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What food did you ENJOY on your Camino(s)?

alexwalker

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(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
In another thread here, started by @Arn , discusting food is being discussed. Interesting, and I have learned a little about what to definitely avoid!

However, my Caminos have tought me a lot about Spanish food, and how nice it can be: So the question is: What did you particurlarly enjoy for food while on your Camino?

For me, I must say that a ration of choriso fritte, with bread (pan) and a glass of red, sitting by the main square in Carrion de los Condes, people-watching, is one of my favourites.

What about you?
 
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Pamplona and Logrono have incredible Tapas bars. Go there, point at stuff, enjoy. If you are feeling frisky, ask for the house specialties.

Foncebadon has the Taberna Gaia. Go there.

The Cocido Maragato in Astorga might be... on the ewww side of things. On a cold day, after a long hike it hits a spot.

The different variations of Pulpo might be worth the strange texture

If a plaxe is selling xipirones/chipirones... order them Chances are higher closer to Galicia.

+1 for Caldo Gallego. In fact i cooked something similar just this weekend.

Not a recommendation with a certain place or dish, but: if they offer a specifically vegan menu, order it. I like meat a lot, after a dozen pilgrim menus i needed the change. So did my body.

Jamon Iberico de Bellota is incredibly expensive, but you need to try it once.

edit: If you see spaniards standing in line in front of a place to purchase whatever kind of food, stand in the same line. Period.
 
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Wow, so much great food.

I think we really only had one bad meal last time out. In a CR just past O Cebreiro.
Literally a tin of spaghetti with sauce warmed up and tipped on the plate...

#1 would have to be the Roast Lamb! :)
I think we had that 3 or 4 times along the way.
In Zubiri, Pamplona, Burgos
I remember most of our meals and where we ate them.
That's probably a bit sad isn't it? ;)


Some of the soups were great. Lentil, Garlic...

Padron peppers........

Most of the tapas/pintxos!


I often think of the CF in particular, as being a food and wine tour :rolleyes:

Though if Pat walks with me again, I will need to improve my menu translation skills!
I was in the 'dog house' a couple of times when what arrived at the table was in no way what we imagined!

Some of our best meals were not in fancy places, but they were prepared with care and love!
Simple, and full of flavour.
Las Rocas in Vega de Valcarce was a standout in that regard.

 

Jarrad

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I am not a huge fan of soup. If I'm going to drink my dinner, the main course (either red or white is fine with me) should come in a glass with tapas on the side. And I hate -- no, LOATHE! -- the taste, smell and mouthfeel of eggs. But then came Sopa de Ajo: garlic soup. A key ingredient? Eggs somehow transformed into something not only palatable, but unlike anything I'd seen or tasted before. And the garlic flavor? Ethereal.

Best part was I had it for the first time after I had walked through a heavy, cold downpour. A hot shower, dry clothes and Sopa de Ajo (I will always put it in caps) and I was in heaven. Without even looking, you can find many proofs of the existence of a loving God on the Camino. You can find one of them in Sopa de Ajo.
 

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Fabada in Cautro Cantones
Fresh orange juice everywhere
Chicken noodle soup in Zariquiegui
Tapas in Logrono
Wine of to many types to list in to many places
Tapas in Logrono and Santiago
Santiago cake in Santiago
 
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In Portugal on the Fisherman's Trail and the Portuguese Camino, whenever a menu offered a combination of both calamari and chipirones together, it became our "go to" meal to order. Sometimes fried, but often served in interesting sauces, it was always a treat!
Oh, and Padron peppers are always a winner when ordered as snack.
 

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I am getting hungry....
 
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alexwalker

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(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC

alexwalker

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(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
At @efdoucette I once walked with 3 old seriously farting Spanish brothers: they said that you can't go wrong in Spain with red wine, as long as it is Rioja: I salute them!
 

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I love pulperias, the ambiance and the communal eating, but I am trying to give up pulpo, so it was with some relief on my last camino I realized that my favourite pulperia, Luis in Sarria does Carne ó Caldeiro as well. I don't know how they are going to manage in the future with covid restrictions but when you ask for postre and chupittos at the end they bring you a big block with several different cheeses on with a big wedge of membrillo and you just help yourself, the chuppitos the same, I usually ask for mulberry infused orujo and they bring a big frost covered bottle straight out of a freezer with little shot glasses from there as well and you just help yourself, they dont keep bills they memorize everything or estimate it, I always feel I have been undercharged when ever I have been there.
 
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I love pulperias, the ambiance and the communal eating, but I am trying to give up pulpo, so it was with some relief on my last camino I realized that my favourite pulperia, Luis in Sarria does Carne ó Caldeiro as well. I don't know how they are going to manage in the future with covid restrictions but when you ask for postre and chupittos at the end they bring you a big block with several different cheeses on with a big wedge of membrillo and you just help yourself, the chuppitos the same, I usually ask for mulberry infused orujo and they bring a big frost covered bottle straight out of a freezer with little shot glasses from there as well and you just help yourself, they dont keep bills they memorize everything or estimate it, I always feel I have been undercharged when ever I have been there.

I have to say I will eat most things. Bamboo lice, red ants, crocodile, emu, haggis, though I draw the line at 'Balut'.

But Pulpo?

I've tried it many times.

In places highly recommended.......

In Melide the 'home' of Pulpo some say.

Just tastes like soft rubber sprinkled with paprika to me :)

I just don't get it :(

I wish I could enjoy it. :oops:
 
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To me a dish of olives is better than drinking a sports drink, though I’ll sometimes have an Aquarius with my olives if it’s midday. Evenings (post-shower) it’s a nice glass of Mencia, if I’m in Bierzo, or Tempranillo anywhere else and olives. There’s a never-ending variety from town to town. They’re cheap and they’re as Spanish as Jamón Ibérico, or pimientos de Padrón.
They go pretty well with white asparagus and orange juice too.

All the best,
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Isca-camigo

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Various ones.
I have to say I will eat most things. Bamboo lice, red ants, crocodile, emu, haggis, though I draw the line at 'Balut'.

But Pulpo?

I've tried it many times.

In places highly recommended.......

In Melide the 'home' of Pulpo some say.

Just tastes like soft rubber sprinkled with paprika to me :)

I just don't get it :(

I wish I could enjoy it. :oops:

It depends where you eat it, Ezekiel in Melide is a camino must, but I like it for all the other side frivolities going on in there especially on Sunday afternoons when it is not only full with pilgrims but locals as well, which I have had the good fortune to have been there twice on such days. Im trying not to promote pulpo anymore, but it can taste like rubber if it is not done really well, that is why Pulperia Luis in Sarria was my favourite, they do everything really well, if you are not sure about anything ask them to do it for you, they usually give you the pimenton and X olive oil separate, you decide what is the right quantity for your self.
 

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On the camino and at home one of my favorite meals was chorizo, potatoes onion topped with a fried egg and bread of course. I'm lucky to have a husband who loves Spain, loves to cook Spanish food and we love Spanish wine. Tonight he made my favorite Camino meal along with a red wine from Toro. Chorizo Dinner.jpg
 
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On the VdlP, whole Seville oranges, freshly fallen from the trees and left to litter pavements and parks. I regularly filled my bike panniers with these and gorged on them at my leisure - they're wonderfully thirst-quenching - much to the incredulity of passing Spanish pilgrims who consider them inedible as dessert fruit.
 
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I have so many delicious memories!

One that stand out is enjoying an incredible tapas meal with Luis and Antonio from the Cuenca Camino Association. They invited myself and a fellow pilgrim for an evening of merriment followed by a starlit tour of old Cuenca!

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Have to say we started our Camino Frances in San Sebastián just for the food.
Most memorable on the Camino.... ox tail at Hotel Gaudy in Astorga and of course the food at Petiscos de Cardeac in Santiago and what fun to watch the chef through the glass.
 

