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Friday
Aug282015

Chocolate, peanut butter, and Niman Ranch beef: Recuperating with MUNCHERY

One of the pluses of living in LA is that my folks, who reside in Texas, are just a non-stop flight away.  So when I learned that I had to have surgery, I asked my mom to come in town and take care of me.  #MamasGirl #8GoingOn35

In planning our meals for that week, Mom mentioned that it would be a good idea for us to make a large supermarket run so that we could nosh and nest without having to leave my apartment.   "That's cute and all, Mom," I said, "but you don't even cook!  What are we going to eat for dinner, popcorn?"  She laughed.  "It's true, though!" I exclaimed.  "And it's not like I'll be able to cook."  She agreed.  Granted, there was always Blue Apron (too labor intensive) or Seamless Web (the options in LA suck) and Postmates/Caviar (great selections, but too expensive), but I had a better idea...

Munchery, a meal delivery service that I had already been utilizing for a few weeks leading up to my surgery, could not have been a better option for those first few post-operative days.  And nights.  With meals and snacks created by local chefs (think along the lines of LA's very own Roy Choi) who have worked at some seriously brag-worthy restaurants (ahem, Spago and Providence to name a few), each chilled order is hand-delivered to your door, literally "ready to heat when you want to eat."  Here's the nitty-gritty of how it all works!

With the ability to peruse Munchery's menu for the upcoming week, I ordered the following selections - to be delivered between 6-7PM - for the eve post my procedure:

With the exception of the mediocre tortilla soup, every other dish was, quite literally, life-altering.  I mean, who the hell would have thought that you could savor one of the best burgers YOU'VE EVER HAD IN YOUR LIFE (yes, I really just said that) courtesy of a meal delivery service?  In the comfort of your own home, no less!  Well, when you start with a patty is constructed of sous-vide cooked Niman Ranch ground beef, you already know that you're in for something incredibly special.  Add to that an assortment of crucial "make-your-own-burger" accoutrement: Brioche bun, California cheddar, apple wood-smoked bacon, sliced red onion, caramelized onions, sliced tomato, butter lettuce, mayo, ketchup, and a secret sauce.  And some really, really delicious and salty kettle-cooked potato chips.

Photo courtesy of Munchery

I may have still been high from the anesthesia, but here's one sensation that I will not soon forget: When I took my first bite of the Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart, I had a full-body orgasm.  With a buttery, crumbly, chocolate-cookie crust that gave way to a generous amount of creamy homemade peanut butter suffocated by a layer of chocolate ganache, how could I not??  Oh my fcuking god.  WOW!    

Photo found on Pinsta.Me

For those of you who don't live in LA, I pity you.  Why?  Because you will never taste these fcuking glorious items.  However, with Munchery available in other US cities - SF, Seattle, and NYC - I'm confident that there are plenty of stellar meals/snacks that I will never get to experience, either.  I suppose it's a fair trade-off!

Want to check out Munchery for $10 off your first two orders?  CLICK HERE!  Oh, and you're welcome in advance ;-)

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Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle


 

Thursday
Aug202015

Hey LA, what are you doing for lunch tomorrow? 

TAKE 2!!

Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water invites the people of Los Angeles to ditch their desks for a midday dance party with Flavorpill presents: Lunch Break, made extraordinary by Perrier!  This unique celebration will transform cubicle dwellers into partygoers at a special 1.5 hour event where guests can groove to the spinning soundtrack of DJ Nadastrom!

Lunch Break attendees will have the chance to:

  • Dance through their lunch hour – Escape the office grind at an extraordinary daytime dance party set to the tune of DJ Nadastrom's live playlist. 
  • Sip signature cocktails by PerrierRecharge and refresh the afternoon with thirst-quenching cocktails guaranteed to kick that end-of-week slump. 
  • Enjoy a classic bagged lunch to bring back to the office – When the power-hour ends, guests will receive a throwback lunch to-go, complete with a Perrier.

Following these complimentary Lunch Break session, guests will be encouraged to donate their unused lunch money to local nonprofits that are part of the Feeding America network.  Proceeds from this particular Los Angeles event will benefit the Westside Food Bank.

Schedule & details

Friday, August 21, 2015

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

DJ: Nadastrom

Location: Lure 1439 Ivar Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

**To RSVP for Lunch Break in Los Angeles, click here!**

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Until we dance again,

The Lunch Belle

#PerrierLunchBreak

Thursday
Aug062015

Hey LA, what are you doing for lunch tomorrow?

Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water invites the people of Los Angeles to ditch their desks for a midday dance party with Flavorpill presents: Lunch Break, made extraordinary by Perrier!  This unique celebration will transform cubicle dwellers into partygoers at two special 1.5 hour events where guests can groove to the spinning soundtrack of DJs such as SOSUPERSAM.

Lunch Break attendees will have the chance to:

  • Dance through their lunch hour – Guests will escape the office grind at an extraordinary daytime dance party set to the tune of DJ’s live playlists. 
  • Sip signature cocktails by PerrierGuests will recharge and refresh their afternoons with thirst-quenching cocktails sure to kick that end-of-week slump. 
  • Enjoy a classic bagged lunch to bring back to the office – When the power-hour ends, guests will receive a throwback lunch to-go, complete with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a Perrier.

