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February 24, 2006

New Website for Conga Lounge

Filed under: San Francisco,Shopping,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 1:26 pm
Conga Lounge website
Conga Lounge website

Oakland’s Conga Lounge has a new website… by me! In updating the Conga Lounge website, I aimed to give it the same feel that the bar does — tropical, warm and friendly. I also helped the Conga Lounge get set up on Flickr… if you have pictures of good times spent at the Conga Lounge, add them to Flickr with the tag “congalounge” to share them!

Website design and database programming are how I eat, and luckily I love to do it. I’m available to do websites of about any scale — database-driven websites like Critiki are my speciality, but I do smaller, static websites like this one, too. I also can create and host a blog for you. I’ve got 12+ years of database design and application design experience, and six years of Perl/CGI programming experience.

I have a handful of great projects on my plate at the moment, and I’m looking to line up more. Whether your needs are business- or leisure-oriented, I love doing great work for people. Check out my services & portfolio, and I’m always happy to help you figure out how to best achieve what you desire.

February 17, 2006

Trader Vic’s Tiki Party Signing Tonight in Emeryville

Filed under: Events,San Francisco,Tiki,Trader Vic's — Humuhumu @ 11:53 am
Trader Vic's Tiki Party
Trader Vic’s Tiki Party

Tonight there’s gonna be a swinging time at the Emeryville Trader Vic’s — the author of Trader Vic’s Tiki Party, Steve Siegelman, will be there signing books, and there’s going to be half-price appetizers and drinks. Basically, it’s just a swell excuse for everybody to get together. Trader Vic’s says:

Trader Vic’s Emeryville, the legendary purveyor of Polynesian food, drinks and fun invite you to celebrate a new book titled Trader Vic’s Tiki Party. It has over 100 best-loved tropical cocktails like the Samoan Fog Cutter, Potted Parrot and of course The Original Mai Tai created by Trader Vic himself 62 years ago. The book also includes 35 crowd pleasing pan-Asian pu-pu’s like Crab Rangoon, Crispy Prawns and Bongo bongo Soup.

I’ve heard good things about the book, though I must admit I haven’t cracked the spine myself (we’ve probably got a copy packed in one of our still-to-be-unpacked boxes). We’ll be there from 6ish ’til probably at least 10, after that a bunch of folks are heading over to the Kona Club. If you see a crowd of people wearing aloha shirts (though I’ll be wearing my Song of the South shirt), come on over and say hi!

January 17, 2006

Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge Coming to Alameda

Filed under: News,San Francisco,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 10:10 am
Forbidden Island in Alameda
Forbidden Island in Alameda

A thrilling development: a new tiki bar is coming to the Bay Area — Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge. Forbidden Island is appropriately situated on the island of Alameda, just east of San Francisco, and is scheduled to open in April. Forbidden Island is the creation of Martiki, whose commitment to the finer points of cocktail construction has been well-documented, and Conga Mike Thanos and Manny Thanos, who own the nearby Conga Lounge. Sure enough, Forbidden Island’s focus is on serving high-quality, balanced tropical drinks, in a setting that evokes the historic tiki traditions established by folks like Don the Beachcomber (a.k.a. Donn Beach), Eli Hedley, “Tiki Bob” Bryant and Victor Bergeron.

I’ve been asked to develop the website for Forbidden Island, so I’ve gotten to hear lots of details about what’s coming, and I am beyond excited. The lounge will have an intimate and cozy feel, with lots of details including bamboo huts and waterfalls, and a lush outdoor patio in the back. The music played will all be pre-1964. The drinks — oh, the drinks — the drinks will be unbeatable, Martin will make sure of that. The words “fresh ingredients” fall from his lips frequently these days. Expect there to quickly be a spot at the bar with wear in the shape of a tiny Humu derrière.

January 13, 2006

Trader Vic’s News: Bar Remodel at Palo Alto, Dallas Rumor

Filed under: Dallas,News,San Francisco,Tiki,Trader Vic's — Humuhumu @ 8:30 pm
Palo Alto Trader Vic's
Palo Alto Trader Vic’s

The Palo Alto Trader Vic’s will be undergoing a remodel in the bar area this month, with a targeted soft opening on January 27. The space will be called “The Mai Tai Lounge at Trader Vic’s” and will expand into the right dining room area. More tikis are being brought in, and the lighting will be dimmed and more red. It sounds like a relatively small-scale redo, but these are welcome changes — the Palo Alto Trader Vic’s bar just feels too airy, and is often full.

Also — and this tidbit comes with absolutely no concrete information or confirmation — but a Dallas Trader Vic’s location is reportedly again “on the table” for 2006. Possibly. Maybe. Who knows.

These insider comments come courtesy of Martiki, who sadly is leaving Trader Vic’s San Francisco. His last day is this Monday — if you haven’t been served by Martin at Trader Vic’s, now’s your last chance!

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.

December 19, 2005

Tiki New Year’s Eve 2006 Parties

Filed under: Chicago,Events,Ft. Lauderdale & Miami,Hawaii,Los Angeles,San Diego,San Francisco,Tiki,Trader Vic's — Humuhumu @ 1:38 am
Hanford Lemoore at the Reef Bar in Palm Springs for NYE 2005
Hanford Lemoore at the Reef Bar in
Palm Springs for NYE 2005

If you’re still pondering the right place to be for New Year’s Eve 2006, you’re running out of time! You can probably still get into these great events happening around the country:

San Diego NYE Tiki Weekend: Last year’s tiki event at the Caliente Tropics was hugely successful, but the hotel has gone seriously downhill in terms of tiki-friendliness this past year. Thanks to the organizational efforts of Monkeyman, this year’s big Tiki Central New Year’s event is happening in San Diego. A home bar tour is planned for daytime Saturday, and the main event is taking place with a Polynesian spectacular at the Bali Hai restaurant. Things will also be afoot on Sunday, with possibilities including brunch, bowling and trips to downtown San Diego. It’s sure to be a special evening. The number of tickets available for the Bali Hai is dwindling, if you’re interested, read the thread on Tiki Central for details on how to make reservations.

San Francisco Trader Vic’s: A special dinner event is planned for NYE, with a floor show by Spirit of Polynesia dance troupe, and a full multi-course prix fixe meal. This is where Hanford & I will be spending our NYE. For reservations, call Trader Vic’s at (415) 775-6300.

Forbidden World of Don Tiki in Waikiki: A special performance by Don Tiki in Hawaii, at the Pacific Beach Hotel Grand Ballroom. Tickets to the show are $80 and include two drinks; in addition a bar & buffet are available. Visit the Pacific Beach Hotel website (link below) for details.

Dave’s Birthday at the Purple Orchid in El Segundo: I haven’t seen an official announcement, but New Year’s Eve is the birthday of Dave, owner of the Purple Orchid in El Segundo (near Los Angeles). In years past, there’s been a great band booked, and birthday cake & appetizers for all. Contact the Purple Orchid for details at (310) 322-5829.

Mai Kai in Ft. Lauderdale: A group is getting together to celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Mai Kai — if I lived in southern Florida, this would be a no-brainer. To make reservations, contact the Mai Kai at (954) 563-3272, if you’d like to be included in the Tiki Central group, read the thread on TC for details.

Chicago area, Trader Vic’s: New Year’s Eve is the last night that the Chicago Trader Vic’s will be open. It has the potential to be rather depressing, and not for the faint of heart, but it also might be special to be there for the final night.

Chicago area, Chef Shangri-La: Performances by the Windy City Islanders, a roast pig buffet for $18, full regular menu available, drink specials, and no cover — an unsually affordable tiki NYE event, and the bar and drinks at Chef Shangri-La are above par. Call (708) 442-7080 for reservations.

