Listen up Sea Scouts! While Portland is indeed a lovely place to live it’s a damn fine thing to get the heck out for a few days in February. This year we’ve escaped to Palm Springs to stay at the Del Marcos Hotel and enjoy a bit of Modernism Week to boot.
The Del Marcos pool at night
Excellent cocktails at Bootlegger Tiki:
We met Josh Agle, the artist known as Shag:
We also got to meet notable Tiki Historian, Sven Kirsten:
If you are reading this, you most certainly need Sven’s new book.
Enjoyed the vintage trailer show:
Something happened at the Tonga Hut involving rum and coconuts:
We enjoyed Shag giving a talk and showing some of the inspiration for his artworks:
Shag’s new book can be had here.
Spent an evening at the Museum of Pinball:
… and when it comes down to it, relaxing in the sun by the pool at the Del Marcos is where it’s at, kittens…
And here’s Joyce posing in the lounge room of the BTU Brasserie here in Portland, which is a place you should visit but definitely not move to.
What is this place? From their web site:
BTU Brasserie is a Modern Chinese Restaurant and Tap room. Our seven barrel in-house brewery produces beers naturally paired with our authentic cuisine.
I don’t pretend to be a food critic, and from time-to-time I have an urge for the most average of Chinese-American “food”. Our dishes here were several steps up from average. And they aren’t kidding about their beer being good as well, in a place where we have no shortage of good beer.
They have a regular restaurant-style eating area, but the reason this post is here is because of their Lounge Room, pictured above. Like a good home Tiki bar, it’s warm and engaging and makes you wish you had a few more hours to hang out and goof off.