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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...


68 Vincent Minervino (Black Flamingos)

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 to pioneer surf music in New Jersey! As always, I hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoyed this...


67 Brandon Glass & Rory Snyder

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 inebriated Star Wars talk, as you soon will notice! As always, I hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you...


66 Johnnie Velour

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 hand made art. As always, I hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we did recording it for you. If you enjoyed this episode, I'd like to...


65 Adventures in Tiki

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 recording it for you. If you enjoyed this episode, I'd like to invite you to subscribe to the podcast. It's free, and it will make it easier for...


64 Greg Bansuelo

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 also helped usher in the early Tiki cocktail movement, having worked at many of the now famous Polynesian Pop Palaces of yesteryear including Don the...


63 Syd Thomas

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 he's got in store for the future! As always, we hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. This podcast is a...


61 The Drooling Bastards

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 Bastards." To become a member of this club you have to pass the challenge of drinking all 78 cocktails in Jeff Berry's, "The Grog Log" and do it within a...


60 Blair Reynolds

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 podcast is a grass roots effort and does not survive without the help of our sponsors or our listeners. So if you'd like to help, stop by...


59 Scott "Tikipop" Taylor and "Tiki Rob" Hawes

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 makers from the Hawaiian Island of Maui. They tell us what it's like to live in Maui, how they found their way to the islands, how they got started...


58 The Shameful Tiki Room

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 events in the past. Rod and Brian also happen to be members of The Hang-ten Hangmen. Hear some funny stories about the penguin as well as how Rod went...


57 Jochen Hirschfeld

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 of Tiki, his future projects and more! To see more of his work, check him out on Instagram @livingroompictures or stop by his website at...


56 The Halloween Episode 2017

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 stories by Johnny Barajas and Steve "The Madman" Huffman. For the third segment, we hear stories from Michele Del Rey and Judy Luck and lastly, we wrap...


55 - 1 Year Anniversary Show

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 episodes published with many more on the horizon and even bigger things in store for the next year. I want to start by thanking our sponsors, past...


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