World History: December 6 1492 Columbus sighted the islands now known as Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
World History: November 28 1520 Under the command of Portuguese, explorer Ferdinand Magellan sailed from the Atlantic Ocean through the passage now known as the Straits of Magellan, entering the “Sea of the South” in search of an alternate route to the Spice Islands. 1837 John Wesley Hyatt born, he invented a water purifying system […]
World History: November 16 1620 Maize, the first corn discovered by European settlers. 1889 The Oahu Railway begins in Hawaii. This railroad makes it possible to move agricultural products from inland to port.
World History: November 7 1872 The ship Mary Celeste sailed for Genoa from New York with a cargo of 1700 barrels of alcoholic spirits, later found abandoned near the Azores. 1950 Hawaii officially becomes the 50th state of the United States. 1996 The Distilled Spirits Council of the US votes to remove hard liquor ads […]
World History: September 27 1728 Captain James Cook born, the British explorer who charted many Pacific Islands, including the Sandwich Islands, better known as Hawaii. 1982 The population of China reaches 1 billion.
World History: September 9 1754 Captain William Bligh born. The most famous mutiny in history took place on his ship while returning from Tahiti with breadfruit trees. 2008 Thailand Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej forced out of office because he had been appearing on the TV cooking show Tasting, Ranting, which is illegal because a government […]
Tonga Room www.tongaroom.com Located at the iconic Fairmont San Francisco hotel, Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar has delighted guests with its tropical décor, decadent libations and Polynesian-fusion cuisine since 1945. Following its $1 Million restoration by Gensler San Francisco, Tonga Room has rekindled the excitement of its unique and time-honored décor, recapturing its original tiki […]
World History: August 21 1959 Hawaii officially becomes the 50th state of the United States. 1962 McDonald’s franchisee Edwin Traisman receives the patent for the method of preparing frozen french fries. 1988 Pubs now allowed to stay open 12 hours each day (except Sunday) in the United Kingdom. 1997 The largest meat recall in US […]
Tiki Cat – Kansas City, Missouri There are few places I actually fantasize about visiting, but Tiki Cat was one of them. They were featured in House of Tabu Exotica Moderne magazine and the highball zombie glass is one of my favorites. Today I heard the news I fear is just the beginning of many […]
World History: April 14 I kiss grandmas because they’re clean. I haven’t picked anything up from a grandma yet.” 1912 The British luxury liner Titanic struck an iceberg shortly before midnight and sank by 2:20 a.m. on April 15. 1927 Clarence Birdseye of Massachusetts received a UK patent for frozen fish fingers. 2007 Legendary Hawaiian […]
History & Tiki Trivia: February 29 45 BC Emperor Julius Caesar creates the concept of Leap year 1504 Explorer Christopher Columbus uses a lunar eclipse to frighten hostile Jamaican Indians. 1692 Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and West Indian slave Tituba are the first to be accused of Witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. 1832 Charles Darwin describes walking […]
Frankie’s Tiki Room 1712 W. Charleston, Las Vegas Nevada 702-385-3110 | frankiestikiroom.com Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas, Nevada is probably the only 24-hour tiki bar in existence. It is a classic and a must-visit destination if you are in the area. As their website boasts “Drink, Smoke, Escape”. They are not joking. No matter what […]