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Beauty queen to serve coffee, celebrities dine in Miami Beach


Wakey, wakey! Early birds catching their morning coffee may get a chance to nab a chat with Mexican beauty queen Alejandra Espinoza, who will be visiting the McDonald’s at 11990 SW Eighth St. from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday. She may even serve you your cup personally as part of the chain’s “Make Friends with McCafé” campaign to get customers out their a.m. slumps with surprises and treats.

Espinoza could use a pick-me-up of her own. The Sabado Gigante star recently admitted on El Gordo y La Flaca that she and her husband, choreographer Aníbal Marrero, are having trouble conceiving, and she’s had three miscarriages.

Making musica

Props to Grammy winning singer/songwriter Carlos Vives, who was honored with the Latinovator Award at a Hispanicize 2014 luncheon on Thursday. Latinovators recognize celebrities, professionals and other “high achievers” who have become crossover successes or have inspiring stories. On Friday, Vives will announce his new album Mas + Corazon Profundo, which will be released May 13, at a press conference. Vives’ will also premiere a video for the single El Mar De Sus Ojos (The Ocean of Your Eyes) featuring ChocQuibTown.

Chad opens up

NiteCap entertainment reporter Peter Bailey recently hit up Chad Johnson for a “provocative” conversation at David’s Cafe in South Beach. “I never liked [fitting inside] the box. Who made the rules? Everyone is so worried about fitting in,” said the fallen NFL star, who was born and raised in Liberty City and calls himself a “weirdo.” Surprise (not!) Johnson admits he can never be monogamous. “No matter how fine you are I’m going to lose interest. … Sex is a beautiful thing, and there’s no such thing as a ho.” Maybe this confession can give closure to the infamous wide receiver’s ex wife, new mom Evelyn Lozada. See the interview on

Star spotting

Calories? Who cares about calories when you’re Leonardo DiCaprio? The actor was spotted Saturday afternoon eating lunch at Cecconi’s at Soho Beach House with a large group that appeared to be business associates. As he often does, the Oscar nominee, sporting a scruffy beard, was dressed casually in shorts, a T-shirt and a baseball cap, which didn’t quite do the job of hiding his identity. The table ordered some pizza, pasta and lobster.

Ya gotta eat!

Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot fame was seen at Joe’s Stone Crab Wednesday for a late lunch of crabcakes. The drummer was at the legendary Miami Beach spot with his wife and daughter, having just disembarked from the Monsters of Rock cruise. At sea, Banali banged out classics with his heavy metal band, along with fellow headliners Ratt, Cinderella and Winger.

Drink it in

Look familiar? Miami-born breakdancer Jonathan “Legacy” Perez is appearing in a national TV and print spot for the new “Milk Life” Campaign. The ad features Legacy ( Step Up 2) dancing up a storm while promoting good, clean living.

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