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.

Tasty Trends

This Japanese noodle soup is quickly gaining popularity in the culinary world. With its flavorful broth, noodles, and toppings like sliced meat, boiled egg, dried seaweed, scallions, and sprouts, ramen is the perfect way to warm up this winter. Next time you’re craving a hearty bowl, try out one of the many ramen shops that have popped up throughout San Diego.

Fare & Festivity

Taste of the Season
mp_koizen2Get into the spirit of the season with a sommelier boot camp at Koi Zen Cellars. The Nov. 7 event focuses on fall spiced wines, highlighting the world of autumn flavor beyond pumpkin spice. Discover the perfect pairings for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner. See www.koizencellars.com for more details.

Merry Munchies
The Carmel Mountain Ranch/Sabre Springs Recreation Center is hosting its annual Lunch With Santa on Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids and their families can enjoy photo ops, crafts, and tasty treats. Ticket sales begin in November.

Giving Thanks
Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends and enjoy a meal together. If you don’t feel like cooking this year, treat yourself to a delicious Thanksgiving dinner at one of several local restaurants like Bernard’O Restaurant, French Market Grille, and AVANT at Rancho Bernardo Inn.