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Old 01.09.2006, 23:01
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Online veggie shops in Switzerland?

Hello,

As all veggies are probably aware, Switzerland isn't the best of places for food (especially compared to the UK/US...), so I was wondering where everyone gets their food from?

I know of www.larada.org and vianastore.de

Also, is it possible to get rennet-free cheese in Switzerland, and what about pizzas from Migros/Coop?

Finally, I don't want a debate on the pros/cons...please...
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Old 01.09.2006, 23:19
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Re: Online veggie shops in Switzerland?

My british wife is vegetarian, so I know what you're talking about.
The selection is really small compared to the UK.

In a way the lack of vegetarian convenience food makes us cook fresh
food more often, which is much healthier anyway
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Old 01.09.2006, 23:21
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Re: Online veggie shops in Switzerland?

Hey,

You know, you should really consider importing UK stuff...all that they sell in Tesco's/Asda could really help us out...

It's not a big risk for you, as if you don't sell, your wife could always have it...

I could do with some (healthy) convenience food...
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Re: Online veggie shops in Switzerland?

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You know, you should really consider importing UK stuff...all that they sell in Tesco's/Asda could really help us out...

It's not a big risk for you, as if you don't sell, your wife could always have it...
We're actually just putting together the list for our next order at the wholesaler's.

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I could do with some (healthy) convenience food...
Feel free to suggest a specific product!
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Old 01.09.2006, 23:26
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Re: Online veggie shops in Switzerland?

I have no idea about your neck of the woods but in ZH there are several Farmers Markets during the week. I usually source my veggies there as I can chat with the people who grew them and get a feeling for what's in season, where it's from etc. They're usually not as cheap as the big stores, which is reassuring but sometimes a burden. I'm sure there'll be markets somewhere in your neighbourhood. I find it kinda frustrating though that the markets are only open from the crack of dawn until about 11am or so, which makes shopping there a hassle sometimes.

As for Pizzas, go to your favourite pizzeria and ask to buy some dough. Somehow fresh, hand wrung dough from Luigi or whoever is 'better' than the machine made stuff from the stores and usually cheaper. Add some artichoke, toms, parsley and mozzarella...woo I'm hungry now...
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Re: Online veggie shops in Switzerland?

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We're actually just putting together the list for our next order at the wholesaler's.



Feel free to suggest a specific product!
Basically anything 'Vegetarian Society' approved tends to be good...

I've just done a big order with another company, so I'm OK, but I wouldn't mind veggie sausages, quarter pounders, cheese, pies (cheese and onion) (veggie meat and potato), there's loads of stuff you could try getting...

If you have a list, I'll be glad to have a look at it...
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I have no idea about your neck of the woods but in ZH there are several Farmers Markets during the week. I usually source my veggies there as I can chat with the people who grew them and get a feeling for what's in season, where it's from etc. They're usually not as cheap as the big stores, which is reassuring but sometimes a burden. I'm sure there'll be markets somewhere in your neighbourhood. I find it kinda frustrating though that the markets are only open from the crack of dawn until about 11am or so, which makes shopping there a hassle sometimes.

As for Pizzas, go to your favourite pizzeria and ask to buy some dough. Somehow fresh, hand wrung dough from Luigi or whoever is 'better' than the machine made stuff from the stores and usually cheaper. Add some artichoke, toms, parsley and mozzarella...woo I'm hungry now...
Thanks...
Just to clarify, I'm not talking about vegetables, but vegetarian food...

Also, mozzarella here isn't rennet-free...
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Re: Online veggie shops in Switzerland?

The things you mentioned all seem to be chilled products...we can't do that (yet)
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Re: Online veggie shops in Switzerland?

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that...
That's what the "despair when Easyjet is delayed" mood is for...

Are you planning on doing frozen?
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Re: Online veggie shops in Switzerland?

Maybe one day...don't really have an idea yet how to keep it cool when sending the parcels.
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Re: Online veggie shops in Switzerland?

There's something called a thermobox.

Googling for it, brought up this by DHL:

http://www.dhl.fr/publish/fr/en/serv...press.low.html


I once saw on TV a restaurant in California (where else? ) that had its food sent with FedEx from Paris everyday!
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Re: Online veggie shops in Switzerland?

Your best selections of vegetarian food are not in Migros and Coop, but rather in the Reformhaus. Müller springs to mind, but it is not the only one out there. If you are in ZH, the one in the Hbf is quite good and offers a nice selection of the foods you are searching for (It is also open until 9pm and on Sundays). Another one to check is the Müller on Rennweg, which has a nice selection. And there are more...

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Re: Online veggie shops in Switzerland?

Being a vegetarian here is difficult, as labels can sometimes be misleading or a bit non-specific and people also have varying ideas of what vegetarian is (me, but only in German,:"Do you have anything vegetarian on the menu?" them: "Yes, we have fish and chicken....")

I've found that Coop has been starting slowly with labeling a few things with the green V, but they are still far too few. I've also found that Migros sells some Quorn products and similar, but it sits right next to convenience meats, so it may be difficult to spot. I never even noticed them until an old lady and her cart caused a blockage in the aisles and I diverted next to the meat cabinet!

I miss great vegetarian cafes, where it wasn't assumed that vegetarians only eat salads or that fish was vegetarian.
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Old 02.09.2006, 09:31
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Re: Online veggie shops in Switzerland?

