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April 30, 2012

DC Elites Get A Treat At BlackFinn!

Posted by Kristin Mink

Nothing says Sunday Funday like five courses paired with five Grey Goose cocktails, and plenty of socializing! BlackFinn rolled out some of their favorite dishes and specialty drinks for DC Elites, in an evening that left Lisa R raving, "Customer service was great, food was fantastic, and the company made it all the better!"

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Yelpers were greeted at the door with festive green Grey Goose shooters in Yelp shot glasses, and settled in for their tour of BlackFinn's menu! Crab cakes and bloody marys (with an Old Bay rim!) got the party started, and the foodie fun continued with a goat cheese and strawberry salad that Pam S found was "right up my alley." After her campfire ribeye steak, Trish N admits, "I had to refrain myself from licking the plate!" The shrimp and grits served in a martini glass were Ngoc L's "favorite dish," leaving her able to say only, "Mmmmm!"

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Guests' glasses were full of goodies, too. Sarah A's Cherry Smash was "like you're on a beach," and Kelly G dug the dirty martini "with blue-cheese stuffed olives - amaziiiiing!" Gregg M reveals, "The meal ended on a high note with a warm chocolate brownie (paired with a Grey Goose Cherry Noir 'Cherry Coke'). It had to be good, since Carol W commented that it was better than anything she'd ever baked."

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Magic was in the air as Max Major made the rounds, stunning yelpers with tableside tricks. As Charles H shares, "Every table was awestruck of the next Houdini!" Guests got to know new yelpy BFFs by filling out "Meet An Elite!" surveys that doubled as raffle entries, and winners were drawn for tickets to Wine Riot, tickets to Max Major's new show, and a $50 gift card to BlackFinn! 

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BlackFinn also sent all the Elites home with gift cards for their next visit, and five courses of reasons to return. 

Be sure to check out the rest of the event photos (by fab photographer Chris Abi-Najm) on Facebook or Flickr. Peep guests' experiences and photos here, and, for those who attended, feel free to add your own!

'Til next time!

Cheers,

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Kristin M

Yelp DC Community Manager

New Orleans Elites Revel In Pre-Jazz Fest Indulgences!

Posted by Joi

With one of NOLA's most epic events happening right about now, what better time to celebrate being a New Orleanian? Last Tuesday evening, our Elites and their guests gathered at Borgne, a new seafood restaurant brought to us by two of NOLA's most respected chefs, Brian Landry and John Besh. According to their website, Borgne is "a celebration of coastal Louisiana with a touch of Isleño influence." Sounds like the perfect place to unwind with cocktails and some superb locally-sourced food right before April's biggest celebration of 'em all!


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There were were the tastiest local brews (Abita Restoration Ale), along with Cruzan Rum cocktails (hot weather means sweet tea means Ice Picks aka boozy Arnold Palmers, not to mention fresh strawberry mojitos and Dark and Stormys) as well as red and white wine to get the er, juices flowing. And the food. Oh, oh, oh-de to the food. We were privvy to an array of amazing "catches of the day" from Borgne's new bar menu and yelpers couldn't stop talking about these incredible culinary treasures. Let Jonathan D describe it: "The giant gulf oysters on the half-shell were delicious, the crawfish croquettes were tantalizing, and the charcuterie board was irresistible. I also tried an amuse bouche of seared tuna and pickled vegetables that was all kinds of amazing."

Now there's a mouthful! And there's more to add to it: shrimp- stuffed artichokes, pork empanadas, creamy Canary Islands goat cheese with mole verde & mole rioja on crostini and duck poppers. Borgne brought it on and our crowd was up to the delicious challenge!

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But, that's not all, according to John L H. "
The people are what always makes an event
. This event was no exception, and there was a stellar cast of elite yelpers on hand... I highly recommend working the room at these events. If you do, you will meet the coolest people in the city." We say ahoy to that!

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Many thanks to Chef Brian Landry, Emery, Amanda, John and the phenomenal staff at Borgne for everything. Now, peep the pics on flickr and read the reviews!

Can't wait for our next local adventure!

Joi B

Yelp NOLA Community Manager

Yelp Cleveland's Vivacious View From The Top!

Posted by Cara

About 70 Elites and their special +1's were invited to take in the gorgeous view of CLE at the Viaduct Lounge for our private, swanky soiree, Yelp's Vivacious View From The Top! As guests walked the red carpet dressed to the nine's, they were greeted by intern Katie C with fresh roses by local florist, Urban Orchid, and got to minglin' under the stars!

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Hosted both inside and outside in the heated, covered patio, Viaduct Lounge laid out a gracious spread of light bites from their menu that kept going fast! The delectable nibbles included a lush deli plate piled high with meats and cheeses, deconstructed duck pieorgies and what Simon I proclaimed as his "two favorites: the moist pulled pork sandwiches and the risotto balls with spinach stuffing inside." The bar was stocked with both dry and sweet sparkling wines and Elites got to choose from various, bubbly cocktails to sip on. But according to Habby H, it wasn't just the libations that were spot on: "Tasty drinks and the raspy curly, haired bartender was the cutest!"

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Throughout the party, a red carpet photobooth, complete with a velvet rope and "celebrity event" props was set up to capture the libation-induced silliness, while folks swiped tons of Yelp schwag and champagne bubbles! Elites who wandered out to the patio not only got free shoe shines by Brass Tack, but also were treated to an impromptu show by "hip hope" violinist, Humble G and his fellow bandmates on hand drums. We think Cami T put it best: "Stupendous! The violinist is opening up for Kanye West soon and here he was, having us all wowed on the bridge overlooking the city! I can't wait to see them again, soon!"

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Two of the "best dressed" Elites went home with prize baskets packed with luxurious items to pamper themselves and a pair of tickets to Ingenuity Fest's masked, fundraiser ballBal Ingenieux! Congrats to Simon I and Cami T for impressing everyone with their fancy attire—and high fives to Simon for the impecccibly tied bowtie! 

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Many thanks to the Viaduct Lounge and staff for giving us a night to remember, Urban Orchid for the gorgeous flowers for guests, Brass Tack for shining us up and Ackey+Z Photography for capturing the night so perfectly. Check out all the pictures here and give your thoughts on our swanky event (or just check out the reviews) here

 

SYOY (See You On Yelp!)

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Yelp Cleveland Community Manager

New Jersey Elites @ Nico Kitchen & Bar!

Posted by Stephanie

As yelpers, it is our duty to be the best urban explorers we can be, and this past Thursday that is exaclty what we did in Newark, NJ. Nestled in the first floor of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, stands Nico Kitchen & Bar. A newly opened restaurant that offers up a variety of Italian dishes with a new and modern twist. Kristine S says: "Nico is a GORGEOUS restaurant. I don't really know too much about Newark, but this place was a great first introduction to me."
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The chefs and staff of Nico Kitchen welcomed 65 Yelp Elites and their guests for an evening of pizzettas, crab cake sliders, lobster mac n' cheese to name a few of the menu items offered; not forgetting to break out their array of delectable home made desserts to close out the evening. Nico's friendly and stress free mixologists concocted cocktails of the guests pleasure making 'em delicious and strong. George B highlights that "easily the best dish of the night was the crab cake sandwich WITH BACON.  This is so much win in that one sandwich it is mind-boggling." While our special California visitor Blanca J prefered the "semolina crusted zucchini chips. They have the perfect amount of crust that when mixed with the harissa-aioli sauce they make an explosion of flavor in your mouth."

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The party did not stop with food and drink. Pasquale R tells us that "the musical guest (not Bruce but even better) played some tunes as everyone sipped on their alcoholic beverages". Musical guest Khaled Dajani, 2011 winner of Hoboken's best male solo artist was on site and gave an exclusive live performance! Whether or not you made it out, make sure you check out all the photos and read what people are saying in reviews and on Talk.

With 2 Elite events down in New Jersey, I'd say we are gettin' the hang of what being Elite is all about!

Until we meet again, SYOY!

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Stephanie 'YoSteph' Y

Yelp New Jersey Community Manager

Yelp's Open House Elite Event at Hotel Diva

Posted by Jessica T

It's hard to beat a staycation in San Francisco, especially when you have a hip and trendy boutique hotel such as Hotel Diva from Personality Hotels in Union Square to call home for a night. San Francisco yelpers made their way over to Hotel Diva for a chic night full of wondrous wine, marvelous mini cupcakes, cutesy cookies, cold brews, crunchy granola, soothing tea, and much more at the at the Yelp's Open House Elite Event

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 Six of Hotel Diva's 2nd floor rooms were transformed into a yelper themed wonderland. Toting small suitcases and bags in hopes of winning an opportunity to spend a glorious evening in the chic space (thanks to a Hotel Diva organized room raffle), yelpers moved from room to room with wide eyes.

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Jeff from REMRIDG Wines debuted the first pour of his robust cabernet in San Francisco. Claire from Picaqune Cellars poured a lovely white Pino that delighted yelpers such as Rachel J. Miguel from Roseblum Wine had yelpers swooning over a smoky California Zinfandel and yelpers were just as excited to learn that they can just hop on a ferry, go for a tasting at Rosenblum and be home before dinner! Anais, an outstanding sommelier who also helped start the website Farm and Cellar, which celebrates the creators of food and wine through video and social media, showcased life changing tastings of Sorelle Bronca Prosecco and spoke about the intricacies of northern Italian wine. With elegant wine glasses being toted from room to room, it was only fitting that there would also be cold cups full of sensational hoppy beer. Ryan from Sudwerk brewery brought Sudwerk's finest brews, bringing out Talia G's Davis pride, while Summer and crew from Blue Moon made Christina C swoon with their Summer Honey Wheat and mini fun-sized glasses. 

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Thoroughly quenched, guests made their way over to Hotel Diva's well equipped fitness center where they were able to nosh on healthy roasted San Franola granola and Strauss yogurt from David and his team.  To add to the the healthy vibe was Christopher from T-We  with an exquisite make your own tea station. Christopher even advised yelpers on how to pair wine and tea!  T-We also happens to be part of the 5th Stitch Collective - a remarkable local designer boutique on Market Street that offers a slew of amazing DIY classes. Mike and Jen from 5th Stitch Collective decorated T-We's Hotel Diva tea table with ornate homemade terrariums and also offered a free make your own Terrarium coupon to all attendees.  All stocked up on crafty fun and antioxidants, yelpers were then able to satiate their sweet tooth with darling bite sized blueberry and meyer lemon cupcakes from Brandon and the crew at Mission Minis. Everyone was blown away by the festively dressed Christa from Hey, Cookie!with her mouth-watering bed spread of colorful cookies. With "ftw" snicker doodles, and "to die for," peanut butter cookies, yelpers like Noel M gushed that her personality and sweet smelling room was " filled with what sweet dreams and big hips are made out of."

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And a Yelp party just isn't the same without a photobooth to capture all of the fun. Guests danced into the glass room for Jorge Novoa's Yelp themed photo-booth for dazzling prop adorned photos. In between posing for pictures and exploring the furnished floor, yelpers were able to jam out to Sonny Phono's "What's Up," beats and even try their hand at a special Yelp corn-hole game. Yelpers also got first access to Hotel Diva's Perrier lounge and were able to take a guided tour of Hotel Diva's formidable 7th Floor. Tim G was beyond impressed by the experience, gushing that "from the outside you'd never expect that the interior is so nicely decorated and furnished with modern furniture from such companies as Design Within Reach!"

All attendees agreed that the Yelp Elite Hotel Diva staycation, thanks to all of the amazing participants and  Danika and staff at Hotel Diva was one hotel experience that they'll never forget. Check out all of the fabulous reviews here, peep photobooth pictures from Jorge Novoa here, click here for photos from Asia and Paul at PHOTOSTUDIO29, and view photos from Hotel Diva's official photographer here.

Yelp St. Louis Elites "Hop" Into Spring @ The Amsterdam Tavern

Posted by Aimee

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What do you get when you mix St. Louis Elites, an impressive patio, idyllic spring weather, and local breweries? One heck of an evening! The Amsterdam Tavern hosted our April Elite event and 70 of us got to partake in a night that'll go down in the books. The event was called Yelp "Hops" Into Spring, in honor of the four local breweries that were on hand to sample their brews. Special thanks to 4 Hands Brewing, Urban Chestnut, Ferguson Brewing, and The Civil Life for giving us samples and telling us all about their local businesses and brewing methods!

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Michele C Catering was on hand sampling a seriously fresh spread: we're talking Mediterranean platters (hummus, egpplant and olive coponata), Mediterranean olives, tomatoes & cucumber chips, and assorted flatbreads. Add a variety of pizza from The Amsterdam Tavern and ribs and pulled pork from Bogart's Smokehouse to the mix, and every single craving we've ever had was satisfied. Needless to say, we didn't go hungry...

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No good outdoor bash is complete without a selection of games, and Elites got their competition on in games of cornhole as well as a human-sized Jenga game (thank you Party Pillars!) I'm sure plenty that were there that night will tell you that Jenga game was NOT as easy as it seemed! Every once in a while conversations were broken up with a crash of the blocks falling to the ground.

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While playing games and sampling brews, Alec Frisch & friends played some live tunes that kept the energy up and the fun going. It was also Norma H's birthday, so the entire patio sang Happy Birthday to her while she blew out the candles! Of course no Yelp event is complete without a photo wall, so guests made the most of our beer-themed setup.

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Special thanks to The Amsterdam Tavern for letting Yelp take over their patio, all of the local breweries that came out, Alec Frisch & friends for keeping us grooving all night, Michele C Catering for her delightful spread of eats, and DMGillespie Photography for capturing it all on film. Make sure to check out the raving reviews and also the full spread of photos on the Yelp Flickr.

Until next time... SYOY!

Aimeek
Aimee K
Yelp St. Louis Community Manager

Yelp Halifax Dines Local @ elements on hollis!

Posted by Ben

What's that? You thought that one big blowout bash would be enough to celebrate Yelp Halifax's first year of Eliteness? No way! You only turn one once, you know! Hot on the heels of our biggest Elite Event to date, 18 lucky Elites gathered for an exclusive Yelp Family Dinner at elements on hollis that won't soon be forgotten!

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With a 50km radius rule for all of their ingredients, Jim C is right when he says "you can't go wrong" at elements on hollis. "Great concept, great theme by partnering with the Farmers market next door and sourcing from local producers for their creations." Naturally, the promise of three courses of world cuisine prepared with local ingredients had Elites beside themselves with excitement. But we weren't just there to eat – there were some new techniques to learn direct from the Chefs themselves!

"As a food lover and someone who loves to cook," Charles T thought "starting the event with a demo on making pasta was a wonderful way to kick it off." The demonstration took us through the creation of our first course and "made it look so simple that" Colleen D might try making her own at home: "here's hoping this time I can do it without dirtying every dish and covering myself and the kitchen with flour."

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The Chef taught that agnolotti was "traditionally made with donkey meat," but as Murray W is quick to point out, "fortunately elements wasn't quite that daring," and went with a beef cheek and quark cheese filling for the pasta appetizer, with a spicy tomato sauce." Paired with a Gaspereau Seyval Blanc, this was a serious crowdpleaser.

Next up came Melanie M's favourite course - seared salmon with south shore boiled vegetables: "the salmon was perfectly cooked and seasoned, the vegetables were delicious." Paired with a Sainte Famille Baco Noir and served "with crispy bacon and hard boiled egg," the combination caught Mel by surprise: "Oh. Em. Gee. I am still blown away."

How do you top something like that? With a Garrison Nut Brown Beer Brownie, of course! "Combined with a malt caramel sauce and some whipped cream" in a Garrison stein, Emmanuel C couldn't have been happier. Or maybe it was the combination of the Domaine de Grand Pre Vidal Icewine and a full package of the evening's recipes that made him the happiest: "Oh my! Can't wait to try the recipes they let us take home with us."

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Food this good deserves better than shoddy smartphone snapshots which is why we were delighted to have Michelle Doucette join us! Be sure to feast your eyes on the gorgeous gallery! Or, if you want the Elite perspective, catch all the reviews on the event listing.

Sunday dinner will never quite be the same...

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Ben B

Yelp Halifax Community Manager

Yelp Halifax's First Burstday @ The Discovery Centre!

Posted by Ben

It might be hard to believe but just one year ago Yelp Elites in Halifax were sleeping off the aftereffects of the city's very first Elite Event! In the short twelve months since, we've been eliting it up east coast style but nothing can compare to went down on Thursday night at Yelp Halifax's First Burstday!

100 Elites and special guests were treated to a classy affair filled with fart machines, bubble rooms, and enough LEGO to build giant replicas of local landmarks! Yes – you read that right. We celebrated kiddie-style at the Discovery Centre with two full floors of interactive exhibits including the first look at their brand new LEGO centre that opened up just this past weekend.

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This kidcentric palace of play proved perfect for our crowd of kids-at-heart. Charles T kept busy "building a race track," and "getting blown away in the hurricane machine," while a little practice made Kimberley M sure she "could turn the fart machine into a regular music gig," and the Bubble Room had Rosalyn A getting her Finding Nemo on: "BUBBLES!!!!!!!! BUBBLES! BUBBLES! BUBBLES! MY bubbles."

