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  • Tiki Cocktails & Kool Ideas for Labor Day Weekend!

    Posted on September 3rd, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    How about this cheesey, '80s-retro-style diner sign I made? As if it were in a diner in the 1980s that was trying to look like it was from the 1950s. All it needs is Cheap Trick playing Don't Be Cruel.

    How about this cheesey, '80s-retro-style diner sign I made? As if it were in a diner in the 1980s that was trying to look like it was from the 1950s. All it needs is Cheap Trick playing Don't Be Cruel.

    Happy Labor Day, Swingers!

    With the three-day weekend ahead I thought I’d throw in a few good old drink recipes and party ideas to make things a little more fun. Sure, Labor Day is all about Barbecues and beer for most people, but for us swingin’ Kats & Kitties, we need something a little hipper. So here goes…

    Tropical Mellon Ball Cocktails

    2 oz. Coconut Rum
    2 oz. Midori Liquor
    1/2 oz. Sour Mix

    Throw it all in a shaker with rocks and shake it up good. Strain over cracked ice in a hurricane glass or Tiki mug, and garnish with an orange slice and a cherry on one of those little plastic swords. Add an umbrella and a flamingo swizzle stick and viola!

    watermelon-martini Watermelon Martini

    8 oz watermelon juice (press watermelon through a sieve or cheesecloth)
    4 oz Vodka
    2 ozsimple syrup
    juice of 1 lime
    3 tablespoons salt
    3 tablespoons sugar
    Watermelon slices

    Rim: Mix together the sugar and salt, then wet the rim of a chilled martini glass with a piece of watermelon. Dip the rim into the mix.

    Throw the watermelon juice, vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup into a shaker with ice and give it a good rattle. Strain it into  the martini glasses and garnish with a hunk of watermelon. Oh, yeah!

    Perfectly Grilled Hound Dogs

    To do this right you’re going to have to find a butcher or a deli that sells Quarter Pound Hounds…jumbo all-beef hot dogs that blow away anything you’ll find in a plastic package. If you can’t, next best thing is Ball Park all-beef (or Angus), or Sabrett’s.hotdogparty

    Prep: Boil the dogs for about five to eight minutes in beer – Miller High Life or Pabst Blue Ribbon, to stick to tradition. This cooks them all the way through and infuses a nice lazy hazy crazy days of summer beer taste.

    Grill: First of all, you can’t BBQ retro with a gas grill. No Patio Daddy-O is going allow propane in his back yard, so get charcoal and hickory wood chips like a real man. Soak the chips in water for at least an hour. Get the coals burning and when they ash over, place some wood chips on top and watch them start smoking. Put the hounds on the grill and let them smoke for a few minutes, turning so they don’t burn. Take ’em off when they start to turn dark brown (if you like them blackened like my lovely wife does, leave them on a little longer. They’ll char up nice).

    Serve: Don’t skimp on buns. Get good quality dog buns, fresh if possible. Potato rolls are great too. Add your choice of condiments (but not ketchup, dammit) and enjoy yourself. Personally I like spicy mustard, sweet relish, a little onion and occasionally kraut on my dogs.

    Mix it up: A variation on this is to add a little hickory BBQ sauce to the dogs, if you dig it. Also you can add some chili to make the most incredible chili dogs you’ve ever tasted.

    Sabina's South Philly Macaroni Salad

    Sabina's South Philly Macaroni Salad

    Old Fashioned South Philly Style Macaroni Salad

    You don’t have to be a whiz in the kitch to pull off this recipe. Click here for the post.

    Sweet Tropical Fruit Dessert

    I got this recipe from a kid’s cookbook when I was about eight. It’s easy to make and fun to eat, and goes perfectly with a Tiki-style party of any kind. Just layer these ingredients (in this order) in a rectangular pan or tupperware:

    Sweetened Shredded Coconut
    Orange Slices
    Apple Slices
    Dark Chocolate Chips
    Sweetened Shredded Coconut
    Banana Slices
    Dark Chocolate Chips

    Top off with Pineapple chunks and decorate with little Tiki toothpick flags, or whatever you have. Serve it chilled. It’s sweet, but sooooo good. If you want to kick it up a little, drizzle some Kaluha over each serving. Uhhh-huh.

    labor-day-luauAnd Of Course…

    Have A Labor Day Luau!

