10 tips & tricks that you probably shouldn’t miss

We all love tips and tricks and somehow, some of those are so easy that we sometimes wonder how we managed to miss them!

Here are 10 of our favorite tips and tricks that will definitely come in handy:

Simple and delicious cheese bread that will impress your guests

It’s as easy as 1,2,3! Slice, add your cheese and veggies of your choice and pop it in the oven!

Cheese bread

You can also do the same thing with a potato

Slice a potato, add some cheese and your choice of toppings and bake it in the oven. Enjoy this delicious recipe

potato

Use a bottle top to seal open bags

Cut the bottle neck from the bottle, push a plastic bag up through the removed bottle neck, fold the bag down over the neck, and twist on the lid. It’s THAT easy 🙂

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Use duct tape to loosen the top of a jar

Jar and duct tape

Separate yolks from egg whites using an empty water bottle

Egg Yolk

Get creative with your leftover jars and create a matching set

Spray paint the lids with a matching color and have yourself a lovely set

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Slice your ice cream with ease

Next time you’re serving ice cream at a party dip the closed ice cream container into a large bowl of hot water for 15-30 seconds, remove the lid, and invert onto a large platter or wood cutting board, then slice the servings with a hot knife.

Ice cream serving

Peel a head of garlic in a few seconds

Watch this video for a mind blowing hack that you’ll surely not forget next time you’re cooking

Make the perfect sandwich with this simple guide

Sandwich guide

 And don’t let the straw give you a hard time again!

straw

 

We hope you give those tips and tricks a try and pass this post to your friends. Sharing is caring and we know you care 🙂

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هتاكل اكتر، هتخس اكتر

موسم الشتا من المواسم اللي بتشجع على القعدة في البيت والأكل الكتير وده في حد ذاته يعتبر سبب من اسباب زيادة الوزن لو مكناش حذرين كفاية. فكرة الأكل الكتير قد تعتبر غير محبوبة للبعض ولكن يوم بعد يوم، الدراسات بتثبت ان الاكل الكتير مش بيؤدي للسمنة بالضرورة لو تم تناول الوجبات الصحية بما يناسب حاجات جسمنا.

في التدوينة دي هنديكم خمس نصايح تستفيدوا بيها في الشتا وتساعدكم في خسارة الوزن الزائد بالإضافة الى الإستمتاع بفصل الشتا بدون تأنيب ضمير

افطروا فطار الملوك

مش محتاجين نأكد على أهمية وجبة الإفطار اللي بتجهز الجسم للقيام بمهامه طوال اليوم. كلوا وجبة متنوعة وغنية بأصناف الطعام الطبيعية والطازة

Sattva-Steps---Breakfast-Platter

كتروا من الفاكهة و الخضار قبل الأكل

زيادة تناول الخضار والفاكهة بيساهم في الإحساس بالشبع نظراً لإحتوائهم على الألياف اللي بتساعد على الإحساس بالشبع فبالتالي تاكلوا اقل خلال الوجبة الرئيسية بالإضافة الى انهم بيساعدوا على تنظيم مستويات السكر في الدم واللي بيساعد على التقليل من الشعور بالجوع

وطالما اتكلمنا على الخضار

كتروا من السلطات كمان

السلطة من أهم المكونات اللي ممكن تساهم في التحكم في زيادة الوزن و فقدان الوزن كمان. لما تبتدوا الوجبة بطبق سلطة  شهي وغني بالخضار الفريش، المعدة بتتملي أسر نظراً لإحتواء الخضارعلى الألياف اللي برضو بتساعد على تخفيض مستوى الكوليسترول وبتحسن الهضم. ونضيف الى ذلك ان الدراسات اثبتت ان تناول السلطة يومياً بيقلل من فرص الإصابة بالسرطان كما ان بعض انواع الخضار المستخدمة بتوفر دهون صحية مفيدة للجسم زي الأوفوكادو وزيت الزيتون المستخدم في تزيين السلطة

