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.

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