Sunday, August 31, 2008

Toots Hibbert gave me a fist bump last night!!!

I enjoyed the hell out of the Blackwater Sol Revue last night. I used a disposable camera so pictures will be a little delayed.

Of course the highlight was standing in the pit only a few feet from Toots & The Maytals!!! Toots gave me a fist bump!! Freaking awesome!!!!

As a refresher for those who might not be familiar with Toots & The Maytals, here is some infor from their website

Toots and the Maytals, originally called simply The Maytals, are considered legends of ska and reggae music. Their sound is a unique, original combination of gospel, ska, soul, reggae and rock. Frederick "Toots" Hibbert, the leader of the group, was born in May Pen in the Parish of Clarendon, Jamaica. He was the youngest of seven children. He grew up singing gospel music in a church choir, but moved to Kingston in 1961 at the tender age of sixteen.

In Kingston, Hibbert met Henry "Raleigh" Gordon and Nathaniel "Jerry" McCarthy, forming a group whose early recordings were attributed to "The Flames" and, possibly, "The Vikings". Having renamed the group the Maytals, the vocal trio recorded their first album, "Never Grow Old - presenting the Maytals", for producer Clement "Coxsone" Dodd at Studio One in 1962-63. With musical backing from Dodd's house band, the legendary Skatalites, the Maytals' close-harmony gospel singing ensured instant success for the 1964 release, overshadowing Dodd's other up-and-coming gospel trio, The Wailers. The original album augmented by studio out-takes from the Studio One sessions was re-released by Heartbeat/Rounder Records in 1997, and is essential listening for Maytals and Skatalites fans.

After staying at Studio One for about two years, the group moved on to do sessions for Prince Buster (released in 1974) before recording their second album produced by Byron Lee in 1965 . However, the band's musical career was rudely interrupted in late 1966 when Hibbert was arrested and imprisoned on drugs possession charges.

Following Hibbert's release from jail towards the end of 1967, the band officially changed their name to Toots and the Maytals and began working with Chinese-Jamaican producer Leslie Kong, a collaboration which produced three classic albums and a string of hits throughout the late sixties and early seventies - "Do the Reggay", a 1968 single widely credited with coining the word reggae, "Pressure Drop", "54-46 was my number" and "Monkey Man", the group's first international hit in 1970 . The group was featured in one of reggae's greatest breakthrough events - The Harder They Come, the 1972 film and soundtrack starring Jimmy Cliff, named as one of Vanity Fair's Top 10 Best Soundtracks of all time.

Following Kong's death in 1971, the group continued to record with Kong's former sound engineer, Warwick Lyn; produced by Lyn and Chris Blackwell of Island Records, the group released three best-selling albums, and enjoyed international hits with Funky Kingston in 1973 and Reggae Got Soul in 1976.

Toots and the Maytals' compositions would be given a second airing in 1978-80 during the reggae-punk and ska revival period in the UK, when The Specials included "Monkey Man" on their 1979 debut album and The Clash produced their version of "Pressure Drop". Having toured throughout the world for many years, Toots and the Maytals disbanded in the early 1980s, but reformed in the early 90s to continue touring and recording successfully. Sublime recorded cover versions of some Maytals songs in the 1990s as well.

The band recently won the 2005 Grammy award for best reggae album True Love, an album consisting of re-recorded versions of their classics alongside popular and legendary musicians such as Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, and Keith Richards, as well as popular artists today such as No Doubt, Ben Harper, The Roots, and Shaggy.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

U Discover Me...What is it?

UDISCOVERME.COM is a free one-stop global site where friends, fans, agents, and anyone else interested in show business can see and vote for the best up and coming musicians of all styles and all ages from around the world.

It also happens to be a new website that I am affiliated with. Take a moment to check out some new music!!!

Also on myspace at

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Tiki Slogans

As many of you know, I generally use two slogans: "Got Tiki?" and "Have You Had Your Tiki Today?". Here are some fun ones from

Promise her anything, But Give Her Tiki.

What's In Your Tiki?

More Tiki Please.

Nobody Does It Like Tiki.

If You Like A Lot Of Tiki On Your Biscuit, Join Our Club.

Don't You Just Love Being In Tiki?

Have Tiki Your Way.

Tiki Makes Everything Better.

There's Always Room For Tiki

Top Breeders Recommend Tiki

Tiki. Looks Good On You.

Life Should Taste As Good As Tiki.

A Day Without Tiki Is Like A Day Without Sunshine

Did Somebody Say Tiki?

You're In Good Hands With Tiki.

There's No Wrong Way To Eat A Tiki.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Just wanted to share a piece of song..

I wrote you a letter,
I know it was probably bold.
But now I'm felling much better,
I just wish I had you to hold

See I tried to let it go,
But I wouldn't even if I could.
It seems you got me don't you know,
I wanna know you like I know I should.

I don't know what to do about the way I feel about you.
I don't know what to say, it doesn't matter any way.
But I miss you, even though I barely know you.
I wish I was with you now.

from "With You Now" by Deron Baker.

Help TikiTender give a little back....

My best good friend, Steve, rode in his first MS-150 last year. He will be riding again this year (see his email below). I am asking those that are able and willing, to support his efforts in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. You can assist with a monetary donation, or by simply passing this along to your friends.

