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.

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



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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


Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle


"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!


Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle


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


Read it & eat!

The Lunch Belle



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.”


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:


Read it & eat,

The Lunch Belle


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!


$15 buys you $1000-worth of delicious coupons & good karma

Dear readers,

For those of you that aren't familiar with the "day to day" and/or "behind the scenes" of managing a food blog/website, here are a couple of tidbits that you may not be aware of:

  • On a daily basis, I am contacted by several public relations firms who "pitch" a product in the hopes that I will write about/review it.
  • On some occasions, a company will contact me directly instead of going through a public relations firm.
  • Of the pitches that I receive - whether via public relations firm or directly from the business - I would estimate that I end up working with only about 1/4.  While it's flattering to receive pitches, I have to strongly believe in the product and/or trust that the information would be useful to my audience.  Like Donald Trump has famously coined, "It's not personal, it's business."

The bottom line is this: don't be fooled by The Lunch Belle's cutesy logo and feminine facade because, when push comes to shove, this Southern belle would gladly trade in her ball gown for boxing gloves.  I have your best interests at heart and would never post/pitch a product that I didn't whole-heartedly believe in.  Perhaps I should change my name to The Lunch Martyr?


While we're on the topic of products/services that I love, I recently received an email from a local entrepreneur that caught my eye.  Rachel and two of her friends joined forces to create Neighborhood Eats, a localized coupon book filled with $1000-worth of discounts at various Murray Hill / Kips Bay watering holes, wine bars, cafes, and restaurants. 

Aside from receiving a tangible coupon book that I can keep in my purse at all times - instead of auto-generated emails offering one or two specials per day from some of those other restaurant discount websites - the part of Lauren's email that really tugged at my heart strings was the fact that Neighborhood Eats was conceived upon one premise: to raise money and social awareness for their favorite charity, City Critters.  This organization is an all-volunteer animal charity in Murray Hill that works without a physical shelter, yet places hundreds of sick and abandoned cats and dogs in to loving homes.  "We wanted to help, but weren't sure how," Rachel said.  "As the recession hit, we started noticing our friends going out (to eat/drink) less and less to save money while, at the same time, local restaurants and bars were slowly starting to close their doors.  That’s when we came up with an idea that combined our love of food, bargains and kitties...and Neighborhood Eats was born!"  How much do you love that? 

**As a special promotion for you, my dear readers, Neighborhood Eats has offered you a 62% discount on their 2010 edition of their Murray Hill / Kips Bay coupon book, filled with $1000-worth of discounts at various watering holes, wine bars, cafes, and restaurants!  Just enter the following code at checkout: lunchbellevip

Oh, and you're welcome in advance.  ;)

On behalf of Neighborhood Eats and your Lunch Belle,

Read it & eat!