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This Salon Is Using Nutella To Dye Hair [WATCH]

When I heard that a beauty salon was putting Nutella on their patron’s hair, I thought maybe it was some new weird way to condition, or moisturize it, but they’re actually claiming the hazelnut spread can act as a dye.

Abed & Samer Beauty Salon in Beirut, Labanon, scoops spoonfuls of Nutella directly onto hair, then drizzles condensed milk over it for a delicious change in color.

In the video demonstration, the dessert is applied on a blonde woman, with the results being an effective switch to a lighter shade of caramel.

If you’re questioning the validity of this dying method, there’s actually a chance this could be legit, according to hair colorist Aura Friedman’s knowledge.

Friedman told Cosmopolitan, “I imagine that just as chocolate would stain if you got it on your clothing, it might do the same on hair. I’m sure the oil from the hazelnuts would somewhat condition the hair, though it might be a hassle to get it out of the hair after.”

The salon owner Abed Allahitani said that the lighter Nutella treatment can last up to three weeks, but if he makes the color a bit darker, it will last even longer.

So if you’re looking to experiment with a new color, Nutella, per usual, might be your best friend.


A Look Inside The Cafe Serving Free Food To Syrian Refugees In Lebanon [WATCH]

AJ+, one of my favorite Facebook pages took a nice look at a cafe in Beirut, Lebanon that is serving free food to Syrian refugees.

Run by Bonheur du Ciel, a charitable, non-political and non-profit group, the cafe aims to alleviate some of the hardship involved with the more than one million Syrian refugees currently living in Lebanon.

According to the video, the UN World Food Programme was forced to cut food assistance in half due to a lack of funds, which makes the existence of cafes like this that much more poignant. The WFP in July posted that Syrian refugees were receiving food vouchers that essentially equaled $13.50 per person, per month. As funding worsens, the WFP fears that more then 440,000 people in Jordan would be without food.

The cafe has been open less than a year and serves roughly 200 people a day.

To stay informed, inform
ation for this article and other current initiatives came from the UN World Food Programme and Bonheur du Ciel websites.


Kickstarter Just Funded A Food Truck For Refugee Women In Lebanon


A woman living in Lebanon is doing something amazing for Palestinian refugee women. In a Beirut refugee camp, Mariam Shaar is helping refugee women find work and expand their business expertise by giving them jobs at her catering service.

The catering unit, Soufra, is helping women by giving them a means of income.

Alfanar, an Arab region philanthropic organization, set up a Kickstarter to help get Mariam and Soufra a food truck to further expand the business.

Mariam runs the Women’s Program Association (WPA) in Burj el Burajneh and uses it to provide education, vocational skills and micro-loans to women. She set up the Soufra catering unit in hopes of providing a source of income for the WPA and for the women.

With five days left as of publication, the Kickstarter has already been fully funded ($55,243 US) reaching more than $8,000 past its original goal of $46,973.

The money raised goes towards buying the truck, equipping it with cooking equipment and the fuel to run the truck for a year.

Soufra is aware how difficult it is for women to make a business selling food outside of the refugee camp due to social barriers. Because of this, the company plans to cater to venues and businesses that are supportive of their cause and have been prearranged.


What Fast Food Burgers Look Like Around The World

Most of us love a good burger. Nothing can compare to that first bite when one gets a piece of bread, meat and cheese all together. While we spend countless hours arguing with complete strangers over what coast makes the better sandwich, there’s a whole world of burgers out there waiting to be tasted.

We dug around an found some of the most popular fast food burgers from all over the globe. Whether it’s with different proteins, buns, cheeses, or sauces, anything can make a burger great as long as folks take the time to enjoy it.

Here’s what burgers look like all over the world.


United States





MOS Burger//Ben’s Burger Blog



Adagir Burger






Klenger Burger



Eddie Rocket’s






Hawa Chicken



Royal Castle



Goody’s Burgerhouse







United Kingdom


Fine Burgers Co.






National Flags Created From the Foods Each Country Is Commonly Associated With


Feeling hungry? You will be after looking through this creative collection of food photography by Australian advertising agency WHYBIN\TBWA. To promote the Sydney International Food Festival, which is Australia’s largest food festival which had almost a million attendees last year and chefs from all over the world, the imaginative team re-created 17 national flags using foods common to each nation. Basil, pasta, and tomatoes create the stripes on Italy’s flag, while hot dogs and buns were used for the U.S., olives and feta cheese for Greece, and curries with rice for India and Indonesia.

What’s even more impressive than the simpler striped flags is seeing the clever ways the team improvised stars and symbols of the more complex flags. Great use of the meat pie with crust cut outs for Australia, star fruit for the stars on the flags of China and Vietnam, EZ cheese or mustard for the stars on the U.S. flag, and an herb sprig for the cedar tree at the center of Lebanon’s flag. Using tuna sashimi for the red circle on Japan’s flag was simple but perfect. Which one makes your mouth water the most?

