WATCH: Actor Ben Stiller makes homemade chicken shawarma

American actor and comedian Ben Stiller made an appearance on the popular YouTube food channel Tasty to make chicken shawarma sandwiches!

He was joined by Ahmed Badr, a writer and former refugee from Iraq.

Stiller wanted to recreate one of his most favorite childhood dishes, he said.

The shawarma was broiled for 15 minutes and then added onto a garlic-sauced pita, where cucumbers, tomatoes and pickles were then added on top.

Actor Ben Stiller makes homemade chicken shawarma sandwiches on the Tasty YouTube channel. (YouTube screen grab)
Actor Ben Stiller makes homemade chicken shawarma sandwiches on the Tasty YouTube channel. (YouTube screen grab)

Shawarma, which has been around since the 19th century, is one of Lebanon’s most famous dishes.

RELATED: Pizza shop in California serves Lebanese garlic chicken pizza

The cooking video is apart of UNHCR’s Youtube series “#WithRefugees,” where the agency seeks to educate viewers about the global refugee crisis.

Click here for more information about UNHCR’s work.

WATCH: Ben Stiller makes homemade chicken shawarma sandwiches:

Pizza shop in California serves Lebanese garlic chicken pizza

A pizza shop in a suburb of Los Angeles is known for literally marrying the Lebanese and Latino cultures, and creating unique pizza dishes influenced by both cultures.

Lebanese owner Ali Chahine and his Hispanic wife Brenda Torres are the masterminds behind Big Al’s Pizzeria in Maywood, California.

The couple told KABC-TV the restaurant combines the best of both cultures, and draws foodies from Los Angeles and Orange counties.

“My parents are Lebanese and I met my wife about 17 years ago and I learned how to speak Spanish to get along,” Chahine told the ABC station.

WATCH: KABC-TV showcases a ‘fusion of Lebanese-Mexican cultures’

The restaurant is best known for their famous Lebanese Garlic Chicken Pizza, which features garlic pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, chicken, tomatoes, turnips, pickles, parsley and buttermilk ranch.

A pizza shop in California is known for its Lebanese garlic chicken pizza. (Facebook/Big Al's Pizzeria)
A pizza shop in California is known for its Lebanese garlic chicken pizza. (Facebook/Big Al’s Pizzeria)

Chahine said the pizzeria was recognized in Yelp’s Top 100 places to eat in the U.S. in 2015 and 2018.

“We got a lot of Latinos and Central Americans here in Maywood,” Chahine said. “Then Bell’s right next door and we got a lot of Muslim community, cause we cater the Halal meat to everyone.”

Big Al’s Pizzeria is located at 6044 Atlantic Boulevard in Maywood, California. For more information, click here.

One of Natalie Portman’s favorite restaurants in NYC is Lebanese

One of Natalie Portman’s favorite vegan restaurants in New York City is a Lebanese restaurant called ilili.

In an interview with, Portman was promoting her upcoming documentary “Eating Animals” when asked about her favorite vegan eateries in New York.

Portman, who holds dual Israeli and American citizenship, said “Ilili is a great Lebanese restaurant that I love.”

Ilili, which means “tell me” in Arabic, is located in New York’s Flatiron district and serves “creative Lebanese sharing plates, entrees & cocktails served up in a trendy, modern space.”

Ilili is located on 5th Avenue in New York City. (Facebook/ilili Restaurant)
Ilili is located on 5th Avenue in New York City. (Facebook/ilili Restaurant)

Some iconic Lebanese vegan dishes that are featured in the restaurant include variations of falafel, mujadara, foul and hummus.

RELATED: 5 Lebanese vegan recipes perfect for Veganuary!

In addition to a dine in experience, ilili also offers catering and delivery options through Uber Eats, Grub Hub and Postmates.

The interior of Lebanese restaurant Ilili in New York City. (Facebook/ilili Restaurant)
The interior of Lebanese restaurant ilili in New York City. (Facebook/ilili Restaurant)

To check out their menu on their website, click here. Ilili is located at 236 5th Avenue in New York City.

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!


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.”


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

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.

RELATED: Anthony Bourdain: “I fell in love with Beirut”

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.”

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