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Calling all vegetarians

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  1. Atlantic

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    I find that many albergues have a cooker but no pots. If walkers depend on finding a cooker and pots they may be disappointed. The vegetarian is then forced to use restos which have nothing they can eat, as Katherine reports;

    It is true that restaurants are important for those with the cash to have all their meals there, tho' the vegetarian runs the risk of only being offered the food already discussed. That is the main point.

    With a stove etc, even a midday meal can be made, of the right type for those with special needs. But I also realise that many on the Camino Franc├ęs are not normally walkers, and may not be interested in independence.

    Also on the more remote caminos, little pueblos often have no restos.

    So you pays yo' money and you takes yo choice!
     
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    I'm a pescadarian, (I eat fish) no meat. But, I am also diabetic and cannot take too many carbs. I was worried about eating enough protein so I took sheets of nori (the seaweed you find wrapped around sushi) which is very light weight. It can be expensive from health food shops but OK from Asian shops. I also took shelled hemp seed.
    But do you know something. I walked like I never walked before and soon I began eating like I hadn't eaten in a long time; that is I started to believe that I must adjust to the Camino and not the other way around. I ate what I wanted when I could and I ate pork when there was nothing else. Yes after 20 years I gagged a bit but I put myself on Camino and I found that it was better to acept what the Camino wanted for me rather than go against it. One vegan cyclist, who wouldn't eat eggs or cheese got so ill that she had to cut short her Camino and go home. Just a thought.
    Jackie
     
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    The Camino has been kind to me. I have been a vegetarian for over 35 years and I have never knowingly eaten meat on any of the Caminos I have walked (I've walked to Santiago 6 times and have also walked to Rome). There have been a couple of occasions where I've shaken tuna off lettuce leaves - they always put tuna in salads - but other than that I've eaten well and stayed healthy.
     
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    Hi Sil
    I would love to walk to Rome. Did you walk from Canterbury? How long did it take? Do you need to speak French and Italian. I would love to hear about your journey.
     
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    Are there good sites to assist a Pilgrimage to Rome ? Sandy says he is also planning a pilgrimage there ? I suppose we can't start a thread about Rome in a Santiago Forum ? pm me backiej if you get any useful starters.
     
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    If anyone wants it I can open a seperate section on the pilgrimage to Rome, not a problem. The forum software needs to be updated and have a few tweeks at the start of Jan anyway.
     
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    Thanks Leslie we can all keep track of Sandy on his plans for 2012 and maybe we will be inspired ourselves.
    Una
     
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    Leslie, this sounds great. I know there are folks out there (i.e. Sil) who could add expertise to this. It'd be nice to have a section on the Via Francigena to gather all these disparate thoughts. If you can do that I'd start a thread there in June and make notes of the walk. Thanks!
     
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    I met two vegetarian pilgrims last week, one who was on his 7th camino. Both said that on a winter pilgrimage, you must eat what is served, and it will probably contain pork. There are more options in warm months, but you will do well to pack many snacks!
     
  11. Petro

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    I walked th French Camino in 2008. I am not a vegetarian but I do not eat red meat. I cooked for myself as far as possible and for the rest survived on bread (pan) with cheese, and salad whenever on the pilgrim menu. Most places are also willing to fry up an egg or two. I survived and lost a lot of weight in the process.
     
  12. nathan

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    the irony of the situation is that spain is famous for it's produce but the culture of eating out (non tapas) is to have meat. The basque region has the best food in Spain. Sorria produces the best lentils and bottles vegetables(look out for the brand navvarrico). the white aspagus that is on most menus is supreme.one tip for all pilgrims veggie or not is to look beyond the pilgrim menu.sometimes three courses of mediocre food are surpassed by one plate of well cooked food from the "normal" menu. the cost differance will not be enormousThe cities of bougos and leon are famous for thier food, everybodies needs are catered for.
    my advice is based on owning a deli in central london...we serve hundreds of kilo of hot/cold salads a week and more sandwiches than i can count. 70% of all our out put is vegetarian. the pulses/lentil/vegetables /meat and cheese are often spanish.
    Alternate years i spend the month of august in northen spain on product reaserch/tasting trips. it was on a number of these trip that i criss crossed the caminos...both french and northern routes.
    enjoy the food , get that buzz of the coffee and abbandon your self to the delights of spain



    happy walking my friends
     
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    On a similar vein of vegetarians finding food to sustain them, the one problem I see of bringing some type of small cooking stove is fuel, I just don't think the fuel would be that easy to find along the Camino, even if one could find the proper fuel would the cannisters fit the stove, that is the connection between the two, after a while the stove could become dead weight.
     
  14. That is great to know because I am planning my first walk and I too have been vegetarian for 35 years. I am now vegan as of three weeks ago and was concerned about food along the way. thank you.
     
  15. nathan

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    vegan will be harder to mantain...no eggs so the spanish ommelettes are out. You will not have the Iberico cheese, manjego or fresh cheeses. Sand wiches at lunchtime will be hard to source.Gosh i wish you well on your walk...the body being a machine needs so many calories on this walk you may need to keep an open mind and accept whatever presents itself on a plate.(no meat or fish of course). At home with a support network of fav shops and eateries with a well stocked fridge and larder cupboard life's eating habits are easier to live with. On the camino no cheese, eggs or milk will dominate your days and possibly the days of your canino family!..lol


    for the period of lent i have changed to a vegan diet...at night i dream of northern Spain and sausage rolls
     
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    Will there be a lot of fresh produce in the markets and not at cafes and bars? I am veg for many years, and going this summer in June. From earlier posts, Im not too worried, but have an egg allergy to add to the mix. I can get away w eating them once or twice, in a pinch, but after some period of time the symptoms worsen in a way that could get dangerous on the camino. Good news? I love cheese ;) Thanks for your posts on this topic.
     
