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    Hangover Cures

    17 helpful foods for the big-head blues
    By Megan O. Steintrager

    O ops, you did it again? We know how you feel. The day after our companywide holiday party, somebody stuck a box of Dunkin' Donuts Munchkins in the office kitchen with a note reading "Perfect for Hangovers." Doughnuts do cover several of the food groups—fat, sugar, and carbs—deemed crucial to hangover recovery, according to our informal poll of Epicurious editors and contributors, as well as our booziest friends. Other cures center around salt, liquid, protein, caffeine, eggs, organ meats, more alcohol, and specially formulated combos of all of the above. Read on for our favorite remedies—one of them is bound to get the cotton wool out of your head.

    Bacon, Egg, and Cheese—On a biscuit, roll, or English muffin, this cholesterol bomb is an all-time favorite for curing hangovers (while likely causing myriad other health problems).

    Bagel and Cream Cheese—This one covers your carb, fat, and protein groups. "My sister claims that the idea of eating something greasy and carb-heavy like french fries is a myth—it's really protein that helps," relates an Epi editor.

    Chocolate Milk—"Back in the day, my favorite hangover remedy was drinking one of those small cartons of Nestlé's Chocolate Quik," says an employee who's more likely to be using milk to soothe her daughter than her own stomach these days. "A massive sugar rush temporarily eased the pain and provided an illusion of being able to function. It's along the lines of drinking a Coke but a little smoother on the belly."


    Coffee—It can be hard on a queasy stomach, but coffee can really cure a hangover headache. We've read it has something to do with constricting the blood vessels—plus, it helps any painkillers you've taken reach your bloodstream quicker.



    Crescent City Cure—"There's a traditional, but not well known, New Orleans hangover cure called Yaka Mein. It's a beef and soy broth-based soup nicknamed Old Sober for it's purported hangover-healing properties and consists of noodles (often spaghetti), meat (often beef or pork chops), and boiled eggs," says our editor from New Orleans. "Generally it's sold in bodegas and corner stores in traditionally black neighborhoods. Since most of those neighborhoods were wiped out by Katrina, it has really become an endangered dish."


    Fry-Up—The full English breakfast or the "fry-up" of eggs, toast, sausages, broiled tomato, baked beans, and sometimes, if you're lucky, blood pudding, is the perfect cure for a few too many pints of bitter.




    Hair of the Dog that Bit You—Some say you need to drink exactly what you drank the night before for a true "hair of the dog" remedy, while for others any form of alcohol will do. In The South American Gentleman's Companion, published in 1951, Charles H. Baker, Jr., writes that "when it comes to Picker-Uppers... the old Hair-o'-the-Dog principle is just about the only thing that will rebuild a man who has not time or patience to let nature's cure of rest, quiet and time get-in its licks." He lists 27 recipes for such cures, including the Buenos Aires "Man-of-the-Port" Reviver: "Take 1 10-ouncer can of Campbell's Consomme or Beef Bouillon, add 2-ouncer tot of good French brandy. Stir and put in deep-freeze or freezer compartment of your refrigerator. Leave it till it's a chilled and sippable liquid; or chilled until it almost jells, and eat it with a spoon."
    While a beefy brandy gel seems more than a bit repulsive, some of us have been known to seek a nice bubbly beer late in the afternoon after a hangover, particularly if the hangover came from something other than beer.


    Mystery Pills—One editor takes a Chinese herbal digestive aid that is rumored to prevent hangovers. Another person we polled shared this scary story: "One time at a New Year's Eve party where I knew almost no one, I rashly stuck my hand into a large bowl of pills and took a few after being told they were homemade hangover preventive pills. I think the party hosts may have been chemistry grad students. Still have no idea what was in those. Seemed to work though." Many of us would like to get our hands on a pill we read about in the The New York Times Style Magazine on December 3, 2006: "Berocca is a fizzy tablet, like Alka-Seltzer with multivitamins, commonly available in more than 40 countries—not including the United States."


    Pizza—"The ideal topping is clearly pepperoni, which helps satisfies the hangover cure grease requirement," says one editor.


    Prairie Oyster—"The one my grandfather, who claimed to not drink, swore by was two raw eggs with Tabasco and Worchestershire sauce," says an Epicurious contributor. "He said he didn't know if it cured the hangover, but it tasted so bad it took your mind off it." We thought "prairie oyster" meant something else entirely, but it is indeed a drink, and you'll find several versions (with and without alcohol) in our database.


    Slushies and Slurpees—The same curative caffeine, sugar, and carbonation as colas, plus lots of rehydrating ice. Especially good for summer hangovers.


    Soda—"Ginger ale is essential," says one editor. Another shares this story: "I once had a killer hangover but still showed up (queasy, head pounding) to wait with friends in the mammoth line for brunch at Prune in New York. A sympathetic host gave me one of those tiny glass bottles of Coca-Cola. I was instantly cured. The caffeine and sugar fixed my head and the bubbles quelled my nausea—plus, I swear it tastes better in those glass bottles! I will always be grateful to that man and his magical Coca-Cola."




    Smoothies—Parents will love this one: "Ever since I was a teenager and first learning to drink I've made smoothies to get over bad hangovers," one now of-age drinker relates. "When a blender is not available I run to Jamba Juice for their Peenya Kowlada smoothie—a proven hangover remedy, and it fights colds." Our database has plenty of smoothie recipes. May we suggest draping a kitchen towel over the blender to muffle its brain-splitting sound?




