business or taking a few college courses, you might want to start checking off your list of “toread books” here.

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

TOURIST SPOT HAGGIN MUSEUM Victory Park, 1201 N. Pershing Ave. Stockton, (209) 940-6300 hagginmuseum.org

Both an art and history museum, the Haggin is an impressive Stockton presence in its large brick building with stone columns, surrounded by Victory Park’s lush green grass and trees. The museum has a permanent collection of 19th and 20th century paintings, including a large selection of Yosemite panoramas, but has also expanded in recent years to become more of an ongoing hotspot. Think rotating temporary exhibitions the likes of African art and crafts, local artist works, and fashion, as well as classes and special events for families and the community. STOCKTON PORTS 404 W. Fremont St. Stockton, (209) 644-1900 stockton.ports.milb.com

For anyone who loves baseball and wants to stay local, the Stockton Ports are worth checking out. Banner Island Ballpark is where the Ports call home and welcomes 5,300 fans into the stadium. The warm weather this season is the ideal condition to check out any of the Ports’ upcoming games. Bring out the family, sit back and relax as the Ports hit the field this summer!

STOCKTON ASPARAGUS FESTIVAL 343 E. Main St. #B Stockton, (209) 644-3740 asparagusfest.com

The Stockton Asparagus Festival is an annual tradition for San Joaquin County. The weekendlong event is filled with live entertainment, rides, vendors, and of course a whole lot of asparagus! Whether you’re a visitor or a resident, the Stockton Asparagus Festival is a must for all. Who knows, you might even come to really love asparagus if you weren’t a fan already.

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JACKSON RANCHERIA 12222 New York Ranch Rd. Jackson, (800) 822-WINN jacksoncasino.com

Why go all the way to Las Vegas, when you can take a short drive over to Jackson and live in the lap of luxury? Spend some time in the casino and try your hand at almost 50 game tables, 9 poker tables including Texas Hold ‘Em, and over 1,500 slot and video poker machines. Jackson Rancheria also offers relaxing, luxurious suites with a fireplace and Jacuzzi tub, as well as an on-site swimming pool and hot tub, and five different dining selections, including burgers, an Italian deli, and Vietnamese cuisine.

VINO FESTIVITIES ZINFEST 2545 W. Turner Rd. Lodi, (209) 365-0621 zinfest.com

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If you’re a fan of wine, then you will absolutely fall head over heels for ZinFest. The menu doesn’t stop with wine as a selection of gourmet cuisine is available to get your hunger going. If the delectable food and drinks are not enough for you, there is also live entertainment, a cooking school, wine shoppe, and more! Next year, add ZinFest to your calendar and you’ll be guaranteed to have a grand time

LOVELY VIEWS STOCKTON SAILING CLUB 4980 Buckley Cove Way Stockton, (209) 951-5600 stocktonsc.org

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If you want to catch a breathtaking view, Stockton Sailing Club is your best bet. Not only do you get to be right next to the Delta, but the sunrises and sunsets are pretty amazing. If you’re a fan of sailing, you should consider applying to become a member of the club and you could enjoy these views all yearlong! Taking out the boat during the scorching summer months wouldn’t be too bad either.

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KENDALL KENYON UOP BASKETBALL BY MICHELE BIRD

Kendall Kenyon has smarts both on and off the court. Originally from Stockton, Kenyon grew up with sports being a major part of her life as she played basketball, soccer, and volleyball. At nineyears-old, she began playing organized basketball in the fourth grade. By the time Kenyon was attending St. Mary’s High School, she knew that she wanted to play college basketball. Kenyon’s coaches encouraged her to continue to work hard and recognized that her talent could earn her a basketball scholarship. “It wasn’t until I was a junior in high school that I decided to concentrate strictly on basketball because I had such a strong love for the game and was told I had a lot of potential,” said Kenyon. She went on to enroll at the University of Pacific as a communications major in August 2011. UOP’s gorgeous campus and close proximity to her home are a handful of reasons why she chose the university, Kenyon explained. “I couldn’t see myself anywhere else,” said Kenyon. “I love how small the classes are and I have met a lot of new people.” Standing at 6’2, Kenyon is a member of the women’s basketball team where she plays as a forward. Kenyon is thankful for the opportunities being on the team has given her including traveling to France. “I am having the time of my life,” said Kenyon. “I love the family atmosphere of the basketball team and coaching staff.” Where does she see herself in the next five years? Kenyon is expected to graduate in May 2015 and aspires to be playing overseas in Europe. In the meantime, Kenyon is enjoying her time at UOP and playing the game she loves most. “My experience on the women’s basketball team at UOP has been amazing,” said Kenyon. “I am blessed to have been given such a wonderful opportunity that has allowed me to be surrounded by some of the best coaches and teammates.” TOP PICKS IN SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY:

Where is your favorite place to hang out on a Saturday night? On a Saturday night in Stockton my friends and I will go see a movie in downtown Stockton or go bowling.

What do you do to get away from the heat during the hottest days of summer? When I want to beat the heat during the scorching hot summers in the San Joaquin County, I will either go swimming at my parents’ house or go out on the Delta with some of my friends.

What do you do for fun? Some of my favorite things to do in San Joaquin County are going to the mall, going to the Stockton Arena for concerts and sporting events, and taking a boat out on the delta to tube and wakeboard.

Where are you favorite places to eat? Two of my favorite places to eat are Cocoro Japanese Bistro & Sushi Bar and Midtown Creperie located on Pacific Avenue.  WWW.SANJOAQUINMAGAZINE.COM

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PRETTY PLEASE, BRING ‘EM BACK!

BIRTHDAY PARTIES MICKE GROVE ZOO 11793 N. Micke Grove Rd. Lodi, (209) 953-8840 mgzoo.com

Take a walk on the wild side by throwing your child’s birthday party at Micke Grove Zoo. Animals from all over the world call this five acre zoo home including primates, birds, and a mountain lion. Children ages 4 – 10 can have the ultimate birthday bash at Micke Grove Zoo with up-close animal encounters, zoo-themed goodie bags, and hands-on projects. Parties are available on Saturday and Sundays from 1:30 – 3:30. If your child’s birthday is approaching, definitely consider Micke Grove Zoo to be the venue because it’s one of the most memorable ways to blow out the candles!

PLAY, EAT & SLEEP! BLACK OAK CASINO 19400 Tuolumne Road North Tuolumne, (877) 747-8777 blackoakcasino.com

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Black Oak Casino is a quick jaunt, into the heart of the Sierra Foothills, if you’re looking for a little gambling, a lot of food, and a place to rest your fabulously frenzied head after an evening of fun! Start with the casino: with eight bars and restaurants, slots, tables and a family fun floor (can you say bowling), you’re sure to find a few things of interest. Then, head over to the newly-opened 148room resort. And, if you need a break from the gambling scene, it’s just a hop, skip and jump from Sonora, Angel’s Camp and Murphy’s.

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UOP FOOTBALL Stockton Campus, 3601 Pacific Ave. Stockton, (209) 946.2285 pacific.edu

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Some of us were already fans, and some of us want to be fans, either way: we want ‘em back! With their last season in the NCAA Division 1-A Big West Conference in 1995, it’s been a while since we’ve seen the black and orange with a pigskin in their hand. For footballers, old-time Pacific fans, and plain old football enthusiasts alike, we’d like to see that change. Of course, transition is already in the air with UOP’s acceptance into the 2013-14 season of the West Coast Conference, a non-football conference. But, who says we can’t dream big…

GATHERING SPOT LODI LAKE PARK 1101 W Turner Rd. Lodi, (209) 333-6742 lodi.gov/PRCS/lodilake

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Grab your sunblock and towel, and head over to one of the most diverse gathering spots in SJ County: Lodi Lake. Its family- and dogfriendly atmosphere is filled with fun-in-thesun activities for all. If you’re into hoofin’ it, there’s a trail you can walk or run around. Its

beach area provides plenty of swimming and sunning opportunities. For the adventurousat-heart, test the water with kayaking, canoeing, or Stand Up Paddleboarding. And, if you’re not in the mood for lake-bound activity, check out the events that take place in the park throughout the year!

