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December 18, 2014

Last Minute Shopping in Vancouver!

Posted by Ayla Collins

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The new permanent location for Luke's General Store is a two level, super cool space with amazing art, clothes, food, soaps, and vinyl - there's something for everyone in this eclectic, fun store! On a not-so-cold December night over 60 Yelpers gathered to do some last minute shopping, fueled by a great spread of local cheese, bread, olive oil, meats, doughnuts, and pickles. To quench their thirst we had spiked mulled cider, local beer, and coffee! The guys from Beast and Brine were on hand to explain their incredible spread, and the Club Mate reps in Vancouver made sure everyone got to sample their delicious energy drink. Elites and their plus ones had a blast, and the atmosphere was humming! Check out the photos by Lindsaysdiet.com and the awesome reviews!

December 14, 2014

What is an Elite Picnic without new friends?

Posted by Sofia Varas

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Is it a girls club? No, it's the girls from the Santiago Elite Squad having a lovely picnic to say goodbye to 2014.

They got together at Parque de las Esculturas, a great spot by the Mapocho river to enjoy an afternoon full of yummy cupcakes, lots of mini food, gifts and an exciting mini Jenga match, all joined by very cheerful conversation and an special guest.

Yes, because honestly, what is a picnic without making new friends? In this case, we had a display of parkour, followed by the visit of a very sociable little bird, that not only enjoyed a small picnic himself, but also got a lot of love and felt welcome enough to join the Jenga game. Definitely Elite Squad material!

If you want to know more of this little fella, and how the picnic went, just check the pictures here.

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December 12, 2014

Seasonal Shenanigans in Vancouver

Posted by Ayla Collins

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Our new CM's first Elite event proved that Christmas doesn't have to be traditional! 40 Elites gathered at Rosemary Rocksalt to enjoy bagels and rugelachs with delicious cane sugar sodas while live Christmas music played and we all got to catapult bagels through the air! No, seriously. That happened! Christmas cards and gifts were personalised for each Elite, along with a Christmas hug! Check out the reviews and pictures!

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December 11, 2014

Holiday Glamboree At Radio Milano

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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Houston Yelpers celebrated the final Elite Event of the 2014 year at Radio Milano, the city's newest craft cocktail lounge located at CityCentre. The posh lounge treated guest to classic cocktails – Cane Frizzante and Bravissimo – along with a selection of craft beer and wine and passed appetizers. Rawr Party face painting added a dash of holiday glitz and sparkle, as Bad Santa posed for pics with Elites in the DNN Photography photo booth. Best of all, many generous Elites opened their hearts and brought in toy, gifts and giftcard donations for the babies, children and teens at Depelchin Children's Center. Check out the event reviews and photos!

Wing Fling At BreWingZ Sports Bar & Grill

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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Greater Houston area Elites residing in the Humble area were treated to a multi-course wing and Anheuser Busch beer pairing at BreWingZ Sports Bar & Grill. Starting with their famous jalapeno cheese bites and quesadillas followed by an assortment of six variety of wings – like Original Hot, Lemon Pepper, Orange Ginger – they surprisingly left with more than full bellies. BreWingZ kindly provided goodie bags and VIP cards for their next visit! Read the event reviews for more.

December 10, 2014

Yelp, il Wok è giusto!

Posted by Claudia R

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Three years of Yelp Milano need a proper party for sure, that's why the local Yelp Elite Squad flooded Wok Eat, a small but uber-nice restaurant on the side of the Castle, to enjoy a special night. 5 showcookings of different and new dishes, 30 happy Yelpers tasting them, writing down details, chatting with the biz owner, Edoardo, and discovering even small histories about them. We had the chance of voting for the best dish of all and it became Yelpers' Choiche on December Menu for the restaurant! Moreover, a big tramezzini cake was offered from Toasteria Mi Casa and we blew away candles in a night of enjoyment and happyness! If you weren't there, read the reviews and have a look at these beautiful pictures!

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December 05, 2014

¡Madrid rompe la piñata!

Posted by Lolo R.

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El pasado miércoles, el Pelotón de Élite de Yelp Madrid vivió la Navidad al modo mexicano. Más de sesenta Élites conocieron de primera mano Corazón de Agave, una nueva coctelería del barrio de La Latina que pone el acento en los cócteles hechos con tequilas y agaves de primera calidad. La parte comestible vino de la mano del catering Rossini, que puso toda su creatividad a trabajar y dejó huella en los asistentes, quienes degustaron algunos aperitivos tan especiales como un mar y montaña confeccionado con anchoa y cecina o un steak tartar que estimuló las glándulas salivares de nuestro avezado Pelotón de Élite. La catarsis vino con la apertura de sendas piñatas, que aportaron el broche definitivo de este último evento de 2014. ¿Quieres saber más? ¡Entonces echa un vistazo a las reseñas y las fotografías del evento! 

