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Martiki is a Trader Vic's Bartender!
tikiwinebear
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From: Santa Rosa, CA (Sonoma - wine country)
Posted: 2005-09-18 10:22 am   Permalink

A Local Boy makes good!!! Yeehaw, and congrats, Martin! Will finally get to say howdy in person. The last round of mai tai's we had in SF weren't all so special, so now we will definitely make it back soon!

My fez off to you!

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martiki
Official Mixologist

Joined: Mar 29, 2002
Posts: 3058
From: http://www.smugglerscovesf.com
Posted: 2005-09-18 12:42 pm   Permalink

Thanks all again!

If you're visiting from TC, please be sure to come up and introduce yourself if I don't know your name/face.

RJ- the hardest drinks to make (for me) are the ones in real pineapples since we core them to order. It's a pain in the ass, plus we put them on a plate and specially folded napkin. Looks great, tho'. I won't say which two they are, but you guys will figure it out pretty fast.

My favorite new discovery is a SECRET drink (oooh!) not on the menus called the Hinky Dink's Fizzy. Gin, lime, passion, apricot, champagne, and more- some of you already had one on Friday. It's great. Ask for it by name! More about this one later...

Vern- Catch me on the 3rd- I'll still be in Chicago before that.

Will try to keep the hairs out of the navy grogs.

I kept it a secret so I could ramp up a little bit before people showed up. I still don't have all the drinks memorized, but I'm getting there. Even drinks I knew I've had to relearn the restaurant versions for consistency.

As for secret ingredients, there aren't any! You now may notice how I've been posting the occasional recipe in the other forums- the only things you can't really get on your own are the Mai Tai Concentrate and the Rum (Navy) Grog Concentrate, unless you know Joel in Atlanta. That's what gives Navy Grogs and Mai Tais the unique "in-restaurant" flavor. All the recipes in the "Trader Vic's Tiki Pary" book are accurate, by the way.

Pablus- there are a lot of great mixologists in the company, who are concerned with keeping the flavors consistent. Sure there's things I don't like, but the reality of business means no Zaya in the well! (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!) But it will be a long time before they send a greenhorn like me out into the world.

Elicia- don't worry, there's a total pro coming to the Seattle location- you're in very good hands.

Great post BK- all praise the blessed jigger.

Vixen- ha, yeah- when I was switching jobs, I was working seven days a week for a little bit, so it was crazy! But, yes:

"Acting!"

"Thank you!"







 
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Jungle Trader
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From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
Posted: 2005-09-18 5:58 pm   Permalink

Will you beat me if I order a beer?

 
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kittynitro
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Joined: Apr 23, 2003
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From: San Francisco
Posted: 2005-09-18 6:11 pm   Permalink

You bartending right down the street, and me off the sugary drinks this month. I'm not sure there is a god.

 
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martiki
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Joined: Mar 29, 2002
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From: http://www.smugglerscovesf.com
Posted: 2005-09-19 12:55 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-09-18 17:58, Jungle Trader wrote:
Will you beat me if I order a beer?



Of course not- Anchor Steam and Bitburger on draft ($3 at happy hour!)

Plus Hinano in bottles!


 
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martiki
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Joined: Mar 29, 2002
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From: http://www.smugglerscovesf.com
Posted: 2005-09-19 01:00 am   Permalink

The rest of happy hour, as a friendly reminder:

(reposted)

For those who don't know, Vic's SF Happy Hour is from 3:30- 6:00pm, M-F and features:

-$5 Bahia, Mai Tai, and Tonga Punch

-half price on many appetizers

-free sushi and hot snacks, usually wings, ribs, or pot stickers.

-$3 drafts (Bitburger & Anchor Steam), $5 wine and well drinks

-complimentary house-made taro chips. yum!

There is a second Happy Hour from 10pm-12:30AM featuring all the drink specials again.



