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The four-week teen camp has an curriculum designed to build on the campers’ current interest and experience level. The morning will start with warm-ups, theatre games and improv exercises. Afterwards a they will have a guest speaker or workshop in general topics like audition techniques, performance art, analyzing scripts, staging, stage makeup and more.

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The Splendors of Summer Once again, it’s summertime in the valley, and that means the kids are off from school. Despite the rest of us still having to work, there’s an air of relaxation everywhere you go. Everyone is firing up their grills, cleaning out their coolers, and making the most of the long days. Is there nothing better than summer evenings when the heat eases off, the day fades to twilight, and the tiki torches get lit? I love this time of year, and that’s why our June issue is all about having summer fun.

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writers Don and Ann Jackson have put together a list of their twenty-five favorite things to do and see in the city by the sea, and it runs the gamut from iconic photo ops to crazy performance art, to high-end boutiques and dockside sea lions. They’ve also included a ton of hotel and restaurant suggestions so you can go for a day, or stay for the weekend. Even if you’ve been to San Francisco before, this list will inspire you to check out a few new sights and revisit your old favorites.

For the ladies, summer in San Joaquin means it’s time to bust out the warm weather

threads. From flowing dresses to bright floral patterns, you are sure to love all the featured fashions in this locally-shot spread by Matthew James Photographers. And the best part is that all the looks were provided by local boutiques, so just as soon as you fall in love with the outfits, you can run out and get them for yourself.

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  Dominator owner, Leonard Lopez, originally opened the business in 1988 in Brentwood, but moved to Tracy in 2009. Whether he’s working with a savvy car collector with deep pockets or someone who’s been saving up for their dream car since they were sixteen, Leonard takes cars that at first glance seem like hunks of scrap metal and carefully restores to their former glory and then some. Their garage (the cleanest you will ever see) is filled with gleaming examples of Lopez’s work, like a cherry red 1939 Ford, a rare 2002 Ford T-Bird Saleen, and a twotone green 1956 Chevy, just to name a few.   One of the most interesting projects Lopez is currently working on is a 1967 Chevelle which is being rebuilt into a police car, including a 750 horsepower engine (that’s double what today’s muscle cars like the Chevy Camaro are built with), and a custom designed, engineered, and constructed frame. The project is part of a non-profit organization called “In Memory of the Fallen” started by Tracy local and retired disabled police officer, Greg Rickman. (See our Charity Spotlight on page 36 for the full story behind this project). Lopez says he tries to take on charity projects when he can and is also working on a pedal car for an auction to benefit the Arthritis Foundation.   Many people have passed through local car shows wondering what it would take to have one of those sparkling machines in their own garage. If you have the budget, then it’s not too hard to get started. According to Lopez, the best way to begin is by drawing up a game plan and getting an artist rendition of what you want your finished product to look like (Lopez can refer clients to several artists for that.) If you don’t have a bottomless bank


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Oh My Dawgs! BY KATY BERRY

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Summer’s quintessential beacon of barbecue goodness, the hotdog, has taken on new life in Tracy at Oh My Dawgs!, a restaurant devoted to serving the best and perhaps the most unexpected hotdogs in San Joaquin.

Despite its polished, chain-like feel, the eatery is a one-of-a-kind independently owned business. Owners Amber Provenzano-Bailey and Selina Wright met in 2010 when Amber moved to the area with her then-fiancée (now husband). The two women immediately bonded having both lost their previous husbands due to tragic circumstances, and decided to work together in opening the new restaurant. The idea to focus on hotdogs was inspired by Amber’s upbringing with nine brothers and sisters. “It was always a Sunday dish, feeding ten kids, cheap eats type of thing; and inexpensive. My mom would just cook it up any way imaginable,” says Amber. That hot dog creativity has definitely found its way

onto the Oh My Dawgs Menu. With over fifteen different dawg choices, from the “G.I. Jane” (with applewood smoked bacon, grilled onions, pepperoncini, and mustard) to the Mac Attack Dawg (that’s right, a hot dog covered in macaroni and cheese and fried onions), hot dog lovers will surely flock to this specialty restaurant. Not big on beef? Try the extremely tasty sea dog, with fried cod, tartar sauce, and coleslaw served on a bun; the spicy buffalo wing chicken sandwich; or diners can also enjoy a variety of fried fare including pickles, zucchini, and buffalo cheese sticks, as well as a small selection of salads for “dawg haters & dieters.”

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Run For Your Life! Eagal Lakes hosts their muddy Recon Run for the toughest of the tough. BY JESSICA CLARE

If running a regular ‘ole 5k is too easy, maybe it’s time to try the Recon Run. This military-inspired event is organized by Demitrius Snaer of Manteca and Dale Hancock of Ceres. Hancock’s background as a marine inspired the military tone of the run. Unlike other obstacle races, such as Gilroy’s Warrior Dash or Lathrop’s Survivor Mud Run, the Recon Run is designed like a bootcamp course, complete with shouting drill instructors. “We’re going to have some military types to warm everybody up, get in their faces a little bit, get them pumped for the event,” said Snaer. The Recon Run aims to support troops and give civilians a taste of the grueling workouts faced by fighting men and women. A portion of the profits will go to the Semper Fi Fund, which gives relief to wounded veterans, and to Military Moms of Tracy. The race itself will follow a 5k course over hand-built obstacles that cover dry land and water. Portions of the course design will be kept under wraps until race day so all the runners will be surprised by whatever Snaer and Hancock decide to throw at them. Anyone with the fortitude to finish will earn a t-shirt, dog tags, and the bragging rights that come with conquering the very first Recon Run. Though the run promises to be intense, the rest of the event will be anything but militant. Vendors and a DJ will be set up inside the course so participants and spectators can shop, eat, and show their support. There is also a costume contest with awards for best G.I. Joe, G.I. Jane, and infantry costumes, so runners are encouraged to get creative. “It’s going to be a party with the race going on around the party,” said Snaer. Registration for the June 16 run closes on June 14. For more information: Eagal Lakes Resort, 12 W Lorenzen Rd, Tracy, reconrun.com

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Travis Gooch Fire Chief at Station 2 in Manteca

June marks the beginning of summer and the beginning of the fire season. One of the Manteca Fire Department’s newest fire chiefs, Travis Gooch, talks about what it’s like to suit up and fight fires and gives advice for you to stay safe this summer.—Jessica Clare

What’s the best part of the job? It’s a different job every day. You need to be flexible, open to new ideas. I end up dealing with people for different reasons every day, for fires or medical calls, or because they need help installing smoke detectors. There are a lot of different things going on that you get to be part of. What do you do when you aren’t fighting fires? We have to inspect every business in town, train at least three hours a day, do weed abatement, go to second, fourth, and sixth grade classes for fire demos, and do CPR training. In addition to that, we do community service events, one or two a month, and recruit reserve firefighters. I need about forty hours a day to get everything done. How do you guys help out when the big wildfires hit? We send engines out as part of strike teams. We’ve gone out to LA, Monterey, San Diego, Kern County, and Big Bear. We have a state-owned engine that we get to use, we just have to put people on it when they ask.

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How is fighting a wildfire different from a structure fire? With structure fires, there’s a lot of work for an hour or two, then you clean up and go home. Brush fires are more strategic, take more planning. You’re facing something that has been burning for days already, and you’re trying to save peoples’ homes. It’s more like a military operation with the size and scope of it. What should people do to keep themselves safe? Change the batteries in your smoke detectors every six months, get carbon monoxide detectors, and know how to use a fire extinguisher. And don’t talk on your cell phone when you’re driving. A lady almost backed into my engine [while I was pulling out of the station] once because she was on her phone and she didn’t know what to do. Seriously, just pull over to the right.

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Lino Bella BY KATIE DONAHUE

When Lino Bella opened in Modesto in 1996, it lived up to the translation of its name, “beautiful linens.” Initially, owner Leila Bibi’s focus was on fine sheets and towels. Now, however, a wide variety of home décor, furniture, toiletries, and other gift items have been added to the selection. “We have evolved to whatever the community needed,” Bibi says, adding that she tries to provide affordable luxury to her customers. Bbi originally started the business when her children went away to college. “I wanted to be busy. At that time, it was the beginning of the bedding and linens trend. Everyone was talking about high thread count. I always loved linens and we had nothing in Modesto like that,” she says. She opened the Stockton location in Lincoln Center in 2005. The high-quality linens carried by Lino Bella include luxury brands like Yves Delorme and Sferra. Towels by Abyss, sleepwear by PJ Harlow, and olive oil personal products by Panier des Sens are just a few of the other fine items available. “We bring unique things that you find in big cities to the Central Valley,” she says. “People can shop locally instead of traveling to find

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those things.” Traveling is actually one of the ways Bibi ensures the items in her store are on trend. Originally from Lebanon, she frequently ventures to the Middle East, France, and Italy, finding anything from small, unique gift items to furniture. “I am always checking other stores, vendors, and markets for inspiration,” she says. Looking to redecorate after some serious spring cleaning and wondering what’s “in” this season? Bibi says white is all the rage, especially when it comes to furniture and linens. “White gives you a clean and French modern look,” she says. Geometric shapes and animal prints in paintings, bedding, and sculpture will be big. Vintage is also making a comeback. “I have bought scarves made out of old Indian quilts and saris that were made into quilts and pillows,” she says. “But what is really American and great is the jeans. They’re using vintage denim and putting it in upholstery and rugs,” she says.

