Hookah Me Up
By Denise K James
Tabbuli Offers the Ultimate Flavor
There are times when you want a smoke with your drink, but you aren’t into cigarettes or cigars. There are also times when you’re wandering the streets of Charleston, searching for something new and different to do – maybe for yourself or for visitors from another town whom you’re trying to impress. In any of these cases, visit Tabbuli for the ultimate hookah experience.
The outdoor patio at Tabbuli makes a great place to relax with one of their hookahs. Order one for the table and choose either a single mouthwatering flavor – strawberry, watermelon and mint to name just a few – or, create a combination. I recently brought my friend John to Tabbuli for a hookah and we tried a delectable mixture of melon and mango. It was so good that I didn’t want to end. And I kept tasting it hours later! Delicious.
For an even more tantalizing experience with the hookah, try the Ultimate Hookah, made with an entire fruit bottom of either watermelon, cantaloupe or pineapple, or one of the specialty flavors.
Cleverly named things like “I Just Mint You,” these concoctions, which the Tabbuli staff invented and prepare fresh for your table, include fruit flavors plus a shot of liquor in the bottom for an extra kick.
For the full list of hookah flavors and special blends, visit Tabbuli at 6 North Market Street, near the cruise terminal. Your friendly server or bartender will assist you.
Talk about exhaling happiness.
The news that South Carolina is drought-free for the first time in a few years now probably comes as no surprise to those of us in the Lowcountry who’ve been experiencing this rather soggy, cool spring.
On days that the weather proves less than perfect in the warmer months (afternoon storms, anyone?) head to Tabbuli for a Rainy Day Special — a cocktail with friends is sure to put you into a better mood.
Specials during drizzle include:
- $2.50 domestic beers
- $3 well liquor drinks
- $5 appetizers
Enjoy a drink at our bar and try an assortment of authentic, Mediterranean tapas plates such as hummus, falafel, lamb meatballs and more.
You’ll find yourself suddenly doing rain dances each day.
Did you know Tabbuli Grill features an authentic hookah bar? Maybe you haven’t tried it because it looks intimidating or you are unsure about it. Here is an overview about hookahs and how they work.
The photo at the right shows some of the hookahs we have at Tabbuli Grill. Generally there is a jar at the bottom of the hookah that is filled with enough water to submerge a few centimeters of the body tube, which is sealed tightly to it. You do not want to overfill the jar since it will increase the inhalation force needed to use it. Tobacco – or shisha – is placed inside the bowl at the top of the hookah and then a foil or charcoal screen with a burning charcoal is placed on top. In some countries, the bowl is covered with perforated tin foil or a metal screen to separate the coal and the shisha. This minimizes inhalation of any coal ash with the smoke. Adding the foil may reduce the temperature the tobacco is exposed to, preventing it from burning directly.
To smoke using a hookah you inhale through the mouthpiece at the end of the tube. The air is pulled through the charcoal and into the bowl holding the tobacco. The hot air heats, but does not burn the tobacco, and produces smoke. The smoke is passed down through the body tube that extends into the water in the jar and cools the smoke. The smoke bubbles up through the water, loses heat, and fills the top part of the jar. When a smoker inhales through the hose, smoke passes into the lungs, and the change in pressure in the jar pulls more air through the charcoal, continuing the process.
A typical hookah session lasts about 45 minutes and can be shared with another person, or a small group of friends. Tabbuli offers the following flavors of shisha to choose from: cherry, double apple, mint, strawberry, orange, grape, energy drink, plum, cappuccino, melon, watermelon, grape & mint cocktail, pineapple, honey, apricot, mango, coconut, peach and the Tabbuli special blend.
Want to give it a try? We offer hookah specials on Thursdays!