A Very Tiki Valentine's Day Gift Guide

A Very Tiki Valentine's Day Gift Guide

February is here and love is in the air. Whether you're on the hunt for some Valentine's Day gifts for your significant other, your friends, your family, or maybe even yourself (because sometimes #selflove is just as important), we've got you covered with these 14 fun, tiki & cocktail themed items! Happy shopping and we hope that everyone has a love-filled Feburary 14th! 

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10 Mistakes We Made When We Started Making Tiki Drinks

10 Mistakes We Made When We Started Making Tiki Drinks

When we first started dabbling in home mixology, we made our fair share of cringe-worthy mistakes and we're not afraid to share them (since we think a lot of other people have probably been there too). For any of you just starting out, do yourself a favor and learn from our screw-ups. By avoiding the items on the list below, you'll be on your way to making great tiki drinks in no time! 

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It's Time to Celebrate Hot Buttered Rum!

It's Time to Celebrate Hot Buttered Rum!

It's January 17th, which means...it's National Hot Buttered Rum Day! While we often associate this spiced beverage with the holiday season, it's the perfect drink to keep you warm all throughout the winter months. Over the past few years, we've had our fair share of varieties of this drink and they've all been delicious. Interested in sipping one in celebration of the holiday? Here are a few recipes worth exploring! 

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Review: The Golden Tiki - Las Vegas

Review: The Golden Tiki - Las Vegas

The Golden Tiki opened in July of 2015 so, compared to Las Vegas's other tiki bar, Frankie's Tiki Room, it's still fairly new on the scene. Most people will agree that the Golden Tiki feels quite Disney-like in all its details. There's music from Pirates of the Caribbean piped in right as you enter, there are "artifacts" on display throughout the place (much like at Trader Sam's), there's a talking skeleton on a pirate's ship, twinkle lights scatter the ceiling, and, probably our favorite of them all, there are Dole Whip cocktails...

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The Top 10 Must-Have Tools for Your Home Tiki Bar

The Top 10 Must-Have Tools for Your Home Tiki Bar

2017 is off to a roaring start and we're sure we have some readers out there with a certain resolution in mind: to finally start making tiki drinks at home. To help kickstart your home bar, we've put together a list of the 10 tools we can't live without when we're mixing up tropical libations. Stock up and you're sure to be armed with everything you need to start creating some of your own homemade cocktails! 

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Tonga Hut's Tiki Wonderland - A Tropical Holiday Celebration

Tonga Hut's Tiki Wonderland - A Tropical Holiday Celebration

This past weekend, the Tonga Hut in North Hollywood held its 11th annual Tiki Wonderland event. We've never been able to make it out for this holiday celebration before so we were excited that our schedule was finally free this year! There was a lot to see and do as the Tonga Hut and the vendors on site filled the day with holiday cheer. Check out our brief recap!... 

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The Ultimate 3-Day $500 Trip to Walt Disney World

The Ultimate 3-Day $500 Trip to Walt Disney World

After looking around and crunching some numbers, we realized we could take a whirlwind trip to Walt Disney World with a base cost of only $300 each for flights, hotel stay, and park tickets! When all was said and done, the trip totaled about $500 each and we had a super fun three days. Honestly, we wouldn't mind doing a trip like this again! Keep reading to see how much ground we covered on a limited budget and in such a brief period of time...

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Gift Guide: Tropical & Tiki Inspired Goods

Gift Guide: Tropical & Tiki Inspired Goods

This holiday season, we're all about encouraging our readers to spread some tropical & tiki flair to their family and friends. What better way to share the love than with some presents that conjure up thoughts of exotic locales, warm weather, and great cocktails? Check out these 23 tiki-inspired gifts perfect for the people on your list! 

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Modern Tiki Wedding at the SmogShoppe

Modern Tiki Wedding at the SmogShoppe

When it came time to plan our wedding, there was no doubt about one thing: it was going to be tiki-themed. Once we started crunching numbers, we quickly realized that it was also going to have to be as DIY as possible. Since we're both creative people, we embraced our big day as one giant design challenge. In the end, everything came together in one fun, tropical-filled event that we were happy to share with our closest friends and family members. Now, we can't wait to share it with you - check it out! 

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Gift Guide: Home Tiki Bar Essentials

Gift Guide: Home Tiki Bar Essentials

Like many fans of all things tiki, we love to mix up our own tropical concoctions at home. Over the years, we've developed a list of our favorite ingredients, supplies, and recipe books as well as many "wish list" items that we would like to have. These 19 finds should help to inspire gifts for any at-home mixologists you may know. Take a look

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Review: Tiki-Ko - Bakersfield, CA

Review: Tiki-Ko - Bakersfield, CA

Lately, it seems as though a new tiki bar pops up in California every other week. Most of the time, they have been springing up in the big cities - San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego - so we were happy when Tiki-Ko opened up shop in a new location - Bakersfield. Since our good friend, Linda, lives in Bakersfield, this gave us a great excuse to visit her & to expand our tiki horizons. Want to know more? Take a step inside with us! 

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Gift Guide: Adventureland Themed Disney Park Wares

Gift Guide: Adventureland Themed Disney Park Wares

This season we're featuring a guide specifically for the Disney park-goers in your life that can't get enough of Adventureland. We've added in some other tropical inspired goods & park related gifts as well. Check out these 16 great finds...

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10 Travel Planning Websites We Can't Live Without

10 Travel Planning Websites We Can't Live Without

While we love getting away, every trip we go on comes with its fair share of prep and planning. As we figure out our travel logistics, there are some key websites we always use to save money and to maximize our time spent away. In order to help our readers do the same, we've decided to share our favorite websites that we use to make the most of our travels. These 10 resources are essential to budget-friendly vacations that are well planned out...

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Review: Trader Sam's Grog Grotto - Walt Disney World

Review: Trader Sam's Grog Grotto - Walt Disney World

This past May, we were finally able to check out Trader Sam's Grog Grotto. We have been longtime fans of Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar in Disneyland and couldn't wait to check out its east coast counterpart at Walt Disney World. While the bars share many similarities, they're not exactly alike which made our visit super fun...

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Mod Palm Springs - Weekend in Review

Mod Palm Springs - Weekend in Review

From October 21-23, we attended our 4th Mod Palm Springs. We've gone every year since it was started by Rory Snyder (who also runs Tiki Caliente). Each year it's hosted by Shag (Josh Agle) and it's meant to celebrate modernism (while coinciding with Modernism Week's Fall Preview). So what exactly does the weekend entail? We're here to give you all the details...

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MAK Tour 2016: A Peek Into 9 Modern LA Homes

MAK Tour 2016: A Peek Into 9 Modern LA Homes

On October 2nd, we had the pleasure of going on the 2016 MAK Tour in our local neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles. The self-guided tour took us through nine homes that are all great examples of modernist architecture and were designed by a handful of architects, some of whom, like Schindler and Lautner, are very well-known for their iconic buildings in Los Angeles... 

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Review: False Idol - San Diego's New Tiki Speakeasy

Review: False Idol - San Diego's New Tiki Speakeasy

Just last month, False Idol made its debut in San Diego. Once we heard that Martin Cate (of Smuggler's Cove fame) was one of the co-owners, we were super excited to check it out. We managed to snag a reservation on a weeknight so we made the trek down to San Diego from LA to see if it lived up to all of the hype we'd been hearing. From the decor to the service to the drinks, we're happy to say that False Idol is an extremely solid addition to the Southern California tiki scene. 

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