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LH catering from BLR

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:42 pm
by DocLightning
We're going to be on LH 755 (BLR-FRA).

Does anyone know the catering arrangement? Does LH take their food for the return flight from FRA or do they load catering at BLR? I ask because of health concerns.

Re: LH catering from BLR

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:31 pm
by trijetsonly
DocLightning wrote:
We're going to be on LH 755 (BLR-FRA).

Does anyone know the catering arrangement? Does LH take their food for the return flight from FRA or do they load catering at BLR? I ask because of health concerns.


LH gets catering from their own catering subsidiary in BLR.
https://www.lsgskychefs.com/location/bangalore/

Re: LH catering from BLR

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:05 pm
by StormRider
DocLightning wrote:
We're going to be on LH 755 (BLR-FRA).

Does anyone know the catering arrangement? Does LH take their food for the return flight from FRA or do they load catering at BLR? I ask because of health concerns.


So the assumption is any food cooked in BLR will be - unhygienic?

I understand health concerns for a foreign traveller if they eat street-side or open air food or some spicy food which they are not used to. I fail to understand the same concern when it comes to catered airline or large hotel chain food?

Of course you could always pack plenty of food in the cabin luggage yourself, except liquids :)

Re: LH catering from BLR

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:33 pm
by RamblinMan
DocLightning wrote:
We're going to be on LH 755 (BLR-FRA).

Does anyone know the catering arrangement? Does LH take their food for the return flight from FRA or do they load catering at BLR? I ask because of health concerns.


If you're concerned over the health and safety of airline catering from Bangalore, what exactly are you planning to eat while you're over there?

Re: LH catering from BLR

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:56 pm
by IAHWorldflyer
I think it's a legit question. When I travel to countries where unwashed food or unfiltered water can cause illness I think about these things. A bout of giardia I assure you is no fun.
That said, most airlines will follow pretty strict protocols with their onboard food product. For example, Interjet of Mexico only serves ice made from purified water ( I've checked). I think LH catering will be fine, though to err on the side of safety, you might want to choose cooked foods if possible.
As a side note, my doctor has for years done volunteer medical work in India. She suggests taking a pepto bismol chewable tablet beginning 24 hours before takeoff, and continuing once a day for several days after arrival. Other than a black tongue, it's a fairly harmless prophylactic against minor gastro ailments.

Re: LH catering from BLR

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 5:37 pm
by StormRider
IAHWorldflyer wrote:
I think it's a legit question. When I travel to countries where unwashed food or unfiltered water can cause illness I think about these things.
......
As a side note, my doctor has for years done volunteer medical work in India. She suggests taking a pepto bismol chewable tablet beginning 24 hours before takeoff, and continuing once a day for several days after arrival. Other than a black tongue, it's a fairly harmless prophylactic against minor gastro ailments.


It is a legit question if you are eating food on the streets and drinking tap water or something - not really for airline, large hotels or restaurants and drinking bottled water.
Also the doctor you mention probably does volunteer work in rural areas and these problems are usually more exacerbated by lack of water/access/education..
BLR isn't really a dust-bowl with cholera everywhere.

Take precautions sure - hell, it also works when travelling from the 3rd world to the 1st as it is more the flora+fauna you aren't used to causing the problem and the travel itself upsetting your metabolism rather than the "unwashed food" thing)

Re: LH catering from BLR

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:14 pm
by debonair
trijetsonly wrote:
LH gets catering from their own catering subsidiary in BLR.
https://www.lsgskychefs.com/location/bangalore/


What about other destinations in India without LSG. AIR INDIA seems to have quality problems:

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/ne ... 63711.html

Re: LH catering from BLR

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:42 pm
by DocLightning
We're taking LH755 and we're in BLR specifically to take LH755 in seats 1A and 1K. We have been in BLR for two hours and all I've eaten here is some bread in the premium lounge. I want to know if I can eat a salad on the flight.

