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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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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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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

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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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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March 20, 2014

Afterwork Aperitivo im Monkey's Room Düsseldorf

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On Wednesday, the 19th of March 2014 we celebrated the first ever elite event in Düsseldorf at the exclusive Monkey's Room. About 60 Yelpers and sponsors were invited to enjoy a superb italian buffet and great drinks from »W« Wodqa, Soul Soda, Weingut Thiesen and San Pellegrino while listening to live music and to a DJ later. Check out the reviews and the photos of the night.

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March 17, 2014

Edmonton Elites Enjoy Wizarding Wonders at Telus World of Science!

Posted by Jennie

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Yelp fans of the Harry Potter series were in for a spectacular twilight affair at the Yelp Into Harry Potter Event at The Telus World of Science. Inside Elites and their guests snacked on delicious treats including homemade blueberry and crème brulee marshmallows from Slow Food Edmonton, decadent cupcakes and cookies from Crave, three types of couture doughnuts including lime wasabi with fresh strawberry glazed and black sesame seeds from Moonshine Donuts, and a plethora of chocolates from Cococo. These gourmet treats were accompanies by wines from Dreaming Tree and Ravenswood, local beer from Alley Kat Brewery, and a very adult butterbeer! Guests were then invited to visit the exclusive Harry Potter Exhibition where they could check out some of the intricate costumes, props, and set pieces used in the Harry Potter movie series as well as the rest of the Science Centre. Check out reviews from the event here and photos here.

 

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March 03, 2014

Yelpers Gotta Wine At Pinot's Palette The Woodlands

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On Tuesday, February 18th, Elites from North Houston enjoyed an event all their own at Pinot's Palette The Woodlands! Noshing on giant pizza slices and KIND Snacks, along with bevs from Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Yelpers picked up their paint brushes and did what they knew best – party! Check out the event reviews and Flickr pics

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February 27, 2014

A night of tango and empanadillas in Madrid!

Posted by Lolo R.

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Last Tuesday night, more than fifty members of the Yelp Madrid Elite Squad were treated with authentic empanadas, a delicious cream made of mint and great red scorpion fish and shellfish pies made by Los Porfiados and La Cocina Impostora. The soiree was soaked in wine and beer, whilst all the attendees could later enjoy some delicious cakes from Celicioso. Read the event reviews and take a look to the incredible pictures.

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