RSS icon Email icon Home icon
  • Exotica Music – Some cool, breezy songs for your Tiki Bar

    Posted on January 31st, 2013 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 3 comments
    Now Playing: Swamp Fire by Martin Denny

    Today’s post is just music. But not just any music – Exotica, the official music of the retro Tiki bar or lounge. Just play and enjoy.

    .

    Baia – Bill Perkins, Exotica Tiki Bar music
    Read the rest of this entry »

  • Lava Flow – Your Tiki Bar Cocktail Recipe for the Weekend!

    Posted on January 25th, 2013 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments

    lava-flowTiki drink purists will argue that anything “frozen” and made in a blender goes against the grain of traditional Tiki cocktail concoctions. But there’s no denying that a few frozen favorites have made it into the Tiki Bar drink menu, and

    The Lava Flow

    is probably one of our favorites. With a great flavor and fun presentation, The Lava Flow is a cool treat on a steamy tropical night…or a cold winter night, if you crank up the heat and have a few palm plants by your indoor Tiki bar.

    Ingredients:

    •    1 oz. light rum
    •    1 oz. coconut rum
    •    2 oz. fresh or frozen strawberries
    •    1 small banana
    •    2 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice
    •    2 oz. coconut cream

    Photo from http://www.youaremyfave.com/2012/06/page/2/

    Photo from http://www.youaremyfave.com/2012/06/page/2/

    You’re going to want to make this in a clear glass, to show off the “flow”.

    Blend the 2 rums and the strawberries in a blender until smooth. Pour into a tall (Collins or Hurricane) glass. Blend the banana,  coconut cream, and pineapple juice in blender with crushed ice until smooth. Pour this mixture into the glass with the rums very slowly and watch as the strawberry mixture oozes its way to the top along the sides of the glass creating the flowing lava effect. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and little umbrella, for maximum Tiki-liciousness.

    Our “Tiki” Weekend…

    While most of you are freezing your maracas off, here in South Florida the temperatures are in the 70s. That makes it the perfect time to go to the Miami Zoo. We’re heading down that way this weekend to check out the lions and gators, and of course some tropical birds and snakes. The zoo’s theme is jungle, and there are even a few (newish) Tikis posted around!

    -Tiki Chris, reporting from the bar at Tiki Lounge Talk

  • Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Posted on January 21st, 2013 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    It was the morning of Sunday, September 15th, 1963.

    In New York City, a group of white ad execs had breakfast in a diner. They noticed a black family walk in, dressed for church. They thought it unusual for blacks to be in that part of town, but not unheard of. Everyone went back to eating breakfast without a second thought.

    At the same time in Birmingham, Alabama, a white supremacist and  member of the local KKK planted a bomb under the steps of a church known to be a place where civil right leaders met. The bomb exploded at 10:22 am, murdering four teenage girls (Denise McNair (11), Addie Mae Collins (14), Carole Robertson (14) and Cynthia Wesley (14) and injuring 23 others. This bombing was in response to the attempted desegregation of Alabama.

    Just a week before the bombing, Governor George Wallace, an outspoken segregationist, had told The New York Times that to stop integration Alabama needed a “few first-class funerals.”16th_street_baptist_church_bombing_victims

    After the bombing, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (among others) voiced their outrage. But Dr. King went beyond voicing outrage. He wired Wallace that “the blood of four little children … is on your hands. Your irresponsible and misguided actions have created in Birmingham and Alabama the atmosphere that has induced continued violence and now murder.”

    It takes guts to stand up to a Governor, especially to accuse him of having a direct impact on the cause of four children’s murders. But that’s what Dr. King did. He fought. Not with his fists, not with guns or dynamite. He fought with the power of his words, and 50 years after that tragic event we still hear his voice. It doesn’t matter if we saw him live, on TV, or in a taped speech years after his death. His spirit and legacy live on.

    Here’s last year’s post on Dr. Martin Luther King, including the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.

    Here’s a timeline of Dr. King’s accomplishments, courtesy of OnlineCollegeCourses.com.
    MLK Infographic

    -Tiki Chris for Tiki Lounge Talk

  • Sci-Fi Movie Monday: It Came From Outer Space, 1953

    Posted on January 7th, 2013 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 4 comments

    it_came_from_outer_space-poster

    We have Mod Movie Monday and Noir Movie Monday…it’s time to add in Sci-Fi Movie Monday at the Tiki Lounge!

    Some the best Sci-fi movies of the 1950s and ’60s were based on books or short stories by the masters: Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, etc. This movie was based on Bradbury’s story “The Meteor”. To make it more commercially successful, the name was changed to much more sinister

    It Came from Outer Space

    from 1953, starring Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake, and co-starring the soon-to-be Professor from Gilligan’s Island, Russell Johnson.

    (Note: no spoilers here!)it-came-from-outer-space-car

    The story is set in present day 1953, in the Arizona desert. Carlson, an “amateur stargazer” as he is called, spots a large meteor crashing into the desert floor. But when he goes to inspect it, he finds that it’s actually some kind of space ship.

    it-came-from-outer-space-bubbleHis colleagues of course don’t believe him, until the aliens make their presence known…

    This is science fiction literature adapted to screen in the true, mid-century vein, where humanity is examined under the stress of dealing with the unknown. This flick has some fantastic writing, and the special effects are well done for the era, or for any era. Black and white film only adds to the feel. There is mystery, emotion, even some gun-play to keep the kiddies interested, and a kick-ass Theramin score by a very young Henry Mancini.

    itcamefromouterspace-ship

    It Came from Outer Space was also Universal Studio’s first 3-D movie, and if you can find a copy of it in 3-D, it’s worth it. But it stands great as 2-D just as well.

    Food & Booze:alien-brain-hemerroage

    For the drinks, how about an Alien Brain Hemorrhage?
    Fill a shot glass half way with peach schnapps. Gently pour Bailey’s Irish Cream on top. After the shot is almost full, carefully add a small amount of blue curacao. After it settles, add a small splash (or a few drops) of grenadine syrup, and watch it turn into something pretty icky looking.

    As for dinner, how about a little Arizona Tex Mex Meatloaf, Betty Crocker style?

    1 1/2 lb extra-lean ground beef
    1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
    2 medium eggs
    1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
    1 teaspoon garlic-and-herb seasoning
    1 teaspoon chili powder
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    Shredded Cheddar, Monterey Jack or similar cheese (mixing is great too!)
    Salsa
    Tortilla Chips

    Kathleen Hughs got into the main credits, even though she only had like one line in the movie. Gee, I wonder why? I can think of two points that might have done it...

    Kathleen Hughs got into the main credits, even though she only had like one line in the movie. Gee, I wonder why? I can think of two points that might have done it...

    •    1 Heat oven to 375ºF. In large bowl, mix all ingredients except salsa. Spoon mixture into 11×7-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish; pat into 9×5-inch loaf.
    •    2 Bake uncovered about 1 hour or until meat thermometer inserted in center reads just below 160ºF. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top (as much as you want) and continue backing until cheese is melted and internal temp is 160° Drain any liquid before slicing. Serve with ships and salsa. Olé!

    Below is the original trailer:

    Happy Watching, and don’t forget your tinfoil hat.

    – Tiki Chris, reporting from the screening room at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Lounge