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Hip Hangover Brunch will help you ‘die hard’ on the couch after a boozy night

There aren’t many spots in Ottawa where you can eat a Notorious BLT, sip some gin and juice, listen to hip hop, and cure a hangover all in one sitting.

The Notorious BLT is a BLT with a hip hop twist. Featuring waffles for bread and maple garlic mayo.

Trevor Greenway / For Metro

The Notorious BLT is a BLT with a hip hop twist. Featuring waffles for bread and maple garlic mayo.

There aren’t many spots in Ottawa where you can eat a Notorious BLT, sip some gin and juice, listen to golden era hip hop, and cure a hangover all in one sitting. 

Unless you drag your sorry ass into Kinki on the first Sunday of every month.

That’s the whole idea behind Aunt Thelma’s & Chico’s Hip Hop Hangover Brunch – a late morning recovery breakfast featuring dishes inspired by some of rap’s greatest lyricists from the 1990s and early 2000s.

There’s the Notorious BLT, Naan Phixion Pizza, Only Built for Cubano Linx, the Kool G Wrap and the Duck Down Poutine, which chef Caroline “Chico” Cichelly says will put you in an “instant food coma.”

It’s the exact thing you want for a hungover Sunday, where you can load up on grub and then head home and pass out on the couch while watching Die Hard for the 47th time.

“Oh, you will go home die hard,” laughs Cichelly.

“It will knock you out.”

Cichelly, a chef since she was about 17 years old, has always had hip hop blasting in the kitchen to help get her through those crazy 15-hour shifts when the orders keep piling up. The hangover brunch is her way of giving back and paying homage to those conscious hip hop artists like Mobb Deep, Sean Price, Tribe, Wu Tang, Souls of Mischief and many other rhymers in the game.

“For me, hip hop has always been playing in the kitchen for me, so it’s sort of a great marriage of the two and they blend well together,” she says, adding that she always grew up cooking with family. Her uncles were chefs or butchers and she could always be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen with her grandmother. She eventually made her way out west to the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vancouver, where she polished her cooking craft.

She’s also teamed up with Sean Daigle of Aunt Thelma’s and incorporates their jerk rub and their delicious homemade pineapple preserve into her dishes. Daigle is also one of the DJs dropping that ol’ boom bap while you get your fill.

“For hip hop, I just wanted to give back, pay homage to hip hop, because I am just a super big fan. I am not a rapper or a DJ or anything, so this is just my way of giving back and bringing the community together,” she adds.

“If you are a hip-hop fan, this is something really different. There isn’t anywhere in Ottawa that is serving food with a DJ playing good tunes.”

Good tunes is right. DJ Professor Melé and DJ EZ & friends bring that old-school flair to the decks, playing everything from The Roots and Jurassic 5 to Snoop, Dream Warriors and all the golden era favourites whose soulful legacies will certainly live on forever.

And where else can you get hip hop-inspired dishes, while listening to hip hop, and not being judged for how drunk you still may or may not be.

Hip Hop Hangover Brunch happens the first Sunday of every month from 12-6 p.m., so even those afternoon, or early evening risers can still get their grease on.

Pair your meal with some gin and juice, a brass monkey, a quiet storm or Aunt Thelma’s Ginger Beer and Sorrel Drink.

Just show up and Kinki will pass the funk.