If there’s one thing that North County residents enjoy more than the beach, it’s the various cuisine, beverages, and sweet treats throughout San Diego. Here, we offer a taste of some local flavor.

FARE & FESTIVITY

Dreaming in Chocolate…

Calling all chocoholics! Enjoy dozens of delectable chocolate tastings, demonstrations, a chocolate fountain, and more at the San Diego Botanic Garden’s Chocolate Festival on Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tasting tickets will be sold on site. Learn more at www.sdbgarden.org/chocolate.htm.


photo by Venture Project

photo by Venture Project

Good Taste, Good Deeds

More than 50 local restaurants will take part in the 28th Annual Mama’s Day, a tasting event benefiting nonprofit Mama’s Kitchen, which serves men, women, and children at risk of hunger. This year’s event will take place May 10 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. Learn more at www.mamaskitchen.org.


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Tasty Tunes

Nothing accompanies a meal quite like some live music. Plenty of local spots offer entertainment throughout the week:

Mainstream Bar & Grill
Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.

Poway’s Irish Pub
Fridays and Saturdays, 9 p.m.

Cheers Bar & Grill
Saturdays, 9 p.m.

Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant, Rancho Bernardo Inn
Most days of the week, 5:30 p.m.

ON THE MAP
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Fried Flavors

Rancho Peñasquitos is now home to San Diego’s first Rice Chicken, a Korean fried chicken chain serving gluten-free rice flour-fried chicken, beer, wine, boba, and soju. It’s a lighter, still-flavorful alternative to wheat flour, and the menu also includes baked and roasted options. See more at www.ricechickensd.com.