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Entries in Gift guides that don't suck (7)

Thursday
Nov052015

Turf cookies and a book that no foodie will be able to put down

What token of congratulations do you get for the quintessential "girl who has everything" upon being accepted to the NYU Masters program in Food Studies?  Flowers seem too generic, plus they die in like three days.  Cupcakes are fun, but they're so five years ago.  I considered a gift certificate but, if she's anything like me, it'll get buried somewhere and will never be used/will expire by the time she actually remembers to present it at checkout.

After weeks of mulling over failed prospects, I discovered two items (literally, within days of each other) that could not be better suited for this monumentous occasion:

"Food Whore, A Novel of Dining and Deceit" by Jessica Tom

Having attended the NYU Masters program in Food Studies for a year before I moved to Los Angeles (yes, I am technically a drop-out), I was elated when I read that "Food Whore's" star character, Tia, was a student in the program, herself!  And, while I haven't finished the book just yet (though that will likely happen soon - I can't put it down), I cannot wait to snag a copy for my buddy.  So fitting, right?          

Photo credit: Harper Collins.

City Cookies

What could be more perfect for someone who's headed East than something both edible and representative of their future home?

Photo credit: Sisters of Los Angeles

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Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle

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

Friday
Feb102012

An edible list: taking the proverbial "cheese" out of Valentine's Day

Oh god.  Here goes.  I'm writing this post because, to be perfectly honest, there are so many amazingly delicious items out there.  You know, things that - if I had a man of substance in my life - I would sincerely hope he'd have the wherewithal and/or know me so well and/or have immaculate-enough-taste to shower me with for Valentine's Day.  Are you hearing this, fella's?  Before you run out to CVS and buy her a cheesy Hallmark card and a heart-shaped box of Whitman's Samplers, please read my cheese-less V-Day list, below, first.  I promise that, if nothing else, you'll get lucky on February 14th.  Bam chikka bam bam!  Oh, and best of all?  Everything is under $100.  You're welcome. 

Alas, if you're single on V-Day this year, you can still look at the glass "half full."  How?  Make this dreaded holiday all about you.  Treat yourself to a 12-hour sweets binge/bender - using my guide, below - with the notion that you'll get back on track tomorrow.   

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Alterna-dates / dating outside of the box

*Are you looking for an alternative to the traditional "dinner and drinks" Valentine's eve?  Head over to Milk & Cookies Bakery where, for just $30/couple, you will partake in an intimate baking experience by creating your own cookies!  Enjoy an hour of cookie creation with 1 pint of vanilla dough, a tray of mix-ins, and two drinks from the espresso bar!  They bake them and you take them home!  Call 212-243-1640 to make your reservation today!

*Still in the beginning stages of a relationship and unsure of her every culinary like and dislike?  Choose the best Valentine's Day restaurant based on your date's astrological sign!  Stop rolling your eyes, all of you horoscope haters, there is some truth to this!  I viewed my own sun sign, plus those of some of my exes and, it's pretty legit!  So after you have an incredible, "oh my gosh, how did you know that I would love this kind of place?" meal, you can thank me and the Huffington Post come February 15th.  

PS:  Make sure to check out this list of restaurants who are offering Valentine's specials and snag a reservation here!

Photo: Huffington PostBaked

*For the girl who's watching her waistline:  Miniature Meringue Kisses, Magnolia Bakery

*For the NYC-based Francophile:  The gift box of 6 macarons + Laduree-brand pink champagne, Laduree

*For the sassy Southern belle:  Conversation Hearts Petit Fours, Duane Park Patisserie

*Cupcakes take the cake!  Here are some Valentine's Day varieties from some of my favorite cupcakeries in town:

Single-and-ready-to-mingle and/or the broken-hearted hater

*Get wasted with other singles and, just maybe, find a date in time for V-Day!  New York's largest singles anti-Valentine's Day party - Saturday, 2/11 - Stitch NYC

*Zagat's list of "10 Restaurants/Bars Where You Can Meet Your Type"

*What you should be drinking on Valentine's Day, based on your status and mood

Cheers! I'll drink to him!~

Hate it or love it, V-Day is rapidly approaching.  Personally, the color red is blinding my eyes right now - I cringe every time I walk in to the drug store and happen upon the card and candy aisle - couples *everywhere* are making me want to run my nails down a chalkboard - and I can hardly wait until February 15th.  There, I said it:  I HATE Valentine's Day.  And, whether you're on my side or the lovey-dovey other, I hope that my list will lead you in the right and most delicious direction for your personal situation.

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xoxo (blech) and until we eat again...

The Lunch Belle 

Wednesday
Dec142011

The Lunch Belle's 2011 Holiday Gifting Guide

My "Oh shit, the holidays are next week!" Gift Guide

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Gift cards that don't suck:  plastic that will make anyone smile

  • Whole Foods (check website to make sure there's a store in your recipient's location)
  • Fandango
  • Lululemon (for her)
  • Momofuku Milk Bar  TLB note:  Now shipping their amazing products all over!  3 words to remember:  B'Day Cake Truffles. 

 

For the imbiber:  the boozer of the bunch