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Breakfast

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Terry Wilson, Jul 20, 2017.

  1. Terry Wilson

    Terry Wilson Active Member

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    As I will be there in three weeks maybe I should get used to what to eat for breakfast.
    So what can I expect to get as breakfast .
    I have had years of bacon and eggs with toast. Am I in for a shock .:)
     
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    Wily Camino Francés 2016; Camino Portugués 2017

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    Hey Terry - Getting bacon and eggs might be a stretch! However, the food in Spain is great! Although I can't say I
    had bacon, the Jamon de Iberia is to die for! Typically, I'd enjoy the ham daily, but mostly on a sandwich for lunch. More common for breakfast is finding a cafe/bar serving tortilla de patatas. Think of it more like a fritata of egg and potato usually served at room temperature by the slice. Along with a cafe con leche, it's a very filling breakfast. Most places also had croissants or similar pasteries available. Depending on your morning departure time, you might find yourself walking for an hour or so before stopping for something to eat. At any cafe/bar along The Way, you'll find many of your fellow pilgrims doing the same thing every morning. It may not be the type of breakfast you're use to, but go into it with an open mind and taste buds ready to enjoy some really good food! Buen Camino!
     
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    Thank you Wily. Sounds like I can make an early start in the morning dont hang around for their breakfast and get something on the way. This suites me as I am an early riser.
     
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    "Room temperature" - really???? I only ever got cold or tepid tortilla but in Pamplona we did find a place where we got ham 'n eggs. Now that was some breakfast. Luckily we had decided to take the morning off for R&R so had time to enjoy it.

    Buen Camino

    Greg
     
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    Wily Camino Francés 2016; Camino Portugués 2017

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    Hey Greg - Must have been my lucky mornings to get my slices of tortilla at room temperature! Quite delicious!

    Have now made the tortilla de patatas at home several times and it's not quite the same, but still very tasty as a meal in itself or to go along with other dishes. Here's a video (in Spanish, but visually easy to follow) of the recipe I used. Buen provecho!

     
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    Thanks Wily

    Will definitely give it a shot!

    Buen Camino

    Greg
     
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    Terry, the majority of places (albergues and bar/restaurants) provided a simple breakfast of orange juice, café con leche and toast with butter / jelly or a croissant. The cost was usually around 3 or 4 euros per person. Many restaurants advertise this on a sign at the door or on their window. We experienced price gouging at a few places - the same meal for 7 euros or higher!

    A tortilla espanola / de patatas is a good breakfast, but also available for lunch. This usually was offered with a slice of baguette. We sometimes ate at room temperature and many places asked us if we wanted it warmed up in a micro wave.

    A real treat if you like hot chocolate is "churros", which is a toasted dough which is dipped into hot chocolate - quite delicious!
     
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    Hello there now this is one of my interest areas as many of us brits are weaned upon the bacon and eggs from an early age within my generation. As always great accurate info from the many helpful positive posts from forum members. On my first Camino Frances in 2013 I recall getting the Spanish bacon and eggs for breakfast after leaving Cacabelos on the main road before going off road to Villafranca. My anticipation was high but thin streaky very well cooked streaky bacon was all I got but it was good on a Sunday morning and made me miss home for a brief moment !
    Another tip I picked up was to get your Tortilla warmed was to ask "Zesto ding ding por favour !" along with button pressing gestures and smiles often worked !
    If you walk on to Fisterra the café La Frontier opposite the bus station makes the best scrambled eggs on the Camino it's worth the walk there for it ?
    Good luck with the breakfasts but make sure you gets some lunch is hours away.
    Regards dalebob
     
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    We sometimes purchased some fruit or yogurt the day before to eat before heading out for the day. Then 5-10 kms in we'd stop for cafe con leche and something small like tortilla, pastry or toast. In a few larger towns we were able to find bacon and eggs but not usually for breakfast as we left early in the morning. At one or two albergues we were served cookies for breakfast... something new for this Canadian!
     
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    Breakfast at A Calzada on my next to the last day of my Camino
     
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    Wily Camino Francés 2016; Camino Portugués 2017

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    Hey John - Love the breakfast beer to wash down the bacon and eggs. The perfect meal! Buen Camino!
     
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    That's just so unfair mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    As if there weren't enough incentives to get back on the Camino :))

    Buen Camino

    Greg
     
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    We usually ate toast, butter and jelly with Cafe con leche for breakfast. We did however enjoy Eggs, Bacon and Papas (French Fries) at around 11 am or so for lunch! The eggs in Spain are so amazing!!! Dark orange yolks and so flavorful. Much more so than the eggs in the States. We would mix it all together with the papas..soooo good! I remember having that for dinner as well a couple of times too :)
     
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    This might be a chance to try something different and call it a part of the "Camino experence"
     
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    During our 2015 camino, we stayed at three different paradors - in Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Leon and Villafranca del Bierzo. The cost for a room is a bit expensive, but so luxurious, it's worth the price. The room price included one free drink for my wife and I and breakfast the next morning. The breakfast buffet was fabulous - extending over several tables. I'm not sure if an overnight stay is required or you can just pay for breakfast. It's worth checking out if you want to treat yourself. We're staying at the same paradors for our upcoming camino along with my brother and his wife.
     
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    Hi Bob

    I understand there are two paradors in Santo Domingo de la Calzada. We stayed in the one by the main square in March and I have to say we were severely disappointed. There was no soundproofing between rooms and we could hear comings and goings all night including our neighbour having a very excited telephone conversation at 2.30 am!

    Maybe we were just unlucky that that there seemed to be a conference crowd or tour staying. They were very noisy and the staff seemed totally disinterested. To be honest we slept better in the albergues and paid far far less. Having said that we hope to stay in the parador in Leon on our next section of the Camino :)

    Buen Camino

    Greg
     
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    Greg, sorry to learn that you did not have a good experience in the parador at Santo Domingo de la Calzada. You are right - maybe there was a big event going on. During our last camino, we were greatly disappointed to learn that a room was not available for us on our preferred night at the parador in Leon. We decided to take our first rest day in Leon and stayed at the municipal albergue. We were pleased that a room was available on the following (Saturday) evening. When we checked in, the parador was jammed with people. We learned that a wedding reception was being held there and most of the rooms had been rented out by guests of the wedding.

    We really enjoyed our stay at the Leon parador. There is so much history in that building and the adjacent chapel. My favorite statue of the entire camino is located just outside the parador in the plaza - the bronze statue of the weary pilgrim, sandals off. Really captures the spirit of a tired but dedicated pilgrim.
     
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    thanks Bob,

    I hope to check out the Leon Parador in a few weeks :))) Just starting to plan our Autumn Camino.

    Buen Camino

    Greg
     
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