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So a couple weeks ago Jeff "Beachbum" Berry came down to the Tiki-Ti for a book signing for his recently released re-issue of Sippin' Safari. Jeff was once a regular at Tiki-Ti back when he was living in LA and so it was great getting to chat with him and Tiki-Ti owner, Mike Buhen Sr, about the old days and what's happened since then with Jeff' ...…
 
Today we've got another hangout episode where we turn the mics on while enjoying a couple of cocktails. We typically do these Inside the Desert Oasis Room however today, we thought it would be fun to do this one from the Tiki-Ti. The Tiki-Ti was established in 1961 by Ray Buhen, one of Don the Beachcomber's original barmen so it's a popular spo ...…
 
So back in February of this year we recorded a Swapcast with 5 Mintues of Rum and after that session we turned the mics on while we mixed and enjoyed some cocktails at the Rincon Room. This episode was never planned and as in any festive gathering it gets really noisy and because of that, I initially chose to not air this episode. Fast forward ...…
 
Today we welcome Rudy Gonzalez from Sweeney Todd's to the Desert Oasis Room! And with Rudy, we welcome Jeffrey Taylor and Andrew Carlson back to the show! For this Memorial Day episode we'd like to thank, honor and commemorate all our veterans, active-duty service members, guardsmen and reservists for the sacrifices they make every day to make ...…
 
Today we get a visit from the Tiki Addicts. Sarah May and Randall Wilson make up the blogging team collectively known as Tiki Addicts. Join us in another one of our fun hang out episodes where we mix a couple cocktails and talk about all kinds of stuff - funny stories, scary stories, embarrassing stories and even ponder our place in the univers ...…
 
About 2 months ago, I was privileged to be included in a music video for Jason Lee and the RIP-Tide's new single Mr Moai's Mash. The video follows Mr Tiki Head, a popular fixture in the So Cal tiki scene, around San Diego as he gathers his buddies to join him for a Jason Lee and the RIP-Tides concert at The Tower Bar. We recorded this episode a ...…
 
On this episode we chat with the lovely Violetta Beretta. Violetta Beretta is a burlesque performer, producer, director and dancer from the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. We chat about living in Hawaii, the history of burlesque in Hawaii, Don Tiki and answer some fun, thought provoking questions that I guarantee you'll be answering to yourself as you ...…
 
On this episode we stop by Taco's Tahitian Terrace to chat with John-O and David Gene Echt. John and David are fixtures in the tiki and surf music scenes. Another fun hang out episode, we chat about surf music and more as well as help David create a couple new drinks for his bar using some tried and true cocktail formulas. As always, I hope you ...…
 
Today we chat with Mark Sellers, owner and founder of Tiki Cat in Kansas City, Missouri. Annd on this episode we are joined by a trio of allstars including Bamboo Ben, builder of this beautiful bar and lounge as well as Doug Horne and Crazy Al, designers of 2 new tiki mugs, Devo Cat and Witco Cat, which debuted for the 1 year anniversary party ...…
 
Today we chat with Tribal Theory! Founded in 2005 in San Diego, California, Tribal Theory creates and performs their own brand of urban reggae and feel good island music. We recorded this episode from their green room at the House of Blues where they were headlining an all-star line up with CRSB, Bo Napoleon and Eli-Mac. Such a friendly and gra ...…
 
On this episode we chat with Spike Marble and Timothy Haack. Spike, Tim, a handful of others and I were once part of a group of Monday regulars at Don the Beachcomber, coming in every Monday night, for years, to enjoy their all night happy hour. In addition to patronizing the Dagger Bar every Monday, we enjoyed countless numbers of shows and ev ...…
 
On this episode we chat with Jonathan M. Chaffin of HorrorInClay.com. Jonathan's vision is influenced by horror inspired stories like those of HP Lovecraft so naturally, his designs are a unique mashup of tiki, horror and fantasy. He even goes the extra mile of creating collectible sets for each mug theme and we talk about how all of this perme ...…
 
