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My trainer is going to Paris, France in October for her daughter's wedding. She is Vegan. Any suggestions? (i'd tell her to change her diet while there but....

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    1. I have a friend in a similar situation who lives in Paris - no meat, no fish. Although - I always get confused, and don't remember if veganism allows you to have cheese, eggs, or butter, and I'm not sure how strict he is on those points. I don't know how he does it - every time I'm there, I swear that all my meals contain some meat which is usually not the norm. He ends up cooking for himself a lot.

      Restaurant-wise, a couple of restaurants in the Marais-ish area he frequents are L'Enoteca and Chez Omar. It's been ages since I've been to the former and don't really remember the food there; the latter is Moroccan and quite good.

      Below's a website that talks about vegetarian/vegan restaurants in Paris:

      1. L'Enotecca is a fairly good restaurant, with good pasta and salads , as well as meat and fish. He could order pasta prima vera and salad, etc. As a vegan, I assume he does not eat dairy or fish. My only caveat is the service is often incredibly rude and the Senora only greets the regulars with enthusiasm and ignores any newcomers. I would probably not go back, except in November/December, which is white truffle time and the pasta with truffles is to die for. I actually restrained myself from licking the plate..

        1. My trainer is a she..and she doesn't eat any food products which come from an animal...or fish. Not even honey. She is 62 and looks 42..so there is something to it!

          Thanks for the info from everyone.

          1. If you Google 'vegetarian restaurants Paris,' there are a few interesting and fairly complete pages with lots of suggestions.

            1. Just read a review by Pim of a vegan restaurant in Paris. It includes a link to a list of vegetarian restaurants.


              1. Well, if it's vegetarian fine dining she wants, look no further than Alain Passard's L'Arpege, one of Paris' top dining establishments that offers a vegetarian and non-vegetarian menu. Passard's way with a vegetable is unique and extraordinary. Of course, the privilege of dining there will set a couple back $500.00 (before wine). If she take the plunge, tell her to order the TOMATE CONFIT AUX DOUZE SAVEURS (caramelized tomato stuffed with 12 fruits, nuts and spices) for dessert, a wondrous dish.

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                1. re: workintheater

                  Sorry, L'Arpege is extraordinary but it is not vegan.

                  1. re: workintheater

                    L'Arp├Ęge is not a vegetarian restaurant. That's a common misunderstanding. They certainly do a lot with vegetables but they also freely use non-vegetarian stocks and sauces: those made with German Speck ham, for example.

                    $500 per head will barely cover one person, by the way.

                  2. Go to www.lesrestos.com and you will find five pages of vegetarian restaurants. Many should be vegan.

                    1. I have just eaten at L'arpege in past month, the full tasting menu will set you back 500 a head. It however far exceeds the depth and range of any other restaraunt I have ever been to when it comes to the use, quality and flavor of non-meat items. Your trainer if she went is a happy woman.