But of course, some Yelpers like Jeremy M kept their focus on the classics: "Can we please just talk about the legos? For years and years legos were just my favorite thing and to have a chance to just be a kid and put them together in a mish mash of colours and styles, well that was just great." Eleanor B had a tough time picking a winner between Parks Canada's scaled version of the Halifax Citadel's town clock and her plus one's attempts to keep up: "Giant town clock Lego guy, you are impressive. Boyfriend's spectacular robot building skills, equally surprising. Who knew?"

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Naturally, it wasn't all just fun and games...we had incredible snacks up for grabs too! Familiar friends from Sweet Hereafter arrived with glorious cheesecake samples from their Quinpool café. Danielle L insists that if you haven't tried a slice, "then you haven't lived, it's the best cheesecake I've ever had." Meanwhile, Kim H is "happy to report" that "spanakopita and cheesecake go well together," a discovery made possible thanks to Blue Olive's delicious spread of cheese rolls, spinach rolls, and stuffed grape leaves. Lastly, we were very happy to help Made With Local make their official debut! Their all-local Dark Chocolate Cherry granola bar was "the stand-out item" for Maureen J who "really enjoyed chatting with the girls and hearing their story."

There was one big difference for Jill M: "normally the Discovery Centre is fun, but it's fun times a million when you go after hours and add adult beverages into the mix. Stutz Cider is my favorite, so I loved the bar selection." Murray W stuck with the "delicious" Brugal Anejo Rum cocktails, and Emmanuel C was happy to see a favourite wine on deck: "Peter Lehmann and I are quite good friends so it was a nice treat to see a familiar bottle."

One of the biggest thanks definitely goes out to the incomparable Timothy Richard whose photobooth was one of Ashley L's "favourite parts." His "amazing array of colourful props to go along with our Lego-inspired outfits" was an "instant hit" for Melanie M! Be sure to check out the full gallery!

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Want the full rundown? Go check out the amazing reviews and be sure to write your own if you haven't yet!

Until next time, see you on Yelp!

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Ben B

Yelp Halifax Community Manager

Yo-ho-ho And A Yelpy Bottle Of Rum!

Make that... five bottles of rum, five cocktails, five samples... Great things come in fives, it would seem.

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On one of the wettest, most miserable evenings Yelp MCR has ever seen (wait, we are in Manchester I suppose?), or as Rana M puts it, 'a bleak, wet and frankly depressing evening, I meandered through the alleyways of Mancunia towards Mojo. Felt rather strange Mojo-ing this early in the evening, but what can I say, I felt like rummin.' Yes indeed, our Yelpers braved the hideous sideways precipitation to warm their cockles with a rum masterclass at effortlessly cool City Centre bar Mojo

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It was an event we shared with our dear sister city Yelp Leeds, and the awesome and knowledgeable Sam came from that very Yorkshire branch to talk all us clueless Mancunians into a right rum education. The generous pourings meant things got a little blurry for some attendees. 'It's strange to wake up and know you want to give an event five stars and have only hazy memories of the night before but I guess that's what happens when you're plied with alcohol from beginning to end,' says Chris M, rubbing his head.

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And the event opened up Mojo to a whole group of Yelpers who'd never set foot in its wonderful doors before. 'Despite being a stone's throw from the office block that I've worked at for years, I'd never once ventured to Mojo before.' (Chris M again.) Says Lee Z, 'Mojo is a different kettle of alcohol, and as soon as we walked in, we knew we liked it – there are lots of bars in the Centre that I can quite happily pop into for a quick snifter. Mojo is one I could quite easily plonk myself down in for the long haul!'

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We sampled five different kinds of rum, each followed by a cocktail to share containing said rum. 'Yes, that's ten drinks each for those that are counting!' continues Chris M. 'The cocktails ranged from chocolatey creamy ones, to the fruity (and my favourite) Guarapita - something I'll most definitely be trying again. The good folks at Mojo were kind enough at the end to collect all the untouched samples and mix them all together to make Zombies - I know the propsect of five different kinds of rum all sloshed together might not sound all too appealing but they were scRUMmy! (Booo!)' Oh dear.

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As for that Guarapita... 'My favourite,' admits Andrew Y. 'It tasted like Lilt, but with a nice rum taste in the background - it blended really really well and it was quite frankly an amazing cocktail. I will be trying that out the next time I have cocktails – anyone got any excuse to go to a cocktail place soon?' I think we can sort something out.

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But it wasn't all about the rum, certainly for one guest! 'Oh my god I HATE rum,' Bethany O began with trepidation... 'But I LOVE Yelp!!!' That's what we like to hear. 'With our own special rum room I felt we were very important... I applaud those of you who are man enough to enjoy rum, but I'm going to have bow out of this alcoholic beverage and stick to my free Evian water. I did overly enjoy the beautiful Yorkshire crisps that were IN A TIN! What a novel and outrageous idea – the lamb and rosemary actually tasted like lamb and rosemary much to the shock of Natasha T and I!! Yes, crisps deserve a paragraph of their own. May I congratulate and thank Emma on a wonderful rum-hating, crisp-loving, Yelp-adoring event! I cannot wait for the next (minus the rum) :D'

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And for those with a sweet tooth, Stockport-based Wonderland Cakes offered up naughtily tasty miniature Mojito and Rum Raisin cupcakes, as well as squidgy chocolate brownies for any designated drivers. Gareth H claimed to 'have a unhealthy penchant for chocolate brownies and the ones on offer did not disappoint – they were great, as were the mini cupcakes and the Yorkshire crisps provided a tasty savoury diversion and certainly stopped our tummies from rum-bling (apologies, couldn't resist the pun).' Wait a second Gareth, puns are my jobLee Z declared that 'since attending Yelp events I don't think I have ever tasted as many gorgeous brownies in my life, and the ones on offer from Wonderland last night were up there with the best.' Now THAT'S an accolade.

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And as always after a Yelp Event, revellers were keen to return. 'I'll most definitely be back to sample some more in the Rhum room,' raves Clare G. 'As the good folk at Mojo's proved last night, it is indeed fantastic stuff to sip on neat. We got an expert overview of rums ranging from El Dorado 12 year (hailing from Guyana) to Santa Teresa (Venezuela) to a Martinique white rum (the name escapes me). We were given lots of info about the distilleries and the different styles of rum by a lovely staff member who really knows her stuff! Us lucky Yelpers also got to try each of the 5 rums in a delicious cocktail. I can wholeheartedly vouch for the high quality of the Mai Tais, Zombies, Guarapitas and Rum Alexanders after last night. We had one or two more but alas my memory fails me...' Don't worry, it happened to us all.

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Need a fourteenth opinion? Read the reviews, and don't forget to have a gander at the snaps on Flickr and FacebookTalk about it too! As Lee Z finished, 'It's starting to get very difficult trying to deciding which is my favourite event that I've attended, but because I liked rum before the event, and I like it even more after the event I'll give the accolade to this one... although that is probably only until the next one.'

And until that next one, SYOY.

Em

Over and out,

Emma-Lou 'Taking A Rum For The Team' H, Manchester Community Manager

April 29, 2012

Yelp Brooklyn Rocks Out at Red Oak!

Posted by peter d.

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On Friday night, Brooklyn's finest yelpers hit up Red Oak, a long-awaited newcomer to the Bay Ridge scene. This beautiful new restaurant and bar welcomed the Elite Squad in for a night of good friends (and awkward hugs), custom-crafted cocktails and delicious tastes of their contemporary menu, an enticing blend of modern American cuisine with Mediterranean influences.

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The night started off SMOKING; Claire was behind the stick shaking up refreshing Bulldog Gin cocktails (she makes a mean Tom Collins!), and this smooth London dry gin definitely got the party started! As Garrett P says, "There are 117 reasons that I wake up every morning, and 103 of them involve the possibility of delicious gin." Bulldog definitely fits the bill!

C2Properly lubricated, everyone was free to explore the cozy space, including what Yan T touts as "a cool outdoor garden which, on a suddenly cold south Brooklyn night, was magically heated. With summer coming, you'll want to snag a seat out there." Candlelight kept the mood magical for the evening, and Red Oak's amazing kitchen kept the food flowing. Yelpers sampled all sorts of skewers, mini-falafels, bacon-house-made hummus, and other tasty treats like bacon-wrapped dates that had Julia B exclaiming, "Daaayuuuum [Gina], this was the bomb!"

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All in all, Red Oak is a true gem in the heart of Bay Ridge and as you can see, ideal for a cocktail party! For those in attendance, be sure to leave your review of the event right HERE.

A huge thanks goes out to Sam, Fedy and the rest of the Red Oak staff for welcoming the Yelp Elite with open arms. Whether or not you made it out, make sure you check out all the photos courtesy of Melanie Fidler, and what people are saying in reviews and on Talk.

Cheers,
Peter D
 and the rest of the NYC Yelp Team

April 27, 2012

Yelp Manhattan's 'Stache Bash at Stash

It's no secret New Yorkers like a good party. What is a secret is the hidden away spots we like to dance the night away. Fortunately for us, yelpers are always in the know on what's hiding beneath the streets and last night Elites enjoyed an evening of celebrating those naughty secrets and then some during a private access party at Stash!

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Since no Stash party would be complete without a few ‘staches present, Yelpers dressed to impress in their hottest ‘fits while adorning their upper lips with some heavy fuzz. Mixing and mingling was encouraged with some strong Vision Vodka cocktails designed specially for our event. While the DJ kept yelpers grooving, SNAP provided some tasty bar eats like goat cheese stuffed mushrooms, crabcakes and chicken skewers.

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More than a few folks left with new friends, a new vodka of choice and a new spot to boogie down on their days off!

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For those in attendance, be sure to leave your review of the event right HERE. And definitely take a peek at the sexy, hairy and maybe a bit risqué photos by Melanie Fidler.

Until next time, SYOY!

- Jane K

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Yelp San Antonio pleYs at Stouts Pizza Co!

Posted by Krys Theilen

What do you get when you put together bands, booze, Twister, cornhole, delicious food and greatyelpers? A PLEY Elite event at Stout's Pizza Co., of course! But don't take our word for it, Elite Shawn G notes, "From the music to the Yelp goodies to the bean bag tournament out front, there was something for everyone here!" 

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Luckily these kids-at-heart Elites are all in the over 21 club, because Real Ale and Becker Vineyards were on hand keeping those "spirits flowing" all night, according to Brent L, who also notes that the "pizza kept coming out of the oven, one after the other" to the point that several Yelpers even got to go home with left overs to cure those post Elite Event munchies!

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Elites also rocked out to a great local DJ, Chris Diaz, and then got a sneak peak show from local favorite band, A Day Like No Other, who also passed out CDs to lucky winners! We can thank Carlos Pena, of Capii Media, for setting up his Digibooth photobooth and capturing all these great moments as Yelpers got to pleY the night away!

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You can peep the rest of the pics here or check out the rocking 5 star reviews posted here! Thanks to everyone who came out for giving your CM such a great time!

Until we pleY again, Yelpers, I'll SYOY!

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-Krys T

Yelp San Antonio Community Manager

 

Yelp Gets Cheesy at the Wisconsin Cheese Mart!

Posted by Rachel Fell

Cheese: it runs though our Wisconsin veins. We can't not love it, eat it, celebrate it, and frankly? Our cheese is the best cheese you'll find anywhere in the good ol' US of A. (Forgive us our confidence, but we feel it well-earned as Wisconsinites.)

Enter: Yelp Gets Cheesy at the Wisconsin Cheese Mart. A Yelp elite event celebrating cheese, beer, and general overall cheesiness? Yes please!

Stellar tap beer (Lakefront, Milwaukee Brewing Company, New Glarus, and more), wine, a cheese-making demonstration (fresh mozzarella, anyone?), a cheese-sculpting contest, a cheesy joke/one-liner open mic, and the best part? Sampling an amazing selection of the Cheese Mart's varied selections of artisanal cheeses along with fruits, nuts, and homemade cheese fudge. Nom!

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Cheese Mart gift certificates, an assorted variety of stellar cheeses (cranberry white cheddar and 12-year Swiss amongst others), and ginormous vats of cheese balls, macaroni and cheese, and Easy Cheese served as awesome prizes for our cheese sculpting contest, open-mic, and raffle. So much ridiculous cheesy fun!

Check the rest of the photos here and the reviews here...

Here at Yelp MKE, it's easy bein' cheesy.

Until next time, I'll SYOY!

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Yelp's Cocks n' Cuts @ Roosters Mens Grooming Center

Posted by Alex L

Everyone was the cock of the walk last Wednesday night at Roosters Mens Grooming Center in Roseville, a classy and classic barbershop with a modern twist. Elites and their guests trekked from throughout the Sacramento region for a manly evening of free cuts, close shaves, wine, cigars and smooth rhythms.

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The mood was naturally set by the shop's classic interior, with handsome wooden booths, old-fashioned barber chairs and the smell of cologne in the air. Guests of both sexes immediately set out to enjoy Cabernet and Barbera tastings from Andis Winery, a popular new winery located in nearby Amador County. "That wine is unbelievable. Not only is it good, I was advised that stores in our area carry the Barbera. Oh happy day!" shouts Tara H. Across the aisle were generous plates of cheese steaks, spicy hot chicken wings, fruit, olives and cold cut sandwiches provided by Granite's Wings & Grill.

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After the initial satiation, the scruffy elites realized they should take advantage of the free barbering. This is when we all discovered the true artistry of the Roosters staff. Yelpers sat down for free multi-step grooming that included a shampoo, scalp massage and hot towel treatment. The shave alone is a seven step process! "To be honest, I don't think my face has felt any smoother than a baby's ass than right now!" exclaimed Michelangelo S.

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The machismo-theme continued out front. While the rain poured down, yelpers enjoyed laid back tunes from MixMasters Audio. Perfecto Lounge was also on hand to offer up a sampling of some of their extensive selection of fine cigars.

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A very special thanks to Toney Seebra and the Roosters staff for their warmth and hospitality. Also a shout out to Dustin R, Yelp's reliable new intern in Sactown! For a visual of this eventful evening, check out the always-awesome shots from Phil Isidro of PureAddict.com.

For more details, enjoy the reviews!

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Yelp Sacramento Community Manager

Zomerkriebels Elite Event @ Kookerij de Singel

Posted by Philippine

"Aan de Aaamsterdaaamse grachten...heb ik heeeel mijn hart..." Oh nee stop. Aan de Amsterdamse grachten zit Kookerij de Singel! En daar hebben wij op woensdag 25 april zeker ons hartje voor altijd verpand. Wat een heerlijk relaxte, fijne, knusse avond. Helemaal in het straatje van de Kookerij1Kookerij de Singel is een 'huiskamer restaurant' dat ui-ter-ma-te geschikt is om lekker met een groep vrienden of familie te dineren. Het concept is simpel en tot in de puntjes verzorgd: Een piepklein restaurant wat bestaat uit de keuken beneden en 1 kamer boven. Je hebt deze 'huiskamer' voor jezelf: Net alsof je bij iemand thuis aan het eten bent en dan met het allerbeste aspect: Je hoeft aan het einde van de avond niks op te ruimen! Het kan nog wel eens lastig zijn om een geschikte locatie te vinden om uit eten te gaan met bijvoorbeeld 10, danwel 20 mensen. Dan is Kookerij de Singel je oplossing! Wist je dat ze ook lunch-arrangementen hebben? Nou dat hebben ze dus. En wist je dat ze heerlijke hapjes en echte 'home-made' food serveren, compleet met bijpassende wijnen? Bij deze! Het eten is seizoensgebonden, altijd vers en ontzettend ouderwets lekker; in de winter een goede stoof, in de zomer fris, licht, en lekker. 2Maar dat is nog niet alles. In de zomer zet Rob (de eigenaar) het huiskamer-gevoel eens even goed door op het water! Lekker borrelen, eten en drinken en wat is er nou Amsterdamser dan....? Juist ja! Varen over de grachten! De Elites verzamelden allemaal op een prachtige boot en het oer-Hollandse weer deed ons niks; gewoon de kap over de boot en met de Yelp superhero poncho steel je altijd show natuurlijk. Er waren veel Elites en de ruimte van Kookerij de Singel is perfect tot aan 20 personen. Dus deelden we de groep in twee! Groep 1 ging lekker naar de Kookerij en de tweede groep een rondje varen en borrelen op de boot. En halverwege de avond werd er omgewisseld. Allez! Changez! 3Wat een leuk concept! We liepen het trapje af, door de keuken en het trapje omhoog: Tadaa! We waren in de 'huiskamer'. Terwijl Rob uitgebreid vertelde over Kookerij de Singel, werd er genoten van heerlijke tapas-achtige kleine bites zoals eigen gemarineerde kippenpootjes, gamba's, artisjokken, manchego met balsamico, gerookte zalm, toastjes met heerlijke pesto en romige aïolie. Martine d was "zeer onder de indruk van alle hapjes". De zoetekauwen onder ons smulden van het toetje: mini-chocolade cupcakejes, verschillende koekjes, snoepjes, vers fruit (aardbeien mmm) en marshmellows. Sugarrush Heaven! 4Beste Rob en dames van Kookerij de Singel, ontzettend veel dank voor deze heerlijke avond! De uitmuntende uitleg, heerlijke hapjes en fijne wijnen gaven ons helemaal de zomerkriebels!

Magnifieke Yelpers, wat fijn dat jullie er weer waren!

Bekijk hier alle foto's en lees de reviews van de avond. Al hoorden we al goede geluiden! Nikki d heeft al meteen een avond geboekt! 

Jan V "heeft echt genoten en is trots dat er dit soort leuke restaurantjes in Amsterdam bestaan". Jade L "vind varen in Amsterdam echt ALTIJD een goed idee en als je dat ook nog eens combineert met lekkere hapjes...GEWELDIG".

 

Nogmaals onwijs veel dank en het was een top-avond!

SYOY (See You On Yelp)!

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Wednesday 25th of April... What. A. Night! The concept of 'livingroom restaurant' is what we now know as the best option to dine with a group! And what better way than to combine it with a typical Amsterdam-style boat tour along the canals?!  We didn't care about the typically Dutch weather, we were too busy enjoying ourselves at Kookerij de Singel!

7Kookerij de Singel is a so-called 'livingroom'-restaurant; private dining with a group of your friends/ family/ colleagues and enjoy lovely 'homefood'. It can be quite difficult to find a good restaurant to eat with large groups... Kookerij de Singel is the way to go! You'll have the whole restaurant to yourself! Did you know that you can also book them for lunch? Well here you go! And even better, in the summer you can combine it with a tour on a boat along the canals! And that's exactly what we did...8Elites assembled at a beautiful boat and the group was divided into two. One group went to the restaurant first and the other group took a tour along the canals. Halfway through the evening, the groups switched location. Wow and what a tour it was! Great view, a-ma-zing bites, exquisite wines, what more to ask for?! 9Inside Kookerij de Singel, Rob (the owner) explained the concept and the different options you have for lunch and dinner. Needless to say, we had to taste the excellent food of course! Artichokes, marinated chicken, several types of sausages, olives, and don't get me started about the dessert! Chocolates, mini-cupcakes, fresh fruits (strawberries yummm!), cookies and lots of sweets. Sugarrush anyone?! Top that with exquisite wines and Oh My Joy, what an exceptionally good evening!10Dear Rob and everyone at Kookerij de Singel, thank you so much for introducing us to this brilliant way to dine! Dear magnificent Yelpers, thank you for joining the event. It's always such a pleasure to see you!

 

Check out the reviews and don't forget to take a peek at the photos! I heard good things already... Caryn B was "thrilled to be on a boat again and very much impressed!". Kim S " I absolutely L-O-V-E the concept!".

 

As always, SYOY (See You On Yelp)!

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April 26, 2012

San Diego's Pant-less Prom

Posted by Danny Wurst

With the special season upon us over 300 yelpers gathered to celebrate San Diego style with a Pant-less Prom. On the rooftop of the La Jolla Cove Suites board short bottoms accompanied exquisite outfits for an epic elite event produced by The Abbey Catering and Event Design.

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While dancing to the music stylings of of DJ Dwin and enjoying one of the most beautiful views in all of SD, guests nibbled on delectable bites including tuna tartar, coconut shrimp, tomato shooters, humus dip, and more. Washing it all down was an array of beer, wine, and the quintessential spiked punch served by staff of super Abbey bartenders.

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Not a moment was missed thanks to the three different photo ops on site. Crowd shots were collected by Jon Begalso Photography, printed copies of arrival poses were provided by Project Photobooth, and even a fake ID station allowed yelpers to leave with an alter ego of their own.

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If you missed this one check out all the action here. You can peep those pics, or leave some love for the sponsors too.

Farewell and SYOY (See You On Yelp)

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Danny W San Diego Community Manager

 

Yelp LA Discovers the Arts

Yelp LA Discovers The Arts at The Autry!

It was a night at the museum in LA, and the only things to come alive were, of course, Yelp Elites! In celebration of LA's current-running promotion Discover the Arts, Yelpers showed up ready to take on the Wild, Wild West at The Autry. And if you’re like Richard K who “had not been back to The Autry since elementary school, it was quite a treat to be able to go back.” Indeed it was!

The intercultural center was goin’ for gold by giving Elites a chance to pan for some nuggets! While Yelp peeps might not have gotten actual capital, the night was still golden. With exhibit tours of the Autry’s latest exhibits, Pacific Asia Museum’s dragon puppet makin’ party, lighting up with lanterns from the Chinese American Museum, and craftin’ with Craft and Folk Art Museum meant no Yelper was leaving without exploring the arts. The hands-on activities allowed Amy S to “make a mean paper dragon and help connect with my inner child!” The Reagan Library and Aquarium of the Pacific were also on hand sharing their upcoming exhibits and events with yelpers and those touring the museum probably caught sight of Hollywood Museum's DVD on constant loop all night long (not to mention complimentary tickets for a future visit)!

Ddfe21f0-7a55-49c3-a9dd-73aa29fc824bwallpaperIn the cocktail area, guests were treated to the sound of dueling tunes, as Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presented Luke Jerra’s Play Me, I’m Yours with a colorful traveling piano designed by Frank Cubillos for yelpers to get their Chopsticks on, while DJ P-Dot provided the more well-rehearsed beats! To get things rollin’ with an artsy tipsy flair, Skirball Cultural Center showcased their latest exhibit with a game of Mah Jong solitaire, and even made their own exihibit-inspired concoction of mahjtinis with vodka, midori sour, honeydew melon and sliced ginger! More drinks were enjoyed like Hard Luck Candy Vodka cocktails that were so sweet tasting, Anita L “had to keep reminding herself that there was alcohol in these drinks!” St. Germain was in the house with a “light and fruity” champagne number that was “just perfect for a lightweight drinker” like Vickie C. With a selection of IPA and DBA, Firestone was overflowin’ the Elites’ cups with their well-crafted brewery.

As yelpers were filling up with liquor, The Far Bar was servin’ up Asian-fusion samples of mini pork sliders, brown rice veggie rolls, and Juanita D’s favorite concoction of “tuna tartar crunchy taco that was out of this world!” Yuca’s was also holdin' it down with crunchy chips, spicy salsa, and traditional-style chicken and pork tacos. According to Jenelle B, “Yuca’s did me right in so many ways. I loved their tacos even thought they didn’t have cheese. The meat was extremely flavorful and I loved the spicy kick that the salsa had.” For a sweet ending, Pacific Cheesecake Company was on deck to give samples of their tasty desserts, and for someone like James S “who doesn’t really eat sweets," he's sure his "waistline increased since he couldn’t get enough.” Newcomer Heart of Tartlets was definitely a hit amongst Elites with sweet tarts made of key lime and blueberry flavors and a savory cheesy zucchini.

Our friends from SnapFiesta provided a photobooth sesh all night long of Yelpers on a faux horse, with Western-style costumes and props, to capture the wild side of being an Elite. Yee-haw! And Paul Rupp Photography captured all of the activities on the candid front.

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The night ended with goodies from Justin’s (chocoalte hazelnut butter spread), Pretzel Crisps (addictive holiday edition chocolate-covered pretzels) and of course, awesome Yelp schwag! Thanks to The Autry and to all the sponsors, Elites discovered the arts and had a Yelpin’ good time!

‘Til next time, SYOY!

Yelp's Northern Exposure Elite Event

Posted by Jessica T

Words can't even begin to describe the breathtaking beauty of Nick's Cove this past Sunday. Yelp Elites basked in the North Bay sun to drive out to the absolutely darling Nick's Cove located on the secluded, silvery shores of Tomales Bay adjacent to Point Reyes National Seashore.

Excitedyeah_web-largeAttendees were able to explore Nick's Cove's picturesque cottages adorned with Pendelton blankets and private decks which overlooked an oasis of green rolling hills, classic Northern Californian fog, and lapping waves to lull you to sleep. 

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After exploring the wonder of the waterfront cottages, yelpers gathered  outside around a long rustic wood table for a truly formidable array of gloriously fresh bites, including barbequed raw oysters, deviled eggs with duck confit, buttery dungeness crab crab mac n cheese, delicate marinated chioggia beets, goat meatballs in a spicy tomato sauce with pickled cabbage, hot beef skewers with a chimichurri sauce, glorious garlic truffle fries and Nick Cove's own take of the quintessential California's It's It - the Nick's It - with oatmeal raisin cookies with vanilla ice cream and chocolate.

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To accompany the mouth-watering array of appetizers were hand concocted Charbay's tequila and vodka margaritas and grapefruit and ginger and cocktails  The grapefruit juice was hand-squeezed and the ginger added just the right edge for the phenomenal drinks. As the fog started to roll in, yelpers made their way indoors and crowded round Nick's Cove charming fire and celebrated the unique charm of Nick's Cove. Kelly K captured the idyllic evening perfectly: "A vacay at Nick's would certainly restore a tired soul, i can't wait to return!" Check out all of the five star reviews here and view all of the pics from our favorite PHOTOSTUDIO29.

Yelp Party Animals Run Wild At The Honolulu Zoo

Posted by Emi H

The call of the wild brought 1200+ Honolulu yelpers to the Honolulu Zoo for Yelp Uncaged! Co-sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu, guests dressed up in their beastliest attire for the yelpiest event in town. The Honolulu Zoo Society collected donations at the door and the Yelp community generously dished out almost $3100 in donations! Inside, the Honolulu Zoo brought out a few animals from their petting zoo to interact with party goers early in the evening.

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Be it hunter or gatherer, Yelp Uncaged fattened everyone up with food sampling galore from some of Hawaii's favorite eateries. Pop-up concepts, The Pig and the Lady and Miso & Ale delighted palates, while deep fried fanatics got their fill on Paul's Poppers and Street Frites.

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Waikiki favorites Hula Grill and PF Chang's charmed tummies with chicken lollipops and lettuce wraps. While locally owned Grylt and Tanioka's dished out delights of grilled fare, ahi patties and maki sushi.

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But that's only the tip of the iceberg! Herbivore-friendly fare, was served up by the folks at The GroveBlue Hawaii Lifestyle and Whole Foods. Party yeeps pounced on savory snacks from Hawaiian Chip Company and tasted the rainbow at Primo Popcorn.

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If that weren't enough, saber-sized sweet tooths were satiated with treats from Hawaiian CheesecakesSweet RevengeFairy Cakes and Uncle Clay's House of Pure Aloha. Rawr.

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As the sun set and stars began to twinkle, Mystical Sounds set the mood with neon lit trees and pumpin' beats that got those hooves tapping and tails swaying. Where else are you going to see the Yelpicorn (a yelping unicorn), a flying monkey and the Geico Gecko gettin' down? Recognize. The crew from Lightsleepers made their imaginations come to life through paintings of monkeys and lions.

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The folks at Shokudo kept the crowd bumpin' with an assortment of saketinis, sake shots and bevvies courtesy of Miller-Lite, Coors Light, Blue Moon and Waialua Soda Works. Aloha Beer showed its 808 spirit with an assortment of three locally brewed draft beers. Menehune Water quenched the herd's thirst with water stations.

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The Mobile Gamer Guys were surefire crowd pleasers as yelpers played Dance Central on the grass and geeked out on an assortment of games inside a tricked out RV. Color Whims etched out everyone's favorite Yelp glitter tattoos, while Confetti's Party Services brought animal instincts to life with amazing face painting effects.

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A million memories were being captured frame by frame at the Flipbooks Hawaii booth and everyone took their new profile pic at the Yelp photo station sponsored by Hawaii Photo Rental. The event went viral with social media kiosks by Pacific Digital Signs as guests took fun photos which were instantly shared on Twitter and Facebook.

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Maleko from Star 101.9 emceed the main stage events which featured basketball tricks by Kalani Ahmed, two flash mobs as part of National Dance Week Hawaii and a stunning aerial act by Samadhi Hawaii.

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To reward our fiercely furry friends for dressing up in animalistic attire, the night was capped off with a Yelpiest costume contest. Lucky first and second place winners, Gorilla's Best Day Ever and Barf (from Spaceballs) won roundtrip airfare to any US destination courtesy of Alaska Air!

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Want to relive those magical yelpy moments online? Hunt down the details via 5-star reviews, spot your friends in party pics by Shoots! Photography on Flickr and howl about it on Talk

SYOY & Aloha!

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Senior Community Manager

Yelp Honolulu

Salsa Revoluciones Overtake West DFW Yelpers @ Embargo!

"Who knew the Yelpers could move like that?" asked Allison P, and with good reason: she'd just gazed in amazement at West DFW yelpers seizing the dance floor like some sort of rhythmic coup. Such was the scene at the recent Salsa Revoluciones at Embargo, a smolderingCuban hideaway downtown which was the most recent scene of Yelp Elite shenanigans. 

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Yelpers sipped on ice cold Victoria beer, classic mojitos courtesy of Bacardi ("I really loved the sugar cane sticks they added to the drinks," chimed Minh N), and sampled all sorts of creative Cuban fare (Ceviche! Domincan sandwiches!) and then promptly got up and danced it all off to the salsa and bachata classes tought by Xzavier and company, and spun into the night by DJ Art. 

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And local yelpers are exclaiming: Tae S put it entusiastically: "Can I say CEVICHE and SALSA and super YUM!" Yes you can, Tae, yes you can. And Ana W asked rhetorically "Why haven't I been here before?" We don't know, Ana, but we're guessing you've got plenty of reasons to head back!

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Until next time, yelpers, Viva Embargo! Viva Yelp!

SYOY,

-Kevin N

South Bay Elites Get Schooled... In a Delicious Way!

Posted by Abby Schwarz

It's no secret that most avid Yelpers are also foodies, whether they love taking pics of the plate in front of them or are masters of their own kitchen. Imagine the pleasure and surprise that South Bay Elites experienced in an Elites-only class at the International Culinary Center! This world-renowned school has graduated the likes of Bobby Flay, Dan Barber and Wylie Dufresne - just to name a few! Strategically located between Napa and Monterey in Campbell, CA, who knew that we were so lucky to have an impressive, state-of-the-art facility in our own backyard? 

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For this VIP event, Elites were welcomed into the ICC after-hours for a truly unique food experience. Upon walking into the official cooking classroom, the ICC staff greeted them with charcuterie, cheese and champagne... can't think of a better way to start the learning process! Once settled in their seats, the Dean of Italian Studes, Chef Cesare Casella was introduced to the South Bay Elites. And yes, this Iron Chef competing, friend of Martha Stewart most definitely needed an introduction! He wowed the crowd with a demo/tasting of eggplant caponata. Although a seemingly simple dish, Chef Cesare showed off all the complexities of the ingredients and shared techniques that could easily be used at home. Veronica C "loved Chef Cesare's charm and humor. He kept talking throughout the whole demo trying to explain what he was doing, was always willing to answer questions, and never had a bad attitude. The caponata he cooked was delicious! There was always a different flavor in every bite, whether it was an olive, a caper, raisins.... amazing!" 

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For the second part of the evening, we were whisked away into the Mountain View dining room for a wine tasting class, taught by Laurie Lindrup, certified sommelier and Director of Catering/Special Events for the ICC. Upon first meeting, you'd never know that this Michigan-turned-California resident holds a Grand Diplôme from Ecole de Cuisine LaVarenne, a Cycle de Degustation from L'Academie du Vin, and a Certificate d'Attendance Patisserie from Le Cordon Bleu (all in Paris).Tres impressive! She led a crash course in Wine 101, everything from where wine comes from to the proper way to sip and spit. After the blind tasting, Peggy S had this to say, " I'm a wine drinker, and I can tell good wine from nasty wine (even though I'd drink them all nonetheless). But the intricacy in the art of wine tasting is beyond belief. We learned about the tasting notes, the color, the smell, flavor, and methods of elimination which leads to being able to (hopefully one day) tell one wine from the other." You're one step closer after that class, Peggy :)

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After class was dismissed, Elites were given a goody bag full of pastries from the sweets staff. "It was a great surprise when we were given a small goody bag filled with pastries.  My bag had chocolate truffles, and it was really good!  I wish I can have more..." gushed Rita V. The overall experience? 5-stars for sure! Lorrie M said it best: "There was food, there was bubbly, there was wine and surprisingly quite a bit of education." Read all the reviews and check out all the pictures on our Flickr page!

Until next time, SYOY!

Abby "trying not to burn everything I cook" S

Soirée Yelp Elite #1 à Bruxelles @ l'Amour Fou

Posted by Christoph

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HURRAY !

Le coup d’envoi des soirées Elite à Bruxelles a sonné, ce lundi 23 avril ! Pour célébrer l’évènement, une centaine de Yelpeurs ont fièrement arboré leur « nametags » à l'Amour Fou, resto-bar encore trop méconnu des bruxellois (mais ça ne saurait tarder). Un cadre convivial, un public jovial et éclectique, en route pour cet afterwork haut en couleurs (surtout la couleur rouge hein) et en musique ! 

Ce sont les deux jeunes propriétaires des lieux, passionnés de bonne bouffe et de vieux vinyles, j’ai nommé les sympathiques Pierre et Nassim, qui ont tenu les rennes culinaires de cette soirée. Au menu : Chips de légumes, Nachos et sa guacamole fraîche, émincé de Bœuf cru mariné, dippings, tapenades d'olives noires et purée de carotte au chèvre. Verdict en 5 lettres : Y-U-M-M-Y, que Melany R reformule en : « Super muy bueno » (avec l’accent mexicain bien entendu).

