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    food Budget

    Hello everyone. Going for our honeymoon we are going to be doing a mixture of simple/ casual dining, and some Romantic meals, but I am unsure what to budget for food. At most we would each have 1 "drink" with dinner, so would it be reasonable to budget $100 a day per person for food? I've seen the odd mention of REALLY expensive dinners on this site and I've become a bit nervious.

    We will likely have breakfast at the hotel (included) IF we manage to get out of bed in the morning, and would have simple cheaper lunches. For dinner we would have to try the Restaurants we keep hearing about, like Passions and OLD MAN.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated. Hopefully my stomach can handle the stretching after a pre-Wedding Crash Diet

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    i think you could get by with less than $175 total per couple for both per day

    **figuring $ 80 or less per dinner ** $25 lunch $25 breakfast and using the leftover $45 as a cushion.

    OMATS dinner will be abouot $100 per couple
    MADAM Janette will be about $90 per couple
    Passions same as OMATS
    all others plan on about $65
    it will most likely average out to LESS than $175 per couple per day
    andrea

    Quote Originally Posted by canadianmooners View Post
    Hello everyone. Going for our honeymoon we are going to be doing a mixture of simple/ casual dining, and some Romantic meals, but I am unsure what to budget for food. At most we would each have 1 "drink" with dinner, so would it be reasonable to budget $100 a day per person for food? I've seen the odd mention of REALLY expensive dinners on this site and I've become a bit nervious.

    We will likely have breakfast at the hotel (included) IF we manage to get out of bed in the morning, and would have simple cheaper lunches. For dinner we would have to try the Restaurants we keep hearing about, like Passions and OLD MAN.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated. Hopefully my stomach can handle the stretching after a pre-Wedding Crash Diet

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    If you are late risers, and breakfast is included, you can always have brunch and skip the lunch. Andrea gives great advice.

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    hahaha great advice...sure
    my mantra is CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP
    i hate to spend $$ on food with the exception of madam janette
    .............and then i get so overwhelmed with "what do i want?" i always wind up with getting a chicken cesar salad and then ordering the almond grouper and wind up taking the almond grouper home as i am stuffed from the salad.

    best bang for my buck in aruba:
    wacky wahoo
    buccaneer
    lindas
    tulip
    B55
    pam pam
    and yes...madam janette

    my son makes fun of me as i have no problem with SPENDING at the casinos.
    andrea

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    When we were on the Island last month for the week we spent around $1000 ($70 per person) total for meals for the week. Breakfast consisted of walking to get coffee and coffee roll from DD. Lunch was either burgers or Hotdogs from Burgers & More at Dushi Bagels or lunch at the Pelican Nest (great setting) both very reasonably priced. We would go out for a nice meal almost every night. Highlights:

    Madame J's (best meal ever on the Island)
    Fishes & More excellent meal, service
    Tony Roma's food ok service horrible
    Salt & Pepper's service was bad but it did down pour while we were there
    Texas De Brazil excellent (sign up on their website about two weeks befor you leave and they will send you a 25% off certifiicate)
    one night that consisted of Burgers and Ice cream.
    one night take out Pizza (leftovers for lunch next day)

    My wife and I do not drink so that helped save on the bill. Money saved from not drinking went to the Casino fund... Found out my wife is addicted to Quarter slots!!!! One thing I have not seen on the Island before were all the places having earlybird specials. If you have any questions ask away.

    Jon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    best bang for my buck in aruba:

    pam pam
    http://www.arubabynight.com/ win dinner for two at Pam Pam

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    What a great question, Canadianmooners. I've been wondering this for weeks. I mean no disrespect Andrea, but I find it hard to believe that $80 will suffice for a party of two for dinner at most of the restaurants in Aruba. The meals at any of the nicer establishments are in the mid to high twenties at least. Add on even one appetizer, two drinks, a shared dessert, tip, etc., and I estimate that a decent dinner is going to cost more like $120 for two people. Any other thoughts on this?? I haven't purchased my traveler's cheques yet.

