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Wednesday Night at Tiki Ti
bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-01-20 12:33 pm   Permalink

So it was a Thursday, but DustyCajun was in town yesterday so we headed down to the Ti for some libations.



Initially not that crowded, by 10:00 pm it had become its usual lively self, with the bull running wild etc



A-frame graciously shared his original Lemonheart 151, and we got to talking with Mike Sr about how come that it's the good stuff that gets discontinued, sometimes. So we got to the subject of Okolehao, and how it is not made anymore. Next thing you know, Sr has Jr dig up THIS from deep behind the bar:



It was nice to, after many years, sip the spirit of the Ti root again, and in such distinguished company:



We even got to try another extinct version, the Liqueur



Much sweeter, but with that distinct Ti finish. DC was so happy to have his first Okolehao experience...



....he practically became a:



 
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A Frame
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Posted: 2012-01-20 1:44 pm   Permalink

Sven, I thought that was the vehicle Scott drove you both over in!

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-01-20 5:49 pm   Permalink

Great photos Bigbro. Now that was a fun night at the Tiki Ti!!! Okolehao tasting from the secret vault with Mike Sr. And thanks to A-Frame for sharing the special rum once again.

DC


 
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A Frame
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Posted: 2012-06-12 7:14 pm   Permalink

Found an old Dresden Room matchbook that dates from about 1960 when Carl & Sara Ferraro were the second owners of the establishment. Not Tiki as such, but it's clear that Tiki's cocktail roots had it's influence at the bar. It was Ray Buhen who opened the bar at the Dresden in the early 50's and made the delicious "Blood & Sand" cocktail for the masses to enjoy.



Nearly 60 years later, tweaked just slightly with tequila, you can still order one from Mike, Mike Jr. or Mark Buhen just down the the road a bit at the TI. Let the chant begin...

TORO! TORO!


 
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2012-06-12 8:13 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-06-12 19:14, A Frame wrote:
It was Ray Buhen who opened the bar at the Dresden in the early 50's and made the delicious "Blood & Sand" cocktail for the masses to enjoy...


Actually the original "Blood & Sand" dates back to the 1920's Silent Film era (as in the Rudolph Valentino film). As documented by Beachbum Berry, Ray Buhen tweaked the scotch drink with tequila in honor of Tyrone Power remake.


 
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A Frame
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Posted: 2012-06-12 9:33 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-06-12 20:13, JOHN-O wrote:
Quote:

On 2012-06-12 19:14, A Frame wrote:
It was Ray Buhen who opened the bar at the Dresden in the early 50's and made the delicious "Blood & Sand" cocktail for the masses to enjoy...


Actually the original "Blood & Sand" dates back to the 1920's Silent Film era (as in the Rudolph Valentino film). As documented by Beachbum Berry, Ray Buhen tweaked the scotch drink with tequila in honor of Tyrone Power remake.



Correct John-O! I should have clarified it as the original Ray Buhen/Dresden version...
Wait a minute, I thought you just drank Jim's Specials at the TIKI!!




 
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2012-08-27 09:28 am   Permalink

G'day mate !!

It's really interesting who you'll meet at the Tiki Ti. Last Wed, as I complimented the couple sitting next to me on their wise choice of the Jim's Special, I learned they were visiting Tikiphiles from Australia (Tazmania to be exact), who just attended Oasis.

Colin & Francesca...




They own a Kool Kustom Kulture Klothing & Kollectibles business there, and seemed to be familiar with the So Ca Tiki scene. They mentioned they sold Ding Dong Devils and The Hula Girls CDs in their store !!

Also by sheer coincidence in the Ti was fellow Australian (and TC member) Careless Navigator (aka Rohan) and his lovely wife. Rohan runs this Australian Tiki site...
http://carelessnavigator.com. Rats, I should have gotten their picture as well.

And to continue the Aussie Tiki representation, Swizzle (the TC member, not the stick) will be visiting the Ti this Wed afternoon (8/29) for the first time, along with TikiVato and his brother nui'umi'umi . Come on by, we'll put a shrimp on the barbie for you. Ha, ha.

It's kind of funny, all of these Tiki tourists traveling 8,000 miles to visit the Ti, and I know of several local TC people who have never been, or maybe just once or twice in their entire Tiki lifetimes. I think any Tikiphile within a 100 mile radius should be required to have a Ray's Mistake at this holy Tiki site at least annually. It's kind of like Catholics having to take confession. You don't want to end up in Tiki Hell, do you !! ??

[ This Message was edited by: JOHN-O 2012-08-27 10:54 ]


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PolynesianPop
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Posted: 2012-08-27 09:42 am   Permalink

Funny you should mention this John. In addition to last Wednesday night at the Tiki Ti, I had the pleasure of spending some time with Colin and Francesca at Tiki Highway and Rohan and his wife at the Hi-Times Chili Cook-off yesterday. Really good folks indeed!


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Buttercup
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Posted: 2012-08-27 10:58 am   Permalink

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On 2012-08-27 09:28, JOHN-O wrote:
You don't want to end up in Tiki Hell, do you !! ??

[ This Message was edited by: JOHN-O 2012-08-27 10:54 ]



I heard Tiki Hell has one heck of a party, so this isn't really a good threat.

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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2012-08-30 07:45 am   Permalink

Wednesday at the Tiki Ti. This was kind of interesting, at one point and by sheer coincidence, the only people in the place were Tiki peeps. I thought that was pretty cool.

Left to right below - Tiki Diablo, Dana, Polynesian Pop, Laura, Swizzle (visiting from Australia, first time at the Ti !), nui'umi'umi, Rose Mary, CeCe, and TikiVato.




Left to right below - your humble photographer, Rasta Jim, Coco Joe, Sid and Sherri.



 
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Hiphipahula
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Posted: 2012-09-05 11:27 am   Permalink

Great photos John-O thanks also to you and all the Down under gang and to Adrian and Danny too for caravan-ing out to Kirby's Rumpus Room not one week but pre Oasis as well, what a treat! See you soon, Aloha!
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heylownine
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Posted: 2012-09-26 5:48 pm   Permalink

Hmm. Wednesday...Tiki-Ti...don't mind if I do.

Kevin


 
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A Frame
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Posted: 2012-10-05 1:13 pm   Permalink

I noticed these "TIKI" people enjoying good times on a very hot day at the TI a couple weeks ago.







 
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lunavideogames
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Posted: 2012-10-15 1:42 pm   Permalink

Is that guy drinking the last beer in the place? I have often considered getting it (no I haven't) but now that it is gone I guess I'll just have to choose from one of the nearly 100 tropical beverages!

I have been to Tiki Ti a lot of times and I have never even seen anyone ask about a beer. Daring man.


 
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A Frame
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Posted: 2012-10-16 11:39 am   Permalink

Jeremy did and he GUZZLED that oil can!





 
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