Paris Journal, Day 1

I may have been idealistic in assuming I’d actually sleep on the overnight flight to Paris. But seven hours later I arrived at noon in Paris. The airplane meal, while appearing quickly and inciting the jealousy of omnivores around me, was not amazing. Rice and vegetables seems to be the standard vegan option, and lots of bread and crackers. I can’t complain though… just seeing the word “vegan” as an option on a French flight is exciting in itself. Hopefully, after Paris Vegan Day becomes an annual institution, someone will reach out to the chefs at Air France and show them the magic of legumes, seeds, nuts, soy, seitan, among other things. I was met at the airport and driven to the wonderful Gentle Gourmet Bed and Breakfast – the only urban, vegan B&B in the whole world (Go Paris, tres bien)!

Next was a necessary journey crosstown to Le Potager Du Marais where we dined on incredible vegan fare that takes its inspiration from classic, French, country food. It was beyond delicious, and we were incidentally dining at the same time as several other New Yorkers. Either great minds think alike, or New Yorkers are predictable foodies. Our waiter, whose nickname is “Soyja” was very helpful and charming. We enjoyed three courses that included a pate, celery root bisque, seitan in mushroom congnac sauce,  a mashed-mushroom stack over a saffron creme, pine nut pesto, and a dry, vegan Bourdaux . Oh yes, and lots of delicious bread.

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Joshua Katcher is an adjunct professor of fashion at Parsons The New School. His research focuses on sustainability and ethics in fashion production. He started The Discerning Brute in 2008 as a resource for men who want to make intelligent decisions concerning their lifestyles. With a focus on “fashion, food & etiquette for the ethically handsome man”, The Discerning Brute produces expert, essential content and boldly takes a stand. Brave GentleMan, the integrated, eCommerce brother-site of The Discerning Brute was launched in 2011 and features “principled attire” and “smart supplies” handpicked for informed indulgence.
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  • Bodhgaia

    Thanks for sharing about this restaurant! I went there last night and experienced my first vegan boeuf bourgignon! Yum! It’s nice to have a vegan restaurant in the country of foie gras!

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  • urban vegan

    I had the same soup and the mushrooms with saffron creme today for lunch. Magnifique!

  • Velva Peterson

    Looks amazing! Want to go next trip!

  • gretch

    just tonight a thanksgiving guest (we had 9 here for a big vegan feast here at our house) was complaining about the lack of vegan food in paris. i’m definitely going to send him this link! say hi to isa and john for me….

  • Amy

    Oh, I am jealous! Not of the airplane food, but the gorgeous looking French vegan food. I’m so glad you found some. You will have a great time!

  • Kip

    I’m drooling! I’m coming to Paris for the weekend (for Paris vegan day) and these pics have me even more excited than I already was!