Tiki Oasis 15 – “Yesterdays Future Today”!

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Tiki Oasis is a family produced four-day Polynesian Pop lifestyle convention / party which takes place in Southern California each August, and is the only event of its’ kind on the planet earth!! Each year Tiki Oasis presents a different theme which explores, celebrates, and preserves mid-century aesthetics via entertainment, fashion, food, drink and education, while showing its’ relevancy in contemporary culture.

Tiki Oasis attendees experience four days of mixology, live and dj music sets, educational, symposiums, book signings, marketplace shopping, art, burlesque, comedy, vintage cars, fashion, food, kids events, and more!

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Event organizers, Von Stroheim Family

Tiki Oasis attendees experience four days of mixology, live and dj music sets, educational symposiums, book signings, marketplace shopping, art, burlesque, comedy, vintage cars, fashion, food, kids events, and more!
Tiki Oasis was conceived in 2000 as a fundraiser to support the rehabilitation of the mid-century Palm Springs Caliente Tropics Motel which attracted a small gathering of tikiphiles.

Tiki Oasis was conceived in 2001 as a fundraiser to support the rehabilitation of the mid-century Palm Springs Caliente Tropics Motel which attracted a small gathering of tikiphiles. The event, which moved to San Diego in 2006 and has grown to include two locations, three hotels, over 28 symposiums, 100 vendors, numerous sponsors, a slew of talent including live bands, disk jockeys, burlesque and go-go dancers, visual artist and carvers, guitar and ukulele instructors, vintage cars, mixology experts and well over 3000 attendees.

Tiki Oasis 15 “Yesterday’s Future Today”

This year’s Tiki Oasis Theme is “Yesterdays Future Today” The Space Age ran parallel to the Modern Primitivism of Tiki Culture. While technology propelled modern man to the moon, the common man celebrated isolated islander cultures that were equally unattainable. Tiki Oasis celebrates this mid-century take on the future. Expect to be entertained, educated and visually stimulated. Tiki Oasis attendees always go full-throttle with event theme costuming!

At Tiki Oasis 2015, Pull on your jet pack and jump into the air; grab your raygun and become a space invader; or just relax poolside soaking in the sights and sounds of your own moonage daydream.

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Photo: Scott Saw / VIXEN Photography
Model: Stephanie Castro

Captain James Cook desired to go “farther than any other man has been before”. He discovered many remote islands as well as sailing to Antarctica and being the first to chart parts of Alaska, the final frontier of the Age of Discovery. Ironically we ended up putting a man on the moon decades before we discovered the last tribes in the mountains of Papua New Guinea.

Just as Captain Cook’s Endeavor sailed uncharted seas, Star Trek Captain James T. Kirk’s Enterprise took voyages into outer space to discover “strange new worlds, uncharted civilizations, and exotic people.”

Symposiums and Special Events…

Tiki Oasis is offering over 35 Symposiums this year. Be prepared to blast off into a universe of music, mixology, yoga, dance, architecture, fashion, Science Fiction, tiki history, art, pin-up hair and make-up and a whole score of book signings! Special events include the Miss Tiki Oasis Pageant, Cigar and Rum Pairing Lounge, Tiki Oasis Beauty Bungalow and Glamour Pin-Up Packages!

Special symposium educators feature the likes of original Mothers of Invention keyboardist Don Preston, Rodenberry Entertainment CEO Rod Roddenberry, legendary author and Tiki expert Sven Kirsten, mid-century historian and entertainer Charles Phoenix and many more!

Tiki Oasis 15: “Yesterday’s Future, Today” entertainment includes…

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Picture: Albertine Feurer-Young

On the main stage:
Host: King Kukulele, Man or Astroman?, The Chocolate Watchband, Tikiyaki Orchestra, The Phenomenauts, The Phantom Surfers, Clouseaux, Fono66, The Devil-Ettes, Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid, The Neptunas, Project: Pimento, The Outta Sites, The Little Richards, The Rosalyns, The Ding Dong Devils, Diddley Daddies, The Angel and Robot Show, Point Doom, Slim Jenkins, and more!

