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Recession antidote: EatLA contest winds up with more great shots of happy people

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

The contestants needed to send us a photo of themselves in some food- or drink-related setting. The first four in were Kelsey, Imelda, Robert, and Suzanne, and their books are in the mail. But we got more great pictures.

As far as I could tell, not one of these entrants 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. Anyway, that’s just me.

Here are the last of the non-winners … but make sure to read all the way down the page for a nice surprise.

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 captured “baby’s first pizza.”

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

Thanks to everyone who entered.

Turns out, Colleen Bates of EatLA has agreed to send all these folks books anyway. Thanks, Colleen.

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