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Entries in Holidays and the City (24)


I'm back! Plus, my arsenal of NYCentric Thanksgiving websites

Can you all believe that Thanksgiving is almost one week away?  Seriously, where has the time gone?  This year will be the first time, since 2006, that I will be "home" (with my family in Texas) for my favorite holiday.  And you know what?  I can hardly wait to board that south-bound plane and escape the rat race for a handful of days.  God knows how badly I need this break. 

And speaking of the rat race/being crazed:  For those of you who read The Lunch Belle on a regular basis, I want to apologize for my dramatic lag in posting.  Since the beginning of the fall, I have had my hands completely tied, due mostly in part to accepting an amazing leadership position where I plan events for an "extracurricular" volunteer organization.  This role is in addition to my 'day-job' at an investment bank - The Lunch Belle - and volunteering for yet another non-profit.  My life is happy and full - I'm *not* complaining or whining - but I do realize that I've been molasses-slow to post, and I'm sorry about that.  Additionally, I owe you my iPhone/iPad application, which I hope will be completed very soon.   

So, on that note - and with the impending arrival of Thanksgiving - I'd like to know, what do you have planned? 

  • How do you and your family celebrate my favorite holiday of the calendar year? 
  • Do you have any wacky/quirky food traditions?
  • Is watching football a big deal at your house/celebration? 
  • What time do you eat Thanksgiving "supper," during lunch or dinner?

*And, last but certainly not least, I wanted to share some of my favorite informational websites with those of you who are staying in/coming to the NYC area next week:

  • Looking for a restaurant that serves Thanksgiving supper?  Click here for a full list and to make a free table reservation!
  • Looking to stay-in and have someone else do all of the 'dirty work?'  Click here for a list of Thanksgiving take-out options/prepared meals.
  • Click here for pertinent information regarding Macy's Thanksgiving Parade 2011
  • Too busy to bake that pie yourself?  Then order one from critically acclaimed M. Wells Diner's pastry chef, Brenna!  You know it'll taste way better than your version, anyway.  My dear friend, "Flywheel Christine," highly recommends the Coconut-Cream.  Click here to view the menu and place your order today!  But hurry, because after November 20th, prices will rise dramatically.  


Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle


Sunday night with 'Pauly D,' plus a couple of recipes

Dear readers,

Happy pre-Labor Day weekend!  Here's hoping that, wherever you are and/or plan to go, the weather forecast is in your favor.  Tomorrow, I'm headed to Atlantic City, NJ for my very first time and, I have to be honest, I can hardly wait!  My fingers are crossed for a 48-hour span filled with lots of sun, relaxation, saltwater taffy, greasy boardwalk bites, and an abundance of summery frozen beverages.  On Sunday night, my girlfriends and I, all Jersey Shore-aholics, are headed to The Pool After Dark to see DJ Pauly D spin.  Honestly, I don't think I've been this excited about anything since finding out that Laduree was NYC- bound.     

Photo: MTVWhat are your plans for the weekend?  Do any of them involve bringing a "potluck" dish over to a friend's Labor Day BBQ, by chance?  If so, I've got a great recipe that I'd like to share with you, which utilizes fresh figs (which are in season right now).  Oh, and I should also mention that it only contains three ingredients and takes virtually no time to prepare.  Your host will think you're so fancy!  Enjoy.

Fresh figs with blue cheese and candied pecans 

Ingredients  serves approximately 15, assuming that each guests eats 3 pieces

  • 10 fresh figs: remove bottom/navel and top/stem, then slice remainder of each fruit in to 5 equal slices
  • 1/2 lb. blue cheese (I used Bleu d'Auvergne), left out of fridge for 15-minutes
  • 8oz. chopped candied pecans - I buy mine at Trader Joe's (if you cannot locate "candied" pecans, regular chopped pecans will do)

On a large serving plate/tray of choice, arrange figs side by side.  Top each fig with a 5-finger pinch of blue cheese (approximately 1/2 tablespoon).  Finally, crown each fig with a sprinkle of chopped candied pecans.  Serve immediately and enjoy! 


Other recipe ideas for Labor Day weekend BBQ's and gatherings

Enjoy your final weekend of summer!  Be safe - wear sunscreen - and, most importantly, eat well!


Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle


Happy Valentine's Day 


Candy-coma love,

The Lunch Belle


Kissy kissy, huggy huggy

With the ever dreaded Valentine's Day rapidly approaching, I couldn't not share this!  Plus, I have to wonder, did Zagat steal my thunder by writing this particular guide?  After all, I did, at one time, list restaurants/bars that were ideal for a romantic date night - plus where to go pig-out with your girlfriends after he dumps your ass. 

Click here to check out Zagat's NYC-centric "Dating/Dumping Guide" for some pre-Valentine's Day tips and laughs. 

At the end of the day, if there's one thing that we all can be thankful for, it's this: whether you're married/in a relationship or single in NYC, you've got the best restaurants - bars - and late-night delivery services at your fingertips for whatever it is you're celebrating or self medicating.

xoxo <gag me> xoxo,

The Lunch Belle