Monday, February 13, 2006

Monday Marketplace #1

I think I may start something new. Other bloggers have things like Haiku Monday (Chris), Mia Monday (Beth), Wednesday Advice Smackdown (Amy), and many more. Since I thoroughly enjoyed writing my post on Cottonelle toilet paper, I figure I will espouse the goodness of the brands I've come to love. And the name of this wonderful feature? Marketplace Mondays! (unless you can think of something better, which I welcome suggestions!)

Today is brought to you by Luzianne Tea.



I grew up with sweet tea in the deep south, where it is considered abomination to make unsweetened tea and then sweeten it with artificial sweeteners or worse yet, raw sugar. We all know that the chemistry of sugar is that it melts when warm, not cold. So putting sugar in ICED TEA won't make it sweet... you just end up with tea with grainy sugar in it. Imagine our horror when we moved to Northern Virginia, and find out that NO WHERE (okay, maybe one place) serves sweetened tea. Y'all, what is the point of tea if there's no sugar in it, hmmmm? Okay. Also, in our home growing up, the type of tea used to make iced tea was Luzianne. No other tea could match up. Yes, you novice tea drinkers might not be able to tell the difference, but us weathered tea drinkers, there is tremendous difference. So much so, that recently, I found myself in a panic when I realized that the stupid grocery stores up here don't carry Luzianne. Yes... yes... I had to make a special trip to that heavenly store, Harris Teeter, just to purchase tea bags. Crazy? Sure... Worth it? Most definitely. The sad thing is, when I'm watching what I eat (which essentially is when I'm not pregnant), sweet tea is one of the first things to go out the window. There are simply too many calories in that one beverage. But for now? I'll enjoy my sweet tea until the baby is born... and of course, I will always have my Luzianne handy, just in case company stops by, and would like a tall, cool glass of homemade Luzianne sweet tea. :)

8 comments:

Isabel said...

Since I'm not from the South, I know NOTHING about tea. (Don't judge me, okay!)

I don't think I've seen Luzianne out here. Hum...

And I've never thought about how suger won't dissolve in cold tea. Duh!!

Suzanne said...

I totally agree! There is not much in the world I love more than a fresh glass of iced SWEET tea! We are pretty much addicted to it. I'm almost embarassed to tell you how many times a week we make it. I do drink a lot of water though, so I don't worry about it too much.
I have to admit that I have never had Luzianne. We drink Lipton. Maybe I'll give it a try when we run out of Lipton.
There is truly an art to making good sweet tea!

Suzanne said...

oh yeah, I love the monday marketplace idea!

Nana Cathy said...

Don't forget the fresh lemon (NOT that reconstituted lemon juice yuck).....Is this a Southern thing, too? My Yankee hubby does NOT like lemon in his iced tea, but I think it's an abomination without it!

Rude Cactus said...

Idea! Idea! Marketplace Mia Haiku Mondays. Okay, so I haven't really worked out the details yet but its just crazy enough to work!

Erika said...

I love the Monday Marketplace idea!!

Up here when you ask for sweet tea, they say "we have raspberry tea!"...no.

Suzanne said...

Ok, it's Wednesday, where are you? Is everything ok?

VHMPrincess said...

#1 - I LOVE sweet tea! I can only drink homemade tea, because the store stuff is gross - not nearly enough sugar. MY recipe calls for 2 and 1/2 cups of sugar! I bet you'd love it!

#2 - WHERE ARE YOU? Did you have the baby??!!