LOCAL TALENT HOT SPOT GRAND THEATRE CENTER FOR THE ARTS 715 Central Ave. Tracy, (209) 831-6858 atthegrand.org

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Grand Theatre Center for the Arts is home to an abundance of talent. Dancers, singers, actors, and musicians are just a handful of incredible performers you can catch throughout the year. The Grand offers summer camps, workshops, and classes where those aspiring to be in the spotlight can learn and practice skills to be successful in the industry. Artists can also learn new techniques and create unique pieces with ceramics, acrylic painting, and drawing. The Grand also has an extensive calendar of plays, recitals, and music performances. If visual arts and theater is your passion, the Grand is most likely calling out your name.

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DR. PARAM GILL

P. GILL OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY MEDICAL GROUP, INC. BY MICHELE BIRD

Calling San Joaquin County home for 36 years now, Param Gill is a woman who wears many hats in her life. Since 1984, Gill has been president of P. Gill Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group, Inc. with offices located in Stockton, Manteca, Tracy, Lodi, and Galt. Aside from her duties as president of the medical group, Gill is also a practicing doctor, specializing in OBGYN and women’s health. “I take care of patients the way I would want to be treated,” said Gill. She was first inspired to become a doctor during her father’s time in the British Army. As a little girl, she visited the Army hospital for a minor illness and noticed only women were working in the medical department and that the men would salute them. Gill, who originally grew up in India, went on to attend medical school at University of Jabalpur. She later moved to Stockton in 1977 as her husband was also practicing in San Joaquin County. Gill continued her studies at UC Davis and Stanford for gynecology and high risk obstetrics. Prior to the opening of her own medical group, Gill completed a residency at San Joaquin General Hospital from 1980 – 1984. “It was a great place to do my residency and I learned a lot of surgical and clinical skills,” explained Gill. She is the proud mother of three sons. Family is very important to Gill and she enjoys spending her free time with them. Gill is known to make home-cooked meals and experiment with different recipes. Without the support and understanding of her children and husband, Gill notes that she could not do her medical career. Being a mother herself, Gill explains that delivering a baby is one of the most rewarding experiences of her job. Approximately 250 babies are delivered each month in the various locations of Gill’s practice. “You never forget who delivered your baby and you become part of the family,” said Gill. “It’s a real joyous occasion for the patient and it’s a lot of pleasure to be part of.” Gill has strong ties to the patients she serves and believes immediate family is the core, while the entire community is just a bigger extension of that. She hopes to empower and inspire young women who are interested in the medical field. Her advice to aspiring doctors is that “the sky is the limit and don’t let anything stand in the way.” If at least one woman follows in Gill’s footsteps, she feels like it is an accomplishment. From strong relationships with her patients to having passion for the medical field, Gill plans to continue to practice in San Joaquin County for the rest of her life. “I love the valley; this is my home and it will always be home,” said Gill. “I enjoy the community a great deal.” TOP PICKS IN SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY:

What is your favorite place? I love the Delta. The sunsets are picturesque and the water is just beautiful.

What is your favorite season? My favorite season is summer because I can be outdoors. I live out in the country, so the vineyards look beautiful too.

What is your favorite activity to do? I like bicycling, going for walks, and going out on the water in the Delta.

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

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IN-SHAPE HEALTH CLUB 101 S. Tracy Blvd. (209) 836-2504 inshapeclubs.com

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

At In-Shape you’ll find new equipment, sparkling clean locker rooms, a media cardio room, classes like Zumba and spinning, and glistening pools (the outdoor pools have water slides!). The club strives to accommodate all types, whether you pump iron like a seasoned pro or have never seen the inside of a gym. In-Shape is also family-friendly and offers fun programs for kids, including a top-notch day care center. For those who prefer some friendly competition, there are plenty of tennis, racquetball, and basketball courts to challenge your fellow athletes. With so many modern amenities and activities, In-Shape makes getting fit a positive experience for any lifestyle.

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 offers more intensive skin procedures like mole removal and more, but facials and skin care are still available here, as well. WINE & ROSES SPA 2505 W. Turner Rd. Lodi, (209) 334-6988 winerose.com

Wine & Roses is not just home to a hotel and restaurant. For those searching for a relaxing time, the spa at Wine & Roses is a great place to find it. The menu of services includes body wraps, facials, and massages. Salon services are something not to be missed which feature manicures, pedicures, makeup, and hairstyling. Take the time to treat yourself to a spa pedicure where you will indulge in a footbath, exfoliation, masque, trimming, and polish. Not to mention, the hour-long pedicure is the perfect way to end your soothing spa weekend with freshly polished and primped toes. SALON AVANTI 5759 Pacific Ave. #110 Stockton, (209) 477-6000

Since 2010, Salon Avanti has been drawing in customers thanks to the amazing staff of stylists. If you have a hair inspiration you hope to make reality, Salon Avanti can make it happen for you. This is the one-stop beauty shop full of haircuts, extensions, manicures, and highlights. All of the trendiest styles such as ombre and dip dye are just a handful of options customers can choose from when coloring their hair. Next time you’re looking for a new hairdo, let Salon Avanti’s talented staff make it happen for you.

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MARTIAL ARTS CENTER TIBON’S GOJU-RYU FIGHTING ARTS 923 N. Yosemite St. Stockton, (209) 465-0943 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.

OPTOMETRY/VISION BROOKSIDE OPTOMETRIC GROUP 3133 W. March Lane Stockton, (209) 951-0820 brooksideoptometric.com

With fourteen talented doctors on staff, Brookside Optometric Group offers weekday appointments, Saturday appointments, 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.

GET FIT FROM A SOCCER PRO BEN MACKIE FITNESS 840 W. Benjamin Holt Dr. Stockton, (209) 955-0360 benmackiefitness.com

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Ben Mackie Fitness is the place to go if you’re looking to get fit and achieve your best beach body this summer. Professional soccer player, Ben Mackie, is one of four personal trainers at the gym and definitely whips his clients into shape. Mackie has a decade of experience of being a physical training instructor in the British Army and is certified in personal training and sports massage therapy. If you’re looking for a great workout this summer, head to Ben Mackie Fitness and be prepared for training, Pilates, and Yoga!

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WEDDING

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

WEDDING VENUE WINE & ROSES 2505 W. Turner Rd. Lodi, (209) 334-6988 winerose.com

Weddings at Wine & 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 & 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.

INVITATIONS/ ANNOUNCEMENTS BEST WISHES 325 Lincoln Center Stockton, (209) 478-3220 lincolncentershops.com

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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.

PARTY RENTAL STORE ARTHUR’S PARTY WORLD 9971 N. Lower Sacramento Rd. 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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MARISA MANNA FERRELL SO EVENTFUL

BY MICHELE BIRD

Who says partying can’t lead to a career? Marisa Manna Ferrell, owner and proprietor of So Eventful, brings the party to life at every event she coordinates. Growing up in Acampo, Ferrell said she stumbled into the wedding and event planning business. She attended Sonoma State to study wine business and began as an associate at a local tasting room in Sonoma County on March 2007. Not long after, the events manager at the tasting room quit and Ferrell volunteered to take the reins of the position. She loved to put on events for her friends and was inspired by her mother who often did a lot of entertaining at home. Ferrell loved watching her mom entertain at home because her events were “over and beyond” what anyone could expect. Aside from her prior experience in event planning, Ferrell also has a certification as a Beverly Clark Wedding Professional. This online, formal training course has participants coordinate mock weddings and events. “The course has given me a lot of great headway in learning,” said Ferrell. “It helped put things in perspective and I encourage anyone interested in event planning to do a certification program.” Ferrell decided to launch her own company in January 2009 called So Eventful, which offers full coordination of a variety of events including weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, elopements, and more. She has a goal of having her clients feel like they are a guest at their own event and to just enjoy the day thoroughly. “One of the favorite parts of my job is getting to use creativity on everything from event design to décor,” said Ferrell. “I like planning weddings because there are so many different elements and so much emotion in one day.” She mentioned one of the challenges of her job is creating the design and layout for a private estate. “You have to create a vision because this is how the event will flow,” said Ferrell. “I like the challenge because it’s like putting a puzzle together.” If she could plan an event for anyone of her choice it would be Garth Brooks because it would be awesome to collaborate with him, Ferrell explained. She has worked with numerous A-list clients including pro football players and celebrity television stars. Typically, it depends on the client as to how long the event planning process will take, and it can range anywhere from six months to one year. Ferrell noted that she planned her own wedding in just six months. When it comes to planning weddings, Ferrell enjoys the challenges because all of the various components. Whereas, with non-profit events she likes supporting a good cause and also says social events are just fun. Ferrell is definitely the go-to girl for all event planning needs. According to Ferrell, her motto is “work hard, play harder,” which can guarantee clients a memorable and truly one-of-a-kind event. TOP PICKS IN SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY:

Where is your favorite place to shop? Stella Boutique in Lodi because I really like everything they have and they have a lot of good name brands.

