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  • Jazz Appreciation Month, April Fools and Your Weekend Tiki Cocktail, The Stinger

    Posted on April 2nd, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    Duke Ellington's Orchestra

    Duke Ellington's Orchestra

    Here ye, Here ye, utmost Jazz-appreciating hipsters and hipsterettes; knock your lobes to the groove I’m layin’ down on you, as this is

    Jazz Appreciation Month,

    The 30 days on the calendar when you can truly appreciate good music.

    Huh?

    Ok, what we’ve really got here is a month dedicated to all the swingin’ kats, past and present, who’ve taken a tune and bent it into one of America’s true original styles of music. It’s to remind us of some of the great tunes and players we may have forgotten, and to let the younger kids get hip to the swing…because as the Master himself said, It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing.

    The Stinger

    The Stinger

    To go along with your appreciation of Jazz, here’s one of the cocktails I find to be perfect to sip tunes by.

    The Stinger.

    Short and to the point. Not a fancy Tiki cocktail, not a pretentious apple Martini, just..The Stinger.

    1 1/2 oz good quality Brandy (I prefer Courvoisier)
    1/2 oz White Creme de Menthe

    This seems simple but like all true cocktails, it must be built with care. Too much Brandy and it will taste dull and lifeless. Too much Creme de Methe and you’ll have a sickeningly sweet drink that tastes like a candy cane. Don’t use Green Creme de Menthe…that’s for Grasshoppers and ice cream parfaits.

    This is the wrong kind of stinger.

    This is the wrong kind of stinger.

    Add the booze to a shaker with ice and shake. Serve straight up in an old fashioned glass, or on the rocks (I prefer rocks). No garnish. This is the kind of drink you sip when sitting in a basement bar in the Village, listening to some kats wailing on a pipehorn or banging the keys to some smooth, east coast Jazz. Asking for a Courvoisier Stinger in a jazz club like that will get you a lot of respect from the bartender and a real shot at the brunette with the peakaboo haircut and the four inch stilettos (assuming you travel in a time machine back to 1955).

    More Jazz

    When I first started this B-Lounge I added a Jazz 101 page for kats and kittens who wanted to learn a little more about the greatest music on Earth, but didn’t know where to start. Check it out just for fun here. There’s also a suggested playlist of some of the greatest jazz and swing tunes ever recorded…not a comprehensive list by any means, but a good start for people who want to dig it.

    Peter Gunn, 1957

    Peter Gunn, 1957

    I’ll post a few spotlights on Jazz musicians this month, so stay tuned, kids.

    -Tiki “Zoot” Pinto reporting from the sound booth at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar, Florida

  • MAD MEN Season Five…where are you?

    Posted on January 2nd, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    madmenspreadIt’s Sunday, and as happens every Sunday my Martini alert goes off in my head and I start thinking about Mad Men. So I looked up the schedule for season five on the AMC website…and it’s blank.

    Yeah, blank. A big ole’ gray block of nothing where the schedule should be. That means one of two things: Either my computer is on the fritz and not showing the page right, or AMC hasn’t decided on when they’ll be airing the show. Now, according to the AMC Mad Men blog, Breaking Bad has been pushed off from a Spring, 2011 to a summer premier. That has people speculating that Mad Men won’t be shown until the fall.

    The fall? Aw, man, what a drag that would be, ya dig? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what transpires.

    On that note, I must say I’m a little let down that the series has progressed so quickly in its time frame. Not to say I’m not still digging it, but the mid to late 60s is not nearly as kool an era (to me personally) than the 50s-early 60s. To me, personally, the late 60s is when the whole era of kool really disappeared in favor of acid rock, wide ties and social destruction. Oh, certainly a lot of good came out of the chaos; the true beginning of civil rights for all Americans, the eventual end of the Vietnam war, and the Mod movement…but to me, and probably many of you, that era just doesn’t hold the true swank of the Rat Pack/Cocktail set days. But I’ll still watch the show.

    If any of you kats & kittens hear anything through the pipeline on when Mad Men is going to air, please drop me a line.

    -Tiki Chris P, reporting from the cocktail lounge

  • Mod Movie Monday: The Wizard of Oz, 1939

    Posted on November 22nd, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 3 comments

    oz_posterI think we’d be hard-pressed to find anyone over the age of 12 who hasn’t seen (and loved) The Wizard of Oz. So this week’s Mod Movie Monday isn’t really a recommendation for something you’ve probably already seen, it’s a celebration of one of our favorite movies of all time. Dig some trivia, a story or two, and some groovy pix and video here at Tiki Lounge Talk. From 1939, here’s one of our top favorites,

    The Wizard of Oz

    Back in the old days, ya know, the 70’s, when there were only three networks and a few UHF stations on the tube, TV stations would show old movies just once a year, and they’d make a big deal about it (remember?). Every Thanksgiving my parents would drive us up to Philly to have a giant Italian Thanksgiving dinner with our giant Italian family. Football would be on the TV in living room until eight o’clock, when my uncles would be shooed away to the upstairs bedroom so the rest of us could watch that spectacular of spectaculars, The Wizard of Oz.

