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40 CUPCAKE MANIA The single-serving dessert trend has finally made its way to San Joaquin, and it's up to you to decide your favorite.

46 OUR NEXT DOOR HEROES We're honoring a handful of inspiring locals Photography By: Rancho Pescadero; Courtesy Kevin Bloomfield/Yoti Telio; Dan Hood

who have made major contributions to San Joaquin communities. by Katy Berry

88 RANCHO PESCADERO Suit up and wind down at this sexy, south-ofthe-border getaway. by Jenn Thornton

93 TANDOORI NITES This Stockton restaurant serves up authentic Indian cuisine that keeps locals coming back for more. by Katy Berry





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12 Publisher’s Note 19 UP FRONT | 209 Award Winning Principal Khushwinder Gill; Local Author Kevin Bloomfield; St. Patrick's Day Corned Beef; Haute Purses and More... Out and About


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Paying It Forward

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  Usually I would hail March as an official end to chilly weather and gray mornings; the coming of sunny days and walks in the park with my dog and kids. But in all honesty, San Joaquin County enjoyed such a mild winter this year, it feels like Spring has been with us all along. Still, the official equinox on March 20th is just one of many reasons to look forward to this cheerful time of year. March also marks the start of our search for San Joaquin’s 2012 “Best Of” winners. In this magazine you’ll find a ballot with instructions on how to go online and vote for your absolute favorite places and people in the area. Make sure you don’t forget to cast your votes as every one counts.   March also means that St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, so as a nod to you IrishAmericans planning on celebrating, we’ve included a recipe for authentic Irish Soda Bread, compliments of Colleen Lewis of The Dancing Fox in Lodi. And check out our brief but interesting history lesson on corned beef, which many of you will hopefully be enjoying in the coming weeks.   As you may already know, each issue of San Joaquin Magazine has a theme, and March is the month that we like to focus on specific individuals. It’s amazing what a powerful effect people have on one another, in both good ways and bad. For example, I had a lunch meeting with my sales team and was fascinated at how in-depth their analyses of the latest Bachelor episodes were. (Can you believe that Courtney?! And how much do you love Casey B.?) Of course, you don’t need reality TV to appreciate the affect people can have on others. In fact, you need not look further than in your own backyard (figuratively, of course.) This month we put together a feature called “Our Next Door Heroes”, which highlights a handful of people in San Joaquin who have devoted their lives to helping others, sharing their time and resources to better our communities. My favorite quote from the piece comes from Rita Sperling who said it best: “This is not charity. This is sharing.” These people have proved that helping others is not a chore; it’s fun, rewarding, and you never know when you might be the one who needs a helping hand. We hope meeting these special individuals will make you proud to live in an area filled with so many big hearts, and hopefully you’ll want to chip in too!  Enjoy the issue, and remember to vote for our 2012 Best Of San Joaquin winners! See you in April. Thanks for reading,

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California’s Principal of the Year Khushwinder Gill BY KATY BERRY

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Each year, the Governor’s Challenge on Physical Fitness & Sports creates a call to action for California principals, teachers, and students to put down the potato chips and pick up the basketballs in an effort to encourage a healthier generation. Along with the challenge, each year the Governor presents a gold, silver, and bronze Spotlight Award to schools, principals, teachers, and other deserving organizations who have gone above and beyond in promoting a healthy lifestyle in their schools. >>



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it’s important to have balance, as a child or adult. It’s extremely important,” says Gill. The balance students have found at George Kelly may be why the school’s Academic Performance Index score rose 58 points in 2011. She’s also seen an improvement in attendance. “Our attendance has been going up the last three years, which is a difficult thing to do,” says Gill. “Every year we gain a four or five percent improvement.” Gill always reminds students that academics are first priority and they are expected to maintain an acceptable GPA in order to participate in other activities. “We have a rule,” says Gill. “If you miss school, you can’t participate in the extra-curricular you have scheduled that day. So the students make sure they’re here, and they love it so much we don’t even have to remind them.” As part of her award, Gill received $10,000 dollars to use towards the school. The money has since gone to purchasing new fitness and PE equipment, starting new programs focused on nutrition, and buying new tools for the gardening program. Gill is currently working with the district’s food services to create more healthy dining options for lunchtime. She hopes that in the years to come, the school will be eligible to compete in the Healthier U.S. School Challenge, a national competition where schools who have made great strides in creating a more healthy and active environment for their students are given the opportunity to win money towards their programs. From having nothing to achieving state-wide recognition, Principal Khushwinder Gill has proved to be an exemplary educator in San Joaquin, dedicated to enriching her students through a positive, familial, and active school atmosphere.

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One such winner hails from right here in San Joaquin. Principal Khushwinder Gill was recently awarded the gold medal for her outstanding work in bringing health-conscious after-school and extra-curricular activities to George Kelly School in Tracy. When Gill first arrived to work at George Kelly in November of 2008, it had no after-school programs to speak of and the school’s doors were promptly closed at three p.m. Gill tried to host a function in order to meet the parents, but when only three showed up she quickly realized the need to cultivate a more active school community. She began hosting family movie nights, to which there was a huge response. Slowly, other programs were added. “My goal was to produce well rounded children, it still is,” says Gill. “I want them to be provided with all possible opportunities.” Gill added a volleyball, soccer, and two basketball teams to the after school roster. Wanting to cover a wide range of interests for her students, she also added after school art lessons, an art camp called Stamp Camp, a science Olympiad, a math Olympiad taught by herself, an annual musical production for kids interested in theater, and a school choir. Gill also created a program where kids learn to cook using different vegetables and fruits during their lunchtime, and a gardening program to promote healthy eating and an interest in the outdoors and agriculture. Gill says the response from the community has been overwhelming and she now hosts at least one to three evening events at the school each month. Their annual school-wide carnival brought in more than two thousand people; a drastic turnaround achieved in three short years. While the Governor’s award focuses on physical fitness, Gill has brought much more to the table by including the arts and always putting academics first. She also encourages fundraising opportunities to teach kids about leadership and generosity. “I think

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New Boutique in Lincoln Center BY KATIE DONAHUE

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There’s a new children’s book character that’s been making a stir. His name is Mr. Biggs; he has massive feet, one very hairy back, and an even bigger heart. He was created by former Tracy resident Kevin Bloomfield. The idea for Mr. Biggs, a curious and loveable Sasquatch, came to Bloomfield during a visit to Hong Kong. “I’m a toy designer so I go to China quite a bit, and I’m a fairly big guy. I’m six foot one, and in China that’s pretty tall,” he says. “During one of my first trips, there was a big rainstorm and I was walking around a lot of people and my face was umbrella height. It was a silly situation, walking through crowds of people, getting hit in the face with umbrellas; a silly, big guy in little person’s situation. I think that’s where it started.” After the debut of his first children’s book, Mr. Biggs in the City, Bloomfield returned to his former home in Tracy to read at the local Barnes & Noble. “It’s pretty neat coming back and seeing people I haven’t seen since high school,” says Bloomfield. “My fifth grade teacher showed up!” His second book, Mr. Biggs at the Circus, will be hitting shelves this May. Bloomfield says the series is best suited for kids between 2 and 6, and the books are also available in a bi-lingual edition for Spanish-speaking families. For more information visit:



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Last fall, sisters Shaina Pijl and Kindra Nunez purchased the beloved Lincoln Center store Boggiano’s from retiring store owner, Chip Boggiano. After some remodeling, the newly-renamed boutique, Zuesters, opened its doors in October 2011. With a name that means “sisters” in Dutch, Zuesters carries surf and sportswear, shoes, accessories, active wear, and school uniforms. Among the brands you’ll find include O’Neill, Hurley, Billabong, Volcom, RVCA, and Dickies. “We grew up in the center,” says Nunez, whose parents Lisa and Peter Pijl own Lincoln Center restaurant Payter’s. “We grew up working at the restaurant, so we knew what opening a business was about,” she says. The sisters are using that business savvy to expand clothing options in the store, and plan to offer more selections of women’s active wear, such as yoga lines, in the near future.

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[In the Spotlight]

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Co-Owner of Combine Fitness Training & Pole Studio As co-owner of Combine Fitness Training and Pole Studio in Stockton, Andrea Austin has been helping locals get into the swing of the pole fitness craze. We caught up with Andrea to find out more about this sexy, fun, and effective workout.—Katie Donahue

How did your initial experience with a personal trainer affect your approach with your clients? It was very impersonal for her and weight loss is a very personal thing. Not being sensitive to people’s feelings is out of the question. Some days they’re not going to give it 110 percent, so you step in and give the other percent they're missing. I can relate to their struggle. I tell them, ‘You’re here today, don’t even think about tomorrow.’ What is pole fitness? It started in bigger cities and trickled down. It’s still a little taboo in places like Stockton. It’s basically vertical gymnastics and you use your own body weight to tone your core and arms. What would you say to people who are interested in trying pole fitness but are a little nervous? Don’t be intimidated. Just come here and try it for five minutes and then decide if you want to sign up for a series. Introduction to pole fitness is more basic. Burlesque is more sensual and pole boot camp is a high-intensity workout. I want you to walk away from this experience feeling good about



yourself. It’s not about being sexy; it’s about self-confidence. We do a lot of pole parties for bachelorette parties, newly single parties, and divorce parties. What other exercise options do you offer? We offer group personal training with a personal trainer. You’re always under instruction; you don’t just come and work out. We do boot camp, which is an hour-long class. Our trainers are TRX certified, and we also teach pilates, zumba, zumbatomic for kids, and pole fitness. What’s unique about your studio? When people find out all that we offer, there isn’t any other place in a 60 mile radius that does everything we do. We have running clubs. Our next run is the Shamrock Run this March. I’m starting to do an after-school program with charter schools and I’m going to donate my time doing zumbatomic to get kids healthy. We’re trying to make a difference not only in people’s lives, but in our community. We don’t have contracts or enrollment fees. It’s more about if you want to come for the day, come for the day. If you want to take a month off, we won’t stalk you and call you.

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Why did you decide to open Combine Fitness? I was always kind of fit but not really super fit. I got pregnant and gained 70 pounds. After I had my son, I woke up one day and said, ‘This is not who I am.’ I hired a personal trainer to lose the last twenty pounds, but she wasn’t very good. I became a personal trainer and Pilates instructor and I absolutely loved it.


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Remember, your hearing is an important part of your health and well-being and should ONLY be trusted to a qualified We use the latest hearing aid fitting software and strategies to make sure ely qualified3.toConfidence: evaluate, diagnose and treat your hearing problems. Remember, your hearing is an important part Doctor of Audiology. hearing aids are optimally fit and programmed for each person’s individual needs. disorders and are the area’s best source of help for your hearing of your health and well-being and should ONLY 4. Commitment: Patients will always receive exceptional care, can be we will beand trusted to asure qualified Doctor of Audiology. be here to help them enjoy optimal hearing now and in the future.

