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23 THIA MEGIA: SAN JOAQUIN'S AMERICAN IDOL From Mountain House, Thia Megia is the youngest contestant to reach the American Idol stage—now we're happy to have her back home in San Joaquin. by Katy Berry

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his issue of San Joaquin magazine is all about adventures: taking your kids to places they’ve never visited before, trying things you’ve never attempted, and following your dreams to greater things. We found our own local hero this month in songstress Thia Megia, who fearlessly stood on the American Idol stage as the youngest performer to make it to the finals of the infamous singing competition. Broadcast to the entire nation, young Thia sang her heart out—and boy, can she sing! Sent home before Ryan Seacrest’s final declaration of this year’s American Idol, we couldn’t be happier to have her back home in San Joaquin, and can’t wait to see what Thia does next.    Speaking of adventures, why not set out on your own quest this summer? Take your family for the ride, and explore some of California’s most exciting places you may not have yet visited. We’re the first to say how much we love living in San Joaquin, but summer is meant for exploring, traveling, and making memories. Get out of here, and see something new! We’ve done the research, visited some seriously cool destinations, and we have twenty-five suggestions for family fun on the road this summer. If you find others that aren’t on our list, make sure to write and let us know how great it is, so we can include it next time!    Looking for fun a little closer to home? With five “urban” tasting rooms (and one cheese shop) now open in downtown Lodi, and more on the way, San Joaquin has a new style of sipping. Visit these spots during the day for relaxed tastings with friends, or enjoy the nightlife later in the evening. Either way, pair with lunch or dinner at one of School Street’s downtown eateries, and you have yourself a pretty great weekend plan.    Most importantly, enjoy the summer. Take off work early once in a while to spend time with your loved ones, head to the park for a picnic to enjoy the San Joaquin weather, or take a bike ride on the weekend to get some frozen yogurt with the kids. You won’t regret you did.

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   For Thia Megia, there’s never been a question of where her life is headed. Even as a young child, she had her future mapped out. “My sister would always be playing music on her stereo, and I would dance or sing along until I had it down in my head,” she says. “During a birthday party I got up on the coffee table and sang a song in front of my family. That was the very moment I realized how much I wanted to do this.” Megia’s talent has already taken her places that most people only dream of, like the American Idol stage, where at age 15 she became the youngest contestant to reach the finals. And despite her elimination on March 31, Megia says she still feels like a winner. >>

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through what you’re going through right now.’ Knowing a guy like him is there to give you advice is an honor… And he gives the best hugs ever.”    As far as the other judges, Megia says she can’t pick a favorite. “Jennifer is the most beautiful person in the world and also very nurturing,” she says. “And Randy, I mean, he’s been a part of my American Idol dream since I watched the first season. I know he hasn’t given me the best comments, but I still love Randy. He did that because he knew what I was capable of.”    Megia says the best part of the experience was getting to perform on the American Idol stage. “Before the music starts you think about all the days you’ve worked so hard for that one performance, and you try to give it your all. Then you look in the cameras and Ryan asks all of America to vote for you. During those moments, I was just lost knowing how many people back home and all around the world were watching me.”    Megia has big plans for her future, including finishing an album of original songs, and pursuing a career in acting. When it comes to envisioning a life in the limelight, Megia is anything but intimidated. “I’ve been ready since I was 5 years old,” she says. No matter where Megia is headed, she can be sure that a legion of San Joaquin fans is rooting her on each step of the way.

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   “The moment when Ryan [Seacrest] tells you you’re going home, it feels like somebody just pinched you and you’re waking up from a wonderful dream.” Megia’s return to Mountain House may have been bittersweet at first, but the homecoming she received from fans raised her spirits. “I totally wasn’t expecting that many people to come. It pretty much boggled my mind when I walked in the mall and saw how many people were there, and they were all cheering for me,” she says. “It was heartwarming. I was very, very happy.”    Megia’s journey on American Idol began when she heard about the lowered age cutoff for contestants. Too excited to wait for the San Francisco audition, Megia flew to Milwaukee and wowed the judges with her rendition of “Chasing Pavements” by Adele. As a contestant, Megia’s days consisted of 3 to 4 hours of schooling, followed by plenty of rehearsing. “Some days we’d have to choose our songs, the next day we’d record, the next day would be music video shoots, then stage rehearsals and band rehearsals. By the time we got back to our rooms we’d just crash on the bed.” Megia says the judges and guest performers were a constant source of inspiration and reassurance throughout the process. “Back in Hollywood week, [Steven Tyler] would sit down and tell us, ‘Don’t worry about it. Just give it your all. I’ve gone


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Two years ago, Cathie McClellan, chair of University of the Pacific’s Theater Arts Department, was looking to create an event that would unite the community of Stockton through the arts and celebrate the city’s lush history. With the receipt of a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts—a major accomplishment for a small undergraduate institution—Pacific’s plans for Delta Fusion began. During the span of five weeks and starting this month, locals will work with Minneapolis-based puppet and mask theater, In The Heart of the Beast, to create an extraordinary parade and theatrical production that will tell the story of the Delta region. The five-week time period will be split into two “sessions.” The first begins June 20 at Pacific’s Center for Professional and Continuing Education and will last three weeks. This intensive program is a rigorous, academic immersion in the arts. Tuition is required, and classes will run daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants will learn about San Joaquin history, puppetry, set design, costume design, and storytelling techniques. The second session, free and open to all ages, will be hosted by the Haggin Museum’s Summer Art Workshop. The final parade and performance will take place July 23, beginning at Pixie Woods and ending at Victory Park. “We’re going to make cool looking things, but it’s not going to stop there,” says Brett DeBoer, chair of Visual Arts at Pacific. “They’ll have integrity behind them, telling a story, symbolizing how and why people came to this area and made it what it is today.” McClellan hopes that with enough excitement from the community, this will become an annual event. —Katy Berry

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COURTESY IN THE HEART OF THE BEAST; STOCKTON WOLVES

Stockton Pride

The San Jose Wolves have found a new home this year at the Stockton Arena. “It wasn’t so much an issue of us having to move as it was finding a suitable, more economical, and more proper home,” says manager Bennie King. So far, King says there’s been a great deal of excitement in the community. Thanks to its strong support of minor league teams, King believes Stockton will be a natural fit, and hopes former Lightning fans will come out to root for the new Stockton Wolves. “We’ve had great feedback from fans and people in the area welcoming us and saying they’re going to come out,” says King. The Stockton Wolves began their season in April and will be continuing through the beginning of July. As for a long term relationship, it’s in the works. “Our plan is to definitely integrate our sales and be a pillar in the community. This is not something to be a flash in the pan. We definitely want to be here for quite a while.” —K.B.


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U-Pick Bounty Local farms with fruits and veggies up for grabs by Katy “Huckle” Berry Looking for something fun to do with the family this summer? We found several great U-Pick farms where you can roll up your sleeves, breathe in that fresh country air, and pick some of the freshest, tastiest, ripest fruits and veggies you’ve ever seen.

Giusto Farms Blueberries 8048 S. Orchard Rd., Acampo (209) 369-1416 www.giustoblueberryfarms.blogspot.com Open Mon-Sat, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. This farm specializes in blueberries and offers over thirteen different varieties. The summer months also bring U-Pick vegetables like tomatoes, squash, and zucchini, as well as herbs. Other fruits and vegetables, like pomegranates and lemons, become available throughout the seasons so call and ask. Visitors can purchase their own blueberry plants, fresh-cut flowers, and herb plants, as well as fresh free-range eggs. Kids will enjoy meeting the many goats, sheep, geese, and chickens that live with the Giusto family on their charming farm.

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Saevang Strawberries Corner of Highway 88 and Brandt Rd., Lockeford (916) 712-2831, www.thebestberries.com Open daily, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saevang Strawberries first opened their fields to U-Pickers last year and are eager to welcome everyone back this spring. Choose from three sizes of baskets. The largest (and most popular) costs $10-$12 dollars and is equivalent to 6-8 pints of strawberries. If you love strawberry shortcake in summertime, then this is the place to go for a fresh and plentiful supply of those scrumptious red berries.

