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Step away from the cleanse: Free food at the Veggie Grill tonight

Tonight, detoxers can put down their cayenne pepper fire water and indulge in free plant-based dinners from the Veggie Grill. As part of its "Veggie Grill Virgin Night," the restaurant will be offering anyone who brings in a newcomer a complimentary entree from 4 to 11 p.m. To get the buy-one-get-one freebie, you need to know the secret password, which is posted on Facebook and Twitter. Locations in Los Angeles, El Segundo and Irvine; see www.veggiegrill.com for locations.

-- Krista Simmons

'Twilight: New Moon' giveaway

Got "Twilight: New Moon" tickets?

Jamba Juice is giving away tickets to tonight's 10:10 p.m. showing at the Universal CityWalk Cinemas. The giveaway takes place from 8-10 p.m. -- or until all tickets are gone -- at the Jamba Juice at Universal CityWalk. (Click here for our review of the new movie.)

According to the Jamba Juice news release: "'New Moon' stars Ashley Greene and Dakota Fanning are big fans of Jamba smoothies, so ... Jamba Juice has stashed 300 world premier tickets at 3 California Jamba Juice locations to hook up those special fans in desperate need of last minute tickets."

Tickets were given away last night in Oakland, and will also be given away in San Diego from 2-4 p.m. at the Jamba Juice at San Diego's Mission Valley Mall, between Mission Valley Road and Friars Road. The tickets are for the 7 p.m. screening at the nearby Regal Jack London Theater.

--Rene Lynch
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Small Bites: Rockwell, VT kicks off weekend brunch, Street gives away $20 gift cards

Turkish Doughnuts simmered in cardamom rose syrup at Street. Credit: Stefano Paltera / For The Times. 'Tis the season to give: Business must be booming at Street because between now and Dec. 23, every time your bill totals at least $50, you'll get a gift card for $20. That should keep you rolling in Kaya toast and Turkish doughnuts. 742 N. Highland Ave., L.A. (323) 203-0500, www.eatatstreet.com.

Weekend brunch and daily drink specials: Starting this Saturday, Rockwell, VT in Los Feliz is offering weekend brunch (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) featuring steak and eggs, lemon ricotta pancakes and lunch fare like Kobe beef burgers. They turn up the volume on Sundays with 10 Bloody Mary concoctions and a DJ. All that should help you recover from the weekly drink specials Rockwell also just rolled out: Margarita Madness Mondays, with specialty margaritas for $7; Ladies Night Tuesdays, with 10 different Cosmopolitans for $7 each; $7 martinis and mojitos on Wednesdays; and caviar Fridays featuring a complimentary caviar bar and an array of specialty vodkas and champagnes. 1714 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. (323) 669-1550, www.rockwellvt.com.

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Turkish doughnuts simmered in cardamom rose syrup at Street. Credit: Stefano Paltera / For The Times.

Free Slurpees at 7-Eleven on Saturday

A child drinks a Slurpee at a 7-Eleven store in Canoga Park. Credit: Francine Orr / For The Times.It's free Slurpee day at 7-Eleven on 7/11. The chain of convenience stores is celebrating its 82nd birthday by offering free Slurpees throughout the day at many of its locations. (Docstoc has a handy list of participating stores in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura and Riverside counties.)

If one neon-colored, highly sweetened, semi-frozen drink isn't enough, show up on Friday night at the North Hollywood 7-Eleven on Vineland Avenue and Vanowen Street, where the first 100 die-hard fans will receive a one-year supply of Slurpees. (Officially, that means one Slurpee per week for one year.) Talk about brain freeze.

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: A child drinks a Slurpee at a 7-Eleven store in Canoga Park. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeels Times

31-cent scoop night at Baskin-Robbins

Wednesday (April 29) between 5 and 10 p.m., BaskinrobbinsblogBaskin-Robbins will reduce the price of a small ice cream scoop to 31 cents. You know you want it. Plus, it's a fundraiser with proceeds going to the National Volunteer Fire Council and the National Junior Firefighter Program. Check the website for participating stores.

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Product development manager Cathy Bieker tests Baskin-Robbins flavors at a Burbank food lab. Credit: Boris Yaro / Los Angeles Times


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