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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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 ...
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Can cheese in hand luggage be mistaken for plastic explosive?

I'm planning to travel with hand luggage only from Portugal to Austria. I want to bring a Portuguese cheese (queijo da Serra) with me. The cheese has a semi-hard skin, is creamy inside and is wrapped ...
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Can I carry fried rice and dried chicken preparation?

I am traveling from Kolkata to Chennai. Can I take some food like fried rice and dried chilli chicken? And as I am going for a educational trip I need to carry a 117cmx87cm poster. So these two will ...
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Is it possible to order airag at bars in Mongolia?

I've been to a couple of bars, mainly up-market, in Mongolia, and none of them seemed to have airag (fermented horse milk) in the drinks list. I was able to drink some airag at a ger next to a highway ...
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Can I bring a homemade Italian tomato sauce through the US customs?

I have a homemade tomato sauce, 100% made in Italy, that I would like to bring to a friend in the US. I've read all the US customs documentation: it is written that I have to declare it, but not if it ...
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Does any hotel in Jaipur allow guests to cook food themselves

Some hotels allow guest to cook their own food at extra charge. A friend of mine is planning to travel to Jaipur (in Rajasthan, India). He could not find a hotel which provides facilities for a ...
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Will retort vacuum sealed canning bags pass metal detector, TSA allowed?

After a bit of research on food "canning" solutions, it seems one of the latest "technologies" in canning is (metal) retort packages. Are these type of packages detected on metal detectors? If ...
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Do I have to pay duty or taxes on bags of coffee as I transit the USA and enter the UK?

My question is perhaps unusual, but I want to make sure I won't have any problems. Can I travel with three bags of coffee, each 250 grams for personal use. I have a layover in the US before my onward ...
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Early breakfast availability in Japan?

I'm planning a trip to Japan in a couple months. Here in Korea, shops and restaurants often don't open until late morning--even most coffee shops aren't open for breakfast. The main exceptions are ...
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Can I take beef jerky in my carry-on?

I am flying from Seattle to Hilo, Hawaii next week and would like to take some homemade beef jerky in a vacuum-sealed bag. Can I take it in my carry-on with Hawaiian Airlines?
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Bringing whale meat in to the EU

Can I bring whale meat from Iceland to EU? (I am based in Poland but I guess everywhere in the EU rules are the same.)
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Can I bring food which is not recognised as safe through US customs?

On my trip to the US, I'm planning to bring condiments containing pink pepper, typical of French cuisine, as a gift. Something like this: As I understand, there should be no problem with bringing ...
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Does Canada have 5-star buffets served daily and offering Chinese delicacies like those of Hong Kong hotels?

In Hong Kong, my friend discovered buffets from 5-star hotel chains served daily with more food variety and higher quality than in Canada, including Chinese delicacies like Abalone, Fish Maw, and ...
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Is a restaurant open at Keflavik Airport at 4:30 am?

I am considering an itinerary (WW126-WW810) which would have me arriving at KEF at 4:30 am and departing at 6:15 am. My problem with WOW air is that I don't really want to pay €14 or more for airline ...
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What is way to eat rice with hands in front of westerners such that it doesn't appear to be yucky?

In India, we eat rice using our fingers. Generally in the West, a fork or spoon is used. I have tried eating rice with spoon but I don't feel satisfied with it. We eat dry rice but we mix curry and ...
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Cooking inside a hotel room

We are looking for a hotel for a two weeks stay. We would like to cook our own meals on an electric stove (with no fire). Is it usually permitted to use such high-power electric equipment in a hotel ...
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Would it be ok to eat rice using a spoon in front of Westerners?

It seems to me that Westerners are willing to learn to use chopsticks in Asian restaurants. However, when spoons are the way the dish is normally eaten within the country of origin, Westerners prefer ...
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What's that weird food called that they eat in Dover Delaware?

I stayed in Dover Delaware years ago and was introduced to a breakfast food that the locals raved about. I forget what it's called and I can't for the life of me find the name of it. It's comparable ...

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