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Chicago Area Tiki Tour Recap - Part Three


The Tiki TerraceThis is part three in my series of recapping the Chicago Area Tiki Tour.  If you haven't read part one and two yet. You'll want to check them out too.

So, after our visit to Hala Kahiki we boarded the bus again for our final destination of the evening.  We were headed to a dinner and a show at The Tiki Terrace.  Before arriving at The Tiki Terrace we had one last bus cocktail to enjoy.  The final cocktail was the CATT Cooler, this lovely libation was named after the event.  The recipe is:

  • 1 oz Coruba dark rum
  • 1 oz Cruzan aged dark rum
  • 1.5 oz white grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz Welche's passion fruit juice
  • .25 oz lime juice
  • .25 oz cinnamon syrup (from the Grog Log)

I'll be completely honest.  I don't recall much about this cocktail.  By this point my senses were getting a little overloaded.  I'll have to get the ingredients and make it at home to give it a proper review. 

Upon arrival at The Tiki Terrace the place doesn't look like much.  It's in a white strip mall wedged in between an auto parts store and a Radio Shack.  The Tiki Terrace Virgins didn't have high hopes, but I knew what awaited us on the other side of that strip mall door.  When we walked in everyone was blown away by the decor.  It quickly became the favorite of the day.  

Tiki Terrace DancersEveryone took a seat, and had a cocktail in a pretty short amount of time.  The meal was included with the event, and we had their egg rolls and taro chips for appetizers.  The egg rolls are one of my favorite things at The Tiki Terrace.  They have a thin and crispy shell.  The filling is a step up from your standard egg roll.  For my dinner I had the kalua pork.  It was a big portion of delicious shredded pork, and was served with rice.  It was really good. You can read my full review from January.

Shortly after eating the show began.  I've seen the show three times now.  It is exactly the same every time.  That isn't a complaint though.  Everyone really enjoyed it.  They should stick with a formula that works.  The show is a review of dance and music from different Polynesian Islands, and there is even a special guest.  It's a fun show that lasts about an hour.

After the show everyone was pretty exhausted.  We rode back to the hotel, and had a mixture of left over cocktails on the way back.  A few brave souls kept the party going all night. 

Chef Shangri-LaSunday, everyone met up at Chef Shangri-La.  We started out in the bar with cocktails.  There signature drink the Dr. Fong was on special for the day.  It was a nice cocktail.  It tasted like orange juice, sweet and sour, and a hint of almond; maybe amaretto.  It was pretty good, but a little to sour for most.  Next, I had a Mai Tai.  They made a great Mai Tai.  It was a nice balance of almond, sweet and sour.  I really enjoyed it. It was a Trader Vic's style but not quite as strong.

"Souper" BowlFor lunch I had the "Souper" Bowl.  This enormous bowl of soup had noodles, wontons, jumbo shrimp, and pork.  It was really good, and way too much food.  I barely put a dent in it.  While we ate Alewife played a great set. 

A raffel was held to raise funds for CatNap from the heart.  They raffle included one of a kind CATT mugs, Witco carvings, and even a picture that hung at Chef Shangri-La for years.  Some lucky people took home great prizes.

A HUGE thank you to the organizers of this event.  It was such a great time, and organized so well!





Chicago Area Tiki Tour Recap - Part One


This past weekend my friend Derek and I took part in the Chicago Area Tiki Tour (CATT).  We had an awesome time!  The event was put on by the Red Palms Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Moai.  The Red Palms Chapter really out did themselves.  This was the first Chicago Area Tiki Tour and it was organized perfectly.  The event was a great chance for Tiki fans from across the Midwest and beyond to get together, hop on a bus, and visit some of the best Tiki places in the Chicago area.  

Friday night everyone checked in to the Aloft O'Hare, and made it their Tiki home for the weekend.  That evening the Cocktail Preachers played a great set of surf and exotica inspired music.  Sadly, I got held up at work and only got to see them play the last two songs.  After The Cocktail Preachers, Jason Croft "Java" did a live recording of The Bachelor Pad Radio Show.  I have been a faithful listener to The Bachelor Pad pod cast for quite some time now.  Java always plays a great mix of music that is perfect for a Tiki lounge.  It was a lot of fun to see the show recorded live, and was the perfect setting for the Tiki cocktails that were on special at the Aloft bar.  This is one show that every Tiki fan should listen to religiously.

Bus DrinksSaturday morning we were up bright and early to begin our tour.  At 10:15 AM around 100 Tiki fans boarded the two busses for full day of Tiki bars.  By 11:00 AM we had our swag bags, our first cocktail in hand, and we were headed to our first stop, Malahini Terrace.  The first bus cocktail was the Derby Daiquiri.  They had talented individuals mixing and serving cocktails while we drove down the highway. The highway factor resulted in the proportions being off a bit on most of the ingredients.  Everyone still enjoyed them, and had a great time!

Tiki Lights at Malahini TerraceWhen we arrived at the Malahini Terrace they didn't know what hit them.  Don't get me wrong, the event was scheduled in advance, and arranged with the restaurant, but serving 100 people cocktails and food all at once is a big job.  Unfortunately,  I didn't get a drink.  I ordered one shortly after arriving, but we had to move on before it arrived.  I did get to sample their egg rolls, and they were pretty good.  The egg rolls were huge, and had a peanut flavor to them.  Derek tried some of the, chicken, chicken, chicken, which was also pretty good.  The Decor at Malahini Terrace was your typical Chinese restaurant, but they did have some Tiki looking lamps.  I'll have to go back sometime to sample their cocktails.

Our second bus drink was The Koval Lei.  It is made with:

  • 1.5 oz Simply Lemonade
  • 1.5 oz pineapple juice
  • .25 oz Koval Honey Chrysanthemum Liqueur
  • .25 oz Koval Orange Blossom Liqueur
  • 1.25 oz Cruzan aged light rum
  • 1 tsp honey mix (recipe from the Grog Log)

Again, the measurements were, understandably, a bit rough on the bus, but this complex little cocktail had a lot going on.  The enticing flavors of honey stood out, and a nice orange, and lemon flavor was there too.  The cocktail gets it's name from the Koval products in it.  Koval is a Chicago based distillery.

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