Zoe’s Takeout

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It’s official – the in-laws have moved to North Carolina!


After one year of operating two clinics (one in Florida, one here), and my poor father-in-law commuting up to Charlotte and staying with us for 10 days a month, they are finally HERE!  They’re renting out their Florida house and renting one here.


The Husband was actually in Florida yesterday to help drive up one of their crazy large moving trucks.  When I picked hit up from their house and he got in the car, he remarked how tiny our SUV felt.  “Like a Ferrari!” he said.


We got back pretty late so we swung by Zoe’s Kitchen for takeout.


Zoe’s is my new favorite chain!  So many healthy, veg-friendly options.


I got the veggie kebobs, salad, white beans, and vegan potato salad.


Must recreate these beans!  They’re packed with rosemary and so very creamy and smooth. 


The Husband and I are now relaxing, eating many squares of dark chocolate, watching ESPN. 


Have you heard about the Auburn University oak trees at Toomer’s Corner being poisoned by a Alabama fan? So sad…  I practically cried while watching the news clip.  Might be a first.  Crying while watching ESPN.  But seriously, who would poison 130 year old trees just because of football?!


Oh, and my afternoon snack was Greek yogurt, fruit, and raw oats.  Bringing the oats back!  I swear, raw oats taste delicious with yogurt.  Just mix it all together and let the oats get all soft. 


Gonna go wipe my ESPN-induced tears and get in bed.  Have a wonderful evening!



  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 9, 2011, 8:36 pm

    So strange. There was a little flyer for Zoe’s Kitchen sitting on a table at the gym today and I thought it looked like a really great place to try out. Now I know! 🙂

  • Christine @ BookishlyB August 9, 2011, 8:40 pm

    That’s “chain” food? Wow. Delicious.

    Not cool about the trees. I’d like to accuse the drunk frat boys, but I know that’s not fair. I hope they figure it out and make them pay to replant more. And I’ve definitely cried while watching ESPN- I’m a sucker for those “we’re the underdog and we just won” stories.

    • Leighann August 9, 2011, 9:17 pm

      You can’t even blame college kids- it was an adult man who did it. How awful!

      • Paige August 9, 2011, 10:20 pm

        Using the term “adult” loosely of course. He got older but obviously did not mature!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey August 9, 2011, 8:47 pm

    Oh man – dinner looks so so good! That vegan potato salad looks delicious!

  • Army Amy* August 9, 2011, 8:48 pm

    People take their football rivalries too far! I went to a big football school (Texas Tech). Our fans can get really rowdy, but I’ve never heard of anyone doing anything like that! Cray cray!*

  • Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats August 9, 2011, 8:49 pm

    Yum! That meal from Zoe’s looks awesome! I miss watching ESPN with the manfriend and munching on chocolate together. Only 17 more days til I get to see him! 🙂

  • Danielle C. August 9, 2011, 8:50 pm

    Yes! I heard about that earlier this year, absolutely despicable by that Alabama “fan”. I can’t imagine what else that man could justify doing.

    Zoe’s kitchen sounds amazing, wish there was something like that up here!

  • Jen August 9, 2011, 8:51 pm

    That’s totally the organic 73% dark chocolate from TJ’S. Is it strange that I know this? I love it. Just bought another bar today!

    By the way, I used to never eat raw oats until reading your blog. Then I decided to put them on a smoothie once, and I realized how great they are uncooked! For some reason, I was worried that my stomach wouldn’t digest them properly, but I’ve never had a problem with them!

    • Caitlin August 10, 2011, 10:20 am

      It’s such good chocolate!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write August 9, 2011, 9:03 pm

    WHAT?!? That is terrible. One of my best friends went to Auburn and adores Auburn football. What is wrong with people?!? It’s a SPORT, for crying out loud. 🙁

  • Baking N Books August 9, 2011, 9:06 pm

    Raw oats…with a dash of cinnamon and maple syrup of course 😉

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 9, 2011, 9:08 pm

    I might have shed a tear BECAUSE ESPN was on but never because of the actual content. That’s so sad! People get so crazy/ridiculous over sports, I can’t stand it!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 9, 2011, 9:08 pm

    Ahh! I wish there was a Zoe’s Kitchen in Chicago! I just looked at their menu and it all looks so delicious! There need to be more take-out places like this!

