The tropical lifestyle is all about warm weather, palm trees, sand, beaches, sea shells, steel drums, reggae music, Jimmy Buffett music, Aloha shirts, hammocks, cold drinks, beautiful sunsets……..and we could go on. But nothing brings to mind the tropical lifestyle more immediately than the Tiki God! Hawaiian mythology brought about these wooden and stone carvings depicting the four major and various other minor Tiki Gods that some Hawaiians still worship today. Take Pele who is known the world over as the Tiki God who brought the water to Hawaii and caused the lava to flow.To this day many Hawaiians believe it angers Pele and is bad luck to remove Lava rocks from the Islands.
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The weather is getting warmer already here on the gulf coast, so it is time to dust off the Tiki Bar drink recipes and get the bar stocked. We have taken the time to visit all our favorite watering spots (and a few dive bars) to put together our list of the best classic tiki bar drinks out there. Get ready to mix up a tropical delight and sit back and relax and enjoy your long weekend life.
We are always on the lookout for great places to find tropical treasures to add to our collection give our home the tropical vibe. Anything that will remind us of a vacation or favorite place, beach or memory is always welcome in our home. So we often find ourselves cruising beach shops, furniture store, island markets, and anywhere we think might have something we will love. On one particular excursion we found a whole new world of treasures just waiting to grab our attention. This is art festival season in South West Florida!
The long weekend lifestyle wouldn’t be complete without tropical eats. No matter where you are, the flavors of the tropics are usually not far away. This time around we will introduce you to some of the best and easiest to find tropical hangouts that are national chains and can be found almost anywhere your travels may take you.
Normally when you visit Long Weekend life we talk a lot about Florida and the Gulf Coast specifically. Because we live here we are a little biased to the area. But it seems we are not the only one. Tour Guide books, travel sites and most major travel publications mention this area over and over. But there is another area we have been to that gets mentioned quite often that got our attention. About 15 years ago St. Lucia located in the Windward Virgin Islands and once a British territory began getting a lot of attention for it’s unspoiled landscape and rich rain forests, this is an island that offers plenty to see and do or not do.
I hope your life is always one long weekend no matter how it is spent or where you are. Remember Sunsets are there to remind us everything has a different time but how amazing each time can be. A day is only twenty four hours. The common house fly lives only 24 hours and spends most of it looking for…..well you know. The butterfly spends some of it’s life in one form then changes mid stream to becomes something totally different but more beautiful.We are all different and how we decide to evolve and live those times is up to us. No matter what you believe we go through this life under a shadow but we all have faith in one more day. Many of us leave with unfinished to do lists, things we wished we had said and done and life still left to be lived, because everyone of us is still that little kid full of wonder inside wanting to know there is more. More to life and the experience, more to the wonder that is the planet we live on, so much more than our limited understanding and still more to come.
Many people have been going on cruises lately and the most traveled cruise destination is out of the Port of Miami to the Caribbean. With three to seven day cruises leaving from Miami almost daily from nearly every cruise line it is a busy port and water way.The islands call and people answer looking for a relaxing way to get away from it all. But there is an area in the middle of all the excitement that holds a very murky past and a lot of truth and legend to it.
The term is throw around a lot when it comes to Jimmy Buffett fans. But where did it come from and how did it start? The truth to the story may not be as exciting as actually being one and participating. The term “Parrothead” was coined at a concert in Cincinnati when Jimmy was commenting on all the various forms of dress the fans had showed up in. The typical aloha shirts, fin hats, parrot hats and hula skirts, etc. he looked out at the crowd and mentioned it is great having fans like the Grateful Dead who were so dedicated to the music and lifestyle. Timothy B. Schmidt who was in Jimmy’s band the Coral Reefers at the time them mentioned maybe they should be called “Parrotheads” and the term stuck. Since then the term has evolved some.
We will start with my disclaimer, I do not attend that Week nor do I plan to as it’s just not my thing. But I do recognize that some of you long weekend lifers enjoy this craziness in Key West. So for you and for those of you who are looking at the screen like my dog looks at me when I make a funny noise, here are all the juicy facts.
With Summer here we love to go out and hit our favorite restaurants. They have some great summer tropical food to enjoy that never disappoints. Since summer is not complete without an escape to the islands to soak up some rays, get some sand between your toes and just relax, we decided we would help you with the recipes you may want to try at home to continue the adventure. Here are a few of our favorites….