Questions tagged [food-and-drink]

Questions dealing with any and all aspects of food and drink except water, for which use tag [tap-water] and alcoholic beverages, for which use tag [alcohol].

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Canada to USA customs preclearance and fruits/vegetables

As an European citizen living in Canada, I am going to fly from Montreal (YUL) to the USA (SFO). I was planning to bring a sandwich (with tomato, lettuce...) and some fruit to eat on the plane. When ...
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Why do airlines often serve a small dry snack shortly before a larger meal?

On long flights, I'm often given a very small bag of some kind of dried snack shortly (10-15 minutes) before a main meal is served - e.g. on a flight I was on yesterday, passengers were given a 10g ...
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What happens if I eat my own food in flight, but the airline prohibits outside food on board?

I have a long-haul flight with Scoot airline, and they have this weird rule: Consumption of outside food and beverages is not allowed on board. I've even read reports that Scoot flight attendants ...
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Why can't I take food from the plane when entering the US?

I was on a BA flight recently (LHR-JFK) and I was given a sealed cheese and tomato sandwich by a flight attendant about 90 minutes before landing. Everyone else was given a similar sandwich, probably ...
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Is it allowed to bring nuts and raisins to Colombia?

I'm flying from Germany to Colombia, and I wanted to know if I'm allowed to carry nuts and/or raisins in my hand luggage. It's a small amount, mainly to have something to eat in mid-flight. This site ...
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Vegetarian food in Morocco

I am visiting Morocco (Fez, Marrakesh, Aït Benhaddou and Meknes) in December. I am vegetarian (no animal products except dairy). Can I survive in these cities?
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Can only eating processed food and bottled water reduce your immunity?

I've been living in Taiwan for a while and have tried to avoid raw food and tap water very carefully (ie. brushing teeth with bottled water, eating at places where I can see that everything is cooked, ...
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Buying hotel breakfast without having a room?

I'm wondering how common it is for hotels to allow people to pay for breakfast even if they don't have a room. In other words: Come in the morning Pay a fixed price in reception Eat breakfast Leave ...
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Is it considered bad manners to eat in public (on a bench) in Latvia?

Recently I got yelled at by a stranger (middle-aged man) when I was eating pizza, which I purchased at a cheap restaurant (and chose take-away), sitting on a bench in Riga. He just said something to ...
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Typical meal costs on Norwegian Air Shuttle long-haul flights

What are typical costs for meal service on Norwegian Air Shuttle on US-Europe flights? Meals are described here, but no pricing.
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Food in checked luggage to the UK

I will be moving to London next week to spend a year as a graduate student. I am wondering if it's possible to take with me some coffee (around 200 g - fine powder) and a type of roasted grain (around ...
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How many fruits can I bring to European Union?

Is there some general, definitive EU regulation about bringing fruits from outside of EU? My flight will be São Paulo, Brazil - Paris - Frankfurt - Katowice (Poland), but I'm more interested if there ...
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Can I take UHT milk to iceland?

I'm planning a trip to Iceland. Since my significant other is barely addressable before she had her first coffee the question arose how we can make sure to have milk when we arrive. The Iceland ...
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Bringing cheese to Canada from France

I can't find any clear website on what cheeses I can bring to Canada from France. I would like to bring: mozzarella (the fresh one that is packaged with some liquid), soft cheeses: Brie, Roblochon ...
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Does Playa Del Carmen have options for celiacs?

I have celiac disease and I can't eat gluten at all. I'm considering going to Playa Del Carmen, but I'm afraid of: Not having restaurants Not having food indication for gluten. Does anyone already ...
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Asking for a second helping of a meal only if available?

Sometimes when I'm on a plane, the in-flight meals are really quite delicious and I might want to try the other set that I did not choose (or have more of the same!). I have asked if there was extra ...
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How do I make sure I'm not awakened during in-flight food service?

Inspired by this question, I was wondering what the best way is to make sure I miss the in-flight food. The reasons are the following: The flight is 6-7 hours, starting slightly before midnight. This ...
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Can I accidentally miss the in-flight food?

I was wondering what will happen if I was wearing headphones or asleep (or both) and I missed the in-flight food? I don't want to miss it, but I know when I get lost in my music or fall asleep I ...
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What is a continental breakfast and what other types of breakfasts are there?

When I look for an hotel I often see the "continental breakfast" expression when they refer to their breakfasts. I looked up the expression on Google and found: a light breakfast, typically ...
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How can I discern if a bottled drink is carbonated or not in Germany?

I have assumed that carbonated bottled drinks have the rugged base. But today I purchased a bottled drink in supermarket that doesn't have the rugged base, but it still was carbonated. So I can't ...
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How can I avoid ordering multiple bottles of water at a restaurant?

I have a couple esophageal conditions that result in a high probability of a food bolus impaction when eating (a food bolus impaction is when food gets stuck in the esophagus). There are a few ...
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Is it rude to bring bottled water into a restaurant in Germany?

It is said that in Germany asking for tap water in a restaurant is rude and looks stingy - examples in here and here. But I don't like to purchase water there as buying it in a restaurant would likely ...
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Is it offensive to the chef/host to finish all food on your plate in Italy?

I was once told by someone that in Italy it is offensive to the chef if you finish your plate of food clean. That you should leave a small portion. I'm not finding anything about this online. Is there ...
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Why don't we ask air travelers to choose their meal in advance? [closed]

I have read that food waste in airplane is unavoidable because airline companies do not know what passengers will eat and drink. Therefore, they carry more food/drinks than needed (I have found ...
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Traditional vegetarian dishes in Bavaria?

