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Avoiding the breakfast trap?

2020 Camino Guides

WalkingJane

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May and October 2015
(2015 October)
June 2018 Portuguese
Coffee is a must have for me in the morning, so when possible I always stop at the first cafe I can to fuel up on java.
The breakfast food in Spain is another matter. Some toast and jam, or perhaps some other type sugary pastry is not breakfast to me, especially when about to begin a 25km walk. So whenever I can, I buy breakfast food the day before and make myself something with more substance in the morning. A sandwich of cheese and meat. A tin of fish or chicken. Some whole milk. Things along that line.
Since I can't function well on an empty stomach, I carried packets of Nescafe, and usually shopped in the afternoon for next morning - got eggs to boil, &/or a slice of tortilla, &/or some kind of pastry, or &/or a cerealish something, and a small carton of milk. Nearly every albergue/hostel has a microwave if nothing else. Or, if there was a cafe near and open, fresh OJ, and real coffee and one of the above.
 

easygoing

Camino Sharon
Camino(s) past & future
I have walked the Camino Francis 7 times, twice in 2017 and 2018. (2019)
He's already walked it Mick and a few others , I reckon he must not like Banana's ... if staying in an albergue have 1/2 Avocado [give the rest away] then to the nearest cafe for a short black , rest room visit with a small bit of thievery [paper] .....like us all 😇 and away.................. for the next 5 hours.
"Visit rest room visit with a small bit of thievery [paper] .....like us all 😇" Surely you are joking---there is never any toilet paper left when I visit--or maybe you were there before me. ;):(;)
 

ChrisMac

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Norte, Portuguese, Madrid, Primitivo, Salvador....next is Mozarabe
I practise intermittent fasting so I start eating every day at 12 noon and try to have my last meal around 8pm so I put 20kms under the belt before eating...maybe a black coffee para llevar!!!

Keeps it nice and easy in the morning and allows me to shed that 'winter coat' a bit quicker ;-)
 

Fr Scott

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Starting El Camino Norte in Irun June 3, 2015
I buy fruit the day before and put it in a Pocket in my pack I can reach while I am walking. I would rather eat breakfast while walking in the cool morning air rather than waste time finding, ordering, and eating Breakfast. One less hour in the afternoon heat. I also buy a Diet Coke the night before and put it in my pack, to take care of the caffeine in the morning,

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The money I've most felt like I've wasted on the camino has almost always been at breakfast time. I've lost count of the number of times I've dropped 3 or 4 Euros on some bad coffee and dry toast and jam.

So I'd like to ask you what do you do for breakfast each morning on the camino? What can you do instead to get a good head-start on the day without overpaying?
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Ballari

Walking Quietly
Camino(s) past & future
SJ-SdC Ap-May14
Navx-Muxia Mar-Ap17
SJ-SdC May17
SJ-Fterre F-Mar18
SJ-Muxia F-Mar19
Porto-SdC May19
I am a vegetarian and also need gluten-free, so I carry chia seeds. I soak 2 spoonfuls in my mug at night in a little water with some dried fruit. By morning it has thickened and I add some fresh fruit and/or yoghurt and it will carry me through for a couple of hours until 'second breakfast' of tortilla or eggs.
Chia seeds are a source of protein and you can buy them in small amounts in a supermarket.
 

Tony Bobcat

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017
The money I've most felt like I've wasted on the camino has almost always been at breakfast time. I've lost count of the number of times I've dropped 3 or 4 Euros on some bad coffee and dry toast and jam.

So I'd like to ask you what do you do for breakfast each morning on the camino? What can you do instead to get a good head-start on the day without overpaying?
Hi H Richards
I normally only make my own coffee, walk for a couple of hours then stop for a cruson orange juice and a coffee. That normally make my day off for a good start.
I do bring from home a few packets of nut and honey bars. Buen Camino
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
Why would you provide a link to your blog, when your blog is readable by invitation only?
The blog is back up.
I had closed it to take down some personal things I wrote in a fit of depression after caring for my elderly unreasonable mother and being worn to the bone. I forgot to turn the blog back to public after working on it. Sorry for the inconvenience.
 
