So-Cal Tiki Getaway, Part 1: Purple Orchid & Palm Springs

What happens when you end up with a free week of work at the end of the year, with pay? Duh - You find a place to travel to, ASAP! And what better place to visit than SoCal, my home away from home? This trip was a little different than most of my others, where …

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Defining Tiki – An Observation

Disclaimer: This subject has been very hot-button in many social media forums as of late. The statements in this blog are the opinions of the writer. Tiki has experienced a resurgency of sorts within the last year. It has popped up in cities that are total tiki deserts, such as Dallas, TX, where I currently …

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The Tiki Ti – Ray Buhen’s Legacy

With Tiki Caliente 9 only a day away, I figured what better way to kick off 4 days of non-stop tiki than with a visit to one of the most famous and best tiki bars on the planet? I scheduled our flight from Dallas to arrive in L.A. on Wednesday, when the Ti opens for …

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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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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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