  • Lauren August 9, 2011, 9:13 pm

    I actually prefer raw oats with yogurt as well. I love the chewy texture.

  • Clare August 9, 2011, 9:14 pm

    Do you have the book “Eat Drink and Be Vegan” by Dreena Burton? There’s an awesome recipe for a white bean and rosemary soup that sounds (and looks) exactly like the white beans you had. It’s so yummy and really easy.

    • Caitlin August 10, 2011, 10:20 am

      Yes I do and I will have to check that out!!!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 9, 2011, 9:21 pm

    Ive heard of Zoe’s Kitchen but have never seen one here in CA. Then again, I havent looked, but will pay attn now!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) August 9, 2011, 9:23 pm

    I need dark chocolate to survive!!! especially when I get overworked by silly things…such as kodak commercials

  • Carrie August 9, 2011, 9:25 pm

    Zoe’s is my FAVORITE! They have lots of veg options, but if you are NOT a vegetarian…the BEST chicken salad sandwich you’ll ever have!

  • Donna @ Life of a Happy Blonde August 9, 2011, 9:27 pm

    That’s awful about the trees and I’ve never seen chain food look so good! I think I’m off to get some dark chocolate now too 🙂

  • Anne @strawberryjampackedlife August 9, 2011, 9:31 pm

    Did you just now hear about that? I thought it happened awhile ago. Don’t worry, I usually cry when watching 30 for 30 on ESPN.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed August 9, 2011, 9:38 pm

    That is really terrible. Some people are just crazy! That take out looks delish… I wish we had more veggie friendly restaurants around my area.

  • Emily @ Comfortable Home Life August 9, 2011, 9:38 pm

    Oo a Zoe’s JUST opened up right near my office. I know what I’m having for lunch tomorrow..!!

  • Jenny August 9, 2011, 9:39 pm

    It was one crazy older man who did it. And all the sane people in Tuscaloosa (University of Alabama) deplore his action! Auburn was great during the tornado, they organized a ton of help for us, which was much appreciated.
    Football is a bit intense here, but they try to keep the rivalry on the field.

    • Victoria August 10, 2011, 9:06 am

      Exactly, Jenny! So glad you brought that up.

      REAL Alabama fans were completely disgusted by the actions of one rogue moron who never attended the University of Alabama and never held season tickets. After this happened, several Alabama fans created a facebook group called Tide for Toomer’s. It has over 60,000 members and raised $50,000.00 to help preserve the trees.

      Conversely, when Tuscaloosa was hit by a tornado in April, Auburn fans were some of the quickest to respond to Tuscaloosa’s needs. On Saturday, former football players from both schools will be playing a “Rivals Unite for Recovery” flag football game to continue raising money for the relief efforts.

      Yes, our rivalry is extremely heated, but hopefully people can see that both sides are trying to make the best out of tragedies and present a united front off the football field. Roll Tide and War Eagle!

      • Caitlin August 10, 2011, 10:52 am

        Yay, sane people! 🙂

  • Cara August 9, 2011, 9:46 pm

    I went to school at Auburn and actually graduated from the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. The forestry people are trying hard to save them, but they believe it’s a loosing battle. The forestry students have been growing trees for several years now from acorns from the Toomer’s oaks so in a way it will live on. They sell them to raise money for scholarships and they sold out of the seedlings as soon as the poisoning news came out.

  • Emily August 9, 2011, 9:51 pm

    Happy for your in-laws and their move!! That story about the trees is horrible 🙁 I can never understand big school rivalry and how it gets so crazy.

  • ashley @ cooking for john August 9, 2011, 10:11 pm

    those poor trees! that made me really angry. 🙁

  • Sam August 9, 2011, 10:19 pm

    So not cool about the trees. What are people thinking?! Arg.

  • Brittany in TX August 9, 2011, 10:21 pm

    That’s crazy…I went to Zoe’s tonight for takeout for the first time ever! Great minds! That is definitely sad about the trees. Some people take football to an extreme.

  • Paige August 9, 2011, 10:22 pm

    Ugh I read about that tree thing months ago and I agree it is SO SAD! I am guessing they were airing it on ESPN tonight because they weren’t able to save the trees?

