Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from the Cosmic Tiki Lounge!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tiki Christmas Post #6

This is my favorite ornament. I got it at the gift shop at the Na ‘Āina Kai Botanical Garden on Kauai. It's handmade from the shell of a rather large nut of some sort. It is painted with with hula girls and palm trees.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Tiki Christmas Post #5

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.
I apologize for the washed out look of these pictures. I had to use a flash and it washed out some of the picture.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Tiki Christmas Post #4

These two ornaments came from Cost Plus World Market. I bought them this year and they cost about 6 dollars each.
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

Tiki Christmas Post #3

This tiki ornament, as well as the wooden fishhook in the background came from Hilo Hatties. Sometimes I think this ornament looks more like a totem than a tiki, but since I bought it in Hawaii I think I can safely consider it to be a tiki.
I made the garland out of about 8 cloth flower leis. Most of the leis came from the ABC Stores that are so common in Hawaii. They cost about 99 cents each. I just cut them open and tied them together to make the garland.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Tiki Christmas Post #2

I don't have a fireplace so I had to just hang these stockings on the wall. I bought these at the Hilo Hatties in Honolulu several years ago. We were there in January so all of their Christmas stuff was on clearance.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

It's a Tiki Christmas

Now that Thanksgiving is over I spent a little time puting up the Cosmic Tiki Lounge Christmas Tree. Over the past several years I've been collecting tiki ornaments for the tree, and I think I now have a fairly nicely decorated tree.

Between now and Christmas I will post pictures of some of the ornaments. Some I purchased and some I made myself. Stop back and check it out.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Hula Girl Beverages

Another weekend with another Oakland layover and another trip to BevMo. This time I found a 4 pack of Hula Girl Cocktails mixed in between all the beers and wine coolers. The bottles and packaging were so cool I had to buy a 4 pack.

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. 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

Big Kahuna Lost Tiki Solitaire Set

I was just at Borders Book store and I found this solitaire game set. It's a set of 2 solitaire games. A deck of cards for classic solitaire, and a peg board and 33 tiki pegs for a peg solitaire game. It all comes in a cool tiki cigar box. A must have for any home Tiki Bar!
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

Queen of Outer Space

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

Seven Tiki Rum

I had an Oakland layover a couple of weeks ago. We have a new layover hotel and this was the first time I stayed there. Our new hotel is next to a Bevmo, which is kind of like the Walmart of liquor stores. I went in and found this bottle of spiced rum.

It's called Seven Tiki Spiced Rum and is made in Fiji.  I'm not a big fan of spiced rum but I tried this last night and it was pretty good.  The spice wasn't overwhelming.  I made a drink called a Short Island Iced Tea.  Here is the recipe.

In a tall glass of ice add the following ingredients:
  • 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
See if you can find a bottle and give it a try.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Amelia Earhart Picture

With all the buzz over the movie Amelia going on right now, I thought I'd post this picture of Amelia Earhart with Howard Hughes(on her right) in Hawaii.  I think the gentleman on her left is her husband George Putman.  I've had this picture stored in my computer for so long I can't even remember where I found it.  I'm also not sure what the occasion of the picture was, but I thought that this would be a good time to post it.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

More Don Tiki News!

For any of you who will be lucky enough to be in Honolulu on November 6th, I have good news!  They will be playing a free concert on the lawn of the Hawaii State Art Museum from 6:00-9:00 PM.  It is part of First Friday series of events. 

I'd love to go, but unfortunatly, I'll be several thousand miles away.  But if you can get there, GO!!!

Hawaii State Art Museum
250 Hotel Street
Honolulu, HI

Saturday, October 10, 2009

New Don Tiki Album

I just downloaded the new Don Tiki album, South of the Boudoir, from iTunes.  If you're not familiar with Don Tiki I suggest you check them out.  They are probably the most popular of the modern exotica bands out there.  Here's a sample:

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

Samoan Tsunami

The death toll from last Tuesdays Tsunami in Samoa and Tonga has reached 177.  We derive so much enjoyment with the culture they created that it is only fitting that we should give them a hand in their time of need. 

If you would like to help these island residents out, may I suggest a donation to one of the following charities.  The Salvation Army,or the American Red Cross.  Both organizations do good work after disasters.  From personal experience, after the flood in Grand Forks North Dakota in 1997, I can say that these 2 organizations were by far the most help.

Take a moment and make a donation.  I'm sure they will appreciate a contribution of any amount. 

