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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The Tiki – Lake George’s Little Slice Of History

My most recent travels took me to Syracuse, NY to visit Todd's family, and I figured that with it only being 3 hours away, The Tiki Resort in Lake George would be a great place for us to get a tiki fix. I know this is where the Ohana: Luau At the Lake event is …

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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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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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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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