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  • Tropical Storm Isaac washed out a Weekend in South Florida

    Posted on August 26th, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    cover-murder-on-tiki-island-marinaLiving in the Tropics is great. There’s no better way to enjoy the Tiki good life than having a pool you can use year round, an outdoor Tiki bar and palm trees in your front yard. The downside is, you get Tropical Storms and Hurricanes now and then.

    We got luck with Isaac. Unlike some of the other storms we’ve been hit with, so far this one is just dumping tons of rain on us. It’s already after 5:00pm on Sunday as I write this, and we’ve been lucky enough to not even have a power outage. The winds have been minimal and street flooding is no worse than we usually get during a rain storm.

    But it is a wake-up call. We haven’t had a major storm hit our home in Sunrise (about 12 miles west of Fort Lauderdale Beach) since Wilma tore apart the area in 2005. Many of you out of the area may not even remember Wilma…it was overshadowed by Katrina, which caused substantial damage. But the fact is that Wilma was and still is listed as the most costliest storm in American history. So we’ve been lucky for 7 years…

    It was Hurricane Wilma which gave me the idea for my Tiki-oriented murder mystery book, Murder on Tiki Island. Living through a Category 1 (up to 3) Hurricane was a real eye opener. It made me think of what it would have been like had it hit us head on…basically that would have meant almost total destruction. That led me to research storms of South Florida, which reminded me of the 1935 “Storm of the Century”, a Cat 5 ‘cane that destroyed a large chunk of the Florida Keys. That, and my own experience in the storms here, were the inspiration for my book.

    All weather reports are indicating the worst of the storm is over for us. Tomorrow will probably be rainy but quiet. We dodged the bullet, again.

    -Tiki Chris reporting from the storm shelter inside Pirate’s Cove Tiki Lounge

  • National Rum Day? Today? YES!

    Posted on August 16th, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    You can't get any "rummier" than a Rum Barrel at The Mai Kai

    You can't get any "rummier" than a Rum Barrel at The Mai Kai

    Today is National Rum Day!

    What is National Rum Day?

    It’s a day to enjoy rum.

    I do that every day.

    Today is special.

    Why?

    I don’t know.

    Seriously, today IS National Rum Day, and plenty of news outlets and bloggers are writing articles about rum, different kinds of rum, and rum drinks. But what exactly is today all about, and who started it?

    Apparently nobody knows. After an intensive search of teh interwebs, I couldn’t find one post or site that could tell me who started it, when, or why. My first guess was that it was started by a rum manufacturer or distributor, but a quick look at Bacardi, Appleton Estate and Cruzan’s websites yielded not a single mention of the day. Then again, who cares? It’s an excuse to drink!

    RUM COCKTAILS

    Everyone is posting their favorite rum cocktails. I saw no less than 10 posts on how to make a Cuba Libre (such a difficult drink to mix, with all those three ingredients). Well, I won’t bore you with the typical rum recipes here. Here, I’ll give you two of my own concoctions to try out tonight.

    THE PIRATE’S WENCH
    by Tiki Chris P.pirates-wench

    One of my favorites, this drink is easy to make using stuff you probably already have behind the Tiki bar. Here are the ingredients:
    1 oz Sailor Jerry Rum
    1 oz Malibu Coconut Rum
    1 oz Dark Rum (I prefer Meyer’s or Black Seal)
    3 drops bitters
    1/4 teaspoon vanilla
    sprinkle of nutmeg
    Coke
    Lime

    This is kind of a Cuba Libre done in a kick-ass Tiki style. Get the full recipe here.

    TIKI GALORE
    by Tiki Chris P.

    A new twist on an old favorite, the Tiki Galore is kind of like what you’d get if an amaretto sour collided with a rum truck.

    1 oz. Amaretto
    1 oz. Dark Rum
    1/2 oz. Triple Sec
    2 oz. Orange Juice
    1/2 tspn powdered sugar

    tiki-galore-drinkIt’s sweet but not syrupy sweet, and the rum balances out the flavors nicely. Get the full recipe here.

    Well, happy National Rum Day, and don’t forget in October the much more inclusive and fun INTERNATIONAL EXOTIC COCKTAIL DAY, October 5, 2012! FB users can join the fun on the official facebook page here.

    -Tiki Chris reporting from Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar, Fort Liquordale, FL

  • Tiki Oasis 12 Starts Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Diego!

    Posted on August 15th, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    tiki-oaisis-12“You Mission, if you choose to accept it…” is how this year’s Tiki Oasis website welcomes you. And there’s a good reason – the theme this year for the world’s largest Tiki gathering is Exotic Espionage & Polynesian Pulp!

    As if thousands of Tikiphiles getting together for drinks with entertainment and vintage merchandise wasn’t enough, the cats and kittens who put on this shindig decided to go with the ultra-cool mid-century spy theme to spice things up even more.

    Marina the Mermaid

    Marina the Mermaid

    While the expected entertainment includes surf bands, Exotica bands, dancers, DJs and burlesque beauties, this year visitors can dig some extra hipness concentrated on the spy theme, including a symposium on the cinematic/television history of exotic espionage and Polynesian pulp by fellow author Will “The Thrill” Viharo. Fort Lauderdale’s own Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid will also perform, along with swingin’ bands like The Exotics, Thee Swank Bastards and The Tikiyaki Orchestra.

    Will "The Thrill"

    Will "The Thrill"

    As always there will be a groovy art show and the ever popular antique/classic/hot rod car show, plus appearances and seminars by the likes of Sven Kirsten and Meghan Mayhem, all with a spy-scene tilt. Dig it.

    For a complete list of entertainment, schedule and other info visit the Tiki-O website at www.tikioasis.com/2012.

    -Tiki Chris, jealously reporting from the opposite coast!

    Cabernet Dance

    Cabernet Dance

  • The Tonga Room Chi Chi – Your Weekend Tiki Cocktail Recipe

    Posted on August 10th, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments
    Chi Chi Vodka Drink

    Chi Chi Vodka Drink

    I’ve run across some (strange) people in my life who for some unknown reason, don’t dig Rum. I dunno, to each his own. Anyway I figured I’d drum up a recipe this week that has Vodka in place of rum, since Vodka seems to be today’s universally accepted booze. I only had to poke around for a minute when I found

    The Tonga Room Chi Chi

    A twist on the original Chi Chi, which is basically a Vodka Piña Colada, served at the historic Fairmont Hotel’s famed Tonga Room in San Fransisco.

    4 ounces pineapple juice
    2 teaspoons coconut snow
    1 1/4 ounces vodka
    1 ounce half and half
    about a cup of shaved ice
    Throw  everything into a blender and blend; Pour into a tall clear glass. Top with a fresh orchid. Serve with a straw.

    chi-chi-drink-2

    Regular Chi Chi:

    1 1/ 2oz vodka
    2 oz cream of coconut
    2 oz pineapple juice
    1 cup ice

    Blend all ingredients until smooth in blender. Pour into a tall Tiki mug and garnish with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.

    Have a great weekend, kids!

    -Tiki Chris, reporting from Poolside at the Lanai