Noteworthy places that I have fashionably been and vegan restaurants that I have visited along the way:
Coming soon: recipes and vegetarian restaurant reviews from Thailand!
Paris Jun/July 2011:
When it comes to eating vegan in Paris, GOOD LUCK! I don’t think the word vegan is even in their vocabulary. I made one attempt to go to a vegan restaurant/bed and breakfast, called Gentle Gourmet B&B, that sounded quite lovely. Sadly, the owners were out of town and the establishment was closed the whole time I was there. I ended up going to the grocery store for most of my meals. If you go to a large grocery store, they usually have a “biologique” section with quite a few vegan products.
NYC Feb 2011
If you want some awesome vegan Korean food in NYC, go to Franchia. I went there with a non-vegan friend and he said it was the best food he’s ever had. Enough said. Make reservations because it’s pretty busy. Here’s their website for more info: http://www.franchia.com
Vegas Jan 2011
If you are vegan and in Vegas, check out Society Cafe at the Wynn, it’s a hip place for lunch, decorated in hot pink and black & white damask. They have an entire vegetarian menu with a few vegan options.
For Dinner, Scarpetta at the Cosmopolitan has a vegetarian menu with a few vegan options as well.
Society Cafe: Photos from website
This is what I ate at Society Cafe, so yummy!
Miami Dec 2010
If you’re in Miami, Scarpetta at hotel Fontainebleau has a vegetarian menu with some vegan options. I really like this restaurant and have been to the one in Vegas too.
Rooftop pool at the Gansevoort
Tibet Sept 2010
China Aug-Sept 2010
Some of the best vegan restaurants I have ever been to were in China of all places!! I was very lucky to be traveling without a tour group (they seem to take you to the worst, yet most expensive restaurants). I am a very independent traveler, and HATE tour groups. With this being said, I wouldn’t recommend traveling China without someone who speaks Chinese. If you go on your own, it will probably be the most difficult traveling experience of your life, because almost no one there speaks English.
While I was in China, I ate at some AMAZING vegetarian restaurants. Places you would never find with a tour group. Sadly, I cannot remember the names of most of the restaurants I went to because they were in Chinese. One place does stand out though. If you are planning on visiting Chengdu to see the Giant Panda conservatory, you have to visit Jujubee Tree Vegetarian Lifestyle. This restaurant is hip, classy and cooks with organic ingredients. The menu is like a novel and there are pictures of everything. Eating at this restaurant was probably one of my most memorable culinary experiences. I think they also have a restaurant in Shanghai by the same name.
Dragons Backbone Rice Terraces
Great Wall: Beijing
Mexico March 2010
If you’re in Puerto Vallarta go to Planeta Vegetariano. If I remember correctly its 100% vegan (but I did have quite a few margaritas before I went there so excuse me if I’m wrong). This restaurant was conveniently on the same block as the house I was staying in. It’s an all you can eat vegan buffet; super yummy. You can google it for more info. ;-)
Europe May-July 2009
If you happen to be in Zagreb, there is an awesome vegan macrobiotic restaurant called Nova Restoran. They offer a lot of unique and innovative dishes, combining local cuisine with vegan and macrobiotic principles. Here’s a link to their website for more info: http://novarestoran.com.hr/en/jelovnik.html
Hawaii Nov 2008
Spain and Portugal June-July 2007
Spain: Aug 2004-Feb 2005
Africa, The Gambia: Dec 2004