Uncle Chuang’s Bakery opens near U.C. Riverside

Craving some Asian pastries, but don’t feel like driving all the way to Chino Hills to go to the 85°C Bakery Cafe?

Then simply head to Uncle Chuang’s Bakery in Riverside’s University Village.

The bakery opened late last year, but we finally got around to stopping by today to check it out.

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Second Inland Empire Cupcake Fair is May 4

Inland Empire Cupcake FairThe big question is: Will there be any Star Wars-themed cupcakes?

That’s because, Sunday, May 4, is the date for the second annual Inland Empire Cupcake Fair, at which yours truly will again be a judge.

The event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. (with V.I.P. admission at 11 a.m.) at the newly-revamped Riverside Convention Center, 3637 Fifth St.

The organizers, I.E. Shine On, note that they have learned much from last year’s event and things should run a lot more smoothly this year.

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Lazy Dog offers Valentine’s weekend specials, brings back Thin Mint shake fundraiser

Dijon mint-crusted rack of lambFriday is Valentine’s Day, the day many couples spend the evening out for a nice, romantic dinner.

The problem is, it seems like everyone has the same idea and the interminable wait for a table can ruin any romantic intentions.

But one restaurant chain has come to the rescue.

Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar’s Valentine’s Day specials last all weekend.

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Save on Shakey’s Bunch of Lunch tomorrow

Shakey’s Pizza Parlor has decided to give its fans a little break tomorrow (January 21).

The pizzeria has posted a “Fan Appreciation” coupon for its famous Bunch of Lunch on its Twitter feed.

Coupon-holders will receive the all-you-can-eat meal for just $5.99 (with the purchase of a regular-sized beverage), a savings of $2 off the current price of $7.99.

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Want a free falafel sandwich? Read on

Allan Borgen’s Feed Me 411 has teamed up with Riverside’s Pita Mediterranean Grill and New York Deli (formerly Innabi…remember when they used to have a Redlands location?) to offer a coupon for a free falafel sandwich.

The offer is limited to the first 500 takers, so don’t delay!

Click here for the coupon, which you can either print the coupon or display it on your mobile device.

Pita Mediterranean Grill and New York Deli is at 16810 Van Buren Blvd., Suite 102.

Old Spaghetti Factory celebrating 45th anniversary with $4 and $5 meals, contest

Forty-five years ago this Friday (January 10), the first Old Spaghetti Factory opened in Portland.

The restaurant chain is celebrating that anniversary with a contest and special prices.

On Monday and Tuesday (January 13 and 14), as well as January 20 and 21, complete meals will be available for just $4 and $5.

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Riverside’s Phood on Main has closed

As announced earlier this year, Riverside’s Phood on Main served its final meals last month.

Owners Marla Cohen and Lyn Cloninger’s side business with a PG-13 name has taken off, and the duo has shut down the restaurant to focus on manufacturing and distributing their line of spices, which we’ll just call SSS for short.

Phood on Main, 3737 Main St., Suite 100, had been in downtown Riverside for seven years.

Click here for a farewell message, as posted on Facebook.

Gingerbread Shop returns to Riverside’s Festival of Lights

Gingerbread ShopSince they’ve apparently been shut out of the L.A. County Fair, the only place locally to find the Yucaipa-based Gingerbread Shop is at downtown Riverside’s Festival of Lights, where they’ve parked for at least the last three years.

The pink A-frame is apparently an offshoot of a bakery at Santa’s Village and for a time was a fixture at the Inland Center in San Bernardino.

The shop serves up delicious desserts, including cinnamon rolls, apple crisp, and yes, gingerbread cake and gingerbread men, as well as hot beverages.

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Half-price shakes Saturday at Sonic Drive-In

Sonic Winter SolsticeSonic Drive-In is celebrating the winter solstice Saturday (December 21) in typical Sonic fashion: With half-price shakes all day long.

It’s a perfect way to to treat yourself for getting your holiday shopping done.

You will have your holiday shopping done by Saturday, right?

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