I visited an Indian mithai store and quickly learned you shouldn't eat all the dessert sweets at once — here are 7 you need to try

Whether it's a wedding, a religious holiday, or an extravagant birthday, you can count on South Asians to buy a mountain of mithai, or desi sweets, to mark the occasion. Mithai, or 'mithāī', meaning sweets in Hindi, are confectionery from the Indian subcontinent that are usually made from boiled milk, syrup, gram flour, and nuts which are cooled and solidified, then cut into small shapes. In the best possible way, even looking at them feels like you're consuming calories.

I visited Manchester's Northern Quarter neighborhood that doubles as NYC in movies. It's full of thrift stores and vibrant street art that made me want to live here.

The Northern Quarter is an area in Manchester City Centre, England. Growing up in Manchester, a city in the North West of England, my Saturdays pretty much looked the same. They involved taking a train into the city center and spending whatever pocket money I'd saved on vintage clothes or glossy magazines from independent stores in the Northern Quarter.

I made my mom's vegan eggplant curry, or baingan bharta, that only uses 3 ingredients and spices you probably have in your kitchen

When friends ask me my favorite vegetarian curry, my answer is always the same — it's eggplant curry, known by South Asians as baingan or brinjal bharta. I grew up in a Pakistani household which could only be described as aggressively carnivorous. As a family, we ate a lot of meat, in fact, one of my most traumatic memories is the first (and last) time I unknowingly tried Paya curry, or sheep's trotters – which I

I made mom's easiest chickpea curry recipe as part of my New Year's resolution to get closer to my South Asian culture. Here's how to make it.

The hard reality of moving out of my family home after the pandemic meant I once again had to cook for myself, and it left me craving my mom's freshly-made curries. My parents were both born in Punjab, Pakistan, and migrated to the UK when they were young, bringing with them endless culinary traditions and an unrelenting sense of hospitality. In an attempt to connect with my South Asian heritage, and to flex to my

A couple held a live online wedding ceremony in the metaverse where their avatars married at a virtual chapel in the sky

"I think it shows that the world has changed and what could be possible next. It is a very exciting thing," she said, adding that Virbela had hosted a Bar Mitzvah in the metaverse but this was their first wedding. According to the American Marriage Ministries' website, marriages that solely occur in a metaverse or video game are not legally recognized.

A viral review eviscerated a Michelin-starred restaurant for serving citrus foam inside a mold of the chef's mouth

"Absent utensils, we were told to lick it out of the chef's mouth in a scene that I'm pretty sure was stolen from an eastern European horror film," DeRuiter wrote of the menu item. She added in her post that the serving dish is sold on the Pellegrino Brothers' online gift shop, "in case you want to have a restraining order filed against you this holiday season." At the time of writing, the item is on sale and costs €45, or around $51.

Miss England winner Rehema Muthamia says she expected to face racism after winning the pageant

Miss England 2021 says she received racist comments online after being crowned the winner of the beauty pageant in August. Rehema Muthamia, a 25-year-old health-technology consultant, told Insider she faced criticism on social media and in the comments sections of articles, where she said some commenters suggested she shouldn't have won because she is not "ethnically English" or white.

A collection of artwork by Muhammad Ali including a 'sting like a bee' sketch sold for almost $1 million at auction

A collection of original artwork by American heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali fetched just under $1 million at auction on Tuesday, according to Bonhams auction house. Ali, who died aged 74 in 2016 as a result of complications of Parkinson's disease, was also a celebrated artist and activist. A statement published on Bonhams' website on Tuesday said that 26 of the 28 pieces in the collection sold for a total of $945,524, which was "over 3 times the low estimate."

Auschwitz museum staff say anti-Semitic graffiti has been found in an 'outrageous attack' on the former concentration camp

Nine wooden barracks located at the South Poland memorial site were said to have been graffitied with English and German anti-Semitic slogans in what staff described as an "outrageous attack." In the statement tweeted by the official Auschwitz Memorial account after the graffiti was discovered on Tuesday, representatives for the memorial site said the spray-painted inscriptions included references to the Old Testament in a way "often used by anti-Semites," and "denial slogans."

2 French drag designers are redefining wedding attire for nontraditional brides and grooms

Dresses for wheelchair users, kilts for boys who like skirts, suits for heavy-metal loving grooms — these are some of the nontraditional wedding outfits that Benjamin and Cedrick, who operate under the drag names James and ViviAnn Du Fermoir-de-Monsac, created since founding their design house. The Strasbourg duo told Insider they met in January 2020 when Cedrick (ViviAnn), was competing in a French drag race that Benjamin (James) was judging.

Yahya Mahayni returned to acting to play a human canvas in “The Man Who Sold His Skin”

As the tired saying goes, “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.” Kaouther Ben Hania’s latest feature film, “The Man Who Sold His Skin” takes this trope and makes both spheres completely indistinguishable from each other. Taking inspiration from Belgian conceptual artist Wim Delvoye and his human artwork “Tim,” the film follows its own piece of human artwork, Sam Ali (Yahya Mahayni). Sam is a Syrian refugee who flees to Lebanon to escape war, continuing to Europe in a bid to win back Abeer (Dea Liane), the love of his life.

