WATCH: ‘Frooza Booza’ turns any dessert into rolled ice cream

A Beirut-based ice cream shop is serving up ice cream in a unique way!

The ‘Frooza Booza’ shop in Beirut’s Mar Mikhael district will turn any of your favorite desserts into rolled ice cream.

The viral INSIDER YouTube channel featured them in 2017 for their speciality menu items.

Rolled ice cream fillings include red velvet cupcakes, Oreo cheesecake, coffee and various fruit flavors.

(Instagram/Frooza Booza)
(Instagram/Frooza Booza)

The rolled ice cream trend is already gaining popularity around the world, but ‘Frooza Booza’ put the dessert on the map in Lebanon!

It is also one of the first rolled ice cream shops in the Middle East, INSIDER reports.

The shop is run by Elias Saade and his fiancee Lea Abi Ramia, who opened the location about two years ago. They also sell ice cream sandwiches, macaron sandwiches and ice cream with Bailey’s liqueur.

Check out the video by INSIDER here:

WATCH: American kids try Lebanese food for the first time!

Kids can be extremely picky eaters, especially when it comes to trying unfamiliar dishes from other parts of the world.

That’s why it’s no surprise there were mixed reactions when a group of kids tried Lebanese food for the first time!

WATCH: Kids try Lebanese food for the first time!

The YouTube channel HiHo Kids sat down with five American kids to taste-test an array of Lebanese dishes, including a zaatar manoushe, shish tawouk, a smorgasbord of mezze and halawet el jibn for dessert.

Their reactions were priceless!

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The kids were first given a zaatar manouche to munch on.

“It’s the same size of my face,” said one girl.

shish tawouk

Everyone loves chicken!

No surprise — the kids liked the shish tawouk the most.

“No really, it’s good, it’s good,” said one kid. “It’s not bad.”

mezze

Next came the mezze.

“Whoaaaaaaaaaaaaa!” the first kid exclaimed.

The mezze platter featured hummus, cheese, olives, grape leaves and kafta.

The olive seeds may have come as a surprise to some kids.

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Halawet el jibn can make anyone smile.

But not these kids! Only one kid liked this dessert.

“I didn’t like it at first, but now I like it,” he said.

The HiHo Kids YouTube channel taste-test foods from all over the country, including Jamaica, Korea, Australia and Greece, among others.

Anthony Bourdain visited Beirut twice — at very different times

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain was a culinary rebel — a storytelling pioneer who managed to capture the beautiful relationship between food and everyday people.

Bourdain took risks, and connected to people of all kinds. He fell in love with Beirut, and was not afraid to visit again — despite experiencing the worst of Lebanon’s 2006 war.

The visionary chef was found dead in a hotel room Friday while visiting France. He was working on an episode for his award-winning CNN series, “Parts Unknown.”

Bourdain was 61, and he took his own life.

In 2006, Bourdain and his crew were caught in the crossfire of the 2006 Lebanon war. The crew was planning to shoot an episode of his “No Reservations” show when the war broke out.

They had to leave Lebanon, but it didn’t stop them from coming back.

Anthony Bourdain and his crew shooting an episode in Beirut. (CNN)
Anthony Bourdain and his crew shooting an episode in Beirut. (CNN)

“From the first day that I ever arrived in Beirut, it smelled like a place I was going to love,” Bourdain said. “(The war) didn’t change my opinion about the place. If anything, it hardened it.”

In 2015, Bourdain and his crew re-visited Beirut to document the city’s culinary culture and resilience.

His episodes always told stories beyond just food.

Bourdain was best at documenting the human condition, and he posed thoughtful questions that made him more of a journalist at times, than a celebrity chef.

Anthony Bourdain said he "fell in love with Beirut." (CNN)
Anthony Bourdain said he “fell in love with Beirut.” (CNN)

“He was embraced by the Lebanese and they embraced him back, and that was something that really got to him at that time,” said Ramsay Short, who appeared in three of his Beirut shows.

In fact, Bourdain loved Beirut so much, he once considered naming his daughter after the city, CNN wrote.

“It’s something of a miracle that (Beirut) works,” Bourdain said in his 2015 episode. “Sunni, Shii’te, Christians can all live in one city and through some kind of tacit understanding maintain what is one of the most liberal environments in that part of the world.”

WATCH: When visiting Beirut, Anthony Bourdain asks himself: “Am I wrong to love this place?”

He fell in love with Beirut, and his viewers fell in love with him.

Rest in Peace, Anthony Bourdain.

If you or someone you love might be at risk of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

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Lebanese restaurant in Madrid offers deals after Champions League win!

The Fairuz Restaurant in Madrid, Spain is offering a big discount after the Champions League win!

On Saturday, the futball club Real Madrid won their third consecutive Champions League title. This incredible feat has only happened three other times in the history of the international competition.

