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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Because…

September 1, 2016

“Drink writing” is a hell of an occupation. There are moments when I stop to consider whether certain subjects of my scrutiny really should be subjected to scrutiny. Take tiki: Lavishly garnished drinks, sometimes served in anthropomorphic vessels, may seem the embodiment of silly excess. …but there’s more to it, isn’t there? http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/28/magazine/tikis-comeback.html

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Pete’s Monkey Skull VooDoo Lounge (and friends!)

June 12, 2016

Pete’s Monkey Skull VooDoo Lounge is in the blogging news: http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-vip-3-peter-andrijeski-seattlebars-org/ Well, yeah, the photo does not do the place any justice but isn’t that just the way it is?  The p0int of this article is about Pete’s work documenting the bars of Seattle.  Every Bar In Seattle.  And many others. Got some time on […]

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Cocktails from Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco

June 12, 2016

From the article: Happily, the modern tiki era now has its own Magna Carta: Martin Cate’s Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki, which comes out tomorrow and he wrote with his wife, Rebecca Cate. It’s a lavishly illustrated, seriously researched, 350-page tome with more than 100 recipes, along with a well-written history […]

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The Swizzle Stick Makes a Modern Comeback

June 7, 2016

While swizzle sticks have been out of mainstream cocktail culture since the ’70s (beyond old-school tiki lounges and swanky hotels and casinos, that is), the steadfast devotion to this cocktail accessory on the fringes demonstrates that it’s more than just a plastic freebie; it is, rather, its own form of accessible pop art, a bar’s […]

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Diagnosing the Tiki Psyche

June 7, 2016

http://punchdrink.com/articles/diagnosing-the-tiki-psyche/ Essentially the entire escapist legacy of tiki can be traced back to his original vision and innovations. “You can almost think of Don the Beachcomber as Tolkein,” says Al Sotack, bartender at Death & Co. and Pouring Ribbons and a pop culture obsessive. “There were influences before him but he’s the one who really pulled the whole imaginary […]

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Inside the Magical World of Tiki Kon

June 6, 2016

Hey kids!  You heard it here last! At Portland’s annual celebration of Polynesian-pop fantasy, anyone with a love of Hawaiian shirts and rum can live the good life, if just for a weekend. Real-life tiki god Martin Cate—owner of San Francisco’s Smuggler’s Cove—takes us inside the tropical fever dream that is Tiki Kon. http://punchdrink.com/articles/inside-tiki-kon-portland-with-smugglers-cove-martin-cate/

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