You never know what you will run into in our dear Valley, and last weekend was a prime example of that! The weekend following the annual “stuff your face as much as you can day”, a.k.a. Thanksgiving, we were on the lookout for something that would make us feel at least a slight bit better.
We decided to go look for something early Saturday afternoon. The day couldn’t have been any prettier! The sun was out and shining, the weather was in the 80s and the light breeze cooled you down just right. It was the perfect day to enjoy one of our favorite holidays, "Small Business Saturday".
If you have been following us for a while, then you know we tend to only visit eateries and bars that are locally owned. We’re glad that there is a dedicated day that shines the spotlight on businesses that are owned by the folks living and paying taxes in our communities. So, of course, we were thrilled when we heard about a locally owned Kombucha Bar and added it on our list of places to visit.
When we came across Boocha Boocha for Life on our social media feed, we immediately had 2 thoughts. One: There is a real kombucha bar in the Valley? Two: There is a real kombucha bar in WESLACO? We tend to think of up-and-coming, trendy, foodie places to normally be established in our more centralized cities like Mission, McAllen or Edinburg, but when we read that this place was in Weslaco, we were pleasantly surprised and thought “Heck yeah, Mid Valley! We’re totally glowing it up!”
For those of you who are not too familiar with what kombucha is, let us give you a small breakdown. Kombucha is a fermented tea drink that’s made by adding yeast of a culture bacteria to a mixture of green or black tea, sugar and additional flavors like fruit juices, cayenne pepper or ginger. After you blend the tea with sugar, it becomes kombucha with the help of something called S.C.O.B.Y. “Scoby” is actually an acronym: Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast. And that's exactly what it is! A scoby is the living home for the bacteria and yeast that transform sweet tea into tangy, fizzy kombucha.
Kombucha is a growing trend due to its health benefits and it naturally contains a tiny, miniscule amount, less than 0.05% trace of alcohol and caffeine. Kombucha is packed with probiotics that are great for gut-health, de-bloating, lowering cholesterol and promote a healthy immune system. This was exactly what we needed after Thursday’s feast!
Noe and Liz Acevedo opened Boocha Boocha for Life just 6 months ago. They started on their personal health journey about four years ago and quickly discovered the benefits of kombucha. Noe is the brewer and, after some time sampling their kombucha with friends and selling it at farmers markets, they decided to share their hobby and passion with the rest of the Valley and keg their fermented beverage.
Boocha Boocha typically has 2 to 4 different kinds of kombucha on tap. Each kombucha varies in flavor, depending on what ingredients Noe decided to experiment with that week. We were able to sample (more like gulp down) a Lavender-Ginger kombucha and a Mango-Pomegranate kombucha. Both were so delicious that we ended up bringing some home in 2 of their recyclable jugs. One of their top and constantly on tap kombuchas is Pepino Bravo, made with cucumber, Valley lemons, cayenne pepper and some other deliciousness that we, unfortunately, can’t remember.
Besides kombucha, Boocha Boocha for Life also offers plant-based meals for lunch, on a daily basis. We’re looking forward to going back on Thursday evening or Friday to dig our teeth into one of those yummy-looking pizzas we missed out on this last Saturday. And yes, we repeat, it’s all plant based. The cheese on the pizza is made from cashews. No need for a second look, you read that correctly, cashews!
If you would like to have kombucha at home, you can always buy a 64 ounce growler for $17 (with kombucha), then come back and refill it for $12. If you have your own growler, take it with you and they’ll charge you 25 cents per ounce. They also offer smoothies, teas, and CBD products, amongst other goodies.
Boocha Boocha for Life is located at 308 South Texas Boulevard, Suite A, Weslaco, TX 78596. Their hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Saturday 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.; Monday and Sunday closed. For more information, you can reach them at (956) 520-7111. Follow them on their social media platforms for new Kombucha flavors and weekly specials @boochaboochaforlife.
Gaby Jones and Trisha Watts work hand-in-hand with the service industry. Jones is in charge of craft and imported beer for L&F Distributors-South Texas and Watts is a freelance writer specializing in the marketing of the service industry. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.