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Monday
Sep052011

How to Make Cinerama Luau Punch

Aloha!

I needed to bring a drink to pass to a pool party recently.  One easy way to make drinks for a crowd is to make a punch.  You can make the punch in advance, and your guests can help themselves during the party.  I took a look at the Tiki+ app that I have on my IPod, and found Cinerama Luau Punch.  Cinerama Luau Punch was invented in 1958 by Don the Beachcomber for the premier of the film Cinerama South Seas Adventure.

To make Cinerama Luau Punch combine:

  • 8 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 8 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 8 oz fresh lime juice
  • 8 oz fresh orange juice
  • 2 oz orange Curacao
  • 1/2 bottle (13 oz) white wine
  • 1 and 1/2 bottles ( 38 oz) gold Jamaican rum

Mix everything in a punch bowl with ice.

Sunday
Aug282011

Top Moments From Tiki Oasis 2011

As I write this I am on the airplane flying home from Tiki Oasis. As I sip my airplane cocktail and eat the mini pretzels I'm looking back at some of my personal favorite Tiki Oasis moments. Note: It toook me a week to post this, but I did write it on the plane last week...

Thursday Night Dinner and Mai Tais at Bali Hai

The Bali Hai offers a beautiful view of The San Diego Harbor and the city skyline. We started off with The Bali Hai's famously potent Mai Tais. They were great, but also very strong. I'm planning on sharing the recipe soon.

For dinner I had the Kalua Pork Tenderloin. It was excellent. The pork was very tender and it was served with Bacon, Caramelize Onion, Petite Cabbage, and Sherry Reduction. It was truly amazing.  More about Thursday night soon!

The Room Crawls

The room crawls were a lot of fun.  It is like a college dorm or house party. Picture 20, 50, or 70+ people squeezed into a tiny hotel room, or suite.  Each party has a featured drink.  There were so many creative themes and great cocktails. I'll post more about this soon!

Watching A Live Recording of The Zen Tiki Lounge Podcast

What do you get when you combine Tiki Oasis, a Tiki Bar, flamingos with mini sombreros, and Tequila Tiki cocktails? Also, if you listen to ZTL 223 Tiki Oasis 2011: South of the Border you will hear yours truly.  I'm the one from Wisconsin who runs into Michelle Bachmann every week at the Piggly Wiggly. Confused? Read More

Meeting Many Great Tiki People

I met so many great Tiki people.  I really felt welcome, and a part of the Tiki community at my first Tiki Oasis.  There are too many people to mention here, but watch for more Tiki Oasis posts to hear about these great people.  

Polynesian Pop in Mid-Century San Diego Symposium

Bosko hosted a symposium that explored San Diego's rich Tiki history.  We learned about Shelter Island and how that island used to be almost all Tiki, and where you can still find Tiki today in San Diego.  Finally, we learned the history on how the Crowne Plaza where Tiki Oasis is held. The Crowne Plaza has a history of rich tiki theming that has been removed over the years.  

Jack "Mr. Bongo" Costanzo & His Latin All-Stars

My favorite band of the week was definitely Jack Costanzo.  Jack is a legend in the bongo scene.  In the 40s and 50s he worked with such greats as Dezi Arnez and Nat King Kole.  His Latin bongo style was excellent to listen to from our balcony.  If you haven't heard his music look him up.

So, those were some of my favorite moments from Tiki Oasis.  I have all my pictures posted here.  I'll be posting more in depth about some of these things soon.  If you were there what were your favorite moments?

Mahalo!

Damon

Saturday
Aug272011

Tiki Oasis 2011 Photo Gallery

Aloha!

My Tiki Oasis photo gallery is now up.  Sadly Splash Mountain got my camera before Tiki Oasis so I had to use my cell phone camera for most of the pictures. You can view the pictures in the gallery.

Tiki Oasis 2011 Photo Gallery

Tuesday
Aug232011

LIVE From Tiki Oasis: The Zen Tiki Lounge Podcast

Aloha!

What do you get when you combine Tiki Oasis, a Tiki Bar, flamingos with mini sombreros, and Tequila Tiki cocktails?

Zen Tiki Lounge Podcast episode 223 Tiki Oasis 2011: South of the Border.

Saturday, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the live recording of Zen Tiki Lounge's Tiki Oasis episode.  Since that episode was released today I wanted to tell you all about it right away.

Zen Tiki Lounge LIVEZTL is a weekly podcast that is hosted by Sunshine Tiki, and features the "ladies of the lounge", Starshine, Kalani, and Pumpkin.  Each week they discuss Tiki, Zen, current events, and just about anything else that might come up when drinking at a Tiki bar.  They also feature a Tiki drink each week.  I've been listening to these guys for about a year now, and every episode makes me laugh!

Also, if you listen to ZTL 223 Tiki Oasis 2011: South of the Border you will hear yours truely.  I'm the one from Wisconsin who runs into Michelle Bachmann every week at the Piggly Wiggly. Confused? Listen to the podcast! :-)  You'll also hear about some of the highlights from Tiki Oasis. One word of caution, this podcast isn't for the little ones.

Stay tuned there will be more coming soon from my Tiki Oasis report. 

 

Mahalo,

Damon

Friday
Aug122011

Lemon Hart, Old Monk, and Rum Jumbie Rum Reviews

Aloha!

This past weekend I was down in Illinois, and I picked up three rums that can be harder to find in different parts of the US.  I found Lemon Hart 151, Old Monk, and Rum Jumbie. I was so excited to get them that I wanted to share them with you.  In the video I do a little rum tasting and share my thoughts and review of these rums.  Let me know what you think of these rums in the comments section below.

Mahalo!

 

Damon