I can offer Berne :-) I was also sure, I'm the only swiss resident here :-)
If it's easy? It depends. It is really easy to be vegetarian, but it's harder to be vegan if you'd like to go out (as I do). But most restaurants offer something for vegans if you call them in advance.
I have to admit, that I'm still a flirter and falling off the wagon too often. So I might not be the best person to ask.
I've been vegan for a little over a year and I have to say that I do find it quite difficult here - especially eating out. There are a few places in Geneva where the staff are super accomodating and (if you call ahead) make great dishes but if you just turn up somewhere it can be difficult to do more than piece together different side orders.Vegetarian is definitely easy though. I tend to be vegetarian 100 per cent of the time, vegan 90 per cent of the time - that 10 per cent is when I want to have fun dinners with my friends without making them compromise on restaurant choices!
There are some great Japanese places though to eat and supermarkets too that have umeboshi plumbs etc etc. Urban Bio is good for groceries too but a little overpriced.
I live in Lausanne! Anywho, I tend not to be so hard on myself in Switzerland because the reasons I am vegetarian (since I was 9) have to do more with moral standards, being kind to animals. When I am in the US I try to be more vegan (well a flirt at least) because of the way "farming" is done here. It's so far removed from what it used to be, remember the milkman? (Well, not like I was around then but whatever.) And in Switzerland, you see the cows just chillin out in the moutains and living the good life. (From what I can see.) So my point is, it seems that the way dairy gets to your table in Switzerland is a kinder way. Did that make any sense? I still tend to drink soy milk and I always buy free range eggs if/when I do. But I can't pass up a good fondue or raclette! There is a cool mail order website that has tons of vegetarian products...I think it might be based in Bern? I will have to ask my husband for it again. I'm out of the country right now, but will be back in March!
They really have a lot of nice food there. The only problem is: after a while, everything tastes kind of the same... I prefer less processed food, but from time to time, it's nice to have some cheese and things like that.
Oh, nope that wasn't it but thanks for a new one! As I was bookmarking that, I remembered that duh, I bookmarked the other one! it's www.larada.org. It's in German but if you type the page in Google Translate it will translate it.
So how did we all end up in CH?! Long story short, my husband is Swiss.
HI Bettian, I moved over a few years ago with my boyfriend - he was in France before that and I was in the UK so we were looking for somewhere that we could live together and both get good jobs. Where's home for you originally?