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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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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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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Food trucks in Riverside, Hemet tomorrow

Food truck hunters should head to Riverside County tomorrow (November 2) to get their fix.

Two events are taking place — one in Riverside and the other in Hemet.

California Baptist University’s Homecoming Block Party will feature ten trucks, while Hemet’s West Valley High School’s truck fest will see half that number.

Admission to both events is free.

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