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C H A R I T Y S P O T L I G H T Started by former police officer Greg Rickman, In Memory of the Fallen strives to create local projects to preserve the memory of police officers and firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty, while bridging the gap between at-risk youth and the law enforcement community.

In Memory of the Fallen BY KATY BERRY

“In Memory of the Fallen” is a nonprofit organization started by Tracy local, Greg Rickman. A former police officer for the Oakland P.D., Rickman says building a tribute car for fallen police officers and firefighters was a passion project he had wanted to take on for several years but never had the time or the funds for. However, that changed on March 21, 2009, when four officers were killed in Oakland. Rickman knew all four. One he trained as a reserve officer; another, Sergeant Mark Dunakin, was his former partner. “We lived in Tracy, about four or five miles from each other. We commuted to work together,” says Rickman of Dunakin. “I retired off of medical disability in 2001, so after I retired I would see Mark a few times each year at different police functions or restaurants... Every time I saw Mark he would invite me

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over… I’d say ‘I’ll call you in a week…” Rickman put off dinner several times until it was too late. “The day of the shooting, I called that night and the first thing [Mark’s wife] said to me… was ‘you know you never made it to dinner that night.’ That will live with me forever… You take things for granted. So that’s what inspired me to start the build. It’s now or never, there may not be a tomorrow.” The next day Rickman began making calls to start In Memory of the Fallen. It became an official non-profit on June 30, 2011. The first project Rickman began was collaborating with Leonard Lopez of Dominator Street Rods in Tracy to create a 1967 Chevelle police car that, when finished this November, will tour the U.S. in parades and car shows, collecting donations along the way. It will then make an annual drive to Washington D.C. where Rickman will hand deliver the money at the National Law

Enforcement Memorial Fund. Rickman says another goal of the organization is to “bridge the gap between the police and public safety, to where kids are more looking up to [law enforcement officers], not villainizing them.” Rickman hopes to build one car each year, having it tour from school to school where at-risk teens will be able to work on the cars, developing a relationship with local law enforcement, learning new skills and engaging in a positive group activity. When the cars are finished being built, they will be auctioned off to raise money so In Memory of the Fallen can continue creating programs to strengthen the relationship between troubled youth and law enforcement as well as memorializing fallen officers and firefighters. For more information or to make a donation, visit: inmemoryofthefallen.org

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Waterloo’s legacy today, besides the site of Napoleon’s famous defeat in Belgium, is a school district, a main road, and many local businesses and clubs in San Joaquin County. The events that led to this legacy began with a man named Aylmer Drullard and his desire was land. Drullard purchased a tract of 160 acres east of Stockton in 1851. Similar to many holdings at this time, the owner would extend his official landholdings and incorporate undeveloped and unused land next to his official property line. Around this time and in that area a small community developed due to the important junction in the road. One branch led to some developed foothill ranches while the other led to Lockeford and the Mokelumne river crossing. The community continued to develop and in 1861 it attracted John Balkwill, a wheelright from French Camp. Drullard gave Balkwill permission to establish a home, business, and garden on a section of his land holding. This continued for several months until Balkwill discovered that, like many landowners, Drullard’s title to the property was not clear. After this discovery, Balkwill attempted a bold move; he intended to claim a portion of the land as his own.

As part of his plan he constructed a fort piled high with ammunition and provisions, and prepared his wife to reload guns when necessary. He was planning on maintaining his claim in the face of extreme eviction. Settlers in the area fearing similar claims to their ownership joined with Drullard to help vacate the threat. Some farmers even went to Stockton to acquire a small cannon for their assault on “Balkwill’s Fort.” The battle was scheduled for nine o’clock in the morning, but the sheriff heard of the property dispute and sent a deputy to prevent it. The farmers thwarted him by starting at dawn instead. The cannon was used but failed to hit the target as guns on both sides fired. The only injury was an accident leading some to believe bloodshed was not intended. When the deputy heard the gun fire he rushed to the scene and persuaded them to take it to court, where a settlement through compromise was achieved. The “great battle” produced many jokes and stories, many equating it with Napoleon’s Battle of the Waterloo. The stories became popular and soon the name became synonymous with the area.

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It’s always a pleasure to rave about San Francisco because for over twenty-five years it’s been our favorite city to visit. During a ten year period we made it our goal to stay there at least once a month, checking out different hotels, eating at the many fantastic restaurants, exploring various neighborhoods, and visiting different cultural landmarks and famed tourist attractions on each trip. But it’s not just us who have an ongoing love-affair with this renowned

metropolis; numerous media polls taken by international travelers often rate San Francisco as the world’s preferred destination. Our list of twenty-five reasons to love the city by the sea is in random order, so you may love reason number twenty-five as much as number one, but either way, you’re sure to find several great ideas for rediscovering this fabulous city. One over-riding caveat: before heading in, check a trusted weather source and choose a clear forecast.

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Golden Gate Park, with its sheer beauty and breadth, is one of our country’s paramount city parks. Exploring the entirety of its 1000+ acres by walking or biking is our recommended approach. It may take an entire day but it’s worth every minute. Adding stops at the California Academy of Sciences, Japanese Tea Gardens, de Young Art Museum, Conservatory of Flowers, Bison Paddock, Stow and Spreckels Lakes, Koret Children’s Quarter and Golden Gate Carousel, and the authentic North Windmill and Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden can add an extra day or more to your trip but all should be considered. Tips: Be sure to take the elevator to the top of de Young’s tower for incredible views. No admission to the museum is required for free tower excursion. Yearly park events include the annual Comedy Day where over forty professional stand-up comedians put on a very lengthy outdoor show free-of-charge. (Robin Williams performed the last two years.) (comedyday.com) The annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in October is free and often headlines major artists like Emmylou Harris. (strictlybluegrass.com) Dining at the famous nearby Cliff House restaurant overlooking Seal Rocks provides incredible vistas and delicious cuisine. (cliffhouse.com)

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Ready for some hearty belly laughs? Then don’t miss Beach Blanket Babylon, the longest continuously running musical review in American theater history—over thirty-seven years! This constantly changing topical show never gets old: the costumes with humongous outrageous hats, the original spoof-filled song lyrics and talented performers dazzle. (beachblanketbabylon.com)

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Every December the esteemed San Francisco Ballet Company puts on the most unique and mesmerizing version of the Nutcracker Suite we’ve ever seen as the national critics rave reviews attest. Tip: Go online early to secure tickets as sell-outs

are inevitable. (sfballet.org)

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PHOTOS: ERIK TOMASSON; SFCVB/P. FUSZARD

Every year we try to make it to Fleet Week (this year, October 4-8) where the famous Blue Angels air-show team still enthralls us. Viewing the parade of ships and visiting the S.F. Maritime National Historic Park next to Fisherman’s Wharf to tour the dockside ships are added pluses. (fleetweek. us) When going to Fleet Week we strongly recommend staying at the Hyatt-on-Fisherman’s Wharf where you’ll likely be rubbing elbows with Blue Angel pilots and crews usually headquartered there. Our fave S.F. sports bar, Knuckles-atthe-Wharf, is also at the Hyatt and their grub is first rate. (hyattfishermanswharf.com)

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Our favorite tour in all of Northern California is Alcatraz. Overseen by the National Park Service this tour has actually gotten better over the years and continues to amaze us with its eerie facilities, famous criminal inmate history and bizarre happenings including brazen escape attempts, the Native American siege and the days under U.S. Army control. (nps.gov/alcatraz) A special tour of the ongoing project to beautifully revitalize the prison gardens is worth inclusion. (alcatrazgardens.org); (alcatrazcruises.com)

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The Bay-to-Breakers race is internationally known as one of the largest and craziest running/jogging/ walking events on the planet. For years, world-class runners from all over the globe have competed with all levels of runners and revelers showing off incredible costumes and shocking behavior as the event rules the city. If you can handle a little nudity from folks that shouldn’t go nude, this 101 year old celebratory race that sets the benchmark for wildness will be forever imbedded in your memory bank. (baytobreakers.com)

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Telegraph Hill is well known as the site of the famous Coit Tower and we think it provides some of the most gorgeous 360 degree vistas in the city. It’s also a perfect place to view holiday firework shows. Tips: As you ascend and descend the hill be on the lookout for the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill, avian residents for over twenty-five years. If you prefer to drive, you’ll find limited parking at the top. For a fee, taking an elevator to the tower’s top is another option.

