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I had a great lunch at 42 Degrés, an all vegan/raw/organic restaurant not far from Gare du Nord Station. 

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It’s a small, modern place with an elegant raw kitchen and a welcoming atmosphere. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and skilled English speakers. The first thing they did was ask if we understood the concept and were ready to explain it all. 

It was quite busy when we got there but we were able to get a table and leaf through the appetizing menu, which is small but they have specials and I wanted to get everything!

In the end, we went for: 

  • the special of the day which was a Mexican layered salad with tomatoes, guacamole, delicious nut cheese and fresh corn, topped with greens
  • caesar salad with spiced cauliflower and raw ‘crumezzan’ sprinkles
  • cheese and wine plate which was rich with subtle flavors and great texture
  • a refreshing glass of home-made kombucha

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As well as being delicious, the food was very satisfying leaving no room for dessert, much to my chagrin as I had been eyeing the banoffee pie.

Their lunch combos are 14 -18€ and individual dishes are around 14€, which is similar to what you pay at most of the non-casual vegan places in town.

All in all, it was a great experience and it’s walking distance from the Eurostar if you’re coming over from London!

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109 rue du faubourg poissonnière, 75009

Métro: Poissonnière

09 73 65 77 88

http://www.42degres.com/

Tuesday – Saturday 12h – 22h30

 

 

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The wonderful Bob’s Juice Bar and Kitchen have a Raw weekend coming up.

RAW FOOD. In collaboration with local raw food impressario ARLETTY ABADY, BOB’S will be hosting two events this week: Guest chef ADAM GRAHAM from TREE OF LIFE in Arizona will prepare a RAW THAI DINNER at KITCHEN on saturday night (from 7 PM to 11 PM) and then give a raw “cooking” class at JUICE BAR the next day (18/4 from 11 AM to 2 PM). The dinner is 25 euros and the class is 65. RSVP: g8arletty@yahoo.co.uk


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Raw sweets are often based on coconut, date and nuts for good reason: it’s a delicious combination. I’m crazy about cardamom and rose so I like to keep these around for a sweet treat and to accompany a nice cup of tea. They are best served nice and cold. I recommend Perl’Amande raw almond butter. Coconut oil is found at most of the co-ops, and rose water is available at the groceries in Passage Brady and the Little Jaffna neighborhood.

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Recipe:

  • 1 cup pitted dates (soaked)
  • 2 heaping tbsp almond butter
  • 3 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp rose water (or more to taste)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • Pinch of salt

Process all ingredients in food processor until mixture is quite smooth. Form into balls or press into silicone molds. Refrigerate or freeze.

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Breaking news: a new vegetarian restaurant has opened in Paris. Kitchen is from the same owner as Bob’s Juice Bar and has a lot in common. They are both easy-going veg breakfast and lunch places with interesting options for Vegans. Among cool décor and communal tables, you can enjoy the daily soup, a great green or fruity smoothie, raw Conscious Chocolates, the açai bowl and more.

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I was especially pleased to see that you can get a coconut with a straw, which is a rare pleasure to find in central Paris.

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The prices are reasonable, and they have some good takeaway items, like the delicious ‘sushi’ style roll that I picked up.

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My husband has been telling me I should spend more time in the Kitchen… now maybe I will!

Kitchen
74, rue des Gravilliers, 75003
Métro: Arts et Métiers
06 50 95 36 97

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For those who don’t believe that vegans can possibly be getting enough protein, one easy answer is hemp, which is 33% protein. Add to that the essential fatty acids and vitamin E and you have a very important food. Hemp seeds are nice eaten by the spoonful, generously sprinkled on salads, added to smoothies or made into hemp milk.

It used to be that Hemp seeds and hemp protein were on my list of items to stock up on when visiting the US or England (no, not Amsterdam)… until recently at an expo where I had the pleasure of meeting Christophe Latouche founder of L Chanvre M. Latouche is a passionate advocate for the benefits of hemp and his company sells a wide range of hemp products such as seeds, oils, skin care, and even chocolate.  Their hemp comes from their farm in the village of St. Antoine in Bretagne. The farm is open to the public where you can do a workshop, taste, test, smell and live hemp. You can order from his site or you can buy their products at Anthylide here in Paris on Rue Pont Louis-Philippe in the 4eme.
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Here is the recipe for hemp milk:

Ingredients:
1/4 cup shelled hemp seed
1 cup water
Flavoring (vanilla, agave nectar)

Directions: Place seeds in a blender and add a small amount of water (approx. 1 inch above the seeds). Turn the blender on at multiple speeds and agitate the seeds so they become a thick hemp cream. Then add either vanilla, agave nectar or perhaps only a ripe banana, and serve the blended liquid as a thick drink, or add water to taste for a lighter hemp milk. Optional: add berries, peaches, and/or papaya (courtesy of David Wolfe)

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A green smoothie is a fruit smoothie with lots of fresh greens added to it. I think they are delicious and are a great way to add even more greens to your diet. There are loads of great recipe combinations available online and whole books written on the subject.

