Aloha Tiki Friends. Sunshine and the ZTL crew have put together a list of some of their favorite web hot spots. Some of these are great resources for anything from music to finding that perfect tropical pottery for your bromeliad. Podcasts, Tikirific info and resources, books and plenty of "other." None of these sites actually sponsor our program so remember to check things out before going crazy and dropping your whole paycheck on kitchy Tiki stuff. If you have any questions about any of our links just send us an email and we will give you as much info as we have.
Our Favorite Podcasts
Kelly and her friends take a podcast to a place we dare not go. Video! Each show brings you a new video cast that helps solve those social dilemmas such as awkward party guests, emergency preparedness, appetizer recipes that are sure to please, surviving the holidays, and so much more.
Tiki Brian had an exotica LP collection he just couldn't keep to himself. Luckily for all of us he sends out a thematic podcast choc full of exotic tunes set to stories of mermaids, pirates, waterfalls and all those exotic places we all dream of while a work.
Mr. Martini is a guy who has taken life's path that leads to studying mixology, history of spirits and all things cocktails. Now he shares his passion on a podcast called Behind The Bar Show.
Digitiki helps introduce all of us to the exotica we just don't know the name of. Eventually Digitiki plays one of those songs you always wanted but just didn't know the artist or group. Great interviews with classic and contemporary tiki all stars.
At the Zen Tiki Lounge we know our way around a cocktail. But we wouldn't be the best resource for explaining all the bits and pieces of what make great rum and spirits so great. Listen to 5 Minutes of Rum with Kevin for in depth reviews and tastings of your favorite spirits. There is always a cocktail recipe to go along with the podcast, so don't miss an episode. You do have 5 minutes for rum, don't you?
Our Favorite Tiki Events
Probably the hottest of the tiki weekenders, this yearly event takes place in scorching Palm Springs each year. Be sure to bring plenty o' sun block so you can enjoy the pool, cocktails, exotica and good times of Tiki-Caliente. We can speak from personal experience, this is a smaller event but in no way less to do. Get to know your fellow tikiphiles in the true mod style of Palm Springs, California
This October event debuted in 2013 and is now a yearly mid century modern shindig in the desert. Artist SHAG and party dude Rory Snyder come together to throw a party with classy cocktails, art, home tours and tiki flare. Click the link for the latest on this sure hit weekend event.
The biggest of the tiki weekenders. Each August in sunny San Diego, California. This is the one event you are sure to see Sunshine, Pumpkin, Starshine and Kalani. Be sure to visit our room crawl and try one of our very own cocktail concoctions.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida serves up the most intimate tiki gathering. Plenty of music, cocktails and excursions. Be sure to visit the world famous Mai Kai for the best in polynesian drinks and entertainment.
Visit beautiful Lake George, NY in the Adirondacks. If you ever wanted to experience the old time kitsch of a true tiki motor lodge, this is the place. Step back in time and enjoy a great weekend with other tikiphiles.
Our Favorite Tiki Resources
Possibly the best one stop shop for all the info you need about tiki and the world of the exotic. If you can't find a link to what you are looking for it probably doesn't exist.
Simply the best blog resource for tiki and mod culture. Sometimes Sunshine even posts messages on Tiki Drinks and Food. And, follow the Zen Tiki Lounge blog thread under "General Tiki" for a brief history of everything ZTL. Post replies, comments, ask questions.
Everyones favorite umbrella drink mixologist. The Bum carefully and painstakingly researches the lost cocktail recipes of the past so you don't have to. He has authored several oustanding books including "Grog Log" and "Sippin Safari." He is also a pretty cool dude. If you have the chance to see him at a cocktail symposium don't miss the opportunity.
Need to know what your old tiki mug is selling for? Want to find a rare gem? Or just share your mug collection with others. A great resource.
Over 700 tiki bars, Polynesian restaurants and other sites of interest to the midcentury Polynesian Pop enthusiast.