All About Kombucha Tea in Cochrane AB

Found a great lunch spot in Cochrane Alberta called Twisted Basil Cafe & Fresh Market

My latest favorite restaurant in Cochrane Alberta – Twisted Basil Cafe & Fresh Market

I discovered a great spot for lunch in Cochrane today called Twisted Basil Café & Fresh Market. It’s also a microbrewery for Kombucha tea. Yummy!  

After an unexpected visit to Cochrane this morning, I decided to stay in town for lunch and I was so glad I did.

While strolling along the main street enjoying the sun, I stumbled upon Twisted Basil Café and Fresh Market.

What started out as a stop for coffee turned in a fabulous lunch hour spent in the friendly company of the owner, Leslie, and staff, Chrystal and Rachel.

Coconut Turmeric Curry. Taco chips with fresh mango salsa, SPICY black bean, and really tasty guacamole. Also had a tabouli salad on the side. I ate the Sweet Potato Pie too fast to take a picture!

Coconut Turmeric Curry. Taco chips with fresh mango salsa, SPICY black bean, and really tasty guacamole. Also had a tabouli salad on the side. I ate the Sweet Potato Pie too fast to take a picture!

The atmosphere of the café is warm and cozy and the menu will appeal to anyone who loves good food made from local, organic produce. But what makes this eatery extra special is their ability to accommodate dietary issues [celiac, dairy, gluten, etc.] without sacrificing flavor is a true speciality.

Maple Bacon flavored chips - how canadian is that???

Maple Bacon flavored chips – how Canadian is that???

Twisted Basil also encompasses a microbrewery and a small retail market. 

The market provides customers with ToGo Lunches of menu items as well as other organic choices, like Maple Bacon chips.  

As for the microbrewery; we’re not talking about beer.  Twisted Basil brews Kombucha tea. That’s a fermented drink made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast with 2,000 plus years of tradition behind it. I LOVE tea so I was ready to give it a try immediately but then I found out that Kombucha tea is really good for me too.

Tastes good and is good for you!

Tastes good and is good for you!

Reported health benefits of the Kombucha tea include;

  • DETOXIFICATION
  • JOINT CARE
  • AIDS DIGESTION AND GUT HEALTH
  • BOOSTS IMMUNE SYSTEM AND ENERGY LEVELS

Of course, serious medical studies into the health benefits of the tea are few – where would drug companies find the profits in a relatively cheap beverage like tea? – so I would suggest treating it like you would any other herbal supplement; consult with your doctor before drinking it regularly.  

But it sure must taste good because demand ran ahead of supply over the weekend and the taps of Twisted Basil had actually run dry for today in the café.

Fortunately for me, the market still had a small stash in the cooler, despite having just finished a hearty meal—including delicious sweet potato pie—I picked up a bottle of Kombucha as well as a ToGo pack of the amazing Coconut Turmeric Curry dish I’d already had for lunch.

I can’t wait to see what other hidden treasures await for me to discover the next time I explore Cochrane.

 

 

 

 

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