Farrell’s Ice Cream Challenge is back

Farrell's Ice Cream Eating Challenge 2015Do you love ice cream?

Do you really love ice cream?

If you do, and you think you’ve got what it takes, good news: Qualifications have begun for Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurant’s sixth annual Splendiferously Superific Summer Spectacular Ice Cream Eating Challenge.

Whew…that’s a challenge just reading that.

To qualify, visit any Farrell’s between now and July 12 and pay a $20 entry fee. You’ll receive a limited-edition T-shirt, a $5 coupon for your next visit and a three-scoop sundae.

Then, wolf down that sundae as fast as you can.

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Food trucks returning to downtown San Bernardino today

SB Third Thursdays June 2015Today (June 18) is the third Thursday of the month, and that means food trucks will be returning to downtown San Bernardino! The trucks will again be parked from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the City Hall parking lot on the south side of Court Street between D and E streets.

Returning are:

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Blaze Pizza giving away pizzas at its new Victoria Gardens location Friday

Blaze PizzaBlaze Pizza has arrived in Rancho Cucamonga’s Victoria Gardens and — as is tradition with the “fast fire’d” chain — it’s celebrating with a giveaway.

The pizzeria opens Thursday (June 11) and is giving away a free pizza on Friday (June 12) to followers of its social media feeds on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. And, no, you won’t get three free pizzas for following on all three.

The giveaway takes place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the new location, 7833 Monet Ave.

Blaze also has locations in Riverside and Cabazon, and is opening soon in Eastvale.

Tour de Fork fundraiser returns to Victoria Gardens next week

Tour de Fork 2015The Tour de Fork is returning for a third “tine” to Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga. The fundraising event is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday (June 11) along the center’s South Mainstreet.

I’ve been able to attend both previous events and have enjoyed myself immensely. The 21-and-older event showcases restaurants located both at Victoria Gardens and in the surrounding area.

Past events have also offered sneak peeks at soon-to-open eateries, with Slater’s 50/50, [N7] Creamery and No Clue Craft Brewery all having previewed at the event.

New this year is Blaze Pizza, which happens to be opening at Victoria Gardens the same day.

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National Donut Day is today…here’s where to get free donuts

Today (June 5) is National Donut Day, begun during the Great Depression by the Salvation Army as a means to raise funds and bring awareness to the organization’s social service programs.

It also commemorates the “donut lassies,” female Salvation Army volunteers who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending and home-cooked meals, and of course, donuts, for soldiers on the front lines, initially during World War I.

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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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Dhat Island returns tonight

Dhat Island pop-upThe original plan, after Redlands’ Dhat Island closed in November, the plan was to find a new place and reopen in the spring.

Fans are still waiting.

Tonight, however, fans will be able to enjoy some delicious Caribbean cuisine when the owners have a pop-up at Carolyn’s Cafe, 1711 Lugonia Ave., Suite 101, Redlands.

The event, which follows a similar pop-up two weeks ago, begins at 4:30 p.m.

For more information, click here and check the restaurant’s Facebook page for updates.

$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.

Food trucks returning to San Bernardino today

SB Third Thursdays 5-21Today (May 21) is the third Thursday of the month, and you know what that means…time for the San Bernardino Third Thursdays Food Fest!

The trucks are scheduled to serve from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. in the City Call parking lot on the south side of Court Street, between D and E streets.

Attendees can receive a free sbX ride ticket with the purchase of a meal from participating food vendors, plus, bring your business card to drop off at the SB Third Thursdays booth for a chance to win free lunch at next month’s event.

This month, nine trucks are scheduled. Head over the jump for the full list.

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