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Reviewed: I tried Sakara Life, the Victoria's Secret Angels' meal program of choice. And here's what I thought...

Almost a year ago, I went to the doctor for my annual physical and learned that I have both fibroids and stage-3 endometriosis.  I was told that the only way to get rid of these painful annoyances would be via surgery and medicine.  And, while I did end up having surgery back in August, I have since learned so much more about each issue - most notably how your diet can effect symptoms and future growth.  While I was hoping to hear that dairy, red meat, pork, fried stuff, refined carbohydrates, and processed treats would alleviate me of my suffering, I wasn't too surprised to read which foods actually did make the list: Organic everything, seasonal produce, little to no caffeine and alcohol, dairy alternatives (no soy), complex carbohydrates (in the form of beans, superfood grains, etc.), raw honey, tea...I could continue listing items, but it would just put you to sleep.  Plus, you probably already know them all, anyways. 

Basically, the healthiest way to exist is by eating organically, seasonally, and as close to vegan as possible.  But is that a sustainable lifestyle for someone, like me, who relishes in trying new restaurants of a multitude of cuisines, drinking margaritas, and becoming a "regular" at my favorite local watering holes?  No, not at all.  However, I think that if I aim to be 70% "on the vegan wagon with some pescatarian tweaks" and 30% "off the wagon (with martinis wine)," I should be ok-ish.  Baby steps...

I started seeing ads on Facebook and at Physique 57 for Sakara Life, a "100% Plant-Based + Gluten Free + Organic" food delivery program that recently began servicing Los Angeles.  Curious, I began scouring the web for more information/reviews; while the Sakara Life website is "pretty" to look at, it's not chock-full of as much information and "nitty gritty" as I would have liked.  I wondered if the food would taste like cardboard or if there'd even be enough of it.  I mean, with the program being touted by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and the Victoria's Secret Angels, those aren't very far-fetched concerns!  Plus, how much would each meal cost/day? 

Photo credit: Sakara Life // No, the chicks in the photo are not super models (though they could be); they're the founders of Sakara Life. Do y'all remember Dr. Atkins or Richard Simmons looking *this* good? Me neither. It didn't take me long to sign up for the "4-Day Sakara Holiday Special - Lunch + Dinner!"  While I love to cook, when it comes to new regimens, I prefer to "learn from the experts."  By that, I mean sampling my initial meals at the hands of a professional/restaurant prior to attempting a brand new cuisine/lifestyle on my own.

After ticking that I had no food allergies, I submitted my payment information.  While the price was hard to swallow (meals are about $29 each!), I justified the expense as research.  I vowed that I would learn as much as I could about each ingredient and how/why it was paired (with other components) to create the respective meal.  After four days, I told myself, I would have enough knowledge to be able to source and prepare my own meals at home. 

On Monday morning, I eagerly opened my front door to find my Sakara Life "cold bag" hanging on my door knob.  I unpacked the ready-to-eat lunches and dinners, Morning and Night Waters, and Detox Teas for two days' worth.  Plus a hand-written "welcome" note! 

Day 1

Morning Water 

Tranquil, slightly heavy, and floral, this alkaline water claimed to be full of "trace minerals and the purest essential oils on the planet."  It wasn't until I kept having to pee that I believed there was something other than perfume and tap water in this fancy clear beverage (#detox).   

Breakfast (I ate my own)

A.M. Detox Tea

Lunch: Sakara-Style Autumn Dumplings w/ Cranberry Dressing

Served atop a bed of spinach were two roasted vegetable dumplings that were enveloped by overly sticky and gelatinous rice paper.  Instead of dipping them in the cranberry dressing, I cut each dumpling in to bite sized pieces (this took quite a lot of effort and force because of the tough dumpling skin) and tossed them together with the spinach leaves and tart dressing.  Because I was starving, I forced myself to eat this meal in its entirety, knowing that each bite cost me about $3.  I was terrified that if this entree was on par with what I would be eating for the next few days, this week would prove to be excruciatingly arduous.

P.M. Detox Tea

Dinner: Buckwheat + Brussels Warming Winter Salad

After my extremely disappointing lunch, I was very trepidatious about dinner.  However, to my pleasant surprise, this "Warming Winter Salad" was much more flavorful and varied.  Cucumbers, fresh dill, beets, chickpeas, mixed greens, and buckwheat married beautifully.

Night Water

Oddly refreshing with a "soil" aftertaste, this chlorella-laced water quenched my post-dinner thirst (...and caused me to wake up approximately 5x that night to pee!  #detox).


