Michael P. "Martini Mike" D'Arco
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Michael P. "Martini Mike" D'Arco, International Martini Assassin

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Where I Live:
Cyberland, The Q, Burque, Albuquerque, Alburquerque, Querque, Burquewood,Q-Town, Q, ABQ, ALB, "Captain Querq", Duke City, Burquewood, "Villa de San Francisco Xavier de Albuquerque". ANYTHING BUT "Tamalewood"!
About Me:
I work hard and I play hard.

Throwing great parties since '78. Those who've attended... they can not debate!

All around renaissance man of the most downtown/uptown persuasion.

To the extended community...
I carry the title "International Martini Assassin".
Need me to whack that Martini?

I write...

Among many other things I am Owner/Editor-in-Chief of Martini World!
"Shaking the World, One Martini at a Time"! (just full of snappy tag lines huh?)
There you will find all things martini...
what, where, how, why, when.
Reviews of Martini Bars from wherever I travel, and here.
So yah, I get paid to drink Martinis and hang out sometimes.

Wine/Beer/Spirits Editor and "Firewater" column writer for Burn! Magazine (debuts in 2011) http://www.burn-magazine.com/

Poetry... I've been published (when I feel like submitting) since the 80's.

I have over 100 copyrighted song lyrics.
MySpace is (was) my international blog!

People I write for locally:
Albuquerque the Magazine
Weekly Alibi
The Santa Fe Reporter

Sample? Feature in Alibi Dec.3 2009 all about my near death Swine Flu Adventure!

Present: November 2010 issue of Albuquerque the Magazine - Wine & Spirits sections.

Some submissions are out to major publications at this time.
Know anyone at ESQUIRE??

Writing some books.
Writing some other magazine articles.

I occasionally write or duplicate some of my non paying reviews on Citysearch, Epinions, and/or Vegas sites.

So I am a former "almost famous" rockstar.
I'm writing a book about it!

I am now a computer geek, writer & photographer("chronicler"), painter/all around artist, jack of all trades. Possibly in that order.

Patron of the Arts
Bon Vivant.
Event Planner.
Customer Service Consultant.
Nightlife Guru.
TV Host.

***NEW! Become an "official" fan of Martini Mike at my facebook public figure/fan page

I was obsessively researching my family tree not too long ago.
Turns out I had several blood related ancestors at the meeting to make Albuquerque a permanent village! (from my mother's side)

Bernardina de Salas (Orozco) y Trujillo

I have also traced back to Alfonso II- poet & lover, "Pedro the Cruel", and Cristobal Colon!
Favorite Thing(s) About Albuquerque:
The local flavor! Food, drink, atmosphere, history, some people even.
My Website:
What I'm Reading:
The restraining order I took out on you.
Actually I have "The Paris Review Interviews Vol.I" on my nightstand.

What I recently read:
James Frey- My Friend Leonard
Rolling Stone

My hot box? That's weird. How about my "smoking space"?

Visit my other (international audience) blog for more good times! Like... "Martini Mike’s Vegas Adventure- Summer 2008... ", "American Whisky ", "Rocker Mike VS Martini Mike ", poetry and pictures too! WooHoo!

Martini Mike - View my 'favorite' photos on Flickriver

Crime of Passion II by Martini Mike D'Arco, International Martini Assassin

Lookie! CLICK HERE! Martini Mike has a Google map to all the places he has drank since he was a wee boy!

This picture of the Easter Bunny I took was on the cover of the Alibi wk 7/23-7/30/09!
The person in the costume for the shoot prefers to stay anonymous... allegedly.
Route 66 Easter Bunny

LOOK! a jukebox! Loaded with summer goodness!!
It scrolls down too... there are more songs than what you see! (updated 08/24/08)

Michael P. "Martini Mike" D'Arco's Blog

Martini Mike's Hangover Report (NEW AND IMPROVED!)

Posted on February 20, 2010 at 5:30pm 9 Comments

Hello, Ciao, Hola, γειά…


What's hot/ what’s not!

Posted on April 2, 2009 at 7:00pm 12 Comments

I already know what you're thinking... and yes. At the risk of shameless self promotion I just have to, of course, plug Martini World! Mondays at imbibe. But, I'll come back to that later.

I have just been so busy lately that I don't even know where to begin. I guess I'll just stick with the recent past. It's a bit of a blur but I know I've had a good time. A… Continue

Blog, blog, magazine article, "Online Exclusive"?! St. Patrick's Day Blows

Posted on March 12, 2009 at 10:30am 0 Comments

Is this like "duck, duck, goose"?

This may be my shortest blog ever here.

I'm just here to bring your attention to a good cause... bagpiping!

Long story short I had written an article for a local magazine that had their freelance writer budget cut suddenly.

With not much time left I managed to have it published by the Alibi as an "Online Exclusive".

