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A VEGAN FOOD TRIP IN PARIS

by Federica & Bianca

Federica and Bianca came to Paris this Fall for a week before returning to Milan for their studies. Vegetarian since always and vegan for a few years, they were excited to discover Paris, omnivorism’s capital, while respecting their diet. Luckily, there are not only deli meats or butchers in the capital, and the two friends were able to savor Paris thanks to the Food Passport.

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Recommended by one of their vegan friends, they googled Le Food Trip: « It really reassured us to know that there was a way to discover easily the best vegetarian and vegan addresses in Paris » explained Bianca. Federica adds: « We were afraid to find places with many ham or cheese options and nothing vegan »

« We ordered our two Food Passports a week before our arrival in Paris and we picked them up from one of their partner artisans. We didn't want to stay in just one neighborhood, so we decided to visit three of the five areas suggested! Not only did we taste some of the best food we ever ate but we also had the chance to meet fascinating artisans on the road. Our visits were real moments of discovery and sharing. The Food Trip is definitely our best experience in Paris. »

During their gourmet walks in the mythical cobbled streets of the capital, Federica and Bianca were able to discover the real Paris. « Thanks to the Food Trip application, we were able to move around very easily. The geolocation of our position and the shops location is very clear and really practical to find your way in a big city like Paris! In addition, the application informed us in real time about the opening hours of the artisans. » says Bianca.

« Our visits were real moments of discovery and sharing »

During their tastings, they discovered two of the most famous districts of Paris: Montmartre and Montorgueil. Tea, Olive oil and chocolate were on the agenda of their first morning program! The first stop was a chocolate shop named Ara Chocolat. The shop owner's, Sabrina and Andres are both vegan and native from Venezuela. Ara Chocolat is the first chocolate shop to offer 100% quality vegan chocolate. Each year, the couple leaves for several months in Latin America to find the best beans from small cocoa producers. They developed some production techniques that does not requires milk or butter. And their chocolate does not suffer from that process: Ara Chocolat has already won 3 medals at the International Chocolate Awards.

Federica and Bianca discovered different varieties of chocolates made from Criollo and Forastero beans. « What a pleasure to exchange with other vegan people! They gave us a lot of advice and recipes to live in the best way our veganism. We spent a wonderful time with these passionate artisans around an outstanding chocolate » confirms Bianca.

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Just a few steps from the chocolate factory, the two Italians girls continued their journey in the very gourmet rue des Martyrs for a first stop at Maison Brémond 1830 and its delicious olive oils from Provence. A very particular terroir which allows to obtain different types of oil. « We loved our exchange with Geraldine. Bianca and I love olive oil, and yet we were very surprised to see that we knew very little about it”

After a visit at La Chambre aux Confitures, for a tasting of different excellent jams, the two friends continued their journey to the 2nd arrondissement and the very lively streets of the Montorgueil district. Here they met Martin and Vincent, the founders of Kodama, a tea bar located in the rue Tiquetonne. « This place is a true peaceful haven » affirmed the two friends who had the pleasure to taste different varieties of cold brewed teas, a Kodama's specialty. The tea blends combining for instance Pineapple, Hibiscus and Pink Pepper have completely seduced the two young women who left with their arms full of tea boxes. « I've never tasted anything like this before, Martin and Vincent's work is incredible, I'd love to learn how to create teas like they do » says Bianca.

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Fascinated by the Parisian culture, the two Italians were able to discover the French capital and its gastronomic scene from a local perspective. Their journey ended in the 7th arrondissement, nearby the Eiffel Tower for two delicious tastings: the exquisite wine of the shop Les Petits Domaines with the lovely Isabelle and the butter caramel candies from the Epicerie Fine Rive Gauche with Pascal. Away from the culinary scams and crowded tourist areas, the two friends were able to take advantage of the itinerary developed by Le Food Trip to discover Paris away from the crowds and practice their French with the welcoming artisans.

The gourmet breaks were perfect to settle down a bit between the many visits offered by Paris: the majestic Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, the flea market of Saint Ouen and its thousands of hidden treasures for the amateurs of originality, or the numerous temporary exhibits that make the French capital a fundamental stage for contemporary art.

A Vegan Food Tour that the two friends will certainly never forget...