March 01, 2015

Yelp's Theater Social at Hartford Stage

Posted by Emily

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On Thursday night, Hartford's Yelp Elite Squad enjoyed a night at the theater with a preview of Reverberation at Hartford Stage. Written by Matthew Lopez and directed by Maxwell Williams, this powerful, moving production resonated with each event attendee. As Hilary R puts it, "It had everything in terms of emotions: grief, love, regret, pain, friendship, humor, trust, anger, joy...something that everyone could relate to.  The story was gripping, and it kept me on edge the entire time." Earlier in the evening, Yelp Eiltes were treated to a spread of delicious treats from La Petite France and Tapas while learning about the production from director Maxwell Williams. Check out the photos by Nick Caito here, and read the review raves here! To learn more about Reverberation and purchase tickets, click here

February 28, 2015

Portland Elites Are Sweet On ECHO Natural Beauty

Posted by Matt

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Treat yo self! And that's exactly what the ladies of the Yelp Portland Elite Squad did! Last Wednesday 30 Yelpers gathered at ECHO Natural Beauty for Yelp Gives You Some Sugar, an evening of complimentary food, champagne and spa services! Owners Jami and Shannon offered chair massages and sugar hair removal, while special guests offered sugar scrubs and makeup demos! After their primping and pampering, each guest left with both a goody bag full of luxury samples and an appreciation for the city's only boutique dedicated to 100% natural beauty supplies. To hear what the Yelpers themselves had to say, read the reviews

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Yelp Elites Are Treated Like Kings At Throne

Posted by Matt

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It's no secret that the men of Yelp Portland look great, but these high levels of handsome takes a lot of work! On a Wednesday evening, 30 Yelp Elites gathered at Throne Traditional Barbershop for Yelp's Sausage Fest, an evening of sports, food and personal grooming. While they watched the Blazers take on the Lakers on the big-screen TVs, Elites and their guests were treated to haircuts and beard trims. Complimentary cocktails were flowing from behind the shop's bar, poured by the owner himself. Finally, local butcher shop Tails & Trotters joined to sample out their pork-heavy menu, including ham and brie sandwiches, county paté and ham salad. At the end of the night, the Trailblazers had won, and guests left full of delicious meat and looking dapper! Want to know more? Read the reviews!

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February 27, 2015

Elite Event: Yelp's Pack Rats at Sands Regency!

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Yelp Elites "donned" their fifties finest mobster attire and assembled at The Copa Grill, inside the Sands Regency, to help celebrate the birthday of the one and only, Don Cardamon. This affair was classic and classy, complete with old fashions and martinis made masterfully by the bartenders, a prime rib buffet even Old Blue Eyes would've enjoyed, and a decadent, rich chocolate birthday cake made to the Don's exacting standards! The Don promised an important announcement that would shape the future for the families, but before he could let it loose from his lips, he was offed by one of his very own guests! But whodunnit? Everyone became a suspect, and several Elites made the lineup, but in the end, all fingers and facts pointed at Mrs. Cardamon! 

After she was carted off in handcuffs, the evening was capped off with conversations and commemorative framed lineup photos taken by Big Spence "The Shooter", and wine bottle shaped wine keys from The Sands that we know will come in handy.

See all the suspects in the happy snaps on Flickr and read the reviews on Yelp.

Special thanks goes out to Pete, Tim and the Sands management team for being our hosts, Ms. Erica F and the Sands Marketing Department, who made sure to put all those special touches on the night, Terry and the entire F&B team for taking care of our tastebuds, our ever present and always awesome paparazzi Chris Holloman, and of course, Reno's own Utility Players, the very talented improv troupe that wrote this show especially for the event! 