  • Elyse August 9, 2011, 10:37 pm

    Hi Caitlin! I found my first Operation Beautiful note today when I was at the bookstore. It was tucked inside the cover of one of the books I opened :)….inspired me to leave a few notes myself!

  • Becky August 9, 2011, 10:42 pm

    I heard about the tree via some high school friends who are now Auburn students and it is really so sad. My family is very into football (We’re Michigan and South Carolina fans, both of which are huge football schools) but I could never imagine rivalry getting to that point.

    I love Zoe’s, by the way – we have 2 locations in Columbia. Their chicken salad and grilled feta sandwich are amazing.

  • Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat August 9, 2011, 10:45 pm

    I was just talking about those trees yesterday! Super sad.

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence August 9, 2011, 10:45 pm

    I was definitely sad about the trees. But I haven’t heard about it for a while!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 9, 2011, 11:01 pm

    That is my kind of chain restaurant! YUM! I know it will be so much better for you guys to have the in-laws there. Hopefully they get settled soon!

  • mary August 9, 2011, 11:02 pm

    I go to Auburn and when this happened it crushed everyone. But we are a family and something this sad won’t change that. There is still a chance they may be saved. This football season we will still be allowed to roll them in a controlled environment. It it’s great to read others people support and thoughts. War Eagle!

    • Melissa August 9, 2011, 11:12 pm

      War Eagle, Mary! I am originally from Auburn and even though I went to FSU, Auburn is close to my heart (everyone in my fam went there except for me!) I was home a couple of weekends ago and ran through downtown…the trees did not look good but I have hope!

      Thanks for mentioning, Caitlin!

  • Aimee August 9, 2011, 11:09 pm

    Zoe’s looks amazing! That was such a sad story about the tree, I agree with you, I can’t understand it. Especially over football. So many people do crazy things in the name of sports.

  • BroccoliHut August 9, 2011, 11:11 pm

    Yay Zoe’s! They’re based in Birmingham (my hometown), so I am all for promoting their fresh and delicious food:)

    • Melissa August 9, 2011, 11:13 pm

      Zoe’s is yummy…this post reminded me that I haven’t been in a while (I am from B’ham too). Are you still in the area?

      • BroccoliHut August 9, 2011, 11:24 pm

        I’m actually in Bham right now visiting my family, but I now temporarily live in Raleigh while I attend graduate school.

    • Summer August 10, 2011, 9:48 am

      I’m in Bham, too! One of my BFFs is a manager at the Mountain Brook store. Zoe’s rocks!

  • Jen August 10, 2011, 12:12 am

    I heard about the Auburn trees a few months back & I too was SO sad…especially being an SEC girl! I graduated from the University of Kentucky (GO CATS!!!) and, as much as we love to give our rivals trouble during the games, I cannot imagine what would possess someone to commit such a despicable act. So incredibly irresponsible and disrespectful, not only to the trees (I so hope that they can be saved), but also to all of the great Auburn fans. I have great respect for all good, diehard fans – rival or not! 🙂

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 10, 2011, 12:22 am

    Someone poisoned a tree over a football game?! God, people’s priorities are a little out of whack…

  • Khushboo August 10, 2011, 12:28 am

    Just abt to dig into some overnight oats- love raw oats and yog!

  • Jamie@everydaydolce August 10, 2011, 1:48 am

    Those beans look delicious! And I have come to seriously love the way oats taste in yogurt, I can eat it as a snack/ meal/ dessert anytime 🙂

  • Mary August 10, 2011, 5:52 am

    I can’t believe some people. doing something so out of whack over a football game. People are crazy.

  • Tracy August 10, 2011, 5:54 am

    A Zoe’s Kitchen just opened in Greenville last week! I ate there for lunch yesterday and had the spinach wrap with a side of hummus. Can I just say how wonderful it was? It’s my new favorite lunch place!

    • Caitlin August 10, 2011, 10:54 am

      Oh I will have to try the spinach wrap next!

  • Cindy August 10, 2011, 6:21 am

    I want to try Zoe’s Kitchen soon! My husband and I ate at Luna’s Living Kitchen in Charlotte yesterday. It was fantastic!

  • Liza August 10, 2011, 7:27 am

    Zoes is my love!!! The slaw is aweome!

  • Sarah@The Flying ONION August 10, 2011, 8:01 am

    You got me started on raw oats, and now there’s no turning back. I’m obsessed! Delicious. 😀

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 10, 2011, 8:06 am

    I think football rivalries can be fun… but that’s just taking it too far! What is the matter with people? 😛

  • Parita @ myinnershakti August 10, 2011, 8:07 am

    MMM! Those beans look so good! I wish I had places like Zoe’s closer to where I live.

  • Kelly August 10, 2011, 8:14 am

    Yeah I heard about those trees. Stupid. I am a die hard football fan and I scream and curse like a sailor during games but I would never ever take it as far as to do something so cruel.

  • Tracy August 10, 2011, 8:15 am

    My husband went to Auburn and when the news broke about the tree months ago, it was very sad for students and alumni. This tree was a symbol, mascot of this school. For an old man with his Bama pride thinking it was alright to do something like this… so sad and pathetic.

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me August 10, 2011, 8:58 am

    ugh people disgust me! I can’t believe someone did that over a stupid sports game. It’s a GAME people!

  • June August 10, 2011, 9:17 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE ZOE’S! So happy we have several of them here!!! have you had their chocolate cake? oh my goodness!!

  • Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life August 10, 2011, 9:24 am

    That is so awful about the trees. People can be so cruel and unjust over the most pathetic things sometimes!

  • Summer August 10, 2011, 9:50 am

    It was a depressing day when the news about the trees broke. My dad is an alumni, and I spent a lot of my childhood decked out in orange and blue and attending games. There are many a picture of me rolling those famous trees! Can we please also just mentioned that the man who did it actually CALLED IN to Paul Finebaum to brag about it, and that’s how they found out who did? Some people never cease to amaze me.

    • Caitlin August 10, 2011, 10:56 am

      He might get 10 years in jail!

  • Laurie August 10, 2011, 10:05 am

    This is so sad about the trees. I’m a big Auburn football fan and couldn’t believe this ‘moran’ did this! Just praying that they will be able to save the trees.

  • deep south runner August 10, 2011, 10:17 am

    I love Zoe’s too! It’s a little more pricey than I’d like sometimes, but the food is really worth it.

    I love sports, so I’ve cried a couple of times at sports-related things:) But the story of the guy poisoning the trees is one of the craziest things I’ve heard. Some people take sports way too seriously!!

  • Carolina John August 10, 2011, 10:45 am

    Big congrats on getting the husband’s parents in town!! That’s such a blessing. Having family close by (especially after you have kids) is so important. I’m only suggesting that grandparents make the best babysitters.

  • Lauren August 10, 2011, 11:08 am

    My twin sister works in marketing at Zoes! Love it. Also, I cried about the trees too, I went to AU my first year. The story really hit home for me.

  • Jenny August 10, 2011, 11:16 am

    They have a location in Tuscaloosa too! Hurrah! I’m excited to check this place out.

    I hope they lock him up for 10 years.

  • Jessica August 10, 2011, 1:42 pm

    War Eagle to you and your readers! I am also a Auburn Alumni and have been devastated by the news about the trees. They represent such an amazing tradition for our school as well as have helped to make our campus beautiful. Such a terrible thing to have happened. And yes, the Bama fans have all been so supportive it has really brought us together in some ways….

    Zoes is awesome! We have tons in Birmingham and EVERYTHING on their menu is delishh!

  • LauraJayne August 10, 2011, 4:08 pm

    I think I’ve cried more often than I should admit while watching ESPN. I think that’s why women shouldn’t be avid sports fans – we don’t punch things, we cry! The most I cried was when Adam Morrison (and the Zags) were eliminated in the NCAA bb tourney years ago. I’ll never get over the image of him with his shirt pulled over his head so the world couldn’t see how upset he was… I’m tearing up now just thinking about it… =)

  • Allison K August 11, 2011, 5:18 pm

    Terrible! We have some special tree’s on my college campus (University of Idaho) and it would be a sad day if they were destroyed by our rivals.

    Although…crying at ESPN screams pregnancy to me…and I’m a crier. 😉

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