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Old 09-10-2010, 10:08 AM
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I will be going to India for the second time in a year next month. The only rule is - you WILL get sick, there is no getting around it. Hopefully it will be only a mild case of the runs.
Ironic however, went to Nepal years ago - ate the street food, lived in huts, drank some of the local moonshine, walked until I was caked with dirt and dust, didn't get sick. Went last year for work - stayed in a 5 star hotel, ate at the hotels 5 star resteraunts, went to work and back - sick.
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Old 09-10-2010, 10:36 PM
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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good watch about street food in India:

YouTube - Street Food - Mumbai - 14 Nov 08 - Part 1
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Old 09-11-2010, 12:30 PM
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I will be going to visit my girlfriend out there, her and my indian friends were actually the ones against me eating the street food haha, they said even they don't dare touch it in monsoon season. I did say I really wanted to try some so she said she was going to take me to a place where I can get some nice street food in Bandra. Either way, I'm really excited to be there and I think overall it will be an awesome trip.

What are the best medications to take for upset stomach? I know curd is good, but what about medicine haha.
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Old 09-11-2010, 12:49 PM
Location: Bike to Surf!
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Oh yeah, don't eat street food if it's raining. That's a no-brainer. Water drips off of everything (and into/onto your meal) and there's tons of crap on the roofs; not just birdcrap.

Immodium will put a cork in the poo fountain you will become. Take a lot.
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Old 09-19-2010, 12:53 AM
Location: San Diego
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I though of your post when I saw Anthony Bourdain live tonight. He said that many Americans will rather eat at the Hilton in whatever foreign city they're staying than local street food. He said one of his producers gets sick on every trip and it's most likely from the brunch at the Hilton, since she refuses to eat local food. When in India, spaghetti bolognese is not your best choice and you really shouldn't be eating it. They have no idea what it should taste and look like and at the hotel, don't really care if you get sick the next day since there's a good chance you'll be on a plane ride back home before it hits you.

He said most street carts have been around for years and have 15+ locals lined up to eat there late at night. If they were poisoning people, they wouldn't be in business but based on the lines you can bet it's going to be a good meal. Anthony urges people to eat locally, accept the food graciously and be thankful to the locals. He kept mentioning that traveling is a privilege, not a right. If you have a chance to see him in your city, I highly recommend it. He's hilarious and makes the average American look like a fool when they travel! Of course, he's speaking from his own travel experiences and since he's been to so many places, I think his opinions are quite valid!
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Old 09-20-2010, 12:10 AM
Location: Victoria TX
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I have only been sick twice in my life from anything I ate, and both times it was in the kind of restaurants I normally can't afford. When traveling in the third world, I never eat anything but street food.

But if you're the kind of person who throws out leftovers if they were left on the counter for two hours and puts your cutting board in the dishwasher and puts bread in the toaster wearing rubber gloves, you probably have no immunity at all to ordinary microbes, and you will have some digestive discomfort no matter where you eat.
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