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Old 10-09-2011, 10:38 AM
 
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I was in New York City for two weeks and no one had sweet tea. Now I know why New Yorkers have an abrasive attitude.You aint had life til you had sweet tea.
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Old 10-09-2011, 02:27 PM
 
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Sweet tea is very much a Southern drink. It's not popular outside the southeastern US, and, therefore, not sold. It's the same thing with grits, and fried green tomatoes, and a whole slew of other Southern foods.

Having grown up in the South, I miss Southern food. But I haven't lived there for many, many years, and I've gotten used to having to ask my mom to send me a box full of good old Southern classics (or the fixings for them). But you shouldn't insult the people of your host city, even if you don't like them very much. You live there just the same as they do. And I'm sure you can brew some of your own, if you can't find any.

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Old 10-09-2011, 02:39 PM
 
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Depending on the deli you go to, some have an Arizona Sweet Tea. Mcdonalds and a few other resturants might have a sweet tea
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Old 10-09-2011, 04:09 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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It is really weird to me also that so many folks here like iced tea without sugar. Yeeccchhhh! When I'm visiting relatives down south nobody would even THINK of offering unsweetened iced tea in a restaurant or to a guest. Sweet iced tea is, as they say, the house wine of the South. And the nice thing is that in most Southern restaurant's I've been to, there are always free refills. I think Mickey D's offers it in a lot of places because so many of thier customers are black people with roots in the South and are, as such, familiar with how iced tea is supposed to be made. There are various bottled and canned sweet teas, but I will only drink these if they are made with real sugar, not high fructose corn syrup. That stuff gives a very different taste. I often get gallons of Tradewinds or Duane Reade iced tea 'cause they have real sugar in them.

And I hate going into restaurants where they give you packets of sugar which, of course, don't dissolve easily in cold drinks. So you're left with the worst of both worlds. Plenty of real sugar. But your iced teas is effectively unsweetened anyway.

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Old 10-09-2011, 04:25 PM
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I was in New York City for two weeks and no one had sweet tea. Now I know why New Yorkers have an abrasive attitude.You aint had life til you had sweet tea.

We are having a tough time finding sugar free Snapple in NC all they sell is that sickening sweet tea.
Take a look at the folks in NC most could do without so much sugar.
Just sayin
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Old 10-09-2011, 04:29 PM
 
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I am one of the people who prefers their tea unsweetened with lemon. I spend summers in North Carolina and just about died when they accidently gave me sweet tea. I find they offer both versions now in restaurants, which wasn't the case 10 years or so ago. So you see, we all have our preferences and neither is right or wrong.
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Old 10-09-2011, 05:53 PM
 
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I am one of the people who prefers their tea unsweetened with lemon. I spend summers in North Carolina and just about died when they accidently gave me sweet tea. I find they offer both versions now in restaurants, which wasn't the case 10 years or so ago. So you see, we all have our preferences and neither is right or wrong.
Yeah. But one sure is tastier!
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Old 10-09-2011, 06:13 PM
 
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We are having a tough time finding sugar free Snapple in NC all they sell is that sickening sweet tea.
Take a look at the folks in NC most could do without so much sugar.
Just sayin
The fattest states in the nation are in the South.

Not to mention, how can that be good for your teeth?

Fat and sugar in everything are not your friends. Thank you, New York, for your briny, bitter, fast and funny drinks, eats, and personality!

(Just sayin it a little louder)
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Old 10-09-2011, 06:18 PM
 
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Try Bubba Gumps in Times Sq, I ate there the last time I was up there and I remember them have Southern type food. Don't remember about the sweet tea, but surely they would have it.

I live in Alabama and restaurants here have always had both sweet and unsweet tea (for the diabetics), I usually ask them to mix the two together since I like mine just a little sweet, but not sickening sweet.
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Old 10-09-2011, 06:39 PM
 
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BrenandeMossita wrote: "...I was in New York City for two weeks and no one had sweet tea. Now I know why New Yorkers have an abrasive attitude.You aint had life til you had sweet tea."


I used to get sweet tea at SUBWAY restaurant in L.I. New York almost every day for lunch. I think McD commonly carries it, also. I've never really felt sweet tea deprived in NY. Maybe it was a "southern thing" .... like what..... twenty or thirty years ago.... but it's standard enough fare nowadays. Or at least by my observation.

And when a place doesn't have it "freshly brewed," you can just buy it in a bottle everywhere.

The things you will see a lot less of in NY that is a lot more common down south, is the free refill concepts. Some restaurants do it, but it's not nearly as common as down south. They count every damn penny in New York. Heaven forbid they lose 15 cents in profit. In NY they do free refills, but they [waiters and waitresses] go out of their way to somehow never be around when you want the refills, or otherwise they don't go out of their way to "offer" it... you have to ask. Down south, they will often "offer" the refill.... multiple times, even.... They'll even sometimes offer the drink refill right as you are about to leave, bringing you a to-go cup. Damned if they'd ever do that crap in NY.

Along similar lines, another thing you will rarely see in NY is free refills on certain foods. Many places down south, they will refill your plate and cup right before you leave, and then be kind of enough to give you a "to go/take-out" box so that you can walk out of the restaurant will a full cup to drink later, etc...


Citylove101 wrote: "... It is really weird to me also that so many folks here like iced tea without sugar. Yeeccchhhh!"

I speculate that the majority of people who order unsweeted tea are not ordering it because they want it unsweetened. They order it because they want to add in artificial sweetener. Lots of people who are on diets or who have diabetes do this. Or they do it so they can add the [real] sugar to their own preferred taste.

Unsweeted tea is pretty blechhh, though. Don't know how people do it.... or unsweetened coffee.
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