In one of those only-in-New Orleans stories, visitors who put back too many beers and hurricanes in the Big Easy have a remedy to help them shake off that dreaded New Year’s hangover: Sara, the Recovery Concierge.
Name your poison, Sara Baker has the medicine: Ginger-root tea and a po-boy roll breakfast for the mildly hung over, pain killers and caffeine for those who really got sloshed the night before. There’s also potions, bath salts and steamed water to rehydrate the weary — along with sage advice on how to recuperate.
“There are two standbys that I never fail to fall back onto. The triple T — Tylenol, tea and toast — and Cafe Du Monde,” Baker says hurriedly, her hotel bustling with New Year’s traffic. “I’m here to help people handle the excesses of New Orleans.”
Baker is in charge of the Loews New Orleans Hotel’s hangover concierge program, which is spelled out in a booklet in every room. It is for guests who overindulge in the city’s many excesses: booze, pralines, dripping jambalaya, succulent steaks, among other temptations.
“In New Orleans you’re doing so many bad things to your body — so you have to go the spa,” says Leah Moss, a Texan lounging with her older sister in bath robes next to the pool at Loews getting re-energized for a turbocharged New Year’s night ahead of them with gambling, a show and fireworks.