UOP experienced patients are saying about Lyric... aids from industry leading Patients manufacturers are not limited 5. Expertise: receive(we personalized care from uniquelyWhat qualified, dividual needs. Pacific is the ONLY clinic in the area authorized Doctors of Audiology. “I have been very pleased with the services I receive Pacific Hearing Clinic and with my Lyric hearing (California State Requirements – Doctor of Audiology: 8 years of college education, board certificationatand state licensure. Hearing Aid Dispenser / Hearing Instrument Specialist: 6 months of supervised on the job training, dispensing certificate.) aids. I love the conveniences Lyric offers – no daily

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A St. Paddy's Classic


Corned beef has become a St. Patrick’s Day dinner staple as beloved as a pint of Guinness. But the facts surrounding the history of this tradition may surprise you. It turns out that the combination of corned beef and cabbage became popular among Irish-American immigrants, and is not considered a national dish in the Emerald Isle. In the mid-1800s, beef brisket was the least expensive cut of meat available in the United States, and cabbage was the cheapest vegetable. The opposite was true in Ireland, where only the very rich could afford to eat beef. In America, corned beef and cabbage became an economical meal for families simply because it was inexpensive, not



because it was reminiscent of anything in their native country. Corned beef is sonamed because the meat was cured with corn-sized coarse grains of salt. On the other side of the Atlantic, corned beef and cabbage is usually only found on menus in tourist-heavy parts of Ireland. This dish is a nod to Irish-American history and culture—not the country of Ireland itself. Corned beef comes from the front shoulder of the cow and makes for great leftovers after your St. Paddy’s day activities are over. Try making a cornedbeef omelet, or a delicious casserole. If you don’t plan on cooking your own this year, here are a few places serving it:

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The Dancing Fox 203 School Street, Lodi (209) 366-2634, Bradley’s American Bistro 116 N. Hunter St., Stockton, (209) 464-1295 Bagel Express Deli & Café 1461 W. March Ln., Stockton, (209) 952-2435 The Abbey Trappist Pub 2353 Pacific Ave., Stockton (209) 451-1780, Lodi Beer Co., 105 S. School St., Lodi (209) 368-9931,

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Since 1959, Haven of Peace has been a refuge for women in need. Today, this emergency shelter provides food, clothing, medical attention, and other supportive services to help these women regain their independence.

Haven of Peace BY KATY BERRY

In the late 1950s, two Stockton residents named Ethel and Carl Ellison were running the Stockton Baptist Missionary. One evening, Ethel was forced to turn away a woman who came seeking help. Ethel said to her husband, “It’s strange there is a shelter for men and for children, and an animal shelter for the dogs and cats, but no place for women.” She decided to organize a board of directors for what would be known as Haven of Peace. The women involved came from thirteen different churches and from 1957 till 1959 they raised money to purchase a twostory house for the women’s shelter. With the help of a local priest and other generous donations, Haven of Peace finally opened its doors in 1959. Today, Haven of Peace is still in existence as a two-week emergency shelter. Women who find themselves homeless, whether it’s due to domestic



abuse, foreclosures, problems with drugs or alcohol, or any other reasons, are able to come to Haven of Peace with their children and be provided with food, clothing, beds, medical attention, and any other necessities needed. While the house is technically a two-week emergency shelter, women requiring more help are able to stay for up to six months while getting back on their feet. Haven of Peace provides its residents with a multitude of resources to better their lives. The residence comes with computers where the women are required to perform weekly job searches or complete online classes. A recent grant awarded to Haven Of Peace has also allowed residents to earn their GEDs while staying at the shelter. Various local organizations like Central Valley Low Income Housing and Section 8 help women find new homes, while Carelink has also partnered with the shelter to provide them with medical attention. Case management workers are available to teach

residents about money management, helping them pay their bills and save their money till they are ready to move out. Haven of Peace houses up to forty women and children and is filled to capacity every day. Many women have been able to turn their lives around thanks to the help given there, but the shelter is always in need of donations. Whether you’d like to contribute money or other items including gently used clothing and bedding, bathroom products, dinnerware, silverware, or cleaning products, every bit counts in keeping this invaluable resource open in San Joaquin.

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Photographs provided by Bank Of Stockton and Rachael Kanner Information found at San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum

Dreyer Saloon and Hotel in San Joaquin City


San Joaquin City landmark

Prior to California becoming a state, a group of river cities were established along the San Joaquin River. After California entered the Union and the county lines were created, only one of those cities remained within the boundaries of our county: San Joaquin City. Founded in 1849, the city was located ten miles south of present day Banta along the river’s west bank (now Kasson Road in Tracy.) San Joaquin City grew as a trading center through the development of the Durham Ferry, which acted as head of navigation for the numerous river boats. The city grew in part to the vital role it played in river trade and transportation. Trade with San Francisco, the Mother Lode and the Southern Mines was very important, but a more significant impact came from the development of grain growing and cattle raising. They even built a large warehouse to accommodate the growing industry. By 1851 it also had two hotels, two general stores, seven saloons, a bakery, a laundry, a blacksmith, and a church. According to Thompson and West’s 1879 book, History of San Joaquin County, “It was hoped in those days that it might be possible to make this point a rival to Stockton.”

The change in 1879 was the Martinez-Fresno line that Central Pacific Railroad built—the same line which destroyed Ellis and created Tracy. San Joaquin City was not wiped out by the new line, but their significance diminished greatly. It continued as a river city until 1911 when the city was dealt a final blow. It was in this year that the San Joaquin River rose and flooded, causing it to divide into Laird Slough and a new channel. After that, a navigable channel to the city could not be maintained. A few people tried but weren’t able to make it until as late as 1917. The floods abruptly ended sixty years of river boat operation and the livelihood of San Joaquin City. Today, all that stands where San Joaquin City once flourished are a few farm buildings, the remains of a burial ground, and a plaque that denotes the town’s former presence. However, the significance of the city is not lost. It was important in the economic and agricultural development of the area as well as for the part it played in early trade between the Bay Area, the Valley, and the Southern Mines. Furthermore, it represents towns of the past, which once thrived on rivers for trade, communication, and life.

San Joaquin City State Landmark Today (Plaque has been stolen)



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San Joaquin International Film Festival Opening Night Party January 12, Stockton

Local movie buffs celebrated opening night of the San Joaquin International Film Festival at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel after a screening of Der Sandmann, for which director Peter Luisi was honored with the San Joaquin Film Society’s Independent Award. [1] Mateenah Floyd-Okanlawon, Phyllis Franklin, April Small [2] Desiree Amor, Ann Marie Diestel, Neil Hudson, Shane Williamson, Jim Foust [3] Vincent and Renata Bricka [4] Martin Schwartz, Nick Elliot, Sophoan Sorn, Bill Grotemeyer [5] Lisa Reza, Dan Hettmannsperger [6] Rick Pollock, Janet Smyers, Patrick Willis, Stephano Yongukcho [7] Diana and Wayne Lowery [8] Gene Acevedo. Melissa Wyman, Dyane Burgos, Gustavo Medina



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St. Mary’s High School Crab Feed February 4, Stockton

This fundraising event included a highly anticipated oyster tent and a delicious crab dinner with proceeds benefiting academic scholarships. [1] Jenny Taylor, Randy Cid, Jeanine Wade, Veronica Hedges [2] Tammie Connolly, Jeanette Ferrell [3] Stacy & Greg Light [4] Leslie Taylor, Robert Cid, Kevin Hedges [5] Leo Chavez, Katie Chavez, Kathy Hernandez, Miquel Hernandez [6] Debbie Greenberg, Kathy Rishwain, Gianna Stephens [7] Tim Mustin, Justine Barron [8] Mary Ann Maggio, Carl Maggio, Rick Aliano, Ann Aliano [9] Alex Cano, Jennifer Cano, Becky Carlson [10] Lane Farrar, Lindsay Fisher



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Lodi Community Council Crab Feed February 4, Lodi

This successful annual event helps raise much needed funds to be dispersed among local non-profit organizations.

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February 9, Stockton

The Empowering Young Women event featured many inspiring guest speakers and culminated with a dinner where students were able to share their own stories. A special honor was given to former St. Mary's graduate, Dianne Gini. [1] Savannah Fisher, Katie Berry, Zofia Levengowski [2] Bianca Orsi, Anna Arena [3] Laurie Crosby-Wilson, Savannah Wilson, Barbara Conyers-Cook [4] Gail Wagner, Phyllis Grupe [5] Barbara McDermott, Diane Malcoun [6] Letty Cobby, Judy Green, Pam Emerick [7] Father John Fallon, Pamela Eibeck [8] Peggy Traverso, Diane Vigil, Sarah Jones [9] Barbara Dally, Kathy Salady, Kathy Smith, Karen Gherardi [10] Peter Morelli, Pamela Eibeck [11] Gene Gini, Dianne Gini [12] Rina Barkett, Anthony Barkett, Barbara Dally



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When you think of some of the biggest names in cupcakes, from Magnolia Bakery in New York City, to D.C. Cupcakes, which now has its own reality show, it’s undeniable that these single-serving sweets have become a pop-culture phenomenon in recent years, and their trendy appeal has yet to fade. It may have taken some time for the cupcake frenzy to make its way to Stockton, but now that it’s arrived, San Joaquin sugar addicts can’t get enough. Three Stockton bakeries in particular have been satisfying cupcake cravings in San Joaquin, but only you can decide which one is your favorite.




Cupcake Mania

7610 Pacific Ave., Suite B6, Stockton 209.478.CAKE,

With alternating shades of pink tiles on the floor and wall paper splashing a hot pink, lime green, and sunshine yellow floral print across the walls, Cupcake Mania’s kitschy storefront only adds to the novelty surrounding cupcakes. One of the owners, Jennifer Winters, compares the store’s feel to an ice cream parlor where kids can come in, get what they want, and leave grinning. While Winters is in charge of the baking, the storefront of Cupcake Mania is typically manned by Winter’s father, Lou Meyer, who co-owns the bakery with his daughter. It was actually Meyer’s suggestion to open the shop in the first place, after seeing a line around the block for cupcakes at a San Francisco bakery. Each week Winters creates a schedule of what flavors will be available at her store so locals know when they can grab their favorites like the decadent chocolate caramel cupcake, the cinnamon laced snicker doodle, and the very pink strawberry. For the holiday season Jennifer offers flavors like gingerbread



and candy cane. This spring, she hopes to do a traditional southern humming bird cupcake, a lavender infused cupcake, and a mint-chocolate flavor for St. Patrick’s Day. Every cupcake is made from scratch and topped with rich icing. Since opening, both Winters and Meyer have been busy, going through as many as 500 cupcakes a day on weekends. Winters is happy to take on large orders and also takes requests for unique flavors (their strawberry flavor was originally created for a wedding) and even fun fondant designs to give the cupcakes some decorative panache. They hope to open satellite locations in the future but for now, the father-daughter duo is happy to be spreading some much needed sweetness in Stockton.

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Toot Sweets

4755 Quail Lakes Dr., Ste. D, Stockton 209.474-6692,

Toot Sweets owners Kim and Monique Kelso have been running their bakery and eatery for twenty years, and having already been voted as the top dessert makers in our Best of San Joaquin polls for five years running, they’ve definitely earned some seniority and a few bragging rights when it comes to creating all things sweet. When it comes to their scrumptiously moist cupcakes, Toot Sweets operates on a supply and demand basis, making sure to keep only small batches on hand to ensure that all of their baked goods are of the utmost freshness. For Toot Sweets, making cupcakes isn’t about fancy decorations. It’s about creating something that tastes homemade and will leave their customers licking icing off their fingers every time.

All of the baked goods at Toot Sweets are made with fresh ingredients, from scratch. Among their flavors are vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, carrot, and German chocolate, though they are happy to work with custom orders. Their rich icings come in flavors like the extremely tasty Victorian vanilla, a very rich sour cream chocolate, snicker doodle, and cream cheese. For the size and quality of the cupcakes, you can’t beat that they only cost a dollar fifty each to satisfy cravings on a dime. “Our cupcakes are not the fanciest, but our product is good and it’s something people enjoy and love,” says owner Kim Kelso. For classic, comfort-food cupcakes that make you feel right at home, Toot Sweets hits the mark.



