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Tropics Restaurant & Congo Room Bar Opening Celebration
KreepyTiki
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Posted: 2010-07-02 07:27 am   Permalink

Yes, Ohana, the time has finally come!

Tikis meet fireworks as John and Tony cordially invite you to the legendary Caliente Tropics Resort for the big 4th of July Opening Celebration for their new Tropics Restaurant and Congo Room Bar!!!

And to help get the Tiki-lovin' festivities off to a rockin' start and keep the party rollin' all night long, your hosts have enlisted the musical aid of two groups -- The Growlers & The Entrance Band!

I was just there towards the end of June for a special private preview party and had my taste buds blown away by an apetizer of delicious wings followed by an amazing grilled pork loin chop with mushroom sauce, mashed potatoes, and zucchini that was out-of-this-world good!

But, as if that wasn't enough, I was further impressed by the resurrection of a drink recipe that was literally found deep in Caliente's cellar -- a delightful concoction called Tropics Punch which was the apparent favorite of none other than one of the original Rat-Packers -- Sammy Davis Jr. himself! (His name was actually attached to the recipe, I kid you not.) And Sammy's fave is an artful blend of triple sec, sweet & sour, pineapple, other juices, and, last but not least, properly garnished and topped by a generous float of light and dark rum (Yum!). But there's a couple secrets in there as well which I just couldn't pry out of John or Tony. But hey -- the result is habit forming and I had two to prove it!

Well, there's not much more I can say, so, pictures being worth more than most words, here's a photographic record of my fun preview and just a teeny taste of what awaits on the 4th:


What??? Could that be an actual PHOTO of the previously elusive John (architect/builder/co-owner)??? Well, just goes to show that practically ANYONE can be coerced to "smile at the birdy" providing they have enough in 'em!


And here's Big Tony lookin' big & mellow as his co-creation blossoms around him like a whole garden of hibiscus!

And here's Yours Truly with his first Tropics Punch...


And after his second...

(No jokes about "Big Stoned Heads" please!)

And just check out this ultra-cool UltraLounge tucked away in the "secret" back room!...

And I helped set up the furniture, so that'll be one complimentary Tropics Punch, John! (Oh yeah -- you already GAVE me that!)


But it was out in the Congo Room Bar's patio that the real action was...



Complete with pleasantly tipsy revelers from the Netherlands!

"Peace" right back atcha, my Nordic Brethren! And long live Kon Tiki!



And tending the poolside bar...

Juan says "Hey Kreepi! I got yo NUMBA -- TWO! As in Two Drink Limit!"

And speakin' of poolsides...

Ya can't get much more iconic than THIS one!

Yep -- Tikis plus Torches = one thing... PARTY TIME!!!

But before we drink and dance ourselves into a happy oblivion, here's a look at another iconic (and newly uncovered, thanks to John and me) LeRoy Schmaltz masterpiece...


No longer hiding in the bushes, this proud tiki here displays a lighting scheme with a distinct Doug Horne vibe...


Highly appropriate, too, as Doug designed the striking new menu...

...held here by Castaway Clemens himself as he bids a fond farewell 'til next time to that classically hip, Mid-Century Modern meld of retro 60's Futurama and old school Poly-Pop that is the new Tropics Restaurant and Congo Room Bar!

See ya on the 4th!!

Cheers & Mahalo
















 
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TikiG
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From: Riverside, California
Posted: 2010-07-02 10:02 am   Permalink

Congrats! to all involved...Thank You for your efforts. I'll be visiting sometime this summer. G
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Matt Reese
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2010-07-02 11:06 am   Permalink

I'll be there this weekend coincidentally. My family and another booked the weekend some time ago. It'll be cool to see bands and hang.

 
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Tuna Tiki
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Joined: Nov 11, 2008
Posts: 74
From: Northridge Ca
Posted: 2010-07-02 12:51 pm   Permalink

I thought we were pissed at these guys for not playing ball with Rory for next years Tiki Caliente?

 
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Wildsville man
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From: PALM SPRINGSVILLE
Posted: 2010-07-02 1:13 pm   Permalink

That wasn't these guy's. The Tropics Resort owner was the one who wanted to move it to later in June for more money. I don't want anyone to be PISSED at anyone at the Tropics. The Staff of the Resort was AWESOME. The General Manager (Tom Law) was as Shocked as I was from the response we got from the owner of the resort.

So Business is Business and we will go were we are wanted.

Oasis moved on and so will we.

The Tropics Bar/Rest are tenant of the Tropics Resort and I wish them the best.

Thank you to anyone who came to the show and supported the idea of leaving the Caliente Tropics to follow TIKI CALIENTE 3 were ever we take it.

With Tiki Ray,Buzzy and Crazy Al and the rest of the tiki crew we can make anyplace TIKI for a weekend.

Enjoy the weekend.

P.S. Great story with the Sammy Davis Jr Drink,but you may want to check your fax's much like what tiki is on the menu cover.

Catch ya on the flip,Dig?

W
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Tuna Tiki
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From: Northridge Ca
Posted: 2010-07-02 2:36 pm   Permalink

Thanks for clearing that up Rory. Patti and I met John Friday night and he showed me around the new place. The dude is super cool with a great place. I am glad to hear we still like him. Saturday morning he gave us the distinction of being his first customers to have breakfast. And a tasty breakfast it was. I wish him all the luck.

