Lauren’s Recipes of the Week: Roasted Potatoes, Cochinita Pibil Tacos & Roasted Broccoli

By Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

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Lauren’s Potatoes

I bought too many potatoes last week for a thing and so I roasted 8 or so tonight. Rinsed, cut, tossed in olive oil, minced 5 cloves of garlic, salt and pepper. Roast at 400° for 45 minutes.… Read More »

Lunch with Lauren: Donuts!

By Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

Friday is National Donut Day which is one of the few food “holidays” I honor. Sadly, our Dunwoody DaVinci’s Donuts  closed but you can find them at one of their nearby locations. DaVinci’s offers smaller, cake-style donuts in a variety of flavors. If for some reason, you can’t find a flavor that strikes your fancy, there is always the option to create your own.… Read More »

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Lauren Townsend
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Lunch with Lauren ~ Poolside Snacks

by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

When the last school bell rings and my children exit the front doors of DES and into summer, they immediately require sustenance every 15 to 45 minutes. I typically start the summer with the high hopes of fruit kabobs and worksheet bridge books and by July, it’s anything covered in neon orange cheese powder, Popsicles that come in a mesh bag of a 1000 and unlimited WIFI.… Read More »

Lunch with Lauren ~ Summer Lunches

by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

Well, we all made it to summer and what’s that saying……”The pool/beach will give it whatever body I give it?” That’s my mentality considering most moms should get a patch for just surviving May. I do tend to eat less and lighter, but still maintain this squishy physique with plenty of empty wine calories.… Read More »

Lunch with Lauren: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

I’ll cut right to the meat of it, Del Frisco’s was one of the best meals I’ve had recently, like lick the plate good. The restaurant is located in the new State Farm building on the Perimeter Mall side of Dunwoody, which I typically avoid during the week because of the traffic but for an 11:30 lunch date the commute was a breeze.… Read More »

Lunch with Lauren: Shawarma Non-stop

by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

It has been a minute since I had some delicious shawarma and Shawarma Non-Stop’s made me want to do a little yummy dance. The owners of Mediterranean restaurant, Fresh 4 U, opened middle eastern or Lebanese spot, Shawarma Non-Stop, right next door. It’s a casual, quick-service concept with dine-in space or carry out and also has 3rd party delivery.… Read More »

Parkwoods- A new restaurant with a beautiful setting in Dunwoody!

By Audra Anders for The Aha! Connection

Back in February, the AJC published an article about three new restaurant concepts coming to the newly re-modeled Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter @ Ravinia Hotel.   At the time, I had no idea I would receive the opportunity to take Peggy and Lauren for a complimentary lunch to check out the beautiful new Parkwoods Restaurant.  … Read More »

Lunch with Lauren: Ivy Tea House

by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

Ladies who lunch rejoice and clutch those pearls because I have found the best little tea house! Tucked on a side street in downtown Norcross, Ivy Tea House has just opened for lunch and afternoon tea Wednesday thru Friday and for high tea on Saturdays. Mouth watering savory offerings of sandwiches, salads and quiche are prepared by Maureen Adams of Bleu House while delicately delicious pastry are created by Nicole Outler of Gingerspice Bakery.… Read More »

Lunch with Lauren – Gu’s Kitchen

By Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

Gu’s dumplings keep popping up in my Instagram feed, but the drive to Krog market is not in my daily schedule. BUT THEN, I see that there is a Gu’s Kitchen open on Buford Highway in Chamblee, so I drag Amanda in the rain to get some dumplings. First things first, the dumplings are delicious and totally lived up to the hype.… Read More »

Lunch & DINNER with Lauren – Roswell Restaurant Week

by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

Roswell Restaurant Week starts January 24 and lasts until February 2 and has close to 50 great restaurants participating including many of it’s heavy hitters on Canton street. Many are offering both lunch and dinner while some are only offering dinner, so check the website (http://www.roswellrw.com) before making any decisions.… Read More »

Lunch with Lauren: Casi Cielo

By Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

It’s no secret that I love Mexican food…authentic Mexican food, street tacos, tex-mex from Buford Highway or the gas station, if you have tacos, I’m in. Casi Cielo is definitely on the higher end of the spectrum, located in a beautifully designed space in the heart of Sandy Springs, on Roswell road in between Hammond and Hilderbrand.… Read More »

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Lauren’s Map of the Buford Highway Farmer’s Market will make you want to ride over there now!

Note from Audra:   I don’t know about you but I love when Lauren surprises me with maps like these.  Her artistic talent is AMAZING.  I love the BuHi Farmer’s Market (see my 2013 article here) and so did Foodie Patty.  If only we had Lauren’s map the first time we went together!

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