On a dark and stormy night in Hollywood the 2008 LA Yelp Elite Squad took refuge at Yamashiro Restaurant set 250 feet above Hollywood Boulevard. Yamashiro translates to "Mountain Palace" in Japanese, and we certainly felt like royalty as we partied late into the night on Thursday, February 21, 2008.
Despite the rain and Oscar traffic below, yelpers managed to forget about the gridlock they experienced getting there and enjoyed each others company along with the amazing view from the Skyview Room. Others sat comfortably around the traditional Japanese Garden Court area sipping sake and devouring from the elegant sushi tables and passed hors d'oeuvres provided by the talented chefs at Yamashiro.
Sake2me, the premium junmai, or "pure wine" sake beverage, kicked off the evening's festivities with a complimentary happy hour from 7 - 9pm. The gracefully decorated geisha girls shuffled threw the crowd in kimonos worth an estimated $10,000 each, stopping for pictures with yelpers. The hair, makeup and costume was provided compliments of Kaori and Chika at KC Stylist.
San Diego Yelp's, Ruggy J battled the traffic and held down the guest list as he greeted yelpers upon their arrival. The gorgeous pictures were provided by Charla Blue Photography, additional shutterbugs included: Laura L, Joan S, James K and me, Aunny D. Our very own Beer M provided the hysterically funny Yelp slideshow of scandalous photos from past LA Yelp events. Wow, whatta night!
Until next time, Oyasuminasai & SYOY
~ Aunny D
Your LA Yelp Community Manager