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  • The Kraziest, Kookiest ’53 Chevy Hot Rod on the Planet, Daddy-O!

    Posted on May 27th, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    53chevymay08-171It’s Wild. It’s Hot. It’s my Smokin‘ ’53 Chevy Bel Air Hot Rod! She’s a blast from the chased with a double shot of the future. 33″ Shark Fins, Frenched ’59 Caddy tail lights, shaved door handles, Cadillac Eldorado interior, souped up engine…so much kraziness going on I had to build a whole website to showcase it!

    Check it out…lots of kool pix, stories and info on this one-of-a-kind classic. If you like Retro, you’ll love this site…and this car, baby!

    Make sure to leave a comment on the last page!

  • The Tiki Bar at Night

    Posted on May 26th, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    Our Tiki Bar at Night

    Our Tiki Bar at Night

    Here’s what a couple of black lights, some fluorescent poster paints and a lot of patience can do.

    I fell in love with black light magic back in the 70’s. First memory I have of it is from a tropical themed bar at Zaberer’s Restaurant near Atlantic City. I was only about 4 but I remember how everything lit up and glowed…like magic. When I was 8 my father made me a Pirate Themed bedroom…complete with a black light that lit up a ghost ship, treasure and all sorts of fun stuff (I still have that light, and the treasure chest).

    No wonder as soon as I was able I built my own Tiki Bar with black lights. In the day, you can’t really see the blue, magenta, green and orange highlights. The bar looks more Key West than krazy. But it comes to life at night under the ultraviolet lights…add to that the electric flaming tiki torches and flaming-mouth tiki idol, some Martin Denny tunes, plus a few good bottles of  booze and the sound of the waterfall, and we’ve got a little corner of the world to get away from it all.

  • Retro Recipe Books for the “In” Crowd

    Posted on May 26th, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments


    It’s very kool to find an old cook book from the 30’s, 40’s or 50’s and try to make some of the recipes. Problem is, those kittens talked about stuff back then that we wouldn’t even know what to do with now (You really want to use lard to cook those eggs?) So some nifty hipsters got together and retro-fitted the old recipes into brand spankin’ new books just for kats like us!

    The Retro Cooking series has a nice selection of tomes to please the pallet and giggle the mind. I found them to very inexpensive on our old friendly site Some for as little as $3, and well worth it!

    Here’s a recipe from Retro Barbecue: Tasty Recipes for the Grillin’ Guy

    Maui Wowee Luau Ribs

    1 tbl ginger root (about a 1″ piece) crushed with a knife
    1 large clove garlic, crushed with a knife
    1/2 cup soy sauce
    1/2 cup white sugar
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/2 cup ketchup
    2 tbs sherry
    1 tbs salt
    8 pounds pork back ribs

    1. In a bowl mixtogether the crushed ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sugars, ketchup, sherry, and salt.

    2. Rub mixture into the meat. Pour a little over the top and discard. Place meaat in a glass or stainless pan and cover. Refrigerate for at least three hours.

    3. Start ribs on the fire bone side down. Add a few wet smoke chips and close the hood. Turn occasionally. Time depdns on how hot your fire is, but expect 2 to 2 1/2 hrs.

  • Remembering Everyone in the Armed Forces Today

    Posted on May 25th, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    Pin Up Navy GirlBest wishes to everyone in the US Armed Forces today and every day. Thank you for keeping us safe.

    My Great Uncle Niel was having breakfast in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He survived, but many of his friends did not. Here’s remembering all the souls who gave the ultimate sacrifice through the years to protect our freedom and help make America the best country in the world.

  • Do you remember the days when…

    Posted on May 23rd, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    retro-fun-stuffDo you remember the days when…

    …wondering why your $3500 computer system couldn’t play music?

    …using a credit card for shopping was a big deal, and you bought nearly everything in cash, from the paycheck you had to cash at the bank? No direct deposit, no debit cards back then.

    …watching video tapes on your giant 31” TV was great?

    …you had to go home or find a phone booth to make a phone call? The only people with ‘mobile’ phones were wealthy businessmen. If you were waiting for a call, you’d wait by the phone, not too far away because it was plugged into the wall (not portable at all). You envied people who had a phone in the bathroom.

    …having to go to a library to research something? Or calling all your friends until you found out the name of the actor who was in that movie with what’s her name?

    …you thought you were so cool because you had a Sony WalkmanCD?

    …people were absolutely amazed by that new AOL thing?

    …some people thought that having a BMW and a wine rack meant you were successful?

    …a word processor was an electric typewriter with a 4”x1” screen?

    …people thought ‘Zima’ tasted good?

    …Japanese cars sucked? And only weirdoes and teachers drove them?

    …there was no such thing as a ‘web page’, ‘blog’, or ‘flash video’, and your email was the most technologically advanced thing you knew how to use?

    Ah, the early ’90s. Remember them fondly.