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The Tiki Times: News and events calendar
Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2015-12-06 11:13 am   Permalink

The Week in Tiki (Nov. 16-29, 2015): The Hukilau's Tiki Tower Takeover sold out, Trader Vic's battles critics, Tiki Farm releases 15th anniversary mugs, more!

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2015/12/05/the-week-in-tiki-nov-16-29-2015-the-hukilaus-tiki-tower-takeover-sold-out-trader-vics-battles-critics-tiki-farm-releases-15th-anniversary-mugs-more/


The Hukilau’s Christie “Tiki Kiliki” White welcomes Beachbum Berry (right) and his Latitude 29 head bartender, Steve Yamada, to the first Tiki Tower Takeover in June 2015. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward)

All Tiki Tower Takeover tickets are taken, 5th bartender announced

One of the most anticipated Tiki cocktail events of 2016 is already sold out, a little over a month after tickets went on sale and more than six months before The Hukilau celebrates its 15th anniversary with a five-day celebration in Fort Lauderdale. The second annual Tiki Tower Takeover will be held on June 9 in the revolving 17th floor ballroom atop the historic Pier 66 hotel and will feature five of the country’s top Tiki barmen mixing up signature cocktails.

The first Tiki Tower Takeover, held in June 2015, was spearheaded by award-winning author and Tiki bar owner Jeff “Beachbum” Berry (Latitude 29 in New Orleans). Berry and his three brethren return in 2016: Martin Cate (Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco), Paul McGee (Lost Lake in Chicago), and Brian Miller (Tiki Mondays With Miller in New York City).

The Hukilau’s producer and organizer, Christie “Tiki Kiliki” White, has also revealed a fifth top bartender who will be joining the event and setting up shop next to last year’s fab four: St. John Fritzell, owner-operator of Fort Defiance in Brooklyn and host of The Sunken Harbor Club, the bar’s monthly celebration of Polynesian food and drinks. In October, Fritzell beat out an all-star lineup of Big Apple mixologists to win The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown at the New York City Wine & Food Festival. White will also soon announce the Tiki bar that will be serving the “welcome drink” to guests as they board a private elevator and head up to the exclusive skylounge. In addition to the six cocktails, attendees of the two-hour event (5 to 7 p.m.) will enjoy food and live entertainment while the lounge rotates once every 66 minutes.

Other top news: The inside story of Trader Vic’s in Emeryville facing a noise crackdown, plus the release of open editions of Tiki Farm’s 15th anniversary mugs. Also: The Frankie’s Tiki Room limited edition seventh anniversary mugs, designed by Crazy Al Evans, are released.

You can find holiday Tiki gift ideas, plus previews of seasonal events in Anaheim, Los Angeles, Huntington Beach and Atlanta ...



Quick hits include a new album in the works from from Ěxtahuele, the opening of the B.G. Reynolds Syrups store in Portland, plus several crowd-funding projects ...



Regular features spotlight surrealist artist Scott "Flounder" Scheidly; surf guitarist Laramie Dean; Cleveland's Porco Lounge & Tiki Room; and the Vintage Roadside website ...
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2015/12/05/the-week-in-tiki-nov-16-29-2015-the-hukilaus-tiki-tower-takeover-sold-out-trader-vics-battles-critics-tiki-farm-releases-15th-anniversary-mugs-more/#artist



The Rum of the Week, Koloa Gold, is featured in the Unisphere cocktail ...
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2015/12/05/the-week-in-tiki-nov-16-29-2015-the-hukilaus-tiki-tower-takeover-sold-out-trader-vics-battles-critics-tiki-farm-releases-15th-anniversary-mugs-more/#cocktail



Okole maluna!

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Posted: 2015-12-24 12:06 am   Permalink

A little tardy, but chock full if info and worth the wait ...

The Week in Tiki (Nov. 30-Dec. 13, 2015): The Mai-Kai anniversary party, The Hukilau updates, Jungle Cruise restaurant at Disney World, Polynesian Resort lights torches, plus more!

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2015/12/23/the-week-in-tiki-nov-30-dec-13-2015-the-mai-kai-anniversary-party-the-hukilau-updates-jungle-cruise-restaurant-at-disney-world-polynesian-resort-lights-torches-plus-more/



The Mai-Kai says mahalo with 59% off at Dec. 28 anniversary party

The Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale is giving back to its loyal fans and followers on Dec. 28 during its annual Mahalopreciation Party. In honor the historic Polynesian restaurant’s 59th anniversary, all guests in The Molokai bar will get 59 percent off most drinks and appetizers starting at 5 p.m. and running all night.



