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July 30, 2011

Yelp Charlotte Elites PLEY at South End Fieldhouse!

Posted by Nicole W

What do you get when you put together sumo suits, inflatable Twister, cornhole, delicious food and great yelpers? A PLEY Elite event at South End Fieldhouse, of course! As Elite Jimmy D said, "I predicted it was going to be hot for this event, and I was right. But who cares about silly stuff like that when you can dress up in sumo suits and knock someone out in a bouncy castle?!"

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Yes, more than 70 yelpers gathered in South End's coolest fieldhouse for raucous romp. When Elites weren't sumo-suiting up courtesy of Your Event Source or trying their arm at a quarterback challenge, Roaming Fork was feeding them full of plenty of their food truck delights. A sample box including a wing, parm fries, succulent pork barbecue and their specialty, a fried deviled egg! Shauna H "absolutely loved the fried egg and the delicious wing! She also learned "they park the truck close to my work (airport area)...I will hunt them down for sure!"

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Across the way Cupcake Delirium satisfied all the sweet tooths with three different cupcakes – Elvis, 24 Carrots, Red Velvet and S'mores. While Elvis was in the building, he was only present in our bellies. Travis W put it simply: "As far as the cupcakes, I tried the Elvis...I mean come on the cupcake's got bacon on it (insert moment of silence here for the greatest food on the planet)...it was delicious!"

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These tasty delights were washed down by a variety of beverage choices. Palm Bay International provided refreshing vino from El Portillo and Bottega Vinaia. The Portillo Sauvignon Blanc was so popular, the Elites sipped through all of it in just an hour! For all the beer aficionados at the fieldhouse, LoneRider Brewing Company provided a bevvy of ale including Sweet Josie, Peacemaker and Shotgun Betty, a favorite of many, including Elite Jeff S! And for those who hydrated between serious sessions of Twister, vitaminwater was on hand to cool everyone down!

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All the action packed fun was captured by the talented Kelli Boling of Red K Photography. Definitely check out the Yelp Charlotte Flickr page for more photos and view yourself in pley! For the skinny on whose sumo dance was tops, who twisted the best and who took down the most cupcakes, visit the official event page...and don't forget to give your own account of the pley-ful evening!

Until next time – SYOY!

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-Nicole W. (the one in the red)

 

July 29, 2011

Soirée Yelp Elite Nouvelle Vague à l'Hôtel Jules & Jim

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Mercredi soir au 11 rue des Gravilliers, c’est dans l’atmosphère douce et pluvieuse de cet été timide que s’est tenue une Soirée Elite particulièrement pétillante. Bulles de Champagne, lunettes rétro et chapeaux, les 100 invités ont joué le jeu de la tenue Nouvelle Vague pour découvrir en exclusivité l’univers de l’Hôtel Jules & Jim. Pas encore ouvert au public, l’établissement du Marais a ouvert les portes de son chantier pour une soirée exclusive réservée à la Brigade d’Elite parisienne. Joffrey P s’enthousiasme de ce lieu insolite: “Chaque évènement a lieu dans un endroit improbable qui fait que chaque soirée est unique”, alors que Christine G a adoré “les canapés, les constructions tout en hauteur, et le mur végétal”.

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Sur une musique inspirée des années Bardot, les invités ont combattu la morosité de la météo à coups de coupes de champagne et de vodka-cranberry. Dans la petite cour charmante de l’hôtel, on pouvait discuter devant une projection d’extraits de films sélectionnés avec beaucoup de goût par Leslie M. De A Bout De Souffle à Vivre Sa vie, en passant par Jules & Jim bien sûr, un air de romantisme a flotté sur la soirée.

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Accueillis avec une coupe de champagne ou une Vodka-cranberry, l’Elite Yelp parisienne a pu se retrouver avec des récits de vacances passées ou à venir, en savourant l’ilôt de sérénité de cette petite cour cachée. Des retrouvailles qui ont ravi l’ensemble des invités, toujours séduits par la convivialité des soirées EliteBetty M attend déjà la soirée Elite d’Août avec impatience et ajoute : “Une foule de gens sympathiques, du Moet, un photographe chou qui guette nos humeurs, des amis qu'il fait bon de voir, de la musique qui donne envie de continuer très loin la soirée …”. Joffrey P parle de “Convivialité, parce que Yelp réunit des gens sympas et ouverts avec qui on a le sentiment d'appartenir à une sorte de petite famille. On se retrouve ou on fait connaissance. On est bien! “

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Si vous étiez la hier soir et que vous avez envie de partager votre expérience, vous pouvez laisser votre avis en cliquant ici. Pour plus de photos, allez faire un tour sur notre page Flickr.

ABSY* !

Zeva B & Elodie F

Paris Community Managers

* A bientôt sur Yelp


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On a mild and drizzling timid summer's Wednesday evening, 100 yelpers gathered at 11 rue des Gravilliers for a bubbly Elite Event! Champagne bubbles, retro glasses and hats galore, the guests played the game of Nouvelle Vague to discover the soon-to-open Hotel: Jules & Jim. Not yet open to the public, the Marais hotel opened its doors for an exclusive Yelp Elite night! Joffrey P was bubbling with enthusiasm for the new hotel: “Each of these Elite event happens in an unexpected place, and that’s what makes each Yelp event unique”, while Christine G loved “the couches, the vertical constructions and the garden wall.”

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Set to some melodic music inspired by the Bardot era, the yelpers overcame the gloomy weather in style -  with  the help of Champagne and Vodka Cranberry! Guests mingled in the hotel courtyard while watching a projection of film extracts from La Nouvelle Vague, selected by the ever-tasteful Leslie M. From A Bout De Souffle to Vivre Sa vie, it brought a romantic je ne sais quoi to the evening.

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Welcomed with a glass of Moet Champagne, the Parisian Yelp Elite spent the two hours reuniting over their holiday stories while enjoying the peaceful vibe of the little hidden courtyard. A reunion that seemed to particularly please guests, always enchanted with Yelp Elite events’ warmth. Betty M is already looking forward to August’s elite event and adds: “A crowd of friendly people, Champagne, a cute photographer on the lookout for all of our moves, friends we love hanging out with, music that makes you want to dance till dawn...”. Joffrey P adds : “Conviviality is the key word, because Yelp gathers nice and open minded people who you feel belong to a tiny family. This makes you feel great!”

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Read what party-goers have to say about the festivities by reading the reviews here. For more fabulous images of the evening, don't miss our Flickr page.

SYOY*,

Zeva B & Elodie F

Paris Community Managers

* See you on Yelp !

 

Glasgow Elites Get A Second July Helping @ Chocolate Emporium

Posted by Chris Docherty

Two elite events in one month? Why whatever have these lovely folks done to deserve such a treat? Nothing to be honest, however we thought they might hang us from the rafters had they found out that the wonderful Hamish from The Chocolate Emporium had offered them the chance to swoop down on his delectable wee shop and try they're hands at crafting some tasty chocs... there, that's why!

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The making! Get 'em fingurs durty! 

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With wine supplied by the lovely folks at Inverarity One to One, the chat flowed as we welcomed Katy N from the Edinburgh Elite Squad (she left alive and mosty unscathed) alongside a whole host newcomers that invited along to this cracking wee venue to see what all this Yelp Elite Event fuss is about!

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Chocolate was muched, balls were lost in piles of cocoa, mustaches were painted and 'Sheera' kicks were performed... sounds like a regular Glasgow Elite Event then!

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Snapping happy on the night, the cheeky chappy with a splendid mane, Alasdair Watson swished, whirled and clicked away to capture the shenanigans throughout the night.

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A big shout and a massive thank you to Hamish and the gang for an exquisite night and some quite wonderful chocolate treats. Now, time to throw that Galaxy in the bin!

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Cheers again to all those who attended, assisted and munched themselves silly...

Chris D

July 28, 2011

Yelp St. Louis Believes In Magic!

Posted by Aimee

On Sunday evening, Mother Nature decided to high-five over 100 of St. Louis' Elites by taking a break from the soaring temps and offering up a gorgeous, breezy, 82 degree night, just in time for our July Elite event on top of the stunning Moonrise Hotel. The Moonrise is located in the heart of the Delmar Loop and welcomed us with opened arms as we enjoyed a night of moonlight, magic, good drinks & great friends! The hotel actually has the world's largest man-made moon spinning on top of the roof. Did we mention the view is also out of this world?

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Two go with our magical theme of the night, two signature drinks were flowing from the bar all evening! The "Now You See It" was made with vodka, Aperol, lime juice, and peach schnapps, and the "Now You Don't" was extra boozy with gin, St. Germaine, lemon juice, pomegranate juice, and ginger ale. The drinks were refreshing and kept us extra cool on this warm summer night. The Moonrise created an out-of-this-world menu and we were all impressed by the spread, to say the least. Ready to get hungry? Check out what we got to fill up on: Hummus and pita bread platters, chicken sate with roasted Thai peanut sauce, Missouri beef sliders with horseradish honey mustard sauce, vegetable egg rolls with sweet chili, amd spanakopita with goat cheese and spinach. It was a heavenly selection, and many of us went back for seconds and thirds...

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For an extra sweet touch, two of St. Louis' most loved local businesses were on hand to give us sugar highs and all the treats we could handle! Hank's Cheesecakes passed out bite-size cheesecakes, brownies, and other goodies, and Park Avenue Coffee passed out Ann & Allen gooey butter cake. (Did you know the Park Ave Coffee has over 74 types of Gooey Butter Cake?) We know it's a St. Louis thing, but you haven't lived until you've tried it for yourself.

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A magician was on hand to do magic tricks for guests, and had everyone stumped! Between watching tricks, Elites played a human bingo game where they had to talk to other Elites to find out whick random fact on the board belonged to them. Did you know that one of our Elites' cousins is a producer on the today show? Or that one won a McDonald's eating contest by eating a big mac, fries, and soda in less than a minute? We had three winners of the evening... Jean P & Ale O took home gift baskets complete with Yelp schwag, Georgia Moon whiskey, and Moonpies, and Julia W won a one night stay at the Moonrise Hotel!

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When guests weren't busy getting to know their fellow Elites, eating delicious food, and watching magic tricks, they got to dance along to a special moonlight & magic themed playlist! Do You Believe In Magic? Magic Stick? Can't Fight the Moonlight (straight from the Coyote Ugly soundtrack)? We think yes! Tons of fun was also had at the photo wall, where we saw some pulling-the-rabbit-from-the-hat action.

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Our evening was made when special guest Joe Edwards stopped by the party! Joe's a celebrity in St. Louis and is known for his creative vision, risk-taking, and leadership that helped transform The Loop into one of the most vibrant restaurant, shopping, arts & entertainment districts in the United States. It was fun for him to engage with the Yelp community, and he even got some shots in front of the photo wall!

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True to the theme, it was a gorgeous, magical night and we owe a huge thank you to the Moonrise Hotel and their world-class staff for hosting the event! Also, a big thank you goes out to DMGillespie Photography for documenting such a memorable evening. For the full spread of photos head here, and to read the glowing five-star reviews, check out the event page!

Until the next one... SYOY!

Aimee
Aimee K
Yelp St. Louis CM

Vancouver Elites Taste The Tequila Sunrise

Posted by Robin

The sometimes not-so caliente west coast weather couldn't keep Vancouver Yelpers away from feelin' the latin heat on Tuesday night. The Mexican Antojitos y Cantina was a-sizzlin' in a sea of sombrero-wearing, Cerveza-slinging, taco-tasting, margarita-mixing, piñata-pulverizing Elites. Sure, the giant straw hats and oversized mustachios made for awkward photo-ops and sangria slips, but man did they add flavour!

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Yelpers managed to stay cool despite the sweltering indoor heat as the Mexican's muy bueno staff kept guests full of their tastiest nombre característica items, including squid tacos, corn tortillas with refried beans, and classic guacamole and salsa. And the drinks? Tequila-filled and flowing, there were at least three different kinds of margaritas being passed, but there was one clear winner of the night. Sarah O is going to "remember to order the sangria next time because it was bangin'." ¡!

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And what's a Mexican fiesta without live musica? Luis and the Pussycats got the party started with some traditional Latin beats, while Colene C learned some beats of her own as she drummed on the congas. Even though she "woke up this morning with a bruised palm" it was "worth it for an amazing night!" But the real highlight of the evening was Uni, the muy de la mexicana pink unicorn piñata. After being beat down by Gina I, Colene C, and Sarah O, poor lil' Uni found her way to work the next day with Alicyn C. It looks like they consumed too much tequila though, because Uni's "a total slacker."

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Check out the reviews and pictures, and see what other people are saying about the party in the Talk thread. Muchas gracias to Ana, Roger, Ryan, Claudia, and Caesar at The Mexican Antojitos y Cantina for hosting such a fiery fiesta!
 

Adiós, muchachos!

Robin

Robin M
Vancouver Community Manager

Yelp LA's Poetry Slam at Pangea Garden

On Tuesday, July 26th, Yelp celebrated summer in LA

In Little Tokyo at a gorgeous rooftop soiree!

Kyoto Grand Hotel's Pangea Garden provided quite the view

And the luscious landscape was pretty phenomenal too.

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As the sun set and the stars shined brightly,

The casual crowd grew quite sprightly.

Beef Sliders, carnde asada skewers, spicy ahi tuna tartar,

Blackened shrimp with sausage, chicken kar-age, and bruschetta blew away guests, by far.

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Four Leaf was also on site cooling us off with their shaved ice,

Featuring boba, fresh fruit, and green tea - very nice.

SuperFruit mojitos and Naughty Lemonades were crafted with Beluga Vodka and TY KU Liqueur,

Which paired perfectly with Randy D's Dodger Haiku.

The Poetry Slam showed off the talents of some brave Elites,

LIke Nick G's alliterative beats.

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Jonathan T got us started with a cheeky poem about his Downtown dry cleaners,

Followed by Erin V, Harmonie T, Wendy S, and Michael F, our snazzy singers!

Mikey S, Adolfo H, Vince V, and Sophia W rounded out the creative group,

Showing that the Elite Squad really is an impressive, witty troop.

The wonderful evening ended with one last rhyme

That unveiled a gift from Yelp of Father Time.

Now girls and guys will proudly sport their nifty watch

As they fondly remember a night that was topnotch!

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Special thanks goes out to the incredible Pangea staff and sponsors that made this event one serious page turner and to the secret paparazzi of photo ninjas including Yelp newbie Krocky M, hipster Elite Ken C, and the instagram geniuses, Christina Y, Hazel Q, and Mike Q. All renegade snapshots can be viewed here and don't forget to read the reviews right here!

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Katie B

LA East CM

 

 

 

 

Dublin Elites Cocktail Masterclass At Lafayette!

Posted by Annie

Did you know that when you shake that cocktail maker you are betraying your sex face? So with that in mind we got to see the intimate side of the Dublin Yelpers... They brought their mmm bedroom face to behind the bar as they mastered the art of mixology for the night!

