This is our kind of passport: no airport food, screaming children, or outlandish luggage fees. That's right, folks – Monday, June 11th through Saturday, June 30th, Yelp's Passport to Palo Alto rocked this awesome suburb with a three-week gush of events!
Week 1: Kicking off the series of events, Yelpers met up at Antonio's Nut House for a mix CD exchange + happy hour. Not only did they exchange summertime music, but the group also had the opportunity to decorate a Yelp ceiling tile that will forever live on at this legendary Palo Alto dive bar. Nicole A "loved the concept of a Mix-CD party between a bunch of people who don't know each other. Is the person listening to my mix going to be a giant hipster who only appreciate obscurity? Am I going to get a cd filled with hip hop? I *love* surprises!" The very next day there was a Sangria Soiree Elite Event, which Peggy S described as "such a perfect summer event, on a perfect day, with great food and drinks, shared with amazing people, and of course, hosted by the wonderful California Cafe!" She wasn't kidding, either, since California Cafe showered Elites with sangria, pork belly sliders, duck confit spring rolls, braised short ribs and a giant cheese plate for everyone to enjoy.
For those looking to get into summer swimsuit shape, the ladies at Uforia Studios got the group into the groove with a complimentary Revolutions class, the newest style of indoor cycling. Yun C couldn't stop raving about the experience: "Jackie the teacher... boy, she was so tiny BUT yet had LOTS of ENERGY to pump us up! My butt is still in pain BUT it was worth all the sweat!" The workout continued on Saturday as Yelpers hiked The Dish on one of the hottest days of the year, followed by a refreshing, air-conditioned lunch at Tava Indian Kitchen. VIP Elites also had the opportunity to re-connect at Asian Box for a very intimate Gold Badge Elite Event, where they got to try spring rolls, entrees like glass noodle salad and Jungle Jerky as well as complimentary lemonade, tea and wine. For those who prefered live stage to working out, Dragon Theatre hosted a giveaway and offered discounted tickets for their latest production, Wonderful World. Finally, on Father's Day a large group of enthusiastic Yelpers met up at Palo Alto World Music Day to enjoy free tunes and hand out Yelp schwag up and down University Ave.
Week 2: Summer's in full-swing at Hobee's and they were kind enough to invite a select group ofYelpers to sample a new seasonal menu and provide feedback directly to their CEO, Ed Fike. This opened up Yelper's eyes that this local cafe isn't just for breakfast! "Who knew?! Hobee'ss: It's for DINNER," gushed Jessica J. "They have done a wonderful job of covering a plethora of culinary adventures with their entree selections," which included rainbow trout burgers, big island Mahi Mahi, sweet & sour kebabs and their yummy baked goods. Community members had the opportunity to eat out for a cause the next day at California Cafe, who's hosted a special three-course prix fixe menu with a % of proceeds going to Palo Alto's Ronald McDonald House. Culture vultures signed up for one of two complimentary docent-led tour of Cantor Art Center's exhibit,Central Nigeria Unmasked as well as their Rodin sculpture collection. Ellen L "enjoyed this tour very much and would come back on my own to examine some of Rodin's work on my own, and peruse his works that are on display inside." Animal lovers united on June 22nd at the pet-friendly Garden Court Hotel to host a "Yappy Hour" fundraiser for the Palo Alto Humane Society. Dogs were are allowed to attend this shi shi event, which included complimentary St Germain cocktails, Ale Industries brew, Mutt Lynch Winery and Big Dog Vineyards wine, Clearly Kombucha as well as food from SusieCakes, Asian Box, Hobee's, Kara's Cupcakes, La Morenita. Furry friends also received mini pedicures from Classic Pet Grooming, schwag bags from The Pet Place and treats from Sprinkles. And on Father's Day, gear-headed Yelpers got their fix at the Concours d'Elegance, an annual car show hosted by the Palo Alto Lions Club.
Week 3: Who doesn't love grillin' and chillin'? The Counter, a California Ave staple, knew this and had a special treat in store for Yelpers: Mix It Up burger + beer night! Yelp literally filled up their entire outdoor patio area with guests excited to try gourmet sliders paired with local brew on special. Since Stanford Jazz Festivallaunched while Passport was happening, it only made sense to bring the Community to this 40th annual event for Yelp night on June 29, with a pre-show wine reception and bossa nova show to follow. Vi L "loved the music. Got to hear a sound of jazz that I never even knew was considered jazz. Good music, good drinks, good people. Who can ask for more?" Lastly, we finished up our three weeks of fun with a pizza party at Patxi's, which Bobby L described as, "A perfect happy ending to the Passport series....with pizza galore, $1 PBRs, tasty salads, great service, and mingling with fellow yelpers." Couldn't have said it better ourselves!
Read all of the Passport reviews and see the pics on this event listing! Also, you can check out the Sangria Soiree, Gold Badge Elite Event as well as Yappy Hour photos on the Yelp South Bay-Peninsula Flickr page.
Have a great summer and until our next Passport, SYOY!
Abby S, South Bay-Peninsula Community Manager