SoCal Tiki Getaway – Part 3: The Tiki Apartment Tour

On the last day of my stay, John-O, being the resourceful tour guide that he is, decided that we would go visit some of the tiki apartments that were along our route back to LAX. These little curiosities were some of many that once were prevalent in Southern California. Living la vida "native" meant that …

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Inside The Desert Oasis Room, & The Mind Of Adrian Eustaquio

Ok, so it has been a while since my last post; apologies to my readers for the extended absence! I am back today, however, and am featuring a very special guest: Adrian Eustaquio, creator of the tiki podcast Inside The Desert Oasis Room. The weekly show recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, complete with a party …

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Tiki Caliente 9, & 4 Days Of Tiki Cool

I got a small taste of Tiki Caliente for the first time last year, when I made a 32 (yes 32) hour trek out to Palm Springs from my home in Dallas. By the time I caught my flight back, I knew I would have to return to experience the event in its entirety, and …

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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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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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