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Africa Miranda: A Multi-Talented Beautypreneur From Harlem

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Africa Miranda, a multi-talented beautypreneur born in Harlem, shared with us her journey and her favorite secret 7 NYC spots! Be sure to add them to your list!

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Today we share a fantastic interview with a beautiful woman called Africa Miranda! Many of you probably know her already, but if you don’t, you should!

What are her talents? Countless! As she briefly states on her Instagram: “Beautypreneur. Performer. Travel Maven. Speaker. Host. Black Girl Magician.”

We love it!

Read below her journey and countless accomplishments throughout her career, as well as her 7 best secret places in New York!


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“Africa Miranda is a dynamic speaker, host and spokesmodel, with distinctive style and quick wit, that won the hearts of many across the US, and around the globe, as the breakout star of Bravo TV’s ‘The New Atlanta’.

Her unique personal style, sparkling personality, and glorious, attention-grabbing mane, have made Africa an in-demand beauty expert and event host.

Whether she is visiting exotic locales – #AfricasAdventures – representing major brands, or sharing her take on hair trends and celebrity style, Africa brings her brand of accessible glamour to any setting.

A sought after travel and lifestyle influencer, Africa was recently featured in Vanity Fair as one of the VF500 tastemakers to watch and has also been part of major campaigns for Macy’s, Coca-Cola, Revlon, and Kia Motors.

A rising star in the digital media world, she was a Shorty Award Finalist for “Periscoper of the Year,” host of the inaugural Periscope Summit, a keynote speaker at Summit Live, and is a regular podcast guest and panelist for various entertainment and tech platforms, marrying her knowledge of pop culture with her considerable tech savvy. Phiuf!

Africa can now add “beautypreneur” to her list of growing accomplishments.

Her newly launched beauty and lifestyle brand “Beauty by Africa Miranda” , marries her love of travel and her extensive beauty industry experience.

Her first two offerings, the Facial Elixir and Luminous Body Mist, have garnered rave reviews and are fast becoming cult beauty favorites.

“The first offering, the Facial Elixir, is born of Africa’s special connection to the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro. Lovingly called “Brazil in a bottle,” the Facial Elixir helps to recapture the vacation “glow” using Brazilian ingredients Maraca Oil and Cupuacu Butter.”

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Facial Elixir from Beauty by Africa Miranda.

Some highlights:

“A trip last year to the south of France with Kia Motors was the inspiration for my latest product the Luminous Body Mist. Plus, I hosted a travel show pilot in Curacao called “From Soil to Shore.”

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Africa Miranda at the Kia Motors America #StingerRunway.

In addition, my company ‘Beauty by Africa Miranda’ has been featured on Yahoo Beauty, Ebony.com, Bet.com, MadameNoire.com, HelloBeautiful.com.”

Current & Upcoming projects:

Just shot a campaign for Coca-Cola that will be in US, Mexico and Canada – I’m also a commercial model & actress.

I’m the co-host and co-executive producer of the digital series “Beautifully Driven” powered by Kia Motors and Harman Kardon.

This new interview series highlights “Women You Should Know” in the world of art, science, and entertainment.

Finally, I will host of Parlour Magazine’s Travel Fly Solo Weekend to Greece (June 2018).

And, I will be the host of Parlour Magazine’s annual solo trip – hosting over 50 women on an epic bucket list adventure to Mykonos.

Here are my secret 7 favorite NYC spots:


The Edge

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“The Edge is my go to spot in Harlem for brunch, lunch, and everything in between! I was turned onto this great little spot by a friend and fell in love. A great blend of Jamaican and American dishes.”

Located in Hamilton Heights, in Harlem, The Edge is a great spot to visit. Their kitchen opens Mondays through Fridays at 10am, and as they say, they serve “flavors of Jamaica and England, with a little New York attitude”.

Their menu is also divided by these locations. So, you can expect everything from Jamaican jerk chicken, to English grilled cheese sandwich and New Yorker bagels with smoked salmon.