Saladero---Make-your-own-salad

Saladero---Make-your-own-salad---Greek

 كتروا من البروتين

البروتين هو مكون أساسي من المكونات اللي بيدخل في تكوين الخلايا في الجسم ومهم جداً يبقى متوفر بكمية تناسب جسم كل واحد فينا. البيوتين بيدخل أيضاً في تكوين الإنزيمات والهرمونات وبيساهم في تكوين العظام، العضل، الجلد والدم كمان. جسم الإنسان بيحتاج البروتين بإستمرار وطرق توفير البروتين للجسم متنوعة ومنها: الأسماك، الفراخ، اللحوم، البقوليات، المكسرات والحبوب الكاملة

InSeason-BYO-Salad

InSeason-BYO-Salad1 InSeason-Wraps

متخلوش في نفسكوا حاجة

لو كنت من عشاق الحلو، مش بالضرورة ترحم نفسك من اصنافك المفضلة. تناول قطع صغيرة او استبدل اصناف الحلو بالفاكهة او الزبادي المثلج بكل نكهاته او البارفيه الصحي

Yoguland-Plain

In-Season-Parfait

In-Season-Parfait-1

فقدان الوزن مش لازم يبقى بالحرمان من الأكل او قلته. الاستعانة بأغذية مفيدة وفي نفس الوقت بتشبع ممكن توصلك لفقدان وزن اكتر في فترة زمنية معينة بس تضمن برضو ان الجسم بيستمد حاجته من المكونات الغذائية بطريقة صحية تضمنلك فقدان وزن بطريقة سليمة ونفسية مرتاحة

متنسوش تجربوا المطاعم المذكورة في البوست وتدونا رأيكو وتقولولنا نتيجة النصايح دي

Top 10 restaurants to order from in Cairo

When it comes to dining, Cairo is rich with its diverse collection of restaurants offering a wide range of cuisines. Whether it’s Egyptian, Japanese, Indian, Chinese or a burger joint, Cairo will not spare you the generosity of enjoying your favorite cuisine, anytime, anywhere. We’ve been conducting our own research and we’ve decided to list some of our top 10 restaurants on Otlob that not only have an awesome setting, but also provide delivery right to your doorstep through our website with just one click.

Fuego

Located in Ma’adi and Zamalek, Fuego offers a delicious selection of sushi along with many popular Japanese dishes in a very cosy and welcoming atmosphere.

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Fuego California Roll

Fuego California Roll

Rock N Roll

Rock N Roll

 

Abou Shakra

Located in both Cairo and Alexandria, Abou Shakra serves its customer fresh grills and mouthwatering Tagens.

Gorgeous view by the pyramids

Gorgeous view by the pyramids

Wouldn't you love to enjoy that view too?

Wouldn’t you love to enjoy that view too?

Delicious Tagens

Delicious Tagens

Freshly grilled for you

Freshly grilled for you

 

Cairo Kitchen

With a contemporary approach to Egyptian food, Cairo Kitchen will surely make you feel at home. Cairo Kitchen is open to its guests in Ma’adi, Zamalek and Diplo Club House to come in and enjoy a pleasantly colorful setup along with its new menu that will remind you of mom’s cooking.

Cairo Kitchen Diplo Club House

Cairo Kitchen Diplo Club House

Cairo Kitchen 1

Cairo Kitchen 2

Cairo Kitchen Molokhia

Cairo Kitchen’s delicious Molokhia

Cairo Kitchen

A feast to remember 🙂

 

Studio Masr

With many branches covering Egypt, Studio Masr has always been one of those restaurants you can never get enough from with a menu so diverse you can practically enjoy most of the famous Egyptian dishes.

Studio Masr Azhar Park

Studio Masr Azhar Park 2

Studio Masr Fattah

Studio Masr’s yummy Fattah

Studio Masr Tagen

Special Tagens from from the oven

Studio Masr

The amazing grill keeps your meal warm and is not to be missed!

 

Abou El Sid

Taking Egyptian cuisine to a whole new level with the authenticity and a welcoming atmosphere. Your visit to Abou El Sid will always be a memorable visit whether in Cairo, Alexandria, Gouna or Sharm.

