Drink it up: San Gabriel Valley watering holes on Jonathan Gold’s ‘Best Cocktails’ list

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The latest L.A. Weekly roundup of “L.A.’s Best” by Pulitizer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold targets the 55 best cocktails in the region. The Pasadena-based writer places a couple San Gabriel Valley institutions on the list. Here’s what he had to say.

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    Flaming Honey Bowl (for two)

“What’s in a Flaming Honey Bowl? Who knows: Rum, apricot and a splash of Coke, says the menu, and who are we to argue? But it’s served in a wooden salad bowl, the straws are as long as your arm, and it comes with flaming croutons.”

Find it at: Bahooka (seen above and at right), 4501 N. Rosemead Blvd., Rosemead, (626) 285-1241, bahooka.com
  • Daily Double
“The bar these days may not be as classic as one might prefer — they have discovered pomegranate martinis, Key lime martinis with whipped cream, and elderflower liqueur — but it is still thrilling when the waitress asks if you’ll be having a regular-sized drink, or want to upgrade to the Daily Double.”

Find it at: The Derby, 233 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, (626) 447-2430, thederbyarcadia.com
  • Medicina Latina
“Medicina Latina, the invention of the peripatetic bartender Marcos Tello, follows him around like a faithful pup. … But the cocktail seems to be at its most potent where Tello’s tracks are the freshest, which means for the moment, you should be seeking your Medicina Latina at 1886, the sleek new cocktail bar tucked into the rear of the Raymond Restaurant.”

Find it at: 1886 at the Raymond Restaurant, 1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, (626) 441-3136, theraymond.com
The whole story, for your responsible consumption, is here.

(Staff file photos)

Your guide to the 2011 Rose Parade, with floats and entries in order of appearance

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Click into the interactive edition of Rose Magazine, below, for a complete viewing program guide to the 122nd Rose Parade, including the Grand Marshal, float entries, marching bands and equestrian teams, in order of appearance.

117 Pasadena-area nonprofits you need to know

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In our August-September issue, we list just some of the nonprofit organizations based in Pasadena and the surrounding areas. While we have more than 100 groups in our nonprofits list, that’s only a fraction of the charitable organizations that make life in this city better for all.
The editors of Rose Magazine couldn’t hope to tally them all, but we did narrow the list down to some of the most significant, need-to-know groups that should be on your radar. Click into the interactive edition of the magazine above to read about them.
Also, what nonprofits would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments.