LA Weekly Web Awards 2012: The Winners!
Best Musician Twitter
The Hollywood-based rap artist formerly known as Jody Christian is so funny on Twitter that the Weekly's music columnist Jeff Weiss recently declared him, definitively, "more entertaining than you are." (Sadly, it's true.) One judge explains his vote for Riff Raff thus: "People will email me his tweets." Another judge offers an example that made him laugh: "WAS YOUR FATHER A PiRATE ? ... BECUZ i COULD DRAW A TREASURE MAP ON YOUR FOREHEAD."
Best Musician Instagrammer
Malia James of the Dum Dum Girls
Writes one judge, "I realize the chances are slim that I'll ever (A) be a Dum Dum Girl, or (B) hang out with the Dum Dum Girls. But Malia James' Instagram keeps the dream alive." Another explains, "She actually takes pictures, as if she knows her iPhone camera works with the lens facing outward onto something or someone else." What, there are options other than duck-face self-portraits?
Best Musician Online Presence
Our judges gave the nod in this category to Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt. (Note to haters: We know, we know, you're sick of us writing about this group — but what can we say? They're good at just about everything, from music to, well, maintaining their online presence.) "Earl Sweatshirt has the optimal carrot/stick approach to interacting with fans online," one judge explains. "He doesn't RT compliments, which a surprising number of successful people still seem to do."
Best Food Blog
There were many worthy finalists, but judges preferred KCRW's Good Food site, run by restaurateur, radio host and cookbook author Evan Kleiman. Writes one, "Kleiman is the mother of our food-loving, restaurant-obsessed community." Asks another, "Where else are you going to find a recipe for wild elderberry hand pies?"
Best Food Twitter
Formerly personal chef to Michael Jackson and the restaurateur behind Culver City's sophisticated, vegetarian-friendly Akasha, Akasha Richmond earns raves for her presence on Twitter. "Akasha's tweets show all aspects of a chef's life," one judge says. "From visits to farmers markets, new dishes in her kitchen to her travels abroad." Adds another, "She not only shares the going-ons in her own kitchen but great organic recipes and pics."
Best Food Instagrammer
The Pinoy Panda
OK, so everyone loves to make fun of photo-snapping food obsessives, but it's impossible to sneer when the experience is as exuberant as with the Instagrammer known only as Remil, aka the Pinoy Panda. One judge writes, "He dines all over Los Angeles, from Josiah Citrin's Mélisse to Pondahan Filipino restaurant in a West Covina strip mall. And he Instagrams every bite."
Best Bar Blogger
Caroline on Crack
"Thirsty and opinionated, Caroline on Crack is always a dependable resource about booze in L.A.," says one judge. Writes another, "Need a new bar recommendation? Want to know who serves L.A.'s best cocktails? Caroline will have the details first." She is, they conclude, both thirsty and spirited.
Best Online Food Presence
Kogi BBQ Truck
Duh. The food truck that did it first still does it best, with social media maven Alice Shin providing tweets that combine truck locations with links to quirky blog posts by ever-buzzy chef Roy Choi. Writes one judge, "Alice Shin puts all other restaurant blogs to shame. No one does it better." Seconds another, "The brand that started the food truck movement continues to impress and engage online. Plus, their tacos are damn tasty!"
See a full list of finalists for the LA Weekly Web Awards here. Congrats again to all winners and finalists!