Israeli-Mediterranean restaurant Miriam makes its way to the Upper West Side
Miriam is a popular Park Slope restaurant that recently opened an additional location on the Upper West Side. Executive Chef/Owner Rafael “Rafi” Hasid is thrilled to bring his Israeli-Mediterranean dishes over to Manhattan. Located on 300 Amsterdam Avenue, Miriam’s Upper West Side location echoes design elements from their Park Slope restaurant, including Mediterranean arches and original tiles. The open dining room features a large brass and terrazzo bar and lush aquamarine banquettes. Custom lighting designs complement the matching rose gold bar mirrors to softly illuminate the space. Walnut tables and chairs fill the dining area, and paintings scattered throughout complete the setting to create a warm interpretation of an all-day Mediterranean bistro.
Mammoth Film Festival™ 2022 celebrates Actors and Filmmakers
Attendees at the Vegas-inspired exclusive bash in the snow included Emile Hirsch, Ashley Greene Khoury and husband Paul Khoury, Skeet Ulrich, model-turned-actress Barbara Palvin and boyfriend, actor Dylan Sprouse, actors Joel David Moore, Shane West, Sabina Gadecki, Jonathan Kite, Chike Okonkwo, Geoff Stults, Holland Roden, Ema Horvath, Joel Michaely, Luke Hemsworth, Katie Cassidy, Milo Gibson, Louie Gibson, Richard Kind, model/host Ashley Haas, Veronika Dash, Maurice Fadida, artist/director, Matt Smiley, X Games star The Dingo, model Oana Gregory, Music artist Katie Welch, Directors Tyler Atkins, Eva Dolezalova, Scott Monahan and Elias Plagianos, and many, many more.
Dr. Michael Newman
Dr. Michael Newman is one of Southern California’s top plastic surgeons. He opened his first practice in 2007 and now has an office on Bedford Drive, where his clients include some of the top-tier inhabitants of Beverly Hills. Dr. Newman states the most rewarding aspect of his job is making people happy and with his kind nature and wealth of knowledge, Newman is setting a new standard for plastic surgeons and putting many misconceptions on plastic surgery to bed by answering all of his patients’ questions as well as educating them about plastic surgery along the way; producing high-quality results.
Robyn Newmark is a makeup artist, beauty guru and educator from Los Angeles. Her clients include notables such as Dancing with the Stars’ Peta Murgatroyd, Peter Facinelli of Twilight fame and Lady Victoria Hervey. Newmark has multiple certifications in the beauty industry and is the founder of NewMark Beauty, which offers top-of-the-line beauty products and procedures. Newmark is also an educator and created the Newmark Beauty Academy where she offers paid as well as free courses. Even with such a busy schedule, Newmark found a little bit of time to talk with me about some of the new happenings with NewMark Beauty and the Beauty Academy, as well as some special things she has coming up in the future.
Dr. Tarik Husain
As one of Florida’s top plastic surgeons, Dr. Tarik Husain continues to make his mark within the Miami plastic surgery scene. Husain is the president of the Miami Society of Plastic Surgeons and specializes in many procedures, including abdominal etching and limb lengthening. Dr. Husain—also known as Dr. Miami Beach— has also spent time in the military, serving troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. In this conversation with Dr. Husain, we talk about his time in the military, the origins of his nickname and establishing his practice in Miami.
Brian Paonessa & FFN
Brian Paonessa has made it his life’s mission to get nurses the recognition they deserve as the new American Heroes. Based in Mountain View Hospital in Las Vegas, Brian decided to create Fit, Functional Nurses (FFN), which is dedicated to giving back to those who dedicate their lives to others before themselves. Paonessa hopes a little recognition, appreciation, and experiences outside the workplace will help balance the ever-growing number of burnt-out nurses physically, spiritually, and mentally.
Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo
Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo is one of the nation’s top psychologists and built her career on turning complex psychological ideas into bite-sized concepts that are easy to digest. She’s published multiple books on self-improvement and overcoming the battle with our inner selves and given talks at numerous events, as well as appearing on Good Morning America and The TODAY Show. She also founded her company EleVive, which stands for “Elevate your mindset, thrive in life,” geared towards improving teens/tweens’ relationships with their parents.
Melissa Ambrosini has inspired people to be their best selves for many years. She began her career as a model, TV presenter, actress and professional dancer before shifting to motivational speaking, writing and podcasting. Ambrosini’s health played a major role in her transition. “I was trashing my body,” she states. “I was partying, I was not eating healthy foods, I was not exercising. I had a very loud inner critic and toxic thoughts in my mind. I did not value sleep or water. I did not value nature or meditation. I did not value many things.” She goes on to say, “The universe took my health away from me and it made me realize how important it was. It forced me to make a shift.”
Vanessa Hudgens and Oliver Trevena host aCaliwater Escape in Joshua Tree
The Caliwater Escape hosted by brand co-founders, Vanessa Hudgens and Oliver Trevena held in Joshua Tree at the Mojave Moon Ranch (a gorgeous estate designed by Morgan Brown) to celebrate the official launch of their new cactus water beverage, Caliwater. drinkcaliwater.com @caliwater
Sitting Down With Carole Mac
Carole Mac is a woman who has definitely taken her passions to the next level. The food and wine enthusiast has over 15 years of experience in the food and wine industry and currently hosts and produces multiple web series for Wine4Food.com, a food and wine website where informative articles and shows are offered in a fun and easily accessible way. “One thing that I’ve always been in love with is the flavor of food,” Mac says,” I realized the flavor of wine is even more nuanced and once you really learn and get into it, it can open your palette even more than food can.”
Richard Smith is a true agent of change and the type of people we desperately need during these hypersensitive times. Richard has over ten years of experience developing and implementing community-based programs for underprivileged communities. He’s worked with at-risk youth as a case manager and program director in Boston’s Capital District and helmed the development of re-entry programs at the Center for Law and Justice and Treatment ALternative for Safer Communities. Richard has also taught Criminal Justice and lectured on issues like mass incarceration, education in low-income communities, and racism.
Lauren Mundell Making the World Hi-Curious
Lauren Mundell is on the verge of discovering a new niche within the cannabis industry. After a lengthy career in the PR world, Lauren discovered her love for the amazing flower and soon found that expression on the topic was still quite limited. This led to the creation of Hi-Curious, an app where cannabis connoisseurs and enthusiasts can not only talk about their love for the plant and how it helps them in their daily lives, but also to get first-hand knowledge and learn things they may not have known before from peers and experts alike.