Foods to Avoid in Egypt

Sep 3rd, 2007, 12:16 AM
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Anyone that cares will be very happy to hear that the quality of the wines and beers here has improved greatly.

The choices in beers now is incredible. Heineken is brewed here now so it is always available. ABC owns both Sakkara and Stella and is making all sorts of off-shoots of both of them. There is one called Luxor, there is Sakkara 7 (for 7%), Meister, and Meister Max (12% I think), and more. It's wild. And they all seem to be available at outlet stores around the city called Drinkies. Drinkies even delivers if you know the phone number to call.

The wines have greatly improved too. They are importing grapes from South Africa for a really good Merlot called Cape Bay, and white wine grapes from Lebanon for a new white they offer. Sherazad red, rose, and white are all very good, and even Omar Khayam is now making a white and a rose that are getting high marks from the expat crowd. You don't have to buy imported wine any longer.... although you still can (at Duty Free when you enter the country) and it still may be better than the local wines, but thank Heaven it isn't mandatory any longer.
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Sep 3rd, 2007, 01:38 AM
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WOW! Glad to hear that there is such an improvement in the wine options. Drinkies opened in Maadi the last year I was there (gee I miss those deliveries!). Looking forward to giving them a try!
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Sep 3rd, 2007, 04:17 AM
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Re: good restaurants.

Max's and Bua Kao (spelling?) are in Ma'adi which is in the south of Cairo -- half an hour from downtown Cairo by taxi. I'm not sure if they're worth coming down here if you're on limited time. There are good restaurants much closer to Cairo. Abu Es Sid (aka Abu el sid) in Zamalek being one. There are some prior posts that discuss good restaurants. Try looking at those.
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Sep 3rd, 2007, 07:20 PM
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Thought I'd throw in my 2 cents about Pepto (or the generic). Pharmacist friend said a tablet 2-3 times a day keeps the bacteria away. It coats the stomach lining and the bugs aren't able to sneek through! We tried it in Mexico, worked great and we'll try it in Egypt in Nov.-fingers crossed. Only side effect may be a black tongue, won't hurt but looks kinda wierd!! HAPPY TRAVELS.
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Sep 3rd, 2007, 07:22 PM
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Back to the original question:

I know, I know, I know that I shouldn't do it... but it seems that it is ice that gets me. Even in the "best' of hotels where they assure everyone that it's "OK", I've had a problem 24-48 hours after arrival. Luckily it's usually just a short episode.
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Sep 4th, 2007, 05:56 PM
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My doctor prescribed Cipro and I filled it to take with me to S. Africe. If you get sick, about 3 days of taking it will sort out the problem. Pepto on a regular basis was suggested to my son who has constant stomach issues and no bad side effects.
Women...if you are taking a strong antibiotic in case you get something, may also want to take something along for the liklihood of getting a yeast infection afteward. And eat yohgurt as well
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