July 30, 2015

Yelp's Mai Tai Mingle @ Chef Shangri-La

In honor of National Mai Tai Day, Yelp Elites and their +1's were invited to a luau at Chef Shangri-La in North Riverside! The night was celebrated with mai tais and other tropical cocktails, hula dancers, and even a fire performance. Of course the main event was the delicious asian inspired spread that included egg rolls, potstickers, cantonese noodles and Chef Shangri-La's famous kalua pork tacos (as seen on Chicago's Best TV).

Chef Shangri-La is a family owned business established in 1976. Betty, the youngest child of Paul & Suzie (founders), and her husband, Duane are now the 2nd generation owners (since 2011). Betty & Duane continue to operate the "Fongtastic" tradition. They welcome you to a more enhanced tropical setting, featuring original recipes on all signature dishes and cocktails.

Interested in reading more about this asian infused tropical fun? Click HERE for the 5 star reviews and check out the photos on the Yelp Chicago Burbs Flickr page!

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Glowing Sacramento Elites Golf In The Dark

Posted by Alex L
19486167553_b6ecea5c72_oThere are unique ways to have a good time, and then there's Monster Mini Golf. The business opened it's doors exclusively for our Elite Squad on Monday so we could experience what it's like to mini golf in a spooky, glow-in-the-dark atmosphere. There was beer, wine, Jarritos soda, a face painter, free arcade games and an enthusiastic DJ who kept things lively with music and games on the course. Food tastings came courtesy of Cecil Rhodes, the Celebrity Chef behind Cecil's Taste Food Truck. Check out the glowing reviews, or scope the photos on Yelp's Flickr Page

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YelpNOLA's Afternoon Locked Up With Clue Carré

Posted by Morgan

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While most of our Yelp Elite outings here in New Orleans include tasty libations with a chance of tipsy, we made sure that our two teams of our best and brightest Elites were sharp as tacks to try out Clue Carré, New Orleans’ First Live Escape Game.

After a detailed explanation of the do's, don'ts, and all that jazz, we were herded into our rooms for what would be an hour of thrilling_____________, mysterious_____________, and then there was the surprise_______________! With less than a minute to spare, ten Elites joyfully "#escaped" the Mardi Gras Room while those in the Voodoo Room were seconds from cracking the code...but seconds too late! Pictures were snapped, pins were placed in their map mural, and only the team who escaped were allowed to buy the coveted bragging rights Clue Carré T-shirt.

While we have been sworn to secrecy in regards to the content of the rooms, if you're looking for a great team-building exercise for your staff or a fun night out sans cocktails (though might we suggest cocktails next door for the victorious) this is a thrill ride without leaving the ground! 

Local owner Megan Mouton experienced her first live escape game while abroad and decided to open the city's first two rooms, the Voodoo Room and Mardi Gras Room, with expertly crafted methods to cracking the code and getting out of the room in the allotted hour time. Both rooms can hold up to 10 people with ages ranging from 8 to 80. Because of the popularity of her current rooms, she's looking to expand in the near future. 

Check out our Elites pictures (promise, nothing spoiled) and reviews here! Thank you again to Clue Carré for the wonderfully unique experience! 

July 29, 2015

Orlando Elites Celebrate the First Lady of Steak at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse!

Posted by Andi

RC Elite Yelp party

Orlando's Elite Yelpers came together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ruth's Chris Steak House and learn a little bit about this mysterious First Lady of Steak! Elites were treated to some of Ruth's finest classic bites as well as tasting some brand new additions to the menu. But what's steak without some great drinks? Brown Forman was on board with a suspender-clad rep who brought on the liquor knowledge and tasty bevvies. But that wasn't all! Much shenanigans were had at the gold anniversary themed photo booth by Snap! Studio Booth. Check out pictures from the event and reviews from the Elite Yelpers!

Syracuse Elites Go On A Kayaking Adventure

Posted by Alex L



Syracuse’s Yelp Elite were treated to a kayaking adventure by Stone's Marina. The journey was a gentle paddle down Chittenango Creek and across Oneida Lake, ending at Cooper's Landing (a lakeside bar). There, we took in the sunshine on the deck overlooking the lake, enjoying brews, bar bites, and a lively conversation. It was summer in Syracuse at its finest. Check out the reviews and pictures here!

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July 28, 2015

Yelp says "Cheese Steak!"

Posted by Michelle M


Philadelphia is not as close to Singapore as we wish it was, but thankfully The Cheese Steak Shop in Kallang Wave Mall has arrived, spreading the cheese steak gospel throughout the red dot! Singapore's Elite Squad had the opportunity to sample the classic, chicken, and even a vegetarian cheese steak. To add some local flavour, we also got to try some kopi floats and bandung floats to combat that Singapore heat!

Drool over the photos of those cheese steaks here (courtesy of our photographer Natalia Wakula) and see what the squad thought here

Many thanks to Angie, John, and the crew at The Cheese Steak Shop for making our Tuesday shiok!

Chattanooga's Caliente Summer Fun

Posted by Stephanie T

Taqueria Jalisco Offerings

On a very hot summer night, nearly 50 yelpers discovered great authentic Mexican food at Taqueria Jalisco. They ate, drank and sweated it out in the restaurant's unique space. There were delicious tacos, sopes and tamales to munch on, and of course fresh guacamole, plus refreshingly cold margaritas and beer to quench yelpers' thirsts. Jorge Parra was a delightful host and made sure everyone had enough to fill up on. It was so much fun! You can read reviews of the event here and see all the gorgeous pictures here.

