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Boozie Friday: Hangover Cures & Bitchin’ Brunches!

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IMG_3661This week as all the kids went door to door in search of confections and mischief, many adults made use of the evening for for treats of a more intoxicating nature. Imbibing alcohol can make for a wonderful and fun evening in many cases. However, when overdone, it will definitely lead to very unpleasant side effects. There is a laundry list of physiological and psychological symptoms associated with the over consumption of alcohol but all you really need to know is it’s no fun.

Hangovers are like snowflakes in that everyone has a slightly different experience and preferences surrounding recovery. Although many people say they have a a “cure” it may not do diddly-squat for you, so you might as well start coming up with your own or slow down on the hooch. While the latter seems like the best option when hungover, many of us lose sight of the idea when a party is going on.

The “hair of the dog” as it’s called refers to drinking more in order to temporarily relieve the symptoms of your hangover. This is a particularly popular remedy since it seems to work, and a bloody Mary also happens to go great with steak and eggs. mimosas, bellinis, greyhounds, and micheladas all weigh in as popular hangover cocktails as they also go well with food and are relatively light in alcohol content which helps (you want to ease into your hangover buzz). For some “the hair of the dog” is a shot of whatever they were drinking (and usually a beer) after a light breakfast.

Some prefer coconut water, Gatorade, RC cola, various juices, or even plain old water but recent studies from the New York Post and others are saying that Sprite has a chemical content that’s the most effective. Another commonly used method particularly popular amongst restaurant workers is soda water and bitters. This beverage is sworn upon by many bartenders, servers and others in the industry as a go-to cure. What ever you choose to sip on just know that you are definitely dehydrated and may be fairly nauseous so you might want to stick with water and a low fiber BRAT diet until your symptoms have eased.

Any way you stack it, hangovers are no fun, but may be a necessary evil in the fight for your right to party. So drink reasonably and be safe when you are out raising cane on Saturday and it may make for a gentler Sunday morning. Remember to have a glass of water between drinks and start out the evening with a good meal. The war may rage on between the drinkers and their bodies but once in a while we may win a battle. Be safe!


Brown Paper Tickets has a cornucopia of events that are sure to help ease you through your hangover, check them out!

Saturday, November 2nd | Ballast Point Beer for BrunchSan Diego, California  Start off the first weekend of San Diego Beer Week right with this amazingly epic five-course Ballast Point Brunch!  Each dish has been specially prepared by chefs Marc Liautard and Kailina Janiga to bring out the subtle nuances of each beer.  Come hungry and leave ready to take on the weekend!  Each attendee will receive a custom Keeper glass as well!

Sundays November 3rd –  December 29th | JULIA’S QUEEN OF THE BRUNCH DRAG SHOW – Seattle, Washington   Join the producers of Le Faux for their new weekly brunch drag show. Host Kristie Champagne will bring you local drag talent, for a fun-filled, over-the-top brunch. They will offer a full breakfast/brunch menu and pitchers of mimosas. Every week there will be a new line-up of local talent. So come to a whole new Sunday Brunch Experience.

Sunday, November 10th | Men’s Short Film Program Bagel Brunch Huntington, New York   This film festival fundraiser will feature a short film/bagel breakfast hosted by Auntie M’s Helping Hands. The breakfast includes bagels, cocktails, and entertainment provided by The Long Island Gay Men’s Chorus. Also, don’t miss the Women’s Short Film Program – Bagel Brunch also happening on Sunday.

Sunday, November 17th | LDNY Champagne Sunday Brunch at CorkbuzzNew York, New York   A Champagne Campaign Sunday Brunch, with a menu and bubbly selection crafted by sommelier Laura Maniec and the team at NYC’s hottest homage to the vine: Corkbuzz!

Sunday, November 17th | Ricardo Montalbum Presents: Brunchlesque! Las Vegas, Nevada   Have you ever wanted to see a burlesque show first thing in the morning?  Well now you can, as well as get fed a scrumptious brunch of pancakes, bacon, fruit, and mimosas!  Hosted by the Wayward Ravishing Wonder of the World, Bruce Radel, Brunchlesque! features a bevy of burlesque beauties that will make your mouth water.  The show will also welcome a surprise guest or two, and who doesn’t love surprises?