Re: LH catering from BLR

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:48 pm
by Yflyer
When I I traveled to Bangalore years ago, a travel physician advised me that it's generally fine to eat food that's been thoroughly cooked, especially if it came from a respectable restaurant. I would assume that wherever LH gets their catering from would be considered a respectable establishment. She advised me not to drink tap water, drink beverages with ice in them (the ice might have been made from tap water), eat uncooked fruits or vegetables, or ear food from street vendors.

Re: LH catering from BLR

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:49 pm
by StormRider
debonair wrote:
What about other destinations in India without LSG. AIR INDIA seems to have quality problems:

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/ne ... 63711.html


By that token, Singapore Airlines seem to have quality problems
viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1416839

Of course AI and quality usually don't go together anyways..

Yflyer , so did you have any issues on that trip you took (after following these simple tips your physician recommended I hope not?)

Re: LH catering from BLR

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:54 pm
by StormRider
DocLightning wrote:
We're taking LH755 and we're in BLR specifically to take LH755 in seats 1A and 1K. We have been in BLR for two hours and all I've eaten here is some bread in the premium lounge. I want to know if I can eat a salad on the flight.


Well I would, but considering the paranoia here I would suggest you stick to cooked stuff rather than any raw food ("unwashed" as apparently nobody in India is aware of the need to wash vegetables/fruits before serving) or pre-packaged bread/cheese/butter/jams etc

edit: we seem to like the same authors based on your signature

Re: LH catering from BLR

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:27 pm
by Yflyer
StormRider wrote:
Yflyer , so did you have any issues on that trip you took (after following these simple tips your physician recommended I hope not?)


I actually did, but I didn't actually follow all the advise -- I did drink soda with ice and eat salad and raw fruit on a few occasions.

StormRider wrote:
("unwashed" as apparently nobody in India is aware of the need to wash vegetables/fruits before serving)


I think the issue here is that if it has been washed it was probably washed with tap water, so it might not do much good.

Re: LH catering from BLR

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:27 pm
by DocLightning
StormRider wrote:
("unwashed" as apparently nobody in India is aware of the need to wash vegetables/fruits before serving) or pre-packaged bread/cheese/butter/jams etc


The issue is that in India the water may be tainted.

Re: LH catering from BLR

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:27 pm
by StormRider
DocLightning wrote:
StormRider wrote:
("unwashed" as apparently nobody in India is aware of the need to wash vegetables/fruits before serving) or pre-packaged bread/cheese/butter/jams etc


The issue is that in India the water may be tainted.

Okay sure. Still better than Flint, MI in most cases though

Honestly, if you are so worried you should pack your own food (for 3rd world trips) - but regardless you will get bottled/purified water in most places (certainly in an airport at bumped up prices and also I am sure the catering washes/uses purified water for cooking regardless which airport it is. Also after cooking/boiling that concern should go away. Have a good flight in the Jumbo!

Re: LH catering from BLR

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:32 pm
by StormRider
Yflyer wrote:
I actually did, but I didn't actually follow all the advise -- I did drink soda with ice and eat salad and raw fruit on a few occasions.

I think the issue here is that if it has been washed it was probably washed with tap water, so it might not do much good.


I had a guy visit us from Greece few years ago and he was pretty adventurous, he ate/drank everything we gave him at home/restaurants and managed to go back in 1 piece. The only thing he said no to was fresh buttermilk in a earthen pot (after a hike up a mountain).

As to the cleaning thing, I can pretty much guarantee that any restaurant/reputed hotel chain/airline catering firm is going to use filtered/purified water for cooking purposes.
Most people do it at home in any case so I will be shocked to find otherwise. (Again, street food, stalls and rural areas are not a part of this discussion but we are talking about Bengaluru)

Sorry for multiple posts on here (which may not have been helpful to OP) but I just found the "shock horror" of having to eat food catered in India a bit much. (hmm well expat Indians act similarly as well)

Re: LH catering from BLR

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:46 pm
by debonair
NUMBER 1 LESSON:

COOK IT, BOIL IT, PEEL IT OR FORGET IT! :stirthepot:

Salad big NO, as groundwater might be contaminated or misuse of carcinogenic pesticides. :tombstone:

Re: LH catering from BLR

Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:54 pm
by readytotaxi
Really looking forward to this Trip Report Doc :bouncy: