When I visited Paris in 1999, I was an omni and my friend and I ate and lived it up. I remember pain au chocolat, chocolate mousse, croque monsieur...the only thing I remember wanting but not eating was bouillabaise. I turned vegetarian in 2001 and vegan in 2006. When I last visited France in 2007, my vegan friend and I were in the South of France, which is much more Mediterranean and less forward-thinking and cosmopolitan than Paris. We were a bit hard up to find food: everything had cheese on it or or in it (even the hummus!) and being more laid-back than Paris, cafes and restaurants were often closed for lunch. Suffice it to say, I'm glad we packed a lot of CLIF bars for the trip. We also ate beaucoup de frites.
We stopped in Carcassone, Beziers (where our friend was apprenticing to be a pastry chef!), Marseille, Arles, Montpellier, and bien sur - en Nice, where we were introduced to the Nicoise salad. Which we also couldn't eat.
This "composed salad" usually consists of tuna, hard-boiled egg, olives, tomatoes, onion, and green beans over a bed of lettuce. Isa, in her wisdom and glory, in her newest Appetite for Reduction, has subbed a chickpea/caper mash for the tuna and included steamed red potatoes (occasionally found in Nicoise salads, but not especially traditional). She then tops it all with an amazing Green Goddess Dressing herbed with chives and parsley.
The whole damned thing was delicious! Oh my goodness. Oh my Goddess. And easy to beat! Merci beaucoup, Isa!