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  • Hey there! It's Marie Forleo and we've got another amazing segment of Sh*t You Should

  • Know!

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  • Marie: Okay so, I'm here with my friend, Mikki Agrawal and we actually just met not too long

  • ago. So we got to tell you this really quick story! On my birthday, I was at Crunch gym

  • and Josh and I were taking a Spin class, and we're leaving from the Spin class and there's

  • this beautiful woman. And, she's got pizza and she's giving away free organic vegan vegetarian

  • super-healthy pizza! And, I'm looking at it and my mouth is watering, and I'm like, Oh

  • my God, this looks so beautiful," but we were about to go out for dinner for my birthday.

  • So I couldn't take part in her beautiful pizza giveaway.

  • The way and the passion with which she was just sharing her pizza, I knew that... I was

  • like, "Are you the owner?" She's like, "Why, yes! Yes, I am," and I said, "Well, I have

  • this company called Rich, Happy & Hot and we connect women entrepreneurs," and I'm like,

  • "Do you have a card?" So Mikki gives me her card, probably thinks I'm a nut bag...

  • Mikki: No

  • Marie: I go home and I type up a little email going, "Hey, I think you're really amazing

  • and this is going to sound weird. Probably sounds like a stalker but I have this intuitive

  • hit that we're supposed to be connected, right?

  • Mikki: Yeah.

  • Marie: So I sent that email, did you think that I was weird or not so much?

  • Mikki: No! I was like this is so...it's amazing! I thought it was fantastic!

  • Marie: So then cut to one day later, I'm going to a birthday dinner for my friend Evan Hagen

  • whose birthday's right after mine and there's only like eight people at the table. Walk

  • into a restaurant in New York City, one of the eight people is her and she, your face

  • was just like...!

  • Mikki: It was insane! It was completely! I mean think about it, the million of places

  • we could be, the million people we could be with...

  • Marie: Right!

  • Mikki: And like and at a very specific time, and a very specific place, with the... It

  • was the most...?

  • Marie: Serendipitous.

  • Mikki: Serendipitous, and you know it's the synchronicity, it was just remarkable!

  • Marie: Yeah, alright. So we're at Mikki's restaurant which is SLICE. Right now, it's

  • in the West Village, she also has another location but her restaurant in the West Village

  • is like two blocks away from my house. So this could not be more perfect! And, I am

  • just fascinated with talking with cool women entrepreneurs and I did some like snooping

  • around on your site, and one of the things that you said that I just thought was hilarious.

  • You said, "I'm part sushi and part curry."

  • Mikki: Yeah, my mom's from Japan and my dad's from India so it's just a quick way...he'll

  • be like, "What are you?"

  • Marie: Yeah.

  • Mikki: [That's sushi and curry. ?] [2:13] It's very simple.

  • Marie: Which I think, I love that! And then, tell us a little bit about the part of your

  • story that I love and I think why we resonant so much is you know, you started off as an

  • investment banker, right?

  • Mikki: Hmm hmm

  • Marie: And then you did a completely different shift to like music and video production.

  • Mikki: Film production, yeah.

  • Marie: Film production.

  • Mikki: TV and commercial production

  • Marie: TV production, so big shift!

  • Mikki: Yeah.

  • Marie: And then at the ripe old age of 25, you said, "I want to open a restaurant."

  • Mikki: Yep.

  • Marie: Yeah so, tell us a little bit about like what the inspiration came from for SLICE?

  • Mikki: Well, when I was 24 my stomach started to act up, you know I couldn't. You know,

  • I couldn't eat regular dairy anymore, every time I eat pizza or ice-cream. Just the process,

  • you know cheese really hurt my stomach and so I had to give up all my comfort foods like

  • pizza, like ice-cream.

  • Marie: Oh! Mikki: And all my favorite foods and you know

  • I started reading some research and I couldn't find places that I could eat both satiated

  • my appetite. As far as, you know I can stomach it...

  • Marie: Right.

  • Mikki: But also that was flavorable. Every time I ate something, I had to give up on

  • flavor. And you know, then it kind of brought the bigger question is you know when you dine,

  • your dining experience you're always giving up one thing. You're always giving up on healthy

  • when you're eating something or you're always giving up on tasty.

  • Marie: Right.

  • Mikki: There's always that you know, you go "Okay today I'm going to eat tasty food but

  • I know it's not going to be healthy." Or, "Today I'm going to eat healthy but I know

  • it's not going to taste good."

  • Marie: Right.

  • Mikki: There's always that you know, that giving something up.

  • Marie: Right.

