We were thinking of travelling with my daughter to Istanbul, I was just wondering about the food standards as she is immune compromised.
No not allergies, Its her immune system is not strong so food has to be prepared hygienically. We were advised not to take her to Asia for example. over 9 years agoAnswered by M. Douglass via WorldNomads.com
Sorry to hear that. However, i would suggest hygiene is more a product of restaurant than country or culture ... With a few notable exceptions. I would have thought Turkey would be fine, particularly if you do some online research into best places to eat in advance. I'll ask around and see if we can get any other medical specialists to offer advice. over 9 years ago
Thanks so much, I look forward to hearing from you. over 9 years agoAnswered by M. Douglass via WorldNomads.com
Sorry to hear about your daughter.
The hygiene of any restaurant, anywhere in the world, can be compromised by poor standards, lack of attention to detail etc - from 5* luxury to street stalls, you can never guarantee 100% that things will be fine.
My suggestion would be to stick to places that look busy and therefore have a good turnover of food. If you can see it being cooked in front of you - such as a pide place (local "pizza") - then you would probably be better off.
A lot of the food in Turkey is quite simple - meats/grills, salads, french fries (!), yoghurt, bread, cheese etc. Maybe you could have a blander diet for your daughter which may work? Avoid the usual trouble spots such as ice-cream, ice in drinks etc.
Turkey has a fab selection of local restaurants (lokanda) which do simple Turkish food and do it well. Rice, beans in a sauce, some grilled chicken - delicious. Do what the Turks do and rinse your cutlery and glassware before using it. The Turkish people love children and will rush around trying to help you.
How do you manage when you go out wherever you live now? Is there something that really sets off your daughters condition that can be avoided? If so, then it might be worthwhile getting simple phrases translated - I am a coeliac, and I have this translated for when I travel. Makes things a bit easier. over 9 years ago
I got food poisoning twice in turkey and I'm not unusually susceptible. Given your daughter's special needs, I'd use the standard guidelines for developing nations:
Eat only food that is served piping hot
Drink only bottled water
Do not use ice in drinks
Do not eat fresh fruits or vegetables unless you wash them yourself in bottled water
Don't eat lettuce (no way to clean it well)
Use bottled water for toothbrushing ( remind yourself by keeping a bottle of water on the sink so your hand hits it when you reach for the faucet)
Eat only in places that look clean
Learn the Turkish words for hot (spicy) and hot (temperature) so you can be very clear about wanting your food served hot. over 9 years ago