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Veggie Restaurants in Paris? Oh Yes!

photo credits: Space Kadet flickr stream Veggie Burger from Bioboa

In my short amount of research today I found a load of vegetarian restaurants, some with vegan options! I’m so excited as I’ll be in Paris in oh let’s see, less than a month from now! I seriously can not wait!!!

Here is my list so far, which includes reviews from others. So if you see opinions, those are not mine. They’re just important notes I wanted to make so that when we’re in Paris and can’t decide upon where to eat, I’ll be able to check the notes first to see what kind of mood we’ll be in that day.

1. A Toutes Vapeurs
7, rue de l’Isly
Paris, France 75008

2. Backstage Café (vegetarian options)
31 Rue de la Gaite
Metro: Gaite
• We tried a roasted eggplant goat cheese roll ups, decorated with seared leaks and a medley of tomato, carrots, and mushrooms in a vinaigrette sauce.
• The prices are reasonable – and on top of veggie dishes – there are some amazing looking cocktails
• You can get a cocktail for two called ‘Temptation’. It looks more like a lava lamp than a drink but two people can manage just about anything.
• The seating is comfortable and there’s ample separation between tables – when the weather’s good – you feel like

3. Biobao  (as seen in photograph above)
01.42.61.17.67
3 rue Danielle-Casanova
Paris, France 75001

4. Dietic Shop
01 43 35 39 75
11 rue Delambre, Montparnasse
Paris, France

5. Féeminithé
25, boulevard du Temple
75003 Paris
01 48 04 56 19
feeminithe.free.fr
• Restaurant végétarien République- Gourmet vegetarian restaurant

5. Fines Herbes
+33 1 42 96 34 33
11 Marché St Honoré
Paris, France 75001
• Salad Bar

6. Green Garden
20, rue Nationale
75013 Paris
01 45 82 99 54
http://www.greengarden.fr
• Restaurant chinois végétarien à Paris- Chinese vegetarian

7. Joy in Food:
2 rue truffaut
Paris, France 75017

8. La Guérinière (vegetarian menu)
18, cours de Verdun
33470 Gujan-Mestras
05 56 66 08 78
lagueriniere.com
• gormet restaurant

9. La Victoire supreme de Coeur
01 40 41 95 03
27-31 Rue du Bourg Tibourg
Paris, France 75004
• Veggie in a non-veg friendly area
• Prices are reasonable and good variety of themed food
• Service is appalling
• Seitan stuff
• Some bad reviews, some good

photo credit: www.thediscerningbrute.com

10. L’Aquarius:
40 Rue de Gergovie,
75014 Paris

11. Le Grenier de Notre Dame
01 43 29 98 29
18 Rue de la Bucherie
Paris, France 75005
• The food was pretty average. Location adorable and the atmosphere lovely, but the food itself was mediocre.
• Meat substitute stuff.
• Just around the corner from Notre Dame

photo credit: found on googlemaps.com flickr: Jon Barbour

12. Le Potager du Marais:
0033 1 42 74 24 66
22, Rue Rambuteau
Paris, France 75003
• This is good vegetarian cooking and a very friendly staff. I had seen it listed on the site: http://www.oubouffer.com
• serve meals non-stop so you can drop in at any time till 10:30 pm or 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and closed on Sundays.
Tel. 01 42 74 24 66

Let’s just say that this young man of The Discerning Brute wrote a great post about two of these vegetarian restaurants, the one listed below and 9. La Victoire supreme de Coeur.  His photographs are also very nice.

photo credit: www.thediscerningbrute.com

13. Les Cinq Saveurs d’Anada
01 43 29 58 54
72 rue du cardinal Lemoine
Paris, France 75005
http://www.anada5saveurs.com/
• small vegetarian restaurant in Latin quarter
• suitable for vegans
• reasonable prices, small menu

14. L’Heure Bleue
01 42 39 18 07
57,rue Arthur-Rozier
Paris, France 75019

15. Maceo
01 42 97 53 85
15,rue des Petits-Champs
Paris, France 75001
• Vegetarian menu (green menu)
• Pricey-expensive- fancy

16. Saveurs Végét’Halles
41 rue des Bourdonnais
Paris, France 75001
http://www.saveursvegethalles.fr/
http://www.saveursvegethalles.fr/menu.htm
• Veggie meats!!!
• Good reviews!