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Downstairs was where all the action was at. Pumping beats, neon lights, Marbella glamour is what Sanctuary nightclub (part of Layfayette) is all about! The Yelpers mingled with their beer and wine before they were taken in groups to learn how to make two different types of cocktails and then the simple part - drink them!

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Glaswegian cocktail making maestro, Jordan, first taught the thirsty crowd how to make a great mojito and then one by one they got behind the bar to exercise the lesson. Yelpers were in awe of their fellow Yelpers wrist action. They mixed that mint like their lives depended on it.

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Round 2! Lafayette's signature cocktail, The Refresh Martini. A vibrant cocktail that will awaken the laziest of palates, taking fresh mint, citrus and apple juice, add apricot & pear liqueur, fresh mint, a splash of Absolut Citron and sugar syrup shake and strain into a chilled Martini Glass, finished with lemon zest. And most importantly put all that yummy stuff in your tummy like the Yelpers did!

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Big thank you to Barry for being so great at helping set this event up. To Martin for keeping the bar stocked and moving. To Jordan for showing us his sex face and keeping the masses entertained with his cocktail teaching skills!

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Last but not least thank you! Yes thank you Yelpers for coming out to party and we hope that you put the Yelp shot glasses to good use! Read and review the event here! Gossip about it all on talk here! Check out the hot photos by the talented Claire Nash here! Till next month see you on Yelp and keep on rockin' & rollin' and shakin' & makin'!

All my best,

Annie L

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July 27, 2011

City By The (Nom)Bay Yelp Elite Event @ Nombe, Part Deux!

Last night the Mission came alive with San Francisco yelpers eager to check out Nombe's new menu at the The City by the Nom-Bay Yelp Elite Event, Part Deux. With an impressive roster of drinks ranging from phenomenal local wines and non-alcoholic grape juice from one of the oldest family owned wineries north of San Francisco, Navarro Winery, to sake sangria from Sabe, and an outstanding watermelon basil shōchū cocktail concocted by the fine folks at Nombe, yelpers always had a full glass in hand.

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Nombe is one of the first to spark the white hot Izakaya movement in San Francisco, and they definitely showed their prowess with an impressive array of bites like the honey, serrano, and cilantro deep fried chicken wings, their signature edamame hummus with taro chips (so good!), and the crispy fried teriyaki rice balls. Delicious food coma, FTW!

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Albert L. summed up the intimate affair nicely with the following: "All of the tapas tasted superb (not to mention fresh), and on top of that, it was great mingling with other fellow Yelpers! The ambiance makes for a perfect happy hour hang, or a nice place to chill and catch up with friends."

Scope reviews of the shindig here, and be sure to check out pictures from K&O Photography here.

Kickers Gets Smokin' With Calgary Elites

Posted by Wendy

The rain held off and the clouds eventually parted for July's Elite party at Kickers in Calgary. Elites and guests celebrated the opening of one of Calgary's newest Montreal smoked meat delis with some scrumpcious eats, sippable brews and live tunes from local jazz musicians.

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Guests mixed and mingled while nibbling on some of Kickers Crusties, bite-sized appys with an assortment of tomato, bacon, cheese, even peanut butter and banana toppings before digging in to the main course, samplers of Montreal smoked meat sammys. The Quebec City smoked turkey, brie and cranberry sauce was the belle of this ball. Angelo T found himself the "perfect spot by the counter where we just kept reaching in for generous amounts of beer and eats and spoke of music and the fistic arts."

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The evening wouldn't be complete without the smooth samples from MTL Premium Lager and jazzy tunes courtesy of local musician Peter Fischer with sexy sounds on his saxophone–not to mention the kickin' medley from his vocals, piano and guitar accompaniment. And Voyager Photography was on scene to capture it all.

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The place was hoppin' as passersby peeked in the window to see what they were missing in this classy hole-in-the-wall. Said yelper Crystal E: "Definitely a cozy little joint with an elaborate chandelier, which I loved!"

Want a first-hand read? Check out the party reviews or take a peek at the photos. See you at the next event!

SYOY,

 

Wendy P
Community Manager

Yelp Calgary

Twin Cities Elites get a sneak peek at Yelp's Far East Feast!

Posted by Annie D

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This week, Twin Cities yelpers were treated to one of the most exciting Elite events yet. Yelp's Far East Feast proved not only to be a veritable feast, but it was also a sneak peek at the (very) new Little Szechuan at the West End before they open their doors to the public!

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The owners, husband and wife team Jin and Rong, could not have been more generous in setting up a huge spread of choice picks from their menu. Elites piled their plates with sauteed squid, Szechuan green beans, steamed mini buns, quick fried fish, Galeshan Ma La Chicken, green onion pie and chicken wings. Even with Buddha bellies filled with delicious Chinese cuisine, guests found room for custom fortune cookies with yelpy fortunes like... The fortune you seek is in another cookie at another Yelp Elite event. Or Confucious says: "So, like, how can I become Elite?" How indeed!

For anyone who is drooling already, Little Szechuan West's official grand opening is this Thursday!

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The new location showed off its full bar as well... and really, what's a yelper without a cocktail in hand? Courtesy of Johnson Brothers, Elites sipped on of Little Szechuan's signature martinis, the Prickly Pear (made with Il Tramonto Limoncello and Opulent Vodka), along with wines from Le Grand Pinot Noir and William Hill Chardonnay.

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Toward the end of the evening, the surprise sponsor reared its lion head! Southwest Minneapolis' Golden Leopard Kung Fu stopped by for a kid-powered Chinese lion dance which was inarguably the cutest thing in the whole wide world. Some of the older students and the sifu himself, Eric M., then stepped out to demonstrate some killer kung fu moves!

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Congratulations to Kimberly T. and Christopher G. on their raffle wins, taking home an eco-friendly wok and the Yelp lion headdress, respectively. Not sure which prize is better...

A huge, dragon-sized thank you to everyone who attended and to all of the amazing sponsors who helped make this evening possible, as well as Alanna Olson Photography for snapping party pics and Intern Hannah C. for her hard work!

Check out more photos from Alanna on Flickr and the rave reviews on Yelp. If you were there, you can even write one yourself!

Until the next big bash,
Annie D.
Twin Cities Yelp Community Manager

P.S. Don't forget that Yelp MSP is on Twitter and Facebook. We know you like us, so "like" us, already. :)

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Yes, Ma'am! Columbus Yelp's Got Glam!

Posted by Christina C.

Donning their glitziest attire, more than 300 Columbus yelpers came out to COSI for the city's biggest Yelp blowout to date – the YELP GLAM JAM!

"COSI after dark was a  fantastic venue," comments Julie P.  "Seriously, it's like I was living out my if I become a millionaire kid fantasy. I got to wear pretty dresses, have someone do my hair, ride on a Segway, have lots of animal friends, eat chocolate cake, be an astronaut in space, and play with dry ice and water cannons all day!" Meanwhile, Liz M made a b line straight to the booze sponsored by Watershed Distillery, Camelot Cellars, MillerCoors and Superior Beverage Group. "Kudos to Watershed for pouring their really delicious vodka into those Sungold Cocktails and hats off to Camelot whose wine just keeps getting better," she chimes. Honest Tea and Pepsi offered complimentary refreshments for those who were caught workin' it on the dance floor by tunes from DJ Fierce Tease.

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Providing a ginormous spread of diverse light bites and desserts, 11 food sponsors brought their best goods. Sarah H was so floored she asked, "Why, oh, why did I eat dinner before this event? I've never seen such an amazing and diverse spread at any event I've ever been to! Seriously, pulled pork, vegan indian food, baked goods, middle eastern snacks, iced tea, spinach artichoke dip (OM NOM), ice cream…"

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Satisfying the savory side of things, Banana Leaf, City Barbeque, Lexi's On Third, Mazah Mediterranean Eatery and COSI's in-house catering company, Sudexo, provided a great base for the sweet tastes from Angry Baker, Graeter's Ice Cream, Sugardaddy's Sumptuous Sweeties, LÄRABAR and Tehku Tea. A special shout out goes to Leslie's Creperie who showed up anyway to hand out coupons despite the crippling effects the heat/humidity had on their crepes. Above all, Gary K "really enjoyed chatting with the vendors. What a great way to meet the business owners – when they have nothing but time to visit and brag about their wonderfully sinful creations! My list of places to eat at just got bigger," he noted.

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For those who wanted to bump their own glam factor up a notch, stylists from Nurtur the Salon and Phia Salon offered on-site mini service stations with polish changes, hair tinsel, face gems, fake eyelashes and hand/arm massages! Lyndsey M knew it was a good night since she "came home with fuscha hair tinsel and neon pink fingernails."

Capturing all the fun behind the camera, GroovyDoodle Photography took ring light headshots of guests, while The Awesomatic snapped and printed group shots on the spot – see them here! Looking for your GroovyDoodle pics? Visit their Facebook page to download and tag yours directly. All event photos by J Alexander Photos can be found on our Flickr page here.

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Arguably the star of show, Nina West performed two numbers with her backup dancers and accompanying queens and donated all tips to our charity partner, Dress for Success Columbus. And of course Columbus yelpers love to give back just as much as they love to party! More than $300 and countless much-needed items were donated to Dress for Success! Work it, ya'll!

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Tiffany C was right when she thought, "I'm guessing I picked the best Yelp event to hit the east side of the Mississippi in 2011. I don't tread lightly when I say, I had a freakin' blast!"

Well done, friends. Well done. Many thanks to everyone who had a hand in making this a drop-dead, five-star night to remember. If you attended but haven't written a review, you can read and write your own here.

Until the next one,

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Christina C
Your Yelptabulous Columbus Community Manager

Yelp wird Leibhaftig: Elite Event in der Brauereigaststätte Leibhaftig!

Posted by Svenja

Ja Leute, was kann ich sagen: Heiß wars, oder?

Ab 18 Uhr trudelten alle lieben Elite Yelper an der Brauereigaststätte Leibhaftig im Prenzlauer Berg ein. Es wurde schonmal vorgeglüht und gequatscht, bis gegen 18.45 Uhr sich dann alle eingefunden hatten und sich nach dem Afterwork-Bier sehnten. Auf gings ins Lokal, wo wir alle herzlich von Ilona und Marcus Wanke begrüßt wurden. So und was kann man von einer Brauereigaststätte wie dieser erwarten? Eine ganz Menge!  

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Angefangen haben wir mit der Bierverkostung, ganz klar. Dazu gab es erklärende Worte von dem gelernten Brauingenieur (den Beruf gibt es wirklich!) zur Entstehung seines Lokals und den Besonderheiten seiner Biere.

Damit trat die erste Runde Biere Ihren Weg in Richtung neugierige Münder auf. Unter allgemeinem "Oooooh" und "Aaaaah" kamen dann die ersten bayrischen Tapas aus der Küche. Bayrische Tapas? Was ist das denn?

 

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Also das waren zum Beispiel Stückchen Weißwürste mit süßem Senf, einer Eigenkreation von Frau Wanke. Im Senf ist auch Mascarpone, sodass die übliche Senffarbe zwar nicht mehr zu sehen ist aber diese Köstlichkeit braucht auch die gelbe Farbe nicht mehr zu haben - denn was wir da probieren durften war superlecker! Ja womit hat uns die Küche noch verzaubert? Ohja, da waren ja noch die Stücke Krustenbraten mit Spinat-Parmesan-Knödeln, Kassler mit Send, Brezeln mit Obatzda, Leberkäse, you name it!

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Ivan T: Also nach dem Wanke-Bier kann ich das andere Bier echt nicht mehr so genießen. Da fehlt einfach das Aroma.

Amelie G: Der Krustenbraten war ein Traum!

Laura O: Ich habe vorher noch nie Obatzda gegessen, der von Wankes schmeckt super zu den frischen Brezeln!

Ihr fragt euch, was ich mit heiß meinte? Der Ofen der Gaststätte lief nonstop für unsere Leckermäulchen, dementsprechend warm wurde es. Aber hey, immerhin hatten wir zur Abwechslung mal richtige Sommergefühle, wenn uns der Sommer schon so im Stich lässt, oder?

So genug gequatscht, jetzt ist es an der Zeit für Fotos!

 

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Yesterday we had our Elite Event and what can I say? It was hot, hot, hot!

Around 6pm the lovely Berlin Elite Squat arrived, right after work, at the brewery Leibhaftig at Prenzlauer Berg. Until everyone found their way through the office door and heading towards Leibhaftig we clinked the glasses and mingled and at 6.45pm it was time to storm the brewery. Mr and Mrs Wanke welcomed us warmly and cleared up the one big questions: What are Bavarian Tapas???

Well first of all we were too curious to find out about the beer: first round of beers made its way through the crowd with some words of explanation by the proud brewery engineer on how he started his business and about what makes his beer so special. While trying the beer, with a lot of "ooooh" and "aaaaah" the first tapas made their way out the kitchen.

And now the answer to the most important question: What are those tapas? Bavarian Tapas are nibbles of the otherwise heavy bavarian food, so that everyone could get an impression of the food without falling into a food coma. We had for example white sausage with a special sweet mustard, which is the own creation of Mrs Wanke. In the mustard is also some mascarpone, which gave it a light texture. Of course we also had pretzels with obatzda (bavarian cheese delicacy), cured meat with mustard, crust-fry, spinach dumplings with parmesan and leberkäse, which I was unable to find a proper translation for.

Ivan T: I don't think I will ever be able to enjoy regular beer anymore. The beer of Mr Wanke had so much flavour.

Amelie G: The crust-fry was amazing!

Laura O: I have never tried Obatzda before, but this was truly delicious!

Still wondering what I meant when I said that it was hot, hot, hot? Well, the oven was running nonstop to feed the gourmets and it was heating up the restaurant pretty well. Anyway, better to get some summer feeling, especially since the summer seemed to have left Berlin for good, right? 

Alright, enough chit-chatting, now it's time for pictures!

July 25, 2011

LA West Does A Mad Hatter Brunch

Posted by Brinny

Nothing like bottomless mimosas and white sangria to start your Saturday! These are exactly the libations that the Yelp LA West Elite Squad were greeted with when they arrived at the Mad Hatter Brunch at The Misfit Restaurant + Bar in Santa Monica on Saturday.

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Yelpers were there to try the newly debuted brunch menu, which was complete with San Daniele prosciutto, organic eggs with creamy burrata cheese and toast, French Pancakes with crème fraiche, honey and fresh berries and ever so tasty Chilaquiles. It didn’t stop there – a true highlight was the Le Grade Orange English Muffin with homemade blackberry preserves. The Chef even made his rounds to greet the Elite and ask about his deliciously prepared food!

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Photographer Nick Mele made his rounds and captured many a candid moment with old and new yelpers alike. The space was made even more dazzling with flowers from the newly opened Magical Blooms.

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Goodie bags were filled with matches, the Misfit’s famous sea salt chocolate chip cookies as well as an English muffin and a card for $25 off the Misfit and $25 off sister restaurant Le Grande Orange. The Elite Squad also received $100 gift certificates to Epione Medical Corporation.