 
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Matt Reese
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2010-07-02 4:05 pm   Permalink

Didn't even realize there was an issue. I hope you (Rory) can find a good place for the next event. My family and I wanted to get away and the Tropics was just a no brainer. I don't want or care to get involved in any drama. The hotel has great memories for me and I figure going there will be nice and relaxing.
Peace with every step.



 
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KreepyTiki
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Posted: 2010-07-02 5:51 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-07-02 13:13, Wildsville man wrote:

P.S. Great story with the Sammy Davis Jr Drink,but you may want to check your fax's much like what tiki is on the menu cover.




Hey there, Rory -- I actually never said that the tiki on the menu cover was the same tiki in those last three pics, just that the menu cover was by Doug Horne and that the lighting in the second of those last three pics reminded me of the lighting effects that Doug often uses on the tikis in his paintings.

Also, re. the Sammy story, I only have what John told me to go on -- I wasn't there when the recipe was found and never saw it with my own eyes. But John is a good guy & I have no particular reason to doubt what he tells me. But if you know something about this which I -- or John -- does not, then I'd be interested to hear it 4 sure!

Anyway, Peace & Mahalo & Happy 4th, wherever ya all may be!


 
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Jetson
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From: PALM SPRINGSVILLE
Posted: 2010-07-02 6:07 pm   Permalink

I may actually be heading down there for the 4th with some buds of mine. Excited to hang in the Secret lounge, although how "secret" it is depands on how many people i showed it too during tiki caliente 2

 
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tikiliki1
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Posted: 2010-07-02 7:53 pm   Permalink

I heard there's gonna be a big Halloween Tiki weekend at the Caliente Tropics this year. It sounded bigger than tiki calienete was...something about a real Tiki-Ween costume party with killer bands and a crazy party. I am looking to find tickets now.

 
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Wildsville man
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From: PALM SPRINGSVILLE
Posted: 2010-07-02 9:13 pm   Permalink

Well I am giving this link way to much attention because I am not involved with the tropics anymore and it all ready sounds like more drama then it's worth.
I would like to state my issues.

1.The drink you are talking about is a spin off of my Palm Springs Punch. I made the original drink menu for the Tropics well before Tiki Caliente.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-99xvrj-QE

The Drink is server at Trio Bar (next to the Shag store) 707 Palm Canyon Rd. Were I help run the Bar.

only difference is the dark Rum Float....

2. Stay at the Tropics people. I love the Tropics resort. I love the history and I love the look. But they are not that friendly to do business with.
(look at the tiki caliente section on tiki central for the email conversation between the owner and myself. close to the end of the thread.

3. If I misunderstood about the tiki sorry. I was not trying to sound like an ass. It's just that whole Sammy Davis Jr think is F@#d up!!!!!

4. Party Bigger then Tiki Caliente? Bigger I doubt it. But NOT better baby!!!!!!!!!!!! p.s. Mondo Lounge 3 at the Riviera that weekend with Cherri Capri

Peace and love to all my tiki freaks and as anyone who has ever met me knows,I get along with almost anyone.


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Wildsville man
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From: PALM SPRINGSVILLE
Posted: 2010-07-02 9:15 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-07-02 19:53, tikiliki1 wrote:
I heard there's gonna be a big Halloween Tiki weekend at the Caliente Tropics this year. It sounded bigger than tiki calienete was...something about a real Tiki-Ween costume party with killer bands and a crazy party. I am looking to find tickets now.



This is the problem I have here.......tikiliki1 just became a member today and this is his only comment ever......Is this fishy to anyone?
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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2010-07-02 9:23 pm   Permalink

Yep, Fishy sounds right.

 
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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2010-07-02 10:13 pm   Permalink

I already in a cranky mood, so I'll bite: Damn straight it's fishy!

Wildsville man, you know how to throw a party and you are damn good at what you do! I for one, will never set foot at the Caliente Tropics without knowing you are somehow involved. That's right, I am boycotting.

Personally, whoever this person is, they are trolling, and I think the matter should be turned over to Hanford. Not cool.
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KreepyTiki
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Posted: 2010-07-03 6:54 pm   Permalink

Man, I don't want any drama either! Just good times!

And I'm only goin' on my own personal experiences recently as a guest at Caliente and in the past when my wife and I used to go to Hawaiian Bill's. I've had zero personal issues with the Tropics myself, and I hope it stays that way!

And as far as that drink business -- hey, I'm not gettin' in the middle of that. I just enjoyed the drink I had and reported what I'd heard about it. End of story. I haven't met you yet, Wildsville, and was not trying to challenge your veracity. And I'll always regret never having been able to attend Tiki Caliente or the early days of Oasis when it was also held there.

Anyway, I wish John and Tony the best of luck with their cool restaurant bar, and I think the success of any such tiki-themed venture is good for the tiki community as a whole. And as for whose parties or events are bigger and better than whose, and how rude or not rude the owner of the Tropics resort may or may not have been... well, that's the kind of shouting match I don't wanna get mixed up in. Heck, I've never even MET or spoken to the owner of the Caliente. And this talk of boycotting sounds like the evening news re. Arizona, Tiki Gods help me!

Peace



 
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