It’s Friday. Pour a cocktail, sit back and relax!
Time to make a trip to the Shameful Tiki Room.
It began in Montreal when I accompanied my parents to a place called the kon tiki lounge. My dad didn’t drink but my mom liked to order a cocktail with rum & fruit juice in a hollowed out coconut. I had a Shirley Temple in a pineapple topped with a maraschino cherry and always an umbrella. The room was dark and exotic that had lagoons with running water, palm trees and blue, green and red lighting. It felt so grown up and indulgent. So when I moved to Vancouver one of the first things I did was pay a visit to Trader Vic’s at the Bayshore hotel. The chain was not nearly as intimate and they didn’t bother to fill up a pineapple but the cocktails were still tropical style.
In Palm Springs recently we visited a place called Bootlegger and the Tonga Hut. Bootlegger is very tiny, very tiki like and dark but the thing about the Tonga Hut is they have a secret room. I won’t tell you how to find it (it’s very cool) because then it wouldn’t be a secret. My friend disappeared in a flash behind a secret wall – that’s all I’m saying. I came across a website that explains Tiki Culture (yes, it is a culture onto itself). THIS IS IT:
The Tiki Lifestyle. Island Living. Retro Life. What is it all about?
People who are into Tiki Culture, or the “Tiki Lifestyle” crave an escape from the fast-paced lives we live. We want to know we have a special place, whether physical or in our minds, where we can go to get away from it all. For many of us, it’s our own little Tiki Bar set somewhere in the corner of our home. For some of us, it’s the Tiki Bar down town or on the beach. For a lucky few, our entire lives (including our homes and businesses) are 100% Tiki with that distinct mid-century retro look and feel. Source: http://tikiloungetalk.com
Do you do tiki?