What is Sweet Tea & Pasta?

Sweet Tea and Pasta is all things Southern with a little Yankee twist sprinkled on top. Food, culture, travel, gardening, and all my favorite things wrapped into one. Come on over for a spell, y’all!


On the Pier in Wrightsville Beach, NC

6 comments on “What is Sweet Tea & Pasta?

  1. Hi Mindy! It’s Beth, one of the Kitchen Assistants from Sur la Table’s macaron class this past Saturday. I have finally had some time to look through your blog, and I love it (as evidence, I am already following you on Facebook!)! I was particularly interested to read your posts about S&T Soda Shoppe, a place I’ve wanted to visit for a long time, and Cocoa Cinnamon, which I drove by for the 1st time last week! I’ll definitely be following along on your adventures, as you take stunning photos and document your experiences so well! Have you ever been to Chef & the Farmer in Kinston or watched “A Chef’s Life” on PBS? If not, I’d highly recommend both! Chef & the Farmer was a bit of a splurge for my husband and me, but we love how Chef Vivian Howard utilizes local, North Carolina ingredients in new and innovative ways. The show is awesome in that each episode is based on a classic North Carolina ingredient (e.g. muscadine grapes, moonshine, grits, butterbeans, etc.), and my husband and I–who are not North Carolina natives–have learned so much about the ingredients of our adopted home state. If you ever want someone to tag along with on your explorations in the Triangle area, I’d be game! In the meantime, hope to see you in another class soon:) Happy exploring AND eating! Beth

    • Hi Beth!

      Thank you for reading my blog! I had a blast in the class on Saturday and enjoyed talking to you! I haven’t been to the Chef & the Farmer yet, but it’s on my list! You’re the first person I’ve met that ate there, which is really cool – I appreciate the low-down on Chef Vivian’s restaurant. 🙂 A Chef’s Life is one of my favorite shows; I’m a total PBS girl! Local foods/sourcing is really important to me and I’ll support that any day over a chain restaurant. Do you watch North Carolina Weekend on PBS on Thursdays? Deborah Holt-Noel is the host and she’s awesome. They highlight places from the NC mountains to the coast and always have interesting places to visit, interviews, and Bob Garner (a fellow foodie and barbecue guru). I’d love to meet up with you if I’m up that way and grab a bite or a cup of coffee! Have you tried American Meltdown in the food court?! Wow – they are knocking the melts out of the park! BTW – I’m thinking about coming back that way on the 30th if you’re free. 🙂

      • Hi Stephanie!

        I don’t know if Williams-Sonoma does a macaron class. I’ve taken quite a few classes at Sur la Table though and I love them all! Is there one (SLT) near(ish) to you in AL?

        If you take one, let me know what you think!


  2. Hi Mindy,

    It’s so nice to meet you! I found you from Beth Ann’s current post about her favorite blogs.

    I live in north Alabama and have been a southerner all of my life. I grew up on a farm in a little unincorporated town in south/central Alabama.

    I hope you’ll visit my site and enter my contest to win Jamberry!

    Best regards,

    • Hi Stephanie!

      It is so nice to meet you too! I may not be Southern born and raised, but I’m a small town girl from PA & I’ve adopted NC as my state. I love the south! ❤

      Your nails look great! I bought Jamberry nail stuff a few years ago, but never tried it. I’m going to pull them out & give it a try this weekend.

      I’ll be checking out your blog going forward, thanks to Beth Ann. Thank you for looking at mine! 😊


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