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Tandoori Shawarma Is The Recipe Move For The Weekend

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“The most loved Arabic dish, but with Indian flavors.”

And with that, I was immediately intrigued. It also helps that the first visual is a vibrant beauty shot of some wild fusion food fun: Tandoori Shawarma. This masterpiece from chefjassim unites Lebanese shawarma with bold Indian tandoori flavors for a recipe that handholds the viewer through some compelling innovation. It also includes a quick how-to on making some fire tahini sauce.

The end result? A stunning Chicken Tandoori Shawarma Sandwich that made me want to pounce on my phone mouth first.

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Hot Chicken Shawarma Is A Next Level Mashup We All Need

Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here because visions of shawarma spits rotating slowly while covered in Nashville Hot Chicken spice are dancing around your head like a halo of chirping birds orbiting a cartoon character that’s just suffered blunt head trauma. I don’t blame you. What a headline right?

We’ve all got Falasophy in Irvine, California to thank for this next level mashup. Foodbeast Marc Kharrat was the first to dive in and his reconnaissance revealed a shawarma sandwich that puts an unheard of spin on Nashville Hot Chicken.

It’s a delicious collision of cultures here, as a large tortilla is treated to a luscious layer of Lebanese garlic spread, followed by an onslaught of chicken shawarma that’s been marinated in Nashville Hot Chicken spices. The spicy scenario is rounded out with slaw, pickles, cheese, and Falasophy’s own secret house sauce.

Amazing how one of a kind mashups like this Nashville Hot Chicken Shawarma from Falasophy can really rewrite the narrative for all cuisines involved. Truly, collabs like this are what keep leveling up food culture and we’re here for it.

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HUMMUS LABS: Where Nutella Hummus And Shawarma Nachos Are The Delectable Stars

The first thing that might come to mind when one hears “Nutella Hummus” is a wacky dessert spinoff of the classic dip, likely perched atop a Trader Joe’s or health store fridge shelf.

At Hummus Labs in Pasadena, however, chef and owner Joseph Badaro is giving the sweet treat a serious flavor punch while holding true to the traditions of the original dish.

It’s definitely the most eye-catching on name, and even Lebanese Foodbeast Marc, who walked in to Hummus Labs wary, found himself surprised and delighted by what this Nutella hummus had to offer.

The Nutella Hummus also comes with cinnamon sugar pita chips, cut and fried daily by the Hummus Labs team for a snackable experience that elevates both hummus and dessert.

For Badaro, hummus is the canvas on which he can brush creative flavors into, and Nutella is just one of the many varieties he has in his arsenal.

He’s got a whole cavalcade of savory spins on the chickpea paste as well, with Cilantro Jalapeño, Tomato Habanero, and Beet Dill just some of the unique takes on offer. You can grab one, or a pack of four, alongside a bag of savory pita chips spiced with sumac and more.

What doesn’t change between flavors is how the base paste is made, and for that, Badaro sticks to tradition. He soaks the chickpeas overnight, boils them, and grinds them down himself every single day.

The hummus menu rotates daily, but the ultimate goal for Badaro is to be the “quintessential hummus sales” in Los Angeles and beyond.

Badaro isn’t settling for just being known for hummus, however. He’s also making spins on other Middle Eastern classics. His shawarma nachos, for example, are a treat that has social media clamoring.

Made from pita chips, filet mignon (or chicken) spiced and cooked down with tomatoes, tahini, and a hummus or dip of your choice, it’s unlike any nachos or shawarma meal you’ve tried before. We went with filet and spicy labne above, but going for other options like chicken and a healthy scoop of toum (fresh garlic paste) is just as flavorsome.

Badaro has hinted at even more fun creations coming down the line, and is always taking input from his customers on what to cook up next. His wizardry in the hummus and Mediterranean food game makes the “Labs” part of his restaurant’s name quite fitting.

To check out the full story on Badaro and Hummus Labs, peep the full Foodbeast video on the restaurant at the top of this story.

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You Can Make Legit Shawarma At Home With This Vertical Oven

One of the coolest things things to see in a Mediterranean kitchen, or even a Mexican kitchen for that matter, is a vertical spit full of meat.

