Friday, May 21, 2010

Spy Tiki

привет другу (Aloha Commrades)

Back when tiki culture was in its heyday, the geopolitical landscape centered around the arms race between America and our Russian friends. The cold war was in full swing! A fact that did not go unnoticed by the Bali Hai restaurant on Shelter Island in San Diego, California. In fact, they had a little fun with it in their advertising.

Did you notice the fine print?

Pictured below you can see the Bali Hai on the eastern end of Shelter Island (photo reversed) and just across the channel is the US Navy North Island Naval Complex (home to the US Navy Seals, etc.).

Hands down, the Bali Hai restaurant has one of the greatest views of Downtown San Diego, San Diego Harbor and the mighty US Navy fleet traffic as it departs San Diego for ports unknown across the Pacific. It's quite a sight to be sitting at the bar in the Bali Hai sipping on one of their signature Bali Hai Mai Tai's and having an aircraft carrier float by.

Here's the USS Ronald Regan as it leaves San Diego Harbor and passes the Bali Hai.

Maybe Sam Gambino's secret agent tiki should be dispatched on the case in search of double agents.


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