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 9am – 10pm
Thursday & Friday: 9am – 11pm
Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sunday: 11am – 10pm

Location: 101 Edgecombe Avenue

www.theedgeharlem.com


The Back Room

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“The Back Room is speakeasy that takes you back to “old New York.” Once you get past walking underground and through a tunnel you will find this hidden gem. Perfect for a late night drink or a get together with friends. My favorite touch is that all of the drinks are served in teacups!”

Located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, this speakeasy is certainly a secret spot we love. It’s known to be one of the only two speakeasies in New York City that actually operated during Prohibition Era, in the 1920’s, and is still in existence today.

You’re wondering “Why teacups?” Well, back in the Prohibition Era, that was how alcohol was served, so no one suspected and people could enjoy their drinks.

Monday’s are known to host great live Jazz music, while during weekends, they bring in DJs to entertain the night.

Hours:
Mondays – Thursday: 7:30pm – 3am
Friday & Saturday: 7:30 – 4am
Sunday: 7:30pm – 3am

Location: 102 Norfolk Street

http://backroomnyc.com


Champs Diner

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“Champs Diner is off the beaten path in Brooklyn, but if you make the trek you will get some of the best Vegan comfort food ever! My faves: The Cubano, The Soltero Bowl, and the Girl Scout Milkshake.”

Oh! We l-o-v-e this place. It’s located at the very tip of East Williamsburg, and it’s always pretty packed. They definitely serve some of the best and tastiest vegan American comfort food in New York, hence the huge success.

We recommend not arriving there too hungry, since the waiting time can be crazy.

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 9am – 12am

Location: 197 Meserole Street

www.champsdiner.com


The Crabby Shack

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“My go to for a seafood fix is The Crabby Shack. This family owned business serves up some of the best crab dishes I’ve ever had. The stand out – the crab roll (of course!) and the crab grilled cheese. The IG-worthy decor is a plus.”

Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, this is one of the to-go spots if you enjoy seafood. They are well-known for their tacos, rolls and sliders, besides, of course, their different crab dishes.

Don’t forget to try their dessert of the day!

Hours:
Monday: 3pm – 10pm
Wednesday – Thursday: 3pm – 10pm
Friday: 3pm – 11pm
Saturday: 1pm – 11pm
Sunday: 1pm – 9pm

Location: 613 Franklin Avenue

http://thecrabbyshack.com


The Groove

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“Long standing live music spot: The Groove. Great place to get turned on to new soul and jazz artists. Fun fact – my first NYC live performance was here!”

Have you ever wanted a place that played live R&B, Funk and Soul music 7 nights a week? Well, this is the place! Located in the Greenwich Village, in Manhattan, The Groove started back in the 1990’s and showcases some of the best musicians and performers in the city.

They serve a few appetizers like nachos, quesadillas, mozzarella cheese sticks. Plus, you’ll also find buffalo chicken wings, salads & veggies, sandwiches, a few side dishes like French fries and onion rings. And still, bigger entrées like the chicken kebab and the steak frites.

If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll love the hot fudge brownie sundae or their vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Perfect place to splurge on your diet-day-off!

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 4pm – 3am

Location: 125 Macdougal Street

http://clubgroovenyc.com


Vin Sur Vingt

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“Very cozy. Very Romantic. V-e-r-y French. Order escargot and champagne and fall in love with Vin Sur Vingt.”

Africa’s preferred location is the one in the West Village, in Manhattan, but they have other 3 spots around the city, besides having a place inside The Plaza Hotel’s famous Food Hall.

Vin Sur Vingt is a classy, French bistro bar perfect for all wine lovers that live or come visit New York City. Their wine list is pretty extensive and the ambience will take you to Paris in a blink of an eye!

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 4pm – 1am
Saturday & Sunday: 4pm – 2am

Locations: 201 West 11th Street
They have other 4 locations – Nomad District, Upper West Side, TriBeCa and inside The Plaza Hotel Food Hall. See website for locations and hours.

http://vsvwinebars.com


Sugar Hill Market

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“The Sugar Hill Market is a great monthly market that showcases local designers and artisans. I live in Harlem and it is a great way to learn about and support my fellow local entrepreneurs.”