  • Mikki: Whereas you know, eating a comfort food that you know is made with better ingredients

  • and organic natural local ingredients. You know that there can be a marriage of healthy

  • and tasty especially when it's like pizza that everyone understands. So it just was

  • one of those things where I saw a necessity in the marketplace. And you know, I wasn't

  • being insatiated; my appetite wasn't being insatiated and so I just thought there would

  • be a great opportunity to start a business.

  • Marie: That's awesome! So okay tell us how long it took because many people, you know

  • they'll look at someone like you and they'll say, "Oh my God, Mikki has it going on." How

  • long did it take you from the time that you had the concept to actually had your first

  • restaurant, and had people were eating pizza and they were loving it?

  • Mikki: Yeah, I mean it certainly took time. I mean it took about two years probably from

  • the idea, to putting a team together with smart friends who are in various sectors of

  • the industry whether it be branding, design, marketing, architecture, finance, literally

  • every single aspect of the business. I'm not an expert on any of them.

  • Marie: Right.

  • Mikki: So you know I had an idea and I knew I wasn't an expert so I just brought on the

  • smartest people I knew in the various industries, put together a great round table team. And

  • then just constantly flushed out ideas and you know so much thinking outside the box

  • because when you're dealing with many different types of people that you're talking with,

  • you're getting different you know, angles of their opinion. So it was a really great

  • way to flush out something that could work.

  • Marie: But that just, it goes to show you like everything is "figureoutable..."

  • Mikki: Yeah

  • Marie: And, if you believe in something, you can absolutely figure out how to make it happen.

  • Mikki: Yeah, yeah.

  • Marie: You can figure out how to get the financing and rock it out!

  • Mikki: Absolutely! I mean you know, the one thing that I have to say is you know if people

  • say no. You know, at first you just literally brush yourself off and just keep going. You

  • know if you put your mind to it, you can do it! I really believe that! I really believe

  • that. I mean there's no question.

  • Marie: That's awesome!

  • Mikki: Yeah.

  • Marie: So tell us a little bit about this newest project that's happening and then share

  • with us where we can learn more about you, and where people can come and experience SLICE?

  • Mikki: Awesome! So my twin sister, I have an identical twin sister who used to do a

  • lot of the menu designs for us. She used to come up with like all the little drawings

  • and come up with the really cute you know, menus. And one of the menus was created, these

  • little crazy super-powered vegetables that was kind of like a coloring book where kids

  • could come and color and kind of make or create their own super-powered vegetables. And from

  • that, she kind of came up with this great idea of starting a media company that was

  • focused, you know around child education and eating more vegetables and...

  • Marie: That's awesome.

  • Mikki: Rather than doing it in a super-born like, "Eat your vegetables," kind of way,

  • tone. A very fun and creative, super-powered veggies where each vegetable like Colby Carrot,

  • a super sight because carrots are good for your eyes.

  • (Yeah, the name's Colby Carrot and I have super-sight. Also known as awesome eye!)

  • Mikki: Brian Broccoli is super-strong because broccoli is good for your bones.

  • (Singing: "Brian Broccoli uplifts us all with words of encouragement if we fall.)

  • Mikki: So each vegetable's "super-power" you know, pertains to its actual nutritional value

  • so.

  • Marie: Erica Eggplant!

  • Mikki: Yeah, she's super-smart.

  • Marie: Erica Eggplant

  • Mikki: Erica is super-smart because eggplants it's a brain food.

  • (Singing: Erica Eggplant, know-it-all it seems.)

  • Marie: It's amazing!

  • Mikki: It's a great way for kids to immediately remember what vegetable is good for...

  • Marie: Yeah.

  • Mikki: But in a super-powered, everyone loves good guys and bad guys, so.

  • Marie: Right.

  • Mikki: The Super-Sprowtz again is sort of like Mr. X in [indiscernible] [6:49]

  • Marie: This is so hot!

  • Mikki: Yeah, website just launched, SuperSprowtz.com. It's actually www.supersprowtz.com and then

  • obviously you can buy the books here at SLICE, both here in the West Village and also on

  • the Upper East Side. Our website is www. sliceperfect.com and you can learn all about our Pay Forward

  • programs that we do with you know, kids at Hunts Point, Alliance; and also, we do an

  • amazing catering!

  • Marie: Yay!! Which I've had her catering before we met and had some of it.

  • Mikki: Yeah!

  • Marie: Thank you so much! Thanks, it's been a pleasure!

  • Mikki: Yay, it was awesome!

  • Marie: Thank you so much for watching! Like it if you like it! Comment, share and we'll

  • see you next time!

  • Mikki: And become fans on Facebook. Marie: Yes, fans on Facebook!

  • Mikki: Slice is the perfect food! Yeah, okay.

  • Marie: Bye!

  • Mikki: Thanks!

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