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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Food trucks get the green light in Riverside County

Likely spurred on by two well-attended food truck rallies in the parking lot of the building where their meetings are held, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today (December 10) to regulate food trucks (where the food is prepared on the truck) and allow them to operate in the county.

Of course, there are tweaks to the ordinance that still need to be worked out. The first issue that came up was that the truck operators will likely be required to add the county to their insurance policy.

You know, in case someone gets food poisoning from their trucks and decides to sue the county.

Really? Who does that? But I digress…

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Lazy Dog donates $10,000 to fight cancer; announces new fundraiser

Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar recently announced the results of its third annual “Bark for the Cure” campaign, and the participation in a new fundraiser that allows guests to easily contribute to worthy causes.

Lazy Dog recently donated $10,000 to the St. Jude Crosson Comprehensive Cancer Center and Kathryn T. McCarty Breast Cancer Center of Southern California.

The funds were borne out of this year’s “Bark for the Cure” campaign, which took place in September and October.

The chain also announced participation in Round It Up America.

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Farrell’s announces Black Friday deals

Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour just announced its Black Friday deals, which include bonus gift cards and a free sundae when you purchase a $25 gift card.

Guests who purchase $25 in gift cards on Friday (November 29) will receive two bonus $5 gift cards (valid January 2 through July 2, 2014, not valid on merchandise, candy store purchases, or alcohol), a $35 total value.

Not only that, but anyone who purchases a gift card on Friday will receive a free sundae coupon…a perfect way to reward yourself a long day of standing in the checkout line.

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CBTL BOGO at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf this weekend

CBTL BOGO Black FridayThere are buy one, get one free deals and then there are buy one, get one free deals.

This is one of the biggies.

We’re not talking buy one, get one espresso, coffee or tea. Oh, no. We’re talking buy one, get one espresso, coffee and tea machine.

If you’ve been in the market for a single-serve coffee maker, this weekend will be your chance to purchase a CBTL Kaldi, Americano or Briosa machine for yourself, and get one to give away.

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Reservations being taken for BJ’s holiday beer pairing dinners

Reservations are now being taken for a special five-course holiday beer-pairing dinner at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse locations throughout the Inland Empire.

The dinners will take place beginning next Monday (November 25).

Price is $30 per person, and obviously, you’ve gotta be 21 or older to participate.

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