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Jose Martinez
Jose Martinez is the founder and editor of and an award-winning author and seasoned journalist who has covered breaking news, local government and crime beat, international news, as well as film, music, sports, travel, food and cocktails.

Entries by Jose Martinez

Holy Mole! The Power of Pipian Compels You!

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 1:08 PM

I decided recently to take the old adage nobody beats mom's home cooking to the test.

Growing up in a mixed Latino household (my mom's from Guatemala and my dad is from Mexico), I grew up on food filled with terrific...

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Chef Spotlight: Q&A With Chef Ludo

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 11:27 AM

Celebrity chef Ludo Lefebvre may come across as cocky when you see him on TV where he serves as judge and mentor to potential chefs on "The Taste" or even in his kitchen where he constantly pushes his kitchen staff to meet his...
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Saint Martha Offers Heavenly Wines by the Glass

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 11:56 AM

In this town, what's hot is king, especially when it comes to dining and nightlife. Whenever a new restaurant opens it's surrounded by buzz, sometimes deserved and other times it's just a fleeting flash. When word got out about the opening of Saint...
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Whisky Live Los Angeles...The Super Bowl of Whisky Events

(1) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 1:38 PM

There are a few annual events in Los Angeles that foodies and cocktails and spirits enthusiasts make sure never to miss. Gourmet food lovers always make sure to attend The Food Event in Malibu (never been crazy about that name); cocktails devotees...

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Art Behind the Glass: 1886 Bar Guys Prove Two Heads Are Better Than One

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 8:10 AM


There were two opposing adages that came to mind when I was tasting the new summer cocktails at 1886 Bar at The Raymond in Pasadena -- two heads are better than one, and beware of too many cooks in the kitchen (apparently they...

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Mixologist Rob Floyd Talks Cocktail Secrets and Kama Sutra

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 4:52 PM


What is it about enjoying a good cocktail that makes us feel so at ease? I suppose it has something to do with us being able to relax, no matter how bad we need that drink, and just get lost in the libation's...

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Peatin' Meetin' VI; Scotch Fest for Serious Drinkers

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 8:33 AM


I'm a big whisky fan, but I have to admit that when it comes to peated Scotch, I'm a novice. Drinking something as smoky as Laphroaig for me is a bit of a chore. While I've come around to mezcal, even though I...

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Neil LaBute Q&A: The Controversial Playwright Talks About His L.A. Theater Takeover

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 7:33 PM


Fans of safe and saccharine theater in Los Angeles better run and hide this summer because acclaimed and controversial playwright Neil LaBute doesn't just have one production currently in town -- he has two!

Vilified and labeled as a misanthrope and misogynist...

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Punch Drunk... Boozy Fun in a Bowl

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 2:09 PM

I've always thought of boozy punch as a hangover in a bowl--a sugary spiked concoction that you'll regret in the morning. But these days, in our current handcrafted cocktail crazed age, punches are actually tasty libations that pack a wallop.

Fun fact: Punch actually predates the cocktail. And according to...

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Life of a Tyrant

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 8:40 PM


Some people obnoxiously boast, "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful," but even more insulting is grandiosely living the opulent life of a tyrant -- well, unless you're that tyrant. And with the recent premiere of FX's brand-new drama Tyrant, I was treated to...

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Art Beyond the Glass III ... Drinking for a Good Cause

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 3:04 PM


Do you remember that joyful feeling Christmas Day when you were a kid, readying to tear open all the gifts under the Christmas tree with your name on it? I'm getting that same feeling in anticipation of...

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Decadent Pancake Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 11:56 AM

Growing up, there was nothing better than Sunday morning pancake breakfast. It was a weekly tradition I always looked forward to. Consequently, pancakes still have a special place in my heart. Sure, I'm a fan of French toast and waffles too, as I'm an equal opportunity eater, but pancakes for...

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A Feast of Truffle Delights

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 3:33 PM

For nearly 20 years, Pasadena's Celestino has delighted the palates of guests by treating them to a delightful taste of authentic Italian cuisine. When it comes to fine Italian dining in Los Angeles, the famed Drago Brothers are in a league all their own. They have owned and operated some...

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Negroni Week: Classic Cocktail Raises Money for Charity

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 12:02 PM


On a recent post about cocktails, I asked the question, What will the end of Mad Men mean to cocktail culture? While the groundbreaking show did wonders for popularizing drinks like the Manhattan and Old Fashioned, I wrote that it's time...

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Plan Check Chef Hits Home Run for 'Burger Month'

(2) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 4:56 PM

With National Hamburger Month already under way this May, chefs around town are really getting creative and stepping up their burger game. While the folks are Morel's French Steakhouse & Bistro are busy with their very own Burgerfest, and it's always a burger extravaganza at Myke's Café in...

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What Does the End of Mad Men Mean to Cocktail Culture?

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 11:19 AM

With the final season of seminal TV show Mad Men upon us (although let's not fool ourselves, these last 14 episodes will drag on for two years), it's interesting to look back and see just how much this show has influenced the landscape of cocktail culture.

It's pretty safe...

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Devo Co-founder Launches Wine Brand

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 5:18 PM

Ohio art rockers Devo were always known for pushing boundaries and definitely thinking outside the box. Now, nearly 35 years after the band's 1980 debut Freedom of Choice, co-founder Gerald Casale has launched his very own wine brand, The 50 By 50--a 23-acre property in the Wooden Valley of Napa,...

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Burgerfest in L.A.

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 6:47 PM

OK, so it seems that every month, and every day really, is National Something or Other Day, from talking like a pirate to celebrating the goodness in pancakes to ice cream and even margaritas. Did you know that the month of May is National Hamburger Month and May 28 is...

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Cooking With Chef Hannibal the Cannibal

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 4:11 PM

Who doesn't love a dish that's to die for? What's better than a meal so good that we'll lick our lips and suck our fingertips in approval? As "foodie" becomes a common adjective people use as garnish to describe themselves, we are starting to take our palettes a bit too...

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Petty Fest

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 4:28 PM


There's something special about your first time. That memory stays with you forever, and it's often the basis for a lot of comparison the rest of your life. Did it live up to everything you thought it would be? Was it sheer bliss?...

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