All photos are uploaded here and reviews are here!

July 24, 2011

Chapel Hill's Most Ironic Mustache Bash

Posted by Christina Gates

Triangle yelpers gathered this week for our first-ever Chapel Hill Elite Event, held at the Aveda Insitute. Everyone donned fierce facial hair in honor of an ironic mustache bash! Staff and stylists graciously welcomed us into their balloon-bedecked space, and offered express haircuts, styling, manis, and pedis. (They also offered to wax off the CM's supremely convincing 'stache.) It all made for a hairy situation...

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When yelpers weren't getting primped and pampered, they were making new friends (says Amanda H, "I met quite a few new faces (and ran into some old elite pros, too)!"); slurping down drinks from our partner, Savida Sangria (over which Helena K raves, "I'm in heaven. Served over a fresh orange slice, it went down like fruity-fresh juice for grown-ups. Good thing this event only lasted two hours, or I could've been in trouble!); and popping in the photobooth to show off their mustaches and mullets. A few crafty yelpers made their own mustaches; others turned theirs into bushy brows. And even babies were wilin' out the whiskers!

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Elites finally got their 2011 gift watches; but everyone left with a goodie bag full of Yelp schwag and a $25 gift card to come back to Aveda again! Kat M sums it up: "Cool people, gift bags, free beauty services, and free-flowing, easy-drinking sangria: Worth donning a mustache for any day!" We agree.

But don't take our word for it! Peep more pics (all by the very talented Shon Williams of Shon Digital Photography), and check out the reviews.

SYOY!

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July 22, 2011

Yelp Chicago Hits The Wild Wild West

Posted by Johnny Todd

Oh Mah GAH! It’s HOT! Like, what did the settlers do before A/C, hot. Well, if they were anything like the Yelp Chicago Elite Squad, they bucked up, headed over to Noble Square’s hottest hot spot, Frontier, and settled in for an evening of food, drink, wild animals, music, photos, Miss Kitty, and nudity. Yes, nudity. What do you expect? It’s Yelp On The Range!

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The upstairs lounge of the Frontier was transformed into a repurposed saloon for the July event. It was hot enough outside that it felt like high noon, but inside, there was nothing but cool times. How’s such a thing even possible in these scorching summer temps? Reyka vodka. Thirsty wanderers were rewarded with two specialty Reyka vodka cocktails: one with elderflower, white cranberry and champagne and the other on the rocks with lemon juice and thyme simple syrup. Delicious and nutricious. White and red wine and Half Acre's Daisy Cutter helped cool things down as well.

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No longer in danger of overheating, it was time to refill the tank. Being the wild west and all, only authentic vittles would be appropriate. Do freshly-shucked oysters, pulled boar mini sandwiches, shrimp & corn hush puppies, duck tacos, and guinea hen sliders sound appropriate to you? It should. Tastes appropriate too.

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The sassy dames of Vaudezilla sent over Miss Kitty to keep party goers in check. And by ‘in check’ we mean bumping to the rodeo DJ Avi Sic was throwing down and making their best RuPaul impressions in Shutterbooth’s photobooth. See the shots here. This is also rumored to be where some varmint let loose a flash of skin best suited for the open Plain on a moonlit night. Photog Bernard Costa kept a snappy journal to make sure this night went down in Elite event history. See the proof here and read the records of the intrepid adventurers here. Home, home on this range... the deer and antelope get eaten.

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Denver Elites Wine Down With Yelp

On Wednesday evening Denver yelpers gathered at Indulge Wine Bar to enjoy sips from Posh Red wine and Sea Mist Savignon Blanc as well as a most delicious Spicebox Canadian Spiced Whiskey. Meanwhile, Indulge showcased their tapas offerings with samples of bruschetta, Ahi tuna guacamole, and a smattering of flatbread pizzas for all to enjoy. The weather was perfect for the outdoor setting of the event - balmy, sunny, and without a rain drop in sight - and the patio was also perfect with a mixture of lounge areas, tables, and standing room.

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All this mingling space was quite necessary as yelpers engaged in "Find a yelper who...", our version of a BINGO card. With one traditional BINGO line folks were entered into a raffle to win tickets to see The Goonies at Film on the Rocks, and lucky yelper Erin B walked away with that one. For the more tenacious gamers in the crowd a blackout BINGO (all squares covered) earned you entry into the wine raffle and Seth G, Jennifer B, and Kristine C all took home 2 bottles of wine courtesy of Baroness wines. Now that's what we call winning!

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Don't forget you can always peep the photos and reviews if you missed the action or just want to find your smiling mug. Thanks to everyone that made it out and made this event such a fun time. Until next time, SYOY (See You On Yelp)!

Tiffany N, Your Denver Community Director

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Yelp's Food And Wine Matching Spectacular with Dock Street Market and Gerry's!

Posted by Rowena Harris

It's not a huge surprise that on this fabulous July evening of fine wines and food the rain decided to make an appearance, in fact it's almost mandatory that we share our summer with wintry discontent such as the patter and splatter of the clouds. Even so, a few raindrops aren't enough to keep the yelping crowd from cavorting, and sure enough no spirit was dampened amongst the vast gathering of folk at Yelp's Food And Wine Matching Spectacular, hosted by Dock Street Market and Gerry's Wines and Spirits!

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The venue on this fine occasion was Dock Street Market; Leeds' finest new speakeasy that boasts an in-house bakery (the Riverside Sourdough Bakery), pool table, gourmet coffee sourced from nearby coffee experts La Bottega Milanese, a retro acrade gaming unit, specialist bar, free wifi and an ever growing delicious menu. As for the co-hosts, Gerry's Wine and Spirits' own manager Holly Flint, champion of all things alcoholic in our fine city, lead the evening with her fantastic insight and knowledge of wines; both the tasting thereof and matching them to food.

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As folks ambled into the ambient setting they were gifted a wee glass of bubbly rosé, complete with strawberry halves, before the true libations began. As the event went underway yelpers had enough time for a decent mingle and a chat, whilst the wines for the first course of four tastings were poured. Once folks had gathered in and grabbed a glass a brief introduction to the first foodie sample was given by the wonderful Sarah of Dock Street Market. The first course was a round of bite-sized Smoked Mackerel Pâté, with Horseradish Butter on a Yorkshire Stick, accompanied with the Don Cristobal Torrontes which is available at Gerry's for £8.29.

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Whilst everyone sampled and tasted Holly explained to an eager audience some initial notes on how to taste the wine, including the swirling of the glass to let it develop with the air and which glasses suit which wines – such as a tulip glass, which gives a concentrated nose. For the initial wine tasting notes included its light golden colour, complex floral aroma, distinctive tropical flavours and a balanced acidity! As Douglas P noted in his review, "I'm not a serious white wine drinker but the first wine, the Torrontes, was tasty and strong enough for my taste and I could easily drink this on its own!"

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The second course was soon to follow and comprised of a Dark Silesian Rye Bread with Yorkshire Blue and Foraged Pickled Samphire, which was accompanied by the Don Cristobal Bonarda, £8.49. For those curious to know what samphire was, Sarah explained that it's a delicious seaweed leaf of the parsley family, which grows in clefts of rock near the sea. The delightful red wine matched perfectly with the Yorkshire Blue, as Holly explained in a little more detail how to pair foods and wines; compliment or contrast being the the key pointers. Since the cheese was so strong, the rich purple colour, intense aromas of currants and tannic yet fruity nature of the wine cut through the Yorkshire Blue beautifully.

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For the penultimate tasting came samples of Yorkshire Sourdough with Sun-dried Tomato Tapenade and Yorkshire Chorizo, accompanied by the Tagus Ridge Reserva, £6.99. By this point it seemed folks were rather overcome with excitement, enjoying an extended natter, before the third set of tasting notes began but after a few gentle dings of the service bell everyone settled in to the tasting! Tongues fully tied up with treats, yelpers got to learn that this wine, dark red in colour, had ripe fruits on the nose with a touch of spice, round tannins, a fruity flavour and a long finish. (When swirled in the glass, the drip lines of the wine take a long time to sink back into the glass.) As explained earlier, this pairing was the perfect contrast; the strength in flavour of the chorizo was matched beautifully by the subtlety of the wine.

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And for the final sampling came a most delightful Red Grape and Fennel Seed Foccacia bread bite, with the Vouvray demi sec, £7.99. Whilst not specifically a dessert wine this delicious demi-sec, rich and golden in colour, was fruity, slightly honeyed, with a touch of minerality and possessed a lingering sweetness that was amplified with a mouthful of the grape foccacia, minus the fennel. The fennel, being such a strong flavour, posed as a great example as to why certain flavours won't match in, given that the wine was more suited to subtle sweet flavours. April K was certainly left wanting though, as she wrote, "I think that I have to go and pick some up from Gerry's, just to make sure that it was as amazing as I thought!" Those tempted by that accolade should certainly do the same...

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Whilst the main event of the night had come to a close, as ever the Leeds yelpers were left wanting more, and so one last surprise was prepared for the after-party crowd; a blind tasting competition! Folks were handed one final glass of red and challenged with guessing the wine, and region, and writing their own tasting notes for the glass. The winners, picked by maestro Holly, were categorised under being most useful, funny and cool. (Obv.) Of course, every entry was a winning entry given the general aptitude for penning a good yarn, but three over all winners stood out! Laura J, for her accuracy, won most useful. Lizzie P, for her hilarity, won most funny but the overall top dog (and newcomer!) was Ben H for his wordsmith mastery and cooldom.

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Here's a few snippets to enjoy!

"...coupled with the legs of a well-honed stallion, it provides a character that can't be ignored." - mystery yelper.

"...hitting you with an initial sting, like an inebriated hornet, it quickly smooths out like a sensual ladybird." - mystery yelper.

"...cheeky wine, not too ostentatious, somewhere between the soft Portuguese and the deep dark Argentinian Bernarda. Fairly fruity." - mystery yelper. (Not "family friendly", as I mis-read during the readings!)

"Not to heavy, warmed my heart, marzipan? Slightly tart." - mystery yelper.

"Woody." - mystery yelper.

And the prized winning notes:

Most useful: "There is a hint of liquorice and blackberry with touches of cloves. The aftertaste is woody and a bit like peppercorn." - Laura J

Most funny: "It comes from the earth of Mordor, as its texture is grounded and dark. It's as heavy and bold as a buxom wench, flaunting her wares on the Leeds Riviera." - Lizzie P

Most cool: "Reflecting its ruby glow in a lace clad arm, and from softness thence bombarding you with fruit laden majesty. Deep scented you. Reminiscent of long forgotten pirate caches and long hidden cellars in castles vast. Yet lo! For in the taste Andalucia and the Spanish plain. Bold wine of the hills I name you Dark, Handsome... Plonk." - Ben H

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And so, after a lengthy after-party of creative mayhem, even more drinks and plenty of chatter, another fabulous Elite Event of Leeds came to a close. The hugest thanks goes out to all the folks at Dock Street Market, for their delicious food samples and hosting on the night, Holly and Gerry's Spirits and Wines for their delectable wines and outstanding knowledge of tasting and food matching, Matthew Kitchen for his ever-talented photography skills and guest star Kevin Lee for his behind the scenes skills! If you're tempted by anything you've seen and read here, check them out! And of course, thanks goes out to all the fabulous attendees, who make these events so special.

For more gossip, pictures and natterings do check out the reviews and the photos!

Ta ta for now, and see you on the Yelp-o-sphere. Boom!

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Rowena H

July 21, 2011

Philly Elites Go Jet Setting at Continental

Posted by Michelle C

In part two of a Choose Your Own Yelpventure month in Philly, Elites and their guests flitted through the infamous diner to party in the sexy back lounge of Continental in Old City. Greeted by a lovely duo consisting of one part Rachel C and one part Colleen C, Elites were gifted with Yelp watches and refreshing Zyr vodka cocktails, which did not stop flowing for the next two hours.

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Row2 In addition to overflowing plates of fresh fruit, cheese and hummus and pita, trays upon butlered trays of delicious treats were circulated through the room all evening long. At her very first YEE, Angela H managed to sample "mini-crab cakes, chicken skewers with peanut sauce, cheesesteak egg rolls, lobster mac and cheese," and more. The only drawback to all these fabulous nibbles? She "had to hit up the gym the next day!"

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A pop-up "photobooth complete with props and free plastic rings" made Yiwen S wish "every night could be like" that night. The feeling appeared to be mutual with everyone in attendance.

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Ginormously yelpy thanks to the terrific servers, bartenders and staff at Continental, Southern Wine and Spirits and photographer James David Saul for allowing us to party in style! For more post-event recaps, check out the reviews, photos and talk thread.

Your captain,

Me

Michelle C

East Bay Elites Go Inside the Artist's Studio

Posted by Monica

Friday marked a glowing moon-lit sky and also the East Bay Elite Event, "Inside the Artist's Studio at Cotton Mill Studios in conjunction with F3.
2Cotton Mill Studios is a unique artist work and loft space in Oakland and F3 is a an art event that takes place at the warehouse-loft community. This hodgepodge event is comprised of fashion shows, food trucks, live music, and a Main Gallery filled with the work of over 14 artists, designs, craftspeople, and makers of all kinds who reside at the Cotton Mill and all over the Bay Area." Monica hosted a intimate "Inside the Artist's Studio" event in one of these artist's actual work and art space.

Guests arrived at the Cotton Mills warehouse space via the convenient F3 shuttle. Stepping into a hip artsy world full of hanging wall art, records, hip seating and retro knick-nacks, yelpers like Eugene L sidled over to the Pisco Portón cocktail area for tasty Pisco watermelon cocktails. Tyler B couldn't get enough them: "One had a hint of ginger like a delicious, drunken, holiday gingerbread man. The other drink had a distinct jalapeno flavor and was a spicy kick in the ass." Bill B was partial to Don & Sons Wine's excellent wine and quality conversation. With the alcoholic libations in full-flow Root'd Tea, staffed by Yelp's favorite intern Miles, kept everyone hydrated with high quality teas throughout the evening.
1 Once thoroughly liquored up - yelpers quickly gravitated towards Tacos El Autlense's impressive spread of fresh tacos featuring: "three meats, over 6 toppings and tons of hungry yelpers to gobble them up." Elizabeth C was glued to Angel Cakes' display, and was so in love with Jen's magical raspberry lemon sugary cupcake creations that she ate 3 of them all at once! With drinks, tacos, and cupcakes in hand, yelpers were able to get their party photos taken in front of Drop It Modern's chic backdrop, while Yelp's own The Notorious R.U.G kept the place spinning. A flirty parrot, even popped his head to Ruggy's jams.

3 Debbie T was thoroughly impressed with the space and the diversity of happenings within it: "I've never been to an artist studio loft before, and the lofts here def. transported me to somewhere on the East Coast, preferably Brooklyn with its high ceilings and brick walls. There was a bohemian/hipster vibe too. For instance, an entire loft dedicated to pinball machines?. Diana M gushed with yelpy love after the tremendous event:  "I am SO PROUD to wear my YELP ELITE watch with pride!"