Thank you to the Alibi and Laura and any ghosts lurking behind… Continue

Strange Days

Posted on March 8, 2009 at 5:30pm 6 Comments

“Strange days have found us. Strange days have tracked us down” –The Doors.

I can often be overheard spewing forth such tidbits as my continued genuine surprise at not winning the Powerball. Well guess what… I didn’t win again! On the bright side- I was only off by 5 numbers. But I have seen such strange “signs” in my world lately that it could happen. That… or it’s the… Continue

Calling Dr. Love - Martini Mike's Guide to Romance this VD

Posted on February 12, 2009 at 9:00pm 4 Comments

“They call me Dr. Love, I am the doctor of love, I’ve got the cure you’re thinking of.” – KISS, “Calling Dr. Love"! No, we’re not talking Penicillin here. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching I felt the obligation to dig deep down into my treasure trove of romantic gestures and share with you. Let’s just say I’ve “been around the block”. (hey, "practice makes… Continue

Release your Inner Geek!

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

*Martini Mike circa 1980? (I can't believe I'm sharing this picture!)

Each day on the way to my day job I pass a La Quinta where I once lived. I thank God for the brain capacity to have continually upgraded my living situation and lot in life. I speed towards my technical career at a Fortune 500 company. I think, “Gosh I’m smart”. (OK, I don’t… Continue

Martini Mike's Hangover Report - Lone Wolf Edition

Posted on January 24, 2009 at 3:00pm 6 Comments

I am up far too early for having gone to bed at approximately 4 am. I hold the looming thought of the inevitability of going to Lowes today at bay. My camera is full, my coffee is warm, and giddy girls carry on downstairs. Last night is almost like a dream at this point. Mostly a good dream except for a place I won’t mention by name. Hey, in the words of Doris Day… “… Continue

Martini Mike's Hangover Report - "Jumping into 2009 through the Moon Roof" Edition

Posted on January 10, 2009 at 12:30pm 3 Comments

As the tiptoes of the last house guest’s high heeled boots click clacked across my home... I was gently awakened this morning. I instantly recognize that a 2 a.m. Quesadilla/glass of water combo has saved me from a painful morning. As CNN is quickly changed to Encore Mystery on the Master Suite television, I… Continue


Posted on December 21, 2008 at 8:30am 7 Comments

(Um... that's a big bag of stuff for the homeless pictured in the banner, from last year, pre Nikon... btw)

It’s that time of the year again. The time when our neighbors let the *incessantly barking dogs out just a little later, when the sun is warm. Peace and Joy? How about Peace and QUIET! The time when little old ladies hit your car not once but twice in the parking lot at… Continue

Burquewood Watch - Breaking Bad is GOOD!

Posted on December 8, 2008 at 10:30am 7 Comments

Last night I had the honor of hanging out with Emmy award winning actor Bryan Cranston along with the cast and crew of Breaking Bad. For those of you who live under a rock, Breaking Bad is a hit TV show (one of… Continue

Shoppin' and Strollin' and Strollin' and Shoppin'

Posted on December 5, 2008 at 3:30pm 5 Comments

I was singing that to the tune of Wishin' and Hopin'". I know, im an idiot. So I was wishin' and hopin' I would enjoy Shop N Stroll as usual... and I did!

It was coooooold! Note to self: wear a sweater &/or gloves &/or scarf/other winter gear next time. I tried to huddle as close to the fire jugglers as possible. It was quite warm right under the heater on the patio of… Continue

Martini Mike's Albuquerque the Magazine BOC Party 2008 Report

Posted on December 4, 2008 at 12:00am 1 Comment

Oh so tiiired. But, I'm gonna peck this here report out before I lay me down to sleep. As opposed to Mick Jagger's famous words... I got plenty of satisfaction tonight. If I overheard Santa Ana (pronouced Santana) Casino employees right, that was the biggest party in New Mexico. "Albuquerque the Magazine's Best of the City Party 2008". Congratulations… Continue

Martini Mike's Hangover Report- Thanksgiving Edition

Posted on November 27, 2008 at 2:28pm 0 Comments

Twas the night before thanksgiving and all through the town… all the creatures were stirring. That was still a long work week. Let’s um “party”. The Sleestaks, featured in the December issue of Albuquerque the Magazine (written by yours truly!), are headlining at The Launchpad. The Launchpad was also voted “Best… Continue

Got Wood?

Posted on November 25, 2008 at 10:00pm 14 Comments

Got wood? I do! Well I went and did it. I bought Firewood. I was so motivated from continued winterizing last weekend. Also, there was some mention of snow on Thanksgiving per the local news. I will believe it when I see it! Looks like a chilly 54 degrees on the forecast now. But… Continue

Up on the Roof

Posted on November 22, 2008 at 8:30pm 6 Comments

What a warm beautiful Saturday afternoon. What a nice day to put the top down and take a long ride… or patch the roof! God I loves me a roof. Well, to hang out on, not fix! Unfortunately I only came to grips with the need for some patching shortly before my vacation a few weeks ago. Porch roof, old and cracking, flat, leaking a tad in monsoon season, yada yada. Did… Continue

Martini Mike's Hangover Report - Route 66 Weeknight Edition!

