I open my eyes to find that the roof is spinning. Am I experiencing an earthquake? No, it’s my head that’s doing the spinning and soon it starts to throb with a sharp pain. I’m hungover again. As I slowly climb my way out of bed and into the kitchen for a much needed glass of H2O and aspirin, I start to think about the hell that awaits me and how I’m going to battle the next 12 hours or however long it takes me to get over a hangover. As I start to regret the alcoholic marathon I went through the night before, my body starts to talk to me
“Loon!! I need some salt, fat and carbohydrates and I need a lot of it.”
No problems big fella, I’ve got you covered. It’s too bad that the KFC chips in Colombia suck and KFC in general is too expensive here. Luckily, Colombian food can easily double as hangover food so finding a cure for your hangover will not a problem here.
Calentado, which means “heated” in Spanish is a traditional Colombian breakfast which is made of reheated leftovers of rice and beans, sweet plantain, fried eggs and arepa. As the Calentado is a very common dish, many Colombians have their own version, adding things like chicharrón (fried pork belly), steak and chorizo to their Calentado. Basically if there are any leftovers in the fridge that go well with rice and beans, it is welcome to join the Calentado party. I have tried everything from multi-vitamins and water to KFC and let me tell you that Calentado ranks up there in the great hangover food/cure list.
As I didn’t have any leftovers last Saturday, my second best option was the plaza as I was headed there anyway to stock up on my weekly fruit and veg.
This lady has no idea that she had just saved me from a gruesome hangover. I’m salivating just looking at that huge pot of rice and beans and fresh arepas grilling away.
Tasted better than it looks. I cleaned this bad boy up in about 3 minutes. My girlfriend was a little classier and took her time.
It took a bit of effort to stop eating so I could take this photo. Tell me that doesn’t look like the perfect hangover meal!
With a belly full of salt and fat, I was ready to enjoy the rest of my Saturday pretty much hangover-free.