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May 31, 2012

Passeport Yelp pour les Pentes : C'est lancé !

Posted by Camille L

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Mercredi 23 mai, il faisait un temps un peu orageux sur Lyon, mais cela n'allait tout de même pas arrêter les plus de 120 Yelpeurs qui se sont précipités au Village des Créateurs, passage Thiaffait, pour célébrer le lancement des 10 jours de Passeport Yelp pour Les Pentes de la Croix-Rousse, n'est ce pas ?

Accueillis au Village des Créateurs par un verre de vin venu directement du tout proche Café Cousu et servi par Lisa M, les Yelpeurs se sont directement vus remettre leur sésame pour la soirée, un passeport Yelp contenant la liste des 13 commerces ouverts le soir même rien que pour eux, avec leurs adresses, pour ceux n'ayant pas de smartphone pour utiliser l'appli Yelp !

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C'était alors parti pour un marathon dans les Pentes ! Certains ont tenté de faire les 13 étapes, d'autres ont profité du calme du Passage Thiaffait pour papoter et boire un verre, d'autres encore ont foncé directement aux étapes gastronomiques du tour ! A chacun sa balade et à chacun son rythme.

Une petite faim ? Une petite soif ? La Cave des Vins Nature attendait les Yelpeurs pour une dégustation, tandis que L'Epicerie Pop inaugurait sa terrasse de soirée avec une bière bio et de quoi grignoter, à prix Yelpy. Du shopping et un petit apéritif ? C'était chez Lilikaiali ! Chez Ich. Bin. Ein. /// Créateur, c'était apéro Ich. Bin. Ein...Yelpeur ! Juste à côté, les Yelpeurs ont pu apprécier les créations des Vieilles Peaux ! Rue Sergent Blandan, c'était pause gourmande et sucrée, chez Il était une fois… des créateurs et D’émaux et des Choses ! Avec un arrêt obligé chez Fripesketchup en chemin, bien sûr !

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Chez Les Poupées, Tramwear ou Marron Rouge, enfin, rendez-vous pour la découverte des créations et échanges avec les créateurs. Et pour ceux et celles qui n'en avaient pas encore assez, vernissage de Biau chez Pibrok, démonstration de sérigraphie chez Unique en Série, et baby-foot, ping-pong, fléchettes… et de jolies créations, à LaFabriq !

Un lancement original qui aura permis aux Yelpeurs de prendre de l'avance pour 10 jours de promotions dans tous les commerces sélectionnés ! Merci à tous d'être venus si nombreux et d'avoir partagé votre amour pour Yelp en arpentant les petites rues des Pentes, avec vos jolies étiquettes rouges ! Et rendez-vous sur les Pentes jusqu'à samedi inclus pour profiter des offres !

Comme le résume Marine T : "Découverte d'un quartier que je connais que trop peu, boutiques très sympas dans lesquelles je ne serai pas forcément entrée, des commerçants heureux de nous raconter l'histoire de leur boutique (pour la plupart), et la découverte de l'Epicerie Pop dans laquelle je compte bien retourner ! Le tout agrémenté de quelques guimauves et vin blanc, et tout ça sans pluie, le top quoi !"

Pour voir le détail des offres du Passeport et en profiter jusqu'au 2 juin, c'est par ICI !

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Vous pouvez également aller voir:

Les PHOTOS de la soirée (by b-rob.com)

Les AVIS sur la soirée

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Camille L

Community Manager de Yelp à Lyon

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On Wednesday May 23rd, there was a bit of a stormy weather in Lyon, but that didn't prevent the more than 120 Yelpers who were ready to run for the launch of the first ever Lyon Yelp Passport, at Village des Créateurs. Everyone was ready for 10 days of Passeport Yelp pour Les Pentes de la Croix-Rousse, weren't they?

Welcomed at the Village des Créateurs with a glass of wine directly from the nearby and Passport-partner Café Cousu, served by Lisa M, the Yelpers were directly handed their key to the party, a red Yelp passport containing the name of no-less than 13 businesses opened on the same night just for the themselves, with their addresses, for those not yet equipped with the Yelp app!

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And the marathon for the Pentes de la Croix-Rousse was launched! Some Yelpers tried to do the 13 venues of the party, others stayed in the peaceful Passage Thiaffait for a chat and a glass of wine, and others went directly to the beer and wine stages of the party!

To drink, to see, to discover or to practice, here were the 13 stages of the night! La Cave des Vins Nature - L'Epicerie Pop - Lilikaiali - Ich. Bin. Ein. /// Créateur - Vieilles Peaux - Il était une fois… des créateurs - D’émaux et des Choses - Fripesketchup - Les Poupées, Tramwear - Marron Rouge - Pibrok, - Unique en Série - LaFabriq !

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An original launch party which allowed the most motivated Yelpers to get started for the 10 days of Passport offers in the neighborhood! Thanks to all of the Yelpers who came to the party, it was a real pleasure to see you wander through the streets with your red Yelp nametags!

To discover all of the offers in the Yelp Passport and use them until June 2nd included, that's HERE!

You can also see:

PHOTOS of the party (by b-rob.com)

REVIEWS for the party

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Camille L

Community Manager de Yelp à Lyon

*À Bientôt Sur Yelp

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Oklahoma City's Elite-TEA

Posted by Julie P

Oklahoma City had its first ever Elite event on Tuesday! OKC's Elite-TEA was held at T: An Urban Teahouse, a beautiful, modern space in the heart of Oklahoma City. Teahouse owner Kristy J hosted a tea tasting with several different teas and was on hand to talk about the teas.

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Elites were treated to bacon-wrapped chicken brochettes served with a chipotle aioli as well as artisan cheeses and assorted fresh fruit from Deep Fork Grill and thumbprint cookies from Brown's Bakery satisfied many a sweet tooth! Guests had their choice of beer from local brewery COOP Ale Works, and The Wine Doctor (host of Tasting Notes, a local radio show about wines) presented an intimate tasting featuring Odisea wines. 

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Many of OKC's Elite Squad have been yelping in the metro for years, and they enjoyed the opportunity to meet their fellow yelpers and new CM in person. They were also treated to their first round of Yelp schwag! Thanks to all the Elites who came out for the first event, here's to many more!  

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Julie P

Oklahoma City Community Manager 

May 30, 2012

Yelp's First Long Island Elite Event @ The Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts

Posted by Drew

Last Friday over 40 Yelpers kicked off their Memorial Day weekend at the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts for the first ever Yelp Long Island Elite Event!

Upon entering a private room, guests were greeted with a cocktail hour filled with cupcakes, rainbow cookies and tartufo provided by Taste, and plenty of cold Sam Adams Summer Ale. Serenaded by the sounds of a private piano, Elites took home plenty of Yelp schwag including free tasting flight certificates from Sparkling Pointe. The fun was in full swing when the lights began to flash and guests took their seats for an exclusive performance of the former Broadway smash, Ave Q!

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Thank you to everyone who came out for Yelp's very first Elite event on Long Island! Plenty of big ups to our friends at the SCPA as well as the actors of Ave Q, who made the evening a blast. For more details on the event, check out the photos and reviews.

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SYOY! 

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Drew A

Long Island Community Manager

 

Detroit's Passport to Midtown!

Posted by Annette

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Last week Yelp Detroit wrapped up an incredible 10-day celebration of Midtown, a kickin’ neighborhood in the heart of the Motor City that houses fabulous food, drink, shopping, and culture. Passport to Midtown featured fantastic events like Delish Detroit's Midtown Food Crawl that took us through five of Midtown's best eateries, a night of free jazz, Motor City Brew Tour's bar crawl where we toured two of Midtown’s most awesome breweries and sampled their tasty beverages, a complimentary bike mechanic’s class at the Hub of Detroit, a raw food tasting at Raw Cafe, a street market hosted by City Bird and Nest with shopping, eats and tunes, shopping nights, free art shows, a Ferris Buller's Day off inspired bus tour with Feet on the Street, a complimentary doggie play date at Canine to Five, and more!

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Between all those events, over 20 businesses in Midtown offered discounts and special offers to thank yelpers for hanging out in their fair hood. $10 bowling packages, complimentary coffee, 15% off your dinner bill, free cookbooks, free yoga, free admission to museums, salon and shopping discounts, and $11 tickets to classical concerts were all for the taking for local yelpers from the following participating businesses: Atlas Global BistroAvalon, Be Nice YogaCARE ChiropracticCharles H Wright MuseumCity WingsCurl Up & DyeDetroit Artists MarketDetroit Community AcupunctureDetroit Symphony OrchestraFlo BoutiqueFourteen EastGarden Bowl,GoodsGood Girls Go To ParisGoodwell's Natural Foods MarketLeopold's BooksSole SistersSt. Regis HotelThe Black DressTulani RoseUniversity Pharmacy and Vino Dream.

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Special thanks to Midtown Inc for helping spread the word, all the business owners in Midtown for rallying behind the promotion and jumping in so enthusiastically, and all of our yelpers who came out in droves to enjoy the events and special offers that these killer businesses had to offer. This might have been our first Passport promotion in Detroit but after this successful turn I highly doubt it will be our last! 

Until next time!

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Annette J

Community Manager Yelp Detroit

 

Cleveland Elites Sip 'N Savor Local Flavor!

Posted by Cara

Last week over 70 yelpers came out on a sweltering Cleveland evening and enjoyed the lake view (... err hid in the A/C) at Battery Park Wine Bar to Sip 'N Savor Local Flavor

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Hot guests loved the cool, exposed brick and modern, easy-going touches inside and the expansive outdoor patio with a full on view of Lake Erie shore. Mia M gushed, "I will definitely be back for the great wine selection, atmosphere and view of the sunset."

Grape expectations were exceeded with an enormous spread of, "gourmet pizzas studded with whole olives, shiny-bunned fist-sized sliders, veggies with tzatziki, pesto penne, ciabatta and cheeses" while acoustic musician, Chris Purdy, serenaded us with sweet tunes. All of the above had Manoa H singing, "This one's going in the favs list, you guys!" 

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Elites washed down all the complimentary bites with a tasting of a dozen local wines and beers! Harpersfield Winery and Laurello Vineyards provided delicious reds and whites from our own Northeast backyard in Geneva, Ohio. Cellar Rats Brewery brought on the IPAs and pilsners to make all the folks hoppy, like Jessica I, who "ended up buying pints after" since "the beer was awesome!"

It wouldn't be a proper CLE Yelp Elite party without a little extra something. All guest took home wine glasses with bases dipped in chalkboard paint for easy personalization and also crafted it up at the make-your-own glass charm station. Christina P was "particularly impressed with the chalkable glasses" and used her's "this weekend for cookouts!" Colleen P added, "the best part was the decorate your own wine glass, how freakin cute is that?! I have mine sitting on my desk. The charms for it, cutest idea ever!"

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The photo booth was the perfect for donning purple lips and thanks to Ackey+Z Photography, we have hilarious pictures to show for it—see 'em here! Guests who checked-in on their Yelp apps were entered to win a prize basket full of wine and beer themed goodness, as well as a season pass to Yoga Rocks The Park this summer! Don't worry, smartphone-less peeps were still in the running with our raffle. 

Many thanks to Battery Park Wine Bar, Ackey+Z Photography, Chris Purdy Acoustic, Harpersfield, Laurello, Cellar Rats Brewery and, of course, all you killer Elites! 

Check out all the event reviews here, or just write your own. 

Until the next one, SYOY! 

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Cara L

Yelp Cleveland Community Manager

 

 

The First Ever Yelp Perth Elite Event At Hula Bula!

Posted by Laura

Last night in the tiki tropical climes of Hula Bula Bar the first ever Yelp Perth Elite Event took place.

50 Yelpers quenched their thirst with a Hula Bula Bar house cocktail called the Rumblebee. Pete, Cammy and Charles did a great job of shaking up Sailor Jerry Rum, fresh lime, vanilla and honey behind the bar to create this staff favourite.

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Throughout the night Culinary Col was pumping out delicious mini burgers straight off the grill outside and into Yelpers hands inside.

Thank you to the Elites, Yelpers and guests who came out for Yelp's very first Elite event in Perth. And a big thank you to the rad crew at Hula Bula who made the evening lots of fun, Sailor Jerry who got the night off to a great start and the DJ who added some '60s soul to the night.

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Want more?

See you at the next one and SYOY until then!

Laura D

May 29, 2012

Yelp's 100 Days of Summer - Kickoff Party 3

Posted by Brinny

500 yelpers came out to NEON Sunset, Kickoff Party 3 for Yelp's 100 Days of Summer promo. It was a yelper party on Memorial Day at the new Pink Taco on Sunset that had everyone sporting their brightest duds! Pinktaco



Tequila shots, free flowing margaritas and beer kept the crowd in great spirits as they explored the brand new space that had opened to the public only 40 hours prior! A huge Mexican buffet had an assortment of enchiladas, beef and chicken fajitas as well as quesadilla's and salads.  Pinktaco

Passed gourmet apps kept things interesting, ranging from fresh fruit and beef to unbelievable churros with a choice of dipping sauces.

Nick Mele Photography took incredible shoots of the entire event so take a peek at the photos here, and read what yelpers have to say of the event here at the review page!

One of the best parts about this party? Attendees got to grab a free ride with Uber (everyone's private driver) and get sexy locks by  Michelle "Shellie" B, Priscilla O, and Natasha S of Luxelab at Ravissant Salon, were on hand to provide temporary pastel streaks in yelpers manes! Plus SnapFiesta was there giving fun printouts!


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Katie B and Brittany B

LA Community Managers

Yelp Denver's Movie Madness at Cinebarre

Posted by Lindsey Fosse

Let’s all go to the movies! And that’s just what Denver’s Elite Squad did for Movie Madness at Cinebarre. Before they even got to the theater, yelpers were allowed to vote on which movie they’d like to see during the event. The overwhelming winner was The Avengers 3D.

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Once they arrived at the theater and grabbed their very own pair of 3D glasses, guests were treated to complimentary house wines, domestic draft beers and even milkshakes to ensure that no one went thirsty during the film.

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Upon entering theater number two, elites were greeted with great snack food from popcorn to pizza, along with a completely complimentary menu for guests to order from during the movie. Whether it was jalapeno poppers or an entire burger, yelpers ate to their heart’s content.

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Soon, the lights went down and the glasses went on as the trailers started. What happened next? For all the details, check out the photos and reviews. Until next time, SYOY (See You on Yelp)!

Kelly T

Yelp Denver’s Marketing Assistant

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Yelp's 100 Days of Summer - Kickoff Party 2

Yelp's 100 Days of Summer is in full swing and Day 4 treated yelpers to a Summer Jammy Jam Sesh at Ford Amphitheatre. Guests were encouraged to party in their PJs at the historic outdoor venue built right into a hill off the 101 Freeway!

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The night started off beautifully with free parking, courtesy of Ford! Not paying for parking in LA is like winning the lottery... so attendees scored big before even checking in! Onesied, robed, and slippered yelpers made their way inside to Edison Plaza to snag a tote bag for their generous $5 donation, as well as sign up for tours of the Ford and a sneak peek of Ford's Summer J.A.M. series, where they showed off their inner Afro-Cuban on stage by playing instruments to the cultural beats and moving their hips like whoa. Totes were customized by the creative dudes from Grow Your Own Media with the Yelp's 100 Days of Summer logo and burst. Another win since LA has banned plastic bags!

