One of those strange hipster NYC pastimes that has become quite popular is the Hookah Bar. People pay for these hookahs and then sit there and smoke flavored tobacco and drink Turkish coffee. One of these places is located right next door to Csquat on Avenue C between 9th and 10th street. The owners of this place-Rico Cafe have always been nice to the squatters and there has never been any real problems between the two places..though it can get rowdy on the stoop of C squat some warm nights in the summer. I remember when they first opened they had a fancy welcome mat outside their store that somehow always seemed to end up in front of Csquats door every other day or so..but they never made a big deal of it.
So a few nights ago, Shayne, Jes, and I were sitting on Csquats stoop in search of shenanigans..The guy, Al, who it seems is watching the store for the owners is super friendly..When I heard from Jes that one of the tobacco flavors Rico's offered was called "Sex Baloney" I had to go over and snap a pic of their menu..Al got really happy that i was going to blog about his place so he invited me inside to take some pics of their decor..which includes very dim lighting, fancy lamps and lanterns hanging from the ceiling, and a really strange three dimensional painting of a face hanging on the wall. Hookah bars are really not my thing, but I have to say that the place was cozy, smelled really good, and had neat stuff to look at. Al informed that that the SEX BALONEY tobacco was a mixture of many flavors plus honey..He insisted on giving me a free Hookah so of course I picked the Baloney one..It tasted nice and kind of made us feel warm and fuzzy. Then we went back to drinking beer. The funniest part of the whole thing was when people we knew walked by and saw us sucking on the hookah and giggling.I still don't quite get the whole Hookah Bar thing, but Al is really nice and his place is kind of fun and weird, so if you love hookahs you should go there. Plus, the word hookah sounds a lot like the word hooker which kind of connects to the whole SEX BALONEY thing because of the word sex and also the phrase BALONEY PONY which is sometimes what a PENIS is called when people are trying to be clever. I have also heard people refer to VAGINAS as MEAT FLAPS or MEAT CURTAINS. Just thought I'd throw that in there.