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Abou El Sid

Abou El Sid feast

Circasian Chicken done with perfection

Circasian Chicken done with perfection

TBS (The Bakery Shop)

One of Egypt’s most delicious baked good come from TBS with love and care. You can enjoy their wide range of products in Cairo and Alexandria.

TBS Zamalek

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TBS 3

 

 

Taboula

If you’re looking for Lebanese food in Egypt, you don’t want to miss Taboula which is located in Zamalek, Mohandeseen and Heliopolis.Taboula 1 Taboula Sheesha

Taboula table

Taboula table 1

 

Tutti Matti

With its signature dishes, Tutti Matti will take you to Italy and back. Tutti Matti is located in North Coast and Ma’adi, Cairo and you’ll definitely enjoy your dining experience both visually and taste wise.

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Tutti Matti Tutti Matti Pasta Tutti Matti Angus

 

 

Sequoia

Located in Zamalek, Sequoia is best known for its beautiful location by the Nile and its delicious menu items. We’d highly recommend an early luxurious weekend breakfast by the Nile. 🙂

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Sequoia breakfast Sequoia Salmon Sequoia grills

 

 

Maison Thomas

One of Cairo’s oldest Pizzerias and one of the finest. We highly recommend their cheesecake to finish off their delicious pizza. (images courtesy of Londoneya & Virtual Tourist)

Maison Thomas 1 Maison Thomas

Maison Thomas Pizza 1 Maison Thomas Pizza

The list of restaurants is endless and we’d love to go on and highlight some more of Cairo’s amazing restaurants but we’ll leave that up to you to discover and tell us: what’s your favorite hangout spot in Cairo? 🙂

Enjoy order from the above restaurants by clicking on the images.

 

*disclaimer: images above are taken from each restaurant’s page on Facebook unless stated otherwise*

 

10 guilt-free meals that will satisfy your appetite

Whether you’re counting calories or looking for healthier alternatives, there are many ways to avoid ordering food that not only adds extra pounds to the scale, but also has little nutritional benefits. You can stick to eating raw, fresh food and that’s alright. But knowing that the body sometimes has demands, it won’t harm to order food online and enjoy a day out of the kitchen. Taking proper decisions while ordering online can make a huge difference to your mental state especially if you took a decision to eat healthier. The pressure can sometimes halt your progress if you feel like you’re forced to avoid what is available for the public.

When we’re discussing calories, it’s good to know that among all the food of the world, there are healthier alternatives. You can get your calorie intake from different sources but the portions differ:

This is what 200 calories look like. Choose wisely. :)

Each of those dishes contains 200 calories.

Keep this image in mind as a rule of thumb whenever you’re preparing your meals:

Healthy portions mean a healthy life

Healthy portions mean a healthy life

An example

Another example

And if you’re not really sure of your measurements, let your hands be your guide!

healthy measures

Your food servings should not exceed those

Measuring made easy!

Measuring made easy!

Another important step that helps is to start your day with a healthy and rich breakfast. Whether you go for a sandwich and some juice, breakfast cereals, oatmeal and fruits, eggs and a slice of toast; a breakfast should be your first meal everyday to ensure that your body gets its required boost to function properly.

A great day to start the day

A great way to start the day

We recommend the below:

For a sweet and healthy start, try inSeason‘s yummy Parfaits:

Greek yogurt parfait from inSeason

Greek yogurt Parfait from inSeason

Or some traditional Falafel with a healthy twist From Just Falafel:

Baked Falafel served in brown Tortilla bread  from Just Falafel

Baked Falafel served in brown Tortilla bread from Just Falafel

As for lunch, you can enjoy a salad or some grills rather than opt for food that is high in calories and low in nutritional values. A platter of grills from Abou Shakra, perhaps?

Mix Grill from Abou Shakra

Mix Grill from Abou Shakra

Or some grilled chicken and salad from Spectra?