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Plutôt rouge, rosé ou blanc ? Le vin maison de l’Amour Fou, servi par les charmantes Alex et Séverine, se laissait boire comme du petit lait *. Les fans de bières n’étaient pas déçus eux non plus ! Quoi de plus normal que d’accompagner ces petites bouchées Tex-Mex par une Corona ou deux, partenaire officiel de l’événement (via Jetimport). Les plus braves (oui, c’était lundi tout de même) ont eux le temps d’hésiter entre les goûts Sureau, Litchi, Plantes ou Gingembre-Orange, offert par Bionade

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Pour le plaisir de nos oreilles, le dj bruxellois Rick Shiver nous a bercé avec une musique House, douce et entrainante, parfaite pour rythmer les discussions qui allaient bon train. En deuxième partie de soirée, c’est le duo belge Joy Wellboy qui nous a offert un showcase privé et accoustique, avec comme point d’orgue, leur chanson « San Francisco Bay »…comme quoi, le hasard fait parfois bien les choses ! (Et oui, Yelp est né à SF). Duo complice et énergétique, une belle cerise sur le gâteau pour cette soirée découverte. 

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Screen Shot 2012-04-26 at 1.29.05 AMProfitons-en aussi pour remercier Nicolas Lefébure et Olivier G (Full Tunes Production) d’avoir couvert l’événement à coup de photos et de séquences vidéo !

Nous laisserons à Maxime A l’honneur de résumer cette première soirée Elite : « Pleins de gens super sympas, des sourires sur tous les visages, des boissons en veux-tu-en-voilà, de fameuses rencontres, le tout, dans un lieu super cool, LE PIED TOTAL ! ». On comprend mieux la question de Nico V : « a quand la prochaine ? » Bientôt Nico, c’est promis !

Promis aussi Melany R, on réfléchira à deux fois avant de te couvrir de tatouages « I LOVE YELP » ;) … ou pas (hihi).

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Vous étiez de la partie hier soir et vous avez envie de partager votre experience ? Vous pouvez laisser votre avis ici. Pour visionner toutes les photos de cette soirée, allez faire un tour sur notre page Flickr

 ABSY** 

*Attention l’abus d’alcool est dangereux pour la santé. À consommer avec modération.

 ** à bientôt sur Yelp.

Christoph N, Brussels Community Manager.

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HURRAY!

Monday 23rd of april was the kick-off date of Brussels’ Yelp Elite Events ! Approximately 100 Yelpers gathered at l’Amour Fou, a too little-known (but not for long) bar & restaurant in the Ixelles neighbourhood. A comfy venue, a jolly crowd, off we go to what has been a colorful (mainly Yelp red of course) afterwork party. 

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Pierre and Nassim, the two young owners, both passionate about food and old vinyls, were the culinary Kings of the evening. On the menu : Vegetable chips, fresh guacamole and it’s nachos, marinated thin sliced beef, dippings, black olives tapenades and carrot purée with goat cheese. Our verdict in 5 letters: Y-U-M-M-Y, that Melany R loves to rephrase in « Super muy bueno » (with a lovely mexican accent of course). Red, white or rosé, the house wine, served by the charming barmaids Alex and Séverine, surely went down a treat. More fond of a beer ? What about a Corona ? Official partner of the event (via Jetimport) and the perfect tex-mex match with these types of snacks. The wiser ones (it was Monday, yeah right) could choose between different kinds of Bionade refreshments, another official sponsor.

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Now, what would be a party without great music ? For this launch, we were happy to welcome one of Brussels’ best Dj, Rick Shiver ! He played a smooth house music set, that fitted perfectly in this beautiful framework. Towards the end of the night, we had the chance to listen to the upcoming Belgian duo Joy Wellboy for an exclusive acoustic showcase ! Highlight of the night, their song talking about the San Francisco Bay ! I guess Fate knows what it's doing… Amazing and energetic gig, a lovely way to top it all. 

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Thanks to Nicolas Lefébure and Olivier G (Full Tunes Production) for the photo and video shooting.

Maxime A wrapped it up his own way: « Loads of great people, smiles on everyone’s faces, tons of drinks, great meetings, all this, in a very cool spot. It surely was a crazy night ! ». Now we see why Nico V is asking : « When is the next one ? ». Very soon Nico, promised !

 Oh and Melany R, promised, next time we’ll think twice before covering your body with « I LOVE YELP » tattoos…or maybe not ;) (hihi)

Read what party-goers have to say about this first event here. For more fabulous images of the evening don't miss our Flickr page.

 SYOY*

Christoph N, Brussels Community Manager.

* See you on Yelp !

Me


 


 

 

Yelp Elites Vegged Out @ Veggie Grill!

Posted by Don Bourassa

All hail kale! So goes the cry at the Veggie Grill, where 60 of Portland’s Elite Squad gathered on April 25, 2012 to veg out on some serious vegan food and sip on tasty beverages at Yelp's Veggin' Out Elite Event! This event may have turned even some hardcore meat eaters on to vegan goods!

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The fine folks from Veggie Grill welcomed the hungry Yelp crowd in with open arms. Yelp Elites enjoyed ordering full meals straight off the menu. As Jessica K notes, “Knowing this in advance, I salivated over their tantalizing menu all day.”  And the salivating didn’t stop even when the food hit the table. Burgers, kale salads, Thai chick’n salads, buffalo wings, wraps and pressed sandwiches were flowing like water and impressed even hardcore meat lovers. Jesse B swears “you'd NEVER KNOW it’s not meat. I got to sample the wings before we got our entrees and it was literally like 'I get this isn't meat but are you sure?' Wow. So good. Then I got my Grillin' Chikin' and didn't care. That sandwich was amazing, real meat or not.”   The food was plentiful and the portions generous. This may be the most food at any PDX elite event yet!

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And what better to wash down this fine fare than with tasty brews from our friends at Bridgeport? Kingpin Double-Red, IPA, Dark Rain and Hop Czar all made appearances to wash down the delicious fare. Those who prefer the fruit of the vine also indulged in some tasty red and a sparkling white wine. The fine folks from Veggie Grill kept the drinks coming all night. As Matthew A puts it, “the staff, the owner and his wife were on top of their game and clearly enthused about their foods. You can't help but love that kind of feeling.” 

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All in all, it was a fantabulous affair. Huge thanks go to Ed and his crew at Veggie Grill, to Janessa from Bridgeport, to Kevin and Chris (Manterns™ extrordinaire), and of course to the PDXYelp Elite Squad, without whom none of this would be possible. Don’t forget to drop a review about the event and peep the photos too. We’ll also post them on our Facebook Page and maybe even tweet about it. 

Until next time, rock out with your broccoli out. And SYOY!

Don “Broccomole” B.

 

April 25, 2012

Yelp Chicago Scores Big

Posted by Johnny Todd

Ahh, April in Chicago. For some it means flowers. For some it means better weather. But, for the Yelp Chicago Elite Squad, it means baseball and places to catch the game. It's a good thing that The Scout was ready to host Yelp's Big Pley and allow 200 Elites the chance to pley ball.

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Of course, pleying Yelp-style means eats and drinks. First up to bat was the tuna Tartare with avocado mousse, The Scout's Slider Trio (pot roast with provolone, short rib with horseradish & onion rings and pulled chicken with buffalo sauce) was next, tempura green beans with spicy garlic sauce loaded the bases, and to bring it all home, a selection of The Scout's famous Grilled Cheese monster sandwiches. Elites hit a libation-centered grand slam with signature cocktails from Ketel One and Ketel Oranje served up all night long.

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This South Loop hotspot was bumping throughout the night thanks to spinning skills of DJ Cabrera and DJ Fixed. And when guests didn't think they could take anymore, out came the raffle: $100 gift certificate to The Scout and tickets to see everyone's favorite North or South Siders. Sound too good to be true? Mark our words by reading reviews here and checking out photos from Bernard Costa here.

Until next time,

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Yelpers Party Like Rockstars At Yelp PVD's Backstage Pass Party!

Posted by Hilary H

In the words of the very wise Jaime H, "Yelp knows how to create a night filled with excitement, exuberance and extraordinary entertainment," and Monday night at the Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy was no exception! 200 yelpers rocked it all the way out at Yelp PVD's Backstage Pass Party, where cocktails were sipped, tasty bites were nibbled, and plenty of dancing to amazing tunes was done for a GREAT cause: all that yelping raised $600 for our fuzzy friends at the Providence Animal Rescue League!

Cook & Brown kicked things off with a gorgeous trio of tasty cocktails, and according to Carly B "they most certainly did not "dilute" what they do best - killer cocktails," including a fizzy French 75, traditional daiquiris and a very special negroni served on the rocks. Stone Brewing Co. drew in the crowds with Levitation Ale, one of Metal Jen's "favorites – hoppy and perfect for sippin on!" Them 'Ganssett boys brought it with their beautiful bock, "tall boys that couldn't be beat" in Stephanie M's opinion. Crispin Cider gave us something sweet to drink with not one but two ciders to choose from, and for those in need of straight-up hydration, Bai Infusions rescued with their delicious juices. Benny's saved the day with gallons and gallons of water for all those thirsty yelpers, and Bolt Coffee Co. kept the buzz going with their incredibly smooth and artfully-concocted coffee drinks.   BlogCollage1
The feeding frenzy was on with scrumptious Kobe meatballs with a delightfully tangy Parmesan and house-made focaccia from Pane E Vino. The crab cakes served by The American blew Joe D away with their "perfect seasoning," and the "warm, velvety, creamy lobster bisque with little chunks of lobster" was "delicious." Lola's Cantina & The Whiskey Republic provided "soft and chewy" house-made pretzels with a "tangy dijon mustard sauce" that amounted to "the perfect bite" to accompany all the tasty beverages.  BlogCollage2Kisha T usually "hates dancing in public...For some reason, you don't care who is watching when everyone is listening to the same song but dancing in their own world, and that's what happens in Silent Disco. It was AMAZING." Spogga kept it real and pushed it to eleven (it's one louder) with live-action tunes, "murdering the mashups as only he can do - Push It + Brown Eyed Girl?" Carly B was all over that madness. For those who needed some temporary tats to go with their rock'n'roll getup, Henna By Heather painted gorgeous designs on the bodies of many a yelper. The students that make Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy an actual academy set up shop… a beauty shop, that is and went to town on all those yelpers. Holly B was "a little hesitant about the hair and makeup at first," but bit that bullet and "decided to do it, and it made for even better pictures in the Shutterbooth, which was a great time as always!" The now notorious Brad Smith was poppin' pics of the party all night, capturing the madness of John L, who had "an amazing time. If you're a yelper in the Providence area and didn't get to go to this event, you missed out!" Wooing Scotsman Productions was there, too, making a soon-to-be posted movie of the mayhem that will surely go down in Yelp PVD history.

"This event was epic," sums up Jaclyn P. "Favorite. Yelp. Event. Ever… And in support of a great cause – WooHoo PARL!" 

Until next time, rock on!

CMs
- Hilary H, Yelp Providence Community Manager

London Elites Dipped In Chocolate

Posted by Katie

"Come with me, and you'll be, in a world of pure imagination…"

Last night the London Elite Squad flocked to Hotel Chocolat's first Roast & Conch store, in Covent Garden, to experience an evening of decadent chocolate treats, warming cocoa drinks and flutes of chilled Prosecco.

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Elites were led to the lower-ground café where trays of Salted Caramels, 66% Madagascan Buttons and Whiskey Truffles were being passed around to the soundtrack of chocolate-fuelled moans of ecstasy! These indulgent chocolates were washed down with samples of Classic Hot Chocolate, Cocoa Macchiato and Chocolate Chilli Mochas which were the perfect warming drink for the cold and rainy London evening.

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Conversation flowed as easily as the chocolate and Prosecco as the Elites mingled with one another and with the Hotel Chocolat staff, who were more than happy to talk about the magic of chocolate making! Hotel Chocolat own their own plantations and this Roast & Conch store roasts its own beans and makes its own chocolate on-site! Elites were keen to take a peek at the conching machine and its chocolate-churning cogs, and a close eye was kept on Rachel J who wanted to stick her head in it!

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We were lucky enough to have New York Elite in our midst who was keen to see a London event in action - I hope we impressed! We also had two first time Elite event attendees, Cecilia L and Amy S, who left in chocolate-induced comas!

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A huge thank you to the wonderful staff at Hotel Chocolat for hosting such a fantastic evening and being so generous with their 10% discount on purchases for the evening! Also a huge thank you to our ever-fabulous London Elite Squad for joining us for this chocolate extravaganza! You can check out the photos by Xavier Fiddes as well as the event reviews and join in the chatter on Talk.

"If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it..." - never have Willy Wonka's lyrics been so appropriate!

SYOY!

Katie B & the Yelp London Team

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Charlotte Elites' Sense-ational Evening at Yama Asian Fusion!

Posted by Nicole W

All five senses were heightened for last night's Yelp Charlotte Elite event at Yama Asian Fusion! Elites and their were treated to an evening of sensory fun that will not be forgotten! Feast your eyes on this delicious wrap up...!

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Upon arrival to Yama's lovely patio, Elites dropped off their tunes at the Elite CD swap, complete with listening station and an array of sure-to-be loved tunes. The Best of Wilson Phillips was one of the first to fly off the shelf, in addition to Angie P's Yelp Ultimate Running/Workout mix! John H remarks, "The CD swap was fun...there seemed to be an overwhelming amount of BackStreet Boys CDs in the pile...I rolled the dice and picked up a nice CD mix someone had created!"

Once tuneage was settled, guests sipped on three wines courtesy of Fetzer: Gewürztraminer, Reisling and Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc. And don't overlook the bevy of beer provided by Sapporo, by way of Tryon Distributing! For sake fanatics, Yama showcased its incredible rice wine knowledge with an array of sake tastings! Will H crushed hard on the "Gewurztraminer. Slightly sweet white wine but off-dry with heavy notes of floral and fruit – the perfect accompaniment to sushi. If you were not happy with beverage selection, I've got a glass of ice water for you to sip and then dump on your wayward head!"

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To go along with the beautiful array of beverages, Yama went above and beyond by bringing out massive boats filled to the brim with sushi selections, piles of fried rice, shrimp shumai, edamame and much more. Angie P says, "The sushi was delicious! Everything I put on my plate made my tummy happy."

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When it comes to the sense of touch, Elements Therapeutic Massage has it down pat! Elites were treated to comforting hand massages and back and neck massages just steps away from the party! Lauryn C found comfort through the hands of the talented masseurs: "Bobby from Elements Massage started my evening out right with a chair massage...I look forward to booking a full hour with Elements in the near future! That 5 minute teaser was all I needed to know that I'll receive a great massage from them."

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It's a good thing Tonya P from Poprock Photography was on hand to capture all the sense-ational action being had. Check out all the pics on our Yelp Charlotte Flickr page and be sure to Yelp your feedback by way of the official event review page!

Until next time, SYOY!

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-Nicole W

Yelp Charlotte Community Manager & Sushi Sensei

Soirée Yelp Elite à Lyon : Green Power chez Laspid et Archi Chouette

Posted by Camille L

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Le temps lyonnais est bien morne en ce mois d'avril 2012 ? Qu'à cela ne tienne, ce n'est pas cela qui allait empêcher plus de 100 yelpeurs lyonnais de se donner rendez-vous la semaine dernière non pas dans pas un mais deux sympathiques commerces de Lyon, pour la soirée Yelp Elite d'avril. Entre les boutiques Laspid et Archi Chouette, toutes deux situées sur la place du Griffon, les Yelpeurs n'ont pas su où donner de la tête ! Que la soirée démarre !

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Chez Laspid, jolie boutique connue pour ses t-shirts modernes et éco-responsables, les Yelpeurs étaient accueillis de main de maîtres par Seb et Baj (merci également à Delphine !), et invités à découvrir les petites merveilles de la collection actuelle de la boutique mais aussi une exposition de sérigraphies militantes croix-rousiennes by Papy Art : des affiches militantes et alternatives parmi lesquelles l’originale « Vélorution » de la première Manif à Vélo (qui remonte à juin 1974 !) ou encore celles de RadioCANUT, des premières mobilisations anti-nucléaire ou du comité populaire de défense du quartier contre les promoteurs « La Croix-Rousse n’est pas à vendre »… Un moyen de découvrir ou redécouvrir l'histoire de ce quartier des Pentes de la Croix-Rousse !

Pour Marie O : "Super bonne idée que la soirée soit mixée en 2 lieux ! J'ai hâte de retourner chez Archi Chouette ! Quant à Laspid, j'en avais déjà entendu longuement parler et ça fait bien plaisir que Yelp m'incite à enfin y mettre les pieds !"

Installé pour l'occasion dans la boutique, Petrus, brasseur de la délicieuse Bière Bio des Monts d'Or a fait de nombreux heureux (et heureuses) ce soir là. Ambrée ou dorée, les Yelpeurs ont pu apprécier le goût de cette bière locale, retrouvable dans la taverne de Curis au Mont d'Or ou chez Satoriz Mont d'Or, partenaire de la soirée grâce à qui Petrus avait aimablement accepté de venir convertir les lyonnais aux plaisirs de la bière bio !

