Sweet Tea and Southern Eating

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Thanks to McDonald’s people in the rest on the country are discovering Sweet Tea.   Yes, there has always been tea in California, Snapple, Lipton, and a host of other Tea’s.     In the South, Sweet Tea is a staple, in most of the country its  Coke or Pepsi , but sweet tea?  No.

In Atlanta, someone asked me if I wanted sugar with my sweet tea, just in case I wanted sweeter sweet tea.    No one has asked me if  I wanted Splenda or Sweet n Low cause in the south, sweet tea is made with sugar.

Plain is the operative term, here in the south.

Multi syllabic words and needless adjectives take too much time. What chu want?

The food is plain and simple.

The meat, Chicken, Beef and Pork with the alternatives being fried fish,shrimp and prawns.

My beloved Greens are everywhere,  as is Barbecue Chicken. Fried Chicken in the south is a verb.   Cheese is American, the bread is white.

I had the best burgers in the Greyhound Bus Stations in Atlanta and Mobile, the patties and the construction of the burgers were basic and I couldn’t figure out why these were sooo good.  At the Greyhound in Mobile, I watched a  pretty woman with a gold tooth and nice smile slather the buns in butter.     OH mama, that made the burger.  The buns were crunchy, the mayo and other ingredients didn’t soften the bun . Butta who knew?

Butta is always good baby. (gold tooth catching the light)

Everything has fat,and sodium and it is wonderful.

In the south, you can simply eat your food.   No one is likely to say, oooh to many carbs, or too much fat.   Their aren’t any food terrorist giving you the eye or suggesting you pick a lower calorie dish.    Southerners have more fun at the dinner table, they laugh more,using knives and forks is optional,its guilt free, no one at a southern table is likely to say they’ll  have to run off that extra helping.

At 6.4 and well over 300 pounds, I’m Godzilla in California,one burp away from destroying a small village.   In Mississippi, there were high schoolers my size, men and women near or over  300 pounds aren’t uncommon; this was true in Alabama and Louisiana.   In Georgia I was positively giddy at the  Ross Unlimited (not affiliated with the Ross national chain)  Big and Tall Store in Atlanta, not only did every thing fit, but they had skinny things on sale, (yes, I was the skinny size)  and should I gain 250 pounds over the weekend I know they have a size 78 long suit that will fit me just fine, thank you.

According to the CDC ,over 30% of the southern population is obese.

I like the south and its people, the pace is slower, the people here are kind and direct.   I understand why many from the mid west and the east coast return.  In hilly and lush Birmingham, the price for a new home begin under 100k.  Urban living in an Atlanta’s high rises begin at 160k.    In Sacramento, the price for a studio loft begin just under 200k , the same price as a garage in San Francisco.

There IS  fine dining in the large cities of the south. I enjoyed Bellini’s in Birmingham and Lefot in New Orleans.

Overall eating seems more relaxed than California….so the question is, its it the food or balance?

If your visiting the south relax, there aren’t many caloric guides to remind you of your intake or add to your guilt.  Feel free to eat with your hands and lick your fingers. So undo your belt….and smile good mmm mmm mmm eaten fun awaits you.


Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

5 thoughts on “Sweet Tea and Southern Eating

  1. Well, when you order tea at a restaurant in this part of the country, you’re going to get sweet tea, not iced tea with sugar packets for you to sweeten it on your own. Dolly Parton’s character in “Steel Magnolias” called sweet tea the house wine of the south.


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