April 24, 2015

Bee Happy in Vancouver

Posted by Ayla Collins

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55 Elites gathered together on a rainy Vancouver evening to enjoy some sustainable fun! Allegro Cafe at Whole Foods provided treats galore, including charcuterie, wraps, and candied pecans that went excellently with the tropical sangria, Parallel 49 beer, and beerzers (that's a beer based Caesar!) Elites made their own buttons, posed as pollinators, and rocked at the recycling game! Check out the photos and reviews.

Yelp SF Elites @ Bom Dia Market

Posted by Abby Schwarz

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Just like those cute furry animals that keep popping up in commercials and YouTube videos, Elites in SF needed to come out of hibernation and celebrate all things spring and local! Good thing Bom Dia invited us inside their adorable Noe Valley market to sample the evening menu along with in-house wines, beers, and ciders. Their menu rotates seasonally, but a select group tried several spreads, dips, grilled meats, cheeses as well as cookies. The attendees were more than charmed, giving 5-stars to our host and vendors. Photos taken by Adam Dybek.

About Bom Dia Market: 

Bom Dia - " Good Day" - in Portuguese. An inviting corner market offering local and international beer and wine, freshly prepared foods, and thoughtfully sourced grocery and household staples. They represent the next wave of small neighborhood markets, marrying artisan fare with everyday necessities, (Artisans include: Dick Taylor chocolate, Four Barrel coffee, Samovar tea, Cowgirl Creamery cheese, Sour Flour baguettes, Olli charcuterie) and offering over 200 wines, a curated selection of craft beer and cider, and Mediterranean-inspired prepared dishes, all within a modern and warm space. 

Coffee 101 for Triad Elites

Posted by Holly

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Elites had a great time earlier this week learning what Twin City Hive is all about. We started off with a coffee tasting, moving from light to dark roasts to really notice the flavor profiles. Elites definitely walked away with a few new favorite local roasts. Cupcakes and macarons from Tart Sweets were also a big hit! Can you really ever go wrong with salted caramel? We ended the evening with a game of Headbanz and a delicious taste of their iced sipping chocolate. Read all the reviews of the event here and the wonderful pictures here

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Boston Elites Get Hat Hair On Purpose During Havana Nights

Posted by Damien S

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Goorin Bros. Harvard Square opened their doors after-hours Wednesday for a soiree that paid testament to the new class of Panama hats – Yelp's Havana Nights Elite Event! Attending Yelpers sipped Privateer cocktails and punches, nibbled on sandwiches from Market in the Square, and donned allthehats adorning Goorin Bros. stylish shelves. Gian Carlo Buscaglia serenaded the masses with sultry Latin guitar, and a Yelper in each of the two sessions went home with head covered in a brand spanking new hat of their choice! Check out the reviews and tag your friends in John Lee's party pics (on Flickr, too)!

Hartford Elites Sip & Snack at M&R Liquors

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On Thursday night, Yelp Elites enjoyed a unique wine tasting at M&R Liquors in South Windsor, where they sampled and paired a series of wines with appetizers, snacks, and sweets. From Pinot Noir with BBQ potato chips to French macarons with sparkling rosé, the innovative combinations had guests chatting with M&R's knowledgable staff and sampling throughout the night. Thank you to M&R Liquors for hosting such a fantastic event! Check out the reviews here and the event photos on Flickr here.

April 23, 2015

Greater Toronto Have a Bash @ Bru Restaurant

Posted by Kris

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The Elites of the GTA are used to traveling far and wide for good food and good times, so when asked to travel to the western most border of the 'burbs, they simply smiled without batting an eye. Brü Restaurant was the place, and Chef Shayn and his team dolled out an assortment of finger licking treats paired with the hop (and maple) beer stylings of Lake of Bays Brewing Co. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.

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Yelp NOLA Elites Night At The Movies At Indywood™

Posted by Morgan

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Yelp Elites cozied up in comfy chairs with Yelp popcorn bags in hand and a local brew in the other to catch a flick this past Tuesday night at the Bywater neighborhood independent theater, Indywood™. The brain child of Will and Hayley Sampson, this theater boasts a calendar chock-full of thought-provoking indie and local films as well as a hodgepodge of film-related nights to please any cinema loving local. 

