The Lunch Belle

The Lunch Belle NYCentric Culinary, Travel & Lifestyle website Welcome to The Lunch Belle! I am a classically French-trained home chef who loves to share my latest recipe creations with anyone who will listen...and taste!

Aside from getting my hands dirty in the kitchen, I also write restaurant and product reviews and am a passionate and avid traveler (...who has quite a lot to say!). Welcome to my world and thanks for stopping by!

Operating as usual

@torchystacos I fricking LOVE you. This is my cheese-laden, passionate tribute to your out-of-this-world queso and that ...
01/17/2022

@torchystacos I fricking LOVE you. This is my cheese-laden, passionate tribute to your out-of-this-world queso and that flour tortilla taco situation with jalapeño sausage, pico, and (more) cheese.
Until next time, mi amor 😍

#lubbock #texas #tx #ttu #texastech #dinner #weekend #travel #queso #cheese #tacos #love #instagood #foodstagram #delicious #january #2022 #amor #local #fresh #mexicanfood #mexican

From overstuffed stockings to overflowing plates, we could not have been more fat & jolly (…and tipsy)! 🤪How’d y’all mak...
12/26/2021

From overstuffed stockings to overflowing plates, we could not have been more fat & jolly (…and tipsy)! 🤪

How’d y’all make out?

Food 📸 in order:
🍴
@doriegreenspan Cottage cheese biscuits
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Green chile potato latkes accompanied by sour cream and @terrapinridgefarms hot pepper bacon jam
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Slow-roasted brisket and homemade gravy
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@ciaosamin inspired kefir + papaya brined turkey breast, homemade gravy, cranberry sauce with orange and rosemary
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Green bean casserole, sourdough stuffing
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Aunt Donna’s famous artichoke dip
🍴
My beautiful plate with a bit of everything

#christmas
#holiday
#foodstagram
#foodporn
#homemade
#delicious
#2021
#texas
#elpaso
#family
#instagood
#cooking
#chef
#happy
#fat

Roasted Turkey: How it started (swipe) —->Did you know…That NO OTHER MARINADE tenderizes protein like that of fresh papa...
12/24/2021

Roasted Turkey: How it started (swipe) —->

Did you know…
That NO OTHER MARINADE tenderizes protein like that of fresh papaya flesh and it’s juice? (It’s a proprietary secret I learned from a Pakistani friend who uses this method to tenderize leg of lamb.)

Interested? DM me for the deets and I will gladly share!

Happy #christmas Eve, y’all!

#turkey #roast #protein #papaya #fruit #pakistani #tender #best #cooking #cook #holiday #recipe #secret #christmaseve #2021 #healthy #delicious #yummy #meat #dinner #eat #foodstagram

Come for the famous mafaldini pasta with shrimp scampi, but stay for the delicata squash and that decadent apple crostat...
12/15/2021

Come for the famous mafaldini pasta with shrimp scampi, but stay for the delicata squash and that decadent apple crostata 😍

📸:
🍴
DELICATA SQUASH (BURRATA, HOT HONEY, BASIL PESTO, PEPITAS)
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MAFALDINI “SCAMPI” (SHRIMP, PARSLEY, BUTTER, LEMON)
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CROSTATA (WARM APPLES, CINNAMON VANILLA CARAMEL GELATO)

#dinner #healthy #seafood #restaurant #nyc #manhattan #holiday #italian #pasta #foodporn #foodie #delicious #holidayseason #december #burrata #shrimp #pie #apple

Sunday morning snuggles with my newest lil’ cherub of a cousin! ❤️…plus hot toddy’s and a cornbread skillet crowned with...
12/05/2021

Sunday morning snuggles with my newest lil’ cherub of a cousin! ❤️
…plus hot toddy’s and a cornbread skillet crowned with salty bacon strips and two perfectly-poached eggs smothered in roasted tomato hollandaise 😍
How do YOU brunch?

