Foods to Avoid in Egypt

Aug 31st, 2007, 02:47 PM
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Debbie, Max does have a restaurant in Degla not far from the Satellites. It's at 17 Road 263 & the phone is 0124759226. It's quite nice and Max is his usual self. You should come down to Maadi and have lunch with me there.
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Aug 31st, 2007, 02:48 PM
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I had some wonderful Baskin Robbins (spelling?) mango ice cream today in Maadi (a part of Cairo) today. You should see if you can get it at your local BR.
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Aug 31st, 2007, 03:30 PM
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Apparently I have given up proofreading my posts. Sorry once again!
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Aug 31st, 2007, 08:53 PM
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Thanks for the info sunshine! I will have to check out Max's new place - he's such a doll! Is that location near Fuddruckers???
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Sep 1st, 2007, 04:52 AM
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The last two years we've taken an oral vaccine to fight food borne illnesses called DUKORAL prior to traveling to areas with new/different bacterias (South America and SE Asia) - we were cautious about what we ate but not maniacal and haven't had any problems.

Another preventative I've read about is a swig of Pepto Bismal every morning - anybody tried that?
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Sep 1st, 2007, 05:10 AM
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Max's is not far from Fuddruckers.

I know someone who had a swig of Pepto Bismal every day & kept the bugs away.
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Sep 1st, 2007, 05:17 AM
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sunshine and Debbie - if you want to hold off on your lunch date at Max's new place until late October....I'll join you! I'll be there from Oct 23-29.
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Sep 1st, 2007, 05:48 AM
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there's a fuddrucker's in Cairo?
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Sep 1st, 2007, 05:59 AM
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and Dokoral is not available in the US - Boo!! It seems to protect against cholera and many (60%, I read) food borne bacteria - not viral agents. so one still needs a Hep A vaccine depending on where you are going.
We might make a visit to Canada before our trip to Egypt.
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Sep 1st, 2007, 07:21 AM
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Momliz - there are lots of western restaurants in Cairo.....TGIFridays, Chili's, Hard Rock, etc, plus all the fast food types. We didn't go to them very often, but I loved sitting at the TGIF's on the Nile in Cairo - watching all the felluca's sailing along, drinking a Saqqara, and enjoying the cool breeze!
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Sep 1st, 2007, 07:47 AM
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Grcxx3, I'm game.
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Sep 1st, 2007, 07:49 AM
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Sunshine - I'll be staying with a friend who lives right by CAC. I'll be in touch as the time gets closer!
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Sep 1st, 2007, 08:17 AM
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momliz - perhaps you could order Dukoral from a Canadian online pharmacy?
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Sep 1st, 2007, 12:12 PM
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Let me know when you'll be here to go. If I'm not working, sure it would be fun. Don't usually go clear to Maadi for lunch unless it's to Lucilles for a real hamburger or her grilled chicken salad with honey mustard, but if Max's is good, I'll go.
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Sep 1st, 2007, 05:43 PM
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I have been reading all your posts because we leave on Oct. 21 for Egypt. My Dr. perscribed FLAGYL for any problems. He said to start one day before we leave. A Dr. friend of mine said to take the Pepto-Bismo when some friends were going to Mexico. The Flagyl does have some side effects so I might try the Pepto first.

Thanks for all the info you have given us. We are staying at the Conrad Cairo.
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Sep 2nd, 2007, 03:54 AM
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... and if taking Flagyl, you can't drink alcohol.

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Sep 2nd, 2007, 06:24 AM
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a trip without alcohol - nope, not for me. besides, is taking an antibiotic (and Flagyl is pretty strong, I think) as a prophylactic a good idea?
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Sep 2nd, 2007, 07:38 AM
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Momliz - I agree that a trip without alcohol is not a trip for me....but I do need to warn you that Egypt is NOT known for the quality of its alcoholic beverages!!!!

The beers (Saqarra or Stella) aren't too back and sometimes you can get Heineken. The wine is less than spectacular but is getting better. Sunshine007 and Casual_Cairo are probably most up to speed with what is the best wine available. When I was there - I stuck with Grand Marquis (white or red) if I wanted to avoid a headache. Other stuff (run, gin, whiskey) is available but pricey for the name brands!

SO - it's available, but somewhat limited!
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Sep 2nd, 2007, 01:02 PM
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When I saw you mention Flagyl I was indeed surprised. Usually associated with other (female) medical conditions.

We stayed with branded spirits and didn't find the prices that out of line with those in NYC, in fact, less expensive. Even though we had been told ahead of time not to expect anything special from the wines available, the one time we ordered wine (by the glass) we took one sip and that was it... terrible. So, if not spirits, it was beer and the Stella was pretty good.
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Sep 2nd, 2007, 05:22 PM
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We do not consume alcohol beverages so that is no concern. When I look up Flagyl in my search engine it says:
to treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by bacteria.

As Momliz says, it is very strong. I am going to fill the prescription but I think we will try the Pepto Bismo and I will tell you how it worked upon our return. If I really need the other I will take it. I read that Cipro is easily found in Cairo.

You have mentioned two great places to eat. Can anyone give me an idea of where they are?

Thanks alot. Have a gret Labor Day!

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