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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So-Cal Tiki Getaway – Part 2: Sven Kirsten, & The Power Of Fate

One of the things I most was looking forward to about my California trip this time around was the visit to the Tiki Ti. I've been there numerous times, but what made this one so special was that I would be meeting Sven Kirsten for the first time. Tikiphiles know him as the greatest force …

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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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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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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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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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