Delicious Vegan Food in Paris

When I mentioned to Alex that I wanted to try and eat in ‘vegan only’ restaurants during our trip to Paris last week, I could see the sadness in his eyes! We bloody love French restaurants, but since eating more of a plant-based diet things just became that little bit more tricky on our trips away. Searching for good vegan food in Paris never used to be such an easy task, but luckily for us, Parisians seem to have adapted pretty well now, and there is so much more to choose from.

We tried three different places while we were away this time, and all of them were pretty darn good. Naturally, we went straight in for the junk food and Hank Vegan Burger was our first port of call.

Hank Vegan Burger

This picture probably isn’t suitable for a sales pitch (It’s quite a task to make a lot of vegan food look pretty!), but the vegan burgers at Hank, might possibly be one of the best we’ve tasted so far. The texture was just right, service was swift, staff were friendly, and the vegan mayonnaise was something special indeed.

Vegan Burger Paris

Up next on our list was Le Potager Du Marais. A more pricey affair, this restaurant had its quirks. Service was quite slow and a little odd, even though there weren’t many lunchtime customers, but the food came out quite quickly once ordered. Alex opted for the Quinoa Burger, and I went for the Spinach and Walnut Lasagne. Both were delicious. I’d definitely go back for more.

Vegan Food in Paris

Le Potager du Marais

On our last day, we ventured to Las Vegans. In all honesty, I was mainly here for the doughnuts, but being lunchtime, we also decided to take a pit stop and try and start with something a little more healthy! Las Vegans is a popular place, and mainly for its snack foods. With just a little seating outside, I imagine it’s best to take away and enjoy your food in a park somewhere. Both of our dishes were superb and really filling…

Paris Vegan Las Vegans Salad

…Of course, we saved a little space for these blighters. I’m not kidding you when I say that, vegan or not, you need to try one of their banana and caramel doughnuts at some point in your life! The chocolate one was a little dense for my liking but still packed a punch with the taste.

Vegan Doughnuts

I’m looking forward to heading back to Paris soon to try out more of its vegan offerings in different areas, that’s for sure.

Until next time x

Day Five In Brooklyn New York

On our last full day in New York, we packed up our cases and left our apartment in Chelsea for Hotel Le Jolie in Williamsburg. We were planning on taking the subway, but couldn’t face lugging all the bags in the heats so hopped in a cab. I’m glad we did, as we got to see more of the city without walking it! Unfortunately we haven’t had enough time to cover everywhere we’d have liked to, but I think we’ve done pretty well in all.

The Hotel Le Jolie is in a fab location for Williamsburg and is good value, compared to the high prices of all other NYC hotels. We turned up at 11.30am just to drop off our luggage, but they allowed us to check in right away, which was a great, as rooms are usually ready for 3pm. The service was excellent and the room has everything you need for a short stay.

After dropping off our bags, we hit the subway and headed to the Park Slope area of Brooklyn and then spent a bit of time enjoying the glorious weather in Prospect park. That was followed by a visit to the Brooklyn Public Library for  a quick peek…

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Day Five In Brooklyn New York

Next stop, a late lunch (still trying to digest from yesterdays feast!) at Smoke Joint in Forte Green.
A pure meat feast – ribs for Alex and pulled pork, slaw and pickles for me. All delicious.

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Later in the day we went back to Williamsburg and moseyed around the streets, soaking up the vibe in the ‘capital of cool’. I could definitely see myself living here and would probably say this has been our favourite spot of the trip so far. Just very laid back and with more space to breath and take things easy. I wouldn’t say you need more than a few days here as a tourist, but think it would be a great place to live. I’d also recommend you come on a weekend as there were a few things we couldn’t do on a Monday.

When we could walk no more, we sat in East River State Park and soaked up the amazing views of Manhattan’s skyline.

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No visit would be complete without a visit to the Mast Brothers Chocolate shop. We may have picked up a bar or two to enjoy when we’re home. Mmm… Chocolate. I can’t wait to tuck into that little lot – After my post-holiday juice diet that is! #oink.

