Entries from January 2006

January 8, 2006

Trader Vic’s Update — Lightning Round!

Filed under: Chicago,Las Vegas,News,Phoenix,Seattle,Tiki,Trader Vic's — Humuhumu @ 2:13 pm

Courtesy of Martiki:

1. Bellevue, WA- Opening date is set for March 3rd!

2. Scottsdale, AZ- Opening date is set for May 21st!

(as you can imagine, those dates are subject to change without notice)

3. Las Vegas, NV- Still no opening date set, or management team in place. Should open by the end of 2006.

4. Chicago, IL- The Harry Caray people are scouting locations now, and they hope to open in 2006 if possible. Could move to 2007, but it’s definitely coming back sooner rather than later.

5. Amman, Jordan- to open in 2006

6. Shanghai, China- to open in 2006. The Chinese franchisers have the rights to open five locations in China, and are already thinking about their next place.

That all looks ahead of what my best-guess schedule would have been. Looks good!

Tiki Bar TV Podcast and Mac Icons

Filed under: Tiki — Humuhumu @ 1:45 pm
Tiki Bar TV
Tiki Bar TV

In Vancouver, B.C., a band of swinging goofballs produce a podcast from their home tiki bar, and they call it Tiki Bar TV. In each episode, a situation arises for which the only solution can be a tasty tropical beverage; typically, the Doctor Tiki makes a prescription, and bartender Johnny Johnny mixes it up, while the lovely Lala looks on and jiggles. A rotating cast of nutty characters breeze through, including robots, Soviets, Frenchies, and Brits. My favorite episodes are London Fogcutter and Red Oktober. The episodes are produced sporadically, and have some fun special effects work and hilarious interludes about such topics as online safety, pirates, and the intersection of geology and otters. Tiki Bar TV viewer Chad the Juggler has created a set of Mac icons inspired by Tiki Bar TV.

Great United Airlines Tiki Found by Swanky

Filed under: Tiki — Humuhumu @ 1:19 am
United Airlines Tiki, from the collection of Swanky
United Airlines Tiki,
from the collection of Swanky

Knoxville tikiphile Swanky made an amazing find recently — this very rare United Airlines promotional tiki. United Airlines made these resin tikis for use in promotional displays at travel agent offices, advertising United’s service to Hawaii. The tikis are sought not only by tikiphiles, who treasure their large size, but also by those who collect United Airlines and travel memorabilia. This one is also special because it has a built-in fountain held in the tiki’s hands. Swanky got this for an unbelievable $65 — I would guess that it would easily go for hundreds of dollars. With a little bit of work, Swanky was able to get the fountain functioning again.

Vintage Oceania at The Eye of the Goof

Filed under: History,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 1:04 am
From the collection of Mr. Bali Hai
From the collection of Mr. Bali Hai

Mr. Bali Hai’s excellent blog, The Eye of the Goof, always offers up entertaining reading, but lately he’s really upped the ante by adding a whole page of Vintage Oceania. Three recent blog posts have given a little background to these intriguing images, which mostly come from old periodicals picked up in his never-ending hunt for cool stuff.

Mr. Bali Hai has also recently finished his home tiki bar (though we all know a home tiki bar is never truly finished, which is part of the fun of it). Balis’ Hai’deaway is a labor of love that includes furnishings and decor from Oceanic Arts, and Mr. Bali Hai’s alcohol ephemera collection was put to good use. It also features, naturally, his Bali Hi pinball machine.

London Trader Vic’s Tiki Time Discounts

Filed under: London,Tiki,Trader Vic's — Humuhumu @ 12:26 am

The London Trader Vic’s has started a weekday “Tiki Time” happy hour, with discounted drinks and complimentary tidbits and pupus. The London Trader Vic’s is notorious for its sticker-shock, and their new happy hour makes them a much more reasonable choice for a quick detour into the tropical. Every Monday-Friday from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., choose from a menu of 10 cocktails for only £5 — Peachtree Punch, Tonga Punch, Zombie, TVs Own, Honi Honi, Rangoon Ruby, TVs Sling, Mai Tai, Kamaaina or Bahia. A Scorpion bowl is available for £7.