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In another thread here, started by @Arn , discusting food is being discussed. Interesting, and I have learned a little about what to definitely avoid!

However, my Caminos have tought me a lot about Spanish food, and how nice it can be: So the question is: What did you particurlarly enjoy for food while on your Camino?

For me, I must say that a ration of choriso fritte, with bread (pan) and a glass of red, sitting by the main square in Carrion de los Condes, people-watching, is one of my favourites.

What about you?
I suffered food poisoning while walking and when I recovered I ate anything and everything. Lost 15 pounds while continuing to walk so I was hungry when able to eat again. It was all delicious
 
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‘Rabo de toro’ and ‘Idiazobal’ cheese Calle Laurel in Logroño. Outstanding. With lashings of Crianza 😎
 

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I remember the first real encounter with ordering food on my first Camino Frances in 2011. I stopped at a little cafe in Burguete, didn't know what I was ordering and I received a rather LARGE crusty tortilla patata bocadillo and a rather SMALL espresso to wash it down. Both were delicious but not a great pairing. It was at that moment I realized that I better grasp some of the spanish language :)
 

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And I forgot:
Patatas Bravas with pepper sauce
Cheese made across the road with membrilo and home made bread at La Lagua
 
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A perfect food day on the camino would be café con leche and tostadas with garlic and tomate for breakfast, lomo con huevos for second breakfast, and lentejas, which is oddly never as good when I make it myself, for a light lunch. Then a selection of tapas for the evening meal - pimientos de Padrón, pork cheeks in sherry sauce, chicken and chorizo stew - rounded off with grilled zamburiñas with a glass of cold albariño ... and manchego with membrillo for dessert. Yum!
 
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Roland49

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In another thread here, started by @Arn , discusting food is being discussed. Interesting, and I have learned a little about what to definitely avoid!

However, my Caminos have tought me a lot about Spanish food, and how nice it can be: So the question is: What did you particurlarly enjoy for food while on your Camino?

For me, I must say that a ration of choriso fritte, with bread (pan) and a glass of red, sitting by the main square in Carrion de los Condes, people-watching, is one of my favourites.

What about you?
I did enjoy all grilled or baked meat. No Pulpo for me. Was invited by another pilgrim for tasting, but I am, in fact, very picky in terms of seafood.
But the salmon steak , that was served to a fellow pilgrim in Triacastela, did look very yummy and she said that this was awesome in taste and making.

BC
Roland
 

Felice

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For dinner at the En el Camino albergue in Boadilla, we were served not one, but two tureens of absolutely delicious lentejas. They were very different and very delicious. I had hoped to go back again last year and find out some secrets....
 

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In another thread here, started by @Arn , discusting food is being discussed. Interesting, and I have learned a little about what to definitely avoid!

However, my Caminos have tought me a lot about Spanish food, and how nice it can be: So the question is: What did you particurlarly enjoy for food while on your Camino?

For me, I must say that a ration of choriso fritte, with bread (pan) and a glass of red, sitting by the main square in Carrion de los Condes, people-watching, is one of my favourites.

What about you?
Hi Alex, for me you can't beat the morning café with a slice or two of tortilla.
Buen camino😉:)
 
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I have to say as I have said many times. I have had some really good meals in Spain. On the Norte in a town I stayed in on the coastthat I do not remember the name, I was walking on the Malecon and saw a very basic pizza place called, I think New York Pizza, (I am from The Bronx) that had amazingly great pizza. Almost as good as The Bronx pizza! I have had good tapas, great Caldo, satisfying tortillas, wonderful lentil soups etc.
But I am also a budget traveller and do not often go to a more expensive restaurant. The best meals and most memorable have been really wonderful and simple donative communal meals and also meals, especially on my winter 2019 Camino with other pilgrims when we have made truly great and gourmet meals in albergues. Most of the time cooked by wonderful young pilgrims. On my first Camino a group of about 15 of us ended up in the same Albergue about every night in Galicia and there was a wonderful couple from Barcelona that owned a restaurant that specialized in (I don't remember what they called the style) tapas and paella. WOW!
I can recommend one great restaurant though. Three years ago a great guy that I met and knew for only 3 days after I joined the CF from the Norte (also a New Yorker, the worlds greatest people:);)) took us all to have dinner in the restaurant in the Parador in Santiago. There were about 12 of us. The wine flowed all night and the food was great. We split a bunch of appetizers. But the key to my dinner was our wonderful waiter. I asked him what were his absolute favorite dishes on the menu. I told him if something is well prepared and I am sure it was in this restaurant I would be willing to eat anything. I can not remember names of my delights but it was an absolutely delicious meal. I can't imagine what it cost as there were bottles of wine everywhere but it was also a WOW but different then the WOW pizza!
 