 

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Autre lieu, autre ambiance, les Yelpeurs étaient invités à jouer chez Archi Chouette, boutique de jeux de société pour enfants, adultes et grands enfants. Un franc succès puisque de nombreux Yelpeurs ont été vus en pleine partie de Kalifiko, de Perplexus ou... de marelle ! Elise D confirme : "J'ai pu découvrir, de mon côté, entre deux chips de patate douce, un chouette jeu, "Kalifiko", qui sollicite grandement la mauvaise foi : forcément, j'ai adoré, excellé même ! Et force a été de constater que mes camarades de jeu n'étaient pas en reste en la matière !"

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Côté buffet, Yannick M pour Satoriz avait vu les choses en grand ! A boire : des jus et pétillants de pommes des coteaux Nantais, "le plus gros verger biodynamique français, à la fois producteur et tranformateur de pommes en pommes de bouches, cidres, jus, pétillants mais aussi purée de fruits, confitures".

A manger, de succulents sandwichs de la Nature à Emporter produits à Ambérieu en Bugey par Jean-Philippe, présent pour les servir et les faire découvrir pendant toute la soirée. Des sandwiches ultra locaux et éco-responsables (sandwichs et emballages entièrement recyclables), réalisés uniquement avec des approvisionnements locaux dans un périmètre de 160 km autour d'Ambérieu. En vente chez Satoriz, bien sûr ! En prime, les Yelpeurs ont pu déguster des chips de légumes bio venues d'Ardèches et fabriquées par la société Crousti'sud, ainsi que, dixit Yannick M, du "chorizo végétal (clin d'oeil à Nico d'Archi Chouette) ou des Biscru, crackers en rondelles bio sans cuisson ni friture, fabriqués en Isère !

Serena S résume : "La soirée Yelp était comme je l'imaginais ! Un très bon accueil, des gens sympa, deux lieux super chouettes (vous avez saisi le jeu de mot ?) J'ai découvert d'excellents produits : les petites chips sucrées salées étaient délicieuses, mention très spéciale à la bière bio ambrée qui était fameuse et +1 pour le sympathique et beau Petrus !"Soirée Yelp 18_04_2012 BD©www.b-rob.com_103Soirée Yelp 18_04_2012 BD©www.b-rob.com_69

Bilan de la soirée ? Des Yelpeurs heureux (on l'espère !), des tonnes de découvertes gustatives, de jeux, d'achats, de promesses de retour dans les deux boutiques et une CM lyonnaise ravie de sa soirée, comme toujours ! Un mot de conclusion par Chris P ? "Excellente soirée, débutée par un High Five de notre CM de choc, suivie par une bonne bière et quelques chips de cèleri, le tout en compagnie d'une bande de Yelpeurs en grande forme (le pouvoir de la force verte ?!?), dans deux endroits sympas et accueillants. What else?"

Si vous étiez là mercredi dernier et n'avez pas encore partagé votre expérience, vous pouvez laisser votre avis en cliquant ici. Pour plus de photos de l'évènement par Brice Robert (merci !!), allez faire un tour sur notre page Flickr. 

ABSY* !
Camille L
Lyon  Community Manager
* A bientôt sur Yelp

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For this April 2012 Elite Event, more than 100 Lyon yelpers had an appointment not with one but with two shops of the Pentes de la Croix-Rousse district, in Lyon's city center. Let the party begin! And the bad weather this month in Lyon is not going to stop a single Yelper!

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First stop: Laspid! This beautiful shop is renowned for its trendy organic t-shirts, all with cool and limited designs. For the occasion, the Yelpers were welcomed by Seb and Baj (thanks also to Delphine) and invited to discover or rediscover the shop's creations, but also a silk screening exhibition with posters of local Croix-Rousse activists, by Papy Art. A great way to discover the spirit of this neighborhood! For Marie O : "It was such a great idea to mix 2 places! I can't wait to go back to Archi Chouette! As to Laspid, I had heard so much about them, it's really cool that Yelp got me to eventually visit the shop!"

Inside the shop, Petrus, local brewer of the delicious local beer Bière Bio des Monts d'Or serves his beer and makes many happy Yelpers. Lots of them already promised to go back to the taverne de Curis au Mont d'Or or Satoriz Mont d'Or to buy some more beer! Huge thanks to Petrus and Satoriz for convertir the Lyonnais to the pleasures of organic beer!


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Second stop: Archi Chouette! A trendy board games shop for kids, adults and adult-children! The shop was a huge success and was soon transformed into a giant schoolyard, with Yelpers playing games named Kalifiko or Perplexus and having much fun! Elise D confirms : "I got to discover, in-between two veggie chips, a great game called Kalifiko, which requires a huge quantity of dishonesty and needless to say I was really good at it, and so were my game partners!"

As to food, Yannick M from Satoriz didn't come bare-handed to the party! Delicious apple juices from coteaux Nantais and amazing local sandwiches from Nature à Emporter produced not far from Lyon in Ambérieu en Bugey by Jean-Philippe, who was there to meet the Yelpers during the party. His sandwiches are both local and eco-friendly, and made from ingredients to be found in a 160 km wide range around Ambérieu only. And they're sold in Satoriz, of course! Yelpers also got to try organise vegatables crisps from Ardèche by Crousti'sud, and according to Yannick M, "veggie chorizo and Biscru, round organic crackers un-cooked and un-fried, manufactured in the region too!

As Serena S sums it up: "This Yelp party was just as I imagined it! Friendly people, super cool venues and excellent products: the small salted crisps were delicious and I especially loved the organic beer which was so good! And the very nice Petrus!"

In conclusion? Happy yelpers and happy local businesses (we sure hope so!) and a very happy Lyon CM!

Read what party-goers have to say about this event by reading the reviews here. For more fabulous images of the evening by photograph Brice Robert (thank you!), don't miss our Flickr page.

SYOY*,
Camille L
Lyon Community Manager

* See you on Yelp !

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April 24, 2012

Rum In The Sun with Manhattan Elites at David Burke Treehouse

Weather in NYC is a fickle beast and has us New Yorkers suffering through Goldilocks-like impatience when it’s too hot or too cold, too wet or too windy when all we really want is some sunshine and a light breeze.

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Well folks, we hit the jackpot on Saturday for our Yelp Elite Rum in the Sun fiesta at the beautiful David Burke Garden and Treehouse at the James Hotel in SoHo. Situated above the famed David Burke Kitchen, this outdoor space is equipped with green grass, cabanas, two bars and plentiful gourmet bites perfect for enjoying the impending warm weather.

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To celebrate the opening of this multilevel oasis this week, we partnered with our friends at Starr African Rum to hold a seasonally primed cocktail competition posing six of NYC’s hottest bars and restaurants against each other to create the tastiest rum cocktail they could dream up. Here are the contestants:

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David Burke Garden & Treehouse "Sugar & Spice" by Katie Mulholland

Apothéke "Blue Mauritius" by Nick O'Connor

Bathtub Gin "Vivacity" by Jack James McGarry

Yerba Buena "Latin Fizz" by Alex Valencia

Macao Trading Co "redSTARR" by Vincent Vitek

1534 "Les Comores Sour" by Justin Noel

1534’s concoction won the popular vote from Yelpers by collecting the most buttons throughout the course of the event. We can all agree, however, that everyone was a winner after tasting, meeting and greeting under a clear sunny sky. David Burke Kitchen paired all this rummy goodness with mouthwatering small bites: lobster egg rolls, short rib dumplings, gazpacho, eggplant cream tarts and as a finale, their notorious cheesecake lollipops that had yelpers buzzing as much as the rum! David Burke himself also made the rounds, joining yelpers in conversation and snacks throughout the afternoon.

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HUGE thank you to all the participating bars for bringing their A game, Starr African Rum for the boozy ingenuity and of course, David Burke Kitchen for hosting us.  If you weren’t there, be sure to check out the above bars and restaurants to try the drinks yourself. And if you were there, be sure to leave your review of the event HERE. Check out the photos from yelper Wing L and chime in on Talk as well!

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

- Jane K & Yelp NYC

April 23, 2012

Columbus Elites Sing Their Hearts Out @ Banana Leaf

Posted by Christina C.

Ain't no party like a karaoke party! Throw in spectacular Indian street food courtesy of host, Banana Leaf, (three courses of it to be exact), a yelper-to-yelper beer swap, and a kick-ass DJ and you have yourself one amazing night! That was the case for the lucky Elites who attended the Yelp Elite Beer Swap & Karaoke Party.

    

Dozens of Yelp Columbus Elites were treated to an intimate night filled with a buffet of Indian street food provided by Banana Leaf. From chaats to lassi, Columbus Elites dined in excess courtesy of our fine hosts.

Each yelper brought a six-pack of their favorite brew to trade with three other party guests, which resulted in an overflow of local beer love!

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Rumor has it that there were some hidden angelic voices among the Yelp Columbus Elite Squad. Luckily Dave from Excess Karaoke helped bring out the inner Adele in everyone who attended. Watch for yourself herehere and here.

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If you missed the fun but want to read the reviews, check 'em out here. And please give us your feedback if you were there for all the action!

Capturing the event from all angles, Yelp Elites submitted their own photos of the event for a chance to win a $25 gift card back to Banana Leaf. Congrats to Stephanie K & Matt R for the winning two shots!

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As parting gifts, everyone left with movie tickets to "Wrath of the Titans" or "The Lucky One", courtesy of The Owens Group/Warner Brothers!

Until the next one, SYOY!

Christina C
Yelp Columbus
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East Bay Elites Go Back Inside the Artist's Studio 2.0!

Posted by Nique!

Elite events always guarantee groovyness, but there was something especially charismatic about our second Elite peek Inside the Artist's Studio at Cotton Mill Studios on Friday, April 20th. Maybe it was the rare "chance to interact with real artists and be surrounded by contemporary art at the place where it is conceived and created," Augusto T muses. Or perhaps it was the fresh-out-the-keg Lagunitas Lucky 13, complimentary beautification by Glow Salon, the memories made within Photobooth Royale, or the convivial yelpy company on this absurdly sunny Friday evening? Probably a bit of each. F3collage1

It was time once again for Cotton Mill Studio's quarterly F3 open studios night, a communal phenomenon John Z describes as such: "Four times a year, Cotton Mill residents open their homes, their crafts and arts, and their visions to the outside. Though 'outside' seems an unnecessary contrast, as the visitors echo the hosts' urban artsy vibe. All friendly, all communal, all engaging." As tradition would have it, Yelp Elites were granted access to Suite 115, the inspiring home of two local artists. Their kitchen became the Zu Vodka bar, their living room a Hot Italian kitchen. Praising Hot Italian's thin-crust bounty, John Z professes "the Murino - with mozzarella, sliced pear, Gorgonzola cheese and a whisper of honey - is something I would eat and serve for any occasion." The entryway was transformed by Photobooth Royale's inviting white tent, while the dining area was converted into Glow Salon's styling station for the evening, doing "the impossible", Markus N notes: "making already beautiful Yelpers even more stunning."

Outside on the patio, Lagunitas poured full glasses of their freshly tapped IPA and Lucky 13, Kunde Family Estate treated guests to chilled Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, followed by a hearty Zinfandel with a dark chocolate pairing. Since this Elite soiree was merely a warm-up for an evening of exploration throughout the Cotton Mill, Guayaki Yerba Mate provided organic energy in the form of Pure Enlighten Mint, Pure Body, and Pure Passion tea. With the good vibes flowing freely, Elites easily made themselves at home in this uber-unique venue. F3collage2

Local art covered the walls, a vintage gameboy captivated passers-by, DJ SeenMR sent a soothing, rhythmic pulse into the crowd. It was the start of a beautiful weekend, indeed. From there, yelpers ventured throughout the upper floors of the Cotton Mill, stumbling upon curious delights like burlesque performances, pole dancing, inprov comedy, a designer marketplace, and glimses into the artsy life. "I'm definitely loving the Cotton Mill Studios and all it invokes as another one of Oakland's many good times," raves Stephanie M. Adding his approval, John Z cherishes his Elite status for nights such as this, and "for experiences both local and new...delivered with style, pampering, and a virtue of graciousness that's always appreciated and occasionally even osmotic." We're glad you felt it too.

Re-live the reverly, artistic awakenings, and Friday-induced smiles on the event review page, Flickr, and Facebook.

Counting down the hours until our next tragically hip, insider experience...


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Nique F & intern extraordinaire, Jocelyn B

Triangle Elites have a Pajama Party!

Posted by Christina Gates

The best way to spend a sleepy Saturday evening? With Yelp and Wilmoore Cafe, no doubt! Our gracious hosts opened their doors just for us... and Elites across the Triangle donned their Hoodie-Footies, Forever Lazies, Snuggies, Slankets, and sweatpants, and gathered for an evening of low-key fun like you haven't had since middle-school sleepovers!

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Wilmoore, "one of the newest/coziest spots in downtown Raleigh," according to in-the-know Andrew W, sprung some snacks on us. Portabella banh mi, crostini, and -- Salted Belgian Chocolate Chip Cookies. Lord have MERCY," yelps Cait H, "Jay and I had 3 each. It's pretty much all we talked about on the ride back to Cary!" And top that all off with fresh coffee for a weekend buzz! Other yelpers were buzzing thanks to different bevvies -- complimentary cups of Savida Sangria and bottles of Great Lakes Brewing.

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And for entertainment... giant Jenga just about says it all! Yelpers warmed up to each other over Apples to Apples, Bananagrams, Connect 4, and more; made friendship bracelets for their +1s, and even painted each others nails! All that was missing was a good old-fashioned pillow fight!

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Go ahead and pass a note to your fellow yelp friends via a review. And catch the antics in our photo album (thanks, Phil G for shooting!).

I'll see you all for our great, big Yelper Party in June!

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Yelp NC Triangle Senior Community Manager

Mother's Ruin This Ain't!

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How do we Mancunians rid ourselves of the wet Wednesday woes here in Cottonopolis? We cosy up with some Brockmans, a dash of ginger ale and get schooled in the art of gin production (and the drinking of it, of course), in the beautiful and peaceful setting of Manchester's unique champagne bar Épernay.

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Right after everybody clocked off from the daily grind of the 9-5, Brockmans kindly provided intensely smooth gin aplenty, made with their specific blend of botanicals. Whilst learning about the history of gin, Yelpers and gin enthusiasts alike got to sample Brockmans neat, in fruity Martini form, and were served glass after glass of a delicious Brockmans cocktail made with ginger ale, a slice of lemon and a fresh blackberry.

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For a CMYE with a difference, Nate from Épernay and Hazel from Brockmans went above and beyond the call of duty, not only providing useful and unique information about the product and gin in general, but also talking to each group of lucky attendees individually. It was a night to remember, and the perfect way to see in the start of Manchester's spring season.

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(L-R – Chrissy M, Chris M, Emma-Lou H and Gabi S)

Thanks to Nate, Hazel, the staff at Épernay and Jody Hartley for his lovely snaps. View the rest of them on the Yelp Flickr page, and SYOY!

Until next time,

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Emma-Lou H, Manchester Community Manager (and her gin-soaked fiancé Chris M)

 

Yelp Montreal's Spring Fling Elite Event in Jean Talon Market

Posted by Risa D

Saturday afternoon one sprightly April in Montreal 100 Yelpers partied at Le Pourvoyeur Pub in a gorgeous room looking out over Jean Talon Market for Yelp Montreal's Spring Fling Elite Event.

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Spring was in the air as stylish Yelp Montreal Elites and their guests enjoyed fresh cocktails by Courvoisier and Maker's Mark, local Blanche de Chambly and St Ambroise Noire beers, white and red wines from the Pourvoyeur's electic list, alongside a parade of heaped trays of deliciousness. Savory and sweet bites were served from the brand new Pourvoyeur menu including the "best mini pogos, EVER?" according to Rawan K. Not to mention smoked salmon, duck rillette, prosciutto wrapped asperasgus, and for dessert sweet piles of brownies with strawberries.

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A heated contest of Yelp-O saw Claudine L making lots of new friends as she won the race to fill our her card and took home the grand prize of a pair of tickets to see Yann Tiersen - most famous for his work on the soundtrack to the movie Amelie - thanks to beloved local independent event promoters Blue Skies Turn Black. The Spring Fling sprung and swung with surprise musical performances by Montreal favourites Mike O'Brien with Michelle Tompkins, and the Ukulele Club of Montreal. Matthew P heralded it "a great taste of Montreal flavour. Local, finger picking sensation Mike O'Brien" was followed by "the most Ukuleles I have ever seen in one place, topped off with a 'travelling minstrel' walkabout to the core of the Jean Talon market, singing a rendition of "Hit The Road Jack"" with ukes and Yelp Kazoos adding surprise, delight, and dancing to the lives of farmers and shoppers.

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Check out all the adorable photos from this fresh event by James Andrew Rosen.

Until the next one,

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Risa D, Montreal Community Manager signing off.

 

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Samedi après-midi à Montréal 100 Yelpeurs ont fait la fête au Pub Le Pourvoyeur dans une jolie salle privée qui donne vue sur le marché Jean Talon.

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Le printemps était dans l’air alors que les Élites Yelp stylés et leurs invités ont profités de cocktails frais, offerts par Courvoisier et Maker's Mark, accompagnés de bouchées sucrées et salées incluant des minis pogos, du saumon fumé, et des brownies aux fraises.