#brunch #sunday #weekend #baby #cousins #family #bacon #nomnom #foodie #nyc #manhattan #december #delicious #newborn #adorable #breakfast #meal #food #morning

Night two of “holiday dinners across town” brought me to one of my favorite spots of all time, @gramercytavern Starting ...
12/03/2021

Night two of “holiday dinners across town” brought me to one of my favorite spots of all time, @gramercytavern

Starting with dessert first, we enjoyed:
🍴Sticky Toffee Pudding (poached pear, sorghum, sour cream ice cream)
🍴Cranberry Daiquiri with a @swizzlestirstix
🍴Golden Beet Salad (pistachios, sesame, yogurt)
🍴Tavern Burger (duck fat-potato chips and smoked onion aioli)
🍴Grilled Swordfish (cauliflower, capers, lentils)

#dinner #nyc #best #favorite #burger #fish #dessert #foodporn #salad #december #holiday #manhattan #cocktails #instafood #instagood #foodstagram #delicious #town #classic #winter

…that time when @dohgi and I went to dinner in a relatively nondescript shopping complex in the middle of Orange County ...
11/15/2021

…that time when @dohgi and I went to dinner in a relatively nondescript shopping complex in the middle of Orange County and unexpectedly had the best @michelinguide ⭐️’d Mexican dinner of our lives.
I s**t you not when I tell you to RUN, not walk, to @tacomaria
It is worth the flight, drive, shlep, or any other mode of transport necessary to experience one of the best goddamn meals of your life.
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Our dinner (in order of photos):
🌮 Mole de Pato: confit Muscovy duck leg, date mole with almonds and benne seed
🌮 Aguacate Tatemado: charred avocado, toasted cumin, hazelnut oil
🌮 Ensalada de Camote (sweet potato)
🌮 Chuleta de Puerco: grilled Kurobuta pork chop, bacon chorizo, honeynut squash, marigold
🌮 Aguachile: MX bay scallop crudo, Persian cucumber
🌮 Tamal de Fresa: red corn & burnt strawberry tamal, cream with Tahitian vanilla

#dinner #weekend #best #mexican #homemade #creative #tacos #michelinguide #famous #november #healthy #foodporn #foodblogger #foodie #beautiful #amazing #instagood #foodstagram #california #comida #cena #mejor #meal #oc

🍹 NY Sour 🍹We absolutely LOVE the ‘NY Sour’ recipe from @foodandwine 🥳Think equal parts sweet and sour, paired with smok...
10/26/2021

🍹 NY Sour 🍹

We absolutely LOVE the ‘NY Sour’ recipe from @foodandwine 🥳

Think equal parts sweet and sour, paired with smoky bourbon and fruity red wine. I know it all sounds like a crazy concoction, but the ingredients work beautifully together! This makes for the perfect fall cocktail.

Ingredients (per serving):
1/4 c bourbon - we used @crownroyal
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp simple syrup
2 tbsp fruit red wine (we used Red Zinfandel)

Directions:
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
Add all ingredients up to the wine and seal lid on shaker.
Shake for about 15 seconds.
Strain into a rocks glass filled with large ice cubes.
Slowly pour wine over the back of a spoon held just above the cocktail’s surface, letting the wine float at the top of the glass.
Cheers!

#cocktails #cocktail #recipe #ny #drink #cheers #fall #instagood #wine #bourbon #bar #delicious #drinkporn #sweet #fruit #perfect

🍹 NY Sour 🍹

We absolutely LOVE the ‘NY Sour’ recipe from @foodandwine 🥳

Think equal parts sweet and sour, paired with smoky bourbon and fruity red wine. I know it all sounds like a crazy concoction, but the ingredients work beautifully together! This makes for the perfect fall cocktail.

Ingredients (per serving):
1/4 c bourbon - we used @crownroyal
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp simple syrup
2 tbsp fruit red wine (we used Red Zinfandel)

Directions:
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
Add all ingredients up to the wine and seal lid on shaker.
Shake for about 15 seconds.
Strain into a rocks glass filled with large ice cubes.
Slowly pour wine over the back of a spoon held just above the cocktail’s surface, letting the wine float at the top of the glass.
Cheers!

#cocktails #cocktail #recipe #ny #drink #cheers #fall #instagood #wine #bourbon #bar #delicious #drinkporn #sweet #fruit #perfect

🍙 Nami Nori 🍣From the moment I arrived ahead of my party and was actually seated (shock), I knew that @naminori.nyc was ...
10/19/2021

🍙 Nami Nori 🍣

From the moment I arrived ahead of my party and was actually seated (shock), I knew that @naminori.nyc was a special kinda’ place.

Specializing in a wide array of temaki (a sushi hand roll), Nami Nori’s menu is also comprised of a generous appetizer/starter list.
Do NOT miss the ‘Wasabi Cucumber Tataki’ (salad) or the outrageously delicious Coconut Shrimp Temaki 😍

#sushi #japanese #delicious #foodie #foodporn #healthyfood #healthy #dinner #instafood #nyc #manhattan #westvillage #downtown #tuesday #october #seafood #fish #special

If you’ve never eaten a cheeseburger while jamming to a 90’s hiphop cover band at the base of the @intrepidmuseum then y...
10/15/2021

If you’ve never eaten a cheeseburger while jamming to a 90’s hiphop cover band at the base of the @intrepidmuseum then you’re doing it all wrong!

This year’s @nycwff Burger Bash was the best one yet! @dunnit82 and I ate and drank our weight in the city’s best burgers, @bluemoonbrewco beer, @titosvodka cocktails, and more @hornitostequila margaritas than I care to fess up to. 🙈

Until we ‘meat’ again in ‘22!

#nyc #food #wine #cocktails #beer #tequila #vodka #nycwff #burger #eat #drink #event #manhattan #party #hiphop #best #foodporn #foodie #festival #boat #museum #ship #october #meat #cheeseburger #thursday

With spectacular 360-degree views of the five boroughs from 64-stories above the pavement - plus a cocktail list curated...
10/14/2021

With spectacular 360-degree views of the five boroughs from 64-stories above the pavement - plus a cocktail list curated by the folks behind @crownshynyc and @saga_nyc - @overstory makes for the perfect ‘special occasion’ cocktail lair.
(Fair warning that one of these boozy beauties will run you a steep $20-$30 each! 😳
But that view, though…)

#nyc #manhattan #downtown #view #views #wow #new #breathtaking #city #ınstagood #cocktails #cocktail #menu #beautiful #high #cheers #alcohol #booze #special

✨ Bar Benno ✨As a NY’er, people always ask me how often I go to the theater.My response: “Why go to Broadway when you ca...
10/11/2021

✨ Bar Benno ✨

As a NY’er, people always ask me how often I go to the theater.
My response: “Why go to Broadway when you can experience culinary theater at a restaurant?”

Saturday’s meal at @bennorestaurant was a symphony of dramatic food and beverage presentations paired with perfectly synchronized service.

In order:
✨Crab Maison
✨Clams Casino
✨Escargot
✨Salade de Betteraves
✨Ragout de Champignons
✨Mouclade
✨Cinnamon Pots de Creme
✨Strawberry Sorbet

#dinner #weekend #foodie #foodporn #nyc #manhattan #chef #famous #weekend #eat #foodstagram #new #french #seafood #delicious #fall #theater #drama #sexy

Closed out an epic summer with a beautiful weekend out East: 1) Feeling like a kid again on a swing at @sylvestermanored...
09/27/2021

Closed out an epic summer with a beautiful weekend out East:
1) Feeling like a kid again on a swing at @sylvestermanoreducationalfarm
2) Slurping down freshly-shucked little necks (clams)
3) Eating my weight in lobster rolls
4) Taking in the insane natural beauty
5) Treating ourselves to the black truffle gnocchi at @thepalm
6) Watching the sunset over Georgica Beach

#ny #hamptons #beach #sunset #weekend #travelphotography #travel #beautiful #nature #foodie #foodporn #seafood #longisland #instagood #summer #trip #farm #epic #september

Of the eight courses served on the tasting menu at Santorini’s Alios Ilios, these three savory dishes were my favorites:...
09/13/2021

Of the eight courses served on the tasting menu at Santorini’s Alios Ilios, these three savory dishes were my favorites:

1) Local grouper with artichoke, lemon and a Sauvignon Blanc fume
2) Shrimp, sausage and Talagani cheese
3) Lamb with greens & asparagus

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#travel #holiday #tourist #traveling #summer #trip #2021
#greek #greece #cyclades #santorini #dinner #holiday #vacation #foodporn #foodblogger #foodie #cuisine #mediterranean #healthy #homemade #handmade #instatravel #instagood #foodstagram #seafood #local #lamb

Caprese Pasta Diaries 🍝(a.k.a. ‘noodle porn’ at its finest)1) Zucchini pasta, Due Pini 2) Zucchini pasta, Capriccio3) Pr...
09/08/2021

Caprese Pasta Diaries 🍝
(a.k.a. ‘noodle porn’ at its finest)

1) Zucchini pasta, Due Pini
2) Zucchini pasta, Capriccio
3) Prawn risotto, Il Riccio
4) Spaghettoni with sea urchin, Il Riccio
5) Zucchini pasta, Da Gelsomina
6) Linguine Fontelina, La Fontelina

#travel #holiday #vacation #tourist #traveling #summer #trip #2021 #instagood #instatravel
#dinner #foodporn #foodblogger #foodie #italian #homemade #handmade #foodstagram #italianfood #pasta #noodles #carbs #authentic #fresh #best #beautiful #zucchini #seafood

Where were you this time last week? Four of my high school girlfriends and I celebrated our birthdays in SoCal; we ate a...
08/19/2021

Where were you this time last week?