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December 04, 2014

P'tite Soirée Elite à la P'tite Epicerie pour les Elites Lyonnais

Posted by Camille L

Le mardi 18 novembre avait lieu la "P'tite Soirée Elite" à la P'tite Epicerie, dans le quartier de Montchat (Lyon 3ème). Serena A vous résume cette soirée riche en gourmandises !

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"Je voudrais que la P'tite épicerie soit mon garde manger", ainsi pourrait-on résumer les pensées des Yelpeurs en sortant de la P'tite soirée à la P'tite épicerie. Une caverne d'Ali Baba de la gourmandise, une corne d'abondance, c'est avec les yeux pétillants que chaque personne est arrivée le 18 novembre !

Au programme, la découverte des mille et un produits chinés pendant plus d'une année par Audrey tels que la terrine de bulots et salicorne ou encore une exquise crème de foie gras à la figue, complétés par les vins de Nicolas (Les Couleurs du vin), les biscuits chocolatés de Véronique (Irrésistiblement Lyon), tout était réuni pour combler les papilles gourmandes des Yelpeurs !

Comme quoi, sortir des sentiers battus (entendons de la Presqu'île) révèle parfois d'excellentes surprises !

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Pour lire tous les avis sur la soirée : P'tite Soirée Elite

Photos : Serena A

November 26, 2014

It's a sweet morning in Santiago

Posted by Sofia Varas

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Is that the Willy Wonka Factory? Oh no, it was the Yelp Elite Sweet Morning, an event to kickstart the weekend with a breakfast consisting of icecream, brownies, cake, natural juices and a lot of Yelptitude.

The Elite Squad in Santiago got together at Vitto Heladería to enjoy the sweetness of the saturday morning, going back to their childhood tasting amazing icecream flavors, such as Banana Split, Dolce de Leche and Italian Chocolate, oh boy it was good!

You wanna read what the Elites said about it? Check their reviews  and the photos here

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November 25, 2014

A Caribbean Vacation In Brooklyn

Posted by peter d.

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Last night, this bold and refreshing restaurant on North 6th Street invited the best of Brooklyn's Yelp community out for an intimate look at their welcoming spot. Inspired by his Caribbean roots, the man behind Jify's incorporates a range of his native Curacao-style ingredients such as coconut, plantains, mango, pineapple and avocado into each dish. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.

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November 22, 2014

Fall Steak-cation At LongHorn Steakhouse Sugar Land and Memorial City

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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As they say, "everything's bigger in Texas" – including our appetites! At LongHorn Steakhouse Sugar Land and LongHorn SteakHouse Memorial City, Houston Elites were treated to a multi-course dinner consisting of menu classics and new favorites: appetizers like Sweet Corn Fritters, Spicy Chicken Bites, Brew Pub Pretzel Sticks and Wild West Shrimp; choice of Bleu Ridge Wedge or Mixed Green Salad; and steak options, like 8oz Renegade Sirloin, 8oz Harvest Mushroom Filet or a whopping 18oz Outlaw Ribeye complete with sides. And to top it off, a dessert assortment of their famous Chocolate Stampede and the seasonal Pumpkin Spice Lava Cake. Check out the event reviews from day 1 and day 2, along with Yelp Houston flickr pics.

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November 09, 2014

Elites' First Look At Microsoft Store - Baybrook Mall

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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The Greater Houston area's newest Microsoft Store opened its doors on November 6th at Baybrook Mall – however, H-town Elites were welcomed to an intimate sneak peek a full day before the general public! Elites played with Microsoft's latest gadgets, took advantage of one-on-one consultations, noshed on sammies, sipped hot chocolate; and each Elite and guest walked away with goodie bags – and two lucky Elites won electronic gadgets! Check out the event reviews and flickr photos.

November 02, 2014

Nurembergs Elites leave the Cutlery at home!

Posted by Mike

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On a brutally cold October night, Nurembergs Elites braved the weather to arrive at their first ever Elite Event! The evening took place in the lovely Shashamane-Reggaebar which in contrast to its name is actually an amazing aethiopian restaurant! The Yelpers learnt how to eat without cutlery and got to try all sorts of different delicacies from the Region around Shashamane, ever tried spicy goat? You should…

You can read the reviews and see the pictures here. Who needs knives & forks anyway?