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Un concours captivant de Yelp-O a permis aux plusieurs nouveaux Yelpeurs et invités de la soirée de se faire de nouveaux amis tout en étant à la course pour remplir la carte de Yelp-O, pour une chance de gagner le grand prix, une paire de billets pour le concert de Yann Tiersen, artiste mieux connu pour sa musique de la trame sonore du film « La fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulin. » François D a trouvé « l'idée du bingo brillante! C'était une bonne façon de briser la glace pour aborder les groupes qui étaient présents. Je peux dire que j'ai fait la connaissance de plusieurs personnes fort sympathiques et j'ai eu des conversations intéressantes et drôles avec de nombreux invités. Mission accomplie, donc. »

  Aprilmontreal3Parlant de musique, l’affaire de printemps n’aurait pas été compète sans les performance musicales surprises de Mike O'Brien et Michelle Tompkins, puis du Club de Ukulélé de Montréal. À la suite de la fête, un groupe de braves de joueurs de ukulélé et de Yelpers armés de kazoo ont paradés dans le marché pour une prestation rapide à la « flashmob » qui a réjouit les fermiers et les clients. Benoit L le résume l’après-midi si bien et a déjà hâte à la prochaine fois : « Quel évènement extraordinaire! Super bel endroit, la musique était excellente et les gens très sympathiques. »

A la prochaine!

Risad-april

Risa D, votre Mtl CM.

Yelp Orlando Rocks The VIP Lounge @ 2012 Florida Film Festival

Posted by Colleen Burns

Every year the Florida Film Festival premieres the best in current independent and foreign cinema. And this year they celebrated their 21st anniversary by bringing Orlando more of the best. With over 160 cutting-edge films, 100 visiting filmmakers, plenty of special guests, and non-stop events, this festival rocked Orlando for 10-days filled with Film, Food, and Fun. YelpFFF

Yelp Orlando had the pleasure of premiering the Yelp VIP Lounge during this 10 day fest where Filmmakers, guests and yelpers had a relaxing place to meet up and cool down for an exclusive, VIP experience. Open daily at the Festival, various sponsors set the stage for a truly relaxing experience. 

EuroLiving set the ambiance with providing amazingly loungy furniture that brought a feel of MIA to ORL. We raffled off 10 days worth of Yelp goodie baskets including rare Yelp swag, gifts certificates and FUC items! Relaxation was brought to us by the talented massage therapists of Balance Massage and Structural Bodywork. Henna by Beachcombers BazaarMaria Bolton CaricaturesSee Live Magic and In Style Hair provided fun and pleasure to all those who checked into the loungeNawganHonest Tea and 5HR Energy kept everyone hydrated and cool. 

SNAP! Studio Booth captured tons of great photos from the event and premiered their new photostrip booth; encapsulated all the fun from opening night throughout tons of featured events during the fest. Check out all of the photos here

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A huge thanks to the Orlando Yelp community for the support of this awesome event. We rocked UYE: Taco Tuesday (make sure to check out an exclusive interview here), an Elite after party, Sunday Funday, Movie Trivia Night and a @YelpOrlando tweetup. Such a fabulous ten days! Hope to see you again next year!

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. Check out all of the photos on the Florida Film Festival site, our YelpOrlando Facebook page and our Flickr page! 

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Until next time,
SYOY,

Colleen B.

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Yelp Cincy's Never Ending St. Patty's Day Party!

Posted by Alex Shebar

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Just when your head stopped spinning from the last one, Yelp Cincinnati decided to do St. Patty’s Day all over again.

Taking over the back private area and the fantastic outdoor patio right on the Ohio River. Yelpers came out to Claddagh Irish Pub for a night of fantastic food, drinks, prizes and excellent company at Yelp's Never Ending St. Patrick's Day Party!

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Energizing - that's how I'll describe it after a long work day. Once we arrived and greeted with excitement and so many wonderful things going on. How could you not feel energized? Positive vibes all around. We loved to talk to so many awesome yelpers and meet a few new ones.” Ann L declared

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When Yelpers entered the room, they were greeted with a warm smile and a giant table full of classic Irish dishes: scotch eggs, mushrooms on toast, breaded chicken, braised lamb and more.

Then, when people thought they could eat no more, it was time for dessert including bread puddings, mango sherbet chocolate mousse and lemon pies. The works.

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To wash it all down was a rainbow selection of beers, from Harps to Smithwick's (with free Smithwick's glasses) to Guinness - the local Guinness rep was even on hand, teaching yelpers the proper way to pour one.

“Mike the rep did a fantastic job of showing the Guinness Proper Pint. I had no idea ordering a Guinness was so complicated. Barkeeps must hate that. Apparently, Guinness needs special attention as it is the world's first nitrogen inflation beer,” Scott M told us.  

Not enough? How about a little Irish Whisky with free Killbeggans. Ah yes, just grand.

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It was Claddagh’s beautiful back room, with the beautiful wood beams and tables, and outdoor patio on the gorgeous April Day, that really made the event shine.

“You can always tell when an event has been a complete success. People just keep hanging out even after the drinks stop flowing. And people were still around until almost 10,” according to Stacey L.

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

Till the next one!

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Alex S, Senior Yelp Community Manager

April 22, 2012

Yelp Louisville Does Derby

Posted by Rachel Ford

Before Thunder officially kicked off Derby Season Saturday, Yelp Louisville prepared for the weeks of partying with...a party! There was plenty of horsing around at this Pre-Derby throw down April 18th at the elegant Cafe Classico. From a spread of cheeses, fruit, and olives to an array of Cellar Door Chocolate's incredible bourbon balls, the snacks were plentiful. Alex K tried his best to sample "8 of 16 Bourbon Ball flavors" from Maple to Smokehouse to Brown Sugar - "wowza!"

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And you can't have a Derby party without a "proper" Mint Julep. Maker's Mark provided the whole sha-bang, with shakers, simple syrup, mint, bourbon, and 2012 Derby glasses dipped in gold wax just for the Yelp Elite! Kathy V can't wait to impress visitors by touting her new skills in "how to make mint juleps so I don't have to buy it pre-mixed."

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And it doesn't get any fancier than the elegant hats and fascinators from Dee's. Every size, shape and color you could imagine, perfectly created to accompany your Derby and/or Oaks dress. Even the guys had fun posing in the fantabulous headware.

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Finally Elites entered the races with a match the Louisville horse statue to the location game and a team Julep off! They chose from mint, rosemary, basil, fresh fruits, and flavored syrups to concoct their very own cocktail in a timed competition. The roses went to Gregory G's team who modestly explained that "the best part of the evening was the irony that my wife and I succeeded in creating a modified mint julep that wasn't merely tolerable...but actually won something!" Not just their very own shakers and Derby Party gear, but their cocktail on Cafe Classico's menu for the next month! Cheers to that!

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Read all the reviews and join the conversation! And until next time Louisville...

SYOY (See You On Yelp!)

Rachel F

April 20, 2012

Yelp Leeds' Set Sail At MOJO For A Rum Fest!

Posted by Rowena Harris

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It might have become a typical April, with the precipitation interspersing our days without warning, yet a mite of rain is hardly enough to prevent the good folk of Yelp Leeds from questing out. This fine evening saw folk set sail on the mighty ship MOJO, the destination being their Rhum Rooms, where x well and truly marked the spot for all kinds of golden treasure: rum. In another glorious, and heartily plunderous adventure, this Elite Event was one of splendour, stories and sumptuous swiggage.

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The journey began at the entrance of MOJO, where Pirate Big Beard welcomed the land lubbers aboard. The shipmates piled in, and as they made their way up to the top deck, were welcomed into the becalmed folds with a Dark 'N' Stormy, whilst awaiting the rest of the stragglers. As folk had a natter and a catch up, their inner pirates took over, and everyone delved into the treasure chest to become a vision of villains complete with swords, eye-patches and parrots.

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The already readied, Captain (Bar Manager) Samantha began the rum quest, introducing everyone to MOJO, and delved into the folklore of the venue. The bar was forged from a love of excellent drinks and fantastic music, something rustic but timelessly cool, something inviting but dirty, "like some long forgotten blues riff", and fortunately for Yelpers, rum was the perfect adventure to partake of at this ultimate stalwart on the Leeds bar scene: their dedication to the drink has seen practically the entire back bar upstairs filled with various selections, and thusly the 'Rhum Room' couldn't be more apt a moniker.

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The first destination was Ron Zacapa 23yr. from Guatemala, a delectably drinkable and pricey treasure to get one's mouth around. As folks took in the history of the rum, they were invited to take a tipple, and get to grips with the strong flavour. Made from sugar cane honey, the notes included vanilla and toffee, making it incredibly smooth to drink and perfect to enjoy simply by itself. To educate the seafarers, Sam issued out drams of Sugar Cane Honey and Molasses, so that everyone could try the ingredients that go into the process of making rum, which were delightfully sweet and richly treacle-eqsue, respectively. Following from the pure sample, First Mate Jos rustled up some fantastic Old Fashioned samples, to exemplify how the scallywags may enjoy Ron Zacapa 23yr. in a cocktail, which everyone pillaged with gusto.

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The next port of call was El Dorado 12yr., hailing from Guyana. This smooth pirate-worthy drink is a molasses based rum, blended with rums no younger than 12 years old, and sinks down like a happy anchor, with sumptuous hints of honey and dark sugar. The cocktail paired to demonstrate the sample was an expertly mixed Rum Alexander, settling the squall in every guests' desire for more rum.

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After that, folks were sent to destination Smith and Cross, Jamaica, for a smoky shot of the good stuff. Aged for up to 3 years in bourbon barrels, molasses based, the plentiful caramel flavour and strong abv makes it a hard hitter and packs a punch when taken straight. Fortunately for the Yelpers, Jos caused a tempest in a glass, and rummaged up some delicious Mai Tais for the sampling.

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The penultimate pit-stop landed the marauding Yelpers at Santa Teresa 1796, Venezuela, where folks learned that it was not only a delicious beverage, but an ethical one to boot. The CEO, whose family began their rum business some 200+ years ago, opted to rehabilitate gangs after they attacked the company, rather than send them to prison. Since 2003, Project Alcatraz has been helping gang members turn their backs on a life of crime, by encouraging them to commit to the community. With the age-old 'Solera' method, this rum has a delicious caramel pecan, honey, and coconut flavour. Guarapitas were shared amongst the shipmates, to showcase Santa Teresa's delights in a wonderfully drinkable mango biased cocktail, thanks to Jos's excellent craftsmanship.

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The final rum adventure had Yelpers questing over to Le Mauny Blanc., of Martinique, to explore the realms of French rum. Made from sugar cane juice, and un-aged, this dram sent a fire into folk's bellies as the clear liquid went down. Fortunately, there was a fabulous Agricole Punch served up by Sam and Jos, to cool the inner flames and spark them from without, as this tasty tipple is served with a flaming lime garnish. And as folks polished off their final samples, the cheers and arrs could be heard throughout – for the pirating and pillaging wasn't quite over yet.

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In one final farewell, two vats of rum punch were shared around, to send the braggarts well and truly on their way home to dry land. As folks dipped in for a final blast of their treasured rum, all manner of good pirate action got underway, with the photographer's camera being commandeered, sword fights broke out, 'arrs' could be heard from all around and a fancy jig or two took place.

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Mojo 11A humongous thanks goes out to the fabulous Sam and Jos of MOJO, for their most excellent tales of rum and lashings of good spirit, Cheryl of SLB for helping us aboard the good ship MOJO, and of course Matthew Kitchen for his sublime skill in capturing all things rum diary. You can catch all the hearty gossip here, see the vision of villainy here, and see what the pirates themselves thought of the voyage here. Fancy trying out those fabulous cocktails yourselves? If you've not plotted your course, and gotten your bearings set to MOJO already, the delectables are listed below for your questing to begin! Fire in the hole!

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 "Like Mr Ben I disappeared into my fancy dress box and came out a pirate. Garrrr. AHOY there fair Rub-a-dub-Rowena and Captain Big Beard! Sam, the head manageress lady, sailed us through the different types of rum, pairing them up with cocktails as we went through. It was all very interesting, tasty and washed down with snackeroonies! Yum! Absolutely fantarrrghistic evening." April K

"I really liked the angle of learning what sort of manufacturing technique makes what sort of rum, and I was surprised to find that I actually really like neat rum. A special mention must also go to the yummy olives and cocktails, particularly the flaming one." Laura J

"Two rum tasting events in as many months? No wonder everyone appeared to have turned into a pirate! Once again we have been spoiled rotten, with five types of neat rum to try, shots of molasses and sugar cane, AND cocktails! All served in the very cool Rhum Room at Mojo." Hannah J

"Surprisingly a combination of pirates, rum and treasure made for a jolly evening and, lead by capn Row, Sam navigated the entire motley crew through the joys and subtleties of rum and it's resultant cocktails. Yes, there were a few duels and some parrots were injured but we are pirates for goodness sake, we have total disregard for life. Danger is our middle name (and apparently Arggggggg is my first name.)" Tim M

And that's it from me, mateys, until next time. I'll be seeing you on Yelp – Ahoy!

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1. Ron Zacapa 23yr. Guatemala

Drink: Old Fashioned
2oz Ron Zacapa 23yr
bar spoon Trois Rivieres Cane Syrup
2 dashes Regan's Orange Bitters
 
2. El Dorado 12yr. Guyana.
Drink: Rum Alexander
1 1/2oz El Dorado 12yr
3/4oz Crème de Cacao
2 dashes Mozart Chocolate Bitters
1oz Milk
1oz Cream
3. Smith and Cross. Jamaica
Drink: Mai Tai
1 1/2oz Smith and Cross
2 drops Absinthe
1/2 oz Almond Syrup
1oz lime juice
1/2oz Orange Curacao
 
4. Santa Teresa 1796. Venezuela
Drink: Guarapita
1 1/2oz Santa Teresa Claro
3/4oz Mango syrup
1/2oz lime juice
1 1/2oz Orange Juice
1 1/2oz Pineapple juice
2 dashes angostura bitters
 
5. La Mauny Blanc. Martinique
Drink: Agricole Punch
1 1/2oz la Mauny Blanc
1/2oz lime juice
1/2oz sugar syrup
1/2oz mango syrup
1oz lychee juice
1oz pink grapefruit juice
3 dashes tiki bitters
garnish with a flaming lime shell

Elite Event @ Malmaison Glasgow

Posted by Chris Docherty

Take one awesome hotel that surprisingly few people know about. Add a measure of eager yelpers, a sprinkling of awesome food and finish it off with a shake in a unique event space. The result? That'll be yer April Elite Event at the Malmaison Glasgow

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Yelpers were treated with a wee glass (or two) of wine upon entry just to keep things rolling until the cocktail masterclass kicked off. With delightful canapes making the rounds and the usual Yelp banter busting out, it took a good few clinks on the glass from event organiser supreme Sharon to draw attention to the beginning of the first masterclass... Green team go! 

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With a duo of in-house mixologists on hand, yelpers watched initially as the guys knocked up a Mal/Yelp twist on the legendary Cosmopolitan. The twist? Well, for those in attendance on the night, the mystery of the 'awesome sauce' was still very much a puzzle (no sir, for the eigth time, it's not mango!). It seems though that Andrew M may have sussed it out as he tucked into his self made 'passionator cocktail'. 

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As one group was shuffled out, another made their way in (red team go!) to be wowed by the skills within and indeed the mystery of the 'awesome sauce' (is it mango?). 

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With yet more canapes being scoffed down with lashings of wine, cocktails from the extensive menu and more chat. Yelpers chased away the rest of the time chatting with our fantastic hosts on this night. With Natalie and Sharon from the Mal pulling out all the stops for the Yelp crew, the event proved to be a real surprise package for some, including Steven B: 'Really impressed with this joint and look forward to taking advantage of their excellent promotion which came bundled with some super swanky toiletries.' 

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Your say:

Elite Event Cocktails @ Malmaison

 

 'Good vibe overall, where the staff were great and the cocktail-making session was great fun.' Steven B

 

 

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'Awesome evening, despite feeling slightly under-dressed in jeans and dirty Cons! Thanks guys!' Morag K

 

 

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'The Hotel pulled out all the stops to ply the Yelpine Hoarde with canapés and wineAndrew M

 

 

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'Another successful evening and a chance to meet known Yelpers, new Yelpers, sample taster foods and create a special cocktail all in a quirky and atmospheric venue.' Alison M

 

 

 

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The photos for the night are all up and ready for yer peepers to check out. Do it here!

Bump into somone new on the night or just got something to say.. get on Talk here!

Oh yeah, and do us a favour eh? Fling yer wee self over to the Yelp Glasgow Facebook page and geez a 'like'. Do it here!

 

With a big thanks again to Nat, Sharon and their amazing staff, it's time to wrap up yet another great Elite Event in Glasgow. With a final thank you to our photographer Mr Watson for once again taking some excellent shots, and of course to our own Jessie D for managing to keep her daft gloves on all night.

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Cheers 

Chris D

Community Manager Glasgow

 

Yelp Chicagoland's Sweet Taste of India @ Viceroy of India

Posted by Candice Gatlin

Curry. Spicy. Cool. No, we're not talking about a follow up TLC album here, we're talkin' 'bout the greatest Bollywood bhangra bash the 'burbs have ever seen!

