Tuesday, January 04, 2005
So you are like “Sweet tea? What like tea with sugar? I’ve had that.”
Yea tea with sugar, but there’s a little more to it than that.
You see, the sugar needs to caramalize, to qoute snoop doggy dog “drop it likes it hot”, wizord!
So don’t hand me a packet of sugar and ice cold 4 day old tea and call it sweet. That’s sweetened tea. Hey, I hope that everyone of ya’ll is lucky enough to try a cup of southern style sweet tea, and you know what? Theres a chance you may not like it, but at least there will be this realization that it is different than sweetened tea.
I’m a southern boy, I may not strike some folks as particularly southern acting (or sounding), but it’s there. I can’t stop ending sentences with “sir” or “ma’am”, especially around people I just met, and I can’t stop craving sweet tea. Not just sweet tea, cause once I start to think about sweet tea, then I start thinking about fried catfish… and then I imagine myself buttering up a golden piece of cornbread… and then another big gulp of sweet tea… and a piece of Pecan or Chess Pie.
Here’s a fact, the worst piece of catfish I’ve ever had was better than the best sushi I’ve ever had, and I love my sushi! Hmmm…. Wasabi flavored tartar sauce? It could work.
So I was walking down the street with my friend Leticia when this friend of mine pulls up in a car next to me and yells “Arizona sells Sweet Tea now.”
“Bullshit” I yelled as the car pulled away.
Of course as soon as I got home I checked and I found this stuff.
Disclaimer: I can’t vouch for this in any way. I haven’t had it, so please don’t go out and try this stuff and be like “this is crap, I hate doc for ever suggesting it, and I hate his parents for have ever had him. I wish I could go back in time and seduce one of them on the night they were to of first met, thus preventing them from ever of born Doc in this world and ever suggest drinking Arizona? brand iced tea to me.”
So I’m going to try to get my hands on this stuff. But the cool thing is if I want sweet tea, I can actually just go down to lower haight and get it. It’s unbelievable, I can’t find sweet tea in St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago, Charlotsville or Minneapolis, but I can find it in the heart of San Francisco? Its at this place called Memphis Minnies, which also has some damn fine pecan pie, sake, and deep fried cheese grits.
Can’t get enough reading about sweet tea?
Then read the history of sweet tea in the US.