    Soups of the World—Forget the egg sandwich! When it comes to curing hangovers, many wish we could teleport ourselves to far-flung countries for giant bowls of rehydrating broth, easy-to-digest noodles or rice, protein-packed eggs and meat, and—for a few of us—supposedly curative tripe. Some of our favorites are Mexican menudo, Korean sul long tang, Vietnamese pho, and Japanese udon and miso. One editor swears by the ramen at New York's Momofuku, while another will drag himself to Queens to eat duck soup at the Thai restaurant Sripraphai. "With its intensely ducky mahogany-colored broth, chunks of fat-on bird, and a mess of slippery noodles, fresh cilantro, and scallions, it's somehow really flavorful, but not in the ways that agitate the old gag reflex," he says. "God, how I want some now, and I'm not even hungover!"


    Sugar in Any Form—'Nuff said.


    Toast with Mashed Avocado—This is what one contributor craves when she has a hangover—seems like a good, healthy alternative to the bacon, egg, and cheese.

    Water, Water, Everywhere—Many swear that simply drinking tons of water along with your poison of choice is enough to ward off a hangover. If that doesn't work, it's prescribed by our panel in many fortified forms, including Smart Water, Vitamin Water Revive Fruit Punch, Pedialyte, and Gatorade, as well as in juice and decaffeinated tea.
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    Default Christmas Adam

    Well we are fast closing down on Christmas Adam* and soon to be into Christmas Eve.

    Bet you all have been as busy as I have been. I remember my granddaddy having something to say about busy: "As busy as a one legged milkman on a pogo stick". Yep - that describes the way it's been today and what I have in store for tomorrow and a few days after that.

    Went to see the Tim Burton Sweeney Todd movie with my daughter - ahhh - Depp at his 'Burton Best'! My CellOne plan is ending and with AT&T taking over - I went and picked up my family all new cell phones for Xmas. Now all I have to do is get the stocking stuffers, clean the house, decorate the tree, go shopping for holiday food and then cook it.............. yadda! yadda! yadda!

    How about all you twelever peeps. Whatcha up to. Any really good ideas to share with each other on some good stocking stuffers? I need to shop for a 16yr male, 21yr female and a picky 50something male.

    What do you really want for Xmas? No good health - No peace especially in all WalMarts - nah! What do you really hope - that one thing - that someone will get you is?

    I want a certificate to pamper myself. Go to one place and get my hair washed, scalp massaged, deep tissue massage all over, manicure, pedicure (no fancy nail colors please) and dinner ready when I get home - without the dirty stuff on every counter. And it doesn't even need to happen this year. Sometimes moms - even tho they adore the ground their children shuffle on - needs alone time. And when we get it - it needs to be productive for our relaxation needs.

    So wassup twelevers. On this Christmas Adam*?

    (*The day before Christmas Eve. Since Adam was created before Eve, and the need to be equitable in the holiday season, Christmas Adam creates further anticipation of Christmas Day.)


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    i wanted to tell all my peeps that i wish for a very blessed year and a happy holiday season



    jean, i grabbed some of those cute box things at barnes & noble...like create ur own snowglobe, christmas elf, kitchen witch, mini flyer ( airplane ) they are really cool , the "kids" will luv em

    i still get them dorky things for their stocking..usually when they get up b4 us...they can open their stocking heheh..keeps em busy...fills em with sugar and they ready to crash after dinner ! hahahah ok so they eat all day wut can i say? lol

    i got matt a put ur own ice cream cone together kit...lol
    girls i got hello kitty fuzzy pens, snowman pencils, candy cane pens, erm lots of stuff...but i dint wait til the last min...lol i decided a stress free or less christmas this year , so i finished early so i could chill til tomorrow..

    got a call from my dad yesterday...asked wut my mom should bring for christmas dinner...umm...i thought when i asked her weeks ago that she said since she had the new stove she was doin it...and then dad told me that mom is on the couch sick, with no voice..."hey dan, were goin to walmart for groceries" lol

    so i got all i needed..i think..at least my list was done..did the prep work on carrot,craisin,pineapple salad... and made the cream chz n olive to fill the celery pieces with ...got the stuffing together...just gotta add stock today..ill be cuttin asparagus, and potatoes (keeping them in water) im havin a spiral ham & a turkey breast....they pretty much set lol ...i has squash to cook that day...and rolls of course...lots of cookies (thanks mimi) crap i forgot christmas napkins!!! grr..maybe mom has some ...

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    My favorite christmas song, by Dar Williams. Sung live here ~

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    Real desire:

    Ironically, a red Solstice GXP. Ironically, because I've had one right up 'til Christmas. Also, again!, a (censored) adult experience.

    Actual gifts:

    Socks, booze, complete Neruda works (both languages!), toaster oven, Canterbury (Pilgrim's Progress) puzzles book, Mr. Potato Head, assorted spiritual writings (Rosicrucian), gloves, L.L.Bean plum-colored sweater, Claiborne wrinkle-free white shirt (wrong collar size; will exchange for cargo pants), free Saturn '94 coupe, Vicadin.

    Oh, and for hangovers:

    First, gently sip Fruitopia or purple Gatorade (Frost-something, I think it's named) with two Tylenol. Then, any breakfast sandwich from a fast food joint (biscuit should seriously outweigh sausage, egg, cheese or bacon). Most finally, Extra-bold Starbucks (French roast, or in a pinch, Italian or Sumatra).

    IRTFW!

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