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Making A Change

THERE ARE THE SAYERS, AND THEN THERE ARE THE DOERS. The sayers are the ones that always have big ideas and are excited about the next big thing, but never seem to put it into motion. They talk and talk, but nothing ever seems to get done. Then there are the doers. Much of the time, these people are more modest about their grand plans, slowly but surely laying down the foundation for great things to come. Or they might even be the people that just take the leap. The most important thing about the doers is that they are the ones that are actually doing what they set out to accomplish. They are the movers and the shakers, the ones that are making change in our community for the better. They are improving our education, our If You Wanna Make The World A Better environment, our streets, and our arts programs. In Place. Take A Look At Yourself this issue, we’ve chosen 5 people under age 30 who are And Then Make A Change. making this type of change. Each person that we’ve —Man in the Mirror, Michael Jackson chosen to spotlight in “Young Ambition” (page 30) is someone with plenty of years ahead of them to do great things, but who is already taking strides forward. These are true doers, people who are not afraid to go after what they stand for and what they believe in. We kept our list small this time around, but already know that this list will continue to grow with each coming year. This issue is also an important one for family health. As you know, if you are an ongoing reader of San Joaquin magazine, my family is most important to me in my life. “Healthy Families San Joaquin” (page 40) gives tips about keeping our families happy and healthy through staying active, eating right, working on family relationships, spending quality time together, and keeping your home clean and accessible for your kids. If you ask me, these are the things that lead to successful kids, and I hope these are the things that will lead my own kids to be doers someday. As always, thanks for reading.

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Michael Klooster, local musician, producer, and keyboardist for Smash Mouth, talks back by Jenn Thornton

“All I ever really wanted to do was play drums,” admits 37-year-old Michael Klooster, a native and current resident of Stockton, who the night of his interview for this publication will play three different gigs with three different bands, but drums for none of them—or the trumpet either, which he settled for when his parents very quickly shut down the drumming idea. After playing trumpet for years, developing a deep appreciation for jazz in the process, Klooster also discovered bass and keyboards, the instrument he currently plays for his multi-platinum selling rock group, Smash Mouth.»

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lthough Klooster has traveled the world with Smash Mouth, which he joined in 1996, just before the group’s mega-hit “Walking on the Sun” rocketed them to playing packed stadiums and appearing on Letterman, he prefers the band’s current “weekend warrior” schedule, which allows him to spend more time here in San Joaquin. Klooster spends his time off with wife Jenny-Faye, owner of Stockton-based San Francisco Floral, and their three-and-a-half-year-old son, while also helping to shape the Stockton music scene as an engineer, producer, performer, and collaborator.   “I like to take something that someone else is doing and make it into what it can be,” explains Klooster, adding that camaraderie and outright skill is what separates Stockton from better-known hotbeds of music. “Some of the best musicians I have ever played with are right here.” That’s no small endorsement given that Klooster has collaborated with the likes of Robby Krieger (The Doors), Ric Ocasek (The Cars), and George Clinton (P-Funk); and locally has joined forces with Icarus Jones, Snap Jackson and the Knock On Wood Players, The Shambulls, Odessa, Extended Walrus, and The Outlaw Dance Society, among others.   Klooster also has, on occasion, joined in a jazz jam with music students at University of the Pacific, and is currently working with the university’s music management program director, Keith Hatschek, to create a mentorship program that will pair Klooster with student interns majoring in music business to provide them with real-world industry experience. Klooster is the logical choice for this appointment, as he is successful, able, and models the cornerstones of working musicianship: preparation and smarts. With no Plan B, he approaches all facets of his professional career with an artist’s appreciation for process and an entrepreneur’s mind for business. Plus, he still practices every day.   “A lot of things have to happen in order to [pursue music professionally],” Klooster says. “You have to have a modest opinion of yourself and be willing to put the work in. You never know how much your efforts will bring, but you can control the effort you give. I still have a huge laundry list of what I want to learn as a musician.”   As he continues to embrace the learning curve, Klooster is looking to the future, which includes the completion of his massive new recording studio in Stockton, as well as a new Smash Mouth record, slated for release this spring. Until then, look for Klooster at his favorite local spots, The Blackwater or The Matinee.

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For many, opera concocts images of arcane lyrics and “it ain’t over ‘til the fat lady sings” grandeur. Holly Jamison and Alyssa Smith hold an entirely different view.   Both are students at University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music. As vocal performance majors, the two are thrown into a world of everyday practices, rehearsals, and coursework in vocal pedagogy, technique, and opera literature. Currently, they are also preparing for this month’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Patience.”   A love of singing was cultivated early on for both women, but it was a combination of natural vocal development and the emotion and history of opera that drew both to the genre.   “Opera is such a personal art form, one that’s been around for hundreds of years,” Smith says. “And it’s still going—people are still able to bring life back to works that were written 300 years ago.”    “I was fascinated by the fact that I could watch something in a foreign language and know exactly what was going on from how they were acting and how they were expressing the music in their voices,” Jamison adds.   After Pacific, both have plans for graduate school, which over the years has become an important step for anyone interested in pursuing a professional career in performance.   “In this business, you can’t wait for things to happen,” Smith says. “You just have to go for it.” —Rachel Filipinas

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Other than being one of the most pleasant people we’ve ever met, Peter Jaffe is also the man with the plan standing in front of the Stockton Symphony as their faithful conductor. Here’s a peek into Conductor Jaffe’s thoughts. — interview by Jamie Menaker

SJM: What made you want to become a conductor of a symphony? PJ: Well that’s a good question. I used to play the violin and the viola, and I fell in love with the profession from the inside. I played under a lot of wonderful conductors, and I fell in love with the music and the sound. Even as a kid, I would come home and try to recreate the whole symphonic sound on the piano. So yeah, the easy answer is, basically I fell in love with it from the inside out.

SJM: What is your favorite piece of music? PJ: The piece I’m working on today. SJM: What about pop music? PJ: When I was a teenager I played in a rock band. Even pre-rock, I loved jazz. And even before jazz, my parents loved folk music. My dad has one of Woody Guthrie’s old guitars. I love all forms of pop music too, we also offer a pop series with the symphony. While watching a movie, I will always remember the music, and come home and try to recreate it. SJM: What is your favorite symphonic instrument? PJ: It’s hard for me to pick out a favorite. The reason I find the symphony so compelling is the mix.


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SJM: What’s been your most notable accomplishment since you joined the Stockton Symphony? PJ: Adding the Steppin’ Out program to educate kids about symphonic music, that has been an enormous achievement. The kids shows have been packed every year, and we’ve had to add more shows. SJM: Does your family come to all your performances? PJ: All my boys are in college now, my three kids are spread out across the country. But my wife comes, and my parents live in Berkeley—they’ll come sometimes. SJM: Do you ever get nervous up in front of all those people? PJ: I really don’t. When you’ve been in the field so long, any sort of adrenaline rush you get—and I do, every time, I love it—is translated into a productive, positive energy.  I always feel that I am in the lucky position to have seventy-five people making music along with me. For more information:

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SJM: What do you have to do to train for this job? PJ: There’s a lot more to it than just waving your hands. It’s the art of looking at a page of music and being able to hear it all in my head. I am really hearing every instrument of the orchestra playing in my mind.

SJM: If you weren’t doing your current job, what would you be doing? PJ: At one point I wasn’t bad as a basketball player. I’m 6’6”, and I was never an extremely good player, but I liked it a lot. I’m really good at the card game of Bridge too, if that’s something.

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Stockton’s Finnegan’s Pub is stepping it up for the holiday. Live entertainment includes a bagpipe player and a DJ spinning Irish tunes, and on the menu are Irish foods and $1 green beers. No cover. 3 p.m. until closing. Finnegan’s Pub and Grill, 6252 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 476-9167,

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A trip to the Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco by Everard Strong | photos courtesy Disney Museum

WALT DISNEY. For anyone exposed to a television in their youth, those two words conjure up mouse ears: iconic, saucer-sized, dark black mouse ears. From that vantage point, the mind might wander to other members of Disney’s animation family: Cinderella, Davy Crockett, Snow White, Goofy, Ariel, and even the many memorable villains that populate these stories. From there, you might reminisce about your visits to the two magical lands where all of these characters come to life, Disneyland (in Anaheim, California) and Disney World (in Orlando, Florida). But, you always end up coming back to the mouse. Few of us, however, are drawn to or know much about the man behind the mouse, the flesh-and-blood animator whose magic pen and wandering imagination brought these worlds to life, the real Walt Disney himself. It’s this man that the Walt Disney Family Museum pays a high homage to. If you plan your visit to the Walt Disney Family Museum with expectations of seeing various Disney character actors greeting you at the door, you’ll be disappointed. If you plan on going to get some insight into the creative process behind Walt Disney, and how he transformed a little mouse into the most well-known icon in the world, then your visit will be richly rewarded. Housed in a beautifully renovated old barracks building in San Francisco’s Presidio Park, the museum’s inconspicuous outside gives away very little about what lies inside, with only a couple banners and small signs heralding its location. This feeling of ambiguity lifts slightly in the anteroom, where you buy tickets and wait for your assigned time to enter the exhibit room proper (the museum sells tickets based on specific entry times—this does not mean you have a certain amount of time to go through the museum, but serves as a rather brilliant internal process to keep too many people from visiting at once.) While waiting, you can amble around and look at the many cases adorning the three walls, each filled with the numerous personal awards and honors Disney received throughout his lifetime, and some other personal mementos from his estate.

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through the many interactive displays and activities—you can “play” certain instruments along with the soundtrack to Mickey’s first starring role in “Steamboat Willie,” look at various reels showing the transformation of Cinderella from concept to final drawing, and other

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Once inside the exhibit hall itself, however, interests are picked up rather quickly. Comprising two floors and a huge showroom, sections are divided according to Walt Disney’s timeline: you start at the roots of Walt Disney’s family tree, proceed on to his early years as a cartoonist, and then on to the building of his empire, the WWII era, on to the creation of Disney World, and then end with a eulogy about his life.   If you have young children (9 years of age or younger), skip the first floor entirely—it’s interesting and fascinating for adults, and the interactive “paper cut-out” style of movies that showcase the highlights of Disney’s story are


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imaginative, entertaining, and educational— but children who associate the name Disney with animated mice, pigs, and princesses will be bored, confused, and impatient and ready to get out of there.   The second floor, reached through a quaint elevator ride, is where it’s at, and children of any age will be enthralled and kept occupied for the rest of your visit. Here you can see Disney’s first forays into animation, Oswald the Rabbit (his first successful character that was then stolen from him, but forced him to create and then move forward with Mickey Mouse), and the assembling of his team of animators that would go on to change the world of storytelling forever. Take the journey

behind-the-scenes notes and movies. The progression is so logical and intuitive, that you follow along Disney’s growth without major gaps or sudden stops, and before you know it, you arrive at Disney’s post-WWII films, which include more “live” actors along with his animation.   From here you head down a ramp, past the saddle Zorro rode, and enter into a cavernous display room dedicated to Disney’s ultimate vision, Disneyland Park. Overseen by Disney personally, he had final approval over every last detail of the park, evident even in the miniature diorama—complete with moving rides—at the center of the room. Television screens adorn one of the walls, each showing television shows, interviews, and other Disney videos. (Note: Since the Museum is dedicated to Walt Disney and his life, you will not find anything “current” from Disney studios here: no Little Mermaid, Lion King, and so on.)   Taking it all in, you leave, rightfully so, by going past notices of his untimely death (he was only 65 when he passed away December 15, 1966), followed by a hall filled with tributes and letters of condolences from around the globe, which is a fitting way to say goodbye: Walt Disney literally changed the world, and the world thanked him for it. If you go: Walt Disney Family Museum 104 Montgomery Street (in the Presidio), San Francisco Parking at the Presidio is free. MARCH 2010

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young ambition The Environmentalist Tara Tinsley, Musicians for a Better Planet Age: 25

A fond fan of beaches, and a wave-maker herself as Miss San Joaquin County 2010, Tara Tinsley continues to represent the vital elements that make San Joaquin thrive, by combining music and agriculture preservation.    A guitarist and acoustic rock singer, Tinsley hasn’t quit her day job for music— instead she’s made music her day job. When not teaching guitar lessons, Tinsley works on projects for her non-profit organization, Musicians for a Better Planet, to bring awareness and knowledge of our mark on the planet.   As a teacher, she’s transforming and patient, two strong suits Tinsley has called upon in setting a good example through music. “Musicians have a sort of influence in the world, and the club (Musicians for a Better Planet) helps direct that influence in a positive way to do something that is bigger than ourselves,” says Tinsley.    The non-profit group is made up of not only musicians, but also artists and volunteers who enjoy the performing arts. Each event put on by Musicians for a Better Planet is enhanced with live music, allowing attendees the opportunity to get to know the bands they love first-hand without a stage in the way.   In the effort to raise money to improve conditions on beaches and in waterways, Tinsley has also helped to connect musicians and artists to the local scene. “She got me a lot of doors opening,” says Kyle Thaw, a Tracy artist featured at one of Tinsley’s music shows this past October. “I met a lot of people and artists through her. I’m thankful.”   Tinsley is looking forward to bringing together more local talent, as well as helping the planet, in locations all around San Joaquin. “I love going to Bethany Reservoir (off Grant Line Road),” says Tinsley, as she looks forward to hosting events there and at Lake Del Valle in Livermore. “I love to swim, sail, and go surfing,” she says. “And most of all, watching the sunset over the hills in the west side of town in Tracy.” —Marcelina Blea

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The Arts Maven Sophoan Sorn, San Joaquin Film Society Age: 25


e don’t say this about many people, but for Sophoan Sorn, the sky is the limit—and if you ever get the chance to ask him, he’ll agree with absolutely certainty. Sorn does not take no for an answer, as evidenced by the self-started annual San Joaquin International Film Festival, which just completed its third run (this year’s film festival took place February 19-27). As a young filmmaker himself, Sorn has always been interested in learning how small films eventually become the work of big filmmakers, and the majestic quality of film festivals like Cannes and the San Francisco Film Fest. Enter our own San Joaquin International Film Festival.   If you’ve never been, the festival is a week-long celebration of everything film, from countries all over the world, with a special effort to include the work of local filmmakers as well. The event kicks off each year with a screening of the festival’s selected featured film, accompanied by a gala, this year at Stockton’s Empire Theatre.   “The film festival idea came first,” says Sorn. “I decided to make a lot of friends in the industry, both here and abroad. I follow about one hundred different film festivals throughout the year. It’s finally safe to say, with three years under our belt, that we have an annual film festival here in San Joaquin.”   Once Sorn—the overachiever that he is—came to the realization that the film festival only takes place once a year, he decided it was only right to have something yearround in San Joaquin to inspire film lovers and budding filmmakers. The result is the San Joaquin Film Society, which invites speakers, filmmakers, and film industry professionals to the area for special programs, and has created smaller scale film events throughout the year, like the Children’s Film Festival and the world cinema series.   “The first festival took over a year and a half to plan,” he says. “But we had nearly one hundred volunteers the first year. This is an ongoing collaboration with various people—community leaders, artists, and filmmakers— from around the world. But this is a community endeavor. This is our film festival.”   Sorn and his family are first generation immigrants from Cambodia, arrived in America in 1991, and relocated to Stockton, where Sorn has called home ever since. “I am here in Stockton, living here, breathing here, want to make the most of my life here, and want to be a support to the growing arts endeavors of our community. Each project is a new monster, and you have to feed it.” —Jamie Menaker


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The Community Advocate Mimi Nguyen, Downtown Stockton Alliance Age: 24

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imi Nguyen could easily be referred to as the ‘face of Stockton’, not because she’s constantly in the spotlight—much of the work she does for the city is actually behind the scenes—but rather she’s the face of what we, here in San Joaquin, would like Stockton to be. Nguyen spent her childhood years in less than optimal conditions, but hard work and support from the community has kept her full steam ahead in her goals to make Stockton a better place to live.   As Economic Development and Human Resources Director for the Downtown Stockton Alliance (DSA), Nguyen’s main focus is keeping business flourishing in the waterfront area, thereby bringing more people, positive attention, and funds into the city. Since first coming on board with the Downtown Stockton Alliance in 2006 as events coordinator, she has recreated the Stockton Farmers Market to be beneficial to the city instead of contracted out, created a year-long business seminar series to help keep Stockton businesses on the right track (each business receives a certificate of completion at the end of the series), and is currently focused on bringing visitors into the downtown area not just in the daytime, but into the evening as well, reinventing Stockton into an upscale nightlife destination.   “I love what I do with the Downtown Stockton Alliance,” says Nguyen. “Grow, create new programs, test my ideas for new businesses. We give businesses that are struggling or trying to open a new business all these resources. That’s the most satisfying part of my job.”    Nguyen has been contibuting to Stockton’s well-being since her high school days, when she joined the Youth Advisory Committee to learn more about improving the city for Stockton’s youth.   “We did all these amazing things as teenagers,” she says. “We worked on grants for the youth center, and all kinds of things that would benefit Stockton.” When the city received the All American City award in 2004, Nguyen was invited to come along.   While attending UC Davis, Nguyen continued to volunteer at Stockton events, and the rest is history. She has since completed her graduate degree at UC Berkeley, and volunteers her time coaching at Stockton Gymnastics, mostly for underprivileged kids, to prep the next generation of Stocktonians. “Both my parents didn’t speak English and were sick while I was growing up. As a coach, I am able to make these kids see that it doesn’t matter if you aren’t living with your mom, or where you were born, you can still work hard and get what you want.” —Jamie Menaker

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The Changemaker Exodie Roe III, Office of Congressman Jerry McNerney Age: 25


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xodie Roe is Stockton born and bred. He will sing Stockton’s praises to anyone who asks, and he is one of four Field Representatives for United States Congressman Jerry McNerney. The Congressman represents on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. for the 11th District of California, which includes most of San Joaquin and some parts of the Bay Area, while back here in California, Roe works tirelessly in the Congressman’s Stockton office.   Roe has traveled far and wide—college in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, and a five-year fellowship that took him to Madrid, Spain—and still chose to return to his hometown of Stockton. After helping to found a student-run Hurricane Katrina group called STAND (Students Taking Another Direction) to bring attention and resources to New Orleans, Roe wanted nothing more than to go back home and make the same difference in his own community.   Roe has been with Congressman McNerney from the start, during the campaign for the seat in the House of Representatives, and ever since. “He interested me so much with his passion for education and wanting to make a difference in San Joaquin County,” says Roe. “He really inspired me to want to work on his campaign, and after we won, the Congressman said that he loved the things I was doing to help.”   So what exactly is Exodie Roe doing? He’s out in the community daily listening to the people of San Joaquin, taking note of concerns, keeping the people (called constituents in political-speak) abreast of what’s happening on Capitol Hill, and working to make San Joaquin better. His specialties are small business and housing interests, and he’s made it his mission to help the Congressman turn around foreclosure rates here in San Joaquin, creating one of the biggest annual housing workshops in the area. “We really created that workshop to address the community’s needs. We are always looking for programs that we can put on that bring resources together for the community.”   While Roe is always optimistic about improving San Joaquin, he also looks toward the next generation. One of his greatest joys is speaking to the public schools. “One of the things that the Congressman talks about most passionately is education,” says Roe. “Kids going on to math, science, and engineering careers, but mostly just going on to higher education. This is his vision in creating new energy policies, his focus on renewable energy both for the environment and all the new jobs that this will make for the community.”   Ultimately, Roe splits his time between working with the community—volunteering with kids organizations like San Joaquin A+, San Joaquin Library and Literacy Foundation, and Leadership Stockton—and working for the community with Congressman McNerney, creating better policies and lifestyles.   “I love Stockton, it’s one of my major strengths, just being from here,” he says. “No matter where I am in the world, I am proud to be an ambassador for Stockton. It’s so important to have staff that are from this community and love this community and want to help serve.” —Jamie Menaker MARCH 2010

The Non-Profit Champion Kate Macek, Women’s Center San Joaquin Age: 28

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any of us dream of making a difference in the world, even in some small way, and Kate Macek is doing just this for women in San Joaquin. Through her work with the Women’s Center of San Joaquin County (she’s the Development Director), Macek oversees all fundraising for the organization—a free resource for any woman dealing with domestic violence or sexual assault. In this capacity, Macek spends her time out in the community to raise awareness of the Women’s Center’s purpose, works to secure grants for the center, and keeps enough funds coming in to help every woman or child that enters the doors. Macek also plans the Women’s Center’s major annual event, meant to both bring in funds and raise awareness of domestic violence in the community (this year’s Women’s Center Luncheon will take place March 31 at the Stockton Arena).   What Macek is most proud of is keeping the Women’s Center at the high standard of care that it’s always maintained, despite a down economy. “I’m so proud of our agency, that we’ve fundraised enough to sustain our programs,” she says. “We have to fundraise about $300,000 a year to make sure that the agency and its programs are sustained. I am proud that we are still able to find the community support even in rough times.”   Macek volunteered at non-profit organizations while completing her college education at Ohio State University, but found her niche here at the Women’s Center of San Joaquin. Her inspiration comes from the staff working at the battered women’s shelter or providing counseling at the center, with their stories of what the Women’s Center clients are dealing with on a daily basis and still succeeding. “The abuse that all of our victims have gone through, and then picking up and leaving their life to keep their children safe. Knowing that I am even a small part of this has been really rewarding,” says Macek.   Going forward, Macek explains that the Women’s Center is always looking for new funding sources. As demand increases, as it has in the past year and a half, the challenge is continuing to fundraise to keep all services free, to never turn anyone away, and to keep up with the needs of the community.   “Just being able to expand to meet the needs of the community, every new year is a challenge, but we always seem to find a way,” she says. —Jamie Menaker [SJM]

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The lodge at tiburon


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by don and ann jackson

WHENEVER FAMILY AND FRIENDS VISIT FROM OUT OF TOWN, one of our favorite things to do is drive them over the Golden Gate Bridge to Tiburon for a breathtaking lunch overlooking the San Francisco skyline across the bay. Tiburon is one of those special places to go for a great day trip and sightseeing excursion. We think it’s an even better destination for a two or three day getaway to unwind, since tranquility and stunning vistas reign. In the early years, the community was a rowdy railroad town that serviced the supply barges to San Francisco before the bridges were built. Now it’s known as the quintessential chic community that’s become a realtor’s and homeowner’s dream—location, location, location. Some of the most expensive real estate and residences in California can be found here. Tiburon may not have a lot of dining options but the ones they have are first rate, and shopping may be minimalist but certainly adequate with a number of galleries and stylish boutiques. The town only has two hotels, but both The Waters Edge and The Lodge at Tiburon are delightful homes away from home, and both are exceptional properties. »

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Restaurants we recommend include Sam’s Anchor Cafe (, a Tiburon institution serving fresh seafood since 1920, and known for its always-bustling patio during warm weather months; Caprice (, a perfect choice for that special occasion upscale dining experience; and Guaymas (www.guaymasrestaurant. com), offering an extensive variety of Mexican dishes. All three of these choices are along the water and offer stunning San Francisco views as well as consistently good food. Rooney’s is another stand-out, with the same chef-owner since 1972, and although not on the water remains a locals favorite and ours as well.

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During our most recent visit, we opted for the Waters Edge Hotel (www., uniquely located on a pier, and featuring daytime and night light vistas of San Francisco and closeness to the best restaurants and shops. Tastefully decorated rooms with fireplaces, complimentary parking, continental breakfasts, and evening wine and snack hour are other major plusses. The Lodge at Tiburon (, a stylish Craftsman remodel, doesn’t have direct water and city of San Francisco views, but none the less offers numerous advantages. It has an on-site restaurant, the Tiburon Grill, plus a swimming pool, spa, and a rooftop terrace with firepit. Both hotels provide fireplaces in their lobby areas simply meant for soaking up the stress-free environment next to those inviting warm hearths.

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A paramount feature of Tiburon is that it’s the closest point to Angel Island (Alcatraz is a close second), and definitely one of Northern California’s tourism gems. For the best access and schedules, take the Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry (www., a family-owned ferry service currently operated by the third generation with special charter boats available for rent as well. It’s only a ten minute boat ride to experience the serenity, incomparable panoramic views, and historic significance of this nearby island. How about this for a varied history before it became a State Park: Miwok Indian hunting grounds, Civil War outpost, POW camp during World War I, immigration intake station (think Ellis Island West), and Nike missile base in the 50’s. Eight miles of bike trails, over 13 miles of hiking trails, and picturesque picnic and camping locations add up to an outdoor aficionado’s dream. A visit to the recent multi-million dollar renovation of the island’s immigration center is alone worth the short trip. For you non-walkers or hikers there’s also a tram tour of the island and a shuttle to the immigration area leaving from the dock area during the busy seasons. Check out www. for tram tour and shuttle schedules, bike rental info, café hours, activities, camping availability, and more.



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It’s no secret that too much bad food and stress, along with too little exercise and free time, have conspired together to make many families in the U.S. unhealthy and unhappy. If you’ve felt these effects yourself, it doesn’t have to be the case for your family any longer.

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With obesity and diabetes major concerns these days, for children as much as adults, it’s more important than ever to learn how to eat healthy. According to Joanna Lua-Vargas, Clinical Dietician at Doctors Hospital in Manteca, parents need to lead by example to teach children how to eat right early on in order to avoid health problems later.  The first thing to do is rid the home of temptation. Instead of chips, candy, and donuts, Lua-Vargas suggests a variety of healthy sweet and salty snacks, such as pretzels, air-popped popcorn, homemade trail mix, and, of course, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.  But then, what about the times when temptation does present itself? There’s no avoiding TV, billboards, and peers constantly telling children about how great sugary, fatty processed foods are. In that case, in order to keep you and your children from feeling deprived, Lua-Vargas actually recommends giving in once in a while, such as a pizza night or a treat when out at the movies.   “Moderation is the key. You don’t want it around all the time, but it’s okay to occasionally have food that’s bad for you,” she says. “Otherwise, total denial only leads to excessive splurging later on.”


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Keeping physically active is another important weapon in the fight against obesity and diabetes. As with eating right, leading by example is the best way for parents to teach their children to get regular exercise.  Put simply, get up and get out. Set aside some time every day when the TV and computer get turned off and the family goes out for a walk, a bike ride, a quick pick-up game in the driveway before dinner, or a swim in the pool. On the weekends, go hiking or bowling or walk around the mall—find what works for your family.   For a more formal approach, area fitness centers have specialized programs for people of all age and physical levels. According to Dan Clark, General Manager of Custom Built Personal Training (the personal training company at In-Shape Health Clubs), significant results can be seen with fitness plans custom-made for the individual. A personal trainer also adds that extra bit of motivation and fitness knowledge that you and your family might not have.   More than feeling better physically, getting some exercise as a family is also an ideal way to have fun and spend quality time together.

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Family Fun and Fitness:

Running in San Joaquin County Upcoming Events: March 13: Shamrock Run 5K, Downtown Stockton. March 27: Easter Run & Fun 5K walk/run, 1-mile run, and kids’ fun run, Lodi. April 10: Run on Water 5K run/ walk, at Lodi Lake in Lodi. April 24: Climb for a Cure 10K & Fun Run, Ripon. April 24: Great Spear-It 5K, 1-mile, and 5-mile run/ walks, Stockton. Hosted by Kaiser Permanente. www.

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estabLishing pRopeR gRooMing habits is the most essential and simple way to prevent illness and/or dental issues. hand-washing in particular has gotten much attention lately with the ongoing threat of the h1n1 virus. that, and the supplementary use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, has been shown to greatly reduce the spread of infections. then there’s brushing teeth. getting kids to brush their teeth is sometimes like, well, pulling teeth. the solution, says Rafat s. Razi, dMd, Mph, who specializes in pediatric dentistry in tracy, is to make dental care part of a child’s routine as early as possible. Children should start going to the dentist when their first teeth erupt; the american academy of pediatric dentistry (aapd) advises by the first birthday. Regular brushing should begin around that time as well, and flossing by three years old. “sometimes parents aren’t very insistent on establishing a brushing regimen with younger children, thinking their baby teeth are just going to fall out anyway,” Razi has observed. “but healthy baby teeth are what lead to healthy permanent teeth.” in addition to ensuring the maximum prevention of dental problems from the beginning, starting young makes dental hygiene a good, daily habit that will last a lifetime.


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as a FaMiLy pRaCtiCe • radon (colorless, odorless, radioactive gas, physiCian with sutter usually from soil under house) health in stockton, Carlos • Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) delgado has seen firsthand the positive effects a good • biological contaminants (pet dander, mold, familial relationship can have mildew, pollen, dust mites, bacteria) on one’s health in general. • Stoves, Heaters, Fireplaces, and chimneys after all, feeling accepted and (carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and other emotionally stable tends to particles) make one want to take care of themselves and each other. • Household products (cosmetics, hairspray, the first step to having a cleaning materials, paint) close family is spending time • Formaldehyde (in certain building products, together. sharing a common cigarette smoke) interest (see “exercise”), watching a favorite tV • pesticides show together, and so forth • Asbestos shows interest and caring. then, while spending time • Lead together, make an effort to (Compiled from the U.S. EPA) engender an environment of open communication. if your children resist opening up at first, be patient. teens especially have been conditioned to think that adults don’t understand. “the most important thing pollution sources run the gamut: from a parent can do is listen,” says hairspray and pet dander to radon and carbon delgado. “your children will come to you monoxide (see sidebar). While the amounts with their problems as long as they know and types of pollutants will vary, there are you’ll hear them and be tolerant of their ways to minimize them all. First, if at all experiences.” possible, remove the source. Clean up mold at mealtimes especially, turn off the tV and minimize moisture. Vacuum frequently and eat as a family in the dining room. it may to get rid of pet dander and dust mites. do feel odd at first. but with nothing to pose a not allow smoking inside. distraction, discussion will become inevitable the second technique is ventilation. and, over time, comfortable. (another opening the window to let fresh air in and positive side effect can be reduced obesity, stale air out helps flush the home of quite since turning on the tV will no longer always a few airborne contaminants. use a fan to be associated with eating something.) circulate the air more quickly. using some sort of air cleaner (portable or a whole house system) can eliminate smaller airborne you’Re eating betteR, exercising, particles that may be missed with regular keeping your bodies clean, and spending cleaning. more time together, but all these efforts once you’ve taken such steps, you will to get and keep healthy could be for likely see a reduction in asthma, allergies, naught if you haven’t also considered your and respiratory infections. you can literally environment. since you spend so much time breathe easier knowing that you are doing inside, the pollutants found inside the home everything necessary to take care of yourself can be even more hazardous to one’s health and your family. [SJm] than outside.



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A smile with sparkle Have that award-winning smile you always wanted by Dr. Todd Franklin

Your smile is the single most important physical trait that you have. Your smile draws people in or pushes them away. If you have a smile that has lost its sparkle over the years, here are some important tips on how to seek professional advice.   Just as you would seek advice of an architect to build a home, you want to seek the advice of a Smile Designer to help you with your smile. A Smile Designer is someone who has received extra training in the art of creating beautiful smiles. They are providing beautiful smiles many times a month, as compared to most dentists who do a few a year. They will review with you


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all aspects that make up a beautiful smile. These may include the color, shape, position of the teeth, and gum lines you desire. A plan will be developed from models, digital photographs, computer simulations, and a list of material choices. They will walk you through every aspect of the process to ensure your experience is 5-star.  Today, when people are watching their budgets more closely, they are still able to achieve the smile of their dreams. There are many ways to make this type of dentistry affordable for you. A friendly, personable staff member will help you decide a plan that is just right.




 Now comes the time to celebrate. Today’s techniques make the appointments quick and comfortable. Your new smile is just a few weeks away. You’ll be amazed at the transformation right from the first appointment. You’ll be able to have a preview and wear your new smile that day. Your friends and family will notice how good you look, but won’t know why. That’s what a Smile Designer can do for you. For more information: Call (209) 334-4370 for a complimentary smile consultation with Dr. Todd Franklin, DDS, or visit

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Reduce Stress with Bikram Yoga Arm yourself with the tools that will transcend your life by reducing stress by andrea stuart

It’s easier to deal with stress when you are given the proper tools. Yoga is a discipline that connects the mind and body through breathing techniques, physical postures, and meditation. If you are one of those people who think yoga isn’t for you, think again.   First, yoga teaches how to be still and calm through meditation and a breathing technique known as pranayama. Many of us don’t think much about how we breathe, even though it’s the most vital thing we do. As a result, we often breathe shallow and rapid through our mouths, stimulating the sympathetic nervous system by creating carbon dioxide build-up in the blood. Pranayama promotes proper breathing by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous


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system, promoting calmness through oxygenation of the blood.  Second, yoga disperses built-up tension in the body with physical exercise through postures called asanas. Each asana challenges the body in a way that increases strength and flexibility, and improves the function of that body part. Helena Monica of Bikram Yoga Stockton says that there is a science behind yoga’s movements. “We call it the tourniquet effect,” she says. “Yoga doesn’t build lactic acid like other exercises can.” When you hold a pose, you block blood from reaching one part of the body. When you release a pose, the blood un-dams, cleaning out impurities, and improving clarity.  Together, pranayama and asanas teach




you to become less reactive to negative stresses. You learn to slow down and just “be.” You can then apply this in the real world, where people around you will organically shift their perspectives in a ripple effect. Bikram yoga adheres to these principles in a heated environment. The heat opens pores and aids flexibility, allowing you to get the same rigorous yoga workout in less time. Yoga is not only a great way to nourish your mind and body, it’s fun! For more information: Call Bikram Yoga Stockton at (209) 948-9642 (YOGA), visit, or stop by 2341 Pacific Avenue, Stockton.

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with the decorative aspects and pricing. “It’s like working on your car. Most people wouldn’t try to rebuild their car engine by themselves, yet they might not think twice about taking on a major home renovation project on their own,” says Gomes.  That’s why it’s important to hire one project manager to control all aspects of the home improvement project from start to finish. By doing this, the homeowner works through one go-to person who coordinates the entire project, serving as a liaison between each of the working components of the project and the homeowner.   Classic Design Floor to Ceiling specializes in providing just such effortless home improvement, featuring a 6000square-foot interior design showroom,




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Learn How to Transform Your Smile Invisalign lets you show off the real you by andrea stuart

Your smile is the gateway to your personality. Some people hold back their smiles because they feel self-conscious about their teeth. Dr. Sohi at All About Smiles offers a solution that will make you smile with confidence again.  Invisalign is the clear way to straighten your teeth without braces. Teeth are straightened using a series of clear (nearly invisible), removable, aligners that are custom made to each patient. The aligners stimulate tooth movement by gradually moving the teeth. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before graduating to the next in the series. The process of changing aligners continues until your new smile emerges.   While they are worn the majority of the time, the aligners are removable so that you can eat or drink what you want, plus they make it easy to brush and floss. Invisalign is the perfect choice for most adults and teens


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who want to achieve a beautiful, straight smile.  In order to get started, a patient must first make an appointment for a complimentary consultation, at which time the doctor will evaluate your smile and determine if Invisalign is right for you. Next, a map of your complete treatment will be created using 3-D computer imaging technology. The map will show the entire treatment plan from start to finish so that you will be able to see the results of your smile before treatment even begins. The virtual model of your treatment will then be converted into a series of precisely customized aligners. You will wear each aligner for about two weeks, and you will visit the doctor about every six weeks so that he or she can monitor your progress.  As with other orthodontic options, treatment times vary depending on the complexity of the case. The average




treatment time is about one year. But because Invisalign is not invasive, you will hardly notice you’re wearing them, and neither will your friends. Ask your doctor about financing options today. For more information about Invisalign, call All About Smiles at (209) 957-8907 or visit 5904 North El Dorado Street, Suite C in Stockton.

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How to Hear Well in a Noisy World Hearing clearly and enjoying life by dAvId A. JArdINE, Au.d.

if you have a hearing loss, noise can pose significant problems to your ability to enjoy social situations. Recent advances in hearing technology can help you regain your ability to hear and enjoy important life events once again. once you accept that you have a hearing loss and are ready to get help, there are some important factors to consider for the best possible outcome. Choose the Right Provider: your most important decision to make when pursuing help for a hearing loss is which professional to obtain help from. a doctor of audiology is the best choice. an audiologist has a minimum of eight years of college education and is specially educated and trained in the evaluation and treatment of non-medically based ear and hearing disorders. an audiologist has passed a rigorous national board examination and holds a license to practice in the state in which he/she lives. (in contrast, a hearing aid dispenser, also called a hearing instrument specialist or audioprosthologist, is required to have a high school diploma and a license to sell hearing aids.) independent research shows patients are most satisfied with hearing aids purchased from an audiologist, indicating audiologists


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fit aids most accurately and provide valuable follow-up care. Get a Thorough Examination: a hearing aid is only good if it’s the right one for you. a thorough audiological examination, provided by an audiologist, is important to make sure you get the best aid for your hearing loss. an audiologist’s examination will determine how much hearing loss you have, and just as importantly, how that loss impacts your ability to hear and understand speech in different listening environments. an audiologist will recommend hearing aids with features that help ensure you your best hearing in all situations. an audiologist will also use highly specialized fitting techniques to ensure your aids are programmed and functioning optimally for you. Use It or Lose It: once you realize you have a hearing loss, obtain proper treatment as soon as possible. delaying treatment may lead to neural atrophy in the auditory cortex, the part of the brain that processes speech, and may make effective remediation of a hearing loss more difficult. once you obtain the best hearing aids for your loss and needs, be sure to give yourself time to adjust to them. your brain will need time to SPeCiaL



adjust to hearing all the sounds of life you have been missing. Finally, an improperly fit hearing aid can cause long-term damage to your auditory system. an audiologist understands how auditory processing changes as you age and can appropriately adjust your aids over time to help you enjoy your best hearing for years to come. a hearing loss does not need to hold you back from enjoying social situations. an audiologist will help you obtain the right treatment to help you live a full life again. For more information about hearing disorders and today’s latest treatment options, contact audiologist Dr. David Jardine, at or (209) 946-7378.

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How To Get Organized Offering solutions that are designed to save you time and money by andrea stuart

Organization needs daily attention. Sharon Testo of Organizing with Aloha refers to the book Man Who Didn’t Wash His Dishes, by Phyllis Krasilovsky, to articulate the importance of maintaining organization. In the book, a man cooks supper every day, but leaves the dishes because he is too tired. The house becomes so cluttered that he can’t eat, or even find his chair. Eventually, he learns that washing the dishes each day makes less work for him.  Everyone can benefit from getting organized and staying that way whether in the home or in the office.  In the office, functionality is essential, from making your supplies easily accessible, to creating an environment that promotes productivity. Sharon is a board member of the NAPO-Sacramento Chapter (National


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Association of Professional Organizers), and helps people get their offices in order by offering two levels of service: an Assessment, or an Assessment plus hands-on organizing. After a thorough examination of the work space and learning how it operates, Sharon takes pictures of the space to use in the Assessment. She then offers a plan of execution that you can either implement yourself, or have Sharon implement for you.  Organizing the home is equally important. Clutter happens because people delay decision-making regarding where to put the things they acquire. This often results in further clutter-building and duplicate purchases. Stockpiling of paperwork also occurs. Sharon works with homeowners to organize their homes,




room-by-room, closet-by-closet, or deskby-desk. By finding a place for everything, eliminating what’s not needed, and creating binders for vital documents such as medical papers, insurance documents, bank account information, and more, you can rest assured you will find what you need when you need it.  Organizing the home and office is a financial benefit that saves time and money, so that you can do the things you really enjoy. For more information: Call Organizing with Aloha at (209) 403-0729, email, or visit www.

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How to choose health care for your family Comprehensive yet affordable health care is possible Rachel Filipinas

Whether you’re an employer trying to offer affordable health care for your employee’s dependents, or a family looking for cost effective health care for your children, Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) is giving families access to affordable health care options that can lead to better, healthier lives. Affordable health care is just a phone call away. See if you’re eligible The first step is to see if you’re eligible for coverage. Health Plan of San Joaquin has an application assistance specialist available on-site and by phone to help you apply for health coverage. Just call (888) 896-7526 Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and speak with an Enrollment Specialist. Review the plans and know your needs Health Plan of San Joaquin offers several options for local residents: the Healthy


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Families Program for children of working families; the AIM (Access for Infants and Mothers) Program for expectant mothers; Network+ for employer groups; and MediCal for low-income families, the elderly, blind, and disabled. Doing business as San Joaquin Health Administrators, Health Plan of San Joaquin also acts as a Third Party Administrator of health benefits for large employers. All of HPSJ’s plans offer comprehensive coverage. Benefits include office visits, hospital care, emergency care, prescription drugs, and much more. HPSJ members can choose from hundreds of doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies throughout San Joaquin County. Consider additional benefits All Health Plan of San Joaquin members have access to a multi-language customer




service department, HealthReach Advice Nurse Line available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the audio health topic library, offering a range of information for better health and wellness. Compare prices Health Plan of San Joaquin provides nocost and low-cost health care options for families. Those who qualify for Medi-Cal through HPSJ pay no premiums or co-pays. Those who qualify for the Healthy Families Program through HPSJ pay as little as $4 to $21 per month per child, or a maximum of $63 per family. For more information: Health Plan of San Joaquin, 7751 South Manthey Rd., French Camp, (209) 942-6300,

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How to Hire a Professional Remodeler Take the guess work out of remodeling by andrea stuart

Tackling do-it-yourself projects may sound like a cost-effective approach to home improvement. But the fact is, they can be costly, especially when the project goes wrong, otherwise known as a do-it-yourself (DIY) horror story. Hiring a professional remodeler can save you money, time, and aggravation in the long run. “It pays to hire a certified NARI remodeling contractor so that the project gets done right, on schedule, and on budget,” says Rick Fooy, Board Member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Sacramento Chapter, Certified Remodeler (CR), and Owner of Silver Fern Construction and Remodeling in Stockton. “It alleviates the fear of the DIY horror story.”   Remember, when hiring a professional remodeler, consider the following points:


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1) Hire the correct contractor 2) proper planning 3) consider all options 4) pick the best products for your budget 5) don’t overextend yourself on a DIY project 6) start a job at the right time 7) avoid the domino effect 8) manage your budget 9) avoid over remodeling for your neighborhood 10) know your rights by visiting www.  Silver Fern Construction and Remodeling is an 11-time Contractor of the Year Award winner, including the past 4 years (NARI, Sacramento Chapter), and has been in business since 1986, serving all of San Joaquin County. They are a fullservice Certified Remodeling Contractor with a full-time staff. They are also NARI members that specialize in the remodeling of residential and commercial projects, and offer comprehensive showroom consulting.




 At the start of your project, Silver Fern Construction and Remodeling will sit down and discuss your goals. You will be able to view a 3-D conceptualized drawing of the project, and the contractor will explain the associated financial obligation. Should you have concerns about cost, they will discuss alternative solutions to fit your budget. Once you have determined the project goals and desired result, Silver Fern Construction and Remodeling will draw up the plans, obtain the permits, begin the remodeling process, and follow through until the completion of the project. You can sit back and relax while they do all the work. For more information, contact Silver Fern Construction and Remodeling at (209) 931-1822 or visit www.

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How to Get Your Life Back Bridging the gap between illness and health with therapy by andrea stuart

Life has a way of throwing sticks in the spokes of our daily lives, causing us to fall off our proverbial bicycles. Whether due to injury or illness, situations can interfere with our ability to live our lives comfortably and with ease. Wagner Heights Nursing and Rehabilitation Center offers solutions for anyone experiencing difficulties getting through daily life.   Wagner Heights’ 30 full-time therapists and over 200 caregivers and administrative staff work with the philosophy that every patient deserves the same level of care that they would want for their own family members. As such, Wagner Heights’ mission is “Family Serving Families,” and offers a comprehensive rehabilitation program that includes both inpatient services and their CORE (Center of Outpatient Rehabilitation Excellence) outpatient services.


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 Both programs provide patients with a plethora of advanced care services, and both use state-of-the-art equipment.  The Cardiac and Pulmonary Program was built with a focus on patient education. From educating patients about their conditions, to helping each person understand their medications, patients receive specialized treatment for their diagnoses. The Cardiac and Pulmonary Program maintains a strong medical component that is integrated into the therapy, maximizing a patient’s value per treatment session. From a safety perspective, Wagner Heights’ expertise offers cardiologists a qualified rehabilitation facility for referral.  The full-service rehabilitation program offers physical, occupational, speech, and urinary incontinence therapies, as well as life skills training. The facility features a




full-sized kitchen where they teach home skills training, including meal preparation, safety, and cognition to those who want to regain their independence. By breaking down the components of rehabilitation, a person becomes more functional as it relates to their lifestyle.  Any person who is having difficulty completing normal daily tasks, feels routinely low in energy, or is dealing with a debilitating illness or condition can benefit from therapy. Therapy is the bridge to healing and preventing health from getting worse. For more information, contact Wagner Heights at (209) 477-5252, 9289 Branstetter Place, Stockton, or www.

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Rehabilitation requires a multi-faceted, personalized, team approach for optimal recovery. The rehab team at Wagner Heights consists of specialized medical professionals including physicians, registered nurses, licensed therapists, registered dieticians and pharmacists. Wagner Heights is the only skilled nursing facility in the area which has a complete Cardiac Rehabilitation Program backed by local cardiologists.

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How to clear up chronic sinusitis Breathe easy and happy by Dr. Abbas Kashani, MD

Chronic sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining lasting three months or more, and is one of the most commonly diagnosed chronic illnesses, mainly caused by bacterial, viral, and/or microbial infections. Structural issues such as blockage of the sinus opening can also lead to chronic sinusitis. If the opening is closed, normal mucus drainage may not occur. This condition may lead to infection and inflammation of the sinuses. What are common signs and symptoms? 1) Facial pain, pressure, congestion, fullness 2) Difficulty breathing through the nose 3) Discharge of yellow or green mucus from the nose 3) Teeth pain 4) Loss of the sense of smell or taste 5) Headache 6) Fatigue 7) Sore Throat 8) Bad Breath. What is the Balloon Sinuplasty system? Doctors thread a guide wire equipped with


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a tiny balloon into the nostrils and up to the area of blockage. They then inflate the balloon just enough to open the passageway. Sinuses are opened in the same way that doctors open up blocked arteries during a balloon angioplasty. The technology is minimally invasive and safe. Tens of thousands of patients have experienced the benefits of the Balloon Sinuplasty system. Step 1: Gain Access to the Sinus. To gain initial sinus access, the sinus guide catheter is introduced into the nasal cavity to target the sinus ostia under endoscopic visualization. The sinus guidewire or the sinus illumination system is introduced through the sinus guide catheter and gently advanced into the target sinus. Step 2: Inflate Balloon Across Ostium. The sinus balloon catheter is introduced over the sinus guidewire or sinus illumination system and positioned across the blocked ostium. The position of the




sinus balloon catheter is confirmed, and the balloon is gradually inflated to open and remodel the narrowed or blocked ostium. Step 3: Remove Balloon and Irrigate Sinus. The sinus balloon catheter is then deflated and removed. The irrigation catheter is advanced over the sinus guidewire or sinus illumination system into the target sinus. The sinus is then irrigated, flushing unwanted sinus contents like mucus. Step 4: Remove System. The irrigation catheter is removed, leaving the ostium open and the sinus cleared of mucus, allowing the return of sinus drainage. There is little to no disruption to mucosal lining. For more information, contact Dr. Abbas Kashani, MD, in our office at 1234 E. North Street, Manteca, (209) 239-5665.

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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 by Rachel Filipinas

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.


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“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 high-quality 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, www.

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Short on time? No problem. Technology today is changing our everyday lives. Many people, however, aren’t aware that technology is also impacting dentistry in new and exciting ways. Cutting-edge innovations in dental instruments are requiring less time in the dental chair. Trips to the dentist are becoming less and less fearful, thanks to high-technology in dentistry. Our office is making these visits even easier and more convenient with technology that repairs damaged teeth in one appointment. We are pleased to offer our patients CEREC restoration services—a superior method of creating precisely designed, color-matched and highly durable ceramic restorations. From simple fillings to full crowns to veneers, CEREC delivers the results you need in one appointment.

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Podesto’s Market and Deli feeds Stockton’s appetite for fine food

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When discerning Stocktoners go to market, they head to one place: Podesto’s Market and Deli, which for almost three decades since opening in 1982, has served up gourmet foods and top-notch customer service to the local community. So what’s the secret to the specialty purveyor’s sustained success? At Podesto’s, business is always personal. »

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satisfy everyone’s needs.” Add an unexpectedly friendly environment—When was the last time you were asked how your kitchen remodel was coming while picking up some arugula for dinner?—and grocery shopping has suddenly become a welcome luxury. Exchanging countless life experiences and stories with Podesto’s long-term staff throughout the years, customers are embraced and treated as extended members of a happy and valued family—one that we’re betting they’ve never once tried to avoid.  As homey a destination as Podesto’s is, it is the store’s competitively-priced selection of specialty foods that has generated its coveted base of regular customers, a great many of who frequent the store from out of town. Fine foods and ingredients, a USDA choice meat market, fresh organic produce, a famous deli, and milehigh stacked sandwiches have made the store a frequent topic of local conversation because, let’s be frank—there’s good, and then there’s Podesto’s good. Committed to the community it feeds, Podesto’s runs weekly advertisements

and coupon books so that anyone can afford to experience the pleasures of gourmet fare without going into sticker shock.  So with three different remodels already completed to expand and diversify its offerings, what’s in store for Podesto’s future? More expansions if that is what it takes to keep his customers satisfied, says Morgenstern, adding that such projects are ongoing in order to keep improving Podesto’s singular shopping experience. Whatever Podesto’s is doing is working—the market has been recognized numerous times as San Joaquin’s “Best Store and Deli.”   For now, Podesto’s will continue to do what it has done exceptionally well for nearly three decades: be the area’s premier and most popular grocery store, and keep the people of San Joaquin full and happy. If you go: Podesto’s Market and Deli, 104 Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 951-0234,

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Quality at every level—the specialty foods, the personalized service where everyone knows your name, the unique selection—best defines family-operated Podesto’s. Originally founded by Max Podesto, proprietor of Don Quick supermarkets, the market is now owned by Bernie and Debbie Morgenstern, with Mark and Jeff Podesto still holding down the fort day-to-day at the store. With an unrivaled deli and sandwich menu, staple food items, hardto-find artisan fare in all departments, and an attentive staff adept at delivering second-tonone customer service, Podesto’s has done the seemingly impossible in the age of bigger, faster, and cheaper.  Although a niche business that appeals to serious gastronomes, Podesto’s is also accessible to those who enjoy scrumptious comfort food just as much as refined chutney and artisan cheese. “I think many customers consider us much more as the ‘ideal size’ upscale supermarket,” notes Bernie Morgenstern. “We’re not too big so that people can’t find items easily, but we carry enough variety to

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What Makes Certain Wines so popular?

this month’s top picks from the Lodi Wine and Visitor Center comPIlED By MicHael PerrY

the lodi Wine and Visitor center carries over 150 different wines from 80 wineries in the lodi appellation. Each day, customers come in, ask for, and purchase certain wines even if the wines are not available for tasting. these wines represent some of the top selling wines at the Visitor center and clearly satisfy a set of criteria that consumers look for. So what is it about these wines that keeps people coming back for more and keeps them in the top seller category?

klinker Brick Zinfandel is a lodi classic. aromas and flavors influenced by jammy fruit and a hint of sweetness up front are followed by a long, spicy oak finish. klinker Brick Zinfandel has a nice mouth feel, rich, with a hint of tannin to add complexity. this wine is well balanced, fairly priced, consistently good, and available in the market place. ($18) www.klinkerbrickwinery. com

aVailaBilitY: the wine has to be available for purchase and not just at the Visitor center, but in the marketplace. Value: the wine is fairly priced. coNsisteNcY: consumers do not like surprises, when they select these wines they are confident they will get the wine they remember.

Macchia 2008 Mischievous “old Vine” Zinfandel macchia is well known as a consistent producer of high quality Zinfandel. Each of macchia’s wines has a name, an adjective ending in “ous” including Generous, oblivious, and outrageous. mischievous has bright berry aromas complimented by smoky oak and a hint of spice. While not as viscous as klinker Brick, it is smooth and well balanced with a lingering bright berry and spice finish. fairly priced, readily available, and consistently good are the hallmarks of macchia mischievous. ($18) www.

PacKaGe: While not critical, a nice looking wine label and bottle package helps. a storY: consumers like to relate to the winery. following are four of the top selling wines at the lodi Wine and Visitor center.

Peltier station 2007 Viognier this wine is popular because it offers tastes and flavors that everyone can relate to. Peltier Station Viognier has a pleasant floral aroma augmented by citrus and mineral. It has a clean, fruity, and slightly sweet taste with the right amount of acidity to keep everything in balance. a safe bet for just about anyone, this wine is fairly priced and readily available. ($15)

Mettler Family Vineyards 2007 cabernet sauvignon you will not find high quality cabernet Sauvignon this good, at this price point, very often. layers of flavors starting with dark cherry, chocolate, and oak are enhanced by medium body, soft mature tannins, and a long finish of smoky oak and red and black cherry fruit. this cabernet Sauvignon will age for several years but is very approachable when bottled. mettler cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent value, very well made, and consistent year in, year out. ($22)

For more information: Visit the lodi Wine and Visitor center, and taste from a selection of over two hundred award-winning Lodi wines. 2545 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, (209) 367-4727,


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

Santiago’s Cocina mexicana is authentic as it gets, at this location in Stockton’s Lincoln Center for over 41 years. Brothers Samuel and Santiago maciel took over the restaurant from their mother and father, but all the same authentic mexican traditions are still the order of the day. Chef Jose aguilar was taught all the recipes personally from dad, and continues to send out excellent dishes from the kitchen, the likes of homemade tortillas, chile verde tomatillo, crisp salads, and homemade soups. everything at Santiago’s is fresh and made on-site, daily. Happy hour is also a big hit on weekday afternoons, 3-6:30 p.m., with plenty of margaritas to choose from, and friends and neighbors from all over San Joaquin meeting up to enjoy.

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Serving authentic and modern Japanese cuisine, come enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the causal dining room, or grab a seat at the sushi bar and have some fun with the professional and creative sushi chef. 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!

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 tile 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.

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Sitting around the immense copper beer vats in the middle of the dining room floor, beer connoisseurs with a taste for fine dining can enjoy the best of both worlds at Lodi Beer Co. Restaurant and Brewery, newly opened and located in downtown Lodi. With such house specialties as the deep-fried mac and cheese nuggets for starters, to the melt-in-your-mouth prime rib entrée cooked to perfection, this casual fine dining restaurant is the ideal choice for both lunch and dinner. 105 S. School St. Lodi, (209) 368-9931


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

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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

Bringing a new look and feel to Stockton, Centrale Kitchen and Bar will give you the feeling of an upscale bistro in any big city around the world, with its authentic brick walls and dark, walnut wood floors. The menu features traditional American comfort food with a strong focus on fresh and unique ingredients. As with the dinner menu, the wine selection will change by season, and you will find many extraordinary bottles that you won’t find anywhere else in the region. With a full bar, Centrale is also bringing back the quality cocktail by using all fresh juices and housemade mixes. Centrale Kitchen and Bar is located on the “Miracle Mile” and is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Outdoor dining available. 1825 Pacific Ave., Ste. 2 Stockton, (209) 939-1825

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

Looki ng for the best pizza i n town? It’s here! The Great Plate has signature pizzas li ke Buffalo Chicken, or the Domi nic, or build your own. Handmade to order and fired i n the brick oven with always fresh dough for perfect crust and a delici ous pizza. But that’s not all, excellent burgers, wi ngs, salads, pastas, steaks, seafood, and more. Located downtown across from the Grand Theatre, come and enjoy the family-fri endly at mosphere. Great Plate offers two full bars and 16 beers on tap, a fine wi ne list, and Sunday breakfast (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and the NFL Ticket. Or check out the exciti ng nightlife featuri ng live music and DJs on both floors. Visit, “Tracy’s Favorite Place to Play.” Banquet rooms available for up to 125 people. 714 Central Ave. Tracy, (209) 833-0862

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

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Welcome to Casa Flores Marina, the very best in Mexican Cuisine. Casa Flores Marina is the new location in the Marina Shopping Center on Benjamin Holt Avenue, just west of I-5 in Stockton. Enjoy the warm, inviting dining room or dine al fresco in the secluded, outdoor patio. You will be treated to mouth-watering, innovative dishes that will keep you coming back! Casa Flores Marina has a beautiful, fully stocked tequila bar offering the finest selection of tequilas anywhere. You can enjoy fresh fruit margaritas made with all natural ingredients. No pre-made mixes here. Enjoy Tequila Tastings every third Thursday of the month or book your next big party here. Open for lunch and dinner. 3201 W. Ben Holt Dr., Ste. 155 Stockton, (209) 451-1116

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Wine and Roses

2505 W. Turner Rd., Lodi (209) 334-6988, Full bar. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. $$$-$$$$ 3/3/09

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

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

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



LOCKEFORD Lockeford Inn Restaurant and George’s Lounge 18700 N. Hwy. 88, (209) 727-5028. Full bar. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. $$

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Habañero Hots 1024 Victor Rd., (209) 369-3791, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Not only does this Mexican restaurant offer steaming fajitas and cheesy nachos, but they serve up hot peppers, too. Those willing to eat a habañero chili pepper can win their way into the Habañero Hots “Hall of Flame.” This is

Lodi Beer Company 105 S. School St., (209) 368-9931, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

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

Come dressed up or down; Lodi Feed and Fuel welcomes all for a fun, fine dining experience. With classic and contemporary movie memorabilia adorning the restaurant’s walls (think John Wayne juxtaposed with Jack Sparrow), and its prime location across the street from the movie theater, this is a perfect choice for a dinner-and-amovie date. Thursdays are great days to try out the bar—from 4 to 7 p.m. enjoy discounted drinks and appetizers and a live comedy show every other week. If you are in the mood for an adventurous drink, be sure to try the Grapefruit Cosmopolitan made from freshly squeezed grapefruit juice or the Wasabi Bloody Mary. Moo Moo’s Burger Barn 113 N. School St., (209) 369-9450, No alcohol served. Open for lunch and dinner. $

Playing off the name of the restaurant, Moo Moo’s is decorated with handpainted murals of a large barn and open pastures, but the atmosphere is more reminiscent of a ‘50s diner than a drive

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George’s Lounge at the Lockeford Inn and Restaurant may be known for its banquet rooms that can accommodate up to three hundred people for dancing and drinks, but the lounge also offers a wide variety of food for every meal of the day. Looking for some homemade cooking? You’ve come to the right place. The meatloaf is guaranteed to make you feel like you’re sitting at your childhood kitchen table in your flannel pajamas. Not in the mood for traditional American fare? George’s also offers a wide selection of Mediterranean cuisine—enjoy a falafel or gyro and wash it down with something off the wine list.

no bell pepper, either; the habañero is rated between 100,000 and 350,000 on the Scoville scale, developed to rank spiciness, compared to a mere 5,000 for a basic jalapeño. If you’re successful in the “Eat the Heat” contest, you are rewarded with a complimentary T-shirt and your photo on the wall. Hey, you can always wash it down with one of their one hundred seventy-five selections of tequila.

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So let go of the worries of the day, and go Outback.

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

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at newly opened Crush Kitchen and Bar, executive Chef michael Warren has created a menu that is California cuisine with heavy mediterranean influences. From hand-crafted raviolis and housemade mozzarella cheese to the 12 oz. niman Ranch rib eye, quality and freshness is the focus at this upscale eatery. Crush also offers a full bar and a wine list that boasts 121 bottles of local and european selections. Crush offers a casual and warm atmosphere. Join Crush Sun, mon, Tues, and Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturdays 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Closed on Wednesdays.

a flavorful mixed grill of juicy steaks, tender chicken, fresh fish, and pasta dishes. Satisfy every taste with mouth-watering 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.

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Charmingly designed and warmly staffed, Pietro’s restaurant is a familyowned establishment that’s clearly wellloved. Pietro’s serves up huge portions of traditional italian fare, and has been carefully decorated to give diners the impression that they are sitting in the middle of a tiny, rustic italian village. Try the rich and garlicky Penne aglio, an overflowing bowl of penne pasta tossed with tender chunks of sautéed chicken, caramelized mushrooms, spinach, and crushed red peppers. individual pizzas are hearty and cheesy. Pietro’s is a friendly family establishment. Banquets up to 125 people. 317 e. Kettleman Lane, Lodi (209) 368-0613

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WHaT’S in SeaSOn

KIWI MINT lEMONADE 1 cup water ½ cup granulated sugar ½ cup packed fresh mint leaves 3 california kiwifruit 2 to 3 lemons sparkling water


By MarceliNa Blea


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MEDITERRANEAN KIWI COUSCOUS ¾ cup water ½ cup couscous salt 3 california kiwifruit 1 yellow or orange pepper 1 cup colorful cherry tomatoes ¼ cup kalamata olives, preferably spicy 3 green onions, thinly sliced 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar 3 tbsp. olive oil 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tsp. dried oregano leaves pepper ½ cup crumbled feta cheese ½ cup shredded fresh basil


FRoM its soFt VeLVety bRoWn outside to its juicy green, star shaped inside, the kiwi is packed with nutritional value. the oval shaped delight is an excellent source of dietary fiber, Vitamin C, and almost zero fat. even the skin is edible and loaded with antioxidants and fiber. bearing many nicknames such as “melonettes” and “sunny peach,” kiwis are formally known as kiwifruit, after the kiwi bird in new Zealand, who first exported the fruit to the united states in the 1950s. California is the top producer of kiwis for the nation, supplying 98 percent. they’re even grown right in our neighborhood in Ripon at the Van groningen orchards. one variety is grown in California, the hayward, known for its large size and high sugar content. the kiwi is in season from october to May, making the zesty treat a great st. patrick’s day green drink. be it in a smoothie, sliced, in a salad, or in yogurt, there are many ways to eat a kiwi. the California Kiwi Fruit Commission suggests what they call “slooping.” to sloop, slice a kiwi lengthwise in half, and use a spoon to scoop out the succulent insides.

In a medium saucepan, heat water with sugar over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved. Simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in mint leaves. let stand 20 minutes. meanwhile, peel kiwifruit and cut into chunks. Puree in a food processor. Place puree in a pitcher. Strain cooled syrup into pitcher, pressing on mint, then discard leaves. Refrigerate until cold. Squeeze juice from 2 lemons. Stir into kiwifruit mixture. taste, squeeze in juice from remaining lemon for a tarter lemonade. Pour into glasses. top with sparkling water. Serve garnished with a slice of kiwifruit. serves 4.

In a small saucepan, lightly salt water then bring to a boil. add couscous, stir, cover, and remove from heat. let stand until water is absorbed, about 5 minutes. meanwhile, peel kiwifruit and cut into bite-size chunks. Dice pepper and slice large cherry tomatoes in half. Pit olives if needed and thinly slice green onions. Place all in a medium bowl. Whisk vinegar with oil, garlic, oregano, and generous pinches salt and pepper. When couscous has cooled, gently stir with kiwifruit mixture. toss with as much dressing as needed to just coat. Stir in feta and basil. Salad will keep well refrigerated for 1 to 2 days. serves 4 to 6.

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through the countryside. Authentic burgers, shakes, onion rings, and fries are served in addition to less greasy sandwiches, salads, veggie burgers, and sweet potato fries. This is a great place to come with small children for a fun, tasty, and affordable meal. Moo Moo’s ensures that, like happy cows, happy diners come from California. Pietro’s Trattoria 317 E. Kettleman Lane, (209) 368-0613, www.pietroslodi. com. Beer and wine. Lunch and dinner. $$

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

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

At this quaint European-style bistro, everything is made from scratch daily, as well as all of the sauces and salad dressings accompanying their regional American cuisine. Specialties include upscale comfort

foods like bacon wrapped meatloaf and smoked gouda macaroni and cheese, in addition to delicious steaks and fresh seafood. The bistro features domestic and imported beers and an extensive wine list of over one hundred local and imported wines. This is a popular destination for both casual dining and the occasional wine tasting events hosted by the restaurant, so reservations are highly recommended. Strings Italian Café 2314 W. Kettleman Ln., (209) 369-6400, Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

First impressions can be deceiving, as is the case with Strings Café. The modest location (nestled in the WalMart shopping center) doesn’t do its flawless reputation justice. You have to stop in, if only to taste the soft Parmesan bread and the salad, which is really quite memorable— crisp lettuce sprinkled with savory croutons, sunflower seeds, raisins, and a dressing that pulls the whole dish together. Thinking about stopping after the salad? Not a chance. Try the lasagna, which is superb, or any of the seafood dishes, all of which are surprisingly fresh and flavorful.

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

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

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Black Tie Gourmet chef sets up shop in Lodi After eight years of running Black Tie Gourmet catering, chef and owner Julio Camberos decided it was time to expand—not with a new menu, but a whole new restaurant.  The new year marked the opening of Califas Cafe and Bistro in Lodi. Like Black Tie Gourmet, the restaurant specializes in California cuisine.   “It’s a fusion of many different cultures,” Camberos says. “My food is a little more contemporary, a little more updated, but we still use a lot of the classic cooking techniques.”  Camberos places an emphasis on fresh and healthy dining options. Drawing from California’s diverse cultural background, the menu includes shrimp quesadillas served with a cool mango salsa, pomegranate-glazed pork tenderloin, and an herb-encrusted seared mahi-mahi drizzled with

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

De Vega Brothers has risen from its humble beginnings in a converted A&W stand in Manteca to one of the Valley’s premier Italian restaurants, with expanded locations in both Manteca and Stockton. The Manteca site boasts hand-painted murals of Roman ruins and rustic Italian vistas, while Stockton prides itself on creating an atmosphere of urban elegance with patio dining and live piano music. Both restaurants are known for their generous portions and delicious lamb chops, cioppino, chicken and veal scaloppini, steak, and seafood, as well as their gourmet pastas and sauces.

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  With the restaurant, Camberos hopes to bring the same quality and

10477 S. Airport Way, (209) 9839493. Full bar. Open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch during the winter season. $$-$$$$

service from its catering counterpart to a central location.   “People like to have that storefront, a place they can go to,” he says. “We’ve been through some ups and downs in this economy. But we’re not looking at that. We’re looking at the future. We’re looking forward to a long relationship with the community.” —Rachel Filipinas If you go: Califas Cafe and Bistro, 480 S. Cherokee Ln., Lodi, (209) 367-9866, www.

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

Isadore’s is anything but humble: the kitchen is out-of-this-world, and they know it. In fact, if you happen to inquire, they’ll gladly tell you which items on the menu you’re sure to fall in love with. Locals swear by the quality of the seafood and madeto-order pasta selections. Though there’s no official children’s menu,


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

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

stockton 856 Restaurant & Lounge 856 Benjamin Holt Dr., (209) 957-7856, Full bar. Open for dinner. $$-$$$

Boasting one of the prettiest bars around, 856 is as comfortable as it is trendy. With over sixteen different martinis on the menu, all served to perfection, 856 hosts a “Martini Mood Hour” Monday through Friday, and prepares afterhours appetizers for those stopping by after a late night on the town. The menu is built upon lots of local produce, and their fish is trucked in each morning fresh from the docks of San Francisco. Enjoy delicious food, friendly service, and a beautiful full-service lounge. There’s always something happening at this unique place to dine. Check out their calendar of events for the live music schedule, early Supper Club hours, and more. Angelina’s Spaghetti House 1563 E. Fremont St., (209) 948-6609, MARCH 2010

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

the kitchen will gladly whip up a pint-sized meal for your munchkins, as well as accommodate any other special requests. Finally, don’t be shy—order the Sex in a Pan for dessert. Sweet, ripe banana slices and rich chocolate pudding on a crumbly cookie crust topped with real whipped cream and chocolate sauce make for a climactic end to any meal. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

Angelina’s is a true family restaurant: owned by four family members, named after another, and welcoming to all of yours. For thirty-one years, their hearty homemade pastas, raviolis, and traditional sauces have been bringing families together just like a meal at Grandma’s house. Consider inviting all your relatives to dine together in Angelina’s comfortable and cozy banquet room the next time you are hosting a family get-together. Angelina’s isn’t fussy— just simple, classic, and great tasting. Arroyo’s Café 2381 W. March Ln., (209) 472-1661, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $

When Guadalupe and Jesus Arroyo moved here in the early 1940s, they immediately began sharing their passion for food with friends and family by opening their first restaurant. Sixty years later, their son Mario continues the tradition and commitment to excellence at Arroyo’s Café. Located on the water, one can enjoy fresh, homemade tortillas, enchiladas, carne asada, and other Mexican favorites. Friday and Saturday nights the restaurant hosts live Mariachi music, and the bar hosts Happy Hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Breadfruit Tree Restaurant 8095 Rio Blanco Rd., (209) 952-7361, Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

In the mood for something different? Relax on the Delta and enjoy the flavors and rhythms of the Caribbean Islands at the Breadfruit Tree. The restaurant serves food from many of the tropical islands, and prides itself on its Peleau—a rice stir-fry with fresh veggies and seafood, seasoned with a myriad of delightful spices. Complete your meal with a Jamaican beer or house-made, Caribbean-style drink. While eating, admire the handpainted murals depicting waterfalls and island life. The owners proudly claim, “As they say in the Caribbean, ‘we cook food with love.’” The Breadfruit Tree is open for catering year-round and restaurant dining from February to November.

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Everyone is welcome at Bud’s Seafood Grille. Friendly service, hearty portions, and a range of fish, seafood, pasta, steak, and poultry entrees make Bud’s a great choice for a business lunch, family dinner, or night out for two. Every meal begins with a bottomless basket of fresh sourdough bread, so be careful not to fill up before the rest arrives. The new leafy outdoor patio seats thirty, and is the perfect spot to take a break from shopping in Lincoln Center and enjoy a leisurely lunch or even just a drink with a friend. CEntrale Kitchen and bar 1825 Pacific Ave., Ste. 2 (209) 939-1825. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Bringing a new look and feel to Stockton, Centrale Kitchen and Bar will give you the feeling of an upscale bistro in any big city around the world, with its authentic brick walls and dark, walnut wood floors. The menu features traditional American comfort food with a strong focus on fresh and unique ingredients. As with the dinner menu, the wine selection will change by season, and you will find many extraordinary bottles that you won’t find anywhere else in the region. With a full bar, Centrale is also bringing back the quality cocktail by using all fresh juices and housemade mixes. Centrale Kitchen and Bar is located on the south end of the Miracle Mile. Outdoor dining available.

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Chitiva’s Salsa and Sports Bar and Grill 445 W. Weber Ave., (209) 941-8605, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$

Chitiva’s serves up authentic Mexican food, tasty tropical drinks, and a giant side of fun six nights a week. Saturday nights after 9 p.m., the fajitas and enchiladas play second fiddle to the DJs and live bands on center stage— the Salsa is still hot, but now it’s a dance, not a culinary dip. If all this has you craving a cool Delta breeze, look no further than the restaurant’s outdoor dining overlooking the water


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

Dave Wong’s Chinese Cuisine

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

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

Nestled in the Thornton Plaza shopping center, Dante’s puts a sunny California spin on the standard pepperoni and cheese creation. In fact, most of their pizzas don’t even come with pepperoni or mozzarella. The name of the restaurant says it all—this is not your authentic Italian pizzeria, so be prepared for specialty pizzas with experimental combinations of unique and exotic toppings. Dante’s offers fourteen

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

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

Toppings, cheese, and dough that’s prepared fresh daily may be three of the reasons this Stockton staple has had such success that they’ve recently opened a second location in Lincoln Center. Or maybe it’s all the choices at David’s New York Style Pizza that make it so popular: Eat in or take out? Hammer Lane or Lincoln Center? Thick, thin, or standard crust? Indoors or out on the patio? One of David’s twelve specialty pizzas or one of your own creations? We know sports-lovers love the pizzeria because it combines some of their favorite things: great pizza, beer, fellow fans, and the big game televised on the many 46-inch flat screen televisions hung in both locations. Whatever their reasoning for coming back, repeat customers can be found enjoying David’s New York Style Pizza seven days a week. De Vega Brothers 2819 W. March Lane, Ste. A1, (209) 957-3839, www.devegabrothers. com. Beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner. $-$$$$

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Linden sisters Lisa and Jamie Freeman always knew they wanted to own a restaurant together someday. What they didn’t want was to be tied down to one location.   Their solution: The Grateful Gypsy Bistro. The food truck has been in operation since January, setting up shop at different locations around the Central Valley and Sierra Foothills, including downtown areas, vineyards, orchards, and community events.   “We’re an alternative to fast food,” Lisa says. “Affordable, healthy, a different option.”   Since menu items and location change daily, Lisa and Jamie keep customers updated through Twitter and Facebook. Through these posts, anyone interested is immediately notified of lunch fare such as rustic grilled cheese made with genova milk bread and rich fontina cheese, or alerted to new dinner entrees such as braised short ribs.   “We’re trying to let customers know that they can get good food for a good value,” Lisa says. “It’s always been a passion of ours to bring fresh local food to the consumers, especially in an area that’s so rich in agriculture.”   The two aren’t strangers to being mobile. Jamie was in the catering business, and Lisa is an expert on outdoor cooking and has been the official chef for NASCAR for nine years, working out of a kitchen trailer. Being creative on the road is important, says Lisa, but the biggest issue they’ve encountered so far?   “Terrible parking,” she jokes. —Rachel Filipinas

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different pizzas made with fresh meats and produce, gourmet cheeses, and colorful sauces (the pesto is fantastic). Like pizza joint worth their sauce, take-out and delivery options are also available.

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

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

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

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

Celebrating seventy years in business, El Rancho Inn has been charming customers with its superior service and delectable dishes. Although most drive by without giving this establishment a second glance, it’s well worth your time to stop in for a meal. The steak, lobster, and homemade soups are excellent, but be sure to look up from your plate and take in the surroundings. From the cattle brands on the walls to the regulars relaxing at their favorite tables, this country inn is sure to bring a smile to your face as well as warmth to your belly. Ernie’s on the Brick Walk 296 Lincoln Center, (209) 951-3311. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

Ernie’s has been incorporating classic French technique with abundant Central Valley produce since its doors opened in 1990. Chef and owner Warren Ito was trained at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and loves to use his skills to prepare fresh takes on “old classics” for his loyal patrons. The menu ranges from rib eye steak to Australian lamb chops to seasonal fish and pasta dishes to house specialties like the nutty grilled tahini prawns and made-toorder fresh Manila clam chowder. Take your time while perusing the extensive wine list—it’s over one hundred fifty wines long. Garlic Brothers 6629 Embarcadero Dr., (209) 474-6585, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$

Ironically, Garlic Brothers is a spectacular spot for a date, even though the kitchen is known to go heavy on the—you guessed it— garlic. Fun and lively, this restaurant sits right on the water’s edge and boasts delicious garlicky pizzas, pastas, and seafood. Contrary to popular belief, however, anything on the menu can be whipped up without the brothers’ favorite ingredient. Before you leave, roll up MARCH 2010

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

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MICHAEL’S NEW YORK STYLE PIZZA 2300 W Alpine Ave # A, (209) 462-6668 Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. $-$$

Once simply one of the best pizza joints in Stockton, Michael’s has grown to add a café, deli and now a full breakfast menu. The pizzas (13 combinations or make your own) draw you in but choices for everyone keep the community coming back as a whole. Michael’s also boasts a party room for up to 40 guests and has long been a favorite for sports teams and birthday parties. Dive into a hearty meat pizza or give Michael’s newest creation, the whole wheat crust a try. Papapavlo’s Bistro and Bar 501 N. Lincoln Center, (209) 477-6133, Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$

Papapavlo’s Bistro and Bar is considered by many to be one of Northern California’s most unique fine dining establishments located in Stockton’s Lincoln Center. They offer you the finest and freshest in gourmet cuisine and their fabulous menu includes a large variety of continental dishes. The main dining room has a unique design with a showcase kitchen and bar in warm, classy decor. You’ll find the three outdoor dining patios a perfect place to relax during lunch or dinner. Papapavlo’s offers four private banquet rooms accommodating groups as intimate as 12 to as large as 100 guests. Papapavlo’s also specializes in off-premises dining with their outstanding catering services. Papapavlo’s is open Sunday-Thursday 11am to 9pm, Friday and Saturday 11am to 10pm.

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area, Paragary’s Bar and Grill is a destination in itself. The menu is full of simple American fare with all the right ingredients taken straight from our own Central Valley. The contemporary eatery also features a classic kids menu and surprisingly inexpensive happy hour specials in addition to their lunch, dinner, and dessert offerings. The Stockton location is part of the Sacramento-based Paragary Restaurant Group, but with tasty offerings like these, we don’t mind sharing. The Shadow Oaks Steakhouse 7555 Pacific Ave. (209) 477-5547. Full bar. Open for dinner. $$-$$$$

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

Featuring San Franciscan, Italian, and American continental cuisine, this is the place to go for a delicious meal in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Entrees include charbroiled steaks, fresh seafood, and veal, chicken, and pasta dishes, and have recently extended to offer several heart-healthy options. Stockton Joe’s frequently plays host to a variety of musicians and local artists who entertain diners relaxing in the restaurant’s comfy, padded booths and chairs. Each month, the kitchen selects a featured wine from a local winery, and wine tasting events and wine dinners are held throughout the month. With exhibition cooking, a banquet hall that can seat up to sixty people, and catering for all occasions, Stockton Joe’s is a local feature not to be missed.

The Valley Brewing Company is a fun place to bring the whole family for dinner: homemade beers, classic pub fare, live bands during the summer, and unique sports memorabilia keep everybody happy. The Brewing Company keeps fourteen beers on tap at all times, from a pale wheat, to an IPA, to the house favorite Black Cat Stout, and apricot and berry fruit beers. Friday is fish night, and Saturday is all about Prime Rib. Beer and scotch tasting events are held throughout the month; check the website for up to the minute information about when the fun’s happening. Waterloo

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

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

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

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

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If you’re looking for a place that knows it’s steak, Shadow Oaks is the spot. Known for its Kobe beef and Porter House steaks, the Prime Rib, lamb, and veal aren’t the only thing made to perfection at this local restaurant. With pasta, seafood, and salads on the menu as well you’re bound to find something to fall in love with. An incredible selection of wine awaits you at Shadow Oaks, with bottles priced anywhere from $25 to $450. And did we mention the tequila list? Hidden within the full bar is a variety of tequila bottles, whose respective shots range from $6 a shot to $85. With it’s sophisticated interior, beautiful bar, and live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, this casual restaurant offers fine dining without the pomp and circumstance.

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combined with the fun decorations and local antiques inside, creates a sense of small-town charm echoed by the friendly service and traditional Italian dishes. Rigatoni with herb chicken is a house specialty that everybody loves, but the Mediterranean garlic shrimp is a close second. Take your time looking over the menu; it also features a selection of fantastic steaks, pizzas, and salads. Check out the specials offered at the weekly Family Night and Monday Night Football Sports Night celebrations.

A Crafty Move Two Turlock residents make their beer brewing debut

With a handful of microbreweries in the area and a majority’s preference for domestic labels, Turlock residents Brett Tate and Don Oliver knew they were in for a risky move when they got together to found Dust Bowl Brewing Company.  A few months­— and twelve trials—later, the company has made its debut with Hops on Wrath, an India Pale Ale that Oliver describes as having “big hop aroma and flavor with a clean, bright finish,” without the bitterness of typical IPAs.   “On the West Coast, IPAs are known to smack you in the face with bitterness,” Oliver says. “We wanted it to be a little more accessible.”    Dust Bowl is his first business venture, but Oliver is no stranger to the brewing industry. In 2006, he won the national Samuel Adams Long Shot Homebrew Competition, and last year he completed the UC Davis Master Brewers Program.  A former high school educator, Tate is relatively new to the business of brewing, but he’s already developed a keen insight into the trade. “It’s a delicate balance between your taste and the tastes of others,” Tate says. “It’s all about trial and error.”  The two are currently developing other brews, including a pale ale and a wheat beer, and the next step for Dust Bowl is bottling Hops on Wrath, which is scheduled for release in BevMo! stores this month. —Rachel Filipinas

Carmen’s Casa Nachos

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

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

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

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

Where to find: Hops of Wrath India Pale Ale. Banta Inn, 22563 S. 7th St., Tracy; BJ’s Restaurant, 5733 Pacific Ave., Stockton; BevMo!, 6393 Pacific Ave., Stockton; Strike Zone, 1251 E. Yosemite Ave., Manteca.

Thai Café

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

Tracy Thai

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

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

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

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

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

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

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March 20-21, Acampo More than 100 works of art will be displayed in the wine barrel room at Woodbridge Winery, including pieces from children in the Lodi Community Art Center scholarship program. Preview the show at a fundraiser March 19, 6-8 p.m., at the winery. Tickets are $35.00 each, and proceeds go towards scholarships, art demonstrations, workshops, and classes the center hosts throughout the year. Free. 12-5 p.m. Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, 5950 E. Woodbridge Rd., Acampo, (209) 333-3855,

Things Remembered March 2-April 24, Lodi The craft of four Northern California artists, known for their work with pastels, is featured in “Things Remembered,” as they recall their favorite subjects to explore and paint. Kim Lordier, Gil Dellinger, Clark Mitchell, and Terri Ford are among national award-winning painters and members of the Pastel Society of America. Opening reception with the artists, March 6, 1-4 p.m. Knowlton Gallery, 115 S. School St., Ste. 14, Lodi, (209) 368-5123, www.

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The Pink Panther March 19, Stockton Enjoy the 1963 film The Pink Panther, starring Peter Sellers as the charming yet clumsy French detective Inspector Jacques Clouseau making blunderous moves to protect the Pink Panther. Friends of The Fox present the classic movie, with an organ concert featuring Tom Thompson on the “Mighty Morton.” $4-$8. 7 p.m. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton, (209) 337-HOPE,

March 11 and 13, Stockton Fate and Triumph mix together in the Stockton Symphony’s performance, the fourth in their Classic Series. Works presented include a world premiere of a piece by Turok, highlighting the brass ensemble section, a cello concerto by Shostakovich, and Symphony No.5 by Tchaikovsky. A “meet the maestro” sneak peek starts 45 minutes before each show. $10-$15. Various showtimes. Delta College, 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 954-5110,


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THE 19TH ANNUAl TRIVIA BEE march 12, Stockton With this year’s theme “Lights, Camera, Literacy!” come watch the battle of the minds and costumes, as teams compete in the entertaining Trivia Bee, to win the Bee Bobble Head award. The festive night includes a buffet dinner, silent auctions, and raffle prizes, to benefit the Library and Literacy Foundation. audience members are encouraged to participate to win awards for Best Costume, Best Team name, and Best decorated Table. $20 advance, $25 at the door, $550 for a team of 3 to participate. 5 p.m. Spanos Center at University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 937-7196,

THE GAllERIA march 21, Stockton Uncover bridal treasures at The galleria, a special events bridal showcase. Fashion, flowers, hair and makeup, desserts and cakes, and everything to make your wedding a special day will be on-hand. $10 admission, discount tickets available on the website. 1-5 p.m. Lexington Plaza Waterfront Hotel, 110 W. Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 475-9161,

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TRIBUTE TO SIMON AND GARFUNKEl march 28, lodi Recall and relive the hits of Simon and garfunkel as musical tribute duo mark W. Curran and Tom Haney sing the lyrics and play the music of the great folk singers. Hear the sweet sounding history that spans a fifty year career, performed on acoustic guitars and even join in for some sing-a-longs to Simon and garfunkel favorites such as “mrs. Robinson,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and “america.” $29-$42, 3 p.m. Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi, (209) 333-5550,


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lODI SpRING WINE SHOW march 26-27, lodi Offering the best of the Valley’s vino, the Lodi Spring Wine Show is in its thirtieth year. Sample hundreds of wines, from over fifty wineries, alongside beer tasting from local breweries, hors d’oeuvres, music, and vendors. enter for a chance to win the Ultimate Wine Basket, stocked with over 100 bottles of wine. $25 advance, $30 door. 6-9 p.m. Lodi Grape Festival Grounds, 413 E. Lockeford St., Lodi, (209) 369-2771,



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HAIRSpRAy! april 1, Stockton Teenager Tracy Trunblad tackles integrating a national TV show and teenage love in this Broadway musical, when the bubbly outcast lands a coveted spot to dance on the popular Corny Collins show, thrusting her into instant stardom. Hop to the Bob Hope Theatre to see the comedy, armed with dance moves to thrill. $33-$58. 7:30 p.m. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton, (209) 337-HOPE,

SOWETO GOSpEl CHOIR april 3, tracy The fifty-two member choir, accompanied by a four-piece band and percussion section performs traditional and modern song and dance reflecting the culture of South africa, singing in six of the nation’s eleven official languages. $25-$45. 8 p.m. Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave., Tracy, (209) 831-6858,

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nO SKiRTing aROUnd iT, david garibaldi is a performance artist. a painter and performer meshed together in one, he creates his masterpieces live on stage. giving and sharing himself in each flick and stroke of the brush, garibaldi paints not in front of, but with his audiences, alluring them in for the ride. On and off stage or in the studio, he always makes time to meet and interact with viewers afterwards. Refusing to be background entertainment, garibaldi has taken the non-conformist path about the art world, by passing up traditional art academies. drawing his entire life, from graffiti to animation, garibaldi began painting in 2003 more out of desperate times than anything else. He had lost his job and was about to lose his car and apartment. “i started painting to hopefully go to jazz clubs and night clubs, to sell my art,” he says. garibaldi hit the ground and laid footwork which led to work for the disney Fine art Program, drawing on his animation skills to transform characters into his own expressions. He has also toured with the Blue man group on their “How To Be a megastar” world tour. garibaldi offers this advice to budding artists: “Create things that you’re passionate about outside of art because that’s going to be your greatest source of inspiration and motivation.” For garibaldi, his passion and influence is music. He’s a licensed artist, most notably with elvis Presley enterprises, the Bob marley, and Jimi Hendrix estates. The painter will be enticing an audience at the Boys and girls Clubs of Tracy’s annual auction and gala march 13. Since he began performing and painting, garibaldi has always seen art and charity efforts as hand in hand. With a natural creativity, garibaldi uses his talent to help others. “i made it a personal goal to make every opportunity to not only entertain people, but to benefit and inspire people.”

This duo exhibit will feature an assortment of photographic works by Stockton Record photographers, and ceramics and sculptures by San Joaquin Potters guild member doreen Heath. Opening reception march 12, 5-8 p.m. Tidewater Gallery, Stockton, (209) 463-4033, Through march 25

FIGURES: MONOlOGUE/ DIAlOGUE View the paintings of Sariah Ha and printmaking works of yuji Hiratsuka. Both artists have a unique approach to presenting the human form—in style, technique, and variety of emotions. Delta Center for the Arts, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, (209) 954-5507 march 2-april 24

THINGS REMEMBERED: 4 pASTElISTS REVISIT THEIR FAVORITE SUBJECTS Paintings by four of the leading pastel artists in California at the Knowlton gallery: gil dellinger, Kim Lordier, Clark mitchell, and Terri Ford. Open Tues-Sat and most Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Knowlton Gallery, Lodi, (209) 3685123. View the show at www. march 6

OpENING RECEpTION: THINGS REMEMBERED, KNOWlTON GAllERy meet the artists and hear them talk about their work at the opening reception for the Knowlton gallery’s show, “Things Remembered,” 1-4 p.m. art Talks start at 1:30 p.m. Knowlton Gallery, Lodi, (209) 3685123. View the show at www.

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March at the Grand! Willie & esther Tracy Performing Arts Foundation Monday-Friday 10am-5pm

The young beautician, Esther, wants to marry the fasttalking handyman, Willie, but is not easily swayed into giving him her cash when he has no collateral in sight, now or in the near future.

March 19 & 20 • 8 PM March 21 • 2 PM

Charlie & the ChoColate FaCtory This uproarious morality tale about Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory features the brilliant talent of Sign Stage on Tour, who sign and speak simutaneously. Desert Indigo, pastel, by Terry Ford

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Set at the dawn of Hitler’s rise to power, the growing influence of the Nazi regime is viewed through the eyes of a young American writer who’s love affair with one of the show’s dancers becomes increasingly threatened.

March 28 • 8 PM Grand Theatre Center for the Arts 715 Central Avenue, Tracy, CA 95376

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Pacific Baseball Benefit

University of the Pacific baseball supporters turned out at Stockton’s Brookside Country Club January 28 to support Tiger athletics and enjoy a night out.






Wine and Roses Winemaker Dinner

Wine and Roses Hotel, Restaurant, and Spa joined with Acampo’s Lange Twins Winery January 20 to create a gourmet dinner with wine pairings for each course. 1. Angela Hughes and Jim Rodems 2. Brad and Sandi Alderson 3. Stephanie, Robin, and Sheriff Steve Moore


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1. Tim Dickson and Corrie Barbara 2. Greg, Cindi, and Ben Gorang 3. Tony Sandoval, Brett Sullivan, Brandin Cooks

Don Giovanni

The Stockton Opera performed Mozart’s Don Giovanni January 15 at University of the Pacific’s Faye Spanos Concert Hall, directed by conductor Peter Jaffe. 1. Eric and Leslie Wall, Dorothy Levee, Jim Hafner 2. Bob and Judy Clemons 3. Thao Vo, Richard Wong, Mort Rothbard, Chen Yan 4. Peter Jaffe and Renata Bricka






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Oak Ridge Winery opened its doors the evening of January 15 to the sounds of Lodi’s Vine Dawgz, dancing, wine tasting, and good company. 1. Jani and Paul Berigtold 2. Vincene and Bruce Stanfield 3. Debby and Mark Smith


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