DJs for the weekend include:
Howie Pyro, Lee Joseph, Anja and Mike Stax, Tanoa Samoa Boy, Agent Kari, El Nova, Duke Weiss, Lukino Ungawa, Johnny Bartlett, Tiki Tena & Jeff BigTikiDude, Axle, Eric Musick, Switched on Audrey, Astro 138, Jon Burchard, Nuria Alsina, Patrick Robinson, Sid Presley, Strike, Suzy Moran, Xerox, Burnie Gipson, and the crew of LuxuriaMusic.com!

Marketplace Information
Tiki Oasis is the crossroads of the Tiki world. Craftsmen, artists, tinkerers, and traders haul their wares to the Oasis creating an Exotica emporium unmatched throughout the world. Many vendors create limited edition items specifically for Tiki Oasis weekend shoppers!

Tiki Oasis 2015 Art Show “Yesterday’s Future Today”…
Our 6th annual art show features over 30 top Tiki artists from around the globe. All original artwork is for sale. Meet the Tiki Oasis Artists and the 2015 Winner of the Miss Tiki Oasis Pageant, Saturday from 1-2!

Artist include:
Arnold Pander, Atomikitty, Big Toe Art, Chris Crites, Christine Benjamin, CraigR, David Krys, Dawn Frasier, Derek Yaniger, Doug Dorr, Doug Horne, Eddy Crosby, Edmund Gabriel, Erin Joy, Eric October, Harry Decker, Ken Ruzic , Kymm! Bang, Maya Rodgers, Michael Fleming , Michael Grider, Mike Mass, Norm Daniels, REESENIK, Robert Jimenez, Ryan Hungerford, Sandra Fremgen, Scott Saw, Tiki King, Tiki Pop, Tiki Tony, Vestige Photography, Woody Miller and more!

Burlesque Show – Midnight at Tiki Oasis!
Check out a cavalcade of captivating burlesque stars that are out of this world! Once you enter the Lagoon Room you will lose all sense of time and space as you are engulfed in the sights and sounds of wild burlesque dancers and frantic, primitive intoxicating sounds from Howie Pyro and on Saturday only Slim Jenkins.

Tiki Oasis 7th Annual Car Show
Two days of vintage and specialty cars, plus vendor marketplace, tiki carver village, DJs spinning, the Beauty Bungalow, and on Sunday we will feature these food trucks: Devilicious, My Urban Eats and Chubbys! The car show will feature live music from The Els A Phonics and The Millionaire Kids.

Sunday night at Tiki Oasis Garage Rock Showcase!
60s legends, The Chocolate Watchband! Also featuring The Rosalyns (all girl band!), Diddley Daddies (Mike Stax, Ugly Things Magazine), The Devil-Ettes (San Francisco), Emcee: Otto von Stroheim, Sid Presley Disc Jockeying

QUICK LOOK @ FREE EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:
for times and details please visit: www.tikioasis.com

Friday:
Tiki Oasis Yoga
Singalong with King Kukulele
Out of this world Fitness Class
Oblong Box Shop – Poolside Fashion Show
Tiki Oasis Bookclub: A Wrinkle in Time
Miss Tiki Oasis – Poolside Strut

Saturday:
Let’s Get Hip to Hula!
Tiki Oasis 2015 Booksigning with Merrell Fankhauser, Domenic Priore, Jeff Chenault, Danny Biederman, Java from Bachelor Pad, Neil Norman
7th Annual Car Show

Sunday
Tiki Tots Tour with King Kukulele
Hula Hooping with Szandora
7th Annual Car Show
Uke Jam

All Weekend Long
Tiki Oasis Marketplace
2015 Pop-Up Artshow
Tiki Tot Playroom
DJ’s and Bands: Poolside, Sushi Bar, Car Show