Baker’s Boutique

5757 Pacific Ave., Stockton 209.955.2253,

When Sue Maddox first opened Baker’s Boutique on September 1st of last year, she wasn’t as focused on baking as she was on merchandising. “I always baked for friends and family and it became increasingly hard to find what I needed,” says Maddox. After years of consideration, Maddox finally opened Baker’s Boutique, where she sells every supply a baker could want to make their own mind-blowing confectionary creations ( just walk in and try not to leave with an armful of goodies). Her small cupcake display case was used only to demonstrate what bakers could do with the supplies available at her store. But Maddox’s cupcakes proved to be so delicious that they’ve gained a following, and now locals can’t get enough. Maddox says she essentially pulls her cupcake ideas out of the air, and walks to neighboring businesses for taste tests. Her one-of-a-kind flavors have included the likes of an eggnog cupcake, topped with an oh-so-fluffy eggnog butter cream and filled



with an eggnog and rum custard, a marble cupcake with hazelnut Nutella frosting, and a pumpkin cupcake with orange cream cheese frosting, just to name a few. Every day Maddox features one brand new flavor, and sells the cupcakes from the day before for 25 percent off. There’s no telling what she might come up with next, except on Tuesdays, when red velvet cupcakes topped with her signature cream cheese icing rule the roost. As with any worthwhile cupcake establishment, Maddox makes all her treats from scratch. Her cake is spongy and moist and her icing varies from rich and decadent to fluffy and sweet. The best part is she’s not afraid to share her kitchen secrets, as Maddox hosts workshops in her store where students learn how to make six different cupcake flavors, pour batter, add fillings, and use different tips for frosting. Of course if you’re more interested in eating the cupcakes rather than baking them, you’re still welcomed to stop by simply to devour Maddox’s latest creations. MARCH 2012

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A lot can be said of San Joaquiners. We enjoy a hearty glass of zinfandel, we seem to produce half the world’s vegetables (okay, that’s an exaggeration, but we are a very green bunch!) and we laugh in the face of silly Forbes articles, just to scratch the surface. But there’s something else that makes us extraordinary: we help one another. We are a community of volunteers, givers, helpers, movers, and shakers. It seems no matter what challenges we face, we link arms and barrel through, lifting each other up along the way. That’s why this month we put together a list of local heroes who have been extraordinary in making a difference in our community. If you haven’t caught the volunteer bug yet, just wait till you meet these amazing people, all of whom make us proud to live in San Joaquin.




■ Leticia Mendoza

Local Volunteer and Board Member for Charterhouse Center for Families

“Three years ago Leticia called us up and said ‘I’d like to adopt some families for Christmas,’” says Mikey Kamienski, executive director of the Charthouse Center for Families. “We had never had anybody do that before. The first year she adopted I think about twenty families… This year, she collected almost 500 gifts for kids.” Leticia Mendoza and her husband Rudy own Brookside General Insurance in Stockton, but giving back to the community is a huge part of who they are as a family. Before getting involved with the Charterhouse Center, Leticia was determined to teach her kids the value of giving back. “I was one of those kids growing up who was given gifts by the community, and now as an adult I’ve been blessed,” says Leticia. “I grew up learning to appreciate what I have. My kids have been fortunate enough to have everything and so I wanted them to appreciate what they have too.” Today Leticia spearheads a toy drive for Charterhouse and hosts a wrapping party to supply hundreds of kids in need with gifts over the holidays. “The first year we did it for Charterhouse, we went and delivered gifts to many different families and at the end of the day my oldest daughter said, mommy can we do this again? ...She said, I like to give to people rather than receiving from people. When she said that I thought, this is what I’ve always wanted.” When Christmas time is over, Leticia and her kids stay active in helping the community and make giving-back a regular occurance. She has recently been voted to the board of directors for Charterhouse to help with their year-round events and takes her kids at least once a year to St. Mary’s dining room to serve lunch to the homeless. Leticia also donates books to One.TLC whenever possible and volunteers at her kids’ school, showing that every little bit helps.



the community is fabulous with helping us and it’s amazing.”

■ Thelma Stuart Founder, Ladybugs of San Joaquin

Thelma Stuart began the Ladybugs program over 36 years ago when her son, Donald Stuart Jr., was born with Down Syndrome. Realizing that there were few local activities for handicapped children to take advantage of, Ladybugs of San Joaquin was created in an effort to raise money for special-needs after school programs in the area. Today, Thelma’s annual Easter basket sale raises roughly $45,000 dollars each year, and since beginning the club, Thelma and her appointed Ladybugs have raised roughly two million dollars total. “We give the money to the schools; they take them on bus trips, camping, and all different kinds of programs; whatever the teachers want to do,” says Thelma. “We pay for the busses if they need busses.” According to Thelma, Ladybugs of San Joaquin has taken care of many of the local schools’ special needs programs. “Nobody else does,” she says. “It’s hard to get people to donate to the handicapped.” Luckily her program has allowed kids to have events like last year’s first-ever prom, which was so successful that they plan to make it an annual event. “It’s held down at the five star marina and they have a ball. The kids really have fun. They hardly wanted to eat they just wanted to dance.” Today, Thelma’s son Donald attends UOP and recently had a park in the Walton Development Center dedicated to him. Through the Ladybugs of San Joaquin, Thelma has not only helped provide her own son with wonderful opportunities to live a full and happy life, but has passed that gift on to other special-needs kids and teens in the community.



■ Dr. John Demshar Optometrist, Member of Flying Samaritans and Lions in Sight

As a member of Flying Samaritans and Lions in Sight, Stockton optometrist Dr. John Demshar devotes much of his time to traveling around the world and helping those who cannot afford or do not have access to proper eye care. Demshar has made over eighty trips to countries like Serbia, the Baja Peninsula, India, Mexico and many others. He has five more trips planned for 2012 alone. “We do eye exams, give people glasses, treat minor infections, and usually we’re dropping into places that haven’t had eye care. We were in India four years ago and they’d never seen any doctors before,” says Demshar, who is close to reaching his goal of completing one-hundred trips. It wasn’t long before Demshar realized that there was a need for his services right here in San Joaquin. “I saw articles in papers about doctors going all over the world and I thought, we have enough need in Stockton as I’ve seen in Mexico.” Demshar began working with the Gospel Center Rescue Mission and St. Mary’s Interfaith Community Services until 2000 when St. Mary’s opened a medical clinic allowing Demshar to pull all his resources into one place. The doctor offers his services for free to the public twice a month and has been doing it for twenty years now. The need was so apparent when he started the program that people began lining up to see him at two o’clock in the morning. Fortunately, Demshar has since gotten more assistance to better meet the demand.



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■ Rita Sperling President and Founder, Children’s Dream Works For twenty years, local hairstylist Rita Sperling has been raising money to buy toys and clothes for families in need in San Joaquin. “I realized that there were so many more kids in the community who needed things, families that needed help, especially during the holidays. I decided in order to help them I needed to start my own organization,” says Sperling. As a result, she launched Children’s Dream Works, a Lodi organization which raises money to help families year round with whatever they need, be it clothes, school supplies, groceries, and of course Christmas gifts. During the holidays, Sperling and her board members shop for roughly one thousand kids, wrap the gifts themselves, and deliver them to the families in person. “It’s done on a very personal basis,” says Sperling. Last year, a former foster child recognized Sperling while shopping in Toys R Us and said she remembered the program’s generosity and wanted to pay it forward, offering to buy a toy for child in need. “It’s so amazing. It comes back around… We have passed on to them the importance of ‘this is not charity, this is sharing.’ This is our community coming together and donating funds.” Sperling also started the Betty J. Williams scholarship fund in memory of her mother which awards roughly $15,000 each year to high school and college students who need financial assistance. “I’m very humble but I’m very proud,” says Sperling. “And the women on my board… I know that there are angel wings waiting for them because they are tremendous and they do everything I ask. I’m very fortunate.”



■ Gayle Oxford Founder, The D.O.V.E.S. Program Gayle started the D.O.V.E.S. program (Discovering Our Visions through Equestrian Services) roughly four years ago and has since helped hundreds of at-risk children on her ranch in Lodi by allowing them to work with her horses. “When we say children at risk, it encompasses a lot of different special circumstances and needs kids have,” says Oxford. “We work with autistic children, those with behavior issues, kids who have psychological problems or some who have been abused. We also have kids that are under privileged or low income.” Throughout the program, which runs anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks, kids are paired up with a volunteer and learn how to groom, saddle, and ride the horses, and complete other ranch chores like cleaning out the stalls or feeding the animals. “It’s a lot of fun. The kids love it out here,” says Oxford. Though a very small donation is asked of those who can afford it, a family’s ability to pay does not affect a child’s chance of getting into D.O.V.E.S. “A child we feel could really benefit from what we offer will have priority,” she says. Through this program, kids are able to build confidence, work on their social skills with other children, and get fresh air and exercise in a unique ranch environment. More importantly, they have fun.



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■ John Vera President, Mary Graham Children’s Foundation John Vera has dedicated his life to helping others. For years he worked as a director of the Human Services Agency in Stockton offering much needed assistance to local families in need. In 2001, Vera and his board of directors decided to create a private non-profit that would allow them to open a children’s shelter in the area. Now known as The Mary Graham Children’s Shelter Foundation, the organization takes in kids who are victims of abuse, neglect, or abandonment, offers them health and education services, and places them in new safe and loving homes. But soon after the shelter opened, Vera and his friend Helen Crane decided more could be done, and started a grant for foster kids transitioning into the real world. “I spent my career in human services and to see foster kids or youth with no place to go once they get out of foster care… they have no support systems for the most part. Their families are no

longer intact or available to them. Once they leave foster care they are pretty much on their own and the data shows a goodly number end up in the adult correction system; they become homeless, they don’t go on to college,” says Vera. “When we talked about creating this program I thought it was perfect opportunity to find something for these young people to take advantage of; an opportunity they might have to further their education and graduate from college.” This year the scholarship fund will give out roughly $75,000 to deserving foster youth who, in return, must maintain a reasonable GPA and complete a certain amount of credits. The students are also paired up with a mentor to help them cope with any stress and stay on the right path. “It’s just really satisfying to see what happens with some when they move on or actually graduate from universities,” says Vera. “It’s fantastic.”




■ Tony Washington Founder, Apollo Night


As a young man growing up in Chicago, Tony Washington knew there were a number of teen clubs and after school programs available for young people. But when he moved to Stockton as an adult and began managing a 75-unit, low-income housing community, he saw that kids had nothing to do, and as a result they were getting more involved in drugs, gangs, and other negative actives. “Everything you can imagine was going on in that part of town and that complex prior to me getting there,” says Washington. “I took the position and wanted to make a change,” Washington made a commitment to his tenants that he would be an active member of the community. He began the Just Say No program to keep kids off drugs, which allowed him to organize activities for local kids. Being a singer himself, Washington noticed that many kids in the complex loved to perform. He decided to host a talent show called Apollo Night (named after the famous talent showcase.) Kids who participated needed to come to Just Say No meetings every day, do well in school and stay out of trouble. The results were overwhelmingly positive. “The police had done some statistics, when Apollo night was going on during summer months, teen crime was going down… it was making a difference with the young people in the community,” says Washington. Since beginning Apollo Night in 1999, the program has continued to have a positive influence on Stockton’s inner-city youth, and many of the performers in the talent showcase have gone on to work in films, with top musical acts, and even in events as big as the Super Bowl and the Grammies. “It’s about showcasing young people and our community in a positive way. Anything I do I want it to be positive,” says Washington. “There’s enough negative stuff in the world. I’m not trying to act like a saint; I make a lot of mistakes. I’m not a perfect person, but the few little things I have control over are going to be positive and try to help people,” says Washington. The 13th annual Apollo Night talent showcase will be this March at the Bob Hope Theater.