Aloha nui loa,


Hello Everyone,
Well, it is nearly that time of year again...time for you to think about me in spandex - ack :))
As most of you know, I rode in my first MS 150 bike ride last year. It was a wonderful experience. We actually rode 183 miles - 101 miles on day 1 and 82 miles on day 2. Our team ended up raising over $35,000 that was directed towards MS research taking place at Stanford University.
On September 6th and 7th, a couple thousand of my closest friends and I will take off for another 150+ mile ride...all to raise money to help fight multiple sclerosis. Again this year, the sponsor of the team I ride on, Dr. Ted Higgins, is matching all funds raised by his team. So, every dollar you donate, will turn into two.
To donate, simply click on the link below which should take you directly to my personal page. Not only can you see a few pics of me and my riding buddies, you can also make a donation to help me reach my goal of raising $1,000 for this event. Remember, all donations are tax deductible!
Thank you in advance for your donations, thoughts, and prayers as I prepare for my second MS 150 ride. I will let everyone know how it goes.
Steven W. Tanner

Thursday, August 21, 2008

TS Fay Photos

We had it very easy at the Tiki house, but here are a few photos. More pictures can be viewed at my flickr page. Best wishes to those who had actual damages from the storm.

The Flagler Beach Pier getting rocked...

Watching the waves from the roof of Ocean View condos, the highest point in Flagler Beach (10 stories high)

My modest debris pile on Thursday afternoon

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Reason #329 I Love My Job...

This is how my Monday night went. It was a slow night, but early in the evening I was standing in the dining room (i.e. outside) wondering where the rest of the customers were. While I was standing there, 3 cute Betties walked in and sat down. A couple minutes later, a server came to the bar and said there was a table asking for me. I walked over to find the 3 Betties who said "Are you Mark?" I answered yes and they went on to say that they were visiting from Michigan and were told they MUST come to the Golden Lion to have a drink prepared by me. We made small talk for a couple of minutes about T.S. Fay and what to do in Flagler Beach. I then went behind the bar and prepared them some shots. Thanks to the Michigan girls for brightening an otherwise dreary pre-storm Monday night.

p.s. the shots I made them? "Tight Snatch" shots of course...

Saturday, August 16, 2008

It's NOT too late to vote!

I was mistaken when I said voting for Backstage Pass Florida's Favorites expired at the end of July. Voting is actually open until August 22. So if yo haven't voted yet, read on.

It is time again for Backstage Pass Magazine's ( Annual Florida's Favorite contest.

I have been blessed to have been voted Florida's Favorite Bartender in 2006 & 2007.

Will you help me win again? The results will be announced on Sept 1.

Votes can be cast via email or on their website!

If you will take a few moments to help me out I would greatly appreciate it!!!

to vote:



send an email to In the body, cast your vote for me
Favorite Bartender
Mark Woods
Golden Lion Cafe

Thanks again!!!!!!


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Recipes Page Updated!!!

It has taken bits of time here and pieces of minutes there, but my drinks page is now alphabetized!!! Check it out at

I hope it will make it easier for you to navigate. Coming soon a search engine for just my recipes page.

I have added some new banners and links. Take a moment if you please and check out a couple of the sites.

New recipes to look for in this update: Hpnotiq Slice, Berry Switzer, Loco Lemonade, Absente Energizer, Blue Whale, Hawaiian Breeze, Oral Sex On The Beach, Pearl Diver, A Sexy Melody, and more. Also for the first time ever find the recipes for the Tiki Kooler© and Voodoo Koolaid©!!

As always, mahalo for reading!


Sunday, August 10, 2008

I am going to see Toots & The Maytals!!!

Just purchased my tix for the Blackwater Sol Revue
later this month in St. Augustine. I am super excited
and thankful to Scott Hey for giving the heads up on the
show. Also in the show will be JJ Grey & Mofro,
Hill Country Rewview, & The Lee Boys.

For more info on the show visit

Saturday, August 09, 2008

It's Five O'Clock Right Here!

Every now and then, someone takes a seat at my bar and I know instantly that we will be friends. It happened on Thursday, while working the 4pm shift in stifling heat and humidity. To say she stood out of the usual early Thursday evening crowd would be under stating it. Bountiful curves, striking eyes, bronzed skin, and a head full of dreadlocks certainly drew my attention.

After some conversation, I learned that Rhonda is a writer, an artist, and a poet based out of Siesta Key. Of particular interest to me and to my readers is her tiki bar & mermaid art. Check her out and order some fun tiki bar signs at You will find groovy art to decorate your back deck, tiki bar etc. Plus a great story of perserverance.

Click the photo. Visit her store.

Go meet RhondaK, she is a cool and beautiful person!

As always, thanks for reading.

Aloha nui loa!!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Today's Drink Recipe: Tiki's Planter's Punch

I had a craving I stopped by Mort's Beachside Liquor for a couple supplies. yada yada yada I wake up three hours later on the couch. LOL

Here is my take on the Classic Planter's Punch. I must warn you. If you order a Planter's Punch at most bars today (including the Golden Lion), you will receive something similar in base, but muddied with a consortium of juices. Pineapple is really the only acceptable juice to be added, in my opinion.

Tiki's Planter's Punch

2 oz Myers's® dark Jamaican rum
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 oz grenadine
1/2 tsp sugar
dash Angostura bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a tall glass with crushed ice. Add an ounce or two of soda water if you like and stir. Garnish with a wedge of pineapple, an orange slice, and a cherry if you are feeling festive.