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Can I survive 3 days in Paris without cow's milk or butter or cheese?

Bivalve88 | Oct 20, 2011 01:33 PM

So as you can probably guess by this post's title, I'm allergic to cow's milk. It came on suddenly about 5 years ago, which makes it doubly hard because I know how scrumptious a Parisian croissant can be!

I will be travelling to Paris this coming summer for 3 days. We will most likely be staying in an apartment in the 5th arr. I dearly loved my previous trip to Paris, starting each day by sitting out at a sidewalk cafe with my newspaper, a cafe au lait and a pain au chocolat. Are there any suggestions folks may have for eating a good breakfast each morning in Paris without butter, milk, or cheese? Is there anywhere in the 5th arr. where I can source good goat's milk yogurt? Do baguettes typically have milk in them? A simple tartine with a fabulous confiture could work, although not nearly as decadent as my dearly departed pain au chocolat.

Could there possibly be a bakery in Paris that uses mostly goat's milk products? I would be willing to travel some distance for that.

How hard will it be for me to eat out in Paris? Cross-contamination with cow's milk in a kitchen isn't a problem. I just need to stay away from dishes that have butter or milk or cream in them. Will I find restaurants that will work with me to keep sauces on the side, for instance, or cook with oil instead of butter? I'd hate to have to eat solely Asian in Paris.

Is a real French bistro meal in my future?

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