Zoe’s Kitchen

Let me tell you guys about the most amazing restaurant I have ever been to in my whole entire life. Yes, I am very excited to share this place with you guys.

When I first moved to Augusta I was pretty disappointed coming from South Florida where there are TONS of food places. There are so many options and plenty of vegan/ vegetarian friendly places you really don’t have to do research to find one. Now here, you do have to do a little work. There are plenty Bo’Jangles, McDonald’s, Taco Bells and basically every other fast food “restaurant” you can think of. (No wonder as of 2014 Georgia had the 19th highest adult obesity rate in the nation).

But thank the heavens that there is Zoe’s Kitchen.

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I’ve been to this place about 5 times now and it has never failed me. There are Zoe’s Kitchens in Florida ( Orlando area and north, no wonder I’ve never seen one), Georgia, Texas, Arizona and more. They have this whole “Live Mediterranean” theme going on. They have soups, salads sandwiches and kebabs! Most of the time when I go out to eat I feel like I’m getting short changed. Most places don’t take the time to cook good food for people that don’t eat meat, the same time and effort isn’t put into our food and frankly it sucks.

Let me tell you the process. It’s a fast casual place so you order at the register, take your number, sit down and just wait for them to bring your food. And when you’re done you have to resist all urges to clean up after yourself and leave your trash on the table for them to clean up after you.

Last time I ate here I got their veggie kebabs. It came with two kebabs filled with Portobello mushrooms, zucchini and onions. I’m not the craziest fan of zucchini, it has to be made right and guess what? Zoe’s knows what they’re doing with their vegetables. It also came with a salad (They make their own salad dressings that they have available for sale), pita bread and the best braised white beans I have ever had!

Can you tell I love this place?

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I also love this place because I don’t feel crappy after I eat. I absolutely hate that feeling of guilt after I eat. This place doesn’t do that for me! I feel great and so proud of myself every time.

This place is a must try!

Let me know what you guys think, have a great Wednesday.

Love,

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You know it’s finals week when……..

It’s Monday I have no classes or work, so what do I do? Everything BESIDES studying… It sucks and I’ll regret it when I don’t see an A on my exam BUT I had a beautiful day! I went to Living color garden center which is about 3 minutes away from my house and I explored. I didn’t go knowing what I wanted to buy I just knew I wanted something. And what I got made me so happy.

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This place is gorgeous, there are beautiful flowers everywhere and it was literally the most perfect day to surround yourself with flowers. I was in love with all of the flowers and wanted to take every single plant home, but I couldn’t, I had to settle for just a few.

I got:

  • 2 Marigolds
  • Orange Mint
  • Lemon basil
  • Chamomile
  • And new gardening gloves!

When I actually write it out it doesn’t sound like a lot and I wish I got more, oh well.

The lemon basil and the orange mint smell so wonderful, amazing, the best. I wanted to buy some jalapeno and tomato plants but I already started growing my own so I didn’t want to cheat and get more plants.

My tomato plants are roughly 2 months old and they are growing rapidly while I’m growing impatient. I want to see little tomatoes growing immediately.

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They are beautiful and they smell divine.

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These are just the plants I bought.

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And these I’m not quite sure what they are, when I made my first raised garden bed I neglected to label the plants, so I won’t really know what they are until they begin to produce their little veggies.

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And my gorgeous gerbera daisies 😀 These are the highlight of my room, they are so beautiful and they brighten my day. I’m looking for more flowers to put indoors, I currently have these daisies and orchids on my window sill, but I’m becoming so obsessed with flowers and plants I just want more.

Well, happy finals week and happy Tuesday night

Sunflower sprouts

A while ago I was at the farmers market in Hollywood, Fl and this guy came up to me with bags on sunflower sprouts and he was so excited to tell me all about them. He said that he sings to them and treats them as his own children when they’re growing, it was a little weird but it was so great to see someone so fascinated by these little green things, so I bought a bag full. They are prefect to just pop into your mouth or to put into any recipe. I am absolutely in love with them, and that’s why I decided to grow them, so thank you Mr.I-Sing-To-My-Plants.

So today I have finally eaten the micro greens that I grew that myself! Today was the 7th day that my greens were growing and they grew beautifully!

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I watered and tended to them daily. And then dun……dun….dunnnnnn….. I ate them.

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I made a little salad that consisted of diced tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach, carrots, sunflower sprouts and oil & vinegar.

I looked up some benefits of sunflower sprouts and here a few that stood out to me:

  • Great source of protein
  • Provides zinc (which helps with fertility)
  • They have fewer calories and fat but are filled with vitamins and minerals.

These little greens are definitely overlooked, they’re so easy to grow and so simple, it’s crazy that I JUST learned about these plants. More people should consider growing these!

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The beginning of my organic garden

I decided to start my own organic garden on October 17th. I’ve been going to farmers markets for a couple months now and I decided if these people can harvest their own food and create wonderful things with them then so can I! I’m starting out small with just tomatoes and micro greens just to see if I do have a green thumb or not, and eventually I want to have lettuce, peppers, every kind of herbs, basically everything that you can possibly plant. I did buy more seeds but I don’t want to waste them, since I’m only a beginner, I want to know everything I can about gardening before I get too ahead of myself.

If you’re trying to grow 100% organic be careful about what seeds you are buying, and that’s tough many seed companies claim that they are non-gmo but they’re supplied by Monsanto/Seminis. They best way to buy seeds would be online, in my opinion, because Lowe’s or Home Depot have a limited selection and they are generally seeds from Monsanto. That goes for potting mix and plant food, even though the product says organic buying from these companies that also sell gmo products is kind of supporting them, so for my first organic garden I went to Home Depot and bought my plant food and potting mix but from now on I’m going to buy online so I’m not supporting these companies.

I started researching what kind of vegetables are best for this time of year and in South Florida, well turns out this time of year isn’t the most ideal time to START your garden, I’m a little late. But I’m doing it anyway, South Florida doesn’t get too cold, so hopefully I’ll be good with what I planted. http://www.Organicgardening.com is a great place to check out, it’s one of my favorite sites right now. And they broke down month to month which veggies, flowers and herbs are best to plant during each month. In October, kale, broccoli and even lettuce! (I’m very excited to start growing lettuce) are ideal to plant.

So I started with buying my micro green seeds from Whole Foods. It was $3.49 and I’m hoping that it was worth it.

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After just 4 days my micro greens are starting to sprout.

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I mixed some organic potting mix and plant food into my container and planted my seeds, I keep them at my window sill, (you can keep them at outside or inside).

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Every day I water them and this morning I woke up, opened up my window and my little greens are noticeable! I’m so excited for when they fully start to come out.

And with my micro greens I planted tomatoes, now these take a little longer to grow, and I keep them outside.

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I’ve also been researching on indoor plants that help with improving the air quality, and I found out that Gerbera Daisies remove trichloroethylene, and filters out benzene, they do need lots of light but they are so beautiful. Those are what I’m going to plant next and I’ll keep you posted!