Welcome

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.  Pressed for time?  Take a peek at The Weekly Eater, where I condense seven days in to one summarized post.

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-shop!

Search this site
Table of Contents
My delicious calendar
Links of Love
Contributions & affiliations
Login

Need more streamlined advice?  Shoot me an email with your specific requests:  Lindsay@TheLunchBelle.com.

Entries in TRAVEL Rhode Island: Newport (1)

Tuesday
Jul192011

Double whammy! Weekend recaps: Trump Soho - Rhode Island

When I look at a cup of water, it's half empty, not half full.  Do you have a problem with that?  I'm the girl who runs, not walks, away from situations where I *just may* get my feelings hurt or, worse, get my heart broken.  I expect the worst, to a fault; but somewhere, deep down, I hope for the best.  I find it rare to have two absolutely incredible days, much less two weekends, back-to-back. 

Stop.  Put away your tissue boxes.  Because this isn't going to be one of those "woe is me" posts - quite the opposite, in fact.  Believe it or not, I'm here to tell you all about my past two weekends that, just so happened to be fun, fabulous, and exciting. 

The first of the two back-to-back weekend "honeymoons" was kicked off with the celebration of my friend, Theresa's, 30th re-do birthday extravaganza.  She literally handed me the event-planning reigns and, armed with only a couple of her personal non-negotiables, I got to spearhead her 48-hour birthday extravaganza.

Saturday, July 9th, was the celebratory pinnacle of the weekend: cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres, at the Trump Soho's Duplex Penthouse Suite's grand indoor/outdoor space, were served from 7:30pm - 10:30pm.  Menu highlights included: a serviced ceviche bar (red snapper, lobster, ahi tuna), and the signature cocktail of the evening, white sangria. 

From there, the party continued at The Box until the wee hours of Sunday morning. 

Trump Soho's Duplex Penthouse Suite: living room outfitted with Fendi furnitureTrump Soho's Duplex Penthouse Suite: check out the view from the living room!Trump Soho's Duplex Penthouse Suite: a view from the bathtubTrump Soho's Duplex Penthouse Suite: bar setupTrump Soho's Duplex Penthouse Suite: a selection of our passed and stationary hors d'oeuvres

Trump Soho's Duplex Penthouse Suite: party favors! Chanel nailpolishesTrump Soho's Duplex Penthouse Suite: a view from our 43rd-floor terrace!Trump Soho's Duplex Penthouse Suite: terrace view!               Trump Soho's Duplex Penthouse Suite: terrace view!

Trust me when I say that it took me a couple of days to recover from Theresa's birthday party.  Ugh, I'm not 21 anymore!  And, just when I thought that I had finally regained my stamina, it was Friday again.  "Round 2" was a bachelorette weekend in Portsmouth, RI, celebrating the upcoming nuptials of my dear friend, Tara.  The bride-to-be's aunt and uncle graciously "ghost hosted" Tara, plus seven of her friends, at their sprawling beach house.  And where were they during the 48-hour-long bachelorette debauchery?  At their primary residence in Boston.  Smart couple!  :) 

Since I had to put in a full day at the office on Friday, I was the last of Tara's friends to arrive in Rhode Island.  The nearly 3-hour Boston-bound train from NYC to Providence, RI was, single-handedly, the most breathtaking and picturesque that I have ever experienced within the US.  The vivid, moving scenery just beyond my window looked almost as if it were fake: rolling green hills were dotted with colonial-style homes and red barns - sea grass swayed to the music of the wind - navy blue ponds and pools were sprinkled with pale-green lily pads - wooden docks, reaching as far as the eye could see, were tied with small, colorful rowboats, that floated atop water as smooth as glass.

The weekend, itself, was mainly spent relaxing, bonding with old and new girlfriends, eating and drinking, laying by the pool, and celebrating Tara, at the beach house.  But, between all of this, we did find time to head in to Newport on Saturday evening for dinner and drinks.  And, speaking of dinner, if you happen to find yourself in Newport, RI, then I highly recommend checking out Cafe Zelda to sample their famous "chicken-fried lobster."  It was, truly, unforgettable and delicious.

*A big "thank you" to Cousin Kerry for planning this incredible girl's weekend!

  Dinner at Cafe Zelda, Newport, RI: chicken-fried lobster    

Good stuff, right?  Trust me, I was pinching myself the whole time!  Glitz and glam aside, here's to many more incredible back-to-back weekends!