 

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Martin Cate, Kelly Patterson, Ram Udwin

 

Symposium Educators

Merrell Fankhauser: Book Signing

Duke Weiss: Blast Off MusicSzandora: Hula Hoop

Darren Bradley: Honolulu Modern: Architecture in Paradise

Eric October: Paper Craft

Penny Starr JR: SCI-FASHION: a history of sci-fi costume design

Will the Thrill & Scott: FUTURE SCHLOCK: Vintage Visions of Time and Space

Richard Foss: COCKTAIL: History of Rum

Pin-Up Posing: Pin-Up Posing 101

Shana Astrachan: Space Age Pin-Up Hair

Tana the Tattooed Lady: Tiki Oasis Yoga

Kelly Patterson: Countdown To A Spectacular Celebration!

Violetta Beretta: Let’s Get Hip to Hula!

Devil-Ettes: Dance class – Galactic Au Go Go!

Don Preston: Former Mothers keyboardist discusses Frank Zappa

Ruby Joule: Tahitian Dance

Sven Kirsten: Treasures of Tiki Archeology

Jason Lee: Surf Guitars from Outer Space!

Martin Cate: Where Did My Rum Come From?

Pin-Up Make-Up: The Sophisticated Art of Pin-Up Make-Up

Jeff Chenault: Kahiki: Hear the untold stories of Columbus, Ohio’s legendary Tiki temple

Neil Norman: Conversation with the last great Space Rock composer

Charles Phoenix : Big Retro Outer Space Slide Show

Danny Biederman: Sci-Fi Meets Spy-Fi

Ram Udin: Advanced Bartending Techniques for the Atomic Age

Domenic Priori: Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles’ Space-Age Nautical Pleasure Pier

Tiki Oasis market

What: Tiki Oaisis 15 “Yesterdays Future Today” www.tikioasis.com
2014 Festival Re-Cap and Press Lnks –  www.reverberationsmedia.com/tiki-oasis-14-festival-recap/
When: August 13-16, 2015

Where: August 13: Meet and Greet at Bali Hai, Shelter Island, San Diego  – www.balihairestaurant.com

August 14-16: Main Event at Crown Plaza, Hotel Circle, San Diego – www.crowneplaza.com/SanDiego
See all the symposiums here.
Pictures: Lee Joseph and Albertine Feurer-Young

Tiki Oasis 2014 – Beat Tiki!

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Rum, Fun and Tiki!

And so i went to the Tiki Oasis in San Diego, it was my first trip there and as a lover of all things tiki it was of course a blast! i headed over from New Orleans and went on a road trip with Mark Holt and Bryan & Joanne from the Lost Spirits Rum.

Tiki Oasis is probably the biggest tiki event in the world and is essentially one giant rum/tiki and booze party! – filled with elaborately “garnished” people because not only the tiki drinks are garnished but the people also 🙂

Hawaiian shirts, tropical muu muus and dresses, hats and fezzes. There were vintage cat’s eye glasses, beehive hair, coconut purses, flower leis and pineapple tiaras.

Held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Diego, this is a annual weekender event, starting on the thursday at the Bali Hai Restaurant and then friday to sunday at the Crowne Plaza.

I liked the hotel, it has beautiful surroundings and the food and service was great and reasonably priced and it had a very tropical tiki-ish vibe.

During the day there´s a whole lot of activities, a lot of them around the pool and stage area with live bands, contests, marketplaces, hula courses, arts and crafts, book signings, symposiums, fashion shows, Miss Tiki Oasis, burlesque dancers, surf guitar classes and the list goes on, there was a LOT to do! and the marketplace is really fun! so filled with fantastic creations of all sorts.

I was especially happy about that you could get fresh flower leis, which is something i been dreaming about for years!!