■ Julie McKinley Local Volunteer, Lodi Support Our Troops

Lodi Support our Troops was initially started by LaRhonda and Dale Templeton in 2003 to help give comfort and encouragement to the armed forces stationed overseas. Since then, the work of devoted local volunteers has helped the organization flourish. Julie McKinley is one of the full-time volunteers who has become vital to the organization’s continued success. As event coordinator, Julie helps organize events which raise thousands of dollars to create care packages for troops abroad. Julie felt compelled to get involved due to her own personal ties to the armed forces. “My son is in the marines, and I’m an air force veteran,” she says. “It was 2 years ago when a couple of



the gals came around asking for donations for raffle baskets and I asked, how can I get involved? That was the beginning of it.” Each year since Lodi Support Our Troops began, the amount of funds raised and number of boxes sent to soldiers has risen steadily. In 2011, their events brought in $11,000 which allowed 2,290 boxes to be sent. Some of the most popular items in the care packages include beef jerky, pudding cups, pop tarts, books, pencils and pens, nail clippers, Q-tips, black electrical tape, and other hygiene products. Julie’s son will be deployed to Afghanistan this May and so she will be sending him a box in the mail. “There are probably maybe 20 people in our group now that put a huge effort into it,” she says. “There are volunteers everywhere and

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■ Ruth & George Briggs Local Volunteers For the last thirty-two years, Stockton locals and married couple Ruth & George Briggs have been visiting the Veterans hospital in Livermore, donating their time and services to help the patients there, all of which are honorary discharged veterans. So far they’ve logged over 22,000 hours in volunteer time, which is the equivalent of twentyfour hours a day for more than two and half years. “My husband was in the service for 22 years and we wanted to pay back by taking care of veterans,” says Ruth. “It was something to do, but it was really more to help.” Ruth and George used to go to the hospital three days each week, though recently

they’ve had to cut down their visits. While in the hospital, the couple takes care of the coffee station, the snacks, replenishing supplies, and keeping the office organized. They also visit with the vets, some of which don’t have families or friends to visit. “…It makes them feel good to see some people they know. There are a few from Stockton and Tracy. I wish more people would volunteer…” says Ruth. The couple even recieved a letter from the president commending their volunteerism. “You meet a lot of nice people. You get to know the veterans... It’s a good feeling. You're helping out.”

■ Sarah Garfield and the One.TLC Staff Local Public School for Homeless Children The staff at One.TLC School for Homeless Children can be counted on your finger tips. Made up of founder Sarah Garfield, teachers Gail Jones, Carol Cohen, Lisa Rie, and Raquel Olpin, volunteer Rita Steele, secretary Kathy Jantz, and faithful bus driver Patrick Dillon, this versatile group of child advocates is used to working with kids whose home lives are constantly in flux, and tries to give them as much stability as possible. Some kids who arrive at One.TLC come with nothing more than the clothes on their back, in which case the school is able to provide them with clothing, shoes, school supplies, back packs, and other necessities. The staff continues to go above and beyond by taking kids on field trips, involving them in after school activities, conducting home visits, and helping them deal with the emotional and health issues that often arise. Once the kids leave the school, they are encouraged to stay in touch with the staff. Founder Sarah Garfield, who was recently honored with the prestigious Athena Award for her work with One.TLC, says this of the team: “They are there day by day, dealing with all the problems of the children, trying to help and support the families. They go above and beyond every minute of every day to serve these children who are the most at-risk students in our school population.” Currently, One.TLC offers classes for grades K-6, and though their average student population is about forty children, that number fluctuates on a daily basis. The school is operated by the San Joaquin County Office of Education and the Stockton Unified School District which makes a tremendous contribution by letting One.TLC operate rent-free. This school is truly a collaborative effort run on the generosity of those involved.


FOR MORE INFORMATION: The D.O.V.E.S. Program, Lodi (209) 329-7034, Children’s Dream Works, Lodi (209) 334-5357, Charterhouse Center for Families, Stockton (209) 476-1106, The Flying Samaritans,

Lions in Sight, Ladybugs of San Joaquin Stockton, (209) 610-1893 Lodi Support Our Troops, Lodi (209) 745-2849, Mary Graham Children’s Shelter Foundation, Stockton (209) 468-7635,

One.TLC School for Homeless Children Stockton, (209) 468-9492 Veterans Affairs Hospital, Livermore (209) 373-4700, Apollo Night, Stockton, (209) 546-1622




How to Purchase Art By ROBIN KNOWLTON

Adding Beauty to Your Home People often ask me, how should I buy art? The answer is simple: buy what you love. Other than that, the key to purchasing art is to buy from a reputable gallery. You want to trust that the asking price reflects the quality of the piece and the reputation of the artist. Gallery staff should strive to establish a relationship with their clients to provide them with the best service possible. The more they know about a client’s tastes and interests, the more they can help them select pieces they will be happy with and that will look perfect in their home or office. Galleries usually specialize in a specific type of art such as abstract, impressionist, historic, contemporary, landscape or figurative. Visit a number of galleries to get a sense of what it is you like. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Most galleries also have a

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ark Lisa can rattle off a seemingly endless list of cutting edge technology that Doctors Hospital of Manteca employs to care for patients. But as far as the hospital’s chief executive officer is concerned that’s not what makes the medical facility celebrating 50 years of service a success. “Our staff is what makes Doctors Hospital of Manteca a success from nurses to housekeeping to engineering,” Lisa said. “They are the hospital.” Lisa notes that the hospital’s 341 full-time equivalent employees work seamlessly to provide the best health services and best caring environment for patients. “There are a number of behind-the-scenes people a patient never sees that makes sure their stay here goes well,” Lisa noted. Tenet has made sure it supplies the latest technology and services to wed with a dedicated Doctors Hospital of Manteca Chief Executive Officer Mark Lisa. staff to deliver the best possible health care. Dr. Dhaliwal, a prominent local physician, is time. 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How to save time and money at the dentist CEREC dental restorations offer a single-visit solution to common dental procedures

It’s a common dental practice: Schedule an appointment, visit your dentist, and get a procedure done, only to have to schedule a follow-up appointment—and more often than not, multiple follow-ups. One Appointment Dentistry in Stockton offers one easy solution: CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) dentistry, a state-of-the-art dental restoration procedure that saves time, money, and dental woes, without sacrificing quality. With CEREC, common procedures like getting root canals, fillings, crowns, or veneers are carried out in a single visit instead of the usual two or three appointments. “Dentistry is a progression, and dentists tend to work on the same tooth over and over again,” says Dr. Ronald Noriesta.

“This changes the philosophy of dentistry altogether.” In CEREC procedures, a camera takes a digital image of the tooth, which is then converted into a 3D computerized model that the dentist uses to design a new tooth. An on-site milling machine then fabricates the new tooth from a highquality ceramic block. Though CEREC restorations are more expensive than conventional methods, patients save money in the long run because of the restoration’s longevity and single appointment procedure. In addition to saving time and money, single-visit procedures reduce the number of local anesthetic injections needed. CEREC restorations require less drilling of the tooth, so there is more conservation of sound tooth structure. It also eliminates






the need for temporary restorations. The ceramic used is proven to be stronger, longer lasting, and more natural-looking than conventional porcelains, and since the restoration is fabricated in-house from start to finish, the dentist has complete control of the final result. “The best way to save money in dentistry is to put something in that’s stable, will last a long time, and won’t damage teeth in the long run,” Dr. Noriesta says. CEREC is covered by most dental insurance plans. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Dr. Ronald Noriesta, DDS, One Appointment Dentistry, 3031 W. March Lane, Suite 340, Stockton. (209) 472-7500,

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How to Select a High School by KATY BERRY

When selecting a new high school, both the student and the parents have several important factors to consider. A top priority should be the overall atmosphere of the school and whether your child will be in a safe and comfortable learning environment. Kathy Smith, dean of students at St. Mary’s High School in Stockton, suggests taking a tour or shadowing a student. “Ask a friend if you can shadow them, that’s the best way. During their lunch break go explore the campus to get a feel for it.” Of course, academics are a close second. At St. Mary’s, 98 percent of all students who graduate go on to attend some sort of college. And because there is an average of 225 students per grade, the class sizes are intimate, encouraging higher test scores, better attendance, and improved grades in general. If the student excels at a particular subject, make sure that department is

strong, and that the school has a variety of course offerings at different levels of instruction. Extracurricular activities are also very important. Whether the student is interested in the arts or athletics, make sure the school offers programs that will satisfy their interests. There are other special considerations that may affect your choice. For example, St. Mary’s offers counseling services that are not only academic, but include grief counseling, psychological counseling, and NCAA counseling. If the school requires tuition, you may ask if they offer a financial aid program. Inquire about tutoring services, and what sort of effort is put forth to help students apply for scholarships. In the end, each family has different criteria for what they consider important factors in making a decision, but the right school will offer the student a safe, supportive






environment where they can prepare for the future while becoming a confident, wellrounded individual.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT: St. Mary’s High School 5648 N. El Dorado St., Stockton (209) 957-3340

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How to Have a Great Smile in Six Months by KATY BERRY

Nothing is more beautiful than a healthy smile, and having straight teeth is one of the most effective ways to achieve a gorgeous grin. But for many teens and adults, metal braces are synonymous with a process that’s long, painful, and expensive. Not anymore. Suzuki DMD & Associates Family Dentistry in Lodi now offers Six Month Smiles Cosmetic Braces, a state-of-the-art way to get the smile you desire without the length of time associated with traditional braces. For those who are over the age of 15 and want to fix their crooked, spaced, or overcrowded teeth, the Six Month Smiles system makes the process incredibly simple. Six Month Smiles braces shift teeth into place using low force, which means no pain or discomfort. The average time it takes

to perfect your smile is only six months, (traditional braces can take years), which means you can expect less trips to the dentist and less money out of your pocket. And for those who hate the look of metal braces, the Six Month Smiles system is virtually invisible. Clear braces and tooth-colored wires make them less obvious so you won’t have to feel self-conscious during the process. The first step is to schedule a consultation with a certified Six Month Smiles provider to see if the program is for you. Six Month Smiles is not suitable for anyone who needs a major adjustment in their bite, but those who only need cosmetic adjustments may be less than a year away from the stunning smile they’ve always wanted.






