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With the dog days of summer barking louder than ever, doesn’t a tall, cold glass of iced tea sound refreshing? One of Betty’s favorite ways to beat the heat is to put on her swimsuit, make up a yummy sandwich, pour a tall glass of iced tea and head outdoors to enjoy a tasty lunch, poolside!
If you’re a fan of iced tea, Betty has some exciting news! Average Betty has teamed up with Tazo Tea and Edelman PR to give three lucky AverageBetty.com readers a sweet Tazo Iced Tea Kit! This cool Kit (shown above) includes a large glass pitcher, an assortment of fine Tazo Teas, a bottle of raw agave sugar, and a Tazo Tea recipe book! Would you like to win one of these awesome Tazo Tea Kits? Well, here’s all you have to do:
1. In the comment section on this post, describe your perfect glass of iced tea. Is it sweetened? Unsweetened? Black tea? Green tea? Flavored? Lemon? Straw? Ice?
2. Next, describe the perfect sandwich to go with your perfect glass of iced tea. Is it turkey or tofu? What kind of bread? Don’t forget the condiments…
3. For bonus points, describe where you are enjoying this perfect combination of ice cold tea and sandwich nirvana. Are you at the beach or on your couch at home?
Enter now in the comment section!
MEET THE JUDGES
Because every contest has a panel of esteemed judges, we rallied three of our most discerning “Bettys.” You’ll score points with Hollywood Betty for having the most glamorous tea and sandwich combo. You’ll impress wise-cracking Baja Betty if you can make her LOL. And finally, you can win over the toughest critic, Emo Betty, by having a unique style! Good luck!
Enter now in the comment section!
** Enter as often as you like. Prizes can only be mailed to US addresses. Winners will be announced Monday, August 17 at 3PM PT. Entries close Monday, August 17 at 6AM PT. If you have any questions, please email Betty.**
WHAT’S BETTY’S PERFECT SANDWICH AND TEA COMBO?
How about a Grilled Chicken Torta with refried beans, cotija cheese, grilled red onion and avocado relish, piled high inside soft, grilled Telera. Wash it all down with Tazo Iced Green Tea with a squeeze of lime and little honey, and enjoy on the patio amongst the trees!
Link to the Grilled Chicken Torta recipe.
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My perfect glass of tea is green tea sweetened with raw honey, light on the ice. My perfect sandwich with the tea is thinly sliced whole wheat spread with Benedictine spread and alfalfa sprouts.
I would enjoy this light combo out on the deck, in the shade.
Scotty Snacks says
Mmm. Mmm. Mmm.
1.) My perfect glass of (iced) tea would probably what I call Blue Dew which has blueberry flavored green tea mixed with honeydew melon flavored white tea. No sweeteners/additives necessary – it’s already TOO good ;)
2.) As far as a sandwich to pair with this glass of tea, you better break out the honey ham, provolone cheese, wheat bread and a dab of yellow mustard and flatten it all out together!
3.) And, although I would prefer to consume this tasty snack combo along the beaches of Southern California, I think I’ll stick to my lazyboy recliner for this one as I ain’t looking to feed the whole neighborhood here ;)
All snack jokes aside, thanks for the opportunity, totally glad to have found your site – we should line up for more food and fun events like this in the future.
Andrew Seely says
Love me a bleck tea, pretty sweet but not overly sweet, that perfect balance of tea and sweet with a bit of lemon. A long spoon to stir it with.
For a sandwhich… hmmmm. Maybe a crusty baguette with some fresh mozzarella, basil, perfectly ripe tomatoes, salt, pepper, some hot peppers and mounds of prosciutto.
all on a busy street in italy, sitting outside on a patio of a lovely little restaurant where the locals go
Hugging the Coast says
I’m in Charleston, SC, so my perfect cup of tea is a delicious cold glass of sweet tea (also known as iced tea in the North).
