The review: El Basha
I don't write many negative reviews. And I tend not to give pessimistic outlooks in my reviews.
But I just don't think El Basha, the new hookah bar right near The Block, has much of a chance.
Which is what I wrote in yesterday's review. Here's a link.
I found out the hard way that showering a belly dancer with money is a common thing. After this review ran, I got several e-mails from angry belly dancers, bemoaning my lack of knowledge.
In Middle Eastern Culture, it is a great compliment for a dancer to receive money, especially rained down upon them in the method you mention. This is customary overseas and within ethnic circles. It shows great respect for the dancers ability and knowledge of the art form we call bellydance but is, in most other countries, known as Raks Sharki. ...
I've been in just about every hookah bar in this city, and I've seen my share of belly dancers, but I've never seen this. That's why I thought it was tacky. But I believe all of the belly dancers who e-mailed me, and I owe them an apology. I also an apology to the gentlemen who showered this particular belly dancer with money.
I'm planning on printing a correction in next week's column.
(Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr.)