Author James Teitelbaum has just written the second edition of Tiki Road Trip (Santa Monica Press), where he explores the country in search of the ultimate Tiki-inspired bars, restaurants, attractions, and architecture.
But if you dont want to travel to find Polynesian culture this summer, rest easy, because Teitelbaum says you can create your very own Tiki haven in the comfort of your own home.
To decorate your backyard or living room in true Tiki style, Teitelbaum suggests getting some colorful flowers, candles, Tiki torches, and bamboo to create a tropical environment.
To add some flare, Teitelbaum suggests adding nautical artifacts like puffer fish or starfish to the mix, and of course, some authentic, wood-carved Tikis.
Says Teitelbaum: You should find an authentic Tiki carver that can make you a really unique piece, instead of buying a cheesy, mass-produced Tiki. That way youll really experience the beauty of authentic Tiki culture.
But while decorations are important, you cant have a Tiki haven without some delicious Mai-Tais.
Teitelbaum adds, Mai-Tais are the quintessential Tiki drink, but you need the absolute freshest juices and finest rum to make a real Tiki Mai-Tai.
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