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  • It’s time for The Hukilau 2011!

    Posted on June 8th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 4 comments
    Me, our friend Molly and my wife Colleen at the Mai Kai Saturday Night.

    Me, our friend Molly and my wife Colleen at the Mai Kai during The Hukilau 2010. I think that was Mai Tai number six.

    That’s right kids, the big event is happening THIS WEEK…and it’s the 10th anniversary of The Hukilau, too!

    PROOF that SoCal doesn’t have the monopoly on the koolest of koolness. The Hukilau in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is the east coast answer to the Tiki revival!

    This year promises to be a truly swingin’ event, with more music, art, drinks and fun than ever. Wahini Colleeni and I have booked a room at the Bahia Mar, where much of the action is taking place, so we can have ALL the fun! So if any of you reading this are making it down to Fort Lauderdale this weekend, look for us!

    Some of the highlights of this year’s Hukilau include:

    • A “Rumposium” by cocktail-slinger extraordinaire Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, held at the world famous Mai-Kai
    • The Tiki Treasure Bazaar featuring 40 of the koolest Tiki and Vintage sellers around
    • TONS of entertainment including performances by The Intoxicators!, The Tikiyaki Orchestra, Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid, Grinder Nova, The Exotics, The Fishermen, DJ’s Lounge Laura Taylor & Drew Farmer, DJ’s Jack Fetterman and Gina of the Jungle and more all emceed by our old pal King Kukulele.
    • Appearances/symposiums by Ian Burrell, Martin Cate, Wayne Curtis, Stephen Remsberg, Kevin Kidney & Jody Daily, Dick Dale, Vintage Roadside’s “Beautiful Girls That Live Like Fish!”, Paul Roe’s “Hawaii – Sailors, Sex and the Birth of Old School Tattoos”, Harold Golen Gallery of Miami and more
    • The Hukilau Master Mixologist Challenge
    • PARTIES PARTIES PARTIES
    • And maybe a few surprises…

    Stolen Idols at The Hukilau 2010

    Stolen Idols at The Hukilau 2010

    The Mai-Kai dinner show and some of the symposiums are already sold out, but there’s still plenty of elbow room at the parties. For a complete line up of entertainment and the schedule, visit The Hukilau website.

    Aloha kids, see you in Fort Lauderdale!

    -Tiki Chris reporting from the beach in front of the Yankee Clipper, Fort Lauderdale

  • Weekend Tiki Cocktail: Singapore Sling; Wreck Bar Tonight

    Posted on August 6th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 4 comments

    tiki-bar-drinksAnother great summer drink for your Tiki Bar is an old favorite…

    The Singapore Sling

    Even the name of this bright red cocktail evokes the essence of exotic, taking you to mysterious, far-away places without leaving your bar stool. Developed at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore around the turn of the century, a modified version of the original is still served there today.singapore-sling

    Here’s the old fashioned version of the recipe, from back in the days when sophisticated cocktails meant sophisticated ingredients:

    2 oz gin
    3/4 oz Cherry Heering
    2 tsp Benedictine
    2 tsp Cointreau
    2 oz pineapple juice
    3/4 oz fresh lime juice
    2 dashes pomegranate grenadine
    1 dash Angostura bitters
    Soda water
    Maraschino cherry
    Pineapple wedge
    Orange wheel

    Throw together everything except the soda and garnish in a shaker. (If you’re not sure which ingredients are the garnish, please put down the shaker and ask an adult to supervise.) Shake it up,and strain into a hurricane or highball glass with a few rocks of ice. Top it off with a splash soda water. Garnish with a cherry, a pineapple slice, and orange skewered on one of those little plastic pirate swords.

    The Raffels Hotel in Singapore, Birthplace of the Singapore Sling

    The Raffels Hotel in Singapore, Birthplace of the Singapore Sling

    This less interesting but still very groovy tasting alternative is much more popular today, and a hell of a lot easier to concoct. Generally if you order a sling today, you’ll get a nice red gin drink. It’s good stuff.

    1 dash  Cherry Liqueur
    4 oz  Club Soda
    1 oz  Gin
    0.5 oz  Grenadine
    0  cracked Ice
    0  cubes Ice
    2 oz  bottled Sour mix

    Toss everything into the shaker except the soda and ice cubes and shake, shake, shake Senora. Strain over the rocks in a hurricane glass and ad the soda. Then garnish as above. Make sure you use the pirate sword or it’s not a sling. A little plastic monkey or mermaid on the side of the glass is an added bonus.

    Speaking of Mermaids…

    Mermaids at the Wreck Bar Tonight, 6:15pm, Fort Lauderdale Yankee Clipper Hotel

    Mermaids at the Wreck Bar, Yankee Clipper

    Mermaids at the Wreck Bar, Yankee Clipper

    We’ll be sipping Singapore Slings at the Wreck Bar tonight as we watch the enchanting Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid and her pod of sea lovelies swimming it up in the hotel pool. It’s always fun to watch the mermaids do their underwater antics. If you’re Fort Lauderdale, stop on by!

    -Tiki Chris Pinto reporting from behind the bar at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar, in the kool little corner of my lanai.

  • 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.

  • Farewell to the Mermaids at The Wreck Bar, Yankee Clipper Fort Lauderdale

    Posted on May 31st, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 3 comments
    The Yankee Clipper in Fort Lauderdale

    The Yankee Clipper in Fort Lauderdale

    On Friday, May 29, I had the opportunity to see what is possibly the last Mermaid Show at the Sheraton Yankee Clipper Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I, my wife Colleen, and Captain Steve set sail for (ok, we drove to) Fort Lauderdale Beach just to see the show.

    The hotel, famous for being built in the shape of a cruise ship, is scheduled for a total “gutting” and renovation this summer, along with the world-famous Wreck Bar and its Mermaid show. It’s unclear if the Wreck Bar will survive the transformation, and if it does, whether the Mermaids will be back.

    The Wreck Bar was featured in the movies Where the Boys Are and Analyze This, with the beautiful swimming mermaids visible through the glass windows to the swimming pool. Hopefully the corporate bobble-heads that run the Sheraton will realize they have a responsibility to preserving, at least in some capacity, one of the landmarks that made Fort Lauderdale worth visiting to begin with.

    wreckbarglassesthumbnailThe Mermaid show was packed…we couldn’t get near the windows, or even get a seat. Surprisingly there were lots of kids there to watch the pretty mermaids. (Yes, kids in a bar. But their parents were spending money, Sheraton!)  The ladies performed for about an hour, and then without any ceremony simply waved goodbye and swam away.

    The bar itself was nothing like it looked in old photos. Apparently a lot of the old decor has been removed, possibly by employees taking souvenirs of the bar before the wrecking crew…wrecks…the Wreck Bar.

    she664re23791_mdHere are some photos from the Wreck Bar. I tried to get more but there were just too many people in front of me! It’s sad to think that something so very kool that survived 50 years of changing trends might disappear to be replaced by a common chain restaurant or “trendy” martini bar. Sheraton people, if you’re reading this…we have enough of that junk. Keep the Wreck Bar, retro is in, baby!

    (Click on each photo to enlarge)

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