Welcome to The Lunch Belle, a food website/blog that views the New York City + Los Angeles dining scenes through the lens - and belly - of a highly opinionated, critical, adorably quirky, and culinary-obsessed thirty-something year old.

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Need a little summer pick-me-up? Grab your tickets now for Anthony Anderson’s “A Model for Living: The Lifestyle for Beauty"

In addition to presenting 2 custom power smoothies, Anthony will give guidance on:

  • Foods and supplements for cultivating a more beautiful you
  • Planting an organic garden and food forest with permaculture principles
  • The need for urban food forests and community gardens
  • Raw vegan tonics that encourage clear skin and healthy hair, nails and joints
  • Water and wild foods
  • 15 minute physical exercise demo, highlighting moves that provide consistency, fun, and results beyond the physical realms
  • Mental multi-tasking during exercise for self-improvement and time management
  • Tips for wellness and personalized solutions
  • Guided meditations based on gratitude and the idea of Replanting Paradise on Earth
  • Green lifestyle strategies that promote financial freedom, liberation from sickness and inhibitions, and a reconnection with Nature

Visit his official website/blog at www.rawmodel.com to see his online videos, blog, recipes, upcoming tour dates and class schedules.


Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle


A few of my favorite things: TLB's haute list for a cool summer

The Lunch Belle's list of summer staples & new finds.  What's on yours?


Kate Spade: pricey?  Absolutely.  However, if you sign up for email alerts via the website, you will receive sale events.  Pretty often, in fact.  It's the only time that I shop at good ol' Kate Spade.  The reason that I love this brand so much, aside from her classic designs and unapologetic femininity, is because it fits.  I am shaped like a woman, not a stick-figure or a super model, and her clothes are very flattering and forgiving.  It's rare for me to find a clothing brand that I can speak so highly of but, I can say without a doubt that, everyone looks like a million bucks in Kate.  

Lululemon: Best. Workout. Gear. Ever. 

TOMS Shoes: they're affordable, comfortable as hell, are available in every color under the rainbow, and, for each pair that you buy, TOMS donates a pair to a child in need.  Plus, they're a much cleaner alternative to wearing flip-flops for the commute to/from work!


Foodsherpa: this website is like the "Groupon" for foodies.  Once you sign up, you then receive daily email alerts about fine artisanal food products - at a discount!

Sweet corn: raw, boiled, grilled, or incorporated in to Mexi-corn Salsa or Calabacitas, this is my favorite "summer staple" vegetable.

Nectarines: there's nothing quite like a perfectly ripe, non-mealy, juicy nectarine.  'Nuff said.  Only about 6 more weeks to enjoy them until next summer!


  • Avocado Pine Nut Wrap: one of my go-to lunches during the work week.  I love the creamy avocado and crunchy pine nuts cut with the pungent cheese and toothsome veggies.  Filling, too!
  • Edamame Bowl: perfectly salted and portioned.


Beach cruiser (a.k.a. my $95 K-Mart bicycle): it's awkwardly wide, red, rusting from the elements, in need of some serious WD-40 love, and has only one speed but, at the end of the day, my "red rocket" safely gets me from point A to point B. 

Flywheel / Flybarre / Exhale: I have a *very* addictive personality - typically, to a fault.  Cigarettes?  Yep.  Food?  Double check.  Trust me, the *last* thing I ever thought I'd become addicted to was exercising.  Hell, I used to tell my friends that "I'd rather lick a toilet seat for 45-minutes than step foot in a f++king gym."  I'm serious.  Well, that was until my friend, Brette, introduced me to Flywheel back in January.  She begged me to take a class with her and, finally, after much persuasion, I agreed.  Having never "spun" before, I was instantly transfixed on the fact that the entire class was orchestrated in the dark.  That, to me, meant: no one had to watch me sweat and make weird faces, and I did not have to watch anyone else sweat/make weird faces/check themselves out in the mirror.  Also, having an instructor meant: I did not need to try to figure out what the hell it was that I was supposed to be doing at a gym, or have to keep up with the ever-changing "top 40" pop songs for my iPod.  Chuckle all you want, but those are two major factors that kept me far from the doors of any Equinox (even if gyms *do* offer classes...there's not a snowball's chance in hell that they're even half as awesome as Flywheel / Flybarre / Exhale).  I'm more than happy to have someone else take the guess-work out of my workout, even if that means paying a bit extra.  Thanks to Brette, that first spin class has turned in to a 3-4 day/week obsession.  On the days when I don't spin?  I treat myself to Flybarre, which is conveniently located within the same space as Flywheel.  I find 'Barre to be the perfect compliment to spinning, as it is a form of body sculpting that blends yoga, ballet, circuit training, pilates, and strength building.            

