Kombucha Kombucha is a raw, fermented, probiotic, and naturally carbonated tea.
Some like to call it love at first sip, but it took a hundred sips for me to fall in love. I’ve seen videos of how this fermented tea is made and knowing I was drinking a colony of bacteria and yeast totally grossed me out …but I’m cheap so I’m going to finish that bottle no matter what (Kombucha is expensive, okay). The tangy and fizzy taste eventually grew on me— and the aftertaste became heavenly!

While kombucha is not recommended for people who are sick, it does seem to make healthy people feel even healthier.

Drinking Kombucha is just like eating yogurt but you get more probiotic bang for your buck and you save on the calories. It also contains a trace amount of alcohol at 0.5% and being the weaksauce that I am, I swear I started to feel a little light-headed after that bottle …but I did drink it on an empty stomach, after a cup of coffee. Excuses aside, I am a granny and not ashamed to admit it.

Kombucha is easily brewed at home but it is a really creepy method and you have to be extremely careful of contamination. After fermentation, the rubbery-mushroom like mother, SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) is formed, which then eats the sugar you put in the tea, magic happens and probiotics are born. That totally sounds sci-fi but I love sci-fi.

Benefits of Kombucha:

  • Detoxification
  • Will make you feel more alert and energized
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Aids digestion and gut health
  • Joint care
  • Weight and appetite control
  • Clearer skin, thicker hair (as some also claims)

There is actually no scientific evidence to support the benefits of Kombucha but that just means there are no direct evidence at this time so I really don’t know if it’s actually good for you. All I know is that I like the taste of vinegar-ish tea. There has also been reports of serious complications and even deaths (that still hasn’t been linked directly to Kombucha) linked to the tea but if you are a Kombucha-lover like I’m turning into— you can’t go wrong with MODERATION.

Have you tried kombucha? What are your thoughts?

Talks of bacteria and yeast aside, I just had to post some images from my awesome weekend:

Dr. Who 50th Anniversary

Happy 50th Anniversary, Dr. Who!! A couple of months ago, my friend sold my soul to The Doctor and we threw a party for the anniversary on Saturday. We actually made a lot more food right down to the last second and didn’t have time to stage a photo shoot until after the show was over. Heh heh heh.

Asian Food

I made pho for the first time this weekend (and I actually didn’t fail)… and I thought I’d make a collage with some of my favorite Asian-y foods so my blog can look pretty and delicious.

I Fucking Love Fitness

Can’t have an entry without something fitness related. My weekend ride actually got me sick (I already had a cold brewing) but no regrets!


    Friday Randoms

    • This month has been a whirlwind and I didn’t even realize it’s almost over!
      Dinner at Home

      June was another month of massive feasts.

    • I did my second Grouse Grind of the season this morning! I hang my head in shame because by this time last year, I already did the Grind about 10 times.
    • Last year, my co-workers and I were super committed and did the Grind every single week.. and even went at 6am on weekends if we missed one. This year I’m not as committed because I want to spend all my free time cycling! Time is too precious to not be doing the things you love love love. But I bought a pass anyway so I will still be going.
    • I’m thinking of taking the clips off my bike so I can Bike and Grind more often this year and not have to carry extra shoes up. Or is that a valid excuse to buy a new bike?
    • The past couple of months, I’ve been dealing with leg pain which was a result of a tight IT band. I’ve been stretching and rolling the crap out of it (along with everything else— hamstrings, quads, calves and glutes of course) and it has dramatically improved. All these weird pains I use to get in my lower-body are slowly disappearing.
      Hip Flexor Stretch

      Vain mirror pic while doing a hip flexor stretch.

    • I signed up for Tough Mudder this year but I transferred my registration to next year because of the knee pain.
    • Plus I spent all my time cycling or lifting weights that I only ran TWICE this year. Tough Mudder is all about running so if I did it this year, I would’ve walked the entire course because I didn’t want to risk injury to my legs… which would stop me from biking!! I’m so glad I didn’t do it because I would have not enjoyed it since I would’ve been so worried about injuries. Next year, I will try to get some real runs in before the event.
    • My S3 screen has been cracked since last November and I FINALLY got it fixed. Every time I decided to do it, something came up like I went out and bought a new stem for my bike instead. I mean I can still use the phone and the cracks didn’t bug me… cycling and fitness is just sooooo much more important. And it doesn’t help that performance gear and equipment is so. Damn. Epensive.
    • I also broke my laundry machine a couple months ago because I totally overloaded it but I FINALLY bought a new one! Damnit. That means I have to start doing my own laundry again (Boyfriend always took it to his place and did it for me). Sigh.
    • I’m looking forward to my first long weekend of the year! Although I don’t really have plans except for lunch dates, freelance work, bike rides and a ton of eating. But that’s just the way I want it.