November 11th, 2010
Rx and Fix: Chicken Soup for the Sneezing Soul
If You Want a Bowlful of Benadryl, Try Chicken Soup from One’s a Meal
Ah…fall. Even though football season, weird-looking gourds, and Highland Village’s holiday decorations have been out for a bit, Houston is finally getting the autumn she is due. When the temperature first dropped a few weeks ago, I discovered that with the city’s transition to fall comes with another surprise. You see, I recently moved back to Houston after a few years away. Since coming back in April, my Houston love affair has been steamy, intense, and everything I imagined it to be.
And then we had our first fight.
I woke up on a Monday morning with a pounding headache, sore throat, stuffy nose, and alternating between coughing and sneezing. In exactly 72 hours I was getting on a plane for a much-anticipated New York City reunion with my best friends. I didn’t have time for illness in NYC – I had people to see, overpriced drinks to buy, clothes that are too warm for Houston to purchase.
An hour and $35 at CVS later, I’m driving to work and reading the backs of medicine boxes to see how much I can take at one time. Kleenex box in hand, I walk into work to a cacophony of coughs and sneezes and all around misery. I ask a friend if everyone is sick, and he replies with simply, “Oh, man. It’s the allergies.” I kind of laugh and explain how that’s not me. I have the flu or a cold or maybe scurvy or something, and that I’m only allergic to cats. I call the doctor and make an appointment for the end of the day.
I walk into my beloved doctor’s office and the distilled conversation is something like this:
Me: I feel like I have a cold and a hangover in one.
Him: Well, we live in Houston and the air sucks. You are suffering from allergies.
I leave the doctor’s office with some nose spray and a plan of attack for the next few days, and I decide I need something comforting and hot. And then it hits me – my friend raves about the lemon chicken soup at One’s a Meal. She calls it her Cure-All, like a food version of Benadryl. I have always loved One’s a Meal – delicious Greek food served 24/7– and I quickly drive over to Westheimer and treat my scurvy/allergies to the chicken soup.
The soup was perfect. The temperature, thickness, size, contents – everything was exactly what I was looking for. The chicken, the orzo pasta, the veggies were all excellent – and the bit of lemon added to it was the perfect addition. Holy Homemade Heaven.
And there, my friends, is when Houston and I made up.
Runner Up: El Rey’s Chicken Tortilla Soup