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May 29, 2009

Seattle's Yelp Elite Ate. Drank. And Watched Movies at the Cinebarre Grand Opening!

Posted by Katie Scharer

Seattle's Yelp Elite Ate. Drank. And Watched Movies at Cinebarre's Grand Opening Premier Party on Thursday night! The Yelp Elite and their guests came out in great numbers to celebrate the opening of Seattle's newest, high end "dinner & a movie" experience!

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Before heading in to the main features, Terminator and Star Trek, Yelpers mingled with their fellow Elite noshed on a variety of appetizers at the pre-movie reception where they including fried pickles, mozzarella sticks, and plenty of chips & salsa. They washed it all down with beer and champagne. When was the last time you saw Diamond Knot IPA or Mac 'n Jacks served up in frosty pint glasses at the movies? Well, at Cinebarre it's encouraged!

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Dinner and more bevvys came during the feature films. Pizzas & big bowls of popcorn were served throughout the features, while Yelpers enjoyed two of this summer's biggest blockbusters! After the film, Yelpers left sated and happy with goodie bags which included free passes for more films & tickets to comedy show, among other things. A big thanks goes out to the hardworking folks at Cinebarre for making this evening a memorable one!

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Needless to say, this event was one for the books. For more evidence that this was a spectacular event, check out Ron M's photos on flickr and read up on the reviews here!

Until Next Time Seattle...

SYOY!

Katie S

Yelp DC Sails Away at the Naval Heritage Center

Posted by Kevin L

Last night, throngs of DC yelpers congregated at the Naval Heritage Center to Sail Away with Yelp! Although the ominous, threatening storm clouds looming over the nation's capital kept us from partying it up on the grounds of the US Navy Memorial, everyone was steaming it up indoors, and we have the photographic evidence to prove it. Scope out the pics here, once again, thanks to the diligent efforts of our awesome photographers, Jane K and Lillian C.

Upon arriving at their destination aboard the SS Yelp, attendees offered up Tons of Tuna for the fantastic local charity, DC Central Kitchen before descending into the morass of food, fun, and festive party-goers. Some yelpers came dressed to the nines - or perhaps dressed to kill? Jack F's full pirate regalia sure had us going, while Alicia G and Julie H seemed to be more equipped to float away with Yelp, and Lia D's sailor outfit was swimmingly convincing. Did anyone catch the plumage that Juliana C was sporting? Preppy yachters, booty-seeking pirates, and Navy midshipmen, we had the whole gamut - but where were the mermaids?

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Plenty of great local businesses provided delightful morsels and refreshing energy boosters. Jackson's Roasting and Carving Company came equipped with seemingly endless hunks of mouth-watering meat, which they hand-carved for yelpers to dip in their many specialty sauces, Z-Burger went wild with stirring up milkshakes of an assortment of flavors, Teaism's famed salty oat cookies were snarfed up in mass quantities, Gifford's Ice Cream handed out cup after cup of decadent ice cream and subtly seductive sorbets, while Busboys and Poets offered up glass upon glass of refreshing (and antioxidant-rich) pomegranate lemonade.

The drinks started early and didn't let up, either! Red Stag black cherry infused whisky bourbon shots  were being dispensed from a chilled shot machine and tossed back as quickly as they were poured, DeKuyper shot girls with "rocket packs" full of pre-crafted drinks navigated their way around the room to spread some cheer, MGD 64 kept the fresh, light beer going all night long, Phil Greene of the Museum of the American Cocktail shook up dozens upon dozens of ginger mojitos crafted with Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur and Mount Gay Rum, Non-Stop Vodka and Honest Tea paired up for some hefty Honest VodkaTeanis, Yealands and Tilia Wineries shared some red and white joy to make even the blue-est person light up, and Vitamin 10 water helped to stave off future hangovers. Whew!

Party on Marz spun some wicked beats and had Ronnail R and her hubby up and shaking it while everyone else lined up to be whisked away to distant escapes with JOLT Events' green screen photo booth. Be sure to stay tuned to our Yelp flickr photostream for those to make their debut.