 

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October 23, 2014

Madrid revives the Golden Age of Hollywood!

Posted by Lolo R.

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Last Tuesday, the Yelp Madrid Elite Squad got to revive Hollywood's Golden Age. More than sixty Elites got to enjoy the new decoration at Diurno, one of the most seasoned cafés in the Chueca neighborhood. The attendees were treated with an amazing Kir Royal as a welcome drink, and after that the party continued with wine and beer. As usual, Elites got also a good bite of Diurno's menu, tasting the amazing croquettes, an incredible salmon with sour cream, honey-seasoned eggplant and lemon pie, among other delicacies served by the restaurant. Nonetheless, one of the highlights of the evening was a tap dance performance. Do you want to know more? Then take a look at the reviews and the pictures from the event!

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October 16, 2014

Houston Elites First Look At Yellow Rose Distilling

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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On October 8th, Houston's first and only city limits distillery Yellow Rose Distilling welcomed the Yelp Elite Squad to a private tour and tasting, generously hosted by founders Troy Smith and Ryan Baird, along with partner Randy Whitaker. Elites joyfully sipped on Moscow Mules made with Howdy Stranger Vodka and bourbon-infused Apple Smash cocktails, as Ruggles Cafe Bakery provided sweet bites – brownies, cookies and cupcakes – to compliment the refreshing adult bevs. Guests also enjoyed flights of Yellow Rose Distilling's award-winning whiskeys, bourbons and vodka during the educational tour. Check out the event reviews, flickr and facebook photos!

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October 14, 2014

Elites Go Gaucho At Fogo De Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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On October 6, Houston Elites were treated to an intimate dining experience at the city's most renowned churrascaria, Fogo De Chão Brazilian Steakhouse. Sipping on South American wines, beers and Caipirinhas – the Squad enjoyed a generous buffet of seafood, salad bar and 16 cuts of delectable fire roasted meats! Check out the event reviews, flickr photos and facebook photos snapped by by Long T!

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October 06, 2014

Santiago Elites share the Yelp Love

Posted by Sofia Varas

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Welcoming the spring was the perfect excuse for the Elite Squad in Santiago to get together in the "Yelp Love, bienvenida primavera" event at the pub Santo Remedio last thursday.

Want to hear more? Well, It was an evening full of laughter, afrodisiac drinks, exotic food, yummy desserts and some pretty funny trivia, in order to share the Yelp Love as spring mandates (oh yes, read that last part in a Barry White voice).

If you want to get a glance of everything that happened at Santo Remedio, don't miss the photos!

 

Celebrar la llegada de la primavera fue la excusa perfecta para que el Escuadrón Elite de santiago se reuniera en el evento "Yelp Love, bienvenida primavera" que se realizó en el pub Santo Remedio el jueves pasado.

¿Más detalles? Bueno, fue una noche de risas, tragos afrodisíacos (la especialidad del lugar) acompañados de comida exótica, postres buenísimos y una buena dosis de trivia para amenizar y compartir el Yelp Love como la primavera manda (oh si, puedes leer esa última parte como Barry White).

Si quieres ver más de lo que pasó esa noche en santo Remedio, no te pierdas las fotos en el facebook de Yelp Santiago.

October 05, 2014

Elite Fall Fiesta At La Bikina

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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On September 30th, the Yelp Elite Squad was invited to an intimate, eight-course seated tasting at the Greater Houston area's newest authentic Mexican restaurant – La Bikina. Hailing from Leon, Mexico and over to The Woodlands, Texas, Yelpers noshed on Panuchos, Sopa De Fideo Seco, Molcajete de Queso, Tacos de Camaron, Tacos Al Pastor, Huachinango De La Costa, Churros, Maceta and frozen tamarindo margaritas and Mexican beer! Check out the event reviews and flickr photos

September 24, 2014

Mucha lucha and tacos in São Paulo

Posted by Fernanda

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Some may say "Taco Tuesday" isn't a thing outside the United States, and these folks are wrong. Last Tuesday the São Paulo Yelp Elite Squad went down to Tatuapé, a neighborhood in SP's east side, to try one of the most Yep-loved Mexican restaurants around. La Buena Onda, owned by Arturo Herrera, a chilango of birth and heart, is a cute and cozy spot that serves big flavors. From taco bites and quesadilla, to tequila shots and a hot pepper eating contest, the Yelpers got together, had a good time and spiced up their week. Check out the cool photos and read the reviews, if you want to get a little taste of what it was like. 

