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Why I'm happy Miss Colombia took home the Miss Universe crown

Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega won the Miss Universe Pageant on Jan.25 held at Florida International University.

It was my first time attending the pageant and I learned how much the crown meant to the fans I encountered.

They brought along flags, donned costumes and cheered every time a pageant contestant from their country graced the stage.  It felt like I was at the Olympics or World Cup. These fans were hard-core.  I grew up watching Miss America, but never cheered on for country.  I just wanted to look like one of those girls.

I laughed at the absurdity.  How could one woman – known more for her beauty than brains – make such an impact on strangers? Was it a Kardashian type phenomenon?

Then I interviewed some of those strangers.  Apparently, the Miss Universe Pageant in some countries is a big deal. 

Now that we know Miss Colombia won the title, I am happy for those strangers, who shouting and waving their yellow, red and blue flag with pride.  I am only part Colombian.  My grandfather...

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Let's get loud: Miss Universe contestants' patriotic partisans party at pageant prelim

At Wednesday's preliminary competition for the Miss Universe pageant at FIU Arena, I snapped photos of beauty queens, their families and friends, and some very loud fans of the 88 contestants vying for the shiny crown and all the perks that come with it. Not since the World Cup have I seen so many people express pride in their countries. 

During the show, I also got a quick geography lesson when the Miss Universe contestants from Mauritius and Myanmar came onstage. Seriously, can you point out those places on a map?

But I’d really like to share why my ears still hurt.

I thought Colombia was going to win the award for loudest supporters as I watched red, blue and yellow flags wave in the air and screams fill the arena the three times Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega, appeared onstage. I was waiting for someone to shout, “Goalllllllllllllllllll!” but then remembered I was covering a pageant owned by Donald Trump.

It was only when Miss Venezuela, Migbelis Castellanos, introduced herself to the...

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Win free tickets to the Sobe Wine and Food Festival's Burger Bash

The best things in life are in free, especially when it comes to yummy eats.  

If you're never been to the South Beach and Wine Food Festiva's Burger Bash, now's your chance to win tickets (worth $250 per person) where you can meet celebrity chef, Rachael Ray and sample burgers. snacks, and drinks from Amstel Life and Ménage a Trois wines.

The Burger Bash, which takes place on the sands of South Beach Feb. 20, is one of Sobe WFF's top events. This year, more than 25 of the country's burger chefs will face-off to see who takes home the Amstel Light's People Choice Award.

Forget about your standard ketchup, mayo and cheddar cheese meat patties. Expect to eat burgers grilled with unique toppings and ingredients such as brie cheese, jalapenos and pastrami. 

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Kevin Hart and Josh Gad talk weddings in South Beach

From the interviews they gave on Thursday night, it was obvious actors Kevin Hart and Josh Gad enjoyed working together during filming for their upcoming movie, "The Wedding Ringer."

In the comedy, which premieres in theaters on Jan. 16,  Hart plays the best man for Gad's upcoming onscreen nuptials.
The catch: Socially challenged men need Hart's help - enter the geeky, but adorable Gad. 

On the red carpet, both comedians joked with reporters and TV crews as they played off of each others goofiness.
 They talked about their favorite wedding moments when Gad asked Hart if he could officiate his upcoming nuptials to girlfriend, Eniko Parish.  "No," replied Hart.

Gad, who starred in "Jobs" is familiar with South Florida. He lived in Hollywood and graduated from Nova Southeastern University in 1999. But when asked about his former hangouts and places to eat, he explained through laughter that "I can't recall where I ate as a kid because I was too stoned half of the time," he said.

He married...

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Art Basel: It's a wrap

Has anyone ever made an “I survived another year of Art Basel,” T-shirt? It wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Art week in Miami was chaotic, and my feet still hurt, but overall I enjoyed the parties, the celebrity sightings and most of all, the eclectic art.

Here are some of the highs and lows of Art Basel.

 The art: There was some pretty neat stuff on display from ceramic donuts (yum) to life sized statues of horses. I especially enjoyed meeting the artists and learning about their wacky ideas.  If only I could afford one of those fancy paintings to nail on my wall.

The outfits: Art week is when fashionistas from New York come to town. I get inspired by their hats, scarves, clunky boots, funky dresses, weird jewelry, expensive shoes, and purses.  It makes me want to go shopping right now.

Miley Cyrus: The girl was everywhere. Cursing onstage and smoking pot at her concert at the Raleigh, sticking out her tongue for paps, taking off her pants at parties, dancing at clubs until the wee hours of the...

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Miley Cyrus offered plenty of hits, but few shocks, during Art Basel concert

Could boyfriend Patrick Schwarzenegger be a good influence on Miley Cyrus?

During a concert Wednesday night at the Raleigh hotel, the former "Hannah Montana" star was on somewhat good behavior as Schwarzenegger watched the concert from a nearby cabana.

Sure, she appeared to smoke pot onstage (and even offered hits to a few fans). And, yes, she admitted to having a few drinks earlier in the night. But something was missing.

Where was the notorious booty shake? And the famous tongue she’s so fond of wagging in front of everyone all the time?

Cyrus dropped plenty of F-bombs, but few shockers.

Her setlist mostly consisted of covers. The “Wrecking Ball” singer showed off her vocal skills with a rendition of Rick James’ "Superfreak," Johnny Cash’s "A Boy Named Sue," Led Zeppelin’s "I Can’t Quit You Baby" and the Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds." 

Wearing her one costume of the night (a silver wig, slinky leotard and aqua eye shadow), she played piano during "Twinkle Song," messing up...

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