GreenKiss – Ecological Living in France

GreenKiss is a hip site that spotlights how to live a fabulous life while still being ecologically aware. It’s written in French and English and there are sections for food, nightlife, fashion, politics, and more.

Here’s their motto:

A crew, an opened space, a virtual magazine, one million projects mixing words, interviews, images, music, videos, arts, recipes… Indoor and outdoor of the blog. From Paris to anywhere else, Green is not a new trend, a marketing tool, a temporary hobby. Green is not a dictature. Not a new diktat of life. We want to share our trust in the Green Dream… Naively, truly and sincerly. “We support environment by entertainment!”

Change in Scenery: Paris to San Francisco

My time in Paris has come to an end. While I planned on living in Paris permanently things haven’t worked out that way.
Ted in Paris
That doesn’t mean this blog will die. I still have a list of restaurants that need reviews and there will be the annual trips to Paris for more adventures.

I’ve been traveling to Paris every year for 15 years. It’s my home away from home and nothing could keep me away.

I have moved back to the Bay Area (San Francisco) and will be starting yet another blog:

Vegetarian options in Paris have been growing rapidly. Future visitors will have no problems finding something to eat. This is especially true when you eat like a local and enjoy a big, relaxing lunch and light dinner… and don’t forget to ask for an assiete de legumes when there are no other options on the menu.

Special thanks to the following people for making Paris an enjoyable place to live and eat: Joël at Parisian Sweet Bar, my Yahoo! co-workers, Chefs Jacques and Dean, my longtime Parisian friends Jean-Pierre, Philippe, and Dr. Bob.

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Places I still want to visit in Paris

I will be leaving Paris in August, 09. My employer is shutting down their engineering in the Paris office and I’ll be heading back to California. I’m trying to make the most of the remaining weeks, mostly by leaving the city and visiting other countries in Europe.
Little India, Paris France
I’ve been saving magazines and web sites for places I’d like to visit before I leave. i’ve been meaning to make a list that I can update as needed. This seems like as good a place as any to start it.

  • Jacques new restaurant: La Bélière. I’ve already written about my favorite chef. He’s got a new restaurant and Jazz bar. I’m planning on going this week to see his latest creations. review coming soon
  • Rungis market, the largest market in Europe. It’s a massive distribution center for all kinds of produce, cheese, meat, and fish from around the world. This is where restaurants, market sellers, and stores go to get their supplies. It’s open to the public, but fruits and vegetables are only sold on week days.I will be visiting Rungis soon with the owner of Paris Sweet Bar cafe as a guide.
  • Dans Le Noir: the restaurant where you eat in total darkness.
  • L’Atlantide: supposedly the best couscous in Paris. I’ve been told they have good vegetarian options.
  • I’ve been holding on to an old Air France magazine filled with addresses for Indian restaurants and shops in Paris. Dishny and Krishna Bhavan on rue Cail both sound inviting. New Review: Petite Mumbai de Paris
  • I also have an old Gourmet Magazine (September 2008) with some great ideas: 11/12th arrindissements, 19th/20th arrindissements, 10th arrindissement by Alexander Lobrano

Paris Vegetarian updates

There are a few updates to Paris Vegetarian that I wanted to pull together in a single post.

  1. Shortly after writing about my favorite chef: Jacques, he left the restaurant I highlighted (Chez Alexandre). Don’t worry, their key clientelle will remain the same and you should still be able to order vegan and vegetarian dishes. Just not from Jacques.
  2. I returned to La Victoire, Suprême du Coeur last night. My main objection during my first visit was the dry, tasteless bread. I was pleased to find they’ve switched to Poilaine instead. Try their pumpkin/coconut milk soup.
  3. I’ve been working on V3GGIE, the vegetarian search engine. It was recently featured in Culinary School Guides list of 100 helpful search engines for foodies, chefs, farms, and more. Check out their blog. They have some extremely useful lists, such as Top blogs for Foodies.
  4. I’m working on a new search engine that will capture the local buzz from sites like Paris Vegetarian. Its focus is the community blog, restaurant guide, chefs. It will skip the global sites, such as Zagat or Fodors. I think the results will be interesting. Here’s a sneak peak at a prototype: Tartine.
  5. Fall has hit Paris. The days are getting chilly and my focus has shifted to soups. Look for a round up of Paris Potage soon.

Food Network features new Vegetarian recipes

The Food Network just launched a re-designed web site. The site features easy to use recipes (Vegetarian Paella by Robin Miller), details of shows, and better organized topics. While the Vegetarian topic only features 100 recipes at this point, you should the selection grow significantly over the next month or so.

disclaimer: While I did not work on this site, I know some of the engineers and have been looking forward to the change. Food Network’s Vegetarian topic is also used as a resource in V3GGIE, the vegetarian search engine.