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Martiki is a Trader Vic's Bartender!
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Joined: Aug 01, 2004
Posts: 530
From: Enchanted Bay Area, CA
Posted: 2005-09-19 6:49 pm   Permalink

This is fabulous news!
If your biggest pain in the butt at work is core to order pineapples and origami napkins, you've reached tiki work heaven.

Trader Vic's SF just got 100 times cooler than Emeryville!

Congratulations on getting a job you love to do!

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Doctor Z
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Joined: Aug 01, 2002
Posts: 1617
From: The Hale Moana Lounge, Torrance, CA
Posted: 2005-09-19 7:23 pm   Permalink

Ahhhh... at last I'll be able to walk into a TV's, saunter up to the bar, order a Mai Tai and get a real one without having to remember that damn code! (Lessee - was that "classic"? Or was it "old style"? How 'bout "California"? Aww hell, just have the new guy make it - he knows what I want!)

Maximum respect to the one, true "Mixologist Emeritus"!!

Purveyor of
Doctor Z’s 'Not-Quite-Patented' Hangover Remedy
“Sworn BY, not sworn AT”
Ask for it by name!

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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
Posts: 5859
From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2005-09-19 10:42 pm   Permalink

When I walked in, my first impression was that the “Wild Martini” was crashing the back bar to make his own drink, and I would witness two security guards escorting him out. To my content, he was part of the TV cast.
You’re the man Martin!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 249
From: Oceanside Ca
Posted: 2005-09-19 11:15 pm   Permalink

I'll have what he's having.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 14, 2004
Posts: 4284
From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2005-09-20 12:26 am   Permalink

Im gettin thirsty just readin this...

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 17, 2003
Posts: 1287
From: Andover, England
Posted: 2005-09-20 04:18 am   Permalink

Congratulations Martiki, sounds like every customer's gonna be a winner now!


On 2005-09-18 12:42, martiki wrote:
Thanks all again!

(Seriously, we play with a lot of rum combos- and my fellow bartender Lars turned me on to Mai Tais with Zaya and Pusser's. Try it!)

hey I was fixing up some Mai Tai's a couple of weeks ago and used Appleton V/X and Pusser's. They were very good!


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Urban Tiki
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Joined: Aug 18, 2004
Posts: 529
From: The Tropical Isle of Manhattan
Posted: 2005-09-20 08:35 am   Permalink

I've never had the pleasure of sampling your creations, but I think it is great when one turns an avocation into a vocation. I wish you all the best with your new career and look forward to enjoying the fruits (particularly the limes) of your labor when I get to the Bay area.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Feb 15, 2003
Posts: 3006
From: San Diego, Ca.
Posted: 2005-09-20 09:04 am   Permalink

Martin, if we we fax you our orders will you overnight'em to us? I could really go for a nice Mai Tai right about now.
Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Freelance, Ph.D., Th.D., D.F.S

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Mai Tai
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Joined: Mar 21, 2004
Posts: 1437
From: Exotic Isle of Alameda
Posted: 2005-09-23 5:44 pm   Permalink

Martin is such a great mixologist - congrats, man! Oh and the Hinky Dink Fizzy is indeed a great drink. Deserving of haiku praise:

Hinky Dink Fizzy
Crafted by Martiki's hands
Beauty in a glass
"It's Mai Tai. It's out of this world." - Victor Jules Bergeron Jr.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 2370
From: Corona, Ca
Posted: 2005-09-23 9:59 pm   Permalink

Congrats Martin!!! So ummmm, how's this going to work for next year's SF Crawl?


Poly-Pop *

Bartender, make mine a glass of WATAHHH!!!!!

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Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Oct 15, 2002
Posts: 1560
From: Ventura County
Posted: 2005-09-23 11:38 pm   Permalink

Congratulations Martiki......very cool. But I think Trader Vics doesn't need you as much as we do. Can you come down here and repair the cocktails at the Hong Kong Inn......

The foaming Lapu Lapu........

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Sep 09, 2003
Posts: 82
From: The Exotic Isle of Mar "Maryland"
Posted: 2005-09-26 08:22 am   Permalink

Doh! I knew I should have been checking TikiCentral when I was out of town. I just got back from Oakland 6am this morning. I didn't know we had an 'Insider' there. I did happy hour and dinner there Thursday. I did get to meet the future manager of Seattle, John Mark. He seems like a real good guy with a very interesting career history.

Congratulations Martiki, I will be sure to look for you next time I am in town.

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Official Mixologist

Joined: Mar 29, 2002
Posts: 3059
From: http://www.smugglerscovesf.com
Posted: 2005-09-26 08:39 am   Permalink

BTW, John and his new executive chef are spending some time with us at the SF location- great people. They've been very interested in tiki and have been picking my brain quite a bit. Jet City is going to be in good hands...

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Traitor Vic
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Joined: Jan 02, 2003
Posts: 428
From: Greenville, SC
Posted: 2005-09-29 12:55 am   Permalink

Hey, Martiki! I've waited until now to post this because, well, I've never met you and you've never met me. I wanted to give all the people who know you well (and who you know well) a chance to get to you first.

Let me say, though, that YOU ROCK!!! That is SO COOL!!! Hope you love it in a year as much as you obviously do now. Hope, too, that, once you've climbed the corporate ladder a few hundred rungs, you remember where the True Tiki Experts are to be found.

I've never been west of the Mississippi River (amazing, really, how much of this country is east of that thing) but I'm now looking forward to my first trip to San Fran! Hope I get there while you're still behind the bar.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 26, 2002
Posts: 1055
From: Long Beach, CA
Posted: 2005-09-29 10:00 am   Permalink

I paid Martin a surprise visit last weekend while in the bay area.... what a natural he is behind that bar! I tried the Hinky Dinks Fizzy..... great! I even ordered one of those drinks in a pineapple that he hates to do... he mumbled and grumbled and kept giving me the evil eye as he cored the pineapple, but a beautiful and delicious cocktail was soon delivered! If you really want a show though, ask to sample or see one of the exotic liquors perched on the very top shelves behind the bar!!

Congrats, Martin!

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