Maybe it’s because we’ve nursed so many hangovers with his chicken parm sliders, but something told us that Daniel Holzman—co-founder of New York comfort food empire, The Meatball Shop—would know a can’t-miss hangover cure. Our suspicions were well-founded, as it turns out, but we certainly didn’t expect his secret brew to include a rather gross-sounding combination of hotdogs, sour cream and, yes, pickles. Still, given Holzman’s credentials, something tells us this is worth a try.
“A few summers ago, I spent the weekend with my dear friend, Kon, a first generation Russian immigrant, his mother Marina, and my brother, Eli, at his ‘Dacha’—Russian for country house—in upstate New York. After Marina retired for the evening, Kon, my brother and I drank like fools. By bedtime we had finished two full bottles of vodka.
Waking in the morning, I was faced with the most severe hangover I have ever had the displeasure of experiencing. I was truly sick. Luckily, Kon’s mother came to the rescue. Marina is a doctor licensed in both Russia and the US, and she is an excellent Russian and Georgian cook. For her hangover cure she prepared ‘Solyanka,’ which is a briny, brothy, hotdog with pickle and olive soup served with lemon and sour cream. I was absolutely nauseated at the sound of it, but to quote Marina, ‘Trust me, I am doctor… and Russian.’ The soup worked like delicious magic.”
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