January 29, 2015

A Fork Full of Pork - Pig Roast @ The Lodge

Posted by Alex L

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Do you dream of having a whole succulent pig for yourself (and maybe lucky friends)? The folks at The Lodge have an offering unlike any other in Buffalo. We've scoured far and wide and found that they offer by far the best value for a pig roast. For $45/person, 10-12 folks of your party will enjoy a whole roasted pig, along with the freshest seafood delights and sides. At least a 10-day reservation is required. A group of lucky Yelp Elite enjoyed King Crab Legs, Pork Belly Mac & Cheese, Roasted Butternut Squash, Brussel Sprouts and Potato Pancakes with a Maple Glaze: with the main course being of, course -- the pig itself! If you're considering a feast to celebrate an occasion or just want to have an unforgettable dinner with loved ones, consider The Lodge and their pig roast. Don't just take my word for it, check out the pictures and the reviews!

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Yelp's New Year, New YUM at Seasons 52!

Posted by Cindy

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Seasons 52, a fresh grill focusing on seasonal selections invited 30 lucky Yelp elites to kick off the New Year in style. The night started out with a cocktail hour featuring bites from their Happy Hour menu like their signature Sonoma Goat Cheese Torta, and Blackened Steak & Blue Cheese Flatbread. Yelpers enjoyed sipping on their hand crafted cocktails, with the crowd favorites going to the Cucumber Basil Smash and The Prairie Mule. Sounds like heaven right? Well that was only the beginning...

The Yelpers were also treated to a four course menu highlighting the best of what Seasons 52 had to offer. The overwhelming spread included Ahi Tuna Tartare, Cedar Plank Roasted Salmon and Sea Scallops, a beautifully caramelized pear salad, Kona Crusted Rack of Lamb, and the big finale came in the form of table side mini indulgences that had Yelpers raving. The wine pairings with each course were carefully selected and down right delicious from start to finish.

But don't just take our word on the nights awesomeness! Check out all the 5 star reviews and peep the fabulous photos by Evoking Light Photography over on our Yelp Cincinnati Facebook page.

Be sure to follow Seasons 52 on FacebookTwitter & their website here for information on upcoming events, promotions & more! To book an event with Seasons 52, or to learn more about their awesome party rooms email: cincinnati@seasons52.com 

HUGE Thank You To Our Sponsors:

Seasons 52 • Evoking Light Photography

London Cooks Up A Great Start To The New Year

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Do you think you have what it takes, chef? London Elites absolutely did as they literally went underground and got behind the stove to do some serious cooking at our Yelp Dishes Out The New Year Elite Event. The amazing L'Atelier des Chefs invited 60 Elites to try their hand at making everything from sushi to crepes, cocktails and tacos and, of course, a classic slider. Complete with ever-flowing alcohol and some good looking aprons and chef hats, these Elites took up the cooking challenge and did not disappoint. A night of good fun and great eats for all. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos by Jason Ellis on the Flickr page. Watch your back, Ramsey, we're coming for you. 

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January 28, 2015

Yelp's Big Greek Holiday Celebration at Ammos Greek Cuisine

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On Monday night we continued the holiday celebration by welcoming our 2015 Elites with a Greek holiday party at Virginia Beach's Ammos Greek Cuisine. The night started off with a buffet including popular Greek dishes: tzatziki, Greek salad, gyro meat, spanakopita and keftedes. In Greece it is custom to exchange gifts in the New Year instead of Christmas. Everyone brought a gift and we enjoyed a random gift exchange. Talk about breaking the ice with finding matching tickets! Lastly, we participated in another Greek tradition where everyone received a piece of Greek New Year's cake, vassilopita. Inside the cake is a quarter and the person who receives the coin gets good luck for a year. Best of luck to you in 2015, Julia A

Check out the pics taken by our very own, Jason Hillian of All You Photo, and read up on all the fun happenings of the night. Thank you again to our friends at Ammos Greek Cuisine!

Yelp Elite Event @ Tap House x Chimney Cake Bakery

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Last Sunday Krakow Elite squad visited Tap House. Place is connected to its own craft brewery – Pracownia Piwa. 

During the meeting co-owner Tomasz was talking about beer with a passion. We had an opportunity to take a beer-course. We have learnt about ingredients and the process of making beer, variety of beer styles and professional tasting techniques. Tomek also showed us how to combine beer with a food. What obviously made us the happiest was a beer tasting!

We ended up with eating delicious cakes from Chimney Cake Bakery

Here you can see photos, are here you can find reviews!

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W zeszłą niedzielę krakowski Elitarny Skład gościł w Tap House. Miejsce połączone jest z własnym, rzemieślniczym browarem – Pracownią Piwa. 

Współwłaściciel – Tomasz z wielką pasją opowiadał nam o warzeniu piwa i wielu innych interesujących zagadnieniach związanych z tym trunkiem.