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Oh... so many things that I had as an ordinary offering in Spain on camino that I really love -- home-style foods...

But I had one preciously delicate dessert at La Mirina in Ledigos -- a mango mousse that was just so lovely after a grilled salmon supper. Like a slightly tangy, creamy cloud.. magical in its disappearance in the mouth *poof* -- gone!
 

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A perfect food day on the camino would be café con leche and tostadas with garlic and tomate for breakfast, lomo con huevos for second breakfast, and lentejas, which is oddly never as good when I make it myself, for a light lunch. Then a selection of tapas for the evening meal - pimientos de Padrón, pork cheeks in sherry sauce, chicken and chorizo stew - rounded off with grilled zamburiñas with a glass of cold albariño ... and manchego with membrillo for dessert. Yum!
My favourite seafood is grilled zamburiñas too. In Galicia you can eat it in many restaurants because they have them frozen.
 

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Asking what is the best meal you had is rather like asking what is the best book you ever read – there can’t be only one answer. For me, one of the really good things about being on the Camino is that you are physically active for many hours every day which means, that at the end of a long walking day, everything taste gorgeous! I like simple food, so if I should point to what I particularly enjoyed (as starters or snacks) it would be pimientos de Padron, croquetas and patatas bravas.
 
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The best tapas experience - in my humble opinion - is in the bigger cities where a particular bar may specialise in a single dish.

A bar in Valladolid is especially memorable for ‘bravas’. When you order the camarero doesn’t shout ‘what’ you want to the kitchen, they just shout ‘how many’ you want. There’s another doing croquetas.

Bacalao at Casa Labra and the chorros and porros at Chocolatería San Gines - both in Madrid are equally memorable. As is anything at Bodega Santa Cruz in Sevilla. Fish at El Zagal in Málaga, the Malagan fortified wines in the Antigua Casa de Guardia. Anything at Jamon Jamon (clue’s in the name) and El Gaucho in Leon.

And so on and so forth.
 
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There are quite a few favourite foods from Caminos.

Bocadillos de tortilla de patatas were a staple late breakfast item on Camino. We quite liked the roast lamb in Burgos. I loved the pulpo we got cooked over a propane burner under a tent in a local fair in Portomarin. The seafood platter from a tiny restaurant hidden in the back streets of Finisterre was also quite memorable. The seafood was also great on the Camino Portugues, as were the pasteis de nata every morning. And the local cheeses and chorizos....
 

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In another thread here, started by @Arn , discusting food is being discussed. Interesting, and I have learned a little about what to definitely avoid!

However, my Caminos have tought me a lot about Spanish food, and how nice it can be: So the question is: What did you particurlarly enjoy for food while on your Camino?

For me, I must say that a ration of choriso fritte, with bread (pan) and a glass of red, sitting by the main square in Carrion de los Condes, people-watching, is one of my favourites.

What about you?
It was whatever I ate when I was hungry :)

Samarkand.
 

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When I stopped at Fillobal, for the best tortilla de patatas of the walk. There was a coach driver there transporting pilgrims between places and despite him not speaking English and me not speaking Spanish I made myself understood to him about the quality of the tortilla. He indicated that they served the best tortilla de patatas in Spain. I could only agree.