Today we hang out with Scotty Schuder from Dirty Dick in Paris, France and Gustavo Rojas from Frogtown Brewery in Los Angeles, California. Another cool hang out episode, this was a fun and spirited talk about the service industry from the different perspectives of a bar owner in France and a brewery owner in the United States, the differences i ...…
 
On this episode with make a visit to the amazing Rincon Room in Camarillo, California to record and film another Swapcast with 5 Minutes of Rum. To watch a video of the Swapcast, click here:https://youtu.be/5lqjeO2T_iwI'd like to dedicate this episode to Chris Bonomo and Lost in Paradise. Chris was and is a driving influence to me and this podc ...…
 
Let me start by apologizing for what you are about to hear! On this episode, we celebrate St Patrick's Day! We had our Irish friends Rick Miller, Dave McNeely aka McBiff and Dan Watson join us in the Desert Oasis Room to drink copious amounts of Irish Whiskey and Green Beer, as one does on St Patrick's Day! Rick and Dan even dressed for the occ ...…
 
On this episode we make a field trip to Tiki Ko. Located in Bakersfield, California, Tiki Ko is the creation of Roy and Sonya Scarazzo to fulfill a dream of owning and operating their very own tiki bar. For our session we are joined by their staff, bar manager Freddy Lwin and drink developers Corey Juarez and Gabby Osdale. This was a FUN episod ...…
 
Today we make a visit to The Mauka Lanai. The Mauka Lanai, loosely translated as "Mountain Terrace" is the home tiki space of Dave Anderson. And joining Dave and I for this recording is Alan Escalante. We chatted over a couple drinks for another fun hangout episode filled with drunken bar talk! As always, I hope you enjoy listening to this epis ...…
 
On this episode we chat with Dog Davis. Dog Davis is one of my buddies in the tiki and cocktail community who I largely consider an expert and purveyor of these cultures. He's a really fascinating guy having done some really interesting things in his life. For example, he once wrote a food column for the LA Times, was once self employed as a pr ...…
 
On this episode we sit down for a green room interview with island music artists, CRSB. Chris Ramos and Sonny B write and perform their own brand of soul-infused, island music. Their talents have earned themselves three #1 songs and five Top 5 hits on Hawaiian Radio. Chris and Sonny graciously sat down with me during their recent tour for an in ...…
 
On this episode we sit down for a chat with Crazy Al. So a couple weeks ago, we bumped into Crazy Al at the Tiki Ti and turned the mics on. If you don't already know, Crazy Al is a sculpter, carver and artist who also fronts the band APE. We caught him after a couple cocktails so we were able to have a fun and spirited conversation about the or ...…
 
On this episode, we are visited by Jeffrey Taylor and Andrew Carlson. Jeffrey and Andrew are regulars at the Tiki Ti so we naturally became friends by just hanging out there. Jeffrey has a restaurant and culinary background and Andrew is a published author and restaurant consultant who are partnering up to open Downtown LA's newest tiki bar & r ...…
 
Today we chat with Vincent Minervino. Vincent is a man of many talents. He runs and organizes the Asbury Park Surf Music Festival, runs and manages Hi-Tide Recordings and drums for the surf music band Black Flamingos. We sat down for a chat at The Reef when they were on their Winter West Coast Tour and talked a little bit about what it's like t ...…
 
On this episode we make a visit to The Reef to speak with Brandon Glass and Rory Snyder. Rory is the proprietor/owner of The Reef as well as the mastermind behind Tiki Caliente and Brandon is his star bartender there AND if you're a Star Wars fan then this episode is for you! Brandon is a HUGE Star Wars nerd so we get into a LOT of slightly ine ...…
 
Recorded over lunch at a local diner, today we sit down for a chat with Johnnie Velour. Johnnie Velour is a mug maker and ceramicist who has a rather unconventional approach when it comes to tiki mug making. That is, he doesn't sculpt his mugs but rather, throws each one on a potters wheel making each piece a unique, one of a kind, piece of han ...…
 
