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**Readers!  I recently moved to the City of Angels.  The good news is that I'm keeping this site alive while simultaneously working on something Los Angeles-centric, as well.**

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

For those of you who enjoy highly thorough and traditional restaurant reviews, you may find them located here

But that's not all!  Additionally, I...

  • ~ For tourists, I can help you create itineraries and answer any questions you may have/offer advice for your upcoming visit to NYC.
  • ~ I can consult and/or advise on all of your small and large events.
  • ~ I will assist you with restaurant recommendations.

Just consider me your one-stop NYC - and, most recently, Los Angeles - shop!

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Friday
Aug152014

LOS ANGELES / Speidi's "Don Antonio" and a Postmates discount code!

**Because Postmates, the newest food/shopping delivery service, is still new and trying to get the word out, they graciously extended a discount to my first twenty readers who use this code, good for a $20 delivery fee credit: BHBITES20.  Now hurry up and go get your discounted grub on, y'all!  You're welcome, in advance!**

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As if the ‘Sunday blues’ weren’t bad enough, the thought of cooking dinner made me cringe.  Plus, my fridge resembled that of a male college student’s – 3 beers, a stick of butter, ½ of an onion, and jam - so, clearly, there wasn't much I could do.  After having perused the offerings on Seamless Web, I wasn’t that intrigued.  Before getting in to an “I miss the abundance of restaurants and conveniences in NYC” tizzy, I remembered my colleague mentioning another delivery service called “Postmates."  After doing a search online, I was informed that in order to proceed, I would have to download the Postmates app.  Sigh.  As if my iPhone didn't already have enough crap on it.  The gist of Postmates is this: Pick any store or restaurant (regardless of whether they personally deliver or not), and then have your item(s) delivered to you by a “Post Mate” for a fee starting at $5.  Best of all, there’s real-time tracking and ETAs, so you know exactly when you’ll receive your goods!

In true fashion, it was Mexican food that I was craving.  I was impressed by all of the mouth-watering options on Postmates that went lightyears above and beyond those on Seamless.  Basically, you’re not restricted to just your neighborhood or one “class” of restaurant.  I ultimately chose to order dinner from Don Antonio's, a spot that I recall having salivated over while watching Speidi's first anniversary dinner on The Hills.

After seamlessly placing my order through the Postmates app, I was able to track the status of my delivery through a live map!  And, in under an hour, my meal was hand-delivered by a friendly Post Mate.  Warm and intact. 

Mmmmm, look at all of the residual cheese grease on the box!Delicious handmade tortilla chips and a cup of robust salsa complimented my meal.  To wash it all down, I ordered and iced horchata, which wasn't as sweet and satisfying as I had hoped.  However, my entree made up for it: A trio of cheese enchiladas came enveloped in a bland, red ranchero sauce and was accompanied by perfectly cooked and seasoned rice and refried beans. 

My first experience with Postmates was an extremely pleasant and successful one.  I cannot wait to use this service again, especially after having seen that Sugarfish, my favorite sushi joint, is listed as one of their "featured stores!!"

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Lindsay, Beverly Hills Bites

Wednesday
Sep142011

The Amazing PIZZA Race: get your *discounted* tickets here!  

On Sunday, September 25, at 12:30 PM, Neighborhood Eats and POGO Events are teaming up to present The Amazing PIZZA Race - an exciting and delicious contest taking place in the busy streets of NYC.  Teams of hungry New Yorkers will race around Manhattan, following a set of clues leading to various pizzerias all over town.  At each location, the teams will get to sample a variety of mouth-watering pizza pies, all while having an Amazing Race and adventure!  As an added bonus, all participants will receive a one year membership to the Neighborhood Eats dining program!

Best of all?  Because you’re a loyal ‘Lunch Belle’ reader, use this code to get 50% off of the original ticket price upon checkout: lunch1.  So, what are you waiting for?  Buy your tickets (and get more infoHERE!

To find out more about Neighborhood Eats go to http://www.neighborhood-eats.com

To find out more about POGO Events go to
http://www.pogoevents.com

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Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle

Tuesday
Aug302011

"Hop to" this hot deal for 'Lunch Belle' readers!

Life in NYC is trying; it will test every last strand of your patience.  And, just when you think you have it all figured out, the mean streets of Gotham will hurl yet another curve ball your way. 

Have you ever found yourself in one of the following situations?