FOR MORE INFORMATION: Suzuki DMD & Associates Family Dentistry 801 South Ham Lane, Suite L Lodi, (209) 334-0630,

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How to Select the Right Window Treatments for Your Home by KATY BERRY

Window treatments are a necessary component in creating a home that’s comfortable, stylish, and safe. Privacy, insulation, lighting, and style are all equally important factors to consider when choosing what best suits each room in your house and your personal taste. Luckily, Discovery Shutters and Shadings in Stockton and Roseville is the only Hunter Douglas gallery store in San Joaquin which specializes solely in window treatments. As a local business that’s been serving the Stockton/Lodi area for over 22 years, they are a reliable resource happy to assist you in making the right decisions. Discovery Shutters and Shadings has a showroom with over forty displays and a talented staff ready to guide you through your choices. They also offer free inhome consultations, taking all factors into consideration. For instance, rooms with western exposure tend to have higher temperatures, brighter light, and more glare. Choosing the right window

treatment can significantly reduce these issues so you are comfortable year round. Or perhaps you want optimal privacy. You might consider a multi-function shade which allows you to see outside, while restricting any visibility from the outdoors. For the eco-friendly family, honeycomb shades create an insulating barrier similar to triple paned windows, which not only provide a stylish and contemporary look, but offers beneficial energy saving qualities. Considering different materials will also help you make an informed decision. Shades come in a number of different colors and fabrics to compliment your home décor, while shutters can be ordered in a variety of materials like natural wood for a warmer feel, or polysatin vinyl, which is lightweight, easy to clean for optimal maintenance, and comes with a lifetime guarantee against warping, discoloration, and cracking. No matter what you choose, Discovery Shutters and Shadings is a Hunter Douglas






gallery dealer, which means you’ll be protected by their outstanding warranties and customer service, and no matter how large the job, your installation will be completed in one day. Discovery Shutters and Shadings also offers the Right Choice Guarantee, which means if you change your mind after having your treatments installed, you can have them replaced at no charge to you. That means you can relax while you shop and feel confident that no matter what, you’ll love the final product.

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How to Be Trend Savvy This Season by KATY BERRY

Those looking to breathe new life into their Spring and Summer wardrobes will find plenty of flirty trends strolling down the runway this season including bold prints, chunky accessories, and gladiator sandals, just to name a few. A vibrant color palette is a must for Spring and Summer with special attention paid to fearless shades of red and orange. However many designers are also mixing in classic black and white creations and nautical stripes are still in from last year. For a bit of each, try Nicole Miller’s one-shoulder dresses available at Fina in Lincoln Center. Consider adding some paisley to your wardrobe as well. The whimsical print is classically used in fashions for warmer weather. For those wanting a more girly flare, bits of lace are artfully added to blouses, skirts and dresses this season.

For shorts, it’s all about a slightly higher waist. Boyish cuts with straight (not tight) legs that fall above the knee create a fun and elegant look when paired with feminine tops. The best part is this look goes both ways and can be dressed up with heels, or dressed down with flip-flops for a more casual but refined look. Try the Vince White Buckle Bermuda Short paired with a lemon yellow Joie silk tank, both available at Fina. For pants, the word of choice is fancy. Patterns and colored denims are a hit below the waist, with tons of options to choose from by designers like Paige, Adriano Goldschmied and True Religion. For shoes, be sure to stock up on gladiator sandals. You may remember when they made a major splash in 2008, but this year they’ve swapped metallics for bright colors and a heavily strapped heel. Try Dolce Vita Ratan






Aqua Gladiator Wedge at Fina. Handbags are also no exception to the color craze, so pick a frisky shade and go for it. For evenings, large clutches are a must-have. Jewelry is big and bold colors inspired by nature are in. And while silver is always hot, gold is making a comeback. Consider the Marcia Moran Teardrop Necklace, bracelet, and statement ring, also available at Fina.

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How to Find Affordable Health Care in San Joaquin Finding affordable health coverage that’s right for your family can be tough. For many, sorting through the process is frustrating and confusing. Don’t decide for yourself whether health care is out of your reach; Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) may be able to help. HPSJ has been a leader in connecting individuals and families in our area for over 15 years. • Step One: Contact an application assistor HPSJ has application assistance specialists available on-site and by phone to help you complete applications for coverage. Just call (888) 896-7256 Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and speak with an enrollment specialist.

to HPSJ specialists, you can get help at conveniently located resource agencies: Catholic Charities Diocese of Stockton (209) 444-5940, Charterhouse Center for Families (209) 476-1106, and Manteca Unified School Health Services (209) 858-0842. • Step Three: Sign and send your application and required support documents Application assistors can identify the documents that must be sent with your application. After the application is completed, just sign and send in your application to the appropriate health program for a final eligibility determination.

• Step Two: Find out your program options You can start an application over the phone or complete it in person with the assistance of a certified application assistor. In addition

HPSJ is a participating health plan of affordable health care programs that you may be eligible for including: Healthy Families Program for children of working families; AIM (Access for Infants and Mothers) Program for expectant mothers; and MediCal for low-income families, seniors, blind,






and disabled persons. Members can select from hundreds of doctors and specialists throughout San Joaquin County and have access to case management, a multi-language customer service department, a local office to meet with health plan staff one on one, a 24/7 FREE Advice Nurse Line and online services.

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Between June 2011-May 2012, most people with disabilities and seniors on Medi-Cal will need to enroll in a Medi-Cal Health Plan by the end of their birthday month.

What do these changes mean? By choosing Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) as your Medi-Cal Health Plan, you will be connecting yourself to hundreds of primary care physicians and over 2,400 specialists with easy access to your personal doctor and local and nationwide care. Our network includes neighborhood pharmacies as well as chain pharmacies such as CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, Safeway, and Save-Mart. HPSJ’s case managers will work closely with you, your doctors, pharmacist, physical therapist, and other health care providers to help you get the care you need.

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Choosing Furniture for Your House Beautiful furniture can make a big impact upon the look and feel of your home. Choosing the right style and design of furniture for your home and life is very important to ensure that this investment in your furniture will be a great value. No matter which room that you need furniture for, it is important to consider your family’s needs and the style of your room and home to get furniture that will work well for your home and your family. Where do you begin in choosing furniture? What is the function of your room? If your room is a dining room, you need to determine how you are going to use the room and for what purposes. Do you want a more formal space for entertaining or a more casual space for dinners with the family? By considering your desires for the room, you can better determine what furniture that you need for your room. What is the style of the room? Is it a contemporary styled room or a more traditional room? This choice will dictate the style of furniture that you choose. Contemporary styled furniture normally features more clean lines, while traditional styled furniture has more classic style and design. Many times, contemporary furniture is considered a piece of art with

its contemporary materials and design. What is the size of the room? Taking the size of your room into consideration is an important step. The pieces that you choose should fit the proportions of your room to make the most of the function of the room. The size and number of pieces that you choose should fit in your room without overcrowding it to ensure that the room still feels inviting and open. What is your budget? Finding furniture that fits your budget can help to increase your satisfaction with the furniture. Setting a budget for your furniture expenses will allow you to focus on finding furniture that will fit your needs and your finances. Furniture is not expensive when decorating a single room. When you have a whole house to furnish, then it can be moderately expensive, so you want to be sure that you set a budget that you can afford. This basic guideline will give you a parameter to work with. What are your needs? Do you have children or pets? If so, you will want to make sure that the furniture that you choose is easy to clean and take care of. There are fabrics that are easier to clean and keep free from stains, so if you have pets or children, you want to be sure that






you choose one of these fabrics to keep your furniture looking beautiful. By answering the above questions, you can better determine which furniture is best for your particular room and your needs. This will increase the monetary value of the furniture and the value of it to your life. By choosing your furniture carefully and with great thought, you will find that you will have furniture that will stand the wear and tear of life and the test of time. With just a little thought and research, you will find that your furniture will add style and class to your home. Minerva’s Furniture has numerous styles and colors on their showroom floor. Their professional and friendly staff is available to help you make your house, a home. Come visit us for ideas, choices and support. Minerva’s Furniture is located in beautiful downtown Lodi.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 21 West Oak Street Downtown Lodi (Next to Rosewood) (209) 334-9411 Monday-Saturday 10am to 6pm

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How To Detect Early Oral Cancer by DR. ANUREET SOHI-THADWAL, DDS

Oral cancer is not just an old men’s or smokers’ disease. Its numbers are rising among women, young people, and nonsmokers alike. Here are some facts to consider about oral cancer: Approximately 25 percent of all cases have no known risk factors. One North American dies of oral cancer every hour of every day. An estimated 33 percent of oral cancer victims are female. Oral cancer attacks 3 times as many people as cervical cancer and two-thirds of the time when it is detected, it’s already in late stages. When discovered in late stages, the 5 year survival rate is only 22 percent. However, there is good news. When discovered in early stages, the survival rate for those with oral cancer leaps to 80 percent or higher.



Getting an oral cancer screening done by your dentist is an effective way to discover it at an early, highly curable stage. Sapphire Plus Lesion Detection is new adjunctive technology that, in combination with regular oral and physical exams, allows your dentist to discover oral lesions early. Without this technology cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions could go undetected. Sapphire Plus Lesion Detection is a painless procedure that can be completed in minutes, and uses light to detect lesions that may not be readily visible. It also gives your dentists a clear, upclose look at the condition of your mouth. Early detection can save your life, so call to schedule a thorough visual and physical oral exam plus a Sapphire Plus Lesion Detection screening today.




FOR MORE INFORMATION: All About Smiles, Anureet Sohi-Thadwall, DDS 5904 N. El Dorado, #C, Stockton (209) 957-8907,

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How to enjoy your next group class by KACI BARNES

Group classes are the perfect way to jump start a workout routine and get results. The structure of having set classes and motivating workouts creates a platform for success. Not only will your body thank you, but the comradery that you’ll be a part of will inspire you to attend class and encourage you to do your best. Take the first step and get moving. Find your motivation. Are you getting the results that you want? Do you feel like you’re doing the same thing every time you go to the gym? Find what’s driving you to try something new and embrace it. Start small. Try one of the many Intro classes, the classes are only 30 minutesperfect to get acquainted and figure out if it’s right for you. Continue on to Beginner classes and before you know it you’ll be front and center during the advanced classes.



Bring a friend. Sometimes in a group environment having a partner can ease nerves and make you feel comfortable. Plus, they’ll get a great workout too. Ask questions. If you’ve never taken the class before don’t be scared to ask the instructor for help; they’ll be happy to show you how to do certain moves or even just explain how the class goes. Have fun! One of the major benefits of working out in a group is the enjoyment that comes with it. You’ll start looking forward to your workouts instead of forcing yourself to complete them. Find what’s right for you and go for it. Progress comes from a variety of workouts. You can’t expect to see results if you’re doing the same thing over and over. What are you waiting for? Try something newjoin the group!

