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“Our goal here is to support elite high school athletes by giving back to the same markets that support our sales,” said Anthony Miller, chief executive officer of Fire Mountain Beverage. “This event helps to accomplish one of our objectives by promoting healthy living through education.”

Since the passage of the Pupil Nutrition, Health and Achievement Act of 2001, California schools have banned the sale of sugared, carbonated beverages and are moving toward juices, certain sports drinks, diet sodas and bottled water. And recently, major beverage distributors have followed suit, agreeing to stop selling sugary drinks to the nation’s public schools.

Fire Mountain’s Five O2 oxygenated bottled water is enriched with vitamins A and C, niacin, potassium and calcium, making it a more nutritious alternative to beverages containing sugar, caffeine, sodium and carbohydrates. Five O2 also comes in fruit flavors that are appealing to consumers of any age. By sponsoring the games, the company hopes to show teen athletes that they have healthier options with which to quench their thirst.

The L.A. Watts Summer Games started in 1968, three years after racially charged riots tore the Watts neighborhood apart. The goal was to foster understanding and camaraderie among the area’s high school students. The games now include competitions for both boys and girls in soccer, track and field, volleyball, tennis, cheerleading, music, art and poetry and more. Nearly 200,000 young people have participated in the games to date.

To promote the achievements of high school students in areas other than athletics, scholastics were added to the mission of the games. In 1992, a scholarship program was established for youth dedicated to serving the community through volunteerism.

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In the past few years there has been an amazing interest in Tiki bars and Tiki cocktails of yesteryear. Thoughts of Tiki culture may bring back memories of bartenders in colorful shirts from classic television programs or thatch-roof Tiki bars but whatever your memories of Tiki bars entail, these bars are making a comeback.

The good news is that it’s easy to make some of these popular Tiki cocktails at home, without any special equipment and with supplies found at your local store. What you will find with Tiki cocktails is that rum is normally the key ingredient and then it’s mixed with either a fruity or sour flavor and many are topped with fruit, a flower, or umbrella to add a little island flare.

Whether you are hosting a tiki party or just looking to mix up something a little different at happy hour, tiki cocktails offer a tropical twist to you or your guests. Beware the strength of these cocktails though – a couple of rum-loaded Zombies can leave the common man on the floor!

A number of popular Tiki cocktails are fun choices:

The Zombie

Named after its effect on the drinker, the Zombie was first served up in the 1930’s by the famous Donn Beach. It’s smooth, fruity taste can easily disguise the power of the alcohol contained in the Zombie. Ingredients in the Zombie can vary but one popular recipe includes: 1 ¼ oz of lemon juice, 1 oz of dark rum, ¾ oz orange juice, ½ oz of cherry brandy, ½ oz of rum, ½ oz of high-proof dark rum and 2 dashes of grenadine.

Mai Tai

Another popular Tiki drink by Donn Beach, the Mai Tai was another drink first served in the 1930’s. The word “maitai” translated from Tahitian to English means “good”, which is an appropriate name for the drink. One of the many Mai Tai recipe includes: 1 oz of Jamaican rum, 1 oz of Martinique rum, ½ oz of Orange Curacao, ½ oz of Orgeat syrup, ¼ oz of rock candy syrup, juice from 1 fresh lime. A sprig of fresh mint may be added as well.

Navy Grog

First made in the 1700’s by an admiral in the Royal Navy in Britain, this unique drink as stood the test of time. Many versions of the drink exist and one popular recipe includes: 1 oz of Grapefruit, 1 oz of Orange juice, ½ oz of Grand Marnier, 1 oz of Pineapple juice as well as ½ an oz of 3 types of rum; Light Rum, Gold Rum and Dark Rum.

151 Swizzle

Yet another drink popular in Tiki bars, first served up by Donn Beach after traveling to Montego Bay for inspiration. The 151 Swizzle can be made several different ways and one popular recipe for this interesting drink includes: ½ oz of sugar syrup, ½ oz fresh Lime juice, 1/8 tsp of Pernod, 1.5 oz of 151 Demerara rum, a dash of Angostura bitters and a dash of Ground nutmeg.

The above are just a few of these iconic drinks first served by the famous Don the Beachcomber in his famous Tiki bars. Many different variations have been invented and tweaked, but nothing beats the original drinks.

Whether you are looking to add a Mai Tai, Zombie, or Test Pilot to your bartending arsenal, you can find several great tiki drink recipes. Find out how to mix up a Painkiller and make your tiki party a smashing success!

I am visiting Atlantic City this fall and don’t want to look like an idiot when there. I don’t really drink that often and I don’t know what to ask for. I usually drink wine or mixed drinks but someone has always gotten them for me. I want to be able to KNOW what to say to the waitress!

I know that its pretty tough to just pick up a bottle of single malt and start drinking it straight. I have heard that some people get used to it by starting with half water, then reducing the amount of water they add, then drinking it on the rocks, then finally drinking it like you are supposed to. Some people say to start with a blend before going to a single malt but I just don’t know. I like the idea of tasting scotch whisky as a little hobby, but want to be able to enjoy it from the beginning without ruining the taste. Any advice?

Oyster’s à la Russe By the Chef on Safari

The Oysters à la Russe is based on three essential ingredients – Fresh Oysters, a good quality Vodka and freshly prepared Horseradish.

I had just arrived in the oyster capital of New Zealand, at a place called Bluff.  This is as far south, as one can go in the South Island of New Zealand.   I was hoping to be able to obtain some fresh oysters for trying out some new entrée and main course dishes.  When a fellow chef recognized me and asked if I would like to come over to his restaurant that night to help out. The guests were mainly foreign tour operators visiting the region.  Well I was most reluctant but after bit of persuasion (namely a good bottle of vino) I agreed.  On arrival I asked if he would like me to make the entrée.  So rummaging around his flatware storeroom I came across some nice platters. So the fun began.

I have reduced the recipe down to 6 people and it can easily be increased as required.

Oysters à la Russe

(Oysters served with a Vodka relish)

6 Serve.

Preparing the Platter

To prepare the platter for use you need it to be clean and dry.  Take a paper towel and using white vinegar wipe over the whole surface to be used.  Chill the platter.  While the platter is chilling make up the following.  In a small saucepan place about a cup of warm water and about one tablespoon of powered gelatine a small amount of blue food colouring.  Do not make the blue to light or to dark.  Just a subtle shade of blue will do.  When the gelatine has dissolved, carefully pour it on to the plate and let it set.  Then crush some ice until it is of a fine consistency (but not slush), you may need to refreeze the crushed ice.

Vodka Relish


2 Tbsp Vodka

½ tsp Fresh Lemon juice

¼ tsp Freshly prepared Horseradish

Dash of Tabasco Sauce

Pinch of Castor Sugar

Pinch of Salt

1 Tomato, seeded and finely chopped.

1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh chives

In bowl, stir together the vodka, lemon juice, horseradish, Tabasco sauce, sugar and salt. Gently stir in the tomato and chives.  Then place in the refrigerator to chill.

Preparing the Oysters


12 Large Oysters

Wash the oysters under cold running water to remove any loose barnacles or sand.  Insert the tip of the oyster shucker between the shell halves near the hinge; twist upwards to open the shell.  Discard the top shell.  Using the blade of the shucker, sever the connective membrane that holds the oyster to the bottom shell.

To serve


Coarsely Cracked Pepper

When serving make sure the plate is chilled.  Place the oyster shells around the plate on the shaved ice. Spoon the chilled vodka relish over each oyster; dust with cracked pepper

Well after a bit of a chat, another coffee and the securing of another night and bidding adieu, I stepped out into the cool of the evening. Driving home I thought about how much chefs are respected in this world and how much of a gypsy lifestyle we all live.

Where will I be tomorrow, I don’t know somewhere out there cooking for someone who needs it I guess, maybe I’ll still be looking for that perfect dish.  Who knows,

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