Camino(s) past & future
The English Way
I haven't been yet on a camino, so I dont't know whether it's going to work out, but I hope to find a kitchen every now and then and make same baked oats (mix oats, milk, eggs, banana, dried fruits & nuts and bake). Tastes really nice, very nutriousious and keeps fresh due to the dried fruits for 5 or six days easily and does not weigh too much. I really love that for breakfast - I live close to the place where Müsli originally comes from ;) - and have already taken that to other multi-day trips and it worked out very well, but never baked it yet while being on the road.
Hi sugar gypsy. On a training week in North Wales IN UK. Your oar cakes have been invaluable. We just have 2 portions each and a flask of coffee and lunch is sorted. Thanks Bruce and Margaret.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Leaving August 25, (2014) for Camino Frances starting in SJPP.
The money I've most felt like I've wasted on the camino has almost always been at breakfast time. I've lost count of the number of times I've dropped 3 or 4 Euros on some bad coffee and dry toast and jam.

So I'd like to ask you what do you do for breakfast each morning on the camino? What can you do instead to get a good head-start on the day without overpaying?
If the albergue has a kitchen, buy your breakfast ingredients the night before and cook your own. Example: 4 of us went in together and bought food for dinner. We also bought a dozen eggs for the next morning. In the morning we scrambled 8 eggs along with the left over vegetables from the night before, and hard boiled the last 4 eggs to take with us as a snack later in the day.
 

Sharonih

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (SJPdP to Santiago) March 15, 2018
Rarely did I do the Alburge breakfast as for the most part either it was ot part of the stay or worth the wait. , the day previous I would buy an orange and have that as a starter then walks couple of k's to a nearby bakery.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2019, 2020)
The money I've most felt like I've wasted on the camino has almost always been at breakfast time. I've lost count of the number of times I've dropped 3 or 4 Euros on some bad coffee and dry toast and jam.

So I'd like to ask you what do you do for breakfast each morning on the camino? What can you do instead to get a good head-start on the day without overpaying?
I would have a coffee and maybe an orange juice on the way out of the village at a market or a bar, and then walk to the next village. Whatever they had for protein (which was usually tortilla) was my breakfast. I rarely at the wonderful pastries because I knew those were not going to give me the fuel I needed.
 

MikeJS

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francis (2011), Norte (12), VdlP (16). Sureste/Invierno (17). Olvidado/San Salvador/Primitivo (19)
I tend not to bother with breakfast and just wait until I get to suitable coffee stop. Unfortunately, sometimes that means at the end of the stage after 30 or 40 kms!!
 

Pelen

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2018 SJPdP-Logroño)
(2020 Logroño-)
I have had at least one good albergue breakfast. At Albergue Estrella Guía the owner/hospitalera makes a delicious cake for breakfast every day.
Ohhh, yes! It is the Brazilian woman, isn’t it? I am gluten intolerant but my friends loved the cake. We stayed at her apartment before she moved and opened up the Alburgue.
Yes, I've done a smaller and fast version of the recipe in a mug ;). Takes only about 2 or 3 minutes in the microwave, so that should also work out for the whole recipe.
Can you svaret he receipt?

I am also walking door an hour or so if it is some villages ahead. I always bring som nut bars and maybe fruit or similar if I need something to eat
 

geraldkelly

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés, Vía de la Plata / Camino Sanabrés, Camino del Baztán, Camino Aragonés, Chemin du Puy
Ideally I walk for a while and then stop some place where they have napolitanas de chocolate and cafe con leche. Albergue breakfasts tend to be expensive and crap.
 

David

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.
Cafe stops can be a delightful social time but are zero necessary otherwise .. just carry food with you - if you buy the ingredients at a tienda - so cheap - and make a couple of ham and cheese rolls the afternoon before, well, they are hardly going to go off overnight, so do that and you will never be hungry .... as for coffee - a delight for social intercourse but not needed - almost no one will do this I know, but - give up all coffee from a month before you go, get over the caffeine withdrawal at home ... once it is gone you will find there is absolutely no desire (or need) for that caffeine hit - there - I have saved you hundreds and hundreds of Euros!!!

De nada ;)
 

Delphinoula

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino PdC 2018 Finisterre Muxía 2018
C Franconia 2019
Camino desde Algeciras Sevillia (2019)
Made some oatmeal and a cup of tea when there was a kitchen. Had nuts and a couple of pieces from a bar of chocolate for the times when there was nothing and had a frappe basically Nescafe in a bottle of water good to go. Water and fruit during the walk. In Portugal at lunchtime a cup with sugar of their fabulous coffee. Just enough not to get lightheaded during the walk would eat after walking. Eating would slow me down.
 

tomnorth

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: September 24 - October 31 (2015)
I would often have a yogurt in my pack I could eat. I would stop at the first cafe and get the tortilla and a cafe con lèche.
 

