The Lei Low – A Texas Tiki Treasure

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 …

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The Mai Tai Manifesto: A Collection Of Recipes

I'd like to keep with the ongoing trend of highlighting some of the tiki bright spots in my home city, and share my recent sit-down with the author and illustrator behind the book "The Mai Tai Manifesto". This cocktail recipe book is the brainchild of one J. Edward Preisman of the local Dallas exotica group …

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Howie’s Tiki – The Hidden Oasis

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 …

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Pilikia – What Tiki Is, And What It Isn’t

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, …

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Latitude 29 – Home To Tiki Royalty 

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 recipes from tiki's glory days. He has written numerous books about tiki drink history, Polynesian food, and of course, recipes. It was only …

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