New License Plate

Finally received personalized plates for the Civic I bought last year (the KEVDO plates I’ve had for many years are still on my old car). I wanted to do something to celebrate tiki culture that I’ve had renewed interest in. MAI TAI was already taken, so I chose this one: 44MYTAI.

This is a reference to the 1944 origin of the Trader Vic’s Mai Tai, as has been often celebrated. One of the best trends in the past few years is that bars with a craft cocktail or quality-cocktail orientation have been listing the “1944 Mai Tai” on menus to indicate to savvy customers what kind of Mai Tai they’re going to get. Not a “Mai Tai” prepared with grenadine, orange juice, and other “improper” ingredients, but a Mai Tai made the “correct” way according to the Trader Vic’s original formula. So, referencing ‘44 seemed to be a good way to indicate to other tikiphiles that I’m one of them.

Now, let’s hope this doesn’t mean I get pulled over by the Police on a much more frequent basis.

Be the Yammer rock star at your organization with the Yammer Mobile App and device notifications

I had the pleasure of presenting at Microsoft’s Ignite conference a few weeks ago. My Expo Theater presentation was a 20 minute session and I covered how Yammer’s mobile application can be used by community managers, Yammer network admins, power users, group owners, and even folks new to Yammer to be more engaged with their networks.

The session’s presentation deck is available in the Microsoft Tech Community, but the session itself was not recorded. So, I recorded a version of the presentation and uploaded to YouTube.

Tiki Bar Visits - Updated

Here’s the latest from my Critiki profile. I’ve been fortunate this year to visit to some more local tiki places, and filled in some visits from previous years. I also visited tiki bars in Portland and Vancouver on our recent vacation.

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The great thing about Critiki is that you can rate the bars on various categories including drink quality, drink variety, decor, music, and more. Here are my top 10 rated tiki bars, with my personal rating on scale of 10.

  1. Smuggler’s Cove (San Francisco) 9.6
  2. Trader Vic’s (Emeryville) 9.5
  3. Hale Pele (Portland) 9.4
  4. Forbidden Island (Alameda) 9.3
  5. Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar (Disneyland) 9.3
  6. La Mariana Sailing Club (Honolulu) 8.9
  7. False Idol (San Diego) 8.8
  8. Tiki-Ti (Los Angeles) 8.8
  9. Hula’s Island Grill and Tiki Room (Santa Cruz) 8.5
  10. Tonga Room (San Francisco) 8.5

New Favorite Mai Tai Recipe

Have been experimenting a lot this year with new Mai Tai recipes and rum blends. Any of the rums I’ve included here would be great on their own, in fact the Appleton+El Dorado combo was what Smuggler’s Cove was using before they recently changed over to the Denizen’s. My blend includes the dark Koloa that I think adds even more flavor.

½ oz Appleton Reserve
½ oz Koloa Dark
½ oz El Dorado 12 year
½ oz Denizen’s Merchant Reserve
¾ oz Orange Curaçao
½ oz Orgeat
½ oz Simple Syrup
Juice from 1 lime

Mai Tai

Fearless Baseball Predictions

We do this every year and one of these days we’ll get them all right. So, to kick of the 2017 Major League Baseball season, here are this season’s MLB playoff picks

American League

  • East: Blue Jays
  • Central: Indians
  • West: Astros
  • Wild Card: Red Sox and Mariners

National League

  • East: Nationals
  • Central: Cubs
  • West: Dodgers
  • Wild Card: Giants and Mets

World Series: Giants vs. Indians and … guess who wins?

Tiki Bar Visits

The world’s best website for Tiki Bars is Criktiki and they’ve added a new feature that shows you all the tiki places you’ve visited (which includes tiki-themed hotels, retail establishments, and museums). This is my map, from visits in last ten years. This has grown a lot in the past year or so, as I’ve had the pleasure of visiting some great establishments outside of the SF Bay Area.

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My Personal Top 10 Tiki Bars and Ratings

Smuggler’s Cove
San Francisco, CA 9.6

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar
Anaheim, CA 9.3

Trader Vic’s
Emeryville, CA 9.3

Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge
Alameda, CA 9.2

La Mariana Sailing Club
Honolulu, HI 8.9

Tiki-Ti
Los Angeles, CA 8.8

Hula’s Island Grill & Tiki Room
Santa Cruz, CA 8.5

Tonga Room
San Francisco, CA 8.5

Don the Beachcomber
Huntington Beach, CA 8.4

Damon’s
Glendale, CA 8.3

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