On this first episode for 2018 we speak with Angelica Navarro, host and writer of the Adventures in Tiki blog. We discuss the roots and authenticity of Polynesian Pop, her introduction to the Tiki lifestyle and get into some fun banter about Tex Mex and other southern foods!As always, I hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we did ...…
 
On this episode we talk with Greg Bansuelo. Since 1961 the Tiki Ti has been an exclusively family owned and operated bar and in 2015, Greg broke that tradition and became the very first bartender and employee ever to be hired there. We talk about how this came to be, his bartending background as well as his father's bartending background who al ...…
 
On this episode we sit down for a chat with Syd Thomas. If you're a regular patron of the Tonga Hut in North Hollywood then you've probably had a cocktail created by Syd. Syd is a career bartender having logged almost 3 decades of mixology and cocktail creation. We talk about his creative process, how he found his way to the Tonga Hut and what ...…
 
On this episode we make a visit to Frogtown Brewery. Frogtown Brewery was founded just over 1 year ago by home brewers Adam Kestel, Mike Voss and business partner Gustavo Rojas. If you're a home brewer who's thought about taking it to the next level and opening a tasting room, or you just enjoy the art of craft beer brewing, then this episode i ...…
 
On this episode we record live from the Tiki Wonderland holiday art show at the Tonga Hut in North Hollywood. If you've been there then you've probably seen a wall full of decorated name plaques next to a fountain fondly named, "The Drooling Bastard" and the names on this wall belong to a drinking club called, "The Loyal Order of Drooling Basta ...…
 
On this episode we chat with Blair Reynolds. Blair is the man behind BG Reynolds premium syrups. Blair tells us how he transitioned from working a corporate, IT job running a Helpdesk to making a living through entreprenuership, pursuing his passion in cocktails and mixology. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it you. This ...…
 
Today we have a late night chat with Scott "Tikipop" Taylor and "Tiki Rob" Hawes. Well, it was more of a late night for me because of the time difference and on top of that, I was battling a cold, so I apologize for the gravelly voice! In any case, it was still fun chatting with these guys. If you don't already know, Scott and Rob are tiki mug ...…
 
Today we enjoy a couple of beers at Frogtown Brewery with Rod Moore and Brian Verch. Rod is the owner/founder of The Shameful Tiki Room with locations in Vancouver and Toronto, Canada; and Brian is known for his travel companion, "The Penguin." You might have seen the penguin or even been photographed with the penguin at various tiki or surf mu ...…
 
Today we sit down for a smoke with Jochen Hirschfeld. Jochen is a filmmaker, photographer and world traveler and is the producer/director of the DVD of Tiki. I met Jochen about 15 years ago and we immediately became fast friends. In this episode we share travel stories, chat about how he stumbled into Tiki, his motivation for creating the DVD o ...…
 
Welcome to the Halloween Episode! For this episode, I've compiled a couple of haunted stories by some of our previous guests. Some of them never heard on previous episodes because I was saving them just for this one. I kick off the episode with a couple stories of my own followed by one from Johnnie Velour. The second segment is a pair of stori ...…
 
On this episode we celebrate our 1 year anniversary! That's right, 1 year ago this week, I launched my first episode of Inside the Desert Oasis Room, recorded with Boris Hamilton, Daren Ford and Jamie Lutz. I had no topic, no format and no agenda and no experience in podcasting other than as a listener. Fast forward to today and we have over 50 ...…
 
On this episode we speak with mug maker Henrik Van Ryzin, also known as VanTiki. Henrik was born and raised on the Hawaiian island of Oahu and about a year ago relocated from the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean to the colder climes of the Pacific Northwest in Oregon. He shares stories about his early struggles in the art industry, how he got i ...…
 
On this episode we make a visit to The Rumpus Room. The Rumpus Room is the home tiki space of artist Kirby Fleming. It's the home base from which, almost a decade ago, Kirby & his wife Polly hosted a weekly party that continued for several years, on schedule, without missing a week. Cocktails were created by Kelly "Hiphipahula" Reilly with the ...…
 
