February 12, 2016

Yelp Buddies Share Bites at Brio Tuscan Grille in Irvine!

Posted by Ryan C.

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The Yelp Elite Squad was invited to Brio Tuscan Grille in Irvine for a dining experience of brilliant bites and colorful cocktails! Situated in the bustling Irvine Spectrum shopping center, the gorgeous Italian restaurant provided a family-style feast with everything from starter Caesar salads, spicy shrimp and eggplant dishes, to expertly prepared proteins and pasta alla vodkas! All guests left happy, full and with some the new and improved Yelp schwag in their possession!

Flip through the photos from Andrew Balingit Photography and see what guests had to say about this event on the review page!

Tucson Craft Beer Crawl Gives Back In A Big Way

Posted by Bella

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Arizona Beer Week is officially underway! Arizonans can celebrate all things hops and barley all across the state through February 20th. Thanks to the booming brewery scene in Tucson, locals can partake in over 50 festivities. The popular Tucson Craft Beer Crawl returns February 20th for its second year to close out the epic week. Eight downtown venues will be hosting over 25 Arizona breweries and sampling out their brews.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Watershed Management Group (WMG), a Tucson non-profit that works to restore flow to our desert rivers, create healthy urban watersheds, and promote green, walkable neighborhoods. WMG creates enduring change through community education programs, on-the-ground demonstrations, and policy work. Numerous Tucson breweries have become standouts across the state for their sustainable and eco-friendly practices, proving that great beer does not have to come at the expense of the environment. 

In other words, without water, there is no beer, so purchase your Tucson Craft Beer Crawl tickets and participate in a truly benevolent beer celebration! 

Plan ahead and Bookmark the participating venues on the Yelp Mobile App.

Tucson Craft Beer Crawl

Hotel Congress 

Thunder Canyon Brewery 

Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink 

Pueblo Vida Brewing 

Playground

Borderlands Brewery 

Ermanos Craft Pizza & Drink

Participating Tucson Breweries Include:

Barrio Brewing Company

Borderlands Brewing Co

Catalina Brewing Company

Dragoon Brewing Company

Iron John's Brewing Company

Public Brew House

Pueblo Vida Brewing

Ten Fifty-Five Brewing

Thunder Canyon Brewery

Sentinel Peak Brewing Company

1912 Brewing Company

The Arizona Craft Brewer’s Guild is made up of more than 70 breweries across the state. Please visit arizonabeerweek.com for a full list of Arizona participants and events. 

Baltimore Gets Fired Up With Fun at the Local Fry!

Posted by Elsa M.

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Bang! Pow! Pop! That’s the sound of taste buds exploding with delight!

FRY-day came early this week thanks to The Local Fry in Baltimore! Elites were hit hard, as wave after wave of amazingly decadent and savory loaded fries, Gochujang wings (Korean spicy sauce), Lemon pepper wings, Hawaiian fries and Banh Mi sandwiches came out to the crowd. You could truly taste the love that this charming husband and wife owner team put into their food, which is a fusion of flavors from around the world, especially influenced by Korean and Vietnamese cuisine. Check out all the amazing reviews here and pictures here.

Creative Coffee

Posted by Stevie McIntyre

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Studio Souk really is a stunning little haven of creative arts and last night was no exception as the Yelpers were invited in for a behind closed doors illustration session. Although this was illustration with a difference as we ditched the paints and created masterpieces with different coffee blends! Expertly guided by Belfast Illustrator Timmy White, the Yelper crew created some amazing masterpieces including the ‘Mocha Lisa’ created by ‘Vincent Van Coffee’.

That’s not all the coffee artists were given the chance to sample there art supplies as Pure Roast Coffee showed off their various coffee blends! That’s not all, what goes best with coffee and art? You guessed it….Traybakes! Local tray bakes were on offer to help keep the creative juices flowing throughout the evening. The evening as a whole was extremely chilled - a perfect way to wind down towards the weekend! Cool beans!

Check out the PHOTOS and REVIEWS. Special thanks to Studio Souk for allowing us to use their creative sanctuary, Timmy White for his expert guidance and the team at Pure Roast Coffee for allowing the Yelpers to sample their sublime beans!

Read the reviews here and see all the amazing photos here!

Yelp Elite Glam Out At Jose Eber Salon

Posted by Sara Mutnick

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Last Thursday, 25 Jersey Elite gals gathered at Jose Eber Salon in Millburn for a night of glitz, glam and pampering. Everything about the salon is stunning. Sleek decor, chandelier draped ceilings and even a DJ made us feel like we were really there for a night out!

Each guest was treated to a cut and color consultation by one of Jose Eber's senior creative and color directors. Afterwards, everyone got to pick between a complimentary blow out, manicure or makeover! To add to the girls night out festivities, there was plenty of wine, champagne and cupcakes to be had. Big thanks to the staff at Jose Eber Salon for treating us like royalty! You can find all of the photos here and the stellar event reviews here. 

