Langley Writes

about her rich and random life

T is for… Tea April 23, 2011

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T is for tea because I love it. All kinds of tea. I’ve never tasted a tea that I didn’t like. I’ve had the good fortune of traveling all over the world. During my travels, I’ve had proper tea in England and explored a variety of green teas across Asia. Right here at home, I enjoy good, basic iced tea.

Being from the south, iced tea is a staple. But we didn’t drink iced tea growing up. My parents thought we needed milk to build bones so… we drank milk. At every meal. Very un-southern-like, milk was our go-to beverage. It wasn’t until I forged out on my own that I started my love affair with tea.

My vagabond days are over and I’ve settled down, back here in the south. Fortune smiles on me (again). The Charleston Tea Plantation is close to our house. America’s only working tea farm is right here, where I live.

Local tea. Fresh, delicious tea. Right here. Did I mention that I love tea?

If you want to read more about the Charleston Tea Plantation, check out these articles:

America’s Only Working Tea Farm is in Charleston, South Carolina

Making Tea at Charleston Tea Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina

Product Review: American Classic Tea in Pyramid Tea Bags

 

N is for Nitrotini April 16, 2011

Fridays are date night. Sometimes it’s a nice restaurant, sometimes it’s a pizza joint and sometimes it’s boiled peanuts and dogs at a baseball game. But we are going out on Friday nights.

Last night we stepped it up and went to Grill 225. Nice place. As we relaxed after the meal I was yammering on about the A – Z Blogging Challenge. I lamented that I had no schedule, that I was pulling topics out of thin air, blah, blah, blah. As my husband’s eyes glazed over and his mind wandered to his happy place (sports) the waiter walked past our table with 2 beautiful, martini-looking drinks. That in itself isn’t interesting but what made me stop my prattle and my husband snap out of his football fantasy was the fact that the drinks were smoking. A lot. Billows of smoke surrounded these martinis as if they were in a Fellini dream sequence. Very cool.

Turns out, the drinks were Nitrotini cocktails. Here’s a description, directly from Grill 225’s website:

Like your martini shaken…stirred…super-chilled? Come experience the new NitrotiniTM cocktail, the latest unique luxury from the prime beef pioneer, Grill 225. Cooled to –320 degrees Farenheit, the Nitrotini is Charleston’s only cocktail super-chilled with liquid nitrogen. Choose from over 20 Nitrotini selections, like the Mandarin Chocolate Ganache and Lemon Ginger. Refreshing, delicious and one-of-a- kind, only from Grill 225 in Charleston, SC.

The husband looks at me and asks if I want one. I didn’t. I declined because we’d had a few glasses of wine and I wasn’t keen about mixing wine with smoking martinis. Then, in a flash of good husbandness, my guy says “There’s your N-word Langley. Write about Nitrotinis.”  He was listening!

 
Source: Grill 225 Website (restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina)
Image credit: sxc/Whiter78
 

 
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