A Southerner Comes Home

I’m fully recovered from Gwen’s wedding (Carrie has pictures of the event on her blog – check it out). Now, I’m starting my world wind tour of the South over the next two weeks. I’ll hit three states – Georgia (Go Dawgs, Sick ’em, whoof, whoof, whoof), South Carolina, and Alabama while I’m here.

As y’all know, I’m from Marietta (a suburb of Atlanta), Georgia, but both my parents families come from down near Columbus (little towns called Mauk and Waverly Hall). One of my cousin’s, not Dixie who looks like Reese Witherspoon, but Anna who reminds me of Jessica Alba, is getting married in Charelston, South Carolina. She took a nursing job there. The wedding is the last weekend of August, so the fam will ascend on the very southern town of Charleston for that. Then, I’ll follow my brother up to his new house outside Birmingham, Alabama for a few days. Of course, I’ll post pictures of all this fun stuff as I’m doing it and attempt to keep y’all abreast of the trip’s happenings.

To start, I’ve only been back in the South for one day, but by the time I got home late last night I had already been offered sweet tea as a beverage option twice! And for those that don’t really know, let me explain that sweet tea is a beverage entirely separate from sweatened tea. Nope, you won’t find Splenda or Equal in a cup of sweet tea.

Sweet tea is all about the sugar. One 8 ounce cup of sweet tea requires a minimum of 4 teaspoons sugar, that’s MINIMUM. I cut it back from 6 to 5 only because in the Northwest people really freak out when I say I’m going to add 6 teaspoons of sugar to my cup of tea. I mean really freak out.

The key to a good glass of sweet tea is to put all the sugar in when the tea is piping hot. Then you either have a hot glass of tea or, in the summer, let the tea cool and then poor it over ice and squeeze a little lemon in it.

Oh, it’s good to be home!

4 Responses to “A Southerner Comes Home”

  1. Carrie Howell Says:

    Sweet tea must leadto the financial success of dentists all over the South. Sweet tea=dirt.

  2. JoyLuck Says:

    Let S=Smoked Salmon and C= a wheat cracker.

    S+C=D

    Let D=Dirt.

    :>

  3. Josh Says:

    I can’t believe Howell is hatin’ on sweet tea. I don’t see how folks from Salem, Or can critique the cuisine of any region.

  4. Carrie Howell Says:

    At least I never could claim Vancouver, Portland’s bastard little brother, as my home.

    Salem, I will have you know, offers fine cuisine. I believe we boast 6 different Taco Bell locations. Take that!

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