Whether it’s shawarma, kabobs, or al pastor, there’s just a little more showmanship and honestly a little more flavor when the meat is prepared on a vertical spit.

A vertical spit isn’t normally something you can just keep in your home kitchen, but there are actually at-home versions that’ll help you cook up your favorite shawarma, or even rotisserie chicken.

From this NutriChef rotating oven that almost looks like a blender, to a Thritop vertical oven, Amazon actually has a couple options on deck, which is pretty exciting if you’re a fan of this type of style.

Looking through the Amazon reviews, it looks like these have been around since at least 2017, which is a little maddening that we here at Foodbeast are barely coming around to finding these.

Is it exactly like the fiery vertical spits you see the local taco truck? No, but it’s still pretty awesome, and definitely going to be a new staple in my household.

 

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What Superstitious Fans Should Eat For The Super Bowl

If you’re the type of sports fan who wears your hat inside out when your team is losing, or sits on the left side of the couch at the end of games, you’re going to want to listen up for the food versions of your Super Bowl superstitions.

Whether you’re a Rams fan, Patriots fan, or just a degenerate who put down $2,000 on one of those teams, Grubhub, the popular food delivery app, put together a recipe for success using eating trends from both Los Angeles and the greater New England area.

The gist of it is, Rams fans should eat beef shawarma, and Patriots fans should eat sausage pizza if they want their teams to win.

Grubhub came to these conclusions by analyzing the most popular orders put in on days the Rams and Patriots won this season.

On days the Rams won games, beef shawarma was 163 percent more popular in Los Angeles than any other order food order. Followed by mac & cheese, shrimp scampi, chicken alfredo, and ramen.

When the Patriots were victorious, sausage pizza was 181 percent more popular among New Englanders. After that, the most popular foods on victory days were eggplant parmesan sandwiches, ham and cheese sandwiches, pork wonton soup, and cheeseburgers.

Most Popular Food Orders For Rams Wins

1. Beef shawarma (163% more popular)
2. Mac and cheese (115% more popular)
3. Shrimp scampi (110% more popular)
4. Chicken Alfredo pasta (105% more popular)
5. Ramen (103% more popular)
6. Chicken shawarma pita (103% more popular)
7. Penne bolognese (98% more popular)
8. Chicken masala (91% more popular)
9. Baba ganoush (91% more popular)
10.Lamb shank (77% more popular)
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Most Popular Food Orders For Patriot Wins

1. Sausage pizza (181% more popular)
2. Eggplant parmesan sandwich (171% more popular)
3. Ham and cheese sandwich (155% more popular)
4. Pork wonton soup (149% more popular)
5. Cheeseburger (127% more popular)
6. Pulled pork sandwich (127% more popular)
7. California club sandwich (123% more popular)
8. Garden roll (116% more popular)
9. Spicy edamame (101% more popular)
10.Eggplant parmesan (92% more popular)

Now you know what your Super Bowl party spread should look like. If you stray away from this formula, expect your team to lose. Hey, I don’t make the rules, I just tend to follow the supernatural ones.

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Instagram’s Hottest Mexican-Lebanese Fusion Restaurant Was Conceived In Prison

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Looking through the menu at Fatima’s Grill in Downey, California, you’d never guess it was mostly designed and envisioned within the walls of a prison cell. No, they don’t serve Ja Rule’s “Prison Casserole” or makeshift chocolate cakes, but its owner, Ali Elreda, spent almost eight years in The Federal Correctional Institution, Safford, working the kitchen, and dreaming of a day he could let his passion for food shine.

Fatima’s Grill beautifully marries Elreda’s Lebanese roots, with an appreciation for Mexican food that he gained during his time behind bars. He chose to work in the prison’s kitchen where he spent most of his days learning about cooking food (which he knew nothing about), Mexican culture from his fellow inmates, and how to be efficient under the pressure of having to cook for over 1,000 inmates.

“I was in the kitchen five days a week, from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m,” Elreda said. “I would write down certain things that I came up with or would invent, and I had 1,500 inmates that I had to feed, so if I could please them, I knew I could please anybody.”

