The thing about vacations is that they always come to an end sooner than you’d like. Just as you approach the fag end of a holiday, there is an unmissable sinking feeling in the gut brought on by the thought of going back to the grind. Same old routine, same old work desk and deadlines, and the same old colleagues, some of whom are born with a mission to annoy. If you too grapple with unshakable blues after a kickass vacation, here are 10 comfort foods you can turn to (because smashing people’s faces is not always an option):

Chicken Soup

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Chicken soup is truly for the soul. The pop of flavours in your mouth and a trickle of the warm broth all the way to your gut can instantly make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Chicken soup does not only help with colds and flu but it is also one of the bankable comfort foods for shooing away the blues.


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A tub of ice-cream is almost synonymous with heartbreak. So, you’ve probably had your fair share of ice-cream binges and know that all-too-familiar feeling of comfort it brings. Any time you feel down in the dumps is a good excuse to reach out to what we imagine is God’s own chosen variety of comfort foods, and vacation blues totally qualify.


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Because there is quite nothing that fluffy frosting on a dense, soft cake cannot cure. Red velvet, dark chocolate, mint and chocolate chip, blueberry, vanilla with sprinkles…pick your favourite from this assortment of comfort foods or have them all.

Peanut Butter

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If instant gratification is what you need, it’s peanut butter to the rescue because there is always a jar of this comfort food sitting in every food lover’s pantry. Right? Joey’s special Peanut Butter Fingers work best, you don’t even need to bother with toast.

Fried Chicken

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Oh, fried foods! Oh, Oh, fried chicken! O, that feeling of biting into a crispy layer of batter with a succulent and juicy chunk of chicken sitting underneath. Fried chicken is the very definition of comfort foods. The right amount of seasoning, slight hint of spices, different textures in every bite – it is just everything you need to send vacation blues scooting away.


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A juicy meat patty, crunchy vegetables, helping of sauces, and a slice of cheese sandwiched between soft buns, as you bite into the wholesome goodness of a cheeseburger, you’ll instantly feel good about life again. Vacation blues? What’s that now?


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Comfort food in a bite-sized perfection – that’s what momos are. A helping of piping hot momos with generous amounts of hot chutney on the side can do the trick even when everything else fails to get you out of your sloppy mood. Starting your post-vacation routine with a momo outing to your favourite roadside stall will set you up good and steady.

All Things Chocolate

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Be it a chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, chocolate pie, or just a humble bar of chocolate – these sinful indulgences are the perfect comfort foods meant to induce an emotional surge that can combat some of the dreariest moments of life. Consider shopping for chocolates and chocolate goodies on your way back home to drive the blues away even before they set in.


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We all know what they say about warm pizza on your lap. Reassuring and comforting. The only thing better than that is a warm pizza in your mouth. The vacation blues will take a beating as soon as the burst of cheese, toppings and seasoning send you in a tizzy.

Maa ke Haath ka Khaana

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Ah well, mom-made food tops the list of comfort foods, and all of us have that one signature favourite from our mom’s kitchen. If you are lucky enough to be living with your mom or even living in the same city as your mom, you have the remedy for all your blues right in her kitchen. For the lesser mortals who have to deal with ‘surviving on your own’ kind of life situations, there is always someone else’s maa ke haath ka khaana that you can devour. After all, mom-made food is always served with oodles of love.
And now that we have given you 10 absolutely delish comfort foods to get over the vacation hang-over, it is time to get back to grind and bust your ass, so that you have enough money to get on your next trip soon.


A journalist by profession, a freelance writer by choice. When not writing, she likes to spend her time in company of books and food or hitting the road to explore new places, besides juggling roles as an army wife and mommy.


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