Tiki Oasis 13 included:

One Miss Tiki Oasis
One helicopter fly-over
A booksigning
Two locations
Three hotels
15 seminars
16 Disc Jockeys
18 Burlesque stars
19 bands
25 artists in art show
30+ Cars in car show
42 Dancers
100 vendors
450+ hotel rooms
3000 attendees

At night, there was live music and entertainment on the stage and then there was the room parties…

At least 10 parties going on at the same time in rooms and suites which all had their own themes from “Hula Hut” to “Tiki Hell” – the latter an “anti-tiki” type of thing…and all about all having fun, which we had indeed…that room was crazy fun! and i laughed when i saw the man sized paper figure of Ron Jeremy beside the stage..

The rooms and parties had some funny names too or how about “Booze and Brews Blowout Room” or “Jane Bond – The Spy Who Loved Tiki Party Room” or “Munster Monster Mash Party” or “RUM-ble in the Jungle Room”?

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Ron Jeremy is watching you…

And so judging the room parties and the cocktails you`re supposed to pick the best cocktail, the best room and suite parties and the best room and suite decors. The cocktail i had no problem in the world to pick…Kahuna Kevin´s Headless Zombie in the Pixie’s Hula Hut swept them all…some came closer than others but none close enough…but the rest was a little bit more tricky because there were many rooms and suites that was great!

I was happy to see that his cocktail also won and you can find the recipe for the Headless Zombie in Kahuna Kevin`s first book “Why is the Rum Gone?”, you can find it here.

Best Cocktail

Picture by Kahuna Kevin

So the result of the contest after all the judges cast their votes is this:

Best Cocktail – Pixie’s Hula Hut
Best Decorated Suite – Deadhead Rum
Best Decorated Room – Ballast Point
Best Suite Party – Casba’sh Molikai’s Room
Best Room Party – Temptress Fashion

Symposiums

I made it to only two symposiums this time…but they were good!

The Bitter Side of Tiki – with Ram Udwin and sponsored by Ballast Point 

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Bitters and tinctures aid home and professional bartenders in bringing balance and zest to their cocktails – adding perhaps the perfect final element to a well-crafted tiki libation. In this class, you will get an introduction to cocktail bitters, their history and how they are made. The class will culminate with a discussion on the how and why of using bitters in creating complex and delicious tiki drinks.

Ram Udwin is a bitters maker, a booze blogger and a cocktail man, dedicated to the study and better enjoyment of spirited libations.

I have been a fan of Ram Udwin`s Serrano Cocktail Spice since he made them and i looked forward to his symposium on bitters in tiki drinks. He took us through the history, purpose and use of bitters in general, how they were used as medicine at first and then how they added spice and character to cocktails and also became the backbone to many tiki drinks.

He brought his grapefruit bitters and serrano cocktail spice to try plus his new soon upcoming passionfruit bitters which i really like a lot. If you wanna read more on his cocktail spice and bitters and maybe purchase them too here´s where to go.

The serrano cocktail spice is really amazing, a few drops of it can change a cocktail entirely adding a lively vibrant kick and I love it, especially in cocktails with citrus juices like lime and grapefruit and it’s fantastic in tequila and rum drinks.

Here is Boy Drinks World website.

Rum Revolution!

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No rum related event without Martin Cate right? from New Orleans, Stockholm, London and San Diego…i see Martin everywhere and his seminars/symposiums are ALWAYS great and have a high entertaining factor.

When you sit down at one of his symposiums you just KNOW it gonna be a good time and great learning and no matter how much you know about rums….there is always more to learn.

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Can you spy yourself in this picture? (i see me, Joanne and Bryan 🙂 thanks Baby-Doe von Stroheim for this magnificient picture of the crowd at Martin`s Rum Revolution symposium!

The rums featured that we tasted were these: Angostura No. 1, Denizen Merchant Reserve, Privateer Rum, Penny Blue XO, Owney`s NYC Rum, Rhum Clement Select Barrel, Real Mc Coy 5 yo and Lost Spirits Navy Style Rum.

