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.


budz_mamaskitchenGood 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.

ON THE MAP

budz_chickenFried 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.