    Click Here for my post on having a groovy tropical Labor Day Luau the easy way. Great for you kids that dig Tiki but don’t have your home devoted to it.

    Well kids, I hope some of you get a kick out of the stuff I’ve posted here. It will probably be raining here all weekend (Hurricane Earl’s kickback) so we’ll probably hit Machete at the movies and stay inside…or at the Tiki Bar under the lanai, at least.

    -Happy Labor Day Weekend from Tiki Chris and the staff at Tiki Lounge Talk: Colleen, Tiki the Cat, Cat the Cat, Rio & Zack (the Parrots), Simon & Sidney (the Cockatiels), and our temps Lucy, Faith, Betsey, Merry, Lila, Fry & Amy.

  • The Mermaids Swim Again…Wreck Bar, Yankee Clipper, Fort Lauderdale

    Posted on January 29th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    mermaid-2After an extensive remodeling, the Sheraton Yankee Clipper in Fort Lauderdale is open and the Wreck Bar is in full swing! (I haven’t been there yet, but I hear it’s been preserved as original). Well I’ll know for sure tonight, because a bunch of Tiki friends and I will be swinging by tonight to watch the Mermaids swim again!

    When Sheraton announced plans to remodel the old Yankee Clipper (and give it the dumb, dull, corporate, generic name “Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel”) everyone thought that would be the end of the historic Wreck Bar. Well, from what I hear someone had enough brains to keep it intact.

    The Wreck Bar at the Yankee Clipper

    The Wreck Bar at the Yankee Clipper

    The Wreck Bar features windows that look out into the pool, giving patrons a view of the swimmers. Underwater dancing Mermaids have been a popular attraction for years, and our favorite Mermaid, Medusirena, will be headlining the swim tonight.

    If you’re in the Fort Lauderdale area come on by and join us for a Mai Tai. Show starts at 6:30!

    -Mermaids at the Wreck Bar, Tiki Chris @ Tiki Lounge Talk, the Tiki Blog for hip swingers and Tikiphiles.

  • Hukilau 2010! June 11-13 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Posted on January 14th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 3 comments

    hukilauWell kids, there’s not much to say about the most intimate Tiki event in the world that they don’t do a great job of saying on their website:

    So I’ll just tell you if you’re into the Tiki Lifestyle, dig Tiki Art, swing to Exotica music, love Tiki drinks and have a thing for hot chicks doing Polynesian dances, you’ve got to hop a rail and get yourself down to Fort Liquordale, Florida this June.

    If you’ve ever been to a Tiki event, you know how much fun this can be.

    For those of you who are saying “what the hell is a Huki-whatsis?”: The Hukilau is a weekend of crazy people celebrating all things Tiki. There are Tiki idols, Tiki music, Tiki art, Tiki mugs, Tiki Ti-shirts, and of course Tiki Bars. Have I said “Tiki” enough yet? You catch my drift, right?

    Colleen at the Hukilau 2009. That's not me next to her.

    Colleen at the Hukilau 2009. That's not me next to her.

    There will be tons of great performers like  The Bikini Beachcombers and King Kukulele. And of course, South Florida’s favorite underwater bombshell, Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid will be showing of her fabulous dancing and aquatic skills.

    mai-kai-at-nightBut one of the things that really sets this Tiki Life event apart from all the others is the inclusion of the world-famous Mai Kai Tiki Bar & Restaurant, a Fort Lauderdale landmark since 1956. It’s one of the few remaining original Tiki bars from the golden era of Poly Pop, and has stood the tests of time, hurricanes and changing fads to take its place as one of, if not the top, Tiki bars in the world. When you go, make sure you take a stroll through the tropical garden.

    If all goes well (and the banking industry doesn’t turn America into a desert) we’ll be attending all three days. Hopefully we’ll see some of you retro-kats and swingin-kittens there! Come up and say hello to us…I’ll be the guy in the Hawaiian shirt.

    For more info on the event, to book tickets online and to arrange for a motel click the Hukilau link above. You can also join their facebook fanpage by clicking the words in the pretty color.

    Mahalos! See you in June!