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Tiki Road Trip: A Guide to Tiki Culture in North America Paperback – May 28, 2003
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"Whether a Tikiphile . . . explor[ing] new locations or . . . planning a unique road trip, . . . this help[s] map out a bangin' itinerary." -- Boston's Weekly Dig
"[A] cover-to-cover delight . . . this is a book that changes lives." -- RoadTrip America
"[A]n entertaining and definitive guide. It's a good read even if you're not going anywhere." -- Kim Roth, By the Way Magazine
"[N]othing short of fantastic: it's virtually a treasure map for Tiki lovers." -- Tikiroom.com
About the Author
James Teitelbaum has been the webmaster of the Tiki Bar Review Pages since 1994, and has contributed more than 70 articles and reviews to magazines such as Alternative Press and Blue Harvest. He lives in Chicago.
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The listings are very thorough including descriptions of decor, food and drinks as well as photos of many interiors of the listed tiki bars. There are also international listings to help you find tiki bars around the world. And, if that weren't enough, there's a helpful glossary of tiki terms in the back of the book along recipes for exotic drinks.
This is one of the better, easier to use guide books I've come across - regardless of subject matter.
Hats off to James Teitelbaum - you'll find this a great, informative book no matter where you live (indeed, I found out about a great tiki bar in my home state that I didn't even know existed!).
I saw them open the gift wrap, and then it was off to the races. They couldn't put it down.
I strongly recommend the volume for the tiki-tourist on your gift list.
Author may have relied too much on notes (and less on memory or photos) when reviewing bars because some of the descriptions are erroneous. Probably could have used a team of reviewers or multiple visits because places like Kon Tiki in Tucson get really poor reviews that would not be borne out in return visits. So bar reviews are a bit spotty and the absence of some first class Tiki Bars like Forbidden Island in Alameda CA and Frankie's in Las Vegas are almost unforgivable in the Tiki community.
What saves this book is the fact that listings of Tiki architecture and style (apartment buildings, motels, etc) round it out a bit.
Almost heartbreaking to see how many places are listed as "permanently closed," which shows that author set out with massive research (commendable). But what's the point? Isn't this supposed to be a guidebook to where we can see actual Tiki style? Update badly needed!
Yes. Get it.
Sure, you've got the expected updates to the fast-changing world of tiki, along with more of the tell-it-like-it-is reviews that were the first edition's trademark.
But Teitelbaum has also expanded the historical information about locations that are no longer with us. And there seem to be more photos and other "urban archaeological" tidbits sprinkled throughout, giving it more of the flavor of Sven Kirsten's "Book of Tiki". These are welcome improvements, and it makes this edition just as suited for armchair reading as it is for actual trip planning.
Maps, perhaps one at the beginning of each state's section, would've been nice. Many of these tiki spots are in the suburbs, which can make it difficult to tell what's near the particular city you're visiting if you're not familiar with the names of the surrounding towns. But that's not enough of a quibble to detract from a solid, five-star rating.