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Old 04-07-2012, 01:15 PM
 
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Gotta love transplants, huh ?

I grew up in Plant City and yes, The Bay Area is Southern !

You are absolutely correct! The Bay Area is Southern....period.
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Old 04-07-2012, 01:21 PM
 
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Maybe the places you've been going to are downtown Tampa and you really can't expect to get legit sweet tea there, but go to any small town and go into a barbecue in the Tampa Bay area and you're guaranteed sweet tea and Pepsi vs Coke isn't really valid for telling how Southern a place is both originate in the South and you can find both anywhere in the country> I can say growing up in Florida most of the time when I had sweet tea it was at home but I have found it in restaurants as far South as Bradenton most of the time when I went out it was coke not pepsi not that that matters.
Your exactly right Florida, most of the restaurants in Tampa have sweet tea...excluding downtown maybe and West tampa where the immigrants live. Especially in South Tampa most all the restaurants have sweet tea...have you ever heard of the new restaurant Wimauma near Bayshore..they have great sweet tea and lots of local Southern dishes on the menu...i doubt any transplants or yankees would appreciate it thought..they'd be better of goin to West Tampa for a Cuban Sandwich.
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Old 04-07-2012, 01:28 PM
 
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One way to get an idea about what the Tampa Bay Area is to watch a movie based on growing up in the Bay Area. The movie "Porkey's" was based on the town of Gulfport Florida and Boca Ciega High School . The writer grew up in Gulfport and showed how the beach area related to the inland areas of this part of Florida. If you do rent the movie it does have some nudity and bad language you might be offended by.... so get ready to hit the forward button and cut the vol down with the cuss words. But all nudity and cussin aside its a hilarious movie about growin up in a Small Southern town!
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:34 PM
 
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Tampa's 20th Annual "Southern Fried Poetry Slam" will be held June 6-9, 2012.
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:36 PM
 
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“Southern Exposure” – Southeast Produce Council Expo in Tampa Bay, Florida

2012
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:38 PM
 
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Great new BBQ restaurant in South Tampa called "Holy Hog BBQ" .....and they got excellent collards!

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Old 05-01-2012, 05:44 PM
 
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The 2010 Dixie Games Hosted in Tampa Bay, Florida

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Old 05-01-2012, 09:48 PM
 
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Unfortunately, like most other Southern Cities, Tampa was run by the Klan during that racially charged generation. The article link below,"Tampa's Political Murder" describes some of the Southern past we aren't proud of..but it is still a part of us all.

http://www.unz.org/Pub/NewMasses-1936apr14-00006


Also another good book highlighting some of the struggles of Southern minorities in a Southern city...

"Minority Politics in a Southern City - Tampa, Florida, 1950-1960"
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:20 AM
 
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If tampa is "southern" what is Columbia, SC redneck heaven?

Tampa is as southern as Atlanta....
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Old 05-02-2012, 02:17 PM
 
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Pardon ignorance but I've been trying to follow this thread (I admit I haven't read 100% of it from the beginning) but what would define Tampa as being 'Southern Culture' or 'non-Southern Culture'? And southern compared to what and why would it matter? Just asking....
Also I see there's quite the argument over sweet tea, is that the same thing as iced tea? We have iced tea up here that i think only resembles real tea in colour. When I've been in FL and ordered iced tea it is a lot different than what I'm used to. It is WAY better!
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