Countryside Farms 6666 E Main St., Stockton (209) 943-1632, www.countryside-farms.com Open Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Offering U-Pick strawberries, cherries, tomatoes, green beans, and other fresh garden veggies, Countryside Farms is a great place to take the kids. With hayrides, antique tractors to climb on, and friendly farm animals to pet, there’s plenty to do throughout the summer and into the fall. Check the website before you go as their hours change with the seasons.

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Calvin Gomes Wildlife Artist

Some might call Calvin Gomes a taxidermist, but to those who have seen his amazing work with waterfowl, he is better known as a wildlife artist, dedicated to recreating the natural beauty of his birds. We caught up with Calvin to get a little insight into his unconventional hobby. —compiled by Katy Berry

What is it that you love about the art? Everything is intriguing to me about the way birds are in natural life. I love the fact that there are so many different colorations on the waterfowl. I didn’t want to just shoot them, eat them, and discard the skin. What I really enjoy is recreating the bird in its natural setting. I do habitat sceneries, and I love to do them when they’re in flight or standing on a riverbank. I’m a little afraid of people taking it the wrong way. I don’t just throw things together. That’s why I consider myself a wildlife artist. I’m not just somebody that’ll stuff a bird and say here you go. I do everything and anything I can to make that bird look as real as possible.

Do you ever do people’s pets? I will do them, and I really pay special attention to making them. I was brought a parrot once. The owner had treated the bird like her family for 25 years. His name was Poncho; she was devastated when she brought it to my house. I didn’t want to do it because that’s the hardest thing, to recreate a lifelike pose of a specimen someone had for 25 years. But she had a lot of photos and I told her to pick the best one, and that’s the pose I recreated. Do you ever use found birds? That’s against the law. But I’m donating birds to the Maidu Interpretive Center of Roseville, California, a museum for the Indian tribe called the Maidu. In the 1800s they were in Roseville, and the museum wants to depict whatever animals were in the area at that time. I have permits to do birds for the center. I have two hawks. Without the permits you can’t do them. They’re a protected species, but this is for a museum so it’s okay as long as I donate the work.

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How long have you been involved in taxidermy? Probably 26 years. A friend was doing taxidermy and I had him do a bird mount for me. I asked him if he would show me how to do the work. He gave me a book and sent me on my way. It’s kind of a self-taught deal.


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As soon as summer vacation hits, the kids are antsy and ready to fill their free days with fun. We’ve all heard the age-old complaint that they’re soooo bored, so why not make a change this summer? Take the road less traveled, and try these Northern California destinations you may have missed—just pile the family in the car and create your own adventure. BY JAMIE MENAKER

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1. Old Sacramento + Railroad Museum

Sacramento. www.oldsacramento.com, www.csrmf.com Set in the time of the Gold Rush and the first appearance of the railroad, Old Sacramento celebrates this golden era of the Wild West. Wander into McGee’s Old Time Photos (www.mcgeesold timephotos.com) to change into Western dress and take a historic saloon-style photo; take the kids to Old City Kites for any type of flyer imaginable (www.oldcitykites.com) or to the Candy Barrel for old-fashioned taffy and an endless assortment of barreled candy (www.thecandybarrel.com); or for the gentlemen, pick up a cigar for the road at Jon’s Front Street Tobacconist (www.oldsactobacco. com). Down the street, bring your choo-choo enthusiasts to the California State Railroad Museum for historically-restored locomotives, train rides, and special exhibits. Staying overnight? Try the floating riverboat Delta King Hotel (www.deltaking.com). www.sanjoaquinmagazine.com

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3. Mt. Tamalpais + Muir Woods

Mill Valley. www.nps.gov/muwo/index.htm, www.mttam.net For kids that like to create their own adventures, Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods are gold mines of nooks and crannies to explore. Muir Woods is known for its old growth redwood trees, the tallest living things in the world. Taller than the eye can see and thick enough around for a few people to hold hands around the trunk, families love hiking the six miles of trails through shade-laden mystical forests. Thirty-, sixty-, and ninety-minute loop trails make for appropriate hiking for any level. On nearby Mt. Tamalpais, the draw is the 2,571-foot peak with views in all directions, including the Farallon Islands, the San Francisco Bay, and Marin headlands.

2. Santa Rosa + Safari West Santa Rosa. www.safariwest.com

Ever dreamed about taking an African safari to see wild animals like giraffes, cheetahs, wildebeests, and zebras in their natural surroundings? Little did we know, right here in the Bay Area—Santa Rosa to be exact—is a wildlife preserve for over 700 exotic mammals and birds, and an African safari tent camp. Unlike a zoo, this 400-acre property, opened in 1989 and owned by Peter and Nancy Lang, is focused on keeping animals in their natural habitat. Visitors set out on a safari jeep to view wildlife, and should they choose to stay overnight, will enjoy on-site luxury tent cabins, “good food, good company,” and even a morning hike with Nancy Lang if so inclined. Reservations are required for tours and tent stays.

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4. Bay Area Discovery Museum OPPOSITE PAGE: SAFARI WEST; MUIR WOODS. THIS PAGE: SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK; GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

+ Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge Sausalito. www.baykidsmuseum.org, www.goldengatebridge.org

Right at the foot of the famous Golden Gate Bridge is one of the Bay Area’s most enjoyable kids museums, the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Both indoors and out, the museum covers a 7-acre area, filled with hands-on art, science, and environmental exhibits. The Imagination Playground gives kids the chance to be their own architect; Bay Hall houses small-scale versions of Fisherman’s Wharf and the Port of Oakland for kids to explore; and the Wave Workshop teaches all about the San Francisco Bay waters. When you’re done at the museum, the East Sidewalk pedestrian walkway that spans the Golden Gate Bridge is open yearround for visitors to walk or bike across the bridge between Sausalito and San Francisco.

5. Gualala Park + Sea Ranch Gualala. www.gualalapark.com

For a simple, relaxing camping experience along the coast, head to Gualala Redwood Park. All campgrounds are nestled in among the redwoods just a short walk from the beach, pets are welcome here, and a recreation area with bocce ball courts, ping-pong tables, and more is ideal for the antsy older kids. Abalone diving is a Gualala highlight, and you’ll see plenty of fellow campers cleaning and showing off their abalone finds. From Gualala, take a short drive down the coast to Sea Ranch to view beautiful cliffside sea views along the way, and check out the famous Sea Ranch Chapel, known for its curious spiral design (www.thesearanchchapel.org).

6. Santa Cruz + The Mystery Spot Santa Cruz. www.beachboardwalk.com, www.mysteryspot.com

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is always exciting, with twirling rides, world-famous roller coasters, carnival games, and beachy boardwalk shops to browse for flip flops and saltwater taffy. And of course, the sandy beach is hopping with families and locals soaking in the sun. Downtown Santa Cruz has its own charm to offer, as well. Take the kids to check out the O’Neill Surf Shop made famous by local wetsuit entrepreneur turned household name Jack O’Neill (www.oneill.com), and wander shops with handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, and glassware from local artisans. Our favorite eatery is the Crepe Place, with a huge, leafy green patio out back and savory and sweet crepes (www.thecrepeplace.com). For a unique experience, head to the Mystery Spot, where the laws of gravity, height, and perspective are all put into question in this one small corner of California (www.mysteryspot.com).

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8. Lake Shasta Houseboats Lake Shasta. www.shastalake.org

The best thing about houseboating is that you can take any size group, any combination of ages, and still have a blast. The boats are as simple or as fancy as you choose, from waterslides and on-deck hot tubs to bedrooms for as many families as needed. Lake Shasta is huge, the third largest lake in California, so you can be far removed from anyone else on the lake and have your own private hideaway—or group a few houseboats together for a big family reunion along the lake’s forested shores. Most houseboats have a full kitchen and barbecue on-board and rooftop sundecks, so all you have to worry about is waking up to the sunrise over Shasta waters and watching the kids spend their happiest days playing in the sun and floating on inner tubes (www.silverthornresort.com).

