This summer, my family took a cruise out of Miami. After the cruise, we stayed with some friends there. On the Monday we were there, they had to work late. My dad looked up places for us to eat. We went to a place called Michael's Genuine Food & Drink. The owner Michael Symon is an Iron Chef who has been on TV a lot so he decided to open up this restaurant. When we got there we ordered drinks. My dad got a homemade cherry rosemary soda. It was sweet but you couldn't taste the rosemary. It also tasted like chai, a Chinese tea. The menu was different from regular menus. Usually menus have sections like appetizers, main courses, and desserts. But this one had sections by sizes like small, medium, and large. We ordered a few small and medium dishes. We ordered a wood-oven roasted double yolk farm egg, shrimp ceviche, cauliflower with parsley sauce, crispy pig ears, pork belly, gemelli, and steamed mussels. The farm egg was really yolky and it had a nice crust but it needed seasoning. Next, the shrimp ceviche had a very citrusy taste to it and the shrimp was just right. Then right after that we had crispy pig ears. They were the most sensational thing in the world! They were crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. They were so good that we ordered an extra order to bring home to our friends. The cauliflower came after that. At first I thought I wouldn't like it but it was amazing. The pesto gave it a nice kick and the cauliflower was soft. The pig ears and that were my favorite. The mussels came next and they were soft, chewy, and rich but they were normal mussels. I don't have anything special to say about them. Then we had pork belly which was soft and fatty on the inside. It had good seasoning but I thought it was too fatty. The gemelli was a pasta that had ground chorizo. It smelled rubbery and I thought it was disgusting but my parents liked it. I think I would give this restaurant a good Zagat rating.
My name is Jordan. I am a 12th grader and I love food!