Thanks again for coming out to sail away with us, and way to go Yelp DC for bringing in over three hundred cans of tuna to support our local community! Until next time, bon voyage and SYOY!
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May 28, 2009

Silicon Valley Elite Wine, Dine & Rock Out at The Mountain Winery

Posted by Connie Chang

Web-9   Last night, Silicon Valley Elite ascended onto the spectacular Mountain Winery in Saratoga. Once guests arrived, they were shuttled over to the Château Deck, where they were greeted by breathtaking views of the valley. An incredible spread including made-to-order fajitas and tacos, risotto, beef tenderloin, bacon wrapped scallops, coconut shrimp and stuffed mushrooms prepared by Chef David Sidoti and the Culinary Team awaited the exuberant group. Desserts included a gelato station, delightful ice cream sandwiches from KICKS Cookies & Ice Cream and chocolate treats from Dolce Bella. The Mountain Winery's wonderful Estate wines flowed throughout the night.

After yelpers filled their bellies, they swapped their wine glasses for plastic cups and moved from the Château Deck down to the newly renovated Concert Bowl, where they rocked out to a very special performance by the Bay Area's own alternative rock band Johnny Hi-Fi!

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Mikey U's review of the epic event summed it up best:

"The grand vista, overlooking the expanse of Silicon Valley...
The bountiful and lavish spread of delectable eats...
The generous pours of wine and beer...
A bevy of fresh faces...
Engaging conversations.
Boisterous laughs.
Good times, great times."

To read more about these great times, check out the reviews here. Thanks to Victor C and Carol L for capturing stunning photos of the event. And very special thanks to the entire staff of The Mountain Winery who went above and beyond for our Elite!

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San Francisco Yelp Elites Get an Advance Taste of Food, Inc. with Michael Pollan

Posted by Nicole Grant

San Francisco Elites enjoyed a special preview screening of Food, Inc. last night before it hits theaters. Celebrity author and epicurean Michael Pollan was there live and in person, as well as the film's producer Robert Kenner, to take questions about how our supermarket food is produced.

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Elites ate Food, Inc. up, since Yelp is all about helping people become smarter consumers, even at their local grocery store. From Halle T pointing out that "Oprah was sued in 1996 for shaming hamburgers after the mad-cow-disease disaster" to Patra B lamenting how a "low income family couldn't afford to eat vegetables because they were more expensive than fast food," folks are waxing poetic about the film in their reviews.

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Thanks to Ryan Reyes of chosenbydestiny.com, the photos capture everyone having a smashing time.

Until the next event, SYOY –

Nicole G

Wine, Backbeats & Comfort Food in Austin? Yes Please!

Maybe the only thing better than a saucy glass of wine in a sexy room is being there with friends. 160 Austin yelpers proved as much with the Elite Event christening of the new Max's Wine Dive in downtown Austin recently, and it was, in a word, awesome!

With DJ Honeycomb laying down phat beats in the background, yelpers could get to what they do best: sampling some amazing wines from four Napa vineyards, trying out a new Yelpy temporary tattoo, or chowing down on some of the Max's short ribs, oyster nachos, fried honey-glazed chicken and sliders the restaurant served throughout.

And from beginning to end, new faces and those we've long since known each brought smiles to bear. Because what's not to love about great food, terrific wine and some of the best people going?


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May 27, 2009

Brooklyn Yelp Kicks the Summer Off Right!

Posted by peter d.

Last night NYC Elites started the summer stupendously with beers and brick-oven pizza at Toby's Public House in Brooklyn!

Rain couldn't keep the party down, as Tim and Bam behind the bar kept the beers from Old Speckled Hen, Moretti and Weihenstephan flowing, while yelpers feasted thankfully on the thin-crust pizza fresh out of the oven and plentiful antipasti plates. Rhymes were busted, impromptu Weezer singalongs were had, arm-wrestling challenges were accepted, and hilarity ensued.

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Whether or not you were able to make it out, be sure to read the reviews, peep some pics, and check out what people are saying!

Yelp Life.

-Peter D.

Chicago Yelp Tequila Tuesday!

One tequila, two margaritas, three palomas...Yelp!

Salud Tequila Lounge is home to a dazzling array of 100 percent agave tequilas, some ass-kickin' appetizers (the empanadas were a huge hit!), rockin' house DJs and a swank (yet accessible) vibe. So, the likely conclusion was to pack this Wicker Park tequila haven full of Chicago yelpers wishing to kick-off summer in style. The mix was 100 percent...Yelp-fun!

A big, huge thank you to the staff and management (hi Adam!) at Salud Tequila Lounge for slingin' drinks, passin' apps, spinnin' tunes and kicking the party into high gear, and to Hacienda Vieja for providing the liquid love on the first Tuesday of summer! 