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MARRIAGE OF FOOD AND WINE

San Francisco is referred to by many as the dining capital of the U.S. and numerous food centered affairs are offered throughout the year. Our pick: the annual summertime S.F. Chef’s Food and Wine event sponsored by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association is the preeminent happening that will pique the palates of all foodies. Epicurean cuisine and premier wine tastings, as well as numerous entertaining classes, demos, and parties are offered over a six day period. Be sure to attend the Grand Tasting Tent in Union Square featuring many of the city’s most renowned chefs. (sfchefsfoodwine.com) Camping out at the luxurious event-central Westin St. Francis is our #1 Union Square lodging choice anytime of year. (westinstfrancis.com)

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Even Oakland A’s fans will admit that AT&T Park is one of the country’s finest baseball venues. On non-game days, we recommend the insider’s tour of the ballpark that often includes insider info, visits to the press box, dugout, visitor’s clubhouse, batting cage area and a luxury suite. Tip: Every year around January or February the Giant’s sponsor a special Fan Fest Day with free admission and parking. Most of the team shows up and close-up player viewing, photographs and autographs are much easier to come by than during regular season games. (sfgiants.com) Dining across the street at local favorite MoMo’s Restaurant and staying within walking distance at the lovely Hotel Vitale on the Embarcadero should enhance your experience. (sfmomos.com; hotelvitale.com)

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The Exploratorium, currently at the Palace of Fine Arts but soon to move to a pier location in 2013, is one of the most exciting, fun-filled educational experiences anywhere. Kids from 3 to 90 will find numerous exhibits to kindle major exuberance! (exploratorium.org)

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San Francisco’s Chinatown claims to be our country’s largest enclave of Chinese ancestry and, in our eyes, it’s the most genuine and picturesque. The shops are especially popular with tourists but the restaurants are frequented by both visitors and locals alike. The annual Chinese New Year’s Parade is considered by many as a do-not-miss spectacle. Tip: Stop into the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory on Ross Alley for free samples and special made-to-order gems. (sanfranciscochinatown.com) We recommend staying at the hip Triton Hotel just across the street from Chinatown’s grand and glorious gateway arch. (hoteltriton.com) Although not as well known, Japan Town is also worth a visit for lovers of Japanese culture and cuisine. The serene Hotel Kabuki is our recommended pick for overnight visits. (hotelkabuki.com)

If you’re a fan of Broadway and love all the glitz, toe-tapping, and song belting that comes with it, then be sure to check in with SHN Productions. Their theaters include the Orpheum, Curran, and Golden Gate, all of which are beautiful and put on stupendous, Broadway-quality productions. This summer, musical lovers can catch Tonyaward winning shows like Les Miserables, Green Day’s American Idiot, and War Horse. Book of Mormon, which cleaned up at the Tony Awards this year, will also have a five-week run this November that’s not to be missed. (shnproductions.com)

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Nob Hill is fashionably known as the original home to the very wealthiest residents in San Francisco, including famous railroad tycoons Stanford, Crocker, Huntington and Hopkins, (also known as “The Big 4”.) It remains the kind of destination that caters to the affluent and stands-out as a place to stay and dine for that special occasion getaway. Our fave hotel is the stately Huntington. Their Nob Hill Spa and Big Four Restaurant always shine. (huntingtonhotel.com) A time honored tradition for drinks, munchies, and five-star views is the historic Top-of-the-Mark at the Mark Hopkins Hotel—a chic destination for eons. (intercontinentalmarkhopkins.com)

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PHOTOS: SFCVB/KERRICK JAMES; COURTESY THE HUNTINGTON HOTEL & NOB HILL SPA

Whenever out-of-town friends or family members visit and we mention San Francisco they usually want to go to Pier 39 to see the dockside sea lions, complimentary stage shows, the Aquarium of the Bay, eclectic shops, and to choose from a wide variety of dining choices. Pier 39 is one of California’s most visited attractions. Tip: Visit their website for a free Fun Pack booklet for discounted parking, dining and shopping redeemable at the pier’s California Welcome Center. Our dining recommendation is Pier Market Seafood where clam chowder and the freshest fish reign supreme. (pier39.com)


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Ghirardelli Square has long been one of our favorite places to dine (check out McCormick and Kuletos Seafood Restaurant) and shop (we frequent One Of A Kind, a store dedicated to fine woodwork by local artists.) Enjoying an always tempting visit to the Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop for a sweet treat and listening to the talented musicians performing on the square are added plusses. The Annual Chocolate Festival usually held in September benefits Project Open Hand and is a chocoholic’s must event. (ghirardellisq.com) We suggest staying just down the street at the historic Argonaut Hotel, where a nautical elegance gives a luxury cruise ship impression. (argonauthotel.com)

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DINE ON A DIME

The San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau (SFCVB) offers a wonderful “Dine About Town” two week restaurant promotion twice a year that will wow food lovers. A complete list of these top restaurants are posted in advance on San Francisco’s official visitor web site. Food and wine enthusiasts are provided an incentive to experience many of San Francisco’s finest restaurants at reduced prices. Participation dates and times vary by restaurant. Reservations are encouraged and may be made online through a partnership with Open Table.com (sanfrancisco.travel/dine/dineabout-town)

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CULTURAL APPRECIATION

World class art museums, live theater, opera, ballet, symphony and the cultural opportunities in San Francisco are practically limitless. Our personal favorite of these enriching experiences has always been the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, where fine art and one of the world’s most picturesque settings connect. Visualizing the great art masterpieces and then enjoying panoramic views overlooking the bay from the hilltop captivates us on every visit. Tips: the Legion and de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park both offer free general admission the first Tuesday of every month. Many museums in S.F. do similar “free days” but check their websites or call for details. Legion of Honor’s general admission ticket also includes the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park for no additional charge if you go the same day. (famsf.org)

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The Tenderloin District of the city is probably considered the exact opposite of Nob Hill. However, we’ve found staying at the Phoenix Hotel on a number of trips has been a very enjoyable experience. Modest rates and comp parking are big plusses, and the fact that it’s known as a rock-star hangout makes it a very interesting destination. Close proximity to the Opera House, Symphony Hall, Bill Graham Auditorium, numerous other concert venues and the civic center are bonuses. (jdvhotels.com/ hotels/phoenix) Tip: A free tour of City Hall, a 1915 National Historic Landmark, is more stunning than many state capitals and a perfect example of Beaux Artes architecture. (sfgsa.org)

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THE MAN AND THE MOUSE

How fortunate that the Walt Disney Family Museum chose San Francisco as its home instead of Anaheim or Orlando to showcase his life and achievements? Our country’s most famous animated film maker is honored with tons of his personal art work, memorabilia and artifacts from his life’s work. Driving through the striking grounds of its Presidio location and complimentary parking are key added benefits. (waltdisney.org)

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Our number one recommendation for a photo op is the “Painted Ladies”– a row of multicolored Victorian houses overlooking Alamo Square and we’ve heard that next to the Golden Gate Bridge it’s the biggest selling photo-postcard. A stroll or auto ride down Lombard Street, one of the world’s most crooked roads, provides another great Nikon moment looking up from the hill’s bottom.

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San Francisco has one of the world’s most amazing varieties of interesting shopping areas from highly sophisticated Union Square, to the funky bohemian counter-culture shops in Haight Ashbury, to the ultimate luxury shopping mall at Westfield’s San Francisco Center, and to many neighborhood shopping paradises like Chestnut Street. We usually pick the Union Square area as our first choice for serious shopping. A favorite store: A Miner Miracle on Sutter where name brand designer clothing and accessories sell for 50-80 percent off retail and all proceeds go to an award winning charitable cause. (aminermiracle.org)


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The Golden Gate is one of the world’s most famous and photographed bridges and actually strolling or biking on its sidewalk is so much better than driving across it. It might be a tad windy but the vistas and the bridge itself are exhilarating- and in many cases quite romantic. Tip: For the best photo ops try the Visitor’s Center or Fort Point on the southern side or Ft. Baker on the northern end.

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Ferry Plaza Farmers Market at the beautifully restored 1898 Ferry Building where Market Street meets the Embarcadero is the highest quality farmers market we’ve ever shopped. This certified market is all about sustainable agriculture and is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Add in the tremendous food oriented shops and superb restaurants in the Ferry Building and it’s a definite “must experience.” (ferrybuildingmarketplace.com) Checking into the stunning Hyatt Regency, home to the world’s largest atrium lobby, directly across the street is a no-brainer. (hyattregencysanfrancisco.com)

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Supperclub San Francisco offers “off-the-wall” singers, performance artists, musicians and staff members providing one of the most unique night club experiences that originated in Amsterdam. While you enjoy “dinner in bed”, you have the option of quietly joining in, going wild or just sitting back and enjoying the truly outrageous show. (supperclub.com)

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A drive out to Fort Funston on the city’s coast always gives us a thrill to see the many hang-glider aficionados run off the sky-high cliffs launching pad, fly out over the Pacific, and soar back for an often bumpy landing. We’re not really temped to try it (we’ll stick to zip-lines) but we’re always excited to witness these daredevils first hand.

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If you plan to be in the city for more than four days we strongly recommend purchasing the highly regarded City Pass booklet that will save you about 50 percent off the going rates. It includes: Unlimited rides for seven days on the famous Cable Cars and all the local muni transportation to include the historic trolleys; a Tour of Alcatraz or trip on the Blue and Gold Fleet Bay Cruise; entrance to the California Academy of Sciences; admission to The Exploratorium OR de Young Museum; admission to the Museum of Modern Art and the Aquarium of the Bay.

