I’ve Got The Power

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Hello!

Oh man, did my body throw a hissy fit when I went to bed last night. It was all kinds of confused and I was starring at the ceiling for a good 3 hours before I fell asleep, waking almost every hour or two. I am sure tonight will go much better; the first day or two is always a big adjustment!

I also was able to find a power converter for my laptop! I called the front desk and they brought up this huge honking converter that would convert a horse into a pony I am pretty sure.

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Last night, we set out for dinner.

Sadly, not on this beauty…

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Vroom vroom! I think I want one. ;) People in Paris ride in STYLE! Oh la la.

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Last night we found a cozy restaurant with a ton of atmosphere (sorry I forgot the name, I blame lack of sleep!) and we settled down for some food.

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I love this display of customer’s notes!

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Oops Kristi was looking down (at her food?) ;)

I asked the server for something vegan and he laughed. Never good. ;) Luckily he was charming!

We started with bread and balsamic + oil. No wine tonight. After having a bit too much wine on the plane, we decided to be on our best behaviour tonight and stick to water so we can rest up for a fresh start today!

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Tonight shall be a wine night don’t you worry.

I was quite disappointed when I was brought yet another salad because I was hangry! Ahhhhh.

However with that being said, my fig and melon salad was one of the best I have ever had.

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What the servers/chef lack in creativity they make up for in charm, let me tell you! ;)

The oil based dressing was so rich and luxurious.

After my second salad in Paris on Day 1, I have a new game plan:

My previous game plan for Paris was to ‘wing it’ and let the server + chef surprise me with a vegan dish. I’m all crazy and spontaneous like that.

However, my new game plan is…well, to plan a bit more.

Thanks to all of your suggestions I have some awesome restaurants to check out! I am determined to find more filling and satisfying vegan fare. I know it is out there, I just need to get a sense of the city first. I can’t expect to have all perfect meals on day 1 after all!

My mom had the beef tenderloin which was VERY rare and she didn’t care for it that much and my sister had sea bass fish which she loved, loved, loved.

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Decaf espresso for dessert (with chocolate!). This was my first time drinking espresso- well, decaf if that counts? ;)

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Ok decaf espresso doesn’t count. ;)

It was very strong and bitter, but I drank it like a champ (aka, with sugar). ;)

and some of the most delicious dark chocolate beans ever:

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Many handfuls ensued which might explain why I could not sleep until 1am.

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Then we headed out for a walk to find a grocery store to pick up some water and snacks.

Macaroon tower on display!!

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I’m not going to lie, I am probably going to have to try a macaroon at some point, vegan or not. I have to know what it tastes like so I can make a vegan one at home, right?

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I had a high protein Renew Glo Bar and a banana to satisfy my lingering hunger.

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My mom tells me this is the most expensive perfume in the world???? Anyone know how much it is?

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This morning my sister and I got up and hit the gym in our hotel. It is a pretty sweet gym!!! Treadmills, ellipticals, weights, bikes, stairmaster, etc.

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My sis and I ran about 6-7k on the treadmill. Felt SO good to sweat!

After showering quickly, it was time to head run down to breakfast. Our breakfast is included every morning with the hotel and we were thrilled to see that they offered a HUGE selection. Probably the biggest hotel breakfast I have ever seen!! :)

Needless to say, I stuffed my face and then some. ;)

I had breakfast tea with a mix of my Matcha powder for some zing, zing, zing!

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and delicious mango juice!

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Whole wheat toast with strawberry jam:

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‘Vegan Overnight Oats’ with soy milk!!!!

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So so so good.

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Their granola was unsweetened so I added some fruit and mango juice to sweeten it up a bit. I also added a ton of nuts!

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I was in pure heaven, pure heaven.

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My sis wanted to share her meal too! We all enjoyed everything so much and I am so grateful I have this selection to start the day off right.

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Perhaps tomorrow I will take pictures of the spread of food offered. I felt a bit like a camera creeper today and was a bit shy! ;)

We are off to hop onto the ‘hop on hop off’ bus to get a sense of the city and where everything is. We are hoping to check out a veg friendly restaurant that comes highly recommended in Paris. I am excited.

