DC Restaurant Week:An Experience

A lover of fine dining and food in general I decided to participate in DC Restaurant week. I felt it was only necessary as a young lady to be a bit more knowledgeable on fine dining in D.C. without being charged my rent bill for it. geez.

I had plans for a reservation at the Le Chaumiere on Monday, but I had to cancel my reservations which really sucked! However, I still stuck with my other two reservations and had an amazing time at each other them.

First restaurant I went to was Charlie Palmer’s Steak House. I dined here on the evening of August 18th, at 7:30 pm. I brought my lovely soror Nicole with me! yay!!

Now this place was PHENOMENAL.

Seated almost immediately as soon as we got there, the atmosphere was very uppity/congress like. The service was on point, however, it kept on reminding me of the movie Salt (you know the one with Angelina Jolie). I say this because at first I was confused about who our server was. One guy took our food order, the next took our wine order, next someone else came to ask us if we wanted more drinks, so I was just confused, but it could’ve have been because I’m just not used to folks being so attentive. Lol. Silly me!

Anyway we had an amazing time, the food was to die for! Like seriously, I died & went to heaven each with each bite. Orgasmic!! Nicole’s facial expressions had me dyinggg!! LOL! She clearly was in pure bliss when she took that bite of the chocolate mousse.. hmmmm yumm… It was awesomnessss!!!!!!Then one of our lovely waiters decided to surprise us by having an escort show us the rooftop with the gorgeous view.  From the rooftop, DC was breathtaking from the Capitol Hill, Library of Congress, to the Masonic Temple in Virginia. The young man said they had several events there throughout the year.. Amazing. & I promise you I will be having an event up there very soon 😉

 

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Friday, August 19th – Carmines

 

My group dinner was at Carmines!!! Yayyy Carmines! Carmines is the best to go for group dinners because one meal feeds 3-5 people. Now you just have to go with a good group especially if you haven’t dined there before. I went with my client Ivory Lawrence & his wife, my assistant Kristin Tellis, my line sister Timeka Perryman and my 3 good male friends, Nick Nelson, Anthony Graham and Jeffrey Tribble ( Jeff Boyardee).

Now I won’t lie, I was a bit nervous because it was raining cats & dogs that evening, which can be a bummer, and also I was hoping I wouldn’t have to carry the conversation all night. Let me just share how SURPRISED I was to say I couldn’t even fit a word in. This crew bonded in less than 5 mins, seriously looking from the another table you would’ve thought we were cousins catching up! Conversation ranged from how Ivory proposed to his wife, to my terrible singing, and our individual endeavors. It was amazing and I had a blast!

 

 

 

Our food was on point! Now I won’t lie and say our service was great. The waiter took our order and never came back till the food the arrived, & the food took forever to come! He didn’t check on us but I guess his attitude did change during the latter part of dinner.

O well, couldn’t ruin our fun!!

 

Dinner Menu for 8 people (keep in mind each meal feeds 3-5 ppl) & we had leftovers!

Penne A La Vodka, Spinach, Stuffed Mushrooms, Chicken Marsala, Pasta Bolognese, Shrimp Scampi & Strawberry Short Cake – $262.00 incl. tax & gratuity J

& It was my lovely assistant’s birthday !! So of course it added to the celebration because the sang for her and all that jazz!

 

Tips for restaurant week

  • Book your reservations early
  • Try a restaurant you usually wouldn’t dine at.
  • Pick a good group of friends or a good friend to go with
  • Avoid picky eaters – makes the experience difficult. Im Just saying
  • Bring Cash – & don’t be a cheap spender!
  • & TIP TIP TIP your waiter.
  • Blog about the experience or at least share someway somehow!!

Radio Show

The Build Up! on @EliteDCRadio this past Monday was awesome. Our topic “Tales from the 20 Something Publicists” was a hit. Check out the first 10 minutes of the show where I interviewed Publicist Patrice Cameau of CommunPR about the PR strategy behind her client, Tony Lewis Jr.’s Hoodie Award.

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to capture the entire show in audio, but we’ll try again this Monday.

*Note all links lead to Twitter*

Follow Me @NBrownINK, the company @ThinkBrownINK and the radio show @TheBuildUpRadio. The Build Up! is each Monday from 7-8PM EST: http://elitedcradio.streamon.fm/

(Photo Caption: Guests on the 8/15 Show, “The 20 Something Publicists” (R-L Shanae Monique and Raevyn Jones of Ideal Publicity, Natasha, Simona Joy Noce of L’Afropolitan PR & Special Events, Simona’s Assistant Kristin, and Armani Worrell of W. Public Relations. Great show!!

Tales of A 20 Something Publicist

Check me out on Monday, August 15th 7-8PM on Elite DC Radio for #TheBuildUp for ‘Tales of a 20 something publicist”

I will be giving PR tips and sharing my experiences with other elite DC PR Pros 😉 Tune In!!

The Build Up! w/ @ThinkBrownINK a power hour for ELITE entrepreneurs. Mon. 7-8p EST on @EliteDCRadio. Emphasis on PR/Marketing Tips. Music by @DJSchemes.http://elitedcradio.streamon.fm/

                  

 

Miss Black USA 2011

The Miss Black USA Pageant 2011 was held on Monday, September 8th 2011, in Washington, D.C. at the Lincoln Theater.

I was invited by a very good friend of mine Miss Black USA 2010, Osas Ighodaro. I was honored to be invited and was determined to show my support to her as she passed down her crown, to the next young lady to take the reign. An actress,model, and advocate for community empowerment, Osas is a Nigerian beauty raised in New York.   This girl is filled with culture, a fear of God, and city swag.

 

I took 3 friends of mine, Khoran Lee, Alexandria Croom, and Donna Butler.

The show kicked off with a choreographed dance with 50 girls including Osas to Beyonce’s “Who Run The World (Girls).” After the empowering moment, the final 16 finalists were announced. Shout out to Miss Black USA New Jersey ( Nicole Stanley) , for sporting out that natural fro!, natural and from Jersey like me ;)!

Sixteen beautiful black ladies performed a fitness dance, modeled in an evening gown, shared their talent and finally the Q&A portion.

 

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Might I add there were some good questions that were asked, and all of them answered very well.

I was proud of the confidence the girls took to compete. I simply could not have the courage to step out in front of a large audience to perform, walk, talk, and model.

Throughout the evening I took a strong liking to Miss Black Oklahoma (Sheray Franklin) but the shocking part is she didn’t event place! What the crap? I was appalled! I mean yes she may have stumbled on the Q&A portion a bit, but she did wrap it up very well, and gave great answers anyway. I mean even if that knocked her from 1st place, she should have been 2nd or 3rd place. I definitely went backstage after the event to tell her how proud I was of her and how fabulous she did!

Now Miss Black Pennsylvania (Jillian Patricia Pirtle) was HILARIOUS!! She was like a Mo’Nique in the making! Charismatic, confident, and entertaining!

All the girls did a fabulous job, but there is always that one girl who knocked it out the park! Miss Black Texas, Oceilia Gibson!! This young lady is gorgeous and answered her question very eloquently and to the point.

I had an amazing time, enjoyed the show, but most importantly I support and appreciate this pageant for giving these ladies a platform to advocate, shine and believe in themselves in an effort to change our community! Love it!

For more information on Miss Black USA http://www.missblackusa.org

The Miss Black USA Pageant 2011 was held on Monday September 8th 2011, in Washington,D.C at the Lincoln Theater.

 

 

Mooz-LUM the MOVIE


I took a break from my busy life to look the world in the face and scream PAUSE!! What could I do that would relax my mind yet take me away to another world, open my eyes to new concepts and entertain me? BAM! I’ve heard so much about Mooz-Lum The Movie because everybody and their mother,sister,agent,photographer,and publicist has watched this movie and I have heard nothing less than amazing reviews about it.

So I prepared a chicken sandwich, got comfortable under the covers,and bought my copy of Mooz-Lum from Itunes for only $10! Not bad ehh.. ?! Now I’m really not a movie type of girl unless I really am looking forward to watching, however I figured I’ll give this a shot because its concept is quite interesting. Targeting the issue of Islamophobia that has enlarged and spread after the 9/11 tragedies, Qasim Basir wrote and directed a film about a Muslim college student, Tariq, who grew up in a very strict home and now  battles his determination to disassociate himself from his muslim beliefs in college. It seems to work fine for him until he is left to defend his life when racism and religious division rises after an uproar of the secular student body! Now I know there has always been Islamophobia and all that mess, but I must say, to create a movie through the lenses of a Muslim student and his interactions is certainly an eye-opener, mind changer and heartfelt film. With its amazing cast including Evan Ross, Nia Long , Danny Glover and more, the actors captured the essence of the message drawing the viewer into this reality that we all can identify with even if we’re not Muslims.

We can all thank Qasim Basir for this amazing piece and show him support by buying this movie. It feels good to watch the product of a man whose goal is to shape the minds of people by allowing them to enter a different world through film.

“Mooz-Lum the Movie was made to open the hearts and minds of people. We want the world to be more enlightened” – Qasim Basir

A good friend of mine and a lover of film and everything real, genuine and inspiring, Qasim Basir has delivered an excellent piece!

Download your copy on Itunes 😉

For booking information for Qasim Basir to speak at your college or another location please contact simona@lafropolitan.com

http://www.moozlumthemovie.com

http://www.qasimbasir.com

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