As its name suggests, Cafe California draws from the Golden State's culinary traditions to assemble its menu of fresh, regional fare. Located inside the Holiday Inn Visalia, the eatery offers breakfast by way of a buffet, sandwiches and salads at lunch, and full dinner service. Diners can pair their eats with drinks from the bar as they converse with fellow diners, or sidle up to one of four flat-screen TVs in the adjacent lounge.
Inside Exeter Hobbies, off-road RC cars zoom around the indoor track, and hobby planes and helicopters await clearance for take-off on nearby shelves. A treasure trove for both child and adult hobbyists, the full-service shop also stocks R/C boats, plastic models, and trains.
Marianna’s stocks rhinestone-adorned wares ranging from flashy jeans and sandals to handbags for both women and girls. LA Idol jeans ($48.95) and a black-and-pink hoodie ($29.95) are among the many casual-chic garments crowding the racks. Stylish Yellow Box sandals ($45) appease basement-dwelling toes that yearn to see the sun, and the shop's array of handbags—most of which are priced at $45—threatens to bury indecisive shoppers under an avalanche of choices. Bling costume jewelry ($8¬–$20), along with hair accessories and cell-phone cases, all sport numerous sparkly gems to help guests convincingly impersonate disco balls.
Bari Olive Oil has been milling and vending extra virgin olive oil and other gourmet gifts for more than 50 years. Shoppers can soak lucky tonsils in the olive oil used to prepare meals at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards. Infused olive oils, available in flavors such as lemon or garlic (both $17.99 for 500 ml), add unexpected flair to effete dishes, and the Bari gourmet certified-organic extra virgin olive oil ($19.49 for 500 ml) properly lubricates customers from head to toe in preparation of a rousing rugby game.
A Double Gold Medal award winner for its 2007 Lucas Vineyard Zinfandel at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, Ramos Torres Winery produces several Central Valley–grown wines under the direction of Oscar Ramos, who holds a degree in enology and a minor in enosophy (the study of wine's thoughts). An in-store wine tasting will let you and a beverage buddy tiptoe your taste buds through a selection of Ramos's varietals and fermented concoctions, which include the 2007 Vino Tinto, a careful blend of zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon, and petit sirah. The 2007 Branches brims with intense fruit flavors, delighting palates with its blackberry notes and toasty finish, while the 2009 Conversations blends apricot aromas, muscat blanc, and the citrus sensations of orange muscat—tailor-made for sipping atop a bucking bronco. To keep vino-tasters from floating away and damaging the store's new ceiling fans, Ramos Torres Winery will weigh down wine-soaked bellies with a hearty spread of appetizers, including an assortment of artisan cheese and meats, seasonal fruits and vegetables, prosciutto-wrapped melon, and crostini.
Di Cicco's was honored with the Best Italian in Fresno title in 2009 by the Fresno Bee. Six Yelpers give Di Cicco's Blackstone location a 3.5-star average, 80% of Urbanspooners recommend the Shaw Avenue location, and 83% of Urbanspooners recommend the Blackstone location.