Hello Kitty Cafe truck returns to the Inland Empire on Saturday

0_0913_NWS_IDB-L-HELLOKITTY-3Perhaps you (like us) missed the Hello Kitty Cafe truck’s previous visit to Victoria Gardens back in September of last year, or perhaps you did and are still craving those doughnuts you got last time.

Either way, the truck is making a return trip to the center from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday (July 30).

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The Whisper House celebrating first anniversary today

Whisper House First AnniversaryClaremont speakeasy The Whisper House is celebrating its first anniversary today (July 15) with food and drink specials and a Bottle Logic Brewing takeover.

The eatery will open at noon and will offer $2 short rib sliders and $2 beer specials until 4 p.m.

Fundamental Observation, Darkstar November and Leche Borracho will be available during the tap takeover, which will also incorporate a “steal the glass.”

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Celebrate Wienerschnitzel’s 55th anniversary with 55¢ hot dogs

Wienerschnitzel 55Happy 55th anniversary to Wienerschnitzel!

Celebrating “Der fun since ’61,” the world’s largest hot dog chain is celebrating in typical Wienerschnitzel style…by offering hot dogs at a bargain price.

Today (July 11), the chain is selling hot dogs — original, chili or kraut dogs — for just 55¢.

Guests can buy up to 10 hot dogs at that price.

Wienerschnitzel locations can be found throughout the Inland Empire.

Happee Slurpee Fiftee…time to partee!

Slurpee FifteeLook at the calendar…it’s July 11, AKA 7/11, AKA Slurpee Day!

It’s the day when 7-Eleven traditionally offers free Slurpees, but today is special, because it’s the 50th anniversary of the frozen treat.

So, head to your local 7-Eleven between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and get your free small Slurpee (the convenience store chain just introduced a birthday cake flavor), and then make sure you download the 7-Eleven app on your smartphone.

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Del Tacos testing new ‘platos’ at select Inland Empire locations

Del Taco recently introduced its new platos at select locations in San Bernardino, Redlands, Colton, Loma Linda and Riverside.

The platos come with a choice of either a wet burrito, two fish tacos or two street tacos, plus cilantro lime rice, beans and chips and salsa.

Prices range from $6.49 to $7.49.

It appears to be a second go-round for Del Taco’s platos. They were also tested about a year ago in the Sacramento area.

If you’re interested in trying them for yourself, head to one of these locations:

  • Colton: 834 W. Valley Blvd.; 1010 E. Washington St.
  • Loma Linda: 24898 Redlands Blvd.
  • Redlands: 1624 W. Redlands Blvd.; 602 E. Redlands Blvd.
  • Riverside: 3487 Arlington Ave.; 4407 Brockton Ave; 6333 Riverside Ave.; 1255 University Ave.; 3199 Van Buren Blvd.
  • San Bernardino: 272 E. 40th St.; 2665 S. Waterman Ave.

Jack in the Box testing “brunchfast” items

Jack in the Box brunchfastJust what is “brunchfast”?

Is it too late for breakfast, but too early for brunch?

Or is it brunch, but more breakfasty?

Only Jack in the Box can tell.

Like Taco Bell’s Fourthmeal, Jack in the Box’s Brunchfast is a completely artificial construct designed for one thing: Sell more food.

Co-worker James Williams happened upon a Jack in the Box in Moreno Valley at the end of April which was testing several Brunchfast items.

It turns out it was one of nearly 20 locations in Riverside County testing the items.

But just what is on the Brunchfast menu? A returning Munchie Meal entrée, a couple of new sandwiches, a new plate, and some new sides.

Specifically, the new menu includes:

  • Brunch Burger (one of the original  Munchie Meal entrées): The burger comes on a croissant and is topped with bacon, cheddar cheese and a fried egg. It’s $3.99 for the burger and $5.79 for the combo.
  • Bacon & Chicken Brunch Sandwich: This sandwich comes on an English muffin and includes a fried chicken patty, also topped with bacon, cheddar cheese and a fried egg. The sandwich is $4.49 a la carte and $6.29 for the combo.
  • Sourdough Omelet Sandwich: The sandwich includes eggs scrambled with peppers, topped with ham and cheese. Unsurprisingly, it’s on sourdough bread. It’s $3.49 for the sandwich and $5.29 for the combo.
  • Southwest Scrambler Plate: Consists of eggs scrambled with peppers, homestyle potatoes, and includes a croissant. It costs $4.59.

The combos include one side and either a regular hot coffee or fountain drink.

Choice of sides include the already-on-the-menu mini pancakes ($1 for 8), and the new homestyle potatoes ($1.99) and orange cranberry muffins (3 for $1.49).

Brunchfast beverages include the previously-available iced coffee ($1.99 for regular, $2.99 for large), and the new blood orange fruit cooler ($1.49 for regular, $2.19 for large).

Will the new items get a wider release? Ask the guy with the round white head and pointy hat.

Requiem for Jason’s Deli

A moment of silence, please.

The Riverside Jason’s Deli has closed.

We were big fans of the restaurant, and appreciated its strive to use ingredients free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors and colors. Oh, and the free ice cream. In fact, we even named it a Dine 909 favorite.

However, I can’t help but feel that the location was doomed from the start.

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