Chicago area, Tiki Terrace: This new bar & restaurant is having a New Year’s Eve event with a performance by the Cocktail Preachers, and a raffle featuring a tiki by Lake Surfer. Contact Tiki Terrace for details at (630) 788-0395.

If your part of the country isn’t listed here, don’t fret — simply look for a bar near you in Critiki, and give them a call. Many places will have something planned for the evening.

December 18, 2005

Monday Nights at San Francisco Trader Vic’s

Filed under: Events,San Francisco,Tiki,Trader Vic's — Humuhumu @ 7:51 pm
Salt & Pepper shakers and some menehune
Salt & Pepper shakers and some menehune

A few months ago, when we decided to move to the Bay Area rather than settle in Los Angeles, I knew I would need replacement for my weekly Wednesday night at Tiki-Ti. We started getting together with friends on Mondays at the San Francisco Trader Vic’s. It’s been a ton of fun — like Tiki-Ti, some weeks it’s a smaller group (four people), and some weeks we’ve gotten quite a crowd. Regardless, we can always count on there being somebody there to share a drink with. Mondays work great because it’s a quieter night, there’s always room in the bar, parking is available on the street right out front, and most importantly the drinks are always spot-on because Martin & Lars work that night. One thing Trader Vic’s has that Tiki-Ti lacked is delicious food! This new Trader Vic’s opened to lackluster reviews a year ago, but I can personally say that things are very much improved, particularly the drinks. Trader Vic’s runs two happy hours on Mondays, the first one ends at 6 p.m. and the second one starts at 10 p.m., but we tend to be there between those two times.

If you find yourself looking for something to brighten your Monday night in San Francisco, please come out and join us — we’re a very friendly crowd. You’ll find us sitting at the bar.

Kona Club Grand Opening, Missing Camera

Filed under: Events,San Francisco,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 7:17 pm
Life-size bronze hula girl at Kona Club
Life-size bronze hula girl at Kona Club

Last night was the Grand Opening party for Kona Club in Oakland, and it did not disappoint. I was able to get some more photos, and have updated the entry for Kona Club in Critiki with them. There are still a few finishing touches to come (most notably, the tropical drink menu is not yet in place), but it already appears to be a very welcome presence in the neighborhood, if the crowd was any indication.

Sadly, Otto von Stroheim lost his camera at last night’s event. Losing a camera is no fun (I did it myself at Hukilau this year), but this is especially tragic, as the camera contains all the baby photos of his month-old son, Dashiell. Otto and his wife Baby Doe are understandably crushed, and are offering a reward for its return. Here’s the plea for help sent out by Baby Doe:

Otto was at the Kona Club on Saturday December 17th from about 10 pm to 1 am at some point between 11 pm and 12:30 our digital camera was misplaced along with a tan VooDoo Rum baseball cap, and a 128 MB card for our camera (may have been a 512 MB disc).

The cap and the camera were on the bar when he last saw them and the card was in a camera bag on the bar. He found the bag on the floor without the card.

The two discs contained ALL of the photos of our newborn baby! These are the ONLY photos we have of the first month of his life!

We are offering a REWARD for the return of the 2 discs!! Please help.

Our camera is a silver digital Canon that was banged up with a couple good sized dents on the body. The battery says ‘von Stroheim’ on it. Please send this e-mail to everyone you can think of that had been at the Kona Club that night.

If found please send to:
743 Haight Ave
Alameda CA 94501

Or call:

We are crossing our fingers that someone grabbed our camera by accident and is trying to figure out who it belongs to. We thank you all for your help.

Obviously, if there’s any way you can help get Otto & Baby Doe reconnected with their baby’s photos, it would be much appreciated.

