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“MAKE THE MAI TAI THE OFFICIAL COCKTAIL OF OAKLAND” CAMPAIGN

By awoodall
Friday, June 5th, 2009 at 2:45 pm in Fun Stuff to do in Oakland, Night Owl.

 Vic Bergeron concocted the original Mai Tai recipe in Oakland in 1944 at Trader Vic’s. The Conga Lounge on College Avenue is continuing that tradition and one-upping the Tiki madness sweeping our city like a hula girl in a grass skirt: “Right now, Conga Lounge co-owners Mano and Michael Thanos and our PR guy Will the Thrill are in direct talks with Andre Jones, chief of staff for Oakland council member Rebecca Kaplan, regarding a formal (and long overdue!) civic proclamation recognizing the Mai Tai as Oakland’s official cocktail! So far, so good…stay tuned! Meantime, enjoy an original Mai Tai or the Conga Lounge’s popular “remix” right here – both recipes invented right here in Oakland, Home of the Mai Tai, not just the Drive-By! Sign up for the Conga Lounge newsletter at top of page for updates, including the Mai Tai Victory Party! Cheers and Aloha!”

(Cute, except the “drive-by” part. Whatever.)

 

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3 Responses to ““MAKE THE MAI TAI THE OFFICIAL COCKTAIL OF OAKLAND” CAMPAIGN”

  1. jim smith Says:

    I think vic would be very proud of the thanks brothers.after all they brought tiki culture back to Oakland and now started the mai tai campaign. new orleans recognized the sazerac, how about it mayor dellums?

  2. das88 Says:

    Gosh, and it seems like only last year that awoodall pooh-poohed the idea of the Mai Tai as Oakland’s signature drink http://www.ibabuzz.com/outtakes/2008/08/08/oaklands-signature-cocktail/#more-591

  3. HeadinHands Says:

    This is an awful bit. It reads like a loose script penned by an indulged lush. Haphazard, potentially plagiarized, misquoted and trying ever so hard to be clever with no avail.

    Who touts Oakland as garnishing respect for something such as a libation, but then closes with a backhanded dig like mentioning drive-by shootings? -Because it rhymes doesn’t mean it’s smart. It’s not even ‘cheeky’, it’s just dumb and wreaks of inexperience and taste.

    Why no mention of Trader Vic’s location? why not mention other budget-friendly bars that are known for their Mai Tai’s? A link to a recipe? Go back to school and study harder.

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