I constantly look forward to my next meal. As mentioned in my introductory article, my goal is to share the reasons behind my obsession and perhaps turn you over to the dark side, if you will. Michy’s is one of these reasons.


I had heard quite a few positive reviews on the North Miami restaurant, but I decided to experience it for myself, in order to share a candid opinion. I was blown away! The executive chef, Michelle Bernstein, uses inspirations from South America and France, to craft original and amazingly satisfying dishes. Speaking of originality, the décor deserves the utmost respect. The chairs take you back to the 1950’s, using flowered cushions, adorned in plastic. Further, the soft chandeliers add to the elegance of the locale, signaling a cross with 1920’s design, which encourages guests to dress up for dinner. The ceiling pulls the look together. The textured royal blue reflects on the similarly colored floors, transforming the restaurant into an outer world location. Whereas the intimacy, makes you feel as if you were one of the few to grab a ticket to this escape.


Our journey began with the fresh oysters. Michy’s offers the choice of Atlantic or Pacific oysters, with the possibility to combine them if you so desire. They are served on the half shell with daily mignonette, cocktail sauce and horseradish. The shellfish were so fresh, that it felt as if it were my first time enjoying oysters. The horseradish immediately woke up my taste buds, and I was ready for more. We followed with the ceviche, livened with lime and avocado, with tortilla chips to add to the fun.  The company at my table was lovely, but the food had grabbed my attention once and for all.

Goat Cheese Gnocchi with Lamb Meatballs

I ordered the goat cheese gnocchi with lamb meatballs and I am certain it was placed on the menu for my sole enjoyment. I have a soft spot for all three ingredients; however, all three can easily be unsuccessful due to quality and freshness.  The gnocchi was evidently fresh, yet tender and oozing with potato, rather than boiled dough as I have had in the past. Perhaps its cylinder shape attributed to it, but either way I was impressed. Second, the harissa tomato sauce brought just enough spice, acidity and sweetness, to do it justice. Now meatballs are quite difficult to master. I often say that they are more of an “at-home” dish. The lamb reduced the traditional toughness beef brings along, and elevated its flavor. Of course the harissa sauce again complimented them. The dish was also topped with Greek cucumber yogurt, which softened the cheese and balanced the tomatoes.  In short, I was in heaven and had difficulty sharing it with my guests.

Typically I more than taste my guests’ meals, but due to my connection with my dish, I refrained from overindulging in theirs. I must say however, that the steak frites were simple yet well made. The steak melted in my mouth, but again I rushed backed to the gnocchi, paired with my glass of Pinot Noir. Needless to say, I cleared the plate, as you can see below.


Even if I did not have room for desert, I had to make it, considering that Michy’s had passed the first two courses with flying colors. I opted for the deep fried peach pie. I was a bit skeptical with the peach, but they had me at deep fried! The sealed, fried, fruity piece of goodness, sat in apple cider caramel and topped with vanilla ice cream. As simple and traditional as this desert may sound, it does not compare to any old apple pie. It was incrusted with sugar and fried to the perfect level of crispiness. Again, I had trouble sharing. I did however, dabble into the baked Alaska. It consisted of pistachio cake, topped with dulce de leche ice cream and covered in an Italian meringue. So decadent! The quality of their ice cream very much contributed to the deserts’ success, due to the balance in sweetness and creaminess. All in the all, the meal was exquisite.

Deep Fried Peach Pie

Baked Alaska

As I am known for my honest opinion, it may come to a surprise that my review was overwhelmingly positive. I must then admit that I also tasted the nutella cake, which I found a bit dry; however, that did not take away from my pleasant experience. Michy’s is where to take your taste buds out for a ride, your eyes out for a remake in history,  and your friends and family (or date) out to be apart of the experience. As it is an experience, you may need to open up your wallet a little wider, but not too wide. In any case, it is one worth every penny. Michy’s reminded me of the reason behind my love for food, and my inspiration for writing. It reminded me of  the reason behind my obsession.

Garden Party


Girls love brunch! Or so they say. My girlfriends and I certainly do, but last Sunday, we decided to take a detour from our usual spot to celebrate a birthday. The Eater Miami recently put together a list of top brunch places in Miami, with The Morgan Restaurant in Wynwood at the top of the list, due to their French toast @eatermiami.  Thus we decided to give it a whirl and took a drive down the artistic district.

To our surprise, we realized that we had already visited the restaurant separately, without taking note of the name, but it was a pleasant surprise. The setting, although small, was delightful. The majority of their seats are located outdoors, on a terrace, as well as in a garden below the main deck. Indoor seating is also available, but we found the exterior to be the most charming. We requested the garden and were fortunate to sit in a covered area as it was a sunny Miami day out. The location was dressed in tropical trees and plants from the parking lot to the garden, and the clientele outfitted in shorts and sunglasses, which reinforced the comfortable Miami vibe and called for brunch cocktails of course.


Naturally, we ordered a pitcher of bellini. Morgan’s offers a different take on the classic drink, by using peach syrup, rather than peach juice, which makes all the difference. The syrup emits the peach flavors clearly, without overwhelming the champagne or prosecco. In consequence, this change encourages a higher quality of bubbles , which avoids headaches after a couple pitchers (mysteriously) make their way to our table. Thus do girls love brunch, or do they love brunch cocktails?

Since we came for a meal, we began with the beet tacos, to start brunch off on a whimsical note, or perhaps we already had. The beets were dressed with goat cheese, cabbage, mayonnaise, cilantro and barbecue sauce, served on double layered, whole grain, soft shell tacos. It reminded me of a take on the Russian/Olivier salad, with an emphasis on the beets. The cheese was virtually nonexistent, and the tacos’ texture did not compliment the beets off very well, maybe due to the thickness of the shell. The drinks had left us famished thus we finished our appetizers, although without a smile.

regular french toast
Traditional French Toast at Morgan’s

While the French toasts made their way from the kitchen to our table, we nearly salivated due to the excitement, and our hunger. We ordered the mascarpone and raspberry stuffed French toasts.  Morgan’s uses brioche, which heightens the quality and thickness of the dish. The stuffed toasts were folded in half, to capture the filling appropriately. Although syrup was offered once asked, the stuffed French toasts came off a bit dry. Perhaps it required more filling and certainly more mascarpone. The traditional French toasts were served with a scoop of cinnamon butter, which we saw on other tables, but a scoop of mascarpone on the stuffed toasts would have softened the dish quite a bit. Using brioche leads to the possibility of dry or overly moist French toasts and sadly, the battle was not won at Morgan’s.

Freshly Baked Cookies

Our dishes were not what we had hoped for; however, the cocktails, the setting and the (spectacular) service were responsible for our pleasant experience. Our server also provided complimentary, freshly baked cookies, and I dug into the chocolate chocolate chip quickly. The freshness was evident and I appreciated the moist consistency, provided our earlier incident. Additional cookies are available by the dozen and are baked to order. I have to admit, it was a nice touch. The prices were also very reasonable at $14 for the stuffed French toasts, but the bellini was priceless. Morgan’s serves lunch and dinner as well, and perhaps we need another visit before casting our ballot.

To revisit my comment on girls’ preferences, I believe I noticed nearly as many guys as I did ladies at brunch. Therefore, the saying may need to be corrected…



Again, please feel free to leave your comments below. Also, going forward, I will share more photographs to make your experience more palpable.

Cool and Fresh




Soya e Pomodoro: Italian for soy and tomato. I am not sure if I am necessarily a fan of the combination but am certainly a fanatic of the restaurant in Downtown Miami.  While apartment hunting, I was introduced to the location to enjoy just a cup of coffee. I may not have found a place to live, but found something much better. What a gem! Thus I planned to return for dinner, just days later.


I must discuss the décor first and foremost. The restaurant consists of two small rooms, one adjacent to the kitchen with a more casual feel. There are also two miniscule tables on the sidewalk where you may enjoy coffee or something light. I fell in love. It brought memories of Caribbean backyards, particularly due to the open layout and the nonmatching chairs throughout the restaurant. I felt at home. The next room is a cross between a church, an old library, and a corridor between two buildings in Italy. Football  (soccer) jerseys and lingerie are left hanging to dry on a line above us. How charming! The lighting, or lack thereof, adds to the romance and would be ideal for a date. Due to the hidden location and original style, you would score major points! I felt as if I had discovered a secret venue where only the cool foodies hang out. Artistic pictures of the staff adorn the walls, which I found ironic once I recognized the characters. They are accompanied by atypical cartoon-like paintings, as well as the restaurant’ s newspaper honors and Zagat ratings. After all, good food is what you came for, right?


We began with an antipasto plate, which was a special for the night: arugula and goat cheese with dried meats. Although quite simple it was also quite enjoyable. Soya e Pomodoro’s charm is its simplicity and humility, which is also reflected in its dishes. For the main course, we ordered the leg of lamb, the cavatelli pancetta as well as the mushroom ravioli. My eyes were shut at every bite of the ravioli, I kid you not. Unfortunately, there were few bites of the ravioli, in general, in addition to the fact that the dish was not mine; thus my happiness was short-lived, but lived nonetheless. The ravioli rested in a walnut and tomato cream sauce, although it was so much more than that. I paired it with a glass of Chianti and was beyond pleased. The pasta is freshly made and you can taste it. That is their signature. By that I mean that they did they not pick up a box from the corner super market, which had been sitting on shelves for months, if not years. If the ravioli was the only item on the menu, I would still be in love.  Speaking of fresh pasta, this characteristic is even more evident in the cavatelli, which is what brings the dish to life. It also contains zucchini in a saffron based sauce; however, at first glance, it resembles a mere pesto sauce with pancetta pieces. Although the meal was simple and fresh, I expected much more out of it. On a positive note, the braised lamb shank was very tender and served with mashed potatoes. After some reflection, a glass of Shiraz would have been the perfect accompaniment. It is cooked in a red wine sauce and surpasses the criteria for comfort food. Again, this was not the dish I had ordered but I was more than happy to help my guest clear his plate.


For desert, we shared the cannolis, which was perfect as they served four bite-sized cannolis, stuffed to order. Although the mascarpone filling was ordinary, the crispy exterior and fresh content redeemed the dish. Please do not leave the premises without a cup of espresso. It was so well made that I dreamt of my days in Italy for a moment, not to mention that it brings the entire meal together. Thus when you receive the check, you will welcome it with a smile. Not to fear, the dishes are very reasonably priced and for the original ambience, it is a steal! Be sure to look up the hours or call before visiting, as the schedule is a bit unique; however, the experience will be well worth it.





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