The Hukilau updates: First dinner show full, Shag event and hotel near sellout

The first dinner show at The Mai-Kai during The Hukilau main event on June 11 is officially sold out, organizer Christie “Tiki Kiliki” White reports. Call The Mai-Kai at (954) 563-3272 to get on a waiting list or to reserve seats at the second or third shows of the evening. The early show usually features special on-stage presentations and entertainment, but White said that next year “there will be a few special things happening” during the second show as well. The third show will likely be a special midnight show. All three shows feature a special performance of the Polynesian Islander Review. Don’t miss out on your chance to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Mai-Kai at the 15th anniversary of The Hukilau, set for June 8-12, 2016.

More at http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2015/12/23/the-week-in-tiki-nov-30-dec-13-2015-the-mai-kai-anniversary-party-the-hukilau-updates-jungle-cruise-restaurant-at-disney-world-polynesian-resort-lights-torches-plus-more/#hukilau



Jungle Cruise skippers open mess hall to Disney World guests

Those skippers on the famously kitschy Jungle Cruise attraction, which opened with both Disneyland (1955) and Disney World (1971), finally have a place to make a little extra cash when they’re not plying the tepid waters of the Magic Kingdom. The Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen is officially open for business in Adventureland on Dec. 16. A soft opening and cast member previews started on Dec. 13.

More at http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2015/12/23/the-week-in-tiki-nov-30-dec-13-2015-the-mai-kai-anniversary-party-the-hukilau-updates-jungle-cruise-restaurant-at-disney-world-polynesian-resort-lights-torches-plus-more/#skipper-canteen


Construction continues on a new pool and surrounding buildings at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward, December 2015)

Torch lighting returns to Polynesian Village Resort, construction continues

There have been many milestones in the massive renovation of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort over the past two years: the unveiling of the new lobby at the Great Ceremonial House, the opening of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, and the launch of the Bora Bora Bungalows and new Disney Vacation Club timeshare units. But perhaps the most symbolic moment occurred in November with the return of the resort’s ceremonial torch-lighting ceremony.

More at http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2015/12/23/the-week-in-tiki-nov-30-dec-13-2015-the-mai-kai-anniversary-party-the-hukilau-updates-jungle-cruise-restaurant-at-disney-world-polynesian-resort-lights-torches-plus-more/#polynesian


Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid heats up the Caliente Christmas party at the Tonga Hut in Palm Springs. (Photo by Kari Hendler)

Hapa holidays: Festive events, last-minute gifts, exotic tunes

The Tiki community came together for a cause on Dec. 18 at the Tonga Hut in Palm Springs for the Caliente Christmas party, which benefitted Toys for Tots and the Palm Springs No Kill Animal Shelter.

You can re-live the Dec. 12 holiday edition of the International Tiki Market Place at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach by listening to the latest Zen Tiki Lounge podcast.

As usual, Forbidden Island in Alameda is chock full of events, including many unique holiday happenings.

On the East Coast, Boston’s Brother Cleve (the longtime musician, DJ, record producer, writer and connoisseur of cocktails) DJ’d during a special four-day event Dec. 17-20 at King Tai Bar in Brooklyn.



Tiki Brian and Exotic Tiki Island are doubling our pleasure for the holidays with a festive seasonal podcast, plus a special Christmas broadcast on ETI Radio running from 9 a.m. on Christmas Eve through Christmas Day.

Also: Holiday music and Last-minute gift ideas, including custom coconut mugs now available at Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 and coming soon to Cocktail Kingdom ...



Quick sips: Fwaygo Rum recipes, Shag goes ape, FOM raises $11,500, new Tiki bars thriving


The Mai-Kai’s Kern Mattei (right) makes a Grapefruit Julep for Fwaygo Rum’s Luke Tullos.

South Florida Distillers is celebrating its award-winning Fwaygo Rum with “Fifty Days of Fwaygo” (#50DaysofFWAYGO) on YouTube and Facebook, a series of videos that feature a new cocktail recipe every day through the end of the year.


Shag welcomes Cornelius to Shag the Store in Palm Springs for the release of his “Chimp” Aloha shirt on Dec. 18. (Photo by Kari Hendler)

Shag the Store has released a special limited edition “Chimp” Aloha shirt and halter dress designed by Shag as a tribute to everyone’s favorite groovy primates.

The Fraternal Order Of Moai has announced a donation of $11,500 to the Easter Island Foundation as the result of money raised during Ohana: Luau at the Lake in Lake George, N.Y., and Ohana: Luau by the Sea in Fort Lauderdale earlier this year.

Plus, we have an update on Tiki bars in Seattle, Tulsa, Sacramento, Toronto, and Decatur, Ga.

