Posted on September 28th, 2010 2 comments
Oy yez, Oy yez, let it be heard, this is the OFFICIAL WORLD ANNOUNCEMENT of International Exotic Cocktail Day, October 1st, 2010.
Ah, it feels good to establish a new holiday, and one that’s long overdue. Sure, there are other days like it…but not the actual, official, one-of-a-kind International Exotic Cocktail Day.
Pass the word! Tell your friends! Tell your co-workers! Tell your bartender!
What is International Exotic Cocktail Day? IECD, from now on to be held on Friday of October each year is a day to celebrate the pleasure of enjoying an Exotic Cocktail at your favorite Tiki Bar, on the lanai, by the pool or on the front lawn. It’s a day to imbibe in your favorite mixes with friends and family. It’s a day to remember the people who started it all and the people who keep the traditions alive today!
How to Celebrate International Exotic Cocktail Day: Share recipes with your friends, gather in crowds and drink exiting concoctions around your Tiki bar, or meet up at the Mai Kai (or your favorite Tiki Lounge). Whatever floats your boat, kids! Be sure to garnish everything you drink that day with a cocktail umbrella, pineapple slice and a cherry, even at work. Drink virgin frozen drinks at work all day and add the booze later on. Have an “over the air” cocktail party where you and your online friends around the world make the same drinks at the same time and tweet or FB your results, and toast each other across the globe. Try to make exotic cocktails you’ve never had before, or go with your old favorites. Have buttons and stickers made up that say “International Exotic Cocktail Day”. Go ahead, after all, it’s International Exotic Cocktail Day, so have a ball!
How International Exotic Cocktail Day got started: I was sipping a Blue Hawaiian one evening while looking for ideas for upcoming Tiki Lounge Talk posts when I decided to google “Exotic Cocktail Day”. Nothing came up as an actual day of remembrance and revelry, so like a good Tiki kid I found it my duty to execute this all-important holiday.
How to share this great news: If you’re reading this than no doubt you’re on board with this great holiday. Spread the word, kids! Twitter your pals, post it on Facebook & MySpace, Digg it, blog it, send out a mass email, whatever you can do to get your F&F in on it. Remember, it’s all about living the kool and breezy Tiki lifestyle, so get hip, kids!
Official Facebook Event Page: HERE
The Retro Tiki Lounge on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RetroTikiLounge
Here’s some great drink recipe posts from Tiki Lounge Talk: http://tikiloungetalk.com/category/drink-recipies/
Posted on September 27th, 2010 6 comments
“Good evening, and welcome to a private showing of two movie automobiles, displayed here for the first time. Each is a collector’s item in its own way - not because of any special artistic or engineering quality, but because each captures in chrome and steel, suspends in time and space, a frozen moment of a nightmare.”
If Rod Serling worked for Tiki Lounge Talk, this is how he’d introduce these next two flicks. For our Creature Double Feature this week, we present
The CAR, 1977 and
I picked these two movies to play together for the obvious reason: They’re both about possessed cars that go around terrorizing and killing people. There’s a big difference between the two movies though - Christine is actually a really good movie, while The CAR is probably one of the worst movies every made (I say this with a smile), but still fun to watch and make fun of. So what if the acting, story, writing and effects suck. It’s got a kool car customized by Chuck Barris in it.
Christine, Stephen King’s best seller presented by the 80’s master of horror John Carpenter features a custom red 1958 Plymouth Fury and a dorky kid named Arnie who fixes her up. The love he pours into restoring the classic car is returned by her as she runs over anyone who does him (or her) any injustice. Great shots of the car, the Hemi engine, the 50’s two-tone interior, and people getting crushed. This was all done with hydraulics and special effects long before the computer age came along with CGI. They used over 20 different cars for the film (several were kept in pristine condition and are still alive today, owned by members of the Christine Car Club). The movie strays from the book but is still scary and fun.
The CAR could have easily been called ‘The Trainwreck” for its absolute awfulness. But damn is that car kool! It’s worth watching just to see the CAR roll down the highway. It’s modified Lincoln Mark III with what seems to be a red-tinted windshield, and is driven by the Devil himself. It just drives around killing people for no reason. Kind of like the Devil goes for a Sunday drive.