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This past Friday, Viceroy of India played gracious host to 200 Yelp Elites and their plus ones at the boldest, spiciest, Sikh-est event to date, Yelp's Sweet Taste of India. Guests dusted off their saris, slammed samosas and Bhangra'd with the best of 'em, while Fox TV's Masterchef Suzy Singh was on hand to ensure Chicagoland's foodies were fed and full with such noteworthy items as chicken tandoori sliders, butter chicken and the crowd favorite, apple pie samosas. What did Cristie B have to say about Suzy 'sizzling' Singh? Homegirl's got some "seriously badass culinary skillzzz!"

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Once bellies were full, it was time to get on up and burn those calories – Bollywood style! Starting with a performance Erika C would describe as "hardcore, aerobically impressive, but still super cute" by a brother/sister bhangra duo, and followed by an interactive instructional lesson that left the crowd out of breath and full of energy. Not long after, the crowd practiced their new moves and baati rocked it to the untoppable+unstoppable grooves of six time Elite badge stunna, DJ Nikki C (otherwise known as DJ Zooey Deschanel), where everything from Gaga to Gujarati was game and even left 2012 Elite Kymberly J wondering, "Does he have any CDs or downloads I can buy? That dude's got skills!"

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For those who preferred to spend a little more time digesting their daal than getting a dosa dancing, #1 intern and artiste Dana G was on hand (literally) to mehndi the men and women of Chicagoland's Elite squad one by one, while Jeannie O and co. stood the line, sipped on SmartWater and a seemingly endless supply of fresh mango lassi and vouched that it was worth the wait to get inked such a "fabulous artist." That's some hella henna, DG

Want to get curried away all over again? Have a mango lassi, er, look-see at some the action packed pics from Andrés DeLeón, candid clicks and posed portraits from the radient Ruthie M and the bevy of Taj Mahal themed booth shots coutesy of ShutterBox and worthy of wallpapering your personal palace. Want to hear what everyone else is saying? Check out all the 5 star reviews here!

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And when the night finally came to a close, guests were sent off sweetly with memories or muteer, mango kulfi and Viceroy gift certificates for all to come back and continue the party another day. Big thanks goes out to Viceroy and crew for the best Bollywood bash the 'burbs have ever seen! Viceroy, you really know how to throw a party like naan other.

SYOY! (See You On Yelp)

Candice G

Yelp Chicagoland Community Manager (& chief muteer forker)

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April 18, 2012

Orlando Elites Takeover Oblivion Taproom

Posted by Colleen Burns

Oh yes, once a fabulous Yelp Elite, Pete W now holds a different title: Master Of Awesome since he opened the Yelp Loved: Oblivion Taproom. The excited elite squad took it over Sunday for an afternoon of Sunday Funday, Yelp style!

"Awesome event, and a long while in coming! Yelp and Oblivion have a special relationship as Pete is a huge Yelp fan/former elite, and the love was definitely felt throughout this event!" - Brenda H

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What Oblivion is known for: Craft beer, ciders and amazing food from Chef Goody. For our takeover he whipped up a super special menu just for our Yelp crew and reading all about it and seeing the delicious pictures, I dare you not to drool! Now just to warn you, "his love of butchering ties in to his respect for the farm-to-plate aspect. He loves taking an 'unpretentious' cut of meat and bringing it to a higher level, part of the reason he loves BBQ and Asian 'street foods'. Most of all, Chef Goody loves cooking because of the gratification he can give people, and how it brings friends and family together. The perfect equation for an epic buffet. 

"I'd like to say a big Thank You to Chef Goody. Not all know this but he sacrificed sleep to make sure the hog and everything else was ready for us. He is an amazing chef with a creativity that can't be matched. Orlando is lucky to have him." - Keith H

We feasted on fried hand cut white corn chips served with choices of house-made salsa, black bean & grilled pineapple pico de gallo, fire roasted jalapeño nacho cheese sauce and cumin lime sour cream. A trio of deviled eggs gave us insight into their up and coming brunch specials with a palet ranging from sausage egg & cheese McMuffin, green olive & feta and even a bloody mary delived egg.

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For the meat lovers, house made pastrami was served on local marbled rye bread with swiss cheese, and house caraway beer mustard, the Philly classic Wiz Wit Slider piled high with thinly sliced beef top round with griddled onions & cheese wiz (of course) on local slider roll. We also broke an Orlando elite record and housed an entire roasted pig within the first hour of the event. This slow roasted suckling pig was pulled to order served on a local slider roll with choice toppings of house BBQ, Carolina vinegar BBQ, Mojo and Escabeche style onions.

The vieggie only crew dined on "arguably the best vegetarian burger in town;" the Paradise Burger. Chipotle black bean burger topped with pickled mango & avocado on a local French onion roll.

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We washed it all down with three amazing beers including Coney Island Lager - from Shmaltz Brewing, 

Wittekerke Winter White Ale - Belgian White (Witbier) and yelper favorite, Terrapin Hopsecutioner IPA. Woodchuck Cider also served Amber, Granny Smith and Spring editions. So refreshing. 

We also paired this lovely event with some "get to know your fellow yelpers" community event that everyone was pumped about. We had a drawing from everyone that completed the check list and Sharon W. had some great words to share about this: "If you're anything like me, then you would have appreciated the Community Match game that we played. I LOVED the game! It was great for first timers, like my friend that I brought, and it was a great way to meet so many people in person that I had established an online connection with from those on the talk boards, the UYEs as well as local reviewers from literally, right in the same neighborhood as myself. (Woot!)  I've met more people at this event than I have in any of the past events and I think it's because of the game." Success! 

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The after party rocked on through the evening at the Yelp VIP Lounge at the Florida Film Festival. An overall amazing, relaxing Sunday Funday all around.

Check all the photos out here thanks to Jim White Photography. 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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April 17, 2012

East Bay Elites Kick-Off Walnut Creek Restaurant Week!

Posted by Nique!

When the posh little city of Walnut Creek announced their first-ever Restaurant Week, with over 30 local eateries offering prix fixe meals for $10 and up, there was one group of local tastemakers we knew we could count on to kick things off in fashionable foodie style: the East Bay Elite Squad, of course.   Wcrwcollage2

Over one hundred Elites, dressed to impress, flocked to Cypress in Walnut Creek on a luminous Sunday afternoon for Yelp's Walnut Creek Restaurant Week Kick-Off Party, where Chef Rick Delamain had prepared a procession of hors d’ouvres, bartenders shook up exquisite amber-hued Hennessy Sidecars, and Wente poured zesty sips of their latest launch, entwine, developed for the Food Network.

"If the food & fun at Cypress's Yelp Elite Event is any indication of Walnut Creek Restaurant Week, there's seven days of fine food and fun ahead," John Z delares. Petite spoonfuls of couscous with braised leeks, dates, and mushrooms were devoured with delight, along with savory olive tapenade toasts. Lorrayne L had a special affinity for one particular delicacy, crying "oh sweet steak tartare, I miss you so much already!  It's not possible to OD on raw steak, is it?  I don't believe it." Trishia P agrees, these adventurous bites made for the "tastiest little morsels!" Wcrwcollage1

Hennessy made a splash with their classic quaff, the Hennessy Sidecar. Anne Marie M "looooved" it (yes, with four o's), lamenting the fact that "unfortunately, I had my own car to drive so I had a couple sips before I passed it along to boyfriend. Definitely coming back for one of those when it's his turn to drive or BART!" Eugene L had to pinch himself when he spotted Hennessy on the bar, his favorite spirit of all time. "I would love to see a Hennessy Cognac tasting event with XO, Privilege, Select and Louis 13," he muses. But until then, the smooth and stiff Sidecars were enough to put a collective smile on these Elite faces.

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And what better wine pairing for Walnut Creek Restaurant Week than Wente's entwine developed specifically for the Food Network chefs? John B was so eager to try entwine that he "read an article about it before the event," and reports, "it was everything I had hoped it to be." The Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio varietals were "crisp and refreshing; perfect for the lovely weather in Walnut Creek," Vanessa S notes.

Throughout the sunny soiree, piano maestro Bob Falstein serenaded the group with a melange of top 40 hits and golden oldies, all crowd pleasers, though Carolen M admits, "hearing him sing Dynamite by Taio Cruz just made my night." Walnut Creek Restaurant Week and Ruth's Chris Steak House enticed yelpers with a chance to win a $100 gift certificate for the best tweet of the day. Egan B hit the filet mignon jackpot with his twitter announcement, of "be quiet everybody. I like steak and the lady is speaking #wcrw #ruthschris". Lesson learned, it pays to listen up when 'the lady' has the floor. Wcrwcollage3

When the kick-off buzz wound down, the bar remained full of yelpers taking advantage of Cypress's legendary happy hour deals: $5 mojito pitchers and 99 cent oysters were the cherry on top of this lavish Sunday. Lorrayne L's take away? "This resto is divine!  The drinks, the cute 'tenders, the food, the decor, the super friendly and helpful host...you really can't get a sweeter deal in the Creek," she raves. Just another excuse to dive deep into Walnut Creek Restaurant Week!

Explore more accolades and exaltation on the event review page, and contented smiles captured by Paul Vu on Flickr or Facebook!

Cheers to the start of a delicious week,

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Nique F,

Community Manager - Yelp East Bay

Game Time for LA West Elites

Posted by Brinny

Who says were too old for games?! 175 Elites came out to Powersurge on Monday night to prove that cocktails and video games go quite well together.

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The place is a gaming mecca. Over 30 TVs are set up in a large room ideal for gaming and in this case, ideal for eating as well. Sam L notes, "The games were hilarious! Tons of games with really hi-def TVs. Cool. The dancing game was pretty awesome. Some people are amazingly coordinated. Alas, I am not."

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St. Germain kept the cocktails flowing. Their famous hummingbird (club soda, St. Germain and champagne) really did have us humming. One Hope Wines was pouring an assortment of their wines, which donate half their profits to charity. Bridget P shares "One Hope Wine (which you can purchase in a few BevMo locations, I was told) donates part of their proceeds to a different charitable cause for each wine. There were also cocktails made with St. Germain and champagne, which flowed freely the whole night and were highly addictive. The hostess was the sweetest person ever; she sold everyone on St. Germain and seemed genuinely excited for us to enjoy it. She also didn't judge me for coming back so soon for multiple drinks."

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It's not a Yelp elite party without some grub. The Good Pizza was in tow serving not only their decadent organic pizza pies but rich lobster ravioli, spicy penne and homemade cannoli's as well. Laura S shares "EPIC - lobster chunks! Omg. What! What! This was... I ate two big ones and I avoid carbs! And I wasn't even hungry! Yeah! I know! :D"

Javan was there serving an assortment of their Middle Eastern fare. Ratika N notes: "Yummy Persian food... Loved the eggplant lentil stew and the kebabs."

The Soup Bar was there serving a carrot ginger soup and a thai coconut soup. Michael S shares, "The bar for soup was set extremely high by the Soup Bar."

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And we all like a little sugar and Cookie Good knows how to do it just right. Phillip N admits he "sampled on banana creme and caramel pretzel cookies. I don't really like sweets but they were so good!  Caramel chocolate pretzel is the best, the saltiness juxtapose the sweetness really well."

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Christine T sums it up: "Games, grub, booze, awesome folks. All key ingredients for a successful fun night."

Our good friends at Picture Healing captured every moment here!

Until next time,

Brittany B

LA West Community Manager

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Yelp Cincinnati Wins On Opening Day at Leapin' Lizard!

Posted by Alex Shebar

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The Opening Day of baseball is a big deal in Cincinnati. A big deal.

The Reds are the country's first professional baseball team, we have the only Opening Day parade in the country and Cincinnatians treat it like a holiday: they take it off from work, start drinking early in the morning and make the whole day into a giant celebration of Cincinnati history and sports.

And Yelp got to play a part this year with our Opening Day After-Party celebration!

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Opening Day was a 'W' for the Redlegs and this event was a 'W' for all the Yelpers and Plus Ones in attendance!” Scott M exclaimed. “I love how we always have a unique 'touch' to every event. I'm shooting for carousel rides at the next one."

Teaming up with the great VenueAgent, Yelpers came together at Leapin Lizzard Gallery, a former church turned event space, to eat amazing food, drink fantastic cocktails, and be entertained throughout the night.

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The funky atmosphere of Leapin Lizzard was the perfect spot to hold a celebration. Chandeliers, bright colored painted on the walls and on the furniture, funky artwork on the walls and statues hanging from the ceiling.

“An an old church it has a good bit of charm. The art - mannequin parts, composite, mixed media art, and the lights that accented the bright and cheery walls - were pretty mesmerizing for me. I'd love to throw a party here; it's a great place!” Christine M told us.

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Of course, any party Is defined by its food and the legendary Benson's Catering went all out. A carving station with different meats, cucumber tuna poke, that shrimp, two pasta salads, a cucumber salad, cheese trays, platters of homemade sushi and so much more. This of course didn’t include the dessert table, which included raspberry cream tart, mini crème brulee, chocolate covered strawberries and so much more.

To wash it all down, VenueAgent provided an open bar with bartenders that knew exactly what they were doing. “A gem of a venue, more food than I could stuff in my face, and enough booze to get my weekend started early. Home Run!” Adolfo N cheered.

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The fun didn't stop with the eats and drinks. Yelpers their caricature drawn by the great John Sebastian (who, for the first time in his career, drew a 18-person caricature filled with Yelpers!) And rounding it all out was a terrific DJ from Maize Music who spun from up in the rafters. 

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And of course, the photo booth from Digital Hype Group which inspired all kinds of fun Opening Day Shenanigans. See all the pics here.

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On Opening Day, the reds took home a win. Yet, we think it was even more of a win for Cincinnati Yelpers. “Wow. So this was perhaps one of the best Yelp events ever. I loved the food, the drinks, the DJ, the photo booth, the caricature artist, and all the people that showed up to celebrate Opening Day,” John B declared.

But don’t just take our word on the grandeur of it all, you can read all the reviews right here. You can also check out the other awesome pics by photographer extraordinaire Anamedia on the Official Yelp Flickr page.  

Till next time. Go Reds!

Alex
Alex S, Cincy Community Manager

April 16, 2012

Yelp Baltimore's FIRST-EVER Yelper Party: Yelp's Totally '80s Wedding

Posted by Elsa M.

Yelp Baltimore, like, totally partied hearty, dudes, with the most righteous reception in decades and Yelp Bmore's FIRST-EVER Yelper Party: Yelp's Totally '80s Wedding! Hundreds of people donned their finest '80s attire for the event at The Mobtown Ballroom (a former church in Pigtown), many of them arriving in style courtesy of Limousines, Inc's super swanky limo bus shuttle. Guests were then treated to cuisine from some of Baltimore's best restaurants including Sullivan's Steakhouse, RA Sushi, Mother's Federal Hill Grille, The Land of Kush, Cazbar, Jack and Zach Food, and Oooh So Sweet Bakery and sampled cuisine ranging from flank steak sliders, jerk wings, Natty Boh sausage, and chiptole mac n' cheese to vegan soul food, delectable sushi, turkish treats, and bacon and maple cupcakes! "It was like a Taste of Baltimore with all the extras," says a stuffed Nina U.  

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Crispin Cider and New Belgium served up the brews, while the Bad Decisions made alcoholic Root Beer Floats courtesy of ROOT and SNAP spirits. Honest Tea kept folks hydrated with a variety of yummy, healthy non-alcoholic beverages. All so tasty! "Forget about even trying to decide which drink was my favorite," says Samantha G. "There were so many!"

The Wilder Experience and Chelle B. Styles gussied up guests with '80s makeovers before they entered the Smilez Photo Booth, while Absolute Entertainment lived up to its name with '80s ballads galore.

Baltimore Aerialist Nina Charity did Madonna justice, performing to "Like A Prayer" prior to Your Mama Productions' Thriller flash mob literally coming out the woodwork and suprising the crowd.  A RUN DMC tribute lip-sync followed up at the end and was totally rad! 

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Elite Courtney C and her hubby won for best '80s outfit and were named "Yelp Bride and Groom," winning Yelp schwag and tees, as well as gift certificates from the the vendors - a good thing since they "are already planning on calling some of the food sponsors for their future party plans!" Baltimore Child Abuse Center walked away a winner as well thanks to generous yelper donations. 

The party was just as memorable as the '80s themselves. Gary H sums it up: "Each and every party I go to after this will probably be a mere shadow of what I experienced. Truthfully, I don't think that I can ever go to another party outside of a Yelp event again. Sigh."  Ask us and that's a pretty good problem to have, Gary H. Let's do it all over again!

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*A special thanks to Michele Conaway Photography, Olivia Obineme Photography, Ken Rochon of the Umbrella Syndicate, and Sergey P of Ripple Effect Productions for all of their amazingly cool captures and to Tiffani Norris of 'I do... I do Special Events Planners' for all her decorating help!*

SYOY,

Elsa M.

Yelp Baltimore CM

Edmonton's Arabian Nights Elite Event at Maggie Walt

Posted by Brittany

The Edmonton Elite Squad received a very special treat from the folks at Maggie Walt Boutique on Jasper Avenue. Not only did we celebrate in style with an Arabian Nights Elite Event, but the evening began with a very special, private pre-party shopping hour!

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After the Yelp-tastic shopping spree, the party really got started! It wasn't long before a line-up formed for the exquisite designs by local henna artist Nitasha Merchant. By the end of the night, our Edmonton Elites were collectively covered from head to toe in henna! And two rounds of belly dancing got our Edmonton Elites in the party mood. Bedouin Beats showed off a series of routines that included special surprises like scarves and even swords!

