Paris Journal, Day 3

Day three in Paris was all about food. We overslept from jet-lag, and made our way to Loving Hut where we had a very good lunch of  savory crepes, seitan pastry, creamy pumpkin soup, kebabs, and espresso. The restaurant also had a small grocery section where croissants, chocolate croissants, aged vegan cheese, and other hard-to-find items were for sale, and we bought some for breakfast, which you’ll see tomorrow! During our meal, a very eccentric man visited us, sat down at a nearby table, stole the table centerpiece (a small vase of flowers), offered us his umbrella, asked for and received free coffee – which he complained about taking so long that they must have been growing it in Venezuela while he waited (beggars can be choosers, apparently), and then ran off. So sorry I didn’t get a picture of him for you!

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We couldn’t stay long as we had to get to a boat called La Baleine Blanche (The White Whale), where our vegan Thanksgiving dinner was being served by our amazing hosts at the Gentle Gourmet. The dinner was jam-packed with and eager and eclectic crowd of locals and visitors – most of whom were not even vegetarian, but happily devoured their generously heaping plates of mushroom seitan, sweet, salty and moist corn bread, roasted root veggies, mashed potatoes, gravy, Brussels sprouts with roasted pine nuts, dried fruit compote and cranberry sauce. I sat with the cookbook goddesses Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero who are each hosting their own event at Paris Vegan Day on Sunday.

Below the dining area was a bar serving organic wine and cider, and the Sienne River just outside the windows was aglow with lights and looked gorgeous. I couldn’t tell if i was tipsy or if the boat was swaying. I may have to come back to Paris for Thanksgiving next year, this was one of the best I’ve had! Tres bien!

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Written by joshuakatcher

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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  • Jaya Bhumitra

    I LOVE your denim shirt/matching tie look in the first set of photos. GORGEOUS. And Vegan Paris Day sounds pretty fantastic. I want to come next year.

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  • Edanator

    Thanks for the great talk on PVD, Joshua!

  • Gloria

    Hi! Just found your site— after poking around I just want to say I really admire your blog. I also used to (past tense) run an ethically-minded fashion blog so I can truly appreciate what you’re doing! The layout, the organization, the content– everything!

    And I’m glad you’re enjoying Paris! Sometimes I wish I were back there studying abroad. And it’s nice that you found a vegan place for Thanksgiving :) (I had ordered the holiday vegan package from Whole Foods)

  • Vincent

    Your speech was very interesting this afternoon.
    If you have the time, try the restaurant called “Saveurs veget’halles”, near les Halles. It’s my favorite vegan restaurant in Paris. Really good.
    AND try the best falafels in Europe rue des Rosiers (in the 4th district). The most famous restaurant is “Le roi du falafel”, but my favorite is the one just in front, “Mivami”. For 5 euros it’s the best vegan stuff, well, the best stuff you can have in Paris.

  • Kyle Svendsen

    Vegan French crepes! Looks incredible!