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Fresh Meat Elites Get The Star Treatment At Slater's 50/50

Posted by Trish

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Newbie Yelp Elites gathered at Slater's 50/50 in San Marcos to celebrate their beautiful new profile bling: The much sought after Yelp Elite Badge! We feasted on course after course of bacon-laden goodness from one of our favorite Event pals, Slater's 50/50. They generously fed us everything but the kitchen sink, with amazing service and a smile. Menu items included new concepts from their test kitchen like Fried Brussels, Buffalo Egg Rolls and decadent Bacon Poutine followed by four different types of their famous burgers, plus shakes and Bacon Blondies for dessert. This newbie party rolled out the welcome mat and gave a hefty dose of Yelp 101 for our newest Elite Squad Members, with mentors and local managers on hand to answer any burning Yelp questions. Pictures and reviews from the event can be found on the 5-star event page listing here. Warning: Bacon envy! #meatsweats #thestruggleisreal

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Yelp's Summertime Teatime!

Posted by Tomas Rey

Commonwealth blog

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon and we were treated to a private gathering amongst the grounds of CommonWealth Coffeehouse. Walking throughout the venue with our fresh pressed coffee, house infused teas, bellinis, and wine was a refreshing way to take in their organic garden with an eccentric Summer patio. CW Coffeehouse strives on using herbs, vegetables, and eggs from their garden on a daily basis.

Did we mention they have a chicken coop with live chickens?! That's right... they take pride making their own fertilizer and compost for their garden.

Yelpers had the chance to experience freshly baked goods from authentic French chefs including bites such as their iconic Terragon Chicken Sandwiches, sweet potato chips, almond croissants and oh so much more!

Capping off the night with an interactive session from the French pastry chefs on how to make a proper croissant. Everyone walked away with a smile on their face and a fresh breath of air and outtake on one of the newest and most unique coffeehouses in San Antonio, Texas.

Don't take our word for it though, check out the awesome 5-star reviews here and the amazing photos from Noah Acevedo & Steven Casanova here!

Special thanks to CommonWealth for an amazing event: yelp|website




Houston's Summer Steak-cation At LongHorn Steakhouse

Posted by Farrah Akhtar


Yelp Elites from all across Houston and the Greater Houston area celebrated July's National Grilling Month at four different LongHorn Steakhouse locations. Each event was an intimate 20-Elite dinner composed of four delicious courses, adult signature beverages, and prizes using the #LongHornYelp hashtag. Check out the event reviews and photos from the June 22nd @ East Houston, June 29th @ Pearland, July 13th @ Humble and July 20th @ Memorial location events! 

15 Must Have Dishes In Broward-Palm Beach

Posted by Blue Arauz
If you had to recommend only one dish to all of your friends - what would it be? Sure, your mom's meatloaf is mouth-watering and grandma's arroz con pollo is divine, but what about one dish from a restaurant?
We posed this question to members of the Yelp Elite Squad in Broward-Palm Beach recently and the results are in! From creative takes on eggs Benedict to hearty ramen, we've got a hit list of 15 savory dishes that you can't miss! In no particular order, because we know you'll be drooling over each of these bad boys equally. 

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July 27, 2015

Meet The Elite: Holly A.

Posted by kelly stocker


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Welcome to Meet The Elite, where we let you in on the lives of some of our top community members. 

Today we meet Holly A., a Yelp Elite since '14 with a whopping 84 reviews and counting:  

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Yelp Auckland Pairs Wild Side Cider & Kapiti Cheese

Posted by Alex

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Cider and cheese – it’s a match made in heaven! Especially when both are proudly New Zealand made using our finest produce, as was the case at Yelp’s Powerhouse Pairing last night. Hosted at Kapiti’s stylish Shortland St store, the wonderful Meg and Andy talked the Elites through the carefully selected pairings of Kapiti cheese and Wild Side ciders. The cheese was incredible but definitely the most popular match of the evening was the boozy ice cream float made with Kapiti’s spicy apple crumble ice cream and Wild Side’s apple & pomegranate cider. The evening ended with a glorious selection of cakes from Chuffed café and goodie bags for each to take home!

Check out the photos by Two Honest Truths and the reviews

A huge thank you to our glorious sponsors:

 • Kapiti  • Wild Side Cider  • Chuffed

Yelp SF's Beauty School @ Head Spa

Posted by Abby Schwarz

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There aren't any beauty school drop outs in the Yelp San Francisco Elite Squad... Only the finest locks in town! Head Spa in the Marina hosted an enjoyable ladies night after-hours for some dry 'do's, sweet snacks and adult beverages. Stylists on-hand were knowledgeable and gave some great tips in what one might call Hair 101. Who knew that a little apple cider vinegar + water mixture could bring life back to your hair? Read the reviews and see Evan Myrick's photos from this girly girl experience. 
Thank you to our host, Head Spa, and to Sugarfina for the champagne gummy bears and gift cards!
About our Host:
Head Spa in Marina is located behind Laline on Chestnut Street (between Steiner and Pierce Street). They have 6 styling chairs available along with 4 beds to give you a unique shampoo and conditioning experience... yes... a bed. As you can imagine... it's unlike any other salon out there! The staff is phenomenal and you won't regret stepping in here. 

Yelp Elites Get The Royal Treatment At LongHorn Steakhouse

Posted by Kellie Morvillo


Thank you to LongHorn Steakhouse in Acworth for a memorable evening!  Elites throughout our area were treated like royalty with a full dinner starting with delicious soups, salads, and mouthwatering appetizers. Ending with succulent steaks and sinfully scrumptious desserts! Take a look at all of the amazing reviews here and the fun photos on Flickr