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Mauna Loa, Mexico City, Mexico (restaurant)
Humuhumu
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Joined: Aug 22, 2002
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From: San Francisco
Posted: 2003-10-06 2:01 pm   Permalink

Name:Mauna Loa
Type:restaurant
Street:Ave. San Jeronimo 240
City:Mexico City
State:
Zip:
country:Mexico
Phone:5616-2777
Status:operational

Description:
Restaurant/night club with a polynesian floor show, and a cover of 60 pesos (~$5). Don't know how long it's been around; reportedly \"a long, long time.\" Extremely popular with tourists, with several shows a week -- reservations are recommended. There used to be a Mauna Loa in Mexico City in the 60s at Hamburgo 172, I can't tell yet if there is a connection there.



 
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Humuhumu
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From: San Francisco
Posted: 2003-10-06 2:07 pm   Permalink

Tikifish said it better than I could, when she found Restaurant Luau in Quebec:

Quote:
The ultimate holy grail of tiki hunting (besides maybe a Mauna Loa mug or a Steve Crane bowl) is finding a tiki bar that hasn't been documented or found by other intrepid tiki hunters. It's kind of like being Lord Carnarvon and finding Tut's tomb unspoiled. But better, because tiki hunting doesn't come with a mummy's curse (though it would make a good name for a drink).



Indeed, this is a special, even magical feeling -- I've found a new (to us) Polynesian palace. I haven't been there myself yet, but I found a coworker with a sister in Mexico City who has been before, and grilled her with a few questions:

Do they have tikis? Yes

Do they serve tropical drinks in tiki mugs? Yes

What year did Mauna Loa open? Long, long time ago....

What does the interior decoration look like? Polynesian, it is very typical.

Is the food any good (warning: it almost certainly won't be)? So, so....

The responses aren't exactly as detailed as I'd hoped, and I don't have pictures, but it's a promising start. She hadn't had the Mai Tai and so couldn't report on the quality of the drinks, and she didn't give me any specifics on the floor show. Next step is to call the place and ask for more specifics, like what year it opened, and if there is a connection to the other Mauna Loa.

Now, excuse me while I do a victory lap around my office...

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Formikahini
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Joined: Aug 22, 2002
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From: Houston, Texotica
Posted: 2003-10-06 3:53 pm   Permalink

Felicidades, mi'jita! Qué padre! (and I love the thought of your victory laps!!).

One more reason to be glad I teach Spanish; there's another cool tiki bar out there where knowing the language helps immensely (when you're there)!

Now I'm REALLY overdue for a trip down south....I gotta week off for Thanksgiving (the whole work week, plus the attached weekends). Any traveling companions available?
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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2003-10-06 4:15 pm   Permalink

Lemme see what it'll take to get a passport (I've never needed one before), and I'll get back to you!

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Tiki Diablo
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Joined: Jun 24, 2002
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From: socal
Posted: 2003-10-06 6:26 pm   Permalink

Que Padre! Formika, I like that use of Mexican spanish. Or its Que buena honda! I guess some TC is off to CHILANGOLANDIA!

 
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RevBambooBen
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2003-10-06 8:33 pm   Permalink

Does that mean they are going to go to Chilangolandia on their Honda's?? Like a bike rally to Mex?? (I failed Spanish due to the fact I could not roll my r's.)

 
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Tiki Diablo
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From: socal
Posted: 2003-10-06 10:22 pm   Permalink

Ben, "que buena honda" kinda means " how cool". Ben my boy, howzit?

 
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DawnTiki
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From: next stop Hulaville!
Posted: 2003-10-07 12:24 am   Permalink

No passport needed for traveling anywhere in Mexico, although it's always a good idea just to have one. I've driven all over Mexico without one and was just fine. http://travel.state.gov/passport_services.html

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Humuhumu
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From: San Francisco
Posted: 2003-10-07 12:45 am   Permalink

I've decided to play it safe and get one -- I really should have one anyway. I've sent off for fresh copies of my birth certificate & marriage certificate, and I'll do the expedited passport -- I should be able to get one in time. Formika, I'll send you a private email where we can chat more & see if & how we want to do this. Judging from my adventures with Spanish & Altavista's Babelfish today, I really shouldn't be left on my own out there!
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Atomic Cocktail
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Joined: Jun 25, 2002
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From: Land O' The Next Big One-L.A.
Posted: 2003-10-07 10:34 am   Permalink

Maybe we can organize a trip if that darned Volcano don't erupt (which it seems to do every time I plan on hitting Tenochtitlan.) I'll never get to see Juan Diego's tilma!

 
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DawnTiki
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Posted: 2003-10-07 11:53 pm   Permalink

Humuhumu you seem like an unstoppable force once something gets in your head! I like that! Atomic Cocktail, I bet if you asked nicely you could hitch a ride with these gals. Popocatépetl wouldn't dare make a peep around these two. I am sure you'd be in safe hands with Humuhumu and Formikahini serving as body guards.

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Jungle Trader
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Posted: 2003-10-08 07:49 am   Permalink

Just be careful ladies and gentlemen. Do you remember a man named Harry Truman? (real name, same as our past Pres.) He lived on Mt. St Helens. His words were, "This mountain wouldn't dare blow up on me". A few months later he and his home were incinerated, blown into the atmosphere. What a ride!!
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Formikahini
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From: Houston, Texotica
Posted: 2003-10-08 10:08 am   Permalink

Just for nerdy clarification's sake, Tenochtitlan is the valley (formerly the site of the Aztec capital, built on a lake, thus the sinking buildings today in Mexico City).

Popocatépetl (affectionately known as "Popo") is the active volcano shaped in the classic cone shape. In legend, he's the mourning prince, standing at the side of his beloved:

Ixtaccihuatl (or Iztaccihuatl), who looks very much like the "Sleeping Woman". She lies dead, stretched out under a sheet (of snow). Thses two mountains adorn the murals on the walls of just about every Mexican restaurant that has murals.

The story usually goes Romeo and Juliet-ish. Two opposing tribes, Ixtac's family are the hoity-toities (in the bad way, not the good way!). Popo's from the woodsy, hunter-y folks (too redneck for Ixtac's daddy). They run away together, but she dies of the cold and starvation, as Daddy has forbidden anyone to help them in any way. To this day, Popo stands over her, guarding her. Teach HER to disobey her parents and marry a boy from the "wrong" family!

This concludes your Mexican culture lesson for the day, class. You are now dismissed for recess....Where's my cocktail?
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DawnTiki
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Posted: 2003-10-08 11:51 am   Permalink

Thanks Formikahini, I did know that Tenochtitlan was (is) the name of the Aztec capital/valley, but I didn't know the name of the Volcanoes, thats why I love Tiki Central. I learn something new everyday! http://volcano.und.nodak.edu/vwdocs/current_volcs/popo/mar5popo.html



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freddiefreelance
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Posted: 2003-10-08 1:10 pm   Permalink

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On 2003-10-08 07:49, jungletrader wrote:
Just be careful ladies and gentlemen. Do you remember a man named Harry Truman? (real name, same as our past Pres.) He lived on Mt. St Helens. His words were, "This mountain wouldn't dare blow up on me". A few months later he and his home were incinerated, blown into the atmosphere. What a ride!!


But they never found his body, and he had well stocked hidey holes in mineshafts in the area. several people think he might've made it & died of natural causes before anyone discovered where he was hidden.
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