A Smoke Like No Other....
Now virtually ubiquitous in the Arab world, and growing in popularity in Europe and the Americas, the hookah once elicited such fear and suspicion among the Turks that smoking it carried the death penalty! Ironically, it was later Turkish sultans, posing for official portraits with their favorite decorative pipes, or smoking at state dinners, that turned the hookah into a status symbol.
Yet the hookah is not merely a device for smoking—it is a means of bringing people together. Whether those who share a smoke are long-time friends or strangers who've just met, conversations flow easily around the hookah.
Preparing the hookah for a guest may not appear to be a difficult task, but does take some skill. A series of judgment calls all affect the quality of a smoker's experience. Good hookah tenders gain renown among clientele, much as good chefs are known for their specialties. First determining the right amount of tobacco, then arranging it in the bowl so that it smolders rather than burns, takes practice and finesse. But when your hookah is prepared by an expert, you may simply sit back and enjoy!
Choose Your Flavor Just $12.99
Here at the Zaytouna Lounge, we carry more than 36 flavors of tobacco for you to enjoy:
Ark Sous (Licorice)
Grape with Mint
Lemon with Mint
Interesting Facts About the Hookah
- Hookah comes from the Urdu huqqa. Urdu is a language of Pakistan and India.
- The first hookah pipes, made from coconuts, date back a thousand years.
- The forerunners of the modern hookah first appeared in what are now the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat in India, next to the border with Pakistan.
- These pipes are called Nargile in Syria, Shisha in Egypt and Morocco, and Hubble Bubble in Saudia Arabia and Jordan.
- Shisha, which comes from a Persian word meaning glass, refers to the pipe itself and not the tobacco, as some people mistakenly believe.
- A Jordanian riddle asks "Who is this princess standing in her palace with her hand on her hip?" It's easy to "see" this princess when looking at a decorative hookah with a hose jutting from its side.