Coming in 2016: New Tiki bars in Pittsburgh, San Diego, Los Angeles, and more! Details in The Week in Tiki’s year-end edition.


http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2015/12/23/the-week-in-tiki-nov-30-dec-13-2015-the-mai-kai-anniversary-party-the-hukilau-updates-jungle-cruise-restaurant-at-disney-world-polynesian-resort-lights-torches-plus-more/#artist

Regular features spotlight the master ceramists known as Munktiki; instrumental legends The Ventures; new Las Vegas bar The Golden Tiki; and Professor Cocktail’s website.

The Rum of the Week, Seven Tiki spiced, is featured in two seasonal cocktails:

The Devil’s Island Daiquiri from Jeff “Beachbum” Berry ...

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2015/12/23/the-week-in-tiki-nov-30-dec-13-2015-the-mai-kai-anniversary-party-the-hukilau-updates-jungle-cruise-restaurant-at-disney-world-polynesian-resort-lights-torches-plus-more/#devils-island

... and Hapa Holidaze from The Atomic Grog:

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2015/12/23/the-week-in-tiki-nov-30-dec-13-2015-the-mai-kai-anniversary-party-the-hukilau-updates-jungle-cruise-restaurant-at-disney-world-polynesian-resort-lights-torches-plus-more/#Hapa-Holidaze

Mele kalikimaka!

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Posted: 2015-12-31 7:30 pm   Permalink

The Week in Tiki (Dec. 14-27, 2015): Preview new Tiki bars coming in 2016, festive New Year’s events, a new Kon-Tiki voyage, plus more!

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2015/12/31/the-week-in-tiki-dec-14-27-2015-preview-new-tiki-bars-coming-in-2016-festive-new-years-events-a-new-kon-tiki-voyage-plus-more/

After an exciting year that saw many new Tiki bars open across North America, lots more are in store for 2016. We have a preview what’s coming, plus get a quick New Year’s event guide ...

2016 will welcome new Tiki bars to Pittsburgh, Portland (Maine), Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle


The signature Hidden Harbor cocktail at the upcoming Tiki bar of the same name, opening in Pittsburgh in January. (Photo provided by Adam Henry)

We have news on a new Kon-Tiki sailing the South Pacific, plus a traditional Hawaiian vessel traveling the globe ...


The Kon-Tiki-2 on Dec. 18, after more than a month at sea and before arrving at Easter Island. (Photo from KonTiki2.com)

Quick sips include the Flor de Cańa rum controversy, Santas hanging ten in Cocoa Beach, plus help for an ailing Laramie Dean.

Regular features spotlight velvet painting master Edgar Leeteg; Tiki party band Ding Dong Devils; Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel; and the Cocktail Wonk website ...

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2015/12/31/the-week-in-tiki-dec-14-27-2015-preview-new-tiki-bars-coming-in-2016-festive-new-years-events-a-new-kon-tiki-voyage-plus-more/#artist

The Rum of the Week, El Dorado 5, is featured in the Demerara Flip from The Atomic Grog ...

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2015/12/31/the-week-in-tiki-dec-14-27-2015-preview-new-tiki-bars-coming-in-2016-festive-new-years-events-a-new-kon-tiki-voyage-plus-more/#rum

Okole maluna and happy new year!


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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2016-01-11 6:50 pm   Permalink

The Year in Tiki 2015: Legends lost, but revival becomes renaissance with new bars, music, art and more



It was a year of both sadness and elation, when some legends were lost but the world of Tiki made great strides. As we mourned the deaths in 2015 of musicians Robert Drasnin and Ernie Menehune, plus artist The Pizz, we were bolstered by the fact that a new generation of artists and musicians are taking inspiration from the past and creating an incredible new body of work. And Tiki culture was embraced and celebrated across the country at sold-out events and a whole new wave of bars. After our first year of The Week in Tiki updates, The Atomic Grog takes a look back at the memorable news of 2015.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/01/11/the-year-in-tiki-2015-legends-lost-but-revival-becomes-renaissance-with-new-bars-music-art-and-more/

The year 2015 marked a turning point in the 21st century Tiki scene. If there was ever a time to declare that the “revival” had become a full-blown renaissance, it’s now. It’s been building for some years now, but last year seemed to be the tipping point. Just look at the evidence in our favorite topics: Events, music, art, cocktails, and culture.

Then, take a chronological look back at the biggest news of the year, month by month:
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/01/11/the-year-in-tiki-2015-legends-lost-but-revival-becomes-renaissance-with-new-bars-music-art-and-more/#recap

Finally, find out our selections for the top artist, band, bar, website, rum, and cocktail of 2015 in our first Year in Tiki Awards:
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/01/11/the-year-in-tiki-2015-legends-lost-but-revival-becomes-renaissance-with-new-bars-music-art-and-more/#awards

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Just posted: A special report on The Hukilau 2016 ...