We saw each other a few times after that, we shook hands (very English!) and were obviously pleased to see each other to the point that he stopped his coach on one occasion for a "chat" through his window and the last goodbye.
 
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In another thread here, started by @Arn , discusting food is being discussed. Interesting, and I have learned a little about what to definitely avoid!

However, my Caminos have tought me a lot about Spanish food, and how nice it can be: So the question is: What did you particurlarly enjoy for food while on your Camino?

For me, I must say that a ration of choriso fritte, with bread (pan) and a glass of red, sitting by the main square in Carrion de los Condes, people-watching, is one of my favourites.

What about you?
Ah ensalada mixta con atún, arroz con leche, chocolate caliente with freshly fried churros churros .....comfort food.
 

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Pintxos at
La Boteria in Pamplona.

The delicious mushroom pintxo at Bar Soriano in Logroño. The only dish they serve!


A copa de Rioja crianza for one euro at Bar Teo in Grañon. Well that was in 2013 but still extremely cheap.

Fresh white asparagus in Tudela ( known for the cultivation of this vegetable ) on the Camino del Ebro.

The best pulpo I did not eat in Melide but in restaurante Fidel in Pontevedra ( Camino Portugues ).

On the Camino Vasco Interior I have fond memories of the vegetarian choices. For instance a delicate mushroom covered in a delicious sauce.

Breakfast : always the pan con tomate y aceite de oliva. And some salt of course.
 

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Agree, but a cold beer... ;)
I would agree, especially at the finish of the day. But when in England I really don't like wine - it tastes like vinegar to me. However I loved all the wine on the CF, luckily I was walking alone so I normally ended up with a full bottle - it would have been rude to leave any.
 

Luther

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Pamplona and Logrono have incredible Tapas bars. Go there, point at stuff, enjoy. If you are feeling frisky, ask for the house specialties.

Foncebadon has the Taberna Gaia. Go there.

The Cocido Maragato in Astorga might be... on the ewww side of things. On a cold day, after a long hike it hits a spot.

The different variations of Pulpo might be worth the strange texture

If a plaxe is selling xipirones/chipirones... order them Chances are higher closer to Galicia.

+1 for Caldo Gallego. In fact i cooked something similar just this weekend.

Not a recommendation with a certain place or dish, but: if they offer a specifically vegan menu, order it. I like meat a lot, after a dozen pilgrim menus i needed the change. So did my body.

Jamon Iberico de Bellota is incredibly expensive, but you need to try it once.

edit: If you see spaniards standing in line in front of a place to purchase whatever kind of food, stand in the same line. Period.
Aren't they Pinchos in Pamplona? "The Dutch guidebook says they're pinchos!" (The Way) ;-)
 

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Aren't they Pinchos in Pamplona? "The Dutch guidebook says they're pinchos!" (The Way) ;-)
Actually, there is both to be had. I used tapas as the more general term, but actually, ther variety of pintxos is amazing and i strongly recommend them.

edit: but of course i would not dare to contradict the dutch guidebook ;)
 
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Pimientos de Padron wherever I could get them.
Sopa de Ajo in San Juan de Ortega
 
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I have to say I will eat most things. Bamboo lice, red ants, crocodile, emu, haggis, though I draw the line at 'Balut'.

But Pulpo?

I've tried it many times.

In places highly recommended.......

In Melide the 'home' of Pulpo some say.

Just tastes like soft rubber sprinkled with paprika to me :)

I just don't get it :(

I wish I could enjoy it. :oops:
Balut? In Spain? The only time I heard the cry: Balut! was in Manila, Philippines, around 1 in the morning. Have I missed something? I could not bring myself to even visualise it...
Haggis though. Maybe I need to stop my prejudice right here. Balut might be to a Filipino what haggis is to a Scot. A delicacy! Old fashioned, not gastropub. Plain old steamed or oven roasted haggis, served with mashed turnip and potatoes, what more could you ask for on January 25th?🤣
 
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And now: on the first morning of the first day of walking my first Camino: the bar in Burguete that produced a fresh tortilla, with fresh bread and cafe con leche. Never yet overtaken by any of the many delights of the culinary offerings on the various Spanish camino I have walked. The invariably delicious and satisfying menus offered in Portugal from Oporto onwards, perhaps highlighted by the flamboyant chap who offered us all some normal spaghetti Bolognese, but preceded by a flaming chorizo. offered as gift from the house.
 

