Lately at Lunch with Lauren ~ Roasted Chicken + Beets & Goat Cheese + Crab Cake Sandwiches + Muffins and More!

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

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A perfectly roasted chicken is a thing of beauty. Not only is it pure comfort food (tender meat, crunchy skin, buttery drippings) but there are so many other meals you can turn it into.… Read More »

Birria Tacos!

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What are Birria Tacos? I’m glad you asked because birria tacos seem to be all the rage around the nation and here in Atlanta. What you typically see around Atlanta (and in the U.S.) is actually a quesabirria taco. “The tortilla is dipped in birria broth and griddled, before being topped with meat and cheese and then folded into the now crunchy, red-tinged tortilla.”… Read More »

Big game GIVEAWAY!

by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection   The Texans let me down, yet again, so I’m only celebrating food on Sunday. 1 lucky person is going to win a free growler of beer or seltzer from Porter BBQ & Brewery (must be 21+) and this inflatable snack stadium. You can fill it with whatever you want, but you may want to stock up on all the football comfort foods while you are picking up your growler.… Read More »

Lately at Lunch with Lauren: Wright’s Gourmet Cakes + Leftover Magic + Myungrang Hotdog

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

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For everyone looking for their Wright’s cake fix. Go to Porter BBQ & Brewery  for bbq, stay for cake

I love when random stuff from my fridge/freezer come together for a delicious meal.… Read More »

Lately at Lunch with Lauren: Pizza Jeans • Big Dave’s Cheese-Steaks • TGM Menu

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The sauce is what makes the margarita pizza from Pizza Jeans so perfect. I was worried when it was the only cheese pizza they offered because my children have refused the same pie at other places.… Read More »

Lately at Lunch with Lauren: Favorite Meals of 2020

by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

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These were some my favorite things I made this year at home: dupe of PF Changs Mongolian beef, buttermilk fried chicken with peaches and mashed celeriac, steamed mussels with garlic, wine and brown butter, Ina Garten’s peach pie recipe, meat tower, yellow-tail with citrus, watermelon and basil, mushroom ragout with Boursin on toast, white truffle risotto with scallops, braised leeks and peaches, sweet potato and chorizo hash.… Read More »

Lately at Lunch with Lauren: Hopstix • Budi’s Sushi Two-Go • Sesame Chicken • Pancakes • Mushrooms • Citrus

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I know I’ve written about Hopstix in Chamblee before, but it was at the top of my mom’s list of places to eat. The calamari and robata grill is always delicious but everyone loves the basil fried rice (we always get at least one) and today I tried miso clam soup that was my perfect comfort food.… Read More »

Men’s Gift Guide 2020

by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

My husband can be particularly hard to shop for. When I ask him what he wants, it’s always, “I don’t need anything.” Yeah, I get that, but I still need to wrap something up and he always ends up enjoying whatever random thing we find for him. Here are some ideas for the guys in your life to unwrap.… Read More »

Lately at Lunch with Lauren: Spaghetti • Secret Pint BBQ • Budi’s Sushi Two-Go

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December 2, 2020

This. Is my kids’ favorite meal at home. This is their comfort food. Spaghetti and this quick, homemade tomato sauce. Saute a diced onion and 5ish cloves of garlic in olive oil.… Read More »

Recently at Lunch with Lauren: Dog Cake • Hasselback potatoes • Custom Cutting Board • Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks

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November 11th

It is Olive Dog’s Gotcha Day. We made her a cake (and Cricket orchestrated a balloon drop, but that seemed more traumatic). This cake is safe for dogs to eat and I’m not sure how it tastes, but Olive liked it.… Read More »

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Butternut squash 2 ways. 1. Chorizo, onion and butternut squash with egg and avocado. This is the closest we get to breakfast for dinner. Cook the chorizo (remove casing if you buy sausages). Remove chorizo and cook squash and onions until tender.… Read More »