For me, the perfect sandwich to go with this would be juicy pulled pork barbeque served on a good crusty garlic bread.
My favorite place to enjoy my sweet tea and BBQ would be a picnic at Sunrise Park in Charleston on a bench overlooking the water, just feeling the breezes.
Aaaahhh iced tea. We Malaysian would normally have our iced lemon tea to go with our lunch or dinner. It’s just tea, sugar, kalamansi lime (funny tht we used lime instead of lemon lol) and ice. The taste should have just the right amount of tea, sweetness and sourness but it’s oh so heaven esp in hot weather that we have 365day/yr.
I know you asked for sandwich to go with it but can I say briyani rice with honey chicken instead? lol.
My favorite glass of ice tea is chilled, light on the sugar and ice, and served with a thinly sliced tomato and cheese. The best part is to have it with a friend.
Chef John says
My perfect glass of tea is made from the chocolate mint in my garden. I pluck a big bunch and steep for exactly 90 seconds. I add 1 tsp of sage honey, and one whole clove. After stirring 3 times, clockwise, I sip slowly while…
…eating a sandwich of cold roast leg of lamb, sliced so thin you can read an eviction notice through it. The meat rubbed with cinnamon and fennel, roasted over charcoal and left to cool on a table surrounded by jasmine. The sweet flowers almost, but not quite, scenting the browned, fatty crust. The rosy leaves of meat folded on brioche, dressed with nothing but butter and sea salt. I would eat this…
…sitting on an Adirondack chair in the parking lot of a Hooters. As I sipped and nibbled, people would be walking to their cars and I would ask them, “how were your wings?” They would say, “pretty good.” Next to me a boom box is playing Hall and Oats. Hey, who the f*ck put on Hall and Oats?
Jasmine Lord says
I often enjoy tea around the late morning or late afternoon. Iced tea is especially pleasant on a sunny afternoon shared with guests. Sugar is offered but rarely accepted, lemon iced tea is the most refreshing to cleanse the pallet.
Served with something light as to not spoil the appetite for dinner. Small egg, mayonnaise, mustard sandwiches are often popular. Unless of course Tim Tams are the order for the day. Tim Tams are a famous Australian chocolate biscuit (cookie for Americans- and can be purchased under the label “Arnotts” at Cost Plus World Market) which can be delightful when refrigerated for Iced Tea accompaniment.
I enjoy tea at any venue who is happy to serve it, be it your house or mine, but my most favorite tea room, is the Queen Victoria Building Tea Room in Sydney, Australia. The QVB is a little walk up from Sydney Harbour. Dare I say it though… cancel dinner if you are enjoying tea at this glorious tea room. You are likely to roll out of the room feeling pure bliss from the King Island Dairy cream that they serve with scones.
Lewis Taylor says
I learned everything I know about iced tea from my mother, an iced tea fiend who, from May to September, always had her white pot steeping on the counter with three black tea tags hanging out of the top. The first rule of summertime iced tea, is that it’s got to be black. Extra lemon is a must, a sprig of mint from the yard adds just the right touch and you can never have too much ice. After all, you’re going to get a refill. The glass should be huge, but straws are not a good idea as the temperature tends to decrease in the lower depths of your cup. You want that icy goodness on top and you want to smell the mint and taste the lemon with each sip you take. Sugar is not advisable as it mutes the freshness of the whole production. The perfect sandwich pairing would be oven-roasted turkey on toasted multi-grain with a square of havarti, a couple of slices of garden tomato, and salt and pepper. Toss a kosher dill pickle on the side, along with a handful of salty potato chips to complete the picture. Now grab a newspaper or magazine, slide open that screen door and park yourself at a round patio table, preferably under an umbrella. The beauty of summertime iced tea is that it doesn’t need to be consumed in an exotic locale. As long as you’re outside, and provided it’s sunny and relatively warm, you’re in business. Oh, and don’t forget to make a glass for Mum!
