Ingrid Bazin, or Ingrid B, is a host and promoter of three weekly events in Miami. She fuses her passions for poetry and soul music into Soulcial Sundays at B.E.D., a live music dinner party and jam session; the Bohemia Room spoken-word night in Midtown Miami; and the Flow Fridays open-mike slam.
The Jamaican-born and Barbados-raised Ingrid B is reserved when she's not working or onstage: "I'm a shy socialite." Bazin is always cooking up something new to entertain B-Side fans: "My job is a 24-hour challenge of discipline because I'm my own boss. I don't have to get up if I don't want to. I can sleep all day if I choose to, but you can't do that and still make money." The end goal is to get her own venue to house her weekly parties and to feature the national soul acts she brings to Miami via her B-Side Entertainment company.
This Sunday's upcoming Soulcial party will feature the bold-voiced Nehemie. Keep up with Ingrid B on Twitter.
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Interview after the jump.
New Times: What did you eat for breakfast this morning?
Bazin: Ham and crackers.
What are your top 3 places to eat in Miami right now?
LC's Roti Shop, on 441. I go there for the potato roti.
At Moonchine, I always eat the Thai green curry chicken.
And also, chicken and waffles at B.E.D. They serve it for their brunch.
What are your favorite foods to cook?
Umm, I eat.
I will not starve. I can make myself something to eat, but I would not call it cooking. That would be a stretch.
What's in your fridge right now?
Chocolate ice cream, pomegranate juice, and leftover steak and rice from Sunday dinner.
What is your favorite fast food/comfort food?
Potato roti. If it was fast food, it would be a Wendy's hamburger meal with a Coke.
Tell us about a really memorable meal you had recently.
of my poet friends from Miami and I traveled to D.C. this summer. We ate
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at Eatonville, which is a Zora Neale Hurston-themed restaurant in D.C. It's right across from Busboys and Poets [named for poet Langston
Hughes], and it's owned by the same people. The food is very good, and the space is full of murals and art dedicated to Zora Neale Hurston. [Hurston grew up in Eatonville, Florida, and the menu is
inspired by her Southern roots.]