Punch Bar | Pasadena

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From the creative mind behind Corazon de Miel and Whim Kitchen, Robin Chopra, and new comer Darwin Manahan, comes Old Town Pasadena’s latest addition, Punch Bar.

Offering a menu like no other, Punch Bar co-owners Chopra and Manahan take patrons on a unique drinking experience right from the start. The sophomore bar is located in Old Town’s west end on the corner of Colorado and Pasadena Avenue; marked with a red door and requiring a ring of a door bell, the entrance to the speakeasy is an experience within its itself.

Once inside, expect a warm greeting by the bar staff as they seat you and spell out the night’s specialty drinks. Crafted by hand, down to the decorative sculptured ice cubes, Chopra and Manahan create hand-thrown punch cocktails that are both bold and unique in flavor.

Patrons are invited to enjoy hand-made specialty cocktails, punch bowl servings (4 to choose from), or even classic drinks if you’re feeling less adventurous. While traditional favors and ingredients, like cucumber, orange, and lemon, are used to create these selections, Punch Bar and its’ innovative mixologists also include some unique spices and garnishes.

What’s more, the preparation of each drink is where the true experience lies. Chopra and Manahan make sure to give a bit of background of each ingredient included in each creation. Including traditions and insight into the culture associated with the flavors, spices, and practices, this incredible duo truly make drinks that inspire the imagination and take mixology to a new level.

REVISION: Punch Bar will relocate to a new location in 2015. 

Milkfarm LA | Eagle Rock

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With summer just around the corner, Los Angeles natives are gearing up for a season of outdoor fun, live entertainment, and of course great picnic foods! This year, be sure to head to the northeast LA neighborhood of Eagle Rock, where you’ll find the best in all picnic essentials. Milkfarm LA, a family-run cheese shop on Colorado Blvd., offers a diverse selection of artisan products including cheeses, meats, and olives– perfect for snacking during any summertime activity. This local cheese shop is the creation of six-year veteran and ex-pastry chef of The Cheese Store of Silverlake, Leah, who incorporates her love of locally grown ingredients into Milkfarm’s seasonal menu. As part of the menu, Milkfarm LA offers handcrafted artisan sandwiches (pictured above), local beers and wine pairings for all cheese and meat platters. Staying true to its mission of using only the best of locally grown products, Milkfarm LA has partnered up with Eagle Rock Farms to bring customers an authentic taste of its LA residency. So next time you plan on having some outdoor summer fun, be sure to stop by one of LA’s bests and hit up Milkfarm LA (website) at its 2106 W. Colorado Blvd. location in Eagle Rock.

Good Girl Dinette| Highland Park

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Simple is always best and Good Girl Dinette is proof of it. Located in the historic brick house district of the Northeast LA neighborhood of Highland Park, this Vietnamese restaurant offers a menu full of authentic flavors and old family recipes, made from locally grown ingredients. With bold flavors and an innovative culinary eye for quality dishes, Good Girl Dinette keeps it simple and let’s its food do all the talking. Start your order with a few Rice Cakes with Crisp Scallion Tofu ($5.50) and a side of Spicy Fries ($5). As a main entree, try their Galangal Chicken Bahn Mi ($9) or Vegetarian Curry Rice Dish ($12). Top off your meal with a Vietnamese-Styled Iced Coffee ($3.50), made from fresh pressed French coffee beans and condensed milk, for the ultimate Good Girl experience. To see the entire Good Girl Dinette breakfast and lunch menu, visit their website or drop by at 110 N. Avenue 56, Highland Park. And remember, keep it simple.

Movember | The Squirrel Co. Team

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Roll up your sleeves, gentlemen. Things are about to get a little hairy…

As you might remember, November 1st kicks off a month-long fundraiser event called Movember. For those that aren’t familiar, Movember is dedicated to men’s health and men’s cancer awareness. And now, for the second year straight, The Squirrel Co. will be joining the festivities and forming its own Movember team. All funds raised by team members will go towards men’s health programs funded by the Movember Foundation.

The rules of the game are simple. Each member of The Squirrel Co. Team will grow a moustache during the month of November. In doing so, team members will help educate their community and collect donations on the official The Squirrel Co. Team donate page. To join the team, log onto the official Movember website and sign up for The Squirrel Co Team. It’s also important to remember that Movember is not just for men. Mo Sistas are an important part of Movember’s success. Once registered, Mo Sistas raise funds and encourage the men in their lives to get involved.

Knowledge is power. Prevention is everything. Early detection is key. That being said…put your razor away, and join The Squirrel Co. Team today!

Summer 2013 LA Gentleman’s Guide

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The Squirrel Co. is back with more news and tips on the best of LA fashion, food and culture! Join us this week as we launch our Summer 2013 LA Gentleman’s Guide and learn what you can do to make the best of what’s left of the season. For more up to date information, join our facebook page or follow us on twitter. #LAgentlemen

Dapper Desk Design

Knife and Saw is at it again! Working hard to help you work hard, creators of the Bike Shelf have produced yet another furniture masterpiece– the Designer Desk. Made from solid Walnut with solid Maple drawers, this simple but multifunctional piece was inspired by the workspace needed by fashion designers. However don’t let that discourage you, the Designer Desk will provide any professional with what they need to rake in the big bucks!

Explore more from Knife and Saw at www.theknifeandsaw.com and order your very own piece of custom woodwork furniture.

 

Fashionable Design

In good fashion, The Squirrel Co. takes a leap into the architectual world…for just a sec.

 

 

We just couldn’t help but to showcase Knife & Saw’s innovative design made with the modern gentlemen in mind– The Bike Shelf. This multifuctional piece of furniture comes from the creative mind of Knife & Saw founder, Chris Brigham, winner of a number of architecture and design awards. Inspired by countless visits to his friends’ apartments and households, Brigham admits that his utilitarian piece was meant to bridge the gap in elegant bike management.

Check out more of Brigham’s innovative masterpieces at the Knife & Saw website, www.theknifeandsaw.com