Not that we’re cracking any kind of huge mystery here, but you know one of the reasons Communism flopped was because nobody had any choices. That’s why we love the spirit of the DeTox-ReTox promotion at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills. Every Sunday this summer from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., its blue on blue poolside lounge will offer selections to either keep the Saturday night party raging or ease your pain. (Our favorite hangover description is from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” courtesy of Lou Grant: Did you ever feel so sick you’d have to rally to die?) The options:
Mixed berry smoothie with bee pollen ($8).
Sparkling pomegranate lemonade ($6).
Pitcher of cucumber/lemon water ($3).
Build your own Bloody Marys ($14).
Mimosas & mixers ($14).
DeTox Menu ($8 each)
BBQ brisket sliders
Thai chicken with cucumber cream
Fingerling-ricotta baked tater
Crab and corn hushpuppies
Spicy beef rice wraps
ReTox Menu ($8 each)
Tuna sashimi & pina-soy colada
Salmon BLT flatbread
Duck and apricot strudel
Chicken and vegetable pot pie
No doubt that sometimes a greasy burger is the perfect hangover cure, but trust us when we tell you that those spicy beef wraps (above, right) can provide just as much comfort with 38 times the taste. And if you can eat them in a swanky, modern spot in the sun, so much the better.–Victor.
Avalon Beverly Hills, 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills 90212