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$15 buys you $1000-worth of delicious coupons & good karma

Dear readers,

For those of you that aren't familiar with the "day to day" and/or "behind the scenes" of managing a food blog/website, here are a couple of tidbits that you may not be aware of:

  • On a daily basis, I am contacted by several public relations firms who "pitch" a product in the hopes that I will write about/review it.
  • On some occasions, a company will contact me directly instead of going through a public relations firm.
  • Of the pitches that I receive - whether via public relations firm or directly from the business - I would estimate that I end up working with only about 1/4.  While it's flattering to receive pitches, I have to strongly believe in the product and/or trust that the information would be useful to my audience.  Like Donald Trump has famously coined, "It's not personal, it's business."

The bottom line is this: don't be fooled by The Lunch Belle's cutesy logo and feminine facade because, when push comes to shove, this Southern belle would gladly trade in her ball gown for boxing gloves.  I have your best interests at heart and would never post/pitch a product that I didn't whole-heartedly believe in.  Perhaps I should change my name to The Lunch Martyr?


While we're on the topic of products/services that I love, I recently received an email from a local entrepreneur that caught my eye.  Rachel and two of her friends joined forces to create Neighborhood Eats, a localized coupon book filled with $1000-worth of discounts at various Murray Hill / Kips Bay watering holes, wine bars, cafes, and restaurants. 

Aside from receiving a tangible coupon book that I can keep in my purse at all times - instead of auto-generated emails offering one or two specials per day from some of those other restaurant discount websites - the part of Lauren's email that really tugged at my heart strings was the fact that Neighborhood Eats was conceived upon one premise: to raise money and social awareness for their favorite charity, City Critters.  This organization is an all-volunteer animal charity in Murray Hill that works without a physical shelter, yet places hundreds of sick and abandoned cats and dogs in to loving homes.  "We wanted to help, but weren't sure how," Rachel said.  "As the recession hit, we started noticing our friends going out (to eat/drink) less and less to save money while, at the same time, local restaurants and bars were slowly starting to close their doors.  That’s when we came up with an idea that combined our love of food, bargains and kitties...and Neighborhood Eats was born!"  How much do you love that? 

**As a special promotion for you, my dear readers, Neighborhood Eats has offered you a 62% discount on their 2010 edition of their Murray Hill / Kips Bay coupon book, filled with $1000-worth of discounts at various watering holes, wine bars, cafes, and restaurants!  Just enter the following code at checkout: lunchbellevip

Oh, and you're welcome in advance.  ;)

On behalf of Neighborhood Eats and your Lunch Belle,

Read it & eat!

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Reader Comments (1)

well, this is not for charity, but it is full of some pretty awesome deals. I work for a company called bitehunter.com and it has all the daily deals PLUS all restaurant tweets on one page. it makes it WAY easier to see the deals and specials for that day. so check it out if it sounds like something you might be into :)

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersarah

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