9. North Lake Tahoe + Tahoe City

Lake Tahoe. www.gotahoenorth.com

7. Cal Academy of Sciences

If there’s any family vacation we remember most from our childhood, it’s spending time beside Lake Tahoe. One of the most beautiful locales in California, with the Sierra Nevada peaks as its backdrop, the lake draws a more relaxed crowd than the ocean. If you’re staying on North Shore, a float down the easygoing Truckee River is in order—no whitewater here, just fun in the sun, with plenty of shore to take breaks along the way. Local raft companies offer parking and raft rental, as well as a bus ride back to your car when you reach the end of your float (www.truckeeriverrafting.com). In Tahoe City, mom-andpop restaurants and shops full of local finds are fun to wander (www.visittahoecity.org); and there’s a grassy park across the street with a playground and barbecues. Head the other way down the road to Incline Village, where the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s outdoor amphitheater stages the Bard’s finest (www.laketahoeshakespeare.com).

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San Francisco. www.calacademy.org, www.exploratorium.edu The newest addition to San Francisco’s host of impressive museums is the Cal Academy of Sciences. A see-it-all destination, the Academy is the only place on the planet with an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and 4-story rainforest all under one roof—which, in this case, happens to be a living roof with over 1 million native plants to create a habitat for local wildlife. At the Exploratorium nearby, the laws of science are tested, from astronomy to the human body to sound, all in the interest of giving visitors different perspectives to look at the world around them. Seeing what's inside a tooth, making a sundial, and exploring the 1906 San Francisco earthquake are all possibilities.

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10. Pier 39/Fisherman’s Wharf + Cable Car ride OPPOSITE PAGE: CAL ACADEMY; MOUNTAIN AIR SPORTS. THIS PAGE: SF CABLE CARS; MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM/RANDY WILDER

San Francisco. www.pier39.com, www.sfcablecar.com

Okay, we know, Pier 39 is a little touristy, but it really never loses its fun. Wander the pier for shops filled with kitschy specialty items like crystals, items made for left-handers (a whole shop full!), shells, every kind of sock imaginable, clothes that change color in the sun, and more. When you finally tire of all the crazy wares to be seen and browsed, stop in for some classic San Francisco clam chowder at the Pier Market Seafood Restaurant and Market (www.piermarket.com). Voted best seafood in San Francisco, this is the nicest eatery along the pier to relax and enjoy after being on your feet all day. After lunch, be sure to head over to the water to see the seals that take up residence on the docks—believe us, you will be able to hear them if you get lost. To round out your classic San Fran day, ride one of two cable car lines that start near Fisherman’s Wharf, be sure to check the website for pickup locations and schedules (www.sfcablecar.com).

11. Monterey Bay Aquarium + Cannery Row

Monterey. www.montereybayaquarium.org, www.canneryrow.com The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the most impressive marine life centers in the world, most notably for its mission to promote sustainable seafood and ocean conservation. The aquarium sends visitors on a journey through different regions of the ocean, including shore birds, a 55,000 gallon sea otter tank, one of the world’s largest jellyfish exhibits, and the 1 million gallon Open Sea tank, home to sharks and sea turtles, and set to reopen this July after renovations. Text messages throughout the day let visitors know when feedings are happening at each tank (we saw the giant octopus feeding on a recent visit!). Outside the aquarium, Cannery Row is home to fun specialty shops, as well as some touristy and not so touristy restaurants. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is right on the water and caters to families (www.bubbagump.com), while the Chart House one block away is perfect for parents to unwind after the kids have gone to bed—be sure to try the pan-seared scallops over saffron risotto, and the fresh oysters on the half-shell (www.chart-house.com).

12. Scandia Family Fun Center / Boomers

Fairfield / Livermore. www.scandiafamilycenter.com, www.boomersparks.com

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13. Tomales Bay Oysters Marshall/Point Reyes (off Hwy 1). www.tomalesbayoysters.com, www.hogislandoysters.com

14. Rock City + Mt. Diablo State Park 15. Tilden Park + Lake Anza Walnut Creek/Alamo. www.mdia.org

Just a short drive from San Joaquin is Mt. Diablo, one of the most majestic mountains around with views of the entire Bay Area from its summit. The peak, at 3,849 feet, sometimes sees snowfall during the colder months, so locals will head up here for snow play. Come summertime, biking, hiking, and camping are all fun pastimes on the mountain. About halfway up Mt. Diablo is an outcropping of sandstone formations and small caves that are ideal for low-level scaling and climbing. Some are higher peaks with steps and guard rails, but most are just fun to climb all over, while the small caves are great hideaways for kids. Head up Diablo Road from Alamo, past the Athenian School, and after the ranger station, use the parking lot at the opening for Rock City.

Berkeley. www.ebparks.org/parks/tilden

Tilden Park is chock-full of activities to keep kids busy: take a ride through the trees aboard the kid-sized steam trains, go for a whirl on the old-fashioned carousel, or walk through the Botanic Garden and check out the native flowers and plants. If a hike is more up your alley, Tilden’s Huckleberry Trail is a short and sweet 1.7-mile loop, and mostly shaded under the canopy of leafy trees, so it’s perfect for staying cool on hot summer days (www.bahiker.com). The biggest summer draw at Tilden is manmade Lake Anza, with both sandy beach and grass for sunbathers. Nestled in a cove, there’s plenty of sun but the area is conveniently shaded from the wind. Bring a picnic and spend the day, there’s a small beach access fee to use the area.

16. and Chabot Space Science Center Oakland. www.chabotspace.org If you or your kids have ever looked up at the night sky and wondered just what’s out there or dreamed of being an astronaut, Chabot can answer these questions and more. Centered around the study of outer space and planet earth, the facility was originally founded as an observatory in the 1800s, and still serves that purpose today, in addition to its role as a hands-on science museum. Chabot’s three massive telescopes, Nellie, Rachel, and Leah, are all on-site and open to viewers. The Space Center’s full-scale planetarium uses its projector to create entire worlds around viewers, from outer space to under the sea. Take a look into the journey of an astronaut, take a simulated moon walk, and see real space suits, space craft, and astronaut food. Special events like sleepovers under the stars and moonlight hikes are also offered at Chabot.

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TOMALES BAY OYSTER COMPANY; CHABOT SPACE AND SCIENCE CENTER

The name of the game here is oysters. Bring your picnic fare—salads, sides, drinks, dessert—and the oyster farms will provide the picnic tables, barbecues, and of course, the main delicacies: oysters, clams, and mussels. All oysters are fresh, straight from Tomales Bay, aside which you will be eating, and you’ll shuck them yourself to be eaten raw or barbecued, and garnished however you choose. If this is your first oyster experience, the helpful staff is more than happy to show you how to shuck. Dogs are welcome at both eateries; they just ask that your furry friends are people-friendly and leashed at all times. Tomales Bay Oyster Company is first come first served so show up before noon to assure a spot, while Hog Island Oysters requests that you make picnic reservations up to three months in advance. Both farms also offer a restaurant-style option if you just want to stop in for fresh oysters and a cold drink, or want some take-home oysters for your cooler.


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19. Blue and Gold Fleet + Tiburon Tiburon. www.tiburon.org, www.shoptiburon.info

17. House of Air / Sky High Sports San Francisco/Concord. www.houseofairsf.com, www.jumpskyhigh.com

We have no idea how or where this concept started, but the newest playground around is the indoor trampoline park. In San Francisco, this trampoline haven was erected in a historic airplane hangar at Crissy Field. The bottom line is a whole room of trampolines is at your disposal to run and jump freely as you like— bounce against the walls, run between trampolines, the sky’s the limit. (Get the joke?) Free jump, trampoline dodgeball and basketball, and even trampoline classes are all available at these play centers. Jumping is paid by the hour, a waiver is required, and you may want to make a reservation ahead of time to assure that there's room the day you are hoping to visit.