Where is your favorite place to eat? I usually order the sunshine salad at Lodi Airport Cafe in Acampo. I also really like the fries too, they’re bomb!

What is your favorite activity to do? I grew up in Acampo, so I would always go out to the Delta. I love to be out on the water and do anything outdoors.

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MAJESTIC WEDDING

TUXEDOS OF LODI 12 N. School St. Lodi, (209) 339-8897 tuxedosoflodi.com

Finding the perfect tuxedo is always essential to any formal event. Whether it’s for a wedding or the prom, looking sharp is always a priority and Tuxedos of Lodi is there to cater to its customers. Outstanding service is one of the reasons customers find themselves returning to this local establishment time and time again. Next time you’re preparing for a special event, be sure to include Tuxedos of Lodi as the place to dress you best.

VIDEOGRAPHY MEDIA FUSION STUDIOS 1833 W. March Ln. Stockton, (209) 957-4003 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.

GRAND ISLAND MANSION 13415 Grand Island Rd. Walnut Grove, (916) 775-1705 grandislandmansion.com

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Grand Island Mansion is a picturesque venue for any wedding. This private estate looks like something straight from the movies with a lush riverfront setting, Italian statue gardens, and fountains on the property. The interior of the mansion is even more beautiful with majestic chandeliers, spacious windows, and grand fireplaces. If you’re getting ready to tie the knot, Grand Island Mansion should definitely be a top contender on your prospective venue list.

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET HITCHED BETWEEN CLASSES MORRIS CHAPEL 3601 Pacific Ave. Stockton, (209) 946-2538

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Whether you stay inside or outside the park, here’s a list of our four favorite things to do while visiting Yosemite: Hike to as many waterfalls as possible and don’t miss Yosemite Falls, the fifth highest in the world with a total drop of 2,425 feet. Visit the Ansel Adams Gallery to view and purchase photos by one of America’s foremost photogs. Drive up to Glacier Point for the spectacular views of the valley below. Even if you’re not staying at the Ahwahnee, have a meal in their majestic dining room. For those readers who’ve never been to Yosemite or just not recently, we hope we’ve piqued your interest enough to do so soon. It is one of those few places on the planet where we can almost guarantee you’ll not be disappointed.

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enchanted by the awe-inspiring vistas of Yosemite’s imposing rock formations, impressive waterfalls and magnificent giant sequoias. There is a serenity that immediately envelops us when arriving in Yosemite as we leave behind our sometimes stressful urban lifestyles. On previous getaways, we’ve stayed in all of the diverse lodging properties within the park that fit most anyone’s budget and we enjoyed them all. In Yosemite Valley, you can find the famous upscale and historic Ahwahnee, one of the country’s finest park lodges, and Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, which provides comfortable hotel rooms. On the other end of the lodging spectrum, Curry Village and the Housekeeping Camp provide motel type rooms, rustic cabins and canvas tents. At the southern tip of the park, near the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias, you’ll find the historic Wawona Hotel, a sprawling Victorian with the park’s only golf course. For the ultimate splurge getaway, you should make an effort to attend one of The Ahwahnee’s three famous celebratory events during the winter season: Annually since 1927, the legendary Bracebridge Dinner transforms the hotel into a 17th century English country estate for an elegant yuletide ceremony featuring a world class seven course feast of culinary magic, Renaissance entertainment and Christmas traditions of that period; Oenophiles will be enthralled by the annual Vintners’ Holidays where they’ll meet eminent winemakers in person as they showcase their special vintages and provide enlightening seminars. An extraordinary five course gala dinner prepared by the talented Ahwahnee culinary staff, complemented with rare and limited-release wines from the featured wineries, is the highlight of the event; Chefs’ Holidays, held each year in January and February, feature some of the country’s most creative and critically acclaimed chefs d’ cuisine. This is an amazing opportunity to meet these premier culinary giants as they showcase their styles and current trends with special food tastings, demonstrations, and a festive gala dinner. For complete information on these events, lodging reservations, restaurants, and all things about the park go to yosemitepark. com.   Awhile back, we decided to experience staying at different lodging choices just outside the park; it proved to be a great idea and worth strong consideration for any of our reader’s next Yosemite visit.    One of the best places to vacation is the four-star Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp near

the South Gate. This classic full-service mountain lodge was originally opened as a Marriott. In 2001, it was purchased by Delaware North, the same top-rated hospitality organization that manages The Ahwahnee and all of Yosemite’s lodging, dining, and store facilities within the park. We stayed at Tenaya when it first opened, but it’s a far superior property today thanks to Delaware’s stunning renovations and improved services and amenities. Dining in their Sierra Restaurant has also improved dramatically; and their state of the art conference facilities deserve special attention from our San Joaquin Valley meeting planners. One of the most pleasant surprises on this sojourn was our overnight stay at the Cottages at Tenaya Lodge, across the road from the Lodge. For those readers who prefer a smaller property, this is a very smart choice; and the prices can be more moderate than the lodge. The accommodations and public areas are separate buildings, nestled among the gardens and trees, and are tastefully decorated (tenayalodge.com).    Another wonderful lodging choice outside the park is the Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal, right on the banks of the rugged Merced River. This is the closest lodging outside the park to the Arch Rock entrance to Yosemite Valley. It has a lot to offer Yosemite visitors. Room prices, when compared to similar rooms within the park, are usually more moderate and most rooms come with incredible views of the river. Their rooms and suites are well-furnished and often include kitchenettes and fireplaces. When staying at the lodge, it’s a great place to spend an extra day or so to take advantage of their wonderful pools, spas, and close by hiking trails, while most of the guests are in the park itself (stayyosemiteviewlodge.com). A great activity while in El Portal is to sign on with Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions, a highly regarded tour operator, for an exhilarating all day raft trip down the Merced. It’s sometimes wild, but always a scenic and cool adventure led by knowledgeable and entertaining guides. For the most excitement, book a trip in late spring or early summer when the rapids are more fierce and challenging from the snow melt (zrafting.com).

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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.

KAREN EAGAL

Co-Owner of Eagal Lakes Resort

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A long time marketing and sales rep for a medical device company, Karen Eagal found passion in her husband’s dream of creating a safe place for children and families to play. Together with her husband John Eagal, the visionary and developer, Eagal Lakes Resort had a soft opening in 2006. With completion of permits, Eagal Lakes launched August of 2010. Hidden away in Tracy, the private 192 acre paradise is an outdoor recreation and event facility. It offers both water sports and social memberships for the outdoor enthusiasts as well as outdoor events. Every day, families get to enjoy water skiing, kayaking, swimming in a custom built private lake, beaches, nature trails for biking, running or just walking, a riparian bass fishing pond, outdoor Tuscan patio, sand volleyball, and basketball, all overlooking the beautiful San Joaquin River. “We wanted to create a safe place where children and families could play outdoors like we did when we were kids."

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CLASSIC DESIGN FLOOR TO CEILING Back left: Carie North, Tiffany Gomes, Michelle Brink, Olga Mitchell, Melodie Ramsey, Amanda Fossum Front left: Gwen Borges, Leah Fisse, Esther Dumlao (not pictured: Jenger Carli, Nellie Olavsen)

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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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PAT LEE Owner

CARATS 309 Lincoln Center

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San Francisco native, Patricia Lee, has always loved jewelry. She has lived in Stockton for 21 years and after leaving the corporate industry in the Bay Area opened Carats in 1994. Carats has been at Lincoln Center since 1997 and recently moved to a new location within Lincoln Center by Bud’s Seafood. Carats is the only authorized dealer in Stockton of the world renown PANDORA JEWELRY from Denmark. PANDORA is famous for their personalized charm bracelets. One of Pat’s greatest joys is seeing customers unique personalities appear when they choose meaningful PANDORA charms. In addition to PANDORA, Carats has a wide selection of stylish fashion jewelry. Working as a team with husband, Curtis Chong, they run several shopping websites and have a franchised PANDORA Store located in downtown San Francisco at the Westfield Mall since 2010.