I Belli di Waikiki Playing at South London Pacific Jan. 22

Filed under: Events,London,Music,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 12:18 am

On January 22, Italian outfit I Belli di Waikiki will be playing at South London Pacific. It’s the third anniversary of the monthly Hula Boogie event, and is the birthday of DJ Miss Aloha. Advance tickets are available for £7, or you can wait and try your luck at the door where the tickets will be £8.50. The night starts at 7 p.m. and goes past midnight.

Bahooka in New Jim Carrey Film

Filed under: Los Angeles,News,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 12:03 am
Bahooka in Rosemead, California
Bahooka in Rosemead, California

Classic Los Angeles-area tiki restaurant Bahooka was reportedly used recently for filming a scene in an upcoming Jim Carrey film. Bahooka was closed for filming on Monday, December 26. IMDb reports that filming is currently underway for the Jim Carrey vehicle The Number 23, a movie about “man [who] becomes obsessed with a book that appears to be based on his life but ends with a murder that has yet to happen in real life.” Bahooka was also used for filming scenes from Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. Hard to say how extensively Bahooka was used this time, and if it will even be recognizable in the final product, but keep your eyes peeled for light-up plastic parrots when the film is released.

January 7, 2006

My Tiki New Year’s Eve

Filed under: Events,My Travels,San Francisco,Tiki,Trader Vic's — Humuhumu @ 11:48 pm
New Year's Eve at Trader Vic's
New Year’s Eve at Trader Vic’s

For New Year’s Eve this year, Hanford and I joined our friends for a special event at our usual Monday haunt, the Trader Vic’s in San Francisco. Trader Vic’s was serving a prix fixe seven-course meal that night, including caviar, oysters, and of course Bongo Bongo soup. In addition to the fine meal, there was of course even finer drinks, plus the Spirit of Polynesia dance troupe and musicians were there performing for us. It was an elegant evening full of sock monkeys, shower-ready salt shakers, sneaky forks, and many toasts. Naturally, I have pictures of it all.

Tonga Hut Under New Management

Filed under: Los Angeles,News,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 11:33 pm
Tonga Hut in North Hollywood
Tonga Hut in North Hollywood

The Tonga Hut in North Hollywood was sold not too long ago; this week, the new management sent this message to Hanford Lemoore:

This is just a quick note to let you know that my partner and I just purchased the Tonga Hut in November 05 and we do intend to preserve the tiki vibe of the place.

We are not changing the name or the decor. We do intend to redecorate and replace the beer mirrors and neons with Polynesian art work (oil paintings, etc). And yes, we plan to fix the fountains. We cannot get it all done immediately, but we plan to work on restoring the place little by little.

The jukebox has been updated with a variety of music and there is one Martin Denny CD in rotation (more Exotica to come). The bartenders know how to make Mai Tais and we will be adding a handful of tropical drinks to the menu in the coming weeks.

It’s quite promising… certainly, it sounds like it could only be an improvement. Tonga Hut has a lot of potential, with an interesting bar and some great details that have managed somehow to survive buried underneath beer signs and electronic dart boards. Its location is in a sleepy section of the San Fernando Valley, and it relies on local repeat business from the neighborhood. It’s not likely to truly develop into something beyond a beer bar, but it’s great to hear that the new management is interested in paying tribute to the bar’s history.

Denver Tiki Slideshow at Tiki Boyd’s

Filed under: Denver,Events,History,Research,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 11:20 pm

Tiki explorer and historian ZuluMagoo is presenting his third session of tiki slideshows at Tiki Boyd’s on Thursday, January 12 at 9:00. This session will be a look at the history of tiki in Denver. Recently, ZuluMagoo uncovered the exciting revelation that not only had there been a tiki bar in Denver, but it had been on the exact site where Tiki Boyd’s stands today. ZuluMagoo does his homework and puts his heart into it, and this show is sure to be a winner.


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