Co-Sponsored by Lost Spirits, Owney’s, The Real McCoy, Penny Blue and Rhum Clement.

Martin took us through the tasting and the rums, the history of McCoy, the theory about the Martinique rum part in Trader Vic`s Mai Tai being molasses based rum rather than agricole based as believed before in an entertaining symposium.

This was my first experience of a great Tiki Oasis! and i met quite a few other first timers too! plus others that i have known from before. BIG Mahalo to Otto and Baby doe, and EVERY ONE who made this event happening, it was a blast!

Countdown to TO 15 is starting…

Here is a picture parade of the Tiki Oasis and from our road trip:

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The Crowne Plaza and the pool area, full with music, people, food, drinks and vendors…we loved to sit down there at night for a while with a cocktail after the room crawls.

Room crawl by Crystal

 Room Crawl in the Hula Hut, picture by Crystal Lee

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Tiki Hell Room Party, picture by Mark Holt, this room party was WILD!!

Kahuna Kevins Headless Zombie Flyer

The Headless Zombie, picture by Kahuna Kevin

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Beautiful lovely fresh flower leis…it´s a special feeling wearing one.

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I bought a ti-leaf lei and took it home…because they can be dried and last forever..so it now adorns my home tiki bar. The fresh lei i also got i brought with me back to New Orleans and gave to a good friend 🙂

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I should of bought one of those hibiscus signs, they are beautiful..

I also met my friends Scott Taylor and Rob Hawes for the first time, i have been buying mugs from them before and i just love their beautiful intricate and detailed tiki mugs! Scott have a shop on Maui called Beachbumz and Rob operates Maui Tiki Tours.

They shared booth with Christine Benjamin and Woody Miller who makes awesome tiki art and Jason Shelfow who makes the beautiful tiki lamps. Later i heard their booth won the prize for best vendor booth, congrats!

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All these mugs…waiting to be filled with goodness and rum…

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And look at those beautiful paintings..you gotta come here the next year y`all…so much fun! so much to see! 

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People really had a good time!

Garnished people

What did i say about beautifully garnished people? see it there! 

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When the sky look like this and the air is warm you want a tiki drink….by the pool…and that we had, sometimes life is really good…

Yes, Tiki Oasis was a blast! i can warmly recommend anyone who loves rums, fun and tiki to go there next year!

ROAD TRIP 

And here are a few pics from our 3 day road trip which started at Mark Holt`s amazing tiki house…then went to LA and a whole bunch of bars…to finally end up in San Diego.

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This is a pretty cool pool area me thinks…

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The pirate guards the outdoor tiki bar…

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There`s a LOT to see in this house…the bitters and stuff hanging upside down on magnets is a brilliant invention by our friend Cheryl Charming used in the Bourbon O Bar in New Orleans.

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See that bowl? that bowl is not just any bowl…it`s the worlds second most powerful volcano bowl, the one Martin Cate used at Tiki Oasis in 2009, and it was in there that he first created and served one of Smuggler’s Cove’s most popular drinks: The Top Notch Volcano! Only rivaled by the bigger bowl he used for the 2010 Oasis Seminar…

And from Mark`s house we embarked on the road trip to Tiki Oasis after a very late rum party involving plenty of great rums, barrel aged negronis and JWray`s under the stars in the outdoor jacuzzi, and first stop was LA where two days of bar hopping awaited.

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And one of the stop by bars was of course Tiki Ti...where else?

Nui Nui at Tiki Ti

 The lovely Nui Nui, picture by Mark Holt

Nui Nui made with Lost Spirits 151 Cuban Style Rum at Tiki Ti

And another Nui Nui…with Lost Spirits 151 Cuban Style Rum! made after suggestion by our friend Matt over at Cocktailwonk, if you haven`t checked out that outstanding blog you need to do it! pic by Mark Holt

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I love this place! it has such a homely feeling, and since this was the first time i got there i just had to start with a Ray`s Mistake, which i been reading so much about for so long! it was good…and even better was the Nui Nuis, 151 swizzle and Rum Barrel. I need to go back for more drinks, i haven`t tried enough!!!!!

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A taaasty Rum Barrel, pic by Mark Holt

We also passed by Cliff`s Edge to have cocktails made by Matthew Biancaniello who creates his outer wordly farm fresh cocktails every Wednesday through June, July and August with his Pop-Up Bar on the patio.

I dunno how to praise his creations enough…what can i say? i think they are the best cocktails in ever had, as far as cocktails go, i´m not comparing with tiki drinks here because they are a different thing.

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Cocktails by Matt Biancaniello…artworks…and out of this world.

Arugula gimlet, grapefruit mint cocktail, ant beer cocktail, (yes ants!) etc don`t ask what was in all of these…one had bergamot infused 123 Tequila Blanco, yellow nectarine, home made ant beer and flowering oregano.. The passionfruit one had foraged white fir infused calisaya, passionfruit and Italian cayenne and was totally amazing…but they all were, every single one of them.

The thick but light airy foam you see on the cocktail on the upper right was just amazing…like a caress on your lips covering a cool somewhat mellow and incredible experience of a cocktail…wooow

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If i was anywhere near Cliff`s Edge until end of august i would not miss this for anything…you heard me?! just go there…

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The beautiful patio at Cliff`s edge, pic by Mark Holt

Another great bar and restaurant we stopped by was Rivera, finally i could get to try the Barbacoa!! and that legendary cocktail was AMAZING….it contains mezcal, chipotle, ginger, lime and beef jerky. I also very much liked “Constantino`s Revenge” with Diplomatico reserva exclusiva, pineapple, fresh lemon and angostura.

Barbacoa at Rivera

The lovely Barbacoa, pic by Mark Holt

We also went to Honeycut where i asked for a Mai Tai with demerara rum which they perfectly made…and then to Cana Rumbar, where i had a rum filled coconut followed by another Mai Tai with Appleton White and a Cruzan Black Strap float. It`s an unusual rum combo for a Mai Tai i know…but i have had it in New Orleans at SoBou and it´s very tasty!

Cana Mai Tai with blackstrap

Mai Tai with Cruzan Black Strap float over Appleton White rum…

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At the Spare Room there was a tiki drink pop up by Paul McGee from Three Dots and a Dash  in Chicago with the bars namesake drink of course on the menu plus Pieces of Eight, Poipu Beach Boogie Board, Bunny`s Banana Daiquiri and then the lovely tasty Painkiller. Great drinks and fun evening of Tiki!

Spare Room pop up menu

The Spare Room is situated on the mezzanine level of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, and while you`re there you might as well look down on the street right outside because that´s where all the stars of the Hollywood stars are in a long row.

Here´s a link to Three Dots and a Dash website, their cocktail menu looks great!! and if i ever have my ways through Chicago…i know where to go.

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They were all tasty…and beautiful.

Another interesting bar….the Noble Experiment with it´s “Paris catacomb” like wall of bronze skulls…inside the Neighbourhood restaurant (which btw have great food!) hidden speakeasy behind a stack of false kegs by the restroom…and their Laphroaig tiki style drink is just amazing!

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Wall of skulls, blinking eyes in a deer painting and a timeless chandelier…dark and intimate, a place for craft cocktails and conversation.

In between Los Angeles and San Diego we passed Trader Sam`s…which i think was a funny and goofy place…you cannot but smile when they start to do the krakatoa show and the “rain” is water they spray on us…and i enjoyed both the food and the drinks a lot! Trader Sam`s Enchanted Tiki Bar is located at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California.

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Trader Sam`s Uh Oa Bowl…great pic, by Bryan Davis (Lost Spirits Distillery)

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The Shrunken Zombie Head and the Uh Oa Bowl ready to be set on fire.

