Weird Hangover Cures From Around the World: Where to Try Them in South Florida
Chances are by this time tomorrow you're not going to feel so well.
From mild dehydration to headaches to stomach pains to full on vomiting, you're probably going to be feeling the aftereffects of New Years Eve.
Or, we hope so, at least.
New Years Eve is celebrated all over the world in much the same way: everyone gets drunk.
Sure, you have rituals like eating grapes at Midnight, throwing flower into the ocean, or noshing on some Hoppin' John, but the general gist of consuming copious amounts of alcohol crosses all borders and cultures -- mostly.
Given the international appeal of the holiday, we figured it would be apropos to gather up a list of weird hangover cures from across the world, and places to try them out.
Yeah, you could pop some aspirin, drink some Gatorade, and call it a day, but where's the fun in that?
Try something new for 2014.
Pickled Herring (Germany)
Americans don't tend to think of eating pickled fish, ever; unless, of course your of eastern European descent. It's certainly not going to be craved when you're nursing an ailing head and stomach. Germans, on the other hand, go reach straight for the pickled herring after a night on the sauce. If you're interested in foregoing your greasy spoon for some German post-drinking tricks, Old Heidelberg has herring on the menu -- and plenty of beer.
Leche de Tigre (Peru)
Peruvians are best known for four things: pisco sours, ceviche, Macchu Picchu, and eating guinea pigs. Let's be honest: you'll probably only get to experience the first two. Being that the first is a sweet and potent cocktail -- i.e. a hangover on cue -- you know these guys have a trick for curing an alcohol induced headache in the morning. It's called leche de tigre (milk of the tiger), the leftover juice from ceviche: a combination of fish juice, lime juice, onion, chiles, salt, and pepper. Yes, it sounds odd first thing in the morning, but, hey, you're already in pain.
While it's not on many menus, you can request it at any Peruvian restaurant. Owner Frank Rodriguez of Chimney House assures us he'll serve it to anyone who asks. Refajo, a Colombian hangover remedy consisting of dark lager beer and Colombiana Soda is also on the menu.
Tripe Soup (Turkey)
Tripe is enough to make most of us want to gag on our best days. With a hangover, definitely. Not for the Turks. To solve their drinking pains, they combine cow or sheep stomach with chili, garlic, and vinegar to counteract the left over alcohol from the previous night. It is said that something in the stomach lining of farm animals eliminates toxins from the body. Whether it's true or not, we have no idea, but if you'd like to try it out yourself, Istanbul Restaurant on the Hollywood Broadwalk serves it up everyday but Tuesday.
So, the Turks are not the only ones who swear by stomach lining and chilies to remedy the divine punishment. In Mexico, the popular cure for crudo (Mexican for hangover) is menudo. It's a spicy soup of tripe, lime, onion, and cilantro that is supposed to stimulate the senses, clear the head, and refresh the body. Want to see for yourself? Chapultepec in Hallandale has it on the menu. Let us know if it works for you.
Hair of the Dog (Everywhere)
Sure, your could just eat a greasy breakfast -- or one of our aforementioned hangover cures -- and go back to bed, but it's New Years Day, you might as well just start drinking again. Riverside Market is featuring some specials for the day, including $5 Victory Golden Monkey Beer mimosas, $5 Zonin Prosecco mimosas, $4 shots of Nergia All Natural Energy Shot, and $5 Savory French Toast, or check out list of places serving brunch.
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