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September 22, 2014

Madrid Elites take a taxi to Manhattan

Posted by Lolo R.

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Last Sunday the Yelp Madrid Elite Squad took a taxi to Manhattan, to celebrate de arrival of the autumn. More than eighty Elites were treated with bubbly wine, white wine and beer, but also with lots of food including a eat-with-your-fingers Cesar salad, boneless chicken wings, marinated salmon, a delicious cut of "presa ibérica" and a great creamy chocolate brownie among other delicacies. While eating, Yelpers had the chance to meet each other more deeply, while playing the Yelp Trivia. The event also featured a pop-up magician show that left everyone with their mouths wide open. Do you want to know more? Then do not hesitate to take a look at the reviews and the pictures from the event!

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September 18, 2014

Yelp’s Mayfield Dinner Theatre Adventure: Folkswagon’

Posted by Jennie

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Edmonton Elites were treated to an evening performance of The Mayfield Dinner Theatre’s opening show of the 2014/15 season; Folkswaggin'. Elites enjoyed red and white wines courtesy of BC's Peller Estates, along with the Mayfield Dinner Theatre’s award dinner buffet, headed by Executive Chef Willie White. Some of the delectable food Yelpers enjoyed included roasted chicken with peppercorn gouda cheese sauce from Sylvan Star Cheese, carved AAA Alberta prime rib with Yorkshire pudding, caramel brownies and Egyptian bread pudding. After dinner everyone enjoyed the fantastic music at The Mayfield Dinner Theatre’s newest show Folkswaggin, a musical revue and history of folk music from around the world. Thank you so much to our sponsors and to everyone for coming out and making this event a phenominal success! Read reviews for this event HERE.

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September 17, 2014

Elites, borgoñas and hats: it's the Yelpy Fonda!

Posted by Sofia Varas

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Last tuesday, the Elite Squad of Santiago (Chile) got together for a night of cool borgoñas, straw hats (chupallas) and a load of traditional food. The ocasion? The Yelpy Fonda, a.k.a the kickstart for the "Dieciocho", the Independance Day celebrations. 

At El Caramaño, surrounded by graffitti made by the regulars on the very walls of the restaurant, the Elites enjoyed some very chilean arrollados, chorizos and chicken "al ajillo", and celebrate the first two "Elites of the Month" in a night that made everybody sing "tiqui tiqui tí".

Check the photos of the Yelpy Fonda here

Este martes, el Escuadrón Elite de Santiago se reunió para una noche de borgoña helado, sombreros de paja y mucha, muchísima comida tradicional. ¿El motivo? La Yelpy Fonda, el puntapié oficial del "Dieciocho", las fiestas patrias de Chile.

En El Caramaño, rodeados de rayados dejados por los asiduos como recuerdo en las mismas paredes del restaurant, los Elites disfrutaron unos arrollados muy chilenos, además de chorizos, pollo al ajillo y de la premiación de los dos primeros "Elites del Mes", en una noche que hizo a todos gritar el chilenísimo "tiqui tiqui tí".

Revisa las fotos de la Yelpy Fonda en el Facebook de Yelp Santiago 

September 02, 2014

Swing And Martinis In San Antonio

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On Tuesday, Elites and their guests enjoyed craft martinis in a stunning downtown locale. Gourmet Italian treats made the night even more delicious. Elites started with a little swing and ended the night serenaded by a special live performance. Read and post your review here and check out the gorgeous memories from the night on the Flickr page! 

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Madrid sweats at Bikram Yoga Pozuelo

Posted by Lolo R.

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Last Thursday, the Yelp Madrid Elite Squad was invited to a very sweaty event. Even though by this time of the year Madrid is a very hot city;  Elites were invited to sweat a bit more at Bikram Yoga Pozuelo, where they could attend to one of the incredible classes that take place every day of the week. While being in a room heated up to 40ºC with a 40% of humidity, Yelpers were commanded and instructed on the 26 postures and two breathing exercises that conform the standard ninety minutes Bikram Yoga class. Once it was over, and after the Yelpers took a relaxing shower, they were treated with lots fruits and isotonic beverages to rehydrate while commenting their Yoga experience. Want to know more? Then, take a look to the pictures and the reviews of the event!

