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.


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.


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.


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.