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20. Hilmar Cheese Company + Ice Cream Making Hilmar. www.hilmarcheese.com There’s nothing neater than seeing how something you use or eat everyday is created, from start to finish. At Hilmar, one of the world’s largest cheese manufacturers (they use almost two million gallons of milk a day!), the Visitor Center walks kids through the process of making cheese: how to milk a cow, the smell of different grains that cows eat, interactive exhibits about cheese and whey, and more. After your tour, tastings of Hilmar cheeses are available, as well as a shop with all their cheese products for sale, and a deli café that features gourmet paninis and food with, of course, Hilmar cheeses. Throughout the summer, kids are invited to Hilmar Monday through Friday to learn how to make their own ice cream, and create their own homemade frozen dessert.

Felton. www.roaringcamp.com

These are no kid-sized, toy steam trains. Used to haul redwood in the 1800s, these steam engines are some of the best preserved from the era. Travel through California’s gigantic redwoods on the Redwood Forest Steam Train, crossing trestles and following the tracks up to the summit of Bear Mountain in this hour-long loop adventure landing you back at the Roaring Camp Railroad Depot. Conductors will narrate the history of the redwoods and the railroad throughout the journey for history buffs. Roaring Camp also offers a Santa Cruz Beach Train that takes riders three hours down to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and back to the Roaring Camp depot at the end of the day.

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The same ferry company that shuttles visitors to Alcatraz also makes trips out to Tiburon, and riding the ferry across the Bay is part of the adventure. Board the ferry at Pier 41 in San Francisco, and enjoy the half-hour ride with the wind at your back; on nice days you can see the bridges in both directions and sailboats all over the Bay. Bring your bike on-board to explore Tiburon’s waterfront paths, the ferry has plenty of room down below in the main cabin. Once you arrive in Tiburon, Sam’s Café is the spot to be, with their expansive patio overlooking the water (www.samscafe. com). Wander Tiburon’s shops downtown, ride bikes, and stop for ice cream before you hop on the ferry back to the city.


21. A’s games + Giants games

Oakland/San Francisco. www.oaklandathletics.com, www.sfgiants.com

Baseball never gets old, especially for kids sitting in the stands watching the larger-than-life game in front of their eyes. Add in some junk food, and quality time with mom or dad, and you’ve got it made. Oakland Athletics games are easy to get to, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) goes right to the stadium, and inexpensive even for great tickets—but while the A’s boys have heart, there’s no guarantee of a win. They call themselves “green collar baseball.” You will, however, get the chance to meet A’s mascot Stomper the elephant, and spend plenty of time basking in the sun if you happen to attend a daytime game. The San Francisco Giants have a whole other thing going on, riding on the sails of last year's World Series win. The Giants also have one of the nicest parks in Major League Baseball, with gourmet food and brand spanking new stands, chairs, pretty much everything. Either way, spend a Saturday at the ballpark, support your Bay Area teams, and the kids will have a good time spending time with dear old Dad.

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22. Yosemite waterfalls + Horseback Riding

Yosemite. www.yosemitepark.com The backdrop of Yosemite’s flat peaks, like Half Dome and El Capitan, is breathtaking to anyone, but kids are awed by the sheer size of everything in this natural landmark. Depending on the year’s rainfall, you may still be able to seek out some of Yosemite’s famous waterfalls in the summer; Yosemite Falls, the fifth highest in the world, and Bridalveil Falls are the most popular. For horseback riding, Yosemite’s peaks provide a peaceful backdrop for a scenic trail ride. Yosemite Valley Stables offers a beginners two-hour ride and a more strenuous half-day ride through the State Park, but be sure to make reservations.

Lindsay Wildlife Museum

Sausalito/Walnut Creek. www.marinemammalcenter.org, www.wildlife-museum.org Different than an aquarium, Sausalito’s Marine Mammal Center is a rescue facility for lost or injured marine animals, many which have been negatively affected by human interaction, like fishing nets or litter. The biologists learn as much as they can from the animals while in their care, and the ultimate goal is to turn them back out into the ocean— seals, sea lions, whales, sea otters, dolphins, and harbor porpoises have all been housed here. Visitors can explore on their own or take a tour. At the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, the goal is the same, to nurture and care for animals, and take responsibility for the preservation of nature. Here, see owls, eagles, foxes, coyotes, toads and turtles, and other native animals.

24. Napa Chefs' Market + Hwy. 29

Napa. www.napadowntown.com Napa is not just for wine tasting, although there’s plenty of that, as well. Friday evenings during summer, downtown Napa hosts its weekly Chefs’ Market—think Farmers Market, but with dishes from local chefs, and jams and breads from local artisans, instead of fruits and veggies from local farmers. The Market is part culinary adventure, part block party for the whole neighborhood to come out and enjoy the nice weather and live music. During the day, head down Highway 29 to the wineries, and enjoy the expansive lawn and picnic tables at V.Sattui Winery. Gather cheese, snacks, and sandwiches from the winery’s impressive deli and market, or partake of barbecued meats, oysters, and pizzas being fired up on the lawn (www.vsattui.com). For a wine tasting experience that the kids can also enjoy, tour the Castello di Amorosa winery, located in an old castle with dungeons and dragons­—okay maybe not the latter, but the kids don’t have to know that! (www.castellodiamorosa.com)

25. Cache Canyon Rafting + Camping

Cache Creek. www.cachecanyon.com As whitewater goes, this is the most enjoyable and organized family-friendly whitewater rafting we’ve found. Family-owned, Cache Canyon River Trips will take care of everything you need to have a great day on the water. Class 2 and 3 rapids make for some exciting paddles along the way, but calm, scenic waters are just as frequent. An optional barbecue lunch stop on the shore is ideal—depending on the day, grilled chicken or hot dogs, macaroni or potato salad, watermelon, and lemonade, with veggie alternatives available also. Cache Canyon’s well-maintained campgrounds are a five-minute drive down the road, with grassy campsites, bathrooms, and river access for playtime the days you aren’t rafting. [SJM]

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Grands Amis Winery 115 N. School St., Ste. 5, (209) 369-6805 www.grandsamis.com

Community support for Grands Amis, downtown Lodi’s first tasting room, and its small-batch but punch-packing wines and Ports has not dwindled since its start in early 2006. With a “Come on in!” affability that’s no come on, owners Jonathan and Cathy Wetmore founded their winery after a 25-year stint managing 2,000 acres of grapes, and the same enthusiasm has carried over to their downtown hub. In French, “Grands Amis” means “great friends,” which this pocket-sized tasting corner translates into a friendly guest experience where nothing—not the wines or the tasters— are taken too seriously. Tight quarters help foster interaction and conversation between tasters, and while it may not be the easiest tasting room to find on the downtown circuit, Grands Amis is undoubtedly the warmest.

Dancing Fox Winery, Bakery and Eatery 203 S. School St., (209) 366-2634, www.dancingfoxwinery.com

Located in a pre-Prohibition brick building, The Dancing Fox is a contemporary reimagining of a Euro-inspired tavern, popular for its crisp, sweet whites, full-bodied reds, and down-to-earth owners Gregg and Colleen Lewis. The Lewis Estate Vineyard produces some of the region’s most delectable grapes and creative labels (think picturebook nymphs and mischievous sprites). For Gregg, making wine and sharing it with downtowners and out-of-towners at the Fox’s tasting bar (nestled just around the corner from the main dining space) is a fairytale come true. Elbow room is hard to come by at The Dancing Fox, especially when brimming with weekenders, but that’s when the fun moves outside, where sidewalk sippers gather. For a taste of something unique, beer pours also are on tap (ask for a stein)—and so are delicious wood-fired pizzas.

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What started as a collaboration between the City of Lodi and three of its marquee wineries—Van Ruiten, Jessie’s Grove, and Michael-David—has evolved into a destination for wine lovers thirsting for wine tasting paired with a shot of sip back and relax. “Opening Lodi Wine Cellars was a huge undertaking, but we committed to it,” says general manager Vanessa Foreman. “We really wanted to cultivate a different culture for a more mature crowd.” Cellar Door is a tasting room-wine bar hybrid that offers bar, vignette, and outdoor patio seating—think plenty of folks looking to have a good time, but not in a loud nightclub. Here, live entertainment caters to the crowd it attracts: get-up-and-dance live music is a Friday night staple, with more subdued jazz on Saturdays. Cellar Door swings open for late-night pours, gourmet mini eats, and mingling (take note, gal-pals and after-work imbibers).