We also love exploring local markets around the city and seeing what local vendors are selling.

You are able to find some of the most unique and one-of-a-kind items at these spots, so be sure to go there will enough time.

Hours: 12pm – 5pm

Location: 259 West 132nd Street

www.sugarhillmarket.com


Thank you, Africa, for sharing with us your fantastic journey and your 7 favorite NYC spots! Cheers!

If you enjoyed this interview, you might want to check out some other spots in Harlem, recommended by Kevin Herson, founder of the absinthe, Doc Hersons!

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of all the venues

Top 10 places to eat in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights Covenhoven Backyard

The diversity of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, lends to the neighborhood’s character in many ways: from its street fashion to its colorful storefronts to its art and, perhaps most notably, its plethora of cuisine. See the Top 10 Places to Eat!

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights by Shalom Serraf
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Indeed, when it comes to foodie destinations, you’d be hard fought to find one as agreeable as this Brooklyn neighborhood.

Whether you’ve just got a few bucks or want to indulge your gluttonous side with a multi-course meal, below see our picks for the top 10 spots to eat in Crown Heights.

Take a look to see the spots chosen by Diane Pham, from 6Sqft.



$ – CHEAP EATS

Reservoir Dogs

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Reservoir Dogs is not your typical hot dog stand.

This diminutive joint serves up “classic and shishifufu hot dogs & sausages” dressed up in everything.

From cheddar, spicy mayo, banana peppers, guacamole, hot and sweet chili jam, to pico de gallo, sauerkraut, bacon, grilled onions…

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 1pm – 12am
Thursday – Saturday: 3pm – 3am
Sunday: 12pm – 8pm

Location: 717 Franklin Avenue

 


Gueros Brooklyn

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights Gueros Brooklyn Nachos

Gueros Brooklyn is a cozy spot offering fast and easy Mexican fare and fabulous margaritas.

Not to be missed: the massive-enough-for-two order of nachos.

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 4pm – 11pm
Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sunday: 11am – 10pm

Location: 605 Prospect Place

www.guerosbrooklyn.com


Pine Tree Sushi

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In front, you’ll find the offering of your typical neighborhood grocer.

Nestled at the back of this market is a full sushi bar called Pine Tree Sushi.

The menu features all the classics plus some unique takes like the Rihanna Roll which features “eel, banana and crunch on unagi sauce.”

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 2pm – 11pm

Location: 744 Franklin Avenue

http://pinetreesushi.net


Frenchy’s Finest Truck

This is a bold claim, but we’re gonna make it:

The best croissants outside of France are being baked in and sold from a red truck called Frenchy’s Finest Truck, parked at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Eastern Parkway.

The Nutella-filled beignets are also not to be missed.

Location: 333 Eastern Parkway

www.facebook.com/Frenchy’s


Covenhoven

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights Covenhoven Backyard

There is no shortage of craft beers or ciders at this chill and cozy Crown Heights bar.

But, beyond their tasty selection of beverages, Covenhoven boasts a magical list of ooey-gooey grilled cheese sandwiches to choose from.

Enjoy it at their backyard area!

Tip: get the cheddar jack sandwich with bacon and add fig jam

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 12pm – 12am
Friday & Saturday: 12pm – 1am

Location: 730 Classon Avenue

www.covenhovennyc.com


Gloria’s

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights Glorias Caribbean Cuisine

Caribbean food is a mainstay of Crown Heights and if you’re looking for the best of the best in the nabe, this hole-in-the-wall joint is sure to please.

Gloria’s Caribbean Brooklyn explains:

“We specialize in crafting mouth-watering meals and providing superb customer service. Order online for delivery or pickup!”

Just be ready to wait in line!

Hours:
They have different delivery and take-out hours, so check their website.

Location: 764 Nostrand Avenue

http://gloriascaribbeanbrooklyn.com



$$ – MODERATE

The Food Sermon

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While we would characterize The Food Sermon as a Caribbean eatery, this special spot stands out for its healthful take on classics that have been elevated even further with fusion flair.