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Strolled around some more…

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… Before stopping for amazing cocktails at the Roebling Tea Room.

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Williamsburg we love you. Now we’re off for a very late dinner on day five in New York.

 I’ve been a bit rushed on this post I’m afraid, but will try and fill in any gaps on my return with one last NYC post. I’ve even surprised myself with the daily posts. Not such a useless blogger after all ;)

Thanks for sticking with me! x

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Day Four In New York

The weather has been amazing today and the pavements (sidewalks) have just bursting at the seams with crowds of people. We started this morning off by strolling around the streets surrounding the Empire State Building and at one point we happened across a rather curious street carnival, of which the best of the bunch were the NYPD band.

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It seems that like London, New York also has it’s weekend station closures, so we ended up walking further than I’d have liked (moan, moan) to get to Nolita, Little Italy and Chinatown. Before we left the UK, I had come across a little food tour of Chinatown online, narrowed the places down to a more manageable number (we eat a lot, but not that much) and decided we would work our way around some of the hot spots. Unfortunately for me, my eating buddy couldn’t cope with the amount of food we were set up to consume, so we had to reduce the stops by at least two more. I say that, but I did sneak him the larger half of everything. I’m almost certain we’ll be skipping dinner this evening… OK, make that a maybe. There’s just so much good food here!

We shared the most amazing Falafel and hummus plate at Taim… and when I say amazing, I mean it. Probably the best Falafel I’ve ever tasted.

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Then we popped into the Golden Steamer and had one salted egg bun and one pork and vegetable. I kid you not, the salted egg bun may have to go down as one of the top 5 things I’ve ever eaten. Glorious! Alex preferred the pork bun, which was also pretty darned great. All at the bargain price of $1.80 for two.

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Up next Tai Pan’s Egg Custard Tarts… yup, we’re still going (it was lunch and breakfast after all!). This was an experience and a half. No one spoke English (well, at least not to us) and the bakery was manic. It took us a while to get what we wanted and it was nice, but probably not something I’d go back for. Alex said it tasted like a cross between a Gregg’s sausage roll and an M&S custard tart… Go figure that one out! The custard bit was good, but I wasn’t sure about the pastry.

Day Four In New York

We were flagging a bit by this stage, but I really wanted to try as many spots as possible so we hit up one last place. This time it was Prosperity Dumpling – A tiny little place that was totally jammed full of people. Always a good sign. We ordered the Fried Chive and Pork Dumplings and got 4 for $1!! We were both glad that we’d stopped because they were absolutely delicious. There were two more dumping houses on my list, but there was no way we’d have been able to manage it all so that was the end of that.

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Um, well actually, I lied. We made one last food stop at Dominique Ansel Bakery – The home of the Cronut. You have to get to the store at a ridiculously early time of day for one of the 200 cronuts that they bake each day, but I’d heard that the DKA’s were just as good. We picked up one each and mine is still sitting on the side here in the apartment until I recover from my food coma. Alex has eaten his (and I had a nibble)… Really good, but definitely not as good as the delicious Crodoughs we had in London a while back. They say ‘tender, flaky, croissant-like dough with a caramelized crunchy crust’  – We say ‘a fluffy and plump palmier’.

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That’s about all for our day four in New York. Eat. Walk. Repeat. Just how we like it. We’re not sure what we’ll do with the rest of our evening, but I really hope it involves a few cocktails and not a single morsel of food! It’s our last full day tomorrow and we fly back to London the following afternoon. Then it’s back on the juicing for me as I’m going to pay for eating so much wheat. Sad times.

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Until next time x

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Day Three in New York

We both woke up a little sluggishly this morning, after our visit to the Blue Note Jazz Club last night. The venue itself was nice and intimate, but they have a few shows a night and you really felt like part of a conveyor belt system of customers being churned in and out of the club. Luckily, when the music started, all was forgotten. The entertainment for the night was Gary Burton & Makoto Ozone Duets and that, combined with a long day’s walking and a few cocktails made getting up today very difficult!

