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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Sun setting on Sugarbird Desserts

If you have had the chance to sample any of Sugarbird Desserts’ delicious baked goods, you know what a loss this is: Owner Heather Paul is shutting down the bakery.

She’s doing so to spend more time with her family.

While we will miss Sugarbird’s delicious treats, we applaud her choice.

“Amazing baker” is a great title to have. “Amazing mom” is an even better one.

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Parliament Chocolate to celebrate grand opening this weekend

Parliament Chocolate, the latest from the mastermind behind à la minute, will celebrate its grand opening this weekend (December 14 and 15).

Just as with à la minute, the focus is on simple quality. Parliament raises the bar by using only two ingredients in its chocolate: High quality cacao and organic cane sugar.

The shop opened December 1 and has been open Saturdays and Sundays since then.

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Charles Phoenix to host doughnut exchange and holiday party Sunday

Charles Phoenix Doughnut ExchangeOK, so this is the first time we’ve heard of a doughnut exchange happening here in the Inland Empire, or anywhere else, for that matter.

But that’s what’s scheduled to take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday (December 8) at the Wigwam Motel2728 W. Foothill Blvd., San Bernardino.

Such an event could only be the product of the fertile mind of our pal, Ontario native Charles Phoenix, who is hosting the event.

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My Delight Cupcakery to celebrate fourth anniversary on Sunday

My Delight Cupcakery Fourth AnniversaryIt feels like forever since My Delight Cupcakery threw a party!

The bakery will celebrate its fourth anniversary from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday (December 8).

As is tradition, the first 400 party goers will receive a free mini cupcake.

As is also tradition, there will be a food truck, which in this case is the White Rabbit truck.

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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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You can help My Delight Cupcakery build Thanksgiving baskets for the hungry

MyDelightThanksgivingToday (November 12), Ontario’s My Delight Cupcakery began collecting items to fill Thanksgiving baskets for donation to Foothill Family Shelter.

The bakery will post different items on its Facebook page through Friday (November 15).

Customers who bring in any of the items listed for that day will get 25% off their in-store purchase.

For example, those who brought in canned green beans, boxed potatoes and/or stuffing today got the discount.

For more information, click here.

My Delight Cupcakery is at 1520 N. Mountain Ave., Suite B-108.