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My favorite is a grilled or broiled quality steak in Leon with a good salad ( no atun please)! Always a treat...
 
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Most find me quite boring when it comes to eating while walking cause:

- I'm definitely not a foodie

- It's rare that I eat anything until the stage is over (but I never pass up a coffee stop).

- I'm a vegan and before that a vegetarian so eating in Spain can be tricky.

I have nevertheless "survived" 10 years walking Caminos;).

So, the following picture probably won't make you drool but those vegetarians/vegans among us will appreciate it no doubt.

When in Arzúa one must stop at the Italian restaurant across from the municipal albergue. The Italian cook makes the most incredible pizzas - oven baked thin crust with tons of fresh toppings. I opted for a sauce of hummus rather than tomato with veggies and delicious vegan cheese. It was enough for two meals. Not Spanish, but if you're longing for a pizza well this is the place to be.
The vino tinto was a nice addition.
 

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The best surprise of all was the FOOD! I never would have imagined that a potato omelet (tortilla) would bring me such joy. Barnacles and razor clams, grilled sardines in Porto, the Peppers in Padron, different varieties of croquetas everywhere. I am an absolute fiend for Jamon Iberico de Bellota (get it whenever and wherever I can, actually had it in the Airport a couple of times). My favorite would be the Pulpo (Pulpo Gallego, particularly), I even had it on a Pizza in Finisterre. Can't believe I almost forgot about all the CHEESE... All things sheep (has been my "new" favorite for years now) , some goat, and in Galicia: COW (Arzua Ulloa, San Simon was on my Pulpo Pizza). My list could go on and on, so I'll stop. There was, however, something rather spectacular and satisfying about a second Breakfast when possible, even when it was rather simple. Never thought some grated tomato, olive oil and salt on some toast could change the trajectory of my day. Thanks for the trip down culinary-memory lane. Peace, Bob
 

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Anhalter

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2019 CF
Have talked about chocolate con churros already?

It can be a blast, if well made and not with that instant choclate stuff. I do not recommend it as a hangover breakfeast however.

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Holy Shit!!! How did I forget melted Chocolate to dip fried dough in??! Another one of those staples you can find all over (Thank God). In fact, it was the very first thing I ate in Spain the first time I went (Jet-lagged, 6 am, Plaza Mayor, room not ready until 1 pm). The best I had (implying I had more) were also in Madrid by the Church of Santiago, a little unassuming Breakfast place. The nice girls who ran the place thought I was crazy walking from Madrid to Sahagun. Thanks for reminding me of another great food surprise from the Camino.
 

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Cachopo in Oviedo the night before we started to walk the Primitivo. (oh, and the cider that accompanied it!!)
 
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And now: on the first morning of the first day of walking my first Camino: the bar in Burguete that produced a fresh tortilla, with fresh bread and cafe con leche. Never yet overtaken by any of the many delights of the culinary offerings on the various Spanish camino I have walked. The invariably delicious and satisfying menus offered in Portugal from Oporto onwards, perhaps highlighted by the flamboyant chap who offered us all some normal spaghetti Bolognese, but preceded by a flaming chorizo. offered as gift from the house.

But Haggis is awesome. Very similar to Morcilla! ;)
 

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The utter JOY of finding a McDonalds and not having to eat Spanish food - Big Mac, large fries!!
You have just reminded me of something I love, but "try" to stay away from!
 

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2015
Caldo Gallegos, lentil soup/stew, tortilla, sangria, cervesa con lemon (sp), that custard dessert thingy with that cookie on top (natella) and the wine! I’ve never met a Spanish wine I didn’t like.... too many amazing dishes to mention!
 