Have a great day! :)

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Shirlene November 11, 2012

Hi! I know this was 2 years ago, but if you don’t mind me asking… what hotel did you guys stay in? I’ve been a long time reader and am just now finally visiting Paris this December! :) Thanks! Love the pictures!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 12, 2012

Hi Shirlene, We stayed at the Westin Paris – our travel agent got us a really great package that included the flight, hotel, etc. The hotel is very expensive but with the package deal it worked out to being very reasonable and all of our breakfasts (amazing gourmet breakfasts!) were included. I suggest finding an agent if possible. have fun!

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Krista September 20, 2010

When I did my exchange in France (ahem…17 years ago now) I was a vegetarian. In Paris there’s a chain of lunch places called “Flunch”, it was cheap and they had quite a few veggie options. The north African places always (particularly Moroccan) usually have a chickpea tagine. Have you ever checked out the blog “Chocolate and Zucchini”? Clotilde is a longtime resident and really knows her way around Paris. Especially her asian recommendations (easier to get something vegan, and you’ll get a nice B12 hit with miso) While not a vegetarian she’s interested in healthy food. Why not stop at a healthfood store/market she recommends and pick up yummy picnic foods to eat in one of the beautiful parks? Big hugs from cold and snowy northern Alberta. Oh…you MUST go to the pierre herme patisserie, drool worthy and will give you much inspiration.

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Monique@She's Going The Distance September 19, 2010

Angela, you ARE MISSING OUT!!! Macarons are one of my favorite French treats ever :) well, that along with Calissons and pain au chocolat :) seriously though, try them!! I bet you’ll enjoy it

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Jaya September 19, 2010

Just FYI, those are Macarons, not macaroons :)

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HefiA September 19, 2010

Beautiful pictures. It almost feels like we’re all there with you! :)

I’m going to Europe in 3 months too!!! I’m sooo excited!

I’m so glad you are having such a wonderful, romantic time Angela!
Hope to get to Paris someday too. :)

Reka

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Dee September 19, 2010

Ahh, SO cool! I spy Miu Miu! Thanks for sharing your trip with us Angela! :)

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Bee Goes Bananas September 18, 2010

Jealous! I wish I had a pink scooter like that one. I would ride it all over town just for the heck of it.

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Miranda @ MirandasJeans September 18, 2010

OMG if we had less snow I would have a vespa in a second and lose the car. Sadly that just isn’t the case right now. One day, one day. One can dream. Loving your Parisian posts.

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Katie September 18, 2010

Ooh, did you go to a yarn shop? Love the macaroon tower!

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Sabina September 18, 2010

You have to try a macaron (not macaroon… different dessert all together. ;-) ). here’s a beautiful blog, with lots of macaron recipes: http://www.mytartelette.com/

more pics, please! :-)

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Jenny@ The healthy teenager. Green tea and yoga, not alcohol and parties September 18, 2010

Oh wow, Paris looks absolutely amazing!!! Even through the photos I can see the magic and culture is rich :)
I’d love to go to Paris.
It’s a bit of a shame though that for the most part you’ve been served salads :/ You’d think for Paris they’d have a little broader selection.
Oh well, I hope you have a magical time!

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Claire (www.saladmunchers.com) September 18, 2010

Ooh, la, la, indeed! Hi Angela, first time responder here, but been following for ages. Your blog was one of the ones which inspired me to get started and have now found my passion, thank you. Paris looks so exquisite, you fit right in. Room in the suitcase for shoes one presumes?

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Gina September 18, 2010

Looks like you are having a fantastic time!
Go for the macaroon! Life’s too short :)

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) September 18, 2010

Please please PLEASE try escargot, croissants, and crepe. You will NOT regret it, vegan or not.

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Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 18, 2010

I have been dying to figure out a way to make vegan macarons – since they are naturally GF, I am hoping that vegan ones can be made because then I would seriously make them a lot :) I loved macarons and it is one of the things I miss about no longer eating eggs or dairy.

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Ashley September 18, 2010

You ladies look so lovely!! I also MUST mention that the bed jumping photos were faaaabulous! :) Have fun today!!! xo

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Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks September 18, 2010

That Vespa is sweeeeet! I can’t even ride a bicycle (failed attempts with my Dad have traumatized me for life…okay…not really…but I still can’t ride…), but I still want one of those! It’s all cute, pink and girly! <3

Also nice to see you at least get to eat breakfast. Hopefully your planning will pay off for the rest of your meals!

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