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

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

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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

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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 »

The Ginger Room

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Adorable! You just have to go to The Ginger Room. Treat yourself and your friends to an afternoon tea or lunch experience. And it is an experience; Sitting in one of Alpharetta’s oldest (and cutest) homes, with mix-n-match teacups and saucers and a tower of tea-time treats. I called and made reservations for afternoon tea, so what you see pictured is just that.… Read More »

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Karv Kitchen

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If you can get a word out after your first bite at Karv Kitchen, it will probably be, DANG, because it is delicious. Karv Kitchen is a fast-casual restaurant inspired by cuisine from “all over the Mediterranean.” At the counter, pick from 4 meat selections: rotisserie chicken, roasted pork, braised lamb shank, or braised beef short rib.… Read More »

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

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3/31:  It seems like a good day for melted cheese.

3/30:  I feel like people don’t use polenta enough as a side dish. Instant polenta takes about three minutes to cook. If you get it precooked, in the tubes, it actually takes longer but you less likely to burn yourself on bubbling molten polenta.… Read More »

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

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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!

by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

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

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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 »