Guam Diner Bytes: Michelle's Coffee Shop
Dear “Guam Food Guy” Reader,
I don’t know if you were aware that I’ve been on a mission to lose weight and get myself into a healthier state. Since June 10, I started power-walking in the mornings at 5:00 a.m. with my pal Lance Hagans. He and I were work out buddies in the Body For Life Program. That was definitely a rigorous, results-oriented program (contest) and near the end I had toned myself into the best shape ever, and even boasted a “six pack”! Over the past decade that six pack has evolved into a “barrel”! So, I am now limiting my portions, not eating rice, avoiding carbs, and power-walking. Fortunately, I do have one “cheat” day (Sundays) when I can eat whatever I like. So wish me luck and don’t take it personally if you see me turning down food offers! I will still continue to review restaurants, however, I will be taking home leftovers. I will be a leaner, healthier, and happier person once I’ve reached my goal of losing 100 lbs.! It won’t be overnight! It took a decade to gain...it’ll take some time (not as long as it did to put it on!) to lose it!
How far would you go for a good cup of coffee? It was Sunday morning and we were looking for a breakfast place that had decent coffee and water. We have been encountering some problems with other restaurants on weekends (we’re not talking about hotel buffets here...just a la carte eateries.) We live in Tamuning and though we are surrounded by places like Shirley’s, King’s, Denny’s, Kar Kar, House of Brutus and a few others that serve some type of breakfast menu, we opted for Michelle’s Coffee Shop in Mangilao and were very pleased with our choice!
First of all, I can safely say that none of these other establishments have someone as energetic, dynamic, and ambitious as their owner, who happens to be Michelle Kosloski! Having worked in Food & Beverage in hotels like the Hyatt Regency helped to form her industry knowledge. She obviously learned the value of coffee perfection, and that, my friends is what seals the deal when it comes to Sunday morning breakfasting! Michelle’s is one of the only restaurants in Mangilao that serves illy Cafe beverages. My Americano was perfecto! Rich and delicious, you know excellent coffee when you taste illy!!! Her staff is one of the most active on island, and they walk around the dining room constantly checking to see if you are ok or if your need anything else. Michelle does the same! She even meets, greets, and seats customers!!!
I had a couple of things to eat (Zee had a stir-fry tofu dish and pancakes). Michelle’s has her pancakes down - including a new menu item called Michelle’s Combination Scramble ($8.50). It has Ham, Chamorro Sausage, and Shrimp, along with lots of green onions. I’ve been eating Shrimp Scrambles at other places, but this is the best-tasting scramble I’ve had. This comes with steamed rice or toast (I had wheat toast).
I also ordered one of the posted daily lunch specials, the Salt and Pepper Pork Chop ($7.99), which comes with rice. Since I’m not eating rice, they offered me sauteed garlic bokchoy! I was delighted by how they presented this on my plate! The bokchoy was awesome and I shared it wth Zee. Along with our breakfast, Michelle’s gives finadene and donne dinanche. Believe me, both of these are delicious additions. They should bottle it!! Michelle’s is open 7 days a week, from 6:45 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.(last call). Go to Michelle’s for great food, great service, and great coffee! Soon to be opening a 2nd location in Yigo!!