Our flick for the evening was Damien Chazelle's Whiplash. While we kept all serious drum solos to main character, Andrew ( Miles Teller), we noshed on New York-style pizza and mixed Raisinets into our boiled crawfish-flavored popcorn to really become one with the story. Yelp Elites also guessed famous movie lines to enter to win a ticket to this weekend's Jazz Fest; an appropriate prize considering the music intense theme of our film choice. 

Thank you to the dynamic Sampson duo for hosting us at Indywood, and if you'd like to check out what's up next on their virtual marquee, catch a glimpse at the Indywood calendar here

New Yelper Event: Gin school @ Steam Hellsinki

Posted by Hanna Brumley

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Wednesday April 22nd turned out to be a very cheerful spring night in Helsinki, as the local Yelpers got together with a group of 15 people. The themes of the night were gin and steampunk - and no other place would have served the purpose like Steam Hellsinki. This new bar has gained huge popularity in short time, and we can tell why. It was an inspirational voyage to an imaginary past through the fascinating aesthetics of steampunk. To arrange a gin school here was more than ideal, as the restaurant owns the largest selection of gins (over 40 different kinds!) in Finland. Tony from Steam Hellsinki took excellent care of us, teaching us everything from the history to the producing methods of gin, letting us complete and enjoy our learnings by smelling and tasting all the wonderful gins chosen for the event.

We want to thank Steam Hellsinki for arranging the fun and interesting event with us! The first steampunk-bar in town is certainly worth checking out, whether you choose to be educated with their gin school or just want to go out for drinks in a special place, anytime. 

See the event pictures in Flickr & Facebook - and read the event reviews on Yelp. Steam Hellsinki can be found here

 

Keskiviikkona 22. huhtikuuta vietettiin hauskaa, keväistä iltaa Yelppereiden kesken. Viidentoista hengen joukkomme kokoontui Steam Hellsinki - nimisen uuden ja kiehtovan baarin tiloissa, aikeissamme oppia kaiken gineistä. Valtavan suosion saavuttanut ravintola tarjoili inspiroivan aikamatkan kauas, mielikuvituksekkaaseen menneisyyteen vaikuttavan steampunk-estetiikan kautta. Gin-koulutus juuri täällä tuntui ehdottomalta; huikea, yli neljäkymmentä giniä kattava valikoima on Suomen suurin. Steam Hellsingin Tony piti ryhmästämme hyvää huolta, kertoen kaiken mahdollisen juoman historiasta valmistukseen, saadessame haistella ja maistella useita, erinomaisia ginejä.

Suuri kiitos viihdyttävästä illasta ja mielenkiintoisesta opastuksesta, Steam Hellsinki! Suomen ensimmäinen steampunk-tyylin teemaravintola on ehdottomasti tutustumisen arvoinen - halusit sitten itsekin kokea paikan gin-koulun, tai muuten vain nauttia drinkit spesiaalissa paikassa. 

Kuvia illastamme löytyy Flickristä ja Facebookista, sekä tapahtuma-arvostelujen yhteydestä. Itse tapahtumapaikka Yelpissä löytyy täältä.

Aurinkoista kevättä ja Yelppailun iloa,

Hanna Brumley

Community Manager

Yelp Helsinki 

 

Baltimore Takes On Mad MenU

Posted by Elsa M.

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Yelp Baltimore's Mad MenU Happy Hour was a blast in a glass...a martini glass that is! Charm City's most charming Elites and their Don or Betty Draper look-alikes joined the '60s bash at Maggie's Farm in Baltimore for a night of amazing apps, killer cocktails, and brain-teasing trivia! Yelpers noshed on delightful deviled eggs, scrumptious caramel popcorn, and mouthwatering mini burgers while sipping on super strong, yet super delicious gin martinis. The evening took a competitive turn with a few era-friendly games that flexed their advertising prowess, with winners scoring tickets to Dare Theory scavenger hunt and gift cards to Annapolis-area restaurants courtesy of Annapolis Restaurant Week. New and veteran Elites mixed and mingled as the evening, too quickly, drew to an end. Never they fear, though! More Yelp fun ahead - as always! Read all the reviews here and make sure you take a peek at the pictures from Jon-Michael Moses Photography here!