Day 2

Morning Water

Breakfast (I ate my own)

A.M. Detox Tea

Lunch: Thai Burger w/ Rainbow Slaw + Root Fries

Please don't let this lunch suck as hard as yesterday's, I mumbled to myself as I assembled the components.  Instead of eating the "Thai Burger" with my hands, I crumbled the patty atop the greens, tossed in the "Rainbow Slaw," and cut the "Root Fries" in to bite-sized pieces, thus creating a bountiful makeshift salad.  To my surprise, yet again, this entree was quite delicious and incredibly filling.  And how about those colors? 

P.M. Detox Tea

Dinner: Forbidden Rice + Tatsoi Bowl

Forbidden rice (black rice), snap peas, green onion, whole cashews, and thinly-sliced roasted zucchini were served atop a bed of tatsoi and spinach.  Both textures and flavors were on-point here, leaving me satiated and satisfied. 

Night Water


Day 3

My next two days' worth of meals and teas were delivered in the "cold bag" and hung on my door knob, ready to be fetched and unpacked upon waking on Wednesday morning.

Morning Water

Breakfast (I ate my own)

A.M. Detox Tea

Lunch: Prosperity Pad Thai w/ Kelp Noodles

Eeeeek!  You know it's not a good sign when I cannot even recall what this meal looked or tasted like.  :/  I even had to snag the photo, below, from Sakara Life's Twitter feed because I didn't take one of my own.  Sorry guys.

Photo source: Sakara Life via TwitterP.M. Detox Tea

Dinner: Red Beet Borscht + Olive Foccacia

As a Russian Jew who loathes the food of her forefathers, I was petrified of this meal.  While I enjoy beets in salads, I absolutely detest borscht.  However, since each Sakara entree cost me well over $20, I wasn't not going to eat this in its entirety.  Even if it sucked.

Yet again, Sakara left me shell-shocked: The borscht was absolutely delicious!  Cold, creamy, slightly sweet and gloriously savory, the soup paired swimmingly with the accompanying gluten-free olive foccacia and dill cashew creme. 

Night Water


Day 4

So, today was Christmas Eve and I wasn't able to snap any photos of my meals.  I ate the lunch salad during my drive to San Diego (literally, with my fcuking hands - I cannot even imagine what my fellow passersby saw) and shared the dinner with my sister for a pre-lunch appetizer on Christmas Day.  Oh, and I didn't drink any of my waters or teas because of how choppy and sporadic my day was. 

Breakfast (I ate my own)

Lunch: Sakara Cobb Salad

Sans the traditional chicken, blue cheese, egg, and pork bacon (Sakara made "bacon" from strips of dried coconut), this was actually one of the more delightful Cobb salads I've ever had - and I didn't miss the dairy/meat components whatsoever!

Dinner: The Sakara Burrito Bowl

Like I mentioned above, I didn't actually eat this for dinner on Christmas Eve; my sister and I split it for a pre-lunch appetizer on Christmas Day.  Of all of the entrees that I enjoyed over the four days, this was, by far, my favorite: Sweet potato, avocado, Mexican-style brown rice, and other goodies came together over a bed of greens to create a "Burrito Bowl" full of texture, flavor, and variety.   A+


To conclude:

Would I recommend trying Sakara Life?  Hell yes.  If you have the funds and are currently residing in NYC, Miami, or LA, then I would highly recommend giving Sakara Life a shot - even if it's just for three days (which, by the way, they offer). 

Did I feel better after my four days on the program?  Yes, but in order to notice a remarkable shift, I need to follow this lifestyle for more than four days.  For me, it was a great introduction in to what lunches and dinners - at home or the office - should look like.  I enjoyed trying new items, such as dairy-free "cashew cheese" and "coconut bacon," two things I would have sworn I'd never eat years ago.  It has never been more clear or obvious to me that, in the words of Sakara's founders, "our bodies are woven from the foods we eat."  In my case, I believe that my health issues are a direct result of my poor diet.  And I am hell-bent on changing my destiny by what I put in my mouth; frankly, I'm just sick of being sick.

Was anything confusing or annoying about the program?  Beyond the price tag?  Yes.  I am a numbers person, so I would have appreciated knowing the nutritional information/values for each and every item that I ate and drank - something the company does not believe in disclosing.  Meh.

