Try it free at Del Taco Wednesdays in May

Del Taco is promoting items from its New Tastes and Buck & Under menus by giving them away.

Wednesdays in May, the fast food chain will be giving items from those two menus away with any purchase at participating locations.

In the Inland Empire, the Barstow, Cathedral City and La Quinta locations are singled out as not participating.

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Inaugural Riverside Tamale Festival coming Saturday

The inaugural Riverside Tamale Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday (April 20) at White Park, 3936 Chestnut St., Riverside.

In addition to commercial and amateur “Best Tamale” contests, there will also be a tamale juggling contest, musical entertainment and a kids’ zone.

Proceeds from the free event will go toward the formation of the Trujillo Adobe Foundation, which has the goal of restoration of the Trujillo Adobe and revitalization of La Placita de los Trujillos.

Click here for more information. For updates, “like” the event on Facebook.

Celebrate Día de los Reyes with a Chinese twist at Dragon Loco

Sunday (January 6) is Día de los Reyes and Ontario’s Dragon Loco is celebrating it as only Dragon Loco can.

The Chinese-Mexican fusion restaurant will be handing out pieces of rosca de reyes, a ring-shaped sweet bread that is traditionally eaten on Día de los Reyes.

Typically baked into the rosca is a baby figurine, representing the baby Jesus.

If you receive the piece of bread with the figurine at Dragon Loco on Sunday, you’ll win free food!

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Rancho Cucamonga Osuna’s closes, promises to resurface soon

Fans of Osuna’s Mexican Grill in Rancho Cucamonga take note: They have closed.

However, they promise to return soon to a new location, according to this Facebook post.

The former location at 12592 Foothill Blvd. Suite 100, may have closed, but the small chain is still taking catering orders at 909-803-2200.

Also, it appears to be business as usual at its Walnut and Glendora locations.

For updates, check Osuna’s Facebook page.

Kool Kactus Cafe closes, will serve one last lunch this Friday

Loma Linda’s Kool Kactus Cafe has served its penultimate lunch service.

The longtime Mexican food restaurant quietly closed about a week and a half ago.

Owner Carole Inman closed the restaurant in order to focus on her existing catering business, aptly named “Catering by Carole,” and a new sauce and seasoning business.

A visit to the old Kool Kactus website now leads to the catering business.

Fans of the cafe have one last chance, however, to get a fish taco, or perhaps a squash burrito or spinach mushroom enchiladas.

Kool Kactus will have its grand finale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday (November 9), and will have its regular menu, including its usual Friday-only fish tacos.

Kool Kactus Cafe is at 24957 Redlands Blvd.

For more information, click here for the Facebook event page.

Stolen base last Thursday = free Doritos Tacos Locos today

You can thank (or blame) the San Francisco Giants’ Angel Pagan for this one.

Because Angel stole a base during game two of the recently concluded World Series, Taco Bell will be giving away a Doritos Locos Taco to anyone who visits a participating location between 2 and 6 p.m. today (October 30).

Yeah, it’s a pretty tenuous link between a stolen base and a “stolen” taco, but whatevs.

Click here for more information.

Taco Bell locations can be found throughout the Inland Empire.

1,500-foot-long burrito created in Fontana

Imagine the Eiffel Tower.

No, not the one in Las Vegas. The one in Paris.

Now imagine a burrito that’s nearly one and a half times as long as the Eiffel Tower is tall.

That’s what was created Sunday in Fontana as part of Cardenas Markets’ sixth annual Festival Cardenas at Auto Club Speedway.

The lengthy burrito — filled with sections of carne asada, carnitas, al pastor, chili verde and chicken — beat last year’s version by 500 feet.

By no means a world record (which appears to be a 8,076-footer made in 2004 at the Nevada State Fair), but still enough to serve 6,000 people.

Michael Nolan, reporter for The Sun, documented the event, complete with video of the burrito’s construction.

You can read her article (and view the video) here.

SBPD to serve it up for homeless animals

San Bernardino Police and Animal Control officers, along with San Bernardino City Shelter staff, will be helping serve customers at the Mexico Cafe, 892 E. Highland Ave., San Bernardino.

The “Paws for a Cause” event will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, October 15, in support of the Helping Every Animal League.

The organization is dedicated to helping San Bernardino City shelter animals.

The event will also give attendees a chance to meet the San Bernardino Police Department’s K-9 Unit.

H.E.A.L. will also be accepting donations of dog and cat food, kitty litter, bleach, dog and cat treats, newspaper and sturdy shower curtains for use at the shelter. The items can be dropped off at the restaurant.

For more information, click here or email

‘Taco USA’ author to speak in Upland, Ontario

Gustavo Arellano,
author of “Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America,” will speak at 2 p.m. tomorrow (September 8) at the Upland Public Library’s Carnegie Cultural Center, 123 D St.

The free program is in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

And if you can’t make tomorrow’s date, our friends over at the Ontario Now blog have informed us that he will also be speaking at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 18 at the Ontario Senior Center, 225 E. B St.

Arellano is also editor of OC Weekly, author of the “Ask a Mexican!” column and book, and was the subject of this New York Times interview conducted at Mitla Cafe in San Bernardino.

The visits appear geared toward his “Ask a Mexican!” column and book, but I’m sure you can certainly ask a Mexican about Mexican food.

Arellano will also be signing books at the events.

Click here for information on tomorrow’s talk in Upland. For more information on the Ontario visit, click here.

Mitla Cafe celebrates 75 years

Mitla Cafe, which kicked off its 75th anniversary celebration with a concert earlier this summer, is celebrating again!

The restaurant survivor is hosting a concert and community celebration from 5:30 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, September 8.

Headlining the concert is Scott Martin’s Latin Soul Band, with special guests the Jim Muoz Jazz Ensemble.

Also participating are the Sinfonia Mexicana and the Youth Mariachi Academy.

Tickets, which include dinner, entertainment and dancing, are $30 per person, or $240 to reserve a table for eight.

To reserve, call 909-888-0460.

Mitla Cafe is at 602 N. Mount Vernon Ave. in San Bernardino.