Mieliśmy okazję odbyć skrócony kurs kiperski. Poznaliśmy składniki i proces powstawania piwa, różnorodność styli piwnych, profesjonalne techniki degustacji. Dowiedzieliśmy się także o foodpairingu, czyli o sztuce łączenia piwa z jedzeniem. Najbardziej rzecz jasna, ucieszyła nas degustacja wielu rodzajów piwa!
Dodatkowo dzięki uprzejmości Chimney Cake Bakery raczyliśmy się ich pysznymi wypiekami!

Tutaj można przeczytać recenzje wydarzenia, a tu zobaczyć zdjęcia!

 

Yelp's Bubble Tea Bonanza At Boba Cha!

Posted by Cindy

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20 lucky Yelpers came our to our Meet The Owner event at Boba Cha in Over-the-Rhine with owner, and tea extraordinaire, Ingrid. This fun loving tea party featured awesome eats, treats, and plenty of bubble tea to boot! Yelpers got to try exotic flavors like honeydew, lychee, passionfruit, and sea salt. But don't just take our word on the nights awesomeness! Read the reviews here and see all the fabulous photos on our Yelp Cincinnati Facebook page here.

Huge thanks to our sponsor:

Boba Cha - visit them on their website, and be sure to like them on Facebook!

 

Yelp Goes for Baroque in Portland, ME

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An impending blizzard couldn't hold back the Yelp Elite Squad of Portland, ME from unleashing their creativity at Muse Paintbar recently at Yelp Goes for Baroque! Dressed in our loudest, most eccentric prints we each created our very own versions of a "dock at sunset in winter". For some that included robots taking over the world and realizing loneliness, a world where dinosaurs and the Loch Ness monster are friends, or even simply putting no dock. For others that meant going rogue and doing their own abstract version. 
 
But, hey, there's no wrong way in art!
 

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January 27, 2015

Yelp Games: Broward VS Palm Beach @ IKEA

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It's a well known fact that the BPB community is one of the most tight knit in all of Yelpland, but what happens when you split the community in half and have them compete in various games representing their county? A ton of fun - that's what.

Last Saturday members of the Yelp Elite Squad and their guests witnessed the first ever Yelp Games: Broward VS Palm Beach at IKEA Sunrise in an epic battle that pitted friend vs friend and brought strangers together to team up and represent for Broward or Palm Beach. Broward donned white and Palm Beach wore black - and after getting ready for war with Yelp tattoos, schwag, face paint and grabbing pompoms, it was off to the games.

The entire store was exclusively open for this event after-hours - with Yelpers running up and down the showroom as they competed in seven games: putting a slipcover on a sofa, building a bookshelf, trivia, setting a table, dressing a bed, counting stuffed animals and the grand finale - a meatball eating relay! With the scored tied 3 - 3 going into the meatball eating relay 5 members of each team sat down to devour 5 Swedish meatballs each.

Broward took the finale and what seemed like the entire game, but upon further review it was discovered that there was a false start - and the decision was reversed - giving Palm Beach the win! It was all handshakes and high fives though, as both teams enjoyed a delicious spread from the IKEA Restaurant, brews from Mack House and some tunes from MY93.9! IKEA also gave out $1,000 in gift-cards, everyone went home with a goodie bag and the entire Palm Beach team went home with new glassware for their kitchens!

Didn't get to attend the games? Check out all the photos here (by Mavilla Photography). Plus, check out what folks said in the reviews here.

It's Just Another Mani Monday at nailsaloon

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Well color us fancy... Things just got a whole lot prettier in the District! nailsaloon invited Yelp Elites to their luminous Logan Circle loft for a private cozy hang. Yelpettes picked a color from their all-natural nail bar, sipped on Cosmopolish cocktails (or three!), and created their own custom aromatherapy sugar scrubs. It was a night of pure pampering indeed!

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! 

Thanks to our sponsor:
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Montreal's Screw Your Resolutions Party!

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In Montreal we celebrated the sweetness of our 2015 elites with a Sunday Funday 5@7 at the coolest little locally owned candy store in the Cité du Spectacles: Carré Confiserie. We sampled vodka-infused gummy bears, rum gummy cola bottles and a buffet of some of the best selling and most interesting candy and chocolates in the store! Check out the photos and reviews!

Yelp NYC's 3rd Annual Holiday Hangover Aboard The Hornblower Infinity

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January in New York City can mean just one thing. Well, maybe two if you count debilitating snow storms... but in this case we're talking Holiday Hangover time with our friends at Hornblower NY. Presented by Campari America and Heartland Brewery, it was the foolproof way to squeeze in one last party before Winter Storm Juno blistered the region with freezing rain and piles of snow. For the third year in a row, we set sail aboard the Hornblower Infinity yacht filled with food, drink, costumed creatures, silent dance parties (from our pals at Silent Storm Sound System) and so much more! Click here for pictures and here for reviews.