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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Plan ahead for retirement with our guide to local services, communities, and options for the most important time in life. n BETHANY HOME IN-HOME CARE

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


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



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


Valley owned and operated by Premiera Care, The Commons communities offer a senior housing alternative combining independence with personal care in a warm dignified community setting. From our personal care services to our activities program, we strive to create a menu of options uniquely tailored to fit your individual needs. Those who become part of our family enjoy a beautifully decorated community with exceptional personal care from a staff ready to help 24 hours a day. Amenities include: elegant dining room, library, barber & beauty shop, hydrotherapy bath, emergency call systems, medication supervision, transportation, three chef prepared meals, weekly housekeeping services, planned activities, and much more! Come discover the difference, where quality of care matters every day. The Commons Modesto, (209) 526-2053 Stockton, (209) 476-1500

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Russell A. Ballew, Financial Advisor My expertise is in holistic investment solutions to advance the wealth building and preservation priorities of small business owners, retirees and other investors. The strategies are driven by a thorough inventory of the client's finanical objectives and requirements and are designed to reflect risks that current market and economic conditions may present. Clients rely on me to help them navigate the many practical challenges and frequent extraordinary demands of successful long-term investing. I work tirelessly to explore investment solutions to enrich our client's lives and legacies, while inspiring confidence, trust and peace of mind. Once a client has made asset allocation decisions, I monitor the investments to ensure they remain on course and appropriate given current conditions. I joined UBS in 2006. My journey in the financial services industry started in 2002 while working for the Chevron pension plan. Prior to that, I worked in the not-for-profit arena. I hold my Series 7 and 65 securities licenses, as well as a B.A. in Organizational Development from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and an M.B.A. in Investment Management from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. I am passionate about serving the community; I have served on the Board of Directors of the Stockton Homeless Shelter. I have also served as a director for the Boys and Girls Club of Tracy, the Tracy Kiwanis Organization and the Baha'i Community of Northern California. I am also a youth soccer coach. My wife, Taraneh,

Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care Community A state of the art housing and health care alternative combining independence with personal care in a warm dignified community setting. •Chef Prepared Meals Daily •Laundry/Linen Service •Barber/Beauty Services •Transportation •Library •Activities Programs •Medication Supervision •Security/Emergency Systems •Hydrotherapy Bath •Special Personal Care Services Provided as Needed •Pets Welcome •Spa Services

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


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


Arbor Nursing Center in Lodi was awarded the Clinical Excellence Award for 2010! They exceeded Quality of Care in 4 Clinical categories EVERY month in the year 2010! Arbor Nursing Center is centrally located in the quiet northern part of town. A few minutes from downtown, a few blocks from H.W. 99 and only 5 minutes from Lodi Memorial Hospital and our Doctor’s offices. Their 149 bed family facility provides some Private Rooms, Private Dinning and Private Family room all located on the Terrace Unit. In addition their semi-

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rooms have views of one of two different large outdoor patios. The state-of the-art Therapy gym with full windows on three sides and access to one of the patios creates a very enjoyable atmosphere. Please come by for a visit and receive a complimentary gift from us. Have a very Happy & Healthy Holiday Season. “We are Family Serving Families”. Arbor Nursing Center 900 North Church Street, Lodi, (209) 333-1222


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

n O’CONNOR WOODS IS SATELLITE CAMPUS FOR UOP Unforgettable Events in an Unforgettable Setting O'Connor Woods offers a very personal and private experience for your special events. Our lush 34-acre country estate is filled with century old oak trees, lawns, flowers and a variety of settings that can suit many occasions--even a private chapel for small weddings. Our staff provides the professional service and attention to detail that creates memorable and unique events for you and your guests. From buffets to sit-down dinners, casual or formal, you have many options. Call our catering specialist today at (209) 956-3449. 3400 Wagner Heights Rd., Stockton (209) 956-3400

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RANCHO PESCADERO Shore up at this romantic getaway for a sun-drenched stay south of the border. BY JENNIFER THORNTON

Within two seconds of arriving at Rancho Pescadero, named one of the “World’s Most Romantic Hotels” by the savvy set over at Travel + Leisure, I discover that the rumors pegging the beachfront retreat as a “sexy surf haven” are mostly true. A glance here, a glimpse there, and I cannot believe that just hours earlier I had cynically insisted to everyone within earshot (including those seated in row F on Mexicana Airlines Flight 220) that the claim was probably just slick marketing. Smoke and mirrors, I assured. Blame my skepticism on my last sojourn to Mexico, where my open-air “seaside sanctuary” bordered, rather shockingly (and totally without warning), a nude beach—disconcerting news on its own, but considering that I still rock a modest one-piece, horrifying. Thankfully, the big reveal at Rancho Pescadero is that the “haven” claim is real. Situated just one hour north of buzzing Cabo San Lucas, but world’s-away from its hightraffic all-inclusive hotels, both in distance and in vibe, this welcoming red-clay oasis occupies a coveted perch on the Pacific Coast of Baja California Sur—that’s 15 acres of awesome on an empty (but clothed) stretch of beach, a lush tropical setting and striking panoramas everywhere you look. Since opening two years ago, Rancho Pescadero has el-



evated Mexican beachfront living considerably by bucking just about every trend now associated with the “boutique beach hotel.” Surrounded by swaying palms and painterly sand dunes, accommodations here are intentionally sparse so that seclusion is a given. Each of the property’s 27 authentically adorned casitas feature a textured tapestry that weaves together earthy elements like Oaxacan pottery and hand-woven rugs with modern appointments and rejuvenating extras. My husband Mike and I have been stayed at many boutique Mexican resorts. All of them are charming, but either skewed more toward him (a highoctane jungle trekker) or me (a low-key spa enthusiast), seldom both. Rancho Pescadero, on the other hand, is far more gender neutral. While ogling the view and dusting off my broken Spanish with the amiable and patient Javier, I see Mike’s eyes dart from the sumptuously draped bed to the sunken tub to the mosaic shower and back to the bed with laser-like intensity and know we’ve happened upon our best find yet.

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Later, after our 15-minute power nap turns into a four-hour lights-out snooze, we tour the rest of Rancho Pescadero, taking an immediate notice of the outdoor kitchen set just off the resort’s organic garden (the top toque here was the former sous chef at the Jean Georges restaurant at the Palmilla, which counts Jen Aniston as a regular). Add to this two pools and hot tubs; a bar area; a yoga pavilion overlooking the ocean, and abundant nature anchored by MARCH 2012


a stunning two-mile stretch of a secluded whitesand beach.  This backdrop not only encourages unwinding, it all but peddles it. There is no shortage of places to sloth about. Day beds, lounges, and hammocks take the whole “maxing and relaxing” idea to an entirely new level of bliss. Nirvana continues with complimentary beach yoga and a trip to the Mayan-inspired Tres Hermanas Spa. Run by three sisters with healing hands from Cuernavaca, Mexico, this seaside oasis pampers with premium spa therapies featuring products made with local ingredients like Damiana plant, which is considered an aphrodisiac. My heat sensitive hubby skipped the Temazcal treatment—a ritual sauna experience based on an ancient Mayan cleansing rite that steams the stress right out of you—but happily indulged in a fun but informative couples massage lesson. (I was the better student, apparently, as our at-home tally has me up 10 massages to his 1.) Of course, it’s not all about kicking back at Rancho Pescadero—although, no fooling, that’s a



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Known for its period façade (remains of sugar mills and haciendas of the barons who owned them pepper the town), Todo Santos recalls Mexico’s colonial history. Here, 10 reasons to decamp to the coastal village.


To-die-for Chile rellenos, margaritas and surprisingly good espresso at Miguel’s, a sand-floor shack.


Lime-drenched chips and zesty guacamole at the Hotel California’s open-air restaurant.


$125 per night night room rates (breakfast included!) at the Todo Santos Inn, a 19th century brickand-adobe hacienda in the heart of downtown.


Three world-class surf spots and two swimming beaches within seven miles of town.


Buddhist meditation every Saturday morning at El Dharma.


Daily yoga classes on the cheap (just 70 pesos per class) at La Arca (located across from Todo Santos Inn).


Live Spanish guitar at La Copa Bar every Thursday night.


The Cultural Center & Museum—a trove of local history, artifacts and exhibits.


Eco Adventures abound! Every possible activity—from a 4-day trek through Sierra de la Laguna mountains to a cactus sanctuary tour to a half-day cliff walk—is available. Arrange excursions at the Todo Santos Inn.

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huge part of the experience. Those who summon the urge to leave their suite find that seductions extend to recreation, including surfing, boogie boarding, mountain biking, and horseback riding. And then there’s the whole matter of swimming with whale sharks—one of the few places in the world where this is possible. Though intrigued, I sheepishly admit that the prospect was too terrifying for me to seriously contemplate. A totally game Mike, however, was convinced from the get go. So, while he was taking a dip with Jaws, I strapped on my best trekkers and hiked to a hidden waterfall in the nearby Sierra Laguna Mountains.   Together we hopped over to the Sea of Cortez, which is renowned for its wealth of local aquaculture. Naturally, scuba diving, snorkeling and deepsea fishing are all popular pursuits and we tried our hand at angling. Seeking respite from the sun, we then headed for sleepy Todo Santos, of “Hotel California” fame. After stopping by the landmark for fresh-baked chips and zesty salsa, we picked a few artisan souvenirs. We waded past a slew of cheesy tees that (unless your name is Don Henley) you have no business wearing, to find some authentic Mexican handicraft like Day of the Dead

figurines and brightly colored statues of saints and candleholders at great prices.   Indulgences continued back at Rancho Pescadero, which benefits mightily from fresh, healthy, and organic cuisine—no limp heating-lamp fare anywhere in sight. In fact, our best meal came from plated Dorado, which I hauled out of the Sea of Cortez myself and the chef kindly prepared. The majority of Rancho Pescadero’s farm and oceanto-table food is sourced within a 20-mile radius, a fairly rare practice in Baja until recently. The bar menu also benefits from the resort’s commitment to using locally grown products. The resort actually ages its own 100-percent Blue Agave tequila and serves up an impressive selection of artisanal sips (cheers to the Cilantro Margarita!) and a nearly totally Mexican wine list. Saving the best for last, nightly rates at Rancho Pescadero includes a delivery of fruit and coffee each morning and starts at just $185 per night.

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Stockton’s authentic Indian restaurant offers local palettes an exotic retreat. BY KATY BERRY

Whether it’s your first time giving Indian cuisine a whirl, or you’re a regular who’s no stranger to cravings for garlic naan and chicken tikka masala, Tandoori Nights in Stockton is the place to go for a filling and authentic Indian meal. The food is so indulgent that since owners Jassi and Simi Singh closed the doors of their Dublin location to start their business in Stockton in 1993, Bay Area residents have been pleading for them to bring their food back to the Bay. Sorry guys, we wouldn’t let this local gem go without a fight. >>



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Simi and Jassi Singh initially moved to America from India in 1985. Having always cooked meals at home for their friends and family, Jassi decided to work in a restaurant, learning the trade until it was time for him to open a place of his own. Their current restaurant in Stockton is a haven for those who have grown tired of typical American fare and want to revel in unique flavors from abroad. If you’re not familiar with Indian food, it’s made up of certain staples like naan, a soft and crispy bread baked on the side of a traditional Tandoor oven, basmati rice, marinated lamb and chicken, and creamy dishes cooked in rich, flavorful sauces made with a base of pureed tomatoes, onions, or cashews. Indian cuisine offers a variety of vegetarian-friendly dishes and relies on a wealth of spices like cumin, cinnamon, coriander, paprika, and chili. The result is food that bursts with complex and aromatic flavors. The restaurant itself boasts brightly painted walls in shades of chartreuse, bright red, and curry-yellow, decorative Indian folk art hangs on the walls and Indian music plays in the background. We started our meal with two frosty lagers: Flying Horse and Taj Majal, both light and crisp, and since they come in generous 22 ounce bottles, there was plenty to



wash down Tandoori’s spicy green hot sauce, a thick, vibrantly colored sauce that hits the tongue with a bright burst of cilantro and mint, but finishes with a fiery, jalapeno fueled after-burn. It was fabulous on appetizers like the fried fish amritasi or the vegetable samosa (fried veggie fritters). Also enjoyable is the Indian sweet and sour sauce made from tamarind, which tastes similar to cinnamon. Both are fun to experiment with while enjoying a few starters. Salad lovers should absolutely try the Indian salad, which is flavored with cumin and dry mango powder for something far more interesting than your typical house salad slathered in ranch. For those new to Indian cuisine, Simi suggests trying the navratan korma, a vegetarian dish that is filled with vegetables and nuts in a slightly sweet and creamy sauce that’s topped with farmer’s cheese. Another favorite is the chicken sagwala, roasted chicken in a mildly spiced creamed spinach sauce. All dishes can be spiced mild, medium, or hot to accommodate each palette. The tandoori platter is a great way to sample the foods cooked in the restaurant’s traditional tandoor, a clay pot oven that reaches temperatures between 600 and 700 degrees. It only takes two minutes to bake a basket of fresh naan in the tandoor, where

the dough is stuck to the sides of the clay pot. The tandoor meat is marinated with lemon, yogurt, vinegar, and spices like paprika, which gives the chicken its signature red hue. It’s then skewered and baked to perfection. Perhaps the most enjoyable part about eating at Tandoori Nites is the fun of mixing and matching all the foods. Served in elegant silver bowls, it’s easy to share with your date. Just grab a plate, a piece of naan, a helping of rice, and go for it. As you combine different meats with various sauces and sides, you’ll find that every bite is a little different, but the savory-sweet flavors are delectable and easy to devour, each bite taking your palette on a momentary vacation.

