About John Plessel

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

Juice It Up! giving away small smoothies this morning

Juice It Up Anniversary FreebieMorning people…today (August 4) is your day!

Make sure you leave a little early so you can stop at Juice It Up! on your way to wherever you’re heading.

That’s because the chain is celebrating its 20th anniversary by giving away small smoothies between 9 and 11 a.m. at participating locations.

Guests can choose either the limited-time California Cooler — made with fresh cucumber, pineapple juice, lemonade, lime sherbet and pineapple — or a Strawberry Wave — a blend of Strawberry juice, non-fat yogurt, banana, and strawberries.

Inland Empire Juice It Up! locations include San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Ontario, Chino, Redlands, Hesperia, Victorville, Apple Valley, Eastvale, Riverside, Moreno Valley, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Corona, Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Murrieta and Temecula.

Rialto’s National Night Out event to again feature food trucks

Rialto National Night OutTonight (August 4) is National Night Out and while different cities celebrate in different ways, in my opinion, Rialto is doing it right.

Along with the bounce houses and the musical performances, the city has again scheduled food trucks for the event.

This year’s truck lineup includes the Greasy Wiener, the Grilled Cheese Truck, Where’s the Fire Gourmet Pizza, Suite 106 Cupcakery, Hang 10 Tacos and Drive Me Cookie.

Rialto’s National Night Out event is set for 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Civic Center, bounded by First Street and Rialto Avenue, and Willow and Palm avenues.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

The Cheesecake Factory offering half-price cheesecake slices today and Thursday

National Cheesecake Day 2015National Cheesecake Day is officially Thursday (July 30), but The Cheesecake Factory’s celebration is so big, it stretches over two days!

Today (July 29) and Thursday, dine-in guests can get any slice of cheesecake for half price.

In addition, the chain is hosting a “Say Cheesecake” contest, with a top prize of $1,000 cash.

Inland Empire locations include Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside and Rancho Mirage.

For more information, click here.

Half-price lasagna at Brio Tuscan Grille on Tuesday

Brio Lasagna Day 2015Who doesn’t love lasagna? It’s got everything: Pasta, cheese, meat, sauce, all conveniently arranged in delicious layers.

It’s really a meal in itself.

Tuesday (July 28)  is National Lasagna Day and in celebration of that fact, the fine folks at Brio Tuscan Grille — whose Rancho Cucamonga location is one of just two in California — is offering full orders of their delicious lasagna for half price.

All day, while supplies last.

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J. Riley Distillery launch party is tonight in Redlands

Redlands-based J. Riley Distillery has released its first batches of whiskey for sale.

The distillery has two varieties — California Clear and 1775 — available for sale now at KB Korner Liquor, 402 E. Redlands Blvd., Redlands, and will soon be available at other retail outlets.

A launch party is slated for 7 to 10 p.m. tonight (July 25) at The District, 19 E. Citrus Ave., Suite 101.

Besides The District, J. Riley whiskey is served at several other downtown restaurants, including Darby’s American Cantina, Rok N Fondue, and The State.

For more information, click here.

Wienerschnitzel celebrates anniversary with 99¢ hot dogs

Wienerschnitzel anniversaryWienerschnitzel is celebrating its 54th anniversary — Der fun since ’61, right? — tomorrow (July 19), but its the chain’s fans who are getting the presents.

You see, guests can get an original chili, kraut or mustard dog for just 99¢ at participating locations on that day.

While you’re there, you might as well pick up an old-fashioned sundae — the Tastee Freez deal of the day — for just $1.99.

Wienerschnitzel locations can be found throughout the Inland Empire.

San Bernardino Jimmy John’s set to open Tuesday

Jimmy John's San BernardinoWe’ve known about the San Bernardino Jimmy John’s since we spotted it in mid-May, and initially was told it was set to open in the first part of June.

Well, it turns out that timeline was a little optimistic.

The eatery, 1060 Harriman Place, Suite C5, is now set to open on Tuesday (July 21).

The franchise owners have another location in the works.

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Galco’s fifth summer soda tasting is Sunday

Galco's Summer Soda Tasting 5I’ll be the first to admit that the Inland Empire doesn’t have everything.

And one of the things it doesn’t have is Galco’s Soda Pop Stop.

You see, Galco’s is home to hundreds of soda varieties from the U.S. and around the world, and it’s the “around the world” part that’s the focus of Galco’s fifth summer soda tasting event.

The “Around the World in 80 Sips” event is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday (July 19), featuring samples of sodas from Japan, France, Italy, Hawaii, England, New York and many other locales.

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