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Yelp's Getting Cosi In Des Moines

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On Thursday night, members of the Des Moines Elite Squad got together to celebrate a classic in Des Moines fine dining, Cosi Cucina. Cosi’s is known for its fresh, eclectic Italian cuisine, featuring the first ever wood oven pizzas in Des Moines (over 21 years ago), specialty pastas, fresh salads, classic entrees, house made desserts, an impressive wine list. We tried so many dishes including Ostich!  All pastas can be made gluten free and they offer vegan options as well, including the Vegetable Pizza and Grilled Portobello entree.  Cosi’s has been ranked one of the number one date spots in the metro, offering a unique, warm and quiet, yet casual dining experience unlike any other restaurant in the area. Some of the Elites even made Valentine's Day plans to return. We had a blast! Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.

Yelp SF's Holiday Hangover Hornblower Cruise

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Worse than a case of the Mondays, post-New Year's blues can sneak up and bite you in the arse! Luckily, Yelp San Francisco eased the community back into things with a Holiday Hangover Hornblower Cruise on January 25. Over 500 Yelpers hoped aboard the California Hornblower yacht and felt the crisp breeze of the Bay on a sunny, 3-hour afternoon tour. Read all of the 5-star reviews from this glorious afternoon and see the photos from our official photographer, Jorge Novoa.

About Our Host: Hornblower Cruises & Events offers an only-in-San Francisco experience complete with welcoming service, gourmet cuisine, and stunning views of the most celebrated sites. Treat yourself to free-flowing champagne and a buffet, prepared on board, on their weekend Champagne Brunch Cruise or dance and dine as the city lights sparkle from the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate on their Dinner or Supper Cruise. Whether you're planning a private party or cruising on a public cruise, Hornblower Cruises & Events is an unforgettable way to explore San Francisco.

Charitable Partners: Kiva and PARK(ing) Day San Francisco - both non-profits collected donations at the dock and split 100% of the proceeds.

Official Spirits SponsorCampari America, with a full flight of complimentary cocktails from brands like Espolon Tequila, Bulldog Gin and Skyy Vodka. Paired with Joia All Natural Soda.

Official Partner: CellarPass, helping people plan the perfect trip to wine country.

Beverage Sponsors: Angry Orchard Hard Cider, Charles Krug, DeVoto Orchards Cider, Entwine, Fort Point Beer Co., Fults Family Vineyards, Golden State Cider, Heretic Brewing Company, HINT Water, Inspiration Vineyards, Langtry Estate & Vineyards, Naked Juice, Philz Coffee, Samuel Adams, The Winemaker's Studio, Tin Barn Vineyards, Vezer Family Vineyards, Vita Coco

Food Sponsors: Ellen's Kimchi, Flan Flan Ta Ta's, Hornblower Cruises & Events, KIND Healthy Snacks, KRAVE Jerky, Peter's Kettle Corn, Roline's, Ruby Red Kitchen, Sour Flour, Sweet Adeline Bake Shop, The Grilled Cheez Guy, The Stroopie Gourmet, The Tea Room Chocolate Company, Three Twins Ice Cream

Entertainment: DJ MHPD, MoreLab - Groove Grove Lounge Chairs, Move Loot, ROI Massages, Steel Jam, The Laugh Box

Manchester Elite Yelper's Manage To Breakout & Bust Bellies In One Night!

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With 2015 here it was time for us to change gear yet again with our Elite events - so we took our Elite Yelpers down to Breakout, locked them in a room and got those little grey cells working against the clock in a series of super cool puzzle rooms. 

After so much effort and a great spirit amongst the group, we headed around the corner to the excellent Splendid Kitchen for a slap up meal, amazing drinks and a chance to catch up with the fellow members of our community. 

You can read our reviews of the event here and see our photos over on our Facebook page too! 

A big thanks to Alex and the Breakout team for locking us up for an hour and Mike and the Splendid team for keeping us so well fed. A great night was had by all and thanks to all our Manchester Yelpers for coming down and enjoying yourself - hopefully see you soon!
 

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江古田でYelp! 喫茶ポルトで見つけるひと味違うコーヒーの世界

Posted by Rika Nakazawa

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 On January 26, 2015, Tokyo Elites got out of central Tokyo and visited Ekoda neighborhood to attend Elite Event "Yelp in Ekoda! Find a new world of coffee in Kissa Port."  With nice coffee aroma in the room, they were handed a pop quiz.  Kissa Port's owner Mr. Mori prepared a set of 10 challenging questions to test Yelper's knowledge of coffee.  The top students were award Yelp coffee mugs.  Nearby restaurant Hello Old Timer's manager also made an appearance to provide a tasting of his Louisiana Style gumbo.  The second half of the event was coffee and alcohol blend tasting experiment.  Yelpers chose from two types of coffee and 17 types of alcoholic beverages to determine the best blend.  People learned about new ways to enjoy coffee and found their favorite mix.  By the end of the night, Yelp Elites became coffee PhD.  

Check out reviews and photos! (Photo by Kenji Mori

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