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Chi Chi Drink Recipe

Happy Tiki Tuesday! Today I'm out on my patio. The flamingos and I are enjoying a Chi Chi.  The Chi Chi is basically a Pina Colada with vodka instead of rum. It was invented by Don The Beachcomber.  Chi Chi is  pidgin English for "Breast Milk".  

Chi Chi Recipe

  • 5 oz Unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 oz Lopez Coconut Cream
  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 cup of ice

Combine all the ingredients in a blender, and serve.


One variation is to add a dash or two of bitters for an interesting twist. Another is to add 1 oz  Macadamia nut liqueur.

Enjoy your Chi Chi!


Lost Tiki: Chin's Tiki Detroit

Chin's Tiki was a Tiki themed supper club, night club, and banquet hall that opened in 1967 in Detroit, Michigan.  Marvin Chin designed, built, and ran the restaurant.  It was the first Polynesian themed restaurant to open in Detroit. Chin's was very popular in the 1970s and early 1980s. Many celebrities paid a visit to Chin's during its hey day. 

Chin's Tiki had two levels. The first floor had the super club with thatch covered booths.  The second floor had a hall with a stage.   There were no windows in the building making it feel like a real escape to somewhere tropical. Each floor had a large waterfall.

Chin's Tiki closed its doors in 1980. In 2001 Universal filmed a scene for the movie 8 mile in the second floor banquet area.  Universal cleaned up the second floor for the filming. This inspired Chin to try and reopen the restaurant.  Sadly, Chin passed away April 26, 2006.  Chin's was demolished in March 2009 and the location is now a parking lot. 

 For more information and pictures take a look at these articles:

Chin's Tiki on

Freaky of Tiki on







Top Ten Tiki Places - Part Two

We are continuing the list of Top Ten Tiki Places as voted by the users of If you missed part one you can find it here.  Grab your Mai Tai and enjoy!

6. Hala Kahiki, River Grove, IL


Hala Kahiki opened in 1966 and is a classic Tiki Bar in the suburbs.

7. Thatch, Portland, OR

Thatch Tiki Bar is a new tiki bar that opened in 2007.  Some of its decor came from older Tiki bars that have closed.

8. Frankie's Tiki Room, Las Vegas, NV

Frankie's opened in 2008, and is open 24 hours a day. They have a great decor and a juke box filled with Surf and Exotica.

9. Trader Vic's Atlanta

Trader Vic's Atlanta is one of the only Trader Vic's that hasn't been renovated and still has its original charm.  

10. Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge, Alameda, CA

 Forbidden Island is a newer Tiki bar but has the look and feel of a classic Tiki bar.  It even has some artifacts from Tiki bars of yesterday.



Top Ten Tiki Places

Wether you are trying to find Tiki near you or plan to hit up some Tiki spots on your next trip is the place to go. At you'll find a comprehensive list of tiki locations.  Here are the top 10 Tiki locations as rated by users.

1. The Field Museum, Chicago, IL

The Field Museum has an extensive collection of pacific artifacts including a Maori Meeting House.

2. Oceanic Arts, Whittier, CA

Oceanic Arts has been a leading supplier of tropical decor since 1956.  From your home Tiki bar to Theme Parks, and Movies Oceanic Arts is a popular supplier.  They have been behind the decor of many great Tiki places around the world. Oceanic Arts is open to the public.

3. The Enchanted Tiki Room, Anaheim, CA

 The Enchanted Tiki Room opened June, 23rd, 1963, and has been a favorite of many Disneyland visitors ever since.  

4. Smuggler's Cove, San Francisco, CA

Since it's opening in 2009. Smuggler's Cove has quickly become a "must do" for all Tiki Bar fans. Smuggler's cover has over 200 rums and more than 75 cocktails.

5. Mai-Kai, Fort Lauderdale, FL

The Mai-Kai is one of the longest running Tiki Bars. It opened December, 28th, 1956. The Mai-Kai invented the Mystery Drink, which was served by a silent dancer, and the Derby  Daiquiri.

Check back Tomorrow for part two of the Top Ten Tiki Places


Over The Top Tiki lists five over the top tiki locations to help you feed your need for tiki wherever yo go.

1. Forbidden Island, Alameda, CA

2. Mainlanders, San Diego, CA