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Mi Vida. My Life. As the wall states, “It’s not just Mi Vida, it’s yours, too.”
Mi Vida Cafe is a quaint restaurant in Miami where the focus is on health. There’s a consciousness about the well-being of animals, the planet, and of course, us. As it is an entirely vegan restaurant, caring about animals is put at the forefront. After all, those who follow a vegan diet aim to put an end to the suffering of any living creatures. No animal products are served in this establishment. Going beyond protecting the animals, the food at Mi Vida serves to protect our bodies, too.
Owner and chef Daniela grew up in the countryside of Argentina, surrounded by beautiful natural scenery. She became vegetarian in her teens and moved to the United States. After attending culinary school and working as a private chef for years, she opened Mi Vida Cafe as a way to cook healthy and delicious vegan food for Miami locals and visitors alike. You won’t find any artificial flavours, preservatives, genetically modified foods, high-fructose corn syrup, or even microwaves at this place. The kitchen only serves up fresh, organic, plant-based cuisine. But, how does it taste?
I visited Mi Vida Cafe on a weekday afternoon and I had no problems finding a table. There were many people coming and going with take-out orders, presumably during their workday lunch hours. I had just flown from Toronto to Fort Lauderdale and had rented a car for the afternoon. I drove to Miami for the first time to marvel at the street art of Wynwood Walls. It was my first time visiting Miami and I was hungry. Waking up at 4:00am for a flight and eating mostly cookies all morning will tend to do that.
The menu caters to a variety of tastes with a focus on fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. There are wraps, tacos, and bowls. For those who follow a raw diet, you’ll be able to order a “living pizza” or the “naked sandwich” using living onion and flax bread. There’s a meaty mushroom and seitan sloppy joe, as well as a lemon-baked tofu sandwich, smothered in mushroom gravy. Mi Vida Cafe features an all-day breakfast, where you can choose from gluten-free blueberry pancakes, fresh fruit waffles, or the ultimate tofu scramble.
There’s a large selection of freshly pressed juices and fruit smoothies. I couldn’t resist ordering a smoothie called Pink Gold, created from house-made almond milk, strawberries, flax seeds, and cantaloupe. Yes, cantaloupe! I adore this melon and it’s not regularly on any smoothie menus. The smoothie even exceeded my expectations and was perfectly refreshing and sweet.
It was difficult to decide on a main course. I decided to try the Super Charged Quinoa Burger.
As you can see, this was not your typical greasy burger. First of all, there was no burger bun. The typical burger condiments were omitted. However, this burger was special. It was artfully arranged in a tower. The patty remained in the centre and it was surrounded by the freshest vegetables. The burger sat on top of a mound of hummus. Were you ever wondering if burgers and hummus would go together? Let me tell you, yes, yes they do. The alfalfa sprouts added a little bit of crunch. With all of the elements of this meal piled on my fork, it was the perfect bite.
The meal was entirely satisfying and left me feeling completely full, which sadly meant no room for dessert. The wait staff was very attentive and prepared my order in a timely manner. Mi Vida Cafe was decorated in bright splashes of orange and green, which was the perfect welcoming to my first day in Miami.
Would I return to Mi Vida Cafe? You bet I would! And next time, I hope Justin will be there to join me.
Mi Vida Cafe
7244 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-10pm, Sunday 10am-7pm, closed Monday
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