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Wednesday
Feb022011

A Tropical View From Home

In the middle of winter who doesn't dream of being somewhere warm and tropical.  Listening to ocean waves crashing on the shore, having a meal outside under palm trees, feeling the sand between your toes, or watching the sunset.  These are all things I long for this time of year.  If you can't be there in person why not do the next best thing?  Pour yourself a Tiki Cocktail and watch one of these web cams.  

Sheraton Keauhou Bay

Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa Webcam

Choose your own view on this Hawaiian coast. The webcam from the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa, on The Big Island, allows you to control the web cam.  You can pan, tilt, and zoom to find the best view of Hawaii.  Watch the waves crash on the shore or see the sun set.  It is all up to you.  I sat entranced for quite a while watching the waves on this web cam.

 

Tiki's Grill and Bar

Tiki's Grill and Bar Patio Webcam

Why not have your next meal on a patio in Honolulu that overlooks the beach?  You can just tune in to Tiki's Grill and Bar Patio Webcam.  This live feed from Honolulu overlooks the patio and the beach. Dine with the vacationers today!

St. Thomas Sapphire Beach Webcam

Are you longing to have the sand between your toes.  Turn the heat up a bit and watch the St. Thomas Sapphire Beach web cam for a while. Before you know it you'll think you are, right there, on the beach.

Mallory Square, Key West, FloridaMallory Square Cam, Key West, Florida

Join in on the nightly sunset celebration at Key West, Florida.  Every night a couple hours before sunset people gather in Mallory Square to watch the sun go down.  So grab your cocktail and join in on the celebration tonight.

Friday
Jan142011

How to Make a Milwaukee Mai Tai

What is a Milwaukee Mai Tai you may ask?  Well, it is a Mai Tai made with Milwaukee's own Roaring Dan's Rum. Roaring Dan's rum is made by The Great Lakes Distillery in Milwaukee, WI. They have only been around for a few years, but their award winning Vodka and Gin have become very popular through out the Midwest.

Roaring Dan's Rum, which was released in June, is distilled with pure Wisconsin Maple Syrup giving it an excellent maple flavor.  The maple goes really well with the oak and bourbon barrels that it was aged in.  It also has a hint of caramel.  

The rum is named after  Roaring Dan Seavey.  The only man to have ever been charged with piracy on the great lakes.  What would a rum be without a pirate?  As the story goes, Roaring Dan stole a ship on Lake Michigan and a government revenue ship was sent to capture him. One warning shot from the cannon was all it took for him to surrender.  He was then transported to Chicago to face charges.  Mysteriously, those charges were dropped.  

To make a Milwaukee Mai Tai fill your cocktail shaker with:

 

  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 2 oz Roaring Dan's Rum
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz Orgeat syrup

Shake well, until the outside of the shaker is frosted.  Pour unstrained into a cocktail glass. The Milwaukee Mai Tai is quite delicious.  The oaky maple rum goes well with the Cointreau and lime juice.  The Orgeat syrup adds a nice touch of sweetness.

If you are ever in the Milwaukee area I would encourage you to stop by The Great Lakes Distillery.  They give tours and for only a couple bucks you can sample their wide variety of products.  It's always a great time.

 

Mahalo!

 

Sunday
Jan092011

Mahalo Virtual Tiki Partygoers

I wanted to give a great big mahalo to all of you that attended our first Virtual Tiki Party!  I had an excellent time meeting all of you and chatting with you.  The Tiki Community is such a great group of people. I feel so lucky to be a part of it.  Thank you for bearing with me as I figured out the technology for the first time.  I have some great ideas on how to make it more interactive so it is even better next time.  If you attended I would love to get your feedback, positive or constructive criticism, so I know how I can improve.  Stay tuned for the next Virtual Tiki Party!

Mahalo,

Damon

Wednesday
Jan052011

Tiki Bar Review: Tiki Terrace

Tiki Terrace Dining RoomLast week I visited the Tiki Terrace in Des Plaines, IL.  Des Plaines is just  a short drive from downtown Chicago.  I went there for lunch on new year's eve.  From the outside I would have never guessed what waited for me inside.  The Tiki Terrace was adorned from floor to ceiling.  It felt like I had just stepped into a tropical tiki jungle.  Come to find out later from our waitress that the owners, three brothers, had hand carved and created the many Tikis throughout the restaurant.

Arriving late, we got a table and our waitress, Diana, told us that the kitchen would only be open for a few more minutes, but they were nice enough to stay open to make us lunch still.  To start out I had a Mai Tai.  The Mai Tai wasn't your traditional Trader Vic style Mai Tai, but it was still very good.  It was sweet with an orange flavor, and you could also taste dark rum, and Orgeat Syrup.

Tiki Terrace Mai TaiAfter the Mai Tai I had a Tropical Itch.  The Tropical Itch had a Cherry, Pineapple, Rum flavor and was quite delicious as well.  My third drink was a Vanilla Ginger Martini.  The drink menu says they make their own vanilla bean and ginger flavoring every week.  I really enjoyed the Ginger Martini it had a perfect balance of ginger and vanilla.  I would definitely recommend this martini.

For lunch we started with the Pohana Pot Stickers and the Egg Rolls Bora Bora.  The pot stickers were good.  They had a delicious shrimp, pork filling.  However, I loved the Egg Rolls Bora Bora.  These made from scratch egg rolls had a very thin crispy shell that was excellent, and the filling was very meaty and tasty.  These could be the best egg rolls I've ever had.

I had the Honolulu Coconut Chicken for my main course.  It was an enormous portion of crispy, coconuty, deliciousness. We also tried the No Ka Oi Burger which was a Teriyaki glazed burger with pineapple and wasabi mayo on top.  It was very good, but a bit on the greasy side.

Egg Rolls Bora BoraI had a great time at the Tiki Terrace and can't wait to get back sometime for dinner.  They also have a dinner show that I want to see sometime. Our waitress Diana was very friendly. We talked to her for a while and she gave me some tips on some other great Tiki locations in the area.

Friday
Dec312010

Have a Tiki New Year!

Happy New Year! Although, I've been a tiki lover for years, 2010 was the first year for Let's Tiki.  It was an amazing one.  I've be blown away with the warm reception that I've had from the Tiki Community.  I have had a blast meeting so many great new tiki friends across the Internet.  Thank you to everyone who has made Let's Tiki part of your life.  I look forward to a great 2011 and wish you a great 2011 as well!
Mahalo and Happy New Year!
Damon