On this episode we share drinks and stories at The Hale Kahiki located in Echo Park, California. The Hale Kahiki is the home tiki bar space of Alan Smart and Michael Uhlenkott. If you're a fan of Spongebob Squarepants then you are a fan of Alan's work. He's the animation director for that show! And his partner Michael Uhlenkott is an artist and ...…
 
On this episode with speak with Denny Moynahan, most commonly known as King Kukulele. You might have seen his act at The Hukilau, Tiki Oasis or countless tiki events over the past 2 decades. We talk about his musical background, how he stumbled into playing the ukulele and how his stage character, King Kukulele, came to be. I hope you enjoy thi ...…
 
On today's episode we chat with Jeff "Beachbum" Berry. Jeff is a fixture in the tiki and craft cocktail community. He is the author of the Grog Log, Intoxica, Remixed, Sippin' Safari, Taboo Table, Potions of the Caribbean and is close to releasing a new book celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Sippin' Safari. Jeff shares with us a wealth of ...…
 
On this episode we chat with John Mulder from Eekum Bookum! John is an Army veteran of over 3 decades of service who went to art school on the GI Bill to start a new life as an artist. You probably know him best for the tiki mugs he's produced for events like Tiki Caliente, Taboo, MOD Palm Springs and Tiki Oasis. Today we hear how he got his st ...…
 
On this episode we have cocktails with Buz Deadwax and Elina Bobina! Another great hangout session in the Desert Oasis Room for this episode. I get to finally try Buz's version of a Mai Tai, the "Buz Tai" and dare I say, it's probably the BEST Mai Tai I've ever had! And if that's not enough, we also have cameo appearances by Mo Herms and John C ...…
 
On this episode we speak with Tim "Swanky" Glazner. Tim is the author of "Mai Kai: History and Mystery of the Iconic Tiki Restaurant" and today we talk about the making of this book among other things, including Don the Beachcomber, Hurricane Hukilau and much, much more. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you and if ...…
 
On this episode we make a visit to the Den of Sin located in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Den of Sin is the home bar of Jason T Smith. Yes, we've had him on the podcast before but the difference with this episode is we are joined by OUR WIVES! That's right folks, you're going to get to hear what our wives think of what Jason and I do for a living! Tw ...…
 
On this episode we speak with Tim Walters. It's no secret that this podcast is proud to be partnered with Tanduay Rum and Tim Walters is the person that made all of that happen. We talk about how we met and how Tanduay became a partner of the podcast. It's an interesting scenario for both us since both Tim and I were looking for a career change ...…
 
Today we speak with Jason Alexander! Jason Alexander along with his partner Robyn Murphy are the owners of Tacoma Cabana in Tacoma, Washington. If you're a tiki person you've probably fantasised about opening your own tiki bar and in this episode we talk about how Jason and Robyn went from running a coffee shop to owning and managing one of the ...…
 
On this episode we speak with Jeff "Big Tiki Dude" Hanson. Jeff is a fixture in the Surf Music community. He's not just an enthusiast but he's also a surf music historian and his involvement includes Surfin' Sundays at the Huntington Beach Pier where every summer multiple surf bands come down to the beach and put on a free show. He also organiz ...…
 
Today we chat with Charles Phoenix! Charles Phoenix is a retro-pop culture humorist, midcentury historian and entertainer. If you've ever attended one of his comedic historic tours or vintage slide presentations then you know what he's all about. We talk about what he does, how he got started, his new book, his new clothing line and much, much ...…
 
On this episode, we chat with Randy "Chongolio" Bain. Randy is an artist, vlogger, surfer and California native who migrated to the Hawaiian islands and just celebrated 10 years of living on the island of Kauai. If you've ever fantasied of dropping everything and moving to a Hawaiian island, Randy talks about how and why he did it, the pros and ...…
 
A few months ago we released a podcast with Mike Sr & Jr of the legendary Tiki-Ti in Hollywood, California. It was founded by their patriarch, Ray Buhen, one of the original bartenders at Don the Beachcomber, the bar that started tropical craft cocktail mixology and kicked off a decades long era of Polynesian Pop. I got so much positive feedbac ...…
 
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