Fitness Together: Get What You Really Want + Recipes from Russ!

by Russ Yeager for Fitness Together:

Recipes from Russ:
Fennel, Celery and Green Apple Slaw
Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
Guilt-Free Tuna Salad

Shortcuts to Make it Easier

Yes, making big changes in your body takes sacrifice and delayed gratification. And, yes, this is hard and is why most people give up and never achieve their goals.… 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 »

Lately at Lunch with Lauren ~ Juneteenth Food • Build Your Own Poke • Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog • Fresh Peeled Garlic and So Much More!

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

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6/18/21:  Here are some ways to partake in Juneteenth this week

6/15/21: 

Build-your-own poké bowl doesn’t require that much cooking, but definitely some prep work. I make sushi rice in the rice cooker; cook meat or heat up leftover meat, and dice tofu.… Read More »

Charcuterie Design and Charcuterie Trays Workskhop–WITH LAUREN!

Join us for Charcuterie and Trays! Learn the art of creating a Charcuterie tray with guest instructor, local food writer, and culinary expert, Lauren Townsend.  This event will involve learning how to setup a Charcuterie tray, and a DIY workshop to make a wood Plank Tray, Pedestal Tray, Box Tray, Lazy Susan or Round Sign/Tray. Customize your project with your choice of (non-toxic!)… Read More »

Tum Pok Pok ~ a Lunch with Lauren Review

by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

Tum Pok Pok is authentic Thai street food in a bright, fun, and casual setting on Buford Highway in Chamblee. If you are familiar with Bangkok Thyme in Sandy Springs, Tum Pok Pok has the same owner, Adidsara Weerasin. From the second you walk in, you are transformed to Thai Isan, which is the Northeastern region.… Read More »

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Recently at Lunch with Lauren: The Classic Greek, Karv Kitchen, The Ginger Room, Zentea and more!

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

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5/13:  Don’t tell me Dunwoody only has pizza places

5/12:  My friend shared some of her treats from The Classic Greek and now I can’t stop. Despina Lamas, walk me through what I’ve eaten here.… Read More »