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My fave is a recipe my friend Serenity Wood, author of Ginger: Exquisite Vegan Cuisine, taught me. You can easily vary this recipe: the original uses kale but you can’t get that here so I use spinach, mâche, romaine, Swiss chard, or whatever is in season. Mint is just coming back in season or you can use 1/2 tsp mint flavor.

Recipe:

  • 1 cup green leaves, packed
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves, packed
  • 2 tbls raw tahini
  • 3 frozen bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup hempseeds
  • 3 dates, pitted

Blend!

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Vivre Autrement Expo

This Friday through Monday, the Vivre Autrement expo will be taking place in the Parc Floral de Paris. The entrance fee is 7€, which includes access to all of the workshops. The workshops this year include: how to sprout, making “caviar” from sprouted grains, argan oil recipes, gardening, essential oils in cuisine, baby massage, toy making from hemp.

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Of course, in addition to the workshops you can look around the 400 exhibitors in the expo. I’d really recommend visiting the stand and restaurant of  Meli-Jo, a Belgian distributor of everything sprouting and juicing: at their stand at the recent Vivez Nature salon, I had a wheat grass shot and a huge plate of raw goodness that I still think of fondly to this day. 

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Sunday Recipe: Raw Ranch

If you are thinking about eating more raw veggies, dipping crudités is a great place to start. But of course some of the most popular dipping delights are creamy and cow-milk based. A great alternative for almost any creamy sauce can be made from nuts and seeds: like today’s recipe which is based on cashew nuts, which are a good source of protein and calcium and are packed with huge amounts of minerals not to mention monounsaturated fat (the good kind). 

It’s raw ranch. I decided not to call it Rawnch.

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Recipe:

  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp minced onion
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dill weed
  • 1/2 tsp herbs de provence
  • 1/2 cup water (add more water to thin, if you like)
  • 1/4 cup finely minced fresh parsley or cilantro

Blend everything on high speed until smooth and creamy. Stir in fresh herbs. Serve with crudités, raw crackers such as Biscru or toss in salad.

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ChocoLatitudes

There are some French food experiences that a vegan is never going to have, but there are some that we can really enjoy and one of them is drinking a delicious chocolat chaud. This week I went to a place that does a vegan hot chocolate that’s also organic and really, really good: the shop is called ChocoLatitudes.

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I spend a lot of time thinking about chocolate, but nowhere near as much as Laurence Alemanno the proprietor of this stylish yet totally friendly boutique. She has travelled the world’s chocolate-producing nations, much like Willy Wonka, and even did her PhD thesis on the cacao tree.

ChocoLatitudes is the mecca of chocolate: bars, candies, powders, fondue sets, decorative cacao pods, stylishly modern bamboo dishes, children’s chocolate books and even ‘choco vino’. I picked up carmelized cacao beans for myself, which are something very special, and a couple of Valentine’s heart chocolates on a stick for my two little cherubs. The shop also has a few tables and a counter to enjoy a hot chocolate and cookie [let her know you need a vegan cookie.] The hot chocolate is intense, dark, nutty and like nothing I’ve had elsewhere. It could almost have come from a chocolate waterfall. 5€ for the big cup, 2€ to get a small one at the counter. 

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They also carry Poppy raw chocolates: the owner recommended that the Maca one I bought would be a good one to share as a Valentine with my husband due to the alleged powers of raw chocolate and maca… oh those sexy Frenchies!

ChocoLatitudes is located on Rue Daguerre in the 14ème which is a very happenin’ street and well worth checking out even if you are from another part of town. They also hold chocolate workshops, and I should definitely mention that the bulk of the chocolate is fair trade and artisanal.

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Ok, now I need to go and eat some chocolate…

ChocoLatitudes

57, rue Daguerre 75014

Métro: Denfert-Rochereau or Gaî

01 42 18 49 02

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Until this week I hadn’t found any raw food products that were “Fabriqué en France”, but at the Vivez Nature expo I came across Biscru.
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Biscru are truly raw, organic, living crackers. Buckwheat and flaxseed based, these salty or sweet crackers are dehydrated at low temperatures (40ºC).  Biscru has an environmentally friendly approach: for example, their dehydrators are powered by solar panels. Too cool! They also source their products from local suppliers in the Rhone Alps region.

The crackers come in 6 flavors, which I have tested (extensively) and can testify are delicious: Beetroot & Carrot are so vibrant and yummy and Fig & Lemon are as delicious as they sound. They can be purchased from their online boutique for 3€70 a package and they offer special introductory prices.

It is really encouraging to see signs of raw food culture appearing here in France. If France can one day apply the same artistry and ingenuity to raw food that they have to their animal cuisine, we will be in for a treat!

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