3. Become a grocery store gourmet
Its not possible to survive on cheese and wine alone. We know; weve tried. For starters, you also need bread. And as long as youre in the grocery store, check out the refrigerated section for the convenience foods that locals would buy for a quick and cheap meal. We experienced a culinary epiphany when we purchased our first packaged tortilla española, the potato omelet that is the unofficial national food of Spain. A whole one from the grocery store provides four meal-sized servings at about the same price as a single sliver in a bar. (As experts on bar tortillas, we suspect many came from the grocery store.) Dont overlook the canned goods, either. Whether its tinned pâté in France or delicate olive-oil-packed anchovies in Spain, you can assemble a gourmet feast. We used to tease a friend who traveled with a cereal bowl and a spoon. Now we carry shallow Gladware containers and heavy-duty plastic knives and forks.