• Kombucha. It’s all the rage — taking over the drink section at Whole Foods, on tap at your local watering hole, and even in cocktails. And reaching for a bottle of the fermented drink isn’t just oh so Gwyneth Paltrow of you, it’s also good for your skin. Long story short, when your digestive tract is happy, so is your face. [Health]
The folks at Kensington’s recently opened Martha — a bar that serves up both kombucha and kefir, along with hoagies and, you know, normal bar drinks — has kicked of a little something called Martha Mondays, a happy hour series where they introduce folks to the makers behind their products. And today, Martha Mondays is all about Funky Fresh, Philly makers of kombucha, kefir and all sorts of other fermented goodies. Read more »
Kombucha, the fermented beverage that’s been touted as a probiotic wonder drink, is like Paris Hilton circa 2003: Whether you like it or not (and regardless of whether you think it’s totally gross), it is everywhere. And not just in bottles: We noticed that draft kombucha seemed to be popping up all over town, so we decided to track down as many Philly spots as we could find that offer the bubbly stuff on tap. Below, where you can fill up a growler with kombucha around Philly. Happy guzzling! Read more »
Martha is opening in Kensington, just off of Frankford Avenue at 2113 East York Street. The bar is fronted by Philadelphia restaurant/bar alum Jon Medlinsky (Chifa, Khyber Pass Pub, the Yachtsman) and backed by Marathon Grill co-owner Cary Borish and Mike Parsell. The eye-opening space takes over an old cube of a building with soaring ceilings, an intimate mezzanine, a warming fireplace and long bar.
Every time I go to Whole Foods, I stare at the kombucha section of the cold-drink case and imagine filling my cart to the brim with bottles. And then I grab one of my favorite bottles, which costs $5 — FIVE DOLLARS, people — and quit daydreaming. You see, I used to buy like six kombuchas every time I went to Whole Foods, but then I went broke. So one it is.
If your bank account, too, has suffered due to your kombucha addiction, here’s one way to save boatloads of money: This week and next week, local kombucha company Inspired Brews is teaming up with United by Blue to host two kombucha-making workshops. So now, you can learn to make your very own kombucha and avoid blowing all your funds on fermented tea. Read more »
If you’ve ever been at a bar and thought to yourself, Man, I could really go for an ice-cold kombucha right now, then settled for a cider — because what bar has kombucha? — then Martha, a new bar opening at the corner of York and Martha streets in Kensington, will soon be your favorite watering hole.
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• It seems just about everything good stains your teeth: wine (red and white!), your morning coffee — even tea! But there are some things you can do (that don’t involve $30 at-home whitening strips) to keep your pearly whites as pearly as possible while still enjoying your favorite foods and drinks. Think: chasing wine with whitening foods like apples and celery, brushing with baking soda and more. [Prevention]
I’m sure you’ve seen it at Whole Foods or Di Bruno Bros, those bottles of fermented tea called kombucha (pronounced exactly as it appears, btw). Like quinoa, it’s one of those things that’s been around for thousands of years but has been having a bit of foodie and health-food junkie renaissance lately.
Fostering that renaissance locally is Philly-based company Inspired Brews, co-founded by Washington Square West resident Jessa Stevens. Her business partner, Jennifer Snow, leads up the Dallas, Texas, operations. Stevens has been whipping up small batches of the stuff for the past few years, teaching kombucha classes and making connections with local foodies. This past January, she started bottling and selling her product at local retailers, including Tallula’s Daily, Down Dog Healing Cafe, Terrain at Styer’s and more.
If you’ve ever found yourself thinking, “Man, with all the money I’ve spent on kombucha, I could’ve bought a house! Oh, how I wish I knew how to make this bubbly beverage myself,” while piling bottles upon bottles of kombucha into your shopping cart, then this workshop is tailor-made for you: On May 3rd, Greensgrow Farms is hosting a kombucha fermentation workshop with Philly’s very own fermentation enthusiast, Amanda Feifer of Phickle.