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Subject: Enjoy great vegan food easily in Valencia
We were in Valencia for Las Fallas 2009. It was our first visit to the city and we do not speak the language. I came prepared with The Vegan Passport (available from The Vegan Society) and it proved to be an absolute saviour. In the chaos of the festival and being in an unknown city, we struggled to find a lot of the places listed on HappyCow, and I was travelling with omnivores so it was not practical to spend all of our time searching for veg*n restaurants. The Vegan Passport was superb and allowed me to dine out at any restuarant with my friends - all I needed to do was turn to the Spanish page of the passport and hand it to the waiter, who would then point out what was suitable for me to eat on the menu, or would ask the chef to prepare me something special. Restaurant staff were always pleased that I had made the effort to communicate my needs to them in their own language, and in return they always prepared something great for me. A highlight would've been my entree of grilled artichokes at a beachside restaurant, followed by a main of vegetable paella made especially for me. Neither of these options were on their menu. I also enjoyed a lovely cous cous salad at a cafe in the city centre. I highly advise veg*n travellers to travel to Valencia only with a copy of The Vegan Passport on hand - most Valencians speak little or no English, and this passport takes the headache out of travel, giving you a great local experience. I had an absolute ball!