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August 18, 2014

Schaum-Brew Summer Night

Posted by Nicole W

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On Wednesday night, nearly 100 burb rockin' Yelpers got together to celebrate a brew filled summer night at Stonewood Ale House in Schaumburg. Beyond testing some sweet Yelp swag and sampling free flowing beer, Elites and their guests feasted on an array of Stonewood's mouth watering eats like Chicken Nachos, BBQ Ribs, Southwest Eggrolls, and Ale House Cheeseburgers. Read all the reviews of the event here and peek at the fabulous photos here

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Warsaw Elite Event at Mielżyński Wine Bar

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On Wednesday, August 13, Elite Yelpers of Warsaw celebrated the wine feast. We gathered in a beautiful setting of Mielżyński Wine Bar located in the XIX-century lace factory building and were seated among the impressive wine boxes. This is when our feast started. We were treated with 4-course menu combining experimental Polish and Italian cuisine. Every dish was accompanied with a glass of perfecly chosen wine.

Great food, great wine and lovely faces of our Elite Yelpers - can you ask for more?

You can check out the photos from our wine celebration on Flickr, Facebook and obviously Yelp, where you can also read the reviews of this 5-star evening.

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July 31, 2014

Night of wine, craft beer and organic artichokes in Mexico!

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La noche del pasado miércoles 30, el selecto Pelotón Elite Yelp se reunió en los cuarteles centrales del Food Truck Bueno Bonito Bistrot para degustar unas deliciosas alcachofas cosechadas directamente de su granja La Casita. Las acompañamos con dos deliciosos aderezos y un par de frittatas de calabaza y quesos varios elaboradas por el chef JC. Todos maridamos dichas delicias con vino tinto y cerveza Sta. Julieta, provista amablemente por nuestros amigos de Cervecería La Patrona. La comida, la cerveza y la platica fluyeron hasta pasada la media noche. Si te latió lo que leíste, acá puedes leer las reseñas del evento y aquí puedes ver las fotos.

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July 28, 2014

It's A Brewingz Throwdown In Baytown

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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Yelp Houston hosted its first Baytown Elite event at Brewingz Sports Bar & Grill, where Elites indulged in a curated wing and beer tasting, starting off with their famous sides - Fire Sticks, Jalapeno Cheese Bites, and Mozzarella Cheese Sticks. The six-course wing tasting was composed of various sauces –Original, Chicken and Waffle, Teriyaki & Thai Spice, Lemon Pepper, Garlic Sauce and Orange Ginger – with Anheuser-Busch beers to match! Elites also walked away with Brewingz t-shirts and a VIP card! Check out the reviews and photos!

It's A Smashing Social At Smashburger Willowbrook

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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The Yelp Elite Squad enjoyed a private tasting at the new Smashburger Willowbrook – days before its opening! Elites savored a seven course tasting composed of various Smashburgers – beef, chicken and black bean – sides, and yes – SmashShakes to complete the night! Guests were also the first in Houston to taste the new Truffle & Swiss Smashburger featuring organic arugula and mushrooms! Check out the reviews and photos

It's A Summer Splash At Hyatt Market Street

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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They Yelp Elite Squad enjoyed a Sunday staycation at boutique hotel Hyatt Market Street in The Woodlands, Texas. Greeted with Watermelon Jalapeno Margaritas and Grapefruit Sangria – both made with Houston's own Titanium Tequila – along with passed apps and summer-inspired cooking demos from Executive Chef Andrew Kramer, and live acoustic tunes; it was a great way to wrap-up the weekend. ...And a lil' pool action didn't hurt, either! Check out the reviews and pictures!

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July 24, 2014

Edmonton Elite Event: I Dare You!

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Edmonton Elites Enjoy Dare-worthy Foods at Taste of Edmonton! For the seconf year, the Edmonton Yelp Elites were invited to an Elite Event at the Taste of Edmonton festival. The evening’s theme in the Sip ‘n Saveur tent was “I Dare You” and our elites were up to the challenge. Some of the evening’s delicacies included porcetta di testa; haggis sausage; duck liver flan with sweetbread popcorn, and ink squid lobster sauce; taco de lengua with avocado crema, radish, and urban greens; pork blood pasta with sweetbread; sweet bread with white asparagus mousseline, smoked
mushrooms, and champagne fois gras sauce; and a Schezwwaun spicy mouth-number
hot pot. Aside from dining on delicious eats Yelp Elites were able to try several white and red wine wines, and relax on the patio seating in the Yelp area with views of the entertainment on the main stage at Taste of Edmonton. Thanks to everyone for coming out and making The Yelp Elite: I Dare You event a rousing success.

Check out all the photos from the event, and read the reviews.

