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A Vegan Thanksgiving in Paris

November 26, 2010

Update: if you would like to see some nicer pictures of our dinner, along with a great picture of me and G at our table, check out The Discerning Brute’s recap of the evening!

I was a little torn about what to do: on the one hand, I really wanted to have some sort of holiday dinner on American Thanksgiving (we don’t get to visit with family during any holidays this year, but would still like to find festive things to do). On the other hand, I was not confident that I was motivated enough to make a real holiday dinner for only two people. So, we decided to have Thanksgiving on a boat–a vegan boat.

When we heard that the Gentle Gourmet (which you may remember from one of my June posts) was having an American Thanksgiving on a boat, we knew that that was what we should do–it would give us a chance to share a big holiday meal with other people, which was just what we were hoping for.

So, yesterday, we took the 14 down to the Bercy stop, crossed over the Seine, and found our boat.

It promised to be quite cozy inside.

When we first came in, we were ushered into the lower level, where we were given wine and cider.

While we drank, we struck up a conversation with a couple of lovely people, with whom we ultimately shared a table–one of them had just moved to Paris that morning, while the other was participating in the Paris Vegan Day festivities. (She was–and is–the Urban Vegan, who will be giving a cooking demo at Paris Vegan Day this Sunday.)

We then went upstairs for dinner, and the room looked lovely, although my picture probably makes it look darker than it was.

We were first treated to a beat and cranberry salad.

We were also given pumpkin soup,

and corn bread.

Then our main course(s) came:

This included roasted brussel sprouts with pine nuts, roasted sweet potatoes and carrots, dried fruit pudding, corn bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, seitan cutlets, mushroom gravy, and cranberry sauce. Everything was absolutely wonderful, and I ate every last bite of it. I especially loved the corn bread stuffing!

Then came dessert.

Dessert consisted of a sweet muffin, a piece of pumpkin cheesecake, and some slightly melty but amazing toffee ice cream. Everyone agreed that the ice cream and pumpkin cheesecake were particularly impressive.

Throughout dinner, our table received some exciting visits from Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero (of the PPK), as well as Joshua Katcher, of the Discerning Brute.

So, I think we had a pretty fantastic Thanksgiving, in spite of missing our families. And, of course, it ended with us sitting on our couch, totally wiped out and full–which is as it should be.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Mary Bosch permalink
    November 26, 2010 4:29 pm

    What a lovely Thanksgiving dinner! I so loved the pictures of the boat and especially the one of the happy couple! This will be a day to remember! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

    How about that musical salad: cranberries with a beat! I know; I’m just teasing.

  2. ameyfm permalink
    November 27, 2010 2:06 am

    fun post! how exciting to meet Urban Vegan! It must be wonderful to have so much vegan action going on in Paris right now. Hoorah!

  3. Gwin Krouse permalink
    November 27, 2010 10:00 pm

    When you said your Thanksgiving was going to involve a boat, I thought for sure you’d dress as pilgrims and reenact the Mayflower voyage! This looks much better than that–hope you had a lovely holiday.

  4. November 29, 2010 8:41 am

    Wow, that looks like such a fun evening!

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