Friday, May 25, 2018

PARIS MAY 2018: PT 3

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Asparagus with hazelnuts and bruleed grapefruit at Marrow.
Keep reading for my last three days in Paris.
Jump links to follow for the TLDR crowd. 





Thursday
Marche d'Aligre
Jay & Joy Vegan Creamerie
VG Patisserie
Coconut Curry Dal

Friday
Marin d’Eau Douce

Saturday
La Commune Punch Club
Marrow

We started Thursday off exploring the Marche d'Aligre, an outdoor market in the 12th, near the Bastille. The 12th feels very quintessentially Parisian (from an American perspective), with plenty of greenery and drool-worth haussmannian facades. It's definitely worth exploring.  At Marche D'Aligre you'll find everything from fresh produce, flowers, ethnic foods and spices, to vintage clothing, antiques and trinkets. We explored the different stalls and picked up a few veggies and herbs for dinner.

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One of the many fruit vendors at Marche d'Aligre.

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"Don't touch?" oh, okay.

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allow me..

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Caught red handed.

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Plant Based Detroit Paris Vegan Guide


Plant Based Detroit Paris Vegan Guide

Plant Based Detroit Paris Vegan Guide

Plant Based Detroit Paris Vegan Guide

It was a bank holiday so many of the surrounding shops and restaurants were closed, but I did spy a vegetarian restaurant I hadn't found before, La Boucherie Vegetarienne, I was sure to grab a quick pic so I didn't forget it! Upon researching later it looks like a cute grab n' go spot for veggie burgers, falafel and other easy handheld dishes. If you're in the area check it out for a quick meal or snack!

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After the market we walked over Jay & Joy, a vegan cheese shop that conveniently was just a few blocks away! I had read up on Jay & Joy before my trip and knew I had to check out a fully vegan creamerie in Paris! The man working was super sweet and let me sample lots (read: all) of their yummy nut based cheeses - score! I settled on two - Jose, a fermented cashew cheese and Joy Prairie, a spreadable cashew cheese with lots of herbs! Then we did what any good Parisian would do, grabbed a fresh baguette and headed to the nearest park! I mean, I wasn't going to not eat all of this IMMEDIATELY?!

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Plant Based Detroit Paris Vegan Guide

Plant Based Detroit Paris Vegan Guide

Plant Based Detroit Paris Vegan Guide

Plant Based Detroit Paris Vegan Guide

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Staying in line with the real health kick we'd started for the day, next up was VG Patisserie, a FULLY VEGAN pastry shop. No pesky buerre to watch out for here! And thus, our baguette and cheese was topped off with pastry and cappuccino! I know, I know - I'm an inspiration.

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Plant Based Detroit Paris Vegan Guide

Plant Based Detroit Vegan Paris Guide

Perhaps my biggest regret of the trip was not getting on of VG's more decadent desserts so I could tell you more about their offerings. I guess that means I'll just HAVE to go back in August. I mean, for you guys. This isn't about me. #selfless

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Plant Based Detroit Vegan Paris Guide

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Last stop before home was Naturalia, an organic market chain in Europe, to grab the rest of groceries I needed to make dinner. I love this market, and if when in Paris you're staying somewhere with a kitchen, I'd highly recommend stopping in for essentials you might not find at other, more conventional markets (organic produce, non-dairy milk, bulk foods, natural healthcare products etc).


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Plant Based Detroit Vegan Paris Guide


For dinner, I made my favorite Coconut Curry Dal! This recipe never fails me. It's so easy, flexible and delicious, you've really got to give it a try.

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Plant Based Detroit Vegan Paris Guide

Praise the gods of weather, we woke up to beautiful sunny weather on Friday. We had planned a boat trip on Canal Saint-Martin and bad weather would have been far too big a bummer to handle! Okay, if you are in Paris during the summer, or it happens to be unseasonably warm, PLEASE do us both a favor and a charming little electric boat from Marin D'Eau Douce. Bring snacks and few bottles of wine, and I promise you'll have the most enjoyable, relaxing couple of hours.

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I know my eyes are closed, but my boys are so cute I had to share!

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Plant Based Detroit Paris Vegan Guide

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Plant Based Detroit Vegan Paris Guide

Plant Based Detroit Vegan Paris Guide

Plant Based Detroit Vegan Paris Guide

Dinner Friday was foregone in lieu of an impromptu dance party, which was just fine by me! I really needed to burn off 5 days of baguette and rose anyhow.

Having had perhaps a bit too much fun the night before, mirrored by a gloomy morning we opted for a lazy brunch at home. After eating away most of the pain, we pulled it together and got ready to head out for the night, and special dinner plans! Apero was just down the street at La Commune, a little jungle in the middle of Belleville. Head there for really delicious, inventive cocktails in a super cool spot with the best music and vibe (can you tell I really like it here?). They're known for their punch bowls, which is awesome if you come with a group. We actually came last time I was in town, and they've revamped the menu a bit since then, so it was fun to come back and try new things. I had the capro spritz, which I will definitely be recreating at home, and the roasted red pepper spread which was DELISH. Definitely check out La Commune if you're in the hood.

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Best interior ever. I want to live here.

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My adorable and gracious host.

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Super delicious red pepper spread.

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Faux Leather Jacket - Joe's Jeans, Jacquard Skirt - H&M Conscious 

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For my last supper, I had the luck of visiting Chef Hugo Blanchet at his restaurant, Marrow.
Hugo is actually friend of Trent's, and he ever so kindly saved a spot for us at the chef's table on Saturday night. Marrow is the coziest, most inviting place you could hope to dine. It's intimate and buzzing, with a really authentic feeling atmosphere. You know you're dining with locals in the know here. The menu is limited, but fluid, with lots of small plates meant to be shared amongst friends.

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As you may have guessed based on the name, Marrow is definitely not a vegetarian/vegan restaurant - however, Chef was as accommodating as possible and I was able to have an absolutely delicious meal without feeling any hint of exclusion. It was really the perfect way to close out the trip (writing this with tears welling in my eyes).
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Chef Hugo hard at work.

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THE most delicious sweet pea gazpacho.

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Plant Based Detroit Paris Guide
Perhaps the most delicious vegetables I've ever tasted.
Asparagus and spring onions with toasted hazelnuts and bruleed grapefruit.

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Sunday morning I was up bright and early to head to CDG to catch my 10 flight back to Detroit. It was painful to leave, but I did it (I'm so strong). Word to the wise - not nearly as many veg food options at CDG as there is at DTW so come prepared with some snacks of your own! I wound up just having a GoMacro Bar for breakfast before the flight. Luckily, my vegan meal on the flight home actually pretty delicious - it was some sort of lentil dal (of course!) with basmati rice and spinach (if you didn't read about how to order special meals on Delta flights, check out my first post here). I was pleased and grateful to Delta for pulling through!


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My vegan meal on the flight to Detroit.

Overall this really couldn't have been a better week. If you've yet to visit Paris, or are nervous about visiting because of the assumed lack of dietary accomodation, GO! I hope these last few blog posts indicate really how easy it's become to manage eating vegan (and healthy) in Paris. Let me know if you go and discover any places I've missed! I'll be back in August and cannot wait to keep exploring.

Thanks so much for coming along with me this time xx Kellie


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