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Remedies for Hangovers

Everyone takes libation of some sort every once in a while.  And with that generally comes the hangover.  My hangovers don’t even wait until morning anymore.  If I love a wine I’m drinking and have three glasses it isn’t more than two hours and I’m feeling that nawing headache and the little blurp from my stomach. 

If I wake with the makings for a hangover I begin by drinking cold, cold chocolate milk.  I then settle into a nice breakfast meal (no matter what time it is) of eggs over medium, buttered english muffins, crispy homefries slowly pan fried with onions and paprika and finally, if there is any about, corned beef hash.  Followed by another generous potion of chocolate milk.  At this point I am restored to my almost normal self.  

Here are some comments by other chefs (taken from an article from Star Chefs written by Heather Sperling and JJ Proville):

Chef Franklin Becker of Brasserie – New York
For hangover remedies, nothing beats the very greasy, very fattening croque monsieur. Make it with Wisconsin gruyère surchoix from Roth Käse and a good slice of ham on a brioche with a little béchamel sauce (truffle béchamel is even better but it may make you hurl). Then toast it in a heavily buttered pan, and you are sure to absorb the alcohol.

Chef Erick Simmons of MK – Chicago
3 Advil, a San Pellegrino, a banana, and a big cup of coffee. Bubbles…it’s all about the bubbles.

Chef Ford Fry of JCT Kitchen & Bar –Atlanta
When I’m hung over, I want the following:

  1. Al’s # 1 Italian Style Beef on Taylor Street in Chicago: Italian-style, thinly sliced, cooked beef, with Al’s Famous seasoned beef gravy and sweet peppers… it doesn’t get much better than this! (editor’s note: this sandwich can be shipped anywhere within the United States that FedEx delivers)
  2. Fries & Gravy from Nectars in Burlington, Vermont – it’s basically bagged fries and turkey gravy. All NECI grads will know this joint. 
  3. Any handmade tortilla or taco and a Vuelve A La Vida (“Return to Life”) cocktail from El Rey de Taco on Buford Highway in Atlanta.

And finally, here is a folk rememdy I came across…..“One of the quickest ways to cure a hangover is to make a banana milkshake sweetened with honey. The banana helps calm the stomach, and with the honey, builds up the depleted blood sugar levels. The milk soothes the stomach and rehydrates your system. Bananas are also rich in the important electrolytes, magnesium and potassium, which are severely depleted during heavy drinking.”

Happy New Year!!


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