Check out the reviews here and the artsy pics of the shindig here thanks to PHOTOSTUDIO29 and CatalepsicFox!

July 20, 2011

Orlando Yelp-Mex Fiesta

Posted by Colleen Burns

What all started in our lovely local town of Winter Park FL, Tijuana Flats is going strong and we thought it was time to celebrate an Orlando original! Slightly Cultish.... But in a Good Way--Outrageously Fresh Tex-Mex is what the Elite Crew enjoyed this past Monday evening. With a perfect backdrop of gorgeous blue skies with the perfect amount of shade, we all gathered on the lovely patio of the Tijuana Flats in Winter Springs Town Center

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Known worldwide for their own brand of hot sauces, Tijuana Flats Hot Foods Inc., a separate company, provides the restaurants' specialty products, hot sauces and condiments, including one of the hottest sauces in the world, Smack My Ass and Call Me Sally! Yes, we support local businesses here at Yelp and understand that Tijuana Flats has various locations throughout five states, however, this location is a very special one and is run by local power house, Winter Springs City Commissioner, Rick Brown

We took over the patio and enjoyed various dishes including, Chips and Handmade Salsa and guacamole, Fresh Salads, Soft Tacos, Refried Beans, the NEW Bangin' Chicken Tostadas and of course, the HOT Sauce Bar. 

"We were treated to good food, comfy seating, and ultra-attentive service (Alexandra and other folks did TFWS proud!) It just doesn't get much better than this." - Paul L

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For our entertainment we were smoothed over by Ennis Pruitt of The Wyndbreakers!! Florida's own high-tech, low brow, pub rockin', guitar pickin', neo-traditional, low carb, mandolin wranglin', life changing, blatantly harmonizin'... we could go on and on but just check them out! We also played some games to grab some special Yelp and Tijuana Flats prizes as well as getting the Elite squad their new Elite watches! Is it time to Yelp

"The Wyndbreakers music played at a perfect level so we could both relax and socialize.  Now that is entertainment." - Susan R

For fantastic shots of the intimate Elite event our fabulous photographerJim White was mingling with the yelpers and captured the evening with shots of all sorts. Check all the photos out here

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If you want to catch more of the event buzz, hop over to the event listing to read all about the excitement from your fellow yelpers. 

Until next time,

SYOY,

Colleen B.

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Houston Elites Head To The Beach – Yelapa Playa Mexicana!

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

A hundred-plus degree weather and crazy gas prices may have put a sad panda face on this scorching summer in H-town, but what better cure for the summer time blues than a Mexican beach party? Yelapa Playa Mexicana invited the Squad out for one wild fiesta – Party On The Playa!

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Yelpers broke out the sombreros, maracas and flippy floppies and made way to enjoy complimentary margs, a shot station with tequila girls serving out Cabo Wabo and Espolon Tequila, along with discounted Mexican beers and – everyone's fave – rum punch pails. With vamped-up nachos decked in avocado chunks and mango, along with an assortment of quesadillas, the entourage had the opp to sample Yelapa's famous coastal fare.

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Highlights of the evening were undoubtingly the bumpin' beats from DJ Soultower 606 who got many of sexy señores and señoritas on the dance floor – and the Monster Booth photo booth! It made its first-ever public appearance and Elites went loco! Snapping shots with sombreros, palm trees and 'staches, yelpers were able to grab their wacky prints in just seconds. LOLZ certainly insued. Yelpers also snagged the Elite '11 schwag – a bright red Yelpwatch – while some earned the cool new Yelp Sunnies upon using their mobile Yelp app to check into the event. And congrats to the few winners who walked away with Yelp tees!

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Be sure to click through all the entertaining photos courtesy of Bryan A of Beauty In Art and Monster Booth snapshots. To catch a re-cap of the evening, check out the reviews! When you're Elite, life's a beach, ain't it?!

Farrah A
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July 19, 2011

Yelp's Got Good Rack... and Naked Ribs, Too!

Posted by Jelena Z

Last Tuesday evening, 120 Chicagoland Elites gathered in downtown La Grange for a succulent summer feast at Q BBQ. Though it was already sweltering, it took but only one look at meat porn model Candice G rockin' ribs on her ribs to escalate temps through the roof!

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With a saucy shout-out to Carolina, Texas and Memphis BBQ, guests had the opportunity to try Q's wildly delectable take on brisket, pulled pork, chicken wings, baby back ribs and smoked sausage. When Elites weren't stuffing themselves with the meat, err main, attraction, they noshed on traditional sides with a twist: layered gourmet mac served in martini glasses, brown sugar-kissed BBQ beans, honeyed cornbread, heavenly little corn fritters and dreamy cherry ice cream floats made with Cold Stone Creamery ice cream. Only one word could describe a culinary coup of such exquisite proportions: BOMB.

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Outside, the fun continued with local band, The Black Oil Brothers, as they turned up the sound to eleven by playing their soulful mix of deep blues Americana... and from a trolley, no less! A bevy of adult beverages included Magners Irish Cider, Twisted Tea, Savida Sangria, Lucky 7 wine, Lombardi Limonata liqueur and beer by Hamm's, Sam Adams, Red Stripe, Fat Tire and Leinie's Summer Shandy satiated Elites' thirst. Whew! Guests went home with a bottle of Q's secret spice rub, second servings and memories of an unforgettable summer evening. To catch up on what you missed, read the red-hot reviews here and check out Andrés J. DeLeón's delicious photography right here!

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SYOY,

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Yelp Eye Opener at Insomnia Cafe

Posted by Vivek S

Last Sunday, Toronto Elite yelpers wandered through the hot city streets to gather for the Yelp Eye Opener at Insomnia Cafe. The theme was hangover chic and with a four o'clock start, yelpers whiled away the lazy afternoon with their elite compadres while nursing the remnants of the previous nights' activities. Chris P who visited Insomnia for the first time noted,"it's a great cozy-feeling bar with lots of standing and sitting room, making it perfect for mingling."

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A little hair of the dog had yelpers's tongues wagging. Krombacher Beer was the afternoon's premium brew, featured in a killer mimosa. Guests also got to sample a tangy Caesar made with a ginger infused Skyy Vodka that impressed Dishan W: "they managed to whip up a mean little monster with enough olives to satisfy! And damn fine mimosa as well." For the oenophiles in the crowd, Two Oceans sauvignon blanc and cab/merlot kept their wheels turning.

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There was no shortage of snacks that afternoon, as Insomnia brought an array of their favourite menu items in bite-sized nibbles. "The food was delicious, from mini pizzas, to crab cakes, to the trio dips, to the hot-off-the-press sweet tater fries," Yvonne T tried it all and "everything came out piping hot."


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And best of all? Elites got to walk away with a piece of Summer Schwag. "Those new sunglasses are going to totally become our calling card," notes Roma M. "Yeah, that's right. See the shades? That means you've been yelped, *%@!&!" Easy there...

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A special thanks to the staff of Insomnia, managers Adam and Jason and owner Daniel for accomodating Toronto's Elite Squad so beautifully. Thanks again to Krombacher, Skyy Vodka and Two Oceans, and to Joe H for beautiful event photography. You can view the party album here and read reviews at this link!

Until the next one. Keep cool, yelpers!

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Toronto Community Manager

July 18, 2011

Austin's Red, White and Booze at TenOak

Posted by kelly stocker

Yelp's patriotism shone red, white and very definitely booze at our latest bombastic bash at Ten Oak. Yelpers were promised delicious Maker's Mark, Makers 46, Harpoon IPA, UFO Wheat... and they got that and more! As Darla A questions: "What's more American than free Harpoon Brewery beer and Maker's Mark bourbon, Miss America sashes and tiaras, and a teenage mom? Yelp's Red, White and Booze event at Ten Oak!"

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Makers whipped up some gorgeous cocktail recipes. In addition to basic bourbon concoctions, they carefully crafted three red, white and blue cocktails. Our fabulous Ten Oak bartenders kept em coming fast and strong while Harpoon IPA and UFO had our beer connosiuers giddy and awash in suds. The newly formed Pie Society brought in crimps for everyone to try and Ten Oak passed small bites around the bar. Alex C sure loved them: Fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches with bourbon maple syrup?  Hells Yes!

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While all this conspicuous consumption was happening, folks were making DIY Miss America sashes, busting out tiaras, writing postcards to our troops overseas, and eventually singing Proud to be an American. You think I'm joking? Thank god there isn't video. Basically we all just drunkenly sang the first verse. Highly embarassing but we gotta show the love. We got to give out roller girl tickets, burlesque tickets, a dinner at Haddingtons and an American Pie.

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Khiem L writes today (three days after the event): "I am finally getting over the hangover so I can Yelp now. I've only been to a few Yelp events but this by far was the most fun I've had." Boom! Go USA! And check out the pictures here.

Until the next one, SYOY!

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Sunday Summer Funday Fires Up NYC!

So when you've got a few more hours left until the alarm goes off and your work week begins again, what do you do? If you're a Yelp Elite in New York then you head 30 stories up to the roof-top Upstairs Lounge in the Kimberly Hotel to indulge in free booze, delicious summer hors d'oeuvres, and much more fun in the sun!

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No hangover could not be contained by the Coruba Rum Under The Mango Tree and Caribbean Honey Bee cocktails. Sources confirm that holding both in each hand at one time proved to drop your internal body temperature -- and certainly heat up the conversation! For the non-liquor legions (who dat?!) ONEHOPE Wines were served out in heavy pours of chardonnay and merlot galore...

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Wet 'n' wild party-goers got down with the Sweet Booth between bevvies. With beach balls, coke bottle sunglasses and cowboy hats -- it's hard to believe we weren't all sitting poolside! Check out the rest of the beachy shenanigans right here on their website.

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If you were one of the lucky ones to indulge in Sunday Summer Funday Yelp Elite-style this past weekend then be sure to leave your review right here and chime in on Talk. Also, be sure to take a gander at the gasp-worthy professional photos courtesy of Mackler Studios' Madison McGraw right HERE.

Until next time, happy funday and SYOY yelpers!

- Jane K.

Yelp Manhattan Community Director

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Yelp Will Rock You

Posted by Lizzie G

 

On Saturday night, London yelpers got VIP access to all areas at The British Music Experience at The O2 for Yelp London's craziest event to dateYelp Will Rock You. As the clock struck 7pm, there was already a queue of excited Elites and their guests itching to get in. Each lucky yelper was given a ticket to eat, drink and explore their way through some of the coolest Brit rock memorabilia.

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Yelpers bustled through the entrance and expertly mixed drinks from Alex at London and Scottish materialised into their hands. Papagayo Organic Fairtrade Rum and Juniper Green Organic Gin cocktails quenched their thirst as guests walked through the pre-show to the main event...

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Hoxton Beach spiced up the party with delicious pockets of falafel goodness along with Mooli's newest concoction, chaat, which certainly blew a few taste buds!  All that heat was burst by Bubbleology's tasty teas and some yelpers were lucky enough to sample their fruity lychee pearls. Guests could also lick up Gelupo's frozen treats from the gelato pram, with peach, hazelnut and ricotta and sour cherry flavoured ice cream.

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Otto Pizza were busy putting freshly cooked cornmeal crust pizza into yelpers' hands. Spicy sausage and sweetcorn with caramelized red onion had people coming back for seconds.

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All this eating is thirsty work, and luckily The Accomplice wine was on hand to serve up their Semillon Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz. Want to know more? Follow them on Facebook.

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Meantime Lager and IPA, served from the giant Yelp ice bucket was a popular area along with Niko B Organic Chocolates. Handmade chocolates and truffles were served up by the wonderful Anthony.

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As the party got started, yelpers took to the dance floor in Dance Of the Decades, busting their moves. With their fancy electronic tickets from The British Music Experience, guests can now look back online and relive the magic! But that's not all, there was a chance to record themselves in the vocal sound booth, play on a full drum kit, try out a host of rockin' guitars as well as a bevy of other instruments.

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But wait, we not only have some amazing photos from Phil Sharp of the night, WE HAVE VIDEO....

A huge thank you to the very talented Chris Chudleigh for this. Want more? Check out the reviews or watch the video. Don't forget to like us on Facebook to find out more about Yelp London and our cool events and follow us on Twitter...

July 16, 2011

Yelp's Britannia Bash!

Posted by Chris Docherty

At the end of a scorching Glaswegian day (do not adjust your eyes), Glasgows very own Yelp Elite Squad braved the cities east end to rediscover a lost gem in the cities theatrical crown. Climbing the stairs to the once reknowned Britannia Panopticon, a shadow of it's former self but showing tantilizing glimpses of a phonix-like rise from the ashes, interest was piqued and pulses raised as 'curtain up' neared.

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With a blast on the old pianola and tunes from the past, 'dem Yelpers flocked in to tasty treats from local legends The 13th Note, supplying a wide range of sumptious treats and Boteco Do Brasil, who teased the taste buds with samba style tapas... and aye, their food is as good as their fitba team!

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Jeez what a thirsty bunch! Lucky then that we were lucky enought to have the stand up chaps from Bath Streets very own leading liquor emphorium, The Good Spirit Co, who generously handed out free samples of some rather spiffing whisky,rum and... something else I cannie mind... pop in and ask 'em why don't you! For those yelpers keen on the vino, the award winning Inverarity 121 chucked us some splendid tipple which seemed to go down pretty well!

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 In such a historic venue, it seemed fit to pay tribute to those who once graced the stage in it's past glory. First up Yelp's very own Declan D proved to be the most mentalist, mentalist ever witnessed on stage. Enthralling and engaging the crowd, Declan baffled, amazed and charmed. Derren who? 

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 Just how do you follow that? Ask Ed Whitley, cos he bloody well did and had the assembled crowd in stitches with a performance that captivated, entertained and tickled... and the he brought out the trombone! Wooft!

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Up next the marvelous magician in residence Aziz, wowed the crowd with some truly outstanding slight of hand magic. So smart and polished was his performance that one of the entralled viewers demended to know if the disapearing doves had made it back stage ok... they had by the way!

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So just how do you top a night of magic and comedy? Full marks if your first thought was burlesque (at a Yelp event?!) as performance group French Charm from the Academy of Burlesque and Cabaret took to the floor in a comedy cabaret Can-can which offered tickles and titilattion to Scott F... oh and everyone else enjoyed it to!

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Hats off and a round of appaluse to all the acts! Special thanks for the evening must go out to Judith Bowers, who is the driving force behind the refurbishent of the BP, as well as being an awesome MC on the night... I've heard she can fair belt out a tune as well! Please keep your eyes peeled for any up coming events at the venue and lets make this hidded gem reappear on the Glasgow radar!