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Krakatoa is soon ready to erupt…you better go and grab a drink!!

I think that was all….we went to more bars than these but i cannot add them all…i hope to do this again next year!

LOST SPIRITS RUM

These babies were with us everywhere we went…

Marks House hula girl

Hula girl….

Lei and LS rum

Aloha! and until next year…okolemaluna!

Thanks to Mark Holt for letting me use his awesome picture of the pool area as cover photo for this post! i just wish my readers could also hear all the great music we know was in that pic as well….

Boy Drinks World Serrano Cocktail Spice is coming to Tiki Oasis!

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Boy Drinks World Serrano Cocktail Spice is one of my favorites and I first tried it at the Tales in 2013, and brought a bottle back with me to experiment with. A few drops of it can change a cocktail entirely adding a lively vibrant kick and I love it, especially in cocktails with citrus juices like lime and grapefruit and it’s fantastic in tequila and rum drinks for example.

You can make really hot drinks with it if you want….or just add a few drops to add that vibrant kick!

Now I hear that Ram Udwin of Boy Drinks World, the maker of this wonderful cocktail spice and also other cool bitters are coming to the Tiki Oasis next weekend in San Diego to showcase the cocktail spice and do a symposium on bitters in tiki drinks called ” The Bitter Side of Tiki ” which I will definitely attend. If you’ re going to Tiki Oasis don’t miss this!

Also, you should check out this page – the Indiegogo campaign for the Serrano Cocktail Spice, it ships worldwide.

And if you don’t know or didn’t read my last post – Tiki Oasis is a huge tiki festival in San Diego, California showcasing everything tiki, Hawaiian shirts and booze…

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Tiki Oasis 2014!

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Next event on my list….the Tiki Oasis!

Now this gonna be fun…..a weekender in San Diaego with everything tiki! – art, music, literature and mixology, symposiums, tiki drinks, and rums! I’m still in New Orleans but now I need some tropical Tiki/Hawaiian/Poly style clothing and tropical flower hair pins!

Thursday August 14 – at the Bali Hai Resturant and Friday – Sunday, August 15-17 – The Crown Plaza, Hotel Circle

Tiki Oasis is offering over 30 Symposiums this year – mixology, dance, architecture, music, poetry, tiki history, beat workshop for kids, the historical significance of the Beats, international tiki trailblazing, lingerie, tiki crafts, pin-up hair and make-up and a whole score of book signings! Special events include the Miss Tiki Oasis Pageant, Cigar and Rum Pairing Lounge, Tiki Oasis Beauty Bungalow and Glamour Pin-Up Packages!

Here is the whole list of symposioums.

And here are a few symposiums I don’t wanna miss:

To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion with Author Philip Greene and sponsored by Papa’s Pilar rum.

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Ernest Hemingway enthusiast and cocktail connoisseur Philip Greene delves deeper into the author’s drinking habits than ever before, sharing stories around drinks directly connected with the novels, history and folklore, and colorful anecdotes about the man himself. Booksigning to directly follow Philip Greene’s symposium.

Location: Grand Pacific Room, Crowne Plaza Date: Friday August 15th, 2:00PM – 3:00PM – For pricing and tickets click here.

The Bitter Side of Tiki – with Ram Udwin and sponsored by Ballast Point

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Bitters and tinctures aid home and professional bartenders in bringing balance and zest to their cocktails – adding perhaps the perfect final element to a well-crafted tiki libation. In this class, you will get an introduction to cocktail bitters, their history and how they are made. The class will culminate with a discussion on the how and why of using bitters in creating complex and delicious tiki drinks. Ram Udwin is a bitters maker, a booze blogger and a cocktail man, dedicated to the study and better enjoyment of spirited libations.

Location: Grand Hanalei Ballroom, Crowne Plaza Date: Friday August 15th, 3:30PM – 5:00PM – For pricing and tickets click here.