If you like a Bed and Breakfast, the historic White Swan Inn in the heart of town is a delightful option. Although not a true B&B, the feel of this small boutique property with their romantic English country inn ambience, buffet breakfasts and evening wine/hors d’oeuvres in their parlor will win you over. (whiteswaninnsf.com).

ADDITIONAL TIPS TO SAVE YOU TIME AND MONEY

Try leaving your car at home because parking in the city can be very expensive and using the usually un-crowded trolleys and buses is an easy proposition. The Cable Cars, the country’s only moving Historic Monument, are much busier than the trolleys with long waiting lines so try to get on the cars on California Street, the least

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Interested in a true French boutique hotel? Well the charming Cornell Hotel, still owned and operated by the original French family (and their dog), will have you feeling like you’re on their continent. (cornellhotel. com). Starwood’s iconic Palace Hotel grandeur has gone beyond expectations after major refurbishing. This venerable landmark remains a favorite for classic lodging and superb dining in the stunning Garden Court. (sfpalace.com). 

  If for any reason you have business in the Financial District our recommended hotel is the beautiful Mandarin Oriental, home to the acclaimed restaurant Silks and unobstructed views from all rooms. And for nearby dining you shouldn’t miss the extremely popular Tadich Grill, laying claim as the city’s oldest restaurant. (mandarinoriental.com; tadichgrill.com).   Spending time walking along the Marina is one of our favorite city walks. Dropping into Fort Mason’s Greens Restaurant, one of the country’s most revered vegetarian dining nirvanas, is a must for us. Views of the bay and Golden Gate Bridge at sunset are sublime and even though we aren’t vegetarians we love their gastronomy magic. (greensrestaurant.com)

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Kick Back: Outdoor Living Rooms

Luxurious seating, outdoor carpet, fireplaces and even televisions; outdoor living rooms are flipping the script, bringing all the comforts of your home to your yard. To create your own, simply channel the interior decorator within and then apply it to the outside realm. Try setting your space under the boughs of a tree to simulate the feeling of a ceiling, or by utilizing a large patio umbrella. Gazebos, awnings, and other outdoor structures add interest and give the feeling of being in a structured room.You can also use plants, decorative screens, or even a large fountain to simulate the feeling of walls, or you can create your space on the side of the house and use decorative accents to make the siding feel homey. Rugs made for the outdoors can add a bit of coziness and color to your space, while patio furniture has certainly come a long way, as there are a plethora of designs available for waterproof, mold-proof, fade resistant outdoor couches, pillows, and ottomans that are stylish enough to be inside but built to survive all types of weather. Finally, add tables so you have a place to set your lemonade while you relax. And don’t forget to incorporate lighting for evening guests. Torches certainly provide tribal flare, but solar powered lighting will provide brighter light, a modern look, and energy saving benefits. Eat Out: Outdoor Kitchen/Dining Room

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sphere. If you have an expansive yard, building the dining room further away turns it into its own special destination, far from the house and other worldly troubles. The Heat is On: Fire Pits

Fire pits are all the rage. Whether you’re looking for a flaming centerpiece to add some dramatic flare, or you’re the type who likes to cook hot dogs and roast marshmallows with the kids, adding a fire pit to your yard will make it a popular hangout year round. There are several different types to choose from. Jim Lubell of Aspen Landscaping & Construction tells clients to seriously think before getting a custom fire pit built-in to their patio. While they are beautiful and impressive, they take up a lot of space. If you don’t plan on using it regularly, you may end up finding it obtrusive, in JUNE 2012

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For those who love to entertain, an outdoor kitchen and/or dining room is a functional way to beautify your backyard. Jim Lubell of Aspen Landscaping & Design says that pre-made kitchen units have the smallest price tag at several thousand dollars and can be installed in just one day. If you prefer something custom designed, you’ll find yourself with endless choices from countertops to BBQ units and ranges. According to Lubell, it takes roughly two-weeks to build the kitchen of your dreams, and depending on the materials you like, the price tag is pretty much limitless. Most people who decide to add an outdoor kitchen prefer keeping it closer to the house, so it’s easier to bring food inside and out. And it’s easier to build on a bare lawn and start from scratch. Putting a kitchen on top of an existing concrete slab can make the project more complicated, but as Lubell says: “If there’s a will, there’s a way.” When it comes to creating an outdoor dining room, an overhead enclosure is a great way to create ambiance around the table; not only can you use it to hang lighting, but it can help preserve your dining room table from the elements. Providing the space with an overhead covering can also make it useable year-round, especially if you incorporate outdoor heating. For those with smaller, more urban backyards, putting your dining area in a cozy nook can create an intimate if not whimsical atmo-


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which case a moveable fire pit is your best bet, and there are options to fit everyone’s budget and style. Copper fire pits are the most expensive but have the highest melting point so they last the longest and for many, the look is simply the prettiest. Cast iron fire pits are another popular choice.They don’t last quite as long as copper ones, but are considerably less expensive. Chimineas are usually made of material like terra cotta and are known for their stove-like appearance. The tall chimney funnels smoke out, and gives the yard an ever-popular Tuscan charm. Gas fire pits are great for people who don’t want to deal with the maintenance of cleaning out ash and putting wood on the fire. They often come built-in to stylish tables that hide the butane tank under the tabletop. With the press of a button, you’re good to go. If you’re looking to save money, you can also go to your local hardware store to purchase fire-resistant stones and build your own simple fire pit for under $100 dollars. Water You Waiting For: Ponds, Waterfalls, and Fountains

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A water feature may be just the ticket if it’s peace and tranquility you seek. Putting a pond in your back yard can add loads of charm, and for nature lovers, it can become a home for all sorts of friendly critters like turtles and fish. Using a modern unit can cut down your pond maintenance to a weekly (even less in winter) filter cleaning which can be done in minutes. A simple but beautiful pond featuring a small waterfall usually starts around $3000 dollars. If goldfish and lily pads aren’t your thing, then a pond-less waterfall is a great option. It requires virtually no maintenance, and can be as simple or spectacular as you desire. Jim Lubell of Aspen Lanscaping & Contracting also suggests fountains, which can be chosen to suit your personal design tastes and easily installed. A switch can also be put in your house or patio so the fountain can be easily turned on and off. The best part about water features is that they can add value to your home as people love the zen sound of running water, which can be used to drown out the noise of nearby traffic or neighbors. Covered Patios:

Building a covered patio not only creates a beautiful outside environment but can also up the value of your home, thanks to its energy saving benefits. Covered patios reduce the amount of sunlight that streams in through your sliding glass door or penetrates the side of your house, making your home cooler in summer months. A covered patio will also protect your outdoor furniture so it lasts longer. They can be built in about two days and come in a variety of materials from wood, to stone, to laminate. You can use them to drape outdoor fabrics for a very luxe appearance, plant upward growing vines to cover them with lush foliage, or hang romantic lighting throughout. If you have a concrete slab in your back yard, this is a great way to update it and add a functional and finished look.

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Garden Grow? Linda Edwards of Delta Tree Farms offers wonderful tips and tricks for back yard plantings. Fancy-up Your Fence:

When designing a new backyard, it’s good to choose a focal point. Many people find that the corner of a fence is a great place to start with a flowering tree, or fountain. Likewise, planting smaller shrubs and flowers around your fence is a great way to give your yard a finished look. “A lot of people are planting olives and enhancing the fence with flowering shrubs and hedges that you can under plant with annuals,” says Edwards. But before you pick your plants make sure you have proper irrigation to keep your shrubs well hydrated. Also, notice how much sunlight the area gets. A fence can reflect the sun’s rays onto plants and fry them if they’re sensitive to heat. Killer Ladybugs:

Everyone loves the idea of having rose bushes, but they are as high maintenance as they are beautiful. They also attract a lot of tiny bugs called aphids. To naturally combat these pests, try releasing ladybugs into your garden. Seasonal Beauty:

If you love digging and planting, then annuals (flowers that bloom for one season) will give you an excuse to do just that, as you must replace them each season. Pansies are popular for late fall through winter. In summer, vibrant zinnias and marigolds are a great choice. Easy, Breezy:

For less hassle, perennials need only be planted once and will re-bloom each year. Lavender is popular and flowers through the spring and summer. Edwards also suggests Day Lilies, especially the evergreen variety which stays verdant year-round.

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Check Your PH:

Some plants require a special PH balance in their soil to grow, including azaleas, hydrangeas, and gardenias. “If your soil isn’t balanced on the more acidic side, [the plants] don’t flower... The soil balance is really important,” says Edwards. There are products such as acid conditioners, which can be mixed with water and sprayed on the soil to give the plants the balance they need.You can also use granular fertilizers to do the job. However, different plants may require different methods of fertilization. Some should be treated in spring after their first blooms are snipped, others should be treated when they are initially planted. Plant, Grow, Cook:

If you have an outdoor kitchen and want to utilize plants for decor, consider a bay leaf tree. It’s an evergreen so it looks good year round, it can grow high and be used as a screen for privacy or noise control, and you can use the leaves in your cooking. Another popular idea is building raised garden beds out of wood or stone and planting veggies that can be easily plucked and put right into your dishes. Skimp on Water, Not on Beauty:

Succulents are unusual yet stunning plants that require hardly any maintenance and very little water. They make wonderful arrangements and have cool names like the Old Man’s Bones, Dragon Toes, and even Delta Lights.