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When not beating a drum or customizing a tote, there was plenty of grub to ingest! Giamela's was serving up some loaded peppersteak and turkey sandwiches, Pitfire Pizza brought their signature meatballs and light and healthy chopped salad, and Lola's was making everyone swoon over the smell of freshly-made French toast and mac 'n cheese. Who doesn't love bfast for dinner? As if there wasn't enough alcohol already courtesy of Pass the Bottle (a hefty selection that would impress any vino) and Golden Road Brewing (helloooo LA-decorated cans of Point the Way IPA and Hef), Cake Bar one-upped the alcohol ante with mini margarita cupcakes! There were liquid treats of the non-alcoholic variety, too thanks to Secret Squirrel Cold Brew and Raw Cane SuperJuice Bar samplers.

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DJ LA Muerte kept the plaza mood on point with soft jams that created the perfect background soundtrack for a night under the stars. Photobooths are neat, but they've got nothin' on Flippin' Cool flip books. One still shot isn't enough for these fantastic folks, oh no. Instead they captured a 20-second strip of silliness and then transformed the animated magic into a flip book as a fun take-home gift! The tie-dyed duo from LA Foodie was live podcasting throughout the evening and even scooped up 5 unsuspecting Elites for a game of "What Did We Put In Your Mouth?", where blindfolded victims were given a shot of a mystery liquid and attempted to guess the ingredients. Let's just say they're Elite for their writing skills as opposed to their guessing skills!

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Upon leaving the venue to roll into bed, Yelp App savvy soireers received a Yelp watch when they flashed their Yelp Check-In. And just when they thought their night was over, they were bombarded with bubbles from the Bath Petals Natural Beauty Truck! The spaphiles went crazy over the complimentary bath salts and gels!

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A huge jammy jam thank you goes out to everyone who helped make this night a memorable one, especially Picture Healing, for without them we'd all be without the token visual memories documented on the LA Flickr page. One's thing's for sure... yelpers may have been ready for bed, but they sure didn't hit the snooze button when it came to sharing their experiences on the review page!

Sweet summer dreams,

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Katie B

LA East Community Manager

Hula Gonna Call? Boston Elites Have A Cheeky Tiki Good Time!

Posted by Damien S

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Under threat of looming May showers, sacrifices were made and totems carved ensuring beautifully sunny skies for Boston's Cheeky Tiki Elite Event! More than 150 Elites and guests discovered a hidden spot for sunbathing while sipping Singapore slings in DTXThe Terrace at Avenue One. The mini oasis offers uncovered outdoor cocktailing whilst avoiding the crowds of, oh, any other patio in the city. And for one night, it hung ten!

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After getting lei'd, guests sauntered outside where Chef Kelly stoked the coals for a night of grilling. Fear not, roastable swine! 'Twas spiced tenderloined, seared and carved, then stacked under brie and caramelized onions on a toasted brioche bun. Lobster mac and cheese circulated the crowd in wee espresso cups, lamb chops tantalized, wonton shrimp dared and the big Trio (portabello, goat cheese and grape tomatoes on toast points) fed the veggies! The punch was most definitely Polynesian as Bacardi-backed Blue Hawaiians and Constellation wines soothed the scorch of culinary fire dancing.

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Serenading the crowd with sweet riffs and tubular bass lines, Surf's Up, Spicoli! brought a little signature surf rock to the party and a lot of sway to hips within earshot. And they weren't the only one's keeping Elites occupied: Constellation encouraged guests to virtually "Pass The Bottle," the Hyatt Regency offered a one-night stay to a lucky Yelper who checked-in to the luau and to the winners of a hula contest that told the tale of Paul Revere, Bacardi bestowed beacoup-buck box seats to a Sox game! Congrats to Lindsay M and John M for their animated portrayal of that fateful ride :)

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Finally, nobody left the party without a Shasta Tiki Punch and a complimentary app from Avenue One. Tatsu went Spider-Man to snap some amazing photos (tag away on Facebook), the Talk boards are alive with Tiki buzz and the five-star reviews are as endless as those sliders. Summer is here, Yelpers; get Elite badge and keep your Tiki hand strong.

Mahalo!

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Columbus Belts a Collective "AHHH" during Yelp's Passport to Relaxation Week!

Posted by Christina C.

Feel that? That's what a little R&R feels like. Well, at least that's what the hundreds of yelpers who participated in Yelp Columbus's Passport to Relaxation week felt. For six days in May, yelpers booked themselves a free, totally blissed out ticket to an entire week of events involving yoga, candlee-making, herbal refreshments, meditation, massage and more at some of Columbus's AHHHH-mazing spots!

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Leading yelpers in downward-facing dog and vinyasa poses, visualizations and stress-relieving techniques, Columbus yoga powerhouses Yoga on High, L-Yoga Flow, Balanced Yoga and Burn hosted free Urban Zen, Hatha, Hot and Power Yoga classes. Both new and familiar students were able to try out new styles or perfect familiar poses with the help of the instructors.

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Take a sniff! Sharing how aromas transform spaces and allow the ability create your own place of zen in any room, The Candle Lab led a free candle-making session where yelpers were able to pick-and-choose their own scents. Sarah S is "pretty sure she smelled about 80% of the scents possible before picking her 20 or so favorites. I finally narrowed it down to my 3 just by picking the ones that smelled best together... dark chocolate + strawberry jam + vanilla bean = one awesome, neapolitan ice cream scented candle."

"A sip of each in a cascade of teas, a sample of foods, pop quizzes with rare tea prizes, and fistfuls of bacon. Yeah, okay, it all adds up to five stars." What's Matthew B talking about you ask? Well that's the opening line of his recap of Yelp's Tea History, Sampling and Food Pairing Night @ ZenCha. "I would guess some of the heads in the audience were positively spinning from the nomenclature, history, culture, and scientific concepts all thrown at us in one go. A little bit of everything in every way- works for me!" We'll take that as a compliment! Similarly, Gwen W just can't say enough good things about the "fabulous, fabulous, fabulous event" hosted by TehKu Tea! Yelp's Herbal Tea Tasting & More gave yelpers a behind-the-scenes view of TehKu owner, Inggrie M's living dream with samples of nearly a half-dozen teas and complimentary scones & cakes. First-to-arrive yelpers also signed up to be treated to complimentary reflexology sessions from RR Footworks and a meditation session from Living Lotus Wellness.

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Reiki, reflexology, cranioSacral therapy, sound healing with tuning forks and massages went down at The Reiki Center for Yelp's Reiki & Reflexology night, too! Gwen W confirms "this was a soothing event. Calm music. Warm colors. Wonderful, polite staff. I plan to go back - my body doesn't want to wait another day!" Ours either, G.

And closing out the week, nearly a hundred yelpers attended the Passport to Relaxation Finale Party at 400 W. Rich with cupcakes from CupNest, snacks & local products from Celebrate Local, beverages from Luna KombouchaPepsi & Honest Tea, free body product samples from Whole Foods, complimentary hand & arm massages from Nurtur the Salon and even a free yoga class from instructors from Yoga on High and Balanced yoga.

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Did you attend & want to write – or just read – reviews of the event?

-Lunchtime Urban Zen Yoga @ The Nest

-Pour-Your-Own Candles @ The Candle Lab

-Tea History, Sampling & Food Pairing @ ZenCha

-Hatha Happy Hour @ L-Yoga Flow

-Reiki & Reflexology @ The Reiki Center

-Hot Yoga Happy Hour @ Balanced Yoga

-Herbal Tea Tasting & More! @ TehKu Tea 

-Power Yoga @ Burn

-Finale Party! @ 400 W. Rich

Collage finale partyRose DeVore captured all of the lovely photos of the Finale Party. Please be sure to check them out here! More of the week's photos can be found on the Yelp Columbus Facebook page here.

Countless thanks to all of our amazing sponsors! Hope you're all still feeling the residual effects of such a relaxing week.

 

 

 

Cheers,

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Christina C (& Yelp Intern Andrea M)

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Yelp's In The Kitchen With Gruman's!

Posted by Wendy

Someone’s in the kitchen with the yelpers, someone’s in the kitchen I know-ooo-ooo-ooo… Thursday eve found Calgary Elites and guests descending upon Gruman’s Catering and Delicatessen. According to Kaeleigh E, it's a "funky" space, "modern, yet cozy - and that's a hard balance to achieve.”

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From gigantic baskets filled with homemade chips to open face ground chuck sliders, kitchen tours and demos on making applewood smoked cheddar potato knishes, guests enjoyed tasty treats down to the very last bite.

“And how neat was it that they took us through the kitchen?!” Why don’t you tell us, Emma G? “As someone who works in a kitchen, I was not only blown away by the size, but how clean and organized it was.”

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No party is complete without some good libations. Jocelyn with Purple Valley Imports came bearing bottles of Phebus Malbec and Phebus Chardonnay, meanwhile, Kent V shouts “props for serving St Ambroise Oatmeal Stout!”

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Carrie P notes: “Taking it all into consideration, 5 stars just weren't enough to show my appreciation of such an amazing event.  I humbly give this event six stars.”

A special thanks to Elizabeth A. Cook for taking all of our event photos!

For a yelper-by-yelper take on the party, check out the party reviews or have a bou at the photos.

See you at the next event!

 

Wendy P
Community Manager
Yelp Calgary

 

May 28, 2012

Burgh Elites Take a Slice Outta Life!

Posted by Rachel Carlson

Steel City Elites were invited into Mercurio's for an ultra exclusive taste of their new Neopolitan style pizza at Yelp's Mangia @ Mercurio's Elite Event. They may already be known for their 42 flavors of homemade gelato, but the main star tonight was their wood oven cooked pizza, that's actually been certified by Italy, and served to us lucky Burghers!

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Yelpers were able to indulge in some wine and mingle whie partaking in a lovely spread of Caprese Antipasti, Insalata della Casa and mini Salami Wraps. Served straight outta the ovenm Mercurio's kept the pizza's coming all night long and treated guests to a variety of choices from their menu. Some of the choices were the Margherita, Bianco, Pizza della Casa, Pizza Del Re, and Salsiccia. "The Pizza Del Re was so good" that Tim W had tears in his eyes! He thought the key to the tasty pie was "the fresh home made mozzarella. It's truly life changing."

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Stephanie T came to the event thinking "I'd just pop in for a little bit, but I seriously had to drag myself out. Besides meeting some fellow awesome passionate Yelpers, I was legit 'en amore' with Mercurio's. The food just wouldn't stop coming. From the get-go we had appetizers, wine, gelato and a whole wealth of pizza." But let's not forget about their other popular menu item, gelato! "The Dulce de Leche gelato topped it all off very nicely" recalls Mariam W. "This family has done their research and I appreciate the effort they're making. Well done!"

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A big thank you to Mercurio's and the whole family of owners, including Anna and Linda Mercurio. and the amazing staff for treating Yelpers just like family! Also, thanks to Ray Miles Photography for the fab photo's that you can check out here.

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.

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Rachel C

Pittsburgh Community Manager

Les Vacances C'est Maintenant ! @Marseille en Vacances

Posted by Julie M

Les Vacances C’est Maintenant ! Une revendication portée par 70 Yelpeurs rassemblés à deux pas du Vieux Port, ce mercredi 23 mai 2012 dans la boutique Marseille En Vacances. Alors que soleil et chaleur sont déjà au rendez-vous, les Yelpeurs se sont octroyé avec plaisir, une soirée de congés !

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Guillaume A qui participait à sa première soirée Yelp Elite (avant même d’avoir un badge) s’est senti “en vacances! Vraiment. Et pas seulement parce que c'était en bas de chez lui... Un événement rafraichissant, avec une Cagole qui l'était tout autant, des vraies gens, des historiettes et des grands moments avec un cochonnet sur le gâteau...” Oui la Cagole, bière de Marseille a coulé à flot, mais aussi avec modération, grâce à Guillaume S grand manitou de la t-shirterie Marseille en Vacances. Yann C en a même profité pour faire “un cadeau d'anniversaire pour sa soeur Singapourienne en trouvant un joli T Shirt dans cette super boutique”. 

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Quand on boit, on mange aussi et c’est Corinne B, blogueuse marseillaise éprise de gourmandise et de saveurs vraies et natures, qui s’est occupé des grignotages. Aurélia D la remercie pour “son buffet dinatoire. Des produits frais et locaux réalisés avec amour pour un moment amical”. Un vrai succès ! “Découverte de belles spécialités : Alexandra T a adoré la menthe sucrée dont Corinne a gardé le secret”.  Des tartines au fenouil et citron, au concombre, au pesto de roquette... tartiné avec amour sur les bonnes baguettes au levain du Pain de l’Opéra. Tout était beau, délicieux et spécialement préparé pour les Yelpeurs Marseillais ! Bravo Corinne

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Les travaux sur le Vieux Port bloquant la rue Bailli de Suffren qui abrite la boutique, alors profitons de la route pour faire une Pétanque ! Une Street Pétanque même ! “Quand Julie M sort le kit de Street Pétanque!!! Là, on ne rigole plus. Ambiance Marseille, mauvaise foi, le gravillon qui gène, la faute au chien qui a bougé le bouchon... LE folklore Marseillais dans toute sa splendeur quoi.. Voila, je crois que j'ai gagné toutes les mènes” ou pas ! Philippe C n’est pas Marseillais pour rien ! “Bon, c'est sûr Emy-Line C est nulle à la pétanque mais ce n'est pas donné à tout le monde d'y jouer si près du Vieux Port”. La Molle, c’est un kit de boules molles pour jouer à la pétanque hors des terrains homologués. “Ma foiiii, elle est pas droite la route !! Et ouais quand tu fais un mauvais coup à la street pétanque, c'est pas de ta faute !!!!” Xavier S maronne de ne pas avoir gagné de partie.

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Encore une bonne soirée Yelp Elite à Marseille, rendez-vous très bientôt pour d’autres aventures !
Toutes les photos de Xavier S sont ici et les avis sont !

ABSY !
Julie M
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On vacation for one night nearby the Vieux-Port ! That’s what 70 Yelpers had on may 23rd at Marseille en Vacances. Heat and sun are already turning the heads into laziness mode but this Yelp Event made them play some Street Petanque... It was a kind of staycation !!



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Marseille en Vacances seduce tourists as local people with its t-shirts, soap, iPad cover, bags, ecc.. branded with local language. Emy-Line C appreciates “the warm welcome and the nice products made for Marseille lovers”. The big boss Guillaume S offered some cool Cagole (local beer) to the Yelpers who enjoyed it with some local flavors... Because we don’t drink without food. We could but we don’t! Corinne B (www.coachingourmand.com) has home made some paste to spread on a delicious bread from Le Pain de l’Opéra. She worked on really fresh, seasonal and local taste such as fennel, lemon, pesto, mint, cucumber... Yann C “had to left early but he hopefully had the time to enjoy some slice of bread with delicious things spread on”. 

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Holidays ok. Drink ok. Food ok. Time to have fun! Oh yes Yelpers are funny but they also do funny things like the Street Petanque! “Never heard of that before” says Noura N “a very good moment”. Petanque in Marseille is a way of life, and Philippe C noticed that “the legendary bad faith of people from Marseille were verified : a bit of grit in the middle, a dog played with the ball...” excuses to find a way to win ! Aurélia D add that “this kit is basically made to play inside Petanque, and you weren’t with us at the party, you can find it at Marseille en Vacances for 35€ !” The name La Molle means soft, as the balls are, perfect to play out of a regular Petanque field !

