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Winners and "losers" in the Off-Ramp EatLA Guide Contest

Come inside to see tons of great happy photos of people and food, including the ones who won brand new EatLA 2010 guides that will ensure deliciousness for one more year.

In last week’s Off-Ramp newsletter, we offered four brand new Eat LA guides to food and drink in Los Angeles. (On last week’s show, I interviewed the editor, and she gave us some books to give away.)

The contestants needed to send us a photo of themselves doing something (anything) that related to food or drink.

The winners:

Kelsey McConnell, who says she loves Off-Ramp and had a ramen adventure with her girlfriend in Torrance:

Imelda Hinojosa …

… an artist who writes:

The picture is me snacking on a homemade tortilla. My son wanted "breakfast" for lunch, so I made sausage/eggs, fruit salad … and flour tortillas. I had just sat down at the computer, to check my e's (and snack on his left over food) when I got your newsletter. How's that for timely? Tortillas are one of the things I learned to make from my mom & Grandmother. I regret never learning to make the other traditional foods. My Mom could make the perfect fluffy chili rellenos stuffed with melty cheese … mmmm. And of course, she made the Holiday Tamales.

I never learned her secret to spicing the masa or meat! As a kid, I didn't like tamales, and only participated in the assembly line MAKING of them: corn husks, masa, meat, folding, steaming, etc. -- which didn't make me like them even more.

But I am proud to say, my brother made some this Christmas and they were delish. My Mom passed in '01. She would be so proud of him.

Suzanne Lee of Sherman Oaks, who apparently enjoys ribs … a teeny bit ...

… and Robert of Orange, who entered on behalf of his Dorito’d daughter:

Many other folks entered and missed the deadline, but looking at the pics told me something.

As far as I could tell, not one of these entrants (except Warren "Man with Fork" Horton) needed to go out and take a new photo, which tells me that, even though food related photos are not always the most flattering by fashion standards (that is, Anna Wintour isn’t going to put Sonja Thinmodel on the cover munching a rib or a drumstick, with sauce on her chin), we like them and we take them. And guess what? People look happy when they’re around food and friends, which makes these photos about 900% better than the “beautiful” people’s shots.

Sharon Chung of Anaheim with a tasty iced tea.

Stacey Colonna of Woodland Hills, who is in here somewhere with her friends at Ford’s Filling Station in Culver City.

La Crescentan Lisa Haber, who captured her “baby’s first pizza.”

Reva Smilkstein, at Fatty’s in Eagle Rock, apparently on June 17:

Heidi Seymour (on the right, I believe, with a friend):

Tony Rodriguez, “with the Orochon Special #2 Spicy Ramen Challenge in Little Tokyo that I heard Queena Kim talk about a couple of years ago on Off Ramp!”

And Jennifer Henke of Riverside, enjoying herself at the OC Fair.

Thanks to everyone who entered. And there’s a happy ending even for the “losers.” Colleen Bates of EatLA is sending all these folks books anyway. Thanks, Colleen.

If you want to be in on these kinds of cool giveaways in the future, sign up for the Off-Ramp Newsletter.