MICHELE SALINAS LIVE WELL BE STRONG FITNESS

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I am a mother of three girls, ages 16, 19, and 21. I have become a fan of Chalene Johnson, creator of TurboKick, Hip Hop Hustle, and the home workouts Turbo Jam and TurboFire.  I have always been a high energy person, who loves to make people laugh and enjoy themselves. In the last two years I have completely changed my way of thinking due to the amazing teachings of Chalene.  I am still that upbeat and crazy person who draws people near, but I have learned how to not only show people how to enjoy themselves, but to also enjoy who they are. You have to be happy with number 1, YOU, or you cannot help others. Helping others be happy, makes me happy. I cannot get a better feeling than when someone’s life changed because I took the time to be sincere in what I genuinely love to do. Workout, inspire others, and most of all: HAVE A GOOD TIME WHILE DOING IT!  “I have to workout each day and watch my diet in order to maintain my weight. So, I understand all the frustrations and hard work that come with a healthy life style, but I also know it works. You cannot keep making excuses to start “tomorrow”. Start now and make it a priority! I do each and everyday. Put it on your “to-do” list and DO IT!”

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JANET RAMIREZ Real Estate Broker/Notary

INTEGRITY REAL ESTATE CENTER, INC.

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Janet Ramirez was born and raised in Stockton as a middle child of five children. She now has two children of her own, a 3-yr-old girl and a 5-month-old boy. Ramirez, raised by a single mother, completed her bachelors degree at the University of Riverside in business, with a minor in finance. After managing a Wells Fargo financial branch for two years, where she worked closely with real estate brokers, she decided to switch careers. She started to study and passed her real estate brokers exam on the first try. She was very nervous to start a new venture and new business, but was excited to get out of the political corporate world. After noticing the Real estate in Stockton was beginning to drop (2007), and that she was busier showing homes to family and friends in Stockton than where she was located (San Bernardino county), she decided to take a risk and open her own office in Stockton. It was a time when the market was said to be slow. She heard a lot of negativity from Stockton real estate agents but decided to make the move. She noticed in there where not many short sale listings in Stockton, nor agents that knew or wanted to approach that niche market. Since she had been so successful with short sales, it truly seemed a great fit. However, short sales were a headache and required alot of dedication, note taking , patience, and thrive; but, she had the desire, motivation, and knowledge. She felt there was nothing that could stop her. She started the business with her sister, but now has four agents and two assistants. If she could give any advice to any woman, or person, wishing to venture out, it would be, "to not be afraid of change or failure... if it feels right and you do your research about a certain thing you are passionate about, then do it, but give it your all," Ramirez said. She believes that any successful business has to have an owner that loves what they do and doesn't see it as a job, but as a hobby. Someone who gets an adrenaline rush when things go good or bad. They don't always go as planned, but with a positive mindset, things can quickly get turned into good. "There are a lot of people probably smarter and more educated than me with lots of ideas , but its all on the execution of those ideas that sets apart many," Ramirez said.

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RAFAT S. RAZI, DMD, MPH Pediatric Dentistry

2160 Grant Line Rd., Ste. 130, Tracy

209-834-1307

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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.

LISA DIXON & DEANNE GARIBALDI, Co-Owners FINA 240 Lincoln Center, Stockton

209-478-5670

Sourcing what’s new and exciting from Los Angeles and New York and bringing meaningful fashion to the Stockton area is what Lisa Dixon and Deanne Garibaldi have been doing at FINA since 1986. Always ahead of the trend, without being trendy is what they strive for. You can find fun and functional classics from lines like Vince, Joie, Bailey 44, Wildfox, Gypsy 05, AG, Current Elliott, Paige and Equipment. The sisters share a philosophy of providing excellent customer service, and it has paid off with loyal and satisfied generations of customers who return for that special well-made garment & equally well delivered level of personal attention.

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KELLI ANN GAI Owner

STELLA BOUTIQUE 224 N. Ham Ln, Lodi

209-369-7231

Stella Boutique opened in Lodi at 224 N. Ham Lane between Starbucks and Edible Arrangements last November. "Stella Boutique is a lifelong dream come true for me," said Kelli Ann Gai; owner. "Creating the business and now working with my mom, Sharon and daughters; Heather and Brittani makes it even more rewarding!" Stella Boutique carries more than 30 lines of up to the minute styles in women's clothing, shoes, accessories, handbags and jewelry. "Some of our personal favorites include Free People, Michael Stars, Bailey 44 and Adriano Goldschmied." "We enjoy assisting customers of all ages in finding the perfect outfit to compliment their individual style. By far the best part of owning Stella Boutique has been meeting so many wonderful customers who have become friends". Stella Boutique is open Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday by appointment only.

LORI DIXON, Co-Owner LUCKY DOG PADDLE CO.

209.365.3163

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Lucky Dog Paddle Company, co-owned by Lori Dixon, is a mobile Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) company based in Lodi Ca. They are proudly partnered with the City of Lodi to offer SUP lessons, fitness classes, technical clinics, and SUP Yoga sessions throughout the week at Lodi Lake. In the spirit of giving back to the community, the first SUP Yoga session is free. Certified by the World Paddle Association, PaddleFit, and as a SUP Yoga teacher, Lori believes quality instruction ensures fun,safety, and confidence on the water. Lori is also an organizational & committee member for SUPIA (Stand Up Paddle Industry Association). Lucky Dog Paddle Company sells SUPs, paddles, life preservers, roof racks, board bags, and other accessories. Meetups are coordinated throughout the month to paddle and gather at fun destinations afterward. If you're interested in learning how to SUP, or any of the SUP classes/clinics/sessions mentioned, give Lori a call at (209) 365-3163, or visit luckydogpaddleco.com.

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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Plan ahead for retirement with our guide to local services, communities, and options for the most important time in life.  ASTORIA GARDENS ASSISTED LIVING & MEMORY CARE COMMUNITY

Reminiscent of a charming resort, Astoria Gardens is uniquely designed to serve residents within three distinct neighborhoods. Each is cheerful and bright, with gracious living and dining rooms, private bedrooms, surprising amenities, and the perfect number of hand-picked staff. The surrounding grounds feature secure courtyards and lush gardens. But the real beauty is in LifeCycles, our signature wellness program built on three concepts: a non-institutional approach to whole person care; our responsibility to honor the legacy and potential of every individual; and cultivating a real feeling of family. So beyond health care and delicious meals, you’ll find companionship, meaningful activities, and professionals who are committed to creating moments of joy every day. In this environment, people thrive. Astoria Gardens Assisted Living & Memory Care Community 1960 W. Lowell, Tracy (209) 833-2200, agtracy.com

 GRAND OPENING INDOOR YEAR-ROUND POOL

The Wellness Connection at O’Connor Woods in North Stockton will be offering year-round aquatic exercise programs. Exercising in water will reduce the stress on the joints and provide relief from conditions such as arthritis. We offer classes for all levels and abilities; water walking, arthritis foundation aquatic program, gentle water aerobics, lap swimming and more. Join us on May 22, 2013 for our grand opening from 10AM - 12PM. For more information please call the Fitness Club at (209) 956-3470. Warm water exercise will reduce pain and improve over all health to enhance your day to day life. 3400 Wagner Heights Rd., Stockton, (209) 956-3400

 VIENNA NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER

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

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 VISITING ANGELS

It is stressful being a caregiver for a loved one, no matter how much you care for them. There can be a significant amount of disruption to your life, as well as the worry and sorrow of watching the one you love become more needy. There can also be feelings of frustration, guilt, and hopelessness. Ways to combat the stress of elderly care include maintaining your health, staying organized, and getting professional help. Maintaining your personal health helps deal with the stress of elderly care. Getting proper nutrition, rest, and exercise allows for your stable physical and mental health. Neglecting your health will lead to emotional exhaustion, depression, and illness. You must stay organized and aware of the details of the loved one’s care. You should be educated about legal matters, finances, and have knowledge of their medical condition. This helps the care process move smoothly so that you do not become overwhelmed with logistics. Allowing yourself assistance and support is critical to managing stress when caring for someone. Seek additional help from professionals, community resources, or support groups. Visiting Angels is the premier provider of in- home care that can provide the professional support you need. Their professional and caring staff offers a full range of services to help your loved one. They provide respite for family members with services like meal preparation, housekeeping, hygiene assistance, shopping, transportation services and companionship. For more information on why Visiting Angels is “Americas Choice in Homecare” please contact their office at (209) 952-3585

 RIO LAS PALMAS

It feels good to belong. At an early age, we discover how comforting it feels to belong. As we grow older, it’s even more important to be accepted and understood. At Rio Las Palmas, creating a spirited atmosphere where residents and their families belong is the secret to our long-lasting success in Stockton! We are independent, assisted living, respite care, and so much more: • Spacious apartments • Restaurant-style dining • Housekeeping and linen services • Activities and social events • Scheduled local transportation • Warm, friendly staff

Visiting Angels® is the premium provider of in-home care services for Stockton, Tracy and the surroundings areas!

