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 »

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 ( before making any decisions.… Read More »

Newly opened Gu’s Kitchen specializes in Szechuan cuisine on Buford Highway

Note from Audra:  Gu’s was one of the first places I went with the official “Foodie Patty”.  Read Patty’s article here.

The family behind the popular Gu’s Dumplings stall in Krog Street Market has expanded to DeKalb County with the opening of Gu’s Kitchen in Chamblee. For many, the sit down restaurant with an expanded menu different from the Krog Street Market location will be a new experience, while others have eagerly awaited the return of Chef Yiquan Gu’s Szechuan cuisine on Buford Highway. … 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 »


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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