Favorites from The Editor
Our Editor’s Favorites are our awesome picks for the untapped local gems that help make it easy to find your own contentment and health here in Stanislaus County. Check them out, then hit us up at contentmenthealth.com to share your favorites!
FAVORITE LOCAL BOY MADE GOOD:
Did you know that before The Hurt Locker, before The Avengers and way before the Academy took notice, superstar actor Jeremy Renner was just a local boy? It’s true! He may have become a household name as an A-list actor with a long train of critically-acclaimed performances and well-deserved awards behind him, but Jeremy Renner started off right here in Modesto. The son of proud parents Lee Renner and Valerie Cearley has come a long way from his time at Beyer High in Modesto and Modesto Junior College, and he’s definitely paid his dues over the last twenty years in showbiz, but Jeremy Renner will always be one of Stanislaus County’s favorite sons. That’s why we knew that when we launched our first Best Of issue, we simply had to feature Jeremy on the cover. Because no matter where his career takes him, Jeremy Renner will always be one of Stanislaus County’s favorite sons. But Jeremy Renner is more than just a movie star, he’s also a great human being. He sings, he dances…and he supports local nonprofits in his hometown. From appearing at events at the Gallo Center for the Arts to a video appearance (inset, left) in support of the recent Boys & Girls Club of Stanislaus County event Battle of the Paddles (turn to page 26 to find out more about this event and visit contentmenthealth.com to see the video), Renner often takes time out of his superstar schedule to help throw his considerable support behind some of Stanislaus County’s best nonprofits. Now that’s star power.
FAVORITE DREAM KITCHEN SUPERSTORE:
2424 MCHENRY AVE., MODESTO
(209) 238-3000 | directappliance.com
If you love to cook, chances are you daydream about getting the chance to do it on a high end, exceptional-quality stove. And here in Stanislaus County, there’s one store that everyone swears by for all their appliance needs: Direct Appliance in aModesto. At Direct Appliance, you can get that stove of your dreams and the rest of the kitchen to go with it! Since 1976, Direct Appliance has satisfied the stove, dishwasher, range, refrigerator or any other appliance need for people throughout the Central Valley along with handling remodeling projects, countertops flooring and more. From low priced models to the highest-tier commercial options, Direct Appliance’s unparalleled selection means you can find, try and take home exactly what you’re looking for today!
FAVORITE OUTDOOR CLOTHING RETAILER:
MCHENRY VILLAGE, 1700 MCHENRY AVE., STE.31, MODESTO
(209) 522-3500 | royalrobbins.com
As anyone who’s visited our office knows, plaid is practically a religion around here. And when it comes to flannel, cords and chunky sweaters (our whole weekend wardrobe, basically), Royal Robbins is a one-stopshopper’s dream. On weekdays, the stylish comfort of their clothes makes tight magazine deadlines a little more bearable—plus, it’s easy to transition to after-work adventures. And on our days off, Royal Robbins has something for every level of outdoorsy, from the casual hikers among us to the early-morning anglers to the hardcore woodsmen and woodswomen. And we have to admit, the prices sure don’t hurt the pocketbook.
FAVORITE NATURAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER:
225 E. GRANGER, STE. 2, MODESTO
(209) 549.0450 | terissecondnature.com
Natural health is closer than you think. That ideal state is the mission of Teri O’Neal-Boring, owner and Wellness Coach at Second Nature in Modesto. With nearly 30 years of experience in holistic health, Teri has dedicated decades to her understanding of natural health. A master of Philosophy, Iridology and Nutrition, she specializes in helping patients reach a state from which the body can heal itself. She advocates natural healing which harnesses the powers of healthy food, exercise, herbal therapy and a balanced lifestyle. Second Nature’s McHenry Village suite is also home to a wealth of other Natural Health Practitioners including Certified Massage Therapists, Neuro-Reflex Therapists, a Certified Rolfing Practitioner and more.
FAVORITE WINE DESTINATION:
1505 J ST., MODESTO
(209) 549-1101 | dineatdewz.com
It’s not just the location—a convenient two blocks from our editorial office—that keeps us coming back to the Dewz Wine Shop. We’ve got two words for you: wine robots. Okay, so Dewz doesn’t literally have wine robots, but it does feel that way sometimes. Their state-of-the-art Enomatic wine delivery system allows patrons to taste 2 oz. portions of a constantly-rotating stock of dozens of high-end wines. Just fill up a prepaid Dewz card, stick it in the machine and press a button—suddenly, you’re sampling that $80 Pinot you’ve always dreamed about (for the price of a trip to Starbucks).
FAVORITE SPOT FOR LOCAL BEER:
DUST BOWL BREWING COMPANY
200 W. MAIN ST., TURLOCK
(209) 250-2042 | dustbowlbrewing.com
It’s the brewery that started a movement. That’s right: our favorite local taproom is also the maker of our favorite local beer. Dust Bowl Brewing Company’s industrial, hobo-chic décor, inventive twists on classic bar food (try the Okie Nachos—seriously) and location in the heart of revitalized downtown Turlock make this category an easy choice. Just don’t ask us to pick a favorite brew—there are too many good ones to choose from. Newbies should spring for the tasting sampler, which lets guests taste five different 5 oz. beers in one sitting.
FAVORITE CLEAN MEAL:
431 12TH ST., MODESTO
(209) 550-5555 | surlasrestaurant.com
We may be the creators of a health (and lifestyle) magazine, but we’re not ones to skimp on flavor—that’s why we flock to Surla’s Restaurant for all of our editorial planning meetings. In honor of his 95 pound weight loss, Chef John Surla has playfully titled a section of his menu “Never Trust a Skinny Chef” and filled it with healthy menu options that taste positively decadent. Our favorite, the Clean Meal, fuses the kick of a cilantro lime chicken breast with the protein-rich superfood benefits of quinoa. Add in some cranberries, kale, fresh herbs and a low salt lemon vinaigrette and you’ve got guilt-free deliciousness on a plate. No wonder we keep coming back.
FAVORITE HEALTHY TAKE ON CLASSIC FOOD:
LA MO CAFE
310 E. MAIN ST., TURLOCK
Whenever a story takes us out to Turlock, we thank our lucky stars. With a little luck and creative scheduling, a story on the latest world-class art at the Carnegie Arts Center can also mean a transcendent lunch at La Mo Cafe (right). There’s nothing like eating a perfectly-balanced chicken mole tamale and knowing that it’s good for you, too. The ladies of La Mo – Brityn, Hillary and Gloria – believe thatMexican food doesn’t need to be fatty in order to taste good. By using only the freshest seasonal ingredients and creative cooking solutions (like a blend of summer squash and fresh corn in that aforementioned tamale’s masa), they’ve created a restaurant we’d go to every day that doesn’t make us feel bad about our waistlines later.
FAVORITE PLACE FOR A MEAL ON THE RUN:
FAST EDDIE’S MOAB
1228 TULLY RD., MODESTO
When you’ve got a really packed schedule, sometimes you’ve only got a few minutes to grab a bite for lunch or dinner. On days like this, we’re so grateful for Fast Eddie’s Meal On a Bun! Known to regulars as MOAB, this long-running burger shop on Tully Road in Modesto is a perennial favorite of locals and visitors alike. From a classic burger to an amazing philly cheese steak, served alongside a heaping pile of perfectly cooked fries, onion rings or even fried zucchini or mac and cheese bites, Fast Eddie’s MOAB is a tasty choice when you’re on the run.
FAVORITE LUNCH SALAD:
1213 I ST., MODESTO
(209) 523-9723 | harvestmoonrestaurant.com
It’s not just the size of Harvest Moon’s salad selection that makes it stand out from the standard lunch fair—though the size is considerable—it’s the sheer amount of creativity. Where else can you get greens covered in a Warm Prawn Reduction on Monday, a feta-covered Mediterranean salad with grilled lamb on Tuesday, a Prawn and Crab Louie on Wednesday and still have enough remaining options to order a different salad each day for the next month? The build-your-own Foundation Salad has add-on offerings ranging from bison patty to seared ahi to grilled portabella mushrooms—truly, the possibilities are endless. Needless to say, we’re smitten.
FAVORITE FOOD FOR A GOOD CAUSE:
HOWARD TRAINING CENTER
1424 STONUM RD., MODESTO
(209) 593-5633 | howardtrainingcenter.com
Since 1953, Stanislaus County’s Howard Training Center has been providing direct and support services to adults with developmental disabilities. You might already know and support HTC’s mission, but did you know that there is a facet of the nonprofit that also provides exclusive catering services with a huge range of options sure to please? From HTC’s 4,000 square foot commercial kitchen, Arc Catering offers a huge range of delicious food options to suit any event, all in support of HTC’s supported population. So next time you need some great food, why not also help develop and improve the skills of people with disabilities?
FAVORITE SOURCE FOR FURNITURE THAT LASTS:
SLATER’S HOME FURNISHINGS
1605 J ST., MODESTO
(209) 522-9097 | slatershome.com
For over a hundred years, Slater’s Home Furnishings in Modesto has been offering customers everything they need to deck out their homes in style that will last a lifetime. But don’t let the store’s age fool you. Slater’s offers an incredible range of furnishings, from couches constructed with old world craftsmanship to tables graced with the most modern style. Slater’s provides a huge showroom that balances its upscale vibe with small town customer service. The store’s on-staff interior design consultant, the “gentle touch” delivery service and an impressive variety of fabrics and styles to choose have kept customers rolling in for decades. The thing that makes Slater’s our go-to furnishing source, though, is the quality. When someone from the office buys a couch from Slater’s, you know that thing is going to be a mainstay in their living room for decades to come—and it’s going to be looking good doing it.
FAVORITE PLACE TO GET OUR CHRISTMAS ON:
1612 CLAUS RD., MODESTO
(209) 576-1111 | westurf.com
Christmas comes early at Modesto’s Westurf Nursery (below, left). Starting with an open house from 6-9 p.m. on November 20, the Claus Rd. nursery will celebrate the Christmas season with festive decorations, lights, music, cider and cookies, visits from Santa and a whole lot more throughout December. For our part, we love the way the nursery makes the most of the early evenings to showcase their spectacular holiday displays all lit with warm gorgeous light sure to get you in the spirit of the season.
FAVORITE WAY TO RELAX:
730 W. F ST., OAKDALE
Here’s a peek behind the cover: about two weeks before each issue of CH Magazine hits your hands, our whole office is basically knotted shoulders and stiff necks from wall to wall. Thank goodness for the folks over at Massage Works in Oakdale! When it comes to relaxation, they are our one-stop solution. Owner Kari McLean is devoted to promoting full body wellness through certified massage therapy as well as full-featured fitness coaching. Trust us, you’ll want to make an appointment as soon as possible. We’ll meet you there.