Congrats to the Observer and to Alice Laussade. Once again, she is a finalist in the humor category of the James Beard Awards for “The Cheap Bastard’s Ultimate Guide to Eating like a Total Cheap Bastard in Dallas ” (she was a finalist in 2010 for this story). You can find a complete PDF list of the 2013 finalists here. If you haven’t already read that “Ultimate Guide” story, you are instructed to do so now. Then read the hysterical Elf on a Shelf piece she wrote last year. Actually, just go to her author’s page at the Observer. Pretty much a can’t-miss deal.