If your boiling your tea your doing it wrong.
Sugar sure makes the water taste good
Dorchester Road home of the Fried Okra & Rasta Ramp
Sugar just ruins the flavor of tea.
I grew up in Western Kansas and sweet tea made by adding sugar to hot, boiled tea has been a tradition in our family since at least the 1940's, if not earlier - it had been passed down from my great-grandmother, who is no longer with us and able to tell where she learned to make tea that way. I have fond memories of taking massive jugs of sweet tea out to the wheat fields during harvest and eating lunch next to the combines before we got to ride in them.
Our family was part of the group of Volga Germans who immigrated to Western Kansas in the 1870's, so perhaps there are origins of sweet tea in the U.S. that stem from there as well?
Cut them a break. Its just branding, and advertising is rarely 100% factual. It's a spin game, and arguably an American tradition.
I mean, we tout ourselves as the "land of the free", yet with less than 5 percent of the world's population, we have almost a quarter of the world's prisoners... Doesn't sound very "Free". And our increasing use of drones to fight our battles is tarnishing our "home of the brave" impression with much of the world these days too...
It's all a matter of perspective...
"The deli is a ripoff when you pay $9 and get fat & gristle."
I am not sure what you are buying there, but the meats I have tried were all fantastic. It isn't like they make the meat there. Just like most delis, the meats are cured and processed by other companies and only sliced in the deli. The brands and varieties featured at Southern Seasons, are all well known and have high quality. You can't even buy some types of prosciutto or any Iberico at most delis. However, I found these in Southern Seasons.
"Concerning Southerly, its way overpriced. They employ price points for downtown."
I am not sure where you have been dining in the last 5 years (obviously Page's), but the pricing in most mid level to upscale Mt. P restaurants is right in line with downtown food pricing. This isn't Page's, it is something different.
"However, their business has adversely affected the other small businesses in the same neighborhood."
Which businesses? Mozzo? Mozzo has been just as packed since this place opened up. I don't see why they should feel threatened. They serve something like 50 different sandwiches with many different options. They are not even directly competing with small gourmet/cooking store deli.
Page's? I don't think a person heading to Page's, with the expectation that they will spend under $20 for dinner and drinks, will suddenly consider a place with single dishes costing $20 as a dining alternative.
In my opinion, the only direct competitor would be Coastal Cupboard, but many of us locals will still be hitting CC first for cooking supplies.
"So your point is understood -- especially if you or a relative are employed there."
Sounds like you are describing your connection to other local shops. Personally, I have never worked for any company/store/restaurant in Mount Pleasant. I do have many friends who are owners of Mt. P restaurants and stores. I still feel that it is nice to have Southern Seasons in the area. I don't really care either way about their restaurant, but the store and deli give this amateur chef all the options he needs.
Best part of story tho---one hit wonder creates food and wine event.
Would of been nice to keep that position local---good job board, y'all love to talk Shop Local, keep money in town , etc., ...bullshit, practice what ya preach!
My apologies for a bad assumption about the photo taken of Southerly Chef.
edoksa -- I have no emotional grudge against Southern Season .. Shopping there in the emporium is okay. The deli is a ripoff when you pay $9 and get fat & gristle. Can do better at Subway. Concerning Southerly, its way overpriced. They employ price points for downtown. As far as 200 people employed there. I just telephoned and passed myself off as a Post & Courier reporter's assistant seeking to get accurate numbers. They do NOT employ 200 people. However, their business has adversely affected the other small businesses in the same neighborhood. So your point is understood -- especially if you or a relative are employed there. And you say ?
I've eaten at Southerly with my wife. We spent over $100 for a meal that was no better than Okra Grill. Agree with one post above its fancier with better dressed waiters. Also have had one of the Deli sandwiches. Quite skimpy for he price. Had only 4 very thin slices of meat inside for $9. Bread was not fresh. Ouch. Shopping for other stuff is okay. This resident won't eat there again.
The Sheriff, it is obviously you have an emotional grudge against this business, or for one of the competitors. I love Mozzo, and frequent Page's, but your reviews of this place are way off.
This business hired 200 people when it opened and is helping reinvigorate the main street of my town. It made that commitment in tough times. They're eager to purchase and stock American made products, including local ones. They're already a strong community partner. If you like stuff, they sell a lot of great stuff. I'm not a big fan of stuff, but they contribute a lot to the life of my town, which despite its faults, is full of real and wonderful people that are better than most people thing they are.
The Sheriff - You are making an assumption that Robert Moss showed up with a DSLR camera and carried on with a photo shoot before his meal.
CP photographers always schedule their visit after any and all critic visits have been made.
I had the opportunity to watch Flories work with the Granary's chef and others at a recent Guerrilla Cuisine event and was happy to see grace under pressure and eat creative, delicious locally-sourced (and credited) food. I don't get off James Island very often and eat out even less these days, but I'd be confident recommending the Granary just on the basis of that dinner and the workmanship that went into it.
First of all a professional reviewer does not arrange for the chef to pose for a photo when visiting because its a tip-off to the restaurant to give that reviewer special treatment. Stupid. Secondly, this review overlooks how many other local places offer the same or better cuisine for less money. Thirdly, this place and its companion deli inside are long on ambition and very short delivering food suited to the prices. The deli meats are horrid and its Roast Beef sandwiches are skimpy with gristle & fat. DO NOT PATRONIZE THE SOUTHERN SEASON DELI. Lastly, Southerly is Okra Grill in a fancier setting with better dressed servers BUT the food is not as tasty and prices belong downtown. Give it One (1*) star for ambition & ambience. If you want a beer, go to The Southern further down in the same strip mall.
Agree w most of article-foods expensive, looks good, but extremely bland. Basically pre packaged-y type fare. Not good value. Mediocre at best, but hey, it's in Caketown (MP for all u Yankees) so I'm sure it will survive.
It's really impossible to ever find out when or where the first sweet tea was made. All we can ever know is when and where the first recorded mention of sweet tea occurs. Those are two quite different things. It may very well have been in Summerville, or it may have been in England or China for all we know. If it doesn't get written down somehow, it's lost to history. But that doesn't mean it didn't happen.
I'm well over 50 and growing up we always made large pitchers of tea and sweetened the lot. Though my Summerville native mother, a Depression era child and WWII teen always used saccharine tablets to sweeten tea--she didn't think all that sugar was good for us, though she always took her tea un-sweetened. And in answer to the question of iced teaspoons? Those silver patterns were created and sold by Yankees.
Oh, help me up from the floor- Salty Pussy said "Damn what a cock"!
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