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How will a vegetarian get on in France?

Posted by Hazel-781252 - Created: 14 years ago
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Posted by Hazel-781252 - 14 years ago

Dear Sue

Thanks for the advice.  Had a look at the web-site - loads of info and  very helpful. We shall definitely be having a look at the hotel and restaurant in Vimoutiers. Nice to see you have to book as they get very full.  I don't mind mushroom omelette and chips occasionally either.  Nice to know you can get it.  I think I'll miss the lovely mature veggie cheddar but I keep meaning to try going vegan again (tried it some years ago but couldn't live without cheese) so it might be just the thing I need.  I found out when I went to Paris that you don't have cheese with a main meal in France.  I begged the waiter for a few lumps of cheese with my green salad and he kept saying it was a separate course and I couldn't have it, but when he brought the salad I spotted one lettuce leaf with some melted cheese on!  I thought it was quite an achievement, especially as I managed to persuade him in French. 

After all the great replies I've had I am actually quite excited about searching out the foods I can eat - and looking at the heavens!  Thanks to you all. 

Hazel

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Posted by ukgrapevine - 14 years ago

ooh err...seems Ive been deleted since yesterday!!!

I was grapevine yesterday I'm ukgrapevine today!

There is a dedicated page for vegetarians in france, and yes, there is a society for non meat eaters in france too, you'll find lots of useful info at

http://frenchentree.com/fe-vegetarians/home.asp    and NO its not my website :-))

 

sue

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Posted by Stargazer-780995 - 14 years ago

Hello,

Yes Hazel, am a bit of a star gazer, always keeping my eye on the goings on up there. The clear night sky is magnificent here, sometimes all you need is the moonlight, full moon tonight. Do bring the telescope when you come next, if you have room.

Out last night in a resturant, had mushroom omlette and chips, yes do have that quite often ! On mentioning your diet to your new French friends, you will receive some strange looks and 'why?' comments, I don't try to go into any detail, just say, 'thats the way I am', or something, and it's left at that, if they think, 'it's a shame' (always amuses me !) let them. We all get on, I've never encountered any bother. Mind you, in my life I've become quite used to the odd look/comments for one thing or another !

Hey, Garry, it's not so bad being a weak man is it ? There is always a strong woman around willing to help , some find that hard to resist !

Well, anyway, I hope you have a good trip to Orne, and all the best in your house search.

Regards.

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Posted by Garry C-781254 - 14 years ago

No ofence taken - I'm only a weak man! I would agree eating is certainly no problem at all if preparing yourself with the wide choise of excellent local produce, I was really concentrating on the eating out bit with the limited menu's for a vegetarian - pizza marghareta(?) was popular! But certainly watch out out for the ham it gets in there where ever it can. I can relate to not eating a buttie which had arrived with meat on it, only to have it returned with the meat just taken off, too. 

Our future home is Orne, I wish you all the best in house hunting Hazel for your dream. We found Annie at Eurim (eurim.fr) in Gorron (Mayenne - just) very helpful, speaks English and our purchace sailed through - just our experiance not an advert!

Garry Cross

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Posted by grapevine-781073 - 14 years ago

Vegetarianism in France is like it was in the UK 20yrs ago:   you either buy all your own fresh produce and make up your own meals, or you risk animal fats, bits of ham, nonveggie cheese, battery eggs and the like in your meals.

So its back to "tinreading again"  folks, and you do need to brush up on the translations of foodstuffs if your a serious non animal product eater.

There are a few good french vegetarian restuarants, one in Orne is highly recommended and english ownded.

The way to ask for veggie food in a restaurant incidentally is "ni viande, ni poisson", and if you dont want strange looks then I recommend adding "a cause de sante", rather than launching into a moral argument with the mainly redmeat eating french.....they seem to take offence if you dont enjoy blood in your steaks!

It will get better, the supermarkets are coming round as the demand increases, I know several vegetarians in our region, and cook for them, although myself a lapsed supporter.

sue

 

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Posted by Hazel-781252 - 14 years ago

Hello Stargazer (are you a stargazer?  If so what's the viewing like out there?  (Just started using my first telescope!)

Yes, I've had some experience of cheese cobs with ham on and vegetarian crepes with ham on!  Spotted it in time but with the cob, the waiter just went and took the ham off it and brought it back.

I imagine it will take the same form as England eventually when you can go out for a meal and have the choice of brocolli bake or vegetarian lasangne.

We're going on our second expedition in August to look for a place in The Orne area. 

Anyway thanks for your comments.  I feel better now but I know it will be a bit of a battle socialising at first.

All the best

 

 

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Posted by Hazel-781252 - 14 years ago

Thanks Garry.  Sorry to hear you "chickened out".  We've decided to make the big break to live in France, hopefully the Orne.  It's the problem of socialising I'm worried about really. My husband's a meat-eater (when he can get it!)

Regards.

 

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Posted by Stargazer-780995 - 14 years ago

Hello Hazel,

You'll get along just fine, I do admit it is a bit like the UK years ago, with a limited choice in the usual supermarkets. I've been vegetarian for about 20 years, a couple of them being here in France full-time. As long as you don't survive on ready made meals at the mo it'll be OK, if you do, so what ? You'll adjust, alongside anything else you'll be adjusting to when you are in another country.  Read the ingredients lists, if there isn't one, which does occur, just don't buy it.

Sometimes, I really am the fussiest fuss pot in fuss town, if I manage, then most people can. I don't eat out often though, but saying that I've never gone without, there is always something, besides, if there isn't a demand the people won't get it.

Where are you thinking of moving to and have you been here for holidays much ? We did before we moved and knew what to expect.

If you are a vegetarian you are a vegetarian, simple. It's not a 'battle', sorry to hear that Garry. I'm not being critical of anyones lifestyle, I have no right to do that, no offence intended (just have to say that in case I get 'removed' !). Not one of our friends/family have ever expressed it is a problem, it's no big deal.

Just wanted to let you know that's all, and there are places to get those British essentials from when you are here. it's not Middle Earth !

Regards.

 

 

 

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Posted by Garry C-781254 - 14 years ago

Badly!

Seriously, I was a vegitarian for 13 years, a right pain to our freinds and family re meals out ect. until we bought our house in mantilly (61350) - trying in restrurants to get a vegitarian meal I found not very easy, while I do not speak fluent French yet it was a struggle. The situation does seem to be getting a little better?

Best experiance I heard was in a restrurant in Lourdes, where a French lady was desparatly trying to get it across that her partner was vegitarian - they ended up communicating in broken English, weired?

I'm afraid I lost the battle some two years ago, I know you probably will not want to know this, but I belive the meat in France actually tastes like it should, not pasturized as in GB.

Bonne chance!

Garry Cross