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  • Mod (Retro) Movie Monday: Speed Racer, 2008. Wait, what?

    Posted on November 15th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    speed-racer-movie-psp-wallpaper2008? Ain’t that too new to be played at the Tiki Bar?

    Well kids, this flick is actually bursting with nostalgia, retro-ness, and mod-a-ramic moods. It’s not just a kid’s flick based on the cartoon we all loved once upon a time – it’s a sort of a time capsule, throwing period stuff at us that will have you saying, “I remember that! We had one of those!” Here’s

    Speed Racer, 2008

    Let’s start, of course, with the car. A full-scale, drivable model of the original Mach 5 from the cartoon is featured in scene after scene. It’s unbelievable. It even has the push-buttons in the steering wheel, and the shark fins on the back fenders. Then there’s Speed’s family’s house. A cartoon-stylized mid-century modern-palooza, the interior of the house crams in everything from big flower patterns to bamboo to star clocks and bright, mod colors. And the outside – well, it looks like it would be on a 1950’s Plasticville train platform, for real. It’s a dream house for kats like us.

    Tell me you wouldn't live here if you could?

    Tell me you wouldn't live here if you could?

    Then there are the race tracks that Speed Racer flies around on. It didn’t take me long to realize these CGI tracks and cars are, in fact, based on the slotless slot-car tracks from the late 70s-80s (also incorporated into the video game).  You remember, the ones where you could cross lanes and knock other cars off the track…yeah, the do that in the movie.

    The clothes are kind of kookie too, reminding me of the Roaring 20’s revival of the late 60s-early 70s (I still have a few suits from that era that belonged to my Uncle in Philly). Sure, the movie is all CGI backgrounds and most was filmed on a green screen, but let me tell you the effect is A-OK.

    I always wanted a Mach 5. Maybe I'll build one myself.

    I always wanted a Mach 5. Maybe I'll build one myself.

    But what about the movie? Is it any good? Well, that’s going to have to be for you to decide. I dug it, a lot. To see that car and those characters come to life was enough for me. I don’t even know if the acting and writing was any good or not, honestly. The visuals had me from the minute it started. The visuals, and the theme song, of course. Some people dig it. Some think it’s stupid. Some think it’s ok. Whatever, it’s worth $3 to rent it just to see that car come to life.

    Food & Booze: There is a big to-do about pancakes, and of course Spridel & Chim Chim eat as much candy as they can get their hands on. So pancakes and candy for dinner. No? Hmmm. Well, since the original cartoon was from Japan, how about some Japanese food? You’re right, I don’t eat sushi. Ok, then let’s go with something sort of in between. A California Salad with bright, red cherry tomatoes and yellow peppers, chicken satay over white rice, and blueberry pie for dessert. At least the colors will match the movie. For booze – How about a

    Mach 5 Shooter

    1/2 oz. 151 Proof Rum
    1/2 oz. Crown Royal
    1/2 oz. Goldschlager
    1/2 oz. Jagermeister
    1/2 oz. RumpleMinze

    Layer and drink it down fast. This doesn’t sound like the tastiest drink, but I’ll bet it will knock you on your ass faster than five times the speed of sound!speed-racer-kitchen

    One more thing: I think Racer X might secretly be Speed Racer’s older brother. But I’m not sure. Maybe you can solve the mystery.

    -Tiki Chris P reporting from the garage next to the Tiki Bar at Tiki Lounge Talk, the swingin’ pad for mod-men and kookie kitties.

    speedracer-oldHey! Since you’ve come this far, here’s a couple’a video for you…

    The Movie Trailer…

    And the original opening from the Cartoon…

  • Your Friday Tiki Bar Cocktail: The Stars & Stripes

    Posted on November 12th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    stars-and-stripes-feature

    The Stars & Stripes Cocktail At Fabulous-Cocktail-Recipes.com

    Since yesterday was Veterans Day, I thought it would be kool beans to do a little patriotic concoction this week. Now, I haven’t tried this cocktail yet, but it looks good and seems like it would be pretty tasty if you like your drinks sweet, so here’s

    The Stars & Stripes Cocktail

    for your weekend Tiki Bar pleasure.

    I found this recipe on Fabulous Cocktail Recipes, a fun site with a retro-cocktail party feel. Check them out!

    “Start with shot glass and pour 1/2 oz of Grenadine for the bottom layer. Using a bar spoon, float 1/2 oz of Blue Curacao for the middle layer. Wipe down the spoon and then use it to float 1/2 oz of Heavy Cream for the top layer. Sing the Star Spangled Banner and serve!” (Click here to see the actual post on Fabulous Cocktail Recipes).stars-and-stripes-tiki

    Of course I can’t leave well enough alone, and had to turn it into a Tiki Drink!

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from the Tiki Bar at Tiki Lounge Talk, the Tiki Blog For Tiki Fans. (Wow, that’s a lot of Tiki!)