Lodi Wine Cellars 112 W. Pine St., (209) 365-6622, www.lodiwinecellars.com

In 2008, the owners of Benson Ferry Vineyards, Mike and Bill Stokes, opened Lodi Wine Cellars to showcase its robust family of wines from a downtown vintage point, as well as varietals from Heritage Oaks, Vicarmont, and McCay Cellars. This quartet of wineries in combination with the tasting room’s location in the old Hotel Lodi building, featuring a European-style outdoor courtyard, lends itself to what Benson Ferry’s Alan MacIsaac describes as a “true tasting experience.” This includes a relaxing, no-pressure, small-crowd environment that invites tasters to sip (not gulp!) and converse at their own pace. “We would love to see more winery tasting rooms downtown to give Lodi that Healdsburg feel,” adds MacIsaac, who welcomes more players to the tasting scene, seeing the whole experiment as a win-win for all parties. For now Lodi Wine Cellars hopes to add one more winery to its tasting roster, possibly this fall, and is now open for Sunday pours. JUNE 2011

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Jeremy Wine Company 6 W. Pine St., (209) 367-3773, www.jeremywineco.com

Jeremy Trettevik is a wine industry veteran, with stints at Sebastiani, Gnekow Family Winery, and the former Phillips Winery, before starting his own wine bottle etching business (now a graphic design studio) with his wife, Choral. Little did he know that creating custom wine labels would lead to bottling and branding his own wine, and eventually the opening of the Jeremy Wine Company tasting room in October 2010. Here, small lots and exceptional wine is not just a motto, it’s reality—the label’s 2008 Zinfandel was a runaway sell-out. The newcomer can trace its popularity to striking labels, a convivial atmosphere, and behind-the-bar purveyors (Jeremy and Choral). “Having wine tasting rooms downtown adds to its vibrancy,” says Trettevik. “Jeremy Wine Company is ideal for those who want to pop in and purchase a bottle before dinner, or to enjoy while strolling around with friends and family.” Trettevik says that he would love to see Lodi become the urban tasting equivalent of similarly-sized Paso Robles.

Say Cheese! Cheese Central 11 N. School St., (209) 368-3033, www.cheesecentrallodi.com

What pairs better with wine than cheese? Downtown Lodi’s newest shop, Cheese Central, is a true homage to fromage, and the brainchild of owner/culinarian Cindy Della Monica. The former event caterer and chef de cuisine at Woodbridge Winery has parlayed her knowledge and love of fine foods to select the shop’s 85 international, domestic, and local seasonal cheeses, including the Utah-churned “Barely Buzzed,” a nutty, full-bodied, cheddar featuring a rind hand-rubbed in espresso coffee grounds and lavender. The shop will eventually stock 125 different varieties of artisan cheeses, all available for tasting. Della Monica also says utilizing local resources is a major part of her business, and the staff is happy to help pair cheeses with a bounty of local goods in the store’s specialty grocery (how does sweet apricot chutney on your salty cheddar sound?), or even an ice-cold microbrew. “The reception to Cheese Central has been absolutely fabulous,” says its epicurean owner, a champion of the slow food movement who will use the shop’s sizable demo kitchen to teach cooking classes. “I’m passionate about introducing a quality food experience to as many people as possible.” —Katy Berry and Jenn Thornton

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Chad Joseph, winemaker for hire Lodi’s busiest consulting winemaker started off big, and ended up small BY RANDY CAPAROSO

“You know what it’s like working with a million gallon tank?” asks Chad Joseph, talking about his first job as a winemaker, at E. & J. Gallo in Modesto. “You can’t even throw a football across it.”

After leaving the Gallo fold and moving to Lodi in 2001, Joseph’s winemaking career immediately veered off onto a new path—from monitoring gigantic stainless steel tanks controlled by intricate computers, to hand-punching wines in 120-gallon plastic macrobin fermenters with no temperature controls or machinations in sight. Why? “I could finally make wine,” says Joseph. His first Lodi venture was a micro-sized (now defunct) winery called Joseph Narcizo Wines. It was a promising time, at the turn of the millennium, when many of the boutique Lodi wineries known and loved today were either in infancy or incubation, and Joseph leveraged his Gallo experience to become a busy consulting winemaker. “I started picking up consulting jobs almost immediately after coming to Lodi,” says Joseph, “because a lot of guys needed help tweaking— things like fixing stuck fermentations, or adjusting total acidity or residual sugar before bottling. I’ve done work for as many as twenty wineries over the past nine years.” Joseph Narcizo Wines closed five years ago, but today Joseph keeps busy with no less than seven permanent clients, most of them since inception: Harney Lane, Harmony Wynelands, Boitano, Valhalla, McConnell Estates, McCormackWilliamson, and Dancing Coyote. While wineries seek his technical expertise, they are not necessarily looking to produce “Chad Joseph” style wines. “I have to listen to what each client wants,” says Joseph, “and make it come about. It’s a process that involves coming up with strategic plans, and getting them to where they want to go.” But is there a “Chad Joseph” style of wine? “My Gallo experience taught me when to jump in and intervene with wines, not letting bad things happen. But as a winemaker in Lodi, I’ve had to

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“As a result I’ve learned to take more risks—wild fermentations, warmer or sluggish fermentations, minimizing filtering and fining— the opposite of what we did at Gallo. To make artistic wines, you can’t be afraid of mistakes. You have to have faith and let things ride.”

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E. & J. Gallo doesn’t just employ one winemaker, of course, they employ armies of winemakers. In the late nineties Mr. Joseph worked his way up the ranks of teams responsible for brands like Carlo Rossi, Livingston Cellars, Turning Leaf, and Gallo Sonoma, gaining valuable experience in the process.

take on the mindset of simply making the best possible wine, not the ‘cleanest’ one, and letting wines naturally become what they want to be, not what I want them to be, giving them a chance to express the terroir (each wine’s ‘sense of place’).”

Try two of Joseph’s more unusual wines, illustrating his contributions to the growing prestige of Lodi produced wines: » 2006 Harmony Wynelands, Mohr-Fry Ranch Lodi Alicante Bouschet ($30)This exotic red wine smacks of earthy, jammy, wild berry aromas, suggesting blueberry and elderberry, with undertones of black leather. The feel is thick, layered, full and visceral, yet just soft enough to push the jammy fruit through a dense tannin texturing. » 2008 Harney Lane, Lodi Tempranillo ($24) Joseph has become adept working with cutting-edge Iberian grapes that have begun to distinguish Lodi from other California wine regions. The aromas here are bright and strawberry fresh, with sprigs of mint, chocolate sprinkles, and a smoky oak elegance. On the palate, it offers up round yet firmly centered sensations, the moderate oak and tannin giving a toothsome, tobacco-like feel to the red fruit qualities.

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

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Klinker Brick Winery 2008 old vine zinfandel The 2008 vintage produced lower yields than the previous vintage resulting in wines with deep color and rich, explosive fruit. This wine offers aromas of black cherries and fresh strawberries and toasty oak. On the palate, there are layers of dark fruit intermingled with sweet vanilla and spice. This wine has an incredibly smooth and long, lingering finish. Our winemaker believes that it is the best Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel that we have produced to date. Klinker Brick Winery: 15887 N. Alpine Road Lodi | (209) 333-1845 www.klinkerbrickwinery.com

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Rigatoni with Eggplant and Buffalo Mozzarella 4 Tbsp. olive oil Pinch of dried red pepper flakes, or to taste 1 large eggplant (1¼ lbs.), peeled or unpeeled, cut into ½-inch dice 3 cups good-quality marinara sauce Salt and freshly-ground black pepper 12 oz. rigatoni pasta, or other short tubular pasta such as penne or ziti 1 ball (4 to 5 oz.) imported mozzarella di bufalo or fresh milk mozzarella, cut into ½-inch cubes (about ¾ cup) 6 fresh basil leaves, roughly torn ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese

TASTE OF THE SEASON EGGPLANT BY KATY BERRY

There’s something about eggplant that's delightfully alluring. Its oblong shape, deep amethyst color, and pleasantly spongy texture all make it a unique veggie to add to your summer dishes. When cooked, its flavor is comparable to a squash, and some people may have tried it without even knowing by eating it in the form of baba ghanoush.    Eggplants come from the nightshade family, which also includes sweet peppers, tomatoes, and potatoes. It grows on a vine and is a good source of fiber, potassium, manganese, and other rich nutrients. When choosing a fresh eggplant, make sure its color is a deep purple, and that it’s free of any bruises or dents. It should also have a green leafy calyx on top. Since eggplants are easily damaged, make sure you resist the urge to throw it like a football (we speak from experience!).    San Joaquin Valley is one of the main areas in California that produces eggplant, with the planting beginning in February and harvest beginning around late June. With the season upon us, be sure to enjoy fresh eggplant this summer.

