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5 Vegan Things From America that I Miss While I’m in France

by | December 31, 2018

Beautiful California, how I miss you every day. Your beaches, your warm weather, and all of your of vegan food options. This week, I’ll be traveling home from France to see my family for the holidays. Not only am I excited to see them, but I’m just as excited to indulge in some vegan delicacies that France doesn’t have just quite yet. Here are the five vegan things from America that should not be taken for granted.

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Vegan Things From America

Tofu

Tofu isn’t a huge deal in France as compared to how widespread it is back in the states. The French tend to use vegetable-based alternatives compared to soy which is better for your overall health but sometimes, tofu-steaks seem to really call your name. You can, however, find tofu in France by going to specialty Asian supermarkets if your city has one. If.

Black Beans

Unfortunately, after searching far and wide, I have yet to find one of my favorite staples

anywhere in France. Les haricots roses, or pinto beans, have already been a struggle to find, and although rare, they do exist here. As for black beans, you will just have to do without.

Vegan Marshmallows

Marshmallows are already near non-existent in France. They can only be found in the “American” food section of supermarkets and not only are they very pricey, but they are also filled with gelatin which is a big no-no for vegans. Stores including Trader Joe’s offer these delicious, fluffy bundles of joy which are animal-friendly (in case you didn’t know) and I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t miss a having hot cup of cocoa with vegan marshmallows in the Winter.

Taco Bell

Taco Bell is hands down one of my favorite vegan things from America, that I simply love. We have many major American chains in France with vegan-friendly options including Subways, Domino’s, Starbucks and Loving Hut but unfortunately, none of these places offer crunch wraps or cinnamon twists. I already have my post-flight order planned in my head.

Non-Dairy Milk at Cafés

Unless you are at a specialty vegan café or Starbucks, it’s highly unlikely that non-dairy milk will be an option for your morning coffee in France. Even so, it’s usually only soy milk that is offered as an alternative which I, unfortunately, can’t drink since it’s the only soy product that I’m oddly allergic to. French Starbucks offers coconut milk in addition to soy but in my heart, it could never replace my number one choice of almond milk.  

Got more to add to the list of vegan things from America that you absolutely love? Let me know in the comments below.


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2 Responses to “5 Vegan Things From America that I Miss While I’m in France”

  1. David Smith
    January 2nd, 2019 @ 4:57 am

    Tofu is pretty much available in the bio section of any French supermarket; I’ve never had a problem in any of my trips to France. I’ve been to Taco Bell in the US and struggled to find anything veggie or vegan that was a meal and was nutritious so I don’t think france is missing out on much. For black beans etc try an area of town/city where there is a larger immigrant population, in Paris try around the Gare du Nord where you can find all sorts of foods. Seek and ye shall find.

  2. Julianne
    January 10th, 2019 @ 6:14 am

    I’ve never had success with taco bell not contaminating my food with dairy, so I just avoid it. So many great products in France though. I mean you have all the vegan cheese! I live in a rural food desert and have to have most of my specialty items delivered.

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