Winners have been announced!
FOOD / Judged by Brendan Spiegel
The Winner: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/238268636509127203/
Good sushi is one of the most fun things to eat because when you pop a roll in your mouth, each flavor hits you one by one. This photo of Blowfish Sushi’s Ritsu Roll manages to capture that; I can taste the two types of tuna, the masago and the avo, plus the little bits of fried goodness around the sides. I’ve never been to Blowfish but the photo certainly makes me think this is just about as perfect a roll as you can get.
4 VIP tickets to David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition at de Young museum | $130
Celebrated British artist David Hockney returns to California with an exhibition assembled exclusively for the de Young. Renowned for his use of traditional materials as well as evolving technologies, Hockney has created new art in an array of media, from watercolor on paper to iPad drawings, and oil on canvas to digital movies. Prize includes exhibition catalogue.
Two-night Retreat to the Dream Inn in Santa Cruz | $450
The iconic 50-year-old Dream Inn offers views of Monterey Bay from every room and is located on Cowell’s beach, adjacent to the wharf and historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Enjoy a two-night getaway plus a $50 food & beverage credit, to be used at on-site restaurant Aquarius or for in-room dining. For ideas on things to do, read oM’s story on a romantic escape to Santa Cruz.
Best Week 1 Photo
A Box of 100 CLIF Mini Bars | $160
The great taste and nutritional goodness of the original CLIF Bar packed into a mini-sized bar, for life’s smaller adventures. Keep them in backpacks, bike bags, desk drawers and pockets. Savor a variety of flavors: Crunchy Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Brownie, White Chocolate Macadamia, Maple Nut, more.
Best Week 2 Photo
Two VIP tickets to The Art of Buglari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond at the de Young | $123
The Art of Bulgari presents approximately 150 showstopping pieces from 1950–1990, along with sketches and other materials from the Bulgari archives. The exhibition takes a decade-by-decade look at Bulgari’s innovations in jewelry design and includes several striking pieces from the Elizabeth Taylor collection.
Best Week 3 Photo
An Off the Beaten Path Adventure for Two with Urban Hiker SF | $90
Visiting San Francisco and want to get the most out of your time here? Or maybe you’ve been living here a while but just want to get away from the daily grind of bumping Timbuk2 messenger bags with other passengers on a crowded BART train. Either way, there’s more to this city than you think.
Best Week 4 Photo
A wine country getaway for two with Tower Tours | $158
Enjoy touring three of TT’s favorite wineries in Sonoma and Yountville to observe firsthand the techniques used in the wine making process. Savor the body and refinement of barrel-aged wines sampled at each estate. Tastings and bus transportation included.
|JUDGE OF THE MOST INSPIRING PHOTO
Chip Conley | Founder, Joie de Vivre Hospitality & Fest300, Airbnb Head of Global Hospitality
Chip Conley turned a seedy inner city motel into the second largest boutique hotel brand in the world. The New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Equations and Peak is a passionate and seasoned world traveler. His experiences at some of the world’s most transformational festivals inspired him to launch Fest300 based on his belief that, “The more virtual we get, the more ritual we need.” He is now also sharing his brand of hospitality with Airbnb hosts in nearly 200 countries. Explore the world with Chip on his travel blog and find out more at chipconley.com.
|JUDGE OF THE BEST WEEKLY PHOTOS
Lauren Matison | offMetro Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Lauren runs offMetro’s New York, San Francisco, and Way Off websites. A New York native with Southern California roots, Lauren also contributes to The Huffington Post and Bicycling Magazine, and was named a top 10 female blogger by Cosmopolitan. Lauren writes the “Car-Free Traveler” column at Budget Travel, and in her spare time, works with the non-profit organization Transportation Alternatives. Lauren can be found on two wheels wherever she goes.
|JUDGE OF THE DREAMIEST PHOTO
Mary Polizzotti | Online Managing Editor at 7×7 Magazine
Mary runs the website for 7×7. Mary is also the digital director at California Home+Design. A Boston native, Mary traveled to 41 countries in between stints at the East Bay Express, Denver Westword, Lonely Planet, NileGuide.com, 10Best.com and a non-profit gig in Uganda. You can find her in the Lower Haight when she is not wrangling freelancers.
|JUDGE OF THE BEST BAY AREA PHOTO
Dan Rosenbaum | Community Manager for San Francisco Tourism Board
Born in New York City, raised in Los Angeles, and living in San Francisco. Dan currently works at San Francisco Travel running their social media channels. When Dan’s not working, he’s hosting people for his underground dinner series (#dinnerwithdan), traveling the world and always exploring San Francisco.
|JUDGE OF THE MOST ADVENTUROUS PHOTO
Krista Rossow | National Geographic Photographer
Currently living in Cape Town, Krista Rossow is a travel photographer, photo editor, and educator from Eugene, Oregon. A photographer for @NatGeoCreative, Krista is a former photo editor for National Geographic Traveler magazine and a yogini who fell in love with San Francisco in 2012 during a shoot for @NatGeoTravel.
|JUDGE OF THE BEST WEEKLY PHOTOS
Suzanne Russo | offMetro SF Managing Editor
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Suzanne’s a bi-coastal gal who splits her time between SF and NY. She has contributed to EuroCheapo.com, Brides Magazine, CBS Watch! Magazine, MarieClaire.com, National Geographic, and other publications, and she runs the New York (San Francisco-originated) literary pub crawl, Lit Crawl NYC.
|JUDGE OF THE BEST FOOD PHOTO
Brendan Spiegel | Travel Writer
Brendan Spiegel is a writer for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wired, New York Magazine, Travel + Leisure, The Village Voice and offMetro.com. He is the managing editor of Narratively, an online publication dedicated to in-depth storytelling about New York. He is also the publisher of Endless Simmer, an independent food website that draws 300,000+ monthly readers. He got his start as a political reporter and editor at Congressional Quarterly.
|JUDGE OF THE BOLDEST PHOTO
The Bold Italic
The Bold Italic is an online magazine, shop, and events hub in San Francisco. It’s a chorus of voices that celebrates the free-wheeling spirit of the city, supports local businesses, and incites conversation. The Bold Italic inspires readers to live life out in the city.
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