November 26th, 2013
In the past I have been really busy and havent had time to sit down and smoke hookah regularly. I get so busy with work and working on blogs and editing reviews that I dont have time to set up and smoke a bowl of hookah. So what is my solution for that? Portable, yes I said portable. I have been taking a portable hookah with me to work and smoking it on the way home from work. I know this is going to turn you veteran smokers off but I take instant light coals with me and light up in my car after work. I live 20 minutes away from where I work and thats a perfect amount of time to enjoy a small bowl of hookah. Dont have a portable hookah? No problem find a hookah that you can set up in your car that you know isnt going to fall over on anything and there is a bowl you can get that has a windguard built onto it. I use that bowl all the time because I was always afraid it would fall over and spill my coal out on the carpet. All you need is to set it up just like you do at home just be sure to bring all your equipment and smokeables. I bring a waterbottle with water to fill the base, coals in a zipperbag to keep them dry and clean, shisha, tongs, a lighter, and a coffee mug. First I light my charcoal and since its an instant light and needs a moment to heat I go ahead and prep the rest of my hookah. I place the coal in the tongs and hang it over the coffee mug so that air can get around it to help it light. Then I fill my base with the water from the waterbottle. Next comes the shisha and I bring an extra set of tongs to chop up the shisha and handle it. Finally the screen goes on, if you dont have screens then this is where you put the foil on the bowl, the coal goes on and the lid to my bowl clamps closed. I drive and smoke all the way home and enjoy until I get to my destination. So tell me how you get your hookah fix in with a busy schedule? Let me know on facebook www.facebook.com/smoking-hookah , twitter @smokinghookah , google+ Smoking-Hookah or on youtube www.youtube.com/smokinghookah1 . As always Im Daniel Springs, keep smoking.
October 14th, 2013
Thats right the title says it, hookah kids. I wonder what the next generation of hookah enthusiasts will look like. I myself have a six month old son that will be raised around hookah in the home. I of course do not smoke around him or in the house with him. Im just saying that most people grow up with a color television in their home now and it is just there and they dont think much about it. I on the other hand have multiple hookahs that are used as decor and used to smoke through. Will my children grow up to see this and think its a normal thing to have hookah in the home? With hookah becoming a huge trend now will more children other than my own grow up to understand what hookah is and the rights and wrongs about using hookah? Maybe in twenty years my son can sit and socialize with my wife and I over a bowl of hookah, or will it be a trend like bell bottom jeans that fade away with time? I guess what the real question is, will hookah be another trend to surface now and fade out and be hidden to be refound again in fifty years as the new staple of social interaction? With technology evolving the world smoking cigarettes has become a thing of the past and everyone is converting to smoking the “E cigarette” or the electronic smoking device. First it was cigarettes, now you can find pipe tobaccos that are now electronic and following are the new electronic hookahs. I find myself old fashioned if you will, I love hookah and the art of hookah in general. Although I may try the electronic hookah or use it at work I dont think I’ll be handing over my equipment to upgrade to the next trend. So to all my hookah enthusiasts out there where do you see hookah in the future? Will your children be educated and involved with your knoledge of hookah? Let me know on facebook www.facebook.com/daniel8springs , twitter @Daniel8Springs or on youtube www.youtube.com/daniel8springs . As always Im Daniel Springs, keep smoking.
September 17th, 2013
Ok in the past I have written articles to my readers telling you how to set the mood and giving information on how to add flavor to your hookah session, today I want to go into more detail about the music aspect of setting the mood and spicing things up. Next time you go out into public to shop listen to whats going on around you. In department, retail, and grocery stores you will hear soft music playing through a soundsystem. For some clothing stores at the mall you can hear this music play annoyingly from 5 stores down the way. Music is all around you and most of the time you dont really notice unless you stop and listen. If you go to a hookah bar or social smoking area, a bar, or a local pub you will always hear live music or music pumped through a soundsystem. I myself am a musician and a lot of times when my friends and I play together we will share a bowl of hookah. While I have written before you can listen to soft easy listening music to break up the dead silence in a smoking session I would like to give you some suggestions. One of my favorite people to listen to is Andy Mckee. Andy plays a unique style of guitar that is mesmerizing. I love to listen to his music while smoking hookah or reading a good book. Music sets the mood, for instance, look at movies. Movies use music all the time to set the mood up for the scene. At this moment as I write to you I am smoking a bowl listening to his music and all I can say is it is relaxing and all my tensions are lost. Hookah is a very relaxing thing, I hear cigarette smokers say “I need a cigarette right now” usually they need the nicotine to relieve tension or stress. I love to just sit and relax smoking hookah, no need for cigarettes here. The softness of music can plunge you over the edge into relaxation and utter bliss. So dont just take my word for it, go try it and let me know how it works out for you. So check out any song on Andy Mckee’s album Art of Motion or Dreamcatcher and just dive into a relaxing session and let me know how it goes on facebook www.facebook.com/daniel8springs twitter @Daniel8Springs or on youtube www.youtube.com/daniel8springs . As always Im Daniel Springs thanks for reading and keep smoking.
August 23rd, 2013
As the title states today we are going to talk about “Black Cherry”. Every day I work I drink a black cherry flavored drink throughout the day. Black Cherry is one of my favorite flavors and it is really easy to make. I started drinking black cherry flavored soda as a kid and switched to making my own drink as an adult. I’ll tell you how easy it is. First of all, black cherry is made up of two flavors, Grape and Cherry. This is how the cherry red turns dark red and gets its black name. So I add half a measure of grape and a half a measure of cherry to make my own custom black cherry flavor. Mixing equal portions is key here. Now how does mixing this drink come into play with hookah you may ask? Simple like I said before black cherry is one of my favorite flavors and I have come to customize a drink after it, how about a shisha? This month I have been reviewing a lot of Nakhla shisha tobacco flavors and two of those flavors just happend to be grape and cherry. What comes next? You guessed it I mixed the two flavors to make a custom black cherry flavor. How did I do it you may ask? Simple like my custom drink I just mixed half a bowl of grape flavored Nakhla and a half a bowl of cherry flavored Nakla. I broke the shisha up and tossed it around in the bowl like a salad. When I smoked the custom shisha and drank my custom drink they tastes were identical. How identical? Well when I smoked the hookah then sipped on my drink I could not tell which was which. So my tip for you this month is go pick up some Nakhla grape and cherry mix the two and pour yourself a glass of black cherry drink and compare the two. Let me know how you like this by leaving a comment on facebook twitter or youtube. Also let me know what custom flavors you like to mix in your hookah. You can follow me on facebook at www.facebook.com/daniel8springs or on twitter @Daniel8Springs or on youtube at www.youtube.com/daniel8springs . As always Im Daniel Springs and keep smoking.