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Pictures are here and reviewes are there!
Hope to you soon on Yelp or at the next Elite Event!

Julie M
SYSOY!

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May 27, 2012

Block Party: Soirée de lancement du Passeport Yelp Pour le 10ème

Posted by Elodie

4FRENCH:  Dimanche 20 mai, dans une rue piétonne du Canal Saint Martin, 115 Yelpeurs se sont retrouvés pour célébrer le lancement de la semaine Passeport Dans Le 10ème arrondissement. Epargnés par miracle par la pluie et l'orage, ils ont pu envahir la rue et se délecter d'un buffet de fromage, de soupes froides de Giraudet, du guacamole d'El Nopal et d'eau de coco Vita Coco ou de Bières Demory. "La foule était de bonne humeur, sous le soleil, bière ou jus de coco en main, super guacamole dans la bouche, souriante, conviviale. Garçon et fille, chiot et bébé, râleur et lèche-bottes - tout le monde uni pour une fois sans gueuler, sans couper le fil, sans pousser ... Pas du tout parisien, on peut dire! " Et on ne contredira pas Omid T !

1Accueilli par Claudia, la charmante propriétaire de la boutique, les invités ont pu savourer ces quelques heure de répit ensoleillé avant l'orage, en allant et venant entre la boutique et la rue, bière ou eau de coco à la main, soupe mangue coco ou gaspacho Giraudet dans l'autre. Ils ont pu découvrir de nouveaux visages, discuter avec de nouveaux membres Elites ou retrouver d'anciens amis. "Encore que du bon, a partager avec les autres Yelpeurs sur le trottoir", et cette fois ci pour Ai Linh D, Yelpeuse Elite à Londres, c'est à Paris qu'elle en a profité !

2Un Superbe lancement pour une semaine entière de promotions dans tous les commerces sélectionnés, et une soirée qui a montré à quel point Yelp Paris était devenu une grande famille. Merci à tous d'être venus si nombreux et d'avoir partagé votre amour pour Yelp ! Et pour reprendre l'hymne Yelp initié par Lalaïna R:

"You say Party, I say Yelp!

Party!
Yelp!

Party!
Yelp!"

Voici tous les commerces qui participaient, à découvrir encore et encore!

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En attendant, vous pouvez aller voir:

LES PHOTOS DE LA SOIRÉE (Photos by fut-il.com)

LES AVIS SUR LA SOIRÉE

ABSY*

Elodie F

Yelp Paris Community Manager

*À Bientôt Sur Yelp

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ENGLISH:  Last Sunday, May 20th, in a pedestrian street on the Canal Saint Martin, 115 Yelpers gathered to celebrate the launch of Yelp Paris' largest promotion so far: the Passport to the 10th arrondissement. Miraculously spared by the rain and stormy weather, they took over the street and indulged in some delicious treats like Comté Cheese, cold soups from Giraudet, guacamole from El Nopal and coconut water from Vita Coco, or Bières Demory. "The crowd was in a great mood, under the sun, a beer or a coconut water in their hands, some terrific guacamole in their mouth, everyone was smiling and jolly. Guys or girls, puppy or baby, grumpy or kiss-ass: everybody was united, for once, into a no yelling, no complaining, no cutting the line behaviour... Something very unparisian one could say !" And Omid T is pretty damn right about that !5Welcomed by Claudia, the charming owner of the concept store, the guests took advantage of the few hours of sun to go back and forth between the shop and the street, beer or coconut water in one hand, mango-coco soup or Gaspacho in the other. They discovered new faces, discussed with new Elite members or found old friends. "Once again only good stuff, this time stuff to share with other yelpers on the pavement" for Ai Linh D, usually Elite Yelper in London, who was able to discover the Parisian community. 

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A wonderful launch party for the week of promotion in all the participating businesses, and a night that really showed how much Yelp Paris had become a big family. Thank you all for coming and sharing your Yelp love ! And to quote Lalaïna R:

"You say Party, I say Yelp!


Party!
Yelp!

Party!
Yelp!"

Want more? Have a look at these:

THE PHOTOS  (Photos by fut-il.com)

THE REVIEWS 

SYOY*

Elodie F

Yelp Paris Community Manager

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*See You On Yelp

Yelpers Reveal Their Nauti Side @ Skates On The Bay

Posted by Nique!

With a procession of pescetarian bites, freshly muddled Moscow Mules, live accordion serenades, and a coral sun sinking into the horizon, Elites happily dropped anchor at Skates on the Bay for Yelp's Nautical by Nature event on Thursday, May 24th, with sailor stripes, captains hats, and naval uniforms to boot! Skatescollage1_web-large
After 30 years of eliciting ooohs and aaahs for their stunning views of the San Francisco bay, Skates wowed this crew of 75 Yelp Elites with their major interior redesign, freshened up with beachy whitewashed beams, a glassed-in private dining room, a brand new Raw Bar serving dainty bites of edible art, and an innovative craft cocktail menu to compliment "the good life" atmosphere Skates exudes.

Taking in the revamped setting, Wanugee N commends Skates for the "excellent Raw Bar serving nigiri sushi bites, crab cakes and other delectable goodies," noting the preservation of their best asset, "the million dollar views of the bay" making the "perfect setting for friends, families, or that special someone to enjoy a fine meal." Wendy N gave herself a virtual slap on the wrist, exclaiming "I can't believe I haven't been to Skates on the Bay before! It's so great to find a place to take visiting friends to get a fantastic dining experience of the East Bay." Skatescollage2_web-large
The Raw Bar trays emerged, and Elites giddily grabbed at the chance to sample house cured Wild Alaskan Salmon Carpaccio with capers, pickled fennel and bacon, Applewood perfumed Scallop Crudo, and Pacific Sashimi Grade Ahi Tartare with shitake confit, yuzu, and avocado oil...the fresh flavors "still lovingly dance" on John Z's tastebuds.  Stephanie M wasn't the only yelper with an affinity for the Bloody Mary oyster shooters spiked with Absolute Peppar vodka, "so hot delicious" she "kept sucking them back without hesitation." No shame in that.

While the fresh seafood was a defintite highlight, Skates' service also glowed with a seemingly endless array of samples and smiles. "The folks at Stakes slipped on the host glove on like they owned it," John Z notes, while Stephanie M was impressed by how "graciously" the staff kept "hookin' up the nibs, while taking soiled appetizer plates and dishes under their arms." A five starfish performance, no doubt. Skatescollage3
It wouldn't be a nautical-themed event without some fortified bevvies to enliven the crew, and Skates provided a table full of Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel for Elites to help themselves to, while skilled bartenders evoked squeals of delight, pouring pink lemonade cocktails through a 'salmon luge' ice sculpture. Zu Vodka also climbed aboard to mix up buoyant Moscow Mules with a ginger kick, a classic seafarer's fave.

Adding more than a splash of pirate spirit to the mix was JD Limelight, weaving through the crowd playing sea shanty tunes on his vintage accordion, then his ukelele. "It was like he was a super hero with instruments," Stephanie M marvels. Sweet endings were in order, and Rachel G dubbed Skate's house made chocolate toffee "orgasmic...a blend of milky chocolate and sweet toffee" that "just melts in your mouth, making you beg for more!"

The indulgent evening ended with a vibrant sunset shimmering across the waves just outside, leaving Eric B with a plan to "come back to Skates for a romantic dinner date," while Karen Z confirmed it was "one whale of a time," indeed.

Cruise through all the details on the event review page, and spy the sunset pics by Basil Glew-Galloway here!

Farewell land-lubbers,

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Captain Nique F & First Mate Jocelyn B

Fort Worth Yelpers Get Witty WIT It!

What happens when you combine hilarious t-shirts, custom mix-CDs, a kickin' DJ, on-the-fly hairstyling and the latest in hard cider? We found out as local yelpers descended on the Esoterica SaLounge recently for an exploration in creative gear, supplemented by our own soundtracks and tasty sips of Leprechaun Cider!

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Channeling his best Sheen (Charlie, not Martin), Harry O exalted "WINNING" the result of his trip down t-shirt lane. "I''m happy yelpers have an amazing music selection," suggested Harry, who gave Esoterica an "A+ for excellent creativity." We're with ya, Harry.

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While she rocked her snarkiest tee, Minh N found herself the latest recipient of retro locks: "I got an awesome 50's style hairdo from Megan since I wanted something a little different that I wouldn't have known how to do on my own," she offered. And Allison P lost herself in the tunes the DJ spun, including some of her own seasonal concoction: "The best part of the party was hearing the DJ spin a few of my songs off my summer mix. I wish I had grabbed a copy of Kathryne's mix since she mostly featured her favorite Ft. Worth bands. Maybe another time?" To Esoterica, Leprechaun Cider, DJ Jimmy, and our amazing cast of Funkytown yelpers, what a great way to launch a holiday weekend!

SYOY,

-Kevin N

May 26, 2012

Providence Elites Fiesta Into Summer At Lola's!

Posted by Hilary Henning

Last Wednesday night, Elites of the PVD got down fiesta-style, at Lola's Tequila Bar & Cantina for Yelp's Mexi-Can Can Elite Event! With oodles of tequila-based cocktails courtesy of Milagro, and refreshing cervaza from our friends at Dos Equis, yelpers certainly got the especial treatment from Lola's! Lolascollage3

"All of the necessary components for a great evening" fell into place for Jaclyn P: "Sunset, Yelp lovelies, food and margaritas!" Jennifer H "could have sat on that back deck all night while the friendly and happy-to-serve waitresses refilled" her glass. "The tuna ceviche was delicious – spicy, citrusy, and oh so good!" Just the way Jamie H likes it. And don't forget those Mole chicken wings, which were "pure yumminess!" William H "loved every morsel of both the vegetarian and chourizo chimichangas" so much that he "can't wait to go back Lola's!" Lolascollage2

After a dark and stormy day, "the clouds literally parted and graced PVD with sunshine for this event!" Brad Smith was there, camera in hand, to sap gorgeous photos of the waterfront view, delicious food, refreshing beverages, dazzling sunset and 75 of the best yelpers in town. Marcy L's pure poetry says it all: "We kicked off what's bound to be an unforgettable summer season!"

Until next time, Adios, amigos!

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- Hilary H, Yelp Providence Community Manager

May 25, 2012

Hampton Roads Does It Big At Yelp’s Hollywood Premiere!

Posted by Xerxes N

Who says you can’t party during the week? When you’re Elite you get a dose of your weekend on hump day. On Wednesday evening, the newly formed Hampton Roads Elite Squad kicked off the first-ever Yelp Elite bash Hollywood style at 7 Martini & Tapas. Attendees came dressed to impress and mingled over sexy martinis and tasty bites. Yelp’s giving a big shout out to owners Rob M, Bridget M and Laura L for hosting a wonderful event!
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It was Hollywood from the start and Pat G “loved, loved, loved the limos” that Icon Limousines parked outside the restaurant. Folks posed in and out of the limos before making their red carpet entrance to Yelp’s Hollywood Premiere!

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Martinis were flowing and light bites were slinging while the paparazzi, Kristine Hermoso, Chris McCormick and Crystal Yap were taking stellar shots at HRVA’s first Elite shindig. Sara L was amazed at how the venue’s “calamari was really tasty” while Troy S claims that her “Hollywood martini really help set the elite tone of the evening.”

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Yajaida P “loved how everyone got all dressed up” for what best dressed Vanessa G calls “an awesome party.”  Eric C had so much fun that he’s already put his “name down for the next get together!”  We hear ya, Eric - many yelptastic events to come! Peep the pics here and read the rundown (or write your own review) of our fabulous evening. Wanna be Elite? Here's how!

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Until the next Elite shindig, SYOY!

Xerxes N - Yelp Hampton Roads Community Manager

 

Queens Goes Black and White at Off The Blvd

Posted by Jando

Last evening, Yelpers braved the elements and stormed into Sunnyside, Queens to celebrate one of its newest venues, Off The Blvd Lounge. This was no regular Yelp Elite (Only) event, this was a Black and White Party. Elites came dressed in their finest B&W attire, while checking out this impressive indoor / outdoor space just off Queens Blvd.

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Yelpers like David K remarked upon entering the place, "The venue had a cool vibe as it stretched to the back which opened up a patio with a fountain at the very end." Inside the lounge, folks were vibin' to the sounds of DJ Robert Lux while the black lighting enabled the monochrome celeb artwork to pop and just like that, the Elites began to glow. Undeterred by the stormy weather, many others decided to enjoy the outdoor patio space where there were plenty of umbrellas to shield the B&W partygoers from the wet drops of mother nature. 

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A Yelp party isn't complete without a little libation, this time in the form of summery cocktails, one concoction of which included Spicebox Whisky. The infamous Key Lime Pie (Vanilla Vodka, Sour Mix, Lime Juice) got Chelsea D's attention: "Not sure how many I had, but that was kind of the point right?" In addition to being one of the world's sexist women, Salma Hayek made an appearance on Thursday in the form of a Pacifico and Lemonade concoction and was a smash hit with the crowd. Astrid G has another name for it though: "liquid AWESOME."

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There was no shortage of finger foods at Off The Blvd, Yelpers were treated to complimentary bites which included brussel sprout pita pizza, an anchovy radish pate, and their famous fried oreosHelena H described the pizza as "veggie friendly and delicious!" and Francisco H notes what everyone else was already thinking about the oreos: "If they ever made it illegal, it would outsell heroin."
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A huge thanks goes out to Rae, Trish, and the group behind Off The Blvd Lounge for their incredible hospitality and hosting a heck of a party. Their unique theme is certainly a fabulous addition to the constantly changing Sunnyside's scene. B&W is never out of style, in fact Leslie claims "Black and white has never looked so sexy."
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Wanna more? See the photos, Yelp Talk, and reviews. Cheers to the Memorial Day weekend!

 

Around the World in 80 Yelps @ Arya in Redwood City

Posted by Abby Schwarz

Arya collage 1Have you ever been to a restaurant that serves Italian, Mediterranean and Persian food, all on the same menu? Neither had South Bay-Peninsula Elites, until they visited Arya Global Cuisine this week at our most recent event, Around the World in 80 Yelps! That's right, they got a passport to several foreign lands without leaving the comfort of Redwood City.

Because Arya serves such a wide variety of food, spanning several countries, it only made sense to ask everyone to dress up in some sort of international attire. Elites and their +1’s showed up looking fabulous in Brazilian soccer jerseys, Japanese kimonos, Hawaiian lei’s as well as Indian Saris. Very chic, indeed!

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As they arrived at the restaurant, a buffet of deliciousness awaited the attendees. We’re talking hummus, eggplant, chicken and beef skewers, rice and dates alongside fresh fruit, bruschetta and sambosas. And that wasn’t the end! Arya’s gracious staff brought out plate after plate of their specialty dish, pomegranate pistachio meatballs and a lemon-flavored cheesecake. Dorothy L was so impressed with their spread that her “tummy was rumbling” after writing her 5-star review! She “really can't wait to go back and have all these dishes again.” 

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To accompany the food, Duvel was on-hand, offering several varieties of Belgian Ale. They even brought fancy souvenir beer glasses for guests to take home. Nice touch! Not to be outdone, large servings of Simply Naked and Cadet d’Oc were poured for all of the wine enthusiasts to enjoy. Cin-cin, darlings!