"A calorie is a unit used to measure energy, not nutrition. Calories are NOT created equal and are not a metric used for how fresh or healthy your food is. Rather than focusing on calories, we want to help you focus on how your clothes fit and how you feel! Isn’t that exciting? It’s an opportunity to listen to your body." - Sakara Life



Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle

A calorie is a unit used to measure energy, not nutrition. Calories are NOT created equal and are not a metric used for how fresh or healthy your food is. Rather than focusing on calories, we want to help you focus on how your clothes fit and how you feel! Isn’t that exciting? It’s an opportunity to listen to your body. - See more at: http://www.sakaralife.com/pages/nutrition#sthash.q2AwBtXm.dpuf
A calorie is a unit used to measure energy, not nutrition. Calories are NOT created equal and are not a metric used for how fresh or healthy your food is. Rather than focusing on calories, we want to help you focus on how your clothes fit and how you feel! Isn’t that exciting? It’s an opportunity to listen to your body. - See more at: http://www.sakaralife.com/pages/nutrition#sthash.q2AwBtXm.dpuf
A calorie is a unit used to measure energy, not nutrition. Calories are NOT created equal and are not a metric used for how fresh or healthy your food is. Rather than focusing on calories, we want to help you focus on how your clothes fit and how you feel! Isn’t that exciting? It’s an opportunity to listen to your body. - See more at: http://www.sakaralife.com/pages/nutrition#sthash.q2AwBtXm.dpuf

App review: Munch Ado

*This post was written by Edgar Castillo and edited/formatted by The Lunch Belle.*


New Yorkers, for those of you who are indecisive and savvy enough to know about food stuffs, there’s a new new app in town: MUNCH ADO.  With their driving motto, “Search Hangry, Order Happy, Reserve Satisfied,” the goals of the app seem clear and in-tune with today’s parlance.  However, testing it via my trusty iPhone proved to be a little, shall we politely say, trying...

[Disclaimer: I was provided $100 to use on MUNCH ADO for meal reimbursements.]

Restaurant visit 1: White Oak Tavern

While MUNCH ADO aided in reserving an available table, the restaurant did not have the Dine In option enabled (a feature for users to be able to order food in anticipation of their arrival), so we had to order the old fashioned way once we were seated.  Sigh.

Restaurant visit 2: Cheese Grille

After my buddy’s acoustic session at a LES nightclub, I decided to use MUNCH ADO to find something in the area that was hearty and delicious.  The app pointed me to Cheese Grille, a comfort food eatery that is owner-operated and specializes in tantalizing selections made fresh to order (the bread is delivered daily from Balthazer Bakery and the cheese comes from local creameries). 

After placing an order for eat-in via MUNCH ADO, I eagerly awaited my meal.  Unfortunately, I was left waiting a little longer than I had accounted for due to a mix-up with the app.  Apparently, the restaurant and MUNCH ADO had not yet "fine tuned" their relationship.  I thought that my order for a sandwich and nachos was lost/never received until I inquired about the delay with one of the restaurant's employees.  So, it turns out...My order was called in via MUNCH ADO’s Manhattan headquarters.  One of the app's staffers actually recited my order and paid with my credit card (READ: READ my card number to the restaurant staffer over the phone and had it marked for "pick-up").  A number of reasons why this was a concern to me: The middle-man seemed to be a big factor that could contribute to mass confusion (Ahem, calling in an order is an antiquated method, for obvious reasons of orders being misheard.  Thus, placing an order on a written interface via the app assures efficiency.  However, MUNCH ADO seemed to take a step backward here.).  Most importantly, the fact that someone called in my order and provided the restaurant with my credit card information was a real shock and made me incredibly uncomfortable.  Upon speaking with MUNCH ADO reps, I was given more information to assure secure protocols were taken.  But still...!

Visit 3: Javelina

Photo courtesy of JavelinaOn an atypical Friday night, I attended a book signing immediately after work.  During a lull in the presentation, I opened the MUNCH ADO app and allowed my mind to wander to the next item on my evening’s agenda: Dinner!  Craving Mexican, I entered the term "Tex Mex" and MUNCH ADO’s search results provided me with options in nearby Union Square, East Village, and Gramercy Park.

Javelina immediately stood out because it was a restaurant that I’d struggled to get a reservation at earlier in the year (since it’s recent opening).  MUNCH ADO showed availability within an hour, so I jumped on the chance and booked a table for one, hoping that I'd be seated at the bar.  Upon arrival, the hostess walked me past the hungry crowd - as if I was someone famous - and sat me front and center: At a prime table all to myself.  Normally, I’d feel slightly anxious about taking a such a large space (for four), but MUNCH ADO’s reservation confirmation provided me with reassurance and confidence. 