The only misstep? Rain. Bummer. Just means we'll all have to return for some patio-lovin' very soon at Salud...

Check out the tequila-fueled reviews and saucy photos by Matt Ginger (Ginger by Design), and keep an eye peeled for the next one!

Cheers to a fabulous summer of Yelping!
Yelp Chicago Community Manager

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May 22, 2009

LA's Bitten on the Bayou Elite Bash

Posted by Dawson S

This week LA’s Elite Squad took a bite out of the deep South for a deliciously dark party worthy of the vampire Lestat himself. Dark, brooding, toothsome gents and sexy, seductive southern belles donned their favorite vamp and Southern gear and descended upon Mid-City South with their fangs sharpened to enjoy The Mint’s savory treats (just sliders, no stakes) and Kiss My Bundt’s red velvet sweets washed down with smooth Gentleman Jack and blood red vino from One Hope Wine

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Before the party got started, five lucky yelpettes, including Jackie G and Amber B, received Glam Vamp Makeovers courtesy of Studio DNA Beverly. For everyone else, there was a raffle complete with a Southern vamp’s favorite treats like gift certificates for some of the city’s freshest meat at local butcher Marconda’s Meat Market, boxes brimming with pecan pralines from Littlejohn’s, New Orlean’s favorite Café du Monde chicory coffee and beignet mix, gift bags full of Louisiana hot sauce and a funnel cake set that went back to the coffin with a very happy Matthew K.

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As the room heated up, Adam B, Skylar L and Kevin C joined Buffy on stage for a rousing round of improv Air Guitar. Kevin C’s inspired performance won the steamy room over and scored him an enviable KCRW prize package!

The night wound down with live music from local band Joe Greene and the Heavy Steppers and soon it was time for all to return home to their crypts.

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Antonio from Lovin Life Photography was on hand to immortalize the night’s festivities, so don’t miss all the devilish pics in the Yelp LA collection or the sweet embrace of the yelptastic party reviews.

Until we meet again… SYOY!

Dawson S

May 19, 2009

¡Houston Yelp Presents Quince De Mayo Summer Fiesta!

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

What's more caliente than summer in H-town? Houston Yelpers, amigos! To kick off yet another sizzlin' season in the Bayou City, Yelp Houston presented Quince De Mayo Summer Fiesta. It was our largest event to date, with more than 350 yelpers trekking to East End Urban Market on Friday, May 15th to celebrate Yelp Houston's first open party for the entire Yelp community.

Indeed it was hot, but many o’ cool fiesta-goers arrived in summer style, ready to shake their bon bon at the colorful and Mexican-themed East End Urban Market. Upon entry, guests were greeted with refreshing iced barrels of flavored Sweet Leaf Tea – mint honey, lemonade, raspberry – along with a smiling Andrea R, hailing all the way from Yelp Chicago to quickly check in the crowds and register them for prize drawings.

DJ Francesco Conti got the partied started, turning up the heat with hypnotic Latin beats as yelpers gyrated across the dance floor. And what's a summer fiesta without live musica? El Mariachi Guadalupano made their grand entrance mid-event, surprising the crowd with an hour-long song and dance performance. We even caught some yelpers joining in!

When things got too heated, Steamworks Brewing Company cooled off the crowed with crisp cans of Engine Lager and Third Eye Pale Ale (those Yelp koozies sure came in handy!); and Bridlewood Estate Winery filled empty cups and soothed thirsty palates with their flavorful Monterey County Chardonnay and Reserve Syrah.

For the señores y señoritas who worked up an appetite sashaying across the dance floor – or shopping around the market with the 16 vendors on display – a dizzying array of bites from local Yelp favorites were on site to fill those tummies. Calliope’s Po-Boy brought out an assortment of Cajun eats, including gumbo and fried rice, Mi Luna went tapas with savory chicken skewers, My Fit Foods was there to get yelpers into swimsuit mode, Ruggles Café Bakery whipped out mini-versions of their famous desserts, like cheesecake, carrot cake and Strawberry Bomb, and Saint Dane's Bar & Grille dished out fried pickles, ‘tenders, wings and more!

Multiple prizes, generously donated by EEUM’s vendors, sent winners home with organic soaps, oils, candles and handcrafted pottery. But not a yelper walked away emptied handed, as gift bags for fiesta-goers were filled with samples, savings and gift cards to Contents, Cut Loose, DuO, La Torretta Del Lago Resort & Spa's Chez Roux, Nightclub Cardio, River Oaks Fitness, Wish, and YogaOne Studios.