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

It takes an inquisitive mind to even want to make a wine called Charbono, and pure skill to make something significant from this little known black skinned grape. Meet Antonio Pasos, owner/winemaker of Lodi’s Pasos Vineyards. Mr. Pasos discovered his calling fairly early in life, when his family moved from Monterey (where he was born) to Madera in California’s Central Valley to grow wine grapes. Granted, 30 years ago the Madera American Viticultural Area was mostly about Thompson Seedless – industry old timers will recall that at one point, this table grape was the backbone of California “Chablis” – but in their own backyard, the Pasos family also grew “experimental” grapes like Syrah, and various clones of Cabernet Sauvignon on multiple rootstocks; hence, the germination of Pasos’ inquisitive nature. While at Fresno State in the late nineties, Pasos met Adam Mettler (winemaker for Michael-David Winery), bought some Syrah from the Phillips family, and later entered the wine he had made from those grapes in an amateur wine competition. The result was a double-gold; and at that point, he realized that he had the touch. After graduating from Fresno, and following winemaking stints at Edna Valley, Fenestra, E&J Gallo and other wineries, Pasos moved up to Lodi wine country in 2004 to start up his eponymous winery at in the Vino Piazza Wine Village in the town of Lockeford. From the beginning, the idea was to specialize in classic Mediterranean grapes like Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Barbera and, most adventurous of all, Charbono.

The Near-Immortal Pasos Charbono It takes skill and daring to make wine from this little known grape... BY RANDY CAPAROSO Exclusive to San Joaquin Magazine

If there ever was a once-and-future “king” of black skinned grapes, it’s Charbono. Like Zinfandel, during the last century most California vintners didn’t even know what Charbono was or where it came from. Experts no less authoritative than Jancis Robinson mistook it for a relative of Italy’s Dolcetto grape. Others thought it related to Barbera, and one well known Mendocino vintner handled it as a variant of Pinot Noir. Finally, in 1999, DNA research conclusively established Charbono as being one and the same as the equally obscure and unappreciated grape called Corbeau, grown in France’s Savoie region. In France the grape is also called Charbonneau; and in Argentina, it is widely planted and bottled as Bonarda. In the late sixties Roy Andries de Groot wrote a groundbreaking piece on California wine for Esquire, proclaiming a circa-1940s Inglenook Charbono to be the greatest single California wine ever made. But by the late seventies – when thousands of new acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay were planted, often displacing less popular grapes like Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Barbera, and Charbono – California’s Charbono acreage dwindled to less than 100. Today barely a half-dozen wineries even bother to work with it. In the late nineties, a 3 acre vineyard of Charbono was planted in the Acampo area near Lodi’s Mokelumne River, just down the road from Heritage Oak Winery. Mr. Pasos, who was a fan of the old vine Charbono made by Turley Wine Cellars (sourced from Napa Valley’s Tofanelli Vineyard), started working with this new Lodi planting in 2003. “What I like about Charbono,” says Pasos, “is that it makes a big wine with really nice fruit – rich cherry, ripe plum, and mocha and earth tones – without being in-yourface or tannic like Cabernet Sauvignon.

Yet it has the tannin and acidity to age beautifully. Although most people have never heard of it, once they try it they love it. In fact, Charbono is one of the few wines men and women like equally. It’s almost like Merlot on steroids – big, chewy, very flavorful.” The 2008 Pasos Lodi Charbono ($38) is contemporary classic: exuding sweet, dark plums and mocha café, with touches of dried blueberry and animal skin in the nose. On the palate, this dark ruby red is full, dense, and fluid on the palate – flowing across the palate despite sinew and flesh in the texture – with a zesty edge of natural acidity that gives it an Italian-ish feel, despite the grape’s Southern French origins. There is also a 2010 Pasos Lodi Dry Charbono Rosé ($16), which Mr. Pasos describes as “so rich, it is the only rosé in the world that can follow a red wine.” The color is a bright garnet pink, and the nose suggestive of dried cherry, rose petal potpourri, exotic mango and dried fig. On the palate, the dryness is aggressively full and fleshy (despite the wine’s moderate 11.2% alcohol), with a bright, mouthwatering, pomegranate-like zip. “A perfect wine for giant prawns wrapped in prosciutto,” says Pasos, although he also suggests seafood paella, grilled white fish with mango salsa, or ceviche. For his red Charbono, Mr. Pasos suggests prosciutto layered chicken saltimbocca, Portobello mushrooms stuffed with pesto, garlic and parmigiano, or fresh herbed pork tenderloin. With or without food, Charbono makes red wines of near immortality, and pinks of amazing grace – the best varietal no one’s ever heard of!

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



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Wine Tours and Tastings

The Lodi winemaking industry has enjoyed tremendous expansion in the last decade. The land devoted to vineyards has increased from 46,000 acres in 1996, to nearly 100,000 today. Now the region produces more fine wine than Napa and Sonoma combined! The Lodi appellation is proudly blowing away the mists of anonymity that have shrouded local wines, allowing them to bask in the sunshine of worldwide recognition. We invite you to take a short ride and discover Lodi Wine Country for yourself. Berghold 17343 N. Cherry Rd. Lodi, CA 95240 (209) 333-9291

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Delicato Family Vineyards 12001 S. Highway 99 Manteca, CA 95336 (209) 824-3500

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

Viaggio 100 East Taddei Road Lodi, CA 95220 (209) 368-1378


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

Michael-David Winery 4580 W. Highway 12 Lodi, CA 95242 (209) 368-7384 Van Ruiten Family 340 W. Highway 12 Lodi, CA 95242 (209) 334-5722

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


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

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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! 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

Johnny’s Diner & Creamery @ Tracy Outlets off MacArthur 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



Tracy Thai

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

Domo Japanese Sushi Grill & Bar is the newest Japanese Cuisine Restaurant to embark Stockton. It is 8,000 square feet of Japanese experience. Domo’s Sushi, Grill, and Teppan Yaki is all about innovated food creations. There is something for everyone to enjoy. From our special sushi rolls, asparagus beef wrap, to our Teppan Yaki of Lobster, Filet Mignon, and Chicken or even a special drink or shake from our bar, there are sure to be many selections and favorites. Happy Birthday! Receive one FREE Steak and Chicken dinner with purchase of three dinner entreés or more. (Not valid with happy hour) Lunch : 7 Days a week: 11 am-2 pm Dinner: 7 Days a week: 4-9:30 pm Happy Hour: Sunday- Thursday: 4-6 pm 300 Lincoln Center, Stockton (209) 451-3654

MARCH 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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,

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




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. We are a family run restaurant and family dinning is our style!

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Lavender Vanilla Sugar Cookies



There is so much more to lavender than sachets, soaps, and potpourri—it is also a perfect addition to springtime recipes. Lavender belongs to the same family as mint and rosemary, and its use can be traced to ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman times. In fact, during the Middle Ages, it was believed that tying bunches of lavender around the wrist would keep people from falling victim to the Plague. Later, lavender was used to treat wounds when antiseptics ran short during World War I. Besides its function as a food ingredient, lavender is also used today to help relieve stress and combat sleepless nights. Lavender has a variety of uses, so you should be careful not to use the kind meant for crafts or aromatherapy when experimenting with recipes in the kitchen. Also, be sure to avoid flowers from florists or store garden centers because they are often treated with pesticides. Instead, choose culinary lavender, which is specifically made for cooking. Some popular varieties include Provence and English Lavender. Be forewarned: less is more when it comes to adding this ingredient to a dish. Too much will leave you with an overpowering taste, as if you’d eaten perfume—not the appetizing effect you were aiming for. When added in proper amounts, lavender provides a light floral, sweet taste to recipes. Some say it tastes similar to the way it smells, with hints of mint, evergreen, flowers, and rosemary. Some flavors that make for a delicious combination with lavender include chocolate, lemon, and honey. Lavender makes for a pretty, colorful addition to your recipe and will fill your kitchen with the scent of spring.



Lavender Sugar Cookies (adapted from Wisconsin Cheese) 1 tablespoon fresh or dried culinary lavender flowers 2/3 cup sugar 1 cup (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/8 teaspoon salt Sanding sugar or sprinkles for decorating Use a food processor to grind lavender flowers together with sugar. In a medium sized bowl, beat butter and lavender sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Add flour and salt and blend until combined taking care not to over mix (dough should be soft but not sticky). Separate dough into two balls and wrap in plastic, flattening each into a flat disc and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 325°F. and line baking sheets with parchment paper or leave them ungreased. Roll out one disc of dough at a time on a lightly floured surface with a floured rolling pin to about 1/4-inch thick. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters and place on prepared baking sheets. Decorate with sanding sugar and/or lightly press a lavender sprig or leaf into the cookie and top. (To keep shapes intact, refrigerate baking sheet with shaped cookies for 10 minutes before baking). Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to lightly brown around the edges. Carefully remove and cool on wire racks. Repeat with remaining dough. Makes about 2 dozen cookies depending on size.

Recipe and image courtesy of Cinnamon Girl Recipes,

MARCH 2012

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

110 W Fremont St., Stockton 209-944-1140 for reservations

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

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


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

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

2333 Pacific Ave, Stockton (209) 462- 5283




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.

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Mikasa Japanese Bistro

De Vega Brothers


Finley’s Bar and Grill

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

Casa Mexicana

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


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

Crush Kitchen & Bar

Since Ave on the Mile’s eclectic menu specializes in small plates, you might say that almost everything they serve is an appetizer. But if we have to choose just one, their mango prawns knocked our socks off. The perfectly cooked prawns were hot and juicy on the inside, with golden, crispy coconut flakes on the outside. While absolutely delicious on their own, one would be remiss to not indulge in the dipping sauce they come with. The creamy coconut-mango yogurt sauce is a refreshing and flavorful concoction, not overly fruity or sweet. It’s thick, cool, and a perfect complement to the hot, crunchy prawns. Or try them with the fresh fruit pico, a mixture of minced melon, mango, pineapple, peppers, cucumber, corn, and herbs for a flavorful alternative to your typical shrimp cocktail sauce. This appetizer is perfect for those who love a little sweet with their savory.

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

Habañero Hots

1024 Victor Rd., (209) 369-3791 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. $$

Hollywood Family Café

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

Lodi Beer Company

105 S. School St., (209) 368-9931

Lodi Feed and Fuel

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

OZ Sushi & Grill

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

Pietro’s Trattoria

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

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

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

Wine and Roses

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

515 N. Main St., (209) 823-0947, Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$$$ 10477 S. Airport Way, (209) 983-9493 Full bar. Open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch during the winter season. $$-$$$$

Isadore’s Restaurant

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

Kelley Brothers Brewing Company

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

STOCKTON Angelina’s Spaghetti House

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

Arroyo’s Café

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

Ave on the Mile

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

Breadfruit Tree Restaurant

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

Bud’s Seafood Grille

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

Casa Flores Marina

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

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. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

Cocoro Japanese Bistro

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

MARCH 2012

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

Take Out Special:

2 Quarts of Any Pasta Family Salad & Loaf of Garlic Bread.



Classic American Favorites | Full Bar | Live Music | Outdoor Dining Monday-Thursday Dinner 5:00pm - 9:00pm Bar 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday - Saturday Lunch 10:00am - 2:00pm Dinner 5:00pm - 9:00pm Bar 10:00am - 12:00pm

Sunday Brunch 10:00am - 2:00pm Dinner 5:00pm - 9:00pm Bar 10:00am - 10:00pm

1563 East Fremont, Stockton

209.948.6609 •

Thank you

28 S. School Street | Downtown Lodi

San Joaquin for voting Angelinas the BEST Italian restaurant and caterers.


Join us March 17th 4pm-10pm for our St. Pattys Party.

a unique dining e xperience

Come get frisky on whiskey and green beer while listening to the One80s cover band. Tickets on sale March 1st. Cornbeef and Cabbage Special.

2333 Pacific Ave. Stockton CA, 95204






3249 W. Hammer Lane, Stockton



Steakhouse • Teppanyaki • Sushi Bar

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

Weekly Dinner Specials Light Fare Appetizers & Dessert Sunday Brunch 10am-2pm Club 3:33 Happy Hour Wine Down Wednesday



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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

Gian’s Delicatessen

Dave Wong’s Chinese Cuisine

2301 Pacific Ave., (209) 941-4179 Full bar. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. $$

David’s New York Style Pizza

Courtesy Cuisipro

1744 W. Hammer Ln., (209) 477-2677 900 W. Benjamin Holt Dr., (209) 9572850 , Beer & wine. Open for lunch & dinner.$-$$

De Vega Brothers

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

De Vinci’s

Cuisipro Herb Keeper It happens to all of us. We buy beautiful, fresh herbs with the best of culinary intentions. A week later, they’ve migrated to the back of the refrigerator, where they are forgotten or go bad before they can be used. That’s where the Cuisipro Compact Herb Keeper comes in. This gadget can keep your herbs from running out of thyme, er, time, by extending their shelf life for up to three weeks longer than when stored in a bag. It’s an easy-on-the-eyes addition to your fridge, as the colorful herbs sit pretty in the see-through container on your refrigerator door. The suspended tray is removable for easy cleaning, and it keeps the herb bunches neatly together for easy access. Plus, good news for Stocktonians: the Cuisipro Herb Keeper can also be used to store our favorite festival food, asparagus. —Kate Donahue

AVAILABLE AT: Lodi Cooks, 5 North School Street, Lodi (209) 334-5751,



6629 Embarcadero Dr., (209) 4746585 Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

9305 Thornton Rd., (209) 474-0221 Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

2828 W. March Ln., (209) 951-4152 Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$


Garlic Brothers

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

Delights Waterfront Eatery Bar and Deli 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 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

2503 Waterloo Rd., (209) 943-5477 Open for lunch and dinner. $

The Fruit Bowl

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

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

La Palma Mexican Cuisine

Le Bistro

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

Masa Contemporary Japanese Lounge

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


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

Michael’s New York Style Pizza

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

Midtown Creperie

Shirasoni Japanese Restaurant

3249 West Hammer Ln., (209) 4732525 Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Stockton Joe’s

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

Valley Brewing Company

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


10447 E. Waterloo Rd., (209) 931-4019 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. $


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

Thai Café

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

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

Moo Moo’s Burger Barn

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

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

Outback Steakhouse

1243 W. March Lane., (209) 954-9615 Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Papapavlo’s Bistro and Bar 501 N. Lincoln Center, (209) 477-6133 Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

Tracy Thai

The Great Plate

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

WOODBRIDGE Woodbridge Crossing

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

Peking Restaurant

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

MARCH 2012


State-of-the-Art Video Production BluRay, DVD, Web and Mobile Wedding & Events, Corporate Promotions DVD Duplication and Transfer Services Green Screen Sound Stage TelePrompter Services Video Projection Services & Digital Signage

At the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel

110 W. Fremont St., Stockton Prime rib Dinner bUffet Thursday NighTs $14.99 Per Person. all you Can Eat From 5:00pm


Digital Photography Studio Continuous Lighting Setting Over 3000 Digital Backgrounds

suNday BruNCh BuFFET Make your reservations for Easter Brunch

$14.99 Per Person, all you Can Eat From 8:00am to 2:00pm

1833 W. March Ln., Suite 5 phone: 209-957-4003 Stockton, CA 95207




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Irish Soda Bread Making a St. Patrick’s Day feast in the comfort of your own kitchen? Add a side of Irish Soda Bread to your menu for an authentic, tasty treat. This bread was born of necessity due to Ireland’s location. “The Romans had the whole concept of sourdough and yeast. Ireland was very isolated. They started using bicarbonate of soda to leaven their bread, so instead of having a complicated process, it’s a very simple, easy, fast bread,” says Colleen Lewis, baker and co-owner of The Dancing Fox in Lodi. It doesn’t keep that well, so it’s best eaten warm right from the oven. “It’s predominantly a combination of flour, buttermilk, baking soda, and a lot of people add seeds, raisins, or currants,” says Lewis. She says the secret to making great soda bread is using high-quality, unbleached flour. Lewis also uses sea salt instead of regular table salt because she believes it tastes better and is a healthier option. She likes to add orange zest and currants if she’s making it as a breakfast bread. It’s also delicious when made plain to serve as an appetizer with cheese. Lewis was kind enough to share her recipe with us. Note the ingredients are measured in kilograms, as Lewis uses a kitchen scale for the most accurate measurements.—Kate Donahue


Red Bell Pepper & Ancho Chili Jam

AVAILABLE AT: Harney Lane Winery, 9010 E. Harney Ln. Lodi (209) 365-1900,



Dancing Fox’s Irish Soda Bread Cake flour: 1.304 kilograms Bread flour: 1.492 kilograms (these two ingredients can be replaced will all purpose flour) Courtesy Earth & Vine Provisions

Jam isn’t just for cookies and kid’s sandwiches anymore. If you’re looking for something new to add to your cabinet of condiments, consider the savory red bell pepper and ancho chili jam from Earth & Vine Provisions. This best-seller is a “bold yet mild” sauce that’s great on a hearty turkey sandwiches, spread over brie for a tasty appetizer, or even baked on top of meatloaf. Earth & Vine Provisions uses all natural ingredients in their jams and sauces so the robust flavors in their products come straight from the earth to your table.—Katy Berry

Granulated sugar: .282 kilograms Baking soda: .031 kilograms Sea salt: .047 kilograms Unsalted butter, diced: .292 kilograms Buttermilk: 2.108 kilograms Eggs, lightly beaten: .428 kilograms Orange zest: .016 kilograms Dried currants : to taste Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of a mixer. Add the butter and mix until the butter is mixed into the flour. Lightly beat together the buttermilk, egg, and orange zest. Add buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture. Add 1 tablespoon flour into the currants and mix into the dough. Dump out the dough and knead a few times to make a round loaf. Bake 45-55 minutes or until done. Cool on a baking rack.

MARCH 2012




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First Annual “Mardis Gras Madness” Crab Feed March 3, Stockton This wonderful event hosted by Defying Muscular Dystrophy will be a night full of dining, dancing, and mardi gras fun. Guests will enjoy a delicious meal catered by Seafood Express as well as two bars, live entertainment, and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit Defying Muscular Dystrophy, which helps raise awareness and provide educational and medical services to those afflicted with muscular dystrophy. 5-8 p.m. $45. Stockton Ballroom, 9650 Thornton Rd., Stockton, (209)598-0471,

Manteca Quilters 33rd Annual Quilt and Cloth Doll Show March 3-4, Manteca Come browse the artistry of local quilters as you enjoy a merchant mall, food, demonstrations, a boutique, and the opportunity to purchase “wearable art.” This event will also be featuring the work of local quilt artist, Jan Ayers. $7, children under 12 free. Strollers allowed on Sunday only. MRPS Hall, 133 N. Grant St., Manteca, (209) 823-5013

Classics IV: Conflict and Resolution March 8 & 10, Stockton Enjoy the sounds of Stockton’s own symphony as they feature works such as Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and Bach’s Oboe Concerto in F major. Thursday at 8 p.m. Saturday at 6 p.m. $10-$55. Atherton Auditorium, Delta College, Stockton, (209) 951-0196,

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change March 16-18, Tracy Taking a hard and hilarious look at the modern mating and dating game, this popular musical comedy covers “everything you have secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, wives, husbands, and in-laws, but were afraid to admit.” Friday/Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m. $10-$20. The Grand Theatre, 715 Central Ave., Tracy, (209) 831-6TKT,



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Shamrock Shuffle 5K March 17, Stockton Beginning in beautiful DeCarli Square in Stockton, this 5k walk/run combines rock and roll and running! Participants receive a t-shirt, refreshments, and entertainment. Awards will be three deep in each age division. 8:30 a.m. $30 for pre-registration before March 12, $35 thereafter. DeCarli Square, 200 N. Center St., Stockton,

Eddie Griffin March 24, Stockton Best known for his sitcom Malcom & Eddie as well as his roles in various comedies like Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and Undercover Brother, Griffin is bringing his funky, fresh, and hilarious comedy to Stockton. 7 p.m. $35-$50. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton, (209) 337-HOPE,

Women’s Center of San Joaquin’s 32nd Annual Luncheon March 28, Stockton Each year roughly 700 guests attend this moving and eye-opening event which helps raise awareness about domestic and sexual assault while raising funds to support the Women’s Center’s

Lodi Spring Wine Show March 30-31, Lodi This annual event features tastings from more than 40 wineries, opportunities to learn about tasting and making wine, local food, a cigar & port pavilion, winethemed vendors for shopping, cooking demonstrations and more. Guests receive a commemorative wine glass and can enter to win prizes like the Ultimate Wine Basket of over 100 bottles of wine and other goodies. Friday 6-8 p.m. Saturday 5-8 p.m. $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Ole Mettler Grape Pavilion at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds, 413 E. Lockeford St., Lodi, (209) 369-2771,

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Jeff Dunham March 28, Stockton Who knew ventriloquism would make such a comeback? Join comedy sensation Jeff Dunham for a night of zany humor featuring a few of his closest friends: Peanut, Walter, Achmed, and Jose Jalapeno, among others. 7:30 p.m. $43.50. Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 373-1400,

Apollo Night March 30, Stockton This annual event showcases the brightest stars in Stockton. From singers and dancers to actors and artists of all kind, this is a great opportunity to support Stockton’s finest young talent before they go on to larger stages. 6-9 p.m. $14. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main Street, Stockton, (209) 337-HOPE,



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