Mint Tea in Tunisia
I traveled to Hammamet, Tunisia in January 2018. Now been from the Southern Eastern part of America, I do love me some ice sweet tea. I was in shock the first time I went down to the coffee shop to order me a glass of what I have known to be ice sweet tea.
When I asked for ice sweet tea, the guy from behind the counter looked at me all strange and said, "No, we don't have that." (he said it in Arabic, so my husband had to translate it for me).
I told him, "Okay, just make me a tea." ~ once again, my husband had to say to the guy behind the counter that I would take whatever tea he had.
The guy walks over to our table and sits this little bitty tiny glass of warm unsweetened tea with a leaf in it and no ice.
I looked at the tiny glass and glared at the leaf floating around in it and asked my husband, "What is this leaf?"
My husband replied commonly, "It is mint."
So I tasted the tea, it was okay. Nothing like the tea I was used to drinking, but it was okay. I asked my husband, "When you go out to eat, do they give you this tiny glass as well?" I thought to myself; I would choke on my food if I don't have enough to drink to wash my food down.
My husband replies, "no, is okay."
I never got my answer; if we went to a restaurant, would my glass be bigger?
My husband had made me a cup of coffee back at our apartment, so I knew not to order coffee. Fore it was much stronger then what I drink.
Every day I would go back to the coffee shop and order a glass of tea. Sometimes he would put lemon or lime in it.
Then one day, I decided to order a cola instead of tea. I had heard that overseas didn't put all the ingredients in their colas as America does. My husband brought me back an Apple soda to the table. I thought to myself, wow!!!
We have fruit sodas in America but no apple soda. I did not drink it all. I tried my best to drink it because I didn't want it going to waste.
And to my surprise, at the end of my two weeks there, the coffee shop man handed me the tiny glass of tea, but this time he had added something in with the mint leaf. It had a couple of cubes of ice in it. I can not tell you how much joy these two cubes of ice brought to me. I smiled back at the man to let him know, thank you for making me feel special. However, the tea was still not sweet, and that was okay. He was improving his tea recipe for his customers. I think if I had stayed another two weeks, I might have gotten him to add some sugar to it as well.
Which way do you like your tea served?
Map of Tunisia
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