Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Here are a few more of my Christmas ornaments. The bigger Tiki in the middle comes from Hilo Hatties. The glass fish was a birthday present and the smaller tikis, I made out an erasers that I got in a Seattle store called Archie McPhee. I turned them into ornaments by pushing an ornament hanger through the top of them.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
If I was more artistically inclined I would paint a tiki in the window of the spaceship. Maybe I'll give it a shot anyway. Or maybe I can get my more artistically talented wife or sister to do it for me.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
I tried the Moonlight Mai Tai. Basically it's just sugar water, food coloring and a little alcohol. I found it to be sickeningly sweet. So I don't recommend it if you want a decent drink. If you buy it, buy it for the cool packaging and not much else. I'm going to find a place to display the bottles.
They do have a pretty good website. http://www.hulagirl.com/ It has a store where they sell everything from beach towels, to t-shirts, to artwork. Some of that stuff might be worth having but don't expect much from their actual product.
Friday, November 20, 2009
The game is made by Daddy-O Productions. It is priced at $20.99 at Borders. I found it on the internet for less if you want to order it.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
In my quest to meld classic science fiction with tiki, last night I watched the DVD of Queen of Outer Space. It's a classic sci-fi flick from 1958 and stars Zsa Zsa Gabor.
The acting is bad, the plot is silly and the special effects are laughable. All the things required of a great classic sci-fi thriller.
In the movie, 4 humans end up crash landing on Venus, which is populated exclusively by beautiful young women in short skirts. These 4 humans must help Zsa Zsa Gabor and her followers overthrow the evil queen if earth is to be saved.
I must say, I think they spent most of their budget on wardrobe, because the costumes were great. The DVD is available through Netflix.
Friday, November 6, 2009
- 1 1/2 oz Spiced Rum
- 1 1/2 oz Southern Comfort
- A splash of Sour Mix
- Fill the rest of the class with Coke
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
They don't play many live concerts, but, as you can tell from this video, it looks like it would be a real kick to see them live.
This new album continues their tradition of lighthearted music perfect for that tiki party you're going to have. I haven't played it enough yet for any one song to stick out as the one must play song, but overall it is a good effort. Go to their website and listen to a sample. I think you'll like it.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Just over a year ago the Wall Street Journal printed this article about the resurgence of the Tiki Bar. It also had recipes for two drinks, The Nui-Nui and The Scorpion.
I just recently found it on line again. It was from Eric Felten's "How's Your Drink" column that used to appear in the weekend edition. Unfortunately he no longer writes that column on a regular basis. He now writes the De Gustibus column which appears in the Friday edition, and occasionally returns to write a "How's Your Drink" column
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
The music, for me, left something to be desired. Lots of Reggae and Hip Hop, with some classic stuff by The Clash thrown in. No Exotica, or Hawaiian music. They did have a nice outdoor area with a stage and they often have live bands playing.
If you are in San Jose, it will be worth your time, and money to check this place out.
Smoke Tiki Lounge/Smokehouse
152 Post Street
San Jose, CA
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
The Seattle area Trader Vic's closed almost exactly one year ago. It was in the Westin Hotel in Bellevue. Seattle's original Trader Vic's was in the Seattle Westin and closed in 1991. My wife and I ate the new one 3 times during its 2 1/2 year run. The last time we went the place was nearly empty, so it wasn't really a big surprise when they closed their doors. The prices seemed a little steep, but the food and drinks were both good. My wife and I particularly enjoyed the Imperial Beef, a kind of stir fried marinaded beef dish.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Hawaii Calls was a radio show that ran from 1935 to 1975. It was hosted by Webley Edwards from the Moana Surfrider Hotel on Waikiki Beach. Hawaii Calls featured Hawaiian music performed live from the courtyard at the center of the hotel and under its famous Banyan tree. At its height it broadcast to over 750 stations around the world. In this video Martin Denny performs Quiet Village.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I first came across Petty Booka at a display at a Borders Book Store. I ended up buying the CD they were displaying. Although Petty Booka has gone though a few different iterations this lineup consists of 2 Japanese girls who play ukulele and sing.
I once heard Dennis Miller use Petty Booka as part of a joke. I don't remember the joke, or if it was actually funny, but I do remember that I was pretty impressed with myself for actually getting the joke.
In this video they cover the Connie Francis hit "Pretty Little Baby". The video is set on the beach at Waikiki.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
If you're looking for a patriotic drink to serve today, try this:
1 bottle dry white wine
1/2 cup triple sec
1/4 cup citrus- or berry-flavored vodka
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup simple syrup
3/4 cup blueberries
3/4 cup hulled and sliced strawberries
3/4 cup raspberries
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
Combine all ingredients in a large glass punch bowl or pitcher and stir well.
Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Serve over ice.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Leilani Lanes was a Tiki themed bowling alley in the Ballard area of Seattle. It opened in 1961 and stood until spring 2003. I only made it there a couple times and was sad to see it go when they tore it down. The building was showing signs of age and was in need of refurbishment. The food in the lounge was OK, but mostly just fried food and burgers. The lounge looked like it could have been a fun place back in its heyday. I think they had an auction to sell some of the decorations but I was unable to make it, and so far I have not heard of any of these items going up for sale again.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Here is a good recipe for the Blue Hawaiian. I usually see this drink made in the blender but I like this version better.
1 1/2 oz Blue Curacao
2 oz Rum
2 oz Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz Cream of Coconut
Splash of Banana Liqueur
Splash of Amaretto
Splash of Sweet and Sour
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all the ingredients and shake. Pour into a glass with ice. Garnish with lime.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
This is a video of Dorothy Lamour performing "Moon of Manakoora". I believe the song is from the 1937 movie "The Hurricane". I have never seen the movie but I understand that it was not a musical so I'm not sure if this video sequence was from the movie or from something else. If you know more about it let me know.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Easter Island Mai Tai
1 Shot light rum
1/2 shot triple sec
1/2 shot amaretto
3 oz. orange juice
1 oz. pineapple juice
A splash of sweet and sour
1/2 shot dark rum, and another float (one circle around the glass) of amaretto
A dash of grenadine
Directions: Fill a hurricane glass with ice. Then mix in layers in order of ingredients and garnish with pineapple or cherry. One shot equals one once.