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Consider this: why is the food so bad at large banquets and weddings? (Ever hear the phrase "rubber chicken" to describe an industry awards banquet?) why is the food so bad in prison? why is the food so bad in a school cafeteria? why is the food so bad at a university residence? In all of these cases, just as on the airplane: a very large quantity of ...


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According to some studies, tomato juice, and many other foods, actually taste different (better in the case of tomato juice) under the low pressure conditions in an airplane than they do at home.


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Since the issue is not only with food that you can spill but also with drinking coke (even if you buy it from a vending machine, you are not supposed to drink it while you walk), which is pretty much impossible to spill, this is not a hygiene issue. The topic is much more about the respect for food at large. When Japanese people start eating, they put the ...


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Unlike meat products and potatoes, grains like rice can be brought into Germany. Homeopathic remedies are not considered medicines in Germany, because their efficacy has not been proven. Legally, it's just sugar or alcohol, and unless you bring ridiculous amounts, you will not exceed the free import limit for alcohol. Finally, there is a limit on the total ...


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It seems that is not that airlines serving you bad food, it is more your perception on the food that plays tricks with your mind. Only today the Atlantic published a nice article on this topic with the appropriate title "Why Airplane Food Is So Bad". It boils down to pressurised cabins and economics of the masses. Some quotes from this article: ...


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Basically, you can't. The world is full of GI diseases, even in developed, First World nations. There are some decent steps to trying to minimize your exposure: Properly cooked foods. Everything heated to a proper internal temperature (depends on the dish, check the USDA's site for guidelines), no sampling the raw chicken dish, etc. For fruits and veg, if ...


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I used to drink tomato juice religiously on airplanes and never at home. As I started to fly more, I stopped ordering it but I still do occasionally for nostalgia. The reasons are: it is more filling and closer to food than other juices, especially with a little salt and pepper it's more expensive than pop or other drinks, which both makes you feel like ...


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Cows are considered holy in Hindu religion, not India as a whole per se. North/East/West India are primarily Hindu-majority regions and thus you're highly unlikely to find any beef, except perhaps at dodgy places in Muslim-dominated parts of those towns. Dodgy places because in those three parts of India cow slaughter is frowned upon and you don't find ...


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There are some strategies that you can use: Prepare: Check websites like Tripadvisor or Yelp before you go there. If you really want to plan, write down the restaurants you want to visit. Based on the ratings and comments there, you should be able to judge if it is an authentic restaurant with a good service. Don't stick to the main street: Very often, ...


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Nowhere in China. American Chinese cuisine (and its relatives in Australia, Europe, etc) is heavily adapted for Western tastes: "Chinese-American cuisine is 'dumbed-down' Chinese food. It’s adapted... to be blander, thicker and sweeter for the American public" Some dishes are localized versions of actual Chinese dishes (eg. Kung Pao chicken, which ...


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If you define safe as 'not contracting a water-borne disease', then yes, you will be safe from contracting typhoid, jaundice, etc when you drink tea/coffee from street-side vendors. Boiling during the preparation effectively kills of the disease-causing germs, even if kept in covered kettles/pots as they usually are. A dirty clay cup would not cause a ...


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When I worked as flight attendant, people who order tomato juice sometimes order it warm and they ask for salt and pepper, I guess it is the closest thing to tomato soup. I think it is a rich juice which will help them if they are hungry, it is heavy and it will make them feel full. I've also seen fellow flight attendants in their rest time on long flights ...


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I'm astonished to see that nobody has posted the reason I drink tomato juice on planes -- they're an essential ingredient for a Bloody Mary! (courtesy William Clifford, Wikimedia Commons) Although I do usually reserve this indulgence for ass-crack-of-dawn flights on Monday mornings and/or last flights out on Fridays, and naturally this requires an airline ...


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No, there is no regulation that obliges airlines to provide free food during the normal operation of flights. However, in the EU they do have to provide free "meals and refreshments in a reasonable relation to the waiting time" when a flight is delayed by more than two to four hours (depending on the length of the flight).


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I always consult Happycow. This is a website for vegetarian, vegan, and vegetarian-friendly restaurants. A good side-effect is that I end up at some very unusual and non-touristic places, and that the number of options reduced from hundreds to a handful or a few dozen at most. Perhaps you don't always want to eat vegetarian, but even as a non-vegetarian you ...


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Your best source of this information is your airline's website, even if you didn't book with them. For example, the KLM page on intercontinental meals says: Economy Class intercontinental On all KLM intercontinental flights, we welcome you on board with a beverage of choice. You are then served your choice of one of our two Delicious hot meals. ...


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It is indeed possible in theory, and VERY difficult in practice. You need to start, traditionally, at Elephant and Castle at 10am. Going at about 20-30 min per pub you will just finish before closing in Central London. It's hard, really hard, and you need someone to keep tabs on the time and keep everyone moving. There's a webpage with strategies, maps ...


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When importing food to Norway, you are not only affected by custom regulations (they are usually relevant when it comes to taxation of products), but you also have to adhere to the regulations from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet). The EU regulation 206/2009 is in effect in Norway and tells (page 12, paragraph 5) that you can bring 2kg of ...


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It's all about education. Kids are taught the following table manners from the age of around 2: You eat at the table When you are done, say "Gochisousamadesu" When you say you're done, you're done This is reinforced at kindergarten/elementary school lunches (no snacks, school-supplied lunch that's the same for every student). Those manners stick. And ...


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No, you just got lucky. Virtually everywhere in the world, tap water is fine when it leaves the processing plant, the problem is what happens between the processing plant and the tap you drink it from. If there's a leaky water pipe with another leaky sewage pipe dripping on to it, you're screwed. This is also why flooding and heavy rains often make tap ...


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It seems there actually IS a link between air pressure and taste. Just because someone may personally have had a good meal at altitude does not invalidate this, it just means the chef involved understood the problem at hand. Very recently, Heston Blumenthal (the famous British molecular gastronomist - or 'poncy chef' if you will) set out to look at the ...


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It depends on the origin and destination airport For most flights, liquids purchased after the security check can be taken on-board the plane. Not all though... For an example, at the moment (2011), for flights to Australia, no liquids (beyond the 150ml limit) may be taken onto the plane with you - there's an additional security + liquids check at ...


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No, tap water is usually not safe to drink in India. Households commonly buy large, office cooler type bottles of drinking water or have in-house filtration systems. So if it's a normal tap, then don't drink from it. The exception is if the tap has a cooling or a filtration unit next to it. (I can't find a free image for this to include here.) These could ...


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First, your fears are a little overblown. Thai cuisine isn't quite as "freaky" as, say, some parts of China and you're unlikely to eat something exotic by accident. Although not eating any offal at all is going to be a little limiting... why not give it a shot and expand your horizons a bit? At any rate, I'd start with Wikivoyage's description of Thai ...


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In short, no, there's no Japanese region known for spicy food in the same way that (say) Sichuan or Thailand is. Japanese doesn't really even have a word for "spicy", 辛い karai originally meant "salty" and is still used in that sense as well. However, there are a couple of spicy local specialities, mostly in the south of the country where they had the most ...


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Some elementary precautions: Drink no water or other liquid unless it has been boiled or bottled or canned. Be careful using ice; it may have been made from tap water. Avoid eating at roadside food stands; sanitation levels are low. Avoid eating any place where there is evidence of poor sanitation, e.g. flies. Stick with the better restaurants, or with ...


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Is it busy? That's generally a positive sign. Do the customers look like locals? Also a good sign, means they know of others but are still willing to come here. What does the crowd look like? You can use their clothes, manner etc to hazard a guess at their background and what they may be willing to spend on - and use that to compare with what you want. Is ...


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For hot food I eat way too many kebabs (a.k.a. döners) in most countries. Styles and quality varies as much by country as by shop/stand. Germany is best, Scandinavia is worst. Kebabs were not common last time I was in Spain so I took up a different diet. I would go to the supermarket and buy bread and cheap packaged chorizo. (Not the same as Mexican or ...


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I was in Southern India earlier this year and noticed many Indians speaking English with each other. This is because they simply don't speak each others native language. I don't think people in the south don't want to speak in Hindi, they simply can't. That's why English is so important, because most people speak better English than any second Indian ...


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Just some days ago, I was on the streets in Spain with a friend, and she decided to ask a policeman for a place to have lunch. The restaurant he recommended was indeed popular with policemen. There were several daily menus on offer, at low price, and food was a plenty - I could not finish the desert. Concerning asking locals: Sometimes I ask several, and it ...



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