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by Fran on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 11:22:30 AM EST
I would recommend that one lunch or dinner is spent at les Vendanges (porte d'Orléans) where you get truly awesome food for 35€ (25 if you go for the two courses menu, which I really should do if I don't exercise more until then).
by Fran on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 11:25:52 AM EST
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when i lived in Tokyo, occasionally i attended the Tokyo Pecha Kucha Nights:

What is Pecha Kucha Night?

Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each - giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show.

how about have a EuroTrib Pecha Kucha night (or day) at the Paris meet-up?  we can tweak the requirements (e.g. images optional, different time limits, etc.) as we want, of course.  the main idea is to have a format to elicit interesting talks and discussions in a creative fashion.

(Pecha Kucha nights happen in cities around the world.  if you want to attend one, you can check if your city has them on their website: Pecha Kucha Cities)

by Fran on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 11:26:26 AM EST
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As for Friday, we could consider visiting the Pere Lachaise cemetary, with a dinner in the Chinatown of the 20th arondissement afterwards. We considered doing that last year but changed our plans for reasons I don't recall, although we certainly had a great dinner in the quartier Mouffetard.
by Fran on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 11:27:23 AM EST
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I'm flexible about Chinese, but Pere Lachaise is definitely cool!

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun May 31st, 2009 at 04:26:25 PM EST
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Er... I've been there eight times since january... For the original purpose of the site! But can understand why there are unrelated visits :-)
I'm just a bit worn out over there...!

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Sun May 31st, 2009 at 04:31:41 PM EST
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If this is going to be an East Paris centered meetup, I'd recommend what is probably the least expensive accommodation you can find anywhere in the city:  Hôtel Vicq d'Azir
by Fran on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 11:30:32 AM EST
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I'm inviting everybody to a restaurant in my neighborhood, as usual.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 06:37:13 PM EST
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I'm sure Fran won't ask, so on her behalf can somebody Paris-based find out about veggie restaurants in Paris ? We went to one last year but I didn't think it was that good. Or, at least, I've had better.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun May 31st, 2009 at 09:43:41 AM EST
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I'll ask around... :-)

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Sun May 31st, 2009 at 09:57:56 AM EST
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Thanks, Helen, this is very considerate of you. I decided that this year I am just coming for the company to Paris and forget about the food and will just stick with salads.

Your right last year, the starter I had was lovely, but the rest... as you said. :-)

by Fran on Mon Jun 1st, 2009 at 02:40:28 AM EST
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Les Vendanges is not vegetarian -but has some nice vegetarian dishes.
I must admit that I don't know of a good vegetarian or vegan restaurant -at least by my standards of "good". But they must exist (even though pure vegetarians are extremely rare in France).

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Mon Jun 1st, 2009 at 03:38:31 AM EST
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walked past one today in the 5th. It even has a website: http://www.anada5saveurs.com/ No idea if it's any good.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Jun 21st, 2009 at 05:24:49 PM EST
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I'm not an expert but a big thumbs up for lots of seaweed and tofu.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jun 22nd, 2009 at 06:02:00 AM EST
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well looks ok, but a bit limited

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Jun 26th, 2009 at 05:21:59 PM EST
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I agree, but France, or at least Paris is not a food paradies for vegetariens. Which I find amazing as French chefs tend to be proud about their creativity.

Probably just some ethnic restaurants will provide some better vegetarian food, The easies being Italian.

I found some additional links, one problem with the first, despite a nice menu, they do not serve alcoholic beverages, which is not a problem for me, but anyway...


by Fran on Sat Jun 27th, 2009 at 11:26:58 AM EST
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Oriental Restaurants: Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, & etc. normally have vegetarian options to attract Buddhist patrons.  Indian restaurants also but they are more expensive, at least here in the states.  Mexican restaurants will usually sell a bean burrito platter with the burrito made with vegetable shortening instead of lard -- have to ask.  Various Levant and North African dishes are vegetarian ditto for sub-Saharan African.  Some forms of Jamaican Pepper Pot (Callaloo)  are completely veggie; be prepared to have the top of your head blown off.  ;-)

One thing we've done when going to a restaurant with a large group is to  purchase, in advance, a vegetarian option for them who want one.  We've always told the chef to make what he/she wants, subject to a price limit.  Chefs here in the US get really tired of cranking out 'The Same Old Things' off the menu and enjoy the challenge and creativity of doing something one-off, as it were.  Sitting down at 'off-times' helps clinch the deal.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Jun 28th, 2009 at 12:58:15 PM EST
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