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I´ve got Camino plans until 2042,
- or till I fall flat on my face, whichever comes first !!
I too love the well made Caldo Gallego, the one you find in the countryside, strong and scalding hot.

I have started chasing good Ribera del Duero wines from 2014, which I can still afford...
A good principle to chase wines you have passed on the trail !!
 

Steve Taylor

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In another thread here, started by @Arn , discusting food is being discussed. Interesting, and I have learned a little about what to definitely avoid!

However, my Caminos have tought me a lot about Spanish food, and how nice it can be: So the question is: What did you particurlarly enjoy for food while on your Camino?

For me, I must say that a ration of choriso fritte, with bread (pan) and a glass of red, sitting by the main square in Carrion de los Condes, people-watching, is one of my favourites.

What about you?
Apart my usual diet of tortilla at any time of the day (there was one place on the 'scenic' route into Burgos that had several varieties that were very tasty), I remember a nice dish in Logroño called 'cojonudo' that included what Brits call black pudding and a fried egg.
It was so good I went back to the same place for another one when I returned to Logroño last year at the end of another stage in my Camino.
 

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Fabada in Cautro Cantones
Fresh orange juice everywhere
Chicken noodle soup in Zariquiegui
Tapas in Logrono
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I really liked Cuatro Cantones, but didn't know about the fabada, so good reason to return. Calle Laurel in Logroño is a place that everyone should visit. And as for the wine, fantastic throughout though I arrived at Irache a bit early to appreciate the quality of the fuente del vino when I tasted it.
 

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Dreaming of the day we (me, my son, my Dad and my Aunt) celebrate completing VDLP in Manolo’s in Santiago. Basically anything off the menu there is delicious 😋
In another thread here, started by @Arn , discusting food is being discussed. Interesting, and I have learned a little about what to definitely avoid!

However, my Caminos have tought me a lot about Spanish food, and how nice it can be: So the question is: What did you particurlarly enjoy for food while on your Camino?

For me, I must say that a ration of choriso fritte, with bread (pan) and a glass of red, sitting by the main square in Carrion de los Condes, people-watching, is one of my favourites.

What about you?
 
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In Padron we have a feast eating pimientos del Padron with Albarino,in Santiago pinchos de tortilla,and all the way in the Camino having delicious food.
 

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I look forward to the interlude between when you have given your order to when the food arrives. They serve your drink and bring you a basket of crusty bread - the sort with the big holes in it. Heaven for me is red wine and a basket of bread and if the olive oil is near I'm not always too bothered about the main course. Fond memories of doing this on a small street in Ponferrada.
Dee
 

arch

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In another thread here, started by @Arn , discusting food is being discussed. Interesting, and I have learned a little about what to definitely avoid!

However, my Caminos have tought me a lot about Spanish food, and how nice it can be: So the question is: What did you particurlarly enjoy for food while on your Camino?

For me, I must say that a ration of choriso fritte, with bread (pan) and a glass of red, sitting by the main square in Carrion de los Condes, people-watching, is one of my favourites.

What about you?
Pimiento de Padrón and octopus
 

Sharonih

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Year of past OR future Camino
CF (SJPdP to Santiago) March 15, 2018
In another thread here, started by @Arn , discusting food is being discussed. Interesting, and I have learned a little about what to definitely avoid!

However, my Caminos have tought me a lot about Spanish food, and how nice it can be: So the question is: What did you particurlarly enjoy for food while on your Camino?

For me, I must say that a ration of choriso fritte, with bread (pan) and a glass of red, sitting by the main square in Carrion de los Condes, people-watching, is one of my favourites.

What about you?
Cafe con leche! But the tapas and bread are incredible
 
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Wow! That’s a stretch.
 

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In another thread here, started by @Arn , discusting food is being discussed. Interesting, and I have learned a little about what to definitely avoid!

However, my Caminos have tought me a lot about Spanish food, and how nice it can be: So the question is: What did you particurlarly enjoy for food while on your Camino?