Mike and Fera, the huband and wife duo who owns the restaurant, were excited to have such a large, vivacious crowd in the restaurant. They thanked everyone for coming and explained how wonderful it has been opening up their second restaurant in the last few months. In addition, they raffled off two gift certificates to the restaurant for lucky Yelpers to return. After the announcements were over, they revealed a special surprise: their head belly dancer, Maria, was there to entertain the crowd with her mad skillz! Maria won the hearts of several Elites, including Cat V: "Can't forget that sexy belly dancer! She was kind enough to show some of us how to move that booty. Mmhmm, that's right, she was hot!" Arya offers all sorts of entertainment on weekends, including live belly dancing, jazz and Spanish acoustic guitar.

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Last but certainly not least, LiveFoto brought their portable photo booth for everyone to enjoy! They are new to the Bay Area and can do both inside and the occasional outdoor event… Check out their latest adventures in Dolores Park!

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"W-O-W. Those 3 letters don't even describe the wowness of this event.The staff at Arya blew my mind. They were overly attentive (not in a bad way), friendly, and easy to laugh with. The owner and his wife gave such a heartwarming speech. If that didn't seal the deal of making me want to come back and visit, the food definitely did," raved Kailey O. Couldn't have said it better ourselves, Kailey!

Check out all the reviews, event photos as well as photo booth pics! And until then, SYOY!

Abby Beret

Abby "mustachio" S, South Bay-Peninsula Community Manager

Yelp's Passport to NuLu/Butchertown

Posted by Rachel Ford

For 5 entire days of awesomeness Yelp Louisville took over NuLu and Butchertown to show them the love! We had several stops along the way to add our stamp of approval in this Passport to NuLu/Butchertown. An 80's Ballin' Brunch, Mayan Cafe CMYE dinner, Meet the Meat Owner and Happy Hour, fabulously fun schwag, and shopping galore!

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What better way to kick off Yelp's Passport to NuLu/Butchertown May 12-16 than a Garage Bar brunch, ping pong tournament, and Passport Back to the 80's?

The balls were flying and the Bloody Marys and Breakfast Shandys flowing. We had photo ops in our loud 80s gear with the assistance of the box of neverending silliness and photobooth from Magbooth.

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PassportPlayThe reviews say it all! We went to a restaurant constantly called the "best" and "most" followed by other positive words for a Community Manager Yelp Event. We got to sample two of Mayan Cafe's signature dishes - the Tok-sel Lima Beans and the black bean & goat cheese salbute appetizer. Yum!

PassportMeatAnd what better way to spend Happy Hour and to wrap up Yelp's Passport to NuLu/Butchertown than sipping on the most coveted cocktails at Meat in Butchertown? Yelpers were transported back to the days of Prohibition - at this Speakeasy bar with a butcher shop "cover," where they sampled 2 unique cocktails and had a taste off. Who could guess the most of the 8 ingredients in each one? Chelsey C dominated on the In Bloom and a tie on the Pulled Punch led to a shake-off tie-breaker between the two Adams. A close call, but both perfected their bartending skills and Adam L walked away with a lovely bottle of tequila.

Adios yelpers! Check out more pics on our flickr page, and until next time, see you on Yelp!

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The Crusher (AKA Rachel F)

Community Manager, Yelp Louisville

Yelp's Passport to Brixton Launch @ Seven at Brixton

Posted by Josephine B

Tick Tock! Tick Tock! Tick Tock! 

Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! 

The clock struck Seven at Brixton signalling to Yelpers across the land that it was time to welcome in London's first ever Passport promotion

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London was awash with sunshine with temperatures soaring at 29 degrees, but that didn't hinder the hordes from heading south to wet the head of Passport to Brixton! At the arrival gates Yelpers were ushered along the candle lit hallway to the short ascent to their seats within the L-shaped room, where much needed cold beers and wines were waiting.

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Owners Jonny Rushton, Liam Brown and their team welcomed the first 50 eager arrivals with a Seven Signature cocktail of their choosing. Mark S was obsessed by the Old Fashioned - a drink that is easy to get wrong, but the Seven staff served up bourbon brilliance!

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The Spanish themed cocktail bar spoilt us with treats and eats from the continent: chorizo and manchego pintxos, Jamon Serrano with tomato and basil on bread, figs soaked in sherry with picos d'europa cheese and piquillo peper tortilla. Don't we sound all posh, worldly and very international!

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Having had tweets and such a buzz surrounding the upcoming CashMob, we took advantage of having professional photographer Nathan Danity present and took some fantastic pre CashMob media photos! Elite Yelper Jennifer S looked pretty in prohibition pink (Yelp just got sexy) and super Yelper Yee Gan O leads by example both online and off! A big thank you to all who participated in the stunning shots!

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A huge thank you to the wonderful staff at Seven at Brixton for hosting such a fantastic evening and helping us see in the first ever London Passport in Brixton style! Also a huge thank you to our ever-fabulous Brixtonites and honorary Brixtonites for joining us to help the Passport take-off and get its wings! You can check out the photos by Marthaloves and Nathan Danity as well as the event reviews and join in the chatter on Talk.

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SYOY

Josephine B

 

May 24, 2012

Family Style Dining In Denver At May's Secret Supper Club

Now entering its fifth month, May’s Secret Supper Club took guests to the other side of the globe with an Asian Fusion menu from Phat Thai. More than around the globe, you could say that some yelpers were through the moon about the family style five course meal that graced their tables that evening.

As our first round of yelpers walked through the door, little did they know how much food they were about to enjoy. “I too was a little worried that family style meant each of us getting a spoonful or tasting of each dish,” yelped Mary S. “ Wow, was that a surprise!”

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Diners were greeted with a Ginger Cosmo and snacked on “XO” edamame and grilled shishito peppers as they made their way to the community style seating near the back of the restaurant. The first course was brought out shortly and it featured spring rolls made with crisp tofu and and Phat Thai’s signature “XO” braised short rib tacos with housemade kimchee, which was paired with a crisp white wine to keep everyone refreshed. The second course was their award-winning coconut pumpkin soup with a Great Divide Samurai Ale on the side. “How was the soup?” you might ask. Jennifer V. sums it up pretty well: “Pumpkin soup? Sure I've had it before no big deal. Then I took a taste. Then I took a spoonful. Then by a strength I knew not where I received it I prevented myself from falling face first into the bowl and chortling like a pig as I tried to absorb this soup by osmosis.”

Yelpers were in store for more Asian sensations when the third course came out: Phat Thai with shrimp and phat si lew with tofu, accompanied by a Chateau Julien Red wine. That’s right, both meat eaters and vegetarians alike left this dinner with their bellies full! The fourth course treated attendees to tofu fritters in coconut broth and massaman curry of goat with jasmine rice partnered with Steamworks Third Eye Pale Ale. Finally, guests were treated to a light dessert to cap off the evening: gingered fruit with a housemade coconut sorbet.

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Many yelpers left stuffed to the gills but with extra take out containers of various Phat Thai courses in their hands. So what’s the overall consensus? Jennifer W. raves, “This was one of the best restaurant meals I've had in a very long time.”

We couldn’t agree more! Be sure to check out the reviews (6:00 seating and 8:30 seating) and photos from the May Secret Supper Club. And you can now RSVP for our next Secret Supper, which is happening on June 25th. There will be two seatings; one at 6:00, the other at 8:30. In the meantime, SYOY!

Teacup Offers Yelpers a Supper and a Cuppa (Or Seven!)

 
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Fusion happened last night, dear readers. Plucky online city guide Yelp Manchester and Northern Quarter Big Don Teacup on Thomas Street... Together at last. And what a union it was. The restaurant/cakery/virtual office hotspot/tea emporium (also housing some of our city's finest coffee) opened its doors on the sunniest Tuesday evening any Mancunian could hope for, to 60 lucky Yelpers there to taste-test their brand new evening menu.

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This event was a long time coming. Teacup are fortunate enough to be ranked Number 1 in Yelp's countdown of Manchester's favourite eateries, and many a Northern Quarter wanderer has found the famous, now-extended Thomas Street trove of tea and treat treasures via their very own handy little Yelp app. 60 Yelpers over for dinner? We leapt at the chance.

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Upon arrival, everyone was offered a choice of gin and Fentimans Rosé Lemonade poured from giant teapots into teacups, a cheeky sample of Brewdog Punk IPA, 5am Saint or Hardcore IPA decanted by the beautiful Josie, or a soft drink from the Fentimans range.

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Guests were treated to an epic procession of sharing dishes including a 'sack o' potatoes' with real lemon or cod roe mayo, heirloom tomatoes on sourdough toast, beef short ribs, veggie and meat Himalayan momos, noodles with pulled pork, Peruvian street food such as fillet of heart chargrilled with South American spices and calf's liver with mash and a bacon finish, monkfish and chips, tender steak with a topping of pesto and marrow... the list goes on. And on.

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The chips themselves received accolades beyond Teacup's wildest dreams. Newbie Yelper Steph H claimed they surpassed her all-time favourites at the Mark Addy, and as Andrew Y put it, 'Lovely chips – can't beat a good chip, and these were nice and crispy on outside and soft on the inside. Mmmmmm.' Well said!

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As for the desserts, they spoke for themselves. And so did our attendees. The deconstructed Manchester Tart had everyone reminiscing about misspent youths in sweet shops. 'Cream, custard and popping candy,' sighed Toby S. 'Brilliant idea, not expecting the popping candy; really good surprise for everyone around the table when it kicked in.' Asked Lee Z, 'Who doesn't like popping candy?' Not the kind of people we want coming over for dinner.

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Squares of sticky toffee pudding served with chicory mascarpone and granola went down an absolute treat, and dinner was finished off with a selection of Teacup's famous teas to sample – Mr Scruff's own Make Us A Brew brand Big Chill, Look Lively and Mint and Chilli, as well as Organic Rosebud, Darjeeling, Assam and Peppermint.

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If you want to try out Teacup's delicious new evening menu for yourself, they're open Wednesday through Saturday for dinner service. Check out their menu at Casual Manna and indulge! Brewdog Manchester are now open on Peter Street, and you can find Fentimans in many local supermarkets and Manchester bars and restaurants. A huge thank you to Teacup and their hardworking chefs and staff for such an incredible event, Bex Tennenhaus for Teacup's amazing marketing and event creativity, Josie Ludford from Brewdog for sampling out the beers in our delightful little Yelp shot glasses, Jody Hartley for the mint snaps, and of course everyone who attended.

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Read the reviews of this one and chat about it. Betcha can't wait for the next one!

And until then, SYOY.

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Your friendly Manchester Community Manager,

Emma-Lou 'I Kicked Flu's Butt For This Event!' H

Milwaukee Elites Spy A Good Time: From Yelp With Love

Posted by Rachel Fell

It's not often you'll get home from work and want to change into your James Bond-inspired finest on a Wednesday night... but to indulge in Ketel One vodka cocktails, crudités, cheese platters, sweet and savory fondue, free spa services and behind-the-scenes tours of one of your city's swankiest and most historic hotels? Of course. And this past Wednesday evening, Yelp MKE elites did just that.

From Yelp With Love: a James Bond-inspired affair at Blu in the Pfister Hotel saw some seriously good-lookin', gussied-up Milwaukee elites show up ready to get their eat and drink on, their learn on, their spa on, and their win on.

A welcome reception featuring live piano and stand-up bass rocking Bond theme songs/improvising to the movie? Okay. Ketel One on Oranje the rocks? Okay. Spa services from Well Spa at the Pfister featuring nail treatments, skin analysis, and massages? Okay. Crudités and cheese platters? Okay.

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Then? The tours! So informative, so fun, and so VIP behind-the-scenes. Love it!

Great prizes after "interrogations" by our tour guides, and two huge, killer raffle prizes featuring a $100 gift card to the Well Spa as well as an overnight stay for two! Congrats to Morgan and Charlie (ahem... Stephanie).

Check more pics here, and the reviews of the event here! So much fun, I can't wait for our summer full of MKE-tastic awesomeness to come...

Until next time, SYOY!

Rachel F — Yelp Milwaukee Community Manager

 

 

 

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Hartford Elites Cocktail Party It Up At Burtons Grill!

Posted by Emily

The forecast for Hartford may have been rain and clouds, but it was nothing but grand times and smiling faces at Monday night’s Yelp Elite Party. Hartford’s Elite Squad braved the elements for a (covered) patio-side spring soiree at Burtons Grill to savor an evening of sipping, sampling and socializing. ‘Cause as Anna E knows, there’s nothing better than a night to hang out with fellow Yelpers, "eat scrumptious food, imbibe in some tasty beverages and have a blast doing it all.” Huge thanks to the amazing staff at Burtons Grill for hosting such a rockin’ cocktail party! 

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Sheltered from the rain, but equipped with Yelp ponchos (of course), thirsty guests enjoyed a selection of refreshing wines and tangy mango citrus sangria and nibbled on an array of Burtons’ creative seasonal dishesMichele T swoons, “Every bite greeted my taste buds with a welcoming punch of flavor...that I felt a sense of anticipation for each and sadness when it was all over.” Hey, we feel your pain!

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Elites indulged in Blue Point oysters with chili infused olive oil & BBQ balsamic mignonette and gave the lovely Alicia S her “first New England lesson on how to eat them properly (slurp it up!).” Now an old pro, Alicia couldn’t get enough of the marinated “beets and goat cheese” parfait – and cherished “every opportunity to munch on those tasty little treasures.”

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When it came time for the gorgeous fried green tomatoes with bacon chive vinaigrette, Sanh A admits, “If this is what food is like in heaven I think starting tomorrow I'll pray daily.” Good thinking, lady. Rounded out by a spread of sweet chili-glazed salmon with soba noodles and crostini with “balsamic-marinated NY strip, fig balsamic onion jam, blue cheese crumbles, and toasted ciabatta,” the “flavor combinations just rocked” Anna E’s world.

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Beyond the spread of Burtons specialties, Madeleine L had “a great time talking to old Yelp friends and meeting new Yelp faces,” and can't wait for next month's event! Check out the reviews (or write your own) here and take a peep at the fab pics from the talented Nick Caito. Wanna be Elite? Learn how here!

SYOY!

Emily C (and the wonderful Hilary H!)

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New Orleans Yelpers Celebrate Freret

Posted by Joi

Last week, New Orleans yelpers were all about Yelp's Passport To Freret Street. The goal of this week-long event was to celebrate (and infiltrate) Freret via cool & creative connections with local businesses in the neighborhood. Here are some highlights from the action-packed week:

What better way to start gathering those virtual stamps than by crusin' for some boozin' on Friday evening? Bars participating in the bar crawl all offered yelpers something special. We started with frozen margaritas and daiquiris at The Box Office Lounge (at Alamo Underground) where we also enjoyed a smooth jazz acoustic set by LSU Battle of The Bands winner, Hazy Ray. Next, we hit up Dat Dog for deeply discounted drinks and dogs, and then, on to Cure for a special Yelp daiquiri and finally, we closed down the bar Midway Pizza with some cheap and nifty nightcaps.

On Saturday we had our biggest party of the week, the Bon Voyage Bash at Du Mois Gallery. The day's stormy weather didn't stop almost 200 people from coming by to check out all the food, drinks, art, music and fun!

