Modern Tiki Lounge's Top 10 Posts of 2015

Hope everyone's 2016 is off to a great start! We really can't wait to see what this year has in store for us since 2015 was pretty great!

Just out of curiosity, we decided to take a look at our analytics to see which of our blog posts you liked most in 2015. Turns out this list sums up a lot of great events and experiences we had last year and we thought we'd share. Check 'em out in case you may have missed a few throughout the year! Working our way backwards...

10. Our Top 8 Tiki Destinations to Check Out in California

Ok, so major disclaimer up front: these are not our recommendations for the best 10 tiki bars in California.  This entry is instead focused on the top 10 places we HAVEN'T been to yet in this state but would really like to check out (and, if you're really curious, you can scroll down to the bottom to find out which tiki bars we've already conquered).  So why are we writing about places we haven't been to yet in California?  Well...

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Now that the studio I rent at Keystone Art Space has become my full-time office, I'm motivated to get it into shape to be both functional and inspirational.  I eventually want it to have a great mid-century modern tropical tiki vibe...think Trader Sam's meets Mad Men. So far I've managed to source some unique pieces that fit within the theme...

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Last year, I decided that I wanted more out of my career so I started reading book after book looking for some guidance.  Many of them gave me the confidence that leaving my 9-5 in favor of starting my own venture was the right decision for me (it's not for everyone) and that I (probably) wouldn't fall flat on my face while doing it.  Looking for some great reads?  Check 'em out!

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Our first Tiki Oasis this past August ended up being a great experience for us and we discovered so much about the event while we were in San Diego.  By the time it was over, we had arrived at some takeaways that we'll be sure to keep in mind in the years to come.  Here are our top 10 bits of advice for newcomers to the event...

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Last weekend, the Renegade Craft Fair was held in Downtown LA at Grand Park.  Some of the booths really stood out with products that we could see ourselves buying in the near future.  Since they seem like cool companies that we're excited to follow, we've decided to share them!  Here are our 10 favorite new discoveries...

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Two weeks ago, the Disneyland Hotel & Trader Sam's put on a once-in-a-60th-Anniversary-Celebration event for two nights only: the Tahitian Terrace Diamond Luau.  For those who aren't aware, Disneyland used to have a very cool restaurant in Adventureland adjacent to the Enchanted Tiki Room.  I had only known about it through a coworker of mine who showed me the Tahitian Terrace menu and told tales of its past. Alas, it's long gone.  But Disney decided to bring back some of its glory for the special event...

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Last weekend we finally got to experience The Coconut Club - an underground tiki-themed supper club that I heard about many months ago.  My expectations for the night included: great food, some cocktails, and some immersive tiki decor.  I wasn't aware of just how many courses or drinks would be involved...

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This Tiki Mug Monday we decided to put our Trader Sam's Uh Oa! bowl to use in an attempt to recreate its signature drink. We started with the ingredients listed on the menu, tried to determine the right proportions, and after some adjusting and tasting, here's what we came up with (we think it tastes very similar)...

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Over the past few weeks of wedding planning, we have found SO many wedding venues that look great but we've only been able to visit a few top picks. This has been pretty fun for us as architectural/interior designers! We've been a quest for a spot that's interesting architecturally, has a great view, or is in a warehouse. Want to see our favorites? Check out all of the great spaces we got to explore...

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Now that the weather is finally getting a little cooler in sunny Southern California and the holidays are just around the corner, we've been in the mood for some warm tiki drinks. To get us in the spirit for Thanksgiving and the fast-approaching Christmas season, we brewed up some Hot Rum Cider Punch...

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Now that you've seen our most popular content from 2015, let us know what you'd like to see more of in 2016!