Exhibit A

UPDATE: Otto’s camera was tracked down, thanks to photos from the event posted on Tiki Central. In several photos, the dilwad who took Otto’s camera is clearly seen wearing Otto’s pilfered hat. He was recognized, turns out he’s someone that a friend of Otto’s knows, and they were able to get the camera back. Sadly, all the images had been erased; Otto is trying to have the images restored. This jackass says he “accidentally” took the hat, the camera, and the extra card (while strangely deciding to leave the camera case behind). And, apparently, he decided to delete all photos on both cards without actually looking at them. Here’s a nice, clear picture of the guy — if you see him, don’t feel bad if you accidentally knock his drink over.

December 16, 2005

Kona Club, New Tiki Bar in Oakland

Filed under: Events,News,San Francisco,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 2:40 am
Humuhumu behind the bar at Kona Club in Oakland
Humuhumu behind the bar
at Kona Club in Oakland

Last night, we were fortunate to be invited to a special preview event at a new tiki bar in Oakland, Kona Club. Doug Miller, who also owns the semi-tiki Club Mallard in nearby Albany, has wanted to open a tiki bar for some years now. The location of Kona Club is special — it’s very near to Conga Lounge, and closer still to the final resting place of none other than Victor Bergeron, creator of the Trader Vic’s chain. Oakland was once a power center of tiki, and it’s appropriate that the tiki is rising in Oakland once more.

Kona Club is absolutely gorgeous, thanks to the efforts of Bamboo Ben, and materials from Oceanic Arts. Ben has been slaving away at Kona Club for some time now, with periodic assistance from Crazy Al Evans. The love shows, and this space is the best public showcase of Ben’s work that I’ve ever seen. The place is a cozy shell of tapa and bamboo, with highlights including a life-size bronze hula girl with mechanical hips, and a smoke-spewing volcano behind the bar.

After the event last night, Doug invited Ben, his wife, Hanford and me to stay a bit later, and I got to make a few drinks behind the bar for the group. The drinks I made were frankly not very good — I was pretty toasted — but it sure was a treat to be behind such a beautiful bar. I’m looking forward to more time spent at the Kona Club. There is so much quality tiki here in the Bay Area these days, it’s so good to be able to soak it up.

The Grand Opening party for Kona Club is this Saturday night, December 17.

October 4, 2005

My Travels: San Francisco Bay Area

Filed under: My Travels,San Francisco,Tiki,Trader Vic's — Humuhumu @ 12:19 pm
Otto von Stroheim and Humuhumu - photo by Laura Gilmore
Otto von Stroheim and Humuhumu,
photo by Laura Gilmore

For the past month, I’ve been spending time in the San Francisco Bay Area — the South Bay, to be specific. It’s not been a thorough tiki scouring — I’ve more or less done that here before — but I have made a few tiki pitstops while here.

The Tiki Art Two art show and the preceding APE Extravaganza took me into the city. The APE show was a blast as always, though I learned that I do not have a future as a hula hoop champion. Before APE took the stage, we were treated to a series of short bits of film from Domenic Priore and Brian Chidester. These film clips touched on everything from Eden Ahbez & Nat King Cole, old surf music clips, old Los Angeles tiki architecture, even footage of turn of the century tourists in Hawaii. It was the highlight of the night.

The next day we met up with folks at the San Francisco Trader Vic’s before heading over to the Shooting Gallery for the main event. While at Trader Vic’s, we learned the previously mentioned news that Martiki is bartending there now. He introduced us all to an excellent, classic drink that isn’t on the menu, the Hinky Dink’s Fizzy. Our group found it very difficult to leave Vic’s for the gallery. By the time we got to the art show, it was packed. This picture of Tiki Art Two curator Otto von Stroheim & me was taken by Laura Gilmore. We snagged some swell stackable tiki mugs from the Munktiki vending machine, made the rounds to say our hellos and see the artwork, then headed to Original Joe’s to get some much-needed food. Original Joe’s is a great old classic steakhouse. Afterward, we headed right back to Trader Vic’s. I have a feeling we’ll be spending more time there.

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Humuhumu is the creator of several tiki websites. She is a designer and programmer based out of San Francisco.

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