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There’s also seafood for an extra luxurious lunch. Try some from Sequoia:

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A mouthwatering platter of seafood from Sequoia

Or this nutritious Salmon Steak dish from Sattva Steps:

salmon steak

Grilled to perfection and packed with Omega-3 fatty acids 😉

If you’re craving burgers, you can enjoy a healthy alternative like this delicious and light Lettuce Wrap from Buffalo Burger

Lettuce Wrap from Buffalo Burger

Lettuce Wrap from Buffalo Burger

Dinner time is when you have to be a bit careful. It is usually recommended that you keep it light and have your dinner a few hours before bed time and by 7PM max.

Not only does that help you maintain a healthy weight (or lose some if you intend to), but it also helps you burn your food better and get a good night sleep as the rise in blood sugar and insulin levels due to the consumption of food may disturb your sleep.

We would recommend a fresh salad and those come in different, tummy-filling varieties:

Take this light and exotic Lemon Quinoa salad from Casper and Gambini’s for example:

Lemon Quinoa

A super fine dinner for a healthier lifestyle

Quinoa is considered a worldwide favorite for health enthusiasts as it is rich with protein, fiber and minerals yet does not contain any gluten.

If you prefer some meat added, you can enjoy a Donar Kebab Salad from Adam’s:

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Or a Chicken Teriyaki Salad from Subway:

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When it comes to salad, there are many ways to enjoy a delicious and filling salad without feeling hungry or adding extra unwanted calories or fats to your daily diet. To make it short, here’s how to build the perfect salad easily:

perfect salad

While committing to a healthy lifestyle, don’t deny yourself desserts and reward yourself every once in a while. If you feel like enjoying a delicious piece of cake, you can indulge and not feel guilty.. as long as you consider it a reward 🙂 Rigoletto is the place when we’re talking sweet rewards:

Tutti Frutti

Celebrate your reward with friends and family.. enjoy the Tutti Frutti ice cream cake from Rigoletto 🙂

Leading a healthy lifestyle is a lifetime commitment. It might not be an easy commitment  to some of us but it surely pays off eventually. Invest some time into planning your meals and substitute unhealthy, processed food with fresh, healthy food and you will notice the results in no time.

Be sure to check out more healthy options from our partners by clicking on the images above 🙂

Knitted food that totally looks like real food!

We’ve come across those adorable knitted food items and the resemblance to some of our partner’s delicious items was uncanny!

Here are 10 of those artistic creations along with their lookalikes:

This knitted Salmon and cheese bagel totally looks like Lox bagel from Munch and Bagel

This knitted chocolate Eclair totally looks like Chocolate Eclair Gateaux from Monginis

This knitted pretzel totally looks like Auntie Anne’s Orignial Pretzel

These knitted hot dogs totally look like Dairy Queen’s hot dogs

These knitted doughnuts totally look like TBS’s delicious White Chocolate and Brown Chocolate Doughnuts

This knitted pizza slice totally looks like Roma Pizza 2 Go’s pizza

This knitted burger totally looks like Burger Joint’s Original Burger

This knitted Frozen Yogurt totally looks like the delicious Yoguland’s Frozen Yogurt

This knitted Shrimp Nigiri Sushi totally looks like Gui’s Shrimp Nigiri Sushi

This knitted sandwich totally looks like Subway’s delicious sandwich

All you need to know about Sushi

Sushi is a very exquisite dish that has become a huge hit in Egypt and the Middle East within the past few years. For many of Sushi fans, the freshness of the ingredients and the whole dining experience is what makes it a must have and keeps them coming back. But what do we know about Sushi?

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Sushi was mainly created to preserve fish in Southeast Asia around the 8th century. The main idea was to salt the fish, ferment the rice and wrap the fish in rice. The fermentation of the rice prevented the fish from spoiling, making Sushi in its original form a food preservation method rather than a delicacy. The rice was always discarded and the fish was preserved perfectly providing the people an important source of protein.

The fish wrapped in fermented rice

The fish wrapped in fermented rice

Preserved fish

Preserved fish

By time, Sushi witnessed a few variations as the use of raw, fresh fish wrapped in rice alone or mixed with other vegetables and dry seaweed was becoming popular. The rice was used to compliment the fish rather than preserve it.

Sushi became a fast food item at one point when Nigiri Sushi invented by Hanaya Yohei and was served by street vendors on the streets of Tokyo. Nigiri Sushi became popular throughout the country due to the relocation of some of the Nigiri Sushi chefs after the Great Kanto earthquake.

Hanaya Yohei

Eating Sushi

  • If you’ve never had Sushi before, we highly recommend you choose a reputable restaurant known for preparing fresh Sushi. Having a bad first experience can ruin Sushi for you forever.
  • Be sure to grab a expert Sushi eater along as they would help you with choosing your Sushi. You can also always ask around for recommendations according to your taste.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with Sushi but don’t step out of your comfort zone on your first time.
  • Know the four basic types of Sushi and the different condiments so you’d be familiar with what you’re going to try. (We’ve included those below!) 😉
  • Prepare your Soy Sauce and get your chopsticks ready. You can always ask for beginner chopsticks or eat with your hands! (Don’t worry, no one will judge.)

We’re sure the whole Sushi experience would be more authentic using chopsticks, so here’s how to use chopsticks with ease:

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Here’s a depiction of some of the common Sushi Do’s and Don’ts:

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Click to view full size

Basic Sushi Condiments

There are 3 main condiments used along while eating Sushi: Soy Sauce, Wasabi paste and Gari.

Soy Sauce

We are all aware what Soy Sauce is. You can dip your Sushi piece in the Soy Sauce but you must be careful not to overdo it. Some chefs prepare their Sushi with Soy Sauce so keep an eye on your Sushi and avoid dipping in in Soy Sauce if it already is seasoned or dressed.

Wasabi

Wasabi is a green paste made from the grated root of the Wasabia japonica plant which is known as Japanese Horseradish.  It is strong in flavor and it is extremely hot so be aware while using Wasabi if you’re not into spicy food. Some people prefer mixing a tiny bit of Wasabi into their Soy Sauce dip. You can also brush a little bit of it onto the Sushi piece. Again: If it’s your first time, we highly recommend approaching Wasabi with caution especially if you’re not very into spicy food. Don’t be afraid to ask. 🙂

Gari

Gari is sweet pickled ginger that is usually eaten between each Sushi course. In addition to it being extremely delicious and refreshing, it aids in digestion.

Types of Sushi

Nigiri Sushi

The most popular and known form of sushi which comes in a piece of seafood placed on a bed of lightly vinegared rice. Fish is usually raw while shellfish is sometimes cooked.

An assortment of Nigiri Sushi from Makani

An assortment of Nigiri Sushi from Makani

Nigiri courtesy of Asian Corner

Nigiri courtesy of Asian Corner

Tako (Octopus) Sushi from Bob Sushi

Tako (Octopus) Sushi from Bob Sushi

Assorted Nigiri by Fuego

Assorted Nigiri by Fuego

Gui's Nigiri

Gui’s Nigiri

Ebi (Shrimp) Nigiri from Sushi Bay

Ebi (Shrimp) Nigiri from Sushi Bay

Salmon Nigiri from Sushi Shack Express

Salmon Nigiri from Sushi Shack Express

 

Gunkan Maki

Gunkan Maki is similar in concept to Nigiri Sushi. The only difference is that the piece is wrapped in dried seaweed (Nori) to hold together the piece which usually contains soft toppings such as fish roe, sea urchin and minced tuna.

Gunkan Maki surrounded by Nigiri Sushi from Bob Sushi

Gunkan Maki surrounded by Nigiri Sushi from Bob Sushi

Ikura (salmon roe) Gunkan Sushi by Gui

Ikura (salmon roe) Gunkan Sushi by Gui

Maki Sushi

Maki Sushi is the most diverse types of Sushi as it has many variations created by several different and delicious ingredients. It is created by rolling together different ingredients in a sheet of seaweed (Nori) on a bamboo mat. The roll resembling a tube is then cut into pieces. This is the most popular type of sushi and as mentioned before, has many variations that are unique to each Sushi chef.

