Thursday, December 31, 2009

Good Times With TikiTender (The Daily Twitter)

This is what I was up to all day:
  • 00:12 Good Times With TikiTender (The Daily Twitter) #
  • 00:12 New Blog Post: Good Times With TikiTender (The Daily Twitter) #
  • 00:30 - Almost full #
  • 01:09 Just sang like a virgin on karaoke. That was a crowd pleaser lol #
  • 01:56 Home for the night. Happy NYE! #
  • 10:54 @Karen_SJCVenues any in particular? :-D #
  • 11:07 Anything you wanna ask? Ask away at What do you wanna know? #
  • 11:12 The end of a year, the end of a decade and a blue moon on New Years Eve which happens once every 19 years... there... #
  • 11:27 @Karen_SJCVenues sounds good to me! let's hook that up! #
  • 11:33 is feeling reflective #
  • 12:04 Just for fun, 25 Random Things about me, from January of last year #
  • 12:33 Come to "Tiki Celebrates National Kiss A Ginger Day!" Tuesday, January 12, 2010 from 5:20 am to 11:20 am. Join... #
  • 12:35 @ChristieSays all day long! #
  • 12:39 @ChristieSays nah time of day is's just really a reminder to celebrate the whatever time you please.... #
  • 14:17 Had a slightly irritating past couple hours. Now it's time to relax before work. Gonna be a busy night! #
  • 15:04 Getting around for work. Come visit! #
  • 18:28 - Reviewing my list of new year's kiss applicants. #
  • 21:00 - Happy New Year! #
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Good Times With TikiTender (The Daily Twitter)

This is what I was up to all day:
  • 00:46 @carbonKim i met the greek version of you tonight #
  • 00:54 @carbonKim yep....but with black hair and dark eyes....she even kinda spoke like you #
  • 01:10 Watching Psych Season 2 Ep 7 "If You're So Smart Why Are You Dead?" Those guys crack me up! #
  • 01:10 @TVjunkie i freaking love that show! #BetterOffTed #
  • 10:27 - Look out Flagler @rhondakwrites is in town #
  • 11:57 - Check out TikiWife's new haircut! #
  • 12:17 @pagankelly heck yeah #
  • 12:18 TikiWife's haircut has inspired me to do some manscaping too! #
  • 12:42 @zenbitch haircut, exfoliate, beard and eyebrow trim. Perv lol #
  • 13:06 I'm listening to "Orange Blossoms" by Jj Grey & Mofro ( #pandora #
  • 13:09 OK who is gonna buy me this t-shirt? #
  • 13:09 I'm listening to "Got To Be More Careful" by Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen ( #pandora #
  • 13:16 @vivid13 love it! would be the only one in my area for sure #
  • 13:20 - A cleanup for me too! #
  • 13:20 - A cleanup for me too! #
  • 13:20 @vivid13 oh i give free hugs out all the time, just no one holding signs up LOL #
  • 14:10 I'm listening to "Can't Keep A Good Man Down" by Randy Newman ( #pandora #
  • 14:27 Just got called into work for a bit #
  • 16:01 @jeffisageek oh that's the shit! #
  • 16:09 Happy New Year From The Golden Lion! #
  • 16:10 I'm listening to "Trick Or Treat" by Otis Redding ( #pandora #
  • 16:28 Staring at TikiWife thru the window. She looks yummy! #
  • 16:31 I'm listening to Blackwater Sol, a station I created on Pandora. Looking for some roots rock? ( #pandora #
  • 16:34 New Blog Post: And now for a random Ben Harper lyric... #
  • 16:35 And now for a random Ben Harper lyric... #
  • 16:52 Your first follower's like your first sex - You won't forget it! @jeffisageek I remember you! #
  • 17:13 @ChristieSays you know i will be working! #
  • 17:13 @ChristieSays you know i will be working! #
  • 17:18 Q:whose butt is that it kinda reminds ... that is my friend Danimal (... #formspringme #
  • 17:22 @ChristieSays ps what's an SM manager do? #
  • 17:22 Ask me something. I dare ya. #
  • 17:33 lol....New Year's Eve Ball Drop #thingsthatstrikemeasfunny #
  • 17:38 @MarketerMikeE hey thanks! same to you! #
  • 17:50 Things you will rarely see me wearing: a pull-over sweatshirt #
  • 18:04 @jenuine512 awesome!!!! #
  • 18:10 @ChristieSays yes that's an important disclaimer #
  • 21:33 Heading over to Finn's for some Harryoke. Tonight will be MY NYE celebration since I work tomorrow nig ht. Hospitality 2-4-1 drinks FTW #
  • 22:07 Just ran into @opie29 at Finns #
  • 22:23 Ooooo The Click is playing Finns this weekend! #
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And now for a random Ben Harper lyric...

If I knew being here with you today
Would mean being alone tomorrow
I would gladly trade all of my tomorrows away
For a moment with you

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Good Times With TikiTender (The Daily Twitter)

This is what I was up to all day:
  • 23:55 Good Times With TikiTender (The Daily Twitter) #
  • 23:55 New Blog Post: Good Times With TikiTender (The Daily Twitter) #
  • 01:38 i freaking love twitter! RT @amberlily: Super nice, slow & steady anal session on cam just now. Mmmm! #
  • 10:52 Time to put some smiles on some old ladies' faces! #
  • 11:10 Sly and the Family Stone is playing on the radio at the senior center. Waiting for the seens to start dancing. #
  • 11:42 @missbritt I say enjoy the quiet #
  • 11:44 RT @DailyGrindDB: Aloha from @dailygrinddb today's special Toasted Hawaiian Ham Baguette includes SOUP!!! 386-238-1044 #
  • 11:50 Sounds great! RT @chislut: <trying to figure out how I can make money by just reading Wikipedia all day> #
  • 12:14 RT @GoldenLionCafe: Have you heard about our $1.50 Coors Lights? Every Tuesday open 2 close! #flagler #
  • 12:24 Oooo pork riblet day at the senior center! #yay #
  • 13:19 That's comedy! Couple stranded three days when GPS leads them astray: #
  • 13:25 @ChristieSays here's my parallel: i love my blackberry, but i still know how to use a desk calendar and handwritten phonebook #
  • 13:29 @ChristieSays my gps is usually just used to estimate travel times and check traffic conditions..i'm a whiz with a map :-D #
  • 13:33 @ChristieSays i find it useful to search within the area (e.g. where is the closest gas station or strip club?" LOL) #
  • 13:36 Q:SO you like a woman with c urves then... A:Totally. I suppose a definition of... #formspringme #
  • 13:53 What do you wanna know? #
  • 14:11 Q:Name 10 of your sexiest twitter crus... A:not all inclusive but here are 10 th... #formspringme #
  • 14:25 @Karen_SJCVenues I kinda enjoy stalkers #
  • 14:41 @STLScorpio31 that's what she said #
  • 14:41 @ChristieSays you said swing #
  • 14:42 @one_n - love it though! #
  • 15:13 feels a nap coming on... #
  • 15:14 What do you wanna know? Ask me here #
  • 15:18 Q:When we are going to organize a Palm... A:I have tried without success a coupl... #formspringme #
  • 15:38 @Sodapop623 i prefer you as a ginger chick #
  • 15:40 @Karen_SJCVenues watcha mean? #
  • 15:59 @NancyNally true! #
  • 16:07 My new Dr. Marten sandals came today! I like them so much I almost did too! #
  • 19:04 Trying out the new Epic Theatre in St. Augustine. #
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Monday, December 28, 2009