Elreda is very much open about his incarceration, because it is a chapter of his life he has comfortably put in the past. In the early 2000s, he was young, made some mistakes with bad company, and slipped up to the tune of 7-plus years of imprisonment for intent to distribute methamphetamines and cocaine.

Not an ideal path, but he regrets nothing, as his experiences led to his current success as a restaurant owner.

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Without his checkered past, there would be no Shawarma Quesarritos, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos-topped carne asada fries, or tacos crowned with his hot sauce — which was inspired by ingredients straight from the Federal Correctional Institution, Safford commissary.

“I learned everything inside,” Elreda said. “My hot sauce came from the prison commissary…I had to go back to the place where I did time, just to get a copy of the commissary items. You can’t find those out here on the street.”

Without his past he also would have never met Jorge, the savvy cook who mans the kitchen at Fatima’s Grill, and has been by Elreda’s side from day one, helping him make these tasty and photo-friendly dishes.

One look at the Fatima’s Grill Instagram account, and you can tell Elreda is quite an eccentric character who’s having a blast feeding the city of Downey, CA. With every video of him cooking, bumping Cardi B and dancing around in the limited space within his kitchen, you get a glimpse of not only his infectious attitude, but his extensive and  mouthwatering menu.

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The menu itself can look a little intimidating, but at its core, the restaurant consists of burritos, tacos, quesadillas, wraps, and fries. From there, you can top or stuff anything with his halal-based meats, and even Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, if you’d like. All in all, he’s found a formula tailor-made for Instagram success, not only getting the Foodbeast seal of approval when we paid a visit, but getting rave reviews on Yelp, Google, and EZ Cater.

Elreda admits he’ll draw you in with his giant burritos, and Hot Cheeto mixtures, but he’ll keep you with the quality of ingredient and simple halal dishes such as the restaurant’s chicken kabobs and shawarma wraps.

All Elreda needed was an opportunity, and with help from family, lessons through a rough past, and a vision of blending two cultures together, the final result was a pretty special experience for customers.

“I said, ‘I’m gonna take the best of both worlds when I get out… let me see if I can put this together. Tacos, gyros, shawarma, quesadillas, let’s put it together,'” Elreda said. “And it worked.”

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This Restaurant Serves Tableside Shawarma You Can Slice Yourself

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There are few things in this world as mesmerizing as watching someone slice roasted meat off of a spit. Many times have we stood on the opposite side of the counter top at the local shawarma joint, wishing we could just hop on over and slice off a piece of meat for ourselves.

Looks like a Lebanese/Middle Eastern restaurant in New York will let you do just that — at your table, at least. Au Za’atar, located in NYC, offers patrons a full-on shawarma slicing experience by offering what they call Table-Side Spinners, which are essentially mini roasting spits.

Table-side shawarma is the definition of LIT 🔥 @auzaatar

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Each spit comes complete with a bed of pita bread, vegetables, and fries. Currently, there are three meat options available: beef, chicken, and lamb.

After you slice your meat, it falls directly onto the bed of veggies and pita so you can just scoop up and enjoy. Man, sounds like the perfect family-style meal.

Because customers probably don’t want to wait hours for their meat to fully finish, the off-menu speciality needs to be ordered in advance — though they do have a couple ready-to-eat spits available for when the restaurant opens.

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This Eatery Sells Loaded Shawarma Fries Straight From A Spit

Watching shawarma being sliced off a spit can be one of the most sensual experiences in food, and being able to try that juicy blend of meat immediately after can truly leave you flush. The vessel you choose to get that shawarma inside your body, however, is completely up to you.

In downtown Santa Ana, CA, there’s a food hall called the 4th Street Market. Inside the market lies Falasophy, a Lebanese-fusion eatery that serves both traditional dishes and modern interpretations.

The dish boasts a fresh batch of salted fries, slow-roasted steak shawarma straight from a spit, cilantro garlic crema, jalapeños, pickled turnips, and a special cheese blend. If you’re feeling particularly peckish, you can always order a side of falafels to pair with your fries.

Next time you’re in the Santa Ana neighborhood, be sure to swing by and grab a plate of these savory shawarma fries. If you’re hankering for something sweet, the food stall also offers Nutella baklava.