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recurrent sealing to resist staining, it’s hard to clean, and color variation is quite common. Although high-tech alternatives have been around for years, they have yet to become the norm. Because grout is considered a “setting material,” tile setters have traditionally chosen that with which they are most comfortable: cement mortar. Mixed with water on-site, easy to spread and clean-up, this tried and true grout has ruled the industry for decades. Many stores offered their customers an

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With the grout “issue” out of the picture, tile is enjoying a renaissance. Liners, mosaics,

But now, thanks to the efforts of pioneering

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How to make a great investment with new windows. BY KATY BERRY

Window Shopping   Whether building your first home or updating what you already have, one of the smartest investments a homeowner can make is installing new windows. Choosing the right windows for your home can dramatically decrease your energy bills, block out external noise, and increase curbside appeal. These factors not only ensure your family’s personal comfort but will affect the home’s resale value later on.   When shopping for new windows, it’s important to remember that choosing the right brand and having them installed properly the first time will protect your investment for years to come. Gary Mazzera of Mazzera’s Remodeling Inc. recommends that you begin by finding a company that is a legally licensed home improvement contractor, carries liability and workers comp insurance, and uses installers who are regular employees (not subcontractors). This will ensure that the business is trustworthy and that your windows’ warranty will be honored by the manufacturer. Also, make sure that the company is well established and can provide you with several referrals. Mazzera’s Remodeling has been in business for seventy-five years and is the highest referred company in the area with a flawless reputation for reliability and quality workmanship. If you follow these simple regulations you can be assured a positive experience, and save yourself the potential stress of leaking frames, water damage, cracking windows, and voided warranties due

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Going Solar.

BY KATY BERRY

  Remember the days when people thought solar panels looked like something out of a sci-fi film? Well, it seems the future has finally arrived, because today, solar energy systems are popping up on roofs and in yards all over California. It’s no wonder why so many people are finally taking advantage of solar energy systems in their homes. For one, they’re undeniably better for the environment. The sun is a renewable source of energy, unlike power plants which burn fossil fuels, emitting greenhouse gases and draining the earth of its natural resources. By going solar, you’re taking a major step towards a healthier, greener planet for future generations.   Aside from going green, owner of BTA Solar in Stockton, Rich Remington, says that solar energy has never been more affordable, and their money saving benefits last a lifetime. Not only are the costs of these systems at historic lows, but going solar gives homeowners independence from their utility rates. Creating your own energy means you never have to worry about inflation or paying for fluctuating utility costs. Instead of billing you, utility companies become something like your own personal energy storage bank, giving you credit for the surplus energy your solar system produces on sunny days. That credit can then be used to offset your usage at night, as well as in winter months when there’s less sun. Depending on your budget and how much you want to cut down your energy costs (some people use solar energy as a supplement, while others completely eliminate their bill) you can choose how many panels you want to add to your home. BTA Solar is happy to work with their clients’ needs to tailor a system specifically for them. Adding solar panels can also increase

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the value of your home and they require virtually

completing the utility interconnection, and making

no maintenance, as each panel has a design

sure you receive your government rebate, which

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Making Sense of Your Mortgage in Today’s Housing Market. BY KATY BERRY

  It’s no secret that today’s housing market is a chaotic one. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a silver lining amidst the foreclosure signs. Broker Associate/Realtor Mitch Shannon of Remax Gold, and Loan Consultant Mark Massa of Summit Funding, Inc., work as a team each day to help their clients make the most of their housing situations and find the light at the end of the tunnel, whether buying, selling, or refinancing.   Due to San Joaquin’s plunge in home values, many homeowners are finding themselves “upside down,” owing the bank almost twice as much as what their house is worth in today’s market. But according to Mitch Shannon, people unable to pay their mortgages don’t have to feel trapped. “The unknown is scary, but there is always a place for them to go,” he says. One of the best strategies to avoid foreclosure is a short sale. If a homeowner is experiencing financial hardship and requests a short sale, the bank will appraise the current value of their home, and possibly allow the homeowner to sell the property for less

refinancing is a great option. According to Mark

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than what is owed.. This negotiation process takes

Massa, options like HARP 2.0 can significantly

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sale experience. With a successful short sale, the

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established team, both professionals believe

seller’s lien on the property is released, freeing the

with no equity to refinance out of the current

in working one-on-one with their clients to

homeowner from their debt and allowing them to

loan they’ve been be paying,” says Mark. “If

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  For those looking to simply sell outright,

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Since the laws of short sales are constantly in flux,

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most of my clients are getting into bidding

short sale negotiations and can allow the process to

wars,” says Mark. “A lot of clients did short

go smoothly. Mitch Shannon specializes in this option,

sales and foreclosures and now they’re back

with short sales accounting for more than half of his

in the market to buy.” And for buyers, home

business. And through his partnership with Mark

mortgage rates have never been lower. There

Massa of Summit Funding Inc., sellers are provided

are even programs to cover down payments

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and closing costs, so you can move into a

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finish.

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If you aren’t experiencing financial hardship but

team that acts quickly and knows what

still feel the pain of your high mortgage payments,

they’re doing. If you’re feeling pressure from

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Royal Siam

Thai Cuisine that’s Fit for a King BY JESSICA CLARE

Photo: Dan Hood

 Thai food may sound daunting for anyone used to a “meat and potatoes” diet. The array of spices and flavors can be alien to diners who didn’t grow up with curries and peanut sauces. Wasuma Johnson, the owner and chef of Royal Siam, seeks to bridge the cultural differences and bring Thai cuisine to American palates.

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  The interior of Royal Siam is clean and modern; an aesthetic reflected in Wasuma’s cooking. Heavy remodeling was done before Royal Siam opened in March, and the large space has been carefully designed to create a simple yet intimate atmosphere. The sleek décor is accented by a few paintings of Thai heroes and statues intended to bring good luck to this new restaurant.  Royal Siam hardly needs to rely on luck with Wasuma in the kitchen. With no formal training, Wasuma draws inspiration from the family cooking she grew up with and her experience working in restaurants in Thailand. With the energetic support of her husband Daniel, Wasuma has stepped into a leading role, using her knowledge and experience to create a restaurant that is both modern and culturally grounded.  Daniel and Wasuma are happy to talk to their customers about their lives in Thailand. Daniel, who was born and raised in the states, is enthusiastic about the beauty of Thailand and its people, and hopes to pass on what he has seen and learned from Wasuma.   The menu at Royal Siam is a mix of Thai food staples, like pad thai and curry, and more modern

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fare. Warm dishes are paired with cool salads, cabbage and marinated cucumbers, adding a sharp contrast of temperature and texture. The sweet garlic fish is delicately fried, crispy on the outside and flaky on the inside and drizzled with a simultaneously sweet and savory garlic sauce. Their signature crab fried rice offers a twist on a side familiar to anyone who’s ever been to a Chinese restaurant. It is fluffy and vibrant, with bright vegetables, bits of egg, generous chunks of fresh crab, and a delicate set of flavors that are not bogged down by the grease one might expect. Entrees can be ordered with a variety of meat or can be prepared vegetarian, so diners can customize their meals to match their diets. The friendly staff is quick to ask about allergies and offer suggestions. Diners should save room for dessert and try the fried bananas with coconut ice cream or the classic sweet sticky rice with mango. Those skeptical of rice’s versitility will be pleasantly surprised by the soft, sweet treatment of a typically savory side paired with the clean flavors of fresh mango.   If you don’t have the time or appetite for a full meal, there is a lounge area set up with free WiFi so people can stop in and order a Thai iced coffee

or Thai iced tea. Anyone who has not tried Thai iced tea will be treated to a bright orange, creamy drink that is sweet and refreshing, not unlike its American counterpart. With its proximity to both Delta College and UOP and internet connectivity, Royal Siam is an ideal spot for students who want to study and avoid the coffee shop bustle. Whether you are new to Thai cuisine or are a frequent flyer to Bangkok, anyone who visits Royal Siam can leave with the satisfaction of experiencing something new. The inviting atmosphere, pleasant staff, and delectable cuisine make it an ideal destination for locals on the culinary hunt.

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Local Lodi This month's picks from the Lodi Wine and Visitor Center

Lodi’s oldest existing vineyard still producing magical wines BY RANDY CAPAROSO Exclusive to San Joaquin Magazine

(U.C. Davis professor and geneticist) identified the grape in this vineyard as Cinsault, a classic Southern French grape. I called Randall Grahm at Bonny Doon Vineyards that very same day and told him about the discovery of Cinsault growing in this magnificent old vineyard, which was being minimally farmed – just sprayed for sulfur, pruned, and weeded, with no irrigation. Randall came out to see the vineyard with Nicolas Joly, a winegrower friend from France. Joly was amazed by the inherent vigor and health of the vines, and the quality of the grapes – declaring it the equal to any Cinsault plantings he had ever seen in France.”