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    I agree...We would be hard pressed to keep it under $125 for 2 of us for a dinner...apps, drink or wine, dinner, dessert, tip...

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    no disrespect taken
    i am basing it on my experiences
    been to aruba 30+ times and believe it or not we spend less on food per couple for dinner than we did 15 yrs ago

    we usually do not have a bottle of wine with our dinners, but maybe a glass each
    we sometimes have an appetizer
    we usually do not have dessert
    but do have coffee

    as you can see i did not say that $80 would be for a place like Madam Janette or OMATS

    i did not figure in liquor
    with liquor all bets are off.

    "OMATS dinner will be abouot $100 per couple
    MADAM Janette will be about $90 per couple
    Passions same as OMATS
    all others plan on about $65
    it will most likely average out to LESS than $175 per couple per day"

    andrea j



    Quote Originally Posted by Aruba4Life View Post
    What a great question, Canadianmooners. I've been wondering this for weeks. I mean no disrespect Andrea, but I find it hard to believe that $80 will suffice for a party of two for dinner at most of the restaurants in Aruba. The meals at any of the nicer establishments are in the mid to high twenties at least. Add on even one appetizer, two drinks, a shared dessert, tip, etc., and I estimate that a decent dinner is going to cost more like $120 for two people. Any other thoughts on this?? I haven't purchased my traveler's cheques yet.

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    Okay...I always knew there had to be some obscure reason I saved this...

    This is from the fall of 2006, needless to say prices have increased.

    These meals were for our family of 3.

    Madame Janette
    $102 + $20 tip= $122
    Appetizer
    Lobster Ravioli
    Chorizo

    Entree
    Burger Loin- "Madame’s famous Burgerloin, our Prime Tenderloin, cut in two half’s and filled with sautéed onions, mushrooms and cheese topped with a good dash of our Sauce Béarnaise"
    Shrimp du Jour
    Mahi Mahi don Vito- "Mahi Mahi a la “Don Corleone”
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    Marandi
    $135 + $25 Tip= $160
    Appetizer
    Salad
    Shrimp Ragout
    Escargot & Mushrooms

    Entree
    Filet & Shrimp
    Kid's Steak
    Grouper with Pasta and Truffle Sauce

    Dessert
    Grand Dessert- Chocolate Mousse, Dutch Cookie, Orange Sherbet, Ice Cream
    Dutch Cookie with Ice Cream and Raspberry Sauce
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    Chalet Suisse $137
    Appetizer
    Caesar Salad
    Chalet Seafood
    Coconut Shrimp

    Entree
    Chateubriand for 2
    Shrimp Scampi

    Dessert
    Apple Struedel
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    Aruba Destiny (no longer in business)
    $103 + tip
    Pitcher of Sangria
    Appetizer
    Fried Calamari
    Bonibini Soup
    Caesar Salad

    Entree
    Steak Aruban
    Coconut Grouper
    Paella

    Dessert
    Cashew Cake
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    Gasparito
    $107
    1 glass of wine
    Appetizer
    Pasta with Mushrooms
    Mussel Soup
    Ragout Squid and Scallops

    Entree
    Coconut Shrimp
    Filet Mignon with Mushroom Sauce
    Wahoo with Garlic Sauce
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    Gasparito
    $125
    Bottle of Wine
    Appetizer
    Pasta with Mushrooms
    Ragout Squid and Scallops

    Entree
    Keshi Yena
    Coconut Shrimp
    Fisherman's Loot
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    Sunset Grille $140
    Appetizer
    Vegetable Stack
    Lobster Bisque with Puff Pastry
    Caesar Salad

    Entree
    Filet Mignon
    Mixed Grill- 2 double lamp chops, filet mignon, veal sirloin covered with lobster and asparagus bits

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