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July 21, 2014

Madrid celebrates (again) 10 Years of Yelp with a fantastic brunch!

Posted by Lolo R.

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Last Saturday 25 Yelp Elite Squad members had the chance to enjoy a fantastic brunch at Federal Café Madrid. As a part of the 10 Years of Yelp celebrations, Yelpers were welcomed with some sparkling wine, so we could all make a toast for 10 more Yelpy years. After that, the brunch properly said started with a full variety of delicacies: a yummy mix between yogurt, honey and muesli; ham, Emmental cheese and basil croissants; avocado and lime toasts; cheese and ham sandwiches; french toasts and muffins. They could also taste some great wines, as well as try the incredible coffee that Federal's barista makes. But that was not quite all, since the Elites could also have samples of one of the greatest ice cream shops in the entire city: Acquolina. Yelpers could taste different flavors, such as Tramontana (fudge, cream, chocolate and Oreo cookies), chocolate and strawberry among others. Do you want to know more about this event? Then take a look to the reviews and the amazing pictures!

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July 14, 2014

Madrid tastes its beer!

Posted by Lolo R.

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Last Saturday, a very small amount of Yelpers was greeted on Manzana Mahou to taste the new beer sensation. Amaniel, Jacometrezo, Maravillas and Marcenado are the names of four new beers that Mahou is going to start marketing in September although some lucky Yelpers got to taste them before anybody else. In a room that resembled Casimiro Mahou's office, Yelpers walked through the differences and similarities of these four new beers, and got to taste all of them giving their impressions to the beer master. Want to know more about the event? Then do not miss its reviews!

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July 09, 2014

Yelpachanga reoladed: Choripanes, wine, artisan beer and fair trade mezcal mixed with good conversation in Mexico City

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This past Tuesday, Yelp Mexico held its 2nd Yelpachanga at Argentinean eatery, Gotan. Nestled in the heart of Tabacalera, 65 Yelpers gathered to sample the carnivorous delights like homemade choripan. Central Cervecera craft beers helped wash down the delicious eats while the Cultural Activism for Agave and its medley of mezcals warmed bellies. What's more, yelpers got the rundown on the process of this powerful elixir and the efforts to promote fair trade. All in all, a great time was had with a hangover to prove it!
 

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July 08, 2014

Madrid celebrates 10 years of Yelp in a hidden garden

Posted by Lolo R.

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Last Thursday, fifty members of the Yelp Madrid Elite Squad celebrated Yelp's tenth birthday in a quite spectacular location. Hidden in a rooftop in the city center, Elites had the chance to be one of the firsts to get a taste of this wonderful garden that will certainly be one of the most photographed places in Madrid this summer. Yelpers were treated with a cava glass once they entered the party, and then they could have mini-sandwiches, salty small eats and all kinds of sweets; while enjoying beer and wine, but also the delicious gin and tonics and ice teas that this place crafts. This was just one of the multiple birthday celebrations that Madrid is having this month! Want to know more? Then, take a look to the pictures and the reviews of the event!

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July 01, 2014

A menu debut in Madrid!

Posted by Lolo R.

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Only ten members from de Yelp Madrid Elite Squad were able to try the new menu at El Bistró de La Central de Callao. Commissioned by the chef Jordi Vilà, the menu was set in three different parts. Salads as appetizers (citrus couscous, kumato tomato and tuna salad and yogurt salad); gazpacho and marinated chicken with lemongrass and vichyssoise as starters and risotto with ribs, yakitori chicken and ox sirloin as main dishes. When Elites were so full they didn't believe they could eat more, the desserts arrived in form of brownie with almond ice cream, cheesecake and carrot cake. The dinner was liven up by two magnificent wines and the Yelpers loved the new menu as much as they loved the vivid explanations given by the staff for every dish. Want to see it with your own eyes? Then check the event reviews!

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June 05, 2014

A French Soirée in Helsinki

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Happy faces at the Exhibitionists in Helsinki

Yelp Helsinki welcomed the Yelp community to the lovely café, the Exhibitionists, in Töölö to enjoy an evening inspired by France. The lovely hosts treated the guests with some delicious smörrebröds that contained, for instance, brie and chèvre. However, it was the Millionaire Shortbread that really made mouths water: the sweet treat consisted of three luscious layers of crispy crust, rich fudge-like caramel and dark chocolate.

It was a hot summer evening and Soda Co. Hki provided some much needed cooling for the Yelpers: people had a hard time choosing their favorite between the strawberry falvoured Berry Straw, the lemony Señor Lemon and the crisp Brad Ginger. All the sodas are made of natural ingredients and they are produced in Kokemäki, Finland.

