Lauren’s mother ignited her passion for food at a young age, when she served her a bowl of orange jello with shredded carrots. It was then, Lauren knew she would have to learn to cook for herself. She obtained a degree in Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu by way of a B.A. in Political Science and Communication from Clemson while surviving on peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwiches…and beer. Prior to moving to Atlanta, Lauren and her husband, Lynn, owned a bakery in San Antonio, which was featured on the Food Network; Many will attest that she is still recovering from PTSD from both. While Lynn is at one of the Newk’s Eateries that he operates, Lauren drives her two children, Peyton and Cricket, on the continuous 3 miles loop of her home, Dunwoody Elementary and Target.
Do people keep popping into town and you’re running out of places to take them? Do the kids have cabin fever? Skate the Square and Politan Row at Colony Square is your answer. Colony Square is in Midtown and the skating rink is surrounded by some of the city’s best restaurants.… Read More »
Lunch with friends makes any meal better, but Yao doesn’t even need the help. Fans of the bustling Tum Pok Pok will love the upscale, refined Yao. Adidsara Weerasin and Taya Denmark opened Tum Pok Pok while waiting on the build-out for Yao and both are such gems.
Yao offers lunch, dinner, and now a dim sum brunch.… Read More »
Have you been to Halcyon yet? It’s a quick drive up 400 in Alpharetta off McFarland Parkway. In warmer weather, people flock to the Big Creek Greenway trailhead situated at Halcyon and enjoy the open-air shopping and dining. In addition to a food hall that has a Gu’s, there are many restaurants for any mood or taste.… Read More »
Is it just me, or are men hard to shop for during the holidays? They either buy what they want or they insist they don’t want anything or it’s both. Hopefully, this list will help you check someone off your list.
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.
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 »
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 »
La Burgondie Crémant de Bourgogne BRUT ROSÉ from France can be purchased at Trader Joe’s for $11.99. I’m a big fan of bubbles and this is a great one to have on hand. This wine has fine bubbles and is delicate & fresh with a mildly fruity raspberry flavor.
#winewednesday… Read More »
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 »
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 »
#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 »
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 »