Foolproof pick: The jerk chicken bowl with coconut ginger sauce.

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 10:30pm
Friday: 12pm – 5pm (Based on the sunset)
Sunday: 2pm – 9pm

Location: 355 Rogers Avenue

www.thefoodsermon.com


The Crabby Shack

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Crab legs, crab cakes, crab tacos, crab BLTs, crab mac and cheese….

If you love crab, this sunny spot called The Crabby Shack will surely satisfy.

Hours:
Monday: 3pm – 10pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday – Friday: 3pm – 10pm
Saturday: 1pm – 11pm
Sunday: 1pm – 9pm

Location: 613 Franklin Avenue

http://thecrabbyshack.com



$$$ – HIGHER PRICING

Barboncino

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights Barboncino Pizza

Some pizza spots in NYC claim as “the best pizza”, but are truly for pizza amateurs.

Barboncino Pizza serves up the best wood-fired pies, and it’s gotten the Solange seal of approval!

Plus, it has a backyard!

 

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 5pm – 1am
Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am – 1am
We Have Two Happy Hours Daily: 4pm – 7pm & 11pm – 1am

Location: 781 Franklin Avenue

www.barboncinopizza.com


BKW by Brooklyn Winery

Curiosities Top Picks 10 Place to Eat Crown Heights BKW by Brooklyn Winery

An offshoot of the popular Williamsburg wine bar, BKW by Brooklyn Winery offers delicious American fare that will tantalize taste buds you’ve yet to activate.

Our favorites: the barbacoa braised short ribs and bacon double cheeseburger.

You also can’t go wrong with any of the wines.

Hours:
Are varied, so take a look here. http://www.bkwnyc.com/hours-location

Location: 747 Franklin Avenue

www.bkwnyc.com


If you’re interested in touring the neighborhood or even other special spots in Brooklyn, take a look at a few of our BTSNYC Experiences, or contact our experts for Private Experiences.

For Corporate projects, let our team understand your needs and cater to them!

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy Shalom Serraf (landscape), Roger Brock (for Reservoir Dogs) and all venues.

Chef Showdown V for the New York City Foodies

Events Up Coming Komeeda Chef Showdown V 2016 Dish

Komeeda’s Chef Showdown is back and will rock the world of the New York City Foodies. Three amazing Chefs will compete in the Chef Showdown V!!!

Events Up Coming Komeeda Chef Showdown V 2016

Three Chefs. Six Bites. One Champion.

They are back and we couldn’t be happier to be part of it again!!! The event is organized by Komeeda and will be hosted at BKLYN Commons on Thursday September 22nd, 2016 – from 6:30 – 9pm.

Three fantastic Chefs will be featuring two of their best bites for the crowd to eat and rate their culinary creations!

Who are they? Chef Alexander Magloire II, Chef Dania Robley-Lehi and Elijah Dalager! If you’ve never heard of the…well, you should! So, come a see what they will be creating for this night!

Come out and support them and their fellow competitors. And still, help us choose who will be the champion of the Chef Showdown V.

We will all be able to vote for the best food, presentation, creation! So exciting!

In addition, we’d also like to thank all our fellow Chefs, contributors, partners for this awesome food experience: Beyond The Eats, BKLYN Commons, Stefani Style Inc., Eemas Cuisine, Chef Paula, & Nelson!

More about the event:

“The Chef Showdown is a kommunity competition, bringing together talented and extraordinary chefs, food influencers and food lovers for an evening of tasty bites, delicious drinks and an awesome foodie-sphere.

The experience is designed to create a competitive platform for three self-made culinary artists to cook up their creatively crafted bites to an audience of 100 attendees. The bites will be eaten and rated by the people, at which the chef with the highest rated dish at the end of the competition will be crowned!” 

For tickets, click HERE.

Also, if you’d like a private event, catered for you with any of these chefs, let our experts organize it for you! For a company gathering, also contact us.

Price: $20/person
Date: September 22nd
Time: 6:30pm – 9pm
Location: 495 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn – right beside Prospect Park

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