A delicious Maki Roll from Bob Sushi

A delicious Maki Roll from Bob Sushi

Alaskan Roll by Fuego

Alaskan Roll by Fuego

Another delicious Maki Roll by Gui

Another delicious Maki Roll by Gui

Special Maki Roll by Makani

Special Maki Roll by Makani

Spoiled Lobster Roll by Sushi Bay

Spoiled Lobster Roll by Sushi Bay

Monaco Roll by Tsunami

Monaco Roll by Tsunami

Temaki (hand) Sushi

Temaki Sushi is created by hand rolling the ingredients into a single seaweed sheet and shaping it into a cone.

An assortment of Rolls by Bob Sushi

An assortment of Temaki Sushi by Bob Sushi

Fuego Temaki

Fuego Temaki

Salmon Temaki by Gui

Salmon Temaki by Gui

Sashimi

Sashimi is not to be confused with Sushi although it is equally delicious to Sushi lovers. It is usually thinly sliced seafood served in a raw state. To enjoy Sashimi, you must dip it in Soy Sauce, Wasabi or ground ginger (depending on the type of Sashimi). Sashimi does not contain rice and is never cooked. It is generally safe to consume if it is freshly prepared yet it is not recommended to pregnant women.

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A fresh assortment of Sashimi by Fuego

 

It is no doubt that Sushi has and always will be a life changing experience to some of those who ventured into this unique type of cuisine. When you enjoy your first Sushi experience, your taste palates acquire an outlandishly marvelous flavor that never departs your mind. We highly recommend giving each of the above pictured items a try through our partners by clicking on them. Enjoy your Sushi! 🙂

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5 strange dishes you might want to try in Egypt

Sometimes, we come across strangely named dishes that might or might not have unusual ingredients. Whether you’re curious enough to try those items or not, it is definitely one way for those restaurants to stand out from the crowd.

That's a way to stand out!

That’s a way to stand out!

Below are some of the strange items we came across:

Caviar Sandwich from Baladi

Caviar is a delicacy with a huge and meticulous fanbase. When we mention Caviar, the first image that pops to head is this:

Caviar

And when we say “Caviar Sandwich”, you’d probably think about this:

However, Baladi managed to add the Egyptian touch to the delicious delicacy and came up with this special sandwich:

Baladi

Cheese Burger Pizza from Roma Pizza To Go

This is what you’d usually expect when you hear or see the words “Burger Pizza”:

burger pizza

The reality is different, though. It’s just a regular pizza with everyone’s favorite topping: Cheese Burger. Thank you, Roma Pizza To Go!

Cheese-Burger-Pizza

Black Forest Pie from Majesty

You would expect a typical chocolate cake with delicious cherries and cream in the shape of a pie but we all know that in Egypt, a pie is typically made of pastry and is usually called Feteer.

The Black Forest Pie from Majesty is a twist to the popular Feteer Meshaltet which is usually either served sweet with sugar, custard/cream & nuts (and/or coconut) or savory with cheese and vegetables if you’re being extra wild. With extra cherries, pineapple, peach, apple, kiwi, bananas, chocolate, cream and raisins; The Black Forest Pie is surely unique and promises a delicious experience to those who try it.

Majesty

The extra additions gave Feteer lovers their Feteer Utopia and there’s practically hundreds of ways to enjoy Feteer, sweet or savory.

Warm Apple Crisp Pizza from Crust

Another twist to Pizza and it sounds extremely delicious. Topped with apples and caramelized cinnamon, it surely is one item that you wouldn’t want to miss courtesy of Crust. We’ve tried it and we highly recommend it if you’re a fan with freshly baked Pizza and mouthwatering apple. (Pro tip: you can also add extra ice cream to it)

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Shaburger Sandwich from Shawerma El Reem

We all love Shawerma. But have you tried a Shawerma Burger?

The recipe is simple: Shawerma spiced burger patty. Shawerma El Reem didn’t just stuff the Shawerma in a bun (another item available on their menu), they also came up with a delicious burger with shawerma spices. All for the love of Shawerma!

 

BONUS: Just Hawawshi

There’s nothing weird about Hawawshi but we wanted to add Just Hawawshi to the list since they mainly serve Hawawshi. Just Hawawshi 🙂