While water is boiling for rigatoni, heat olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. When the oil is very hot, add the red pepper flakes and the eggplant. Cook, turning the eggplant frequently, until it begins to brown and soften slightly, about 2 minutes. Add the tomato sauce to the skillet and reduce the heat to low. Simmer gently until the mixture is hot and the eggplant is almost tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add 2 tablespoons salt to the boiling water, and cook rigatoni until al dente, 10 to 12 minutes. Pour the sauce over the rigatoni, and toss thoroughly to distribute evenly. Add the mozzarella and basil, and toss to combine. Serve hot, with the grated cheese on the side. Serves 4.

Grilled Summer Vegetables with Basil Oil 4 small zucchini, ends trimmed 4 small yellow summer squash, ends trimmed 2 small eggplants, ends trimmed 2 medium-size onions, trimmed and peeled ½ cup Herb-Flavored Oil (see below; use basil) or olive oil Salt and freshly-ground black pepper Cut zucchini, yellow squash, and eggplant lengthwise, and onion crosswise into ¼-inch thick round slices. Brush vegetables with the Herb-Flavored Oil and sprinkle salt and pepper. Let the vegetables sit at room temperature to absorb flavor from for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Grill the vegetables, turning once, until tender-crisp and lightly brown, 8 to 10 minutes (the vegetables will continue to cook after being removed from the grill). Serves 6 to 8.

Herb-Flavored Oil 1 cup fresh herb leaves (tarragon, basil, rosemary) + ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil Add the herb leaves to small saucepan of boiling water, and blanch them to kill any bacteria, 15 seconds. Immediately drain the herbs, then plunge into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain the herb again and squeeze dry in paper towels. Transfer the herb leaves to a food processor, add the olive oil and blend for 1 minute. Let the herb oil sit at room temperature until the flavor develops, about 1 hour. Then strain the oil through a sieve, pressing down on the solids to extract all the liquid before discarding. Oil will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Makes ¾ cup.

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

All of Flip’s custom crafted burgers and hot dogs are made to order using fresh, local ingredients. Our milkshakes are made using real milk and awardwinning, hand scooped ice cream. We are known for our unique deep-fried specialties. Come and try a fried egg on your burger, deep-fried hot dog, deepfried pickles, deep-fried twinkies, deepfried oreos... Flip’s is Stockton’s place to pig out. Enjoy restaurant quality food at fast food prices. Flip’s has a familyoriented environment which will make you feel like you’re at your own home. We are only a short 15 minute drive from anywhere in Stockton. Located right off of Highway 99, take the Waterloo Exit, go west for 2 minutes. We are open Mon-Sat. 11 am-8 pm. 2503 Waterloo Rd. Stockton, (209) 943-5477

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

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

Johnny’s Diner & Creamery @ Tracy Outlets off MacArthur

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

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We invite you to walk in our door and let the time machine take you back to the good old days of the fabulous 1950’s, where life was just a little simpler. A bit of 1950’s fun fills the walls. We are serving up burgers, fries, milkshakes, BLT’S, chili cheese dogs, and more…. And we have a full ice cream parlor where you can sit and enjoy a tall root beer float, classic banana split, specialty sundaes, and kid inspired treats like dirt n worms and cookie crumble. Whether you’re on date night, a family outing, or celebrating a birthday, a visit to Johnny’s Diner is sure to be a treat. A bit of 1950's fun 1005 E. Pescadero Ave., Tracy, (209) 832-1188 www.johnnysdinerandcreamery.com

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

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

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A flavorful mixed grill of juicy steaks, tender chicken, fresh fish, and pasta dishes. Satisfy every taste with mouthwatering appetizers and salads. Every day, Outback starts out fresh, making every one of their soups, salad dressings, and sauces from scratch. At Outback, it’s all about quality —and all about the food. So let go of the worries of the day, and Go Outback. Open for lunch Mon-Fri at 11:30 a.m. Dinner 7 days a week Happy hour 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. M-F 1243 West March Lane, Stockton (209) 954-9615 www.outback.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 new leafy outdoor patio seats thirty, and is the perfect spot to take a break from shopping in Lincoln Center and enjoy a leisurely lunch or even just a drink with a friend or two. Full bar and banquet room available. Open for lunch, dinner, and scrumptious Sunday brunch.

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

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

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

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DiningOut WOODBRIDGE CROSSING 18939 N. Lower Sacramento Rd., (209) 366-1800, www.woodbridgecrossing.net. Full bar. Open for dinner, Sunday Brunch. $-$$ Housed in one of the oldest brick buildings in the San Joaquin Valley, this historic restaurant, formerly Woodbridge Feed and Fuel, provides fine dining in the midst of antiques, Western artwork, and memorabilia. Known for their prime rib and steak, this restaurant strives for great customer service. Woodbridge Crossing diners are treated to live entertainment and dancing on the weekends, and the restaurant also offers private banquet facilities where guests sit in unique old boxcars.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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and the Vogue Roll, diners are sure to enjoy exploring the creatively crafted and deliciously fresh fare offered here. OZ Sushi & Grill also boasts chic, modern décor to complement any get-together, whether it’s a casual meal or a special occasion. Pietro’s Trattoria 317 E. Kettleman Lane, (209) 368-0613, www.pietroslodi.com Beer and wine. Lunch and dinner. $$

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

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

At this quaint European-style bistro, everything is made from scratch daily, as well as all the sauces and salad dressings accompanying their regional American cuisine. Specialties include upscale comfort foods like bacon wrapped meatloaf and smoked gouda macaroni and cheese, in addition to delicious steaks and fresh seafood. The bistro features domestic and imported beers and an extensive wine list of over one hundred local and imported wines. This is a popular destination for both casual dining and the occasional wine tasting events hosted by the restaurant, so reservations are highly recommended.

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

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

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

De Vega Brothers has risen from its humble beginnings in a converted A&W stand in Manteca to one of the Valley’s premier Italian restaurants, with expanded locations in both Manteca and Stockton. The Manteca site boasts hand-painted murals of Roman ruins and rustic Italian vistas, while Stockton prides itself on creating an atmosphere of urban elegance with patio dining and live piano music. Both restaurants are known for their generous portions and delicious lamb chops, cioppino, chicken and veal scaloppini, steak, and seafood, as well as their gourmet pastas and sauces. Finley’s Bar and Grill 10477 S. Airport Way, (209) 983-9493. Full bar. Open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch during the winter season. $$-$$$$

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

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I RESTAURANT GUIDE Isadore’s Restaurant 680 N. Main St., (209) 825-4300, www.isadores.com Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$$-$$$$

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

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This Manteca hot spot rose up out of the ashes of the El Rey Theatre, which ironically burned down after its final showing of The Towering Inferno. Big, bulky sandwiches, like the Southwest-style BBQ Pork Masterpiece make this a great lunch destination, but live music Friday and Saturday nights and the largest bar in the Valley (complete with twelve house-made beers on tap) draw crowds at dinnertime and in the later hours, too. The whole family will enjoy the food as much as the fun murals and collections of local antiques on display.