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Last words? Once again, the minnions made sure that a great bunch of yelpers and special guests were welcomed and watered throughout the evening. Big thanks then to Jamie the Magnificent and Jessie Wonder Child, as well as Annie the Recylcer and Kevin 'The Boss' L

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Finally, last but by no means least if you like 'em photos, then send some love over to Mr Alisdair W who dangled from the rafters, swung from the balconies and crawled between the legs of the burlesque act (above and beyond the calll of duty) to snap the snaps and tell the story of the night. 

Blast was had. Let's do it again.

Chris D

 

 

July 15, 2011

Yelp Providence's White Hot Steamy Summer at The Avery!

Posted by Hilary Henning

Providence Elites got back into the swing of things after a loooong hiatus, and beat the heat at The Avery on Wednesday night!

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Bar Master JR kept with the theme of the evening and his trio of featured cocktails were... WHITE! Yelp Elites sipped on St. Germain and Sauvignon Blanc White Sangria that Jennifer H found "refreshingly different" and perfect for the hot and steamy weather. Kisha T "heavily enjoyed" the very exotic Albino Old Fashioned, mixed with Death's Door white whisky, orange bitters, agave nectar and a splash of soda water, while the "phenomenal" RumChada Tiramisu cocktail kept Erin R happy all night. 

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Gorgeous and amazing floral arrangements of lilies, orchids and hydrangea created by Jephry Floral Studio festooned the bar and kept the summer vibe alive. White Cheddar and Bouchon cheese platters from the Farmstead cheesemongers kept Elites noshing into the night, and the amazing Stacey Doyle was there to snap photos of the Elites in action.

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Cherie M sums up the evening better than I ever could: "Excellent food, music, company, swag and cocktails abound. BEST. PVD ELITE. EVENT. EVAR." Check the rest of the reviews of the event on Yelp!

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Until next time... keep cool, kids.

Hilary H

Yelp´s Frozen Yogurt Happy Hour @ Foxy

Posted by Andreas R

Der Wiener Sommer ist heiß, zu heiß für die Zuckerbombe vom 08/15 Eisgeschäft neben. Zum Glück gibt es seit einigen Monaten eine Alternative für figurbewusste Schleckermäuler, die nach einer erfrischenden Abkühlung lechzen: im Foxy Frozen Yogurt wird das in den USA und vielen anderen Ländern dieser Welt bereits seit langem heiß geliebte gefrorene Joghurt nun endlich auch in Wien unter die Leute gebracht. Unser Yelp Elite Team hat sich freiwillig zum Probeschlecken gemeldet!

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Empfangen wurden die Gäste von den Besitzern Gregor und Christoph persönlich, während ein eigens engagierter Gitarrist für sommerliche Live Musik sorgte. Eine der anwesenden Yelperinnen, im Nebenberuf Sängerin, ließ es sich nicht nehmen, die Performance stimmgewaltig zu unterstützen.

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Während einige noch andächtig der musikalischen Darbietung lauschten, hatte das Team vom Foxy bereits die ersten Frozen Yogurts unter die Leute gebracht: jeder Gast konnte dabei zwischen unzähligen verschiedenen Toppings wie frischen Früchten, selbstgebackenen Brownies und Keksen sowie diversen Saucen wählen und sich damit ein (oder auch mehrere) ganz individuelles, gefrorenes Kunstwerk erstellen lassen.

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Der sommerliche Flair des Festes konnte auch durch ein vorbeiziehendes Gewitter nicht getrübt werden. Der eigens nach jahrhundertealtem Geheimrezept zusammengemischte Sommercocktail (farblich genial zum Yelp- und Foxyrot passend), der von Gregor und Christoph stets eifrig nachgeschenkt wurde, sorgte dafür, dass auch niemand durstig nachhause gehen musste.

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Es sind die einfach Freuden im Leben, die einen glücklich machen: ein Frozen Yogurt, ein schöner Cocktail, Live Musik sowie nette Menschen - das Team vom Foxy hat es an nichts fehlen lassen und sich mit seiner sympathischen und lockeren Art unter die Yelper gemischt. 

Wie immer könnt ihr hier die Meinungen der Yelper zum Event nachlesen, reichlich Bildmaterial findet ihr hier.

Ein kalorienarmes Dankeschön an Gregor und Christoph, wir sehen uns im Foxy!

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The Viennese summer is hot, too hot for a sugar bomb from the regular ice cream store next door. Fortunately, since a couple of months, Viennese can get a healthy alternative at Foxy Frozen Yogurt: the yummy dessert has finally swapped over from the US. The Yelp Elite Squad has volunteered to try out the Austrian version at Yelp´s Frozen Yogurt Happy Hour.

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The Yelpers were welcomed by the owners Gregor and Christoph, while a guitar player provided summerly tunes that were spontanously accompanied by the magnificent voice of one of the Yelpers, who is a professional singer. While most Yelpers were still listening to this performance, the Foxy Team had already distributed the first frozen yogurts. Every guest could choose between countless toppings such as fresh fruit, home made brownies and cookies and various delicious sauces to creat one´s own individual frozen piece of art. To ensure that nobody had to go home thirsty, a summer cocktail was offered to the Yelpers and Gregor and Christoph really made sure that those glassed didn´t go empty during the night! 

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It is the small things in life that make one happy: a frozen yogurt, a nice cocktail, live music and great people - the Foxy team had made sure that everyone could go home happy.

As always you can find the event reviews by our Yelpers here. And of course there are more pictures as well!

A low-calorie thank you to Gregor and Christoph, we will see you guys soon for another round at Foxy!

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Yelp Manchester Bursts Its Bubble

Not that our Elite Events are usually raucous or anything, but Wednesday night proved to be a sedate and educational affair when Yelp Manchester’s finest sat down to a sophisticated soirée at Epernay Champagne Bar, complete with a champagne history lesson.

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The knowledgeable Nate talked our enraptured crowd through the various processes involved in making champagne, why it’s different from prosecco and cava, and the lucky attendees got to quaff three different kinds and fire questions over to the expert himself.

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Don’t think all this drinking happened on an empty stomach though – plates of delicious canapés ensured no yelper got too lightheaded. Lee Z found himself becoming ‘slightly addicted to the chorizo crisp type things’.

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As Andrew Y put it, ‘I don't really know much about wine/champagne – just if it tastes nice or not! We got to try 3 different Ayala champagnes. I brought a friend along and it did mean he wasn't able to go to martial arts training, but he didn't seem bothered after the first glass of champagne!’ Whoops, sorry about that…

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Still not tipsy? Read the reviews, peek at the pics and chat about the event right here. Until next month, SYOY!

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Emma-Lou H, Manchester Community Manager

(And yes, that is a red boiler suit.)

July 14, 2011

Yelp Sacramento's Got The Golden Ticket!

Posted by Alex L

Sacramento Elites encountered a world of pure imagination on Monday at TreyBCakes in Sacramento! Willy Wonka himself guided them through the intimate sweets shop decorated with giant lollipops, balloon sculptures, chocolate fountains, technicolor lights and a psychedelic video display courtesy of Alex Trujillo of Visaomedia. In short, the Chocolate Factory had come to life in their own backyard! The entire private "tour" was captured in vivid photos by Asia Higgs.


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Trey and crew went all out in providing a plethora of sugary confections, from lemon bars to mini cheesecakes and even peanut butter/powdered sugar chex thingies that were impossible to stop eating. Almost every inch of table space was occupied by the colorful treats. Yelpers washed this down with wine and full beers from Sudwerk in Davis.


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Each Elite member received a cake pop and a red envelope as they entered. However, only one yelper was lucky enough to find the golden ticket! His reward was a large chocolate cake and gift certificates for a free dinner for two at Zocalo and Mas Cocina Mexicana!

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This dessert shop is relatively new on the scene, but in a city filled with incredible desserts, TreyBCakes takes the cake! Our sugar coma is still wearing off! Don't believe me? Check out the reviews and photos!

Delectably Yours,
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Alex L aka Willy Wonka
Yelp Sacramento Community Manager

Yelp Philadelphia's Greek Getaway at Opa

Posted by Michelle C

Not even temperatures hotter than Greece itself could keep Philly Elites from a Mediterranean adventure on Monday night. Fortunately, the staff at Opa were ready with libations aplenty. The refreshing Antho cocktail made with Pearl Cucumber vodka, lemon juice and dill was a huge hit, as was the Koukla with Skyy Pineapple, lemon and lavender. 

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Samples from the menu were served buffet-style and were replenished with the quickness throughout the night. "Tender, juicy and oh so flavorful" souvlakia, also known as Maggie M's "favorite thing in the world" earned Opa several new fans.

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Several yelpers and their guests made a beeline for the pop-up photo booth, where ever-popular faux mustaches were waiting. Everyone was also eager to show off their new bling – shiny red Yelp watches, "the best Yelp schwag" Nicey J has "ever seen!"

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Big ups to the fantastic staff at Opa for their hospitality and cool as a cucumber bar handling. Thanks also to Southern Wine & Spirits, photographer James David Saul and last but not least, fab new intern Allison B! Don't forget to peep the pics, check out reviews, and see what yelpers are saying post-party!

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Elite Yelpers Got Baconated in Orange County

Posted by Hazel Q

Last night Slater's 50/50 Burgers treated elite yelpers to an extra special preview of their brand spankin' new location in Huntington Beach. What was so "extra special" about it, you ask? How about getting in before the restaurant has even opened to the public? How about ordering a full meal from a garlicky vampire dip to a signature 50/50 Burger (that's 50% groud beef and 50% ground bacon) to a bacon brownie dessert - all on the house? Sound "extra special" enough?
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What's more is that these yelpers were matched up in random "blind date" groups, so some got to see long lost friends, others got to meet new yelpy pals, and others realized it is a small world after all and caught up with their cousin's best friend's ex-boyfriend who they met at a wedding once. 'Twas a splendid time indeed.
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But don't take my word for it, just ask Peter P: "A big thanks to Slater's 50/50 for having all us crazy Yelpers over for this opening. I predict big things for this new location and I can see myself being a regular. Just look for me in my brand spanking new Yelp Elite Watch!" You can check the rest of the reviews of the event on Yelp and all of the photos on Yelp's Flickr.
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Until next time…

Peace, Love & Bacon,

Hazel Q (And the ever so hard-working Elise V)

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July 13, 2011

Yelpers Got TKO'd at Ringside's Heavyweight Happy Hour Elite Event!

Posted by Don Bourassa

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On Wedensday, July 13, 2010, over 100 of Portland’s Yelp Elite took to center ring for a happy hour restaurant preview of championship proportions at Yelp’s Heavyweight Happy Hour at Ringside Fish House! It was Ringside Fish House’s first ever happy hour service, and Yelp Elites got the exclusive VIP invite to come enjoy food and drink before anyone else in Ringside’s new bar. It was more than a friendly bout, and everyone came out #winning!

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The doors of Ringside Fish House’s bar opened for the first time at 4pm on Wednesday July 13th, and Portland’s Elite were ready to pour in and sip on incredible cocktails made with Maker’s Mark Bourbon like the Maker’s Manhattan (classic recipe) and Kentucky Driver (Maker’s, OJ, brown sugar simple syrup on the rocks). For those favoring hops, Lompoc did it up right with their C-Note Imperial IPA and Kick Axe dry-hopped pale ale (a tribute to the Timbers). There were no thirsty folks in the house.

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Hungry Yelpers snacked on complimentary items from Ringside’s legendary happy hour such as steak bites, Caesar salad, Ahi-tuna bacon burger, crab cake sandwich, oysters on the ½ shell, andoullie sausage jambalaya, shrimp rolls and many, many more options. With seated table service and rockin’ bartenders, Yelpers were waited on hand and foot. It was three hours of happy hour hangin’, and an amazing chance to get a sneak peek of what is sure to be downtown PDX’s new hot spot.

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A huge thanks go out to Gregg and the amazing staff at Ringside Fish House, Chris and the folks at Lompoc Brewing, Cody and Rick from Maker’s Mark,  Matt D for working the door, and you… the most amazing Yelp Elite Squad a Community Manager could ever ask for. It wouldn’t have been possible without you!

Don’t believe me? Read the reviews and peep the photos! Haven’t written your review yet? What are you waiting for?!

Until next time… SYOY!

Don King B.

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Elite Event: Yelp's Soho Street Food Crawl

Posted by Lizzie G

Last night, London Yelp Elites and their guests were stuffed to their eyeballs with flavours from the streets. We aren't talking Dizzee Rascal here, but tasty morsels of yumminess served up at Pho, Wahaca and Moolis on Yelp's Soho Street Food Crawl.

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Groups of yelpers met their guides at the three locations to start their Soho adventure in street food. First Up, Pho served a selection of Vietnamese fresh summer and spring rolls, zingy and light Vietnamese salads and their signature pho. Chopsticks and wooden spoons dove into a selection of chicken, beef and veggie pho. It certainly had Peter S and Larissa D slurping away at their noodles. All this was washed down with their fresh fruit juices and Viet coffees.

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That wasn't all! Every Yelper walked out clutching a goodie bag stuffed with coffee from Cà Phê and a Vietnamese-style brewing vessel, perfect for the postprandial sitting and review-writing! After all that piping hot broth yelpers cooled down on the walk to their next street food spot... Moolis.

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Grabbing a glass of Old Monk Rum and Coke, everyone trundled down to Soho Square to dine in true street food style – on the grass with good company. Mat from Moolis went into the history of his wonderful wraps (not to be confused with a burrito – you heard us Eamon B!) and his newest addition to the menu Chaat. Goat, chickpea, paneer, pork, chicken and beef roti wraps for all. At this point yelpers were rolling around Soho, no not drunk... Stuffed with delicious delights.

Street 4  Next up, Wahaca doused the Elites with sumptuous sipping tequila, yes Irene O and Sarah O, sipping tequila. Oli from Wahaca then talked the groups through some traditional Mexican street food dishes, from slow cooked pork pibil tacos, ceviche tostadas and a broad bean, mint and feta quesadillas.

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At this point, very full Elites and their guests all headed down to Wahaca's cocktail bar below to mingle and fill the little space they had left in their bellies with margaritas and more. But that's not all... Pho would like to welcome members of the Yelp Elite Squad to enjoy 50% off food for themselves and a +1 for all of next week. To redeem this generous offer, simply print off your Yelp profile page that displays your Elite badge and show it to restaurant staff. The offer will be available to the Yelp Elite Squad until midnight on Wednesday 20th July at any of Pho's London restaurants! Visit them online for more information.

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A huge thank you to Jules, Mat and Oli and their fabulous teams at Pho, Moolis and Wahaca as well as the beautiful Lelia D, David C and Sarah from ING Media. This street food crawl was an epic Elite eating experience. Want more? Check out all the photos, from the very talented Mr. Craig Thomas and read the reviews.

Until next time... SYOY

Lizzie G, Uli B, Laura N and Kevin L

The Yelp Elite Squad's Hot Ball @ The IMA's 100 Acres

Yes, The Yelp 500 was Indy's first open party to the entire community. Like the summer pastime hero Yogi Berra said, "let's play two!" So we threw another smashing open party to the public just a month later -- The Yelp Elite Squad's Hot Ball!