For me, I must say that a ration of choriso fritte, with bread (pan) and a glass of red, sitting by the main square in Carrion de los Condes, people-watching, is one of my favourites.

What about you?
The reds in Rioja, pulpo (just doesn't taste the same in the US), manchego, and all the ways they do garbanzo bean stew....just makes my mouth water thinking about it!
 

Steve Taylor

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In another thread here, started by @Arn , discusting food is being discussed. Interesting, and I have learned a little about what to definitely avoid!

However, my Caminos have tought me a lot about Spanish food, and how nice it can be: So the question is: What did you particurlarly enjoy for food while on your Camino?

For me, I must say that a ration of choriso fritte, with bread (pan) and a glass of red, sitting by the main square in Carrion de los Condes, people-watching, is one of my favourites.

What about you?
This place is neither fine dining nor rustic charm, but if you're in one of the Camino Frances cities (Pamplona, Burgos, Santiago, etc.) the chain restaurant Cerveceria 100 Montaditos is an inexpensive and convenient way to feed yourself, and the system of ordering doesn't require too much in the way of Spanish-speaking skills, as you order food and drink by ticking a series of boxes and wait for the signal when your food is ready. Quite a few of them have WiFi as well.
 

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In another thread here, started by @Arn , discusting food is being discussed. Interesting, and I have learned a little about what to definitely avoid!

However, my Caminos have tought me a lot about Spanish food, and how nice it can be: So the question is: What did you particurlarly enjoy for food while on your Camino?

For me, I must say that a ration of choriso fritte, with bread (pan) and a glass of red, sitting by the main square in Carrion de los Condes, people-watching, is one of my favourites.

What about you?
Seafood paella at a restaurant in Finnistere and Padron chillie peppers everywhere
 
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This place is neither fine dining nor rustic charm, but if you're in one of the Camino Frances cities (Pamplona, Burgos, Santiago, etc.) the chain restaurant Cerveceria 100 Montaditos is an inexpensive and convenient way to feed yourself, and the system of ordering doesn't require too much in the way of Spanish-speaking skills, as you order food and drink by ticking a series of boxes and wait for the signal when your food is ready. Quite a few of them have WiFi as well.
I love Cien Montadidos, and try to eat at one on each Camino!
They have some locations in Florida. I know that they did have some restaurants in NYC, but they closed.
 
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David

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2005
Really hard to believe.
Why? McDonalds use good belly cuts of 100% local beef with no additives except salt and pepper, fresh salads, freshly baked good bread from the country they are based in, free range eggs, free range milk, all cooked freshly to order - plus best fresh ground bean coffee at the best price in Europe ... apart from wild claims against - what is wrong with any of their menu? I like it, like it all.

If you go into a Spanish restaurant you will have food cooked in aluminium pans!! (aluminium pots and pans!! - Hello Alzheimer's) - you have no idea how fresh the ingredients are, nor where they came from, nor what quality, whether they are pesticide full or no - all lower end cafes and restaurants buy the absolute cheapest produce they can get - who knows the provenance? - so what actually is this bias against McDonalds?
Please to explain.

Oh - and the staff are really cheerful and helpful and friendly, and the toilets are immaculately clean, and they have free wi-fi!! - what is not to like??
 

Anhalter

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Sorry @David while being in one of the greatest countries in regards to food and quality ingredients, going to McDonalds is just not an option for me. I don't know where your dislike for spanish cousine comes from, but generally disliking a whole countries food, specially if it has as big of a variety is just wrong in my opinion.

Personally, I'd love to have the chance to go on a food tour with you in a city someday to change your mind :)

(what i can understand, is to go to mcdonalds to get something familiar after weeks of new stuff)

edit: To get a good overview of the incredible variety of spanish food, i strongly recommend the channel "Spain Revealed" on Youtube. For example this video, where they sample different foods in a market:
(It's all in english. They make a living selling food tours. I am not affiliated nor do i know them)
 
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