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Blowfish Bar – Flagler Beach, FL
danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-11-19 10:30 am   Permalink

Terrific bar with great art, Wendy

 
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zerostreet
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Posted: 2011-11-19 11:17 am   Permalink

Tom! Thanks so much for the mention and the pics of the framed art! Again, I'm so happy to see my work adorning the Blowfish Bar!
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TikiTomD
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Joined: Sep 20, 2009
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From: Flagler Beach, FL
Posted: 2011-12-04 09:37 am   Permalink

Wendy, mahalo for your visit. I hope someday to capture a mug of your creation!

Robert, if I have anything to do with it, "Lava Falls" won't be the last of your art to adorn the Blowfish Bar...

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It's the day after the Luau party, and it started with a beautiful sunrise over the ocean...



Feeling great after a terrific party, from the host's perspective. More than thirty guests joined us, starting just before 3 pm yesterday afternoon, and the last departed about 8 hours later. A successful party for that many folks requires a fair amount of planning, acquisition and timing. By far the most important ingredient is, however, the guests themselves. By that measure, we were fortunate to have had the best. While it's fun to create a home tiki bar, and it's great to enjoy it on a personal basis every day, the real reward comes from seeing your guests mixing it up and having fun.

To keep the workload manageable, we asked the Ohana Luau folks at the Hawaiian Inn in Daytona Beach to prepare the Luau main course. That consisted of:

Teriyaki Chicken

Hawaiian Kalua Pulled Pork

Vegetable Stir Fry

Candied Yams

Fried Rice

My wife then supplemented that with desserts of her own making:

Chocolate Mochi (Japanese rice cake made from sweet rice flour)

Macadamia Nut Pie

Our neighbors also brought some desserts:

Key Lime Bars made by Kathy

Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcakes made by Deana

Appetizers included fruit and cheese, veggies and dip, crackers and mini-sandwiches.

By far, the most popular appetizer was the Ahi Poke prepared by the wife. To make that, Pat diced five pounds of fresh sushi-grade tuna steak, cucumbers, avocados and green onions. This was mixed up in a marinade of low-sodium soy sauce, lemon juice and sesame oil. Toasted sesame seeds and red pepper flakes were added for seasoning, then the Poke was placed on ice awaiting the guests. Wasabi sauce, flat bread and crackers were provided as accessories, though most folks consumed the Poke as-is with their fingers.

Just before noon on the day of the party, I drove to the Hawaiian Inn to pick up the main course and the chafing dishes for serving...






There I was met by Wailana, "executive" hula girl, and the Ohana Luau chef, Esene...






I received a sampling of the Teriyaki Chicken (delicious) and a tour of the Ohana Luau facilities. In addition to being chef, Esene is artist, Tiki carver and home renovation specialist. It's a practical necessity, as the Polynesian show business is slow in the off-season.

After loading minivan with food and serving ware, I cautiously headed north on A1A back to the Blowfish Bar.

To be continued...

-Tom





 
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TikiTomD
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Joined: Sep 20, 2009
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From: Flagler Beach, FL
Posted: 2011-12-04 1:12 pm   Permalink

Mark "TikiTender" Woods came about an hour before Luau party time to get set up and prepare the featured rum punch, Blood of the Kapu Tiki (from Beachbum Berry Remixed, page 114)...




Shortly after he arrived, the fragrance of fresh squeezed limes danced about the bar. There were a lot of limes to squeeze, as Mark made the punch up in 1.5-gallon batches, requiring 24 fluid ounces of fresh lime juice for each batch. It was a popular cocktail choice, with approximately 3 gallons consumed. At the party conclusion, this was all we had left...






The first guests started to arrive just before 3 pm, at about the same time as the Chief from Ohana Luau, here posing with the TikiTender...




Then, a lovely surprise from Ohana Luau: Wailana in full costume made an appearance with her daughter, Tiana...




Our Brevard Tiki friends initially assembled at The Storm Shelter, home bar of TikiHardBop (George) and TornadoTiki (Chris), then drove up to Flagler Beach in one vehicle. George brought us one of his wonderful custom creations, Falernum. Samples were passed around; it was so good as-is that there wasn't much left over for mixing. Mahalo to all for the gifts.

As libations freely flowed from the TikiTender, the Chief got busy with his ukulele, here serenading Sheila...




It was a beautiful afternoon, so many guests initially migrated to the deck outside the Blowfish Bar. Kathryn (center) from Rockledge is enjoying a painkiller while Jimi, her husband, and metikigal (Christina, left) are both starting out with Blood of the Kapu Tiki...




Bill and Christina from Melbourne...




Neighbors Gail and Mike...




Son, Tommy, and TikiTomD himself...




Neighbor Joe with a gift...




Joe with his wife, Carol...




My camera technique in taking a photo of TikiHardBop (George) was so bad it was beyond the capability of the built-in correction algorithm to repair; my regrets, George. I must have been overcome by your awesomeness

After Wailana lei'd the guests, she and the Chief gave a performance out on the deck...


















With that performance, the atmospherics were never better at the Blowfish Bar...

To be continued

-Tom

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TikiTomD
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Joined: Sep 20, 2009
Posts: 675
From: Flagler Beach, FL
Posted: 2011-12-04 4:30 pm   Permalink

Among our Luau party guests were Dave Hettel, our Polynesian mural artist, and his wife, Jill, from Ormond Beach...




Kathy, my sister-in-law, from Winter Springs...




Mahalo Mark and his wife, Beth, from Orlando...




Karen, my sister, and her husband, Darrell, from Palm Coast...