Good Times With TikiTender (The Daily Twitter)

This is what I was up to all day:
  • 09:56 OMG I want!! #
  • 10:15 @SpanchellaHomes merry Christmas to you! #
  • 10:19 Welcome my new follower @smartassredhead. quite possibly my fave twitter bio ever, second to mine of course! #
  • 10:42 Another fun bio @sueissilly #
  • 10:44 Getting out to run a couple errands. I never know who I will bump into. The suspense is killing me! #tryingtomakethemundanesoundfun #
  • 10:45 @sueissilly duh..of course i do! plus anyone who smokes and drinks is good in my book :-D #
  • 10:46 is @carbonKim really back? #
  • 10:49 @sueissilly sweet! hangovers, bruises, and scars are great reminders of good times past. that's coming from a purveyor of good times :-D #
  • 10:53 @HireKarenJMoran is this a new twitter? #
  • 10:55 @MrMixologist I always do a "Happy Ending" or "Out with a L'orange Bang". Simple yet fun. Read here: #mixologistmonday #
  • 10:58 @burghbaby wow what a hellion! :-D #
  • 11:01 Has anyone seen my calling birds? Happy Christmastide! #12daysofchristmas #
  • 11:05 Running a couple errands. Let me know if you want to meet for lunch. #
  • 11:14 Totally in love with the new laptop backpack TikiWife gave me for Christmas! #
  • 11:34 @HireKarenJMoran effing sweet! #
  • 11:45 Just updated my s chedule. It's a little wacky this week, but I WILL be behind the bar on New Year's Eve! Check my... #
  • 11:46 Happy Monday! Margarita Madness tonight! #
  • 11:54 New Blog Post: Just updated my schedule #
  • 11:55 Just updated my schedule #
  • 12:04 Hey Terry Nandlal, thanks for visiting yesterday! #
  • 13:44 TikiWife makes the best grilled chees e sammys on the planet. Its a fact. #
  • 14:58 Time to make myself smell pretty for my customers! #
  • 15:10 A great night to warm up with an orange mocha @goldenlioncafe! #
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Just updated my schedule

My schedule this week is a little kooky, but I WILL be working behind the bar on New Year's Eve. Hope to see you there for lots of photo opps!!!

You can check my schedule online anytime at

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Drink Recipe: Bad Habit

Bad Habit
1 oz Level® vodka
1 oz peach schnapps
Cranberry juice to balance
Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled highball glass. Stir and serve.

Friday, December 25, 2009

A Great Day So Far

Exchanged gifts with TikiWife this morning, watched "Four Christmases" (a gift from Sara), went to lunch at Finn's (Turkey Dinner!), and am now snuggled on the couch in my new Darth Vader sleep shorts watching Season Two of Psych on DVD, snacking on some movie snacks that were in my stocking, and awaiting the sweet embrace of a nap!

Life is good!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Norad Tracks Santa. A Tiki Christmas Tradition!

Being the big kids we are, TikiWife & I love tracking Santa's travels at I would say we have been watching his arrival online now for about 8 years. Did you know that NORAD has tracked Santa's travels since 1955? I hope all kids enjoy!

Santa's next stop is Kobe, Japan. Here is a video from Auckland, New Zealand:

Monday, December 21, 2009

Holiday Drinks: Hot Buttered Mocha

Hot Buttered Mocha
1 1/2 oz butterscotch schnapps
1 pkg instant hot cocoa
hot coffee
Combine all ingredients in a coffee mug. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Your parents probably didn't give you these 10 tips...

Your parents probably didn't give you these 10 tips...but they probably should have.

Spotted on

  1. everyone is a resource, steal knowledge whenever possible.
  2. manipulation is not only an art form but an essential and invaluable life skill. practice helps you understand the human perspective.
  3. experience as much as possible. you never know if you’ll like a finger in your ass until you try.
  4. never finish your food. cleaning your plate is how your parents programmed you into over-eating, you tubby bastards.
  5. question everything. never stop asking why. always question motives, cause we all have em.
  6. let your guard down when you say ‘i love you’, its only fair.
  7. pay attention. easy concept but then why do you get taken advantage of all the goddamn time? cause you werent paying attention.
  8. hang out with people who you feel are morally superior than you. the better the people you hang with, the better you’ll become.
  9. trust your friends opinions, collectively they know you better than you know yourself.
  10. its not a matter or perspective: the glass IS half empty, but live like its half full.
Reposted from Jessica on Tumblr.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Only 12 Shopping Days Until Christmas!

And 42 until my Birthday!

I've been very naughty good this year. Should you feel the need to shower me with gifts, you can get some ideas here

Drink Recipe: Tight Snatch

Bacardi just started following me on Twitter. Figured I should post a Bacardi drink recipe pronto! Even though it isn't an original, the Tight Snatch has certainly become a signature of mine.

Tight Snatch
1/2 oz Bacardi® light rum
1/2 oz Malibu® coconut rum
1/2 oz peach schapps
splash of pineapple
splash of cranberry

In a mixing glass half-filled with ice, pour all liquors. Add juices to create a nice tasty looking PINK color. ;-) Can also be built over ice, using a little more juice.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas Card Exchange

Working on my Christmas cards. Anyone want one? Message me at

Mele Kalikimaka!!!

Classic Cocktail: Bourbon Daisy

For @dana88 who wondered what a Bourbon Daisy was.

Last night I made a server a "Sidecar" for her shift drink. Since I used fresh squeezed lemon juice I was left with half a lemon. Not wanting to waste it, I whipped up a Bourbon Daisy. Here is a classic recipe and the one I used last night. Mine is about the same sweetness because of the triple sec.

