Hangover Faves

12 Nov

It’s Sunday morning at 11am. You are torn between lying in bed all day or lying on the couch all day. Your head hurts, your mouth is dry, you’re pretty sure you can hear your liver say, “you’ve gotta be kidding me, dude. What were you thinking?” That’s right: you are undeniably hungover. After popping some painkillers to quell the raging jackhammering in your brain, it eventually occurs to you that food might be a good idea, despite some protest from your stomach. “Be quiet, Stomach. This is for the best, I promise.” You stumble out to the living room and ponder that age old question: what will make you stop feeling so hideous?

Most people’s options seem to fall into two groups: greasy or spicy.  Both groups swear by their choices and I’ve tried both. The eggs/bacon combo is something I like on a morning when I’m feeling good, NOT when I’m hungover. Inevitably, I feel much, much worse. Far from giving me the energy to get through the day, this combo makes me want to crawl back into bed and hope the world forgets about me til I feel better. I would much rather go for the spicy option, very popular in Latin America. (Menudo, anyone?)  A spicy soup or noodle dish is delicious just about anytime as far as I’m concerned; however, when my stomach is sensitive anyway, I’m steering clear.

Personally, my favourite post-imbibing meal is plain toast with a salt-and-peppered avocado. The toast absorbs some of the alcohol left in your system and the avocado is substantial enough that you’re full without that gross, “ohmigod what did I just do?” feeling. Satisfying without being heavy, this little meal is a great option for anyone who can’t fathom the thought of having the greasy or spicy breakfast options. Accompanied by a very large glass of water and a couple of coffees, this always sets me right. I may not move off the couch the rest of the day, but at least that’s due to lethargy and not extreme pain.

What about you? Drop me a note and let me know what you reach for after a night of (over) indulgence!


4 Responses to “Hangover Faves”

  1. mellym November 12, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    Anything in a potato. It is the only thing I’ve tried that ALWAYS works for me.

  2. eatdrinktoronto November 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    I’m all about the salt. Sushi with a crapload of soy sauce, or fries with a LOT of salt on top usually does the trick!

  3. chrissyhsn December 1, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    Falafel pita is my current go-to, but that’s partly because there’s an amazing pita place right by my building–Pita Way on Carlton between Yonge and College–used to be a freaking Coffee Time. They make their falafel from scratch every day. Pretty sure it’s a family biz and every single person who works there is lovely.

    When I have leftover curry in my fridge (and about 75% of the time I do), it is also a favourite.

    Iced tea is my hangover beverage of choice, followed (and usually preceeded) by lots and lots of water.

    Other hits that require more effort and are thus less likely to happen: Harvey’s cheeseburger with extra cheese; poutline; and generally things that feature bacon, potato and/or cheese will do in a pinch.

    • failingtherorschachtest December 1, 2011 at 11:08 am #

      I’d be partial to whatever is in my fridge. The effort it takes to get dressed is sometimes a little beyond what I’m capable of accomplishing. Having said that, I’ve tried those falafels and they are really, really good. Worth the effort of putting on pants.

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