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08/23/2010

A vegan in Paris, part one!  »

I am excited to announce that my broke college ass ended up in Paris for a whopping two weeks before my semester in the even less-vegan-friendly Prague [Ed.: For more advice on visiting vegan Prague, check out Melisser’s chronicles.] And to every asshole in my life that told me I would have to give up veganism to enjoy Paris: t’es un putain de merde. It’s helpful that I have a two-burner stove kitchenette with the appropriate accoutrements, but I’ve found it easy as hell to eat in lovely vegan(-friendly) restaurants. Oh, and the baguettes are vegan, and probably the most important food group ever. Here are a few suggestions:

Saveurs Végét’Halles
41 rue des Bourdonnais
Open daily 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m.
Saveurs Végét’Halles (get it?) is an adorable little mostly-vegan restaurant in the heart of Paris. The cuisine is described on HappyCow as having an “Oriental feel”, and I agree with that sentiment. For about 18,90€ you can get the dîner formule: an entrée (starter), a plat principal, and a dessert. There’s a cheaper with one fewer dish, but you’re in Paris! Go big or go home. I opted for the salade mixte aux coeurs de palmiers (salad with hearts of palm), assiette légumes vapeur minute (steamed veggies with a tofu chive sauce and some mashed peas), and crumble aux pommes (apple crumble YUM). Here’s the photos (the lighting inside was mood lighting, not so great for food lighting).


The salad was a salad; there isn’t wasn’t any special dressing beyond vinegar and oil, but it was well balanced and full of fresh and yummy veggies. The main course was exactly what I was in the mood for: really filling and satisfying food that feels healthy. Unfortunately, some of the veggies weren’t steamed properly, especially the carrots. The tofu-chive sauce was delicious, and tasted great with everything on the plate.

The crumble aux pommes was the star of the meal. I’m definitely one of those bitches who will melt for any apples prepared with cinnamon (gimme that shit over chocolate for V-day any day), and I have to say, as an apple-crisp lover, I’ve never had it accompanied with a raspberry coulis! INGENIOUS. They took two amazing fruits and put them on the same plate. LOVED IT GIMME MORE.

Le Potager du Marais
22 rue Rambuteau
Open daily noon to midnight; last seating/reservation at 10:30 p.m.
Le Potager du Marais, which specializes in French cuisine, is definitely one of those fancy-shmancy places you do not go for a casual lunch (like I did). It’s super-tiny with limited seating, so they recommend making reservations (as I went lunchtime, I didn’t bother). My lunch, a plat and dessert, cost 24€. For lunch. For just me. It’s pricey as fuck, but again, GO BIG OR GO HOME. Here’s the rundown on this place: beautiful atmosphere, nice music choices and volume, and a really friendly, eager-to-please waitstaff. You get what you pay for I guess.

I ordered a cassoulet de la mer gratinée aux noisettes (16€), which on the menu was described as a type of casserole with smoked tofu, mashed peas, bits of seaweed, and topped with crushed hazelnuts (to balance out the mushy texture). Flavor-wise, I felt the casserole was a little on the bland side. However, it was so rich and the texture was spot-on, I finished every last morsel. It was also served with an impressive side-salad, with a wide assortment of lettuces and sprouts and perfectly julienned carrots.

For dessert, I got a Tarte Tatin et Chantilly à la crème d’amandes (8€). Arguably the most beautiful looking dessert offered, it fell far short of being yummy. I was expecting a really sweet and rich end to my meal, and instead got a slightly bitter fruit topping with a difficult-to-cut-with-a-fork pastry bottom. I so wish I had gone with the chocolate mousse.

Le Quartier Juif in Marais
Rue des Rosiers between rue Vielle du Temple and rue Payenne
If you are craving some authentic Middle Eastern food and don’t want to pay more than 5€, this stretch of Jewish highway is your place. I got by ordering my falafel in Frebrew, this new pidgin language I started (but not really). I ordered just a plan old pita and falafel, and was assured in two different languages that there was indeed no dairy or eggs in any of the products I was eating. It was soooo yummy, street food at its finest (and a great alternative to Maoz).

So that’s all for now folks!! More Parisian food porn to come, I promise!

[all photos by Brianna!]

05/24/2010

The amazing vegan sandal round-up!  »

It’s summertime bitches! Well, almost. It’s time to get some vegan sandals! Lucky for you, Megan Rascal is here to give you some superfly sandal choices after exhaustive internet research (that’s what I call shopping: “research”). Sorry there are no men’s sandals included, but that’s just because men shouldn’t wear sandals. Now, in the words of suburban Philadelphia’s own P!nk, let’s get this party started!

Here we have the Belong brown t-strap wedge sandal. This post was totally inspired by these sandals. I got them from Alternative Outfitters and for real I keep getting compliments on them. To be honest, I wasn’t that into them originally; I just wanted a pair of sandals that make me super-tall. Then I wear them and everybody is like, OMG! Even dudes—two guys I know were both like, “I like those sandals.” That is a big compliment, if you get dudes talking about your sandals. In short: you have my permission to cop my style and be awesome like me. They are even on sale for $33.11!

Next we have the espadrille sandal from Marais. Ladies! Espadrille is not a bad word! And these look very retro-cute style. You can find them at Mooshoes $96 (jeez louise, even I’ll admit that’s pricey for these—and I’m allergic to admitting things).

I know everyone is all down on crocs all the time but for real, stop fronting, these are dope! No really, I think they’re cute and I’m sure they’re super-comfortable. I been waiting to get them but I waited too long and now I can’t find them in navy in my size. Poor Megan! Life is the worst! They are called the Hanalei and they go for $54.99 over at crocs.com.

OK OK I scored big over at Endless! They have a ton of Olsen Haus and Beyond Skin shoes, and I am obsessed with both of those designers. As usual, Olsen Haus does not disappoint. This is the women’s spirit wedge and it’s the hotness! I love them. I need them. They are $219.95, so maybe I will have to live without them. I also like their women’s destiny flat, although they are $189.95 at Endless. Yowza! But check them out, I like them.

Like I said, Endless also had a nice selection of Beyond Skin shoes. They didn’t have a ton of sandals but these are pretty cute. These are the women’s marina slingback sandal. I’m not super-obsessed with these but I can imagine them looking super-cute on someone. Imagine! With a sweet 1950s dress! Lovely. These are on sale for $137.47.

For my final act, Endless also had these cute Wanted fringe sandals. I wasn’t sure at first but then I realized these are SUPER cool. I’ve kind of always been drawn to fringe, is that weird? God forbid I be weird! And these are only a lean $28.10—not too shabby!

Ok that is the vegan sandal round-up! Thanks for coming out!

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