Thanksgiving Wine Suggestions

Start Thanksgiving by clinking a flute of bubbles. Zardetto Extra Dry Prosecco Rose 2020 is around $15. It is very well balanced with just enough acidity to make it perfect for appetizers and soft cheeses.

 

White Wines
Tonnino Mediterraneo is a moderately priced Chenin Blanc from Italy. Chenin Blanc is a popular turkey pairing because of its citrusy notes, but this version adds enough minerality to tie the whole meal together.… Read More »

This Week’s Meal Plan

Over on the Lunch with Lauren Facebook group, I occasionally post my weekly meal plan to give recipe ideas, but also to show the importance of meal planning in creating some ease in your week and cross utilizing products to help with budgeting. 

I always try to look at what is going on the week ahead, as far as evening activities, to gauge how much time I’ll have to cook and if anyone will be around to eat.… Read More »

Audra’s Visit to Dunwoody’s First Rooftop Bar

By Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

My hubby and I were out running errands this weekend and rode by the AC Hotel.   A light-bulb went off in my head as I remembered the new Bar Peri Rooftop Bar was on the 7th floor.  So, we pulled in, parked and went upstairs for the view, a quick bite and a few beverages. … Read More »

Lunch with Lauren Pantry List

One of my biggest pet peeves is having to run to the grocery store more than once a week. I’ve heard that many of you have to make multiple trips and that is one of the factors in making mealtime so stressful. You may open a recipe and see that you don’t have a minor (or major) ingredient and scrap it altogether or get in the car and spend 30 minutes trying to find buttermilk.… Read More »

Prep Food Junction – Literally A Hidden Gem


I was having a day that required tacos and rallied some adventurous friends to try out Let’s Taco Bout It. I dropped the address in Waze and went on my way, past that weird abandoned cylinder building at spaghetti junction, and ended on the frontage road of 85 facing the Big Green Egg building. I pulled up into what can only be described as a food hall in the form of an office park known as Prep Food Junction.… Read More »

Places to Check Out @ Lunch with Lauren

Ready for a few places to try this week? If you don’t want to cook dinner, just need a lunch out, or want to try Dunwoody’s newest bottle shop, keep reading.

Antiguo Lobo
5370 Peachtree Rd Suite A,
Chamblee, GA 30341

Open for lunch and dinner, except on Tuesdays. 

My husband and I enjoyed a nice day date at Antiguo Lobo in downtown Chamblee.… Read More »

Lately at Lunch with Lauren: Wine Wednesday • Ribs • Pizza Piccola • Zaalouk

Recent excerpts from our Lunch with Lauren Facebook Group by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

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I wandered into Taste Bottle Shop today and am kicking myself for not doing it sooner. It is in the same shopping center as Dick’s and Chick-fil-A, right next door to Piece of Cake and I’m pretty sure I’m only buying my alcohol there from now on.… Read More »

Lately at Lunch with Lauren: Wine Wednesdays • Peach & Mozzarella Salad • Frozen Margarita • Mushroom Medley • Food Hacks & More!

Recent excerpts from our Lunch with Lauren Facebook Group by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

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8/5/2021

#WineWednesday is a day late because I got a new phone and it’s been super traumatic. If you haven’t already, Storypoint Pinot Noir is a must for red drinkers and white wine drinkers who don’t like heavy tannins.… Read More »

Vacation with Lauren: Asheville, North Carolina!

by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

Our family was lucky enough to take a summer getaway to Asheville, North Carolina. My husband and I had visited many years ago, but we have never been with our children. Since it was really a trip for my husband, I opted to stay in a VRBO about 20 miles from Asheville on a 40-acre horse farm and not a hotel downtown.… Read More »

Lately at Lunch with Lauren ~ New El Azteca • C&S • Yummy Non-Alcoholic Drinks • Fried Chicken • MacNCheese • Macaroons • El Capitan

Recent excerpts from our Lunch with Lauren Facebook Group by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

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July 5:

Tomorrow is National Fried Chicken Day, so that means marinating your chicken today. I marinate chicken overnight in buttermilk, cayenne, paprika, salt and pepper. But some people like to brine chicken.… Read More »