The Hukilau: June 8-12, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 and The Mai-Kai restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. Featuring Shag, Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, Martin Cate, Paul McGee, Brian Miller, St. John Fritzell, Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid, Tikiyaki Orchestra, Jason Lee and the R.I.P. Tides, The Intoxicators, Skinny Jimmy Stingray, The Quiet Villagers, The Disasternauts, Otto von Stroheim, Paul Roe, Tim “Swanky” Glazner, Humuhumu, Tom Fowner, Will Anders, Jeff Chouinard, Angie Pontani, Kitten de Ville, Lila Starlet, plus more.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/01/17/the-hukilau-2016-entertainment-music-and-symposiums-announced-full-website-launches/



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The Below Decks
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Posted: 2016-01-25 11:11 am   Permalink

Sorry I didn't post about this sooner. Great seminar this past Sunday, 2/24/16, at the (beautiful!) Majestic in downtown Los Angeles for the "Golden State of Cocktails." The seminar I attended was called "Tiki Cocktails & Culture in a Modern Setting" led by Martin Cate. Incredible historical lesson in tiki cocktails from the beginning to today which included three cocktails, including a mai tai. Mr. Cate was wonderful, informative and funny, of course, and he's got me very excited about his upcoming book, to be released soon. Here are few photos from the event:































 
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On 2016-01-25 11:11, The Below Decks wrote:
Sorry I didn't post about this sooner. Great seminar this past Sunday, 2/24/16, at the (beautiful!) Majestic in downtown Los Angeles for the "Golden State of Cocktails." The seminar I attended was called "Tiki Cocktails & Culture in a Modern Setting" led by Martin Cate. Incredible historical lesson in tiki cocktails from the beginning to today which included three cocktails, including a mai tai. Mr. Cate was wonderful, informative and funny, of course, and he's got me very excited about his upcoming book, to be released soon. Here are few photos from the event:



Mahalo for the news and photos! I know Martin is there, but I couldn't find much about the event online. I may use your info and a photo on the blog. Is that OK? Reply or send me a personal message if you'd like to be credited a certain way.


 
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The Below Decks
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Posted: 2016-01-25 11:55 am   Permalink

Thanks. No special crediting necessary. Love your blog and check it frequently. Great work. Thanks!

 
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Posted: 2016-01-26 9:25 pm   Permalink

Good observation bigbrotiki.

The Hala Kahiki on River Road is inexplicably overlooked these days. So too is Chef Shangri-La on 26th Street. Look it up people, and search for a "Dr. Fong" among its drinks. Two drinks there, and you can't stand up. They also sell real leis among the idol-talisman fountains.

These two places deserve just as much attention as The Mai-Kai and Tiki-Ti.

All the nouveau-Tiki bars popping up all over the place (Hale Pele in Oregon, Lei Low in Texas, Latitude 29 in New Orleans, Kreepy Tiki in Ft. Lauderdale, The Golden Tiki in Las Vegas etc. etc.) owe much to these classic originals, which, yes, DO FEATURE the Fu Manchu mug. I think our current crop of so-called 'Tiki followers' sometimes get lost in the ever-changing world of cultural appropriation.

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The Week in Tiki (Jan. 1-15, 2016): New Tikis to rise at The Mai-Kai, Lost Lake honored, Smuggler’s Cove book release, Tiki in South Beach, plus more!

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/01/27/the-week-in-tiki-jan-1-15-2016-new-tikis-to-rise-at-the-mai-kai-lost-lake-honored-smugglers-cove-book-release-tiki-in-south-beach-plus-more/

The new year is off to a roaring start with comprehensive coverage of the carving and planned installation of two giant Tikis at The Mai-Kai during The Hukilau ...


Will Anders works on a Tiki that will rise in The Mai-Kai’s outdoor gardens in June. (Photo by Christie “Tiki Kiliki” White, January 2016)

>>> Giant carved Tikis to be donated to The Mai-Kai in June

The Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale is renowned for the massive Tiki carvings that grace its grounds, some dating back a half-century. But in recent years, many have sadly succumbed to the elements. Every year, it seems, you’ll find another tribute mug to one of The Mai-Kai’s fallen Tikis.

In June, however, there will be a welcome new sight at the 59-year-old historic landmark. Two monumental Tiki carvings standing up to 10 feet tall will be unveiled in the restaurant’s outdoor tropical garden during The Hukilau, the annual Polynesian Pop celebration that draws enthusiasts from around the world. Marking the project happen were The Hukilau’s Christie “Tiki Kiliki” White and master carver Will Anders, plus several other people whose contributions were indispensable.

Anders began work on the Tikis in November, when two gigantic logs estimated to weigh 4,000 to 6,000 pounds each arrived at his Fort Lauderdale home. By early January, when White snapped the photo above, the first Tiki was already taking shape. She later announced the project on Facebook, calling it a dream come true. “I have to say, when you see a man of 119 pounds carving a 4,000-pound tree into such an amazing work of art, it humbles you,” she wrote.



