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[17 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

The origin of the Mai Tai continues to be debated to this day, but this is an interesting article penned in 1970 by none other than Victor Bergeron himself.  Although it only tells his half of the Mai Tai story, it is an interesting read if you are interested in the history of the Mai Tai.
I was at the service bar in my Oakland restaurant. I took down a bottle of 17-year-old rum. It was J. Wray Nephew from Jamaica; surprisingly golden in color, medium bodied, …

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[7 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

If you are looking to throw a party and don’t want to spend a lot, a tiki party is always a good choice.  Tiki decor can be found relatively cheaply and tiki-style drinks require mostly rum to keep your guests refreshed.  In fact, you can find just about everything you need for under $100 (excluding alcohol, of course).  Here are a few things to pick up for your party:
Tiki Torches – $15

Illuminate your backyard oasis and set the theme to your tiki party with a set of tiki torches.  You …

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[28 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

I wanted to share a fantastic tiki costume from Maui Tiki Tours.  The link provides some basic instructions on how the author was able to build his own tiki halloween costume. It was built primarily with cheap wire fencing, PVC pipe, paper mache, and a few hula skirts.  The instructions suggest 3 to 4 weeks worth of evenings.

This one does require some considerable artistic skill but resulted in an impressive finished product.  As shown, the costume towered over mere civilians at 9 feet tall.

It looks like this costume was a …

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[20 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

I’m not one to criticize tackiness.  Tackiness is arguably a cornerstone of tiki culture and should be embraced.  However, this recent Wall Street Journal article makes several excellent points about the history of tiki bars in the U.S. and how the perception of tiki culture has evolved.  Tiki Bars have hosted heads of state and movie stars through the years.  Tiki cocktails such as the Mai Tai and Zombie weren’t (and shouldn’t be) just cheesy, sugar-loaded drinks but exquisite combinations of rums and juices.

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[18 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

We’ve seen a lot of cool Lego sculptures recently – replicas of prominent buildings, cars, and people.  There are even artists who will build a life-sized Lego statue of you.
This is a new one for me though.  I submit to you….the Lego tiki bar.

They aren’t messing around with those tiki mugs, either!