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.
Reva Smilkstein, at Fatty’s in Eagle Rock, apparently on June 17:
Heidi Seymour (on the right, I believe, with a friend):
And 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!”
Thanks to everyone who entered. If you want to be in on these kinds of cool giveaways in the future, sign up for the Off-Ramp Newsletter.
The contestants needed to send us a photo of themselves and food. We met two winners, Kelsey McConnell and Imelda Hinojosa, yesterday. Today, congratulations to 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:
Thanks to all who entered. I’ll post some more photos later of those who entered, but weren’t among the first four. Maybe EatLA will take pity on them...
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I’m almost 43. I’ve been drinking since I was 18 or 21. (I can’t remember what the limit was in Michigan when I turned of age.) I’ve been around bars since Dad took me to the Detroit Press Club when I was in Kindergarten. Heck, I’ve been mixing drinks for just as long, like little Patrick Dennis in “Auntie Mame,” and have never had any complaints.
I have never had a watered drink in all those years, until tonight at an American Italian restaurant in Los Feliz. I’ll identify it only as P------ because there are many positive reviews of it on Yelp! and because people don’t seem to go here for good mixed drinks.
See the “martini” here?
It’s really dry vermouth and water, shaken, not stirred, with extra water.
I ordered it specifically 3-1 Bombay Dry Gin to vermouth. The waiter delivered what looked like a delicious icy martini, with two (actually very tasty and huge) olives. When he returned, I told him, “I think they reversed the proportions. There’s not nearly enough gin in this.” He brought a fresh one back, no argument. It was exactly the same. But since I didn’t want to make a fuss, I sipped it and enjoyed the olives.
The contestants needed to send us a photo of themselves and food. Two winners came in quickly.
Kelsey McConnell, who says she loves Off-Ramp and had a ramen adventure with her girlfriend in Torrance:
And 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.
The 33rd Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade – the significantly more light-hearted relative of the Rose Parade -- is on May 1, and the Doo Dah organizers are looking for a new Queen.
Tryouts are on February 13 at 2pm at the American Legion on 179 N. Vinedo in Pasadena. I’ve encouraged Queena Kim, Off-Ramp producer and co-host of CyberFrequencies to try out. She is wise, cruel, and is already named Queena. But she doesn’t want to have to get up really early on the day of the parade. (Please use the comments section below to encourage Queena to try out. Offer enticements like cocoanut macaroons from El Pavo, money, dry goods, free landscaping services, etc.)
So what does being the Doo Dah Queen entail?
I asked Michelle Mills (above), the Pasadena Star-News reporter and blogger, who reigned under the name Naughty Mickie two years ago, how being Queen changed her life, and if she has advice for the new Queen – or Queena. Michelle writes: