By Lindsey Rodrian & Nora Heston Tarte
Don’t you just feel better, prettier, and more confident when secretly sporting super cute undergarments? Of course you do. Lacy? Check. Soft? Check. Hot? Check. Theadora’s delicate and dreamy intimates range from t-shirt bras, garter belts, panties of all shapes and styles, nighties, draining camis and more from top brands like Marlies Dekkers, Rosa Fina,
Anita, Montel, Hanky Panky, Fleur’t and the list goes on. Bralettes are h-o-t with no sign of cooling down anytime soon. Cash in on this trend as you layer with soft, delicate lacy undergarments that compliment when they peek through. Theadora Boutique, 270 Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 474- 7407
Habanero Hots restaurant and cantina has been serving up the heat since the early 80s. With the motto, “Eat the Fajitas, Drink the Margaritas” it’s no wonder this location is a staple in San Joaquin’s Mexican food scene. Their hot sauce shop brings the flavor home with house-made sauces including Ranchero (mild tomato base), Chile Verdo, and Red Enchilada. Take the heat home and infuse your next family meal. Habanero Hots, 1024 E. Victor Rd., Lodi, (209) 369-3791, HabaneroHots.com
Lodi’s newest rejuvenation station, Sirius Spa, offers a plethora of benefits for their members and the public alike. Take full advantage of their meditation room, rock star aestheticians and massage therapists, and 30-minute express services like the Europa Foot Massage. This treatment promotes circulation and caters to tired feet and calves. To top it off, the massage includes a yummy sugar scrub that sooths, hydrates and protects, and ends with a hot paraffin wax treatment to lock in moisture and stimulate your tootsies. Yes, please. Sirius Spa, 400 E. Kettleman Ln., #3, Lodi, (209) 224-5953, SiriusSpa.com
Hot Art Exhibit
Running until January 10th the Haggin Museum will feature “Picasso, Miro & Hawaii Five-0” an exhibit showcasing prints that represent key ideas in modern art, and the challenge of lithography, a process involving drawing directly on a large piece of limestone, created by the 20th centuries most important artists- Pablo Picaso, Henri Matisse, Joan Micro, Marc Chagall and others. Actor Jack Lord, best known for his role as TV detective Steve McGarrett on the original series Hawaii Five-0, made his first gift to the Haggin in 1959, beginning the relationship at the core of this exhibit. Haggin Museum, 1201 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton (209) 940-6300, HagginMuseum.org
Want to embarrass, empower, or market yourself (dependent on alcohol intake and vocal talent, of course)? Good news, you can find karaoke in San Joaquin every single day of the week. So if you back out last minute, you can redeem yourself the very next day. Founded in October 2010, Take A Bow Productions is ruling the Central Valley karaoke craze. John Spiers, a retired construction worker, and wife Ashley bring their good vibes, great voices, and killer song sections to Stogies Cigar Lounge, Cactus Mexican Dining, Garry’s Lounge, Shep’s Sports Bar & Grill, and even Brookdale Senior Living and Dell’Osso Family Farm. Visit Take a Bow Productions’ Facebook to keep track of where they’ll be throughout the week. Take a Bow Productions, (209) 855-6819, TakeaBowProductions@yahoo.com
Hot Ice Extravaganza
But seriously, “Do you want to build a snowman???” If you haven’t reached your breaking point binge watching Frozen or are just that sweet of a parent, sister, or aunt, head over to Stockton Arena to enjoy the sights and sounds of your little ones going absolutely ballistic. The show runs from Wednesday February 3rd to Sunday the 7th, and includes all the feel-good, Academy Award wining moments of friendship, family, and love. This tour is the very first to showcase Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven…. live! “Let it go” and let the story of Frozen warm you from the inside out. StocktonLive.com
Hot Food Trend
Though Sacramento is dubbed “America’s farm to fork capital,” San Joaquin is certainly embracing all the goodness that comes with this innovative production and consumption. With such rich agriculture our area restaurants, bistros, and eateries are surely supporting local with seasonally and regionally sourced ingredients dominating dishes from appetizers to deserts and all things in between. Eat local, support local, and continue to watch our community thrive. As Paris Hilton says, “That’s hot,” and I’ll say it…because what’s better than a sustainable, thriving community?!
Hot in both temperature and trend, gourmet Ramen bowls are making an appearance on many local menus like Komachi, Kyodai, Market Tavern, and more. If you’re thinking of the three-minute dinner that fed you throughout your early 20s, prepare for a creative culinary treat. The soup dances a fine line honoring simplicity and innovation quite effortlessly. The Japanese tradition is trumping U.S. foodies with a Hawaiian Ramen company producing 90,000 servings a day to meet demand.
Established in 1972, the Peterson family embarked on a voyage to offer quality, creative meats. With sausage flavors like Apple, Basil, Pesto, Cajun Andouille, Chorizo, Country Style Pork, Dakota Fresh Bratwurst, Garlic and more, you can stop by this meat boutique in Lockeford or enjoy at the Lodi Farmers Market. Lockeford Sausage, 19775 N. Cotton St., Lockeford.
Active wear is SMOKIN’ this season with new takes on the classic cowl neck. They’re popping up on everything from jackets and chunky sweaters to light, soft tunics, and T’s. Lucy is honoring this trend with many of their new arrivals sporting the look. The added bonus? Let’s see… it boasts a built in scarf so cozy and cute you’ll end up wearing yours everywhere, and you get to cash in on the high-performance benefits and functionality that come with the brand. Zuester’s of Stockton is currently carrying Lucy’s Raise the Bar Long-Sleeve Hoodie, giving you opportunity to lap up this winter trend. Zuesters, 363 Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 951-5581, Zuesters.com
Roku and Google Chrome are the best but their one-click keyboards are on the top of my “first world annoyances” list. In comes one of the coolest new gadgets, the Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard. This slick little powerhouse supports three different devices that you can toggle between simultaneously. Connect your tablet, phone, or computer of any operating system (Mac, Chrome, Windows, Andriod, iOs) to the Bluetooth keyboard and prepare to carry it around with you everywhere because it will give you social superpowers. Text? Answered. Email? Answered. Funny Tweet? Nailed it. Fat fingers? No problem, this keyboard puts a touch screen to shame. Good thing it’s so light. LogiTech.com
Layered necklaces are all the rage this season. They’re light, delicate, and still make a statement. If you’re on the search for some unique pieces stop in to French at Heart in Lodi, where you can layer up on locally crafted necklaces made from sterling silver, gemstones, and more. Express your style and pair one of their chunky necklaces with softer choices, and so on and so forth. Think shape and length to nail this look. French at Heart, 22 S. School St., Lodi, (209) 333-3800
We’re blessed here in the Central Valley. We get to experience all four seasons and still enjoy winter fashion. Growing up on the east coast meant functionality
over fashion and I always dreaded puffy coats and hat hair that protected me from frostbite. Thankfully those days are gone and I wear a hat because it’s cute not because I want to preserve my hearing. Another perk? Dresses with boots. Kick up the heat of this look by pairing your knee-high boots with equally high socks to peak over the top. It’ll pull your entire outfit together. Whether you’re rocking a skirt, dress, or leggings knee high socks add an extra cute element and keep you cozy, too.
Luckily, I took public speaking and know how to communicate both sides of an argument. The two-tunnel Bay Delta Conservation Plan constructed by the California Department of Water Resources are intended to each be 35 miles long and 40 feet wide, running from Freeport to Tracy. With a construction and operating cost ringing in at around $60 billion (tax dollars), the tunnels could conceivably carry the whole flow of the Sacramento River during the dry season, with an overall goal of diverting water from Sacramento to San Joaquin, for thirsty industrial farms and Southern California cities. If you’ve noticed “Save the Tunnels” signs and bumper stickers, it’s because environmental groups like the Bay Area Salmon Protection Group, Californians for a Fair Water Policy, and Friends of the River are seriously concerned for the ecosystem, salmon, and the preservation of the last of Northern California’s wild and scenic rivers. They’ve dubbed these tunnels “the worst threat to Northern California rivers in history.”
Hot Instagram Account
Photographers, fashionista’s, proud parents, and “selfie queens” can all find common ground through Instagram, a photo-focused application that launched in October 2010, racking up one million users in just two months of its debut. The young and old alike can connect based on a variety of interests ranging from agriculture and art, to beauty products and celebrities. We just love following Visit Stockton on Instagram, they spotlight all things great in Stockton, and your photo could make an appearance on their page if you use the hashtags #visitstockton or #stocktonca @VisitStockton
In November Lodi was named “Wine Region of the Year” by a nationally regarded publication, Wine Enthusiast. On January 25th Lodi will be awarded at Wine Star Awards in New York City. The coveted Wine Region of the Year award honors excellence in wine quality, teamed with innovation, the courage to take risks, and the skill to succeed. Lodi came out on top of the nominees including Marlborough, New Zealand; Russian River Valley, California; Sicily, Italy; and Walla Walla, Washington. LodiWine.com
Get the sexy librarian look going with a visit to Zeiter Eye Medical Group. There many locations throughout San Joaquin boast designer frames and shades from Maui Jim, Tom Ford, Gucci, Juicy, and more. As they say, life’s too short for boring glasses, so grab a pair of hot frames to heat up your look. ZeiterEye.Rtrk.com, (209) 727-4503
Kick up the heat at home with a fresh makeover. Whether it’s a full remodel venture or some new couches and décor, you’ll enjoy cold cozy days spent inside your newly amped home. Stockton is home to a ground breaking interior designer, Kathleen Jennison. Her innovative, customizable and catered practices bring you the best in the business, and leave your home looking hot. KathleenJennison.com, (209) 915-0442
It is no secret brows have become a seriously coveted accessory. This is great news for those with thick and naturally shapely brows. Congratulations to you girls! However, for those of us that can’t seem to muster up enough self control to stay away from the tweezers and magnifying mirror, or those that need a little help finding their best shape or the proper way to fill those bad boys in- head over to JC Salon Studio for a little help and TLC from brow master Otilia Aguila. She will guide and shape you, keeping you looking clean while you recover from your over-tweezed or waxed nightmare. Trust me, it’ll be easier to stay away from the tweezers with her help, and after a few weeks you’ll have the brows of your dreams. Thanks, Otilia. All hail the brow queen! JC Salon Studio, 941 Willora Rd., Stockton, (209) 851-8028
Hot New Happening
We all know and love Dell’Osso Family Farm for an array of reasons: Holidays on the Farm, Pumpkin Maze, and Mud Run. Now, they’ve added another- Bacon Fest. The first festival of its kind on June 18th and 19th is all about beer, bacon, and bands. The festival’s Emcee is none other than Guy Fieri, Chef, Restaurateur, Author and host of Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. Enjoy bacon eating, cooking, and pig costume contest, 40 bacon-inspired food vendors, 20 microbreweries on site, and more! Don’t miss this one! BaconFest.com
Los Angeles-based American pop rock band R5 is taking the stage at Bob Hope Theater on January 26 at 7 PM to perform songs from their second studio album “Sometime Last Night.” The band— made up of siblings Ross, Riker, Rocky and Rydel and drummer/vocalist Ellington “Ratliff” —will bring their arena-sized pop songs “All Night,” “Lightning Strikes” and more to life. Professional songwriters (with clientele such as Ariana Grande and The Weeknd) lent their expertise to the group’s sophomore album, but most of the story writing comes from the five-some, culminated from their own real-life experiences, for a truly relatable, mostly upbeat album. StocktonLive.com.
Hot Date Night for Foodies
It’s time to turn up the heat on date night. Cheese Central in Lodi offers a collection of appetizing cooking classes for chefs of all skill levels, from Cheese 101, an introductory look at cheese and cheese-making, to Filled Pastas, where participants make fresh pasta and fillings using a selection of culinary tools. Not only does this creative date night boast a delicious delicacy couples can prepare and consume, as an added bonus, it could help you and your partner build a more solid foundation. Scientists have found that couples who cook together may be more likely to stay together. 11 N. School St., Lodi, (209) 368-3033, CheeseCentralLodi.com.
Hot Date Night for Adrenaline-Seekers
Take your relationship to new heights at the Parachute Center in Acampo where adrenaline junkies can jump 13,000 feet at one of the world’s oldest and largest drop zones. Choose from a fleet of aircrafts to take you to your destination in the sky, before leaping into the blue abyss. Experienced skydivers can jump 13,000 feet for just $15, gear is available to rent for $35 and introductory jumps are $100. Video services offer a memento of your bravery. 23597 CA-99, Acampo, (209) 369-1128, ParachuteCenter.com.
Don’t let the offseason deter you from keeping your eye on the Stockton Ports this winter. Pitcher Matthew Stalcup has been on a hot streak since he joined the local team in May 2015 after leaving the Beloit Snappers. The 25-year-old, left-handed pitcher was drafted to the MLB in 2013 out of Wellington High School in Kansas and now throws for the Ports. At 6’2”, 195 lbs., the Pittsburg State alum closed his season with an earned run average of 2.67 and counts 54 strikeouts for his 54 total innings pitched. StocktonPorts.com.
There’s no time to slack on your summer body just because the cold is creeping in. Instead, work up a sweat with a hot and trendy fitness routine. Enter pole dancing. These classes present an alternative to tired workouts, and if the concept strikes you as slightly odd, consider some of the surprising benefits of this popular fitness movement. Pole dancing targets many women’s “problem areas” such as arms, back, waist, and hips. It also improves balance, coordination, and agility, which will help you reach your other fitness goals. Don’t want to go it alone? Combine Fitness in Stockton offers private classes for you and your friends! 1419 W. Fremont St., Stockton, (209) 463-2326, Combine-Fitness.com.
New Year, new you. January is the perfect time to perfect your locks and experiment with something new. From oil spill tendrils that combine shades of blue, purple, yellow and green to create a spilled oil look, to a red hot hue that makes a bold statement, there’s no shortage of ways to give your hair the pick-me up it needs this winter. Step into Alter Custom Hair Design in Stockton, where you’ll find a boutique style salon bursting with trend-setting style. Here, a team of qualified beauticians will keep you looking fierce all year long. 2222 Grand Canal Blvd., Stockton. (209) 451-3280. AlterHairDesign.com.
Hot Food Festival
Calling all foodies! The diverse array of local restaurants in Stockton offers culinary enthusiasts plenty of opportunities to taste great grub from corner to corner. And at the 7th Annual Stockton Restaurant Week, culinary enthusiasts can chow down on some of the best. From minestrone soup and eggplant Parmesan at Angelina’s Spaghetti House to prickly pear salad and a San Joaquin asparagus wrap at Canal Street Sports Bar & Grill, there’s a little something for everyone’s taste buds right here. To try it all at a discount, dine local January 15-24 when participating restaurants will be serving three-course dinners at fixed prices—$15-$25—and $10 two-course lunch at this 10-day dining extravaganza. VisitStockton.org
Hot Hockey Player
It’s the Stockton Heat’s inaugural season, which means every player they’ve picked up is starting anew, but Dustin Stevenson, the 6’5” defensemen from Saskatchewan, is no rookie. Before he took a spot on the Heat’s roster, Stevenson was scoring points for the Reading Royals totaling 103 points in match in the 2012-2013 season. Prior to that he dressed in all 72 regular season games for the South Carolina Stingrays. This season he has been heating up the rink for Stockton’s home team, with points on the board and less minutes in the penalty box (he ranked second for penalty box minutes during his season on the Royals). Overall, he’s enjoying his new home, both on the ice and off. “It’s been great, the fans here are phenomenal, great facility, the community is wonderful, and the weather is exceptional!” he says. StocktonHeat.com.
Whether your mundane dishes need an inspired pick-me-up or your home décor is missing an eye-catching centerpiece, local artist Jessica Fong has a solution. Her handcrafted line of ceramics is heating up the Stockton marketplace with artistic wares to enrich your life. From handmade ceramic coffee mugs to decorative bowls and vases, the Stockton native’s unique products are a conversation starter that give customers the right to brag about their local find. Fong sells her wares both in local shops and online, making sales on Etsy under JRF Studio, and donating her time to worthy fundraisers to build her name and her brand. Facebook.com/Jessica.Fong.Ceramics.Studio.
When the weather has gotten nippy and your California skin is starting to cringe in the cold, seek refuge in a warm beverage—preferably one of the alcoholic varieties. When spiking your tea won’t quite do the trick, reach for a guinomi—the small cup typically used for serving sake—and learn why this rice wine beverage is a cultural staple in Japan. Shangri La in Lodi sells a variety of sake flavors at their Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar. From Soyuhi Nigori Creamy and Naturally Sweet to Sho Chiku Bai Premium Ginjo Deep Aroma, there’s nine varieties listed, some offered with an optional spice that will leave your taste buds tingling. 203 S. School St., #A, Lodi. (209) 366-0539. ShangriLaAsianBistro.com.