STOCKTON The Alder Bistro 151 West Alder Street, (209) 943-1921, www. aldermarket.com Full bar. Open for dinner. $$$

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

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

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

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

Commonly described as “chic” and “upscale,” Ave on the Mile takes finger foods to a whole new level. Come have a seat in the swanky, comfortable lounge and prepare to enjoy decadent appetizers and desserts while sipping on top shelf cocktails from their fully stocked bar. Celebrating a night out on the town? Ave offers bottle service for those who want to enjoy a night of VIP treatment. Or simply come to relax and enjoy the top-notch hospitality that makes Ave special. Breadfruit Tree Restaurant 8095 Rio Blanco Rd., (209) 952-7361, www.breadfruittree.com Beer and wine. Open for lunch & dinner. $$

In the mood for something different? Relax on the Delta and enjoy the flavors and rhythms of the Caribbean Islands at Breadfruit Tree. The restaurant serves food from many of the tropical islands, and prides itself on its Peleau—a rice stir-fry with fresh veggies and seafood, seasoned with a myriad of delightful spices. Complete your meal with a Jamaican beer or house-made, Caribbean-style drink. While eating, admire the hand-painted murals depicting waterfalls and island life. The owners proudly claim, “As they say in the Caribbean, ‘we cook food with love.’” Breadfruit Tree is open for catering year-round, and restaurant dining February to November. Bud’s Seafood Grille 314 Lincoln Center, (209) 956-0270, www.budsseafood.com Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

Everyone is welcome at Bud’s Seafood Grille. Friendly service, hearty portions, and a range of fish, seafood, pasta, steak, and poultry entrees make Bud’s a great choice for a business lunch, family dinner, or night out for two. Every meal begins with a bottomless basket of fresh sourdough bread, so be careful not to fill up before the rest arrives. The new JUNE 2011

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

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.


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leafy outdoor patio seats thirty, and is the perfect spot to take a break from shopping in Lincoln Center and enjoy a leisurely lunch or even just a drink with a friend. Casa Flores Marina 3201 W. Ben Holt Drive, (209) 451-1116, www.casafloresmarina.com Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

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

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

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

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Cocoro Japanese Bistro 2105 Pacific Ave., (209) 941-6053 Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This place is what some people might call a diamond in the rough. It’s small and quaint, but packs a punch with their awesome menu of decadent fried favorites. Come in for a big juicy burger since they have over fifteen options including the ever-popular Mad Cow Burger, which includes toppings like a fried egg and fried jalapenos. They also have several choices SAN JOAQUIN MAGAZINE

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huevos rancheros, and chillaquilles. Enjoy a cocktail at their full service bar, or one of their decadent desserts like the ChimiPalmas. Their festive yet tasteful décor and friendly service add to the pleasant atmosphere of this Stockton hotspot.

The Fruit Bowl

3121 W. Benjamin Holt Dr., (209) 951-0885, www.lebistrostockton.com Full bar. Open for dinner. $$$$

8767 E. Waterloo Rd. (209) 931-1196, www.thefruitbowl.com Open for breakfast and lunch. $.

Garlic Brothers 6629 Embarcadero Dr., (209) 474-6585, www.garlic-brothers.com Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

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SLOW FOOD LODI Since Lodi is an agricultural Mecca, it’s no surprise that a chapter of the Slow Food movement has officially opened in the area. Slow Food Lodi strives to incite a “transformation in food policy” by encouraging consumers to buy fresh food from local sources, supporting local farmers, promoting sustainability, and “celebrating food as a cornerstone of pleasure, culture and community.” Susan Tipton, chair of the Lodi Chapter, says there’s been a great response from the community. “Our first member recruitment meeting was at the Lucas Winery on February 2, where just wordof-mouth produced a room full of 65 people interested in the Slow Food Lodi movement. We now have over 80 members.”    Slow Food Lodi will continue to host local events like community harvest dinners and special tastings to educate the public and raise awareness for this popular movement. —K.B. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit Slow Food Lodi on Facebook, or go to www.slowfoodusa.org.

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

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

Open since December of 2009, La Palma has quickly become a favorite in Stockton for delicious Mexican cuisine. Come for their fish tacos, sizzling fajitas, and shrimp green enchiladas, all of which are included on their list of specialty dishes. Open at 10 a.m., La Palma also serves hearty breakfast dishes like eggs with chorizo,

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

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

This wonderful Italian restaurant is dialed in to what local foodies are looking for. The hand-painted artwork on the walls helps create their elegant yet fun ambiance, and the friendly staff is happy to make your dining experience special. However, where Mezzo really hits the mark is with their use of fresh and local produce that travels from the farm to your plate, making their scrumptious dishes taste even fresher. Their passion for cooking authentic Italian meals doesn’t stop there, as their pasta is also homemade, proving that Mezzo has the passion that all true food lovers will come back to taste time and time again. Michael’s New York Style Pizza 2300 W Alpine Ave., Ste. A, (209) 462-6668 Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. $-$$

Once simply one of the best pizza joints in Stockton, Michael’s has grown to add a café, deli, and now a full breakfast menu. The pizzas (13 combinations or make your own) draw you in but choices for everyone keep the community coming back as a whole. Michael’s also boasts a party room for up to JUNE 2011

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

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40 guests and has long been a favorite for sports teams and birthday parties. Dive into a hearty meat pizza or give Michael’s newest creation, the whole wheat crust, a try. Midtown Creperie 2311 Pacific Ave., (209) 941-9070, www.midtowncreperie.com Open for breakfast and lunch. Dinner served only on Thurs., Fri., and Sat. $

For those who’ve always wanted to visit the French quarter in New Orleans, now they can have all the southern charm and delicious flavors of Louisiana at Midtown Creperie. With a fantastic menu of both savory and sweet crepes, along with salads, sandwiches, and scrumptious breakfast items like omelets and beignets, this fantastic addition to the Miracle Mile is the perfect place to put a little south in your mouth. Moo Moo’s Burger Barn 10940 Trinity Parkway, (209) 957-9450 222 N. El Dorado St., (209) 469-9450, www.moo-moos.com. No alcohol served. Open for lunch and dinner. $

Playing off the name of the restaurant, Moo Moo’s is decorated with handpainted murals of a large barn and open pastures, but the atmosphere is more reminiscent of a ‘50s diner than a drive through the countryside. Authentic burgers, shakes, onion rings, and fries are served in addition to less greasy sandwiches, salads, veggie burgers, and sweet potato fries. This is a great place to come with small children for a fun, tasty, and affordable meal. Moo Moo’s ensures that, like happy cows, happy diners come from California. Outback Steakhouse 1243 W. March Lane., (209) 954-9615, www.outbacksteakhouse.com Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

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

Papapavlo’s Bistro and Bar is considered by many to be one of Northern California’s most unique fine dining establishments located in

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Stockton’s Lincoln Center. They offer you the finest and freshest in gourmet cuisine and their fabulous menu includes a large variety of continental dishes. The main dining room has a unique design with a showcase kitchen and bar in warm, classy decor.You’ll find the three outdoor dining patios a perfect place to relax during lunch or dinner. Papapavlo’s offers four private banquet rooms accommodating groups as intimate as 12 to as large as 100 guests. Papapavlo’s also specializes in off-premises dining with their outstanding catering services.

eclectic menu, with cuisine inspired by flavors from around the world and local ingredients that showcase the wonderfully fresh produce available in San Joaquin. Enhance your meal by their selection of local wines, or a chilled cocktail from their bar. And in the warmer months, don’t miss the opportunity to dine on their romantically lit sky terrace while enjoying the Delta breeze as you overlook Stockton’s waterfront. Sharing so many impressive elements, Sass is a special place to dine with family and friends year round.