TIKI POP: From Gauguin to Elvis (and beyond)with Sven Kirsten

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In his presentation Sven Kirsten will introduce the culmination of his research, his brand-new book “Tiki Pop – America imagines its own Polynesian Paradise”. This is the COMPLETE history of the Tiki phenomenon on close to 400 pages illustrated with 900 mostly new images, published like his previous two tomes by TASCHEN books. This hefty dose of Tiki eye candy will astound the novice and satisfy the seasoned Tikiphile with its new insights and visuals. It’s everything you ever wanted to know about Tiki and did not not know how to ask.

Sven Kirsten will sell and sign copies of the book, as well as the Tiki Pop mug and bookmark manufactured by Tiki Farm for the release of this milestone work.

Location: Peacock Room II, Crowne Plaza Date: Saturday August 16th, 10:00AM – 11:00AM – For pricing and tickets click here.

The Frozen Cocktail – with PKNY’s Richard Boccato and sponsored by Privateer Rum

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Join PKNY’s Richard Boccato for a boozy foray into the once-venerated yet subsequently neglected art of the blended and frozen cocktail. The history surrounding the roles of the Hamilton Beach and the Waring Blender behind the tropically inspired bars of yesteryear will be revealed, and the resurrection of this technology at the modern drinking hole will be regaled.

Most importantly, we will discuss the intricacies of balance, temperature, and water content as they pertain to the successful execution of a frosty beverage. Many tasty Tiki treats will be provided for your pleasure, so prepare for the inevitable brain-freeze that will surely ensue! Richard will be joined by his Aussie bartending crew all the way from White Lightning Tiki Bar at Alfred & Constance in Brisbane!  

Welcoming cocktail presented by White Lightning.

Location: Grand Pacific Room, Crowne Plaza Date: Saturday August 16th, 1:30PM – 3:00PM – For pricing and tickets click here.

And of course I wanna learn how to danse hula!

Let’s Get Hip to Hula! – with Hawaii’s own Violetta Beretta

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Get your claws sharp on this Hawaiian jive! Learn to shake your coconuts (or bongos) & hip to Hula! Hawaii’s Burlesque Sweetheart Violetta Beretta, will gently guide you through a hula-inspired warm-up to get you ready for an evening of tiki-tastic good times!

You’ll learn the basic hand, arm, hip, and foot movements of this beautiful form of Hawaiian dance, after which Violetta will teach a short, classic “hapa-haole hula” dance to the song “Little Grass Shack” to take home, practice & perform! Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in—feel free to wear a sarong, hula skirt or lei if you’re feeling fancy! Feet should be bare. Open to all ages, Wahine (Women) & Kane (Men) & no experience is needed!

Location: Atrium, Crowne Plaza Date: Saturday August 16th, 2:00PM – 3:00PM Price: Free

And last…but not the least….RUM….

Join The Rum Revolution! – with Martin Cate

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Featuring Angostura No. 1, Denizen Merchant Reserve and Privateer Rums. Co-Sponsored by Lost Spirits, Owney’s, The Real McCoy, Penny Blue and Rhum Clement.

There’s never been a better time to be a rum lover! Join Smuggler’s Cove owner Martin Cate on a guided tasting of the very latest in brand new rums. Incredible & complex rums are now hitting the market in record numbers, and Martin has personally curated a selection of some of the best from producers both new and established.

You’ll participate in a lively discussion and learn how you can help play a part in shaping this exciting and growing segment. I mean, we all love rum, right? RIGHT?! So spend an afternoon with some of the finest new tipples in town!  

Location: Grand Hanalei Ballroom, Crowne Plaza Date: Saturday August 16th, 2:00PM – 3:30PM – For pricing and tickets click here.

For all details of everything that gonna happen at the Tiki Oasis…..because I haven’t written down even half of it….check out their WEBSITE

If you have a chance….see you at the Tiki Oasis!