Folk duo Odessa added a nice touch to the evening and the photo booth encouraged people to goof around and to take part in the photo competition. Seemed like the theme of the night was "more is more" as Yelpers were very keen on using all the available props from a flamingo hat to wigs and mustaches. In the end it was time to pick the winner: a gorgeous couple was photographed together for the very first time and that shot won them the prize.

The evening was full of smiles and laughter as you can see in these photos.

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June 03, 2014

Louisville Elites Chill Out With Brews, Tunes

Posted by Emily H

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The Louisville Elites recently gathered for Flight Club, and in this case, we do talk about it. Great Flood Brewing Co., the new and much buzzed about brewery in the Douglass Loop neighborhood, opened up just for the squad, and we got to sample four of their brews — the IIPA, Wit, Oatmeal Stout, and Brown. The crew also enjoyed snacks and listened to local band Crunchy Groove Machine, along with taking home free tickets to Mercury Ballroom. Learn more about this rad event by reading the reviews, looking through the pics and watching the photo slideshow.

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June 02, 2014

Yelp Edmonton's Bubble Tea Bash at Teapsy!

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Edmonton Yelp Elites were treated to a Sunday evening Bubble Tea Bash at Teapsy Café on Whyte Avenue. Yelpers were able to try a plethora of intoxicating drinks including a strawberry bubble tea with lychee jelly, watermelon bubble tea with exploding bubbles, avocado bubble tea, mango bubble tea, watermelon bubble tea, a sea salted green tea, and a Chinese sweet wine. While chatting away with fellow Yelpers delicious Taiwanese treats including homemade spicy wontons, egg puffs with green tea butter, squid pancake balls were served. To end the evening, massive bowls of shaved ice with fruit arrived. Thanks to everyone for coming out and making this bubble tea bash a sweet success. Read the event reviews here and check out photos here from Vivid Vision.

 

May 29, 2014

Squared Elite Event in Madrid!

Posted by Lolo R.

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Last Tuesday, twenty members of the Yelp Madrid Elite Squad had the privilege to attend one mysterious event they knew nothing about. At the door of El Afilador, a tasteful shop full of vintage furniture they were prompted to choose a color: blue or green? Elites were divided then in two groups: the ones who chosen green had the opportunity to taste wine at the same time they were learning how to create beautiful flower arrangements. The ones who chosen blue went to the shop’s workshop, where they had the opportunity to enjoy a blind test driven by Coto Pelayo while learning how to renovate a beautiful wood box. Want to check by yourself if the Elites were creative enough? Then don’t hesitate to take a look to the reviews of the event and take a look to the pictures!

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May 26, 2014

Houston Elites Enjoy A Taste Of The OG

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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Olive Garden recently rolled out new menu items, and on May 19th, the Houston Yelp Elite Squad was invited to the Woodlands location for a taste! Yelpers enjoyed an intimate 12-course dinner with apps like Crispy Risotto Bites and Spicy Calabrian Wings, and various entrees, like Smashed Chicken Meatball Sandwich, Chicken Abruzzi and Pappardelle Pescatore. And all those delectable bites were paired with various cocktails, like the Peach Sangria and Italian Margarita. To read what the happy guests have to say, click here, and be sure to check out the photos on our Flickr gallery.

May 21, 2014

Book swap and coffee tasting in São Paulo

Posted by Fernanda

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Nothing makes a book better than a good cup of Joe and last Saturday the Yelp Elite Squad in São Paulo came together to learn more about specialty coffee, swaping books and Sofá Café. Diego Gonzales, owner of Pinheiros' premier coffeeshop, prepared a very special lesson demistifying what we thought we knew about coffee and offered some tips and tricks on how to properly make and appreciate the national beverage. Check out the reviews here, and the awesome photos snapped by Lori Warriner on our Flickr page. 

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May 20, 2014

Living The Southern Charmed Life In New Orleans

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On a mysterious Wednesday night, deep in the heart of the French Quarter, the Yelp Elites convened for a secret gathering of sorts. Arnaud's, the largest and one of the oldest restaurants in New Orleans graciously hosted over 60 Elites and their guests upstairs in the private dining quarters and on their spectacular balcony. We dined on the finest Creole cuisine, drank French 75 cocktails, enjoyed a live jazz band, and engaged in a rousing game of "who dunnit", playing the roles of local New Orleans legends like Marie Laveau and Jean Lafitte. As the soiree drew to a close, we headed out into a night bathed in the light of a full moon, knowing this evening of revelry and the royal treatment would not soon be forgotten...Delight in reading all the reviews of the event here and flipping through our photos on the Flickr page here.

