Hopped Up Eugene


According to The Hungover Gourmet, there are a lot of potential cures for the dread hangover.  We all have our thing that works for us, and we have all shared our tricks with others.   It is camping, BBQ, and just general “Great Outdoors Season” here in Oregon, and we all like to have a good time, so I too am going to share my tried and true recovery method.  We are going to combine two separate restoratives for ultimate effect.  Because you know that at some point this summer, or in the past, you have had need for The Cure.  Especially after a long day of golfing or rafting.

Tomatoes offer a boost of vitamins and nutrients for the tired body, and booze helps stop the head hurt.  Shuffle to the kitchen.  Grab a beer, preferably a lager.  Fosters works great for this, especially since their 25.4 oz. oil cans don’t mess around.  But desperate times and all, you have what you have.  I have Worthy Brewing Easy Day Kolsch.  I am not much of a Kolsch drinker, but I really dig this stuff.  Next, grab some tomato juice.  If you don’t have any, tomato sauce works in a pinch.  Now do the somewhat horizontal fridge search for some Tabasco, but remember to keep the head above the stomach!  Grab some salt.  We aren’t going fancy on our first glass, just getting the job done out of sheer necessity.  Pour a third each of tomato juice and can of beer into a glass.  Hit it with a dash of hot sauce and a pinch of salt. Swirl it around, drink it up.



 Take a deep breath and stand there for a minute, preferably not swaying.  Feeling better?  It doesn’t take long, does it?  Now that we are clear headed, we are going to wake up the palate and the mind by adding some spice and citrus to the final glass.  

I was recently gifted some Rokz Bloody Mary Infused Salt and some Citrus Jalapeno Infused Salt.  Rokz is a small company here in Eugene, they make a wide array of fantastic drink salts and sugars.  Get the rim of your glass wet and heavily sprinkle some of the bloody Mary and citrus jalapeno salt on the outer edge, and sprinkle some inside to combine with the beer and juice. A couple of splashes of Tabasco and some bloody Mary mix if you have it, top that with at least half a cup of tomato juice and the rest of the beer.  Salty, spicy, zesty and smooth. Take a seat on the couch, sip your drink and relax.  Follow that up with a heavy dose of water and you are golden.


You know you’ve done it. Maybe you rafted the river and drank a bunch of light beer like it was water. Maybe you went to Vegas…need I  say more?  Maybe you pulled an all nighter, hopping from bar to bar, waltzing down the street singing Beastie Boys songs with your friends, only to end up in some late night diner for an early breakfast. You wake up some time the next day, and wow. You do not feel well. There are several things you can do in this situation to minimize the damage. Power through it, you don’t no help! Eat some aspirin and chug some water. Go back to bed and pretend you never woke up, and pray that when you do, you won’t feel like death. Or you could drink Breakfast Beer of Champions and get your day moving!  And watch this. Definitely watch this.  

As a purveyor of fine foods and excellent beers, I seek out both in my travels. From scoping out breweries in tiny little Utah towns, to charming cheese shops in Paris, I find morsels of goodness in all parts of the world. However, the Pacific Northwest will always be my home, and I love nothing more than spending an hour here and there sampling what this amazing corner of the earth has to offer.

My husband and I like to say we have a mini farm, and are wannabe urban farmers. Two cats, two dogs, four chickens, a seven year old girl, a stack of rain boots and a garden plot or four. If I could, I’d have an enormous green house, a cow and pig, so that I can really get down to literally making my food for dinner. Until then, we do what we can. We also like to think we are raising our kid right. On Star Wars, rock music and a huge appreciation for good quality food.

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