  Tegan Passalacqua, the vineyard manager of the esteemed Turley Wine Cellars, calls it “one of the last of the great dry farmed vineyards in Lodi.” Jillian Phoenix, the former winemaker of Bonny Doon Vineyards and current winemaker/owner of Phoenix Ranch in Napa Valley, calls it “a magical vineyard,” planted to Cinsault grapes that are “by far the most interesting I have ever worked with in California.”   We’re talking about the Bechthold Vineyard, the oldest continuously farmed vineyard in Lodi, consisting of twenty-five acres of gnarled head trained vines. Originally planted in 1885 by Joseph Spenker, this venerated vineyard is not only alive and well, it is highly productive and lovingly cared for: an amazing thing because, up until eight years ago, its star bright fruit was unwanted, unvalued, and virtually homeless.   Bechthold Vineyard is part of the larger Spenker Vineyard property, dominated by Jessie’s Grove Winery. Al Bechthold, 82, who farmed the vineyard from the mid-seventies up until 2008, says, “I came very close to pulling out the entire vineyard several times... the only thing that kept that from happening was my age!” It was Mr. Bechthold’s wife, Wanda Woock Bechthold, 81, who prevented the vineyard’s demise. Kay Bogart, who works with the Department of Viticulture & Enology at U.C. Davis, tells us about the first time she met Ms. Bechthold: “In 2003, when I was doing work for one of Jessie’s Grove’s clients, Wanda came over to me, and we started talking about an old vineyard I had noticed previously across the canal. Wanda said they were thinking of ripping it out because the grapes, which they were calling Malvoisie, were being sold for practically nothing. She said it just wasn’t worth the price of picking anymore.   “I said to myself, wow, why would you want to do that? So I took samples of leaves and grapes to U.C. Davis, and right away Andy Walker

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  Adds Bogart, “Randall Grahm was the first winemaker to give the vineyard its due, but credit really goes to Wanda because it was her ties to the land that kept it from disappearing. She followed her intuition because she just didn’t feel comfortable about pulling those vines out, and she’s also one of the smartest and most passionate women I have ever met.”   Wanda Woock Bechthold has also been called Lodi’s “Renaissance Woman,” in reference to her lifetime of achievements as an iron works sculptor, painter, educator (Lodi Middle School), general contractor, and an inveterate lover of rock quarries. In her book, Jessie’s Grove: One Hundred Years in the San Joaquin Valley, Ms. Bechthold writes about how Joseph Spenker originally came to California from Germany in 1856, tried his hand unsuccessfully at gold prospecting in the Foothills, then walked to Stockton with 27 cents in his pocket, taking a job as a farmhand.   Within ten years Spenker had worked diligently enough to buy his own farmland in Lodi, where he cropped wheat. Ms. Bechthold tells us, “In 1885 great grandfather met William West, a successful nurseryman who had also started one of the first commercial wineries (El Pinal Winery) in California with his brother George West. West talked to Joseph about growing grapes and showed him all the different cuttings he had available. Joseph had heard good things about Black Malvoisier, and so he planted his first twenty-five acres to this grape in the heart of the ranch in 1885.”   Since 2008 the vineyard has been contracted to Phillips Farms, the viticultural arm of MichaelDavid Winery. In the process of being revived through organic methods, the ancient vines are now enjoying a second renaissance; the fruits of the Bechtholds’ long overlooked labors going into wines for several prestige wineries, including Bonny Doon, Turley and Michael-David. Two of the wines currently offered at Downtown Lodi’s Estate Crush tasting room:

2010 Phoenix Ranch, Bechthold Vineyard Lodi Cinsault ($21) – Flowery raspberryish fragrance, which Phoenix describes as more like “a slice of strawberry rhubarb pie.” Plump, lush, round, soft sensations, with fairly aggressive tannin giving an overall impression of an insideout confection, like a black chocolate truffle covered with zingy fresh raspberry.

2010 Miner’s Leap, Lodi Cinsault ($25) – An even more feminine, fresh, easy style of Bechthold grown Cinsault; soft, pretty, silky and perfumed, like a black cherry/ raspberry beret. Vibrant fruit acidity brightening the taste, adding zesty, mouth watering qualities.

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

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

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WINERY OF THE MONTH

VINO CULTURE

Lucas Winery David Lucas and Heather Pyle-Lucas founded their winery with a simple philosophy: Great wine can come from Lodi. When Lucas Winery opened its doors in 1977, Lodi was hardly known as a winemaking region. “Most Lodi Zinfandels were packed into boxes and shipped off to Ontario, Canada and the East Coast, to big wine makers,” said David Lucas. “Most went to larger wineries where the identity was lost, and the geographical designations were blended away.” Lucas was working as a fruit and vegetable buyer when he first moved to Lodi, a job that required sampling produce from across the state. As Lucas noticed the regional differences in the flavors and aromas of everything from apricots to zucchini, he began to wonder what could be done with Lodi grapes. Before starting his own winery, Lucas worked for Robert Mondavi as part of the grower relations program, working with growers in San Joaquin County to improve the quality of their grapes. During his time with the Mondavis, Lucas also travelled to Europe, where he tasted wines from old and established vineyards. “In France and Europe, they’ve been at this hundreds of years,” says Lucas. “We’re still really new at this and we have a lot to learn, and the learning curve here in Lodi has been fascinating.” Lucas also met his wife and winemaking partner, Heather PyleLucas, while working for the Mondavis. Pyle-Lucas has a Masters degree in viticulture from UC Davis, and shares her wealth of knowledge about wines with visitors by hosting hands-

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on events to help them understand the subtleties of wine. Visitors are encouraged to tour the vineyards and experience the entire winemaking process, not just the end result. The wines that come from Lucas winery reflect the reverence for the land and location that Lucas learned from European winemakers. Grapes are harvested by hand and aged in French Oak barrels without the aid of pumps or filters. “We don’t even own a forklift,” said Lucas. Lucas emphasizes that their wines are intended to be food-friendly and elegant, and is passionate about making wines that age gracefully and enhance the flavors of food. “These are not show wines, or wines that win awards. These wines will never win awards. Where they win is when people are enjoying them with friends at the table,” he professes. Lucas Winery is 100 percent solar powered and certified organic, practices that Lucas imagines will catch on in upcoming years. “We’re just starting at this in Lodi. I’ve only been doing this for thirty-five years. So many areas in the world have a huge head start on us. We’re kind of fresh behind the ears, but boy are we learning fast. Are we better than Napa? Is Sonoma better? That doesn’t matter, it’s about the wine reflecting the place that it came from.” —Jessica Clare

For more information: 18196 North Davis Road, Lodi (209) 368-2006, lucaswinery.com Open Thursday-Sunday, 12-4:30 p.m.

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Shrimp & Peach Skewer

TASTE OF THE SEASON

PEACHES BY KATY BERRY

When thinking of a fruit that is iconic for its sumptuousness, sweet in both flavor and appearance, what could be a better choice than the fuzzy-skinned, golden-fleshed peach? Juicy, soft, and in many ways a decadent treat, this stone fruit grows excellently in San Joaquin Valley, thanks to our cool foggy winters and hot, dry summers. One peach has only sixty calories and is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and iron. When selecting fresh peaches, look for ones that are free of blemishes and are firm to the touch but still yield to pressure when squeezed. And of course, with most fruits, it’s a good idea to give it a good sniff. If it has a tantalizingly fragrant aroma, chances are it will taste just as good. If you buy peaches and they aren’t yet ripe, simply leave them on your kitchen counter until they’re ready. Once they are, you can store them in your refrigerator where they’ll remain fresh for about five days. Peaches were originally grown in China and were brought to America in the sixteenth century by Spanish explorers. However it was not until the nineteenth century that commercial production of peaches began in the US. Today, Georgia, New Jersey, and South Carolina are in league with California in peach production, though California still leads the way, accounting for roughly 72 percent of the nation’s peaches. While peaches can be grown between April and September, the very best are usually harvested in June, so make sure you take advantage of their peak season this month!

