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Kon Tiki Tuna Salad

Subject: Tuna salad. Kon Tiki
From: Vivian 
Date: 7/19/2020, 12:52 PM

Tuna salad. Kon Tiki

Subject: Re: Tuna salad. Kon Tiki
Date: 7/19/2020, 2:11 PM
To: Vivian

Hi Vivian,

I count half a dozen restaurants named "Kon-Tiki" on Google before I've even got started looking. Which one? What city?



Subject: Re: Tuna salad. Kon Tiki
Date: 7/20/2020, 7:31 PM
To: Vivian


Where was the Kon Tiki located at which you had this tuna salad?



Subject: Re: Tuna salad. Kon Tiki
Date: 7/21/2020, 4:19 PM
To: Vivian

Hello Vivian,

Yes, I'm writing to you for the third time. I don't understand why you have not replied to any of my emails.

Let me show you why I wanted the location of your Kon-Tiki Restaurant. "Kon-Tiki" or "Kon Tiki" or "Kontiki" is a very popular name for restaurants in honor of the famous papyrus boat, the book by Thor Heyerdahl, and a video of the expedition. Most of them are "tiki" style restaurants with a Polynesian or Asian theme. These are all of the Kon Tiki Restaurants that Google gives me links for:

In the USA:

Kon Tiki  4625 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85711
Kontiki   437 Main St, Greenport, NY 11944
Kontiki 13860 Wellington Trace #21-22, Wellington, FL 33414
Kon Tiki  39 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02199
Kon Tiki Hotel & Restaurant, Phoenix, Arizona
Kon-Tiki 347 14th St, Oakland, CA 94612
Kontiki restaurant West Palm Beach, Florida
Kontiki Alexander, AR
Kon Tiki  5815 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA 71105
Kon-Tiki  Cincinnati, OH
Kon-Tiki  601 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609
Kon-Tikis in Sheraton Hotels in Montreal, Portland, Cleveland, Chicago, Cincinnati, and Honolulu (Stephen Crane)

Outside the US:

Kon Tiki Radisson Blu Resort, Malta St. Julian's San Giljan, San Giljan, Malta
Kon Tiki Hotel & Restaurant, Papeete, Tahiti
Kon-Tiki Alexandrou Moraitidou 9, Skiathos Town 370 02, Greece
Kon-Tiki Restaurant Flotante Ensenada, Mexico
Kon-Tiki Restaurant and Bar in Koh Samui, Thailand
"The Kon-Tiki" at Sjølyst, Oslo, Norway
Kon Tiki Avenida 34, Zapote, San José, 10105, Costa Rica
Kon-Tiki Largo Antonio Nobre 158A, Funchal, Madeira 9000-022 Portugal
Kontiki Viale Trieste, 7, 63074 San Benedetto del Tronto AP, Italy
Kontiki  Rue de la Baie Orientale, saint martin 97150, St. Martin
Kontiki Restaurant At The Federal Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kontiki Restaurant in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa, Manama, Bahrain
Kon Tiki  Strada Vladimirescu Tudor 12, Sibiu 550129 Romania
Kontiki Beach Resort Bapor Kibra z/n 1000 Willemstad Curacao

All you sent was Tuna salad. Kon Tiki. How would I ever know whether I had the right recipe from that? Yes, I know that the restaurants outside the US are not likely to be right, and I know that many of the restaurants on the US list are closed. I get a lot of requests for recipes from restaurants that closed years ago. Is it too much to ask that you give me a location for the restaurant where you had this tuna salad or to tell me that it was not from a restaurant at all? It would be a great help in my search for your recipe if I knew that.

I did come across one recipe in an old recipe collection that's named "Tuna Kon-Tiki Salad" which did not mention any restaurant at all. Maybe that's it. I also found another recipe with the same name from a scan of an old newspaper: "The Coast Advertiser", Belmar, New Jersey, 07719, Thursday, August 29, 1968. That recipe is below the first one.


Tuna Kon-Tiki Salad

1 can tuna, drained (7 oz.)
1 can (sm.) pineapple tidbits, drained
1/2 c. finely chopped celery
Salt to taste
1/4 c. chopped almonds
3 tbsp. mayonnaise
Salad greens

Break tuna in large pieces and combine with pineapple. Add remaining ingredients and toss 
lightly, but thoroughly.
Chill. Serve on crisp salad greens in your prettiest bowl. Serves 4 to 6 people.
Tuna Kon Tiki Salad

2 cans (6 1/2 or 7 ounces each) tuna in vegetable oil
1 can (20 ounces) pineapple tidbits
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ginger

Toss tuna with pineapple, celery, almonds, and coconut. Combine mayonnaise and remaining 
ingredients; blend well and toss lightly with tuna salad mixture. Serve with salad greens.
YIELD: 4 to 6 servings.

Subject: Kon Tiki Tuna salad.
From: Vivian 
Date: 7/21/2020, 9:15 PM

Hello. I do not own a restaurant. I have an old recipe for this salad. I wondered about 
its history. Thanks for your message.

Subject: Kon Tiki Tuna salad.
Date: 7/22/2020, 4:45 AM
To: Vivian

Hi Vivian,

No, you misunderstand. When I said "your" Kon-Tiki restaurant, I didn't mean that you owned it.

If you had told me to begin with that you wanted to know the history of "Kon-Tiki Tuna Salad", then you would have saved me a lot of time and effort.

I cannot find any history of the salad except that it was probably named after the famous raft in the book "Kon-Tiki" by Thor Heyerdahl. The salad may have originated at the Scandia Restaurant in Los Angeles California in the 1950s.


Subject: Kon Tiki Tuna salad.
From: Vivian 
Date: 7/22/2020, 8:56 AM

Well I do apologize. Your second recipe matches mine from the 60s. It was a winner then and 
is a winner now. You have been kind and patient with me. God bless.

Subject: Kon Tiki Tuna salad.
Date: 7/22/2020, 1:33 PM
To: Vivian

Hi Vivian,

No problem. Stay well.



All's well that ends well, I suppose. It's a good illustration of the importance of clear communication.

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