17. Supernature
0147702103
12, rue de Trevise
Paris, France 75009
• Food quality average
• Far too noisy at noon.
• This place is really nice and worth visiting. This restaurant is an organic meal, rich and balanced food

18. Tien Hiang
92, rue du Chemin Vert
75011 Paris
01 43 55 83 88
• Restaurant chinois
• 1 arrondissement

19. Veggie
01 42 61 28 61
38, rue de Verneuil, Solferino, Musee d’Orsay
Paris, France

Helpful websites:

1. http://www.guides-restaurants.fr/restaurant-vegetarien-biologique.php

2. http://www.trustedopinion.com/best/vegetarian-restaurants/in/Socialist-Party,-75007-Paris,-France

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Keep Calm And Carry On

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That’s right, that’s what I should be doing now.
As I am nearing the end of my very long college engagement, I am really stressed out.  This propaganda poster seems to be well suited.  I’ve seen a lot of it lately, possibly because this world is also super stressed with the poor economy and the thousands of unemployed.  Since I have seen it so much I thought it would be nice to know a little more about the meaning behind it.  Below the history is printed and if you’re interested you can find more information from the store.
This is the original, also found on the above store.
I must say, I have especially been seeing this print around the world of interior design.  It’s almost seems a ‘must have’ in your home office.  On the other hand, that is a bit cliché.  I guess I will let you decide for yourself on that one.
Century City Office
(I really like those chairs and rug)
Photo found on: Apartment Therapy
Photo found on: Apartment Therapy
I stumbled upon this image, the decal is a little more interesting, I was even thinking it might be fun to blowup of the text and stencil it on to a wall where it would take up almost the entire wall space.
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Other prints to check out that may carry the same sort of wit but are a little more original are found on this site www.keepcalmgallery.com
click to order print
and here for this print
and this one is a personal favorite.
found here

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Frugal Paris

Photo Credits: Owen Franken for The New York Times

I absolutely love this NY Times article Frugal Paris written by Matt Gross, who is also the author of the blog Frugal Traveler.  It reminds me of my days in Paris last summer when we had our picnics along the Seine drinking both wine and Desperados as we watched the sun set (which wasn’t until about 10-10:30 by the way).


Photo Credits: Lauren Gries

To quote Woody Allen, “As long as you haven’t been kissed during any of those rainy Parisian afternoons, you haven’t been kissed at all.”  I guess I will finally be kissed, as my boyfriend and I will be visiting Paris at the end of May for 10 days. That is if it rains.   This will be our first European vacation together and I’m really excited to be spending the city of love with my love.

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What did you do for Mother Earth today?

photo credits: The Conservatory Garden in NYC by Lauren Gries

I’m all about the lists today so hold your horses and get ready:

1.  Today I ate at a vegan organic restaurant . .  . . fantastic by the way, its new, Terri Vegetarian, please check it out. Please eat the ‘Bacon Chick’n Cheddar Ranch’ Sandwich or the ‘Meatball’ Sub. They’re so delicious!

How does eating vegetarian help the environment?

  1. It takes an average of 2,500 gallons of water to produce a single pound of meat. According to Newsweek, “The water that goes into a 1,000 pound steer could float a destroyer.” In contrast, it takes only 25 gallons of water to produce one pound of wheat.
  2. Upwards of half of the water used in the U.S. is used for animal agriculture.
  3. Feeding a person who eats no food derived from animals requires only 1/6 acre per year
  4. Since so much fossil fuel is needed to produce it, beef could be considered a petroleum product. With factory housing, irrigation, trucking, and refrigeration, as well as petrochemical fertilizer production requiring vast amounts of energy, approximately one gallon of gasoline goes into every pound of grain-fed beef.
  5. It takes twenty pounds of soybeans to feed to a cow to make one pound of meat. Those same amounts of soybeans could help fed all the starving people of the world.

