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 »

Audra’s Trip to Vino Venue for Dunwoody Restaurant Week

By Audra Anders for The Aha! Connection

Thanks Vino Venue for a wonderful Dunwoody Restaurant Week meal!  Everything was delicious and my nephew may never be the same after trying tres leches cake for the first time ever.  Everyone in my party can eat whatever they want.  However, Vino Venue could not have been more accommodating for gluten free me.… Read More »

Dunwoody Restaurant Week Starts today!

This June, dig into Dunwoody Restaurant Week, an annual celebration of all things delicious! Dunwoody Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to savor something new or revisit an oldie, but goodie. Participating restaurants will showcase their best dishes and desserts at set prices, allowing you to sample food and drink from some of the best restaurants in Atlanta. … 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 »

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 »

Updated Dirty Dozen & Clean 15: When To Buy Organic

Environmental Working Group Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, updated every year since 2004, ranks pesticide contamination of 47 popular fruits and vegetables. The guide is based on results of more than 38,800 samples of produce tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration. It is important to note that the samples are tested for pesticides after they have been prepared to be eaten.… Read More »