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Once we finally got going we headed into Brooklyn for the obligatory bridge visit.

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It’s the best you are going to get…

ZOE

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We stopped off at Luke’s Lobster and shared one crab and one lobster roll between us. The lobster was by far the best, but both were very good and I’d definitely recommend popping in if you ever get the chance. No mayo added… just the real deal.

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Crab Roll

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After a lot more walking, we found ourselves at Century 21, but feeling pretty tired out neither of us were really in the mood to shop. So we walked some more, to prepare ourselves for yet more food! I’d booked us tickets to The Big Cheesy – ‘a two-day pop-up, to determine the best grilled cheese in the city’. Oh. My!

We paid around £17 for a ticket, turned up, got given a plate, napkin, two beer tickets and a ping pong ball. We had a one hour slot to eat as many of the seven artisan grilled cheese sandwiches as we liked, voting for our favourite by placing the ping pong ball at a table of our choice. We were pretty stuffed quite quickly and didn’t actually manage to sample from every table. Two included mushrooms in their melts anyway, so we happily skipped those because neither of us are fans. As I’m not really meant to eat bread, I was  a little worried about eating too much in one day, but it was a delicious treat and some days you just have to have a little (lot) of what you fancy.

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The Big Cheesy NYC

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It’s nearly 9pm now and we’re off to the cinema. We’ll probably collapse in a heap and fall into a deep, deep sleep later on. That was our news from day three in New York… Until the fourth x

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Day Two In New York

It’s around 6pm here and we’re back in our apartment for a little rest again… Did I mention my feet are sore from all of this walking!? It’s a good job there are lots of pitt-stops for refueling along the way!  The weather is warming up here and I definitely didn’t pack for the heat. Eh, where did that come from? Not what my weather app said before I left… Hmm, may have to buy a few clothes if it gets any hotter. Such a shame!

This morning we popped to Central park for a stroll. We’ve been quite a few times before, but our past visits were always over the Christmas season, so it was nice to see it during the Spring time. There were blue skies, but it seems that when we took our pictures it looked a bit murky…

Central Park
There was lots of musical entertainment in the park, but it’s this fine looking pair that took Alex’s fancy.
Apparently one was playing a dulcimer (I knew that) and the other a harp. (I really did spot that one)

Central Park Harp

There I am…

Zoe Central Park

After our walk we  went for lunch at Estiatorio Milos, which isn’t too far from Central Park. I’d booked this in advance, after reading Trip Advisor reviews and it turned out to be a good one. They serve up a $25 dollar three course lunch (not including Tax and tips), which is pretty good value if you don’t go for all the extras.
Overall we had good service and the food was more than satisfying. Two content customers…

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Alex went for The Mediterranean Meze Plate. Taramosalata, humus, tzatziki, spinach pie & Greek olives.
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I paid a $10 supplement and opted for the crab cake, which wasn’t the best of all the dishes if I’m totally honest, but still enjoyable.

Crab Cake

For mains I had Loup de Mer (Sea bass), grilled, served with steamed crown broccoli.

Estiatorio Milos

Alex went all out and paid a little extra for the Lobster pasta in a light garlic tomato sauce. I obviously had a little taste and it was delicious.

Lobster Pasta

He followed that up with the biggest slice of Baklava I’ve seen… I have only ever eaten the mini ones from Waitrose though. It was divine! (Yes, I sampled that as well)

Baklava

Finally, I finished with a lovely fresh-tasting strawberry sorbet.

Strawberry Sorbet

Phew! We needed to walk some of that off so next we hopped on the subway to Roosevelt Island. Not much to see over there, but we walked for a bit and then got the Aeriel Tram back over the bridge, which gave us some good views from up above…

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Roosevelt Island Tram View

Tired out, we did a bit of mooching around a few shops and decided to come back to our apartment for a rest before heading out to Blue Note Jazz Club this evening. So, there you have it… Day two in New York and we’ve still got three and a bit more to go!

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