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Host of Tiki Central Canada: Craig Stephens

My name is Craig Stephens and I am the host of this amazing show all about Tiki drinks and culture! I am a bartender who specializes in cocktails, especially original recipe Tiki cocktails. I've worked in the hospitality industry for over 25 years. Read Craig's full bio on our About Page!

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Co-host for the Show: Paola Vettori:

My name is Paola Vettori and I was born in Brazil, but now call Ottawa my home! I’m new to Tiki culture, but I’ve been behind a microphone for 18 years! Read Paola's full bio on our About Page!

Paola now has an amazing Traveler's "Picky Pairs" YouTube channel. Please click here to get to her channel. Great videos around the world and places to eat!

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Co-Host of Tiki Central Canada: Cam Warriner  

My name is Cam Warriner and I am your co-host! I keep Craig diving into new research and looking for answers to questions about Tiki drinks and culture. Read Cam's full bio on our About Page!

Note: Oh man, where did Cam go this time to get the perfect photo!!!

What's New with Tiki Central Canada

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Cream of Coconut I use for all our recipes and Paola now uses for Paola's wish. You will find these in any specialty coffee shop NOT grocery store or liquor store.

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RUM TASTING EPISODE: This episode walks you through a few rums to try out and use in tiki drinks. Here is the link for the show: Rum Tasting bonus episode, part 1  and part 2: Rum Tasting BONUS episode, part 2 and Rum tasting 2020 show: Rum Tasting Show 2020

Here is the link for the distillation process of rum if you want to know more on  how rum is made: Rum Distillation YouTube video

To get descriptions on these rums and their information, click this link: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/rum-tasting/

TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR MONTHLY NEWSLETTER, CLICK HERE!

Mark Keill (our Tiki expert) is always on the run to another tiki bar or should I say crawl to!! On Mark's page, you will find tons of information on tiki bars around North America.  Click's Mark's picture to hear the interview! Or click here to go to Mark's page (Also, to get to the episode and information for "How to Build a Tiki Bar".

Future shows:   

Next episode will be our annual Tiki Central Canada Trivia show and so have you been listening and taking notes. Let's see how will you know tiki and our show!!!!

To get to the Tiki Trivia page, please click the following link: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/tiki-trivia/

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Newest Episode: Episode 80: Annual Tiki Trivia Show

Hey guys,

Not our normal show as there are no drinks but I did put a Craig's Creation cocktail on our site just in case you was in a mood for a new cocktail.

This is our annual trivia show where we see if our tiki panel (Paola and Mark) and you was listening to our show all year long and made some notes and this year is just as challenging as the past years.

Topics like the Cosmopolitan cocktail, Grog, Mint Julep, Day of the Dead, Don the Beachcomber, Mariano Lucudine, Harry Yee, Cinco de Mayo and so much more...

We will help you this year with a hint of what episode each question came from and the cocktail of that show. So, print off the trivia sheets and see if you have what it takes to be tiki god and year champion of trivia. (NOTE: answers are upside down at the bottom of that page).

By the way, check out past year's tiki trivia shows as well and see if you know the answers to those ones as well...

Triva page link: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/tiki-trivia/

By the way, there is no prize for winning but make yourself a cocktail and play along and see if you can out score our panel!!!

Craig's Creation page: https://tikicentralcanada.ca/craigs-creation/

On our "Traveler's Tips" segment, we talk about how to pack and when to pack. Here is Sebastian Maniscalco's take on what not to do at the airport. Totally hilarious! Click the picture to see the full video.

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New Recipes: Bumbo Cocktail

Craig's Creation Cocktail: 

Bumbu Old-Fashioned  recipe:

Recipe:

2 oz Bumbu rum, 4 dashes of molasses bitters, 4 dash of orange bitters, 1 oz simple syrup

Method:

Stir in rock glass; garnish with orange peel

NOTE:  Use your favorite rum if you don't have the Bumbu (which is delicious I might add) You will see a difference though as this rum has tons of notes like banana, vanilla, etc.

To Be on the Show:

Have you ever thought about being a guest on our show? Now you can!

If you work for a bar or restaurant that would like us to record a show at your location, and feature some of your amazing food and drinks, then click on the link. Please submit a little bit about yourself and your bar or restaurant.

Questions or Comments:

If you have any questions or comments you would like to submit to us, please do so through the link provided in this section. We would love to hear from you! While you are at it, please subscribe to our show.