Now the Elite Squad knows they party just about every month, but the rest of Indy... do you know how The Elite Squad gets down? To make sure... The Hot Ball gave 150 other yelpers a very special sneak peek at what in the world of awesomesauce goes on at these Elite Squad parties.

300 yelpers fired up a season of heat at The IMA's public art, nature park wonderland, 100 Acres. Nourish Cafe (The IMA's own) lavished Elites with bites of beef bruschetta & risotto balls, & woo-ed yelpers with the red & the white wines. The Hot Ball's exclusive beer sponsor -- Upland Brewing -- poured pitch-perfect pints of nuthugger brown, the always spectacular wheat & dragonfly IPA.

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Yelpers tossed horseshoes, bocce'd and croquet'd for prizes of Upland growlers and IMA special exhibit tickets.

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Yelpers took advantage of the Yelp mobile app's check-in offer for the event, and got the Elite treatment: "champagne your mouth." You say, "close only counts in horseshoes & hand grenades?" Add Champagne Your Mouth to that list, please. A case of the bubbly + super soaker + The Yelp Elite moxie = Champagne Your Mouth. Goggles & Yelp poncho required.

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Now you're privy to just how The Elite Squad rolls. Want to be Elite? Learn more here, and find someone to nominate you ASAP (we can hear it now, "Dear Mom...").

Yelp Elite extraordinnaire Ben H said it best, "This has to be an annual thing. HOT BALL!!!!!"

There? Coulda, woulda, shoulda? Relive the memories or envy the Elites, reviews here.

Keep it Elite ya'll,

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Jon A

-Yelp Indy Community Manager

Yelp Edinburgh's Night at the Races with Maker's Mark @ Voodoo Rooms!

Posted by Jenny Lovatt

Big hats, bigger bets, a horse called Woof Woof and an endless supply of juleps. Sounds like the makings of another Edinburgh Yelp Elite event! As the horses warmed up for their first big race, Edinburgh yelpers donned their finest suits, pearls, hats and cravats to place their bets and win some big bucks. Hosted in the Voodoo Rooms' Speakeasy with Jane from Maker's Mark running the bookies office and proceedings – it was a perfect night for juleps in July!

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In the lavish surroundings of Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh yelpers were welcomed to their own private night at the races with Maker's Mark 'champagne' on arrival and the finest feast of Southern fried food from Voodoo Rooms. Think fried chicken, mozzarella sticks and the meatiest ribs around. Fingers were licked, BBQ sauce was spilled and not a crumb was left (except for the few Chris M was saving for later...on his shirt).

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With betting slips and the starting $200 in hand, yelpers began placing their bets and settled down for a night of 5 races with favourites from Banana Republic, Miss Behave, Woof Woof and Yelp Yelp (wait, was that one?!) Odds were hedged, some went all-in and others tripled their money in one go. It was an evening of highs and lows, cheers and jeers and more than a few wripped tickets!

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After 5 races there were some clear winners (and not-so-winners). Geoff K collected the prize for overall money winner with his $6000 IOU! And to celebrate the finest looking guys and gals in town, Jane also presented the best dressed Gent and Lady with their own Maker's Mark prize: hats off to Kay L and Chris M for looking lavishly lush and, er, gruffly stained?!

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After the last julep was drunk and the last horse crossed the line, a big round of applause and many cheers of thanks were heard for Jane from Maker's Mark who, as Susan D said 'did a fantastic job of managing our bets and distributing the prizes', all the staff at the Voodoo Rooms for hosting, providing food and endless drinks and of course to everyone who came and brought the party!

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As is becoming a fine tradition for the Edinburgh Elites, the merriment continued well-on past the event end with yelpers taking a seat in the Voodoo Rooms bar upstairs to try the legendary special cocktail – the Kentucky Catapult.

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Once again, a big thank you to Jane from Maker's Mark, Iain, Gordon, the bar and kitchen staff from Voodoo Rooms, Robin Mair for the photies and all the yelpers who came, bet, won, lost and still stuck around for more!

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Read more and write your own review of the event, talk about it and have a look at the photies. Want to get involved? Find out more about the Yelp Elite squad or join the Edinburgh yelpers at another wee get-together.

Until next time y'all!

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Jenny L
Yelp Edinburgh Community Manager

July 12, 2011

Yelp Cincy Mixes It Up With Molly Wellmann

Posted by Alex Shebar

Molly Molly Wellmann, Cincinnati’s tattooed, smiling, genius of alcohol, felt this city was lacking a special something – specifically, something that goes into a cocktail glass. The mixoloigist just opened Japp’s, a neighborhood cocktail bar in OtR. This week, Molly sat down with Yelp’s own Alex S to chat about adding something new to a city she loves.  “Anyone here who says, 'Cincinnati sucks,' come find me!” Molly exclaimed. “I’ll show you why it doesn’t.”

Alex S: Tell me about Japp's! What makes it so special? 

Molly: I’m really excited to introduce this new bar, which, to Cincinnati, is kind of a new concept. A new way of thinking about going out and drinking. It’s a polished neighborhood cocktail bar. It’s a place where you can come every single day and not break the bank drinking cocktails. If you went to the gym and want to celebrate by having a drink, come in your gym clothes. If you were going to Music Hall for a big show and came in an evening gown, you’re more than welcome then too.

It’s a place for enjoying what you’re drinking. I hired an amazing staff at Japp’s. They’re not cocky bartenders. I hired them because they have amazing smiles and are just approachable. I have had a gazillion resumes since January and I literally handpicked all these people, and some of them didn’t even have bartending experience. But bartending you can teach, personality and being approachable and having manners, you can’t teach.

My staff are there to introduce you to new things. I’m not carrying a lot of liquors that are just out for marketing purposes, like Grey Goose or Patron. I want authentic, quality liquor in this place. So if you come in and ask for Grey Goose, we’re not going to have it for you. Please don’t be upset, there are a lot of places that do have it, but this is a place for something new. If you are a vodka person, though, I’ve been introduced in the past few months to some of the most amazing vodkas. We’re going to reteach you all about vodka. Same with gin, same with bourbon, same with everything. Try to be open minded when you come in on what you drink, try something new. This is a place to learn and discover new ways to drink and new things to drink. I’m not going to hurt you.

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Alex S: What makes Cincinnati such a fun place to drink? 

Molly: First of all, our past. All through history, Cincinnati has been a drinking town. When they put together prohibition, all hell broke loose here. People are used to drinking here. In the past, if you were Catholic, on Sunday you’d go to church and then after you’d start drinking. There’s actually a drink called "The Cincinnati Cocktail" which is meant to be drunk all day long after church. It’s basically really good beer lightened up with soda water. That’s our cocktail. This town is a drinking town! 

Alex S: Besides Japp's, name five other favorite bars around the city you love to drink at? What do you order there?

Molly: I like to go to The Rookwood, my friend Rom up there makes a damn good Sazerac and I love Sazeracs. I like to go to The Table over on Vine Street. I love to go to Mainstay Rock Bar, that’s my laidback place to drink, and of course Neons. I’m at Neons all the time!

When I go to a bar, I’m pretty picky about what I drink. I know my liquors backwards and forwards. And I put things into my body that I know my body’s going to like, even if it’s liquor. I like a good gin martini. My family enjoys Beefeater martinis and so do I. There’s not a lot of places here that make the classic cocktails that I enjoy, but if I see Chartreuse on the back of the bar or I see something that’s very unique that I know about, I’ll probably get it. I normally always will get Bullet Bourbon on the rocks, but after my birthday we got in a little tiff. Bullet won. We didn’t breakup though, we’re just kind of on a break. (laughs)

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Alex S: Where are your favorite late-night spots that aren't bars?

Molly: Late night, I’m always at a bar. But to go eat, I like the taco truck and I like Café de Wheels. If I see those guys rolling around, I’m outside their truck. They’re fantastic. If you ever see them rolling around, go. Get it. It’s perfect.

Alex S: Where is the best place in Cincinnati to get some hang-over food?

Molly: If it’s Sunday, I love The Comet. Their brunch, it’s just fantastic. It’s not just the amazing food but it’s the atmosphere you get when you go into that place. It’s something I look forward to all week. But if I’m going for a fast quick fix, right now I’m living on the other side of the river, so I’ll go to Keystone. I remember going to Inn The Wood when I was younger living in Clifton (before it closed) and their potato crisp, if you ever had it, it’s something you can’t forget. And they transferred that crisp over to Keystone.

Alex S: So what drink goes best with Skyline chili?

Molly: My dad and I, we love to drink martinis. A good gin Beefeater martini, I’m telling you, it’s so good with Skyline chili. Not up but on the rocks so you can sip that sucker and have your three way or whatever … I kind of want that right now.

Alex S: Are they any dive bars that you frequent? And what's your go-to order when fancy craft cocktails aren't an option?

Molly: I like Down Under. I haven’t been there in a while because I haven’t had time to dive, but it’s great. Another one I like is Mayday, but I haven’t been there in a while either. I promise I’ll get there really soon! But you know, being from The West Side originally, I enjoy going to the West Side and West Side bars. There’s Fogarty’s and I like Second Street Saloon as well.

Hopefully these bars have Bullet Bourbon or Beefeater Gin, but I can usually find something on the back of the bar. Like at the Down Under, I’ll usually drink Jameson. Everyone has Jameson and I’ll always drink that.

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Alex S: When you don't have a drink in hand, what are you doing?

Molly: You know, I love to sew. I’ve been sewing since I was seven years old. I’m actually also a jeweler. I can make jewelry. I went to school for it and I apprenticed for a year with a master. I can make diamond rings! … But don’t ask me for a diamond ring. (laughs)

Alex S: So were any of your amazing tattoos done here locally?

Molly: Yes, they were. I’ve been going and getting my tattoos done by an amazing tattoo artist named Chris Sanders. He works at Mothers over in Covington but before that he was at Permanent Productions (now Barber’s Electric Tattooing). I’ve just kind of followed him around and all of my tattoos have actually morphed into one tattoo. People ask how many I have and I go, “Just one.” (laughs) They all connect, they all good beautifully together. Chris Sanders, he’s my guy.

The one thing I tell people about getting tattoos is you have to be really comfortable with the person you’re sitting with, because that person is inflicting pain upon you. It does hurt. If you have someone cool to sit with, it makes it much less painful and Chris is one of those people. He really is an enjoyable person to be around while he’s poking you with needles.

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Alex S: What are a few of Molly Wellman's killer cocktail recipes?

Molly: Well, here are a few of my favorites:

Sazerac

  • 1 1/2 ounces Sazerac Rye whiskey
  • Three dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • One sugar cube or simple syrup
  • 1/4 ounce Absinthe

One old fashioned glass is packed with ice. In a second old fashioned glass, a sugar cube and 3 dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters are muddled. The Rye Whiskey is then added to the sugar/Bitters mixture. The ice is emptied from the first old fashioned glass and the Absinthe is poured into the glass and swirled to coat the sides of the glass. Any excess Absinthe is discarded. The Rye-Sugar-Bitters mixture is then poured into the Absinthe coated glass and the glass is garnished with a lemon peel.

The South Side Cocktial

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • 6 to 8 mint leaves (fresh)

Measure ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice, shake hard for about 10 seconds and strain into a chilled glass. For a prettier drink, double strain to remove more of the small bits of mint. Garnish with a mint leaf or leaves.

Alex S: Your last meal on Earth here in Cincy?

Molly: I love Terry’s Turf Club. I get the burger and the burgundy wine sauce with the mushrooms, oh my god I love it! With the brie on it? Oh, it’s so good! I love that place. I also loved the deviled eggs at Rookwood, I dream about those.

Alex S: Any city secrets to spill?

Molly: There are so many amazing things here, they’re just not right in the open. I love taking people to the Ohio Book Store on Main, that’s a really neat place. You can lose yourself there. I also like Bromwell’s over on 4th. It’s a fireplace store, but you walk in and there’s an art gallery upstairs and it’s peaceful and quiet and it’s so calm and comfortable.

I also love Springrove Cemetery, it’s a neat place to have a picnic. I know that sounds gruesome but it’s true. It’s not just a graveyard, it’s beautiful, the architecture, the gardens, it’s like nothing else. And so you get a bird’s eye view, the top of Carew Tower. I love that. And Primavista, over on the west side, that restaurant, that’s an amazing place to get a bird’s eye view too.

There are a lot of amazing places in Cincinnati, I could go on and on.

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Elites Yelp Around The Clock At BLD

Posted by Lindsey Fosse

The yelpin' never stops since the elites are busy writing 'round the clock. But even with a busy schedule jam-packed with yelping, over 100 elites and their guests took a break to enjoy breakfast, lunch and yes, even dinner at BLD in Chandler.

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Throughout the evening, BLD gave yelpers a taste of their new digs with an extensive buffet full of their best items from the breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. From eggs Benedict to chicken fried steak and crab cakes to bread pudding, guests feasted and enjoyed all three meals of the day in one sitting!

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While Ray the DJ spun classic tunes over the loudspeakers, guests quenched their palates with beer, wine and Baileys two ways: over the rocks and with iced coffee. And let's not forget about some food fun to go with the evening! Wikki Stix made its debut with adults as guests put their waxing skills to the test and recreated their best renditions with the colorful strings of wax. Some lucky yelpers even got "oinked" and played "pin the bacon on the pig."

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Yelp Around the Clock kicked off the promotion for Yelp Eats Week (7/11-7/17) and BLD is one of the 15 participating restaurants that will offer 50% off three appetizers, three entrees and three desserts and/or drinks during the week. To remind yelpers to set their clocks for the big week, everyone left with a doggie bag with hamburger and hot dog gummies. And let's not forget about those shiny new playing cards every yelper received as well!

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A special thank you goes out to BLD, Baileys, Esoterik Images, Ray the DJ and the yelp elites who made this night so awesome! You can take a look at the pictures here and don't forget to read what elites are saying about the night!

Until next time!

 

Lindsey F

Yelp Phoenix Community Manager

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Yelp Cincinnati Finds Some Serenity Now!!!

Posted by Alex Shebar

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After the amazing insanity of Yelp’s Iron Chef Cook-Off, a 300 person party held just the day before, the Cincinnati Elite Squad was overdue for some peace and quiet. And what better place to find some Zen and balance your Chi than at Yelp’s Serenity Now!!! Elite Event at The Civic Garden.

PeopleThis beautiful giant green space in the middle of Clifton is the definition of hidden gem. Created by a beer baron over 50 years ago, it now houses both acres and acres of plants as well as eco-friendly educational opportunities (they teach you to do things like raise chickens in your backyard.)

“Like many places, if it were not for Yelp, I would have never known about this hidden gem. Such a peaceful, green spot in the middle of an urban environment! Awesome.” John B touted.

GardenThe Elite Squad came together at night in the beautiful Serenity Garden, a Japanese inspired floral event space, to relax, eat organic food and drink some delicious beer.

