Category Archives: Stuff & nonsense

EL VAGABUNDO MEETS EL BASTARDO

Barcelona has three Tiki bars. To those of us here in the New World — where we’re lucky if a major metropolitan area has even one — this fact will induce fits of envy. It shouldn’t, say Barcelona residents Mr. Ivan and Lady Eve. They insist that Spain still has a long way to go […]

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A CRUSHING REALIZATION

The Bum is bummed. His longtime companion, a vintage Ice-O-Mat ice-crusher, is unwell. The hand-crank is bleeding a viscous, decades-old black lubricant, and there’s no way to open the metal housing and treat the wound. Two years before our manual Ice-O-Mat swept us off our feet at a Burbank swap meet, we were in a […]

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MORNING-AFTER MEDIA

Hung over? Butterflies in the opu? Seeing double? Then you probably shouldn’t try to read our recent New York Times profile, complete with vintage exotic drink recipes and one of our own originals (link below). On the other hand, blurred vision shouldn’t stop you from listening to the December 1 edition of “Sidetrack,” Jason Croft’s […]

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WE DON’T TAKE PLASTIC

One of the many pleasant surprises on offer at last week’s Tiki Oasis, the annual three-day celebration of Polynesiana held in San Diego, was our discovery that the hotel hosting the event had added one of our original drink recipes, the Miehana (recipe on page 56 of Intoxica!), to its restaurant’s cocktail menu. We were […]

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THE MAYOR OF BOMBAY (SAPPHIRE, THAT IS)

Our favorite politician, Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman, has struck again. While campaigning for re-election recently, Goodman appeared at a Vegas community college — not to canvas for votes, but to teach a class. The title: “How To Make A Martini With The Mayor.” Hizzoner is no stranger to the subject. “If I could finish […]

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