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JOHN-O's Zombie Road Trip...
JOHN-O
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From: Dogtown, USA
Posted: 2012-03-26 06:20 am   Permalink

The Hong Kong Inn in Ventura...



This place is a 1960's "chop suey" time warp complete with
Polynesian floor show and full Tropical cocktail menu. Now while Martin Cate has nothing to worry about with their version of the Zombie, the HKI does have one particular advantage over Smuggler's Cove. In the on-going circular argument of defining Tiki concepts like Tiki Art and Tiki Music, on this matter there can be no argument.

Ladies and gentlemen, THIS is Tiki Food...


(image courtesy of ATP)



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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2012-04-02 01:02 am   Permalink



Ok, so for the third attempt in the last several years I try to order a Zombie at Lakanuki (Mammoth Lakes like all ski towns is a sausage fest). I get the same reply as the first two times...

"What's a Zombie ??" (FYI, that's a Mai Tai above. They do have that on the menu.)

Oh well, at least this has to be the highest elevation (at 8100 feet) Tiki bar ever in existence. Here's me and heylownine with a Tiki that towers over all...



And they do have the requisite "Book of Tiki" collage in the restroom.

And check out this mural below, it's a Tiki in leiderhosen !!...

German culture and Tiki, who would have thunk ??

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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Posted: 2012-04-02 10:23 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-04-02 01:02, JOHN-O wrote:
And check out this mural, it's a Tiki in leiderhosen !!...



German culture and Tiki, who would have thunk ??



Sven for one! & Sabu also


 
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heylownine
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Posted: 2012-04-03 07:20 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-04-02 01:02, JOHN-O wrote:
Ok, so for the third attempt in the last several years I try to order a Zombie at Lakanuki (Mammoth Lakes like all ski towns is a sausage fest). I get the same reply as the first two times...

"What's a Zombie ??"



I can vouch for that...John-O is out there fighting the good (zombie) fight!

kevin
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2012-07-18 11:33 am   Permalink



The craft cocktail boom has exploded to such an extent that these days some of the best Tropical drinks can be found outside of the Tiki bar. La Descarga, located in East Hollywood, is one such place. Recently they've started a weekly Tiki night to focus on our favorite libations. See
here for more pics.

La Descarga is a beautiful and stylish place, paying homage to the Havana nightclubs that flourished before Castro. This is a great place to dress up in your best cocktail attire, leaving the shorts and flip-flops at home.

They actually had two Zombies on the menu, a Zombie Punch and a Haitian Zombie. The Zombie Punch was an excellent 1934 Don's version, although I wish they served it in a proper Collins glass rather than a Hurricane glass. The Haitian Zombie was a little too coconutty for me but I should have expected that given it's served in a real coconut.

What I was really surprised to see was a version of the Mai Kai's famous Black Magic drink, which next time I'll certainly have to try.

So if you want to experience "Tiki in Cuba", this is the most legal and inexpensive way to do that, short of traveling to the former Trader Vic's in Havana (which I understand is still a Tiki bar).

And on a side note, here's me in the Tiki bar at Graceland. Unfortunately the bartender wasn't mixing Zombies at the time. But as you can see, the spirit of Elvis did inhabit my body, I'm very popular at Karaoke nights now.



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Marty Lush
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Posted: 2012-07-18 2:26 pm   Permalink

John O, You are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2012-09-25 8:38 pm   Permalink

North Carolina...

Strip clubs, tanning salons, and Mongolian BBQ !!!



But no Zombies (or even actual Tikis).


 
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bigtikidude
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Posted: 2012-09-25 8:49 pm   Permalink

Hows the BBQ?
Mongolian, and down south style?

Jeff(btd)




 
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lunavideogames
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Posted: 2012-09-26 12:18 pm   Permalink

Great post! You seem like you do more tiki traveling than me. Not that I am an expert, but reading this makes me feel like I have never been to a tiki bar at all. Keep up the good work!

Now that I have spent over an hour on this one thread, it is back to work for me.

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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2012-09-26 4:59 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-09-25 20:49, bigtikidude wrote:

Hows the BBQ?...


Amazing !!...



So if "tourist luau" Kalua pork is considered Tiki food then why can't Carolina-style pulled pork be Tiki food too ??

I say it is !!


 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Posted: 2012-09-26 5:11 pm   Permalink

BBQ & Tiki, I say yes, There has always been a BBQ element to
the Island & Asian cuisine that has been served at so many Tiki Restaurants.

Since I am the sole survivor of the "Great Tiki Food Wars" I got some say on the subject!


 
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2012-09-28 9:22 pm   Permalink

Trader Vic's Atlanta...  at last !!



I was too late for TV Dallas and TV Chicago, but thank goodness I made it here in time.

TV Atlanta was the last remaining vintage ( if 1976 can be considered vintage) U.S. Tiki destination on my Zombie Road Trip.  It did not disappoint.  It's probably the most purist TV (even more so than Emeryville) in that it's the last remaining American location inside a Hilton hotel.  

Not only that, it's in the friggin' basement...



This was the classic Tiki dungeon labyrinth of my dreams. And despite it's Jimmy Carter-era pedigree, I like to imagine that back in the day this was the place that traveling salesmen tried to get lucky with Mai Tai inebriated Delta Airline stews.




TV Atlanta is awesome !!  


(Portia, your lovely Tiki hostess)


 
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2012-10-17 12:31 am   Permalink



 
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