Yelp, A Love Story

Posted by Lauryn

 

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Finding a soulmate on Yelp was not the goal when Rhoda G and Jon O joined Yelp over eight years ago. Before Jonathan and Rhoda met in Chicago, both were Elite Yelpers in their previous cities - Rhoda in Silicon Valley community dating back to 2009 and Jonathan in Charlotte.

Jonathan moved to Chicago in March 2013 and signed up for a UYE (Unofficial Yelp Event) Yelp neighborhood tour as a way to not only meet people but also to get the lay of the land and learn a little about some of the interesting neighborhoods in Chicago. By then Rhoda has already lived in Chicago for two years and was involved in the Yelp Chicago community. Rhoda introduced herself to Jonathan but unfortunately while walking around in a group and listening in on the very knowledgeable, articulate, intelligent and handsome tour guide yelper Nishan P., they did not have that much time to get to know each other. However, as luck would have it another opportunity arose the following weekend where Jonathan and Rhoda bumped into each other in line for yet another Yelp event at The Castle in downtown Chicago. Rhoda and Jonathan spent the entire evening getting to know each other a little better and together enjoying the festivities that were laid out.  

Four years later Rhoda and Jon are still together and now enjoying Yelp Elite Events in Raleigh, NC. We are so happy to have them as part of the NC Triangle Elite Squad! This year in September of 2016 Rhoda & Jon will celebrate their lives together thanks to Yelp. Happy Valentine's Day to this lovely couple and congratulations on your engagement! 

Where did the happy couple find their wedding venue? Well Yelp of course! They will be tying the not at the beautiful Haywood Hall & Gardens - Yelpers give this venue 5 stars! 

Want to know more about the Yelp Elite Squad? Visit yelp.com/elite

 

 

 

Los Yelpers de Madrid se piropean en un afterwok secreto

Posted by Lolo R.

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El pasado miércoles, tan sólo quince Yelpers estaban llamados a acudir a La Musa Latina, para disfrutar del que ya se ha convertido en uno de los eventos de Élite más exclusivos de Yelp Madrid. El local nos acogía en su planta inferior, que solo se abre durante los fines de semana, y cedía a los Yelpers el placer de disfrutar en primicia de esta fantástica cava primorosamente decorada. Con las primeras cervezas y las magníficas minihamburguesas, los Yelpers se vieron en la tesitura de rellenar el divertidísimo Yelp Bingo!, y a la altura de las rabas de calamar con mayonesa de wasabi, y de la berenjena frita con melaza, se encontraban ya disfrutando del juego del Yelper Secreto, que les dejó a todos colmados de regalos hasta nuestra próxima reunión. ¿Quieres saber más? Entonces echa un vistazo a las reseñas y las fotografías del evento. ¿Te gustaría asistir a nuestra próxima fiesta? Pues nomínate para formar parte del Pelotón de Élite de Yelp Madrid

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February 11, 2016

A Miniluxe Elite Experience: Legacy Edition

Posted by Heli M.

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Only a few weeks ago Miniluxe opened its second location in the Dallas metroplex and invited 50 lucky local Elites out for another fantastic event to celebrate-- this time at the Shops of Legacy in Plano! Champagne, white wine and light appetizers of cheese and veggies were served while guests mingled about in the absolutely gorgeous, chic space. Each Yelp Elite attendee (and their guests) were treated to their choice of a complimentary manicure, pedicure, or brow wax. To top it off, they were all set on their way with super stylish reusable water bottles, nail files, and a fresh signature Miniluxe polish. The MiniLuxe mission: to provide more than just nail and beauty care — customers’ “self-care.” MiniLuxe fulfills its philosophy by exceeding their clients’ expectations for quality, convenience, and value. Read the raving reviews about all the fun and check out the photos of the gorgeous space here!

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Burger Elite Event at Bare Grill & Cafe

Posted by Ben B.

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La Perouse is a stunning part of the world! There's Little Congwong Beach (*cough* nudist *cough*), Bare Island AKA "the one Tom Cruise assaulted on a motorcycle in Mission Impossible 2", and BARE GRILL & CAFE, home to a giant array of huge and delicious burgers & ribs. Owner Manuel is one of the hardest-working guys in showbiz, having taken the grand total of one day off in the last year. Not even joking, the guy really cares about his burgers and it really shows. From The Fatties burger with double grilled grass fed beef, bacon, cheese, pickles, and house sauce, to super creative, limited edition burgers like The Cowboy and The Hangover, this is one biz owner that gives great burg every time. Check out the PHOTOS and REVIEWS. Special thanks to our event partner OMPTY.COM, home of outstanding deals at awesome Sydney restaurants. 