Bourbon Daisy
2 oz bourbon
1 oz lemon Juice
1/2 tsp grenadine
1/2 tsp Superfine Sugar
Garnish: Orange Slice and Cherry
Shake all but fruit in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Strain over ice into an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with fruit.

Tiki's Bourbon Daisy
2 oz bourbon
1/2 oz triple sec
juice of 1/2 lemon
powdered sugar
Rim a DOF glass with powdered sugar. Shake ingredients with ice. Strain into the old-fashioned glass (no ice). Drop in a cherry. Sit outside the Golden Lion listening to the waves and checking twitter on your blackberry. Enjoy.

Enjoy the flavor!

Mark Woods “aka” TikiTender is the principal bartender at the Golden Lion in Flagler Beach, FL. For more information about him, drink recipes, and general good times visit

Remember to always spread Aloha and enjoy yourself a little bit every day. Mahalo nui loa!!!

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Drink Recipe: Snowball

Continuing the holiday drinks. One of my faves!


1 1/2 oz Irish cream
3/4 oz Level® vodka
1/2 oz RumpleMinze® peppermint schnapps
Shake with ice and strain into a rocks or cocktail glass.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A Perfect Night For A Coffee Drink! Try A Mocha Mint!

Of course if you come see me tonight I will be behind the bar mixing them up for you! I think it's a good night to wear the first of many Santa hats too!

Mocha Mint

1 oz Irish cream
1 tbsp chocolate syrup
1 tsp creme de menthe
1 tsp creme de cacao
Hot coffee
Combine in your favorite mug. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Holiday Drink Suggestions!

Just in time for Christmas and New Year's Eve, a list of holiday drink suggestions. I have saved you the hassle of looking around in my blog and recipes page by listing a mess of recipes right here!

Warm Drinks

Hot Chocolate Butternut
1 1/2 oz butterscotch schnapps
1/2 oz amaretto almond liqueur
Hot chocolate
Combine ingredients in a coffee mug. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

Mocha Mint
1 oz Irish cream
1 tbsp chocolate syrup
1 tsp creme de menthe
1 tsp creme de cacao
Hot coffee
Combine in your favorite mug. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

Jen's Creamy Thighs
1 oz amaretto almond liqueur
1 oz Irish cream
hot coffee
whipped cream
Grand Marnier® or Cointreau® orange liqueur, to float
Combine first three ingredients in a coffee mug. Top with whipped cream and float orange liqueur on top.

Hot Buttered Mocha
1 1/2 oz butterscotch schnapps
1 pkg instant hot cocoa
hot coffee
Combine all ingredients in a coffee mug. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

Christmas Cocoa
2 oz Godiva® chocolate liqueur
1 pkg instant hot cocoa
mini marshmallows
Combine Godiva® and mixed hot cocoa in a coffee mug. Top with some mini-marshmallows. Enjoy.

For Christmas

Peppermint Twist
1/2 ounce each:
Peppermint Schnapps
Dark Crème de Cacao
Coffee Liqueur
Combine all ingredients in a shaker half filled with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass or over ice in an old-fashioned glass.

1 1/2 oz Irish cream
3/4 oz Level® vodka
1/2 oz RumpleMinze® peppermint schnapps
Shake with ice and strain into a rocks or cocktail glass.

1 1/2 oz rum
Splash of sour mix
Dash of grenadine
Cranberry juice to balance
Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled highball glass. Stir gently. Enjoy!

1 oz gin
½ oz peach schnapps
OJ to balance
Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled highball glass. Stir briskly and serve.

Candy Cane
1 1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz peppermint schnapps
Mini Candy Cane to Garnish
Pour vodka and schnapps into a shaker with plenty of ice. Shake until the shaker frosts. Strain into a cocktail glass. Hang a mini-candy cane on the inner rim of the glass. It will add color and flavor. Enjoy!

Gingerbread Man Shooter
1/2 oz each:
Smirnoff® vodka
Goldschlager® cinnamon schnapps
butterscotch schnapps
Irish cream
Shake with ice to chill and strain into a large shot or rocks glass. This is one of my favorite holiday drinks!

Caribbean Christmas
1 oz rum
1/2 oz coconut-flavored rum
2 oz pineapple juice
2 oz cranberry juice
Shake well with ice and strain into an iced highball glass. Garnish with tropical fruits.

Red Nose Cocktail
1 1/2 oz light rum
1/2 oz grenadine
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
cranberry juice
Shake rum, grenadine, and lemon juice with cracked ice and strain into an iced highball glass. Fill with cranberry juice, and a splash of club soda if desired. Garnish with a skewer of cranberries.

Mele Kalikimaka
2 oz gin
1/2 oz triple sec
1/2 oz pineapple juice
Stir with cracked ice ans strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a pineapple chunk, a little paper parasol, and ride the trade winds to happy hula-days!!

For New Year's Eve

Bad Habit
1 oz Level® vodka
1 oz peach schnapps
Cranberry juice to balance
Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled highball glass. Stir and serve.

1 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
splash of triple sec
1 oz sour mix
dash of grenadine
Pour ingredients into a shaker half filled with ice. Shake it like a polaroid picture. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve.

Out With A (L'Orange) Bang
1 1/2 oz Grey Goose® L'Orange
Splash of Cointreau®
Orange Juice to balance
Pour all ingredients into and ice filled highball glass. Stir and serve.

Happy Ending
1 1/2 oz Absolut® Mandrin
1 oz cranberry Juice
club soda to balance
Combine over ice, using equal parts juice and soda

Mark Woods “aka” TikiTender is the principal bartender at the Golden Lion in Flagler Beach, FL. For more information about him, drink recipes, and general good times visit

Remember to always spread Aloha and enjoy yourself a little bit every day. Mahalo nui loa!!!

Monday, December 07, 2009

TikiTender To Join Management Team At Golden Lion

TikiTender To Join Management Team At Golden Lion

For those that were curious about my "new job" posts on Twitter and Facebook, put your fears to rest. I am not leaving your favorite beachside restaurant.

Effective yesterday (Sunday), I have joined the management team at the Golden Lion. You will still see my smiling face behind the bar on Friday & Saturday nights. For the rest of the week, I will be the Assistant Manager.

I have resisted a move in this direction for a while because I love being behind the bar, but the time was right for the change. This is a great opportunity for me and I look forward to the new challenges. Mahalo nui loa to Tony, Carolyn, and Julio!

My work days will be changing a bit. Generally, I will be off on Wednesday & Thursday now. You can always check my calender "Good Times With TikiTender" to see when I will be working.

