About John Plessel

John Plessel is Systems Editor for The Sun and has been blogging for the Los Angeles News Group since 2008.

Sundowners anniversary special: Top sirloin steak dinner for one cent

Sundowner anniversaryIt’s Sundowners Family Restaurants’ 34th anniversary today (November 28), and the small, local chain is celebrating by offering a top sirloin steak dinner for just 1¢ — with the purchase of a top sirloin steak dinner for $7.99.

The dinners include Sundowner toast and a choice of baked potato, fried rice, French fries or mashed potatoes and gravy.

Where else but Sundowners can you get two steak dinners at the insanely cheap price at $8?

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Nine food trucks serving in downtown San Bernardino today

SB Third Thursday November 2015It’s the third Thursday of the month, which means food trucks will be serving in downtown San Bernardino today (November 19).

As usual, the trucks will park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the city hall parking lot on the south side of Court Street, between D and E streets.

Nine food trucks are scheduled to serve this month, including Baby’s Badass Burgers, Cousins Maine Lobster, Crepes Bonaparte, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Jojo’s Grill-A-Dog, Me So Hungry, My Delight Cupcakery, Piaggio on Wheels and Smoke’em If You Got’em BBQ.

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Help feed hungry folks by enjoying a Slurpee today

Name Your Own Price Slurpee DayUbiquitous convenience store 7-Eleven — which celebrates its anniversary on July 11 (aka 7/11) by giving away Slurpees — is taking that concept and flipping it around.

Today (November 7, aka 11/7) is Name Your Own Price Day at 7-Eleven.

Get any size Slurpee for however much you want to pay: 25¢? $1? $10? $100?

Whatever you pay will be donated to Feeding America, which has a branch right here in the Inland Empire: Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino.

So, go ahead. Indulge. Drinking that Slurpee can be your good deed for the day.

For more information, click here for the Facebook event page.

7-Eleven locations can be found pretty much everywhere in the Inland Empire.

The Melt opens today in Rancho Cucamonga

The Melt Victoria GardensToday’s (November 5) the day!

The Melt’s 17th location opens today at Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga. It’s the chain’s first Inland Empire location.

We’ve been eagerly anticipating its opening since we discovered it back in June.

The restaurant’s menu selections — burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, salads and more — contain no artificial flavors, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, artificial preservatives, artificial flavors or hydrogenated fats.

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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf debuts cookie butter beverages, hosting open house Thursday

Coffee Bean Cookie ButterApparently, cookie butter is the new pumpkin spice.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has debuted its new holiday beverages: Cookie Butter Latte and Cookie Butter Ice Blended.

The new beverages are made with espresso, brown sugar and gingerbread, and topped with cinnamon sugar.

Also returning for the holidays are the chain’s Winter Dream Tea Lattes, Peppermint Mocha Lattes and Ice Blended drinks, Peppermint Hot Chocolate and Red Velvet Hot Cocoa.

The Coffee Bean will be showcasing the new cookie butter beverages, as well as the Winter Dream Tea Lattes and the Peppermint Mocha Lattes and Ice Blended drinks during a holiday beverage tasting event from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday (November 5).

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Inland Empire again ranks low for foodies

Once again, a website has determined the Inland Empire is a wasteland for foodies.

As you may recall, back in 2013, the real estate site Movoto posted on its blog — known for its myriad “top ten” lists — a list of “America’s Worst Cities for Food Lovers,” based on such criteria as food trucks, ice cream shops, caterers and gourmet grocers per capita.

Guess what? San Bernardino was at the top of that list.

Recently, in conjunction with World Food Day (October 16), the personal finance website WalletHub took the 150 most populous U.S. cities and ranked the “Best and Worst Foodie Cities for Your Wallet.”

Surprise! San Bernardino wasn’t at the bottom of the list. That distinction goes to another Inland Empire city: Moreno Valley.

However, San Bernardino didn’t rise too far from the bottom, ranking number 137.

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Redlands Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry returns Sunday

Redlands Bake Sale for No Kid HungrySunday (October 25) is your chance to get some sweet treats for yourself and help end childhood hunger at the same time. That’s because it’s the return of the Redlands Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry.

This year, there will be a change versus previous outings. Instead of a separate event held in the spring, the organizers have joined with the Downtown Redlands Art Walk.

The event is set for noon to 6 p.m. at various businesses in the downtown area.

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Whiskey mogul Jack Teeling visiting Claremont Vom Fass

Jack Teeling Vom Fass ClaremontJack Teeling, chosen as “World’s Best Global Whisky Ambassador” at this year’s World Whiskies Awards is coming to the Inland Empire.

He’ll be paying a visit to Vom Fass Claremont next week.

Teelings’s family has been producing Irish Whiskey since 1782.

Jack will be busy while he’s here, hosting a whiskey class on the 25th, deciding who the Inland Empire’s best bartender is on the 26th and greeting the public on the 25th and 27th.

The bad news is that these events are booked solid. The good news is that the owners of Vom Fass Claremont are committed to squeezing as many people into the public meet and greet sessions as possible.

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Inland Empire Restaurant Week returns today

Inland Empire Restaurant Week is back again!

The 10-day celebration of local restaurants begins today (October 16) and runs through October 25.

The concept is simple: Participating restaurants are offering specially-priced prix fixe lunch and dinner deals to entice diners.

Prices range from $10 to $20 for lunch and from $20 to $30 for dinner.

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