Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Monday Memo

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Monday Memo

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Feeling a little low after stuffing yourself last Thursday? Do you have shopping blues from your first exposure to holiday sticker shock?

If so, even as you burp on turkey leftovers, try a time-tried remedy - chicken soup.

From ancient times to modern mothers, chickens and their soup have been touted for curative prowess. Why do you suppose that's so?

Much of the reason for chicken soup's real or imagined curative powers comes from its color, according to MIMI SHERATON, who has spent the better part of the last three years studying the subject.

Her new book, "The Whole World Loves Chicken Soup" (Warner Books), discusses the beloved and mysterious brew, with dozens of recipes from around the world.

"There has been a lot of feeling that the white colored foods are easier to eat for the weak," Sheraton said. "Soups, or anything for that matter eaten with a spoon," are considered "comfort foods," Sheraton said.

"I love soup and love making soup," she said. "It has a universal mystique as something curative."

Chicken, more than other food, has found its way into our soup pot because, Sheraton said, after a hen has passed its prime as an egg-laying fowl, it is a tough old bird, suitable only for slow cooking.

Not only that, but chicken soup is a fine way to add some warmth to your home on a cold winter day. Soup simmering on the stove, Sheraton said, gives off a lot of heat. And, occasionally, a little doggerel:

If soup's the fare you choose,

You can't go wrong, nor lose,

When chicken is the one true flavor,

That you most in the world savor.

Not only is it prettier than azalea,

It's also good for what ails ya.

Do you, perhaps once a year, spend a night in an expensive hotel to rekindle old passions or to party hearty with your friends?

If so, have we got a place for you:

The HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL LONDON has just redone some of its biggest suites and created several new ones to meet the growing need for luxurious places to stay while away from home.

The top-of-the-line Royal Suite is the penthouse of the lot, priced at $3,900 per night.

The Royal Suite, which includes a drawing room and a library, also has a dining room that seats 10 and a fully equipped kitchen. There is a music center with speakers in every room. The drawing room is big enough in which to park four Cadillacs.

The bed is rather large, too. It comfortably sleeps you and a dozen of your closest chums.

Which raises at least one question.

If the dining room seats only 10 and the bed sleeps 13, do the odd three take their meals in the drawing room, in the library or in the oversized bed?

If it's the latter, we do hope those diners refuse crackers and cookies. Nobody likes to try to sleep with crumbs in the sheets.

Even when some of them are your best friends. OK, this item is for guys, and maybe for some of you gals who care for clueless guys. …

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