In celebration of this occasion, Fairuz Restaurant is offering 30 percent off their food orders for ‘special customers,’ a manager told Lebanese Examiner.

A photo of the menu at Restaurante Libanés Fairuz. (FB/Fairuz Restaurant)
A photo of the menu at Restaurante Libanés Fairuz. (FB/Fairuz Restaurant)

‘Restaurante Libanés Fairuz’ is located near the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, the home stadium of Real Madrid.

To check out their menu on their website in Spanish, click here.

VIDEO: People try Lebanese Arak for the first time!

Have you ever wondered how your white friends would react to drinking Arak?

The producers at Buzzfeed have answered that question with a YouTube video showing people trying Arak for the first time!

The reactions included:

“I’m feeling a buzz.”

“This can be dangerous.”

“The strongest drink I’ve ever had.”

“This is the prime drink you can sneak into a music festival. Just say it’s like fancy water.”

While the Arak was not poured into its traditional glass, most of the people who tried it, liked it!

“This right here is everything I want in a drink — it’s easy to go down, it’s alcoholic as hell and it’s refreshing,” one guy said.

Watch the video from Buzzfeed below:

This machine at Beirut bakery can make 12,000 pita loaves per hour!

The ‘National Over Mediterranean’ bakery and equipment factory in Beirut uses an automatic machine to produce thousands of pita loaves per day!

The company’s high-powered machine is automatic, and can produce up to 12,000 loaves per hour, their website said. The loaves range from 15 to 40 centimeters.

NME uses the machine to make seven styles of traditional Lebanese bread.

The bread is sold to supermarkets, large restaurants and bakeries.

In a viral video posted by INSIDER, the automated process appears to start with a piece of dough flattened into circular flakes that travel through a conveyer belt.

The bread is baked at a perfect temperature and packed into bags for distribution.

According to the NME website, the company distributes bread to customers worldwide.

To learn more about their bread production and distribution, click here.

Pippa Middleton’s favorite London restaurant is Lebanese

Pippa Middleton’s favorite restaurant is a Lebanese chain known for its home style dishes served in a souk-like setting, Women and Home reports.

Comptoir Libanais is a popular restaurant chain with multiple locations in greater London and Manchester.

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One of the restaurant locations is in South Kensington branch near Middleton’s home, Women and Home added.

The pregnant Pippa Middleton is the younger sister of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.

In 2013, paparazzi spotted Middleton and her mother Carole Middleton having lunch at Comptoir Libanais. Prince William has also previously visited the restaurant.

It is not clear what they usually order.

comptoir libanais pippa middleton 1 leThe restaurant chain was started by Algerian-born chef Tony Kitous. The restaurateur said the business aims to have an authentic dining experience.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. It’s food that’s affordable and easy to know – healthy, light and you can enjoy it every day of the week,” Kitous said on his website. “Comptoir Libanais means ‘Lebanese counter’ and that’s exactly what it is: somewhere you can eat casually, with no fuss. You don’t have to sacrifice comfort, style or authenticity of food just because the dining is casual.”

Lebanese winemaker produces pioneering blue wine

A Lebanese winemaker has started the production of a unique blue-colored wine, made from a water-soluble pigment in the mountains of Lebanon.

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Piter Abi Unes owns Chateau Wadih in the Byblos mountains, about 1,300 meters above sea level. He makes the blue wine from a substance called anthocyanin, which is a compound that gives black grapes their dark color.

“If you add (anthocyanin) to the wine from white grapes, you get a blue wine,” Unes told Sputnik News in a April 24 interview. “I make dry blue and dessert wine. So you can choose according to your taste.”

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The wine is sold online for $16, and can be shipped to some parts of the world. The website describes the drink as an “eletric blue color wine, made by adding pigments to a white wine with the blue component of the grapes skin – a must try wine.”

Unes told Sputnik he is slated to start ramping up production this summer, and ship his first batch to Italy.

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He also plans to launch a non-alcoholic beer produced from apples.

To view more on Chateau Wadih, visit their Facebook page.

5 Lebanese vegan recipes perfect for Veganuary!

Sure, Lebanese foods include an abundance of meat, chicken and seafood, but there are also recipes perfect for vegans!

Lebanese cuisine is rich with whole grains, vegetables and beans that can you help you plan for meals this Veganuary.

Veganuary is a campaign launched in 2014 as a way to encourage people to try vegan for the month of January.

If you are participating this month, or are planning to try vegan in the future, consider these recipes:

Foul Moudamas

vegan lebanese foul

Ingredients

  • 2 15 ounce cans cooked small fava beans
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 4 cloves garlic, mashed
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1 punch parsley, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Pour the cooked fava beans with the liquid into heavy saucepan.
  2. Add the mashed garlic, the cumin, the salt and the pepper. Bring to a boil.
  3. Using potato mashed, mash the fava beans partially and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the lemon juice, the olive oil and half of the chopped vegetables. Stir, adjust the seasoning and remove from the heat.
  5. Spoon the foul moudamas into shallow serving dish and top with the rest of the chopped vegetables.