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The evening began with delicious themed treats. The night was all about the beauty of nature … and we ate that way too.

There were amazing cupcakes from Sugar Cupcakery, the only organic cupcake place in the area, that were displayed on glass trays. They brought flavors like sweet corn raspberry, savory blueberry and even chocolate lollipop cupcakes on a sticks! “The insides were mixed with banana and the outside coated in fudge,” Paige M said, munching down. “I usually find chocolate cake to be too rich, but the delightful combination with fruit made it so tasty.”

Grateful Grahams, a vegan graham cracker vendor, brought fantastic chocolate and regular crackers for people to munch on. They even made ones with little chocolate “Yelp”s right on top!

BeerAnd of course, a cool night outside wouldn’t be right without beer, and we did it up right. Great Lakes Beer (going again with the garden theme) came with every single one of their beers … yes, all of them. Whatever you wanted to try, they had it. Local rep Lisa Farmer came and explained all about what Great Lakes does and how their beers differ from others (and from bottle to bottle.)

“Lisa from Great Lakes Brewing is one of my favorite beer people and the fact that she brought their entire line was so awesome. She did a wonderful job explaining the different beers to people who weren't as big a beer fan as us,” Carla G happily stated.

GlassesAll the guests were even treated to brand new Yelp sunglasses, a schwag item never before seen in Cincinnati. The idea to have a garden party might have been a bright one, but it didn’t blind anyone that night.

The weather was cool, crisp and perfect and the food and drinks were amazing. It was an event that made everyone a little more serene. “As far as Elite events go, this one was quiet, uncrowded, and completely laid back. And just what the doctor ordered,” Meg G told us. “It certainly lived up to the name. There was no way you couldn't feel a moment of serenity sitting in the garden and hanging out with friends.”

But don’t just take our word on the night’s awesomeness, you can read all the reviews right here. You can also check out the other awesome pics by photographer extraordinaire Anna Penny on the Official Yelp Flickr page.

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Namaste,

Alex S, Yelp Cincy Community Manager

July 11, 2011

Yelp Orlando's Fire & Ice Gala

Posted by Colleen Burns

Yelp Orlando hosted a posh summer gala to the tune of a fire and ice this past Thursday and it was the second open party in the City Beautiful. The gorgeous, trendy Heaven Event Center was turned into a playground of fun. Yelpers dressed in Red or White to represent their Fire or Ice persona and enjoyed all varieties of local entertainment, cuisine and refreshments. 

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"Yelp Orlando hosted a great event with a variety of different local businesses bring something sweet, tasty, and fun to the event. Always great to support a good local cause too!" - Josh M

While this party was complimentary to all, we encouraged everyone to donate to a fabulous cause. United Arts of Central Florida and The Red Chair Project were on deck to ask everyone “Why The Arts Matter” to them. Orlando LIVE was in attendance with their brilliant host, Peter Murphy (#KeepOrlandoAwesome) and captured everyone’s insightful and encouraging messages. United Arts of Central Florida is a dynamic collaboration of businesses, governments, foundations, arts and cultural organizations, school districts, artists and individuals. This partnership works to enhance the quality and variety of cultural experiences available throughout Central Florida. The Red Chair Project is a public service designed to increase participation in the Orlando/Central Florida arts and cultural community by building awareness. During the evening we shared various reasons on “Why The Arts Matter,” in addition to raising money for United Arts of Central Florida! 

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"The highlight for us was meeting the United Arts of Central Florida people.  We talked with them early on and donated some money to them and the Red Chair Project.  We got on their e-mail list and plan to continue to support them." - Justin I

Festivities kicked off with a wealth of drinks to quench everyone’s thirst. Winter Park’s very own Grand Touring (GT) Vodka was serving up various smooth concoctions in partner with Honest Tea and vitaminwater. Florida’s only organic brewery, Orlando Brewing, served up some delicious local beer to those who prefered a pint to wet that whistle. Thanks to Cocktails Catering, we were also spoiled with an extensive, delicious martini bar as well as satisfying tummy rumbles with live cooking stations creating fresh bruchetta and ceviche. We all indulged with mini treats from Sweet! By Good Golly Miss Holly (including Yelp inspired velvet love) and Jeremiah's Italian Ice chilled us out with various flavors of their popular, local cold treats. Everyone popped some delicious CakeShooters by Sprinkles and washed it all down with Honest Tea and Vitamin Water.  

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Yes, we also made sure to fit in a feast for our eyes and ears with live spinning and visually stimulating lighting from Tagas Events featuring sounds from DJ Tagas. We stopped to smell the… aromatic scents of 02 Breathe, an oxygen bar that gave yelpers an uplifted refreshed feeling as well as increased energy and a general overall good feeling.This was much needed after the hotness provided by the talented belly dancer Carrara Nour and her phoenix influenced show. She also helped out various yelpers with their own belly dancing skills giving a small introductory class. The lovely gentleman of See Live Magic were also wandering around entertaining everyone with their jaw dropping magical illusions

To capture the lovely evening, Elegant Imagery, who eat, sleep, live and breathe photography, weaved their way in and out of the crowd to grab fantastic shots of the party. Jim White was also mingling with the yelpers and encapsulated the evening with pictures of all sorts. Check all the photos out here

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"Like always I met wonderful people and enjoyed myself more then thoroughly!  Wonderful venue too." -Jessica V

If you want to catch more of the event buzz, hop over to the event listing to read all about the excitement from your fellow yelpers. 

Until next time, SYOY,

Colleen B.

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Halifax Elites Go Way Back At The Armview!

Posted by Ben

Forget bus schedules and cab chits, over 40 Halifax Elites time-traveled to The Armview on July 7, 2011 for a retro-chic, fifties-inspired Happy Days Party. Totally coolsville!

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The "great mid-century modern decor," of this throwback lounge caught Lesley-Anne S' fashionable eye as the "perfect venue" for a night of getting fresh. We welcomed back party veterans and made first impressions on new elites like Leslie F with a neat-o signature drink of freshly squeezed fruit juices, orange vodka, and sparkling: "Oh Yelp Elite Party, you had me at 'here's your champagne-vodka cocktail!'"

Between the drinks and round upon round of hot dishes, it felt like yelpers were being offered delicious new tastes every few minutes including lamb filo rolls, goat cheese and fig crostinis, seriously spicy shrimp, and the ever-popular mini fish 'n chips served in tea cups. Colour Kirk F impressed: "I honestly didn't know the Armview could put on a spread quite like this."

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As the sun set, this throwback party went from Sandra Dee to Rizzo as elites got their photoshoot on with a showstopping classic car: "the highlight of the night...was the El Camino that rolled in and became a killer backdrop for group photos taken by the ridiculously talented Liam Hennessey at Applehead Studio. I'm anxiously awaiting the emergence of those pics!"

Well, Colette O, it's a good thing you don't have to wait any longer!

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Can't get enough? Read the party reviews, check out the full photo gallery, or catch all the gossip on Talk. Want to make sure you're on the list for the next Halifax Elite Event? Make it happen!

Until next time, SYOY!

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Ben B

Community Manager

Yelp Halifax

Es gibt was auf die Löffel: Yelp-Kaffeeklatsch @ Werksküche

Posted by Sophie Krause

Ersteinmal muss gesagt werden: Zum Glück hatten wir den Pavillon für den Yelp-Kaffeeklatsch aufgebaut! Aber dazu später mehr…

Als unsere Elite-Yelper bei der Werksküche von Beatrice und Tim in Eimsbüttel ankamen, war die Welt noch sonnig und warm. Also wurde mit einem Gläschen Sekt angestoßen bevor wir die Schichtwechsel (so heißen die kleinen Desserts im Glas) probieren durften. Prost!

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Passend zum Thema Schichtwechsel und Werksküche durfte sich jeder Yelper für die Früh-, Spät- oder Nachtschicht in der Küche eintragen, um selbst ein ganz eigenes Schichtdessert zusammenzustellen. Passend dazu gab es für jeden eine Stempelkarte, um sich bei Dienstantritt einzuchecken.

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Also ran an den Speck... äh, die Süßigkeiten! Während die jeweiligen Schichten aus Früchtequarks, Cremes, Crumble, Marmelade, Cheesecake und kaltem Hund ihre eigene Torte im Glas kreierten, durften die anderen bei einer Tasse Kaffee schonmal Schichtdesserts der Profis kosten: Strawberry Cheesecake, Blueberry Cheesecake, Kalter-Hund-Mango Was auch immer das Dessertherz bewegte.

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Und wie das Dessertherz bewegt wurde, könnt ihr hier nachlesen.

Benjamin L.: Ich bin immer noch begeistert, und immer noch SATT!

Simon W.: So lob' ich mir das! Mein erstes Elite-Event und dann gleich so ein Leckerbissen. Super Leute, super Pavillion und die besten Schichtwechsel (Nachtisch und Torte in einem).

Henrik T.: Ich träume nun täglich von Schichtdesserts! Das Konzept ist rund, die Einrichtung liebevoll und die resultierenden Leckereien, aus mehreren Schichten bestehend, einfach nur köstlich!

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Ach ja! Kurz zurück zum Pavillon: nachdem das Wetter so vielversprechend aussah, platzte ein ordentlicher Regen über Eimsbüttel herein. Aber null Problemo! Yelp-Ponchos übergeschmissen und weiter ging´s -  mit Schokomund und glücklichen Gesichtern.

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In diesem Sinne nochmals vielen Dank an Beatrice und Tim von der Werksküche, dass sie uns den Nachmittag mit ihren Schichtwechsel-Desserts versüßt haben!

Jetzt erstmal ein lautes YEAHAAAA! Das erste Elite-Event in Hamburg mit 25 Yelpern war ein Traum! Danke an alle!

Eure Sophie

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Wohoooo! The elite event-premiere in Hamburg took place this weekend. The first elites were invited to the Werksküche of Beatrice and Tim in beautiful Eimsbüttel to try the Schichtwechsel. Uhh, what´s a Schichtwechsel? - These are nice little desserts in a glass made of different layers, e.g. cheesecake, fruit creme, jam and chocolate.

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While one group worked in the kitchen to create their very own Schichtwechsel the other ones were able to enjoy the desserts made by pros as well as the good coffee and of course some sparkling wine to toast this wonderful first elite event.

So, cheers everybody :)

Yours Sophie

July 10, 2011

Yelp San Diego's Big, Fat, Tacky Wedding Reception

Posted by Danny Wurst

Last night the East Village was home to the harmonious matrimony of eats, drinks, and local flavor at Yelp’s Big, Fat, Tacky Wedding Reception when 100 San Diego Elites gathered gauding their best tuxedo T-shirts, top hats, and burn-worthy bridesmaid dresses.

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With an abnormal amount of humidity guests kept it cool with ice-cold TailGate Beer and “Knotty Yelp” cocktails made with buzzworthy Bombora Vodka. Amidst all the imbibing, guests played wedding games on the tables and collected schwag including shades, shot glasses, mints and the brand new Yelp Elite watches. Now all will know when it’s time to write reviews!

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The gang grubbed down on KB grilled cheese tea sandwiches, lamb sliders, tri tip beef, and chipotle dusted truffles, among many other savories and sweets. Lisa T felt “SPOILED rotten”, by the sensational spread and super friendly staff, and Ace D sums the evening up by yelping, “Knotty Barrel delivers a strong fun filled atmosphere that will keep you coming back for more.” It was the tacky wedding one only dreams about!

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A final thanks goes out to all the sponsors and a special shout out to the party hosts. Follow them all below...

Knotty Barrel- Facebook Twitter

Tailgate Beer- Facenook Twitter

Bombora Vodka- Facebook Twitter

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Check out more photos taken by Be Mine Phtotgraphy or click here or if you missed out on this one to see what others are saying.

Until next time,

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Danny W San Diego Community Manager

 

Yelp Cincinnati Cooks Up An Iron Chef Epic Event!

Posted by Alex Shebar

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Five chefs took their place, poised, ready for battle along the long wall of the great room. Weapons in hand: knives, skewers, forks, spoons, bowls, pots, pans and fruits and vegetables. Only one could be crowned victor … but which of these culinary titans would it be?

This was the question asked during Yelp’s first ever Iron Chef Cook-Off, an event to promote the amazing Yelp Eats Week!

CrowdThree hundred people packed their way into the epic ballroom on the second floor of Eat Well Feasts and Celebrations to watch this showdown go down. Five titans of the table battled it out for honor and glory. And they were:

- Chef Matt Buschle from Virgil's
- Chef Josh Campbell from Mayberry / The Skinny Pig
- Chef Steven Shockley, formerly of Maribelle's Tavern
- Chef Mark Bodenstein from Parkers Blue Ash Tavern 
- Bella Dolce from Roxy's 

The contestants came to the arena knowing that they’d prepare a meal using produce from Daisy Mae’s Market and one of these secret local ingredients, to be revealed the night of the event:

         Frisch's Tartar Sauce
         Glier's Goetta
         Skyline Chili
         Montgomery Inn Saratoga Chips
         Eckerlin's Bratwurst

And the secret ingredient was …

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GOETTA!

Yes, Glier’s Goetta brought 16 pounds of goetta (a breakfast sausage popular in Cincinnati that’s primarily made up of ground meat and oats). David Glier himself was on hand to cook-up some delicious goetta dogs for the hungry people.

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Of course, with all this delicious food being made behind the chef’s tables, we knew guests would get hungry – and we had it taken care of. Ten different restaurants, dessert companies and vendors came with delicious food for people to sample: Bella Luna, Mac’s Pizza Pub, The Iron Horse, FB’s, Blinker’s Tavern, Keystone Bar and Grill, Donna’s Cookies, PhroZenGrateful Grahams and Streetpops were all on hand, delivering mouth-watering morsels and sweet treats.

“All the food was bangin', especially the buffalo chicken mac and cheese and the goetta pizza,” Benjamin B wrote.

“The bacon-wrapped dated from FB were my favorite bite for the evening,” Robert W told us.

“The Iron Horse’s Roasted Red Pepper Hummus was one of my favorites for the night. Blinker's Tavern had their superb fettuccine Alfredo. You have to try it. Keystone Bar and Grill: Love, love their spicy mac and cheese. Donna's Cookies’ dessert with nuts and brownies was mouthwatering!  And Phro*Zen & Grateful Grahams’ vegan ice cream sandwiches was a highlight of the night for me!” exclaimed Ann L.

Clearly we had something for everyone...

Alcohol Alcohol2Of course, we needed something to wash it all down with, so bring on the drinks!  We had amazing beer from Christian Moerlein, Great Lakes Beer and Goose Island. Crispin provided refreshing hard cider and La Puerta Wines came with bottles of Torrontes, Malbec and Cabernet. Finishing it up, Pure Blue Vodka, made in Lexington, Kentucky, brought a watermelon filled with their smooth spirit, and NutLiquor, a peanut butter flavored vodka, created shots that tasted just like a Tootsie Roll!

