Portland TikiKon 2017

by Smoke Monkey on July 6, 2017

TikiKon 2017 – Portland. Here’s some things you may have missed if you were square and not there:surf

Let’s keep going with the surf music…


Gimmie Cabaña Suit!  (yes, Joyce hand-made our matching Cabaña suits)




Respectable citizens:


Breakfast at The Alibi – always an adventure!

The Alibi

After bacon and spam … can you say Hale Pele?  Not that it wasn’t already great, but a new owner promises to take it to new levels of awesome!

Hale Pele

Hale Pele

Who’s that in the pool?


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Oops – who forgot to bring the virgins?

tiki fun

Ok, we never promised to have a photo of everything on this jungle tour of the mind.  Here we skip forward to The Stolen Pony Lounge:

Meanwhile, deep inside The Sandy Bottom:

room of the bath

Then… we were having too much fun for photos, but late that night two great guys murdered a cake!

Stay tuned for 2018!

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The Green Lady

by Smoke Monkey on July 4, 2017

In about 1997 I stopped at a thrift shop in Longview, WA and for about $4 bought this curious print of a green-faced Chinese lady.  On the back a previous owner had documented some $250 in insurance coverage bought in the 70’s.  She’s been hanging on my walls ever since. For years puzzling viewers about the story behind the painting. Why so sad? Why green?

Thanks to the Intarwubs’ ability to answer questions, now we know:

Tretchikoff’s “Chinese Lady” Monika Pon-Su-San has passed

More on the artist and his story:


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Palm Springs, 2017

February 26, 2017

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 […]

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BTU Brasserie – Lounge!

February 5, 2017

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 […]

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Why Tiki?

February 2, 2017

A lot of Americans vowed to leave the country if Trump won. That isn’t actually feasible for most of us, but a night in a dark bar with a strong drink certainly is. From the LA Weekly: http://www.laweekly.com/restaurants/tiki-is-popular-again-because-we-all-need-an-escape-7845280

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November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Well this simply deserves to be reblogged: Tired of the same ‘ol, traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu year after year? Mix it up giving the menu an exotic twist! What a great way to make Thanksgiving fun. If you think about it’s our most boring holiday – all we do is eat – […]

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Ain’t That Sweet?

October 26, 2016

I frequent paw my way through garage and estate sales.  Sometimes you get lucky and find something great.  Other times you dig through dusty crap you can’t imagine why anyone bought in the first place. Sometimes you find a story.  This past weekend I was perusing the detritus and debris of an elderly couple’s life. […]

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Mai Kai bonus shots

October 9, 2016

Here’s a few bonus shots of the Mai Kai: …and now a very fancy Tiki men’s room: hallway to the gift shop and restrooms… entrance to the Samoa room Menu!  The dinner menu is actually “Chinese-American”.  It was pretty good too. let’s make some funny faces, shall we? blurry photo of the gardens

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The Fabulous Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale

October 9, 2016

The Mai Kai.  Wow, what a place! For those of you who don’t know, this fine country of ours used to have many “Tiki” palaces in the 50’s and 60’s – an exotic escape from grey conformity of American life.  They fell out of fashion and most of them closed in the 70’s and 80’s. […]

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The Wreck Bar in Fort Lauderdale

October 9, 2016

In our on-going quest to find unique and interesting places, we stopped to visit the Wreck Bar.  What the heck is that, you say?  Opened in 1956, the Wreck Bar is designed to make you feel you’ve entered a partially submerged wooden shipwreck.  The portholes look out into the hotel pool and if you’re there […]

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