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The Bamboo House (formerly the Outrigger) , Prince George, BC, Canada (restaurant)
Reid-O
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From: B.C. Canada
Posted: 2008-05-10 12:07 am   Permalink

And of course my expedition wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Bamboo House


Doors locked!!!

We MUST get inside!!!!!!


 
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TabooDan
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From: BC, Canada
Posted: 2008-05-10 8:58 pm   Permalink

Now that is more like it!!! Good job Reido!
Compare that interior shot of Esther's Inn that was posted by SweetDaddy in the bright color with that glowing white ceiling and then check out the darker evening shot that Reido took and look at the difference!!
That place actually looks really good and check out all the masks and carvings!! Hell....those are even some awesome carvings too!! They sure aren't Indian carvings or something else claiming to be Tiki! Pretty authentic!! Awesome shot of the courtyard with all the plants and cool Tiki's.

Good to see the Bamboo House hasn't been knocked down or anything yet. Interesting how the sign says "Closed Until Further Notice" and there is no "For Sale" sign anymore. I'd like to drag that building down here, find a good spot and re-open it!! TabooDan

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Sweet Daddy Tiki
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Posted: 2008-05-10 10:02 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-05-10 20:58, TabooDan wrote:
Compare that interior shot of Esther's Inn that was posted by SweetDaddy in the bright color with that glowing white ceiling and then check out the darker evening shot that Reido took and look at the difference!!



Even if there were no lights on at all that carpet would still be ugly.

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Good to see the Bamboo House hasn't been knocked down or anything yet. Interesting how the sign says "Closed Until Further Notice" and there is no "For Sale" sign anymore. I'd like to drag that building down here, find a good spot and re-open it!! TabooDan



Do it! I'll kick in $20 to get you started. And maybe some sweat equity too, as long as I don't have to do any heavy lifting.

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thekazz
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Joined: Jul 10, 2008
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From: Vancouver, BC
Posted: 2008-07-10 11:41 am   Permalink

I was up in PG on business recently too, and being new to the world of Tiki didn't know about Esther's but fortunately got moved there for my last night when the hotel my office had booked me in was overbooked. What a stroke of luck!

Quick recap:
-Monsoon Lounge: the bar sandwiched in between the Tradewinds restaurant and the main entrance/atrium. Small, dark, masks on the walls, $15 surf n' turf special with mediocre drinks. Too bad there's no pictures of this spot, it seemed like a real gem (drinks and drinkers - read on - notwithstanding).
-The main atrium: HUGE, with gardens, multiple pools and hot tubs, bridges, masks, tikis
-The Tradewinds restaurant: Orchid room looked like Reid-O's darker picture, and also had a large outdoor "gazebo" under a thatch roof overlooking the Gardens. A coworker told me later that Sunday brunch they have there includes a pig roast!
The scoop on the place is that it was a couple of stand-alone hotels that were acquired by the owners, who connected everything by building the huge atrium over top of the grounds and creating gardens around the pools, etc. It's known as a great weekend party place for the locals because where else can you immerse yourself in the tropics during those harsh Northern winters.

The owner of Esther's is probably the person to speak to about the remnants of Outrigger; clearly a major tikiphile. The outrigger canoe in Reid-O's picture and some of the tikis at the entrance to the Tradewinds apparently came from the Outrigger, the boat being the one that used to hang from the roof there (see Dustycajun's postcard pic on page 2). The bartender told me the owner of Esther's acquired most of the stuff from the Outrigger/Bamboo House some time back.

Having spent about a week up there, seeing other hotels and the rest of the town, I agree with other posters who mentioned that there wasn't much in PG. Downtown at 5pm on a Friday in June was a bit of a war zone. Stores all closing/closed, nobody on the streets except some truly seedy characters, and the thrill of seeing the Bamboo House A-frame tamped down by a couple lighting up their crack pipes in the entranceway.

So, Tikiphiles, don't confuse Prince George with California. Northern BC is going through some hard times (major layoffs almost weekly, serious drug problems, and the city shut down by major flooding and fires several times in the last year alone!), and it really showed. The monsoon lounge was less laughter and ukeleles and more solitary, taciturn drinkers.

This being said, Esther's was a real oasis up there! Sure, it had some rough edges, but considering Tiki joints have been closing in much more prosperous places, keeping a giant Tiki temple like this one alive in a small Northern town is something special. So if you're ever in that area, particularly during the winter, be sure to check it out!