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Yelp Toulouse's Elite Week

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From May 5th to 10th, Toulouse's Elite squad was in party mode ! One Elite event every single day, to celebrate Toulouse and its incredible elites. Lipstick testing, a nice coffee break with crazy story telling, a cruise on our beautiful river, tastings of south western specialities, a laserquest battle and an incredible photo challenge UYE. After a marathon of elite events ; the squad was thrilled, check out the pictures here on Flickr.

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May 12, 2014

It's A Carnivore Carnival At Texas de Brazil Houston

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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With roots stemming from Porto Alegre, Brazil living the cattle rancher’s life and feasting in the traditional rodizio style native to this region, the partners at Texas de Brazil had visions of bringing this culture north to the United States. The unique concept offers diners a parade of meats and an extravagant seasonal salad area. After years of hoping and dreaming, this rodizio vision became a reality. And Houston Elites experienced this "Carnivore Carnival" firsthand with succulent meats, appetizeris – how about that Pao De Queijo?! – signature wines and caipirinhas. Check out the reviews and pictures

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April 16, 2014

Bellevue Gets Brunched During Yelp's Road Trip

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Blssed with perfect weather for our Road Trip weekend, Yelpers from both Seattle and Portland packed into Eques for an equally perfect brunch event. Before they could even get through the door, Elite members were offered a choice of Mimosa or champagne as they waited outside for the event to star. Once inside, the drinks still poured! Tacked onto the liquid list was an endless supply Bloody Mary's courtesy of the do-it-yourself garnish bar. Also set up were various buffet-style sampling stations featuring blurberry stuffed French toast, Eggs Benedict, and more. But don't let us spoil for you! Want to see how it all went down? Check out what the Elite Squad had to say in their reviews of the event here.

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April 04, 2014

Madrid au naturel

Posted by Lolo R.

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Only fifteen members of the Yelp Madrid Elite Squad were lucky enough to get a spot in one of the most intimate and private Yelp Elite events up to date in this city. Elites arrived to Sifón, a small "colmado" (a very traditional yet small grocery and wine shop quite typical from Madrid) willing to learn everything about products made in our city. And there they were treated with crafted beer, wine, cheese, olive oil, bread, traditional pie... while they could learn all about the processes and the details straight from the producers. Want to know more about the delicacies you can find in Madrid? Then dont hesitate to read the reviews and take a look at the incredible pictures!

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April 01, 2014

Louisville Elites Bid Farewell To Winter

Posted by Emily H

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On Saturday night, more than 40 Elites and their guests converged on Marketplace Restaurant @ Theater Square, a chic downtown Louisville eatery that specializes in modern comfort food, as part of Yelp Elite's Frigid Farewell. And despite some cold and rainy weather — Spring's invitation must have gotten lost in the mail — the Elites kept the party going with ample food from Marketplace, a signature cocktail featuring Maker's 46, complimentary copies of the Second Annual Locavore’s Resource Guide and Coupon Book from Edible Louisville, free seeds and bumper stickers from Fresh Start Growers' Supply and door prizes that included tickets to a GonzoFest event and to concerts at Mercury Ballroom, Louisville's newest music venue. Read all of the reviews of the event here, see the photos on the Flickr page and watch the slideshow on YouTube.

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March 31, 2014

Yelp's Smashing Social At Smashburger Kingwood

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For the first time ever, Yelp Houston hosted an Elite Event in Kingwood, Texas at the newest Smashburger: Yelp's Smashing Social! Elites and their guests enjoyed a full menu tasting curated by Smashburger – everything from Smashburgers, Smashsides, Smashshakes and yes, Texas beer. The night was complete with Elites heading back to the kitchen to learn the now famous Smashburger technique, along with goodie bags. Check out the event reviews and flickr photos!

March 27, 2014

Food And Drinks At Eastside Elite Event In Downtown Bellevue, WA

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After a blustery Spring day in the Pacific Northwest, an exclusive event was held for 25 Eastside Elite Squad members at Kaisho in downtown Bellevue. Guests were treated to bite sized portions of the restaurant’s most popular menu items in addition to two signature cocktails thrown in for good measure. After a warm welcome and introduction by members of the Kaisho team, mini desserts were brought out to finish the night off in a truly memorable fashion. Read all the Elite Squad reviews on the Yelp event page here.

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