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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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: 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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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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Review: Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar - Walt Disney World

Review: Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar - Walt Disney World

On our most recent trip to Disney World this May, we decided to check out some of the new bars that have made their way to the resort since our last visit. Given our love of all things "Adventureland," Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar made the list with its Indiana Jones theming and exotic cocktails...

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An Inside Peek at the Rum Rhum Club

An Inside Peek at the Rum Rhum Club

As many of you know, we're big fans of the Tonga Hut and we've officially completed the Grog Log. Now that we've finally accomplished that year-long feat, we feel like we've graduated and can now partake in the monthly meetings of the Rum Rhum Club. We attended our first meeting on May 1 and didn't really know what to expect beyond getting to sample a few things (and we were pleasantly surprised to find that it was much more than that)...

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The Ultimate Guide to Completing the Grog Log at the Tonga Hut

The Ultimate Guide to Completing the Grog Log at the Tonga Hut

After a year-long journey of completing the Grog Log and drinking 78 different drinks at the Tonga Hut, we're ready to fill you in on all of our top tips! Read more to hear all about our experience and what we recommend doing if you decide to embark on this adventure...

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Tales of Our Second Visit to the Coconut Club

Tales of Our Second Visit to the Coconut Club

In early 2015, we were able to experience an amazing evening at the Coconut Club (LA's "underground" tiki supper club that pops up from time to time and is almost always sold out). It was a 3-hour tropical getaway with multiple courses for dinner and stunning cocktails that accompanied our meals. Because we enjoyed our first experience so much, we were excited to see that the Coconut Club had begun offering shorter form events (at a lower price point). We just had to check it out and, in the end, we left with our thirsts quenched while feeling happily full & very appreciative of the tiki escape. Want to know all the details? Here's how we spent our night at the Coconut Club this past August...

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Holiday Gift Guide for Glam Girls ($25 and Under!)

Holiday Gift Guide for Glam Girls ($25 and Under!)

On the quest for the perfect gifts for the girls on your list? These all appeal to the luxurious sensibilities of women so you're sure to find something great for your mom, sister, BFF, Secret Santa recipient...you name it! Who knows, you may even find some things to add to your own wish list! And while these things might look fancy, they're all budget-friendly at $25 and under! Happy Shopping! 

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Hot Rum Cider Punch - A Seasonal Tiki Drink Recipe

Hot Rum Cider Punch - A Seasonal Tiki Drink Recipe

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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10 Tips to Find the Perfect Wedding Venue on a Budget

10 Tips to Find the Perfect Wedding Venue on a Budget

By now, we've checked out lots of unique, affordable venues in Southern California. Along the way, the tours, number crunching, and research all helped guide us to our top choice (SmogShoppe!). We also learned a TON in the process and wanted to share some tips for those of you who might also be on a seemingly impossible hunt for an awesome venue within budget! Check 'em out...

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Holiday Gift Guide for Guys ($25 & Under!)

Holiday Gift Guide for Guys ($25 & Under!)

Looking for some cool products, tools, housewares, and clothes perfect for the guys on your list? If you're anything like me, you might find that they're pretty tricky to shop for! Hopefully these will be perfect for your recipients or they'll inspire some other great ideas. And at $25 and under they're sure to fit within your budget! Happy shopping! 

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