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From independent living through memory care, the Commons on Thornton offers a true sense of belonging for senior and their families. It’s a feeling that begins the moment you’re invited to “make yourself at home” and continues through every thoughtful, personal detail. Because not only do we understand the importance of world-class customer service, we thrive on it. That’s why every Team Member is empowered and trained to anticipate needs and create solutions on the spot with one goal in mind: to surprise and delight every day. By combining our signature WESTclass service with comfortable, elegant surroundings, we’ve created a warm, welcoming place to call home.

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 ARBOR PLACE ASSISTED LIVING

Arbor Place Assisted Living, Lic #297004352, is located at 17 Louie Ave., Lodi, CA 95420. An assisted living center for the senior community, Arbor Place is committed to providing the highest quality of care with compassionate staff 24 hours a day. We understand the varying needs of your loved one and offer three levels of care that address each individual’s particular needs. Our home environment and intimate setting provide a comfortable atmosphere, and our daily activities and social functions offer carefree enjoyment for our residents. We invite you to tour our facility and experience why Arbor Place is the assisted living center of choice. Arbor Place Assisted Living 17 Louie Avenue, Lodi, (209) 369-8282 Respect for Individual Preferences is a Service Mark of Brookdale Senior Living Inc., Nashville, TN, USA. ®Reg. U.S. Patent and TM Office.

 ARBOR NURSING CENTER

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

Helping Families Cherish Life AseraCare Hospice® provides quality, compassionate care when you need it most. Our family-centered, holistic approach ensures that the needs and wishes of our patients and their families are met when faced with life-limiting illness. Our services include: • • • •

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 ASERACARE HOSPICE-STOCKTON

Aseracare Hospice focuses resources to serve the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of the associates, patients and families with a sense of compassion, urgency and customer service. We preserve the dignity at end of life for our patients and families so that no one will ever reach the end of life in pain or alone. We create a culture that is dedicated to the alleviation of human suffering which finds expression through the ongoing gentle act of kindness, sympathy and compassion. Aseracare Hospice serves, educates and supports the local communities and referral sources as to the benefits, dignity and nobility of end of life care. AseraCare Hospice-Stockton 2529 W. March Lane, Stockton (209) 474-8349, AseraCare.com

BE RELAXED BE COMFORTABLE BE CONTENT BELONG FIND OUT WHAT SENIOR LIVING WAS MEANT TO BE Welcome to comfortable, elegant surroundings. Welcome to a level of service so extraordinary, it has a name: WESTclass.

 COMMUNITY HOSPICE

Serving the Central Valley since 1979, Community Hospice provides compassionate care, comfort and support to terminally ill patients and their families, regardless of ability to pay. Care extends to over 260 patients every day in private homes, skilled nursing facilities and at the sixteen-room Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides bereavement and grief support to anyone in the community. For more information, please call (209) 477-6300 or visit www. hospiceheart.org. Community Hospice (209) 477-6300, hospiceheart.org

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ASIANCAJUN CRAWFISH BY KELLY SODERLUND

After 30 years and three generations, it’s safe to say that long-time residents Jose and Alice Gimenes know the town of Tracy pretty well. So when they, along with daughter Janelle Gimenes and her fiancé, Jeremy Magtoto, decided to open Asian-Cajun Crawfish, a fusion restaurant in the heart of Old Town, the results were anything but corporately contrived.

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   Although the Gimenes’ are new to the restaurant industry, Magato has over 20 years of experience in food and beverage, and brought with him his long-time friend, Executive Chef Chris Smith. With Magtoto running the operation and Chris maintaining the quality of the product, Asian-Cajun (as locals call it) burst onto the Tracy foodie scene late last year and filled a void the town never knew it had. And while it may be tempting to make a visceral connection between a certain Food Network star’s Far Eastmeets-Deep South eatery, you would be completely mistaken in doing so.Says Magtoto, “Our concept was to offer unique items that satisfy the craving for fresh seafood with a place that is family friendly, ca-

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sual, and where it’s ok to make a mess because it’s easier to eat with your hands rather than utensils. In fact, we highly encourage people to use their hands not only because it’s easier, but because it’s fun!”    It is this type of comfort, of personal interaction, inevitably so lacking at kitschy-themed corporate restaurants, that has been the key to Asian-Cajun’s early success: Southern hospitality in northern California. While the dinning room area seats a modest 49 people, the typical tables and chairs have been replaced with picnic tables and benches covered in white butcher paper, encouraging guest interaction with each other, as well as the food. To assuage any self-awareness, instead of the typical place setting most will receive a bucket for peeled shells and a paper towel mounted to the table because—as anyone who has eaten a seafood boil knows—you will need them. Delightfully, the eatery will even pour the buckets directly onto the table like a traditional Louisiana crawfish boil, should guests be so inclined.    The menu is eclectic, with appetizers ranging from Cajun Fries to Szechwan Edamame, to Fried Oysters. “Lighter Side” fare includes Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with a Thai basil dip, Generals Chinese Chicken Salad and a Blackened Salmon Salad. And while the

Etouffee and Garlic Noodles side dish have consistently received rave reviews, it is Asian-Cajun’s authentic Louisiana Seafood Boils that are the standout item here. Offering a variety of fresh boils, which include clams, mussels, shrimp, King and Snow crab, and, of course, crawfish—sourced both locally and delivered live from Louisiana. Additionally, each of the selections come with the choice of five different seasonings such as roasted chilli and garlic or Thai basil, and five heat levels, from plain to the fire in the hole, or a traditional dry rub (but most seem to gravitate to what has become Asian-Cajun’s signature, “Fat & Happy”). They also offer many dishes that may (or may not) be a traditional representation of either Asian or Cajun cuisines, such as NOLA BBQ Shrimp with the heads on, if desired, Fried Pork Chops with red beans and rice, and even a few PoBoy sandwiches.    Ultimately, Asian-Cajun Crawfish is a family-run business in a family-oriented town. It was created to provide an experience of fun with friends and family, casual dining, and a place where it’s ok to be messy.

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Restaurant, Catering, Lounge

“The Finest in Italian and American Cuisine”

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

One stop, full-service professional planning to anticipate every detail of your event and to plan it flawlessly! Wonderful food, served or buffet style.

1563 East Fremont, Stockton 209.948.6609 • angelinas.com

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Michael Klouda’s Stem Theory THIS MONTH'S PICKS FROM THE LODI WINE AND VISITOR CENTER

  The 2011 Michael Klouda Lodi Stem Theory ($26) is a worthy follow-up to winemaker/ owner Michael Klouda’s debut wine from last spring, the 2010 Michael Klouda Broken Vine Lodi Zinfandel. A couple of things going for Stem Theory: 1. Mr. Klouda handcrafted 100 cases of it (a big jump from Broken Vine‘s measly production of 25 cases) 2. Stem Theory is a velvety smooth yet sturdy blend of Lodi grown Cabernet Franc (70%), Cabernet Sauvignon (25%) and Petit Verdot (5%); crackling with pungent notes of cedar, eucalyptus and mint leaves, underscoring flowing flavor sensations of raspberry and sweetly roasted red peppers, pushed through a moderately weighted palate feel brightened by zesty acidity and modest, tight-grained tannins.    What did Mr. Klouda have in mind when calling his second vintage of wine “stem theory”? The back label tells us, “An addition of grape stems into the fermentation process gives this wine a style unique from other wines in the region.” That it is, since the vast majority of vintners avoid adding stems back into fermentors precisely because they don’t want the taste—a slightly green sensation of, well, wiry stems—that Klouda was looking for.    Says Klouda, “I personally enjoy the green taste in grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, which come mostly from the pyrazine components