With the night slowly coming to an end and folks flocking to the patio for a relaxing game of Loteria (Mexican Bingo), local singer/songwriter Shina Rae stole everyone’s attention by serenading the crowd with “Lighting Strikes.” Yelper Crystal L was quick to garner some attention too, as she surprised everyone with her backup singing/dancing skillz to “Come Get Me.” Girls sure got down!

If you missed the event – or just want to relive it – a yelpy Trésor Photography photo booth caught many o’ zany moments, and shutterbug Kenny H was also sure to capture saucy candid moves and paparazzi-worthy poses. Read up on what you fellow Yelp amigos are saying about the Quince De Mayo Summer Fiesta, or share your thoughts and opinions on the evening.

Hope everyone who made it out had a yelpy good time. I know I did!

Until next time, compadres, SYOY (see you on Yelp),

Farrah A
Houston Community Manager

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May 18, 2009

Yelpers get a Taste!

Posted by Mariah C

We know our Elite Squad yelpers have excellent taste! The question was, how many had gotten a chance to get a bite at Taste Pizzabar, a spot combining carefully-crafted pizzas with vino?

Last night, the Metro Detroit Elite Squad converged to break bread (well, pizza!), sip, and savor the flavors of Taste. With prizes from local salon Curl Up and Dye and others on the "Wheel of Pizza," there were plenty of chances for the Yelp Elite to go home with all kinds of goodies -- among other winners, Dea A got geeked about her free pedi, and Jeff R claimed a pizza wallet!

Head Chef Dale spoke with the crowd, and was eager to explain how he envisioned Taste -- as a meeting place for all different sorts of people from around the city and 'burbs.  He also elaborated on how his carefully made crust and fresh ingredients set Taste apart from the pizza pack.

By the happy looks on some yelper faces, it seems they agreed!

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If you're wondering what you missed or craving a second nibble, check out the rest of the photos and reviews!

Until next time, SYOY!
Mariah C
Metro Detroit Yelp Community Manager

May 17, 2009

SF Yelpers Spotted at Bay to Breakers!

Posted by Nicole Grant

NEWS FLASH – They may look like regular people on your average day, but yelpers, long believed to have superhuman powers, unleashed the madness today at Bay to Breakers. Donning red capes with Yelp emblazoned in gold, they hoisted their balloons high with a herculean strength, and made a much-anticipated appearance, to the excitement of tens of thousands of revelers.

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The keen observer may have noticed some slight stumbling, but whether that was attributed to alcohol consumption or the sheer awesomeness of their visit to the natural world, we may never know. Luckily, we have photographic evidence of their appearance, and can only hope to see them again in 2010.

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Thank you: Brian, the mad genius behind Balloons Equal Fun, and Ryan Reyes of Chosen By Destiny Photography.

May 16, 2009

Boston Elites Raise a Glass for Kick for Nick!

On beautiful day in May, Boston Elites came down to the Nile Lounge in Allston to party...all in the name of a good cause. Kick for Nick, an awesome local charity that continues the mission of PFC Nick Madaras and his love of soccer, gathers and distributes soccer balls to the children of Iraq as a gesture of good will. Headed up locally by our very own Allix T, Kick for Nick has collected over 21,000 soccer balls. To celebrate, generate awareness and raise funds, we've dedicated this event to Kick For Nick!

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The night was peppered with laughter, Narragansett, tons of local art and delicious little bites from Tastefully Simple, provided by Tarah H. Our super cool local hosts, Alex and Brendan, proprietors of Nile, provided oodles of hookah, from vanilla mint to Blue Mist. As a special treat, they even brought out their signature hookah, carved from a an actual watermelon...an obvious Elite favorite. We welcomed Elite event first-timers Catie C, Graham C and Emily G, while marveling at our little trooper, Nicole E, who made it to the event on crutches!

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The highlight of the night? A raffle which raised money for Kick for Nick and awarded a few really cool prizes to some lucky Elites! A copy of The Sound of Our Town, signed by the author, Brett Milano, VIP tickets to Stylefixx Girl's Night Out, A gift basket from Tastefully Simple, Lips Karaoke for Xbox, a gift certificate to Nami Spa and the grand prize (drum roll please) a complete band set up for Rockband from Harmonix!

A big thank you to Nile Lounge, Tastefully Simple, Narragansett, Sara S for all of her help, and our rad prize sponsors! A big round of applause to everyone who attended, because we raised over $300 for Kick for Nick! Be sure to check out what people are saying about the event, as well as all of the smoked-filled photos!