>>> Chicago’s Lost Lake named Cocktail Bar of the Year

After less than a year in operation, acclaimed neo-Tiki bar Lost Lake in Chicago added another award to its growing list of achievements when it was named Cocktail Bar of the Year for 2016 by Imbibe magazine. “It isn’t just about Tiki drinks. The Lost Lake experience combines the best in hospitality and drinks with fun and relaxing escapist vibes,” the magazine says. ” The mix of classics and modern drinks hold to the expected tropical framework, but many of the new recipes tip the scales of the genre.”

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/01/27/the-week-in-tiki-jan-1-15-2016-new-tikis-to-rise-at-the-mai-kai-lost-lake-honored-smugglers-cove-book-release-tiki-in-south-beach-plus-more/#lost-lake



>>> Smuggler’s Cove cocktail book arrives in port in June; order now!

Rum and Tiki cocktail trailblazer Martin Cate has confirmed that his long-awaited book, Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum and the Cult of Tiki, will be released via 10 Speed Press on June 7. “You’ll find us all over the U.S. this summer taking our baby on tour,” Cate posted on Facebook. This will include multiple book signings (at The Mai-Kai and Pier 66) during The Hukilau in Fort Lauderdale on June 8-12.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/01/27/the-week-in-tiki-jan-1-15-2016-new-tikis-to-rise-at-the-mai-kai-lost-lake-honored-smugglers-cove-book-release-tiki-in-south-beach-plus-more/#cove-book



>>> Tickets for ‘The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown’ sell out; new Tiki bar coming to South Beach

If you put off buying tickets to the second annual Tiki cocktail event coming to the South Beach Wine & Food Festival in Febuary, you’ll probably miss out. The SoBeFest website lists “The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown,” set for Feb. 26 at the Surfcomber Hotel, as sold out. We could credit the growing popularity of Tiki culture and/or the popularity of the event’s host, Guy Fieri of Food Network. Let’s hope it’s more of the former and less of the latter.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/01/27/the-week-in-tiki-jan-1-15-2016-new-tikis-to-rise-at-the-mai-kai-lost-lake-honored-smugglers-cove-book-release-tiki-in-south-beach-plus-more/#sobe-fest



As it turns out, Tiki’s return to the SoBeWFF will coincide with the arrival of a full-fledged Tiki establishment to Miami Beach, home of such legendary mid-century mainstays as The Castaways and The Luau. But in true South Beach style, this is not your father’s Tiki bar. Naked Tiki is a new concept from celebrity chef Ralph Pagano (above), joining his upscale Naked Taco concept on Miami Beach. The new Polynesian-themed restaurant and bar will open in The Stiles Hotel (at 11th Street and Collins Avenue) on Feb. 20, according to an industry source. Pagano and Naked Taco will also be participating in The Art of Tiki at the the SoBeWFF, so the synergy is definitely intentional.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/01/27/the-week-in-tiki-jan-1-15-2016-new-tikis-to-rise-at-the-mai-kai-lost-lake-honored-smugglers-cove-book-release-tiki-in-south-beach-plus-more/#naked-tiki



We also preview an art and rum event in Fort Lauderdale, plus Tiki Caliente in Palm Springs. Quick sips include The Broken Shaker opening an outpost in Los Angeles, Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid heating up Las Vegas (see above), and the introduction of Rum Minute videos.



Regular features spotlight lowbrow legend Robert Williams; Indianapolis surf band The Madeira; The Rum Line cocktail bar on Miami Beach (above); and the Imbibe website.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/01/27/the-week-in-tiki-jan-1-15-2016-new-tikis-to-rise-at-the-mai-kai-lost-lake-honored-smugglers-cove-book-release-tiki-in-south-beach-plus-more/#artist



The Rum of the Week, R.L. Seale’s 10-year-old from Barbados, is featured in the Winter Daiquiri by Mindy Kucan of Hale Pele.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/01/27/the-week-in-tiki-jan-1-15-2016-new-tikis-to-rise-at-the-mai-kai-lost-lake-honored-smugglers-cove-book-release-tiki-in-south-beach-plus-more/#cocktail

Okole maluna!


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The Week in Tiki (Jan. 16-31, 2016): The Mai-Kai mugs and history book, The Art of Tiki updates, Shag events and art, plus more!

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/02/07/the-week-in-tiki-jan-16-31-2016-the-mai-kai-mugs-and-history-book-the-art-of-tiki-updates-shag-events-and-art-plus-more/

Exciting news this week for fans of The Mai-Kai with the release of new Tiki mugs and pre-orders for a long-awaited history book ...



