Vegetarian Travel Tips

Roasted eggplant with feta, L’Atlantide Autourdu Pot, Paris

Having been a vegetarian for 9 years, I fully understand the difficulties that my diet causes when I travel. Many countries and cultures are not as familiar with the vegetarian diet and, oftentimes, I have to explain that as an ovo-lacto vegetarian, I cannot eat anything that contains meat, fish, seafood, poultry, or animal stock. You must always keep in mind that you are a guest in the country or city where you are traveling and you have to be familiar with the customs and gastronomy of the region. I recommend researching traditional dishes from the place where you are going to travel and seeing which options typically do not contain animal products or which plates could be easily prepared without them. That being said, it is not impossible to travel and eat well as a vegetarian. In fact, you can eat very well if you know where to look and how to approach the obstacles our diet poses. Below, I share some of my tips and experiences finding vegetarian food abroad.

GERMANY

Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants of the Week: Kopps and Yellow Sunshine, Berlin In this post, I talk about two delicious vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Berlin.

SPAIN

 Nada que tenga ojos (Nothing That Has Eyes) This post focuses on my experience as a vegetarian in Spain and how I found vegetarian options in different restaurants. I also explained how I dealt with the subject when explaining it to friends and restaurant workers.

Eight Reasons to Visit Valencia This post doesn’t focus on vegetarian food, but has a small section about a vegetarian alternative to paella and horchata.

Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurant of the Week: Habanita, Sevilla, Spain In this post, I talk about one of my favorite vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Seville.

Cáceres, Extremadura: A Foodie’s Dream The 2015 gastronomic capital of Spain has plenty of delicious and unique options for vegetarians.

TURKEY

Turkish Breakfast  The Turkish breakfast is a great meal for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.

Turkish Food of the Week #1: Kumpir Kumpir is a great option for vegetarians because of the variety of vegetable toppings you can choose to top this delicious baked potato dish.

Turkish Food of the Week #2: Waffle Turkish waffles are heaven on earth for any vegetarian with a sweet tooth.

Turkish Food of the Week #3: Çiğ Köfte Çiğ Köfte is a spicy snack that is both vegan and vegetarian-friendly.

Turkish Food of the Week #4: Mantı Although it’s not always a vegetarian dish, there are delicious vegetarian varieties of this “Turkish ravioli.”

Turkish Food of the Week #5: Künefe: What’s not to love about a dessert made of stretchy, gooey cheese and shredded phyllo dough?

Turkish Food of the Week #6: Testi Kebab: Kebab is usually not a vegetarian dish, but this Cappadocian regional variety is sometimes made without meat.

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