Mexico’s New Year’s Eve Hangover Cure: A Spicy Shrimp Salad?
The New Year’s Eve celebration is almost upon is. Sounds like fun, right? Right …. until you remember the unavoidable New Year’s Day hangover that comes crashing down on us after the celebration ends, making us wish we could sleep the entire year away.
Every culture has their New Year’s Eve hangover cure. Here in the U.S., we like a little hair of the dog mixed with some aspirin, maybe a few cigarettes, and a big, bacony breakfast. The Germans say pickled herring is the only way to cure the cruddy feeling that comes with a long night of hard drinking. And we hear the Polish swear by sour pickle juice, an idea that would probably make us feel sicker if we ever tried it.
But what about Mexico, that enchanted land south of the border that gave us Tequila, Salma Hayek and Bumblebee Man? What do they do to keep the New Year’s Eve hangover at bay? According to reports, many Mexicans enjoy a soupy seafood salad called “Vuelva a la vida,” or “Return to life.” This crustacean concoction is loaded with shrimp, shellfish, lime, cilantro, onion, tomato sauce and other zesty spices.
Sounds like a fishy way to start the New Year, but if you’re desperate, there are some that say this dish will do the trick. If you try it, let us know how it goes, hombre!