Interested in helping to to support Kick for Nick? Click here for all the ways you can help!

Till next time, Boston!

Cheers,
Leighann F.

May 14, 2009

Orange County Elites Party Like it's 1999

Posted by Hazel Q

Yelpers in OC donned their finest overalls, Courtney Love, and Andre Agassi getups for a totally da bomb 90s bash at Detroit Bar on Wednesday night. When the DJ wasn't spinning your fave jams from Biggie or The Rentals, the 90s Brit pop cover band, Pop Britannica raised the roof with everything from Radiohead to Blur to Oasis. In between all the dancing, yelpers got some much needed sustenance from the stacks of donuts stashed all around the bar and everyone's fave pulled pork sliders from Memphis Café.
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The entire evening was documented in style with Polaroid cameras...and a little modern help from the always fab Antonio from Lovin Life Photography. A few lucky partiers took home some tight prizes - including a tattoo from Outer Limits, beautification from Holiday Salon, movie packs from Second Spin, and a whole host of concert tickets to upcoming Detroit Bar shows. Drinks from Han Asian Vodka and Blu Zephyr Gin kept the party going strong all night, while the 90s-est movie of all time, Clueless, was keeping everyone entertained in the background! As if!

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Check out the rest of the pics on Flickr and all the yelptastic reviews on Yelp! Word to your mutha'!

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May 13, 2009

East Bay Elites get Bootylicious on Privateer Lynx!

Posted by Ligaya T

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Lynx-vYesterday evening the Elite Squad donned their eye patches and stripes and climbed aboard the Privateer Lynx to set sail on the high seas for Yelp's first floating Elite event! It was a proper pirate's affair with cutlasses on hip, bottles in one hand and rigging in the other. 'Twas a bootylicious time for all!

Brianna D hit the deck like a pro, swilling rum with every wave. Even Anthony S, no stranger to the seas, learned something new as the cannon fired during his first East Bay Elite event. Marc A composed an exemplarrrry shanty to capture his experience!

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Read tales of the sail and see the ship in full splendor in the photos of Bee D and Angela N!

Until our next adventure... SYOY!

Ligaya T
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New York Yelp Elites Get Feverish at Drom!

With Swine Flu on the rise, New Yorkers have been taking the necessary precautions: avoiding social situations, drinking lots of water and working too much. As H1N1 went on the decline, Yelpers continued to report such symptoms as:

- Adam R came down with "cowbell fever"
- Jamel O "smells like bacon"
- Amber B has been "wearing sunglasses at inappropriate times"
- Victor L reports general "hot messiness"
- Craig N suffers "an overwhelming sense of horny"
- Sarita M can't resist an "insatiable urge to shake what her mama gave her"
- Courtney P is spreading "flip-flop-itis"
- David L's "involuntary Narnia adventures" are becoming a problem at the workplace

Well, you get the idea... Clearly, this was the work of a more insidious culprit...Spring Fever!

Temperatures rose last night as these desperately afflicted Yelp Elites filed into Drom to receive a specialized treatment plan complete with Domaine de Canton Ginger Tonics and ancient Polish tinctures of Orzel Jasmine tea. More individualized treatment plans included cure-all chocolate treats from Landrin, and Danny P "even ate a grape leaf" from one of Drom's snack platters.

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Many thanks to the Drom crew for hosting a fantastic event and treating symptoms with some serious flair! Catch all the action: see what they said on Yelp Talk, see what they did in the photos and check out the reviews here!

May 11, 2009

Denver Yelp Celebrates with Yelpapalooza 2009!

On Saturday night yelpers came out in full force to help Denver Yelp celebrate our one-year anniversary at the Skylark Lounge. Local bands Able Archer, The Hollyfelds, and The Knew played sets throughout the evening downstairs while DJ Savior Breath spun some hot tunes upstairs.

Yelpers indulged in Dr. McGillicuddy Cherry Bombs made with NOS Energy Drinks, Dr. McGillicuddy Lemon Drops, Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, Great Divide Beers, and Fuze to quench our thirst. And Mermaids Bakery created a sugar rush in the crowd with their yumtastic cake and cupcakes. Also helping in the sweets department were the boxes of Landrin Nibbles sprinkled around the tables of the venue and placed in the gift bags that yelpers walked away with.

Andrew W was lucky enough to have his name called out in the drawing which lead to him leaving with a bag full of treats including a gift certificate to Pandora's Jewelry, tickets to the Midnight Movies at the Esquire, Burlesque as it Was and Leadville or Bust tickets. Perhaps if you befriend him he'll take you to one of those performances!

Documenting the night was the Gigbot photobooth where yelpers took full advantage of the boxes of props to pose in front of the camera. And Adam R and Hans O were in the crowds snapping shots, too. Check out those photos here.

Wondering who made so many of the yelpers look so hawt? It was Luxe de Vil who provided complimentary hair-dos all night long.

If you missed out on the evening, or want to relive the memories, check out the reviews here.

Until next time, SYOY (See You On Yelp)!

Tiffany C
Denver Yelp Community Manager

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Hawt on Yelp in SF! 50% off select services at salons and spas, June 8 - 14

Posted by Nicole Grant

Economy got you down? Get pampered and prettified at over 35 of San Francisco's highest rated businesses on Yelp, with haircuts, highlights, massages, facials, waxing, nails and more at half off the regular price.

WHAT TO DO:
1. Check out the services being offered: Download Hawt on Yelp Services
2. Make your appointment by calling the business and mentioning "Hawt on Yelp." No walk-ins!
3. When you show up to your appointment, be sure to give the salon your name and email to be entered in the Hawt on Yelp raffle.
4. Tip on the full price.
5. Review your experience on the Hawt on Yelp business page.

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When you show up to your appointment, be sure to give the salon your name and email to be entered in the Hawt on Yelp raffle.

Prizes include:
– Atelier Emmanuel – $120 gift certificate, good towards any service.
– Milvali Salon – Kerastase shampoo, conditioner and styling product box set, along with an all over color. $170 value.
– Oxenrose Salon – $100 gift certificate for services only.
– Tru Spa – Three gift cards of $100 each.

A few notes:
1. Appointments must be made in advance by calling the business and mentioning “Hawt on Yelp.” No walk-ins!
2. Please tip on the full price.
3. Review your experience here: http://www.yelp.com/biz/hawt-on-yelp-week-san-francisco

Yelp Spring Flings in Chicago!

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"Dancing, talking, gawking, sipping, flipping and tipping everywhere," according to Rachel J...

The Chicago Elite Squad donned their best retro duds, and hit up the fabulously funky Catalyst Ranch on Saturday May 9th, 2009 for an evening full of yelpy surprises! Sporting the best gear of the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's...even 80's, yelpers were high stylin' and ready to get their two-level party on, Ranch-style!

Floor 3: Snazzy guests first flitted to the third floor upon arriving, snagged an oh-so-cute and brightly colored corsage courtesy of the sweethearts at Flor del Monte, then quickly gravitated to the flashing, giggles and hilarious antics of 312photobooth.com's vintage photobooth! After snappin' a few black 'n white shots, catching a an amped up Big City Swing performance and lessons it was time for drinks, drinks, drinks...true Yelp party fashion!

Cityview_galleries_2124 Three bars (expertly managed by D'Absolute Catering) served up Hennessy Black, 10 Cane Rum, Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, Goose Island Ginger beer, Summertime, 312 and Honker's Ale to keep guests D'Absolutely boozed up and happy! And, just in case there was a bit too much imbibin', Vitamin Water, Smart Water, and cute little Coca Cola throwback aluminum bottles were on hand at the Hydration Bar...drink up! Wow, and we better eat...right? Of course!

Cityview_galleries_2085 Catered by Design wowed guests with an impressive spread of appetizers (veggie Cali maki, meatballs, grilled veggies...the list goes on!), and desserts (deconstructed cannoli, OH MY!)...all creatively displayed, floating, hanging and dangling from some crazy-cool apparatuses. Fine dining, indeed! 

Adequately fueled, peeps took to the dance floor to the 50's/60's vibe provided by Toast & Jam DJs. Shakin', shufflin', workin' the dance floor...yelpers can really move it. A sea of retro rumpshakers took over the dance floor!

Cityview_galleries_2094 WAIT, there's more!? Oh yeah, an entire floor! The fourth floor held many surprises for wandering yelpers...face painting by Trish Page (oooo, like tattoos that come off!), posed portraits by CityView Photography, makeup touchups and "hot stuff" hair by the mavens at Ulta State Street, neck and eyebrow clean-ups and hand massages for the lads by Mister 312, a vintage trunk by Dovetail Chicago, Landrin chocolates (yum!), and copious room to mix, mingle, lounge, and of course...snag a few more drinks ;) 

Cityview_galleries_2153 On hand to document the night's festivities were veterans Dan Gin of Dan Gin Photography and Matt Ginger of Ginger by Design in addition to newbie (and fabulous!) Anna Inabinet of CityView Photo. Didn't make it? Check out the reviews here!