Shame you live in Basel Evilshell, I know 3 great veggie restaurants here in Zurich. As for the food, I strongly recommend the reformhause like Jack. It really has the best selection I've seen and they often order in special products for you should you wish.
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Re: Online veggie shops in Switzerland?

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Shame you live in Basel Evilshell, I know 3 great veggie restaurants here in Zurich. As for the food, I strongly recommend the reformhause like Jack. It really has the best selection I've seen and they often order in special products for you should you wish.
I know of the one in the bahnhof there, but found it just OK, but overpriced! (then again, isn't most restaurant food here overpriced? ). Where are the other two? We have friends in Zurich, so we get down that way now and again.

I have a great small natural foods grocery just over the border in Germany that I use, and a very veggie-friendly small regional chain grocery (also in Germany) that has tons of veggie options. I didn't mention them, since this was more Swiss-focused and so few on here are in Basel. But if anyone in the Basel area wants to know, they are both in Weil am Rhein. I don't know the natural foods grocery's name, they just opened up a few weeks ago, but they're next to the Kaufring and across from the hideos new Aldi plaza thing. Hieber is the local grocery chain, with a smallish shop in Weil am Rhein and a large, nice store in Loerrach.
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Old 02.09.2006, 13:05
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Re: Online veggie shops in Switzerland?

Bona Dea in the Hauptbahnhof is over priced as far as I've hear but I've never been. My favourites are Hiltl and Tibits, both owned by the same company and basically the same food really...

Hiltl has a menu as well as a buffet option and is currently located just off Paradeplatz on Bleicherweg.

Tibits is near Bellevue. Only really offers the Buffet. Very handy take out to sit by the lake... although with the current weather...

As for Veggie food in Zurich in general. I have noticed that there have been improvements in the past few years but in your typical Swiss "Beiz" you won't find much choice. But in better restaurants I know often find a few vegeterian options.

To be perfectly honest I have not come across an online veggie shop in Switzerland. I am also not sure I would want to shop from a Swiss veggie shop. A friend of mine has always driven across the border to do her shopping for veggie alternatives as it is just much cheaper. I often think the price of quorn products is a little... well steep.
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Re: Online veggie shops in Switzerland?

Unfortunately, I'm on the wrong side of Switzerland, the French side which is a lot less advanced than you Zurichers...

I know of larada.org, which is vegan and in Switzerland, but I'm not aware of any others...

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Re: Online veggie shops in Switzerland?

IMPORTANT- For the benefit of vegetarian folks. Print this and place it in your kitchen! It's very important that you get a balanced diet. I always look at it before I go shopping (minus the seaweed).


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Also, mozzarella here isn't rennet-free...
I wish cheese was better labeled for rennet! Any advice on brands that you know are rennet free?

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"Do you have anything vegetarian on the menu?" them: "Yes, we have fish and chicken....")
Don't you just hate that? What about when people offer you something with meat and then when you say you are vegetarian they just take the meat out in front of you and hand it back to you and say that it's meat free

What about people looking at you as if you have a contagious disease as soon as you tell them that you are vegetarian? I do find buying vegetarian stuff more easy in CH compared to England. Mind you I tend to cook most of my stuff from scratch Ok I try

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Quorn products and similar, but it sits right next to convenience meats, so it may be difficult to spot.
I said to one of the staff member that it would be better if they put vegetarian stuff like Quorn away from meat products in the interest of customer satisfaction. I got a blank look from the Migros guy I honestly cannot stand the smell of meat when I walk to get Quorn related stuff. Makes me want to puke

For the educational benefit of any non-vegetarians who might be reading this thread-

Vegetarians can be divided into three categories:

Ovo-lacto vegetarians- Ovo-lacto vegetarians do not consume any animal flesh, but they do use dairy products and eggs.

Lacto vegetarians- Lacto vegetarians do not eat any animal flesh or eggs, but they do consume dairy products.

Vegans- Vegans do not consume any animal products, dairy products, eggs or honey. Because they seek to avoid exploitation of and cruelty to animals for all purposes, including food and clothing, most vegans do not wear leather, wool or silk.
Vegetarians are found in countries across the world with varied motivations including religious, ethical, enviromental, and health concerns. Many are also just pragmatists who recognise that vegetarianism is a much more efficient means of feeding people (i.e. it takes less land and resources).

I am somewhere in between Vegan and Lacto vegetarian diet.

NOTE- People who say that they are vegetarian but eat fish are NOT vegetarian! Also people who say that they are vegetarian but eat meat only once a month are not vegetarian either
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Re: Online veggie shops in Switzerland?

Thanks Bambi.

I'm Lacto, because I don't want to be a fully fledged vegan...

However, I don't wear leather and get my shoes from the UK or US, which have great leather-free stuff...
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Thanks Bambi.

I'm Lacto, because I don't want to be a fully fledged vegan...

However, I don't wear leather and get my shoes from the UK or US, which have great leather-free stuff...
You are welcome
I hear you. I don't think I can be a full vegan. I personally don't have anything aginst eating eggs. It's just that don't like it.

I don't wear leather clothes either but I do have couple of leather shoes. I am attempting to cut it out but it's damn hard to find reasonable alternatives in CH.
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