Wish me luck. I am excited about this new adventure! Plus I will have more chances to wear Mad Gringo shirts to work!

Friday, December 04, 2009

How To Spot A "Cocktail Digger"

A funny and informative column from my friend Josie at the Omaha World-Herald. You might recall she asked me for life wisdom for a column in honor of her baby sister's 21st birthday. Aloha nui loa lozafina!

I met up with a few friends for beers last week. To break the ice, I asked: “When a guy buys you a drink, how do you react?”

Apparently, that’s a touchy subject. My guy friends quickly became agitated.

We didn’t discuss the guilt a woman feels for accepting or rejecting drinks. We talked about “cocktail-diggers.”

I’d heard of gold diggers and gravediggers, but never a cocktail-digger. But according to the guys, that’s a woman who glams-up and waits at the bar for a sucker to buy her drinks...

Click to visit and read the full article.

Follow Josie and her adventures on twitter @lozafina
Email her: j.loza at owh dot com

Repeal Day Drink Suggestions

On December 5, 1933 Prohibition in the United States ended. Join the Golden Lion as we celebrate the passing of the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving citizens the right to once again consume beer, liquor, & wine. Even if you can't join me at the Golden Lion's Second Annual Repeal Day Celebration, you can still get into the spirit with these classic cocktails! Since these are classics, there exist many variations. These are the recipes I use.

Classic Martini
2 oz gin
1/4 oz dry vermouth
Fill a cocktail glass with shaved ice and water to chill. Pour ingredients into a shaker or mixing glass half filled with ice. Using a long handled bar spoon and a fast motion, stir 5o times. Dump ice out of glass and strain contents of shaker into prepared glass. Garnish with one or two olives.

2 oz bourbon whiskey
1/2 oz sweet vermouth
Fill a cocktail glass with shaved ice and water to chill. Pour ingredients into a shaker or mixing glass half filled with ice. Using a long handled bar spoon and a fast motion, stir 5o times. Dump ice out of glass and strain contents of shaker into prepared glass. Drop a cherry into the glass.

1 1/2 oz brandy
1/2 oz triple sec
1/2 oz lemon juice
Fill a cocktail glass with shaved ice and water to chill. Pour ingredients into a shaker or mixing glass half filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Dump ice out of glass and strain contents of shaker into prepared glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Ward Eight
2 oz blended whiskey
1 tsp grenadine
1 tsp powdered sugar
juice of 1/2 lemon
orange slice
maraschino cherry
Shake first four ingredients with ice. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with orange and cherry.

1 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
club soda
lemon peel
Pour whiskey and equal parts of soda and ginger-ale over ice in a highball glass. Give a quick stir and drop in a lemon peel.

Chicago Cocktail
2 oz brandy
1 tsp triple sec
1 dash bitters
Rim an old-fashioned glass with lemon and dip into powdered sugar. Pour ingredients into a shaker or mixing glass half filled with ice. Stir well and strain contents of shaker into prepared glass.

Wherever you are, lift a glass to liberty!

Monday, November 30, 2009

A Toast To My Scottish Friends

In recognition of St. Andrew's Day:

May those who love us, love us.
And those who don't love us,
May God turn their hearts;
And if He doesn't turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles,
So we will know them by their limping.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Join Me For Repeal Day on December 5th!

Did you know that the United States is the only country whose constitution gives citizens the right to drink? That's right, the 21st Amendment repealed Prohibition on December 5th, 1933. Join me Saturday night for the Golden Lion's Second Annual Repeal Day Party! Details from the Golden Lion blog, Zeus News:

Celebrate Repeal Day December 5! On December 5, 1933 Prohibition in the United States ended. Join the Golden Lion as we celebrate the passing of the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving citizens the right to once again consume beer, liquor, & wine.

We will be offering $3 gin Martinis & $3 Manhattans, as well as featuring classic cocktails such as the Sidecar, Ward Eight, Presbyterian, and Chicago Cocktail. Enjoy one of these classics or your favorite beverage.

To get into the spirit of the day, we are encouraging customers and staff to dress in the fashion of the time. Break out your best gangster or moll gear and strut your stuff! A $50 Cash Prize will be awarded to the best dressed of the night, with a $25 Gift Certificate going to the runner-up.

RSVP to the event on the Golden Lion Facebook Page

Visit Jeff Morganthaler's Repeal Day website for more information about the day.

The 21st Amendment
Ratified December 5, 1933

Section 1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

Section 2. The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use there in of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.

Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.

Wherever you are, we hope you will celebrate the day in your own way.

Join me if you're local. If you're NOT local, send me photos of you and friends having a Repeal Day Cocktail! I will make a special online album for you the photos! If you are coming to the Golden Lion party, please be sure to RSVP on the Facebook fan page.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Locals Friends: Thanksgiving Dinner & Cocktails at my house!

Looking for a place to land on Thanksgiving? How about a spot to hide? LOL If you have an earlier dinner with family, I hope you will stop by. My parents will be here and it should be good times.

My door will be open from 4pm-9pm (or whenever we all get finished with our Disco Naps before heading to Finn's).

We will have the full turkey day spread plus beer, wine, and liquor. No need for you to bring anything, but contributions are always welcome, especially mixers (e.g. coke, OJ) & ice.

Stay a little or stay alot. Happy Thanksgiving!

PS I will have pumpkin pie margaritas!!!

Message me directly for more details.

Monday, November 23, 2009

So You Wanna Buy Me A Gift?

With Christmas and my birthday coming up (January 24, just like John Belushi, and Uncles Luigi & Sonny!), I thought I'd direct you to my wish list at The Things I want. Of course you can always click the donate button on my blog. Spoiler Alert: It's over there, the your right.

I recommend The Things I Want to anyone looking to generate a gift registry, or even to keep track of things they want to buy for themselves or others. I have a hidden list for TikiWife gift ideas :-D

Mahalo nui loa!

TikiTender On Island Time Radio Tonight!

It's time again for me to be on Island Time Radio later tonight. I will be sharing some cocktails for your Thanksgiving gatherings. Some recipes to be discussed will be Pumpkin Pie Margarita, Cranberry Jack, & The Great Pumpkin. Tune in to between 11:00 and 11:30 EST to listen!

Island Time Radio is recorded at WBWC 88.3 The Sting FM in Berea, Ohio and streamed live online from the station's website on Monday nights from 10:00pm to 1:00am (Eastern). The show replays online at Sandbar Radio Wednesday nights at 9:00pm. For more info about the show and where you can hear it, visit

Special thanks to for all they do.

It's Holiday Party Time!