Big, huge, Yelp Chicago-sized thanks to the staffs of Catalyst Ranch (most especially Paulette E), D'Absolute Catering and Catered by Design for the exceptional service, attention to detail...and for being completely, and utterly AWESOME! 

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Colleen C

Yelp Chicago CM



May 08, 2009

Yelp Gets With Chester French!

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Self-described as "two dudes who love music," Maxwell Drummey and D.A. Wallach of Chester French are just a couple of local boys making good. Music, that is. In between touring the world, being picked up by Pharrell's label Star Trek and releasing a bad-ass new album, these two Harvard kids took some time to sit down and chat with Yelp Boston's Community Manager, Leighann F, to tell us about their neighborhood faves, where to pick up chicks and the absolute best food on the planet!

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: Why did you decide to name yourselves after the sculptor Daniel Chester French?

DA: We had seen the John Harvard sculpture he'd done, which is the centerpiece of Harvard's campus, as well as a bust in our dining hall. At the end of the day, though, we just thought the name sounded cool!

LF: How would you describe your sound in 5 words?

DA: A blast from the Mass.
Max: Imagine a bunch of sounds.

LF: You guys met at Harvard, in the dining hall. What were some of the places around Cambridge that you’d check out together as young lads? Any fond Harvard Square memories?

DA: We probably did the same half-mile walk from our studio to our dorm a thousand times or more. Our standard reward was pizza or a cheeseburger sub at Pinocchio's, the best pizza place in the world.
Max: There's this dope restaurant called Dunkin' Donuts. Had some great casual encounters there.

LF:What are some of the more memorable shows you’ve seen in Boston? What are your favorite venues in Boston to play at?

DA
: We didn't really go to too many shows together, but our senior year went to see the Raconteurs at the Orpheum. That was pretty dope. We also went to see several jazz shows during college.

Max: I've seen a pretty ridiculous amount of shows in Boston. Tortoise at the Somerville Theater was one of the best. Kurt Rosenwinkel at Sculler's was dope, despite the atmosphere. Herbie Hancock at Symphony Hall blew my mind. I've never played downstairs at The Middle East. I've always wanted to do that. Been to a ton of shows there.

LF: Any record stores hold a fond place in your heart?

DA: I used to shop at Newbury Comics while in college. It's pretty awesome that they're now helping us spread the word on our debut album, "Love the Future."

Max: I really like In Your Ear. Both the Harvard Square and Comm Ave locations are dope. My two favorite places to dig in Boston. Cheapo Records in Central Square is awesome too.

LF: Any favorite eateries, bars, places to meet the ladies?

DA: Pinnochio's, The Wrap, Charlie's Kitchen.

Max: Pinnochio's is probably the best food on the planet. Now I'm vegan, so that's out. Really though if I'm in Boston, I want my mom to cook for me. F*ck restaurants. Bars? I also prefer to get drunk at home. I usually have fun when I'm in Central Square though. I like to meet women on the train.

LF
: Your style is insane. Any top shops you’d recommend for that CF aesthetic?

DA: Thank you. The Andover Shop has all the classic old-man gear but most of it fits too big because it's made for fat moguls. I like buying Spring Court sneakers over at Concepts or The Tannery.

Max: Boomerangs in JP is my favorite spot to get dressed in Boston. In Harvard Square, Proletariat was really cool when they still sold mainly vintage stuff. Obviously you can find dope stuff at The Garment District.

LF: What’s the last thing you searched for on Yelp?

DA: I just this moment searched for food near our venue in Philadelphia.

Max: I've been trying to get a massage and a hand job in a lot of cities recently.

LF: What’s the last impression you want to leave yelpers with?

DA: We want them to come to our own awesome online service, The Chester French VIP Concierge Service. If folks come to www.chesterfrench.com they are able to communicate with us by email and we try to fulfill all of their deepest desires. Anyone who is down with us right now gains access to a special world. We're really like a club in which anyone is a welcome. Get with it!

May 07, 2009

Opening Party for SF Yelp Elites at 5A5 Steak Lounge

Posted by Nicole Grant

Last night Yelp Elites were invited to a private opening party for San Francisco's first steak lounge, 5A5!

