Fast Food Tea
I don’t even bother ordering tea at most non-Asian restaurants, because what you usually get is a cup (or small metal pitcher) of hot water and one Lipton’s teabag…all for $2 or more. No thanks. I’ve gotten to the level of “tea snobbery” that I’d rather go tealess than drink Lipton’s (or almost as bad, having to choose from a tea box filled with Celestial Seasonings herbal and flavored teabags).
If I know I’ll want (hot) tea with a meal I bring a couple of quality teabags with me (usually Harney’s) and ask the server for a cup of boiling water. But generally I don’t think it’s worth the effort. Most of the time when I eat out, I’ll have a glass of wine, a glass of water, a Diet Coke…and enjoy tea at home, where I’m assured of good tea properly brewed. (When I eat at a Thai, Japanese, Chinese or other Asian restaurant, though, I almost always get tea.)
I am totally with you. Other than getting ‘iced’ tea at a few cafes, I don’t order ‘hot’ tea out either. It’s a real pain, but a few times, right before we left for a cafe, I brewed up some tea, iced it, and brought it with us. It would be very awkward at a sit-down service restaurant, but at a place like Einstein’s Bagels (their iced tea is not that great) where you order at the counter—it’s workable. I’ve even talked to the manager at one Einstein’s by telling her exactly what I was doing, and asked if she didn’t mind if I got ice from their ice machine; she had no problem with it. I think it helped some that we were regular customers (although that may not have mattered).
I once had a large iced herbal tea from Starbucks that is not a Tazo sold there. They let me buy it from them and stuffed it in a coffee cup with a lid for a good price. Then, my local tea shop (Happy Lucky’s) tea’s are served in coffee shops around the Fort Collins area and listed on their website. This is handy! In an area of 160,000 people it’s good to know where to go. Other vendors should do the same like waving a hi here we are folks!
I’ve never ordered hot tea at a fast food restaurant. In fact, the only fast food restaurant where I’ll purchase iced tea is Panda Express, because I do love their China Mist tea. Other than that, I usually steer clear of tea from fast food restaurants.
being in britain, i think it’s safe to say that everyone knows how to make a cup of tea… there is not 1 english person that I know who doesn’t know how to make a cup of english breakfast with milk… it’s like A B C over here.. haha
I used to work at Subway and would often try to get people to have hot tea instead of soda on cold days. Often I would get odd looks like “I want a coke, why are you trying to sell me green tea?”. But on a few occasions I got some tea snobbs turn their noses up at my Higgins and Burke. As if they were too good for tea dust, but still enjoyed their “chicken” teriyaki sub.
Maybe out depended on the franchise cause we had vanilla rooibos, sencha, chai, and orange pekoe
But- But- But- Higgins and Burke is undrinkably bad.
Or at least their English Breakfast is. Possibly the green is better.