No, not in fancy restaurants, or corner greasy spoons, but in the kitchen in the hostel where I am staying. I bought some groceries to get me through till Friday mid-day, two days from now, when I’ll be moving on.
I normally like to frequent the wet markets, open air markets, or, I just learned, mercados campesinos, when I’m staying some place. It really helps the producers, the food is better, and the prices are cheaper. But where I am staying is far from the nearest market, so the supermercado had to do.
I took a little cart, as I am inclined to fill my cart as if the apocalypse is imminent, and started tossing things in. I looked at what I had accumulated and realized I was at it again. I switched some things in and out, found the good beer, and checked out with plenty of food left for the fellow travelers staying behind.
1/2 kilo extra lean ground beef, Pasta, Sauce
Fresh red beans (which are cooking as I write)
Beets, limes, avocados, 1 large mango, bananas, onion
6 fresh free-range country eggs
3 “artisanal” locally brewed IPA ales
The total was the equivalent of $13 dollars, U.S., including those chi-chi beers and the premium beef. There will definitely be left overs for the fellow travelers (though I doubt it will be any of the beer).
One of the keys to traveling and living on a fixed budget is to feed yourself as much as possible. You will eat better and save a ton of money. I had to eat out last night and I had a truly mediocre meal for more than half of what I spent for the next two day at the grocers.