Posted on November 20, 2008 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

I bet you've been wondering where I've been. I mean since that Hollywood Halloween anyway. No? Fine. Well last night I was at Imbibe! Wait, did I see you there? If not, you missed a great event. It was their "Drew Estate Night". Drew Estate is a Nicaraguan cigar company... makers of the "Acid" line you may have heard of as well as about 7 others you may not have.…


Burquewood Watch Remote Addition?

Posted on November 1, 2008 at 12:30pm 3 Comments

Yah, "remote addition". You heard me. I jetted off to my old "haunts" (haha) in Hollyweird for Halloween. But what a small world it is. I ran into some people from ABQ or who are friends with people from home. I gotta make this quick as I am running late & my head is pounding.

We spent last night at The Rainbow Bar and Grill (Sunset Strip) with the ghost of Keith Moon and other dead rock stars. I went as the ghost of my former… Continue

B is for...

Posted on October 26, 2008 at 12:02pm 8 Comments

B is for Barelas, Barrio, Burrito, Ball... Where the hell am I going with this? I ate at the Red Ball Cafe yesterday!

It's in Barelas! It's um Bellisimo! Oh wait, that's… Continue

Martini Mike's Burquewood Watch! TADA!

Posted on October 9, 2008 at 1:30pm 7 Comments

In my long awaited kickoff to another semi-regular column (?) er “blog”… I hate that term… may I present the “Burquewood Watch”. Is that taken? (Long awaited by whom?) Say it… “geek”. O.K. so not to resemble the invasive Paparazzi (and I didn’t have my camera with me tsk tsk tsk) let’s just say I saw so & so last night lurking about… Continue

Sausage Fest 2008

Posted on September 1, 2008 at 11:00am 7 Comments

Sausage sausage sausage! We kicked off the Labor Day weekend around Martini World! with a small cookout. What began as fetching a sample of sausages from Joe S. Sausage was quickly dubbed "Sausage Fest 2008". My friends are meat eating animals of the most civilized kind. Most Fridays our close friends just end up here or there for a drink or two, maybe some dinner. This Friday we… Continue

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At 3:21pm on April 6, 2009, mombat said…
I love that cat photo! What great looking guy.
At 4:24pm on April 5, 2009, Dr Dan said…
Hey Martini Mike
as tempting as that sounds, for now I have to put that activity on hold, I just joined the Diabetes club and anything fun is forbidden, kind of like Lent year round. Any metal tours you hear of?, no ozzfest this summer
At 8:17pm on March 1, 2009, Rep Ayre said…
Thanks for the update. Nice to have you as a new friend.
At 11:45pm on February 28, 2009, Rep Ayre said…
It's a late nite, and a friend and I are having a debate on what type of zoos French Stewart would have in the ABQ area. Saw a pix of him on your flickr account. Can you solve the mystery?
At 7:53am on February 13, 2009, Adelita said…
just hangin. getting ready for work.
At 4:27pm on December 24, 2008, Adelita said…
Happy Holidays!
At 4:30pm on December 20, 2008, James of al-Barran said…
You're one of the most interesting fellows I've ever known and it's a great pleasure to read your posts. Like Taggert said to Heldly Lamar "you use your tongue prettier than a twenty dollar whore". Keep writing so I can keep reading! ;-)
At 4:11pm on December 20, 2008, Lloyd Thrap said…
Hey Mike I do plan on being the event on the 23rd to shoot photos. Sound Good to you?
At 2:19pm on December 9, 2008, The Bindi Queen said…
Hey Mike, it was great seeing you and Becca during the NH Shop & Stroll. Here's the cocktail info I gleaned from a Birdsong customer who claimed to be a/the West Coast cocktail guru. His name is Ted Haigh and he wrote "Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails", there's a new revised edition coming out next year which he says is improved and cheaper. He also recommended the book "Killer Cocktails" (by David Wondrich?) and anything by Jeff 'Beachbum' Berry, a guy who's done a lot of research on Tiki cocktails. I have no clue how to reach Ted - but if he comes back into Birdsong while I'm there, I'll try to get info - cheers! - Jean
At 7:32pm on December 1, 2008, Khan said…
Fantastico, Don Martini. Hung the show yesterday and it's pretty sweet. Only 11 pieces, as they are large, heavy images. I love Karl's work because he not only frames interesting images, but he makes beautiful OBJECTS, something that is often overlooked in photography--it's more than just the image, the photograph itself has an aesthetic existence. Karl brings those both together in a wonderful way.

I do hope to see you there!

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