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1 28 oz. can sliced California cling peaches (or fresh peaches) 1 cup chopped mint or basil leaves, about 1 bunch 2 small jalapeno peppers 1/4 cup lime juice 2 tbsp fish sauce black pepper to taste 30 extra large shrimp, cooked and peeled salt to taste medium-size skewers Drain peaches in a sieve set over a bowl. Meanwhile, finely chop herbs. Slice jalapeno in half and remove seeds if you don’t like your food too spicy. Finely mince jalapeno. Place in a medium bowl along with basil. Add lime juice, fish sauce and pepper. Stir to combine. Add well drained peaches and shrimp to herb mixture. Stir to coat. Let stand 30 minutes. Thread onto skewers. Lightly sprinkle with salt. Serve at room temperature with marinade spooned over top or warm over a medium grill basting with marinade. Serves 8

California Peaches & Cream Pie 9-inch deep dish frozen pie shell, unbaked 1 package 8 oz. block cream cheese, at room temperature 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup sour cream 1 egg 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 1 14-oz can (or fresh) sliced California Cling Peaches, very well drained 1/4 cup brown sugar Preheat oven to 425F. Thaw shell at room temperature 10 minutes. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese with sugar until smooth and creamy, scraping down sides as needed. Beat in egg, then sour cream, flour and almond extract. In a single layer arrange peaches in a circular fashion. Scrape cream cheese mixture over peaches and smooth as best you can. Bake pie on bottom shelf of preheated oven 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350F and continue to bake until filling is just set, 25 to 30 more minutes (don’t worry if filling cracks). Cool completely on a rack. Just before serving, preheat broiler. Sprinkle filling evenly with brown sugar. Place under broiler until sugar melts – watch carefully as it can burn quickly. Cool. Serves 8

Recipes and photos courtesy calclingpeach.com

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5 West Elm Lodi, (209) - 368 - 5152

Alebrijes Mexican Bistro is located at 10 W. Oak St. Downtown Lodi we are open seven days a week Monday to Saturday from 11 to 9 and Sunday from 11 to 8. Alebrijes offers a large menu where you will find traditional fresh mexican food, regional dishes like our cochinita pibil from the state of Yucatan and our own chefs creations like our famous lamb chops with a tamarind glaze and a green apple pico de gallo. We also offer a large vegetarian section and our great infused margaritas. CALL (209) 368-1832 FOR RESERVATIONS! Ruben Larrazolo Executive Chef and owner of Alebrijes Mexican Bistro & catering Black tie Gourmet Catering

(209) 368-1831(209) 369-9555 Catering (209) 200-6426 cell Www.alebrijesbistro.com Www.blacktiegourmet.net

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Saigon Grill is located in downtown Lodi serving traditional authentic vietnamese cuisine. Enjoy all your favorites like our savory Pho noodle soup, a variety of fresh spring rolls and rice vermicelli noodle salad bowls topped with our tasty charbroiled combinations. The warm ambiance, friendly staff and generous portions are sure to bring you a satisfying experience. So join us and don’t forget to try our fresh fruit smoothies. Dine in or take out. Open Mon - Fri 11am - 9pm, Saturday 12pm - 9pm.

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

We use ingredients of only the highest quality when preparing our meals. We cook using 100 percent cholesterol-free cooking oils, for a delicious and healthy meal. If you would like to order something not listed in the menu, we will do our best to accomodate you in any way we can. Gift Certificates available. Mon-Fri: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m and 5-10 p.m. Sat-Sun: 12 p.m.- 10p.m. Serving San Joaquin County since 1979 7555 Pacific Ave., Ste. 115 Stockton, (209) 957-0617 www.pekingstockton.com

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

The moment you walk through our door, your eyes are dazzled by our elegance and your taste buds capture a unique experience in Tracy. No longer do you have to travel to the big city to partake in multi-cultural dining. Our French Basque-California Fusion offers the taste of San Francisco through dining on our Mediterranean influenced faire such as chicken axoa, salad nicoise and lamb chops with Basque style beans to name a few. You can reserve our restaurant on Sundays; choose from our regular menu or dine family- style. Enjoy a glass of wine from one of our local Tracy wineries. Our restaurant is truly a feast for all palates. Your Taste of San Francisco, right here in Tracy!

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AVE on the mile, Stockton’s Premier Lounge & Bistro located in the heart of Stockton's Historical Miracle Mile is a unique culinary experience offering an infusion of cultures with our tapas and small plate menu. Opened in 2010, AVE on the mile has redefined the standard in the casual dining experience and has set the trend for years to come featuring weekly Dinner Specials, Sunday Brunch, Club 3:33 Happy Hour, Winedown Wednesday and our New Supperclub. AVE on the mile is the perfect venue to host any event including birthdays, showers, meetings or just the weekend party. Call early and let AVE on the mile make your next event a success. Open Sun 10am to 2pm, Mon-Fri 3:33pm to 2am and Sat 4:30pm-2am

2515 N Tracy Blvd, Tracy (209) 832-2727 www.mjbistro.net

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

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

Tracy Thai

Now open for lunch from 10am -2pm Friday and Saturday with a champagne brunch on Sundays

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.

28 S. School St. Lodi, (209) 369-0470

1035 Central Ave. Tracy, (209) 833-9703

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

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

2203 N Tracy Blvd (located in the Save-Mart Shopping Center)

Tracy, (209) 832-7711

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

Sara Randall’s life long dream was to open her own Italian café where she could serve the community old style Italian comfort food, the same recipes her Northern Italian family had made for generations. Sara, along with her mother Barbara Coldani and daughter Heather, are living the dream at Bueno Italian Cafe. As Sara proudly puts it “We guarantee you that nobody else can cook like us.” Excellent local wines and beers compliment homemade pastries, entrees, deserts and an espresso bar. With cozy Italian style dining inside and out, the cafe also offers box lunch delivery to commercial establishments, plus curbside pick-up and catering. Follow us on Facebook & Yelp. Open 9am-6:30pm daily.

1110 Kettleman Ln. #19, Lodi (Upstair in Bella Terra Plaza)

(209) 369-1446 fax: (209) 369-5202 www.buenoitalianocafe.com

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

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

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 2365 East Street, Tracy (209) 832-2171

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

Crush Kitchen + Bar has become Lodi’s hottest eatery over the last two years! With their farm to fork philosophy, extensive wine and beer lists, and customer service that is not only very professional but also warm and inviting, it’s no wonder why Crush has received so many accolades in their first two years of operation (Being named “Best Place to Stock Up” by Sunset Magazine). If you’re a foodie in search of your next great meal or just someone who enjoys excellent food, Crush is your destination! Located in quaint downtown, Crush is easily accessible by car or foot, tucked in the back of the historic Woolworth’s building, Crush offers a hip, big city vibe with the service of a small town, privately owned business. Whether it be a special occasion or just a night on the town, CRUSH KITCHEN + BAR is the place to be! Thursday-Monday 11:30am - close Tuesday closed, Wednesday 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Come join us on Wine Wednesday’s for 50% off select European bottles! Happy Hour all day Sunday and Monday. Daily 4pm-6pm - $3 drafts and wines, $4 well drinks, $5 appetizers

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

115 S. School St. (inside Woolworth Place) Lodi, (209)369-5400 www.Crushkitchen.com

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

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!

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.

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

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DiningOut SHANGRI LA ASIAN BISTRO & SUSHI BAR 203 S. School Street, Suite A, Lodi (209) 366-0539, shangrilaasianbistro.com Open for lunch and dinner. Full Bar. $$

With its welcoming décor and extensive menu, Shangri La is a perfect venue for a multitude of events, from an intimate dinner to a family gathering. Diners will find their menu has something for everyone, from appetizers like spring rolls and spare ribs to scrumptious bistro entrees including honey walnut prawns, teriyaki chicken, and Mongolian beef. Their fresh sushi bar offers a wide range of unique and delicious sushi rolls, hand rolls, sashimi, nigiri, and other specials. If it’s a night out you’re looking for, then Shangri La’s inviting bar shakes up a menu of tasty cocktails like the Asian Mango Mojito or the Asian Lava Flow. For anyone who enjoys authentic Asian flavors in a classy setting, Shangri La is an excellent choice.

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

LODI Casa Mexicana

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

Crush Kitchen & Bar

115 S. School St., (209) 369-5400 www.crushkitchen.com Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Habañero Hots

1024 Victor Rd., (209) 369-3791 www.habanerohots.com Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Haru Sushi Bar

550 S. South Cherokee Ln., Ste. H (209) 334-9988. Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

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2381 W. March Ln., (209) 472-1661 www.arroyoscafe.com

Ave on the Mile

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

Breadfruit Tree Restaurant

OZ Sushi & Grill

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

Wine and Roses

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

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Arroyo’s Café

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

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

De Vega Brothers $$$$–OVER $24

1563 E. Fremont St., (209) 948-6609 www.angelinas.com. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

Bud’s Seafood Grille

School Street Bistro

$$$–UNDER $24

Angelina’s Spaghetti House

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

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

$$–UNDER $17

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Lodi Feed and Fuel

Rosewood Bar and Grill

$–UNDER $10

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

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

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

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Kelley Brothers Brewing Company

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

Pietro’s Trattoria

OUR POLICY

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

Hollywood Family Café

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

These listings are provided as a free service by San Joaquin magazine for its readers. As such, inclusion is based on editorial consideration and is not guaranteed. If you would like your dining establishment to be considered for this listing, send information to jamie@ sanjoaquinmagazine.com, including your name, the name of the establishment, address, and contact information.

Isadore’s Restaurant

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

Casa Flores Marina

Centrale Kitchen and Bar

1825 Pacific Ave., Ste. 2, (209) 939-1825 Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

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. $-$$

Cocoro Japanese Bistro

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

The Creamery

5756 Pacific Ave., Robinhood Plaza (209) 952-1111. No alcohol served. Open for breakfast (on weekends), lunch, and dinner. $-$$

Dante’s California-Style Pizza 9305 Thornton Rd., (209) 474-0221 www.dantespizzaandcafe.com Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

Dave Wong’s Chinese Cuisine 2828 W. March Ln., (209) 951-4152 Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

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Offering fresh Mexican Food since 1981, Haba単ero Hots Restaurante is a Lodi, California, restaurant, cantina and hot sauce shop. It's also a gathering place, where people from all over the area come for the fun as well as the food. Habanero Hots does full service catering, and has banquet facilities and a full bar onsite. So, for good food and a good time, stop by and see us! Are you having a get together, company meeting, party, picnic or any other special occasion? Let Haba単ero Hots be your source for fresh, homemade Mexican food available in handy takeout trays. Haba単ero Hots is also a full service catering company that can handle your next fiesta from a full sit down to a casual buffet. Need help planning your function or just have questions? Just call and ask.

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David’s New York Style Pizza

Le Bistro

Valley Brewing Company

De Vega Brothers

Masa Contemporary Japanese Lounge

Waterloo

1744 W. Hammer Ln., (209) 477-2677 900 W. Benjamin Holt Dr. (209) 957-2850, Beer & wine. Open for lunch & dinner.$-$$ 2819 W. March Lane, Ste. A1, (209) 957-3839, www.devegabrothers.com Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$$$

De Vinci’s

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

2819 W. March Lane Ste. A3 (209) 473-1255 Wine and beer. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Mezzo

4555 N. Pershing Ave. #21 (209) 957-2750, www.devincisdeli. com No alcohol served. Open for lunch and dinner. $

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

Delights Waterfront Eatery Bar and Deli

Michael’s New York Style Pizza

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

The Delta Bistro at University Plaza Waterfront Hotel

110 W. Fremont St., (209) 944-1140 www.universityplazawaterfronthotel. com Full bar. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. $-$$$

Domo Japanese Sushi Grill & Bar

300 Lincoln Center, (209) 451-3654 www.domostockton.com Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

El Rancho Inn Steak and Lobster House

1457 E. Mariposa Rd., (209) 467-1529 Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$$-$$$$

Flips Burgers

2300 W Alpine Ave., Ste. A (209) 462-6668 www.michaelspizzacafe.com Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. $-$$

Midtown Creperie

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

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. $

Outback Steakhouse

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

The Fruit Bowl

Peking Restaurant

Garlic Brothers

6629 Embarcadero Dr. (209) 474-6585 www.garlicbrothersonline.com Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Gian’s Delicatessen

2112 Pacific Ave., (209) 469-0108 Open for lunch. $

La Palma Mexican Cuisine 2301 Pacific Ave., (209) 941-4179 www.lapalmaonthemile.com. Full bar. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. $$

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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. $-$$

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

Magellan’s

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

Thai Café

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

Tracy Thai

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

The Great Plate

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

Papapavlo’s Bistro and Bar

2503 Waterloo Rd., (209) 943-5477 www.flipsburger.blogspot.com Open for lunch and dinner. $ 8767 E. Waterloo Rd., (209) 931-1196 www.thefruitbowl.com Open for breakfast and lunch. $

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

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

Shirasoni Japanese Restaurant

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

Stockton Joe’s

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

WOODBRIDGE Woodbridge Crossing

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

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Wine Ot? BY KATY BERRY

A new tasting room and retail store cheekily named Wine Ot, (pronounced why not, get it?), opened its doors this month in downtown Lodi. Married couple Joy and Alan Freeman decided to open the space when requests for their handmade repurposed wine-barrel furniture began to climb. Using wine staves, barrels, granite and metal, the couple can create anything from dining tables to bar tables, outdoor ice chests, and fire pits. Wine Ot is a 2400 square foot space filled with the Freeman’s handmade furniture along with other wine-related crafts, featuring the handiwork of roughly twelve talented consignment artists. Local artists’ fine art can also be seen adorning the walls making the shop a pseudo gallery. Wine Ot’s tasting bar pours wine from four local wineries and offers outdoor seating. Inside, tasters are encouraged to browse while they sip. “It’s a low key atmosphere,” says Joy. “There’s no pressure to buy anything, just come take a look see what we have.” Wine Ot also has an on staff photographer to take fun photos of guests who are celebrating a special event or just enjoying a fun night out. “It’s a different concept and we’re hoping it takes off,” she says. Wine Ot is a perfect addition to the already well established charm of School Street. Unlike anything else in the area, the shop allows locals to browse art, shop, drink wine, and enjoy an evening out all in one place.

AVAILABLE AT: Wine Ot Barrels & Tables 257 E. Century Blvd., Lodi (209)608-4207, wineotbarrelsandtables.com JUNE 2012


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Wine in 2 Water Concert and Wine Benefit JUNE 2, LODI

Enjoy wine tasting, live music, local food, and artist demonstrations as local wineries raise money for the Bear Creek Water Project. All proceeds will go to projects designed to bring clean water to children worldwide. 4:30 p.m. $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Jessie’s Grove Winery, 1973 West Turner Road, Lodi, (209) 712-1560, winein2water.org

Jewish Food Festival JUNE 3, STOCKTON

Temple Israel hosts their 39th annual food fair, where visitors can enjoy blintzes at the bakery, bagels and lox, corned beef, and other staples of Jewish cuisine. Guests can also enjoy games, dancing, raffles, a beer garden, a tour of one of the oldest temples in California, and more. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $11 in advance, $12 at the door. Temple Israel, 5105 North El Dorado Street, Stockton, (209) 477-9306

Relay For Life of Stockton JUNE 9, STOCKTON

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s Signature event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relay is an overnight, 24-hour event. Teams of friends, family members and co-workers camp out and take turns walking or running around a track. Lots of food and entertainment can be expected at this fun, family event. 9a.m.-9 a.m. Registration fees vary. Bear Creek High School, 10555 Thornton Rd., Stockton, (209) 639-1661, relayforlife.org

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Bike (or Hike) to Feed the Hungry JUNE 16, STOCKTON

Lace up your walking shoes and dust off your two-wheeler for the fourth annual Bike or Hike. Participants can choose to cycle or stroll through three possible routes around Stockton, beginning and ending at the University of the Pacific’s DeRosa Center. The proceeds from this year’s event will help fund the Emergency Food Bank, and donations of canned goods or staples are welcome. 8:30 a.m. $25-30. Prices vary. DeRosa University Center, 901 Presidents Drive, Stockton, (209) 464-7369, stocktonhikeandbike.org

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Second Annual Micke Grove Zoo Zoom

DeltaFusion uses visual and performing arts as a means to express the range of cultural heritage of the population of Stockton, California and San Joaquin

JUNE 10, LODI

County, one of the most culturally diverse areas in the country. DeltaFusion

Get out those running shoes and start training for the 2nd Annual Micke Grove

is a celebration of this diversity and community, bringing together civic and

Zoo Zoom! In cooperation with Fleet Feet of Stockton, the Zoo Zoom makes

academic leaders, students, artists, and neighborhood groups. This workshop

for a great family morning in beautiful Micke Grove Park. Following last year’s

experience culminates with a puppet parade and performance! Parade begins

successful inaugural event, the 2012 Zoo Zoom promises to be both bigger and

at 9:30 a.m. Performances to follow at 10:15 and noon. Free. Victory Park, 1001

better. Registration fees include a t-shirt, pancake breakfast, and zoo entry. 8

North Pershing Ave., Stockton, (209) 940-6315, deltafusionstockton.com

a.m. Family registration: $100 in advance, $120 day of the race. $30 for each additional family member. Micke Grove Zoo, 11793 N. Micke Grove Rd., Lodi, (209) 953-8840, mgzoo.com

26th Annual Summer Sunset Wine Tasting

"Raise the Barn" Classic Car Show & Craft Fair JUNE 30, LODI

The Classic Car Show & Craft Fair will be held at the San Joaquin County

JUNE 22, STOCKTON

Historical Museum inside Micke Grove Park south of Lodi. The event, a barn-

Help raise funds for Pixie Woods while sampling hors d’oeuvres from local

building fundraiser for the museum’s education program, will feature dozens

restaurants and wines from thirty different wineries. Guests can also enjoy live

of classy automobiles, carriages, craft booths, free rides in a horse-drawn

music throughout the park, or indulge in quiet competition by participating

carriage, a poker walk, children’s games, a used book sale, a prize drawing,

in the silent auction. 5-8 p.m. $40. Pixie Woods Park, 3121 Monte Diablo Ave.,

car show awards, food, and museum exhibits. $5 per family, $5 parking fee. 10

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a.m.-3 p.m. San Joaquin County Historical Museum, 11793 N. Micke Grove Rd., Lodi, (209) 331-2055, sanjoaquinhistory.org

Stars and California Skies JUNE 22- 23, STOCKTON

Mark Hamill narrates the story of a star’s life, from nebula to nova, in an exploration of one of the most beautiful and destructive features of the Universe. 7:30 p.m. $6-$8. Delta College, 5151 Pacific Ave, Stockton, (209) 9545110, deltacollege.edu

Taste of St. Jorge featuring Lori McKenna JUNE 29, ACAMPO

Veteran songwriter Lori McKenna will perform for wine club members and guests at St. Jorge. McKenna’s songs have been recorded by heavy hitters like Keith Urban, Leanne Rimes, and Mandy Moore, and she’ll showcase some of her writing talents with an acoustic set at St. Jorge’s outdoor amphitheater. Wine tasting is included in the cost of tickets. 6:30 p.m. Prices vary. St. Jorge Winery, 22769 N. Bender Road, Acampo, (209) 365-0202, www.stjorgewinery.com

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