Darrell was a godsend in helping me convert a derelict beach house into the inviting home it is today, but that is a story for another day.

Tommy's surf buddy, Todd...




Neighbor Steve and his significant other, Pam...




Our senior-most guest was Joe, known to all of us as simply the "Captain." The Captain is 91 years old, a WWII veteran, and chock full of fascinating stories. After discharge from the armed service, he interviewed for a position with TWA (Trans World Airlines). While discussing his credentials with a TWA manager, a tall young man approached and directed him to an aircraft on the tarmac, where he preceded to check him out as he taxied down the runway. That tall young man was Howard Hughes, and he hired the Captain on the spot. Later on, the Captain was entrusted to perform personal transport duties for Mr. Hughes. There are many such stories, if you have have the time and inclination to listen. Here is the Captain with his wife, Pauline...




Karen and Jo, my mother-in-law, from Titusville...




Neighbor Deana and her son, Anthony...




Kathryn and TornadoTiki (Chris) from Rockledge...




Business at the bar was brisk, and TikiTender was up to the challenge...




TikiTender makes Sis a non-alcoholic cocktail, his "virgin" Erin's Montego Bay
recipe...




The Chief and Tommy...




To be continued

-Tom

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TikiTomD
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Joined: Sep 20, 2009
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From: Flagler Beach, FL
Posted: 2011-12-04 6:47 pm   Permalink

Between 4 pm and 5 pm, guests gathered at ground level outside for the Luau dinner. Tommy temporarily took over entertainment duties so that the Chief could have a break to eat...




Sunset occurred at 5:25 pm. By that time, most folks had eaten dinner and moved inside or up on the second level deck, though there were still a few scavengers hanging out at the dessert trays...




Inside, conversation drowned out the classic hapa haole background music...




For a few, enriched by multiple high-octane cocktails, dreamtime supplanted conversation (left to right, Sheila, Kathy and Pat from Titusville)...




For others, well (left to right: Beth, Mark and Pam; second photo: Mark, Beth and Howie, a neighbor)...






Kathryn, Chris and TikiTender...




Tommy and his date, Kathy...




Pat, TikiTomD's wife, and Pam...




TornadoTiki (Chris) brought a special gift for the Blowfish Bar, a ceramic Tiki Lantern of her own creation...










It now takes a place among other treasures atop the bar...




Mahalo to Ohana Luau, TikiTender, and, most of all, valued guests who made this a fun and memorable event for us

-Tom


 
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komohana
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Posted: 2011-12-04 7:56 pm   Permalink

absolutely spectacular Tom!



 
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murphdog
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Joined: Apr 14, 2009
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From: San Jose, CA
Posted: 2011-12-04 8:03 pm   Permalink

Looks like a good time with a fun crew! Great looking bar too!

 
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tikitender
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Joined: Dec 22, 2007
Posts: 3
From: Flagler Beach, Florida
Posted: 2011-12-05 03:20 am   Permalink

That was a fun night

 
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McTiki
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Joined: Aug 22, 2004
Posts: 1962
From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2011-12-05 06:42 am   Permalink

Sorry we missed this Tom. Looks like fun was had by all.



Mahalo



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TikiHardBop
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Joined: Feb 21, 2009
Posts: 409
From: Rockledge, FL
Posted: 2011-12-05 09:55 am   Permalink

Hey, you were able to get a rare picture of me at the bar. And you got the back of my head, which everyone agrees is my best side!

Everything was first class, as usual. Can't wait for the next one!

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zerostreet
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Posted: 2011-12-05 5:01 pm   Permalink

Looks like a great time! Thanks for sharing the pics!

 
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TikiTomD
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Joined: Sep 20, 2009
Posts: 675
From: Flagler Beach, FL
Posted: 2011-12-06 06:37 am   Permalink

Mahalo to all for visiting this thread. I’d be honored to share a cocktail at the Blowfish Bar with any of the Tiki Central Ohana visiting my neighborhood. Komohana, wish you were 11,000 miles closer so that were a practical offer in your case. Andy and Robert, hope you can join us for the next party. Thank you for the kind words, murphdog.

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George, I received an anonymous email (one of those with your own email address in both the “From” and “To” entries). There was an attached image. The accompanying note stated that it was taken the night of the party...



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Patti Santiago, business owner of Ohana Luau along with her husband Jose, has invited Pat and I to be their guests at the Saturday, December 17, “Christmas in Hawaii” dinner show at the Hawaiian Inn in Daytona Beach. Anyone want to join us? Seating begins at 6:30 pm.

I noticed that one of the Luau signs inside the Hawaiian Inn lobby bears the name of Wailana, Ohana Luau’s “executive” hula girl. She told me that she’s been performing for 29 years at the Hawaiian Inn. She’s a lovely and talented lady...





-Tom


 
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TornadoTiki
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Joined: Sep 14, 2008
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From: Florida's Space Coast
Posted: 2011-12-06 12:33 pm   Permalink

Great pix! I just realized people were posting party pix here, so I'm going to make a potential faux pas and repost here as well as the event area. It was a fabulous party.

The star bartender:


Tiki Tom:


Surfacabra and MeTiki Gal:


The entertainers:


Kathryn and RuinTheJimi:


Tom's son Tommy:


A windy TornadoTiki and TikiHardBop:


Double-fisted drinking:


Good eats:


~ Chris 'TornadoTiki' K.


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-12-06 5:31 pm   Permalink

Tiki Tom D,

Looks like you pulled off an amazing party to really break in the Blowfish Bar. All the right combos... good people, good food, good drinks, and good Tiki.

DC


 
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