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Instagram crazy

Somebody stop me!  For those of you who follow me on Twitter and Facebook, I apologize.  Kind of.  And, for those of you who don't, I'll explain:  Just today, I decided to fcuk around with my Instagram account and actually learn about all of its cool features.  Besides having the capability of taking new and uploading current photos, you can then edit your pics before sharing them with your friends via email, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Foursquare!  So, with that, I just went hog wild and uploaded about twenty photos.  In a row.  Literally.  Hence my semi-sincere apology.  But I'll take it all back if one more person asks me how I was in Seattle and the East Village at the same time...   

Check me out, y'all!  My Instagram handle, obviously, is:  TheLunchBelle.  Let's be friends!


Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle


Face in Hole = Bored no More

Bored?  Well, I was, too...Until I found this hysterical, stale-time swallowing, *free* app called Face In HoleI know, the name is a bit raunchy...

OK, so here's how it works:  The app has hundreds of photos of people/animals/celebrities with their faces whited-out.  Insert a face of your choosing to the said photo and save it.  I promise that you'll be busy - and laughing - for hours!  Trust me, I'm so addicted that I've already surpassed my alotted picture-messaging "maximum" for the month!

Here are some of my recent faves:

Since I CANNOT STAND that monitone, home-wrecking, emotion and heartless ho-bag, Kristen Stewart, I superimposed my face over hers.  Take that, K-Stew(pid)! 

Then, I thought it would be fun to make some photos using my adorable Lucy's face.  Because, obviously, she's way cuter and cooler than Anne Hathaway...

Now, run along and download this app!


Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle


It's baaaaaaack! Haagen Dazs' Salted Caramel Truffle

Strep throat + 101 degree fever = perfect excuse to eat ice cream!

Siva, one of my readers, alerted me to the fact that Haagen Dazs recently re-released its 2009 limited-edition salted caramel ice cream flavor.  Under a new name.  This year, it's appropriately called "Salted Caramel Truffle."  And the recipe is slightly different...

So, after receiving this monumental news, I threw on my flip-flops, grabbed my wallet and keys, and made a bee-line towards my nearest bodega.  Please let them have it - please let them have it - pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease let them have it!  I kept chanting under my breath.  I walked straight over to the freezer bin and, sure enough, there it was.   (Angelic choir music plays in the background...)

I couldn't get home fast enough.  After all, I still remember that miserable day in late 2009/early 2010 when this "limited time" flavor was no longer available.  I felt as though I had been personally wronged and robbed.  So you can imagine how elated I was to finally be reunited with my favorite pint. 

I anxiously opened the lid and ripped off the plastic seal...

Unlike the caramel ice cream of yesteryear, this version was as white as snow.  Perhaps this base was either vanilla or sweet cream?  Visually, this appeared to be the only difference, as I recognized the thick caramel ribbon and chocolate truffles.

My first bite revealed that the base was, in fact, sweet cream.  The thick ribbons of caramel were kissed with fleur de sel, and the chocolate truffle cubes were bursting at the seam with, you guessed it, caramel.  I enjoyed my next few nostalgic spoonfuls with my eyes closed in an effort to truly savor every delicious sweet and salty contrasting flavor. 

It's just like I remembered it, but better!  The sweet cream base, as opposed to the caramel, is more subdued and less sweet, thus allowing the key ingredients - salted caramel ribbon and the chocolate-caramel truffles - to take center stage.

And, before I knew it, the enitre pint was empty!  Whoever said that sick people don't have appetites obviously has not met The Lunch Belle!

I am beyond thrilled that the ice cream gods over at Haagen Dazs FINALLY decided to bring back my favorite flavor - even if it's only on shelves from February-December, 2012.

GET. YOUR. OWN. PINT. NOW.  Trust me, you will love this flavor!


Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle


Momofuku "Crack" Bar's Strawberry-lemon cake truffles

Holy crack.  They've turned me in to a fiend.

I could not not tell y'all about the best thing that I've put in my mouth since my meal at Melt Shop.  On Monday night, I found myself around the perimeter of Madison Square Park, killing time between appointments.  Beyond the tree tops, I observed a blanket of white tents and recalled that, until June 4th, Madison Square Eats was in full-effect.  "Yessssssssssssssssssss," I mumbled, channeling my inner Kip.  

Sure, there were and still are plenty of kiosks that I have yet to try, but it was Momofuku Milk Bar - a Lunch Belle favorite - that beckoned.  The first thing I noticed?  The bakery was selling their famous cookies in single packs instead of in denominations of six or more.  Tempting.  But it was their "cake truffles" that caught my eye, as I'm a die-hard, Southern-style petit four type of girl.  "I've had your 'birthday cake' flavor before," I explained to the helpful Milk Bar employee.  "Do you think I should do that again, or try the strawberry-lemon?"  She suggested that I go with the latter, justifying that it wasn't as cloyingly sweet as its cousin.  Not that "cloyingly" is a bad thing.  At least not in my eye.  

On my walk home, I decided to rip in to the dainty plastic bag stuffed with a trio of plump truffles.  I anxiously reached in, grabbed one, and took a bite.  "Oh!"  I shrieked, "my god!"  I stopped in my tracks and stood, literally frozen, in the middle of the sidewalk - completely overcome by an edible orgasm.  Do I eat all three of these truffles right here, right now?
Do I run back to the Milk Bar kiosk and buy every single package of the strawberry-lemon cake truffles that they have?  What the hell do they put in these things, crack?  I was conflicted.  I mean, god forbid I would want more than three truffles in one sitting.  I can't believe I'm admitting this "out loud." 

If you read my interview with Bobbie Lloyd, President of Magnolia Bakery, then you probably recall the peculiar way in which I eat a cupcake.  Well, Milk Bar's cake truffles have the identical consistency/texture of what becomes of my cupcake - something I now call my "stircake."  It's much more moist and has a better ratio of icing/crunch to cake.  The strawberry-lemon cake truffles are indeed sweet, but they're packed with a tangy punch from the lemon, which counteracts what the employee described as "cloyingly."  If you enjoy lemon-flavored products or lemonade - in fact, if you like strawberry-lemonade - then you will love these voluptuous treats.   

So if you're still unfamiliar with a cake truffle/ball, here's a brief description: imagine a super moist wad of cake - flavor of your choice, of course - packed neatly in to a perfectly-shaped ball (roughly the size of a golfball) and either rolled in to some sort of topping or dipped in to icing.  Here's a good visual - though this is NOT a cake truffle from Momofuku Milk Bar.  It gives you the idea, though - plus, I know that "red velvet cake" is all the rage:

Found on: Big Mama's Home KitchenWhether you visit them, before June 4th, at Madison Square Eats or at either of Momofuku Milk Bar's two "brick and mortar" locations, here's a word of advice: Get. These. Truffles. Now.  


Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle

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