I've been purusing the subforums here on Chowhound for places I'll be visiting this summer (Spain, Germany, Poland, France.) I've found that, especially in Western Europe, Chowhounders seem to think that a real hardship of a food budget is something like 100 euros per person per day. Well how 'bout dividing that by five?
I'll be in Andalucía, backpacking with a friend, for two weeks in June. We're both rather impoverished, recently out of school, and soon to be grad students. Considering the economy and the weakening US dollar, that impoverished state is magnified. We're planning on staying in hostales/pensiones and also camping, taking buses instead of trains, etc. In other words we're on a serious budget. We've decided that, for Spain, we're looking at a food budget of twenty euros per day. As a chowhound, this is hard to accept in a country so praised for its culinary merits as Spain. But primarily I'm traveling to enjoy the architecture and to understand history (and hopefully something about the culture and worldview of the countries I'm visiting.)
So to please my budget and my stomach, I'm hoping that this modest amount will allow us to get two meals a day from the supermarket and mercados, getting our fill of Spanish cheeses, breads, jamones, and olives, seasonal fruit for breakfast, and some necessary calorie-dense Frankenfood too probably. Then each day we'd like to supplement that with a menú del día for lunch or a cheap tapas meal for dinner (sin vino, no bebemos mucho). I just need to know if this plan and budget is actually realistic. A friend who went to Spain last summer told me that even in the two big cities, it's quite possible to have a menú del día for under ten euros. I'm also counting on the (reputed) *free* tapas offered with drinks in Granada and some of the less cosmopolitain areas of Andalucia. And here, I'm hoping that there is a non-alcoholic choice which offers the same benefits (mineral water? juice?)
Furthermore, if anyone can reccommend inexpensive but good restaurants for lunch or dinner in Cordoba, Seville, Cadiz, Ronda (also Grazalema and Zahara de la Sierra), Granada, or Malaga please feel free to name them. I've done some searching on this Spain/Portugal board, but most posts either don't name prices, or when they do the restos are clearly out of our budget range, or they are for establishments in Madrid and Barça.
Thanks in advance.