Now that the holidays are coming up, you (or someone you know) might be hosting a party. Enjoy yourself and let me take care of the cocktails. If having the Fun Coast's favorite bartender helping you entertain your guests, contact me via or (386)675-4852.

Not local, but need some tips? I will happily provide some entertaining and cocktail suggestions at no charge. I'm groovy like that.

Spoiler Alert! I pay referral fees!

My credentials (if you are making a referral):
5 years bartending experience
14 years as a customer service professional
Responsible Vendor Certified through Tips®
Certified Through SafeStaff® as a Safe Food Handling Manager
Voted 3 years as the Fun Coast's Favorite Bartender (Backstage Pass Magazine)
Featured in regional and national publications for original drink recipes, social networking, and personality pieces.
A regular contributor to Island Time Radio & the official bartender of Mad Gringo apparel company.

Thanks in advance!

Spread aloha everyday.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Things That Sound Dirty At Thanksgiving

Since it's almost Turkey Day!  From the interwebs, "Things That Sound Dirty On
Thanksgiving". Enjoy and pass it on
This list cracks me up!

Whew, that's one terrific spread!
I'm in the mood for a little dark meat.
Tying the legs together keeps the inside moist.
Talk about a huge breast!
It's Cool Whip time!
If I don't undo my pants, I'll burst!
Are you ready for seconds yet?
Are you going to come again next time?
It's a little dry, do you still want to eat it?
Just wait your turn, you'll get some!
Don't play with your meat.
Just spread the legs open & stuff it in.
Do you think you'll be able to handle all these people at once?
I didn't expect everyone to come at once!
You still have a little bit on your chin.
Use a nice smooth stroke when you whip it.
How long will it take after you stick it in?
You'll know it's ready when it pops up.
Wow, I didn't think I could handle all of that!
How many are coming?
That's the biggest one I've ever seen!
Just lay back & take it easy...I'll do the rest.
How long do I beat it before it's ready?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Frank's Front Row Tonight!

I'm gonna head to Frank's after my shift to catch one of my fave local bands, The Click. If you can't get there tonight, they will be playing Saturday night too. 10:30 to close both nights.

Who's joining the fun? Huh? HUH?!?!?!?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

For a limited time only, TikiTender in a tie!

It might drive the folks over at Mad Gringo nuts, but I will be wearing a tie to work Tonight (Thursday) Only! White shirt and black pants too! What's the occasion? Beaujolais Nouveau Night!! The Golden Lion will be joining the worldwide party!

Click below for my blog from last week describing the event. Hope to see you there!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Top Ten Things I Should Probably Be Doing Right Now

1. Folding laundry
2. Enjoying this beautiful day outside
3. Balancing the checkbook
4. Getting some exercise
5. Dishes
6. Raking leaves
7. Getting luggage together for TikiWife's trip to Indiana
8. Feeding my mind
9. Grooming the dog
10. Finishing the new design for

What I'm actually doing: Being lazy on the couch

(jeff)isageek gives 2012 an "okay"

Thinking about seeing 2012? According to the head geek at (jeff), don't expect a rock solid plot. For entertainment value, the action sequences are worth the price of the ticket. Check the review below.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Drink Recipe: Surfer On Acid

One of my favorite shots to offer when people ask for Jager. It's wicked tasty, plus fun at a beachside bar. Can also be served over ice with some more pineapple juice. Everyone knows I love pineapple juice!

Surfer On Acid

3/4 oz Jagermeister® herbal liqueur
1/2 oz Malibu® coconut rum
1/2 oz pineapple juice

Shake with ice, strain into a rocks glass, and serve as a shot.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Zac Brown Band 11/13/09

November 13, 2009 - St. Augustine Amphitheater

First off, I'm no journalist. I didn't sit in the back of the venue and take notes. These are just my memories of the show while they are still fresh in my mind.

Let's start with the venue,
The St. Augustine Amphitheater. I first discovered this venue last year when I attended the Blackwater Sol Revue, featuring Toots & the Maytals and J.J. Grey & Mofro. I am totally smitten with this venue! Seating about 4,000 fans in mostly covered seating and located only 40 minutes from my house, it is perfect for an "intimate" night of music. Papa Roach, Jackson Browne, and Willie Nelson have played there recently. Upcoming artists include The Moody Blues & Aretha Franklin. Their Winter Wonderland festival will be starting soon, complete with an ice skating rink, sleigh rides, and and ice slide! Check out this venue here:

Of course, we had pretty good seats! (that's not a zoomed in photo)

The Music:
Levi Lowrey
Levi Lowrey started off the show in mellow style. Mellow, yet intense. Dressed just in black, with a scruffy beard he is more folk than country. His rootsy style was very engaging and perfect as an opening. His candid and direct lyrics mirror those of Zac Brown's songs. He was joined on stage by members of the Zac Brown Band and later my Zac himself, as they sang a song they wrote together. "I don't need a roof above my head. I'd sleep in the dirt if you hold my hand."

Here is a video from a previous show, found on Levi's Myspace page:

Sonia Leigh
Raw and raucous, Sonia sings and plays with balls. With a style that would be welcome in Austin, TX or Athens, GA as much as Nashville, I have to thank Zac Brown for exposing me to this artist. Her torn jeans, swagger, and spiky hair defy the country prototype (fitting in perfectly with the rest of the tour). She was introduced by Brown as "the lady that keeps them all in line", but I can imagine her as the first one in line to buy shots of whiskey.

Nic Cowan
Nic, who reminded me most of Citizen Cope, added a little funk to the opening trifecta. Like the others, he falls outside the country music archetype. His "Money Don't Make You Happy", with its clever lyrics and syncopation is reminiscent of G Love & Special Sauce. His opening song was a wicked cover of Europe's "Mind In The Gutter" and was much better than the original.

Like the other two acts, Nic was accompanied by various artists from the Zac Brown Band.

Zac Brown Band:
As much Allman Brothers as Oak Ridge Boys, ZBB is a far cry from traditional country. Or are they more in tune with traditional country than any of today's acts? When all of the members and guests were lined up on stage we were treated to a hammond organ, two drummers, an additional percussionist, a cello, madolin, dobro, fiddle, stand up bass, electric guitar, bass guitar, and two acoustic guitars. Let me tell you, they sounded good. The stage announcer was dressed in a smart suit and reminded me of a revivalist preacher. The band featured nary a cowboy cap. In my opinion, they are much more authentic that the Kenny Chesneys and even Garth Brooks' of the world. They have been touring and playing together since 2005. I became a fan about 3 years ago when I heard "Free" on their myspace page. I have had a link to them on my site ever since. They were nominated in this years CMAs for Best New Artist. They didn't win, but left their mark on the show with a killer cover of "Devil Went Down To Georgia".

