$2 small Ice Blended drinks at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf today

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf open houseThe Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is hosting another of its occasional open houses today (May 21) from 2 to 6 p.m.

At participating locations, guests can get a small Ice Blended drink for just $2.

The coffeehouse is using the event to promote customizing Ice Blended drinks with the addition of extra coffee, cookies or chocolate covered espresso beans. The chain is also offering its version of an affogato, with an espresso shot poured over an Ice Blended drink…yum!

Inland Empire Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations can be found in Rancho Cucamonga, Claremont, Redlands, Fontana, Chino Hills, Riverside, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Lake Elsinore, and Temecula.

Food trucks returning to San Bernardino today

SB Third Thursdays 5-21Today (May 21) is the third Thursday of the month, and you know what that means…time for the San Bernardino Third Thursdays Food Fest!

The trucks are scheduled to serve from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. in the City Call parking lot on the south side of Court Street, between D and E streets.

Attendees can receive a free sbX ride ticket with the purchase of a meal from participating food vendors, plus, bring your business card to drop off at the SB Third Thursdays booth for a chance to win free lunch at next month’s event.

This month, nine trucks are scheduled. Head over the jump for the full list.

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Food Truck Rumble happening Saturday in Perris

Food Truck RumbleThere’s a rumble happening Saturday (April 25) in Perris and the knives are gonna come out.

Oh, and the forks and the spoons, too.

The Food Truck Rumble will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the DropZone Waterpark, 2165 Trumble Road.

Admission and parking are free, plus spending $5 or more at any of the trucks will get you free admission to the waterpark, which will have a limited number attractions available.

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Free Wetzel’s Pretzels at Victoria Gardens tomorrow

As we’ve stated before, we’re big fans of free here at Dine 909.

Wetzel’s Pretzels is returning to Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga, and the location will celebrate by giving away pretzels all day tomorrow (April 23).

You read that right: Free Wetzel’s Pretzels!

The new/old location — which is celebrating its grand opening Friday and Saturday — can be found at 12521 North Main St., next door to the California Pizza Kitchen.

San Bernardino’s Third Thursdays Food Fest returns today

SB Third ThursdaysFood trucks are once again rolling in to downtown San Bernardino today (April 16) for the city’s Third Thursdays Food Fest.

As usual, the trucks will be parked in the City Hall parking lot on the south side of Court Street, between D and E streets between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Scheduled to serve:

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McDonald’s brings back fried pies, McCafé Social Hour BOGO

McDonald's fried apple pieBe still my pre-myocardial infarction heart…fried pies have returned to Southern California McDonald’s locations!

The ubiquitous burger chain swapped out its fried pies for a more health-conscious baked version back in 1992 (although I remember getting one at the downtown Riverside location years after that, and apparently, they’ve continually been available at the Lakewood Boulevard location in Downey), but now they’re back.

And will be through the end of the year.

The chain is currently offering apple and cherry fried pies.

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Discount tickets available this weekend for inaugural Inland Empire Salsa Festival

Inland Empire Salsa FestivalPre-sale tickets are available for the inaugural Inland Empire Salsa Festival.

The event — scheduled for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 16 at White Park in Riverside — features salsa tasting and competition, a beer and wine garden, and live entertainment, including host Jordin Sparks, Baby Bash and A Lighter Shade of Brown.

If you’re interested in going, though, you might want to purchase your tickets this weekend.

You see, general admission tickets are available on the event’s website for $10 (plus $1.54 service fee). The site is also offering early bird discount tickets (through May 1) for just $8 (plus $1.43), a decent bargain. Kids 12 and under are admitted free.

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Fun Belly offers walking food tours of Claremont

Fun Belly Food Tours has recently begun walking food tours of Claremont.

Public tours ($69) take place at 2 p.m. Saturdays and last three hours.

Each tour includes tasting stops at at least six eateries along the route. Private tours are also available for groups of six or more.

Fun Belly also offers tours of Eagle Rock and Old Town Pasadena.

For more information, visit the Fun Belly website. (Tip: Be sure to check Fun Belly’s Facebook page for discount codes.)