J Willhaus

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016 CF;
Hospitalera, Zamora 2017, Hospitalera Grañón 2018, Hospitalera Estella 2019
Actually, most pilgrim's at the donativo albergues where I have worked were happy to fill up on whatever we served, usually toast and jam with coffee or tea. I always tried to have some hummus or some cheese and some fruit. We always had box juice or milk as well. I can see where many might not want to pay extra, but almost no one left without out eating something.

When I am a pilgrim I like to head out early and love a cafe con leche at the first available stop. Also love a tortilla, but I never had the know how or resources to make that at 5:30 am in an albergue. Guess I'll have to work on that. When I made it here at home it required an oven and I have never had a regular sized one at an albergue.
 

Delphinoula

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino PdC 2018 Finisterre Muxía 2018
C Franconia 2019
Camino desde Algeciras Sevillia (2019)
Hi Will thank you! I never complain about a dish that is prepared by another person having myself prepared and served thousands of meals in my time I appreciate your thoughtfulness.
 

Robo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF last 150 to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2022)
Huevos fritos y bacon with a side of freshly baked bread around 10 is total heaven.
Yep, that's our usual breakfast! With fresh orange juice and a coffee.
Just learn how to order it.
 

LesBrass

Likes Walking
Camino(s) past & future
yes...
Oh how I used to love my pilgrim toast and coffee.... I totally agree that sometimes it can be pretty bad but sometimes oooh it was wonderful... But regardless it was my pilgrim breakfast of choice.

However, I was diagnosed with celiac disease in June (I'm totally fine so not a sob story) and this year was the first time I was walking the camino without my beloved pilgrim breakfast. Crikey I cannot tell you how much I missed my morning toast... I've not found a replacement for it yet... I'll have to walk a few more camino to see if I can find a replacement :oops: :)

p.s. I did carry a small amount of gluten free porridge which was ok... not as great as the toast though ;)
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2020? Hopefully Via de Bayona/Burgos to Ponferrada/Camino de Invierno
Also love a tortilla, but I never had the know how or resources to make that at 5:30 am in an albergue. Guess I'll have to work on that. When I made it here at home it required an oven and I have never had a regular sized one at an albergue.
You definitely don’t need an oven to make a tortilla de patatas 😀 but.... it takes for ever! Well, not strictly for ever but (imo) it’s a labour of love and not something you hard-working hospitaleros should ever have to do early morning! 😱 No way! 🙂
 

Thornley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances x 2 , Norte x 2 , Le Puy x 3 , Portuguese x 2,
Mont St Michel , Primitivo .
When I am a pilgrim I like to head out early and love a cafe con leche at the first available stop. Also love a tortilla, but I never had the know how or resources to make that at 5:30 am in an albergue. Guess I'll have to work on that.
Leave early and support the local shops is the go,
And you won't have to consider a visit to the kitchen @ 5.30 am if i'm staying in the place and neither will anyone else:(:(:(
 
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wildrover

thewildrover
Camino(s) past & future
2015 april c/f. vdlp feb 2016. Norte / primitivo Sep 2016. C/f 12/16. Vdlp 12/17. 12/18. Lana 02/19.
The money I've most felt like I've wasted on the camino has almost always been at breakfast time. I've lost count of the number of times I've dropped 3 or 4 Euros on some bad coffee and dry toast and jam.

So I'd like to ask you what do you do for breakfast each morning on the camino? What can you do instead to get a good head-start on the day without overpaying?
Your absolutely right about the money thing . Buy your breakfast the day before. I carry a small, plastic jar of coffee. Today, after arriving in the village, the bar sold me milk and bread. After realising... I'd lost my sweetener, I went back in and the young lady gave me a handful of the wee sugar packets. She refused payment. Albergue microwave did the rest, as it will do, in the morning!
 

