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I always like to post about Vegan travels and although this one is not close to Paris, I hope you’ll find it interesting anyway!

Ever since I heard there was a vegan restaurant in Ensenada, I’ve been itching to cross south into Mexico to check it out. It turns out there are several vegan destinations worth visiting in Tijuana and Ensenada, within a short drive of the border.

Tijuana

Rock & Donuts

First (attempted) stop was to head to Rock & Donuts, a vegan donut place in Pasaje Rodriguez, a little arcade off the main tourist street in Tijuana, Avenida Revolución. We got to the right spot – we thought – and people told us it might be open in the afternoon, but we never actually saw it open. But we did discover that also in the same Pasaje is a place called Happy Vegan. We weren’t that happy though, because that place was closed too. Still, it seems like if you get there at the right time, Pasaje Rodriguez is the vegan capital of Tijuana.

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Bona!

Just down the street is Bona! Boutique. It’s a cool boutique and café, with lots of local crafts and design goods. As well as carrying the vegan donuts from Rock & Donuts, they also usually have panqués veganos on the menu, described to us as ‘amazing cakes’. If you like your tea or coffee with a splash of milk, they have powdered soy milk for you.

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Veggie Smalls

Ten minutes drive south of downtown is the Food Garden – a lively and creative food court. The main attraction for vegans there is Veggie Smalls. It’s an all veggie food stand, and in fact if you ask them to hold the cheese, everything is vegan. The menu includes tacos, hot dogs, burgers, and very good French fries and onion rings. You have to try the cauliflower tacos – delicious! This is an excellent veg fast food place, with nice outdoor seating in a stylish, modern, comfortable setting. They also have a great range of local craft beers and the people there are very friendly.

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Ensenada

A beautiful drive down the coast from Tijuana is Ensenada, which has a few gems for vegans. We stayed at Las Rosas – 10 minutes north of town, with balconies overlooking the ocean – which is a hotel I would recommend.

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Quesadilla

Quesadilla is a 100% vegan (with honey) Mexican restaurant located toward the south end of downtown Ensenada, a couple of blocks in from the coast.

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The menu is broken down into three main sections: quesadillas (with almond cheese), huaraches and tacos. There’s a large variety to choose from and they offer daily specials such as chilli relleno.

Everything we tried was good and we also enjoyed breakfast there a couple of times, with smoothies, pancakes and Tofu a la Mexican.

The staff are friendly and can understand a bit of English. The only downside to this restaurant is that they close at 4pm on Friday and are closed all day Saturday.

We ate here a lot and would gladly have eaten here every day, because it’s great.

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Breakfast chilaquiles

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Tofu a la mexican

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Mushroom taco

Chilli Relleno

Chilli Relleno

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Tortilla Soup

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Papaya hidden at the bottom!

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Almond ‘coffee’

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La Milpa

A great spot to pick up vegan snacks and grocery staples, is La Milpa. It’s a classic little natural food store that carries products like seaweed, grains, crackers, fruit etc.

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Starbucks

On the main street through Ensenada is a large modern Starbucks Coffee. They have really fast wifi and they have soy milk. But there’s nothing vegan to eat here.

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Hogaza Hogaza

On the long tourist shopping street in the center of town you’ll find the artisan bakery Hogaza Hogaza, where they make some good bread, most of which is vegan. We tried a plain and a garlic-fennel ‘hogaza’ which we enjoyed on the outdoor seating. 

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Valle de Guadalupe

Since you can’t go to Quesadilla on Saturday, that’s a great day to hit Wine Country. Ensenada’s Ruta del Vino is the home to dozens of little wineries, speckled across the picturesque and pleasantly empty valley. No wonder it is sometimes known as ‘where Baja meets the Mediterranean coast.’

We ate lunch at the Terrasse de San Roman restaurant at the AlXimia vineyard. The waiter was super accommodating to tweaking the menu for us and we got a nice selection of salads and a veggie-packed pizza. AlXImia’s modernist architecture and the valley surrounding it make the Terrasse a wonderful place to be.

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Eggplant Salad

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Cactus salad

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Grilled peach salad with nuts

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Pizza

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Sticking with the modernist theme, we hit the Origen restaurant at the Encuentro hotel and Vineyard for some snacks and drinks. We enjoyed a delicious guacamole with pistachio nuts in it, along with herb tea and local beer and watched their helicopter put on a little show for us. The view from the balcony was beautiful and serene.

I am looking forward to staying here on my next trip to La Valle (without kids, though, because they aren’t allowed at the hotel due to the rugged terrain.)

