On Saturday, my roommates and I spent the afternoon at a fun local brewery, Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Lenny Boy isn’t just your average brewery, though. While they do brew beer, their specialty is kombucha.

Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Charlotte Kombucha

Never heard of kombucha? I’ll fill you in. Kombucha is an “ancient fermented tea beverage” that has a natural effervescence that is full of probiotics, antioxidants, and B vitamins. Kombucha is said to boast all kind of health benefits, including detoxifying the liver, boosting metabolism, improving digestion, relieving joint pain, improving eye sight and has even been found to destroy cancer-causing free-radicals.

Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Charlotte KombuchaLately I’ve been on a huge kombucha kick and drink half a bottle of GT’s Synergy every afternoon. I’ll be honest and say that it’s an acquired taste (very fizzy and vinegar-y), but now it’s something I look forward to every day! One major downfall is that bottled kombucha tends to be pretty expensive – typically about $4 a bottle. The mom of the kids that I nanny is amazing and also loves kombucha, so she buys it for us by the case full – a definite perk!

Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Charlotte Kombucha

My roommate Maddie is also a kombucha fan and recently let me know that Charlotte has its own local brewery! So, on Saturday, after hiking Crowder’s Mountain, we went to check it out. The sign out front highlighted their weekly specials, which are all pretty awesome.

Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Charlotte Kombucha

We arrived at Lenny Boy on the early side (around 1:00 pm), and we pretty much had the place to ourselves. I imagine that it would be a fun place to hang out when there’s a big crowd, but for our first time, it was nice to be able to chat with the bartender and learn more about Lenny Boy’s background.

Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Charlotte Kombucha

Lenny Boy has been around since 2012 and was only licensed to brew kombucha at first. Later on, they became licensed to brew “wild ales,” kombucha with a hint of alcohol. Most recently, they got their microbrewer’s license, and can now brew their own beer!  I have to say, the best part about Lenny Boy is the prices. You can take home a growler of kombucha, which holds 64 ounces. On Sundays, you can refill your growler for only $10. Seriously, that’s such a steal.

Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Charlotte Kombucha

I’ve considered brewing my own kombucha, but since I get it for free at work currently, I’m going to ride that train as long as it lasts. I loved peeking inside the kombucha brewing room – I can’t imagine how big the SCOBY (a fermenting culture that is made from previous batches that stands for symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) is in that big barrel in the back – so creepy but awesome! For Charlotte locals, Lenny Boy does offer brewery tours, but only a few times a week. They have to be super careful about who they allow in the room – any sickness can get into the kombucha and ruin the batch.

Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Charlotte Kombucha

On Saturday, Lenny Boy had 5 flavors of  traditional kombucha, 3 sour wild ales, and 6 organic beers on tap. They also had 5 kombucha flavors bottled if tap isn’t your thing, or if you wanted to take some home. Another note to Charlotte locals, you can find bottled Lenny Boy at Whole Foods and Common Market!

Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Charlotte Kombucha

The bar tender recommended with try the flight of five, which was an awesome deal at only $7. The flight glasses were a generous size, probably equaling about two and a half bottles. It was the perfect way to try a number of flavors.

Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Charlotte Kombucha

After much deliberation, I decided on the Holy Moly, Elite Beet, Sweet Potato Pie, Good Ol’ Giner, and Blueberry Waffle.

Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Charlotte Kombucha

I started things out with the Holy Moly, the only Sour Wild Ale that I ordered. It was a blend of NC Sweet Potatoes, molasses, and spiced kombucha. It’s made to be gluten free and clocks in a 4% ABV. I loved this! I really don’t know how to review drinks (not a beer enthusiast), but I’ll say that it tasted very cozy, seasonal, and perfect for fall. You could really taste the sweet potatoes!

Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Charlotte Kombucha

Next up was Sweet Potato Pie – sweet potatoes, cinnamon, and molasses. Even though the ingredients were similar to the Holy Moly above, it didn’t taste anything alike. This kombucha was light and crisp, but not at all fruity.

Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Charlotte Kombucha

My third tasting was Blueberry Waffle, which included NC blueberries and maple extract. I loved the light pink color! It was sweet, fruity, and tart, making it my favorite overall.

Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Charlotte Kombucha

Next I tried Plain Ol’ Ginger. My favorite GT’s flavor is Gingerade, so I imagined that I’d love Lenny Boy’s ginger ‘buch. I thought it was good, but almost too plain. If I’m craving ginger, I think I’ll stick with GT’s.

Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Charlotte Kombucha

Fifth and finally, I had the neon pink Elite Beet. Apparently people love or hate beet, and I gotta say, I’m a hater. I actually don’t think I had every had beets in any form before this. It wasn’t my thing, but our bartender told us it was one of their most popular flavors. So, to each their own!

Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Charlotte Kombucha

I also can’t fail to mention how involved Lenny Boy is in the community. On Saturday mornings, they host a yoga class. Your first class if free, then after that, it’s $5 a class. I’m not positive, but I think you get a free drink afterwards! Last Saturday, they were also hosting a halloween party and had a food truck parked outside. I’m so glad that I discovered Lenny Boy and I’ll definitely be back. Charlotte locals, you’ve gotta try it out!

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If you’re anything like me, waking up in the morning can be a real struggle. I envy those of you who sit down at the kitchen table and eat your breakfast in peace, sipping your morning coffee, maybe watching the Today show. 95% of the time I’m rushing around like a chicken with my head cut off, scrambling to get myself dressed and grab something to eat in the car on the way to work.

Paleo Broccoli Sausage Breakfast Cups

Lately I’ve been dipping my toes in the Paleo waters, but the problem is, most grab-n-go breakfasts are off limits. Muffins, granola bars, peanut butter toast… all a no-go. I hardly have time to put my make up on in the morning, so I definitely don’t have time to scramble eggs and fry up bacon.

These breakfast cups have been a life saver! Just make a big batch at the beginning of the week and pop one or two in the microwave for 30 seconds. Perfectly portable and Paleo (even Whole30 approved)!

Paleo Broccoli Sausage Breakfast Cups

 You’ll need:

  • 8 eggs
  • 1 package natural sausage
  • 2 cups frozen broccoli
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1/4 t sea salt
  • 1/4 t cracked pepper
  • Coconut oil, or fat of choice

Paleo Broccoli Sausage Breakfast Cups

 Step One: Defrost broccoli by heating for two minutes in a microwave safe bowl.

Step Two: Dice onions.

Step Three: Add broccoli, onions, and sausage to a large skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until sausage is browned.

Paleo Broccoli Sausage Breakfast Cups

 Step Four: Crack eggs into a large bowl. Add salt and pepper. Whisk until well scrambled.

Step Five: Preheat oven to 350. Grease muffin tins with coconut oil, or fat of choice. Spoon sausage mixture evenly into 12 cups.

Paleo Broccoli Sausage Breakfast Cups

 Step Six: Pour eggs into the cups on top of the sausage mixture.

Paleo Broccoli Sausage Breakfast Cups

 Step Seven: Bake for 25 minutes.

Paleo Broccoli Sausage Breakfast Cups

Serve right away, or store for week-day breakfasts. If you’re storing them in the refrigerator, just wrap them in a paper towel when you’re ready to reheat and microwave for 30 seconds. If you’re storing them in the freezer, heat for a full minute. They reheat great and are never dry, thanks to that friendly fat from the sausage.

Paleo Broccoli Sausage Breakfast Cups

These breakfast cups are SO flavorful and have been my staple morning meal for weeks now. Let me know if you give them a try! Also, if you have any suggestions for portable breakfasts, I’d love to hear! :) Also — tips for becoming a morning person?

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Blue&Gold

Below are seven brands that I’ve been crushing on recently, in two of my favorite hues. I think you’ll like them, too!

1. Rickshaw Design. Even though I end up wearing an oversized t-shirt to bed almost every night, I have a strange obsession with pajamas. Rickshaw Design sells the most gorgeous textiles, from pajamas to scarves, tops to bedding. Inspired by traditional Indian block printing, all of Rickshaw’s bohemian goods having me seeing hearts.

2. Pen Meet Paper. I do love a good Etsy shop. Pen Meets Paper boasts gorgeous hand lettering and plenty of prints bursting with state pride.

3. Nettie Kent. I’m a jewelry minimalist, so I was naturally drawn to the organic designs of Nettie Kent’s jewelry. These simple Petros studs would easily be a staple in any wardrobe.

4. Kris Nations. How sweet are these little North Carolina earrings? I also love  this state necklace. All of Kris Nation’s jewelry is made right here in the USA and comes in the cutest little glass beaker packaging. Two sisters, Kris and Kim Nations are the brains behind the vintage meets boho accessory line.

5. Sweaty Betty. Love cute workout clothes but looking to break out of the Lululemon box? Sweaty Betty is home to a wide range of exercise gear, for activities ranging from barre to skiing. Get ready to make a wish list a mile long!

6. Indego Africa. This nonprofit social enterprise and lifestyle brand is aiming to break cycles of poverty by providing jobs for Rwandan artisans. They sell awesome jewelry, home decor, bags, and clothes. It reminds me of the trip to Uganda, so naturally I want to snatch it all up! I mean, how awesome is this hanging flower pot? I am in looooove with this double drop pendant necklace, but why must it be so expensive?!

7. House of Harlow. Nicole Richie, you’re a hot mess, but your jewelry sure is cute! I eye these earrings (along with the black sunburst pendant) every time I walk through Nordstrom.

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