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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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Bocuse d'Or 2010

Please enjoy my collage of pictures from 2010's Bocuse d'Or, a.k.a. the culinary world's equivalent to a Star Trek convention.

Welcome foodies!David Chang book-signingBocuse d'Or competition's cooking arena, which transformed the CIA's gymnasium. The chef in the glasses is Georges Perrier, who oozes with humor and personality.These large screens projected the delicious detail of the competitors' culinary creations.The judges: quite the "who's who" in the culinary world, wouldn't you say?Chef Paul Liebrandt and your Lunch BelleThe Lunch Belle & Dana enjoying a glass of Tattinger bubblyVIP lunch VIP desserts: creme brulee topped with almond shortbread

VIP dessert: French macarons

Gorgeous hostess Kelly Choi stands amongst a crowd of white chef's hatsA competing team presents their edible creations to the judgesChef Thomas Keller samples one of the team's entrees 

Daniel Boulud and your Lunch Belle

"Who's who" bios for the chef's panelChef Alan Wong takes the microphone (I can't say enough wonderful things about this man! He was the exact opposite of how you'd think a famous chef would act: kind, genuine, engaging, polite.)Clockwise from the front: Andre Soltner, Grant Achatz...two heads of hair...Timothy Hollingsworth, David ChangThe Lunch Belle & David ChangChef Daniel Boulud poses with one of the Bocuse d'Or's sponsorsLaurent Tourondel's succulent cocktail meatballs served at the award's dinnerAnd the winner is...(envelope opens)...Chef James Kent from "Eleven Madison Park" in NYC! In January 2011, this team will head to Lyon, France to represent the US of A and compete against other countries for the world-title of the Bocuse d'Or!!