Girdwood Alaska Backpackers Inn says
The setting, Girdwood Alaska Backpackers Inn located in Girdwood, Alaska.
Pick blueberries along the bicycle path towards Alyeska Resort. The blueberries make a delicious unsweetened ice tea.
35ft from the hostel a Silver Salmon is caught in Glacier River. Thrown on the grill to become an Asian Grilled Salmon Sandwich. Sit in a big comfy chair on the second story deck that over looks the Turnagain Arm Inlet.
Enjoy views of snow peaked mountains, the calm peaceful water, watch bald eagles fly and make plans for another Average Betty inspired Girdwood, Alaska adventure.
Let me know if you need a beautiful setting with a full kitchen to film an Average Betty episode!
not only would i …but i AM enjoying a fabulous green tazo tea that i like to put some fresh mint in while savoring a homemade real turkey breast and swiss cheese sandwich with organic mixed lettuces and yellow mustard on fresh baked oat bread from the bakery around the corner. oh yeah and followed by a delicious tr-eat well good for you yummy cookie. all this and i am at work here at hellomellow…. life she is good! :)
wow but that grilled chicken torta looks awesome. and you my dear…so cute and so funny…i just love ya xx
Jason Jerbil says
Earl Grey, ruined by milk and sugar
the sandwich? i only ever dip biscuits in moy tea, but bacon and marmalade sandwich at breakfast time
Steak & horseradish sauce sandwich for lunch
and then there is always peanutbutter & banana for supper
eat anywhere so long as i am alone, then i can pig out and not share haha
Joe Baker says
My favorite tea, sandwich, and location combination!
Favorite Tea: English Breakfast Black Tea. Make the tea VERY STRONG, then sweeten it lightly with a couple of sugar cubes, add a splash of the creamer of your choice (this can be anything really, switch it up for some variety!). Let it brew for a bit, then pour it over ice to chill.
Favorite Sandwich: Ploughman’s Sandwich…. Homemade onion marmalade, made with Balsamic Vinegar, the sharpest and most mature cheddar cheese one can find, and a couple leafs of lettuce. All of this is put in between two fluffy slices of sourdough bread. Don’t toast it!
Location: Sitting in a brook upon a big blanket near the Thames in Oxford; watching as people punt up and down the river… It is the middle of the day, a bit hot, but the tree’s above are casting a large cooling shadow upon the tea, the sandwiches, and the company you are sharing them with.
First, let’s get the right glass: real glass not plastic!The cubes make such a lovely tinkle in a real glass.And the tea? White tea with a splash of lime –no honey for me, thanks,but you may if you like. For a sandwich, I believe I will have almond butter on homemade banana bread–WITH walnuts, if you please! In fact, I think I will slice a cold banana on the almond butter and drizzle with honey! aaaaahhhh!!! refreshing! out on my patio at about 6:00 in the evening; it’s still warm but not blazing. Let’s not talk about work right now!
Aduzi Cappuccino says
I prefer to enjoy my tea and sandwich on averagebetty’s patio. My favorite tea is a sweetened orange pekoe with lemon. Served in a 6 ounce beer glass without ice. I usually only fill the glass half way and take small sips to cleanse my pallet while eating my meat-loaf sandwich. The sandwich is always on ruben or deli rye. The meat-loaf is then covered with a generous helping of mayo. The mayo must be on the meat-loaf only, not on the bread. Italian roasted peppers in sauce are added on top of the mayo and covered with a slice of provolone cheese. Now, that’s what I call living large.
Time to go for a picnic. I would make a glass of African red tea, Rooibos. Wildflower amber honey, lemon, and icecubes welcome. For nosh, we need lite and easy to travel. I pack some wheat pitas thinly filled with hummus, sliced cucumbers, and sliced tomatoes if not traveling too far. My destination of choice is Prospect Park in Brooklyn, but you pick the park of your choosing.
