We started off the weekend with a little trip to Don the Beachcomber's to hang out in the Dagger Bar and see the Hula Girls while snacking on sliders and Brie Quesadillas.
It looks like we have entered Mermaid Waters.
We stayed and listened to 3 great sets from the Hula Girls which will be playing on the main stage at Tiki Oasis again this year.
Had a Mai Tai and a drink that was basically a Mai Tai in a Pineapple....Appropriate for the Pineappleman
Saturday brought us to Laguna Beach for a couple of photo shoots my wife had scheduled with friends and a nice lunch at Las Brisas and then another Tiki Themed dinner at Tommy Bahama's restaurant which had the best goat cheese filled chicken ever.
Here is a look at the Creme Brulee from Las Brisas
Then Sunday brought us to meet friends at Downtown Disney. So we headed to Trader Sam's for a couple of drinks and chicken lettuce wraps and some flatbread.
The day before was apparently the 2nd Anniversary for Trader Sam's which meant a new Mug.....which I had to get of course......
I almost didn't even see this Tiki. We were wandering around the LA Arboretum after a failed attempt to go hiking due to large crowed and no parking at the trail we were going to walk.....so instead ended up at the LA Arboretum. So we still got some good walking in, still saw a waterfall, stopped by Fantasy Island and had a random Tiki sighting.
"Welcome to Fantasy Island"
How good would a waterfall like this look in the backyard....If only I were rich
Link of the week: Enchanted Tiki Room 50th Anniversary It looks like they have a bunch of really cool stuff. Unfortunately this event is out of my price range at the moment ----but Tiki fans should check this out
On the way into Vegas we finally got around to stopping off the strip at Frankie's Tiki Room.....
Frankie's Tiki Room is a dark little Tiki Bar that is worth stopping by and checking out for any Tiki Fan heading to Vegas for the weekend.
Frankie's features art work from many well known names in the Tiki Community including big contributions by Bamboo Ben. There are Tikis carved by Crazy Al, Billy the Crud, Tiki Bosko and Tiki Ray to name a few.....and Tiki Art by such Doug Horne, Big Toe, SHAG, Ken Ruzic, Thor and others ...
The bar itself was very dark inside...We had to wait a few minutes for our eyes to adjust before finding a sit at the bar and enjoying some great Tiki Drinks while listening to great Tiki Music and watching some interesting Retro programing on the bars TV Screens.... The only drawback for us was the smokiness of the place which brought back memories of my Pineappleman WASH days of playing in smoky bars and coming home with your clothes all smoky. Other than that it was a really cool experience that I'm glad I was able to finally mark off my Vegas bucket list.
And we will definitely have to stop by there again for a few more Tiki drinks.
Here are some smoky pictures of some of the cool Tikis to be found inside.
Check out the Webpage for Frankie's Tiki Room below
Here is Frankie's Original Drink menu which you can get with or without a cool Tiki Mug from Tiki Farm. I went with the Thurnston Howl a great drink with a great Vegas mug that has dice for Eyes. Next time I go there I'll have to get one of the other great mugs.