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Okay, this topic has probably been raised again and again. But, my will power is weak. I see all the street food, smell the food, and my belly cries out "feed me"(Little Shop of Horrors voice) "feed me, Seymour". This could probably explain my 250 pounds!

What is safe and what is not. I know some people will say NOTHING. But common, that can't be. Is it safe if it is hot and made before your eyes. What about lassi, curd and yogurts? I have my trusted steri-pen and know not to dring the water or iced beverages. I am told no vegetables or friut unless peeled. So cucumbers, peeled, onions are okay, bananas, a peeled apple or orange? Watermelon? Mango?
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Fried

If you take it right from the oil -- as I did last week with no probs -- you should be fine.
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On my last trip I drank water from the metal cups in restaurants and ate at a few cleaner looking stalls with no problems. I think as long as you use common sense it's just luck. I've heard of people getting sick from the restaurants at expensive hotels.

Street food is one of the great pleasures of traveling. If you buy stuff which you've seen cooked in front of you and the place is clean, and has some customers, I don't see why you wouldn't try it out.
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Metal Cups

I was in India last week and I did not have the balls to drink from one of those metal cups.
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Originally Posted by NYTim View Post I was in India last week and I did not have the balls to drink from one of those metal cups.
It took me two weeks to work up the courage.
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Drew you seem to really know what to do in your 1st post. And the suggestions that follow are good--though I have never drank water from those lovely metal cups in restaurants. You could use your steri-pen in them though & make it perfect.

Has anyone noticed how the waiter often carries those metal cups with his fingers all over the top of the cup?

The peeling of fruit must be done by YOU! Don't let a vendor do it or before you know it his hands are all over the fruit & he's likely to throw some yucky water over it.

My husband is less careful than I am as he's attracted to street food like a moth to a flame.... and he does get sick sometimes
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I live in mortal fear of squat toilets and the squirts.
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I live in mortal fear of NOT finding even a squat toilet!
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I live in fear of needing a public toilet anywhere in India knowing it will look like a few elephants got to it first

I once thought of writing a book about toilets -- a favorite subject while traveling Now I think it's been done.

And, there is a toilet museum in Delhi which I've just got to see! http://www.sulabhtoiletmuseum.org/pg01.htm

What is this fascination about this most dreaded object in India

Thanks for bringing up this subject
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some public ones are ok. Like these
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Here's a first rate one in Anjuna Beach
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Originally Posted by Drews60 View Post I live in mortal fear of squat toilets and the squirts.
Spend enough time in India and you will have the experience. Mine was half way between Jaisalmer and Jodhpur on our third trip to India. One can resist the ras malai for only so long...
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Originally Posted by camelgirl View Post I live in fear of needing a public toilet anywhere in India knowing it will look like a few elephants got to it first
Fortunately I'll be spending a lot of time in the countryside, now all I have to worry about is widdling (or worse) on a cobra!

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And, there is a toilet museum in Delhi which I've just got to see! http://www.sulabhtoiletmuseum.org/pg01.htm
It's already on my list, keep your eyes open for a trip report!
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Originally Posted by hal2004 View Post On my last trip I drank water from the metal cups in restaurants and ate at a few cleaner looking stalls with no problems. I think as long as you use common sense it's just luck. I've heard of people getting sick from the restaurants at expensive hotels.
I stayed nearly a year at the Hyatt Regency in Delhi and never got so much as an upset stomach. Yet the only time I sampled street food at Nehru Place ... within a very short period of time I was doubled up with a severe case of 'gajar halva belhi'. This experience from someone who can normally eat junk that would make a billy goat puke.

So while I agree common sense (& luck) certainly has alot to do with it all - make sure that you don't end up sacrificing any part of your vacation itinerary for the temptations of this 'potluck street roughage'.
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Where can I get a steri pen in the US? Never heard of one.

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