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89 Sippin' Safari 10th Anniversary

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's journey from becoming a cocktail recipe sleuth to growing into a world reknown author, mixologist and owner of one of the planet's premiere cocktail...


88 Wednesday at the Tiki-Ti

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 spot for tiki and bar industry folks to gather. Every Wednesday we do a Toast To Ray, so Wednesday's tend to be upbeat and jovial as you will see here....


87 The Lost Episode

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 to 4 months later and while cleaning my archives I stumble across this recording. After listening to it I realized it was just too much fun to not...


86 Moai Monday Memorial Day

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 our freedom possible. Thank you for your service. On this episode we raise our glasses to you, Inside the Desert Oasis Room! This episode is...


85 The Tiki Addicts

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 universe! As always, I hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoyed this episode hit that subscribe...


84 Mr Moai's Mash

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 at the preview party, which was held for those that were involved in the making of this music video and we hear some funny stories of what the...


83 Violetta Beretta

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 listen along! As always, I hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we did bringing it to you, and if you did, hit that subscribe...


82 Taco's Tahitian Terrace

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 enjoy listening to this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoyed this episode, hit that subscribe button. The podcast is free,...


81 Tiki Cat 1-Year Anniversary

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 for which all of us were in town celebrating. We talk about the motivation behind why Tiki Cat was started and what's in store for the future. And...


80 Tribal Theory

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 gracious group of guys, it was really great getting to know them, hearing the story of how the band got started, their song writing process and the...


79 Don the Beachcomber

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 events within that historic building, going back a couple decades to when it was Sam's Seafood. We recorded this episode from their Hidden Village...


78 Horror in Clay

On this episode we chat with Jonathan M. Chaffin of Horror in Clay. 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 permeated his life and started a passion project that continues today. As always, I hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we did bringing it...


77 Scotty Schuder & Gustavo Rojas

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 in cultures, customs and more! As always, I hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoyed this...


76 Swapcast with 5 Minutes of Rum

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: I'd like to dedicate this episode to Chris Bonomo and Lost in Paradise. Chris was and is a driving influence to me and this podcast and if it wasn't for him, I probably wouldn't be doing this. I've worked with Chris on hosting and co-hosting a couple episodes of Lost in...


75 The Saint Patrick's Day Extravaganza!

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 occasion by wearing their kilts and family tartans! As you will hear, we had a fun time recording this episode as we slowly progressed into a drunken...


73 The Mauka Lanai

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 episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoyed this episode, I'd like to invite you to subscribe to the podcast. It's free, and it will...


72 Dog Davis

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 professional gambler and today works in the entertainment industry right here in Hollywood, California. As always, I hope you enjoy listening to this...



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 interview talking about how they got started, their song writing process and what the future holds for their music and their brand! As always, I hope...


70 "Crazy Al" Evans

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 origins of his band APE as well as how he got the moniker, Crazy Al! As always, I hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we did bringing...


69 Jeffrey Taylor & Andrew Carlson

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 & restaurant in 2019. This is another hang out episode where we chat about all kinds of stuff including their respective experience in the restaurant...