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Four years later, a local writes ;) I answer in covid time (now we are under curfew 10pm to 5am) but what I write applies in general. Short answer: no, no traditional food in Bologna after midnight. Proper restaurants close at 10.30pm or 11pm and, yes, very possibly the kitchen closes sooner. After midnight not even kiosks are reliable, out of the "...


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Food safety: Clean it, peel it or cook it. Cleaning it is obviously not an option in this case. (And remember that tap water is itself contaminated and thus can't clean.) Likewise, peeling is not an option. Thus, cooking is the only way to ensure safety--only eat things which are freshly cooked and beware of possible contamination from utensils and dishes. ...


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One thing to remark is that people respond different ways to new organisms, so that there's a good chance that even if you follow the best practices described here, you'll become ill. It's really just the luck of the draw. A travel doctor told me once that she prefers street food to a restaurant, since she can see the food being prepared and can get a sense ...


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There is one easy way how to tell what to eat and what to avoid - see what locals do. If you see street food with lots of locals around, it's probably fine. If there are none, they probably have a bad experience with the place, so you should stay away as well. You should also have proper vaccination when travelling - standard vaccination that is compulsory / ...


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The generic plastic bottle cap can be sealed outside of a factory. If you ever bought craft beer on tap take away, they will pour it in a plastic bottle and then seal it with a plastic cap. Then it looks completely legit. Plastic cap can be put on a bottle together with the plastic ring which holds it fast. But then it will hold the bottle with plastic ...


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Yes, sealed water bottles can be unsafe. If you look at the comments on the question, two different links are given for historic events in the western world, well known brands. (Link one, by from a comment by @Stuart F) (Link two, from a comment by @Fattie) And this is from companies that are/were reputed to be safe. In my country, the Netherlands, the ...


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I have been to India twice in the past and both times kept eating street food with no issues. While food in hotel restaurants was good, it was not even close compared to street food I would buy from a cart across the road from the hotel. Note that I am used to Indian food and very spicy foods in general. I can eat raw green chilis without much issue (which ...


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One note, India is HUGE. Asking about "food in India" is like asking about "food in Europe" - Scotland is incredibly different from Italy, from Sweden, from Portugal. Secondly note that India and Indians have incredibly higher standards about food than Western countries... Indians and India assume that what we eat in the West is bizarre, ...


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Any new country will present your body with new and exciting microorganisms it needs to get used to. My first week in the US was miserable because I didn't expect it, and my first week in India was manageable, because I knew what was coming. The only country I didn't have any issues in was Japan. The key is to gradually acclimatize yourself and manage ...


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Indian food is irresistible and street food is even more so. The spicy, tangy, and sweet flavors just explode in your mouth. And the versatility of Indian food is unmatched. Each region in India has something deliciously different to offer. However your concern about cleanliness and hygiene is valid. Someone newly introduced to Indian food should take ...


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