  • Your apartment (or "space," if you live in NYC) has turned in to a scene from Hoarders, and you're getting to the point where you'd rather be anywhere - even at work! - other than home.  You've considered hiring a maid but, after looking at prices, realized that it's out of your budget.
  • You live in an apartment building without all of the bells and whistles (read: no doorman or maintenance staff), and/or you and "Mr. Fix-it" are no longer dating.  Face it, you need help: installing that chandelier - hanging drapes - mounting your flat screen television to the exposed brick wall across from the sofa - rearranging furniture to make your space more "feng shui" - etc.
  • "Oh, wait.  I have to assemble this IKEA furniture myself?"
  • "I really want the iPhone 4 (or whatever number they're on now), but I don't have time to stand in that god awful line at the Apple store.  Now what??"
  • You're moving to a new apartment and don't want to hire an expensive company. 
  • You need to exchange your current cable box for a newer one at Time Warner, but their hours perfectly match the ones at your day job.  How is this going to work?
  • Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera...

Does any of the above sound familiar? 

Just when I thought that I was on the brink of yet another NYC-induced melt down, fate stepped in: I was introduced to Task Rabbit, a company created to make the lives of us on-edge New Yorkers (and folks in Boston, the San Fransisco Bay area, Los Angeles, and Orange County) that much easier.   

What is Task Rabbit?  A service that connects you/me with "rabbits," or employees (all of whom have successfully completed a multi-step application processs, including a criminal background check, video interview, and essay), who can help you get the job done.  Whatever that job may be.  Think Craigslist, minus the "Is this legit?" factor.

How does Task Rabbit work?  Post your desired task on the website, including how much money you will pay for the job.  Now, sit back while "rabbits" make you offers!  And don't worry, your credit card will not be charged until the task is closed.  

Watch the video, below, for a super quick interactive tour! 

So, what's in it for you?  Because you're a 'Lunch Belle' devotee, Task Rabbit is giving you $30 to use towards your first Task!  Considering that each Task typically goes for $20-$30, this is a HUGE deal and savings! 

So, are you ready to make your life a little bit easier?  Free up some time in that busy schedule of yours?  Then click here to get started - and please use the following $30 discount code upon checkout: TLBREADERS 

***FYI: this code is good for all locations that Task Rabbit covers: NYC, Boston, San Fransisco Bay area, Los Angeles, and Orange County, CA***

You're welcome, in advance!

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Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle

Tuesday
Feb012011

2/3/2011: Come 'n get served by Top Chef's Angelo Sosa!

 

Angelo Sosa, two-time Top Chef contestant and my celebrity crush, will personally debut his signature Shrimp Masala Roll at both The Kati Roll Company locations on Thursday, February 3, 2011.  “I am a huge fan of The Kati Roll Company and the intensity of their spice blends inspired me to go bold, but sustain balance with the freshness of the coconut-marinated shrimp.  It was a great experience to work on my own interpretation of this classic Indian street food.”   

And, seriously, how freaking delicious does the Shrimp Masala Roll's description read: The shrimp, marinated in coconut milk and chaat masala spices, is cooked over a open-flame grill and placed in a warm paratha, topped with sweet and sour marinated red onions and birdseye chilis, which add just the right amount of heat, and finished with a swath of cilantro sauce.  Are you drooling yet?  I certainly am.

Come join Angelo as he debuts his Shrimp Masala Roll!

Date: Thursday, February 3rd

Where & when: 2 locations, 2 times

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Read it & eat!

The Lunch Belle

 

Wednesday
Jan122011

You're invited! Book signing + cocktails & hors d'oeuvres

Save the date, because on Wednesday, January 19th, you're invited to a free book signing!  And, if you're one of the first 75 guests to arrive, you'll receive a complimentary signed copy of Giuliano Bugialli’s (an award-winning Italian food author and teacher) “Foods of Naples and Campania.”

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Where: Azure, 333 E. 91st Street, NYC 10128 (this is a super luxe condo, not a restaurant)

When: Wednesday, January 19th

Time: 5:30 - 7pm

*See official invite, below:

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Read it & eat,

The Lunch Belle

Wednesday
Dec082010

Wednesday, 12/8: complimentary tea + champagne + massages at Molton Brown

*Friendly reminder*

Does it even get any better than this?  Mmm, I don't think so.  

Enjoy, dear readers!