How Do You Say Vegetarian In….
April 29th, 2009

This post was inspired by, you guessed it (or maybe you didn’t), my lunch yesterday. I was eating my salad with ingredients fresh from my local farmers market and it stuck me that despite being vegetarian since the time I was 11 years old, I have never done a post on vegetarian travel (not that I have been blogging since I was 11, just that in time I have been, I’ve not touched on this topic). I love food, especially international food. coque iphone Trying new cuisines is one of my favorite parts of traveling. Sadly, when you’re a strict vegetarian, it’s a little more difficult to be gastronomically daring. It’s especially difficult in countries where eating fresh fruits and vegetables is taking a major chance with your GI system, since it takes out the major food group of vegetarians. Try as I might to make sure that everything I eat is veg, I am sure that somewhere along the line I’ve eaten something I’d rather not know about. While I won’t rule out a destination because of it’s lack of vegetarian food, I do like to know ahead of time so I can pack snacks accordingly, or prepare myself for the traveler’s diet. While this is certainly not a complete list of countries that are or are not veggie friendly – since I’ve not been to every country – it’s as inclusive as I can get based on my travel experiences. Feel free to add! Countries where it’s been easy for me to eat: Italy: Italy is not quite as vegetarian friendly as it might seem, unless you want to eat some form of pizza or caprese panini for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Still, it ranks quite high, however. Thailand: If I had to list the easiest, I’d say Thailand. chaussons pokemon Luckily, I love thai food! Singapore: Since everyone speaks English, it was easy to ask for vegetarian, though whether or not it is truly veg is a bit of a mystery. I’d advise against soup. England – Great pub and Indian food Canada – This was kind of a “gimme” Mexico: Be careful that the beans don’t have lard in them. bague argent pasta Countries that weren’t too tricky: Argentina – The most amazing salads I have ever eaten, and a lot of international influence in their food makes it rather easy France – luckily, I love cheese, bread and croissants Australia, New Zealand – I didn’t say healthy, I just said veggie! If you don’t want everything (and I mean everything) buttered, let them know! Malaysia: I ate a lot of forms of Tofu/bean curd (my favorite was Satay tofu). Scotland – This surprised me, but I found a few vegetarian restaurant. coque samsung I did, though, avoid the “vegetarian haggis”. South Africa, Botswana – More surprises; their international influence and dishes with dried fruits, couscous and Moroccan like flare were fantastic.

Hotel/Cafe in Buenos Aires

Hotel/Cafe in Buenos Aires

Countries that weren’t great, but I could find things and they tried hard: Slovenia – this was actually better than I thought; nice hearty fare Belgium – Good thing I love frittes, waffles and chocolate! Switzerland – It all cost me my left arm, but there was vegetarian fare to be found Hong Kong – I managed with tofu and veggie dishes. Again, don’t trust the soup. Ireland – Potatoes and lots of them!
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Countries where I was really glad I brought snacks: Brazil – I finally found a salad bar and was so grateful I ate three plates of broccoli. I don’t necessarily recommend doing this. iphone hoesje South Korea – I hope you like Bi Bim Bap, because you’ll eat it for every meal! Austria – thank goodness for pastries, coffee and beer gardens Czech Republic – good luck, bring snacks and fill up on Pilsner! Zimbabwe – In all fairness, I only ate two meals here.
Bi bim bap

Bi bim bap

Countries that I didn’t include: Multiple countries in the Caribbean, because I’ve only been there on a cruise. French Polynesia: I stayed at a resort and mainly ate at resort restaurants made for tourists. I don’t think any actually served “Polynesian food” so I can’t really judge it.

2 Responses to “How Do You Say Vegetarian In….”

  1. A nice useful round-up. The problem in Thailand was avoiding the fish sauce. If you are interested, many of my podcasts are about my travels as a vegan in SE Asia, including Thailand, Cambodia, and the wonderful vegetarian Chinese Buddhist restaurants.

    • maya says:

      Hi Bill, yes the problem in most of Asia is the fish sauce. While I tried to avoid it, this is where I say that I’m sure I’ve eaten things I don’t want to know about. In China, I know to avoid Lo Mein sauces all together as they have a fish base. Other than that I ask if it’s fish based though when they say know I just have to believe them unless I know otherwise (or I taste it in the sauce). Curries generally tend to be safe, though not always! Peanut sauces can also be vegetarian/vegan. Will definitely check out you sight, thanks for posting! Haven’t been to Cambodia yet, but it’s very high on my “to visit soon” list!

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