Cici’s Pizza finally coming to Corona

Last month, I wrote about the opening of the Corona Cici’s Pizza getting a last-minute delay.

Well, delay no more! The Corona Cici’s will open at 11 a.m. on Monday (September 26).

The first 100 customers to purchase an adult buffet will receive a free buffet every month for a year.

Also, the company is distributing hundreds of wallets around town that contain coupons for a free buffet, a $5.49 value.

The new Cici’s Pizza is at 591 McKinley St., Suite 103, formerly home to a Pizza Factory.

And to think at one time I was bemoaning the fact that, despite heavily advertising in the area, there were no locations locally, and now we’ll have three.

Pizza currently has locations in Chino Hills (4200 Chino Hills Parkway,
Suite 890) and Murrieta (29910 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, Suite S).

How the Gourmet Pizza Shoppe got its Groupon

Dine 909 favorite the Gourmet Pizza Shoppe is offering a fantastic deal via Groupon.

Two can dine on a three-course meal for only $14, which is usually up to a $35.27 value.

Here’s what you get for your $14:

  • Any 12-inch pizza (up to a $22.49 value)
  • Any salad for two (up to a $9.29 value)
  • One small appetizer, excluding the sampler plate, buffalo wings, or cheese bread (up to a $3.49 value)

Seriously, this is a great deal. However, it was posted several days ago and there is a “limited time remaining.” So, in other words, it could disappear at any time.

The deal is good at either the Redlands and Yucaipa locations. You’ll select which one at the time of purchase. Once you buy, you’ve got until March 19, 2012, to redeem.

Click here to get in on the deal.

Update: I warned you the deal was fleeting. It’s dead, Jim!

Wienermobile spotted at Route 66 Rendezvous

Redlands Daily Facts reporter Kristina Hernandez was at the Stater Bros. Route 66 Rendezvous this afternoon and spotted the one of the Oscar Meyer Wienermobiles.

Turns out that the RELSHME Wienermobile be available for souvenir photos and they’ll be handing out wiener whistles until 9 p.m. tonight, and presumably, through the run of the Rendezvous.

According to their locator map, they’re on Court Street, between D and E streets.

Of course, this isn’t the first time a Wienermobile has been in San Bernardino. Several years back, I took this photo of one as its crew refueled at the University Parkway Chevron station.


Qdoba giving you free chips and guacamole with your entre tonight

Qdoba Mexican Grill is giving you a reason to celebrate National Guacamole Day, which is today (September 16)…free chips and guacamole!

You’ll have to have a coupon and buy an entre to get your freebie, but it’s still free!

The deal is good from 5 p.m. to close tonight at all Southern California Qdoba restaurants.

Click here to print (or display on your phone) the coupon.

Qdoba restaurants can be found throughout the Inland Empire, including Redlands, Upland, Ontario and Moreno Valley.

For more deals from Qdoba, follow @QdobaSoCal on Twitter or ‘like’ Qdoba Southern California on Facebook.

V.I.P. tickets for the I.E. Food Truck and Brew Fest have sold out

If you were putting off getting your V.I.P. ticket for the I.E.Food Truck and Brew Fest, you’re out of luck.

They announced Tuesday that they have sold out of the 500 available tickets.

The $25 tickets (if you were lucky enough to get one) include access to a shaded seating area, private restrooms, guest presenters (including chefs and brew masters), closer parking and…one hour early admission.

General admission tickets ($8) are still available at Ticketmaster or at the Citizens Business Bank Arena box office (if you want to save the $1.75 “convenience” charge). Tickets will be $10 at the door.

Also available are $14 “Truck and Puck” tickets, which include the festival and seats for a pre-season Ontario Reign game that follows at 6 p.m. Click here for ticket information.

The I.E.Food Truck and Brew Fest will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, October 8, at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.

Currently, 38 trucks and three breweries are lined up for the event.