Recipe courtesy of Sanaa Cooks


Salatet Fassoulia

vegan lebanese white bean salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried cannellini or Great Northern beans, soaked overnight
  • 12 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 14 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 14 cup minced flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed and minced into a paste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Bring beans and 6 cups water to a boil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until beans are tender, about 50 minutes. Drain beans and set aside in a bowl.
  2. Whisk together oil, lemon juice, parsley, cumin, and garlic in a small bowl.
  3. Drizzle garlic mixture over beans, season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Serve bean salad cold or at room temperature.

Recipe courtesy of Saveur.


Mujadara

vegan lebanese mujadara vegan rice and lentil

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 1 3/4 cups lentils rinsed and sorted
  • 1 cup rice white par-boiled
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a deep sauce pot over medium heat and sauté onions until translucent and caramelized, 20-25 minutes, stirring frequently. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, add lentils and increase heat to medium-high. Toast lentils for 60 seconds then add 6 cups water. Bring pot to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer until lentils are halfway cooked, about 15 minutes.
  3. Add rice, salt and pepper to the pot and bring mixture to a boil. Stir once, cover with lid, then reduce heat to low. Cook until all liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  4. Fluff lentils and rice with a fork before serving with caramelized onions.

Recipe courtesy of The Lemon Bowl.


Falafel

vegan lebanese falafel

Ingredients

  • 1 kg green dried fava beans, peeled
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh coriander, chopped (cilantro)
  • 3 heads garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 3 large onions, chopped
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground red chili pepper
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour or 2 tablespoons gluten-free flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground dried coriander
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder

Directions

  1. Soak beans in water for 24 hours, then drain well. Peel the fava beans.
  2. Mix together the peeled fava beans, chopped parsley, coriander/cilantro, crushed garlic and chopped onions.
  3. Grind in a food processor.
  4. Add all remaining falafel ingredients and process again.
  5. Allow to rest for 30 minutes.
  6. Knead the falafel mix.
  7. Form spoonfuls of the falafel mixture into balls and flatten slightly.
  8. Heat oil in deep pan over high heat, then fry till browned.
  9. Note: Cooking time does not include 24 hours soaking time for the beans.

Recipe courtesy of Genius Kitchen.


Batata Harra

vegan lebanese batata harra spicy potatoes

Ingredients

  • 1 kg desiree potatoes, cut into 2.5 cm cubes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ¼ cup finely chopped coriander
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200˚C.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with the olive oil and salt. Divide potatoes among 2 baking paper-lined oven trays. Transfer the trays to the oven and roast for 40 minutes, turning once, until golden.
  3. Place a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, and coriander and cook for 1–2 minutes until the garlic starts to change color.
  4. Add the lemon juice and the hot potatoes to the pan and toss lightly to coat. Season to taste and sprinkle with the cayenne pepper.

Recipe courtesy of SBS Food.

Lebanese-American food blogger releases first cookbook

(LANSING, MI) — Michigan-based food blogger Maureen Abood is a second-generation Lebanese-American whose passion for authentic Lebanese cuisine led her into a writing career, which has helped popularize the rising trend of Lebanese food.

Abood, who grew up in Lansing, Michigan, recently penned her first cookbook called Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh & Classic Recipes from my Lebanese Kitchen (Running Press, $30).

The book is based on Abood’s award-winning blog, which is updated frequently with new recipes and family stories of Lebanese cooking.

“I think that I have a great opportunity to form a bridge, to open a door and to say, have a look at this piece of Lebanese culture — of Middle Eastern culture — because this might be not exactly what you expect,” Abood told the Lansing State Journal.

Abood said the cookbook intertwines her love of cooking with the importance of family and ethnic traditions — something that’s highly valued in Lebanese culture, she says.

Rose Water & Orange Blossoms has been described as a “love letter” to Lebanese food and a “rich” and “delicious” family story.

According to Running Press, the cookbook presents more than 100 recipes of popular Lebanese favorites with an American twist, including spiced lamb kafta burgers, avocado tabbouleh in little gems, and pomegranate rose sorbet.

Weaved throughout are the stories of Abood’s Lebanese-American upbringing and the path that led her to culinary school at Tante Marie’s Cooking School in San Francisco, California. Abood said her family is originally from Deir Mimas, a small town in south Lebanon.

“Maureen is a special kind of cookbook author – insightful, mindful of tradition, always appreciative,” said Heidi Swanson, author of Super Natural Every Day. “She uniquely uses charm, experience, warmth, and evocative storytelling to invite us into the seductive realm of her Lebanese table.”

To learn more about Abood’s cookbook, visit MaureenAbood.com.

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