I was wandering through the Byward Market a couple weeks ago with a fellow blogger and I saw something out of the corner of my eye that made my head swivel: People sitting on the patio of a Lebanese restaurant smoking big ol’ hookah pipes.
Naturally we stopped and talked to them and asked them what they were smoking. They said it’s called shisha, and it’s a spice. They offered us a hit off the pipe, so my friend tried it and said it tasted kind of minty.
According to Wikipedia, we’d stumbled upon a hookah lounge, and the substance being smoked is flavoured tobacco.
Abu Dani, a regular shisha smoker in Ottawa, shares his tips on how to get the most out of the shisha experience while avoiding nicotine addiction.
If you want to try it yourself, go to the Garlic Corner at 321 Dalhousie.