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Thanksgiving 2009

Dear readers,

I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday as much as I did! While I did not brave the crowds and go to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, I did spend my day doing something that I love best: working on this website.  For those of you who have been following The Lunch Belle for a while, you may have noticed that I changed the layout.  I'm working tirelessly to make this site easier to navigate and more user-friendly.

With all of that being said, I did take a break from my computer to enjoy a fabulous holiday meal with my friend (and fellow El Pasoan), Ceci, and her family.  Just as I spent my first Thanksgiving in NYC, Ceci's grandmother and parents flew in from Texas to celebrate East-Coast-style: waking up before the sunrise to brave the cold and secure a decent viewing spot for the parade.  I was quite impressed when I learned that Ceci and company had been awake since 5:30am; on their feet since 6:30am; and preparing our wonderful meal since 12pm. 

Clockwise: cranberry relish, biscuit, mashed potatoes, turkey, green beans, stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes

When I returned home from our delicious meal, I was so full/stuffed/overfed that I could barely breathe!  But as I sat there, in pain and drunk with gluttony, I couldn't help but be thankful.  Despite the fact that I celebrated Thanksgiving sans family, I was fortunate enough to enjoy a bountiful supper amongst friends. 

Yesterday officially kicked off my favorite 3-4 week span of the year: the ice rink at Rockefeller Center is packed with smiling faces, department store windows are decorated to the nines with festive holiday landscapes, Christmas lights twinkle across the city like a Tiffany diamond, and for some reason, tourists and locals alike seem to be in better spirits.

With that, dear readers, I wish you the happiest and healthiest holiday season. 


The Lunch Belle


There's no place like (your adopted) home for the holidays!

For anyone who doesn't live in (or very near to) the same town/city/country where they grew up, the Thanksgiving and Christmas (and everything in between) holidays can be tough especially when long distances force you to celebrate alone.  Whether you're the new guy/gal in town, can't afford transportation to and from, or haven't earned enough PTO days at your job, I'm here to tell you that I feel your pain.  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year.  For one, it's non-denominational.  This is important to me because I come from a mixed-religion background, and this special day has always been one where both my father's Jewish family and my mother's Protestant family could celebrate together, under one roof.  And secondly, Thanksgiving is dedicated to celebrating the harvest (or 24 hour's worth of gluttony if you're anything like me)!  What more could a food-geek ask for?
Unfortunately, I won't be going to Texas this year to enjoy the holiday with my family.  However, I can't do a whole lot of complaining because being stuck in NYC is far from shabby or boring!  Aside from the Thanksgiving Day Parade, there are plenty of wonderful events and celebratory meals taking place all across Manhattan!  So whether you and your family are headed to Manhattan on vacation, or you're a newly-planted ex-pat, allow me to give you some of my personal tips for being a holiday-orphan in the greatest city on earth!

  • Where can I find more information about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?  Click *here* for the official website.  Here are some more useful links:
  • I get so bored during the weekend after Thanksgiving!  Everyone is still out of town, and I'm stuck here by myself.  Is there anything fun going on??

Shana tova!

Wishing all of you a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year! May all the best be right around the corner.

P.S. Don't forget to eat apples n' honey!


Happy Holidays

Dear Readers,

Happy holidays to you and best wishes for the new year. May 2009 be filled with love, health, success, happiness and plenty of great food!
The Lunch Belle will return the first week of January with plenty of pictures and reviews from a highly anticipated trip to France. Until then, au revoir et bonne annee!


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