Bailey wrote: tcward wrote: gailr wrote:
houseofbrughs wrote:... the only thing that isn't Coke and is certainly regional is Good Ol SWEET TEA!!! Which should be added to the yankee test because the further north you get the less sugar is put in tea. ..
On trips through the South, various members of my family have attempted ordering "unsweetened tea". The waitress usually looks appalled and attempts to "reason" the deranged Northerner into liking tea that must be chewed (noisily!) before it can be swallowed (leaving a good inch of insoluble sugar sediment trapped below the ice at the bottom of the glass).
Sorry, Gail, I have to know... where in the world was this? No self-respecting Southern establishment would serve sweet tea with undissolved sugar! The only proper way to prepare sweet tea is to add the sugar while the water is still piping hot --
I believe that is called hyperbole, a sort of poetic license exaggerated to prove a (non)point. ...
hmmm, just curious to see how many nested quotes we can get going here....
Mark is correct in that some "hyperbole"
has crept in. (And how dull our board might be without some energetic branching off.) The--admittedly few--places I've visited so far in Atlanta, St. Louis, Dallas jump immediately to mind as serving tea cushioned on a sedimentary white layer, like the finest deep sea sand. I have considered doing a core sample.
My point: the waitperson insists that "It is
If one orders "sweet tea" to get the results Tim is describing, how in reintarnation does "plain, unsweetened ice tea" wind up like this?
Here in Denver, my sister-in-law serves iced tea brewed strong enough to dissolve any spoon dangled over the rim with sweeteners. It's as scary as the other extreme at first, but it grows on you...