Those in France (and the others, too), have you heard of the "Veggie Pride"? It's a vegetarian/vegan march in Paris. I go there every year (the next one is on the 15th of May) since I live near Paris, but even if you're far it's worth the trip! It's a so good way of meeting new same-minded people for those who don't have the internet. So good atmosphere, and everything
Can I post here ? I'm half French, half Danish, but generally just Norwegian
(lived here all my life)
(there's no Norwegian or even Scandinavian forum here)
I speak French at home with my mom, but my written French is pretty bad.
When I am with my family in France, I always find it difficult to express myself in French... here at home I rely a lot on putting Norwegian words in-between the French ones where it's convenient, and obviously, I can't to this in France...
Well, I couldn't picture myself getting a word of Norwegian, and I guess very few frenchies could lol. Anyway, while you're in France, do you have problems being veggie (or vegan)? Everybody says it's hard but i don't have no problems...
Rahcoon, I'm going to Paris for the Veggie Pride march! I'm trying to learn French and the march gave me an excuse to spend a weekend in Paris. I live not too far from London so it's easy for me to go by Eurostar.
The last time I was in France I was still hovering somewhere in-between lacto-ovo and strict veg, meaning I was generally avoiding dairy and eggs when I had a choice, but would otherwise accept to eat them when there would be nothing else around... I've actually not been in France since the summer of 2002 (wow.. longer that I thought it was)
But I don't think I'd have problems eating strict veg [I no longer eat egg & dairy, but am not vegan either... meaning I wear wool, eat honey and such...] there if I were to go there soon... As long as I can participate in the cooking, or cook for myself, there'll be no issues.
We always stay at my grandmother's (in Mantes-la-Jolie, about 50km from Paris), if we're not visiting my aunt (near Saint Nazaire (sp?)) and staying at her house....
There's of course always plenty of veg food (fresh & canned fruit & veg, beans, lentils, bread, pasta, grains, sauces...I could go on..)in the supermarkeds, even soy milk and speciality vegetarian foods, so I really don't see the problem...
The fruit & veg compartement are far better than those we fiind in regular Norwegian supermarkeds, and the prices are better too.... to me that's veggie heaven... -not to mention the open markeds with all their fresh produce, olives, dried fruits & nuts.. oh man
So yes. No problems
(but I admit that if I were to visit people and have others cook, that might be a problem.... but I guess that's not limited to France)
Azalea I'm glad to hear you saying it's not so hard to be a veg in France... everybody told me it was . You were talking about Mantes-la-Jolie? I know this place, i'm not far from there (I mean, not too far lol).
Black heart it's so great you're going to the veggie pride march!! i dunno if you went there before but you'll see it's really awesome. Are friends of yours coming with you?
Remilard, just ask me for words you want to know and I'd be glad to translate them to you
Well there has been no problem with your french but please, don't be too severe with my english lol
Well, I'd say that you can eat veg in France with no problem but you can't have yummy things like icecream or already cooked stuff ... and there's never a veg choice in the restaurants, I was so surprised to see that when I came to sweden, there were always vegan options in the school restaurant and vegan waffle "sauce" in every shop. I'm not vegan, I just avoid eggs and dairy but I wear whool and eat honey like Azalea
I guess we could speak about the french soy products because I can't find any drinkable soymilk (I tried "Bjorg" but I didn't like it at all), do you know a better brand ?
While in france last year in the region of Poitou Charentes, I found it hard to find food that I could eat. The vegetables were of plenty and really amazing quality in the supermarkets, but with regards to other things like 'quorn' or soya products etc was virtually non existent - maybe this was due to the fact that we were in a quite agricultural/non touristy area....
Next year I am going to the Mid Pyrenees region. I think the house is near St Antonin Noble-val. If any of you have any good advice on what products are available on a wide scale or around that region it would be very cool.
I drank Bjorg Soymilk, the Vanilla flavor, assuming you like sweetened/flavored, was great. I drank some Sojasun unsweeted/unflavored Soymilk was not so hot, but I don't like any brand that isn't sweetened actually. We also saw rice and almond milk available. Sojasun makes some great veggie patties, try the Provencal flavor.
If you can find a Carrefour (like the French Walmart but way better) or E.Leclerc (smaller version of the same) you should find a whole aisle of veggie / organic stuff... Intermarche, Casino and Spar generally had good selections as well, and not just in the big cities. The trick is to find which of the local small towns is home to the biggest supermarket for the best selection.
"The vegetables were of plenty and really amazing quality in the supermarkets, but with regards to other things like 'quorn' or soya products etc was virtually non existent "
Jeez, I've gone my entire life never even tasting quorn. And I could easily manage without soybeans -- soybeans are only 1 kind of thousands of kinds of beans, and France is famous for its cultivation of many varieties of beans, and beans served succulent. Yea -- succulent beans are a vegetable. This should make France a vegetarian heaven, as succulent beans are the best protein source, they tend to be eve better than rehydrated dry beans, and since they are fresh, they have the most vitamins and minerals, and are usually the best tasting kinds of beans, too.
I suppose vegan bread is hard to find in France? Doesn't seem likely.
Try and ask for a plate of steamed succulent beans in a restaurant in les Etats Unis. Now try it in France. Get a plate of beans, a salad, a hunk of superb bread, and you're all set.
I'm happy to be going to Paris for a week in February. I have an apartment in the Marais. I'll be looking in the basement of the nearest Monoprix and hoping I'll find food I can eat. I pulled up a web page of a supposedly large organic supermarket in Paris, but it is quite far on the metro from me. Also, there are restaraunts, but I'm not sure if they will be sans milk or eggs or fromage. Also, it's so expensive to eat out in Paris!
Hello to any French Vegans who read this. I'd love to come to your July march someday when I can afford the summer fares.
J'ai habite a paris l'annee derniere pour quatre mois. Je l'ai beaucoup aimee. J'habitais dans une appartement dans le septieme arrondissement- c'etait si jolie. Je n'etais pas une vegetarianne; je mangais du poisson, alors je ne sais pas si c'est difficile d'etre une vegetarianne en france.
Maintenant je suis encore une etudiante dans les Etats-Unis. Je voudrais bien rentrer en France. La France est beaucoup plus interessant qu'ici.
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