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TikiTender Returns To The Golden Lion

TikiTender will be returning to his roots this weekend as a guest bartender at Golden Lion Cafe!  

Mark will be behind the Golden Lion Tiki Bar during during the Best Beach Bar Award Party  presented by Florida Beach Bar then again on Sunday during their Father’s Day BBQ.

This will be a return to home for TikiTender, who was behind the bar nearly a decade ago when the beach side restaurant received their first Best Beach Bar award.    Mark spent nine years behind the wood at the Golden Lion, before leaving to launch an event bartending company, Fun Coast Bartending.

Come say hello to an old favorite on Saturday night!

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Join TikiTender at The Cordoba & Morales Cigar Social

We are hosting Cordoba & Morales for a cigar social at The Humidor Cigar Bar & Lounge on June 30th.   Join me for:

– One free premium cigar
– Wine tasting/sampling
– Door prize drawings & Light eats
– A $20 Humidor Gift Card to be used on your next visit

ADMISSION: Free for members | $20 for non-members

Also featuring: Live Music by Alex Peramas and a live-rolled cigar with any purchase!

Advance Tickets available via Eventbrite

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It’s Voting Season! Rock The Backstage Pass Magazine’s Vote (By Voting For Me Of Course)!


It’s that time of year again.  The time when I ask you to take just a few minutes and vote in Backstage Pass Magazine’s “Florida’s Favorite” awards.   Thanks to your help I have received this award as Favorite Bartender 6 times (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, & 2012).   Let’s do it again!!!!     I am also asking for the following votes on my behalf and for my peers.  You can see the entire ballot here.   There are several ways to vote,  the easiest of which is to send an email to with your votes.    Youcan also post on the wall of their Facebook Page if you prefer.


Vote For Me!
Favorite Bartender:  Mark Woods, Fun Coast Bartending
Favorite Live Music Venue:  European Village – Palm Coast
Favorite Cigar Store:  The Humidor – Palm Coast

Vote For My Friends!
Favorite Tiki Bar: Golden Lion, Flagler Beach
Favorite Restaurant Atmosphere:  Golden Lion, Flagler Beach
Favorite Karaoke Host:  Harryoke!


Thank you again for taking a few minutes of your day.  I will make it up to you year round by sharing your music events & buying your daughters’ girl scout cookies.  












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Get Some Tiki In Your Day! (My Upcoming Schedule)

If you’re looking to have a Tiki sighting, here’s your chance! Also, I need a new wall calendar.  

  • Friday 1/3  – The Humidor Cigar Lounge – Palm Coast (1-11)
  • Saturday 1/4 – The Golden Lion Tiki Bar – Flagler Beach (12-5)
  • Sunday 1/5 – The Golden Lion Tiki Bar – Flagler Beach (12-6)
  • Monday 1/6 – The Humidor Cigar Lounge – Palm Coast (1-8)
  • Tuesday 1/7 – The Humidor Cigar Lounge – Palm Coast (1-8)
  • Wednesday 1/8 – The Humidor Cigar Lounge – Palm Coast (1-8)
  • Friday 1/10 –  The Humidor Cigar Lounge – Palm Coast (1-11)
  • Sunday 1/12 – The Golden Lion Tiki Bar – Flagler Beach (12-6)

Also, catch me on the radio for Sunshine Lunch Hour (12pm-1pm) weekdays and Sunday Night Ska from 8pm-10pm.  Broadcasting worldwide at

Looking a couple weeks into the future, there are still spots available at the Foursquare For Small Business workshop at Office Divvy’s Cowork space. The workshop will be facilitated by me.  


See you soon!

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Another Fictional Character Based On TikiTender?

Just finished “Kokomo’s Cafe“, the first in a new series by Armand Rosamilia, based in Flagler Beach.   This Andrew “Woody” Woodson seems like a familiar character.

“Woody seemed to know everyone in Kokomo’s Café, nodding and acknowledging everyone by name. He was the main bartender at the Golden Lion, having run the tiki bar for the past six years. Woody knew everyone in town, and everyone knew him. He was the local celebrity, with his quick smile and flirty attitude toward anything female. Woody played the part and he played it well. Mac thought it must be exhausting to have to play the part twenty-four-seven. You couldn’t step outside your front door without having to play a character, a bigger than life version of who you really were.”

Yes, another character based on the persona of “TikiTender”.   Looking forward to seeing what sort of mis-adventures I (he) gets into in the rest of the series!

Armand Rosamilia is a local author who mainly writes zombie fiction.  You might recall the character “Tiki” in Dying Days: The Siege Of European Village earlier this year.  He has observed so many characters while writing in Flagler Beach, he decided to start the Flagler Beach Fiction series.   Check him out!

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Repost: What The Heck Is Beaujolais Nouveau?

This is a repost from November of 2010.  For those of you who might be asking “What the heck is Beaujolais Nouveau?”.  In 2012, the article is still relevant.   Join me at The Golden Lion Cafe for a great experience accompanied again by Will Pearsall.

Beaujolais Nouveau Night 2010 is almost here! We have been talking about it for months, which may lead the uninitiated to pose the question “What The Heck Is Beaujolais Nouveau?” The short story? Beaujolais Nouveau Night is a Golden Lion tradition of over 15 years. We join the worldwide party on the third Thursday of November every year. For almost as long, the entertainment has been provided by the incomparable Will Pearsall. Join us next Thursday for a great party with great food!

The long story? At one past midnight on the third Thursday of each November, from little villages and towns like Romanèche-Thorins, over a million cases of Beaujolais Nouveau begin their journey through a sleeping France to Paris for immediate shipment to all parts of the world. Banners proclaim the good news: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! “The New Beaujolais has arrived!” One of the most frivolous and animated rituals in the wine world has begun.

By the time it is over, over 65 million bottles, nearly half of the region’s total annual production, will be distributed and drunk around the world. It has become a worldwide race to be the first to serve to this new wine of the harvest. In doing so, it has been carried by motorcycle, balloon, truck, helicopter, Concorde jet, elephant, runners and rickshaws to get it to its final destination. It is amazing to realize that just weeks before this wine was a cluster of grapes in a growers vineyard. But by an expeditious harvest, a rapid fermentation, and a speedy bottling, all is ready at the midnight hour. By French law, Beaujolais Nouveau is to be released no earlier than the third Thursday of November.

Beaujolais Nouveau began as a local phenomenon in the local bars, cafes, and bistros of Beaujolais and Lyons. Each fall the new Beaujolais would arrive with much fanfare. In pitchers filled from the growers barrels, wine was drunk by an eager population. It was wine made fast to drink while the better Beaujolais was taking a more leisurely course.

Beaujolais Nouveau is as about as close to white wine as a red wine can get. Due to the way it is made -the must is pressed early after only three days- the phenolic compounds, in particular the astringent tannins, normally found in red wines, isn’t there, leaving an easy to drink, fruity wine. This, coupled with the fact that it tastes best when chilled, makes for a festive wine to be gulped rather than sipped, enjoyed in high spirits rather than critiqued. As a side note, it makes a great transitional wine for anyone wanting to move from white to red wines.

The race from grape to glass may be silly, but half the fun is knowing that on the same night, in homes, restaurants,cafes, pubs, bars and bistros around the world, the same celebration is taking place.

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