*Especially nice: MUNCH ADO provides status updates on reservation requests.  You’ll know immediately (and with some sort of pun) if your request isn't accepted/if there is an update.

Order-in attempt: Five Napkin Burger

My final use of MUNCH ADO was on a weekday afternoon when I attempted to order from Five Napkin Burger.  After selecting my food/drink items and paying via the app, I received confirmation of my order.  Twenty minutes later, I got a call from the MUNCH ADO headquarters stating that the restaurant was no longer accepting delivery orders.  The staffer offered an apology and the gave me the option to pick up my meal (normally not an issue, albeit inconvenient, but that day I couldn’t leave my desk).  As an alternative - and because I had ordered a turkey burger and a salad - the MUNCH ADO rep began naming alternative restaurants with similar menu items - you know, much like the app's search field would be able to do.  If it worked properly.  While the rep's knowledge of various menus was intact, so was my hunger (quickly becoming "hanger").  Since we weren’t able to find an option that matched my previous order, I surrendered the search - thanked the rep for her help - and took back to the app to order lunch at The Famous Cozy Soup ‘N’ Burger, another tried-and-true mainstay of the neighborhood.


In conclusion:

  • Despite their motto (“Search Hangry, Order Happy, Reserve Satisfied”), do NOT order with MUNCH ADO when “hangry.”
  • “Order Happy?”  Hmm, maybe at some point in the future?
  • “Reserve Satisfied?”  Yes!  Then again, you can reserve a table with a lot of app-based options (ahem, OpenTable).
  • There are some latency issues in the search parameters, and auto-detect/auto-complete both hesitate slightly when searching for a known restaurant.
  • MUNCH ADO is ambitious, and if the aforementioned bugs and quirks are resolved, it could be a real contender in today's competitive market.  However, it definitely has its work cut out for it.
  • MUNCH ADO is an adventurous idea, a spirited concept, and likely to be enjoyed by millennials who have time to spare/who are ordering take out or delivery/future meals or for dine-in experiences.  While I wasn't able to find an eatery with an order-in option (to have a meal prepared and awaiting for me upon my arrival), that feature in itself will make MUNCH ADO stand out from its competitors.



Until we eat again,

Edgar Castillo for The Lunch Belle


Product review: Sofia Vergara's favorite "Coffee Bar"

When I purchased my last coffee maker during a 'Friends and Family' sale at Bloomingdales (like 5+ years ago), it was pretty top-of-the-line.  I'm not talking about a fancy Nespresso machine, just a solid coffee maker with all the bells and whistles: Bean grinder, clock, and that awesome "program" button you can pre-set to have your coffee brewing the minute you wake up.  It's been a great device and one that even moved across the country with me 1.5 years ago!

A few weeks ago, I decided to clean my coffee maker for the first time ever in ages.  Having never changed the machine's water filter (ever), I removed the cartridge and almost threw up.  Overgrown with silt and muck, I was beyond disgusted and horrified.  As one of those people who always assumed that Brita filters were a conspiracy and serious waste of money - not to mention rolling my eyes at friends who actually had one in their fridge - I quickly realized: Maybe I was the asshole!  Perhaps water filter contraptions weren't a bunch of BS, after all, judging by how much crap mine had collected over the years.  Forgoing an attempt to clean my diseased machine (WTF had I been drinking all this time!?!?!), I decided to go out and purchase something brand new.

I'd be a liar if I said that the brilliant advertising/marketing behind those Ninja Coffee Bar commercials with Sofia Vergara didn't work...Because you're looking at the newest owner of one! 

Always one to shudder away from instruction manuals and intimidating drawings, I was pleased to find a very user-friendly "quick start guide" upon ripping in to the box containing my Ninja.  Aside from the machine, carafe, and filter compartment, the Ninja also came with a travel mug, measuring device, and a milk frother (sold separately).

Depending on the size of your cup or carafe, Ninja's AUTO-IQ Technology draws just the right amount of water needed from the reservoir.  In terms of flavor and strength, you are able to select the graduated level of coffee-to-water concentration.  Options range from lesser to higher intensity: "Classic Brew,"Rich Brew," "Over Ice Brew," or "Specialty Brew."  So far, I'm hooked on the "Rich Brew," but am super curious to try the "Over Ice Brew."  I cannot tell you how thrilling it is to be able to make both hot and cold coffee from the same machine.  At home! 