Above: Italy’s flag made from Basil, pasta, and tomatoes.

Australia’s flag made from meat pie and sauce.



Brazil’s flag made from banana leaf, limes, pineapple and passion fruit.



China’s flag made from pittaya/dragon fruit and star fruit.



France’s flag made from Blue cheese, brie and grapes.



Greece’s flag made from Kalamata olives and feta cheese.



India’s flag made from curries, rice, and pappadum wafer.



Indonesia’s flag made from spicy curries and rice (Sambal).



Japan’s flag made from tuna and rice.



Lebanon’s flag made from lavash, fattoush and herb sprig.



South Korea’s flag made from Kimbap and sauces.



Spain’s flag made from chorizo and rice.



Switzerland’s flag made from charcuteries and Emmental.



Thailand’s flag made from sweet chilli sauce, shredded coconut and blue swimmer crab.



Turkey’s flag made from Turkish Delights (Lokum).



United Kingdom’s flag made from scone, cream and jams.



United States of America’s flag made from hot dogs, ketchup, and mustard or cheese.



Vietnam’s flag made from rambutan, lychee and starfruit.



Written by Paul Caridad for VisualNews


This Full-Course Meal Pizza Combines Appetizers, Main Course and Dessert in One


The Patriot is a seven-course flatbread pizza created by Al Sanior, a cozy restaurant located in Lebanon. The table-length meal was spotted by Marc Kharrat during a night out in Beirut and he tells us the place gets packed during late hours.

This pizza behemoth has become a go-to item among the neighboring community, as it can easily feed up to 20 people for just 15,000 Lebanese pounds… which roughly rounds up to just a few cents shy of 10 US dollars. The Patriot brings together the savory and sweet flavors of a full course meal, baking a hearty cheese and pepperoni ensemble next to a chocolate and mozzarella spread for dessert. However, we can just imagine the immense flavors that happen where each sections blends into the other. Think ground meat seasoned with cumin and garlic melting into the rich taste of sheep’s milk cheese next door.


From one end to the other, here’s the breakdown of the Patriot’s seven different sections:

  • Za’atar: Middle Eastern dried herbs mixed with sesame seeds, dried sumac, salt and other spices
  • Jibneh w/ Pepperoni: cheese and pepperoni
  • Kishk: a fine powder made of a mixture of cracked wheat and yogurt, which has been carefully fermented
  • Sojouk: consists of ground meat with various spices usually including cumin, sumac, garlic, salt, and red pepper, fed into a sausage casing and allowed to dry for several weeks, usually fairly spicy
  • Shanklish: a cow’s milk or sheep milk cheese generally topped with finely-chopped tomato, onion, and olive oil
  • Jibneh: cheese
  • Choco Mozzarella: don’t knock the idea of chocolate spread and mozzarella cheese until you’ve tried it, it’s a perfect segue into dessert




Think About: Ketchup on a Pizza

It wasn’t until a trip overseas last summer in the Middle East, during a taste-testting of some delicious pizza, did I uncover a weird pizza eating technique among some of my relatives. I actually wanted to pose this post as more of a discussion, because maybe I’m the naiive sheltered one, but, do you put ketchup on your pizza? Some people fold their pizza, some roll it into a burrito, some eat it crust first…but in Lebanon, my uncle took the slice, squeezed ketchup on it, and sliced it up with a fork and knife. I guess the pizza consists of a tomato base already, so this madness of ketchup-on-the-pizza-slice shouldn’t be so awe-inspiring…should it? I of course tried it myself shortly after being exposed to the technique, it wasn’t half bad! Of course, I haven’t carried the tradition on over, but if you ever get a chance in the near future, go ahead and try some ketchup with your pizza. You may like it. You may not. Eat on though, eat on.


Craving: Ma'moul Cookies

A few days ago I was directed to a recipe of one of my favorite childhood sweets, Ma’moul cookies. To those unfamiliar, ma’moul are small shortbread-like pastries filled with either dates, pistachios, walnuts, figs or other onhand ingredients. Notably popular in Middle Eastern countries such as Lebanon and Syria, the pastries usually come in the shape of a ball, a dome (as I was brought up on),  or simply as flattened cookies. Tony Tahlan, the author of this detailed and well photographed recipe gives you a complete walk through on how to make this awesome cookie at home. If you’re not up for cooking, Sarkis Pastry is an awesome pastry store that has about 7 different variations of Ma’moul! I can definitely vouch for Sarkis, and they ship right to your doorstep! Eat on!