The music is always Southern, but not always country. From bar-room anthems like "Toes" & "Where The Boat Leaves From" to haunting ballads like "Free" and "Highway 20 Drive", the crowd sang along with all of them. Flashes were going nuts at the end of "Highway 20 Drive", a song about children of divorce, when Zac Brown's father came onto stage.

Show Highlights:
a haunting tale about hatred and eventually forgiveness. Brown based this song on his memory of sitting in his room with his pocketknife plotting to kill his step-father. In the middle of the song, the band broke out into Pink Floyd's "Is There Anybody Out There?". I actually quite enjoy the tips of the hat they give to influential artists.

Devil Went Down To Georgia.
The fiddle player in the band is top notch, and so is Brown as a guitar player. Both solos ripped up the middle of the set.

Where The Boat Leaves From.
One of my favorite songs, enhanced by a "One Love" interlude that took me totally by surprise.

Free / Into The Mystic.
The song that made me a fan didn't disappoint live!I Shall Be Released. The full band plus guests came out for the last song, a cover of Bob Dylan & The Band. Standing ovation as each member was introduced.

My impression of the band was this: They were much more talented than I expected. In these days over overdubs and, particularly in country music, studio musicians it is easy to get disappointed at a live show. No such problem with ZBB. They could literally play unplugged in a parking lot and sound better than most bands. With that being said, click below to watch them playing in a parking lot!

Zac Brown Band In A Gas Station Parking Lot

Last but not least, some photos from the night:

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Beaujolais Nouveau 2009 Is Almost Here!

Join us at the Golden Lion as we join the celebration for the 18th year! Thursday November 19!
Reservations suggested. Call at 386-439-3004.

For more information about the event, visit the Golden Lion on Facebook

Highlights from last year at Flagler's Most Awarded Restaurant:

What is Beaujolais Nouveau?

At one past midnight on the third Thursday of each November, from little villages and towns like Romanèche-Thorins, over a million cases of Beaujolais Nouveau begin their journey through a sleeping France to Paris for immediate shipment to all parts of the world. Banners proclaim the good news: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! "The New Beaujolais has arrived!" One of the most frivolous and animated rituals in the wine world has begun.

2006 Beaujolais Nouveau LabelBy the time it is over, over 65 million bottles, nearly half of the region's total annual production, will be distributed and drunk around the world. It has become a worldwide race to be the first to serve to this new wine of the harvest. In doing so, it has been carried by motorcycle, balloon, truck, helicopter, Concorde jet, elephant, runners and rickshaws to get it to its final destination. It is amazing to realize that just weeks before this wine was a cluster of grapes in a growers vineyard. But by an expeditious harvest, a rapid fermentation, and a speedy bottling, all is ready at the midnight hour. By French law, Beaujolais Nouveau is to be released no earlier than the third Thursday of November.

Beaujolais Nouveau began as a local phenomenon in the local bars, cafes, and bistros of Beaujolais and Lyons. Each fall the new Beaujolais would arrive with much fanfare. In pitchers filled from the growers barrels, wine was drunk by an eager population. It was wine made fast to drink while the better Beaujolais was taking a more leisurely course.

Beaujolais Nouveau is as about as close to white wine as a red wine can get. Due to the way it is made -the must is pressed early after only three days- the phenolic compounds, in particular the astringent tannins, normally found in red wines, isn't there, leaving an easy to drink, fruity wine. This, coupled with the fact that it tastes best when chilled, makes for a festive wine to be gulped rather than sipped, enjoyed in high spirits rather than critiqued. As a side note, it makes a great transitional wine for anyone wanting to move from white to red wines.

Finally, the race from grape to glass may be silly, but half the fun is knowing that on the same night, in homes, restaurants,cafes, pubs, bars and bistros around the world, the same celebration is taking place.

Party with a Floribbean Twist! Live music from PepperPot, a steel drum duo. Don't miss this once a year event!

Click for more news about Beaujolais Nouveau 2009!

Locals: Singles & Sangria at the Beachhouse Beanery

Hey locals! Singles & Sangria at the Beachhouse Beanery!

Meet, Mix, and Mingle
with others that are single!

Saturday, November 14

Sangria $4 Wine $4 Beer $3
Bring Friends!

This is the first "Singles Night" the Beanery.
They are inviting guests in the "40 and up" age group.

For more about the Beachhouse Beanery visit

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

My schedule will be different this week

I will be off Friday night for the Zac Brown Band concert (wooohooo!), so I will be working 4-close on TH, SA, SU, & MO.

See you then!

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I am waiting to hear from you!

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Saturday, November 07, 2009

Hey Antivirus Pro Get Off Of My Cloud (You should read this)

So I have a little malware in my laptop. No biggie, I am going through the removal process right now. It is call Antivirus Pro, and is classified as a "rouge antispyware". I enjoy rougeish behavior as much (probably more) as the next guy, but this little guy is a sly devil. Thought I would

When i opened my laptop this morning I started getting system tray alerts about viruses, spyware, etc. Since it came from the system tray, it looked very legit. Of course, I have been connected for a very long time and have seen all sorts of stuff float around. The irony is I was getting alerts from Antivirus Pro while my actual AV software was performing its morning scan. I have attached an article, so I won't go into details about the behaviors. Let me just say I can see how easily an average user can be duped into buying software to remove an infection that they don't really have. Nefarious, these guys are!

Use protection when you surf. You don't know where some of those sites have been. You know which ones I'm talking about. I recommend AVG Antivirus Software along with Spybot: Search & Destroy (though not as good as it used to be) and Ad-Aware.

Here is a description and removal guide for Antivirus Pro:

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Let's Talk Dirty In Hawaiian

One of my favorite John Prine songs, for obvious reasons!

Click to listen

I packed my bags and bought myself a ticket
For the land of the tall palm tree
Aloha old milwaukee, hello waikiki
I just stepped down from the airplane
When I thought I heard her say
Waka waka nuka nuka, waka waka nuka nuka
Would you like a lei? eh?