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There were offerings from two Freret St. eateries (gourmet hot dogs from Dat Dog and deep dish pizza from Midway), La Cocinita food truck and newest bakery on the block, Pure Cake, plus drinks courtesy of Deep Eddy Vodka and Saint Arnold Brewery. Jubilee Ginger Beer (made locally) provided a crafty non boozy option. The consensus was it was the world's best ginger beer!  

More fun stuff: Cameron Kelly provided the soundtrack to the event and Miss Malaprop helped everyone stamp their own Yelpy t-shirts (including a custom Passport To Freret Street stamp... used in quite creative ways!) Du Mois Gallery featured an opening with work from folk artist, Devin Meyers and Fat Kids, who wowed us some of the best New Orleans street art. We were able to raise over $500 for the Freret Street Neighborhood Center, thanks to attendees donating at the door, as well as proceeds from the Elite Auction. Twelve of us auctioned off thoroughly useful/funny/cool services, from legal representation to an architectural tour of New Orleans to shooting lessons. Let's not forget all the special never-seen-before Passport swag available for attendees, no doubt making your world travels hotter than a trip to the Sahara, cooler than a stay at the IceHotel-art opening. Read the reviews here (and add one of your own if you attended and are so inclined!)

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The next evening, the most fashion and budget- conscious among us participated in the Thrifty Fashion Contest at La Nuit Comedy Theater. With the theme of cruise wear in mind, participants spent $25 per outfit at Bloomin' Deals (to benefit the Junior League of New Orleans). Then they strutted their stylin' selves on Sunday evening in front of judges Missy Wilkinson editor of The Gambit's Cue Magazine and Christy Lorio of Slow Southern Style. Check out the recap on Missy's blog on BestofNewOrleans.com Our winner of the contest, Ashley Sloan, stole the show with her headpiece fashioned out of a towel in the shape of a swan. So cruisetastic, no? Ashley won two tickets to the Tales of the Cocktail opening events.

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Did you know how easily accessible Freret Street is via public transportation? On Tuesday, Transport For NOLA clued us in to this at their Happy Hour at The Box Office Lounge. Those arriving via public transportation showed their ticket to get drink discounts. Speakers from the RTA were on hand to talk about streetcars and safety, revealing many interesting facts, such as, streetcars cannot stop on a dime (or quarter, even). So be careful making those left turns! And don't wear headphones when jogging/biking on the track!

On Wednesday, Cook Dat at Dat Dog was certainly one of the week's highlights, as chef/owner of Dat Dog, aka the "Hot Dog Guy," Skip, gave us a lively cooking demonstration and discussion. Those in attendance enjoyed complimentary drinks and loaded dogs and fries of their choice.

Finally, what a way to end the with with a bang... er, a pie! First there was the Super Supper Club at Midway Pizza where we enjoyed scrumptious salads, apps and of course loads of the 'za and then over to the Pie Pairing with the NoLa Pie Guy. Chocolate stout pie paired with complimentary Saint Arnold beer, anyone? Piesitively perfect!

Yelpers also appreciated special offers from Age Span, The Bike Shop, Freret Street Frozen Yogurt & Treats, Crescent City Comics and more.

Thank you to all participating businesses. Looking forward to where Yelp's Passport will bring us next (yes, suggestions are welcome).

Enjoy the pix taken by Carolyn Turgeon from all the major events on flickr.

Excuse me, I'm still recovering from Freret fever... but I can't wait to SYOY! (See You On Yelp!)

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Yelp NOLA Community Manager

Yelp's Groovy Grocery Get Down @ MKT Bar & Phoenicia Specialty Foods

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

Do A Little Dance. Yelp A Little Love. Get Down Tonight! Houston Elites turned back the clock and did the shuffle all the way over to Downtown's newest International market Phoenicia Specialty Foods and MKT Bar for Yelp's Groovy Grocery Get Down!

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Holistic hippies and disco bunnies got down '70s-style as they danced to funk jams by nationally acclaimed musician/producer The ARE, as they perused the two-story venue, shopped and sampled authentic International foods – like Armenian string cheese, an array of hummus, baklavas, dolmades, and more! Anyone try those succulent sweets? There's nothing like a sugar high at a disco dance party! Keeping palates wet and alive was Houston's own Leprechaun Cider – with founder Jake Schiffer on site pouring and educating partygoers on their Golden and Dry Ciders. Yelpers also received star treatment from the Phoenicia/MKT Bar staff, as drinks were a flowin' courtesy of Janco Beverage who provided Aris Greek Lager, Les Piliers Syrah, Chateau De Nages White, along with Mid-State Wine & Liquor who provided cold Efes Pilsen.

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If that wasn't enought to get yelpers in a disco-funk frenzy, Black Swan Screen Printing wowed guests with live screen printing, creating complimentary custom-made Grocery Get Down posters for all to enjoy. The talented ladies and gents at CutLoose salon gave glammed up retro 'dos for the crowds, along with free Bumble&Bumble samples and products!

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There to record all the action was Mineralblu Photography who snapped wacky photobooth snapshots and Beauty In Art capturing all the paparazi pics. if you missed out on all the disco fun – or just want to check out what all the Elites are raving about – read the event reviews here! Thanks again to all of the sponsors. This was the first of its kind for Phoenicia & MKT Bar, and the Squad looks forward to more monthly Grocery Get Downs!

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Halifax Yelpers Party Prohibition-Style!

Posted by Ben

How do you top a three-day weekend of early summer weather in Halifax? You cap it off with an Elite Event of course! On Tuesday, May 22, Elites in-the-know smuggled their way into Onyx for Yelp's Spiced Speakeasy – a night of classic cocktails, haute couture canapés, and Blackjack!

Now, if you overlook the whole sobriety deal, this party sure made Prohibition look like fun! Jill M says it best: "Cocktails at Onyx? Pretend blackjack? Delicious appetizers? The opportunity to wear a fedora in honour of the 1920s theme? Yeah, I was in from the moment I heard the work cocktails."

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The masters of mixology behind the bar were fully stocked with Dock 57 Spiced Whisky and ready to unleash their creativity upon unsuspecting Yelpers. It didn't take long for Leslie F to realize that "the bartenders at Onyx definitely know what they're doing." Their unique twists on the Manhattan, Dark 'n Stormy, and Mint Julep were most certainly not "just some average two-ingredient beverages," while a Ginger Chai cocktail made with an in-house Ginger Beer and syrup "was like drinking alcoholic cinnamon hearts (in the best possible way)!"

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In between sips, Elites savoured sensational snacks that showed off Onyx's recently revamped menu. "The appetizers were all perfect," by Sandra M's standards. With "tuna carpaccio, haddock, smoked duck, lamb, beef, lobster varieties and more" on the docket, it's safe to say no one left hungry! Carnivores lusted after the Butter Poached Lobster bites but the Chickpea Truffles stole the hearts of veggies and omnivores alike. Meghan W "loved that the hors d'oeuvres were from the Spring/Summer menu, so we totally got a preview."

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Once the Dock 57 clouded judgement all round, Yelp's Blackjack table certainly heated up! Kyle S split his time between teaching newbies and taking seasoned pros for all they had (don't worry – Yelp buttons were the currency of the night!). The perfect way to play, according to Colleen D! "Kyle made a great blackjack dealer, enjoyed our turn at the tables and being able to leave without having lost anything from the pocketbook." As for the allegations of cheating? Well, it wouldn't be a Speakeasy without a little scandal...

Catch all the party reviews or post your own if you haven't already and be sure to check out the photos courtesy of Faces Halifax. Want on the guest list for next time? Better get to work on your Eliteness!

Until next time, see you on Yelp!

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Yelp Halifax Community Manager

NYC Elites Spend A Sunday Funday at Ken & Cook

From the early word here on Yelp to NBC to that itty-bitty NY based periodical, the freshly hatched Ken & Cook has burst onto the scene with a wave of early excitement. Part subterranean boogie parlor, part New American stop for modern day regalement, the former Jean-Georges-ers behind the 8-Ball have transformed the old Travertine space into quite the nifty spot for dinner, drinks, and raucous nightlife entertainment. And in true form, NYC Yelp Elites were among some of the first to experience the hype firsthand on a faboo-lous Sunday (Funday) in NoLiTa.

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With an array of comestibles ranging from fried chicken, homemade creamy polenta, baked salmon with chimichurri, flank steak, and flash fried green beans to smooth, sexy Vision Vodka cocktails from the talented group of drink slingers at Ken & Cook to sultry daytime beats from the fingertips of DJ Moniqué, it was certainly the hottest ticket in town. GoogaMooga, who?!

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For relive the sun-drenched afternoon, peep some of the reviews here. To scope some shots from the shindig, click here. And to see a cartoon cat flying through space with a Pop Tart body and rainbow trail of awesome, click here. Salud!

Yelp Leeds Turns Detective, In a Marvellous Murder Mystery with Spice At Smokestack!

Posted by Rowena Harris

It seems like the heat wave may have sent some folks a little strange in Yelp Town Leeds, but regardless, it doesn't stop us from having a right old party. In fact, it's an excuse to celebrate given how little sunshine we usually see, though it was with trepidation that people ascended the stairs to this latest installment of Elite event excellence... Murder was the word on everyone's lips, and suspicions were high, as the evening began. With snacks aplenty laid out for everyone to nibble, the scene was set, and the detectives were en force as everyone dove into the noir-esque underworld created by Spice Yorkshire.

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On this fine Tuesday evening, over forty folks turned out to join in the epic quest: who killed Toby Mory? That's right, there was a murderer afoot, and no one was leaving the building until the mystery was solved. As folks arrived, they were given a specially crafted menu for the evening, with a choice of three delectable cocktails to sip during the evening. With the option of choosing between a Brockmans & Ginger; Brockmans Gin and ginger ale, with a lemon twist and blackberry, Cariel Vanilla Temptation; Cariel Vanilla Vodka and cloudy apple juice, or Bulldog London Lemonade; Bulldog Gin, lemon juice and sugar, topped with soda, it was a tough decision to pick which drink for the initial supping. After a tipple and a mingle, it was time for the suspects to assemble, in one hell of an epic line up.

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Our hosts for the proceedings, Smokestack, were much obliged in whipping up the whims of every yelper, and the talented Tom barely tired of crafting up the cracking cocktails. Once everyone had picked their initial drinks, Katy welcomed and introduced everyone to The Roost, Smokestack's top floor: a fantastic party space for hire, and where the party really gets started on a Friday and Saturday night. (Their funk and soul DJs are not to be missed.) Then Rob, of Spice Yorkshire, took charge to lead the investigation that everyone was there for: The Murder Mystery. After explaining about Spice, a social and adventure, activity club where you can engage in all kinds of events from pub quizzes, to rock climbing, to sky diving, he called forth his 'suspects' for the evening to begin.

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This fine night we were transcended from Leeds, way up north to the Scottish Highlands, for a nefarious tale of Murder In The Distillery. Things kicked off to a marvellous start, with our six suspects introducing themselves to the crowd, in accents that ranged from a near-perfect Scottish lilt, to a Sean Connery carry-on, to an elderly English gent, to a Jamaican growl! Each suspect read their parts to the teams, folks having been divided into six groups, to showcase the characters before the first round of questioning was to begin. After some utterly stellar performances, the characters returned to their groups for a right ruddy grilling.

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As the rounds of questioning played out, yelpers discovered the detectives within themselves, often running off script in the determination to reveal the ultimate answer: whodunnit? In between endless rounds of drinks (thanks to the fantastic Smokestack and sponsors) the grilling got ever more heated, with demands of, "what was your relationship with Toby Mory?", "so you were really angry with him then!", and "you really HATED HIM didn't you!" Of course, this inspired the actors within our suspects, who were virtuoso in their banter and backchat with the would-be-inspectors. In between ridiculous stories about "haggi" (real life creatures that live on the highlands of Scotland) and tales of the "Loch Mess" monster (who leaves the loch to breed with the Loch Ness) there was more mirth had than a Scotsman might enjoy at lock-in at a distillery. As the laughter and libations multiplied at speed, each team got one step closer with their clues.

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Once the questiong and cavorting had finished, there was time for one final plea from our yelpers under suspicion, before the teams were to decide once and for all. In an intense 10 minute countdown the facts and figures were scrutinised, each detail digested, each quotation queried, and finally the guesses were taken in by Detective Rob W, before he finally divulged who had committed the dastardly deed. As Detective Rob W read off the innocents from the list, suspect Barnaby decked him out with the surprise Inspector outfit, and applaud was abound for everyone who took part. In turn, each suspect was let off the hook to cheers of triumph and boos of dismay, until it came down to the final two. Then at last, came the big reveal: It was none other than the abominable April K, who was of course clapped in handcuffs to our detective!

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In an all out showdown, but one team claimed victory – and I promise it was no fix: team Joseph K, Benjamin W, Amy, Jim E, Barnaby A, and Rowena H took all the glory for their excellent sleuthing! Of course, in reality, everyone was a winner for being involved in such an immensely amusing evening, and all the suspects received a treat for their fantastic efforts in their roles. In one final announcement to wrap up the evening, everyone was invited to sup a few more on the second floor of Smokestack, for one final photo opportunity – since Leeds so loves a dress up. With a few more delectable drinks from the fine staff at Smokestack in hand, everyone who joined in the after party had a turn to pose as the inspector, before bidding the night adieu.

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An ineffable thanks goes to our most fabulous and hardworking hosts, Katy and Tom of Smokestack, Rob W of Spice Yorkshire, our fabulous drinks providers Bulldog Gin, Brockmans Gin and Cariel Vanilla Vodka, and as ever, our wonderful photographer Matthew Kitchen. You can catch up on all the reviews here, check the beauteous pictures here, and see what's the goss right here. It's always a pleasure, never a chore, but this time – it really was murder! Thanks Yelp Leeds, you utterly rock, and I'll see you on the Yelp side. Yelp on, Yelp strong! (And don't judge April K by her character, she's a stand up sort usually!)

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Graham – Mac Theknife

Clare – Paula Nother

Barnaby A – Ben Nevis

Louise C – Iona Fiddle

Ben H – Blast McGrouse

April K – Misti Harr

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May 23, 2012

Yelp's 100 Days of Summer - Kickoff Party 1

Posted by Brinny

Monday night we had our first of 4 kickoff parties for Yelp's 100 Days of SummerTheatricum in Topanga Canyon set the stage - literally, for what proved to be a night filled with music, laughter, improv and a huge array of savories, sweets and beverages. Read reviews from new and returning yelpers here! Guests were greeted by a harpist, Carolyn Skyes, who literally played music to our ears throughout the evening. Crumb

Five food trucks created a half-moon circle that insured not a soul left hungry. Burger Lounge was serving their panko crusted onion rings as well as choice of a veggie burger or their grass-fed beef patty. They also gave out $10 gift certificates to all attendees! "The Burger Lounge was a clear favorite, with the longest lines of any of the trucks, and rightfully so. Their quinoa veggie burger was delicious! As were their french fries, onion rings and homemade ranch. The man taking orders was so friendly," shares Nicole L. It was hard to get enough of the Rosa's Bella Cucina who made a mean chicken parmesan sandwich, in addition to spinach and meat rice balls and fried zeppole (Italian donuts!). Jen H loved chatting it up: "I love the server that was outside introducing all the food that was available. I can really feel the Italian love there! They always came out with hot dishes! Their meatballs were awesome and their donuts were fresh and crisp!" The Komodo Truck was speaking Debbie H's language with their Asian fusion chicken and steak tacos. "Tasty Chicken had rice and oranges in it- wow!  You wouldn't think it, but yeah the play on Asian flavors really blew me away. The steak tacos with corn, onions, jalapeño's and a really flavorful sauce had so much flavor going on." Crumb

Noemi M is now a fan of Indian thanks to the No Tomatoes Truck. "I had the chicken biryani and a spinach with paneer samosa. It tasted authentically Indian. I'm pretty picky when it comes to other than typically American cuisine, but I was impressed!" The Boba Truck was a hit as well and Kristine B shares, "They have the most unique flavors of milk, black and green tea boba drinks. A definite must if you happen to bump into them." The Sandwich Spot was set up near by, with an assortment of their most popular sammies. Rena J couldn't get enough: "Their sandwich had my husband exclaiming, 'This is the best sandwich ever!' And I went back later in the day begging for another chocolate chip cookie." Catering company Bon Melange did many mini bites including fig tarlets and chorizo sticks as well as brown butter cookies. Angela D notes "Fancy schmancy. The lamb was tasty and the chocolate truffle was delish!" Crumb

Further over into the Theatricum yelpers found the beverage garden. Gerolsteiner kept us nice and hydrated with their beautiful displays of mineral water. Freixenet had lovely bubbly flowing in their sexy cups and had super fun giveaways like bubbles, and picture holders. flipflop wines were poured and adored and Angel City Brewery let us try a test batch of their Belgian Style Wit.

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What's a Yelp event without some sweets? The Crumb Fairy Bakery had it going on with their mini ice cream cone cupcakes, milkshakes in edible cups and Elephant ears. Anne A felt they had an "awesome presentation! The kind and friendly ladies had a delectable presentation of sweets. I tried the passionfruit push pops (fun!) and the cake that looked like hamburger." Beachy Cream helped us all cool down with their delicious ice cream. Sondra B was a fan, "Organic ice cream sandwiches were wonderful, so homemade you could taste every ingredient." Nothing Bundt Cakes were serving up tantalizingly sweet bites in flavors like chocolate and red velvet. "The cake was so good. I've had them before and their consistently moist, delicious cakes always bring the fat kid in me out and ready to play," notes Anita W. Crumb

And photos complete an event! We had our great friends from Picture Healing on hand and you can see all the fabulous shots they got here. Flash Life Photobooth was also present giving everyone fun printouts of the event.

Until next time,

Brittany B

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Yelp Elites Party Like It's Spring Break!

Posted by Misti Yang

Spring Break isn't just for college whippersnappers anymore. In fact, Yelpers spent four days in Las Vegas proving that adults have more fun while celebrating the inaugural Yelp Spring Break. (Must be the positive cash flow and legal drinking age.) Over 500 Elite Yelpers from 14 markets enjoyed a Yelp-curated Vegas adventure complete with official parties, special offers and mountains of our finest swag. From day one, there were signs of good times to come. 

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The ultimate vacation kicked off at Hard Rock Cafe on The Strip with a complimentary Bacardi Torched Cherry cocktail and a gift bag overflowing with a selection of Tito’s Vodka, VnC Cocktails, illy issimo, Sokenbicha, Hi-Chew, Pirate’s Booty, Snacklemouth, Detour Bars, Kind Bars, and even a batch of Rihanna’s Reb’l Fleur, plus goodies from several Spring Break partners.

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While sipping their Bacardi, Spring Breakers were prepped for the GooseChase Spring Break Showdown, a city-vs-city scavenger hunt spanning the far corners of Vegas utilizing the GooseChase app. Cities completed over 100 photo-based challenges over the course of the weekend! With Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco, South Bay, Portland, Seattle, Phoenix, Tucson, Denver, Sacramento, Honolulu, Vancouver and Las Vegas locals on the hunt, the competition was fierce! Be sure to peep all the crazy antics on Flickr.

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Welcome To Fabulous Yelp Vegas At CatHouse

On Thursday night, CatHouse inside Luxor kicked things off with a Welcome To Fabulous Yelp Vegas soiree complete with swanky surroundings, limitless passed bites, a long list of strong signature cocktails, a vintage Vegas lounge and highly danceable beats from DJ Silence. Corinna K sums it up nicely: "The space itself was stunning - lots of wood and ornate chandeliers, spacious booths and expensive-looking wallpaper, two bars, the works. Everything you want out of a club." Plus, Elvis was in the building! (or was it Frankie Castro as Elvis?) In between dancing and sipping, LV Photo Party hooked everyone up with a custom "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" photo op complete with props. (For all the night's photo op shots visit here.)

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And, from the lingerie-clad servers to the bumping dance floor, Glitter Lens Photography captured the entire party in detail. Be sure to read the 5-star recaps here and get the full photo rundown on Flickr

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Night Of The Living Neon At The Fremont Street Experience

On Friday night, Fremont Street Experience served up VIP treatment with a Yelp-only section in the heart of downtown for Night Of The Living Neon, the mixing of 80s, neon and zombies! Between a custom Viva Vision show featuring Yelpers' smiling faces and a specially-requested 80s performance by The Spazmatics, everyone enjoyed a spread of bites and bevis from Capriotti’s, vitaminwater, VnC Cocktails, Sin City Wings, Grouchy John’s, Fat Daddy’s Ice Cream, ChiTown Hustler, The Rusty Pickle, Kaba Curry, Tito’s Vodka, Mob Bar and Triple George, alongside a photo op with John Gotti’s car courtesy of The Mob Museum, caricatures by Caricature Cinema and zombies by the Zombie Apocalypse Store. Cluster Truck Events lent a very helping hand in wrangling food trucks for the evening. As Mara M summarizes, "The fact that I can't stop thinking about some of the food and drinks I had Friday night pretty much spells success."

Read more of the detailed praise right here. And to see the proof in the pictures, peep IndieKrush's photos and Anthony M's photos! To cap off the evening, Yelpers hit the trail for a Downtown Pub Crawl featuring a long list of cheap drinks all across downtown at Binion's Gambling Hall, El Cortez's Parlour Bar, Four Queens Hotel & Casino's Chicago Brewing Company, Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, Mob Bar, the D Las Vegas, The Fremont Hotel, Beauty Bar Vegas, Insert Coins and Vanguard Lounge! Phew!

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And, on Saturday, Yelpers selected their own adventures from free nightclub entry to discounted show tickets and prix fixe menus! Somehow they managed to rest in between the fun at one of Yelp Spring Break's four lodging partners MGM Grand, Aria, Platinum and Stratosphere.

Olivia O sums the whole shabang up nicely: "This was the shopping, swimming, dancing, drinking, yelping Spring Break from heaven!" Don't believe us? Read the non-stop 5-star reviews of the Spring Break that's going down in Yelp history right here

What city will we hit next? Stay tuned for #YSB 2013!

SYOY!

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Yelp Dallas's Passport to Deep Ellum

Deep Ellum: One of those rare neighborhoods that exudes both orignality and sustainability. Through the years the spunky spread of shops, restaurants, music venues, studios, venues, and more has served as a visual timeline for Dallas. From the early hay days of packed music venues and vibrant murals to emerging from a rough decade of decline in community support – Deep Ellum is a survivor and they have the scrappy scars to prove it! Just Southeast of Downtown Dallas, the bold effervescence resonates in every storefront and every business owner's passion for their local hood. How could we not choose it as Yelp Dallas's destination for the Yelp Passport Campaign?

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On May 7th 2012, something wonderful happened. Yelp Dallas infiltrated Deep Ellum for Yelp's Passport to Deep Ellum – a two week long celebration of the historic neighborhood. From discounted PinUp shoots customized just for you at the Dallas PinUp to 20% off your meal if you ride your eco-friendly bike to Buzzbrews - Deep Ellum was a non-stop community love fest. A glowing itinerary kept the Yelpers busy as they hit the streets in support of Deep Ellum.

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In true local fashion, Yelp coordinated a Cash Mob. What's a Cash Mob you say!? A cash mob happens when a group of people go on a collective spending spree in support of a favorite local business. Yelp Dallas set up a time, a meeting place, and a secret spending location: pretty much everything you need to give a shop a quick hit of cash and community love. Good deeds never looked so good!

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On May 17th, 30 peeps gathered at the Passport Mural. Anticipation rose higher and higher as Yelpers anxiously followed Frances G through the streets of Deep Ellum for the top secret Yelp's Passport to Deep Ellum Cash Mob! Millennium, a quirky vintage store stocked to the brim with good finds, was the destination. In the few short hours of shopping we raised more than a busy Friday afternoon for the lovely local spot. Please visit the pics provided by Thomas Garza Photography.

Thanks to the awesome local supporters, we were able to support such a well-deserving local business! It was such an inspiration to see the ideals of Yelp actually being employed: supporting a local business while engaging with their community!

Local art group, ArtLoveMagic even joined in on the community love by producing a Yelp-customized mural in honor of Yelp's Passport to Deep Ellum and even captured the creation in this upbeat and inspirational video: Yelp Passport Mural Video.

 

Get involved, help support local business and the local community by experiencing the vibrant, one-of-a-kind neighborhood, Deep Ellum. For further support of the neighborhood and ways to be involved, please visit Deep Ellum Community Association. A huge Thank You to all of the Deep Ellum participating businesses, the Deep Ellum Foundation, the Deep Ellum Community Asscociation, and Abstract Method Marketing for allowing this amazing initiative to happen.

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May 22, 2012

Yelp Madrid: ¡Viaje con nosotros! - Evento de Élite en El Site

Posted by Lolo R.

A pesar de que el cielo amenazaba con aguarnos la fiesta pocos minutos antes de comenzar, 85 Yelpers vencieron el miedo a la tormenta y se personaron en El Site, ávidos de conocer más detalles sobre la promoción que, durante esta semana, promete remover los cimientos del barrio de Malasaña a través de catorce ofertas increíbles en catorce negocios alucinantes.

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Nada más pasar el control de seguridad, los Yelpers fueron recibidos por la tripulación de Yelp Madrid, correctamente vestidos para la ocasión y dispuestos a que todos los asistentes se abrochasen sus cinturones para disfrutar de una noche… ¡repleta de turbulencias!

Pese a ellas, los Yelpers pudieron disfrutar pronto de un magnífico servicio de bebida a bordo ofrecido por The Gin Club a través de Larry's Gin, y por The Beer Club con la cerveza Sandels 3,5%. Ana H reconoce que "las copas estaban estupendas" y ha descubierto que la cerveza es "muy de su estilo". 

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Pero como no solo de bebida vive el Yelper, La Bombonera deleitó al pasaje con "deliciosas fresas y uvas bañadas en chocolate" —en palabras de Asunción V, que también destaca lo bien que maridaban con la ginebra Larry's—. Asimismo Julián, el barquillero, aportó según Claudio M "un detalle típicamente pichi que añade un plus a los siempre divertidos momentos que pasamos en estos encuentros mensuales".

2Por si todo esto fuera poco, las chicas de The Suitcase nos prestaron algunos de sus magníficos tocados para hacer nuestro photocall aún más glamuroso, mientras que Graceman se encargaba de la música a bordo, aplicándose a los platos, e Hijomía capturaba los mejores momentos de la fiesta a través de su obturador, creando un magnífico álbum de fotos vacacional que se puede consultar en nuestra página de Flickr. ¡Nos hemos quedado con ganas de más! Pero antes de la siguiente, deja tus impresiones en la página del evento. Y si no pudiste asistir, ¡no te olvides de descargar tu copia del Pasaporte Yelp a Malasaña!

¡NVEY! (¡Nos vemos en Yelp!)

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Lolo R

Responsable de la Comunidad de Yelp en Madrid

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Even though the sky was threatening with a big storm right before the start, 85 Yelpers defeated their fear to the thunders and lightings and made it to El Site, willing to know more details about the promotion that, during this week, is going to rock Malasaña through fourteen awesome offers in fourteen incredible businesses.

Right after passing through security check, the Yelp Madrid Cabin Crew, properly dressed, welcomed all the attendees and warned them to fasten their seat belts in order to enjoy the night, as weather conditions… could certainly bring some rough air to the party!

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Anyway, soon enough the cabin crew was able to pull out the inflight catering, and Yelpers were treated with exceptional drinks. For starters, Larry's Gin, courtesy of The Gin Club, and following Sandels 3.5% beer by The Beer Club, two amenities that Ana H recognize as "very stylish and just incredibly awesome".

2bBut Yelpers do eat between drinks, and the passage could also enjoy an assortment of "delicious strawberries and grapes coated with chocolate" made by La Bombonera which, as Asunción V points, "paired perfectly with Larry's Gin". Likewise, Julian, our very own barquillero, contributed adding sweetness to the party through the traditional Madrid wafers, "a very Madrilian detail that was just added up to the always funny and amusing moments we share monthly", as says Claudio M

Just in case Yelpers hadn't enough, The Suitcase girls lent us some beautiful headdresses to fill our photocall with glamour, and Graceman was in charge of the inflight music, showing his great skills with the vinyls, while Hijomía put together a beautiful photo album that you can admire in our Flickr page. We are already looking for the next one! Please, do not forget reviewing the event on our Event Page and if you could not attend… please download your copy of the Yelp Passport to Malasaña!

SYOY!

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Lolo R

Yelp Madrid Community Manager

Le Geek C’est Chic – Soirée Élite Yelp au Nacho Libre

Posted by Marie-Pier

Dimanche soir, 60 Yelpeurs Montréalais ont profité de la longue fin de semaine pour faire la fête un soir de semaine. Les lunettes, calculatrices, nœuds papillons, bretelles et jeux vidéo étaient au rendez-vous pour une soirée chaude à la Geek Chic au Nacho Libre

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Les cocktails concoctés par Canadian Club et Red Stag ont été parfaits pour cette soirée d’été précoce. Les Yelpeurs ont pu boire à leur soif et Mathieu B a trouvé « les margarita superbes! Addictive comme de la sloche pour adulte! » Et pour ceux qui ne sont pas fans de cocktails, Boris a fait don de bières tout aussi rafraîchissantes. Pour accompagner nos boissons, le Nacho Libre a présenté toutes ces variétés de tacos. Des petites bouchées au poulet, porc et bœuf étaient au menu avec une variété de sauces pour les moins et les plus aventureux. Certains Yelpeurs ont été si impressionnés, qu’ils sont restés plus tard pour en demander plus!

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Plus tard en soirée, un test surprise a permis à un Yelpeur d’être le gagnant d’un panier cadeau de produits variés de Smoke Fine Foods, des sels et épices fumées au bois dur. Des questions à propos de l’histoire, de la chimie et des jeux vidéo ont stupéfiés plusieurs!

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Puis, un merci spécial va à Julien Danino qui a pris nos beaux sourires en photos pour qu’on puisse se souvenir de cette soirée à tout jamais! Vous pouvez voir toutes les photos ici, puis lire les avis à propos de la soirée ici.

 

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Marie-Pier « Geekette » R
Chef de commuanuté, Yelp Montréal

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Sunday evening, 60 Montreal Yelpers enjoyed the long weekend to party on a school night. Nerdy glasses, calculators, bow ties, suspenders and video games were all on the menu for this hot evening of Geek Chic at Nacho Libre!