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Fruit Stands

 As you drive around Baja, you’ll see plenty of small fruits stands offering fresh coconut to drink, fruit cups of mango and jicama and other fruity treats. I loved just pulling over, watching the guy prepare the fruit with his machete and then enjoying the delights. I also really liked the combination of pineapples drizzled with freshly squeezed lime juice and dusted in chill powder – so simple, but so delicious.

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With a bit of planning, Tijuana/Ensenada make a great getaway destination. The food is good, the people are friendly and the scenery is beautiful. It’s a great time to get back to Baja!

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Vegan restaurants in Paris cover a wide range of styles of food, but one that is hard to find is real, traditional French cuisine. But the one place that does it really well is Le Potager du Marais, which is one of my favorite places in the city.

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When you enter, you immediately feel welcomed by the super positive staff, who speak great English, by the way, and who love to explain their delicious food. The restaurant is lively but cozy, with lots of nice touches like the little pottery wine carafes.

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The menu is full of French classics like onion soup, (seitan) Bourgignon, Crème Brulée, Moelleux au Chocolat, Tarte Tatin and many more. The food looks great and tastes delicious and prices are in line with what you would pay at any other Paris vegan restaurant. And they have upgraded from their original vegetarian menu and now everything is 100% vegan

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Just a block away from the Centre Pompidou, le Potager gets busy, so I would recommend making a reservation if you can. Also they are closed on Monday and Tuesday. But on any other day of the week, if you want some of the best food in town and especially if you want something “authentique” then Le Potager is the place to go.

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24 rue Rambuteau, Paris,75003

Métro Rambuteau

01 57 40 98 57

http://www.lepotagerdumarais.fr

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MOB at Les Docks

MOB is one of Paris’s 100% vegan Oases, with two locations – one in the Marais and one in Les Docks: Cité de la Mode et du Design, the bright-green riverside place-to-be for design enthusiasts, night clubbers, and lovers of vegan fast food.IMG_9215

MOB is right in the middle of the “Cité” with some deck seating with a view of the Seine, as well as plenty of tables inside if you want to check out the cool decor and music. They also have a small kids’ play area.

MOB’s menu is simple and limited, specializing in burgers and Pissaladières. Some of the items on the menu are very good, such as the grilled artichoke hearts and the cookies. Some are awful, like the corn on the cob. The burgers are mushy and fall apart, but they taste good and the bun and toppings are nice. They also offer smoothies, juices. Too bad that they serve all the food in disposable packaging, even for eating in. It does sort of make you feel like you are at a baseball game in the U.S.A. but it sure creates a lot of waste.

The staff are friendly and relaxed, even when it gets busy with long lines. Overall, it’s a cool, great place to be, even if it may be less gourmet than its parent location in Brooklyn.

This location is not far from the Jardin des Plantes and Gare D’Austerlitz and the branch in the Marais offers the same menu.

34 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013
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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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M.O.B.

M.O.B. is a typical vegetarian/vegan fast-food, hip-hop spot with a menu developed by a Michelin 3-star chef in the north Marais.

The restaurant was created by Cyril Aouizerate, who also started the Mama Shelter hotel by Père Lachaise. He was inspired to create a restaurant that reflected the philosophies of the pro-veg medieval scholar Maimonides and the global creative culture of hip hop. So if you are unwilling to listen to hip hop music, then maybe just get take out.

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The food is really affordable because they want everyone to be able to enjoy it…not just rich people. The centerpiece is the M.O.B. – a pizza-like dish that comes in the shape of the arches of the Brooklyn Bridge (the restaurant name stands for Maimonide of Brooklyn.) They are topped with seasonal organic vegetables and sometimes fruit. They also have gluten free versions.

(photo by Rachel Barrett / tabletmag.com)

(photo by Rachel Barrett / tabletmag.com)

The menu also features burgers, some nice salads, donuts, and the scarily authentic looking ‘saucissson.’ But not to worry, everything is vegetarian and in fact honey is the only ingredient to look out for.

I’m looking forward to my upcoming trip to NYC to check out the original restaurant in Brooklyn and I like this quote from the chef, Alain Senderens: “I strongly believe that in ten years nobody will be eating meat. This will be the way we eat, entirely vegetarian or vegan, and science and medicine will thoroughly support that. I have always lived in the future, that is a philosophy of mine, and this way of eating is the future. I’m committed to that belief.”

32, rue Charlot 75003
01 42 77 51 05
Métro : Filles du Calvaire – ligne 8

http://www.mob-usa.com/fr

Tuesday to Friday, 11h – 15h and 18h – 21h

Saturday 11h-18h

 

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UPDATE: This restaurant has recently changed its name to Sol Semilla. At the time of the review it was ‘Voy Alimento.’ It’s also sometimes referred to as “Bar des Artisans”  due to their vintage signage.