“So. Much. Beer!! Great Lakes, Goose Island, Little Kings, Hudepohl, and then the Nut Liquor and the Vodka! Omgoodness alcohol heaven!” Rachel G sang out.

There was event fantastic non-alcoholic drinks from Coffee Emporium and vitaminwater for those with a different kind of thirst.

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The event was indeed a little hot, with the combination of body heat and chef’s on their grill, but we maintain it gave everyone a sexy sheen. And what better way to show it off than through Framester’s amazing Yelp Photobooth. People were able to take great-looking headshots, perfect for their Yelp profile page! “My husband and I loved using the Framester photo booth. It felt like a grown-up version of the mall variety,” Jennifer D said. Say cheese! Check out the photos here.

DJAnd to really set the beat, Queen City Crates was there, rocking a soundtrack to the evening’s event. Joe K “loved the old school spinning of the 45's.”

Hoxworth Blood Center was also on hand as a way for people to give back, handing out schwag and taking some pretty sweet photos. And a free raffle allowed yelpers to win some fantastic prizes like sneak peak tickets to Captain America: The First Avenger and tickets to Keith Urban's show at US Bank Arena!

ChefsBut of course, it all came back to the Iron Chef. “The competition itself was crazy, chefs flying around everywhere, looked like tons of fun,” Seb R declared. It was a ton of fun! The chefs each created their goetta masterpiece to be judged by our panel of lovely ladies: Julie from wine me, dine me, Bridgett from 365 Things To Do In Cincinnati, Carla from Hoperatives and Célèste, an amazing Yelp Elite! It was a tough decision but in the end, the winner was …

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Josh Campbell from Mayberry / Skinny Pig!

Congrats Josh!

The food, the drinks, the entertainment, the competition, it was all something that’s never before been seen in Cincinnati. Just ask Allison J:

“It's easy to slip into a mindset in Cincinnati that you've seen and done everything. Tasted everything, heard every good local band, been there done that. I love finding new people and new things to celebrate in our city and I feel like I did that at last night's party.”

But don’t just take our word on the night’s awesomeness, you can read all the reviews right here. You can also check out the other awesome pics by photographer extraordinaire Anna Penny on the Official Yelp Flickr page.  

And remember, Yelp Eats begins today! Bon appétit my friends! 

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Alex S, Yelp Cincy Community Manager

Yelpers Lived The Rich Life at East India Co for Yelpdog Millionaire!

Posted by Don Bourassa

On Saturday, July 9, 2001, an intimate group of 70 of Porltand’s upper caste gathered at East India Co. in Portland Oregon for Yelpdog Millionaire – a taste of Northern India in SW PDX! This unique elites-only event provided a chance for Yelpers to get to meet each other and get a taste of Portland’s most high-end Indian food.

Group SM Portland’s swankiest Indian restaurant, East India Co`, invited a select group of Yelp Elites in to try out their carefully-crafted high-end food and drink for a sunny Saturday lunch hour. Yelpers were welcomed in the door to a host of tasty brunch-time booze including a bloody Mary made with New Deal’s Portland 88 vodka and a No. 3 Chill (the hit of the day – a gimlet-style drink with cucumber) made with New Deal’s incredible No. 3 Gin. Those in the mood for wine imbibed A To Z 2009 Riesling and Chardonnay. And the hop-heads quaffed ice cold Ninkasi Spring Reign brews. That’ll get your Saturday started off right!

Anna S SM East India Co backed up the tasty cocktails with an incredible spread of food including veggie samosas, veggie pakoras, vegetable Korma, Apricot Pulao, Malabar Chili Fish, Chicken Tikkas, Chicken Kerala, Tandoori Chicken and Naan straight from the Tandoori oven. As Yelpers dined on this fantastic buffet, the welcoming and hospitable staff passed around baskets of naan and samples of the tandoori chicken. They even circulated to tables filling up wine glasses and clearing plates. With bellies full of savory food, the Gajar Ka Halwa – a tasty sweet traditional carrot dessert - was unleashed upon the crowd, much to the delight of the Yelp crew.

Portland’s Yelp Elite enjoyed the chance to get in to a solid but little-known restaurant and try out what to many is a new cuisine. All this while enjoying a chance to really get to know their fellow Elites. And quite a few folks even dressed up in their best Bollywood garb! It was a great event!

HilarySM A huge thanks go out to Pradeep and the incredible staff at East India Co, Meaghan from Broussard Communications, Tom and Sarah from New Deal, Mike from A to Z, Morgan from Ninkasi, Hilary B for working the door, and of course, the Portland Yelp Elite Squad – without whom this would not be possible. A million thanks for everything you did to put this incredible event together.

Don’t believe me? Check out the photos and the reviews! Haven't written your review yet? What are you waiting for?!

Until next time…

SYOY!

--Don “Maharaja” B.

July 07, 2011

A Leisurely Yelpy Evening In Orange County...

Posted by Hazel Q

Elite Yelpers in OC donned their finest country club chic and partied it up at Muckenthaler Cultural Center last night. It was an evening filled with drinks, sweets, eats, croquet and floppy hats. These lucky elites not only had this gorgeous historic mansion to themselves, they got an exclusive preview of the Muck's latest exhibit: American Nostalgia.

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Between sips of champagne and Maker's Mark, Colette's Catering kept everyone's appetites pleased with  mini ahi tuna cones, ceviche, and so many desserts it'd give Willy Wonka a toothache. The near record-breaking temps during the day, made the weather in the evening absolutely perfect, and a nice reminder of why we dig life in Orange County so much. It wasn't long before this yelpalicious elite party turned into the first ever Yelp elite engagement party.

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That's right, with weeks of planning Justin B coordinated a fantastically surprising and romantic proposal to the beautiful Kristin C that took place right in the middle of the elite event. Kristin thought she had just won a raffle prize, when it turned out to be a mystery prize she was a bit confused, when she found out she had to be blindfolded to receive the mystery prize she was completly befuddled. But when we took off the blindfold and she saw Justin on one knee with a ring in his hand she was overjoyed. It was quite the sight to see, and quite possibly the most romantic elite event yet. Congrats to the happy couple!

  Blogcollage3 And of course, thanks to the hardest working man in yelpbusiness, Albert E and his fine photog skills for documenting it all. Along with some stunning photos and video from the amazing duo at Oz Visuals. Our Yelp profile pictures wouldn't be the same without you! You can see all the photos here and reviews of the party here.

Until next time...

SYOY!

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Hazel Q

Community Manager/Wedding Proposal Coordinator Extraordinaire

July 05, 2011

Tucson Elites Get Lost In TranslAsian

Posted by Corey Dane

Pan-Asian was on parade recently at Om Modern Asian Kitchen where Tucson Elites gathered to get a true taste of the orient. Yelp made the impossible possible with a two hour trans-pacific journey to each of the four regions that inspire Om’s Asian cuisine; China, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam. Elites donned their best tourist attire (cameras and all) for Yelp’s Lost in TranslAsian!

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It was all of the fun of traveling without the jet-lag as Elites sipped and sampled from nation to nation. Kamryn C went wild in Thailand over “a tofu panang curry that was out of this world! The perfectly cooked tofu was the right amount of spicy and made my vegetarian heart sing,” says this meatless mama. In Japan, Michelle C “had the best sushi I’ve ever eaten!” She dove into the “generous cuts of ahi placed atop their rolls - with a variety of interesting sauces that infuse flavor." Sounds scrumptious!

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Meanwhile Andrew B went bonkers in Vietnam for pork buns (pronounced boo-n), with “lots of components, but still oh-so-simple and clean ” it was “impossible not to love those noodles!” The trip would not have been complete without a stop in the People’s Republic. The Chinese Dan Dan noodles were a hit with Julia K, the noodles were “fat and soft and covered in yummy chicken and sauce.” Now that’s street meat worth travelling for!

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What trip would be complete without a little libation? Om served up cool cocktails to refresh even the most worn out traveler. With a mix of vodka, St. Germaine elderflower, lemon juice and club soda, Amanda D exclaimed that the Bloom “was a light and refreshing cocktail; a perfect summer drink!” Danny S preferred the “truly epic ‘ginger rootini’ cocktail which packed tons of ginger flavor." For Jennifer D “yum” is the only word that could describe the Mango Bellini. “That was my first time to ever have one, and it was wonderful!” declares this perky passenger.

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Congrats to Jide F for some spiffy threads, his "looks most like a tourist" outfit nabbed him a $25 gift cert. for a return trip! Many thanks are owed to owners Allen and Tina Yap for defying physics and transporting Tucson Elites on this Asian getaway, and to the entire Om staff for making this a trip to remember. As with any vacation, snap happy sightseers were encouraged to capture the magic on their own clunky cameras. Ensuring that the priceless memories weren’t over exposed, Billy K provided his professional skillz and photographed this whirlwind Asian excursion (peep his pics on our Facebook Page). Relive the journey through others by reading the event reviews! Back from the trip but haven’t had time to document your travels? It’s not too late, you’ve only just returned! Yvett R may have said it best when she yelped “the entire evening was just a blast! We had cool drinks, delicious food, a great crowd of touristy looking people and a lovely restaurant. Ah, it was so much fun!”

*ding* You are now free to move about Yelp.com!  

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Corey D

Tucson Community Manager &

Pretend Tour Guide

Boston Elites Set Sail on the Extreme Love Boat!

Posted by Damien S

Under Friday's blue skies and radiant beams, the Boston harbor flooded... with sea-faring yelpers! More than 150 Elites and guests donned dapper deck shoes and popped those Polos aboard the Spirit of Boston for a work-skipping afternoon of sun, sailing and summery surprises.

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Yelpers swarmed their private deck and were free to explore the rest of the boat as the Captain shoved off from the Seaport dock. We scoffed at hunger pangs as the Spirit kitchen served up a seriously gourmet lunch buffet, including herb roasted chicken, Mediterranean salmon, apricot glazed pork tenderloin, garlic mashed potatoes and a bushel of steamed and sauteed vegetables. Perfect eats for on-the-water views of the Extreme Sailing Series, a global tour de force of the world's best sailing teams racing an international regatta of epic and destructive proportions!

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Bellies plumped and sport observed, yelpers sipped ice cold Coruba cocktails featuring their spin on everyone's summertime favorite, the Dark and Cloudy, as well as a refreshingly boozy Mango Iced Tea and something called... the Dawn? It's "sweet with a kick (much like the lady herself)," so says Johnna M. The sudsy bunch slugged Sam Adams varietals, while those opting to keep their electrolytes tip-top cooled off with a cornucopia of coconut waters from Vita Coco. And boy did we need them! DJ Bob spun the freshest booty beats and, of course, a little conga/limbo muzak! It is a cruise, folks.

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Speaking of cruisey kitsch! The lovely ladies of Rumors Salon feathered up the locks of our esteemed guests and couples were invited to play a rousing round of Coconut Smoochie (two bodies, one coconut, no hands) for fame and prizes, including future jaunts aboard the Spirit of Boston, Coruba beach chairs and Rumors certs to get they hair did. Yeeargh!

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Tatsu has the visuals on lock down and the great reviews are flowing like clear Caribbean waters. Curious about Coconut Smoochie? Hop on Talk and get the deets. Or just come to the next one – we'd love to see you!

The Cap'n and his Crunchberries,

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Damien, Jill and Coco (Megan and Joey, too!)

4000 Bay Area Yelpers Rock Out With Their Dock Out

Posted by Monica

Just imagine the wind blowing through your golden locks, the sun cast directly overhead, the nod from metaphorical dolphins at bay and the sound of the temperate tide rapping against the dock. On a glorious Sunday afternoon, this set the scene for Yelp's Sunset Showdown, the largest event in Yelp history.Entry collageArriving in style was no dauting task as San Francisco yelpers boarded Blue & Gold Fleet's 700-person passenger ferry. Captain Ruggy J and seamates, including Abby S, got the pre-party started as the boat cruised along the bay. As Brittany H can attest, we all "finally got to sing 'I'm On A Boat!' in perfect context." Making sure elites arrived with proper social lubricant, Pisco Portón mixed up summery cocktails with flair and finesse thanks to their hard working ladies Cherlynn and Rachel. Across town, Cali Party Bus chauffered yerpers in style from BART.BoatThis sunshiney soiree was filled to the gills with food and festivities at one of the Bay Area’s most stunning venues, The Craneway Pavilion! Local eateries, food trucks, aerialists, tea dancers, photobooths, bands, burlesque, wineries, breweries, distilled spirits, a waterfront sunset and even a flash mob? Yep! As guests entered the 45,000 square foot former factory (home to Rosie the Riveter), they noshed on entry bites from Pizza Politana. Kevin T sets the scene: "Picture Disneyland minus the $150 entrance fee and an open bar and you will come close the epic Yelp's Sunset Showdown." Or as Joanna M puts it, "The Craneway Pavilion was a yelper's Xanadu, probably even more idyllic than Xanadu because there were bacon cupcakes."FoodPast the red carpet and indoors, the space opened up to a bustling array of over 60 local food and beverage sponsors. In fact, "there were more food vendors and beer varietals than I could count; I was full within 25 minutes" confesses Michael C. And as Uland W can confirm, "with great company and vendors galore, the environment was shattered with laughter, cheers, ooooo's & aaaaa's." Amid the flurry of food and drinks, the endless entertainment took centerstage with performances by Oakland's own, UpSwing, Studio 12 Flys and The Tea Dancers. As these synchronized aerialists dropped from the ceiling, their dazzling show elicited the attention of rapt party-goers. As Michaelangelo S recounts, "these ladies were extremely elegant and lovely in the way they flowed through the air and on the ground as they hovered on elegant fabric swings. Gorgeous costuming, elegant and breathtaking choreography, it was a visual poetry for we visual participants."  AerialistStrewn into the entertainment bandwagon, Megan Slankard kicked things off with a set of original edgy alt-rock songs, followed by indie rockers The Downer Party. Later, The Blank Tapes took the stage and showered the crowd with their sunshiney tunes. In between acts, DJ Sonny Photo kept the party in poppin' fashion and even Red Hots Burlesque stopped by for some scantily clad action. BandsThe whirlwind of live acts was only topped off by a Michael Jackson flash mob drop-in thanks to Bay Area Flash Mob. As the surpise guests raided the stage and broke it down with a synchronized dance to a Michael Jackson medley, yelpers reveled in their hip-swerving, moonwalking, Thriller rendition.Burlesque

Parkour and flash mobWe could wrap up with some heartfelt sentiment, but Jeremy G says it best: "This was my first Yelp event and what a first it was. It's like losing your virginity to the high school quarterback on prom night. And the bed's covered in rose petals. And there was champagne. And you get married and have adorable kids and he doesn't get a beer belly and you don't get stretch marks. Yeah, it was that great." Whew, we're glad to hear it and now, off to work on the next shindig! Don't forget to read all the reviews here and check out the photos (snapped by Catalepsic Fox and Photostudio29) on our Flickr.

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Until next time,

Me

Monica S (and my mom)

     
       
       
       
       
       
       

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