Back to the good movie. CHRISTINE is a great flick on many levels. When we first see her, she’s all shiny and new at the Detroit plant and already starts causing trouble. Then we see her 20 years later, rusted & busted up, sitting in a field with a For Sale sign on her. This kid Arnie goes ape for the car and shells out $250 clams for her (in 1978 dollars) and proceeds to fix her up, even though he’s broke and the only car-fixing skills he has are what he learned in a high school shop class. How does he do it? Easy - the car fixes herself. Then she goes and kills people. Then she fixes herself up some more.
My Take: If you’re a regular reader you probably know that I grew up around classic cars, fixing them up, selling them, driving them. I can’t tell you how many times my Dad and I slammed on the brakes when we saw some POS car rotting away in a field with a For Sale sign on it. I can’t tell you how many times we brought cars like that home with us, paying anywhere from nothing to 1500 smackers depending on the ride. We even had a 1957 Plymouth Savoy with a 1958 front clip on it - very similar to Christine, except it was baby blue and was a four-door sedan. Unfortunately none of them ever fixed themselves up (or killed wise asses).
As for The CAR, after watching the flick back in the late 70’s I remember my father saying he was going to buy a ‘69 Mark III and customize it to look like the car. (He was good with fiberglass.) We never did get around to it but did customize my 1953 Chevy Belair with 33″ fins and extra grill teeth. Close enough for jazz.
Food & Booze: They drink something called “Iron City” Beer in Christine, I think. I suppose just the cheapest off-brand beer you could find will do. For The CAR, you’re going to need something stronger. How about a RED DEVIL?
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Triple Sec
1/2 oz Amaretto
1/2 oz Southern Comfort
1/2 oz Sloe Gin
Fill a tall glass with ice and build the drink from the bottom up in the order listed so the lime juice sits on the bottom. Top off with OJ. This drink is strong as hell (get it?), but not very red. Not sure why they call it a Red Devil. You can add some red food coloring to it to make it redder.
A last note on Christine: When my family and I went to see this in the movies around Christmas, 1983, we drove to the theater in my father’s ’64 Caddy. When we came out, people were pointing at his finned car and yelling, “It’s Christine!”…even though it was powder blue and didn’t look anything like a Fury! A few years later my Dad and I bought the ’59 Plymouth Savoy (which I mentioned above) with the intention of making a Christine Clone. Turns out the motor was shot, and it was too much trouble to do it so we sold it back to the guy we bought it from for the same $200 we paid for it. Kind of wish I still had that car today. But that was 24 years ago. Damn.
Here’s the trailer for Christine:
-Tiki Chris reporting from the screaming room (I mean screening room) at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar.
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Posted on September 23rd, 2010 No comments
Complain, complain complain…How can a kat live in a tropical paradise and find new ways to complain? He complains about the rains, that’s how. Here in Sunny South Florida we actually have a pretty long rainy season…starts when the snowbirds go back home in June and usually lasts till late October. Depending on the year and the number of outdoor activities we have planned, it could go from raining five minutes once every day to raining on-and-off for days at a time. The best part is, no matter what, you still get sunshine peaking through and patches of complete sun in between the rain spurts.
But it really makes things sticky and wet, all that water combined with our famous heat. Things drip constantly. I go through about four sets of wiper blades every summer. And hanging out at the outdoor Tiki Bar & pool? Well, it’s a wet drag. So the best I can do is pretend I’m in a rain forest. This works especially well when our parrots start squawking and the thunder is loud. And if the wind picks up a little the palms sway and the sound of the breeze makes you feel like you’re on a tropical Island, marooned with only a pretty blonde, plenty of food and a fully-stocked bar.
Hey, what the hell am I complaining about?
Aloha kids! Happy rainy day.
PS: BIG Announcement tomorrow along with a cool Tiki drink for the weekend!
Posted on September 21st, 2010 4 comments
The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre was done on a shoestring budget by a group of mostly inexperienced film makers who wanted to do something that hadn’t been done before 1974: A truly gruesome horror film. Because of the low budget and other factors…like the type of film they got cheap, the fact that the couldn’t afford plastic prop bones and were trying to get a PG rating…the film turned out to be an extremely realistic, disturbing movie with visuals that will stick in your brain for years.
House of 1000 Corpses is Rob Zombie’s ode to Chainsaw. Using digital technology and an additional 25 years of film-making expertise, he recreated the style right down to the over-exposed daylight scenes and realistically insane characters…just not with a low budget. Chainsaw was over-the-top and disturbing in 1974…Corpses blows by it without any stops, quintupling the gore, blood, insanity and fantasy in such a realistic way you’ll be believing in monsters by the end.
There are more similarities between these two movies than just the style. Chainsaw is about a group of young friends traveling through Texas that get unintentionally drawn into world of a family of insane, inbred wackadoos that torture, kill, etc etc. Corpses is about a group of young friends traveling to discover the truth behind the legend of famed murderer, who unintentionally get drawn into…ok, you get the picture. The main difference between the two is how Zombie went all out, with dead cheerleaders, carnival freaks, intense violence and gallons of blood, whereas Chainsaw is more focused, more direct and down to earth about the horrors.
Some interesting notes on Chainsaw: Because of the low budge the film makers couldn’t afford plastic prop skeletons. Instead, they bought real human skeletons and bones from India. There are also a lot of animal bones, feathers, etc. in the film. These are real. They acquired remains from animal shelters and burned the carcasses in the back yard where they were filming. The black cloud of smoke and the stench caused the sheriff to close off the highway near the filming location, and almost got the film closed down with it. Oh, and by the way…the money used to make this film was basically laundered from the profits of Deep Throat. Ain’t life crazy?
My take: I didn’t get to see chainsaw until I was in my 20s. I’m glad I didn’t see it sooner. I’m pretty sure I would have had nightmares for years. I was actually afraid…yes, afraid…to see Corpses in the movies when it came out. I had to psych myself up for months to watch it on DVD, and it still disturbed the hell out of me. The imagery is so intense, so out there that unless you’re a seasoned horror film addict it will probably blow your mind.
A funny note: I actually saw Texas Chainsaw II on HBO not long after it came out in the early 1980s. It was nothing like the original. The fact that they had a decent budget worked against them, and it just turned out to be another run-of-the-mill 80s slasher flick. HOWEVER…I just happened to be watching while making a pot of my famous Texas Chili for an upcoming Halloween party. Here’s the funny part: Chainsaw II is about the nuts using human meat to make Chili for a Chili contest, and as I was mixing up my Chili, they were mixing up theirs. Needless to say, I’ve served Texas Chainsaw Chili at every Halloween party since.
Food & Booze: Well, what else…Chili. Made with people, if you can murder yourself some young chicks. For drinks I’d recommend a nice Chianti. As for Corpses…you’re not going to want to eat anything while watching this flick. If anything, you’ll want to have a bucket handy.
-Spooky Tiki Chris reporting from the barbecue pit behind the smokeshack at Tiki Lounge Talk, the hep & happenin’ joint for Halloween-lovin’ kats and kittens.
Posted on September 18th, 2010 4 comments
In honor of this auspicious event, I’m dedicating this week’s Exotic Cocktail recipe to all the Pirates out there. Here is my own concoction,
Cap’t Mack’s Pirate Grog
In the true Caribbean manner it’s a twist on the Cuba Libre.
1 oz Sailor Jerry Rum
1 oz Malibu Coconut Rum
1 oz Dark Rum (I prefer Meyer’s)
3 drops bitters
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
sprinkle of nutmeg
Start with a shaker of ice, add the three rums, bitters, and vanilla. Shake, shake, shake Senora. Strain into a large Tiki mug filled with ice. Liquor should fill mug about half way. Fill with Coke, squeeze in juice of 1/4 lime, and two shakes of nutmeg, stir. Top with a little more nutmeg and lime wedge. Damned good grog! If you like it sweet, add a little pineapple juice to taste. Avast! And May Ye Enjoy The Captain’s Private Stock!
While you’re in the Pirate Mood, you might want to check out the Living Like A Pirate website, a fun place to go for Pirate Life party ideas, threads, treasure and more. Real nice people over there, for Pirates.
-Captain Tiki Chris reporting from the Lido Deck of the The Black Bird, the finest ship in the Pirate fleet.