Hi, my name is Keith & I am 11. My favorite kind of tea is Rasberry flavored Ice tea along with a Turkey & pepperjack cheese sandwhich on an toasted cheese bagel with ketchup, mustard, onions, lettuce, banana peppers & a pickle on the side. The best place to eat & drink this combo is sitting on the back of our car at lunch time in the parking lot of six flags great america amusement park.
Let me set the scene: Sitting on the front porch in Brooklyn, NY or Mt. Airy in philadelphia watching the city go by and keeping an eye out for the kids playing in the street
Perfect glass of iced tea: Mangosteen Green tea sweetened with Agave nectar with lots of Ice. Have to drink it fast before the ice melts though :-)
Perfect sandwich: Curried chicken salad on wheat or sourdough. So very tasty.
This can be enjoyed actually most of the year but its extra tasty and refreshing on a warm summer day!
I have recently become a tea snob of sorts. My new favorite iced tea is a blend called “Golden Monkey.” It’s phenomenal with sugar.
I’d pair that with a grilled portabella mushroom sandwich with blue cheese, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, garlic aioli and put it on a really tasty roll or ciabatta.
I would love to be eating this outside, shades on, in the shade.
I would actually love to be eating it at my desk right now, but that’s not my ideal!
1) My perfect tea is herbal (as little black tea as possible) with cranberry and orange peel bits, probably some hibiscus in it, and no sugar, and it’s hot or cold depending on what the weather is doing. I don’t usually have hot tea with sandwiches – unless maybe it’s a cookie & peanut butter or an ice cream-cookie sandwich. In which case, homemade chocolate chip & walnut cookies are involved. If it’s cold tea, then probably something involving turkey (preferably leftovers from a roasted turkey), gouda, some pressed yogurt (cream-cheese style) and a french mustard/miracle whip sauce. To be enjoyed on my front porch, shaded by the eaves, overlooking the vegetable and flower garden & watching the bird & butterflies & bees visiting.
My other favorite is GenMaiCha, puffed brown rice tea. While I prefer it hot, I usually end up having it lukewarm, with no sandwich, because I have it at work where I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off, trying to get everything done. The sandwich to be enjoyed later, I suppose, will probably be graham crackers with peanut butter on them, because I probably forgot my lunch at home. I work with preschoolers, and I will probably have raided the snack cabinet to find something to scarf down for lunch – which means I will either be eating at the little-kid tables with them, or stealing a moment or two at my desk between phone calls & emails.
My perfect glass of iced tea is a strong black tea, sweetened with lemon. I like to enjoy the bold tannin, so it isnt overly sweet. Lots of ice in my mustache pint glass from Bread & Badger, and I am in tea heaven!
The perfect sandwich to accompany this tea is a Greek flatbread pita topped with tzaziki and sliced cucumber and baby onion sprouts. mmmmmmm perfection!
The perfect place for me to enjoy this summer lunch is in the peace and quiet of my own backyard on a warm sunny day by the tall maple tree.
:: jozjozjoz :: says
1. My perfect glass is a glass of green iced tea, no lemon, no straw, no nothing… just green tea and ice!
2. The perfect sandwich to go with the tea is a “Mother Nature” sandwich: wheat bread, light mayo, avocado, lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, shredded carrots. (I’m not a vegetarian, I just love veggies!)
3. This perfect combo would be enjoyed at home in my den, on the couch in front of the TV with my favorite TV show (NOVA) showing a nature show.
Cheesy, but true!
Unsweetened Ice Tea….YUM! With a chicken salad sandwich on nutty wheat bread with sprouts, tomato and lettuce. Perfect combo @ my favorite local independent coffeehouse. = )
I am a huge fan of tazo teas, I love the passion tea flavor with ice it is so refreshing and the flavor is somewhat on the fruity side.
Black Sweet Iced Tea with lot’s of ice and lime instead of lemon, so it’s not so tangy. That’s the perfect glass of tea.
For the sandwich, I’ll have to go with a Fake Cuban Sandwich, which is ham, roast turkey, Swiss cheese, and pickles with mayonnaise and mustard on Cuban or French bread. All of this flattened in a Cuban sandwich press, not a panini press, it can’t have lines on it. This of course must be accompanied with fried plantain chips. I call it a fake Cuban because it has no pork in it, and a real Cuban sandwich always has roasted pork in it.
This combination would definitely be best at home on the patio with friends and family. The fresher the better, there’s nothing better than pulling a Cuban sandwich off the press and onto a plate with melted cheese just oozing out the sides. Mmmm!
I love Earl Grey w/ just a touch of honey and a Basic BLT w/ Leanest Turkey Bacon, mixed greens, spinach, a quick hit of Miracle Whip Lite on both sides (
The last ingredient on my multigrain toast for the perfect BLT are slices of my Homegrown Beefsteak tomatoes…. for the Perfect BLT. TY for the opportunity to potentially win some of the BEST TEA ON EARTH ! TAZO tea !!
I love to eat my BLT out on my back porch while watching my beautiful backyard and all of the birds & bees in my lovely California home. I have moved to paradise and am getting healthier each and everyday. Betty is a reason for this, she’s taught me healthier ways to have fun w/ food !!!!
1. A blend of black and green tea. Lots of ice, a touch of sugar, and a squeeze of lemon. No straw, thank you.
2. Sandwich: maple glazed turkey, melted swiss, red onion, avocado and tomato on a multigrain roll. No condiments, please.
3. I’m at The Cloisters–a collection of monasteries that was transported across the Atlantic and rebuilt in Manhattan. The place is all bubbling fountains, green plants, beautiful art, and peace. My lover is with me, and he has his own (but far inferior) tea and sandwich combo (but I still love him). We’re wearing goofy hats and laughing.
Tea is perfect without anything added for me. No sugar or anything else. I don’t usually eat a sandwich. My favorite all time sandwich was a Portobello mushroom sandwich that I got at a restaurant once but I would gaga over any sandwich that Betty makes.
I love my tea frosty cold, so much that the glass starts to sweat. Green tea, unsweetened, with just a hint of lemon. My sandwich of choice to accompany this fab glass of tea, would be a chicken caesar sandwich, with artisan bread, grilled chicken sliced and layered, lettuce, onions, tomato, and a drizzle of caesar dressing.
My location? On a countryside porch, watching the sunset.
A girl can dream, right?
My perfect tea is a lightly sweetened Tazo Passion tea. The sandwich to go with it would be on artisan bread with smoked ham and gruyere. I would be enjoying it on the beach!
Black, ice, lime, nothing else. Ok, maybe a touch of simple syrup.
Crispy Cuban sandwich with peppers.
In the back yard under my hop trellis next to the “Survival of the Fittest” Garden.
1. Tea: Long Island Iced Tea has no tea! Really! And, iced tea is typically served without booze. Horrors. My perfect iced tea: one part whiskey, one part tea, lemon, ice and simple syrup.
2. Sandwich: Last week I made Lexington, North Carolina pulled pork, with ‘vinegary’ Nor’cacalacka sauce. Serve on white bread, with dill pickle slices, and a side o Lay’s potato chips. Open faced heaven!
3. Since I’m on a Southern jag here, I’m going to eat my sandwich on the riverside, near a rope swing, so me and my friends can swim too soon after eating bbq. Cramps? Whatever. I never listened to what my mamma told me, anyhow.
I keep a few tea’s on hand at all times, but when I pack for a day on the beach, I take Tazo Awake Black Tea, sweetened with natural sugar and iced. Nothing goes better with Iced tea than a great sandwich. I start with a french bread roll layered with avocado, thin sliced mesquite turkey, cucumber, tomato, red onion, romain lettuce, sliced strawberries, and a sprinkle of red wine vinaigrette. If you’ve never tried it with strawberries and vinaigrette before, I highly recommend it, you’ll never go back to mayo and mustard again. Nothing saps your energy like a day in the sun, so this lunch keeps me going for that game of volleyball when the sun starts to set. In the meantime, I’ll just sit here on this beach towel and watch the waves crash… You keep an eye out for dive bombing sea gulls out to steal my sammich, and I’ll share…. ;)
Karen Mandall says
I keep Tazo tea at my desk so I have something to enjoy while I’m working hard. Awake is my favorite and I usually have it iced with splenda. I like to order in a Bobby sandwich from Capriotti’s, because it’s like Thanksgiving in a sandwich (roasted turkey, cranberry, dressing and mayo on a fresh baked roll). Thanks Betty!
Stuart Reb Donald says
I’ve got to say I love the the guava iced tea with the Jamaican Jerk chicken wrap at Mars Hill Cafe in Mobile, AL.
missy reitner-cameron says
betty is the hottest thing since iced tea. i dont think there is even a tea cold enough to cool her down.
Genny Danker says
Favorite iced tea – passion fruit tazo tea with a splash of sugar free lemon aid. – make sure you add plenty of ice and an extra slice of lemon
Serve w/ grilled chicken sandwich topped with Average Betty’s famous avacodo relish on a fresh onion roll from your favorite bakery (Publix is the best!)
Setting for the feast: on the beach at sunset with a few of your favorite family or friends, and in one of the family members is Average Betty and her handsom side-kick Lee, all the better!
Bill Steagall says
1) I like an unsweetened jasmine tea with lemon, brewed strong.
2) with a BLT (Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato) on toasted coarse sourdough bread, but with a slice (or THREE please) of avocado, using dry cured thick sliced bacon, Jersey Beefsteak tomatoes and crisp iceberg lettuce. Mayo on the side, please! I’m on a diet.
3) at a picnic, watching the sunset over the Severn River near Annapolis Maryland, as warm breezes bring you the fragrance of jasmine blooming as the sun sets.
Colleen C says
I’m a bit of a purist, so my perfect iced T is a Black Tea with honey and lemon slices, served chilled on my deck, curled up with my cats while enjoying a cucumber sandwich with cream cheese and the crusts removed – and fed to the birds, and squirrels, of course!
Ty Hodges says
I love my tea brewed, not instant, black tea. Must be unsweetened and poured in a tall clear glass with ice, mmmmmm.
The perfect sandwich to go with my perfect iced tea is a yummy sliced crusty bread slathered in butter with tuna salad and cheddar cheese grilled to toasty perfection!
I think I will have that will sitting in an air conditioned casino playing a slot machine and not worrying about a clock…..if only I were not at work right now!!
1. my perfect cup of tea is warm green tea with a dab of pure honey.
2. My perfect sandwich with my tea is a Veggie Sandwich. Wheat bread with roasted red peppers, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, vinaigrette dressing, feta and mozzarella cheese. With a side of kettle cooked salt & vinegar potato chips.
3. The setting, early evening on my balcony watching football..as I live next to a stadium.
The perfect glass of iced tea has to be that sugary sweet stuff that I used to drink as a kid. It was awesome because of all the sugary goodness and sadly I cannot drink that sort of stuff anymore. The sandwich to go with it would have to be a BBQ Brisket with some Johnny Angel’s Demon Sauce and some cole slaw.
I’d love to have that on my front porch on the Cape.
K. Rock says
My perfect glass of tea would be lightly brewed with lemon. I would sweeten it with a simple syrup I make with fresh ginger.
My sandwich would have fresh tomatoes, light mayo, and a little s&p on a soft bakery roll.
I would eat this on my front porch on the house I imagine in my head that I am going to have built overlooking some body of water somewhere.
Ahhh, we can all dream.
mark jensen says
tea sucks…i hate it