Vegan Outreach: if you’re interested in more information

2.  I used less motorized transportation by walking across town.

3.   I just got off my but to turn the lights off in the kitchen.

I’m sure I could have done more eco-friendly things on Earth Day, but the big thing about going green in life is to take baby steps.  I think the magic number of days it takes to break a habit is 21. Thats not so bad, right?  Think about it, if you decide to take one step at a time on your quest for the “greener” you it can happen in only 21 days! That is less than a month!

photo Credits: The Conservatory Garden in NYC by Lauren Gries

A few months ago I bought the book Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life by Sophie Uliano through a recommendation from the author of the blog Green Your Intentions.

This book is great, it is so helpful and so inspirational.  As the title suggests, its broken down into eight chapters that lead you in your path to becoming greener. Through such ways as diet, beauty, clothing (soulful shopping as she calls it), fitness, making your home more eco-friendly, eco-friendlier vacations and entertainment.  What I really enjoy about this book is how there are quick checklists that you can use as you make your life a little bit greener.

I’ve already changed over all of my beauty products to being paraben, Phthalates, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES) free.

Another great book I have been absolutely in love with is The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone

This book is more focused on your diet that results in a greener lifestyle. Its awesome! I love her tone of voice and the way she writes.  I have learned so much while reading this book and lets just say, I will not allow myself to be “addicted to cheese” anymore!!!  If you want to figure that part out you need to read the book. I haven’t even started cooking yet.



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Love This

Photo Credit: Design Sponge via photographer and designer jamie kovach.

This is a great way to cover up a dog crate. I love the concept and i think that Jack and I would do something a bit different. Wesley’s crate is in the kitchen and its a bit smaller than the one shown above. I was thinking a nice furniture addition could be a bar or book shelf of some sorts? We’ll see, but it would be really great to not have to look at a dog crate when you walk into the door.

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Rowhouses

Photo Credit: Time out New York

If anyone is as big as a nerd as I am and is interested in learning more about NYC’s Rowhouses please see the attached New York City Rowhouse Manual.  You can print out the pages and carry them around with you as you try to guess the styles of Rowhouses that are scattered around the city.

Great neighborhoods to check out are: Greenwich Village, Lower Brooklyn (Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, Clinton Hill, Boreum Hill, Fort Greene etc.) the Upper East Side, and Chelsea.  The two photos below are taken of buildings in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, gorgeous right?

Photo Credit: Lumierefi’s Flickr

My favorite streets on the Upper East Side are 92nd and 93rd between Lexington and Park Avenues. There a few 19th century wooden clapboard houses that still remain are some of the oldest int he district.  They just make me so happy when I see them. This sorry photograph was taken of one of the houses on my iphone. The 128 East 93rd street address built in 1866 looks to be a combination of the Italianate and Second Empire Styles.

In Greenwich Village you can find one of my favorite houses in the city.  The “Weathermen Townhouse” or Langworthy Residence located at 18 West 11th Street, designed by Hardy Holzman Pffiefer Architects in 1972, even though it was erected pretty recently (1970s), it has a bit of history in its design that makes this building a popular tourist stop within the historic district.  This house was originally built in 1845, alongside three other townhouses on the block that were built by Henry Brevoort Jr.

No photo credit unfortunately, this is photo I took of a photo at the architecture center in soho.