Forgoing the carafe, I've been making single-cups in the morning before work.  There's this awesome "cup holder" feature that lowers and sits just above the carafe plate warmer.  Once the coffee has finished brewing, there's a "drip stop" switch that you can hit to put the kibosh on those annoying coffee droplets that burn your hand and dirty the warmer.  Brilliant! 

My only complaint is that the Ninja does not have an in-machine bean grinder (...but the company sells those separately.  Go figure!).  Otherwise, I'm one happy customer!

The Ninja Coffee Bar retails for around $150 and has been worth every penny.  Go out and treat yourself!  I promise that you'll adore this machine and love the excellent coffee it produces even more!


Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle 


(NYC) Stick With Me: This ain't your mama's chocolate shop!

Chocolatier/dessert shop: Stick With Me Sweets

  • Cuisine: Handmade chocolate, high-end sweets
  • Location: 202-A Mott Street - NYC 10012  
  • Pricing: $-$$
  • What's delicious: Bonbons, caramels
  • Perfect for: Dessert takeaway (single-serve or for groups/events), foodies, art buffs, gifts for the girl/guy who "has everything"
  • Menu: Click here


En route to meet my cousins for brunch a few Sunday's ago, I happened upon a very curious shop on Mott Street.  I say "curious," because its signage was in the shape of a candy wrapper!  And we all know what a sugar whore I am, no matter if the time of day is early afternoon or, in this case, 10:30AM. 

The wording on the 'candy wrapper sign' read "Stick With Me," so I just assumed it was a shop that sold Venus flytraps or the like.  Just kidding...

You had me at "chocolate."Needless to say, I was shocked to see that a specialty candy shop was already open at 10AM - on a Sunday - until I remembered that "I wasn't in Kansas Los Angeles anymore."  Just another reason why I love NYC so goddamn much.  Upon peering in the window, I was hesitant to enter as there was a live photo-shoot.  However, after having locked eyes with one of the employees, she smiled and mouthed, "Come in!"

Inside the small shop, white-washed exposed brick walls anchored metal shelves that were lined with handmade, decoratively-wrapped delectables in the form of: Flavored marshmallows, chocolate bark, nougat, truffles, and nut butters. 

Row after row of heaven!Just beyond the treat-lined wall was an L-shaped glass case filled with gorgeous bonbons, flavored caramels, and petit-fours.  "We were founded by Susanna Yoon, the former chocolatier at Per Se," employee, Nina, mentioned.  "We've only been open since December 2014, but business has been really great!"  From the moment I stepped foot within the shop, I knew I was going to be in for something special; but it wasn't until Nina mentioned "Per Se" that I was confident this experience would be transcendent.  "Since we're almost done with the photo shoot," she advised, "many of the bonbons are already cut in to halves.  Feel free to sample them and take as many photos as you'd like!"  Wow, was she serious?  Talk about amazing timing on my part!

Of the plethora that I sampled, the "P.B. & Jelly" bonbon was my favorite.  It was so exquisite, in fact, that I purchased a box of 6 as a hostess gift for my upcoming stay with my sister at her new home in Miami.

FYI: Stick With Me carries 24 (bonbon) flavor varieties!

And then there were those gooey, uniquely-flavored caramels!  'Yuzu & Salt,' anybody?  Yes, please!  Actually, make that a 'hell yes!'

Being the world's biggest fan of southern-style petit-fours (in essence, bite-sized cake drowned in a tooth achingly-sweet icing), I simply could not keep my eyes off of the mini "birthday cakes" displayed in the cake/dessert case adjacent to the bonbons.  "Oh my gosh, Nina," I exclaimed, "I simply must have one of the pink cakes to-go!  That is the cutest thing I've ever seen!!"

Although I wouldn't sample the cake until later that evening, I will say that, while the interior "cake" portion was scrumptious, the icing was gummy and a bit flavorless. 

Despite being a bit full when I arrived at brunch, I could not have been happier!  Not only had I crossed a task off of my "to do" list (buy sister a hostess gift), but I found a unique - even by NYC standards - dessert shop that is, truly, one of a kind!  To be honest, I hesitated posting this recap because, selfishly, I don't want to worry about any of you *also* bringing bonbons to the next party we're at together!

For a full list of menu items, click here.


Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle 


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 ;-)


Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle



(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...


Until we drink again,

The Lunch Belle