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

Cheese, Please!

The 5th Annual San Diego Mac n’ Cheese Fest will return to Waterfront Park on Saturday, Oct. 26. Admission includes unlimited mac n’ cheese samples from top local restaurants, including Del Mar’s Viewpoint Brewing Co., which took home the title of Best Gourmet Mac n’ Cheese in San Diego in 2018. Cast your vote for the People’s Choice award between bites while enjoying craft beer, wine, and other beverages. For more information and tickets go to www.sandiegomacncheese.com.

ON THE MAP

Global Flavor

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International Smoke, a dining collaboration between award-winning chef Michael Mina and renowned restauranteur Ayesha Curry, officially opened its doors at One Paseo in July. The menu showcases flavorful smoke-infused dishes, diverse spices, traditional live fire cooking techniques, and creative cocktails, as well as vegan options, kid-friendly fare on the Lil Smokey’s menu, and a Fido’s Feast dog menu.


Local Eats

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Sabre Springs’ Nutmeg Bakery and Cafe is expanding to Scripps Ranch with a new location scheduled to open in September. The popular cafe serves up organic, seasonal, and sustainable breakfast and lunch plates, homemade pastries, and locally roasted coffee. The Scripps Ranch location will also offer draft beer in addition to the mimosa menu.