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As a former Californian now in Kentuciana (Louisville Area) I can testify that one good reason for moving S E from your current location is the Sweet Tea...Not just at Popeyes, but almost everywhere in this area !
There is a whole thread of recipes for Sweet Tea on this site, do a 'search' for SWEET TEA and I am sure it will pop up for you. One of the basics for making Southern Sweet Tea is the use of a simple sugar syrup instead of trying to dissolve granulated sugar into the tea itself.
Good Luck and keep posting!