It's not very common to find real tiki in small cities/towns these days. In fact, it's pretty much unheard of. When I first heard of Howie's Tiki, I thought it was in Houston proper, and was then surprised to learn it was in a "census-designated place" (according to Wikipedia) called Spring, TX, which is outside … Continue reading Howie’s Tiki – The Hidden Oasis
As I lamented in a previous post, Texas unfortunately has a serious tiki drought. The emerging craft cocktail scene hasn't really remedied that problem, sadly - I believe it has only made it harder for real tiki culture to be appreciated as it should be. HOWEVER...in this writer's humble opinion, there is a place in … Continue reading The Lei Low – A Texas Tiki Treasure
My current home city of Dallas, TX has a very rich history of tiki. Don The Beachcomber resided at the corner of Meadow Rd. and Greenville Ave. for close to a decade in the late 70's and early 80's. The Ports O' Call called the 37th floor of Dallas Sheraton home for almost 20 years, … Continue reading Pilikia – What Tiki Is, And What It Isn’t
One of tiki's greatest gifts to us has undoubtedly been exotica. This genre of music became wildly popular in the 50's and 60's, during tiki's former glory days, brought on by tales from soldiers returning from World War II. Many tiki bars and events today still feature exotica, and even my own home tiki bar … Continue reading The Wild World Of Exotica
One can't talk tiki without mentioning Beachbum Berry. Before the re-emergence of tiki in the late 90's and early 2000's, he was already rediscovering and cracking the code to many lost and secret drink recipes from tiki's glory days. He has also written numerous books about tiki drink history, Polynesian food, and of course, recipes. … Continue reading Latitude 29 – Home To Tiki Royalty
I have always loved tiki idols. They come in so many variations, shapes, heights, and expressions. Without a doubt, my favorites in all the world are the famous Moai of Rapa Nui, a.k.a Easter Island. They are some of the most iconic in the world - people who aren't tiki-philes often know what they are … Continue reading A VERY Special Tiki Tuesday Post!
This year, the Mai-Kai celebrates its 60th anniversary, having been established in 1956. It is currently one of the longest-running tiki bars/restaurants in existence, and it maintains its reputation by continuing to serve top-notch food, delicious cocktails, and by having one of the most authentic and spectacular Polynesian floor shows in the world. The voters … Continue reading Tiki Mecca -A Visit To The Mai-Kai