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The Arabian Nights-tini, featuring mango vodka and spiced rum, lit up the room. And if that wasn't enough to keep everyone busy, Yelp Elite Bingo (or Yelp-O, as we like to call it) made its grand debut to rave reviews. It was a race against time for some great prizes as our Elite Yelpers collected signatures from fellow Yelpers who had checked into the event on their smart phone (and received the fabulous check-in offer featuring a psychic prediction as a result!), written a Yelp review in another country, and received more than five Dukedoms!

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Don't forget to check out photos from the event by Karen Lee and check out the fabulous reviews! Says Jacqueline S, "The dancers were awesome and the work the henna artist was doing looked amazing! Between the space and the entertainment, it felt way more exotic than a Jasper ave basement!"

Until next time, Yelpers!

SYOY

Brittany K, Edmonton Community Manager

Friday the 13th Fun for Yelpers in South Bay!

Posted by Abby Schwarz

Not only did last Friday mark the halfway to Halloween point on the calendar, but it was also Friday the 13th. So it only makes sense that South Bay-Peninsula Elites were trick-o-treated to a Yelperstitious Affair @ San Jose Woman's Club. Dare to read more???

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Thanks to amazing DJ Tanoa Stewart (aka King of the SF Zombie Prom) and a little work from Yelp interns Jason O and Courtney M, this vintage ballroom was decked out with coffins, fog, jack-o-lanterns and a caged creepy clown. Not to be outdone, Elites and their +1's came dressed to impress, everything from Day of the Dead face paint to zombies and even a few sexy getups from last year's festivities. Elite Anna K "Really wanted to go for the whole zombie white face with blood. My costume didn't really translate but I was a dead..child...ghost? Was "beheaded" with red lipstick and had a creepy teddy bear and owl kid backpack. This event really made me want to go trick-or-treating." Your outfit was fab, Anna!

As for refreshments, there was booze coming out from every corner, including Freixenet sparkling wine, Strike Brewing Company Wit Ale, J. Lohr Syrah and Chardonnay, Magners Pear Cider (which, according to Meg G "packed a surprising punch!") and Uncommon Brewers' Siamese Twin Belgian brew. If you weren't a drinker, ZICO chocolate coconut water was there to quench yelpers' thirst. Hayne P is "a huge fan of ZICO coconut water. I got to try their chocolate flavor! And I was soooo surprised. Very rich, and like chocolate milk, except better, because you don't get that coating in your mouth after. Slight hint of coconut." 

There were plenty of finger foods on-hand as well! Bibo's, who recently opened a new location on Bird Ave in San Jose, brought slices of cheesy garlic pesto pizza, Peter's Kettle Korn handed out packages of their regular flavor as well as horchata popped treats, which Yelpers like Alea G "aboslutely loved. I should have known better than to think I wouldn't finish in one night." Local chocolatier Cocotutti had caramel-filled chocolate eyeball candies, which Terre P described as "so realistic looking it was perfect!" Muhahaha!

Because Halloween parties are all about having fun, The Laugh Box was there doing themed flip books which everyone was dying to try! Michelle K was "seriously in love with the flip book photo booth. Greatest. Idea.Ever. We had so much playing around." As you can see from their video footage taken that night, everyone had a blast! To add to the spooktacular entertainment, local Tarot card reader Francine was on-hand to predict everyone's future. And of course the DJ played all sorts of creepy tunes like Monster Mash, Thriller, The Adams Family theme song and The Time Warp.

The best part of the evening? Elites and their guests raised close to $800 for Sacred Heart Community Services, a local non-profit dedicated towards helping fight poverty in San Jose. Vicky T, a long-time Elite, was extra-excited that we partnered with such a great local organization: "One of my favorite CBOs Sacred Heart got some love. If you have not volunteered there on a Saturday or during their School Supply Drive I highly suggest you take 3 hours on a Saturday and help out an amazing cause. I have students who volunteer there.... as well as others who utilize their services. They are a huge asset in San Jose..thank you for all you guys do!!

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Check out the pics and reviews to see the spooktacular time we all had! Hopefully everyone is now motivated to figure out what they're going to dress up as this year for Halloween :)

Until next time, SYOY!

Alice Cooper

Abby "Alice Cooper" S

South Bay-Peninsula Community Manager

 

Brunch Elite Yelp Marseille @ Archi Déco Café

Posted by Julie M

Woooooohhhaaaaa [baillement] ! Bonjour et bon réveil ! Samedi 14 avril 2012, les Yelpeurs Marseillais se sont retrouvés au saut du lit pour une Brunch Party ! "Un Brunch Yelp ? C'est bizarre, ca ! Ca change, normalement c'est des soirées avec du rosé " s'est étonné Aurélia D.... On s'étire, on se frotte les yeux, voici le résumé de ce Brunch ensoleillé.

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Rendez-vous était donné de 13h à 15h pour un aperçu du brunch de Archi Déco Café, un nouveau lieu à Marseille, assez conceptuel car c'est à la fois un restaurant de midi, un salon de thé et une boutique de déco avec tout plein d'objets à acheter. Pour sa première participation à un événement Elite Yelp à Marseille, la lyonnaise Marie A a été enchantée par "l'accueil de Céline et Régis vraiment super ! Céline a su me conseiller un très bon thé (ils avaient tous l'air très bons, il y a pas mal de choix et ça c'est trop chouette !) et j'ai hâte d'y retourner pour goûter les autres parfums".

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Du thé, donc mais aussi du café, des jus, et puis "la petite salade de fruits de bienvenue rafraichissante, les pancakes au top : Régis, je veux la recette !" a déclaré Christine F qui a adoré "se retrouver dans un lieu au cadre agréable, entre boutique de déco et petit café hollandais et qui propose plein de bonnes choses à manger, à boire ou à emporter."

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Le thème c'était le Brunch, alors la vingtaine de Yelpeurs étaient conviés avec accessoires de nuit ! Aurélia D avait les cheveux en friche, Marie A une robe de chambre Winnie L'Ourson, François M un jogging pyjama, et Laura O, un doudou autour du coup précise que "même si tout le monde n'a pas joué le jeu du "saut du lit", Julie nous a vendu du rêve en grenouillère rouge Yelp" ! Et oui, c'est aussi ça Yelp ! 

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Pendant ce temps à l'étage... "qui est super grand et sympa, il y a une cabane pour occuper les enfants pendant qu'on brunch tranquille (n'est-ce pas, Barbara E ?!)" dévoile Georges-Edouard L, Roi de Marseille. Et Barbara E de renchérir "les pan-cakes étaient DE-LI-CIEUX, et mes louloutes ont nous couvert de dessins, bref tous le monde s'est fait plaisir..." 

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Emy-Line C s'est réveillée du bon pied grâce ce brunch car "13h00 c'est très bien pour les lève-tard", et "le plaisir de revoir des yelpeurs" lui a donné des ailes (cf photos) ! Le mot de la fin est pour Alexandra T: "j'ai rencontré de nouveaux yelpeurs et j'en suis très heureuse, c'est effectivement ce qui rend Yelp si particulier : le contact !"

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Pour retrouver toutes les photos c'est ici !

Et pour écrire ou lire les avis sur ce Brunch Elite Yelp Marseille c'est !

 

ABSY !

Julie M - Community Manager Yelp Marseille

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Brunch Elite Yelp Marseille @ AD Café 

Drriiiiiing ! Wake up for Yelp Marseille !! On saturday, April the 14th, the Yelpers woke up to have a brunch all together at Archi Déco Café, in Marseille. It was a sunny yummy brunch...

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AD Café is a small (but not that small) lunch place (but not only a brunch place) recently opened. Between the Vieux Port and Notre-Dame de La Garde, the black front makes Christine F think about "a small Dutch cafe" but it's also an interior design place. "Everything is to buy and if you like rustic style you'll love the place. Even if you like modern decoration you'll find something!" explains Aurélia D. But wait! Yelpers were there to eat, weren't they? Alexandra T did not miss a thing "AD Café has a warm atmosphere and we ate very well (mmmm good pancakes)! I felt so comfortable there, that's exactly the place I'd love to be to share some secrets with my BF or stay with a book..." 

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Marie A appreciates also the tea : "some many teas, but hopefully Celine helped me to choose a very good one. I'll come back to try the others !" The fresh fruit homemade salad had a great success, so had the carrot cake (no time to take a picture before it was all gone) and now the Yelpers want Regis' pancake recipe ! They loved it. 

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As it was a brunch, the guests had to come with accessories : blankies, pyjama, tooth brush or wild hair... Georges-Edouard L found amazing "the Yelp red night bodysuit, like a cowboy pyjama that Julie wore. I WANT THE SAME". Calm down, that's mine! He also notices "upstairs their is a kid space where they can play and draw while the parents (like Barbara E) have a brunch". Nice idea!

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It's was the first Elite Event for Fiona R : "Finally ! I really enjoyed this moment, it was nice to meet the Yelpers, and I hope we'll have time to talk more at the next Elite event! I'll definitly go back to AD Café with my mother and with some friends". So cool that Emy-Line C ran in the street with a Yelp blancket... Who says Yelpers in Marseille are crazy ?

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Pictures are here !

And the reviews are there !  

ABSY !

Julie M - Community Manager Yelp Marseille

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Yelps Malstunde im Made By You

Posted by Andreas R

Wien ist eine Stadt der Künstler - doch nicht nur in den großen Museen und Ausstellungshallen warten Meisterwerke, auch bei Yelps Malstunde im Made By You wurde das kreative Potential unserer Stadt wieder einmal deutlich.

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Doch der Reihe nach: Zur Begrüßung wurde den an diesem Abend zahlreich eintrudelnden Yelpern ein Glas Sekt überreicht. Jedoch mussten die Yelper dieses Mal mehr leisten als trinken und plaudern: Nach ausführlicher Einführung von Besitzerin Miriam durfte man sich am üppigen Pinsel- und Farbenbuffet bedienen, um den kostenlos zur Verfügung gestellten Magneten zu bemalen.

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Ab diesem Zeitpunkt wurde gemalt, gepinselt, ausradiert, wurden Schablonen angelegt und es wurde gefachsimpelt was das Zeug hält. Das Resultat hat dabei alle Erwartungen übertroffen, fast jedes der abgegebenen Stücke war ein kleines Meisterwerk. Über die kleinen Unfälle von Andreas "Ich hatte einen Vierer in Bildnerischer Erziehung" R wollen wir großzügig hinwegsehen.

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Mut antrinken konnte man sich für die Malaufgaben am Wein- und Bierbuffet, das im Hinterzimmer eingerichtet wurde. Ein herzliches Dankeschön an dieser Stelle an das Made By You Team, wie man es bei so einem kleinen Kühlschrank schafft, alle Getränke kalt zu stellen, ist uns ein Rätsel.
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An diesem Abend hat man wieder einmal gesehen, wieviel Leidenschaft und persönlicher Einsatz seitens der Besitzerin ausmachen kann. Der Enthusiasmus mit dem Miriam ihr kleines Wunderland führt ist derart ansteckend, dass man den Pinsel gar nicht hergeben möchte.

Was die Yelper über den Abend zu sagen hatten:

Hertha Maria T: "Besonders beeindruckt haben mich die Fachkenntnis der Inhaberin und der Mitarbeiterinnen sowie die Vielfalt der zur Verfügung stehenden Rohlinge und Materialien."

Verena W: "Seeeeeeeeehr geniales Elite Event!"

Corinna G: "Das war so schön! Ich möchte hier einziehen und kauf mir morgen den Kühlschrank zu meinem Magneten."

Katriina J: "Ich bin ja schon eine ganze Weile eine überzeugte MadeByYouianerin, aber dieses Mal hat alles zuvor übertrumpft."

Natürlich gibt es wie immer alle übrigen Eventberichte und alle Fotos zum Nachlesen und Anschauen.

Servus und bis bald,

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Andreas R

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Vienna is a city of artists – however, masterpieces are not only waiting in major museums and exhibition halls: Yelp’s painting lesson once again affirmed the creative potential of our city.

But first things first: at the beginning of the night the numerous Yelpers were received with glasses of champagne. Nevertheless, this time the Yelpers had to do more than just drink and chat. After an extensive introduction by the owner Miriam they were allowed to help themselves to the lush colors and brush-buffet and to paint the magnets that were provided for free.

From this point onwards the Yelpers painted, erased, applied templates and talked shop like crazy. The result surpassed all expectations and almost every magnet was a little masterpiece, if we generously ignore Andreas “I had a D in pictorial education” R.’s little accidents.

Those who were in need of some liquid courage could help themselves to the wine and beer-buffet, which was set up in the back room. At this point the team of Made By You deserves a big thank-you, since it is still a mystery to us how they managed to keep all the drinks cold with such a small refrigerator.

This evening once again impressively demonstrated that passion and personal commitment on the part of the owner can account for so much. The enthusiasm with which Miriam leads her little wonderland is so contagious that you do not want to give away your brush anymore.

What Yelpers had to say about the evening:

Hertha Maria T: “I was particularly impressed by the expertise of the owner and the staff and by the variety of available materials and workpieces.”

Verena W: “Brilliant elite event!”

Corinna G: “It was so beautiful! I want to move here and buy the refrigerator to my magnets tomorrow.”

Katriina J: “I’m a frequent and satisfied visitor of Made By You, but this time was the best by far.”

As usual, event reports and all photos can be found online.

Goodbye and see you soon,

Andreas R

April 14, 2012

Soirée Yelp Elite Choc Hyperglycémique chez Sugarplum Cakeshop

Posted by Elodie

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Jeudi soir au 68 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 65 yelpeurs se sont retrouvés chez Sugarplum Cakeshop pour déguster les spécialités du désormais célèbre coffeeshop du 5e. Alors que le printemps commence timidement à pointer le bout de son nez, les invités ont profité du café, portes grandes ouvertes, pour se délecter des plaisirs sucrés concoctés par les Sugarplums elles mêmes.

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Les trois jeunes filles, en vraie équipe de choc, ont virevolté toute la soirée, plateaux de gâteaux en main: cake à l’orange et à l’huile d’olive, carrés noisettes, coco et chocolat, gooey butter cake, petits carrés fondant au chocolat ou au caramel au beurre salé, et cookies... Le tout arrosé d’une limonade faite maison légèrement twistée avec de la...vodka, divinement vanillée avec des gousses fraîches ! Ne perdons pas les bonnes habitudes !*. Alexis B donne même une "mention spéciale à cette magnifique "Spiked limonade" que tous les invités doivent déjà surement être en train d'essayer de reproduire ce week-end", alors qu’en "repensant à cette merveille, Karim D en retrouve le goût délicat". 

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Sur un fond musical très funky, les conversations allaient bon train, interrompues par moments par quelques silences religieux et quelques exclamations : Perle D a succombé au  "salted caramel fudgey biscuit", à tomber! Une texture si fondante dans un corps si carré, chapeau”, alors que le gooey butter cake et le cake à l’orange, une vraie tuerie, ont fait fondre de plaisir Julie Y. Rien de tel qu’une petite bière blonde pour rafraîchir une soirée 100% sucrée. “Découverte que cette bière Gallia pour Laurent D, qui sait maintenant où s’en procurer”. Bref, comme le résume bien Pierre Alexis P, "une soirée à l’image des dames du Sugarplum : savoureuse, fraîche, et inclassable ! "

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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 par www.fut-il.com, allez faire un tour sur notre page Flickr

 ABSY** !

Elodie F- Paris Community Manager

*Attention l’abus d’alcool est dangereux pour la santé. À consommer avec modération.

* * A bientôt sur Yelp

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Thursday night at 68, rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 65 Parisian Elite yelpers took a high dose of sugar at Sugarplum Cakeshop where they sampled the coffeeshop' sweet delights. A coffeeshop that has now become a reference for any foodie with a sweet tooth in Paris. As Spring timidly started to warm the streets of the French capital, the guests were able to go from the cosy room to the small terrace, doors wide open, while enjoying sweet bites of Sugarplum deliciousness. Alexis B  gives "special credit to the beautiful “spiked lemonade”, which he is sure, all guests must now be trying to reproduce at home", while Karim D can "still recall the taste of it, just by closing his eyes".

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The three ladies, as a real charismatic team, twirled around between guests all night long, with trays of cakes in both hands : olive oil and orange cake, nuts, coconut and chocolate squares, salted butter caramel and chocolate squares, gooey butter cake and cookies... All of which were happily topped with a homemade vodka-spiked lemonade...divinely infused with fresh vanilla beans. 

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People chatted the evening away with some funky music in the background, sometimes interrupted by moments of religious silence and some exclamations of joy. Perle D surrendered to "the salted caramel square, simply to die for! with a texture so soft in a body so strong... Kudos !" While Julie Y gave special credit to "the orange cake, killer !" What better thing than a pilsner to bring some freshness to a 100% sweet evening? The Gallia beers helped digest the limonade and the dozens of gluttonously swallowed sweet treats. And it was a fresh discovery for Laurent D, "who now knows where to drink it". All in all, it was to Pierre Alexis P a "tasty, fresh and unclassifiable night, just like its hostesses !"

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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 the photos by www.fut-il.com on our Flickr page.

SYOY*,

Elodie F - Paris Community Manager

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* See you on Yelp !