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Insider’s Guide to Lodi Patty Radotic

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Patty Radotic

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 12:00 am

Patty Radotic is a teacher at Millswood Middle School and president of the Breakthrough Project.

Q: What is your favorite place to eat?

A: Habañero Hots, because the food is consistently delicious and the atmosphere is always friendly. I don’t like a pretentious place that puts decor before the palate. Habañero is a nice blend of atmosphere and great food surrounded by friendly people.

Q: What’s one thing not to miss on a tour of Lodi?

A: The one thing not to miss is the Lodi Lake Nature Trail. As one visits Lodi Lake, a turn to the right off the main road as the roadway winds toward the back of the lake leads you to the nature trail. It is like a “slice of heaven” to enter the peaceful setting that allows all the pressures of a technological world to just fade away. It is so nice to be only a couple of minutes away and enter this serene world of nature.

Best of all, it doesn’t require getting in your car, packing up and driving somewhere. I also noticed a person in a wheelchair touring the area, and she seemed to have been able to use the roadway easily.

Q: Favorite outing in or around Lodi?

A: Go to Jessie’s Grove on Turner Road for concerts. As you enter the long driveway, the world becomes mellow as you see horses grazing and a beautiful glen that opens amid the majestic trees. A stage is set up for visiting musicians, and the audience is free to bring beach chairs and blankets to spread out under the starry sky while enjoying music together. One of my favorite performers at Jessie’s Grove is rhythm and blues singer/guitarist Shane Dwight.

Q: What is one secret most outsiders don’t know about Lodi?

A: Don’t know. I can’t wait to read what other people write about their “secret” about Lodi.

Q: Favorite place to browse or shop?

A: The Now and Again consignment store Downtown. I love looking at all the diverse objects, and sometimes it makes me feel like I am going back in time to the 1950s visiting my grandmother’s house. I think it’s the connection to people’s “treasures” that fascinates me.

Q: Is there something quirky, but cool, about Lodi?

A: The beautiful mosaic art pieces that are placed in some of the sidewalks. The original designs were created, and then mosaic tiles were used to complete the art pieces. I know that Hutchins Street Square advertised classes for people to come learn how to make the pieces, and then they were placed at various parts of the city. What a unique opportunity for people to see their vision come to fruition and beautify our city at the same time.

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