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  • Mod Miami Starts Today in Miami, Florida

    Posted on March 3rd, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    modmiamiMod Miami, “The Swankadelic Weekend Experience for Modern Minds, Where Modernism Meets Mod” starts today (Thursday, March 3) on the historic MiMo (Miami Modern) Boulevard in Miami, Florida.

    As the swingin’ website says, this weekend cocktail soiree is for hipsters, Tikiphiles, lounge lizards, ultra-mods, swanksters and other jetsetters…and if you’re reading this, you probably fall into one of those groups.

    Mike Jones of Mod Miami, Mr. Swank himself.

    Mike Jones of Mod Miami, Mr. Swank himself.

    Headed by Mr. Swank himself, Mike Jones (former owner of the ultra-futuramic Jetsetter Lounge in Lake Worth, FL, sadly part of history itself now) this four-day event promises lots of mid-century Miami style music, fashion, cocktails, parties and entertainment galore.

    The lineup touts some of Tiki Lounge Talk’s favorite retro-tastic performers, including…

    Marina the Fire-Eating Mermaid

    Marina the Fire-Eating Mermaid

    • Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid
    • The Intoxicators!
    • Stolen Idols

    and much more, including several DJs, live acts, a fashion show by Black Cat Bikinis, and The Superions featuring Fred Schneider of the B-52s. Yeah.

    There’s also a walking tour of the MCM area surrounding the event’s headquarters, the New Yorker Boutique Hotel, a recently renovated, original MiMo motel on Biscayne Boulevard. (What the hell is a boutique hotel, you ask? It’s an old motel that’s been transformed into something a little cooler, dig?)

    The Hotel New Yorker

    The New Yorker Boutique Hotel

    “MiMo”, or Miami Modern, is a fairly recent term coined to fit the style of mid-century architecture and design that it so specific to South Florida. (Back in the old days we used to refer to it as Florida Deco, or Miami Deco). The style incorporates much of the mid-century modern styles popular in California and the shore towns of the north east (i.e., Wildwood, NJ) with Art Deco and Spanish influences. Let’s face it, nothing screams Deco or MCM like a pink hotel on the beach with palm trees and a turquoise ’56 T-bird in front, with Exotica music playing in the background and a beautiful chick in a sarong serving Zombies and Cuba Libres. You hip?

    So if you’re in town this weekend, take the wheel of your automobile and swing on down to Mod Miami. I’ll see you kats and kittens there Saturday night.

    -Tiki Chris reporting from the beach, across from a row of Art Deco hotels in Miami, Florida

  • Guys and Dolls, 1955 for Mod Movie Monday!

    Posted on January 31st, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    guys-and-dolls-movie-posterI figured we’d take a little break this week from Noir Movie Monday and get back to the colorful stuff. And dare ain’t no movie more fulla collah den

    Guys and Dolls

    from 1955, starring Frank Sinatra, Marlin Brando, Jean Simmons and Vivian Blaine.

    Without a doubt this flick ranks in my all-time top favorites. The crazy characters, the oddball accents, the music, the floating craps game, the hats, the dolls…there ain’t nothin’ about this movie I don’t fully enjoy with a capital “E”, see?

    This was one of the first (good) movies to use non-musical talent (Brando, Simmons) in a musical. Surrounded by actual singers (Sinatra, Blaine), the two leads pulled it off pretty well and paved the way for later musicals to star non-musical talent (all the way up to 2002’s Chicago, forcing notes out of Renne Zellweger, Cathrine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere).guysanddolls-frank-vivian

    The story, adapted from Damon Runyon’s original short story, is about a collection of gamblers, showgirls, Salvation Army workers and other fringe characters inhabiting the nights of New York City around 1950. Two gamblers in particular, Nathan Detroit (Sinatra) and Sky Masterson (Brando) are focused upon as Detroit tries to find a new venue for his famous floating craps game. A “chance” meeting over cheesecake has Detroit attempting to con Masterson out of some dough in the hopes of using said dough to bribe a certain garage owner to allow the dice to roll. Masterson, a sharp character, sees through this rouse and tells Nathan no dice. He does however boast to Detroit that he can take any doll, no matter how pretty, to Havana for the weekend. Nathan accepts this challenge and the game is on.

    As usual, I won’t give away any of the fun stuff in case you haven’t seen the flick. Let’s just say that great music, funny lines and people who speak in the vernacular of the above said paragraph are what you will find in this charming and thoroughly swinging film.

    guys-dolls-marlonFood & Booze: These guys are deli-style eaters from the city. Try making these stupendous roast & corned beef sandwiches, nicknamed

    The Runyon Special

    Pile it up in this order:

    • Thick slice pumpernickle/rye swirl bread
    with deli-style spicy mustard
    • Lettuce
    • Munster cheese
    • Thick tomato slices
    • Roast beef
    • Thick slice pumpernickle/rye swirl bread with deli-style spicy mustard on one side,
    Thousand Island dressing on the other
    • Corned beef
    • Sweet chopped coleslaw
    • Swiss cheese
    • Tomato
    • Thick slice pumpernickle/rye swirl bread with Thousand Island dressing

    Cut this triple-decker in half, top with green olives on toothpicks and side with chips, more slaw and kosher pickle. For dessert, cheesecake (or strudel).

