Recent Highlights from Lunch with Lauren: Personal Chef, 3 Chicken Meals in 1, Fresh Market Special

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Personal Chef for Stress Free Occasions

Have you ever considered a personal chef to make a special occasion stress-free? A friend invited us to her beautiful home to celebrate another friend’s birthday and had Massimo Mariano cook the most wonderful meal.… Read More »

Re-Cap from Last Week’s Lunch with Lauren Facebook Group: Dum Dums, Piggy Pops and Little Big Meals!

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We aren’t sure if this is true but Lauren thinks so…..

It was Lauren’s birthday so she gave away a Moondog Growlers gift card and tickets to Medieval Times!  Congrats to our winners, Cindy B.… Read More »

Lunch with Lauren: More text questions…(Knives, GF Bread Crumbs, Grilling Fish, How to slow down Guac brownng….)

By Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

Here are some of the text convos I had this week:

  • What kind of knives do you use?

I prefer a global santoku, which is small and light, but my husband prefers a wustof chef’s knife, which is the exact opposite. But to be honest, sharp knife > expensive knife.… Read More »

Lunch with Lauren: Peaches, Peaches and oh….more Peaches

by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection   One of the first things I was told upon moving to South Carolina, from Texas, was that South Carolina grew more peaches than Georgia even though Georgia was called “The Peach State.” I thought that was a weirdly defensive bit of unsolicited information, so I would reply with, “well
maybe they grow BETTER peaches,” which made me zero friends.… Read More »

Lunch with Lauren: Ponko Chicken

by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

Ponko Chicken is Japanese-American fare and it’s SO yummy. It’s a super casual place, right off I85 and Chamblee-Tucker that specializes in crispy chicken tenders. If you get a plate, you get 3 tenders and two side choices from: ponko rice, brown rice, ponko fries, sweet fries, potato salad, cole slaw, ponko pickles, green beans, or side salad.… Read More »

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Lunch With Lauren – Ideas for Keeping our Local Restaurants Thriving!

By Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

Dunwoody Restaurant Week has wrapped up but I want to encourage you to dine at your favorite local establishments year-round. I know there is a community desire to bring new and different restaurants to Dunwoody, but in order to make that happen, first we have to support the ones we have, to show longevity and prove we are a community that patronizes our restaurants.… Read More »

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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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 »