 Jay (Tikikahuna)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Hula Punch Bottle Cap

My wife found this bottle cap at a garage sale this weekend.  She paid 25 cents for it.  On the side it says it was bottled by the Dakota Bottling Company in Mandan North Dakota.  Underneath it is lined with cork, so I'm guessing it is from the 50s or early 60s.  It's in really good shape.  No crease where it was opened by a bottle opener, and only a slight discoloration of the cork underneath.  Pretty good find for a quarter!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Wall Street Journal Article

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

Martini Monkey

While I was in San Jose I stopped to snap a couple pictures of the Martini Monkey in the San Jose airport.  I've seen it several times while passing through San Jose, but I've never been able to go in and see how well they craft a drink.  For some reason people get nervous seeing guys in pilot uniforms in bars. 
However while walking by I noticed the large mural behind the bar. It has several Tikis on it, so I snapped a couple of quick pictures. 
You may have to hurry if you want to visit this place.  It's in the old terminal and I believe it's due to be torn down in the near future.  The new terminal has been in construction for the last several years and is near completion.  Go now!!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Smoke Tiki Lounge

Last night I had a layover in San Jose California.  I checked out a Tiki Bar called Smoke Tiki Lounge/Smokehouse.  Many thanks to Tim, Loretta, and Kelly for accompanying me.  I'm  jealous of Kelly as he has actually been to Easter Island.
We all ordered 1 item off of the Happy Hour menu to share.  Our 4 selections were Smoked Wings, Mac & Cheese, Chicken Quesadilla, and Onion Rings.  Everything was very good, and the Quesadilla and the Smoked Wings were especially good.  We didn't order anything off of the regular menu but it had a lot of Barbeque type items on it.  If the smoked wings were any indication of how the barbeque is here, I would highly recommend it.
We didn't order any tropical drinks, so I can't say how well they mix them up, but I can say that the service was great.

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
(408) 292-4266

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

More Hawaii Calls

This is a nice video of Lani Custino singing Waikapu, and dancing the hula, on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Seattle Area Trader Vic's

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.

This is the only Trader Vic's I've been to but I'm going to have to find another one as I occasionally get cravings for Imperial Beef.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Martin Denny Video

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

Moon Landing

The Cosmic portion of the Cosmic Tiki Lounge would like to take a moment to remember the 40th anniversary of the crew of Apollo 11 landing on the moon. At 2017 UTC, July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin touched down on the surface of the moon, while Michael Collins orbited above them .
Unfortunately, the Apollo astronauts found no sign of the rumored Tiki bar and humans have not returned since.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Petty Booka

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

Happy Independence Day

Red White and Blue Sangria

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.
Serves 7.
Recipe from "101 Sangrias and Pitcher Drinks" Kim Haasarud

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Lelani lanes

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

Easter Island

I found this article in this weekends Wall Street Journal. It's a good article about Easter Island (Rapa Nui).

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Blue Hawaiian Recipe

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

Robo Tiki Bar Caddy

I found this at a garage sale. I think it must have been some kind of home made kit. There is a picture of one of these in Sven Kirstens book "Tiki Modern", on page 225. The caption in the book mentions "hobby projects", which makes me suspect it is home-made, but as it is the same as this one, there must have been some kind of kit or set of plans. Leave a comment if you have any additional information.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Moon Of Manakoora

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

Back to the Future

I just like this picture so I added the web address to the TV. I wish I could put an umbrella drink in this guys hand.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

My Favorite Mai Tai Recipe

This is the best Mai Tai recipe that I have found. It comes from an Aloha Airlines inflight magazine from several years back, and they called it the Easter Island Mai Tai.
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.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

This is my tiki bar. I bought a normal bar from Cost Plus World Market and with the help of a staple gun and a glue gun added some barkcloth, bamboo and a couple of Tiki masks. Pretty simple to make really.
Welcome to the Cosmic Tiki Lounge! This site is dedicated to all things Tiki. Fancy cocktails, exotic islands, hula girls, tiki statues and just a little bit of danger.
The Cosmic Tiki Lounge is the name I've given the bar I've created in my Seattle area home. Actually it's a second home. The one I stay at when I'm working. As an airline pilot I don't actually have to live where I work, so I own a small townhouse in the Seattle area (where I'm based). I actually call Bismarck ND home.
Since my family is usually back home when I am here, I get to decorate the place as I like. I have chosen a futuristic tiki bar theme. Let me know what you think of it, and feel free to offer suggestions.

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