This building is a great example of contemporary design that keeps the integrity of the historic context.  The New York Observer wrote a story on this building, “On first glance, all of the five-story townhouses lining West 11th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues blend together, lending the block the same charming and unaffordable air of any other Greenwich Village.”  The article continues to describe the sharp architectural differences that this building has as its first and second floor windows sharply jut out past the other facades of the neighboring buildings,  “The starkly modern building begs to be recognized, for its incongruity and its history,” which makes the design decisions of Hardy Holzman Pffiefer so well conceived.  This building’s reconstruction was due to being accidentally detonated when five members of the radical Weathermen group used it as a makeshift bomb factory.

One can see the intentions of the architect, because upon viewing, there is a feeling of an explosion.  The design is further enhanced as the architect preserved the historic character of the block, by keeping the original sightline, ground line, materials and stoop style in tact.  The scale is completely in keeping with the other buildings on the block as it holds the same amount of stories and bays as its neighboring buildings.  The new features are different enough from the historical ones in the other buildings that it keeps the integrity of the property and its environment

photo credit: wired new york

The last thing I would like note is there is this beautifully inspiring blog called A Brooklyn Limestone I have no idea what this woman does for a living, because their home is beautiful, they’ve done a great amount of renovating within the past two years (using all high end materials and appliances) and they’re always traveling to exotic and exuberant places and all of her photographs are beautiful.  Its pretty intriguing.  I absolutely love her kitchen.

photo credit: Mrs. Limestone


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Turquoise

(photo credit:  layoutsparks.com)

So I work for a company that’s well known for its little Blue Box.  Sounds exciting, right?!  Yes, it is sometimes and I love the heritage and history behind it. But yesterday, after finding out about where I worked, someone asked me if I am sick of the color turquoise.  I had to laugh because I’m actually not, I hadn’t even thought of it until they asked.  But really, isn’t the turquoise/robin’s egg/teal/blue-green/green-blue color just fantastic. I must say, it is a pretty classic color and this year its also very trendy.  Just last month the New York Times did an article entitled In A Turquoise Mood, about this beautiful color.

(photo credit: http://www.nytimes.com)

The interior designer, Ghislaine Viñas (seen here shopping for accents) said about the color, that it is “the first thing I think about when I start designing a room,” because it sets the mood. And while many people are scared of bright colors, she noted, turquoise is less intimidating — maybe because “the sky is blue and grass is green” — so she doesn’t hesitate to use it.

(photo credit: http://www.houseofturquoise.com)

The Times also didn’t forget to mention how, Pantone has named Turquoise as the color of the year, “Combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, Turquoise inspires thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a comforting escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing.” says Pantone on their website. www.Pantone.com Wow, thats pretty significant if you’d ask me, when I need to restore a sense of well being, I drink chamomile tea from my turquoise colored Fiesta mug.

(photo credit: www.macys.com)

The examiner.com also mentions the turquoise color trend of 2010.  “Turquoise is a pretty common color that has been used in interiors. We have seen turquoise paired with striking reds in a metro-Asian inspired room. What makes this blue-green so popular in 2010? It is the ultimate color that exudes rest and relaxation. This year’s colors are not so much about stimulating as they are calming. In a time where many people are struggling to make end’s meet, calmer tones will help offer some sort of peace within their space. Turquoise has been infamous in typical rest zones like bedrooms and bathrooms, however, it is branching out into common areas (i.e. kitchens and family rooms).”

(photo credit: Lauren Gries)

Turquoise also makes for a great stud on dog collars.  I saw one on this dog in Seattle and as soon as I came home was on a mission to buy one for my dog. My dog is black and the contrast of turquoise on his coat would look beautiful.  I found the collar online at muttropolis.com, I’m just waiting for the time when I can justify spending $70.00 on it.  In the mean time, he’ll just be drinking out of his $5.00 Turquoise, TJ Max dog bowl.

Other turquoise finds that I like:

Just a hint of Turquoise : anthropologie.com

and yes!

Turquoise: The Best of Blue and Green

Symbolizes

  • Relaxation
  • Peace(ful)
  • Natural Calm
  • Clarity (transparent water)

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