Lindor

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Starting Camino 02/04/2020
Is it easy to buy milk on the camino? A small carton, from a shop? And does anyone know if you can buy Weetabix in Spain? As my plan was to just buy milk and eat 2 Weetabix for breakfast every morning. Will have a tin mug and spork with me, instead of a luxurious bowl and spoon lol
I will bring Weetabix with me if I can't buy it in Spain, but if milk isn't easily available, I guess I'll just have to revise my plans and settle for a banana and yoghurt instead.......
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2020? Hopefully Via de Bayona/Burgos to Ponferrada/Camino de Invierno
Is it easy to buy milk on the camino? A small carton, from a shop? And does anyone know if you can buy Weetabix in Spain? As my plan was to just buy milk and eat 2 Weetabix for breakfast every morning. Will have a tin mug and spork with me, instead of a luxurious bowl and spoon lol
I will bring Weetabix with me if I can't buy it in Spain, but if milk isn't easily available, I guess I'll just have to revise my plans and settle for a banana and yoghurt instead.......
Of course you can buy milk but Weetabix, do you know, I never looked for it! I don’t know!
I’d settle for a banana and yoghurt instead 😎
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, May-June (2017)
Ingles, 2019
Leon-Sarria, June (2019)
Le Puy-Santiago (2023)
First breakfast (the one at the albergue if you take it) is a waste but the second breakfast, the one you get 6-8k down the way is a gift from the Gods. Coffee or juice, full breakfast or a croissant, whatever it is, I always feel like I’ve earned it. And, if you left early enough to miss first breakfast, you’re also often greeted with a glorious sunrise...no charge.
 

Lindor

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Starting Camino 02/04/2020
Of course you can buy milk but Weetabix, do you know, I never looked for it! I don’t know!
I’d settle for a banana and yoghurt instead 😎
Apologies, I meant is milk easily available to buy. Like, I know there will be supermarkets in the towns, but will there be shops in the small villages to buy milk and food to prepare for lunch/evening meal etc?
Its just that I'm going to be on a tight budget, and won't really be able to afford cafes/bars for breakfast, lunch AND dinner. Hoping to get by with a pilgrims meal in the evening/ share communal meals with others by buying from supermarkets (I'll try my best not to poison anyone with my cookinglol), and then make breakfast/lunch with food bought in a shop (bread/cheese/cereal bars/fruit/yoghurt etc)
 
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domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2020? Hopefully Via de Bayona/Burgos to Ponferrada/Camino de Invierno
Apologies, I meant is milk easily available to buy. Like, I know there will be supermarkets in the towns, but will there be shops in the small villages to buy milk and food to prepare for lunch/evening meal etc?
Its just that I'm going to be on a tight budget, and won't really be able to afford cafes/bars for breakfast, lunch AND dinner. Hoping to get by with a pilgrims meal in the evening, and prepare my other meals myself by buying from supermarkets
Yes, you will be fine buying stuff to eat even in small shops in villages. It may not be exactly what you are used to but you’ll be ok. Really. 🙂
 

Robo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF last 150 to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2022)
It's maybe worth noting, for those on their first Camino, that it's often not very obvious what is available in a cafe. There may not be much on display. A few stale looking cakes, a coffee machine and an orange juice machine.......

Learn a few basic Spanish words so that you can politely ask......

Do you have this?

My World opened up when I learnt to ask if they had bacon and eggs on toast! :eek:
Most places did............

I'm sure others will better explain as my Spanish is very limited, but it's really not hard to be understood.

Tienes huevos fritos (do you have fried eggs)

I found just using "Tienes" and adding what I was looking for worked fine for everything...........
Just learn the words for whatever you are looking for........
 

mai

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF
Pamplona-S 4/‘18
SJPP-S-F/M 4/‘19
SJPP-S. 4/‘20
I would like to share the "BEST" breakfast I have ever had thru my 2 caminos.

The buffet breakfast for €4 at Cuatro Cantones Albergue in Belorado:
many selections, fruits, yogurt, homemade cakes, juice, milk, coffee,
and most important--good quality of food!
😀😇😇😇

I felt walking in the heaven after breakfast that day!

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Pelen

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2018 SJPdP-Logroño)
(2020 Logroño-)
p.s. I did carry a small amount of gluten free porridge which was ok... not as great as the toast though ;)
Yes, I will bring small bags with gluten free porridge next time. The weight of one bag is 65 g. Hot water should be possible to get/buy.
 

hecate105

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2009 Portuguese Estellas 2014 Aurelia 2016 St Davids 2017 Via Augusta/V dl P. 2018 Michael Mary Way
oats.... then add any dried fruit/nuts/seeds if you have any and water. Can do it in the most basic kitchen or outside!
 

TAF

Member
Camino(s) past & future
July/Aug 2019 Logrono to Sahagun
May 2020 SJPP to Logrono
Tortilla was my fuel for the Camino, sometimes bought an extra piece and had it wrapped to take with me as a snack. Croissants were a good alternative. I always keep a bag of nuts in the top of my rucksack in case I felt my energy levels dipping at any time, if you can find the bags of honey coated almonds they are the best!
 

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