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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

Live Review: Sufjan Stevens Inspiring Performance in LA

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2015 | 9:05 PM

It's often an interesting story how you discover something that ends up being special to you, from how you met your significant other (you always want a good story to tell the grandkids) to how you discovered your favorite drink (I like...

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Negroni Week: A Good Drink for a Good Cause

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 4:25 PM

Your first time is always a memorable experience. Did it live up to the hype? Was it all you expected? From sex to your first time doing anything (driving, flying, drinking), there are expectations and sometimes, let down. I remember my first...

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Faith No More Back With Vigor

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 11:40 AM


Rock band Faith No More has never been known for its subtlety. Even in quiet, almost introspective moments, there's a layer of darkness and angst that gives way to a razor sharp, if not borderline perverse, sense of humor. So when the band...

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The Art of the Movie Trailer With Apocalyptic Bite

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 2:25 PM


In a world where the need to grab moviegoers' attention is paramount, the skill to create a good movie trailer is definitely a necessity and an art form. How many times have you been fooled into watching something because the trailer looked spectacular?...

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Brian Fest Is All Harmony and Good Vibrations

(2) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 3:46 PM


The music of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys is all about harmony. It's lush and expansive and has stood the test of time. So it made perfect sense when Jameson Irish Whiskey and the Cabin Down Below Band teamed up for Brian...

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A Star on the Rise at The Raymond

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 10:34 PM


I love to trust in the recommendations of a good chef. When done right, there's nothing better (taste-wise) or more exhilarating than a carefully crafted tasting menu. I like to think of it as a journey that satisfies all the senses, but sometimes,...

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Melrose Umbrella Co. Turns One

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 11:57 PM

The L.A. cocktail scene is always morphing. Rarely does its landscape ever hold steady--what with new bars opening and closing and cocktail programs adapting to new seasons and trends. Sometimes the tried and true vanguards give way to upstarts like Melrose Umbrella...

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Fifty Shades of Filth or Fun?

(1) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 3:36 PM

Curious much? Just how curious are people for the release of Fifty Shades of Grey this week? Friday the 13th to be exact; just in time for Valentine's Day.

Ever since author E.L. James' erotic book came out in 2012, originating as...

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Holy Mole! The Power of Pipian Compels You!

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 12:08 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 | 10:27 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 | 10:56 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 | 12:38 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 | 7:10 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 | 3:52 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 | 7:33 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 | 6:33 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 | 1:09 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 | 7:40 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 | 2:04 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 | 10:56 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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