Let's talk dirty in hawaiian
Whisper in my ear
Kicka pooka maka wah wahini
Are the words I long to hear
Lay your coca nuta on ma tiki
What the hecka mooka mooka dear
Let's talk dirty in hawaiian
Say the words I long to hear

It's a ukelele honolulu sunset
Listen to the grass skirts sway
Drinking rum from a pineapple
Out on honolulu bay
The steel guitars all playing
While she's talking with her hands
Gimme gimme oka doka make a wish and wanta polka
Words I understand

Let's talk dirty in hawaiian
Whisper in my ear
Kicka poo ka maka wa wah wahini
Are the words I long to hear
Lay your coca nuta on ma tiki
What the hecka mooka mooka dear
Let's talk dirty in hawaiian
Say the words I long to hear

I boughta lota junka with my moola
And sent it to the folks back home
I never had the chance to dance the hula
I guess I should have known
When you start talking to the sweet wahini
Walking in the pale moonlight
Oka doka what a setta knocka rocka sis boom bocas
Hope I said it right

Let's talk dirty in hawaiian
Whisper in my ear
Kicka pooka maka wah wahini
Are the words I long to hear
Lay your coca nuta on ma tiki
What the hecka mooka mooka dear
Let's talk dirty in hawaiian
Say the words I long to hear

Friday, October 30, 2009

Not Too Late To Help Tammaye Save The Tatas!

Breast Cancer Awareness month is coming to a close, but it's not too late to do your part. Team Tatas, captained by my friend Tammaye, participated last weekend in the Making Strides Against Cancer walking event. I totally missed the event, but made my donation today. If you feel led to contribute to this cause you can visit the Team Tatas donation page here:

Tammaye and her tatas say "Thank You!"

Monday, October 26, 2009

Halloween Drink Recipes

Halloween Drink Suggestions, to be featured on Island Time Radio later tonight. Tune in to between 11:00 and 11:30 EST to listen!


Pumpkin Pie
1/3 oz Kahlua® coffee liqueur
1/3 oz irish cream
1/4 oz Goldschlager® cinnamon schnapps

Shake all ingredients and strain into a large shot glass. Sprinkle cinnamon on top.

Flaming Pumpkin Pie
1/2 oz Kahlua® coffee liqueur
1/2 oz irish cream
1/4 oz Goldschlager® cinnamon schnapps
151 rum

Prepare as a regular pumpkin pie shooter, combining the first three ingredients in a shaker and straining into a shot glass. With cinnamon-sugar at the ready, top with 151 and light. As the rum is burning toss cinnamon-sugar in, creating fun fire effects.

*Please be very careful when dealing with flaming shots. They are intended for party hosts and bartenders only, not for you to show your friends when you are already hammered from a night of drinking.*

Bloody Brain
1 oz peach schnapps
1 oz irish cream

This is a visual shot. Pour the peach schnapps into a shot glass. Slowly pour the irish cream over the schnapps. DO NOT LAYER. Allow the irish cream to sink into the schnapps. It will clump together quite nastily. Drop in a few drops of grenadine from a bar spoon.
Depending on the will look something like this


Green Demon
Equal parts:
Midori® melon liqueur

Combine all ingredients in a highball glass. Stir and garnish with a cherry.

Devil's Advocate
1 1/2 oz Bacardi® Limon (or substitute lemon flavored vodka)
3/4 oz triple sec
splash of sour mix
dash of grenadine
cranberry juice

Combine all ingredients over ice, balancing with cranberry juice. Stir and serve.

Warm Apple Pie
1 oz Hot Damn® cinnamon schnapps
1 oz Apple Pucker® apple schnapps

Pour over ice in a rocks glass and stir. Enjoy!

Purple Devil
1 oz amaretto
1 oz triple sec
cranberry juice

Combine all ingredients over ice, topping with a splash of Sprite® to make it bubbly.

Note: The original recipe is very complex. Here is a cheater recipe that you can make in bulk.

1 oz light rum
1/2 oz amaretto (or creme de almond if you have it)
1/2 oz triple sec
equal parts orange juice & sour mix
1/2 oz 151 proof rum

Combine all but the 151 in a tall glass and stir. Top with the 151 and garnish with a cherry.

1 oz vodka
1 oz Chambord® raspberry liqueur
1 oz cranberry juice

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Hang a set of vampire teeth on the rim of the glass

Voodoo Koolaid©

"My favorite of all of my Pango originals, this was actually an accident. My original idea was a blud drink to be called Blue Heaven. After I dropped some grenadine in my mistake, the Voodoo Koolaid was born."

3/4 oz Pango® rum
3/4 oz peach schnapps
1/2 oz blue curacao
1 tsp grenadine
lemon-lime soda

In a pint glass, combine all ingredients. I prefer to top with a little club soda to cut the sweetness of the lemon-lime soda. Stir to turn the drink a groovy purple color. Garnish with an orange wedge or a chunk of pineapple.

Harvest Moon
2 oz Tequila
1 oz Triple sec
Orange juice
Pineapple juice
2 tsp Grenadine

Pour all but grenadine into an ice-filled Collins glass (or pint glass), using equal parts of both juices. Slowly stir in the grenadine. Enjoy!


Sparkling Harvest Punch

2 cups chilled cranberry juice
2 cups chilled apple juice
1 1/2 cup chilled orange juice
2 cups chilled club soda
Orange slices
Frozen cranberries

Mix together everything in a punch bowl.
Add a bottle of vodka for an alcoholic punch.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Tune in to Club 927 right now!

Listen to Club 927 on Beach 92.7 FM at 9pm to hear the Transfers. You might even get treated to my voice. The Transfers are also featured at!

Listen worldwide (or listen to the archives starting tomorrow) at

U Discover Me is a venture that I am part of, showcasing regional bands. Message me for more information!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Music Player Survey

By suggestion, I opened media monkey and hit random. These are the first 25 songs that played. My laptop doesn’t have much music on it but here ya go!

1. Catch A Wave by The Beach Boys

2. Not The Way by Gregory Isaacs

3. Margarita by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

4. Cuban Crime Of Passion by Jimmy Buffett

5. War Need No Trouble by Legacy

6. Where Do The Children Play by Big Mountain

7. Did I Have To Ask by Allen Ross

8. I’ve Just Seen A Face by The Beatles

9. While My Ukulele Gently Weeps by Jake Shimabukuro

10. A Professional Pirate from Muppet Treasure Island

11. I Walk The Line by Johnny Cash

12. It’s The End Of The World As We Know It by Great Big Sea

13. Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground by Willie Nelson

14. Your Favorite Song by Koauka

15. In A Town This Size by John Prine & Dolores Keane

16. In The Dark by Violent Femmes

17. Surf Song by Bag of Toys

18. Shake A Tail Feather by Ray Charles (from The Blues Brothers)

19. Recession by David Lane

20. Natural Blues by Moby

21. Stir It Up by Bob Marley & The Wailers (Original Studio Cut)

22. Help Me Make It Through The Night by Willie Nelson

23. Black & White by INXS

24. Make Way by Scholar’s Word

25. My Heart Belongs To You by Westbound Train

Pretty Good Stuff! David Lane, Legacy, & Scholar’s Word are regional musicians and friends. Who should click them and check them out!