Carnaval @ Flamoush Salad Bar Antwerpen

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On Tuesday we were welcome to celebrate our Carnival party at the amazing location 'Flamoush'.
This was the ultimate location to have a dress up party. Flamoush is a small lunch bar located near the up and coming red light district and it is totally flamingo themed (and thus totally awesome). From wallpaper to decorations and table cloths, everything radiates happiness including the two lovely ladies who own the place. At Flamoush its all about health : delicious salads, wraps, quinoa,..
Dressing up was optional but everybody decided to go for it. We saw some fabulously dressed up cowgirl outfits, Tiroler costumes and crazy hats! While getting a taste of the wonderful power foods of Flamoush, all healthy wraps and salads, we played a game called 'Werewolves' and we all got to portray our 'character' for thirty seconds. The one who got voted 'best costume portayal', was awarded with a nice coupon for a free breakfast. Congratulations Saskia S with her home made octopus costume! You can read the awesome reviews here and check out the crazy pictures on our Flickr page! Thanx Flamoush for a wonderful eve!

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¡Se inaugura el Club de las Cenas Secretas en Madrid!

Posted by Lolo R.

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La primera regla de El Club de las Cenas Secretas es que SÍ se habla de El Club de las Cenas Secretas... ¡una vez que han ocurrido! El pasado jueves, dieciocho Yelpers pudieron disfrutar de las delicias de Atelier Belge con un menú específicamente creado para ellos. Desde los snacks en forma de crema de mejillones con tomate, hasta el salmón ahumado o el codillo a la Kriek; los Yelpers disfrutaron de una inigualable velada que culminó con un delicioso tiramisú de espéculos. ¿Quieres saber más? ¡No te pierdas las reseñas del evento!

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Manchester Yelper's Enjoy Taphouse Takeover

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With 2015 flying by and us already holding quite a few unique experiences for our Elite Yelpers, we decided to switch things up yet again and hold our very own 'piss up in a brewery' at Seven Bro7hers Brewery in Salford!

It was a great night with lovely ales and beer cocktail schools for all - plus paired gourmet cheeses and pies from Orsom Cheese and Hot Stuffed and the amazing as always Nasi Lemak Malaysian street food.

Our Elite Yelpers get first/instant access to all our regular complimentary Elite events so if this sounds like something that's up your street and you don't want to miss out on all the fun then you can find out more here

You can also read our reviews of the event here and see our snaps and video on our Facebook page. 

A big thanks to Alison, Keith and all the 'bro7hers' for treating us to such a great night, plus Jimmy and the Nasi Lemak team, Orsom Cheese and Hot Stuffed - such amazing food all night long! A great night was had by all and thanks to all our Manchester Yelpers for coming down and enjoying yourself - hopefully see you soon!

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February 26, 2015

Elite's Meet Middle East Eats at Farah's

Posted by Allie

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Monday night, YelpJax Elites gathered at a locally owned Farah’s Pita Stop, for a ton of food, fun and drinks. Farah’s pulled out all of the stops; we munched on “middle eats” apps, including traditional Mazza, cheese, olives, and Baba Ghanouj. Next up, some tasty salads, gyros and Shawarma, all while meeting our Oscar “matches” and making new friends. Farah’s has always been a hot spot for lunch, but with the new dinner additions, you’ll want to swing by for dinner as well! Make sure you check out the pics and reviews!

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Triad Elites Shake It Up At PDQ

Posted by Holly

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Last week Triad area Elites had a great time learning more about the newly opened PDQ. From seeing their sauces being made from scratch to taking a trip inside the walk in cooler. Elites definitely have a new appreciation for all that is PDQ! The stars of the night were the chicken tenders with those hot, crispy, delicious fries ready to take a dip in one of the many dipping sauces. Elites loved being able to mix up their own milkshakes. Did someone say chocolate peanut butter? Yum! See what you missed here and read all about here

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Soirée Yelp Elite @ Jéroboam

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The Yelp Elite Event of February took place at Jéroboam, a wine bar which invited more than 50 Yelpers, eager to discover more about the art of wine.
The program of this great event ?
An oenology workshop in the very nice cellar in the basement, a tasting of various wines thanks to an ingenious system of cards credited specially with 20 euros for Yelpers during the party, with a wonderful cold and home made buffet. 