Following these complimentary Lunch Break sessions, guests will be encouraged to donate unused lunch money to local nonprofits that are part of the Feeding America network.  Proceeds from the Los Angeles events will benefit the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

Schedule of upcoming events: 

Friday, August 7, 2015

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

DJ: SOSUPERSAM

Sound Nightclub (1642 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028)

Friday, August 21, 2015

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

DJ: TBD

Lure: 1439 Ivar Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

**To RSVP for Lunch Break in Los Angeles on 8/7, click here!  And make sure to follow #PerrierLunchBreak for updates on the 8/21 event, including the DJ announcement and the RSVP link which will be available later this month.**

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Until we dance again,

The Lunch Belle

Wednesday
Jul292015

(NYC) App review: NightOwl

The thing about LA is that it's the proverbial red headed step-child of NYC.  And rightfully so!  Sorry, LA, but it's true: Everything happens New York.  And everything happens in New York first.  From the hottest new workout sensation and organic "make your own salad" joint (I'm talking about you, sweetgreen!) - to fashion and trends in every single market, the Big Apple will always reign supreme. 

And speaking of yet another thing that hasn't quite made its way to the City of Angels: NightOwl - a smart, mood-based bar/nightlife recommendation app.  Think of it as the Seamless Web (or another website where you can filter what you're craving by almost any genre under the sun) of bar-hopping.  

Here's how it works:

  • NightOwl pulls data that's scattered around the web - along with its user-submitted tags - to get you to a bar that you'll love for any situation.
  • These tailored bar recommendations will be based on the time and day of the week of your search...because we all know that a hungover Sunday afternoon is completely different than a raring-to-go Friday night at "quittin' time."

I mean, imagine the possibilities!  I can think of like 10 situations/week where I'd use NightOwl: Happy hour, girl's night, celebratory post-work cocktails (Let's pretend someone got promoted! Bahahhah, as if!), blind date, brunch 'drink and drown' options...shall I continue?  Sorry, I like love to drink!

Open the app - filter by location, then "categories" and "features"...and review your custom results!OK, NYC: If you didn't already download this app after reading the second paragraph in this post, what the hell are you waiting for?  Seriously, do it!  It's free!  And amazing!  And so necessary!  And...so not yet in LA.  Sigh...

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Until we drink again,

The Lunch Belle

Tuesday
Jun302015

Calling all oyster fanatics in Boston, NYC, and San Francsico...!

*This event and article were attended/captured/photographed by Jean Hsu and edited/formatted by The Lunch Belle*

Picture it: Last Thursday eve, the ultra-exclusive 20th floor of the Hotel on Rivington was abuzz with free-flowing rose wine and freshly-shucked oysters.  What could possibly be more fitting for the launch celebration of Pearl, an oyster app?   

Photo credit: Jean Hsu

What's so cool about the Pearl app is that it can help shape your repertoire and oyster-ordering experience with an alphabetical catalogue of (oyster) names, plus where they're from, and "laymen" keywords to describe the way they taste.  At least for me, oysters are like wine in the fact that they acquire their distinct flavor directly from the environment(s) in which they hail: While I love my West Coast wines (shout out to Napa!), I prefer oysters from the East, due to their brininess and higher salinity content.

Oyster index!With the Pearl app's user-friendly navigation, there are so many fantastic features!  A few, for example: You can like/unlike oysters (a great record-keeper for future reference), and find out which varieties your favorite restaurant is shucking that day!  How f'ing rad is that??

Which oysters is your favorite restaurant serving today?Pearl wasn't the only company launching a new product at last Thursday's soiree: Kevin Joseph, of NY Oyster Week and the founder of Empire Oyster, and Chef Rob McCue introduced Spirited Pearl, which are beautiful liquor-filled (tequila, vodka, whiskey, etc) spheres used as oyster-topping accoutrements.  As you slurp, each "pearl" bursts with the intense flavor of its respective spirit, thus enhancing the mollusk's natural merroir.  My favorite?  The gin Spirited Pearl (as seen in the photo, below)!

(Photo credit: Jean Hsu) A gin Spirited PearlWhat does the future look like for Pearl?  Founder, Sam Asher, sees his company eventually expanding to include a broader range of seafood.  And meat!  He wants to be able to connect people to the specific foods they are seeking - and help lead the consumer/end-user to restaurants that are proud to feature these unique products in their kitchens!  Truly, a symbiotic relationship.

(Photo credit: Jean Hsu) Sam Ash, founder of PearlIn a world with so many processed and unnatural products in our foods, it is nice to know that there is a focus and a future for oysters - nature's true "farm to table" food.  Each mollusk is a precious vessel carrying the flavors of its waters within.  I find it incredible that one can experience the flavors of the New Zealand's Kaipara Harbour at a restaurant located merely blocks from their West Village apartment! 

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Until we eat again,

Jean Hsu for The Lunch Belle

Friday
Jun262015

Ice cream and same-sex marriage

This just in from People Magazine:  To celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision that ruled same-sex marriage legal throughout the United States, the Vermont-based ice cream company chose to rename their iconic Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream I Dough, I Dough.  'Ben & Jerry’s is proud of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision against discrimination as it boldly stands up for equality for same sex couples everywhere,' said Jostein Solheim, CEO Ben & Jerry’s, said in a statement. 'And at Ben & Jerry’s, there’s only one way to celebrate: with a scoop of I Dough, I Dough, Marriage equality never tasted so good!' he added."

Congratulations to all and GOD BLESS AMERICA!!  #lovewins

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Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle