Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Paris When It Sizzles



Paris was fantastic! The weather, despite threatening reports, was amazing and the company couldn't have been better.

Some of the vegan highlights included:

1. finding a great bio shop, Bio Coop Lemo, where I bought a selection of dried goods to keep me going throughout the three days. They are attempting to start a chain of bio-shops in Paris, and I say go for it! The selection was great in both the veg/fruit aisle and they had some wonderful looking sundries that I unfortunately had no room for. The three locations can be found here - if you are in Paris for holiday I recommend checking it out! The only down side of this little grocery stop was buying a package of quince spread and keeping it in my purse all day to only discover (after wondering why on earth my leg was so sticky) that it had exploded.

2. a great veg*n dinner on Saturday night with the Ladies and Kevin. We ate at a little vegetarian (with loads of vegan options) place close to Notre Dame. It was heaving! Totally packed. Although I had a spectacular time with my friends (who were horrible to me and kept topping up a wine glass that seemed to be drinking itself), the food really wasn't that great. My avocado appetizer was tasteless, and the main was just a whack of couscous and a seitan log. They also disappointed me by promising vegan sorbet and not being able to deliver...they did manage to cut up a mango, pour some raspberries on it and deliver it to my table..... But, no worries, that is what exploring is all about. :) Please note the Sad Vegan Face ("Sorry Madame, but there is no vegan sorbet tonight") and then Happy Vegan Face ("Here is a mango")













3. sushi!!! I think I have mentioned my pension for vegan Japanese treats before. When I lived in Toronto it was a weekly treat to head down to college street and devour a plate of maki. But, here in the rainy land of Belgium, it is hard hard hard to find maki that isn't under 8 euros for a cucumber roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't mind paying big bucks if it makes sense...but COME ON. So, it has become tradition for K and I to head straight for any/all sushi options when ever on holiday. This trip didn't disappoint me - lots of avocado rolls and some great miso soup. And K is just about the coolest guy to sit down quietly with for lunch in the middle of a busy city.

I admit to having zero new recipes of at-home recipes to share.....due to this unrelenting tummy ache that seems to come and go. But - I have a whole weekend ahead of me and I have plans to use my newest cookbook......VEGAN CUPCAKES TAKE OVER THE WORLD! Can't wait.

16 comments:

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Ooooh Paris! I'm jealous. And I laughed out loud at your sad-to-happy faces :o)

jelymo said...

yes indeed, i'm jealous that you were able to go to paris. i would rather have fresh fruit over sorbet any day.

Virginia said...

I am also jealous. Must be nice to have been all over the world! You will love VCTOTW! It's great!

Chelsea said...

Yay, Paris! Sounds like a great trip :)

vko said...

J'adore Paris! Sounds like you had a great trip, be sure to get some of the yummiest falafel ever in the Marais district if you get a chance. Also good vegan restaurant- La Potager du Marais...

jessy said...

hooray for paris! and sushis! yay!

ahahahahahaaa - your sadveganface and happyveganface made me laugh a lot! that is most awesome! :)

that stinks that your dinner out was disappointing, but great that you found an awesome bio shop!

ohhhh - you got VCTOTW?! superexcitedface! i can't wait to see some delicious cuppies! i puffy heart them the most!

have fun - and have a wonderful weekend, too!

yay!

Celine said...

that first picture is making me swoon. perfection!

shellyfish said...

Didn't we have the best weekend weather ever? I was hoping you were here to enjoy!

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

glad you had such a great time with friends!

Isle Dance said...

LOL! So fun to read this! :o)

Bianca said...

Ooh, you lucky! I'd love to explore Paris. Glad you had a nice time, but sorry to hear about the sorbet situation!

tofuparty said...

I can't almost wait to see what you're going to do with the 'Vegan cupcakes take over the world'. Post quickly, please ????

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Ooh, I love Paris! I'm sorry to hear your meal was bad, but the bio market sounds great!

aTxVegn said...

So glad Paris was enjoyable. Have fun baking cupcakes!

jennycestcake said...

Glad you had fun in Paris and I hope you and your cupcakes have a great time taking over the world this weekend!

seitanismymotor said...

I am so jealous! I've never been to Paris although there's a direct train connection from Cologne.

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