Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bonjour, Paris! (Part Three)

For lunch today, we all set out (through the SNOW!) to have lunch at L'Ebouillante, a restaurant listed on the web as being "70%" vegetarian. Since that is approximately 69% more vegetarian than most Parisien restaurants, we were excited to give it a try.

L'Ebouillante

It was a cosy little place and a good spot to settle in for some wine and food. The menu was very eggy, so I elected to have the soup, figuring correctly that it would come with some good bread and fill me up adequately. The Soupe De Jour was carrot, and it was smooth and tasty.

carrot soup for lunch

After some comic book shopping with the Man of Science, I headed off on my own to check out a giant department store nearby. I got a falafel sandwich on the way and my body rejoiced for the sudden dose of protein. I didn't get a photo of the sandwich, but I did manage to get a shot of this drool-worthy aisle at the Bazaar De L'Hotel De Ville:

drool

Good thing I have to carry my own suitcase home, or I might have come out of there with a couple of those pretty, pretty cast iron dishes under my arm.

For dinner we tried to go to another vegetarian restaurant owned by the same people who managed the place we went on our first night in the city, but alas it was closed. So we wandered through the 5th Arondissement until we found an Indian restaurant that looked promising.

dinner time

Being vegetarian in Paris means coming to terms with the fact that you're not going to be able to eat French food. I am slowly getting over this fact. I'd read a lot of travel guides saying that vegetarians are best to stick to "ethnic" restaurants and this is certainly true. Our Indian meal was the most satisfying meal I've had so far. Lots of vegetarian choices on the menu. We ended up with a variety of curries, rice, and naan.

Indian Dinner

Aside from the service being, at times, comicly slow, it was a wonderful meal.

Tomorrow will be a real challenge, finding food near the Champs D'Elysees when we go over in the evening to look at the lights. Hopefully my legume consumption from today will carry me for a bit.

J.

7 comments:

Asteroidea Press said...

Oh, I am enjoying these posts very much!

J. said...

Thanks! I wish you were here so we could discuss why French ladies are so pretty and drink cognac together.

Jessie said...

When I was in Paris in 2007 I had a difficult time finding restaurants with vegetarian dishes, let alone vegan dishes. I ate quite a lot of eggs, as a matter of fact, as well as baguettes. They really need to get with the times!

At least you can enjoy the delicious bread! These posts are wonderful, by the way. Thank you for sharing :)

Crystal said...

This is amazing! I've been looking forward to these posts each day- I really wish I that I was stuff in the suit case so I see all these wonderful places!

Anonymous said...

I am SO enjoying these posts! Thank you. Pictures are beautiful too.

Have you been to Maoz Falafels yet? If so, please snap a drool-worthy picture for me!

Riley

J. said...

We've heard about Maoz! Maybe tomorrow. We're running out of time, but have a few meals left.

Asteroidea Press said...

Discussing pretty French ladies and drinking booze together! Yes! Please! I suppose we'll have to settle for doing it in Ottawa.