 
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Sweet Daddy Tiki
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Posted: 2008-07-10 5:19 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the report, thekazz, and welcome to Tiki Central.

 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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From: Carson, California
Posted: 2008-07-10 6:29 pm   Permalink

Found another old photo of the Outrigger online - This one in winter.


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TabooDan
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Joined: Jul 18, 2004
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From: BC, Canada
Posted: 2008-07-10 7:48 pm   Permalink

Hey Thekazz, Nice post!! Thanks for the update and welcome aboard as well!! Always good to have another tikiphile in BC checking stuff out!!

Thanks Sabu for the new cool picture!
I really wish I could go back to it's heyday and see this place! It would have been pretty cool driving through sleet and snow and coming across this A-Frame with a little Tiki Oasis inside practically in the middle of no where!!

I'll have a Zombie please!




 
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Pepe le Tiki
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Joined: May 09, 2005
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From: Vancouver, BC
Posted: 2008-07-11 09:06 am   Permalink

Thanks for your report Thekazz! Welcome to TC too!!

Sabu...great find, that's the Prince George I recognize ... notice that the palm tree is gone too!!

I'm happy it's still standing at least!!

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TabooDan
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From: BC, Canada
Posted: 2008-07-21 10:27 pm   Permalink

Okay, no new information yet but I did have a VERY exciting find for me a few weeks ago!!!

My sister-in-law was in town and told me about a couple tiki 'cups' she had seen at a local antique shop. I usually check these out frequently so I was a little interested in what she saw. I asked what she had seen and she said there were about 5-6 mugs and a few other Hawaiian items.

She then told me there was a mug with "Tropic Isle" on it. Well....need I say I WAS VERY INTERESTED??!!! She had actually taken a photo with her phone and sure enough a bunch of mugs and Coco Joe stuff on a shelf along with a coconut mug with Tropic Isle right on the front.

I was stoked on this as it was another slight variation in style and build from the two coconut mugs I have. As I checked out the other items I saw a red mug poking out from the back that looked like a Marquesian style Toby Design mug. I grabbed it turned it over and right on the back in big old locally made letters were the words "The Outrigger Prince George BC"!!

I had a little mini freak out as I have never seen a mug or anything except a postcard from this place and now I was holding one of my favorite things to collect!! Enough talk you're saying!!



The back with writing and a image of an Outrigger:



What was also cool with this little discovery was that it has a artist's name on the bottom "Jeanne" in black writing. The interesting thing with this is that my mold maker, the man that made the molds for alot of the local tiki restaurants, Hawaiian Village, Tropic Isle, and also Trader Vic's, told me about this artist doing ceramic pieces and specifically for another Tiki restaurant here in BC called The Islanders.

I also didn't realize this until I was taking the pictures for this post was that when I was at the ceramic mold makers (Tom is his name) house a few years ago, Tom gave me the exact original mug made by Toby Design!! So I could possibly have the original mug that Tom took the mold from to produce this exact mug who then gave the mold to "Jeanne" to make and produce.
A bit of a run around story but I think that's it!! Tom did tell me he often was given or kept the original mugs he made the molds from in case he needed to add extra details the mold may have missed or to make his sculpt a little more precise.
He also had other mugs as well that he had done but mainly from the Hawaiian Village.

Anyways, wanted to get this on here as I was quite excited to find something from what looks to have been another great BC Tiki establishment!!

Mahalo, TabooDan



 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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Posted: 2008-07-21 10:46 pm   Permalink

Excellent discovery! Wonder how few of those were made.

 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2008-07-21 10:50 pm   Permalink

TabooDan,

Way to go, awesome find! You owe your sister-in-law dinner and drinks for that one. Now, if we could only find a menu and a matchbook from the Outrigger.


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-02-13 12:40 pm   Permalink

Finally, I found a matchbook from the Outrigger.



One of those cool matchbooks that has the image on the front cover and tucks under the bottom of the book to create the image.



Now, where's the menu?

DC


 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2011-02-15 12:34 pm   Permalink

Awesome matchbook. One of the best designs I've seen.


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-09-19 4:52 pm   Permalink

Unearthed a swizzle from the Outrigger.



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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-09-19 9:22 pm   Permalink

A are relic.

 
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