Many of you know that I am a happy healthy vegan and one of the concerns I had going into my travels was of course access to fantastic vegan food.
I knew that in the UK, I would be able to ask questions and make my dietary preferences clear, but I was concerned about trying to accomplish that same task in France, with my rather rudimentary language skills.
Luckily I was able to find tasty, healthy, fresh vegan dishes everywhere I went! I thought I'd share some pictures of my favorite dishes along the way!
Ooh! How decadent is this display of truffles? This shop specializes in gorgeous chocolate from Ghana and although the truffles in this photo aren't vegan,they had a great selection of vegan truffles and chocolates as well as thick,dark slabs of chocolate that you purchase by weight.
This falafel is from Maoz Vegetarian, a veggie falafel chain with locations worldwide, even a few in the US. Please, someone open one in LA! Maoz has a big beautiful fresh salad bar that you dress your falafel from. Tabbouleh,whole black and green olives,marinated carrots, cucumbers, fresh tomato salad and a variety of tasty sauces allow you to create the perfect falafel.
At Loving Hut in Paris,I couldn't resist ordering this savory mushroom crepe. It was simply perfection. The salad that accompanied it was fresh and the dressing was light and flavorful. My favorite part was the slightly crispy thin edges of the crepe- mmmmmmm!
At Potager du Marais in the 3rd arrondissement,I had two of the loveliest dishes: a Seitan bourginon served with garlic mashed potatoes and a rich dark chocolate mousse. The ambience of the restaurant was quaint and comforting and although many of the reviews I read insisted that you need to have a reservation,they were able to take me ( as a solo diner) with no problems.
My flat in Paris had a nice big kitchen and you all know I love to cook,so it was the perfect opportunity to go to Paris' oldest covered market,Enfants Rouges, to pick up some bio produce ( bio is how you say organic in France). Everything was fresh and beautifully displayed and I managed to purchase all my veggies without resorting to English. I also picked up a lovely truffle linguine and made the pasta dish you see here.
L'as Du Falafel claims to have the best falafel in the world and I must say, they aren't just blowing smoke - this is some unbelievable falafel. There is perpetually a line, whether you opt to take away or eat in. I was amused by the multiple pictures of Lenny Kravitz visiting for falafel at all different stages of his career as indicated by his different hairstyles. This falafel had grilled eggplant inside and the hot sauce that was on the tables was a beautiful blend of hot and sweet. I probably used over half of the dish that was on our table on my falafel and frites.
As I was walking through St. Germain on my way to the Jardins de Luxembourg, I noticed that many of the passersby around me were eating these decadent looking cups and cones of gelato and sorbetto. I deided to venture into one of the shops, thinking that I might at least find a fruit sorbetto that I could enjoy on this warm and sunny day. Sp, how delighted was I that they had a dark chocolate sorbetto? The man in the shop kept imploring me that I could choose more than one flavor for my cup, but no. I insisted on chocolate, nothing but chocolate and was it ever amazing! i strolled over to the Jardin and enjoyed my cup while lounging in a big chair around the fountain facing the old palace, as an old man floated a sail boat across the pond. A perfect afternoon.
Ok, this picture makes me a bit sad, because this was my last day in Paris. While strolling the lively Rue Mouffetard open market, I decided to stop and buy a baguette to bring back to my friends in London. As I waited in line, I spied the magnificence you see above. When my turn came, I asked the lady serving me, sans fromage? sans beurre? sans oeuf? To which she replied in French, though I can't remember how she said it exactly, that it was only onion. I sat and ate this just adjacent to an old church that had a busy little playground in the yard. It was so rich and sweet and pungent. I wish it had had a few more olives on it, but it was truly tasty.
In closing, I just want to say that in my experience, all the restaurants and servers I encountered were polite, informed and accommodating in regards to my questions and my dietary preferences. It makes me so happy to know that compassionate living and eating are becoming more and more understood around the world and that traveling as a vegan no longer means having to subsist on dinner salads and french fries.
Big Love and Namaste,
P.S. - I apologize for the discrepancies in font and size in this post. Weebly has made some changes since I last blogged and I'm still figuring them out. It also won't let me create hyper links, as I wanted to share them for the cereal i mentioned as well as the Indian restaurant. If I can figure it out, I'll go back and make this post a little bit prettier and more consistent visually, but I didn't want that to keep me from sharing this post with you all.