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pablus
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From: www.crazedmugs.com
Posted: 2005-09-19 06:02 am   Permalink

<<<Pablus- there are a lot of great mixologists in the company, who are concerned with keeping the flavors consistent. >>>

Where are they working? I've been to no less than 3 TV's within the last 15 months and haven't met anyone that can create a drink like you. Joel is good. Very good. You are a different level. Oakland has one guy that retired a few years ago that still remembered Vic. And one guy left who I had to instruct about Falernum. The rest there suuu-hhhu--uuuck.

<<< But it will be a long time before they send a greenhorn like me out into the world. >>>

Yeah, I give it about 3 months when they realize that your shift does 50% more high end liquors than anyone else. Wil they let you wear your fez?


 
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Formikahini
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Joined: Aug 22, 2002
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From: Houston, Texotica
Posted: 2005-09-19 07:21 am   Permalink

Martin, this is *SUCH* good news!
For you!
For us!
For Trader Vic's!
For tiki!!

I got a happy (um, drunken?) phone call from one of the revelers at your new job on Friday night. The caller stated that the group who had met there would not likely be making it to the tiki art event to which they'd planned to go, as they were having WAY too much fun (and way too many perfect cocktails) at TV's.

The sign of a perfect bartender; ya just don't wanna leave.

I even more eagerly await my next trip to SF, being one of the lucky ones who tasted the fruits of your labors at the Foggy Grotto. And now, as should be, you get PAID to do that voodoo that you do so well

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Al-ii
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
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From: Oceanside Ca
Posted: 2005-09-19 07:30 am   Permalink

Martin!!!
What can I say.... This is just huge!!! congratulation my man. Finally Vic's has a real bartender.
Mahalo,
Al


 
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Tiki Bird
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From: Cerritos, Ca.
Posted: 2005-09-19 09:56 am   Permalink

Beth & I cant wait to come visit TV & have a TCer make our drink ASAP!


Congrats Martiki!

TBird.





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thejab
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tradewinds Apartments, Alameda, CA
Posted: 2005-09-19 10:34 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-09-19 06:02, pablus wrote:
<<<Pablus- there are a lot of great mixologists in the company, who are concerned with keeping the flavors consistent. >>>

Where are they working? I've been to no less than 3 TV's within the last 15 months and haven't met anyone that can create a drink like you. Joel is good. Very good. You are a different level. Oakland has one guy that retired a few years ago that still remembered Vic. And one guy left who I had to instruct about Falernum. The rest there suuu-hhhu--uuuck.



That was true when you were here visiting Pablus, but recently the Emeryville store got a bartender with 4 years experience at the London location, and he really is a cocktail connoisseur. And Sonya (or Sonja) in the SF location is also very good. Things have been improving a lot at Vic's in the bay area as far as drink quality (especially now that martiki is bartending). I just wish they would stop the little remodeling jobs in the Emeryville location (they recently painted the bar ceiling in a light color which makes it look less cozy).


 
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inkylouise
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From: las vegas
Posted: 2005-09-19 12:10 pm   Permalink

Congrads Martin, That is just fabulous!

For the record, I think the Grotto bar decor is nicer than your work bar!



 
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kick_the_reverb
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Joined: Jul 17, 2002
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From: Originally Israel, now Oceanside, CA
Posted: 2005-09-19 12:38 pm   Permalink

Oh man, this is very exciting news!
Congratulations Martin!
I'm glad I havn't done the planned trek to Nor-Cal yet, now I have another very good reason to go.
All the best,
Ran


 
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johnnievelour
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From: LongBeach
Posted: 2005-09-19 2:08 pm   Permalink

Congratulation! What great news. On our next trip to SF, TV will be the first stop.
By the way, Martiki, did you bring your own shirt from home?


 
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2005-09-19 4:30 pm   Permalink

I had to turn back my Mai-Tai; it didn't have grenadine or pineapple juice in it!!! RAZZZ!! tee hee
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