As promised, the new mugs inspired by The Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale have been released to the general public by California-based artist Tiki Diablo. The mug is available in three different glazes for $75 each and can be purchased online via Tiki Diablo’s store. They should also be available in the restaurant’s gift shop, The Mai-Kai Trading Post, within the next week. He’ll also be crafting the official mug for the upcoming book on The Mai-Kai by Tim “Swanky” Glazner ...



The book, Mai-Kai: History and Mystery of the Iconic Tiki Restaurant, now has an official release date: July 28. The 176-page hardcover book (11 inches wide by 8 1/2 inches high) is being released by Schiffer Publishing. It’s already available for pre-order online via Barnes & Noble. Glazner is planning a release party and special events at The Mai-Kai in August, followed by a West Coast tour and book-signing at Tiki Oasis.

News on The Art of Tiki event in South Beach includes a new rum sponsor and the return of last year’s champ. ...
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/02/07/the-week-in-tiki-jan-16-31-2016-the-mai-kai-mugs-and-history-book-the-art-of-tiki-updates-shag-events-and-art-plus-more/#art-of-tiki



‘The Art of Tiki’ to feature Rhum Barbancourt, Brian Miller

More details are emerging about the sold-out Tiki cocktail competition set for Feb. 26 at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. “The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown” will feature nine of the country’s best Tiki bars and bartenders competing for cash prizes (and bragging rights) in a festive event hosted by Food Network’s Guy Fieri. The second annual event will also include food stations with small tropical-themed bites created by acclaimed chefs from South Florida and beyond. Guests will sample the food and cocktails, then vote for their favorite drink.

The cocktail competitors all submitted recipes in advance and had them approved by the event organizers. In a change from last year, the spirits sponsor is Rhum Barbancourt, so all the drinks must include at least one of the brand’s distinctive sugarcane-based rhums from Haiti. In addition, there will be a special cocktail booth at the event that won’t feature a contestant. Instead, you’ll find last year’s winner, Brian Miller (of “Tiki Mondays With Miller” in New York City), mixing up special Rhum Barbancourt drinks on behalf of the sponsor.



Modernism Week in Palm Springs salutes Tiki with Shag party

The 11th annual Modernism Week in Palm Springs celebrates the influence of Tiki culture with a special cocktail party hosted by Shag, “Palm Springs Polynesia: Then & Now,” on Friday, Feb. 12. Guests will join artist Josh Agle (aka Shag) in toasting the influence of Tiki culture in Palm Springs modernism since the 1950s.

Shag was also in the spotlight in January with yet another special release party, plus a new solo exhibit.

Event recaps include Tiki Mondays With Miller, two Doug Horne mug release parties, and a Martin Cate cocktail seminar.



Upcoming events previewed include a Steve Crane tribute at Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco, the Sweet Hollywaiians in Hawaii, the Polynesian Cultural Festival in South Florida, and a new cocktail seminar at Trader Vic’s Atlanta.



In other news, a tree crashes the party at VenTiki, Bacardi and Havana Club duke it out over the U.S. rum market, and Wicked Dolphin releases a new Brewer’s Series rum in collaboration with Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing.



Regular features spotlight eclectic artist Sam Gambino; groundbreaking exotica ensemble Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica; Brooklyn bar Fort Defiance; and online group Poly Hai.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/02/07/the-week-in-tiki-jan-16-31-2016-the-mai-kai-mugs-and-history-book-the-art-of-tiki-updates-shag-events-and-art-plus-more/#artist



The Rum of the Week, Ron Matusalem Gran Reserva 15, is featured in the Pineapple Express cocktail.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/02/07/the-week-in-tiki-jan-16-31-2016-the-mai-kai-mugs-and-history-book-the-art-of-tiki-updates-shag-events-and-art-plus-more/#rum

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Posted: 2016-02-07 3:34 pm   Permalink

Very informative Hayward. Thanks for taking the time to keep us updated. The new Mai Kai mugs are great, I already got mine.

 
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Posted: 2016-02-22 09:36 am   Permalink

Just posted: An exhaustive preview of The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown, coming this Friday to the South Beach Wine & Food Festival ...

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/02/21/top-tiki-mixologists-take-their-talents-to-south-beach-wine-food-festival-for-cocktail-showdown/



Top Tiki mixologists take their talents to South Beach Wine & Food Festival for Cocktail Showdown

If Tiki mixology truly is an art, then this week’s tropical drink showdown in Miami Beach is the modern cocktail world’s equivalent of an epic battle between the descendants of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. After all, Tiki cocktails are in the midst of a second Renaissance.