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    the camino passes through a number of large towns. these will be stocked with fine foods...great markets and bakeries. small towns and villages rely for day to day needs on small stores and van sales. the stores are similar to 7/11's but most will have fresh veg etc.
    as regards eggs if you need to limit you intake stick to the occasional good looking spanish ommelette, cakes and patries...including delicious savoury veggie filled pastries.
    coming from cali you have probably soaked up enough spanish to survive and shop better than most of us. If not i reccomend a spanish app on your phone
    to get a good idea of the villages and whats in them criuse camino photo sites.

    if you love cheese you are in for a month long treat. Local cheeses eaten in the context of where they are made taste sooooooo good
     
  18. paidrighini

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    I travelled last year on the camino, am a vegan and had no problem finding enough to eat but from small shops, markets and supermarkets. I did start out with a few basics in my bag as I was not sure of what was available. Porridge, miso, some dried fruit/nut bars a lunch box and cutlery. I cooked sufficient food every evening to carry for lunch the following day. I think I ate out one time as vegans are not catered for.
    I walked through Portugal and Spain and my bag was not more than 10 kilos - hope this helps.
     
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    My hubby eats seafood but no meat, I was guessing that he might struggle to find decent vege food on the Camino. Good to hear that fish and tuna is available.
     
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    Food's going to be extremely interesting for me !!!

    I'm not vegan or vegetarian, but HAVE been cutting back on my consumption of meat (due fairly equally to both cost and a high cholesterol count) so am trying to follow a vegetarian/vegan diet several days a week.

    Whilst not strictly vegan, my days work more that way due to the fact I seem to have developed an intolerance to lactose (have spent the last few months switching to soya spread, milk and yoghurt which has definitely helped my chest/breathing problems) and it also appears I could have an allergy to eggs as well :eek:

    All-in-all that's going to make life on the Camino de Santiago very interesting, as many things I've read indicate that northern Spain isn't the best place to visit if you have special dietary requirements.

    So I'll be back to read through this thread at regular intervals looking for hints and tips that could be useful to me - while making sure I learn how to confidently check (in Spanish) whether meals contain milk and/or eggs......
     
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    Hi All,

    Glad to hear I won't be alone on the walk with food requirements. I'm a 3rd year pescadarian, (I also eat fish) but no meat, but making the transition to vegetarian...that's another journey in itself!
     
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    Might I suggest you delay any further migration to being a vegetarian. Spain has good fish and it is often on the Pilgrim Menu in eating places frequented by hungry Pilgrims. You can complete your migration after you have finished in Spain!

    If you fancy a little lapse into a decadent lifestyle, there is a McDonalds down by the river in Leon. Having been burnt to a crisp on the Meseta and having doged the vultures waiting for weary Pilgrims, a Big Mac and extra fries tastes wonderful. I have even had vegetarian Pilgrims ask me to escort them to the Golden Arches.

    In normal times I would not venture inside a McD, but on the Camino.............................
     
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    Love the new comments! LOL I am also a vegetarian, but I eat byproducts (eggs, cheese, milk). I'm also going to be creative and have already (with the help of a friend) figured out items I can purchase during the day. I've made note in my guide book re: kitchens and most likely will be doing a lot of fresh veggie eating. Covey, though Mickey D's hamburgers are out, I don't know...those french fries do sound good and I haven't even started walking yet!
     
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    I'm not a vegetarian but have been in the past and still eat a mainly vegetarian diet, can't eat steak etc *shudder*. However I love experiencing new foods and I'm sure there will be plenty of tasty fruit and veg and eggs on the Camino :) No worries!

    Thanks for all the advice guys.......
     
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    Cheryl.......by the time you get to Leon, you will have shed life's inhibitions, and you never know but a trip to the Dark Side might be in order. Most get tired of bocadillo day in day out, and the thought of comfort food, served hot for a change, may well turn your head.

    The Camino is a strange and wonderful place. People arrive from all over the world, with all sorts of views and inhibitions, yet on the Camino you can truly be your real self, probably for the first time in a very long time. Nobody is interested in what you do in life, your status, money etc. All that matters is the real you, in that place and at that time.

    "By their deeds ye shall know them"
     
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    Aww.... Covey you make me want to live on the Camino forever! You have such a good way with words, you make me laugh and you're inspirational and encouraging, Thanks :eek:

    I'm sooO looking forward to start walking....5 weeks today yay!
     
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    sorry for spelling, it is ealy here for a retired old man, lol
     
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    Probably not Covey. I am not a vegetarian by choice. I can't digest meat - not even as a child. I'll opt for the other delights along the way even though they may be few. :)
     
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    If you enjoy a healthy vegetarian meal then Albergue San Antonio de Padua in Villar de Mazarife Centro is a place not to be missed!!! We had a 4 course meal communual which was very tastey indeed. Gaspacio with a seed garnish, followed by a lovely mixed salad with nuts and a mustard seed dressing, then paella and to finish fresh crepes with a drizzle of chocolate sauce, cream and raspberry coulis... my description isn't doing it justice but there were many happy pilgrims that night.
     
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