    The drink: Dolce de Leche, Cubana style

    (According to Sky Masterson, “Dolce de Leche” means “Sweet of Milk”. It’s a kind of milk shake made with Bacardi…but just enough to act as a preservative. Here’s the modernized version of this classic cocktail)

    1 oz Bacardi Silver
    1/2 oz Godiva Mocha Liquor (or chocolate liquor, or even Kahluha will work)
    1/2 oz sweetened condensed milk

    Shake it all up in a shaker with ice and strain, preferably into a coconut. Top with shaved chocolate and a pinch of cinnamon.

    Here’s the opening sequence with “Can Do”. See you at the races, kids!

    -Chris “Mack the Knife” Pinto reporting from the starting gate. They’re off!

  • If you dig Facebook, drop by The Retro Tiki Lounge

    Posted on January 5th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    retro-tiki-loungeSome of you swingers may not know that Tiki Lounge Talk has an official Facebook fan page, The Retro Tiki Lounge. There you’ll find daily posts of kool pix, jazzy videos, swanky Tiki stuff, cocktail recipes, kool music, krazy stories and more. Kool kats & kittens even post info on swingin’ retro/vintage style and Tiki events, bands, stuff to buy, etc. etc. There’s a lot going on there every bright, with much more swag than I can fit here at the Tiki Lounge, so swing on down to The Retro Tiki Lounge on FB for a double shot of Tiki & Retro fun. Can you dig it? I knew that you could;)facebooktlt

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from the Retro Tiki Lounge on Facebook.

  • Looking for a Fun Tiki Party for New Year’s Eve? If you’re in California, go to Don The Beachcomber’s Waitiki!

    Posted on December 4th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    If I weren’t 3000 miles away at the other end of the country, I’d probably be swinging down to Huntington Beach todons_home

    Don the Beachcomber Presents WAITIKI
    A Festival of Music and Cocktails
    December 29 – 30 – 31, 2010

    Being a Floridian, I’ve never been to Don the Beachcomber’s (Haven’t even been to CA yet, can you dig it?) but I can tell you, they come very highly recommended. And with the music of the WAITIKI 7, I have a feeling this is going to be one swingin’ shindig. Here’s the lineup:

    Wednesday, December 29
    “The Jazz Sides of Exotica”
    with the classic WAITIKI Quartet.

    Thursday, December 30
    “Coronation of the Voodoo Masters”
    The WAITIKI 7 with Robert Drasnin & Sherry Shaoling

    Friday December 31 New Years’s Eve
    “The New Sounds of Exotica”
    The WAITIKI 7 with Combustible Edison Alums
    Brother Cleve and The Millionaire

    You can buy tickets separately for each event. For more info, visit the website at

    Here’s the WAITIKI 7 with “Rendezvous in Okonkuluku (a.k.a. ‘Das Knaben Wundertiki’)

    -Tiki Chris Pinto reporting from poolside at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar

  • The Manhattan: Weekend Cocktails at the Tiki Bar

    Posted on July 9th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    tiki-bar-drinksReady for the weekend kids? We sure are at the Tiki Bar! Since out last post was on some sophisticated Latin Jazz, lets Jazz the weekend up with some sophisticated cocktails…

    The typical Manhattan calls for rye whiskey and sweet vermouth. Here are two twists on the original:

    Bourbon Manhattan

    3/4 oz sweet vermouth
    2 1/2 oz good bourbon whiskey (I’d go with Maker’s Mark)
    1 dash bitters
    1 maraschino cherry
    1 twist orange peel

    Pour the booze and bitters over the rocks and stir gently. Add the Cherry; twist the orange into the drink and ditch the peel. A little sweeter and smoother than the traditional drink.

    The Manhattan Cocktail. Old-style is served in a rocks glass.

    The Manhattan Cocktail. Old-style is served in a rocks glass.

    Southern Comfort Manhattan

    1 1/2 oz. Southern Comfort
    1/2 oz dry vermouth
    dash bitters

    Stir with cracked ice, strain into a glass (also good on the rocks). Drop in the cherry and you’re good to go with a ’60s style cocktail that will make the southern belles melt.

    Either of these splashes would be a great accompaniment to the sultry tunes presented in our previous post.

    -Tiki Chris reporting from the Tiki Bar