Solve That New Year's Hangover with Cures From Around the World
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There is one day of the year when you absolutely don’t want to move much less travel, and that’s New Year’s Day.
For those who decided to travel the world during this momentous occasion or for the beleaguered who stayed local for the first of the year, we have but a few selections of cures from around the world that may help.
Of course, some of these are acquired tastes; so feel free to stick to your own tried-and-true method of treatment.
Obviously, there is more than one way to skin a gnarly headache in each country. These are just those that came to mind. And, as always, we would love to hear any that you might have.
The United Kingdom: The Proper Fry-Up
You might see a trend if you look at hangover cures from the world over. There is bound to be either fried food that seems to sop up the bad stuff in your stomach, replacing it with more, um, bad stuff, or you will find delectable but fattening soups.
In the case of the U.K., there is hardly a better way to start the day regardless of your previous night’s escapades than a fry-up of eggs, sausage, bacon and other accoutrement—including the all-important toast.
Alternatively, you can drink down some Berocca, which may just be a way to force copious amounts of water down your throat.
A personal favorite remains menudo, which is a hot, deep-red soup with hominy and tripe. Hey come back here!
If you can maneuver past the fact that you are eating tripe, the soup provides all that you need to replenish the spirit and rejuvenate the body.
And the added spice of any accompanying chili will wake the senses, as will the zest of citrus you can add as well.
Japan: Shijimi Miso Soup
As others have offered, this particular soup isn’t only delicious, but it has clams. Yes, clams are awesome, but they apparently aid the health of your newly battered liver.
Even if that’s a bold lie, you are still having some amazing soup, so it’s a win-win.
There is also the turmeric-infused drink that boasts rejuvenation qualities: Ukon Energy.
Cassoulet seems to check all the boxes you want in a hangover cure minus the most crucial. It’s not exactly a quick meal; rather a slow cooked pot of meat and beans, everything you need to get right.
Really, this is something you prepare when you know things are about to get ugly. Or, what is more likely, you find a place the next morning that is serving the stuff.
Then there’s Security, which promises a hangover cure in an adorable bottle.
Canada solved the hangover problem with heavy carbs, gravy and the kind of apathy for well being that we can appreciate the morning after a raucous party.
Take a bow, great northern friend.
Peru: Leche de Tigre
You can always take the taste bud equivalent of smelling salts to the dome, waking all of the senses with an electrifying concoction that is actually quite tasty.
You are essentially taking all of the wonderful juice that cooks fish in ceviche—highly acidic and sometimes spicy ingredients—and throwing it down the ol’ chute.
Congratulations, you are now awake.
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