The EPIC was a literary hot spot as many authors from the Miami International Book Fair were seen staying there. Among them: Alexander Hitz ( My Beverly Hills Kitchen); Justin Cronin, ( The Twelve) and Robert Spitz ( Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child); Also seen at the downtown hotel were Ryan Friedlinghaus, owner of West Coast Customs, known from MTV’s Pimp my Ride, in town for the NASCAR Ford Championship; and Chris Mann, former contestant on The Voice, who sang the National Anthem at the races down in Homestead.
Football player Jeremy Shockey hosted a “bunch of models dancing on the bar,” says our spy, after closing around 2 a.m. Saturday at Philippe Chow Miami. NASCAR’s James White and rapper Lil Twist also joined the spirited party.
Some say Sen. Marco Rubio is already gearing up for some big political moves in 2016. If that includes an interview with GQ, on stands Tuesday, they’re right. In it, he waxes political on everything from Castro to his love of rap. “Hip-hop’s 30 years old now, and it’s become indistinguishable from pop music in general,” he says. “Many people say Nicki Minaj is a rapper, but she’s also a singer. Kanye’s a rapper, but his songs aren’t pure rap anymore. You’ve got the guy from Miami, Pitbull, who’s on TV advertising for Dr. Pepper.”
The city of North Miami gave the key to the city to the Kardashians for, uh, wreaking havoc—er, filming their reality show there. On Monday, the city’s mayor, Andre D. Pierre honored the trio of sisters with a ceremony complete with violin serenade, lunch and cake adorned with, appropriately for so many reasons, a turkey (see Metro).
More dubious honors bestowed, this time upon the Fontainebleau, which was ranked the No. 1 hotel in which to carry on extramarital affairs according to AshleyMadison.com. The dating site designed for those already in relationships asked 6,980 of its monogamy-fearing members in Miami which hotels they favor when it comes to a romp, and the Fontainebleau topped the list.