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  • Happy St. Patty’s Day from Tiki Lounge Talk!

    Posted on March 17th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments

    st-patsHope everyone has a great St. Patty’s Day, and that the hangover isn’t too bad.

    Top o the mornin’ and Erin go Braless and all that jazz to you on this fine St. Patty’s day. Let us take a moment to remember the true history of St. Patrick’s Day. You see, St. Patrick wasn’t really Irish. And he wasn’t Roman, either, as most historians would tell you. He was in fact Tahitian. His real name was Pa-ti O’Tiki.

    Long, long ago Pa-ti O’Tiki was restless among his beautiful lands of bright green palm trees and crystal blue ocean. He yearned to travel, and made it his life’s adventure to find another island as green and beautiful as Tahiti, but with better booze. He built a boat of reeds and bamboo, filled it with coconuts for his trip, and began to sail around the world.

    St. Patrick

    St. Patrick

    He came across many groovy lands, but none as wonderful as his home. Then one mystical day, he landed on the Emerald Isle, with its breathtaking beauty and lush green fields. He felt he finally found his second paradise. Then he got bit by a snake, which really miffed him, and whacking it with a coconut he said, “I gotta get rid of these snakes.” So using an old Tahitian trick (which used a combination of coconut milk and rum), he lured the snakes to the edge of a cliff, got them drunk, and flipped them over the side. The Irish people were so thankful for this act that they made Pa-ti O’Tiki a saint, and named him St. Patrick, which sounded a lot more Irish than his Tahitian name, and so kept him from getting beat up in the local pubs.

    “What a swingin’ Island,’ Pa-ti said to his new friends, “If only you kats had some groovin’ juice, maybe some malt liquor, or even better, something with a kick, ya dig?”

    They did in fact dig, (and they dug more than just potatoes), and that evening they introduced Pa-ti to their two most prominent citizens, Mr. Guinness and Mr. Jameson. Then they all sat down to a traditional feast of corned beef, cabbage and coconuts. (The coconuts eventually died off from the original feast). A few hours later, flying high and feelin’ kookie from the fantabulous booze, Pa-ti started kicking a coconut around…and soccer was born.

    Today we celebrate this wonderful holiday by drinking the traditional Irish Whiskey out of a coconut, eating corned beef, and wearing green just like Pa-ti O’Tiki’s original grass skirt. And if you believe any of this, I’ll sell you the Brooklyn Bridge for a dollar.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    -Tiki Chris reporting from the Tiki Bar with a bottle or Bushmill’s

  • Orson Welles Directs The Stranger, 1946 for Noir Movie Monday

    Posted on March 14th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments

    the-stranger-posterEdward G. Robinson as a Federal Detective. Post-war Nazi plots. Deceit, murder, and clocks. Orson Welles directs this classic 1946 Noir thriller in a way other directors only dreamed of. Even the title takes on a new meaning as the story unfolds in

    The Stranger, 1946

    starring Edward G. Robinson, Orson Welles, and Loretta Young.the_stranger_young-welles

    The film opens darkly as authorities plan to find and capture Franz Kindler (played by Welles), the heartless mastermind of the Holocaust. Kindler managed to evade capture, erase his identity, leading him to take up life as a professor in a small town in Connecticut. (Remember, this is 1946, the time when Nazi atrocities were first coming to light and war criminals were being hunted around the globe). Robinson’s character eventually tracks Kindler down…I won’t tell you how here, as that would give away the whole story…welles-robinson-stranger

    As you’d expect from a classic, every scene is filmed artistically, bringing together perfect camera angles with deliberate-styled acting to achieve a final print that holds up 65 years later.

    It’s also a wonderful window into small-town life in pre-television days. People spend their time listening to the radio, or playing checkers with the local general store/diner owner. It might as well have been a million years ago, compared to today’s world.

    robinson-the-strangerExceptional performances by Robinson, Young and Welles combined with a fantastic story and true Noir filming make The Stranger a five-coconut winner at the Tiki Lounge.