“The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown” at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival unleashes nine of the country’s most popular and exotic drinking establishments in a festive fete hosted by celebrity chef Guy Fieri, on Friday, Feb. 26. Competing for bragging rights and cash prizes are bartenders from The Broken Shaker (Miami Beach), Fort Defiance (Brooklyn), Foundation Tiki Bar (Milwaukee), The Golden Tiki (Las Vegas), Kreepy Tiki Lounge (Fort Lauderdale), The Mai-Kai (Fort Lauderdale), Porco Lounge & Tiki Room (Cleveland), The Rum Line (Miami Beach), and Slowly Shirley at The Happiest Hour (New York City).


Judges Martin Cate (left) and Beachbum Berry enjoy The Mai-Kai’s Molokai Swizzle at The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown on Feb. 20, 2015. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward)

Spurred by the 21st century revival of tropical drinks and Tiki culture, The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown made its debut at last year’s SoBeWFF. More than 700 people packed the Shore Club for the event, hosted by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse and featuring an expert panel of judges that included Tiki cocktail authors and bar owners Jeff “Beachbum” Berry and Martin Cate. Brian Miller (of “Tiki Mondays With Miller” in New York City) won the Judge’s Choice award, while Miami Beach’s The Broken Shaker earned the People’s Choice award. Other competitors, including 2016 returnees The Mai-Kai and The Rum Line, cranked out hundreds of cocktails for the thirsty guests, who also enjoyed small bites from an array of acclaimed chefs.

The successful event was reprised Oct. 17 during the New York City Wine & Food Festival, with a few Big Apple twists. Held on a rooftop with temperatures near freezing, it was far from a tropical oasis. Lagasse returned as host, Miller joined Berry as a judge, and NYC bartenders dominated the competition. St. John Frizell (Fort Defiance) edged out Garret Richard (The Happiest Hour) with a festive frozen drink. Both Frizell and Richard will be competing this week in South Beach.

The successful event was reprised Oct. 17 during the New York City Wine & Food Festival, with a few Big Apple twists. Held on a rooftop with temperatures near freezing, it was far from a tropical oasis. Lagasse returned as host, Miller joined Berry as a judge, and NYC bartenders dominated the competition. St. John Frizell (Fort Defiance) edged out Garret Richard (The Happiest Hour) with a festive frozen drink. Both Frizell and Richard will be competing this week in South Beach.



The real stars of the show are the cocktails and the food. And, of course, the rum. There’s a new exclusive rum sponosor this year, the venerable Rhum Barbancourt from Haiti. The nine competitors, set up in tricked-out bar spaces around the Surfcomber pool, will be featuring at least one of four Barbancourt products (White Rhum, Pango Rhum, 3 Star, and 5 Star) in their drinks. In addition, Rhum Barbancourt will pop up in the hotel’s existing pool bar to offer samples of its distinctive, sugarcane-based rhums.

Rhum Barbancourt is taking its sponsorship seriously, teaming up with last year’s champ Brian Miller for the occasion. “Brian’s skill and creativity truly stands out. He embodies Tiki,” said Rhum Barbancourt spokeswoman Jenna Dillon. “Once we found out that he was not part of the judges panel, we decided it would be the perfect opportunity for him to showcase 5 Star in one of his original cocktails. You will not be disappointed.” Over the past year, Barbancourt has been a proud sponsor of Tiki Mondays with Miller, the mixologist’s quarterly Tiki party at Pouring Ribbons in New York City.

Like last year, there will be both Judges Choice and People’s Choice winners. Joining Fieri at the judge’s table are event organizer Francesco Lafranconi (executive director of mixology and spirits educator for Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada), Julie Reiner (owner of New York City’s influential Clover Club); and Laine Doss (food and spirits writer for Miami New Times).



Meet the mixologists, preview the competition:
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/02/21/top-tiki-mixologists-take-their-talents-to-south-beach-wine-food-festival-for-cocktail-showdown/#breakdown



Plus, we serve up a couple tasty cocktail recipes to get you in the mood for The Art of Tiki 2016: Brian Miller's Pain Reliever (see above) and Cesar’s Rum Punch, a classic featuring Rhum Barbancourt.
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/02/21/top-tiki-mixologists-take-their-talents-to-south-beach-wine-food-festival-for-cocktail-showdown/#Pain-Reliever

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Sorry, I neglected to post the results of Friday's Tiki cocktail showdown:

The Broken Shaker keeps Tiki title in Miami Beach

A hometown favorite took home the top prize at The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival on Friday, Feb. 26, while an enthusiastic bar team that traveled more than a thousand miles also came away a winner.


Bartenders Gui Jaroschy (left) and Randy Perez of The Broken Shaker celebrate their victory in The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival on Friday, Feb. 26. Among the prizes was a rare bottle from sponsor Rhum Barbancourt. (Atomic Grog photo)

The Judges Choice award for best cocktail was awarded to The Broken Shaker and bartenders Gui Jaroschy and Randy Perez for their crafty Sweet Micky. Hosted by Food Network’s Guy Fieri, the event featured nine of the country’s most acclaimed Tiki bars facing off during a festive event at the Surfcomber hotel on South Beach.