The Arc de Triomphe in Paris has been wrapped in silver-blue fabric as part of a new art installation

The Arc de Triomphe has been covered in a silver-blue fabric as part of an art installation in Paris that will open to the public between Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, October 3. Originally conceived by the late artist Christo and his partner Jeanne-Claude, according to the artist's website, "Wrapped" was due to open in 2020 but was delayed due to the pandemic. The site adds that the project required 269,098 square feet of recyclable polypropylene fabric and 22,966 feet of rope to cover the monument, which is 164 feet tall and 148 feet wide.

A 9-year-old designed his own dream treehouse with a zip line and trampoline, and rents it out on Airbnb

It's the ultimate childhood dream to have the perfect treehouse but very few people go on to design it themselves. That's precisely how Eli's Treehouse in Murphy, North Carolina, came to be. When 9-year-old Eli Sylvester was six, he told his mother, Rachel Sylvester, that he wanted to have a treehouse on the acreage at their home. Rachel told Insider she assumed this would consist of "a few pieces of plywood in the trees" and encouraged her son, who is homeschooled, to make money to fund it.

Sara Jafari takes on sexuality, addiction, and Muslim guilt in “The Mismatch”

Coming of age stories broadly follow the same exhausted arc: protagonists discovering themselves through sex and narcotics, neatly slotted into the Lynx or Impulse wearing teenage years, before arriving at something resembling adulthood. But where are the stories for those of us who have never been drunk? Those of us whose parents did not let us go to sleepovers, let alone ragers? Those of us who did not attract attention from boys because we hadn’t yet discovered the transformative power of bleaching the generous hair above our lip?

An influencer sold her love as an NFT for $250,000 and is going to have dinner with the mystery buyer

She told Insider the idea was inspired by Italian artist Salvatore Garau who sold an invisible sculpture titled "Io sono" (meaning "I am") for $18,300 in May, according to Artnet.com. Rentel told Insider selling her love was more than just an unusual way to make money or consolidate her place in history books, she believes it makes a statement to other women about their autonomy. "For me, selling digital love is empowering for women because we can love without compromising our freedom and individuality," she said.

Norwegian women's beach handball team forced to pay fines after players wore shorts — instead of bikini bottoms — during a game

Speaking to national broadcaster NRK, Norwegian player Katinka Haltvik said the decision to ignore the warnings and wear shorts "was very spontaneous" and that they felt "felt threatened by the regulations." Haltvik hopes the statement paved the way for other teams who feel uncomfortable with the uniforms but aren't able to accept fines."People cheered on us for going in front of several teams and taking the brunt. Not all teams can afford to pay such fines," she said.

A 94-year-old woman just fulfilled her dream of wearing a wedding dress — nearly 70 years after she got married

Since she posted her grandmother's story on Facebook, people around the world have shared the images of Tucker dressed as a bride. "She acts extremely excited as if she knows who it is but she's 94," Strozier told Insider. "So when I told her 'Grandma, Snoop Dogg just shared your pictures on his Instagram,' she was like, 'Snoop Dogg?' And we laughed because she probably don't know who Snoop Dogg is." She added: "Now she's saying, 'Do you think Oprah may call me?' I said, 'I don't think so Grandma.'"

A David Bowie painting bought for $4 at a Canadian landfill is now selling for more than $14,000

To authenticate the painting, Cowley said they worked with Andy Peters, "an expert in David Bowie's signatures, based in the UK." Peters runs the website David Bowie Autograph, which documents the changes in the musician's autograph between 1963 and his death in 2016 after suffering from cancer. "He was not only able to confirm that the artwork is by David Bowie, but has also recently discovered that the painting was sold through a David Bowie website, where other Bowie works were sold in 2001 or 2002 for £2,300 ($3,247)" Cowley told Insider, referencing a now-extinct art website.

A Brazilian fashion brand apologized for encouraging shoppers to use a discount code to honor a pregnant influencer who was killed by a stray bullet

Brazilian fashion brand FARM Rio has apologized after encouraging its followers to use a discount code to pay tribute to Kathlen Romeu, a 24-year-old interior designer and influencer who died after being shot on Tuesday, according to the Guardian. Romeu, who announced on Instagram that she was pregnant days before her death, was struck by a single bullet during a police shoot-out in Rio de Janeiro's Lins de Vasconcelos favela, where there has been growing unrest between police and drug gangs, the Guardian reported.

After 30 years in exile, the Prince of Venice says there is still a role for abolished monarchies even if they never see the throne

Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, the Prince of Venice, spent the first 30 years of his life away from his ancestral home. In 2002, the Italian government ruled that the Savoy royal family could re-enter Italy after a 56-year exile imposed on male heirs, Prince Emanuele told Insider from his Monte Carlo residence. "I'd always dreamed of Italy. I always wanted to go back because I felt Italian," Emanuele said. He remembers turning to books, documentaries, and the company of Italians who visited him in Switzerland to stay connected to his heritage until he was allowed to go home.
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