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The cocktails, concocted for us by Canadian Club and Red Stag were perfect for this early summer night. The Yelpers quenched their thirst and Mathieu B found the “margaritas amazing! Addictive like slush for adults!”  And for those who aren’t fans of cocktails, Boris was there too with some cool and refreshing beers. Nacho Libre also presented its many varieties of tacos to the guests. Small bites of their chicken, pork and beef tacos were on the menu along with a variety of sauces for the less and more adventurous. Some Yelpers loved the food so much they stayed a bit longer to order some more! 

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Later in the evening, a surprise pop quiz allowed one lucky Yelper to win a gift basket of products from Smoke Fine Foods, salt and spices smoked with hardwood. Questions tested people’s knowledge of history, chemistry and video games and stumped a few!

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Finally, a special thank you also goes out to Julien Danino who took great pictures of our smiles so that we can remember this evening forever. You can look at all the pictures here, and read all the reviews here.

 

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Marie-Pier « Geekette » R
Community Manager, Yelp Montréal

May 21, 2012

URBAN GOLF Antwerpen Elite Event

Posted by Maud

Na dagen en weken van onophoudende regen kwam de zon helemaal speciaal voor dit Yelp Antwerpen Elite Event naar buiten! 35 Antwerpse Yelpers kwamen om Urban Golf te gaan spelen! Bij Urban Golf kan men kiezen uit drie parcours. Wij deden de Haventour op het Noord! Begeleiders Matthijs, Ricardo en Quinten splitsten de groep in twee en toen waren we vertrokken voor een Yelpdag vol sport, zon en plezier!

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Bij Urban Golf of Stadsgolf speel je tegen targets in plaats van de gebruikelijke holes. Targets als bomen, muren, huizen en het Mas,..Je speelt met almost golf balls, dat zijn balletjes die niets breken!

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Het parcours was geweldig en iedereen was onder de indruk van het golfen, de parels van de haven en de lange wandelafstand. We kregen echt les met tips en tricks. De winnaar van het Urban Golf event was Christophe C en won een waardebon van de concept store "Moose in the City". De slechtste speler kreeg een troostprijs: een prachtige fles "Voss" water, het duurste water ter wereld.

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Het summum van onze  tocht was target 9 waar we aan een dok de bal over het water moesten swingen! Dit lukte bij sommigen, en dat hebben we dan gevierd in het Duvels Genot waar we allemaal samen nog een pintje zijn gaan drinken!

Van harte wil ik Ward en Claudia van Urban Golf bedanken voor deze topdag en natuurlijk onze helden Matthijs, Quinten en Ricardo voor de professionele golfles.

Rudolf Van Der Ven voor de geweldige foto’s en natuurlijk jullie Yelpers die na dit event  zeker een paar nieuwe vrienden extra hebben! My god what a wonderful happy day! Lees hier alvast de reviews!

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Saskia N : "Maud had voor de 2 aanwezige peuters (waaronder mijn zoontje) een plastieken golfset meegebracht, waardoor de 2 prutskes ook heel actief hebben kunnen meespelen.
Kan niet wachten tot er een volgende Elite event plaatsvindt! "

Christophe C "De verschrikte blikken van omstaanders die u met een golfclub over straat zien lopen moet je er maar bijnemen"

Bart G  "Dit was helemaal top! Een echte aanrader! Toffe mensen, tof event, op naar het volgende... Proficial yelp-team!"

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After days & weeks of infinite rain, the sun came out especially for this Elite Event! A full day of sun, all for the 35 Antwerp Yelpers that came to find out about Urban Golf! Urban Golf allows you to choose from 3 tracks. We did the Harbour Tour in the North of Antwerp. Coaches Matthijs, Ricardo and Quinten divided the group in two and we were off for a fun & sunny Yelp day!

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At Urban Golf or City Golf you play targets in stead of holes, such as trees, walls, houses, the Mas,... You play with "almost golf" balls, which are a bit lighter than regular golf balls so you don't break anything.

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The course was amazing and everyone was impressed by the golfing, the harbour and the long walking distance. We really learned all about golf. The winner of the Urban Golf Event was Christophe C, he won a voucher for the concept store "Moose in the City". The worst player got a consolation prize: a beautiful bottle of "Voss" water, the most expensive water in the world.

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The climax of our Urban Golf trip was target 9, where you got to swing the ball all over the water! Some did, and so we celebrated at "Het Duvels Genot" where we all got together for another beer! I really want to thank Ward and Claudia of Urban Golf for this great day and of course our heroes Matthijs, Quinten and Ricardo for the professional golf course. 

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Rudolf van der Ven for the great pics and of course, you Yelpers who I'm sure all ended up with a whole bunch of new friends after this event. My God what a wonderful happy day! Read the reviews here!

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Maud N - Community Manager Yelp Antwerp

May 20, 2012

Yelp Sails Into Summer in Buffalo!

Posted by Ryan

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Buffalo's first class of Elites sure are adventurous. They've explored speakeasies, sampled kimchi ... and this week, they helped raise the sails of a gorgeous schooner at Yelp Sets Sail!, hosted on board the Spirit of Buffalo.

After checking in at Buffalo's Canalside Harbor, our VIPs posed for photos on the deck. (Did we mention our Buffalocals are really, really, really good-looking?)

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They also made the acquaintance of co-captains Rich and Kate Hilliman, who own and operate the Spirit with their family. This cool crew is known for hosting everything from wine tours to educational sails for Buffalo's inner-city youth. We were lucky to have them (along with crew member Drew Mickle) as our hosts!

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Once aboard this 73-foot beauty, our Elites and their guests were treated to a number of treasures: Yelpy sunglasses and SPF-loaded chapstick, fans to beat the heat, and spiffy new Elite watches!

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Our guests also enjoyed a midday feast fit for a captain, from gorgeous goudas provided by Elmwood's Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile, to spicy cheese dip and fresh veggies courtesy of Hertel's Globe Market to Go. And they washed it all down with a limited-edition Spirit of Buffalo lager, brewed by nearby Pearl Street Grill & Brewery!

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As the Beatles played overhead and the Spirit sailed out of the Buffalo harbor, some Elites kicked back and relaxed (who wouldn't?).

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Meanwhile, others were hard at work, learning the ins and outs of operating the Spirit. A few brave souls helped to hoist the sails, while other Elites took a turn behind the wheel with our captains. (Unsurprisingly, our fearless leader, Jane K, seemed right at home at the helm.) 

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Some VIP-ers simply preferred to look the part, inking themselves up like true sailors with super-cool Yelp tattoos!

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Camera-toting and competitive as always, our Elites also kept busy by capturing gorgeous views of Buffalo's waterfront, with hopes of winning our Facebook photo contest. The prize? Dinner at Kung Food with Ryan W, and bragging rights forever.

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Whether you bear the evidence of your journey on your smartphones, your biceps, or your hearts (aww), we know we'll "never let go" of the memories we made at Yelp Sets Sail!

Wanna keep the party going? You can review the event and upload your photos, peep and download the pix on the Yelp Buffalo Official Flickr, tag yourself on our (new!) Facebook page, and chat it up with other partygoers on Talk!

And of course, keep your eyes on the horizon (and your Elite calendars) for our next Buffalo adventure...

Cheers,

Ryan W (+ Rebecca D, Ana J, and Jane K!)

Community Cap'n

Yelp Buffalo

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May 19, 2012

It's All Hands On Deck For Yelp Honolulu's Battleship Bash

Posted by Emi H

150+ Yelp Elites (& their +1s) were treated to a 5-star evening aboard the historic Battleship Missouri Memorial (also know as the Mighty Mo) for Yelp's Battleship Bash ! Upon arrival guests got the red carpet treatment, took photos in front of a Battleship movie backdrop and received custom dog tags engraved with the event name and date.  

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Groups of yelpers took a 45-minute tour accompanied by USS Missouri tour guides who gave them a sneak peak of the new Battleship movie tour and shared interesting facts about the historical significance of each part of the ship. Chris M's tour guide Reggie captured their "attention from the very beginning by telling" them "about the power of the ship's guns; capable of shooting targets over 20 miles away, at speeds of 1700 miles per hour!" For him, "standing over the spot where the Instrument of Formal Surrender was signed was incredibly humbling. History is so much more interesting when you can experience a part of it first-hand!"

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After the tour, yelpers were treated to a smashing cocktail fete on the ship's fantail. DJs from Mystical Sounds pumped up the jam and yeeps checked-in on their smart phones to get their complimentary sailor hat and Yelp schwag. Hungry history buffs noshed on four food stations from Gordon Biersch.

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Always thirsty yelpers imbibed on a grand assortment of saketinis and mojitos muddled by the friendly staff from Shokudo Japanese. The folks from Aloha Beer were on hand to pour locally brewed draft lager and a Yelp favorite, red ale!

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The phrase "You sunk my battleship!" echoed throughout the party as guests battled it out on Hasbro Battleship board game stations. Trailers for the upcoming movie Battleship, played on screens throughout the evening (as much of it was filmed onboard the USS Missouri) and yelpers won seats to the VIP pre-screening via Mighty Mo trivia. Jacob N regales, "It was awesome to see so many people playing Battleship on a freaking battleship! How many people can actually say they've done that before?"

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Want to relive your nautical escape? Bask in the glory via 5-star reviews, view the party pics by photographer Jonas Maon and chat it up on Talk! 'Til we bash again...

SYOY & Aloha!

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Emi H (+ Interns Thomas O & Pua P)

Senior Community Manager

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May 18, 2012

Bollywood Comes to Berkeley for One Elite Night Only!

Posted by Nique!

Bhangra, basmati, bellydancing and bindis cast a spell upon downtown Berkeley's Zaika, transforming this beloved Indian resto into a mini Bollywood bash for a night. The East Bay Elite Squad is still buzzing over the smorgasbord of stimuli at Yelp's Bollywood Bonanza, from platters of bright sizzling red tandoori chicken, and cymbal-clinging dancers weaving through the crowd, to frosty cups of Orange Kush and crisp sips of ZICO coconut water, the evening was nothing less than "a feast for the senses," Diana V confirms. "With everyone dressed up in colorful saris, churidars, kurtas, and beautiful bindis, this YEE became our own little India."  Bollycollage1_web-large

Nearly 300 Elites and their guests swarmed Zaika, clad in their Bollywood best, and were greeted by a massive spread of Indian specialties like korma paneer, chicken tiki masala, fresh naan and all the spicy accoutrements. "I've had a fair share of Indian buffet in my day," Monica S professes, "and I'll say I have never had chicken tandoori that was as moist and tender as what we ate last night at Zaika." Lara W was impressed to discover Zaika "goes deeper into the spice territory than most dare to go," a thrilling change of pace for the average palate.

Tingling tongues were appeased by an array of beverages, as Gnarly Head Wines offered zesty Pinot Grigio and rich Old Vine Zinfandel, a perfect pairing for Zaika's robust flavors. Ale Industries filled cups with their citrus-coriander infused Orange Kush beer, along with a bold hoppy brew named Uncle Jesse's. "The 10 gallons of beer they brought were no match for the YEE crew," notes Egan B. Yelpers cheerfully drained the taps within an hour, which "speaks on how much we enjoyed the product!"

Woodchuck Cider featured a special limited release for Elites, their blueberry-tinged Summer Cider. Venus L "couldn't believe how delicious the hard cider" was, and can't wait to pick stock her own personal supply, while the Bollywood feast brought Hayne P to the realization that "ZICO Coconut Water is excellent with Indian food!" Bollycollage2_web-large

As if these yelpers could pile anything else on their proverbial plates, Traditional Henna was there to offer inticate henna body-art for Elites to admire for weeks to follow. The scented tattoos reminded Hema K of the fun she "used to have in India during special occasions."  And who could miss the stomping, spinning, and spirited Bhangra dancers who emerged unexpectedly to perform a jaw-dropping dance set, showing folks like Best O "how to move to the boom, boom, boom." Looking back, Lara W thinks their performance "would have been a great transitional lead into a dance party/disco had there been room to do so." Next time!

Adding to the mesmerizing entertainment, bellydancers weaved through the crowd, clanging cymbals and moving snake-like, and melting all of Lorrayne L's weekday worries of "drowning in the vast seas of papercuts and late nights chained behind a desk" away. "Just watching her dance...brought smiles to my face." Bollycollage3_1_web-large
YEE newcomer Omar J raves, "this was my 2nd Yelp event and if this is what they are like... well then I'm so glad I'm a yelper," while Meuy S summed it up simply, saying "this party kicked some major bootay!" All in all, it was an evening of exotic indulgences that left Akvile H "craving more Zaika in my life." Get it, girl.

Get your fix of more Bollywood Bonanza reviews, and dazzling photos by Basil Glew-Galloway on our Flickr and Facebook page.

Until our next great escape...

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Nique F

East Bay Community Manager & Sari Stylist

May 17, 2012

Sacramento Elites Go Masquerading In Midtown

Posted by Alex L

It was an anonymous evening of masked mayhem during Yelp Presents: The MasqueRED Ball at The Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar on Wednesday night. This recent addition to the burgeoning midtown restaurant scene spared no expense when it came to making sure our masquerading guests were having an emotive experience filled with craft cocktails, local artwork and special treats from their kitchen.

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Disguised in masks of all shapes and sizes, elites and their +1's entered to discover this sleek and spacious brick restaurant had morphed into a haunting Venetian-themed venue that would have had old-world Italian aristocrats drooling with jealousy. Masks and puppets adorned the tables, red light splashed across the walls,a humongous red mask by local artist Dolan Forcier hung from the rafters, candelabras stood lit in the corners and electro-tinged classical tunes played on the sound system.

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Eyes were wide open when it came to the seemingly endless parade of offerings from the Red Rabbit's kitchen. Staff members - some of whom were dressed in white powdered wigs - carried tray after tray of Farm Animal Lollipops (natural beef, lamb, or chicken meatballs with bacon, Marinara, mint chimi churri and beer onion soup aioli), Mini Crispy Fish Tacos (baby tortillas , crispy sole, cabbage slaw, cotija cheese) and deviled eggs.Yelpers washed it all down with the featured drink: a special Yelp punch that seemed to grow stronger as the night went on!

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But what would be a gathering of elites without a great cause to support? Proceeds from all masks sold at the event went to Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary, an all-volunteer, cage-free animal rescue group dedicated to protecting and improving the lives of homeless and abused animals throughout the Sacramento area. In all, hundreds of dollars went to the cause!

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A very special thanks to Event Marketing Creative, an up-and-coming marketing company with a finger on the pulse of what's hip and cool in the Sactown community. They did a ton of hard work and coordination behind the scenes to make this event the smashing success it was! Also thanks to Phil Isidro of PureAddict.com, whose dynamic photography captured the evening beautifully. Find out all the rest of the details in the outstanding reviews!

Masqueradingly yours,
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Alex L
Yelp Sacramento Community Manager

Yelp NYC's Hummus Day Elite Event @ Hummus & Pita Co.

Perhaps you've heard of Administrative Assistant day and Talk Like a Pirate Day... but who knew there was such thing as International Hummus Day?! We here at Yelp NYC sure did, and ensured the holiday didn't come and go without a special Yelp Elite blowout at the Hummus & Pita Co. in Chelsea. The Hummus & Pita Co. is a new fast-casual restaurant serving up 100% homemade, fresh and healthy cuisine in an inviting, contemporary environment. Combining authentic flavors from across the Mediterranean with a modern-American service style, The Hummus & Pita Co. brings high-quality, flavor-focused eats to those in the 'hood with busy lifestyles. Naturally, it was the perfect setting for a celebration of all things chickpeas.