Four of my high school girlfriends and I celebrated our birthdays in SoCal; we ate and drank too much, laughed constantly, shamelessly gossiped, spent time at the beach (and snuck my pup in via a dog stroller 🤣🙈), had a spa sesh, and made a pact that we will do it all again this time next year. ❤️

#friends #girlfriend #california #socal #sandiego #summer #birthday #celebrate #family #highschool #reunion #love #eat #spa #ca #august #visit #travel #tourist

SoCal #family dinner at our local Mexican joint, @casadebandini #california #sandiego #ca #mexicanfood #mexican #comida ...
08/10/2021

SoCal #family dinner at our local Mexican joint, @casadebandini

#california #sandiego #ca #mexicanfood #mexican #comida #cena #dinner #tuesday #cousins #shrimp #local #localbusiness #authentic #foodporn #foodblogger #delicious #cheese #instagood #foodstagram #summer #socal #tacos #august

Beach vibes 👯‍♀️ ❤️ 🏄🏻‍♀️ #ca #california #cali #socal #sandiego #beach #beachlife #wednesday #bff #mom #summer #saltyha...
08/04/2021

Beach vibes 👯‍♀️ ❤️ 🏄🏻‍♀️

#ca #california #cali #socal #sandiego #beach #beachlife #wednesday #bff #mom #summer #saltyhair #instagood #ocean #sea #family #august #2021 #coast #westside

Beach vibes 👯‍♀️ ❤️ 🏄🏻‍♀️

#ca #california #cali #socal #sandiego #beach #beachlife #wednesday #bff #mom #summer #saltyhair #instagood #ocean #sea #family #august #2021 #coast #westside

Taking a bite out of the ‘Sunday scaries’ by sinking my teeth in to the world’s most delicious apple fritter from @vgdon...
08/01/2021

Taking a bite out of the ‘Sunday scaries’ by sinking my teeth in to the world’s most delicious apple fritter from @vgdonut

Donut miss this legendary beach bakery the next time you find yourself in north San Diego

#ca #socal #california #donuts #fresh #homemade #best #sweet #carbs #foodporn #weekend #sundayfunday #sunday #eat #fruit #breakfast #bite #foodstagram #instagood #bakery #beach #local

Taking a bite out of the ‘Sunday scaries’ by sinking my teeth in to the world’s most delicious apple fritter from @vgdonut

Donut miss this legendary beach bakery the next time you find yourself in north San Diego

#ca #socal #california #donuts #fresh #homemade #best #sweet #carbs #foodporn #weekend #sundayfunday #sunday #eat #fruit #breakfast #bite #foodstagram #instagood #bakery #beach #local

Double layer birthday cake iced and filled with chocolate + salted caramel ganache 😍(Try and beat THAT!)#birthdaycake #b...
07/31/2021

Double layer birthday cake iced and filled with chocolate + salted caramel ganache 😍

(Try and beat THAT!)

#birthdaycake #birthday #cake #chocolatecake #chocolate #caramel #saltedcaramel #dessert #sweet #delicious #best #homemade #foodporn #foodie #foodblogger #foodstagram #instagood #saturday #weekend

Double layer birthday cake iced and filled with chocolate + salted caramel ganache 😍

(Try and beat THAT!)

#birthdaycake #birthday #cake #chocolatecake #chocolate #caramel #saltedcaramel #dessert #sweet #delicious #best #homemade #foodporn #foodie #foodblogger #foodstagram #instagood #saturday #weekend

If there’s a more sexy cheeseburger on the planet, I triple-dog-dare your ass to put it up against this carnivorous beas...
07/30/2021

If there’s a more sexy cheeseburger on the planet, I triple-dog-dare your ass to put it up against this carnivorous beast from @ambarelpaso
This baby is composed of Chianina beef and crowned with a healthy schmear of gooey chile con queso. Oh, and how’bout that homemade brioche bun?
#winning

#foodporn #tgif #friday #burger #cheeseburger #cheese #beef #tx #texas #elpaso #best #lunch #homemade #chile #queso #fries #delicious #sexy #instagood #foodstagram #beautiful #july #fresh #perfect #comida #hermosa

If there’s a more sexy cheeseburger on the planet, I triple-dog-dare your ass to put it up against this carnivorous beast from @ambarelpaso
This baby is composed of Chianina beef and crowned with a healthy schmear of gooey chile con queso. Oh, and how’bout that homemade brioche bun?
#winning

#foodporn #tgif #friday #burger #cheeseburger #cheese #beef #tx #texas #elpaso #best #lunch #homemade #chile #queso #fries #delicious #sexy #instagood #foodstagram #beautiful #july #fresh #perfect #comida #hermosa

Mi gente en El Paso: If you have out-of-towners coming through the Sun City, make sure to treat them to an evening at @a...
07/29/2021

Mi gente en El Paso:
If you have out-of-towners coming through the Sun City, make sure to treat them to an evening at @ardovinosdc - there’s no other place like it on earth! Plus, they have the best pizza in town (and that’s coming from the mouth of a NY’er)!

1) Full House Pizza: Sausage, Pepperoni, New Mexico green chile, Shrooms, Mozzarella
2) Bucatini & Meatballs
3) Fried Brussels Sprouts with Miso Glaze
4) Panna Cotta with Fennel & Fresh Fruit
5) @zsobes & Scott

#holiday #newmexico #nm #tourist #dinner #italian #italianfood #pizza #pasta #homemade #best #texas #friends #summer #july #delicious #foodporn #yummy #authentic

If you’re looking for elevated bar food with a kick ass cocktail program, don’t miss one of Amagansett’s newest haunts, ...
05/30/2021

If you’re looking for elevated bar food with a kick ass cocktail program, don’t miss one of Amagansett’s newest haunts, the @themainstreettavern

1) Knickerbocker Punch: Rum, lime, red wine float
2) Homemade mozzarella sticks, marinara sauce
3) Crispy shrimp + spicy aioli
4) Tavern wings

#hamptons #dinner #ny #longisland #weekend #weekendvibes #sunday #bar #dinner #cheese #wings #chicken #local #fresh #homemade #li #foodporn #foodblogger #mdw #best #sexy #new #cocktails #holiday

Missing the #florida sunshine and that outstanding fresh seafood on this drizzly #nyc night...#fl #palmbeach #seafood #f...
05/26/2021

Missing the #florida sunshine and that outstanding fresh seafood on this drizzly #nyc night...

#fl #palmbeach #seafood #fresh #dinner #healthy #fish #foodporn #delicious #yummy #foodblogger #travel #vacation #holiday #may #wednesday #healthyfood

Missing the #florida sunshine and that outstanding fresh seafood on this drizzly #nyc night...

#fl #palmbeach #seafood #fresh #dinner #healthy #fish #foodporn #delicious #yummy #foodblogger #travel #vacation #holiday #may #wednesday #healthyfood

Keepin’ sexy on this gorgeous Sunday with a bountiful plate of cheese + rajas enchiladas smothered in a creamy tomatillo...
05/16/2021

Keepin’ sexy on this gorgeous Sunday with a bountiful plate of cheese + rajas enchiladas smothered in a creamy tomatillo sauce. 😍

#mexicanfood #mexican #comida #queso #vegetarian #cheese #foodporn #foodblogger #queens #nyc #ny #lic #authentic #sexy #weekend #sunday #sundayfunday #instagood #yummy #local #delicious

Keepin’ sexy on this gorgeous Sunday with a bountiful plate of cheese + rajas enchiladas smothered in a creamy tomatillo sauce. 😍

#mexicanfood #mexican #comida #queso #vegetarian #cheese #foodporn #foodblogger #queens #nyc #ny #lic #authentic #sexy #weekend #sunday #sundayfunday #instagood #yummy #local #delicious

From start to finish, we enjoyed another phenomenal seafood-centric meal at Park Avenue South’s newest crown jewel, @oce...
05/15/2021

From start to finish, we enjoyed another phenomenal seafood-centric meal at Park Avenue South’s newest crown jewel, @oceansnewyork

Plates:
1) Tuna tartare
2) Peekytoe crab roll topped with seared salmon and truffle miso
3) Chilean sea bass served atop romanesco and an edamame salsa
4) Margarita made with kombu-infused tequila and yuzu

#dinner #seafood #healthyfood #healthy #sushi #truffle #weekend #foodporn #fish #fresh #local #asian #nyc #ny #manhattan #may #delicious #foodstagram #sexy #best #foodblogger

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