Rise and shine! Vote with a free coffee at 7-Eleven on Friday!

Forget red states versus blue states….let’s talk red cups versus blue cups.

Ubiquitous convenience store 7-Eleven is giving its 7-Election campaign a big boost by giving away large cups of coffee from 6 to 10 a.m. tomorrow (September 28).

The chain is promoting it with a #CofFREEDay hash tag on Twitter.

Ooh…clever.

For more information, click here.

7-Eleven locations can be found throughout the Inland Empire.

Ritual Brewing goes on the air

Ed Heethuis, Director of Sales at Ritual Brewing in Redlands, went on KFI 640′s Fork Report this past Saturday (September 22) to discuss beer and the new brewery.

A few of the tidbits gleaned from the interview:

  • Ritual is the exclusive beer provider for the Golden Foodie Awards.
  • Among Ritual’s brews is “Wit’s End,” a witbier made with local orange zest and coriander.
  • Bars and restaurants will begin offering Ritual Brewing beers this week (although there’s no mention of when the tasting room, 1315 Research Drive, will open).

For more information, click here.

Click over the jump to hear the interview, which begins right at the 20 minute mark, but you’re probably gonna want to listen to the whole thing.
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Baker’s Drive-Thru’s Cool Creations only 60¢ today

Today’s Baker’s Drive-Thru 60th anniversary 60¢ deal is for any of the chain’s Cool Creations.

You’ve got your choice of:

  • Annie Palmer
  • Baker’s Blast
  • Cherry Bomb
  • Caramel Iced Coffee
  • Iced Coffee
  • Lemon Berry
  • Rootzilla
  • Vanilla Iced Coffee

We’re partial to Baker’s iced coffees, which are freshly made when you order them.

You can find the coupon here, which you can either print the coupon or display on your mobile device.

The usual restrictions apply…the coupon is not good with other offers or discounts, and one offer per person or per car.

Be sure to “Like” Baker’s on Facebook to catch all of the chain’s great deals on great food, close to home.

Baker’s Drive-Thru locations can be found throughout the Inland Empire.

Yum! Festival returns for seconds

The Yum! Festival, which debuted in June, is back for more!

The event will take place from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday (September 29) in a northwest parking lot of Ontario Mills Mall, 1 Mills Circle.

As well as 23 scheduled food trucks (including the Grilled Cheese Truck, and our friends from Ragin’ Cajun, Bacon MANia, My Delight Cupcakery and Cool Cow) the festival will feature a BMX stunt show from Team Soil.

Music will be provided by the Re:Fresh Pomona crew and there will be giveaways by Falcon 23 clothing.

Tickets are $5 in advance (plus $1.27 service fee, available here) and will be $7 at the door. Kids four and under will be admitted free.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Chaffey High School Arts Program.

Attendees will also receive coupons good at Ontario Mills stores.

For a list of scheduled trucks, read on.
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Redlands High School hosting food trucks on Saturday

Our friends over at I.E. Gourmet Food Trucks are returning to Redlands for the second time in two weeks, this time landing at Redlands High School.

They’ve got several great trucks lined up, including Cousins Maine Lobster, The Lime Truck and our pals from the Apple Valley-based Where’s the Fire Gourmet Pizza.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (September 29) at the school, 840 E. Citrus Ave.

Admission is $5 and kids 4 and under are admitted free.

Proceeds will benefit the Redlands High School Baseball Booster Club.

As part of the festivities, Redlands Friends of Shelter Animals will bring adoptable pets from Redlands Animal Shelter.

For more information, click here.

Head over the jump for a list of scheduled trucks.
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Food trucks return to Cal State

Earlier this year, we had a blast checking out a trio of food trucks (Calbi, Crepes Bonaparte and Brats Berlin) which were visitors to the Cal State University San Bernardino campus.

I was wondering if the trucks would be returning in the fall, and it turns out that two of the three are!

The schedule is pretty simple: Crepes Bonaparte will be serving on Tuesdays Thursdays and Calbi will be serving on Thursdays Tuesdays.

Here’s the exact dates:

  • Crepes Bonaparte Calbi: September 25, October 9, 16, 23 and 30, and November 6, 13, 20, 27.
  • Calbi Crepes Bonaparte: September 27, October 4, 11, 18 and 25, and November 8, 15 and 29.

The trucks will park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. near the Coyote Bookstore, which is just to the left of the main University Parkway entrance.

If you want to print out a schedule to hang on the fridge, you can find one here.

For updates, follow Sodexo CSUSB on Twitter or “Like” ‘em on Facebook.

Update: It appears that, despite what the schedule says, according to the trucks’ schedules, it’s Calbi on Tuesdays and Crepes Bonaparte on Thursdays. Of course, that’s subject to change.

Oreo milkshake only $1 at Baker’s Drive-Thru today

Baker’s Drive-Thru, which regular readers of this blog know is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, is helping celebrate another anniversary today…the Oreo cookie!

The Oreo cookie was introduced in 1912, as a competitor to the very similar Hydrox cookie.

I’ll bet you thought Hydrox were the knock-offs…I did!

Baker’s is offering a regular Oreo milkshake for only $1 today (September 24) with a coupon, which you can find here.

As always, you can either print the coupon or display it on your mobile device.

The usual restrictions apply…the coupon is not good with other offers or discounts, and one offer per person or per car.

Be sure to “Like” Baker’s on Facebook to catch all of the chain’s great deals on great food, close to home.

Baker’s Drive-Thru locations can be found throughout the Inland Empire.

Redlands’ Dhat Island gives back

The gracious owners of Redlands’ Dhat Island, Carlo and Angela Alce, have, since mid-2011, been giving back to the community in the form of helping to provide meals for the homeless for an hour on Sunday nights.

The couple has recently expanded the outreach operation to every day.

Redlands Daily Facts reporter Ed Castro has details here.

To find out about volunteer opportunities or offer donations, please call Dhat Island at 909-792-1717.

Dhat Island is at 509 N. Eureka Ave.

A big Dine 909 thank you to Dhat Island for giving back!

Holiday Cafe opens, gets reviewed

Holiday Cafe in Ontario, which replaced one of the many Arby’s that closed earlier this year, has opened!

How do we know?

The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin’s very own lunch lady, Elaine Lehman, has already been there and has given us a review.

Although she only had a Chinese chicken salad, she seemed quite pleased with the place.

Click here for Elaine’s review.

Looking at the menu, there’s quite a few things I’d like to try.

A plus: Breakfast is served all day, with the exception of lunchtime (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) on weekdays.

Holiday Cafe is at 931 N. Milliken Ave., in front of Sam’s Club.

For more information, click here.