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naturally found in the grapes.” For the record, pyrazines (or methoxypyrazines) are compounds that can be detected by the average person in dosages as small as nine parts per trillion. This is what gives the “bellpeppery” taste found in bell peppers, and the green-herby taste very common in white wines like Sauvignon Blanc and red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.    Conscious of the fact that, in the warm Mediterranean climate of Lodi, Cabernet varieties tend to produce soft, sometimes wimpy wines, Klouda destemmed the grapes going into his Stem Theory, then turned around and added about 15% of the detached stems back into the fermenting wine. The idea, or “theory,” was to see if the wine could pick up more tannin structure from the stems, and also to see if the phenolic compounds derived from stems could bring out the “wild side”—those pesky pyrazines that most winegrowers also try to avoid—in the two Cabernet grapes.    Did the theory work out? Well, the only thing that really matters is that Stem Theory is a downright delicious drinking red wine— lots of velvet, plus equal doses of chutzpah— which is a feat in itself, especially considering the fact that Mr. Klouda has been here in Lodi for barely four years. He originally came directly from his hometown of Burton, Ohio, suitcase and guitar in hand, to work as a viticultural assistant for Michael-David Winery, which is still his day-job (he also plays an eclectic style of guitar in occasional gigs at night). Today, at the tender age of 26, Klouda has three vintages of his own wine under his belt (there are barrels of 2012 Zinfandel currently in the making); so you could say that the Stem Theory is working out mighty fine, thank you.    In fact, according to Klouda, the experience of pruning a Northeastern Ohio vineyard planted to Cabernet Franc was what

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

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first attracted him to the grape. Stem Theory’s Cabernet Franc was sourced from Ron Silva’s highly lauded Silvaspoons Vineyards, carved into the shallow, gravelly clay loam of Lodi’s Alta Mesa AVA; and the Cabernet Sauvignon came from a vineyard farmed by Pat Hale on the western side of Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA.    Silva recalls picking the 2011 Cabernet Franc grapes for Klouda, telling us, “Michael likes his sugars a little lower than other winemakers, so we picked his tiny lot of Cabernet Franc a little earlier than the bulk of it, which went to Michael-David Winery. Because of the stingy soil, Cabernet

Franc grapes in Alta Mesa grow in little tiny clusters, no bigger than the palm of your hand.” Klouda aged his Stem Theory in four French oak barrels (50% new), which soaked up very nicely into the texture and honest, herby-berry taste of the wine (avoiding an obviously “oaked” character).    If you’re intrigued by this rare, supple, exotically tuned red, you should contact Mr. Klouda directly through his Website, drinkmkwines.com. But fair warning: don’t take your time about looking into Stem Theory, because those 100 cases will go fast!

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Wine Tours & Tastings

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

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Wed-Thurs: 3pm - 10pm Friday: 3pm - 12am Saturday: 12pm - 12am Sunday: 12pm - 4pm

9010 E. Harney Lane Lodi, CA 95240 PH 209-365-1900 Love. Laughter. Family. These are the three main ingredients we pour into every bottle of Harney Lane wine.

Lodi Wine and Visitor Center 2545 West Turner Road Lodi, CA 95242 (209) 365-0621 Klinker Brick Winery 15887 N. Alpine Road Lodi, CA 95240 (209) 333-1845 klinkerbrickwinery.com Vino100 2467 Naglee Road Tracy, CA 95304 (209) 839-2200 vino100tracy.com

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Harney Lane Winery 9010 E. Harney Ln. Lodi, CA 95240 (209) 365-1900 harneylane.com Van Ruiten Family 340 W. Highway 12 Lodi, CA 95242 (209) 334-5722 vanruitenwinery.com Lodi Wine Cellars 112 W. Pine Street Lodi, CA 95240 (209) 365.6622 lodiwinecellars.com Lucas Winery 18196 N. Davis Road Lodi, CA 95242 (209) 368-2006 lucaswinery.com

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Woodbridge Uncorked 18911 N. Lower Sacramento Road Woodbridge, CA 95258 (209) 365-7575 woodbridgeuncorked.com Macchia Winery 7099 E. Peltier Road Acampo, CA 95220 (209) 333-2600 macchiawines.com

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Windmill Ridge Winery Opening its doors in November 2007, Windmill Ridge Winery is one of the few vino establishments Tracy has to offer. Bill and Stephanie Prioste are owners of the Tuscan-inspired winery and actually began in two very different fields before breaking into the wine industry. Formerly, Bill owned Tracy Awards and Embroidery for more than two decades before selling the business to focus on the winery; and Stephanie worked in education. The couple’s motivation for entering the wine business, “it was something to do in retirement that turned out to be really big,” said Stephanie Prioste. In 2004, building of Windmill Ridge Winery commenced and was a team effort from the Priostes and property manager, Jorge Violante. The tasting room draws inspirations from a visit to Italy in 2000, Prioste explained. A gazebo, picnic area, barrels, and two-and-a-half acres of vineyards decorate the exterior of the winery. Within the tasting room there is a mural, fireplace, and tasting bar. “The venue itself is like a scene from Italy and it gives the environment a Tuscan feel,” said Prioste. With the beautiful Tuscanthemed backdrop at the winery, it is the perfect place to host a special event such as weddings or parties. Visitors also have the option to become members of the wine club, with three different levels to choose from. Additional perks members enjoy include discounts on wines and invitations to club member events. “We enjoy the people, and people discovering the product,” said Prioste. Windmill

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Ridge Winery specializes in Portuguese varieties including Touriga and Souzao wines. Much of the inspiration comes from Bill’s Portuguese heritage. Chardonnay, Merlot, and Barbera are also served at the winery. Prior to any wines being sold or even bottled at Windmill Ridge Winery, there is a panel taste testing. If everyone on the panel does not like the wine, it does not end up getting bottled to hit the shelves. “Our goal is to provide excellence in wine service,” said Prioste. “We created the winery to be a nice place for people to get away and not have to travel so far.” Recently, local stores such as Raley’s and Savemart have been selling some of the wines carried at Windmill Ridge Winery. Prioste has a great amount of excitement for the endeavor. In the future, she hopes wine sales continue to expand in the retail field by getting placed in more stores. Windmill Ridge Winery is the ideal escape for anyone in search of picturesque backdrops and a delightfully tasteful variety of wines. The friendly atmosphere and welcoming staff are sure to make your visit memorable.

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The California raspberry season is now in full swing and the harvest will continue until mid-September. These bumpy, bulbous berries grow well in California because of the coastal climate. Due to our valley’s heat, our region produces the Bababerry and Oregon 1030 varieties best, as they tolerate higher temperatures and full-on sun exposure better than the other more delicate varieties. These tangy berries can be eaten by themselves as a healthy summer snack, or can be used to punch up a rich, savory dish.

Most people know that raspberries pair particularly well with dark chocolate, a decadent flavor combination. A tart crisp or decadent sorbet is also a well known summer splurge. Because of their small size and dainty packaging, you may consider raspberries to be more of a novelty fruit. Try one of our fresh, summery recipes and see how these scrumptious berries add some welcomed pizzazz to your diet. You’ll want to keep them around all season long. For more inFormation:

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RaspbeRRy soRbet 2 cups sugar 2 cups water 2 quarts raspberries, hulled and sliced 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 1/2 cup white corn syrup DiRections

Bring the sugar and 2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and allow the mixture to simmer, without stirring, until the sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Set aside to cool completely. Place the raspberries and lime juice in a food processor and puree. Press the raspberry puree through a strainer to remove the seeds. When the sugar syrup has cooled completely, combine with the raspberry puree. Add the corn syrup and stir well. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. Sorbet is particularly soft after churning but firms up after freezing. Recipe courtesy Paula Deen, 2008

RaspbeRRy panna cotta 1 cup whole milk 1 tablespoon unflavored powdered gelatin 3 cups whipping cream 1/3 cup honey 1 tablespoon sugar Pinch salt 2 cups assorted fresh berries DiRections:

Place the milk in a small bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin over. Let stand for 3 to 5 minutes to soften the gelatin. Pour milk mixture into a heavy saucepan and stir over medium heat just until the gelatin dissolves but the milk does not boil, about 5 minutes. Add the cream, honey, sugar, and salt. Stir until the sugar dissolves, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat. Pour into 6 wine glasses so that they are 1/2 full. Cool slightly. Refrigerate until set, at least 6 hours. Spoon the berries atop the panna cotta and serve.

