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A question to those who have already done such a pilgrimage:

What do you handle the food thing? Is it like buying the stuff you want to eat for breakfast and during the next day on the eve? Or are there often shops along the way where you can spontaneously buy things to eat? I imagine that dinner will often be in a restaurant or do the albergues offer dinners? Because most people don't have cooking tools and the like I guess ... Though one could buy a few ingredients and then cook something if there's an infrastructure to do so.

Thanks for clearing that up! :)

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I buy whatever I'm gonna have for breakfast the eve before, u won't find 2 many places open if u leave the albergue bet 6-7 am. Then u can stop somewhere bet 8-10 am on ur Camino, there should be bares opened during those hours. U don't want to stop for too long, though, and loose the momentum of ur walking rythm.

I also like to take with me small plastic bottles of water on the road, 2 max, plus fruit, + a sandwich, for a snack. Always a health bar.

Lunch: stop somewhere along the way, restaurant in a town, city, or village, or, if none of those, a place where they can make sandwiches for u or u buy what's needed and make it urself. U may want to stay and rest, too, at this time, take a siesta under a tree for ex. It will be too hot especially in the summertime to keep on walking, and it will be daylight until about 10 pm.

Dinner, same as lunch, + u can buy food and cook it urself or with other peregrinos. There r also albergues where if u want u can pay for a dinner cooked by the hospitalera(o). I go for this one a lot of times. The camaraderie with other pilgrims before/during/after supper can be really nice, same as when all cooking together. Most albergues have cooking utensils for pilgrims that want to cook.

Best, xm 8)
I'd try to have my main meal for lunch, around 2pm, after finishing the day's walking. Menu del Dia is quite cheap and filling. Then, once the local shops opened in the afternoon would buy some rolls and yoghurt for breakfast the next day, and maybe cheese, salami or tinned fish, and fresh fruit for dinner in the albergue.

I always carried dried fruit and nuts, some fresh fruit, soft rolls or croissants etc in my backpack in case there was no bar or shop where I finally stopped, or if I got hungry on the way.
Hmm... I vary. Sometimes I'll lug some magdalena cakes about for nibbling in the morning, but on the whole I'll normally just have a bit of bread. Then, once I've arrived at my destination, I'll have some tapas or a bocadillo, although again, it's not a hard and fast rule as there were moments when I stopped about 10k before I got to where I was going and had some grub there.

Evenings are the usual Pilgrim menus. Quality.
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Yummy in my tummy

I'm actually really looking forward to the food, or rather the fact that there will not be strict hours for meals, and the food will be different. I'm a fanatical cook, but I guess I won't be exercising that much, unless occasionally at an albergue :) But chorizo! And ham! And fruit! And seafood! Yay!
A suggestion is to take a small tupperware or similar plastic container. Great for keeping bits of food together and fresh, bread unsquished, and fruit unbruised. In North America they sell these that are cheap and 'disposable' ie. Gladware and very lightweight. looking forward to the food...different...

Klarita, sampling the diff cuisines in the "autonomias" where u'll be walking is a centuries old tradition of the Caminos. Ur in for a big (gastronomia) treat :!: Bon apettite :lol: Best, xm 8)
I'm actually really looking forward to the food

As you get to Galicia STOP somewhere (Melida or Lavacolla) for "pulpo à la feira". I wake up at night thinking about this meal I had at the restaurant at the hotel Routa Jacobea in Lavacolla, near Santiago, the shrimps at a restaurant on the harbor at Fisterra, the full glasses of red Cinzano all around .... :lol:

For wines, I am afraid the best region is Rioja and Navarra. As you get west they don't get better, I'm sorry to say.

Who says you have to suffer to walk to Santiago... :wink:
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My advice... No matter where you are, no matter how much you want a steak... For your own wellbeing, don't do it!
No steak :( ... but lamb + seafood + lentil soup + bread with olive oil and tomatoes + churros + tons of garlic + cheesecake + fruit + salads + caldo gallego + judias + tapas + feijoas + ... :D Best, xm
Mmm, mouthwatering

I'm not that mad about steak, so I won't be missing that much. I am, however, really keen on bread and cheese and veggies and olives... and then the seafood. Yes indeed, it will be a fantasy for my palate! :p And wine, oh my! Despite the fact that I am from the home of beer (Czech), I do fancy a nice red wine.
The one from Galicia (the round) and the one from Castilla & Leon. Individually numbered and made by the same people that make the ones you see on your walk.

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