Sol Semilla is a rare and wonderful thing, a 100% vegan, 100% organic restaurant in Paris serving wonderful food in a welcoming and chic setting.

I’d always loved taking a trip to the Raspail Market and visiting the South American superfoods stand was always a high point, so during Summer’s trip back to Paris there was no way I was going to miss out on checking out their restaurant which has been open for a couple of years in the 10th, right by the Canal St Martin and walking distance from Place de la République.

The setting is a small, cozy converted old bar decorated with earthy, rustic touches but in a minimalist way that keeps the space light and open. A large chalkboard takes up the left hand wall, while the right hand side of the restaurant is taken up by a store selling maca, yacumba and the like.

We took one of the small tables, seated comfortably on small barrels while our delightful, English speaking server plied us with free samples and talked us through the exotic delights of Xacolatl Aztec chocolate drinks, Griffe du Chat herbal beverages, Klamath & Cardamom drinks, and also Blinis.

We tried some drinks and the Assiette du Jour. This was an extremely filling, energizing tour de force of South American vegetables, beautifully combined on the plate. For 12€ this is an unbelievable value and left me feeling nourished at every level. Which is not to say that we didn’t have desserts – we certainly did, small and delightful ‘madeleines.’

Every element of dining here was a pleasure and they achieve a high-end dining experience while still being smiley and nice.

This restaurant has earned its place as my favorite in the city. It’s vegan, fresh, creative, and the people seem really excited to serve you their amazing food. If I had only one day in Paris, this would be the place I would eat. (I might get a falafel too…ok, I for sure would… at L’As du Falafel…)

23, rue des Vinaigriers, Paris, 75010

Métro Jacques Bonsergent

Tél : 01 42 01 03 44

http://www.sol-semilla.fr/

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This B&B is no longer open, but the same team have gone on to open a very popular Café in the Bastille area. See http://veganparis.com/2012/08/02/gentle-gourmet-cafe/

Over the last year and a half, a new establishment has emerged as one of the best places to eat vegan in Paris. But you can not only eat there… you can sleep there too if you like! It’s The Gentle Gourmet, a B&B and restaurant situated in an art deco building in the 16th arrondissement between the Arc de Triomphe and the Bois de Boulogne.

I have been longing to go there ever since I first heard about it, and even more so after reading the ecstatic review from our friends over at VG-Zone. Gentle Gourmet has two rooms for rent, which are vegan to even the smallest detail such as the stuffing of the pillows.

In addition they offer a unique dining experience where you share a communal table with local vegans and travelers and share pleasant conversation. Frankly most of my conversation would be along the lines of “Oh my god can you believe this amazing food.” – the menu changes monthly but here is a sample from their site.

* Savory zucchini and pecan madeleines , with miniature cups of 7-onions soup

* Salad of watercress, walnuts, beets, endive, green apple, dried cranberries

* Crushed nut-breaded Seitan filets with a dark walnut sauce with wild mushrooms accompanied by a pumpkin gratin with garlic and Italian parsley

* Poached figs in white wine syrup with vegan hazelnut ice cream accompanied by caramel and hazelnut-thin cookies.

Their dinner prices are:

  • Saturdays:  €50 4-course gourmet meal
  • Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays: €30 3-course “bistro” meal.

That price includes your wine, so if you are not a drinker, you’ll get a discount. They strive to have 100% organic food.

If you can’t make dinner, then why not try brunch? It’s €25 and frankly it is difficult for me to paste in their description knowing that I am several thousand miles away from being able to enjoy it each Sunday, but here it is.

* French toast with pineapple and pecan with agave syrup

* Porridge with cardamom and amaranth, and compote of dried plums and pears

* Vegan sweet potato hash with soy sausage

* Muffins (corn, spicy apple, chocolate) and banana breads, whole-grain breads cereals, vegan croissant

* Fresh fruits and compotes

* Nut Butters – soy, almond, walnut and peanut

* Smoothies and freshly pressed fruit juices

* Spicy Vegan Hot Chocolate, coffee and teas

Their site has information in both French and English about their rooms, their vegan cooking courses, picnic lunches, tours and the other amazing contributions they are making to vegan life in Paris.

I can’t wait to stay there on my next trip back to Paris!

The Gentle Gourmet B&B

21, rue Duret

75116

Metro: Argentine (line 1)

33(0)1 45 00 46 55

gentlegourmetbandb@gmail.com

http://www.gentlegourmetbandb.com/

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