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@theahaconnection.com

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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Lauren Townsend
lauren@theahaconnection.com

Lunch with Lauren: Achie’s in the Omni Hotel @ The Battery Atlanta

By Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

The Braves play this weekend and it would be a great opportunity to check out the refined yet approachable style of Achie’s. Brought to you by Culinary Director, Hugh Acheson and Executive Chef, Alex Balduc, Achie’s offers southern inspired food and drink with a variety of atmospheres within the restaurant.… Read More »

Lauren’s doodled BuHi Lunch Map

Note from Audra – I wish I had 1% of Lauren’s artistic ability!   By Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection   The second most asked question I get asked is, where do I like to eat on Buford Highway? (The first is, what I’m up to these days and is usually followed by a shrug and the concession that I’m mostly just eating professionally and for funsies inevitably leading to question 2).… Read More »

Lunch with Lauren: Cafe Sababa

by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

Let’s talk about Cafe Sababa. I’m not sure how I didn’t know about this little gem until my friend, Felicia, mentioned it. I’ve walked past it numerous times on the way to Simply Thai, another one of my Dunwoody favorites. Cafe Sababa offers Mediterranean and middle eastern dishes made fresh and super delicious.… Read More »

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Lauren Townsend
lauren@theahaconnection.com

Lunch with Lauren: Gus’s Fried Chicken

by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

Do you like fried chicken? Of course you do. My oldest daughter and I love Gus’s Fried Chicken in Sandy Springs. (There’s one in Chamblee, but I haven’t been to that one). The first thing you should know about Gus’s is that the chicken has a little bit of a kick, and that’s not for everyone.… Read More »

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Lauren Townsend
lauren@theahaconnection.com

Lunch with Lauren: Vino Venue

by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

Well, my youngest child started kindergarten today. She is kind of a handful, so I had LOTS of emotions. (Y’all go ahead and add Ms. Davison to your prayer list). Instead of eating tacos filled with feelings while standing over my kitchen sink, I opted to rally my friends and meet for lunch at Vino Venue, because they serve lunch now.… Read More »

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Lauren Townsend
lauren@theahaconnection.com

Lunch with Lauren: J’s Mini Hot Pot Deluxe

By Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

My new favorite place to lunch. I’m not sure why I haven’t tried this place sooner; probably because the idea of my child with selective hearing cooking her own food in a pot of boiling broth makes my eye twitch. Spoiler alert…it went really well. Hot pot is a Chinese method of cooking a variety of foods in broth at the table.… Read More »

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lauren@theahaconnection.com

Lunch with Lauren: Poke City and Momonoki

by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

Poke city is open Publix Dunwoody Hall shopping center. If you aren’t familiar with poke, it is traditionally, a Hawaiian raw fish salad. If you love sushi, you will love poke. Choose a base (white or brown rice or salad greens), multiple proteins, veggies, dressing and toppings. I really liked Poke City because they also offered cooked protein options like chicken and shrimp for those who can’t bring themselves to do raw.… Read More »

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Lauren Townsend
lauren@theahaconnection.com

Beer & Cheese – A Limited Weekly Pairing Series

by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

So, I love cheese. I often try to downplay my passion or strong feelings about cheese because they border on fanatical. My first culinary job in Atlanta was as a specialty buyer for Whole Foods. At the time, I was unbridled by the confines of good customer service and was free to just learn about cheese from some of the best.… Read More »

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Lauren Townsend
lauren@theahaconnection.com

Lunch with Lauren: King BBQ and Cousins Maine Lobster

by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

I have strong opinions about BBQ. I never realized it until I left for Clemson and South Carolinians would emphatically insist that their mustard based BBQ was the best in the country. Perhaps if their insistence wasn’t so unfettered that it was the BEST in the WHOLE country or maybe if I hadn’t been so young and homesick, but alas, my opinions on BBQ began to shape with equal conviction.… Read More »

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lauren@theahaconnection.com