Over 300 yelpers came out to lounge, settling themselves into the chic white booths and in front of the flickering fireplace. As the photos show, it was a sexy evening of cocktail swirling, people watching and grooving to the beats of DJ Jeff Cavanaugh. Thanks to Ryan R of Chosen by Destiny for the photos.

The Svedka Clementine Vodka cocktails were dangerously delicious, and both the merlot and cabernet from Cupcake Vineyards paired perfectly with the bites from 5A5's menu, which included hamachi shooters, edamame, truffle fries and steak bites.

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We had over 30 entries, but congrats to Ting A, Jonas T and Jess C for winning $50 gift certificates to 5A5 Steak Lounge for guessing ALL of the edible parts of the cow correctly. What guys, are you butchers or something? The answers are here, in case you're interested.

A yelptastic time was had by all.

Until the next one, SYOY -

Nicole G
Your faithful SF Community Manager

Seis de Mayo Mustache Bash @ La Puerta!

Some grew for weeks, some groomed 30 minutes before the bash, and some dropped $1.07 at Party City... but everyone at last night's Yelp Elite Mustache Bash rocked an an awesome 'stash to ring in Seis de Mayo!

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Of course, with the Mexican holiday still fresh on the dome, this party wouldn't have been complete without the help of Clasé Auzl Tequila! That was some seriously amazing alcohol! Big ups to La Puerta as well for hosting the bash for upwards of 200 Yelp Elite members! TJ hot dogs, anyone?

For pictures of the party, click here! Until next time... adios!

May 05, 2009

An Evening of Passion, Energy and Obsession with Silicon Valley Elite

Posted by Connie Chang

3503996840_af6021c52a Last night, Silicon Valley Elite gathered at Junnoon in Downtown Palo Alto for an intimate Elites-only event. Junnoon showcased their eclectic modern Indian appetizers as Elites mixed and mingled in their intimate chic lounge and lovely outdoor patio.

The evening flowed well with Stunna, the hot new liqueur made of a classic mix of Rum, Tequila, Vodka re-invented with a taste of melon and citrus. Our very own Elite were amongst the very first to try out Stunna, which is yet to hit the market.

Henna and Beyond was on hand at the event to adorn yelpers with beautiful and intricate henna art throughout the night. To get guests in the mood, there was a lively Bollywood performance put on by STEPZ. Balle Balle!

Junnoon, which means passion, energy and obsession, definitely lived up to its name! Many thanks to the fantastic bartenders and staff at Junnoon for hosting such an amazing event. Be sure to check out the official photos taken by Christina C on flickr and if you missed the event, read what the Elites are saying about the event here!

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May 04, 2009

East Bay's Secret Miracle Party!

Posted by Ligaya T

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After a series of hints describing the secret location of East Bay's "Miracle Party", Elites and sidekicks were thrilled to convene in Uptown Oakland's hip new spot, Somar Bar & Lounge, to kick off the weekend with expertly crafted libations and great beats! Greeted at the door by lovely Michelle B and Jessica T, guests were given a miracle berry tablet which temporarily alters our sour taste bud receptors so everything tastes sweet. And that was the start to the flavor trippin' madness...

Somar9 Somar13All around the room were bowls of organic Farm Fresh to You citrus fruits, Sour Patch Kids and bags of salt and vinegar PopChips to test the effects of the berry. It became clear to Esther Y and Keith L as they were sucking down lemons and limes, that they did indeed do the trick! After popping the pill, Meg T admitted to feeling a bit like Alice in Wonderland so you can imagine just how bizaare the experience was for Rae'esah N at her very first event. But like Kathy D who pounded straight white vinegar, she tackled a shot like a pro! Pilar D took a few moments break from the vinegar fest to have her truths revealed in tarot. Yep, silliness and debauchery is in the future!

Somar11Somar2 Hats off to the whole crew at Somar! We felt so welcomed, and really appreciated chill aura of the staff all while pouring awesome drinks left and right. Thanks to Farm Fresh to You and PopChips for providing us with yummy snackables and treats! And of course, much gratitude for this cool experience goes to Penny at Miracle Frooties, who donates proceeds of fruit sales to charitable causes.

See all the action: official shots, Bill B's lens and Aaron M's too! In yelpers own words, check out the reviews! Somar3

Until next time...

Enjoy & SYOY!
Ligaya T
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