Peking Restaurant

Shirasoni Japanese Restaurant

7555 Pacific Ave., (209) 957-0617, www.pekingstockton.com Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

3249 West Hammer Lane, (209) 473-2525, www.shirasoni.com Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Peking has all the Chinese dishes that your family already knows and loves, like seasoned mushu pork, crispy pan pacific won tons, and hot and sour soup. But they also have some new classics that you’re bound to discover, just ask your server for their fresh specials, or try what locals have already deemed an instant classic like their delicious crispy House Chicken. The dishes at Peking are never bland, but are always served hot, with flavorful sauces that add a kick to your typical Chinese menu. Perfect for lunch or dinner, Peking is a great place to eat with family, colleagues, and friends all year round. Revolucion 1910 296 Lincoln Center (209) 955-0100, www.rev1910.com Full bar. Lunch, dinner, and Sunday Brunch. $-$$.

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

The warm and contemporary décor in Sass is inviting and excites the senses with its unique accents and attention to detail. The excitement is only multiplied when you see their

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

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

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Valley Brewing Company

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

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

Yasoo Yani

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

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

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A NEW TWIST FOR THE TAP Last year Emily Baime and Darin Michaels introduced Community Tap and Table to San Joaquin, a series of handson cooking classes where guests work together to make family-style meals. The mission, according to Baime, is “to elevate beer and food pairing from pub grub to beautiful seasonal foods paired with craft brews.”    Now the couple is starting another foodie endeavor with a similar philosophy, called the Stockton-Lodi Supper Club— but this time guests don’t have to cook their own dinner. The Supper Club will feature talented chefs using local ingredients to create four-course dinners, each perfectly paired with local craft brews or wines. Each dinner will be accompanied by live music, and the locations will not be revealed until a week before the event (though anticipate somewhere on the Stockton-Lodi border).    Dinners will take place June 15, July 30, and August 27, from 7-11 p.m., for $55 per person. Seating is very limited, so hurry and register to get a spot at the table. —K.B. FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.communitytapandtable.com

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

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

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

Magellan’s Restaurant, named after owner and Executive Chef Thomas Magellan, is much like the small, intimate restaurants found in San Francisco. Featuring American Continental cuisine, the menu choices range from duck salad to their salmon burger to the ever popular, delectable filet mignon. The menu changes seasonally and the high level of noise found in some restaurants is not to be found here. If you are looking for a good traditional meal with peaceful ambiance, seafood specials,

Thai Café

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

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

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

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

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

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

WOODBRIDGE Woodbridge Crossing

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

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

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

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Jazz Fest at Breadfruit Tree | June 18, Stockton Starting what we hope will become an annual tradition, Louis Bynoe of Stockton’s Breadfruit Tree restaurant will be taking the Caribbean island flavors in his cuisine, and moving the party outside to his beautiful patio overlooking the Delta waters. Jazz band Strictly Business will be grooving the evening away—Virgil Rucker on drums; Doug Martin and Mike Neely on guitar, James Taylor on bass, and Doug Smith and Mike Surrel on piano. Revelers can also shop wares from Lodi’s PDC the Boutique, sample local Lodi wines, and take waterfront photos with Jennifer Howell for PDC. 4-9 p.m. $15, plus the cost of food and wine. Breadfruit Tree, 8095 Rio Blanco Rd., Stockton, (209) 952-7361, www.breadfruittree.com

Fairy Tale Art: Illustrations from Children’s Books Through June 19, Stockton Readers of all ages are sure to enjoy this

Wine Tasting at the Grove June 3, Lodi The Stockton Sunrise Rotary Club will hold its 26th annual “Wine Tasting at the Grove” event at beautiful Micke Grove Park. This is the club’s major fundraiser

magical exhibit at the Haggin Museum,

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celebrating the cultures they came from, as well as the symbolic and metaphoric language of the stories. Hours vary. $5 adults, $2.50 for seniors, students, and kids. Haggin Museum, 1202 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton, (209) 940-6300, www.hagginmuseum.org

Ropin’ on the River Rodeo June 4-5, Lathrop This first annual rodeo event will benefit the Give Every Child a Chance foundation, which provides free assistance to kids struggling in school. Come see events like saddle bronco riding, bull riding, bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and an appearance by special guest Ted Nuce, World Champion Bull Rider. Also enjoy a family barbecue, vendors, a Clydesdale expo, and Dell’Osso Farm attractions for the entire family. 8-11 p.m. $20 adults, $15 kids. Dell’Osso Family Farm, 501 Manthey Rd., Lathrop, (209) 823-6222, www.gecac.net

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Jewish Food Fair

San Joaquin County Fair

June 5, Stockton

June 15-19, Stockton Temple Israel of Stockton is hosting their 38th annual

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homemade dishes like fresh bagels, corned

vendors, carnival rides and games, and live entertainment over the course

beef, kugel, strudel, dobos torte, piroshki, blintzes, and many more authentic Jewish recipes. Get there early if you want to fill

of five fun-filled days. And thanks to Citadel Broadcasting, admission this year is free. Hours vary. San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 South Airport Way, Stockton, (209) 466-5041, www.sanjoaquinfair.com

up, because the most popular bakery items go fast. Stick around for live music and dancing, shopping, and a silent auction. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free admission, $10 for deli brunch ticket. Temple Israel, 5105 N. El Dorado St., Stockton, (209) 477-9306, www.stockton.urj.net

42nd Street June 29-July 24, Stockton A celebration of Broadway and the people involved in its legendary shows, 42nd Street focuses on aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer and takes us along on her journey to stardom. Musical hits include “You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me,” “Dames, I Know Now,” “We’re in the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo,” and “Forty Second Street.” Showtimes vary. Tickets $25 adults, $15 students. Stockton Civic Theatre, 2312 Rosemarie Lane, Stockton, (209) 473-2424, www.sctlivetheatre.com

Miracle Mile 4th of July Parade July 4, Stockton

The Paleface June 10, Stockton The Bob Hope Theatre will be showing The Paleface (1948), a goofy comedy starring none other than Bob Hope. In the film, Hope plays a frontier dentist who Calamity Jane (Jane Russell) marries in an effort to foil some scheming villains. This film won an Academy Award for its song,

The Miracle Mile Fourth of July parade will be a true red, white, and blue extravaganza. Bring your lawn chairs and get ready to show off your American spirit while enjoying food and entertainment. 10-11 a.m. Free. Beginning at the corner of Harding Way and Pacific Avenue and ending south of the University of the Pacific campus, Stockton, (209) 463-7982, www.stocktonmiraclemile.com

“Buttons & Bows,” sung by the two stars. 7 p.m. $8 adults, $4 kids 12 or younger. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton, (209) 337-HOPE, www.bobhopetheatre.com

Downtown Stockton Art Walk June 10, Stockton Downtown Stockton will be holding its annual Art Walk event the second Friday of each month throughout the summer. Downtown businesses will turn their shops into makeshift galleries showcasing over 20 different displays of local art, with many pieces available for purchase. Participating bars and restaurants will be adding to the occasion with drink specials, a Craft Brew Garden, and a Meet the Artist reception at Tidewater Gallery. The walk is selfguided and all demonstrations and exhibits are free of charge. 5-8 p.m. Free. Kicks off at Janet Leigh Plaza, Stockton, (209) 888-8621, www.downtownstockton.org

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Stockton Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament April 4, Stockton

It was a beautiful day for golf at the Brookside Country Club, where community and Chamber members gathered to tee off for this thirtieth annual event.

[1] Raul Martinez, Michael Quedens [2] Lisa Vela, Linda Stockton [3] Annie Randazzo, John Paval [4] Blain Bibb, Greg DiPuccio [5] Debbie Armstrong, Cathy Ghan [6] Chris Conklin, Chet Garcia, Bob Hauck, Don Rogers [7] Joni Gilman, Loretta Lee, Karen McConnell

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

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April 10, Stockton

Vendors showed off their earth-friendly wares at this Victory Park celebration, where locals rode their bikes, played Frisbee on the lawn, and enjoyed live entertainment.

[1] Randy Berg, Jessica Olsen [2] Don Aguillard, Ingrid Williams [3] Alberto, Silvia, and Fe Valencia [4] Hannah Stevens, Katie Baker, Amy Baker, Cassidy Ruiz [5] Ashley Lee, Christina DeLeon, Jaiya Ellis [6] John Mayberry, Lillie Mayberry, John Mayberry Sr. [7] Dian Hill, Ann Ireland

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