Thursday, September 29, 2016

Tiki Match Collection:

Sam's Seafood and Hawaiian Village
Huntington Beach, CA

Opened in 1923. Rebuilt as Tiki-themed in 1957 after a fire.
Closed in 2007
Reopened as Kona, closed
Reopened as Don the Beachcomber in 2009 - current as of September 2016

Sam's was originally a seafood restaurant but not Tiki themed however when a fire burned the building down in 1959 the family who owned it decided to rebuild with the Tiki theme. So glad they did!

I love pictures of tiki drink menus that show the drink prices back in the good ol' days!!

Photo from critiki

Photo from critiki
These are photos from critiki of Don the Beachcombers Tiki mug collection. It looks amaaaazing. Gotta see it for myself!

Tiki mug collection photo by Codman on critiki 
Tiki mug collection photo by Robin on critiki 
This Hula Girls article from sometime in 2015, which is filled with lots of in-depth information (thank you!), makes it sound like the people who own the land that this restaurant is on are hoping to demolish and redevelop but based on Hula Girls gig calendar it has them performing at Don's throughout December 2016. Let's hope this place stays open.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tiki Match Collection:

Mai Tai Restaurant (Rum Runner bar inside)
Excelsior, Minnesota

Here's a fun story Dusty Cajun added to the website:

"The Mai Tai was a wonderful big restaurant, on the water, with very Polynesian/Hawaiian architecture and a South Pacific cuisine. We docked Sunshine and went in for a grand dinner. My very favorite dish was called the “Flaming Hawaiian Feast”. It was a wok dish with lobster, crab, shrimp, beef, pork, chicken, pineapple, celery, and other veggies and fruits that I don’t remember. They poured brandy over it and served it flaming. It was offered as a dinner for two but it was easily enough for three of us. They also offered the very best scorpion I ever drank, but you had to drink it when you got there so you would be sober enough to drive when you left. "

Based on comments, it was established in the mid 70s


from Dusty Cajun on 
from Dusty Cajun on

Photos are mine unless noted otherwise.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Favorite Art Styles: Folk Art

Came across an article about a compound in Georgia painted in folk art. When I saw the photo I was like, yes!, folk art is my jam. I do like so many different art styles and get a little frustrated with myself for not having one style I really gravitate to, but folk art makes me happy and perhaps my home is a little bit folk art in that it has a mishmash of items and colors. 

I absolutely love House of Blues decor.
Every wall has something of interest even the ceiling!

Here are some links to artist websites

The photos I've posted are from various sites on the web, not my own.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Am so happy to learn about Sister Corita Kent. I can't figure out why I haven't heard of her before. Very inspiring details about her life but I'll just share my favorite pieces of hers here.