Greenville is in the grip of two insidious enemies of having a good time, sleeping well and being productive at work. Our fair city has been attacked by the cold and flu -- once again.
A quick glance at Facebook posts confirms that the infestation is going strong, even for folks who took the flu shot and had been gloating to themselves that their houses had been spared.
I'm no doctor, so I can't write you a prescription. But I am an expert on the Greenville food scene, having written professionally about local restaurants for more than 15 years -- and having eaten here for more than five decades.
Allow me to share my suggestions for a dose of wellness provided by three locally owned Greenville restaurants.
For the regular aches and pains of a cold: Chico's Chicken and Rice Soup
Chicken soup is the traditional home remedy for a cold. Most Greenville residents are familiar with Chico's incredible house-made Mexican-style soup, a flavorful chicken broth chock full of rice and shredded chicken.
It's available by the cup or by the bowl.
There's a reason it's been on the menu ever since the popular Mexican restaurant opened 34 years ago.
And since Chico's is within walking distance of East Carolina University, the soup easily is available to nourish sick students who could use a bowl of comfort.
Chico's Mexican Restaurant, 521 Cotanche St., 252-757-1666
For clogged sinuses: China 10's Thai Lemongrass Soup with Shrimp
This traditional Southeast Asian soup (pictured above) may be more than a tad spicy for your palate if you aren't stuffy. But if you can't breathe, this magical concoction will open up your airways lickety-split.
The heated broth is studded with several large peeled shrimp and large pieces of mushrooms, a few onion and carrot slices, and some whole cherry tomatoes.
This soup is a delicious, quick-acting remedy.
China 10, 1904 E. Fire Tower Road, 252-830-2238
For a sore throat: The Scullery's ice cream
You may have heard the old wives' tale that you shouldn't eat dairy products if you have the cold or the flu. It's a myth.
And thank goodness it is. Because The Scullery's ice cream is a treat for your sore throat.
It's made fresh in-house in small batches using cream from Simply Natural Creamery in Ayden.
Flavors change daily, but they're all creative, innovative and include local products when possible. Peruse the blackboard with the weekly listings and you may discover such flavors as spiced chocolate, brown sugar and walnut, coconut lime, blackberry honey, vanilla chai and lavender-chocolate chip.
The Scullery offers cones, cups, sundaes, milkshakes and an espresso float. You can even get a pint of ice cream to-go.
It's awesome when you've got a sore throat -- and it's awesome when you don't.
The Scullery, 431 Evans St., 252-321-1550 (Hours are 7 a.m.-5 p.m., so plan accordingly.)
Thai Lemongrass Soup with Shrimp from China 10 (Photo by 252Buzz)