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Saturday
Jul102010

Jimmy Buffett and Friends Live Sunday, July 11th

Jimmy Buffet and Friends Live from the Gulf Coast will air Sunday, July, 11 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.  The concert was rescheduled from July 1st after concerns over Hurricane Alex.  The concert will be live on CMT, steamed from cmt.com, and broadcast on Margaritaville Radio on Sirius and XM satellite radio.  More...

Tuesday
Jul062010

Seawitch Café Tiki Bar Set to Re-Open August 6th

wect.comAccording to wect.com The Tiki Bar at The Seawitch Café was severely damaged from a fire in May.  Since the fire work has been done to re-open the tiki bar with a sports beach theme.  The re-opening is set for August 6th and there will be a three day music festival at the tiki bar to celebrate. More...

Monday
Jul052010

Recipe Review: Cuba Libre Brownies

Since a rum and cola is one of my favorite drinks I was really excited when I came across this recipe for Cuba Libre Brownies on SeriousEats.com. What could be better than rum, cola, and chocolate?  I made a batch of the brownies this weekend and they were amazing.  

The recipe starts off as a pretty standard brownie recipe.  However, the addition of Cola, and rum in the batter really give the brownies a distinct flavor.  The rum and chocolate go very well together.  

I choose to use Bacardi Select for my batch.  I really don't like Bacardi Select. It has a very sharp alcohol flavor and leaves a very strong burn in your mouth.  It is a darker rum and does have a hint of caramel, molasses, and just barely an oaky flavor.  If you'd like to learn more about Bacardi Select check out this review.  I have a very similar opinion to the one on BoozeBasher.com.  I used the Bacardi Select, because I'm looking to get rid of the bottle I've had for a while now, and I thought maybe baking the rum would burn off the sharp alcohol flavor.  The Bacardi Select actually worked out great. In combination with the cola it added a molasses and carmel flavor to the brownies, and added a good rum flavor that wasn't overpowering. 

The frosting had a much stronger flavor of rum since that wasn't cooked, but it still was a good addition to the brownies.  I was a little Leery about adding the lime zest on top so I only put the zest of one lime on top instead of two.  It looked a little funny, and didn't add much. So next time I'll probably follow the recipe and put the zest of two limes on top.

Overall the Cuba Libre Brownies were  a hit and everyone seemed to enjoy them at my party. If you aren't a rum fan you probably won't like them. However, with a different rum, besides Bacardi Select, they may have a more subtle rum flavor. 

Full Recipe

Monday
Jul052010

Creating Paradise at Home

A July 3rd article on altoonamirror.com showcases a few Tiki Bars that people built in their own homes. Your own piece of paradise in your home is a great way to relax and unwind after a long day or long week.  Just spending a couple hours forgetting about your troubles with some friends and imagining you are somewhere else really makes a difference.

 

I really enjoy having a Tiki party in my tiki bar (left) on a January night when the weather outside is below freezing and there is a ton of snow on the ground. I just turn the heat up a little, put on a Hawaiian shirt, mix up some Mai Tais, and quickly what it is like outside.

Your version of paradise might be something different all together.  You need to pick a theme that fits you best.  Your favorite theme could be sports, western, Mediterranean, North Woods or something else.  The point is that you pick something you really like.  Then, collecting things for decoration is all part of the fun.  So, get started on your own paradise today!

Sunday
Jul042010

Tiki Fireworks: Happy Independence Day!