My favorite Facebook comment of the day!

How cool...i don't even remember what my letter said. December 95 would have been about a month before I left my juvenile corrections job to move to Florida...

Made me smile for sure

Cliff Beach
Yeah, I'm not nearly as angry as I was back then.
By the way, David House called me yesterday (1st time in like 10 years) and said that they found a letter from you that was stuffed in the control room wall dated December '95. It said something witty and then told the person that found it to contact you, so David was calling me trying to find you. Your spirit lives in Juvie!!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

How to become a bartender: The responsibilities

A great post by my Kathleen Nieves, a colleague in San Francisco. As I have always said, making drinks is the easiest part of being a bartender.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Drink Recipe: Pink Iguana

Another pink drink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Pink Iguana
1 oz vodka
1 oz coconut rum
1/4 oz lime juice
1 oz cranberry juice

Combine ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a thin disk of lime floating on top.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Thanks to everyone for the good vibes!

Wow! I didn't realize the negative feedback an article about a local guy happy in what he does and those he serves would generate. Thank you to everyone who has given me waves, handshakes, congrats, high fives, etc in response to yesterdays Daytona News Journal piece. In addition to face-to-face aloha, customers and friends have given me virtual kudos. Here are some of my favorites, many which I have no idea who posted them.

From Facebook:

"Just got back from the Golden Lion. Gave tikitender a copy of the article. It is so cool to have such a nice guy as a local celeb."

"Ur the best Tiki!!! U were too busy for me to say bye tonight...we will back this week as we ride for biketoberfest!!"

"Hey Mark I just wanted to say congratulations on the News Journal article, very cool! You deserve it!"

Tiki, my friend, I'm so excited for you!!! I think this article is fantastic just like you!"

"Lad I don't know where ya been, but i see ya won first prize!"

"Wow! I know a star! and we've never met"

"Had to go to 3 convenience stores to get a paper. First two were sold out."

"wow, way to go mark!"

"I was so proud of Mark when I read that today.He is really a nice guy.And great bartender.Congrats to Mark.And the Golden Lion"

From Flagler Chat:

"We have known Mark for 13 years, he is one of the good guys."

"what a breath of fresh air to hear and read about !! ...someone who is indeed loving his life and job and appreciates them there is a Nobel Peace Prize in the making."

"Mark is a great guy! I was happy to see this article about him."

"I saw the headline and knew exactly [who] they were talking about!!! Mark is a fantastic bartender and such an asset to our community. He not only can make a great drink, but he also does quite a bit for the community, working in various charities and I love reading his Facebook when he goes to read the Bingo balls for the seniors. We are lucky to have him in Flagler County."

From MySpace:

"I read about my favorite bartender in today's newspaper. Good for you!!"

via Twitter:
good comments on your Daytona Beach News Journal story on the Palm Coast Facebook page:'re loved!"

LOVE seeing others who LOVE what they do for a living. It's refreshing, ya know?! Keep up the good work."

Awesome article! You rock. . . All that excitement! I need a nap."

I love the article NJ did on you. Put your hater blockers on, man. You make me smile everyday."

what a great story about one of my favorite people. written by another favorite person!!"

When I need a bartender, I know just where to go...the famous @tikitender"

And from the online version of the original article:

Great story! More people should follow their dreams and forget the craziness."

"So nice to see someone who loves their job. As long as you love your job, you will never work a day in your life. I'm jealous! LOL! Thanks for the story NJ, it breaks up the doom and gloom!"

"I love tiki!! I have a drink named after me and he is an amazing guy! Glad I finally got to see an article on him. one of his many!"

"Great article on a great asset to Flagler Beach."

"tiki is the man and his wife is awesome too. once you know mark you know him for life and will never forget your drink. good job mark. keep it up."

"My daughter and her family live there and says you are her favorite bartender, my husband and can hardly wait for our next visit there and hope to meet you." [Round Rock, Texas]

"Mark, i think you are awesome! you work where others come to play, and everytime we come to the Lion, you have a smile on your face!!! "

"Tiki is the "Purveyor of good times" to the Flagler locals and is a great guy! People will always knock the people that are happy when they are are miserable. I'm glad that you have the courage to have a happy life Tikiman! Thanks NJ, I am sick and tired of the misery that is the news! Keep the happy stories coming for us happy people!!"

"When you have a member of the team that loves what he have something. Mark seems to be someone who is pushing the business. Mark's brand of enthusiasm brings a sense of pride to the other members of the team. When you get a few people liking what they do anything is possible."

"Mark is a great baartender and he DOES love his job! Its nice to see someone love their job and also be so good at it! Keep up the good work TIKI.:o)"

"I loved the story! There should be more stories like this! We need more focus on every day people instead of the political men and women who have corrupted our nation! Huge KUDOS to the NJ! Keep up the good work Mark...0-69!!!! BINGO!"

"Woods is a East Coast Flagler Beach A1A Icon and treasure. I'd say his social presence is a tiny economic jumpstarter for the area. Do you know a lot of hotels that area are running full? It's treasures like these that make a place a great place to visit. Tiki is also a master at concocting what I call vintage drinks. While many items like the Rum Runner and Planter's Punch have been Cruise shipped and Applebee'd into miserable phantoms of their previous selves, bartenders like Tiki not only continue to make them right, know their history...but have the skills to create all new concoctions..often on the fly. Mark is one of the things that makes Flagler BRILLIANT fun and one of a kind. He keeps the heart of real Florida beating"

This one is special to me because I had forgotten all about giving this customer her new puppy care package. It's obvious she didn't!
"I've met Mark a few times. I first ran into him first online, on Meet The Phlockers and now my husband and I will try to stop in and see him everytime we are coming through Flager. When I adopted my dog he made me a large goodie bag for him and some of the toys are still my dog's favorites. He is a good soul and anyone who knows him as a friend or as a bartender is blessed."

All of the comments warmed me up on the inside and made the "not so fun" days, the "sweating all over myself and others" days, the "three deep at the bar and server tickets flowing onto the floor" days, and the "staying late to scrub the bar floor" days worth it. Plus, my friends at the Wickline Center (where I call bingo) couldn't wait to stick their copy on the bulletin board!

I've said it once and I will say it again. Without great customers I would just be a guy pouring drinks and talking to myself.

Aloha nui loa!!!


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