Far greater bloggers than I have reported on their vegan experiences in Paris (The Discerning Brute, QuarryGirl) and if you are heading to gay Paree in the near future you should definitely check them out!
Notez bien: should any of you be curious to see my tourist snaps, they are located here 🙂
I’ve just returned from my 4th trip to Paris, and wanted to share a few of my experiences of being vegan in a country/city that fiercely loves its fromages, crème, viande, moules, oeufs, etc….
Being on a bit of a budget there was a mix of eating out, packed lunches and dinners in. Renting an apartment can be very affordable and with your own kitchen, you have total freedom to eat vegan, with a nice view of the Tour Eiffel if you’re lucky.
Et bien! As mentioned above there was a fair amount of ‘home’ cooking involved….
Pasta seems to be my default first/second night on holiday dinner; I bought all the ingredients at the splendid Marché St. Quentin, which was a short walk from our apartment in the 10th arrondissement. I threw in plenty of tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, and courgette. Scoffed with an avocado salad, some fat green olives and a bottle of the always joyous Lindemans Kriek beer.
I got my hands on some Vegusto herbed ‘cheese’ early into the week. This was mostly destined for packed lunch cheese salad baguettes, but I was inspired to make burgers for the very first tasting….. I was lucky to have an organic/bio supermarket just around the corner and picked up some splendid veggie burgers….. I’m looking forward to Vegusto getting a full rollout across the UK soon; it was definitely the most cheese-like texture I’ve ever encountered in a vegan cheese before, and it tasted pretty good too!
A few days into the holiday I got a serious hankering for something a bit Chinese…. Though we had Chinese/Japanese restaurants aplenty in the area surrounding our apartment, none were really at all veggie/vegan friendly (which is usually a very safe bet here in the UK). Last time I visited Paris we even wandered around Chinatown, and I still ended up with a plate of broccoli. Can anyone recommend any great Chinese restaurants in Paris? Please let me know! In lieu of finding a takeaway I could use, I visited the local bio supermarket again and stocked up on some tofu and rice noodles. Some veggies and sweet & sour sauce later and my cravings were satisfied…. I also picked up some frozen ‘egg rolls’ from the supermarket which were 100% vegan friendly. Ace!
The final meal was definitely a ‘using up what’s left in the fridge’ sort of a deal….. Sautéed herby potatoes with garlic, peppers and onion and an avocado salad. And the final bottle of my beloved Lindemans Kriek.