Taste Claremont for $10 less today

From the Claremont Now blog, we read that the Rotary Club of Claremont is hosting their 10th Annual A Taste of Claremont on April 16th.

That’s all well and good, but here’s the rub…if you want to save $10, you have to buy your tickets today.

Tickets are $50 today and will go up to $60 tomorrow (April 1). Tickets at the door will also be $60.

Some of the 30+ participants include: Buca di Beppo, Casablanca Bar & Grill, Espiau’s Restaurant, Inka Trails, La Parolaccia, The Press Restaurant and Some Crust Bakery.

For more information on tickets, click here now!

King Taco begins reign in the Inland Empire

From the Ontario Now blog, we read that King Taco, which has (according to the comments here) been “coming soon” for a very long time, is finally open!

King Taco is a longtime L.A.-based institution, which began out of a converted ice cream truck.

The Ontario restaurant, at 406 N. Mountain Ave., is their first permanent location outside of Los Angeles County.

They have an open-during-races-only location at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. They also take up residence at the L.A. County Fair in Pomona.

In addition to the raceway location in Fontana, they’re planning to open a permanent location in that city.

To see the original blog post click here.

A fuzzy fundraiser at T.G.I Friday’s

T.G.I Friday’s will be holding a fundraising event this Friday through Sunday at their Ontario and San Bernardino locations, with 20 percent of all proceeds going to the Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley.

All you need to do is print out this flier and take it with you if you decide to go. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., so if you’re an early bird or a night-owl like myself, there’s plenty of time to help animals in need.

And if you don’t have time to eat in, you can even order take-out and still help; just remember to bring the flier!

What’s nearly as good as the warm fuzzies you’ll experience as you nosh, you may ask? Why, a certificate for a free Friday’s appetizer given to you in appreciation of your support to use on a future visit, of course.

Ontario’s T.G.I Friday’s is at 3351 Centre Lake Drive; their San Bernardino location is at 390 E. Hospitality Lane.

It’s Friday…you know what that means

Regular readers of Dine 909 know what Fridays bring, besides paychecks, of course.

That’s right…new reviews!

This week Elaine Lehman drives all the way out to San Bernardino to have lunch at Vicky’s on Waterman Avenue at Mill Street.

I’ve eaten at Vicky’s many times, but not lately. I sometimes wonder as I drive by if they’re still in business. Now I realize why I wondered that.

They close at 3 p.m. on weekends.

I never knew that. I had suspected that they kept odd hours, but now it’s confirmed.

Elaine seemed to easily make it there when they were open and enjoyed her burger special.

You can read her critique (and check out their business hours) here.

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Old Spaghetti Factory still celebrating with more outrageous deals

The Old Spaghetti Factory, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is still celebrating.

And why shouldn’t they? Their 40th anniversary lasts all year!

Beginning Tuesday, March 31, they are repeating the deal they had earlier this year…40% off their Pasta Classics. This deal will be offered for lunch and dinner every Tuesday from then until May 26.

Here are some sample prices:

  • Spaghetti with tomato sauce –$4.79
  • Spaghetti with white clam sauce — $5.70
  • Spaghetti with browned butter and Mizithra cheese — $5.99
  • Children’s spaghetti dinner — $2.99

Considering that their dinners include soup or salad; hot tea, iced tea, coffee or milk; and a scoop of spumoni or vanilla ice cream, it’s a terrific bargain and a great way to help beat the recession.

Click here to see all the outrageous specials.

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Son of Oh, the horror!

OK, since there are two companies producing Girl Scout Cookies, there are naturally two sets of recipes using said cookies.

The San Gorgonio Council of Girl Scouts, which covers most of the Inland Empire, gets their cookies from ABC Bakers.

And really, you don’t want to mix them up.

You don’t want to mistakenly use Caramel deLites in your Samoas Sweet Potatoes recipes. Or do you?

Let’s compare: According to the Little Brownie Bakers Web site, Samoas are “Tender vanilla cookies, covered in caramel, rolled in toasted coconut, and striped with a rich, chocolaty coating.”

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Oh, the horror!

As if it weren’t bad enough that we’re smack dab in the middle of Girl Scout Cookie season.

Really, we could all eat ourselves into a frenzy with Do-Si-Dos, Trefoils and, of course, Thin Mints.

Apparently the cookies themselves aren’t enough temptation. The Girl Scouts have cleverly come up with recipes using those delicious Girl Scout Cookies!

How about Volcano Cake made with Sugar Free Chocolate Chips Girl Scout Cookies? Whoa…a dessert made out of another dessert. I think my head just exploded!

That one a little too meta for you? There’s always Peanut Thai Chicken, featuring crushed Do-Si-Dos. Mmm!
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Wine or lasagna…why not both?

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From the Redlands Daily Facts comes a pair of events at Time in a Bottle.

The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (March 19) when they will be hosting a tasting of Two Angels wines. Appetizers will be served and the vineyard’s owner will be available to answer questions.

Cost is $25 and reservations are recommended.

But wait…there’s more!

The fun continues at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 with Lasagna Night! The menu includes Caesar salad, either meat or roasted vegetable lasagna, sauteed vegetables and garlic bread, all for the unbelievably low price of $14.95.

For more information and reservations, call Time in a Bottle at (909) 307-WINE (9469).

Click here to read the story as it appeared in the Facts.

Coming soon…yet another Redlands frozen yogurt shop

Thanks to our friend Amanda “Film Cannon” Keith for tipping Dine 909 off on the soon-to-be-open Swirly D’Lite frozen yogurt shop in the Stater Bros. shopping center at Alabama Street and Barton Road in Redlands.

I guess they are trying to catch those who think the TCBY a block away at San Mateo Street and Brookside Avenue is just too far to go.

Of course they’ll have plenty of frozen confection competition, what with at least five other frozen yogurt places (Golden Spoon, Ohana, Nubi, Hogi Yogi and the previously-mentioned TCBY), the old standbys (Baskin-Robbins, Cold Stone Creamery, Dairy Queen) and even frozen custard (Theron’s) already in Redlands.

Dine 909 wishes them the best of luck. If Amanda remembers to let us know when they open, we’ll pass the news along to you.