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The Hungover Gourmet #7

The Hungover Gourmet #7

Product Review (submitted on August 5, 2012):
This is yet another of those zines that I'm late in jumping on the bandwagon of, and lest I seem like a sheep in heaping praise upon THE HUNGOVER GOURMET, I thoroughly enjoyed the various vicarious experiences its pages offered me. Maybe it's just because I'm more than slightly food-obsessive, but HG also provided me with a good fix of exploitation film reviews as well as providing fodder for my increasing fascination with Baltimore. Mick Sols contributes a piece on dining experiences in Bali, one of my top travel goals, and Sols' writing about the delicious and cheap cuisine intensified my desire to risk the terrorist threats and just go there. The amazing cover story, 'Ollie's Last Call,' by Holger Haase, regales the reader tales of hanging out at the tavern on Malta where roguish British actor Oliver Reed died. This issue also features articles by William P. Tandy on New Jersey diners, an appreciation of Red Vines licorice by Sam Costello, '2 Bars We Love' by editor Dan Taylor, 'The Unexpected Foodie' by Davida Gypsy Breier, plus lots of reviews and a long article on basketball by John Taylor that I couldn't make myself read (sorry). Perhaps my favorite pieces centered on New York's Times Square when it was still sleazy and fascinating: a remembrance of the seedy Selwyn theater by Steven Puchalski, and an assessment by Bill Landis and Michelle Clifford of the various risky dining options of the old Deuce area of the Square, including a Chinese dive in which the cook would threaten unruly customers with a ladleful of boiling oil. Both articles evoke such a richness of a time and place that they plunge the reader into the grit and glare and smell and hubbub of America's great lost treasure of urban skank (damn you, Disney!). THE HUNGOVER GOURMET serves up delights to satisfy any taste. Note to Dan Taylor: if you ever want anyone to write on vegetarian dining in Philly or Lincoln, Nebraska, I'm your man!