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Although many people seem to think so, it’s really not that hard being vegan. But travelling can be a bit daunting, especially going to places famous for their cheese, fish and meat-worshipping cuisine.

This summer Mr Gnoe and I had our first ‘big’ vacation abroad since I went ExtraVeganza. We’d decided to go to the Hautes-Alpes in France. When visiting the Auvergne some years ago, it was often difficult to find anything vegetarian on the menu — aside from omelet, “sans jambon, s’il vout plaît“. So I admit I was a bit worried there’d be nothing to eat…!

Vegan Month of Food buttonIn a series of posts called Les Vacances de Mme Gnoe, I’d like to ramble about how I fared on this trip. Obviously I survived. ;) It may help other newbie vegans going on a journey — or those worrying about going to the land of bouillabaisse, fromage and cassoulet.

Today’s post is about our two day car trip to Oze, via Dijon. What provisions kept us on the road?

Bought or bRought?
I already wrote about the Bento En Route we had for lunch. It consisted of Indonesian leftovers accompanied by cold Thai carrot soup. For snacks there was some healthy fruit, a small bag of potato chips, liquorice and Napoleon candy as treats.

Bento En Route #194 (part 2): cold carrot soup
Bento En Route #194 (part 1): lunch for two
Potato chips
Bento En Route #194 (part 3): summer fruit snack

All these refreshments we brought from home. At the gas station I bought a bottle of Orangina with pulp to get into a French mood, and a bowl of fruit salad at the next pit stop. Can’t find the picture of that so I think I accidentally deleted it. O_o


The second day we only had a three hour trip left, so we just bought a drink, in my case Pago citrus fruit juice, and I ate the Utrecht opal plums I’d brought from home.

Pago citrus
Opal plums

So the first part of our holiday I mostly relied on our own provisions. But I haven’t told you yet what we did on dinner time in Dijon. I’ll do that later in a restaurant ‘reviewing’ post!

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Last Friday’s bento (#64):
Licorice (sugarfree), crushed walnuts for the salad, farm cheese, red berries, radishes, parsley and a rice salad (rice, dried apricots, tomato, sundried tomato, parsley, cucumber, gherkin, capers, peas) with a dressing of honey, wine vinegar, raspberry vinegar, oregano, salt ’n pepper.

Bento 31

On Tuesday I was so busy getting my stuff packed that I only got to eating my bento in the train back home. My office is moving on Thursday and since I don’t have to work today I had to get it all done yesterday. Well, I was pretty hungry by the time I was on my way home again!

Contents of my bento (#31):

Left tier

  • mini plum tomatoes
  • sliced radishes
  • little crackers
  • Japanese cracker puppet
  • Emmenthal cheese
  • ‘griotten’ (licorice)

Right tier

  • dried apricots (organic)
  • container of humus, mojo Palermo (piment) and capers
  • marinated olives
  • nut-mix: sesame coated almonds, dry roasted peanuts, apricot seeds, roasted chickpeas and dried cranberries

On the side

  • small container of potato salad (not shown)
  • Japanese fried broad beans

Needless to say it was all very yummy ;)

Gnoe goes ExtraVeganza!


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