Just Where the Hell is Margaritaville?

14 05 2010

Lookin' for my lost shaker....

I love Margaritaville. I know it as a place of relaxation, cool breezes with a tinge of salt spray and  Jimmy Buffet music, great eats and an environment where the stress melts like a Hershey Bar left on the sidewalk in the Florida afternoon summer sunshine. But how do I get there?

Just where the Hell is Margaritaville?

I don’t know, but I never thought I would get there by way of Britain.

Britain? Pub crawl? Sure.

Britain? Margaritaville? C’mon, man!

Yet clearly, hang a left at Whitehall II and you are on your way. Whitehall II is a study recently published in the European Heart Journal. It looked at over 6,000 British civil servants (4262 men and 1752 women) aged 39-61 over an average of 11 years (I knew going via Great Britain was not the most direct route). In a nutshell (or jigger glass), what they found was “that overtime work adversely affects coronary health.” In fact, the study found that working 3 hours beyond the normal 7 hour day increased the rate of angina (pain from narrowing in the heart arteries), nonfatal heart attacks and death from a cardiovascular cause by 60%. Even two hours increased the risk by 21%. The overtime effect was independent of other risk factors like smoking. The exact cause, whether people who tend to stay in the office working longer are more prone to these events, or whether the extra work hours caused the untoward events is unclear. It is a correlative finding, not a causal one. Either way, these are the folks that eschew a trip to Margaritaville in favor of “just finishing those last few things in the office go ahead I’ll catch up with you” but actually never show up types who give you grief on Monday morning.

Well, I would say that is hit and run Karmic payback.

How do we avoid that fate? In an accompanying editorial, Gordon McInnes, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Glasgow’s Western Infirmary, said that (quoting Bertrand Russell), “If I were a medical man, I should prescribe a holiday to any patient who considers work important.” Sage advice; take some time to unwind and engage in some stress relief. Dr John Challenor, of the Society of Occupational Medicine, called it a significant study. He noted that “In many ways it confirms what we as occupational health doctors already know – that work-life balance plays a vital role in wellbeing… we also know that an excess of work that is unremitting can have adverse health effects.”

So find some direction, balance yourself and remember it’s always 5:00 somewhere. Head to Whitehall II, read the writing on the wall (see above paragraphs) and turn left to Margaritaville.

Just exactly where is it?

Anywhere you want it to be-keep it simple; here’s your passport:

Doc’s Scurvy Prevention Tonic (aka The Margarita)

  • Crushed ice
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Juice of about 2 ½  limes (about 2 ½ ounces)
  • 2 ½ ounces of good quality tequila
  • If you like a little more sweetness, add 1 to 2 ounces of simple syrup
  • Splash of Grand Marnier

Combine ice, lime juice, (if desired, simple syrup), tequila and mix well. Top with a splash of Grand Marnier and garnish with lime wedge.

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6 responses

14 05 2010
Jenn

Doc, I need a RX for that lovely drink and a white sandy beach STAT!!!
Beautiful picture!
Thanks!

14 05 2010
Scott

Can I use this article for some time off? I will try this recipe this weekend!

14 05 2010
whatscookingwithdoc

@Scott: Consider the article your “Rx” for time off!
Mi recipe et sui recipe (If you like a little sweetness, or the limes are very tart you might want to add the simple syrup)

15 05 2010
Chef E

Ha, you know every time I forget to buy OJ for hubby he says “Oh I feel scurvy coming on” and he makes me laugh! This sounds just the kind of thing I will be having on our bro in law’s beach side house in LI next week, while the waves splash my feet!

15 05 2010
whatscookingwithdoc

@ Chef E: Your hubby is wise, scurvy must be avoided at all costs

17 05 2010
tasteofbeirut

Love that picture! It reminded me I am in serious need of a decent margarita like that one!

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