It's countdown to the 4th Annual New Times Pairings, where 40 plates and 40 pairings inevitably will lead to what other cultures call a "tomcat", a "hairache", or "the howling of kittens."
Water and a table spoon of honey.
Menudo is the most oft-cited soup. Though I'm not gunning for tripe when I'm hungover, apparently drunks in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Greece, and Georgia do. Pho might serve as a decent stand in, especially spiced up with Thai bird chilis and a double shot of cock sauce. Spicy foods fall under the distraction principle: provided it's something that's hot enough to help you forget about your brain hitting your skull and impending nausea.
This Russian hangover cure makes the drinker thirsty, prompting the victim to drink more water than he normally would. I actually have grown to love pickle juice through pickle backs, so I might segue this into a hair of the dog cure. Not that I'm advocating getting drunk at lunch tomorrow, but if you're really hurting, it does the job: "This will not eliminate the hangover...but it delays the worst symptoms. It may also mitigate them somewhat. On the other hand, you are drunk again, which may create difficulty about going to work," writes Acocella.
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