Hookah

Hookah Experience

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Once you are situated in the comfy PK-Tunn, you’ll be greeted by the “Hookah Man”, our Hookah Master. He will introduce you to the splendor of smoking the Hookah by guiding you through the entire process. The first step is the introduction of our 20 + selection of premium flavored Egyptian flavored tobaccos. The “Hookah Man” will deliver a tray of flavored tobacco capsules to your table that will enable you to check the aroma of each one until you find one that you like. In many cases our guests at the same table cannot agree on one flavor so the negotiations begin. This is where the “Hookah Man” displays his expertise by offering selections and describing the flavor, aroma and essence of the various flavors. If the guests are still in disagreement, the “Hookah Man” will answer questions on combining the flavors together for a mixed flavor. Only the “Hookah Man” can answer such questions, as some flavored tobaccos do not blend as well as others do. He is an expert on how the various flavored tobaccos burn and at what rate they burn. This, among other factors affect the quality and length of the smoking experience.

Once you have made your flavored tobacco selection, the “Hookah Man” will personally prepare your Hookah. It takes about 15 minutes to prepare the Hookah which gives our guests enough time to peruse our specialty drink and wine lists. This is also the time in which the hookah smokers tempt the non-smokers to try the Hookah. The irony being that traditionally, the non-smokers gravitate to the Hookahs more passionately than their counterparts once that they have given it a try.

From what we understand about the non-smoker, smoking and enjoying the hookah comes from the realization that smoking from the Hookah is void of any negative sensation during inhalation. The look of amazement usually follows after the first puff. In essence, there is no sensation other than the enjoyment of the fruity flavors and aromas that fill the air. Because of the extensive filtration system of the water and hose, and lack of paper burning (such as cigars and cigarettes) the inhalation is so mild that is essentially non existent.

Hookah Flavors - $15

Orange
Blueberry
Mint
Apple
Watermelon
Strawberry

About Hookah

Also Known as Shisha, A Hookah is a waterpipe designed to vaporize and smoke various types of flavored tobacco. Hookah smoking is a social experience meant to bring you and your company together in a unique way. Tobacco used in hookahs is much different than the tobacco in cigarettes or any other form of smoking, It is long-cut and flavored, and is not meant to be directly burned. This is why coals are used to heat the tobacco from above after it has been packed into the bowl though it is mellower and less carcinogic, It is still tobacco, which should only be smoked by Adults over 18.

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Hookah History

Smoking the Hookah is one of the oldest traditions in the Mediterranean and is one of the few affairs enjoyed mutually by men and women.

Smoking a Hookah is extremely different from cigar or cigarette smoking. The habits of the Hookah smoker are customarily dissimilar from the cigar/cigarette smoker. Unlike the anxious and tense demeanor of the cigarette smoker, the Hookah smoker is very serene in his approach to smoking and the way he/she approaches life. Learning to master the art of Hookah smoking is an experience that obliges you to decelerate and take time for yourself, granting you relief from stress and time for reflection.

When you smoke a Hookah, it takes you away to another time and place. You learn patience and tolerance, and it gives you an appreciation of the good company that you’re in. Some of the most prolific leaders of past centuries enjoyed the Hookah and respected it for the symbol that it represented.

Traditionally, smoking the Hookah was seen as a symbol of status. It is also similar to our depiction of the handshake. In America, the use of the handshake symbolizes the closing of a deal, which signifies trust and acceptance. Likewise, the use of the Hookah exemplifies bonding and mutual understanding. It has been said that in the early 1840’s a political crisis erupted between the Ottoman Empire and France as a result of the Sultan’s refusal to offer the French Ambassador the opportunity to smoke with him. It was extremely insulting and politically incorrect. So remember, always share the Hookah if you’re in the presence of people that you value!

The pleasure that Hookah smokers receive from this very simple, yet elegant apparatus can be quite remarkable, but one must learn to use respect and play by it’s rules. For example: always put the Hookah down first and allow the next person to pick it up; never light a cigarette from the coal of the Hookah; never add anything to the top of the Hookah; never blow outward while smoking; and never pull the Hookah by the hose. The reasons range from safety to bad karma.

In ancient times when the groom wanted to earn the trust and confidence of the father of his fiancйe, an assembly would take place at her house with the presence of all the elders of both families. If the father of the “Bride to be” was convinced that his daughter’s fiancйe was the right man to marry his daughter, he would fire up the Hookah and offer it to him. If all the conditions of marriage were accepted by him, the future son-in-law would then pick up the Hookah and smoke it, then the final celebration would take place at the groom’s house.

Historically, in the Mediterranean the majority of business was conducted in the tea houses. When both parties came to a mutual understanding, the person making the offer would fire up the hookah and set it down. When the other person picked it up and smoked it, (at least three puffs) it was a sign that all the terms of the agreement were approved by him. The party accepting the offer would then ask the Hookahman, (the man of the highest respect in the tea house) to freshen the tobacco and order tea and pastries for everyone in the tea house. Hookahmen were some of the most trusted representatives in the Mediterranean. An agreement reached in the presence of a Hookahman was hardly ever broken. No one would ever leave the tea house without saying good- bye to the Hookahman. That would be considered a sign of great disrespect to everyone present.

In the Mediterranean most marriages last for a lifetime, regardless of the hardships, because they adhere to tradition. If married, NEVER smoke from the same Hookah with any lady other than your wife, even when conducting serious business. IT IS FORBIDDEN AND CONSIDERED BREAKING THE TRUST IN MARRIAGE. Always order a separate Hookah for other ladies and ask the Hookahman to fire it up first. If single, offering to share a Hookah with another person is no less than asking them to marry you. SO BE CAREFUL!!!

Ottoman Sultans were famous for having up to one hundred wives. The first wife was considered the queen, or the MAIN LADY, and was the only one to share the same Hookah with the Sultan. No other wife was allowed to prepare the Hookah for the sultan but the queen herself. When the first lady wanted to smoke a Hookah by herself or with her friends, the other wives would make it for her. Ladies could share smoking from the same Hookah without any obligations! NO WORRIES…

The Hookah was so popular and fashionable with the elite ladies of the 19th and early 20th century, that it became quite fashionable and vogue to be photographed with a Hookah. If you wanted to be with the “in crowd” the Hookah was a must for popular afternoon tea and intellectual gatherings.

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