Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Review: Kombuchick Kombucha Bar + Microbrewing Co.

I haven't blogged in a couple of days because I've been in a mini funk. My caveman, Ian, had to leave on Sunday for three weeks of corporate training for his new job. I'm very proud of him and excited for him for this opportunity, but I miss him a bunch already.

Saturday before he left, we obviously spent the day together and we went on our favorite kind of date: Farmer's Market Date. We stopped first at the Virginia Beach Farmer's Market and went into the awesome Virginia Garden Organic Grocery and stocked up on some more Hot Italian Links and pastured eggs from Polyface Farms. Did I mention how lucky we feel that this place is 10 minutes from our new apartment and open six days a week? #blessed We then proceeded to go to a market we had never been to in Norfolk called the 5 Points Community Farm Market. What a hidden gem! This market is open from Thursdays through Sundays and is home to a cafe, a market for local, Virginia grown food and grassfed protein, eggs, cheese, and even grassfed raw dog food! It is also a pick-up for a CSA! If that wasn't exciting enough, tucked in one corner, we happened upon this:

Yes, you read that right. A KOMBUCHA BAR! Of course, Ian and I plopped right down on a couple of bar stools and met Leslie, owner and founder of Kombuchick Kombucha Bar + Microbrewery Co.  Not only is Leslie beautiful, she is a truly beautiful person who has a passion for real food. 

Upon her recommendation, we tried the Jawbreaker (on right, colored with real beets!) and the Jasmine Mojito(on left), and we thoroughly enjoyed every sip while getting to know Leslie and learning about her business.

Leslie told us that her passion for kombucha stemmed from her discovery of eating real foods as a way of healing. She told us that after a period of being vegan and vegetarian, she discovered that she had done damage to her body by denying it from essential nutrients, proteins and animal fats. Even though Ian and I have never been vegan or vegetarian, we come from broken, junk food diets, and so we shared so much in common with Leslie. We sat at her bar for a while discussing real foods, grassfed and pastured raised meat options, and the Weston A. Price Foundation. She told us that the local chapter is very active and encouraged us to join! She also gave me recommendations for restaurants and other farmers markets.

In addition to the Kombucha Bar, Kombuchick also bottles their product and sells it at different places around the Tidewater area. In particular, she recommended Cure Coffeehouse and Brasserie. She said that Cure features local and organic menu items, house cured meats in addition to locally roasted coffee, and of course her wonderful kombucha. I can't wait to go!

I encourage you to check out Kombuchick if you are in the Norfolk area, because this is truly a unique business. I know that Ian and I will become regulars at her 'Bucha Bar' and hopefully we will see her when we join the local WAPF Chapter. Have I mentioned that I love our new digs? Yeah, well, it's true. This place is such a paleo-paradise! Hurry back Ian so that I can enjoy it with you!


  1. Wow...amazing! Sometime before tomorrow, I will add this to the press roll on my website! Thank you so much, I appreciate it! I LOVE your blog, so informative, so thorough, and so inspiring! Cheers lady!

    1. Thanks for reading! I'll see you soon for sure! I need some more of that Jawbreaker! Best bucha I've ever had!

  2. I'm excited to get across the water and try it, thanks for the review! -Kim

  3. Leslie seems to be very passionate about food. The juices look so refreshing and perfect for a hot summer day. Keep up the good work Leslie. Recommended!

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