It’s Bring Your Own Cup day at 7-Eleven

Soup tureen. Fish bowl. Ming vase. Hard hat.

If it can hold a Slurpee, you can fill it up for just $1.49 between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. today (April 11).

It’s all part of 7-Eleven’s Bring Your Own Cup Day.

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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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Discount tickets available this weekend for inaugural Inland Empire Salsa Festival

Inland Empire Salsa FestivalPre-sale tickets are available for the inaugural Inland Empire Salsa Festival.

The event — scheduled for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 16 at White Park in Riverside — features salsa tasting and competition, a beer and wine garden, and live entertainment, including host Jordin Sparks, Baby Bash and A Lighter Shade of Brown.

If you’re interested in going, though, you might want to purchase your tickets this weekend.

You see, general admission tickets are available on the event’s website for $10 (plus $1.54 service fee). The site is also offering early bird discount tickets (through May 1) for just $8 (plus $1.43), a decent bargain. Kids 12 and under are admitted free.

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Brätworks celebrating grand opening tomorrow with buy-one-get-one-free deal

Bratworks Grand OpeningAlthough San Bernardino’s Brätworks has been open several months now, the gourmet hot dog shop is celebrating (or is that cele-brät-ing?) its grand opening tomorrow (February 7).

From 10 a.m.-midnight, guests will be able to take advantage of a buy one, get one free deal on all the restaurant’s “classic works” hot dogs.

In addition, there will be prizes and giveaways from 10 a.m.-noon, a DJ and face painting from noon-4 p.m., free grilled cheese for kids from 4-7 p.m. and half-price beer from 7 p.m.-midnight.

Brätworks is at 4235 N. University Parkway, Suite 102.

$5 sandwiches, Winternationals ticket discount at Philly’s Best

Head to the San Dimas Philly’s Best today (February 5) to pick up any sandwich for just $5, and while you’re there (or at any Philly’s Best location), you can also save $7 off advance Circle K NHRA Winternationals ticket purchases (or save $5 off tickets at the raceway).

The sandwich deal is good today only at the San Dimas location, 806C W. Arrow Highway.

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10¢ froyo at Pinkberry on Friday, with a catch

Pinkberry 10th anniversaryPinkberry is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a trio of limited-time flavors — Sea Salt Chocolate, Passion Fruit and Raspberry White Chocolate — and by offering small cups of frozen yogurt with toppings for just 10¢ from 7 p.m. to close tomorrow (January 30).

However, there’s a catch on the 10¢ deal.

The promotion is only available at a limited number of participating locations, and none of the Inland Empire locations — Rancho Cucamonga, Mira Loma, Chino Hills and Corona — are on that list.

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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.

Limited-time pumpkin shake available at Baker’s Drive-Thru

Baker's Drive-Thru's pumpkin shakeBaker’s Drive-Thru debuted its limited-time pumpkin shake last week.

The hand-scooped dessert will only be available as long as the ingredient supply holds out, which is expected to be just a few more days.

The shake is available in one size, at the bargain price of $2.

I had a sneak preview of the shake before its unveiling and thought it was delicious, tasting a little like pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

Baker’s Drive-Thru locations can be found throughout the Inland Empire.