Follow the jump to see who’s scheduled to be there.
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Food trucks rolling in for the second Chino Valley Foodie Fest Saturday

Another weekend, another food truck event, it seems.

The second Chino Valley Foodie Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (September 17) at Don Lugo High School, 13400 Pipeline Ave., Chino.

Pre-sale tickets are $6 and are available here. Tickets will be $8 at the door. Children five and under get in free.

The event is a fundraiser for the Chino Valley Unified School District.

The first festival, held in April, attracted more than 4,000 people and was the first (that I know of) food truck festival in the Inland Empire.

Fourteen gourmet food trucks are scheduled to serve up tasty treats at Saturday’s event, including the Ludo Truck, the Buttermilk Truck, Pie ‘N Burger, and Rancho Cucamonga’s Suite 106 Cupcakery.

The district will also present the annual State of the District with board president James Na.

For more information, click here to read an article from Inland Valley Daily Bulletin writer Suzanne Sproul.

Follow the jump for a complete list of trucks.
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Major Brain Freeze hits Highland

A new self-serve frozen yogurt place recently opened in Highland.

What distinguishes the very kid-friendly Major Brain Freeze from the competition is the availability of both Greek-style and Activia frozen yogurt flavors.

I’ve never seen either of those in a frozen yogurt shop, and being a fan of Greek-style yogurt, was eager to try the frozen variety.

I was not disappointed.

I topped it with Red Hots for a dessert that was hot, cold, creamy, crunchy, spicy and sweet all at the same time. Yum!

A grand opening is planned for the beginning of October.

Major Brain Freeze is at 27923 Greenspot Road, Suite C.

Hangar 24 Oktoberfest is Saturday


On Saturday (September 17), the Optimist Club of Redlands is presenting the Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Oktoberfest.

Yes, Oktoberfest traditionally begins in September.

The family-friendly event will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Sylvan Park, University Street and Colton Avenue, in Redlands.

In addition to terrific Hangar 24 brews, there will be food from The Stockyard, Mill Creek Cattle Co., Johnny’s Tacos and Kiddough’s Bakery.

Music will be provided by the Rheinlanders, a traditional, five-piece German polka band.

You’ll be able to stretch your arms in the stein-carrying contest and your vocal cords in the yodeling contest.

Admission is $5 for those 18 and older, with proceeds benefiting charitable endeavors of the Redlands Optimist Club.

San Francisco treat coming to Ontario

And no, it’s not Rice-A-Roni.

It’s good news for chocolate lovers…the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory Outlet is coming to Ontario Mills!

We don’t have an estimated opening date, but there will be a job fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday (September 17) and Sunday (September 18) at the Embassy Suites Ontario Airport, 3663 E. Guasti Road, in Ontario.

They are hiring for chocolateers and supervisors.

Wouldn’t that look great on a resume? “I worked as a Chocolateer for Ghirardelli Factory Outlet from 2011 to 2013.”

Part-time, full-time and seasonal shifts are available.

Prospective chocolateers and supervisors should come dressed to impress and be prepared to interview.

Help Farmer Boys help kids

Want to help Farmer Boys help kids, and get a deal in the process?

This week, the chain began a fundraiser that will benefit the kids at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

It’s the 11th year for the company’s “Give A Helping Hand” campaign.

Here’s how it works: Just visit any Farmer Boys restaurant, purchase a paper “Lion Heart” by making a donation of a dollar or more to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, and Farmer Boys will reward you with a coupon good for 20 percent off your order of $5 or more.

The restaurant’s goal is to raise $30,000 for the hospital, which serves more than 100,000 children annually and is the only Level 1 Regional Trauma Center covering a four-county area that includes Riverside, San Bernardino, Inyo and Mono counties.

So, yes, your donations will have a positive impact on kids here in the Inland Empire.

The fundraiser continues through October 2. The discount coupon is good until December 31.

Since 2000, Farmer Boys and its guests have raised more than $260,000 for the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

Farmer Boys restaurants can be found throughout the Inland Empire.