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!
The kids were first given a zaatar manouche to munch on.
“It’s the same size of my face,” said one girl.
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.”
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.
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.
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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.
“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.
“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.
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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.
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.
The 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.”
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