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**Readers!  I recently moved to the City of Angels.  The good news is that I'm keeping this site alive while simultaneously working on something Los Angeles-centric, as well.**

Welcome to The Lunch Belle, a food website/blog that views the New York City dining scene through the lens - and belly - of a highly opinionated, critical, adorably quirky, and culinary-obsessed thirty-something year old.

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  • ~ For tourists, I can help you create itineraries and answer any questions you may have/offer advice for your upcoming visit to NYC.
  • ~ I can consult and/or advise on all of your small and large events.
  • ~ I will assist you with restaurant recommendations.

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Thursday
Dec132012

From the girl who hates *almost* everything: An affordable holiday gift guide that doesn't suck

A short list of affordable - i.e. under $100 - holiday gifts that don't suck, from the gal who thinks that most things - and people - suck.  

*Click on each item, below, to learn more*... Oh, and please note that most of these gifts are for women.  Honestly, I just don't know how to shop for a dude.  Sorry.


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MONOGRAMMED TOTE AND/OR MAKEUP BAG

$65$30

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NEARLY EVERYTHING IN KATE SPADE'S "THE UNDER $100 BOUTIQUE"

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CHEF AMANDA COHEN'S BAD ASS VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK-CUM-COMIC BOOK, "DIRT CANDY"

...PROVING THAT VEGETARIAN CUISINE DOES NOT HAVE TO BE BORING OR TASTELESS

$13.36~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

RECEIVE CUSTOMIZED FLYWHEEL EARBUDS WHEN YOU SPEND $100 (OR MORE) ON GIFT CARDS BY 12/15!

...AND WORK TOWARDS A BODY LIKE HER'S!

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GHOST CANDELABRA

$65~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

TILT WINE CHILLER

$100~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

NAMBE YARO SALAD BOWL (SET OF 4)

...BECAUSE *EVERYONE* LOVES A TOSSED SALAD

$75~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

HANKY PANKY ORIGINAL RISE THONGS (5 PACK)

...BECAUSE NO WOMAN SHOULD BE CAUGHT DEAD IN "GRANNY PANTIES"

$90~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

GRANDOE WOOL FRONT, LEATHER PALM GLOVES WITH BELT

$78~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

DELUXE KEEPSAKE KIT, FOR BABY OR PET

...I USED MY KIT FOR MY PUPPY, LUCY.  THIS GIFT IS BEYOND SPECIAL AND SOMETHING THAT THE RECIPIENT WILL CHERISH FOREVER.

$59.95~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

ORREFORS PRECIOUS BOWL

...FOR NUTS, M&Ms, OR SNACK MIX

$85~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

WATERFORD CRYSTAL RING HOLDER

...PERFECT TO KEEP AT YOUR KITCHEN SINK!

$65~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

$100 WORTH OF MILES ON HIS/HER FAVORITE AIR CARRIER

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PET GPS TRACKER

$99.95~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

AGATE "CELE" CLOCK

$100~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

COOKIE JAR, MACKENZIE CHILDS

...I USE MINE TO STORE DOGGIE-TREATS.

$48~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

PYTHON TRAVEL FLATS

...THE *PERFECT* STOCKING STUFFER FOR EVERY MANHATTAN GAL!

$58~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

LOU MALNATI'S FAMOUS DEEP-DISH CHICAGO PIZZA DELIVERED TO HIS/HER/OR YOUR DOOR!

$58.99 for 2 pies, includes price of shipping~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle

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