My last article had a brief mention of Trader Island in San Bernardino, which intrigued reader Paul Christian Vasquez, who had not heard of it before. … Continue reading Who Wants to Open a Tiki Bar in San Bernardino?
Vintage postcards let us see what Polynesian restaurants looked like, menus let us see what they were eating, recipes let us taste what they were drinking, … Continue reading What Music Was Played in Polynesian Restaurants and Tiki Bars?
After a years-long closure for refurbishment and renovation, Clifton’s Cafeteria (now just “Clifton’s”) finally reopens today. There have been a few weeks of private preview events … Continue reading Clifton’s Cafeteria Finally Reopens Today… But No Tiki Yet
San Francisco’s Tonga Room opened on this day 70 years ago: September 18, 1945. It initially was themed as the deck of a cruise ship, the name … Continue reading Tonga Room Celebrates 70 Years
My symposium for people who work in the bar industry, “Tiki: A Story for Bartenders,” is not a how-to of tropical drinkmaking. On the contrary, I … Continue reading The Best Tiki Drink Recipe Books: A Review of the Works of Jeff Beachbum Berry (So Far)
Critiki member rvictor shared a number of vintage images from his collection showing the entry to the Seattle Trader Vic’s from the time it opened in … Continue reading The Progression of the Seattle Trader Vic’s Facade
The lunch scene at The Polynesia, on Seattle’s waterfront at Pier 51, in the 1960s. Thank you to Critiki member rvictor for sharing this image from … Continue reading The Ladies Who Luau