Friday, April 15, 2016

A Unexpected Tiki Style Vacation in San Diego: The Catamaran Resort


We headed down to San Diego and hotel circle for a cheer competition.  It wasn't meant to be a Tiki Style weekend at all.
I got a deal on Booking.com for the Mission Valley Resort in      Hotel Circle…..which turned out to be Booking.Horrible.    It was like a bad rundown Motel 6  that made me think of the Tents that Clark Griswald stayed in in Vacation.     Here is a picture of the view from our room.   Nice pool huh!


After a horrible night of sleep (or lack thereof )  due to what sounded like a bowling alley in the room above us, we decided we would need to turn the weekend around.   So I cancelled the second night at the Mission Valley Slums and booked us a room at the Bahia Resort with a Bay view.









I picked up the girls from cheer and we headed to our new hotel and began a Tiki Style evening that definitely was an upgrade from your previous night.    When we checked in we received tickets to take a cruise in the bay on a Steamboat the Bahia Belle .  We figured we would just ride the boat and then grab dinner at the Café.   








We took the Steamboat to the Bahia’s sister hotel The Catamaran Resort  (a place I had always wanted to stay back when I lived in San Diego for school) and we found out that all we needed was a handstamp to get back on the boat.


 The Catamaran is a hotel that sits on Mission Bay and feels like a resort you would find in Hawaii. It has its own beach and Tiki Torches lining the pathways.










We decided that instead of eating back at the Café we would grab something at the cool restaurant called the Oceana that features a Moon Jellyfish tank in the restaurant.


We wandered around exploring the Tiki Style resort grounds and taking some pictures before a great dinner.




The Resort features Tropical pathways that feature parrots in the daytime and Tikis guiding the way.   Here is the waterfall and Koi pond in the Lobby area.









Here are the Jellyfish inside Oceana








They also have a cool bar called Moray's where you can grab a Mai Tai that has a great fish tank behind the bar.



Here are some of the Tikis along the pathways of the Catamaran Resort























The Catamaran is like a slice of Hawaii in San Diego.  

 Next time maybe I’ll skip the cheapo hotel deal and just stay here.

To Follow my Tiki Facebook Page go Here.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Pineappleman and the Search for The Golden Tiki





When I first heard about The Golden Tiki in the article below it the description sounded like it was made specifically for me. 
http://lasvegasweekly.com/nightlife/2015/jul/07/golden-tiki-bar-chinatown-cocktail-spring-mountain/


It is a mixture of a classic Tiki bar with Disney style inspirations.
I've always considered Las Vegas to be an adult Disneyland and this bar quickly went to the top of my Tiki Bucket List.  I knew once this bar opened that it would be the one thing I had to do the next time I went to Las Vegas.
Let’s face it this place had me at Pineapple Dole Whips.



So once we arrived in Vegas...."We were on a quest for fun"
With Pineapple Express card from Tiki Oasis in hand we headed to Chinatown.

Located not too far from the Strip in the middle of Las Vegas’s Chinatown sits The Golden Tiki













I knew I was going to love it the second we walked up....
The outside has cool display of some Tiki Style shields 
(Love the one with the Shrunken Head)




Here is the entrance:




In the same way that Trader Sam’s has a backstory at the Disneyland hotel ---The Golden Tiki has a great backstory that adds to the environment that lets you escape from the hustle and bustle of the Strip that is filled with Dirty Minions and Fat Bloated Elvis in a Wheelchair. The Golden Tiki is an Oasis.


You can read the cool backstory there on their website.  
http://www.thegoldentiki.com/#!the-legend/c142g

The sign at the entrance points you in the direction to some of the areas of the bar as described in the legend.




"Throw me the Idol ,  I'll throw you the whip"
A Pineapple Whip that is.


We arrived early in the evening around 6:30ish  and after a quick trip wandering around to check everything out –we settled in to a stylish booth area.  


We Started off our adventure with a Dole Whip….. and then surveyed the cool menu featuring this  art work on the cover and the inventive backstory of the bar on the back.



We ordered a couple of drinks. Sticking with the Dole Whip theme I started off with a Banana Batida.

Here is that Pineapple Whip and the inside of the awesome menu.


The Pineapple Whip was delicious !!!

After my first drink I was convinced already that if I lived in Vegas---this would be my Cheers.  I absolutely loved the look and style of The Golden Tiki.   It felt like something I would do if I had the money to make a bar.   Brandon Powers you are a F....ing Genius and it was great to meet you in person.   A big shout out to Billy Crud and Tiki Diablo for helping to create Brandon's vision with their artwork that filled the place.  





Here is a look at the Bar   (Before it got busy)


I absolutely love the back of the chairs


  There was  Jungle Cruise map on the table.   



Another Disney Style Influence


Some tributes to Ray Harryhausen.



Here is what I call the Parade of Monkeys……A way to keep track of how many Tiki drinks one has had.



Time for a little Honey-Mango Java Punch


We were lucky that the night we went the bank Tikiyaki 5-0 was playing , which is a smaller version of Tikiyaki Orchestra.





  So the Tiki mood was is in full effect.     Once the place started to get crowded we shared our booth with some  other Tiki folks Mike and Missy and we shared stories about Tiki Oasis and other Tiki stuff.   I talked about getting my Pineapple Express card from Billy Crud at a Tiki Oasis room party this year.  



  

  


Some Tikis in a Tiki Bar??   ---"They must have escaped from the zoo"










In the backroom lies William Tobias Faulkner--or at least what remains of him.





You have to love this wanted poster from The Goonies.....
A possibly inspiration for Captain Faulkner


 

The Golden Tiki is a gem.......A must see for Tiki fans when in Vegas.

 Here is the Home page for the Golden Tiki


And here is their Facebook Page


My Tiki Facebook Page can be found here





Nerd Block