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With its seasonally based menu and gourmet preparation, the Towne House Restaurant at Wine & Roses boasts a charming venue with exceptional service. Offering a farm-to-table experience with ingredients sourced from local farms as well as their own garden, the Towne House Restaurant captures the subtle elements of fun and excitement while also providing unparalleled food. The Lounge features live music and an extensive wine list showcasing the best Lodi has to offer. Dine in the intimate setting of the dining room or outdoors on the veranda where guests are spoiled with beautiful views of the gardens. 2505 W. Turner Rd. Lodi, (209) 371-6160

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

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1243 West March Lane, Stockton (209) 954-9615 www.outback.com

2610 S Tracy Blvd Tracy, (209) 830-8288 Open daily 11 a.m. for lunch, dinner, and drinks. Visit Mikasa’s new location in Tracy (Lathrop being the first). With generous rolls—almost too big for your mouth—and plenty of other menu options, this is a yummy, family-friendly dining experience you won’t want to miss. Check out the SJM Roll (ahem, notice the name), The Red Dragon Roll and a little bit of home: Tracy Roll. If you imbibe adult beverages, ask for a Sake Bomb—you will not be disappointed! Their friendly staff and ready-to-serve attitude makes it all the better.

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Ernie's Food & Spirits is a luxury boutique restaurant strategically located between Modesto, Stockton and Tracy. EFS brings a new twist on California Modern Cuisine to the Central Valley. Our menu is a composition of small plates to share, which are ideal in the lounge, as well as traditional entree selections with unique modern elements

1351 N. Main Street Manteca, (209) 239-3351 www.erniesfoodandspirits.com

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

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Serving authentic and modern Japanese cuisine, come enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the causal dining room, or grab a seat at the sushi bar and have some fun with the professional and creative sushi chef. Mikasa offers outstanding sushi, sashimi, tempura, noodles, and teriyaki, as well as traditional Japanese sukiyaki and yosenabe. The most popular dishes are the San Joaquin magazine roll, Hawaiian tuna poki, tako kimchee, hamachi jalapeno, tuna ceviche, Mikasa steam sole, ginger beef tenderloin.

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

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Angelina’s is a true family restaurant: owned by four family members, named after another, and welcoming to all of yours. For thirty-three years, their hearty homemade pastas, raviolis, and traditional sauces have been bringing families together just like a meal at Grandma’s house. Consider inviting all your relatives to dine together in Angelina’s comfortable and cozy banquet room the next time you are hosting a family get-together. Angelina’s isn’t fussy—just simple, classic, and great tasting. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner.

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If you want San Francisco style cuisine without the commute, stop into M & J Bistro in Tracy. Our simple, but diverse menu features gourmet New American and French Basque Style: crepes, seafood, steaks, pastas and chops. Whether you’re in the mood for filet mignon or a spicy shrimp and crab baguette, we are ready to satisfy your cravings. Begin with an order of our crisp shaved potatoes with crumbled bleu cheese sauce and save room for one of our heavenly dessert crepes. We also feature the finest beer and wine selection in Tracy.

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Sara Randall’s life long dream was to open her own Italian café where she could serve the community old style Italian comfort food, the same recipes her Northern Italian family had made for generations. Sara, along with her mother Barbara Coldani and daughter Heather, are living the dream at Bueno Italian Cafe. As Sara proudly puts it “We guarantee you that nobody else can cook like us.” Excellent local wines and beers compliment homemade pastries, entrees, deserts and an espresso bar. With cozy Italian style dining inside and out, the cafe also offers box lunch delivery to commercial establishments, plus catering. Follow us on Facebook. Open MondayFriday 10:30am-8pm.

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A favorite among guests that enjoy fine dining, Rosewood Bar and Grill offers an upbeat and sophisticated setting with its rich wood and black and white marble floor, while still remaining family friendly. With an exceptional menu, Rosewood offers Monday night prix fixe (French for “fixed price”) dining specials, letting diners order a complete meal for about half the price of doing so a la carte. Rosewood Bar and Grill also boasts a wine list that is out of this world. Voted Best Fine Dining in Lodi 5 Years in a row!

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Tracy Thai

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

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With summer being a popular season for outdoor barbequing, seasoning is a must for all tasty dishes. Fish is just one dish where seasoning can greatly come into play. Flavor combinations are endless, from spicy Cajun blends to smokehouse barbeque; there is at least one that will make your taste buds water. Jane’s Krazy Mixed-Up Seasonings is a New Jersey based company that carries everything from Lemon Pepper Marinade to Chunky Garlic Seasoning. Spices and seasonings take a plain, basic dish and transform it into a gourmet masterpiece. Jane’s Krazy sells a Mixed-up Gift Pack for only $11.99, which includes salt, pepper, sweet lime pepper, and lemon pepper. Each of the pepper varieties is perfect for dishes such as fish tacos, grilled chicken, or Thai cuisine. Jane’s Krazy Mixed-Up Salt can be purchased locally through retailers such as World Market and Raley’s. Additional spices, kettle chips, and the Mixed-Up Gift Pack are available for purchase online. Make sure to try out all of Jane’s Krazy spices this season and your summer feasts are sure to be a hit!

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Lodi’s hottest eatery over the last three years! With their farm to fork philosophy, extensive wine and beer lists, and customer service that is not only very professional but also warm and inviting, it’s no wonder why Crush has received so many accolades in their first three years of operation (Being named “Best Place to Stock Up” by Sunset Magazine). If you’re a foodie in search of your next great meal or just someone who enjoys excellent food, Crush offers a hip, big city vibe with the service of a small town, privately owned business. Banquet space is available for groups up to 50 without a rental fee, so please remember Crush for your next corporate or holiday party!! Thursday-Monday 11:30am - close Tuesday closed, Wednesday 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Come join us on Wine Wednesday’s for 50% off select European bottles! Happy Hour all day Sunday and Monday. Daily 4pm-6pm - $3 drafts and wines, $4 well drinks, $5 appetizers 115 S. School St. (inside Woolworth Place) Lodi, (209)369-5400, www.Crushkitchen.com

When was the last time you had someone grilled you a nice juicy filet mingon, new york steak, or chicken teriyaki? Prehaps you like seafood and prefer the garlic buttered shrimp, or succulent lobster tail. Or maybe you want the freshly prepared calamari or scallops on your plate. What ever it is, you’ll be welcomed by owner Phuong My Ly and her wonderful staff providing you and your family a fun and exciting atmosphere with full access to the sushi bar and full bar. Let the specialy trained teppanyaki chefs cook your dinner way you want it as they entertain you live. Come and enjoy their monthly comedy shows and live music featuring indivduals and groups from all over California.

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The Twisted Fork is a family owned restaurant specializing in homemade, made-to-order entrees. We are known for our minestrone soup and homemade bread topping known as "Garlic Relish” it’s prepared fresh daily and can be topped on anything. Our menu consists of several pasta dishes, juicy steaks, prime rib on Fridays, savory chicken dishes, and small appetite options. All dinner entrees come with soup, salad and bread. We have a selection of local wines and draft and bottled beers. You can find live music on Thursday's during Farmers Market and lunch specials every day. So hurry and make your reservations now! We fill up fast and the food does run out. Fresh always!

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Papapavlo’s Bistro and Bar is considered by many to be one of Northern California’s most unique fine dining establishments, located in Stockton’s Lincoln Center. They offer 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.

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Freshly prepared, seasonal ingredients with a delightful “TAKE” on the flavors! TAKE your family out for a delicious affordable meal, TAKE your friends out for a fun night out at the bar or TAKE your business colleagues out for a work lunch or after work happy hour. The perfect place to enjoy yourselves with a fun atmosphere created from the food and drinks to the fun movie memorabilia decorations! Featuring a full bar with creative cocktails, some of the best wines from local wineries, outrageous desserts or our delicious entrees, like our perfectly seasoned one pound steaks, chicken cordon bleu or our spicy Sicilian pasta to our famous pulled pork potato chips, avocado brushetta and our 2 foot beef dog. Join us for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. Eat . Drink . Enjoy. Mon, Wed, Thurs- 11AM-9PM, Fri, Sat- 11AM11PM, Sun- 10AM-9PM, Brunch 10AM-2PM Happy Hour 3PM-5PM

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Everyone is welcome at Bud’s Seafood Grille. Friendly service, hearty portions, and a range of fish, seafood, pasta, steak, and poultry entrees make Bud’s a great choice for a business lunch, family dinner, or night out for two. Every meal begins with a bottomless basket of fresh sourdough bread. The 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. We also invite you to come visit the newly renovated bar and lounge for one of our delicious specialty cocktails and bar bites. Please be sure to ask about our banquet and catering services for your special event or holiday party. Full bar and banquet room available. Open for lunch, dinner, and scrumptious Sunday brunch.

