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 …

Continue reading Tiki Caliente 9, & 4 Days Of Tiki Cool

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 …

Continue reading The Lei Low – A Texas Tiki Treasure

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 …

Continue reading Howie’s Tiki – The Hidden Oasis

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 …

Continue reading Latitude 29 – Home To Tiki Royalty 

Three Hour Drive To Paradise – An Afternoon At Trader Sam’s Enchanted Grog Grotto 

The week of Thanksgiving, my boyfriend Todd and I traveled to Delray Beach to spend the week with his awesome family, and we decided at the eleventh hour to make use of the time we were on our own to visit one of the more kooky tiki bars in the country, Trader Sam's Enchanted Grog …

Continue reading Three Hour Drive To Paradise – An Afternoon At Trader Sam’s Enchanted Grog Grotto