Warby Parker's Vintage-Inspired Frames and Shades Land at Art in the Age, In-Store Party Thursday
Starting this month, eyeglasses from Philly's own Warby Parker will be available for purchase at Old City's Art in the Age. Launched by four Penn students, Warby Parker aims to provide an alternative to overpriced, boutique-style prescription eyewear by cutting out the middleman; Dealing with customers directly allows Warby Parker to keep prices under the $100 mark. Even better, with every pair of glasses sold, Warby Parker donates a pair to non-profits like VisionSpring. The shop-in-shop will feature the company's entire 50-piece line of vintage-inspired, limited-edition frames (including a monocle) for both men and women.
Gifts for the boozehound
Distillery Art in the Age has released this organic, small-batch spirit, inspired by Germany’s traditional Christmastime lebkuchen, a puffy oversize ginger cookie. Biting ginger is boosted by a mix of spices, including nutmeg, cinnamon and clove, and balanced with sweet vanilla and blackstrap molasses. Swap it for rum in drinks with a spicy-sweet character, or mix it into a hot toddy for some extra holiday cheer. Available at Astor Wines & Spirits, 399 Lafayette St at E 4th St (212-674-7500). 750ml $33.
Photo Recap: Midnight Brunch Edition Three: A Journey Down the Spice Route
Mouth of the Border’s supper club, Midnight Brunch Edition #3 was the best one yet! We had an amazing celebration of the historic Spice Route, featuring dishes from Iran, Morocco, the West Indies and Sicily with cocktails to match. Guest Chef Raquel Pelzel and Resident Mixologist Brian Quinn collaborated with me to create a truly mystical event for the third edition of Midnight Brunch on 11/11/11, a very auspicious date.
Art in the Age – ROOT tasting
Root Drink & Appetizers
By Punch Passport Correspondent Lori González Lazzarini
Last week my friend Marilyn and I went to a fun gathering at Lincoln Restaurant. I took a short walk from McPherson Square metro station to attend the event hosted by Art in the Age Craft Spirits for a tasting of ROOT, which is a certified organic liqueur. ROOT is just making its debut in the DC metro area.
Organic Spirits: ROOT, SNAP & RHUBY
First there was ROOT.
Then there was SNAP.
Next came RHUBY.
ROOT, SNAP and RHUBY are the delicious, 80-proof creations of Steven Grasse, the founder of Art in the Mechanical Age of Reproduction.
Root of the matter
Everyone likes root beer, right? It brings back fond memories of childhood - of big, frothy mugs of the stuff topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, of being a really chubby fifth grader. (Ah, the good old days.) But there's one glaring problem that root beer has had for more than a century: it's a lot more root than beer. You see, when it started out in 18th-century Pennsylvania, in a recipe that riffed off of a Native American "root tea" made with sassafras, birch bark, and sarsaparilla, it was actually an alcoholic beverage. But in the 19th century, when the temperance movement was taking hold, Dr. Killjoy Nofun - ahem, Philadelphia pharmacist Charles Hires - nixed the alcohol content, repackaged it as a soft drink, and only then christened his creation with its beery name (which was kind of a dick move, if you ask me).