    -Tiki Chris Pinto reporting from the theater, down the avenue from Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar.

  • Dig the art of Tiki Tower at Arts in the Pines, Pembroke Pines, Florida this weekend

    Posted on March 12th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

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    tikitower-headerTiki Tower, The Tiki Art of Robert Jimenez will featured at South Florida’s Arts & Crafts Festival in the Pines art show this weekend. The show runs Saturday and Sunday, March 12 & 13 at City Center, 10300 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines. Robert’s art is the East Coast answer to the great Tiki artists of Cali and Hawaii.

    His style is very kool, combining old-school Tikiness with a modern, SoFla edge. Originally from NY, the kat now lives here in sunny south Florida, swingin’ his groovy brush over many a hip canvas to bring us a plethora of ut-most art. Here are a few of his works, featuring some very hip monkeys, and even a swingin’ mermaid chick: tikitower-mermaid

    Encounter at the Cove

    tikitower-monkeyatbarLast Call at Tikilandiatikitower-tikigodThe Tiki God is Most Amused!

    tikitower-danceThe Tiki God Commands You To Dance!

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from the Gallery at Tiki Lounge Talk, the Tiki Bar lover’s guide to swingin’ music, kool art and fantabulous exotic cocktails. Can you dig it? I knew that you could!

  • Your Weekend Tiki Cocktail: Walk The Plank

    Posted on March 11th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 3 comments

    coffeeliqueurThis weekend we’ve got TWO (yes, TWO!) Tiki Bar Cocktails for you!

    I recently had a request for something easy, to take the sting off a bad hockey game. Well, this is easy, strong, velvety and is potent enough to take the sting offa anything. So here is a pirate favorite,

    Walk The Plank

    Pour 1/2 shot each of:

    Dark Rum
    Spiced Rum
    Frangelico
    Kahlua

    straight from the bottle into a shot glass, and slam it down. Yikes! Or, you can sip it…it’s nice and smooth. A variation is to pour it over the rocks and stir with some half and half…a sort of a souped-up Kahlua and cream. Nice.chip-shot

    The second drink comes from the headlines. Not that I give a damn about what’s going on in Hollywood, but you have to admit this whole Charlie Sheen thing is funny as hell (Have you seen his “cooking show” on Funny or Die?). My first thought was there needs to be a Tiger Blood cocktail. But, unfortunately, a sushi joint in NYC beat me to the punch with their own “Tiger’s Blood” cocktail. Thing is, this saki and wasabi abomination has no place on a Tiki bar. So, I asked the Tikitastic people that hang out at Facebook’s Retro Tiki Lounge to come up with a better recipe. Didn’t get many; Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid suggested that it should contain Indian whiskey, you know, because of Indian Tigers. My lovely wife Colleen suggested citrus vodka, blood orange juice, club soda and lime…a great combination, but hey, she’s my wife, so she couldn’t win the little contest.

    tigers-blood-cocktailSo, the winner is Robert Millar, who came up with:

    The Tiger’s Blood Cocktail

    1 shot Benedictine
    1 shot Brandy
    1 shot Chambord

    Sounds good to me! I didn’t have the Benedictine so I couldn’t try it out, but it’s better than a cocktail that includes soy sauce so, Congrats, Robert! You get your Tiger’s Blood Cocktail recipe here on TLT!

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from behind the bar at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Lounge, the Blounge of South Florida.

  • To our friends in the Pacific…

    Posted on March 11th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    Just a quick note to those of you affected by the earthquake and tsunamis, wanted to let you know we’re sending as many good vibes your way we can. We at Tiki Lounge Talk sincerely hope you make it through unharmed. Watching the video of the tsunami in Japan made my heart sink. We’ve had our share of catastrophic hurricanes here in south Florida, and know how devastating something like this can be both physically and mentally. Please try to stay safe, and best of luck to all of you.

    Sincerely,

    Tiki Chris P & family