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Jerry Seinfeld at the Bob Hope Theatre STOCKTON, JULY 25

Are you a fan of the hit television sitcom Seinfeld? Jerry Seinfeld will be bringing his comedic stand-up act to Stockton on July 25. This is a great date idea for couples, especially for those who love to laugh and enjoy a good joke. 7 p.m. Ticket prices TBA. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., (209) 373-1400, stocktonlive.com

4th of July Parade on the Miracle Mile STOCKTON, JULY 4

Stockton Ports vs. Modesto Nuts: Independence Day Fireworks STOCKTON, JULY 4

Calling all baseball fans! The Stockton Ports are preparing to take on the Modesto Nuts on July 4 at Banner Island Ballpark. Following the game, there will be a special fireworks show presented by Food 4 Less. This event is the perfect way for any sports lover to enjoy Independence Day this summer! Don’t miss out on the game and fireworks presentation by purchasing tickets now! 6:05 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Banner Island Ballpark, 404 W. Fremont St., (209) 644-1900, stockton.ports.milb.com

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There will be a fun-filled and entertaining parade to celebrate Independence Day this year at Stockton’s Miracle Mile. Spectators of all ages are invited to bring a folding chair or blanket to enjoy the free parade that will travel from Pacific Ave. and Harding Way to Pacific Ave. and Castle St. Food will also be available for purchase on-site. 9 a.m. Free. Miracle Mile, Pacific Ave. and Harding Way, (209) 948-6453, stocktonmiraclemile.com

Casual Dinner Cruise STOCKTON, JULY 4

Do you love to be out on the water? Spend your 4th of July on a relaxing cruise filled with delicious food and drinks! Guests will be served a chicken super burrito with their choice of one beer, glass of wine/champagne, or margarita. There will also be complimentary bottled water and sodas. The cruise will arrive just in time for guests to catch the Stockton Ports and Modesto Nuts game at Banner Island Ballpark. Ensure your spot on this Independence Day cruise by purchasing tickets now! 3:30 p.m. $49 per person plus tax. Downtown Stockton Marina, 445 W. Weber Ave., (916) 600-3815, opportunitycruises.com

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Block Party: Rock & Roll TRACY, JULY 12

Are you all about music? Downtown Tracy’s 2013 Block Party series is the perfect place for you. On July 12, Livewire Band will take the stage at Downtown Plaza. From musical performances to great food, the block party series is something everyone should check out this summer! 6 p.m. Free. Downtown Plaza, 6th St. and Central, (209) 8316200, thinkinsidethetriangle.com

2th Annual Taste of the Delta STOCKTON, JULY 13

Are you a fan of all things vino? California Delta Chambers will be hosting the 12th Annual Taste of the Delta fundraiser. The event will bring the community together with wine tasting, delicious food, and a variety of vendor booths carrying arts, crafts, jewelry, and more! There will also be silent and live auctions, as well as a musical performance from the band, Waterloo. 5 p.m. $35 for advanced ticket sales, $45 at the door. Village West Marina, 6633 Embarcadero Dr., (209) 948-2940, tasteofthedelta.com

Brittni Paiva at Hutchins Street Square LODI, JULY 14

Do you enjoy the soothing sounds of the ukulele? Brittni Paiva will be bringing her diverse ukulele act to Lodi this month. Paiva’s show features a wide range of musical styles from pop to classical. Families are welcome to bring a picnic lunch as they enjoy a great afternoon of live music. 12 p.m. Adults $20, children 12 and under $8. Wishek Amphitheatre, 125 S. Hutchins St., (209) 333-5550, hutchinsstreetsquare.com

Jo Koy at the Bob Hope Theatre STOCKTON, JULY 27

Looking for a good laugh? Funny guy Jo Koy is coming to Stockton this month! His act is sure to leave you full of smiles and roaring with laughter. Many may recognize Koy from Chelsea Lately, where he was featured as a regular guest. Whether you’re a comedy fan or would love to hear some good jokes, don’t miss out on this event! 8 p.m. $35 (additional fees may apply). Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., (209) 373-1400, stocktonlive.com

Then and Now Car Show 2013 TRACY, JULY 20

Do you love anything that has to do with cars? Downtown Tracy’s Then and Now Car Show is a free event that will feature a variety of classic, custom, and concept cars on July 20. Guests will also enjoy live music, food, beer, wine, and much more. For those interested in building their own custom car, you might just end up finding an inspiration here! 10 a.m. Free. Downtown Tracy, (209) 597-0073, tracycitycenter.com

Family Bike Night STOCKTON, JULY 19

Whether you’re still on training wheels or are an expert cyclist, everyone is welcome to ride their bicycles down to Lincoln Center for an evening of fun! Family Bike Night will kick off on July 19 and is the perfect outdoor outing for families, couples, and bicycle enthusiasts. There will be an opportunity to win a new bicycle, as well as a variety of activities for kids of all ages. 6 p.m. Free. Lincoln Center, Pacific Ave. and Benjamin Holt Dr., (209) 957-7277, lincolncentershops.com

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Independence Day is synonymous with summertime gatherings for me. Ever since I can remember, the holiday involved the scent of barbecue smoke and the sounds of adults chattering away and children giggling and playing. We gathered along the street for a parade in early light to secure ideal real estate, then regrouped later in backyards cluttered with overflowing coolers and tables spread with potato salads, watermelon slices, and burgers. Although we’ve spent some of these holidays at local festivals, camping or doing the all-American day at a baseball game, it seems we often remain in the neighborhood.

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I’ve carried these traditions into adulthood. My family has always been the stay-at-home type, rather than braving the crowds for a choice spot to view professional firework shows. Or even worse, hitting the road for an extended weekend getaway with the thousands of other cars crowding the highway.   Independence Day is one of those low-key holidays with low pressure and minimal preparation required to celebrate. I love these holidays. If only Christmas could learn a thing or two from the traditions set forth on the Fourth of July. The only planning required is what kind of meat to throw on the grill and what kind of beverage to consume at a local pool, block party or backyard. July 4th is the excuse to throw a big bash, even if this party happens to fall on a Thursday. Who are we to ignore celebrating our nation’s independence?    Because I admit to being a homebody, I also own up to the home-based fireworks. There was the one year when a guest unleashed a barrage of illegal fireworks at a block party. We oohed and exclaimed at each satisfying pop and successful launch, until the menacing boom of an M80 induced terror in my then-toddler boys. And really, I suppose, it isn’t so attractive watching 40-year-old men light off fireworks with one eye watching out for cops driving the neighborhood.   Then there is the seemingly harmless sparkler phenomena. These gems were my favorite growing up on my wide, suburban street. I remember making the sparkles

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dance, fluttering around and pretending like I was the prettiest fairy in the land. I wanted to share that love with my own sons, who decidedly would not dance around like princesses but instead swing them at each other like swords.    There they were, my two preschoolers at the time, jabbing their faux-light sabers in the air. I’m not sure why I was surprised when he earned himself a blister the size of a half dollar after the sparkler sword play. We felt the repercussions of this trauma for the next two years, enduring his manic aversion to anything that cracked, popped or sparkled.    I admit I often neglect the meaning of the holiday and why we’re stuffing hot dogs in our mouths with a chaser of beer from a frosted cup. Nothing feels freer to me than having drinks with friends while kids throw poppers on the ground or swim themselves into exhaustion. Of course I know that the holiday is about so much more. It’s about what we often take for granted in the daily roller coaster of our lives. We’ve never known oppression because we’ve always been free. And when our country has been under a threat of some sort, dedicated military work to protect us and protect this freedom our founding fathers won for us back in 1776.    So when fireworks shoot high overhead to the tune of Star Spangled Banner or Proud to be an American, I will hold my family tight and embrace our independence with gratitude. I will even embrace the firework traumas and overcooked hamburgers.

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