Cleveland's Porco Lounge & Tiki Room won the People's Choice award. (Atomic Grog photo)

Some 700 guests enjoyed the many excellent cocktails and cast their own votes for the People’s Choice award, which went to Cleveland’s Porco Lounge & Tiki Room. The entire Porco staff (18 people) made the trip to SoBeWFF, cheering their mixologists to victory with their Alchemy Hour cocktail. The event also featured many top chefs from South Florida serving up Tiki-themed small bites in the spirit of the festival, one of the largest of its kind in the country.


The Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale proudly supports sponsor Rhum Barbancourt.

* See photos of all the bars in action in our Facebook gallery:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1031884833544688.1073741839.148004721932708&type=3&pnref=story

Full recap and photos coming soon.


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The Week in Tiki (Feb. 1-15, 2016): Aloha to 5 new Tiki bars across the U.S., Shag at Modernism Week, Plantation Pineapple rum, plus more!

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/03/01/the-week-in-tiki-feb-1-15-2016-aloha-to-5-new-tiki-bars-across-the-u-s-shag-at-modernism-week-plantation-pineapple-rum-plus-more/

Catching up on news from the first half of February ...

New Tiki bars open in Texas, Maine, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Miami Beach

It was a banner year for Tiki in 2015 with an unprecedented number of high-profile bars opening across the country. It’s too early to know if 2016 will come close to the quality level of new establishments such as Lost Lake, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and The Golden Tiki , but the number of openings could easily top last year. And the variety is astounding, from a classic rum den in frigid Maine to the world’s first vegan Tiki bar in Seattle. Already open as of mid-February:


Howie’s Tiki in Spring, Texas: North of Houston, owner Mark “Howie” Voros is aiming for classic Tiki, including lamps from Oceanic Arts, exotic music, and a selection of classic tropical and modern cocktails

Rhum in Portland, Maine: A tribute to classic Tiki bars as well as the craft and romance of rum, this full-service restaurant has already made a splash in the heart of winter.


Hidden Harbor in Pittsburgh: This small “modern Tiki spot” opened Jan. 19 in the city’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood under the guidance of co-owner and cocktail director Adam Henry.

No Bones Beach Club in Seattle: Easily the most distinctive of the new offerings is the world’s first vegan Tiki bar and restaurant.


Naked Tiki in Miami Beach: The new restaurant/bar/lounge from celebrity chef Ralph Pagano (Hell’s Kitchen, Pressure Cook) held its soft opening on Feb. 11, with a grand opening Feb. 20. Coming soon: A full recap and photos from the grand opening party.

Next: New Tiki bars in San Francisco, San Diego, Washington, D.C., and Milwaukee. Get more details in the next Week in Tiki update.

Shag helps Modernism Week toast legacy of Palm Springs


Host Shag enjoys a cocktail during the poolside Modernism Week party held Feb. 12 at the Caliente Tropics Resort Hotel. (Photo by Kari Hendler from Poly Hai)

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/03/01/the-week-in-tiki-feb-1-15-2016-aloha-to-5-new-tiki-bars-across-the-u-s-shag-at-modernism-week-plantation-pineapple-rum-plus-more/#modernism

Modernism Week took over Palm Springs for its 11th annual celebration of mid-century architecture and design with 12 days of events running from Feb. 11 to 21. Artist Shag helped kick off the event with two high-profile parties that showcased Tiki culture and his influential artwork.

Quick sips include:
* Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid's update on the renovations under way at the The Wreck Bar.
* At Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort in Orlando, the opening of the new Oasis Pool area inched toward completion.
* February saw the return of an annual tradition: Tiki Month on the Pegu Blog.
* A video posted on YouTube shows the Easter Island Moai statues that crashed to the ocean floor last June in an ill-fated reef project off Deerfield Beach.



Regular features spotlight California artist Michelle Bickford; Milwaukee surf band The Exotics; New York City craft cocktail bars The Happiest Hour and Slowly Shirley; and Tiki mug collecting website Ooga-Mooga.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/03/01/the-week-in-tiki-feb-1-15-2016-aloha-to-5-new-tiki-bars-across-the-u-s-shag-at-modernism-week-plantation-pineapple-rum-plus-more/#artist



The Rum of the Week, Plantation Pineapple Stiggins’ Fancy, is featured in an original Atomic Grog cocktail, Kilauea Iki.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2016/03/01/the-week-in-tiki-feb-1-15-2016-aloha-to-5-new-tiki-bars-across-the-u-s-shag-at-modernism-week-plantation-pineapple-rum-plus-more/#rum

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