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 … Continue reading Inside The Desert Oasis Room, & The Mind Of Adrian Eustaquio
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 … Continue reading Defining Tiki – An Observation
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
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
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