Restaurant gift card bonus roundup for 2014

In the last couple of years, sales of gift cards have exploded — and with good reason. They’re available pretty much everywhere, they don’t require wrapping and one size fits all.

Plus, what foodie wouldn’t love getting a gift card to their favorite restaurant?

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“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.

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s fall open house is Tuesday

CBTL FallThe Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s fall beverages are now available: Butter Pecan Latte, Butter Pecan Ice Blended drink, and Pumpkin Chai Ice Blended drink, along with the returning Pumpkin Latte and Ice Blended drink.

Guests can try any small fall beverage for just $2 during the chain’s fall open house from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday (September 9) at participating locations.

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Southern California McDonald’s offering free back-to-school breakfast Tuesday

McDonald's BreakfastBring the schoolkids to McDonald’s on Tuesday (September 9) for a free back-to-school breakfast.

Between 6:30 and 9:30 a.m., students in kindergarten through eighth grade can get a free breakfast sandwich, apple slices and low fat milk.

The offer is available at participating McDonald’s restaurants in San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties.

McDonald’s restaurants can be found throughout the Inland Empire.

For more information, click here.

Chick-fil-A testing new breakfast items in the Inland Empire

Chick-fil-A and WafflesChick-fil-A and waffles?

Last week, Chick-fil-A began a limited-time test of new breakfast entrées here in the Inland Empire.

It’s a continuation of a trial that began last fall.

Three of the new entrées are for those who are looking for healthier options. All have less than 300 calories:

  • Egg White Chicken Grill (300 calories, 6 grams of fat): Grilled chicken, egg whites and American cheese sandwiched in a toasted multigrain English muffin.
  • Greek Yogurt Parfait (110 calories, 2.5 grams of fat): Honey vanilla Greek yogurt with blueberries and sliced strawberries, topped with a choice of granola or chocolate cookie crumbs.
  • Multigrain Oatmeal (140 calories, 3 grams of fat): Steel-cut multigrain oatmeal, slow-cooked in a kettle. It’s supplemented with flax, whole wheat and buckwheat, then topped with blueberries and strawberry slices. It’s also served with a side of cinnamon brown sugar.

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Jack in the Box introducing two new breakfast burritos, faux Cronuts today

Jack in the Box breakfast burritosThe headline says it all.

Jack in the Box is introducing two new breakfast burritos and its version of Cronuts today (August 7).

The two breakfast burritos both start with eggs, cheddar and pepper jack cheeses.

The Grande Sausage burrito adds sausage, hash browns and a creamy Sriracha sauce, while the Meat Lovers burrito includes bacon, ham and sausage. Both are served with a side of salsa.

A press release notes that they’re the largest burritos the chain has ever offered.

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