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  • “Murder Under The Boards: The Atlantic City Paranormal Mystery” by Christopher Pinto now available!

    Posted on May 14th, 2013 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    Murder Under The Boards by Christopher Pinto now available

    Murder Under The Boards by Christopher Pinto now available

    ATTENTION MID-CENTURY NOIR MYSTERY LOVERS!

    It’s here: The third novel in the Detective Bill Riggins series, “Murder Under The Boards: The Atlantic City Paranormal Mystery” by author Christopher Pinto (that’s me) is now available in print and for Kindle download at Amazon.com!

    For those of you who follow my books, you’ll be thrilled by this new supernatural noir adventure featuring our intrepid NYC cop, Lieutenant Detective Bill Riggins. In this book, which takes place in 1957 with flashbacks to the 20s and flash-forwards to 1982, Riggins finds himself staying at the world famous Marlborough-Blenheim hotel in Atlantic City, NJ. It’s only a matter of hours before he encounters a ghostly apparition in his room…and finds out one of his best friends from childhood has been murdered in cold blood under the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

    Fast cars, cool jazz, hot dames, steamy summer nights,  a serial killer, a secret network and more ghosts than Hackney’s has lobsters, “Murder Under The Boards” is the perfect book for people who dig the mid-century scene. From the world famous Steel Pier to Lucy the Margate Elephant, this book is packed with cool and fun stuff from Atlantic City’s colorful past.

    Available through Amazon.com for Kindle for only $3.99, this 300-page book will keep you guessing till the last sentence! Print version also available to Tiki Lounge Talk readers at a 10% discount. Visit www.StarDustMysteries.com for more details and buying options.

  • Vintage Drink Recipe: The Asbury Park Cocktail

    Posted on September 28th, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    time-for-cocktailsNot so much a “Tiki” drink as I usually post, this recipe is in honor of the Asbury Park Boardwalk’s Weekend Tiki Festival going on right now in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

    The Asbury Park Cocktail

    I couldn’t find much info on where this drink originated, although by the ingredients, I’d have to guess it’s a mid-20th century concoction, maybe leaning closer to the 1930s. It’s a simple recipe that’s perfect for this time of year.asbury_park

    1 1/2 oz brandy
    1/2 oz apple brandy
    1/2 oz sweet vermouth
    Shake over rocks, strain into a Martini glass. Serve straight up; Optionally garnish with a slice of fresh red apple and cinnamon stick. To make it more of a “Tiki” drink, serve it in a Tiki mug!
    -Tiki Chris reporting from behind the bar at Tiki Lounge Talk
  • Vintage Tiki Found: Photo from the Hawaiian Cottage, Cherry Hill NJ, 1963

    Posted on November 15th, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 17 comments

    The Hawaiian Cottage, 1963. On right, Charlie & Sabina Pinto. On left, Charlie Porco & Connie Petroni
    The Hawaiian Cottage, 1963. On left, Charlie & Sabina Pinto. On right, Charlie Porco & Connie Petroni (Porco)

    While looking through some of my old man’s old junk, I found a treasure that I forgot existed. A photo of my Mother, Father, Aunt and Uncle taken at the world-famous Hawaiian Cottage back in the golden era of Tiki Bars, 1963. This was one of those photos where a cute girl would go table to table snapping pix, and have them framed and ready for you when the floor show was over and you were ready to split.

    The Hawaiian Cottage was built in the late 1930’s, and featured dining rooms and a gift shop under unique coconut and pineapple roofs, Pacific island decor, and nightly entertainment. As the brochure promised, “you receive the impression of actually being in Hawaii.”

    You gotta admit, from the hairstyles to the clothes, this photo just reeks of the 60’s. Unfortunately for us, the Hawaiian Cottage met the same demise as so many of our favorite destination…it burnt down in 1978, taking 40 years of history with it. From what I hear there’s a useless, cookie-cutter chain restaurant on the site now. Maybe someday things will change for the better, and when the cookie cutters burn down, they’ll build more Tiki Bars. (Well I can dream, can’t I?)

    The Hawaiian Cottage, 1963
    The Hawaiian Cottage, 1963
    Back of Hawaiian Cottage Photo Frame
    Back of Hawaiian Cottage Photo Frame

    Inside flap of Hawaiian Cottage Photo Frame
    Inside flap of Hawaiian Cottage Photo Frame
    Post Card, Hawaiian Cottage Dining Room
    Post Card, Hawaiian Cottage Dining Room

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    Thank you to Mod Betty at Retro Roadmap for turning us on to this Hawaiian Cottage T-shirt available at Vintage Roadside. Very kool fellas!