I got the Tiki bug as a kid. It was a mini vacation to Trader Vic's in Scottsdale. It was where I learned to drink well and like a gentleman, and learned how educated adults behaved at pleasure and business. When my Birthday came around - and my parents asked where I wanted to go to celebrate - it was Trader Vic's and the Cosmo Tidbits (2 of them). Later I learned to love Gun Club punches. I have studied Trader Vic's the man and the Restaurant for many years. I collect many T V items and always love to visit a city and a Trader Vic's where one has survived. Atlanta has a good one. Visited New York before it closed. Los Angeles before the remodel. The new Trader Vic's in Scottsdale at the Valley Ho! is a nice modern one but has since closed. Andrea and I once hanged out there often.<br /><br /><br /><br />Now I make my living in television as a producer and video colorist - but my heart is still in Tiki land. When I need a good - stroud tiki drink - I go to UnderTow and Huls's Modern Tiki.
Now I combine Sailing and Tiki - a great escape! Bali Hi in San Diego has a boat dock but their Mai Tai's are simply way to strong and harsh So we make do on board No Problem - my sail boat. Perfect!
John S. james has been to 15 of the locations in Critiki: