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. 

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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.

Summer 2013 Gentleman’s Guide

With summer in full swing, The Squirrel Co. is here to present you with advice on how to make the best of what’s left of the season. Now let’s get started…

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First thing is first: go travel. If you’re anything like this young professional, traveling opportunities don’t come up as often as you’d like. Don’t let that stop you. This is your chance to take advantage of the moment. Whether it’s a road trip up the coast with your buddies or even a romantic get away outside the country, make it happen! And remember, traveling doesn’t need to be expensive– work with what you’ve got. With a tank full of gas and a playlist of your favorite music, you can make any weekend into a travel adventure.

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Now that you’ve got the traveling bug taken care of, you’re going to have a lot of downtime once you’re back. Our suggestion…spend it outside. With weather as great as it is in Los Angeles, there is absolutely no excuse for spending your days indoors. Money doesn’t have to be a factor, either. There are plenty of activities, free events and a number of locations in LA that are of little to no cost. So take a walk or ride your bike, and explore the city. You’re bound to run into something interesting.

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Try new foods. We can’t stress this enough. Don’t let your comfort foods weigh you down–literally. While fast food and takeout tend to be the regular dinner item for most guys, spice things up and try something new. We can tell you from experience that trying new dishes can lead to great things. With so many cuisines making a dash for the mainstream market, Los Angeles gastronomy is making its mark in the culinary world. Give it a try.

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Don’t sweat the heat. Get creative with your style and keep it cool. The temperature is just right at this time of the year, which means you can get away with wearing just about anything– just about. Skip the heavy jackets, pants and shirts, and opt for some light jackets, khakis and short sleeved button downs instead. And if you’re really feeling adventurous, mix in some bright colors, patterns and textures while you’re at it.

So there you have it– travel, spend time outdoors, try new foods, and keep your style cool. Four very simple things that any gentleman in Los Angeles can do to make the best of their summer. Enjoy!