ddancer_saviti at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 20 08:33:40 PDT 2003
Thank you Sluggy for the fab. info on the Hooka. My
first time using one was at Byblos and the fruity
flavor was wonderful. I think of the catapillar in
Alice in Wonderland when I hear "hooka".
--- Sluggy! <slugmusk at linuxlegend.com> wrote:
> Siobhan Ni Fearguis wrote:
> > There is actually a club in San Antonio that
> > has a back room full of hooka pipes. Very cool.
> In my limited experience, there sometimes seems to
> be a bit of stigma
> about the word "hookah", apparently bringing up
> images of opium dens and
> other such taboo behavior. This is too bad, for
> nothing is quite the
> same kind of relaxing as sitting around for an
> after-dinner confab
> around a pipe, laughing and sharing a fruity shisha
> In short, the apparatus consists of a (usually)
> metal top, a properly
> fitting bottle and a long hose with a suitable
> nozzle at the end. The
> shisha bowl at the top is loaded with tobacco,
> usually protected from
> direct heat by punctured foil. A lighted chunk of
> pure carbon charcoal
> is placed on top of the tobacco.
> When the user draws on the tube, very hot air is
> drawn from the
> charcoal, through the tobacco, down a tube through
> water in the bottle
> where it is cooled and somewhat filtered, then back
> up through the tube
> to the user. The smoke can be either simply tasted
> or inhaled.
> This method of smoking tobacco is rather pleasant,
> especially compared
> to any other method that I have tried (bearing in
> mind that I am not
> otherwise a smoker).
> It is, however, still smoking tobacco.
> Several restaraunts of Middle Eastern cuisine offer
> them as a desert
> activity, generally for about $10 per load. Byblos
> (Lebanese) in Fort
> Worth is one example. I think I've had one at a
> place in Dallas, but I
> don't remember just this second which one it was :)
> Also, the pipes, various flavors of tobacco and the
> proper charcoal can
> be purchased from most Middle Eastern grocery
> stores, such as
> "International Food Land" in Arlington (on Cooper,
> 1700 block). I
> recommend the medium or larger units because they
> have a larger base and
> and much less likely to tip over when you are
> passing the hose around
> the table.
> "We have almost forgotten how strange it is that so
> huge and powerful and intelligent an animal as a
> horse should allow another, and far more feeble
> animal, to ride upon it's back."
> Peter Gray
> "The horse. Here is nobility without conceit,
> friendship without envy, beauty without vanity.
> A willing servant, yet no slave."
> Ronald Duncan
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