Whether you come from a Middle-Eastern background or not, you may be familiar with hookah. A hookah (also known as a waterpipe, shisha, narghile or goza) is a piece of equipment used to smoke various types of flavoured tobacco (1).
From 2006 to 2010, there was an increase in the use of hookah among youth by 6% (2). Hookah/shisha smoking is becoming more common among youth and is an emerging epidemic that requires attention. In order to understand hookah use among youth, it is important to understand why young people participate in hookah smoking:
Cultural Influences: Hookah use is known to be a culturally-influenced practice of Middle Eastern cultures and countries and it is common way of introducing hookah use to youth (3). Many individuals have been introduced to hookah use by visiting Middle Eastern countries or through links with Middle Eastern cultures (3). Among Arab Canadians, hookah use was a means of expressing Arabic heritage with those of the same background (3).
These Gourmet Stuffed Dates are made with simple ingredients but when they come together, boy are they a party in your mouth! I highly recommend sticking to the mascarpone cheese and not swapping it for cream cheese. If you have never tried it, mascarpone cheese is an Italian cream cheese that isn't as tart and has a luxurious mouthfeel. I didn't even need to use the whole container for 30 dates so a little goes a long way!
I had the pleasure of receiving a copy of Alana's Bananas from Asmaa Hussein, owner of Ruqaya's Bookshelf. I was always a fan of her children's books because they were more than just a story, they always have a lesson. However, since my daughter is only 23 months, I wasn't sure if she would be able to catch on to the full meaning of the book.
Alana's Bananas is a story about a girl, Alana, that loves bananas a little too much.
I decided to sit down with my daughter and read Alana's Bananas to her. As soon as we started reading, my daughter insisted that she eat a banana while I read to her (that's a win!). It is a lot longer than most books she is used to and she absolutely LOVED that! She loves being read to so she liked that the story wasn't done so quickly and had a longer narrative.
The images are very vibrant and my daughter enjoyed pointing out different elements, such as "nananas" for bananas.
It has been a week since I received Alana's Bananas and my daughter makes sure I read it...