Omar Benson Miller doesn’t travel like a typical tourist.
The former CSI: Miami star carries no guide books or maps and doesn’t ask the hotel concierge for advice.
In Weekend Fix, a new series from Esquire Network, Miller navigates various cities with the help of his phone. Each episode shows Miller and his buddy, L.A. fashion designer Andres Izquieta, hitting only places that were recommended on social media.
At 10 p.m. Wednesday,tune in to see the guys do Miami like locals.
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Among the activities on the off-the-beaten-path itinerary: rolling cigars in Little Havana, preparing a Cuban coffee at Cafe Versailles and shooting AK-47’s at Lock & Load gun range in Wynwood.
“I really enjoyed getting off the beach and exploring,” says Miller, who also made time to tuck in to the trendy SoBe eatery Baoli. “It’s amazing what you can find if you really look.”
Miller, who pitched the idea for this show to the cable network, thinks the interactive nature of Weekend Fix is going to kick off a trend.
“I’m not a fan of travel and food shows in general because I think a lot of the time I feel like they’re talking down to you,” says Miller. “Andres and I are more into the inclusive approach. We do a whole lot of stuff in a short period of time and you get to experience it right along with us.”
The Detroit-born, California-raised 36-year-old is definitely seems to be having more fun than your average actor since his crime drama CSI: Miami ended two years ago.
“That show was totally scripted because it needed to be to develop the characters and tell a story,” explains Miller. “But with reality televison, there’s a real freedom. You can really stretch out.”
Next up: back to scripts with HBO’s upcoming Ballers, produced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Mark Wahlberg. Miller plays an arrow-straight football player in the ensemble comedy series, filming right here in South Florida.
So if you spot the baby faced actor around town, feel free to ask for travel tips.
IT’S ALL RELATIVE
Miami Herald columnist Andres Oppenheimer got an able assist from Romero Britto for his latest book, Crear o Morir! (Innovate or Die!, Penguin Random House).
The host of CNN en Español’s Oppenheimer Presenta had Britto on as his guest in June and mentioned during a break that he needed an idea for the cover of the book, about how to spur innovation around the world, especially Latin America.
A lightbulb went off: Albert Einstein should be on the cover because “there's no greater symbol of a genius, and of a creative mind,” Britto told the journalist, Oppenheimer relayed. The pop artist quickly volunteered for the job of illustrating the famous picture of Einstein sticking out his tongue.
See Britto’s creation in the flesh during a presentation with the two men for Miami International Book Fair at 3:15 p.m. Sunday.
Info: Miami Dade College, 300 NE Second Ave., Room 3314 (Building 3, 3rd Floor), miamibookfair.com, 305-237-3258.
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Scratch the idea of bidding on Jose Canseco’s finger on eBay. Thankfully, the auction site doesn’t allow its users to peddle body parts.
The retired slugger and Coral Park High School alum tweeted that he accidentally shot off his finger while cleaning his gun last month and a doctor reattached it. But obviously, Doc didn’t do such a great job because the digit fell off during a poker game over the weekend.
The 50-year-old former major leaguer did some self-diagnosis even before the unfortunate gambling incident in Las Vegas, posting that amputation was probably a better call because “it was very loose with no bone to connect it [and] was also smelling really bad.”
The author of Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big had no problem grossing out his followers even further with a picture of the nub that has since been removed from the Internet.
As per the eBay policy, there are two exceptions: “Sellers can list items containing human scalp hair, and skulls and skeletons intended for medical use.”
Jose, are you listening?