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Yelp Rocks Your Ride @ CycleBar DTC

Posted by Kendall

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Last week, Yelp Denver Elites were invited to enjoy a full on, hardcore, inspirational, and rewarding CycleBar experience at one of their newest locations. With incredible complimentary amenities like shoes, gigantic red CycleBar water bottles, towels, lockers, and healthy snacks up for grabs, Yelpers had absolutely everything they needed to rock their ride! From ultra-newbies to spin class pros, the class offered a full body workout complete with dynamic music and lights. Afterwards, Elites cooled down with refreshing sips of citrusy Palm Breeze and got their protein fix with all the unique flavors of Krave Jerky. Check out the amazing reviews and photos!

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Yelp Charleston's 3rd BurstDay at Ms. Rose's

Posted by Scotty

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The Yelp Charleston community celebrated it's 3rd BurstDay last night at Ms. Rose's Fine Food & Cocktails. It was like being a kid all over again with party hats, games, cake, food, and even baloon animals. Unlike when we we were kids, we had more than just ecto cooler. Blue Point Brewery supplied the Toasted Lager while Starr African Rum kept the cocktails flowing. Read more about the event here and check out all the photos on Flickr too!

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Sacramento Elite Sip N' Social At Cabana Winery

Posted by Alex L

24658623200_a74d75eb17_oAround 30 of Sacramento's Elite yelpers gathered last Tuesday for an evening of award-winning wine tastings and farm-to-fork cuisine at Cabana Winery & Bistro. This acclaimed East Sacramento business treated our guests to plentiful samplings of their acclaimed vintages, tours of the facility and scrumptious bites like meats, cheeses and their famous Boston meatballs. Those who bought full meals and wines were treated to additional generous discounts. Read the amazing reviews or scope the photos on Yelp's Flickr page

Special thanks to our sponsor:
Cabana Winery & Bistro

Ain't No Party Like A Yelp Pop Party!

Posted by Andi

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Orlando's Yelp Elites had a blast at an epic Pop Party at The Pop Parlour's new UCF location. Though their fantastical popsicle flavors were the main focus (with flavors like the boozy Jai Alai Peach and spicy Mexican Chocolate how could it not be!), The Pop Parlour hosted 3 stations to show off locally brewed coffee as well as their great Florida craft beer selection and it culminated in an in-the-kitchen-with-the-maker sesh where we learned exactly what it takes to make those perfectly flash-frozen pops. Another awesome #OrlandoMade event that further proves that Orlandoans are crazy about local makers!

 

Check out reviews from the event and photo booth pics by SNAP! Studio Booth.

February 10, 2016

Yelp goes like in the good old school trip days!

Posted by Mario M

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Last Saturday very early in the morning a group of bread-a-holic yelpers gather again to revive the old school trip days and visit a famous sweet snacks factory. The appointment was at 9 am sharp, so we could all get the proper attire for the visit (hair, masks and shoe protection). Accomplished this, we proceed to learn how the cookies and little cakes were prepared in a large and specialized facility. After the visit, they give us a bag full of give away products! If you could not attend this visit, you can rea the reviews here, and take a look the pics here. See you in the next one!

Thanks Marinela

El sábado pasado muy temprano por la mañana (9am) un grupo de yelpers adictos a la azúcar y al pan nos reunimos de nuevo como si de un viaje de escuela se tratara para visitar la fábrica de Marinela. Al llegar, todos tuvimos que prepararnos para entrar portando el guardarropa correcto (cofia, cubrebocas y cubre zapatos). Logrado esto, dimos un recorrido por la fábrica donde pudimos observar como se hacen las galletas y pasteles de esta marca. Tras la visita, nos obsequiaron una bolsa llena de productos Marinela. Si te perdiste de este evento, puedes leer las reseñas aquí y ver las fotos acá. ¡Nos vemos en el próximo evento!

Gracias Marinela

LA East Black/Gold YEE: Artisan House

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Yelping is the new black (and gold)...Even though these veteran reviewers have been sporting an Elite badge for 5+ and 10+ years, they proved that the idea of good food bringing people together never gets old. Thanks to our friends at Artisan House in DTLA, Elites got to swap restaurant recommendations, snap #foodporn photos, and gush of their love of LA while indulging in a stellar lineup of amuse bouches, including foie gras mousse, spicy tuna tartar, Keluga caviar, and falafel macaroons. After nibbling and sipping on some of Artisan's finest cocktails, the table floweth over with even more kitchen delights like hamachi crudo, gnocchi with black truffles, filet mignon and braised short ribs with a bacon-wrapped mashed potato terrine, and, the finale, a chocolate hazelnut bar. No one knows how to describe it quite like the experts, so read their take on the evening here and peep the photos from Kevin Pong Photography here.