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Wednesday
Feb072018

Seriously though, is breakfast the most important meal of the day? 

...Well, depending on the day you ask me, I will either be the first to a) exclaim "yes" or b) blurt a hearty "hell no!"

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Monday
Feb052018

The Best Menu Items At: Bagatelle

Bagatelle is not the type of restaurant that I typically frequent. Sure, I enjoy French/Mediterranean cuisine and copious amounts of rosé just as much as the next person, but more often than not, I'm having a 'fat girl' day and I'd prefer *not* to be surrounded by models and their entourage when I'm trying to get my grub on. Even the employees at Bagatelle are flawless! Or being sprayed by champagne during one of those infamous weekend 'brunch parties.' Call me boring, but I'll take my omelette with a side of peace and quiet, thank you very much. Hold the Hollandaise and the live D.J.

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Thursday
Jan182018

Life's a beach! Elite Traveler's Top 100 Hotels in the World

It's that horrific time of year here in NYC (...the sun sets at 4-something P.M., the forecasted highs don't go above 35 degrees, the air is so dry that the skin on your knuckles cracks open, and everyone is in a generally angry/pissed off mood) when I get the itch to get the hell out of town.  Visions of white sand beaches, frozen drinks crowned with magenta-colored umbrellas, and the smell of sunscreen dance in my head.  Aside from yesterday's snow storm, nothing has gotten me thinking about a winter escape more than Elite Traveler's recent release of their 'Top 100 Hotels in the World.'  

 

*The Four Seasons New York, US, has the most expensive suite costing $50,000 per night

*Exclusive rental of Cliveden House, a 5 star country house in Berkshire, UK, costs guests $70,000 per night

*List includes hotels frequented by A-List celebs including the hotel George and Amal Clooney spent their wedding night, and the Mexican resort favoured by Justin Bieber, Mick Jagger and Tom Cruise

*USA has the most hotels, with 20 featured on the list

 Elite Traveler, the world’s leading private jet lifestyle magazine, has announced the Top 100 Hotels in the World for 2018.

For the second edition of this list, Elite Traveler presents updated picks of the properties that offer the most opulent hotel experiences. Hand selected by Elite Traveler’s editors, the list feature 14 new entries, including the spectacular Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland.

From basking in the foothills of a Unesco-designated wilderness reserve in British Columbia to rubbing shoulders with A-List celebrities in Mexico, the collection offers a true ‘round the world’ variety of hotels frequented by those who travel by private jet.  

 

Now, I don't know about you but, when I close my eyes and imagine myself in an exotic, far off land...I am standing on the balcony of my over-the-water bungalow deciding whether to jump in to the crystal clear ocean beneath me for a morning swim, or to call room service and order a crazy-induglent breakfast.  Decisions, decisions.

Photo credit: One & Only Resorts, Maldives

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Stay warm out there and dream BIG

The Lunch Belle

Thursday
Jan112018

List: My Top 10 Favorite Dishes of 2017

In no particular order, I'd like to present you with ten of the absolute BEST new dishes that I had the pleasure of eating in 2017...

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