Exhale's Core Fusion: when I'm in the mood to change things up, I head to Exhale for their Core Fusion class.  Not only are all of their locations extra posh and zen, but their studios are sizeable.  My venue of choice in NYC?  Their fabulous space, Exhale Midtown, overlooking Central Park.  Nam-ahhhhh-ste.

Weekend retreat just a Metrocard swipe away

Rockaway Beach: an hour subway ride away from the heart of Manhattan - a boardwalk stocked with plenty of solid eats (not just fried clam bellies) - great people watching - and a little ghetto fabulosity make this my ideal stretch of, what I like to call, the "Queens Riviera."


Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle


Get your tickets for Sunday's "fete de pommes frites" on the 'Terrace!


Petite Abeille, celebrating its 15th year as New York City’s go-to destination for Belgian food and beer, and the Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce will host the 10th edition of the "Belgian National Day" at Hudson Terrace: Sunday, July 24th from 1pm until late in the evening (a.k.a. no time given).

Sponsored by Duvel Belgian Ale, the day’s lineup will include:

  • Two concerts, the first beginning at 3pm (Soul of Anabis, ARNO)
  • "Miss Belgium" contest open to women of any nationality
  • Plenty of Belgian food and beer
  • Face painting & balloon sculpting for the kids
  • Auction

Advanced tickets may be purchased HERE!  Prices are $25 for adults and free for children under 12.  *The first 100 arrivals will receive a free raffle ticket.


Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle



$5 off! "Superfood Desserts & Tonic Elixirs" with celebrity-chef, Jason Wrobel


The Lunch Belle partners with TODAY SHOW nutritionist, Joy Bauer - plus, a reader contest!

Dear readers,

I have some really exciting news to share!  A couple of weeks ago, I was approached by the Joy Bauer website team - the online home of the TODAY SHOW nutritionist and best selling author, Joy Bauer - asking if I'd be interested in a possible partnership/collaboration!  As you can imagine, my hands were shaking with excitement and my heart was racing.  I was familiar with Joy Bauer prior to receiving this flattering offer but, to be honest, I'd never had the chance to catch Joy on the TODAY SHOW.  Why?  Because I've always had to be at work at or before 7:30am...and we all know that the TODAY SHOW doesn't air until 7am, when I'm already en route to the office.  I do work in finance, after all, people. 

So, before responding "yes, of course!" immediately, I wanted to learn even more about the country's most famous nutritionist, Joy Bauer.  Here are some factoids that I just can't help but brag about:

Joy is the...

Impressive resume and credentials, no?  I can't tell you how flattered I am that Joy Bauer's team asked me to become affiliated with them.  Whew! 

Obviously, I agreed to partner with JoyBauer.com and, because of my overwhelming enthusiasm, the team shipped me two of Joy's most popular books: Joy Bauer's Food Cures, and Slim & Scrumptious.  After having received and briefly skimmed through each, one thing is congruent in both books: Joy's nutritional and weight-loss methods are realistic, cost-effective, and uncomplicated - as are her recipes, which are free of artificial sweeteners, ingredients, and exotic, "healthy" crap.     

On that note, I couldn't not "share the wealth" with you, my dear readers.  So, I've decided that we're a little bit overdue for a contest, don't you think?  I'm offering not one, but *both* of the brand new books that I just received - Joy Bauer's Food Cures and Slim & Scrumptious - to the first person who responds correctly to the following question:

  • True or false: Ounce for ounce, sardines contain as much heart-healthy omega-3 fat as salmon.

Think you know the correct answer?  Hey, you've got a 50/50 chance!  Leave your response in the "comments" field of this post.  Best of luck to you!


Until we eat again...let's get healthy together!

The Lunch Belle


Friends, family, & 5 Napkin Burger introduce...

Sending a cyber shout-out to my friend and fellow food-blogger, Judith, whose site recently morphed from "Foodista NYC" to "Fooditka."  So, why the name change, you ask?  "Fooditka is a direct reflection of me.  With my Slovak name being Juditka, the word Fooditka is an extension of that and exemplifies my true passion in life.  Food!  The suffix 'itka' is an affectionate way to address someone (a woman, particularly) in Slovak," said Judith. 

On Tuesday evening, Juditka, the Fooditka invited 60+ of her closest friends, family members, media, and fellow foodies to join her in celebrating the launch of her beloved website's new name at 5 Napkin Burger in Astoria (Queens)...

Cheers to you, my pretty Fooditka!  Wishing you and your website much continued success and prosperity - I cannot wait to watch and see what your bright future holds!


Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle

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