Let’s Dine Out Show’s Grub Club sells out…in a good way

If you were thinking about making reservations for the next Let’s Dine Out Show Grub Club event, set for September 17 at the Grand Oak Steakhouse in Cherry Valley, you’re too late.

The event was announced in the early part of June and all reservations — more than 100 — were gone in just a couple of weeks.

A second date at the steakhouse was floated as a possibility, but won’t happen.

It appears the next event is being planned for Mantra Indian Cuisine in Corona, a restaurant recently featured on the Let’s Dine Out Show radio program.

To join the Grub Club mailing list and be one of the first to be informed of new events, click here.

Congratulations to the 2015 Readers Choice Award winners

Readers Choice Award 2015The winners of the Readers Choice Awards — chosen by you, the readers of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, The Sun and Redlands Daily Facts — were recently announced.

There are two sets of winners: one for the Daily Bulletin and one for The Sun and Facts.

On the Bulletin side, the big winner was Pine Haven Cafe in Upland, which won in four categories: American Cuisine, Brunch, Buffet and Power Lunches. Other multiple winners for the Bulletin were Rancho Cucamonga’s Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, chosen for Best Wine Selection and Best Steak; Upland’s Spaggi’s for Best Italian and Best Catering; and Rancho Cucamonga’s historic Sycamore Inn, winning the Best Ambiance and Best Romantic Restaurant categories.

The big winner for The Sun and Facts was The Castaway in San Bernardino, winning the Best Ambiance, Best Brunch and Best Romantic Restaurant categories. It’s also the only multiple winner for the two papers.

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$2 small Ice Blended drinks at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf today

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf open houseThe Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is hosting another of its occasional open houses today (May 21) from 2 to 6 p.m.

At participating locations, guests can get a small Ice Blended drink for just $2.

The coffeehouse is using the event to promote customizing Ice Blended drinks with the addition of extra coffee, cookies or chocolate covered espresso beans. The chain is also offering its version of an affogato, with an espresso shot poured over an Ice Blended drink…yum!

Inland Empire Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations can be found in Rancho Cucamonga, Claremont, Redlands, Fontana, Chino Hills, Riverside, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Lake Elsinore, and Temecula.

McDonald’s brings back fried pies, McCafé Social Hour BOGO

McDonald's fried apple pieBe still my pre-myocardial infarction heart…fried pies have returned to Southern California McDonald’s locations!

The ubiquitous burger chain swapped out its fried pies for a more health-conscious baked version back in 1992 (although I remember getting one at the downtown Riverside location years after that, and apparently, they’ve continually been available at the Lakewood Boulevard location in Downey), but now they’re back.

And will be through the end of the year.

The chain is currently offering apple and cherry fried pies.

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Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s latest open house set for this afternoon

CBTL Mexican ChocolateThe Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will be showcasing its new Mexican chocolate beverages during its latest open house, 2 to 6 p.m. today.

During the open house, guests can choose any of three small beverages for just $2: Mexican Chocolate Ice Blended, Mexican Chocolate Latte or Mexican Hot Chocolate.

Inland Empire Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations can be found in Rancho Cucamonga, Claremont, Redlands, Fontana, Chino Hills, Riverside, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Lake Elsinore, and Temecula.

“Spooktacular” open house at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf today

Spooktacular Open HouseDrop by your local Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf between 2 and 6 p.m. today (October 25) and you can pick up a taste of fall flavor for less.

The coffeehouse will be offering select 12-ounce fall beverages for just $2.

Guests can choose from a Pumpkin Latte, a Pure Pumpkin Ice Blended, a Pumpkin Chai Ice Blended, or Hot Chocolate.

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It’s time for Baker’s Drive-Thru’s Safe Halloween coupon fundraiser!

Baker's Safe HalloweenOctober marks the return of one of our favorite fundraisers: The Baker’s Drive-Thru Safe Halloween coupon books.

This year’s book includes 31 coupons representing $408 in savings. The coupons are perfect for handing out to trick-or-treaters or — if you’re like me — treating yourself, family and friends to free and discounted food and fun.

The deals start with three coupons for free food from Baker’s Drive-Thru: a bean and cheese burrito; egg soft taco; and French fries, hash browns or chips and salsa.

There are also coupons for free child’s admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Planes of Fame air museum, the Ontario Reign and both Scandia’s and the Friends of C.I.D.’s haunted houses. There are several free passes for Fiesta Village and coupons for free miniature golf at Monarch Fun Zone as well as free bowling at Del Rosa Lanes and Victor Bowl.

Have a sweet tooth? There are coupons for a free mini cupcake at My Delight Cupcakery and a free donut from Krispy Kreme.

And that’s just the beginning.

The coupons books are just $1 and 100% of that goes to Easter Seals Southern California.

The books are available at all Baker’s Drive-Thru locations while supplies last.