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Armed with delectable homemade hummus along with fresh baked pita, falafel, baklava, rugalech, and many more Mediterranean goodies, The Hummus & Pita Co. ensured this was one Hummus Day for the record books. In addition to the piquant bill of fare, beer was lovingly donated by our pals at Brooklyn Brewery to ensure the perfect nightcap to a wonderful evening of friends, food, and a tasty, tasty buzz.

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Want to relive the experience? Be sure to check out the photos here. For reviews of the soiree, be sure to guide your cursor here. We're already looking forward to Hummus Day 2013!

Yelp's Passport to East Passyunk Kick-Off Party at Urban Jungle

Posted by Michelle C

Yelp Elites kicked off Yelp's Passport to East Passyunk at a swankified garden party at Urban Jungle on Monday night. Amidst the various plant life, colorful decorations and twinkling lights, guests savored and sipped while discussing the many events to take place on East Passyunk Avenue in the days to come.
Philly YEE 5:2012 Collage 1The fact that it was a Monday night didn't stop Elites from getting their party on. Fortunately, ice cold beverages including Magners Irish Cider, Fifefly Sweet Tea Vodka, Fireball Cinnamon Whisky and Grolsch Premium Lager were all available for quenching. YEE Philly 5:2012 Collage 2After meandering through the aisles of candles and pretty trinkets, guests came across the restaurants. Stateside's rabbit rillettes and fresh cheeses and accoutrements were a hit, as were the meatballs from Stogie Joe's and the chicken and gorgonzola and roasted veggie wraps from Fuel. Leziz Turkish Cuisine was a favorite amongst meat-eaters and vegetarians alike; their spread of salads, hummus, dips and pita was quite impressive. Ms. Goody Cupcake satisfied many a sweet tooth with Swedish Fish, Philly Love and Yo Adrian! mini cupcakes, plus some delectable cake truffles.YEE Philly 5:2012 Collage 3Yelpers were also treated to a tour of the Urban Jungle roof, filled with hanging baskets, space-saving garden tubes and other vegetation. Additionally, Curt and the rest of the staff were happy to answer any and all gardening questions. Because of the event, many yelpers were inspired to test out their green thumbs, and complimentary take-home plants provided a perfect excuse to start.
YEE Philly 5:2012 Collage 4Many thanks to everyone at Urban Jungle and all of the sponsors who made this event a success! For more coverage, check out the reviews and photos!

See you on the Avenue,
Me, UJ
Michelle C
Yelp Philadelphia Community Manager

May 16, 2012

Yelp's In A Lone Star State of Mind

Posted by kelly stocker

An abundance of cowboy boots, plastic sheriff badges, beer, tequila and BBQ, this Texas Sunday Funday went off without a hitch. Get it? Hitch... alright. That was too easy. But Yelpers did boot scoot and boogie down to Ray Benson’s Rattle Inn last Sunday dressed in their Texas best for Yelp's Lone Star State of Mind elite event. 

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The Rattle Inn is this gorgeous space on west sixth street, replete with a shotgun style live music space, snakeskin booths and a huge patio upstairs. Brittany L. “felt like it was a bar back home. The wood paneling, western themed trim, dim lighting and excellent music all set the stage for a 'boot -tappin' good time.”

What is a Texas style party without an endless amount of tequila and beer? Bartenders served margaritas, palomas and tequila sunrises poured with Z Tequila and Texas’ own Southern Star Brewery kept this group of Elites and mobile contributors hydrated and having fun. Keyla R. “was not a tequila girl. But may have been converted because those sunrises were really, really good.” Rattle2

The smell of smoky meat permeated the venue as men of The Sugar Shack BBQ built pork or brisket sandwiches and wraps to order. Jessica A swoons: I had a "tasty, tasty taste left in my mouth from honestly one of the best brisket sliders (or brisket anything for that matter) I've ever had."

Texas tunes by the Sour Bridges kept us dancing and singing along. “The music by Sour Bridges was great: a mix of genres played with a western twang.” Joe C. “even caught [his] wife boppin' to the beat (which she never does).”

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Go ahead and see what you missed at his honky tonk right here in Chad W Adams excellent pics!

SYOY,

Lauren B & Kelly S

 

KC Gets Classy at Yelp's Very Fancy Party!

Posted by Matt

Yelp Kansas City's crème de la crème put on their fanciest duds for the latest Elite Event, Yelp's Very Fancy Party! Our gracious host Blue Gallery opened up their doors to 80 Yelpers for a night of music, food, and of course art. And with a titilating exhibition of works exploring the nude form, it was a show that was sure to get Yelpers talking! Featuring artists both local and from around North America, Yelpers got up close and personal with, in the words of Reed N, "nudes that ran the gambit of skinny-plump, young-old, black-white, and male-female." That sounds a lot like the Elite Squad to me!

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Immediately upon entering the gallery, Yelpers' ears were seduced by the antique pop stylings of Kansas City's own Victor and Penny. Playing vintage instruments with the sound of a roaring 20's garden party, according to Courtney C they "added just the right kind of ambiance to enhance an amazing event."

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Of course, what's a party without libations? Not any party WE would want to attend! Thankfully, Kansas City's newest professional still Dark Horse Distillery joined the festivities with bottles of Rider Vodka and Long Shot White Whiskey in hand. Expertly mixed by the distillery's own Damian Garcia, Brandi C declared the vodka mixed with cranberry and pineapple juice her new "summer porch drink, for sure!"


Thanks to all that attended the event, and of couse thanks to all of the sponsors and performers that made it extra special.


Until next time, I'll SYOY (See you on Yelp!)


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Matt E - Kansas City Community Manager


Openingsfeest 'Pak de 9!' @ Bihp!

Posted by Philippine

We zijn los! Zo, nou dat mag je wel zeggen... Maandagavond 14 mei verzamelden Yelpers, bedrijfseigenaren en genodigden in Bihp voor een heerlijk Openingsfeest van 'Pak de 9!', om hier deze week eens goed te beginnen! Openingsfeest Pak de 9'Pak de 9!' is in de week van 14 t/m 21 mei 2012 een promotieweek voor allerlei leuke bedrijven in De 9 Straatjes. Deze week krijg je kortingen, leuke cadeautjes en fijne events in De 9 Straatjes! Weer eens een goed moment om De 9 Straatjes te herontdekken! Kijk deze week goed om je heen; zie je het Yelp logo op de grond? Dan weet je dat je daar naar binnen wil! Dit bedrijf doet mee! En no worries, het logo is met krijt op de grond gemaakt, dus vriendelijk voor het milieu.  Zoek en vind het Yelp logo!En waar beter te beginnen dan bij Bihp? Potverdorie wat is dat toch een goede tent; heerlijk eten, mooi en sfeervol interieur en wat een huiswijn! Ik zeg: Top locatie voor een diner! Wist je datje nummer 1: Bihp heeft zijn eigen huiswijn? Wij zijn bijzonder fan van de witte wijn geworden. Wist je datje nummer 2: Bilal, de eigenaar, is kunstenaar en maakt prachtige schilderijen die zowel beneden in de kunstgallerij als boven in het restaurant hangen. Neem maar eens een kijkje, het zou zomaar goed in je interieur kunnen passen! 

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Beste Bilal en Loek, enorm veel dank we hebben echt genoten van Bihp!

Yelpers, genodigden en Carmen van Flip*Flop, Noortje van Kaldi, Kaye van Kikais en Myrugia van het Superfood Café onwijs veel dank voor julie komst. Wat was het een leuk feestje! Zie je deze week in De 9 StraatjesOf zoals Julia R zei: "Wat een weer een geweldig feest, morgen maar iets later beginnen" en Jan V "houdt wel van dit soort prachtige restaurants". Laat ons maar weten wanneer je daar je date hebt gehad Jan?! 

Bekijk hier de rest van de foto's en lees hier de reviews van Bihp.

Tot snel en SYOY!

 Philippine W
 Philippine W - Yelp Amsterdam Community Manager  

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What a great start of the week! Monday May 14, the Openingsparty of Amsterdam's Passport Event 'Pak de 9!' was hosted by Bihp, a magnificent restaurant in the area of The 9 Streets in Amsterdam. What an opening!'Pak de 9!' is one week of discounts, offers, lovely presents and great events throughout The 9 Streets. It's no secret... The 9 Streets are loaded with an array of fantastic locally-owned businesses. From May 14-21st, we're encouraging Yelpers to explore this part of our glorious city. From Jazz 'n Cocktails, shopping sprees, tasteful coffees and more you'll be treated to fabulous CMYEs (Community Manager Yelp Events), discounts, and special offers galore! Look around you this week, do you see the Yelp logo on the ground? Go into that business to find out what they're offering! And no worries, the logo is made of chalk so nothing in the environment was harmed.  Look and find, what an offers!Bihp is a beautifully situated restaurant / art gallery at one of the famous Amsterdam canals. The food is aboslutely exquisite, the interior with ravishing art and tasty wines make this a perfect venue for an evening out. Did you know.... that Bihp has their own bottles of red and white wine? We became instantly fan of the white. And did you know... that the owner Bilal is a painter and makes all the glorious art you see on the walls? He also has an art gallery downstairs, so go there and have a look. Perhaps you find something dazzling to embellish your own interior!  Beautiful Bihp
Bilal and Loek, thank you so much! What a great evening! Dear Yelpers, guests an participating business owners Carmen, Noortje, Kaye and Myrugia it was such a pleasure to start this amazing week with you! See you all this week! Or, as Saurabh G put it: "Another great way to see everyone again and to discover more about the upcoming week". Check the rest photos and read what Amsterdammers have to say about Bihp!

Again, thank you all for joining and celebrating this week. Let's go and get 'em!

Philippine W - Yelp Amsterdam 

Philippine W - Yelp Amsterdam Community Manager

Melbourne Elite Event: Yelp's Magical Evening With Hare And Grace

Posted by Tresna

Last night over 100 Yelpers entered the magical Hare And Grace. With autumn well and truly here and the trees starting to lose their leaves, the inside of of our Elite party mirrored the outside world with the beautiful natural decor – large branches hung from the ceiling (a regular feature of this restaurant) and a twig tree in the middle, covered in what looked like Autumn leaves, captured the imaginations of every guest.

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As guests arrived they were asked to take a number from a jar and once the signal was given, they were able to explore the tree and find a leaf that matched their number. On closer inspection, these leaves were coloured envelopes that contained a surprise to take home - vouchers for free meals, bottles of wine and other generous gifts from the team at Hare And Grace!

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Ray Capaldi treated Yelpers to some of his delicious and exciting canapes throughout the evening. A take on the classic Chicko Roll was served in little paper sleeves and came presented with a tiny pippete filled with tomato and marmalade. The "eton mess" looked like dessert, but all wasn't as it seemed... oysters, beetroot meringue, horseradish cream and passionfruit took tastebuds by surprise and really showcased Ray's imaginative cuisine that tastes as good as it looks.

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The winning dish of the night was the Mac and Cheese Croquettes - a textural delight of crunchy coating around al dente pasta full of savoury cheesy goodness. One Yelper was overheard saying "you can't beat shaping something cheesy in to sausage form and then frying it!"

This decadence was also mirrored in the beverage choices. Laurent-Perrier Champagne from Nelson had everyone smiling, as corks were popped and glasses filled up. 

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The H&G "Marzen" German style red lager from True South and the a Whisky based cocktail "The Rob Ray" made from whisky, sweet vermouth, bitters and maraschino cherry were also on offer. Yelpers enjoyed mixing and matching the drinks with each of the canapes throughout the evening.

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As the night came to a close, a door prize was drawn for a bottle of Laurent-Perrier. Yelper Alexa M went home with the bottle but really everyone was a winner, having had a wonderful evening with friends old and new. 

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Many thanks to the entire team at Hare and Grace for a truly magical evening and to those wonderful drink sponsors. Until next time dear Yelpers... SYOY!


Tresna L
Yelp Community Manager

May 15, 2012

Yelp Columbus's Awesomely Awkward Elite Prom

Posted by Christina C.

As if high school prom wasn't awkward enough, Columbus Elites relived their glory – or not – days at Yelp's Awesomely Awkward Elite Prom at Whole Foods.

Dressed in their finest, most appropriately-awkward prom garb, yelpers completed their ensemble with complimentary boutonnieres thanks to our fine hosts!Yelp Elite Prom @ Whole Foods 2

A prom in a mega retail store full of natural and organic foods might just be the most awkward place of all to host such a soirée, but the spread of fine meats, cheeses & fruits, antipasti dishes, quesadillas and assortment of desserts (fruit tarts, cannoilis, mini-cheesecakes) sure made for better-than-cafeteria fare.

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At least party-goers were able to loosen up a bit (this time, legally) with glasses of Brother's Drake Mead from their newly-launched mead tap, smooth wine from Drink Ribera and an assortment of brews courtesy of Whole Foods.

All guests brought a cash donation or gently-worn or new, current styled prom gowns/bridesmaid dresses, strappy evening shoes, purses and jewelry for Fairy Goodmothers, a 501(c)(3)non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing the self-esteem of high school girls in Central Ohio.

Taking home the crown for Prom King & Queen, Martin P and Judy C, danced to a cheesy 80's ballad (thanks to the evening's on-theme DJ, George Brazil) to take home the prize of their favorite bottle of vino from the Whole Food's cellar.

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The talented Rose DeVore captured the evening's happenings on film – including signature awkward prom photos – which can be found on the Yelp Flickr page.

If you attended, or just want to peruse everyone's feedback, reviews of the shindig can be found here.


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Christina C, Yelp Columbus

A Little Hope Goes a Long Way

Posted by peter d.

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With economies collapsing left and right, natural disasters, that Bay Ridge reality show, climate change and the imminent end of the world in December... Things can occasionally look pretty grim. Luckily, last night no one had to worry about any of that, as Hopeland was here to brighten Brooklyn's day!

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This new Italian gem on Atlantic Ave welcomed in the best of Brooklyn Yelp for an evening of good food, good drink, and good friends. With spring in the air and summer on the way, Hopeland was a wonderful reminder that yes, we can relax and enjoy ourselves despite the inexplicable celebrity of the Kardashians. It wouldn't have been a Brooklyn Elite event without a bit of rain, but the gorgeous covered patio was still inviting, and the sweet sounds of Liliana Araújo and her band chased away the gloom and created a mood that was festive and fun.

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Behind the bar, Vinnie and James kept the Cavoda Vodka cocktail of the evening flowing freely, and Bill T touted the flavors of fig and rosemary as "delicious and so smooth!" But Brooklyn yelpers are always classy, and no one got out of hand except Rodolfo.

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The drinks paired beautifully with the tastes of Hopeland's Southern Italian-influenced menu, which included dishes deconstructed into crostini form like the seared pork sausage with fava beans and escarole and the ricotta with roasted peppers. The hanger steak with pan-tossed artichokes was also a favorite, but it was the creamy cavatelli with a shortrib ragu that rocked the house. Leslie D deemed it "cooked to perfection" and "the best in the city." This Cilento-inspired space isn't just beautiful, the kitchen is stellar as well!

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huge thanks goes out to Roy, Pietro and the rest of the Hopeland 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

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