I'm off to Munich for a 3-day trip and I wonder what are some traditional vegetarian Bavarian dishes that I should not miss to taste? Is there any?
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Food in luggage checked-in for the Netherlands

We'll be travelling to the Schengen soon. Our first port of entry will be the Netherlands. My toddler is an extremely picky eater so I am wondering if I can cook food for him, vacuum seal it, and pack ...
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Dehydrated commercially prepackaged food into China and Mongolia

We are going to China and then onto Mongolia from Australia. We would like to take dehydrated prepackaged meals to Mongolia and would like to know if this is permissible.
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Eating pasta with raw minced meat in Italy

Emma Morano, who recently passed away at the ripe old age of 117 after becoming the oldest woman in the world, apparently ate a daily lunch of pasta with raw minced meat: The Economist | Emma Morano: ...
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Can I bring vacuum sealed coffee to the USA?

I have a package of great coffee that I haven't opened yet. I'm moving to the USA from Germany in a few days. Can I take 8 Oz (227g) of vacuum sealed coffee to the USA in my checked luggage?
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Which sites should I use when searching for nearby restaurants while traveling? [closed]

I've noticed that there are a lot of sites that are about helping to find restaurants nearby your location when you travel (e.g. TripAdvisor/Places To Eat Near Me/Zomato/Yelp etc...), on most of them ...
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Why is there no tray table in the front row of airlines?

With the exception of the front row, airlines give everyone a tray table for their enjoyment during the flight. Why do they not put a tray table on the wall in front of the front row?
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What Exactly is Self-Catering?

On several islands in the Seychelles I've been seeing a lot of Self-Catering signs: Self-Catering Guest House, Self-Catering Apartment, Self-Catering Hotel, Self-Catering Room, etc. What exactly does ...
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Alcohol-fuel for burner in Spain

We travel to malaga next weekend and from there on we will hike in the sierra nevada. I was there a few years ago and remember that we have had big trouble to find any Aclcohol-fuel for our burner. ...
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Eating in Masuria/Mazury - a good destination for vegetarians?

We want to go as a small group to Masuria (Mazury) during summer. There are members of our group who are vegetarians. We will partly have to rely on restaurants. From previous travels in eastern ...
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Bringing food items into the UK (from Chile)

I called the British embassy in Santiago in Chile, but they didn't know very much about that. Since I'll be visiting my Hungarian friend living in London, I want to take some food for her to taste ...
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Kosher food on British Airways Buy on Board

British Airways no longer serves a complimentary meal in economy on short haul services, replacing it with a buy on board service. When it was complimentary it was possible to order a kosher meal in ...
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Kosher Food in Heathrow airport

I have a 4.5 hr connection in Heathrow Terminal 5 (US Passport holder) and would like to know if there is kosher food available for sale in the airport, i would go to a diffrent terminal if thats ...
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Avoiding spicy food while touring South Korea

My tolerance of spicy food is below average for westerners. Can I avoid spicy food while visiting South Korea, preferably without eating all the time at McDonald's? I plan to mainly visit the ...
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Can you bring chili powder into the US?

I have received a B1/B2 visa and will travel from Denmark to the US. Can I bring chili powder and tea into the US? Can I bring chili seeds into the US? Should I store the powder/tea/seeds in my ...
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Bringing foods from Mexico to UK

I'm travelling to Mexico for several weeks with my Mexican wife, and we wish to bring a number of things back with us, but we're worried about if anything is not allowed. We know that we can only ...
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What is the indigenous cuisine / dishes of the Languedoc region of France?

In April I am travelling to Carcassone in Languedoc. As a Brit, I am keen to eat some authentic cuisine. What are the traditional dishes/diet of the region?
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Can I travel with cannabis-laced Vodka and Absinthe?

I am in Europe. Earlier I bought Vodka with little bit of cannabis, and Absinthe while I was in Prague, CZ. Now I am travelling internationally and was wondering if it is safe to carry one very small ...
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Carrying mustard oil in checked luggage into Germany

So I consume mustard oil a lot and this is very costly in Germany. I purchased a 5 liter (1.32 Gallon) bottle and put it in my checked baggage (the one that goes inside the plane hold, that's what I ...
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Sandwich alternatives for city trips

I often face the problem that my diet becomes very bread and cheese centred whenever I do trips to cities where eating at restaurants is expensive. In a city I sleep mostly at youth hostels where ...
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Unique/exotic Japanese food?

I am an unapologetic omnivore, and one of the joys of traveling is experiencing local cuisine and tasting things I might not be able to find back in the US. For example, when I was in Hong Kong, I ...
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May I take maté (dried form) on an aircraft and may I drink some while on board?

I'm from Argentina, and I'm not sure if one can board a commercial flight with mate ("tea"). It's a beverage you prepare by filling a recipient with the dried grass ("yerba mate") with hot water, and ...
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Sunny coffee house in Vienna

I would like to find a sunny coffee house in Vienna. That is one with enough glass in the roof or huge windows, so that on sunny winter days one can sit inside and still enjoy the sunshine. Any ...
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How to prepare a picky eater for Thai, Cambodian, and Vietnamese cuisine?

My in-laws are heading overseas on a guided tour of Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. While my mother-in-law is a little more on the adventurous side when it comes to new flavours and textures, my ...
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How much for a European trip? [closed]

I want to go on a European trip with four of my friends during October for one week. How much will be the estimated cost (staying in a decent hotel + food) for the trip per head? Any critical cost-...
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How do I roast a marshmallow over lava in Iceland?

The title is basically my question. I'll be going to Iceland in mid-February. I've got it in my head that I want to make a s'more, cooking over lava as a heating method, while I'm there and I'm ...