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Yelp Warsaw's Elite Squad is already a super good team but this event brought us even closer together. The food-sharing has been brought to a totally new level! And the mozzarella in potato peels swept us off our feet! Thanks Momu for having us!

You can check out the photos of our happy faces on Flickr, Facebook and obviously Yelp, where you can also read how much fun we had!

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Yelp Gets Toasted at Melt Shop

Posted by Kimberly

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It's springtime and the livin' is cheesy! The Yelp Elite Squad was cordially invited to get toasted and celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month at the Melt Shop's first-ever DC location on L Street.

Our generous hosts gave us a selection of their menu classics like tater tots, burgers, salads, milkshakes and of course grilled cheese sandwiches. This ain't your mama's home cooking -- The Melt Shop is comfort food redefined!

Yelpers were able to donate directly to our charity partner DC Central Kitchen whose mission is to eradicate hunger in our neighborhood. Read more about the event here and check out all the photos on Facebook too!

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Cocktail Club Part Deux In Providence

Posted by Christina Y

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Providence yelpers gathered this month to join Yelp’s Cocktail Club Part Deux. Guests met at some of the most acclaimed bars in Providence: Cook and Brown, The Eddy, and The Dorrance. There they learned some cocktail history, tried new and rare liquors, and received hands-on education from experienced bartenders. The events ended with the guests enjoying the fruits of their libatious labor. Read all the reviews about the event here and check out photos from the week’s events on the Flickr page.

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April 22, 2015

Melbourne Cheers for Local Beers

Posted by Melanie

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They say wine was an invention of God and beer the invention of Man. Every year in May, Melbourne gets a chance to meet the men and women behind the great beers, breweries and pubs of our city with Good Beer Week.

Last night some lucky folks in Yelp’s Elite Squad got a sneak preview of things to come when we visited Mountain Goat Brewery in Richmond.

Good Week Beer ambassador, Miro, took us through a passionate and informative tour of this Melbourne-made brewery, before handing us over to co-founder and chief brewer Dave, to hear how Mountain Goat went from his backyard to the much-loved local brew it is today.

Of course there’s no better way to listen to stories about craft beer than over a pint, which was enjoyed with the brewery’s delicious pizzas.

Check out the photos here and see what our Elites had to say on Yelp.

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Yelp Spring Break 2015: Fort Lauderdale

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The 4th Annual Yelp Spring Break was held April 16-19 in sunny Fort Lauderdale! Yelpers from over 30 Yelp communities descended upon South Florida in full force for a long weekend full of memorable moments. There was an all pink flamingo party, a daytime beach party, a pirate takeover aboard a riverboat, a beer inspired brunch and so much more. In total the 4-day-weekend consisted of 3 Yelper parties, 3 official events and 12+ UYEs! Missed this year's festivities? Check out all the happenings below!
 
 

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Yelp Elites Got Pampered

Posted by Rebecca Whyte

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Everyone deserves some pampering, right? This time, it was Yelp Baton Rouge Elite Squad’s turn. Chair massages, paraffin wax and hand scrub treatments were just a few of the relaxing elements. Yelpers were oooohhh’n and aaaahhh’n as they let go and dipped into chill mode. Owner of Vida Pura Spa, Rebecca B. and her massage therapists Katie B. and LaTressa L. definitely helped with the soothing effect. Healthy, cold-pressed juices and mylks from The Big Squeezy awakened the taste buds. Delightful refreshments from Rebecca, Katie and Fresh Market. Les Amis Bake Shoppe’s refreshing Strawberry Basil Lemonade cake definitely helped re-fresh one’s sweet tooth. Still in suspense? Click links to read reviews and view pics taken by our rockin’ photographer, Malori Bezet.

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