Many thanks to the whole Jéroboam team: Kris, Vincent, Pierre, Eva and Rebecca for their generosity. 

Do not forget: for any check-in via the Yelp app, buy a planche and receive two glasses of wine !

Find out more about this event by clicking here and the photo album there.

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La soirée Yelp Elite de février avait lieu chez Jéroboam, un caviste / bar à vins du 11ème, qui a réunit plus de 50 Yelpeurs Elites, avides d'en apprendre plus sur l'art du vin.

Au menu de cette jolie soirée ?
Un atelier d'initiation à l'oenologie dans la jolie cave au sous-sol, une dégustation de différents vins grâce à un système de carte ingénieux crédité ce soir là spécialement de 20 euros pour les Yelpeurs, le tout accompagné d'un buffet campagnard très apprécié. 
 
Un grand merci à toute l'équipe de Jéroboam : Kris, Vincent, Pierre, Eva et Rébecca pour leur accueil, leur générosité. 
 
N'oubliez pas : pour tout check-in via l'application Yelp, acheter une planche et recevez deux verres de vin en cadeau. 

Pour tout savoir sur cet événement cliquez ici et là pour découvrir l'album photos.

Merci à nos partenaires / Thanks to all our partners :

Jéroboam • Photos Sébastien, Leslie et Philippe

Fastelavn Party in a Copenhagen Costume Shop

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On wednesday night a bunch of Yelpers had the opportunity to celebrate the Danish carnival for children: "Fastelavn" in Fest & Farver, a big costume shop in Copenhagen.

To kick off the party, we had colorful shots, candy bags, some snacks and red soda for adults (rose wine). The Yelpers where divided into two teams and there were some team competitions as well as an individual dress competition. There were so many cool costumes to choose between, and the Yelpers were so creative so we laughed most of the time.

The winner team dressed up like "party animals", and it was the "party monkey" who won the prize for the evening’s best costume.

Read the reviews and check out the crazy and funny photos on Yelp, Flickr and Facebook.

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Onsdag aften fik en flok københavnere fra Yelp.dk mulighed for at fejre Fastelavn i den store kostumeshop Fest & Farver på Nørrebrogade efter lukketid. 

Ved ankomst til eventet fik man udleveret godteposer, og der blev serveret farverige shots, rød sodavand for voksne (rosévin) og forskellige snacks. Herefter blev yelperne inddelt i to hold, som skulle dyste mod hinanden i butikken. Der var både en holdkonkurrence og en individuel udklædningskonkurrence, og der var så mange fede kostumer at vælge mellem. Desuden var yelperne utrolig kreative, så det blev til mange grin i løbet af aftenen.

Vinderholdet brillerede som "party animals", og det var "festaben", der løb med prisen for aftenens bedste udklædning.

Læs anmeldelser og se de skøre og sjove billeder på Yelp, Flickr and Facebook.

En stor tak til Fest & Farver som gjorde dette unikke setup muligt!

Yelp Auckland kicks off 'In The Hood'

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On Wednesday night, 50 Yelpers headed to Blend Store, inside The Shelter, to kick off Yelp Auckland’s first ‘In The Hood’ event. The event series aims to celebrate some of Auckland’s raddest neighbourhoods and the cool, creative businesses operating within them. First up was Ponsonby!

Enlisting the help of neighbourhood favourites, Golden Dawn and Bird On A Wire, Yelpers were treated to an evening of coffee cocktails – made with Blend’s own coffee brand, Smith, as well as delicious salads and mini sandwiches. The owner of Blend Store, Drew talked us through some of their unique bike accessories and how they came to be New Zealand’s only distributor for tokyobike.

Check out the reviews and awesome snaps taken by Libby Robinson Photography.

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Elite Event: AnonymouS Coffeeholics

Posted by Mishka

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Great treat for Elites in Prague was a workshop for unanonymous coffeeholics in AnonymouS Cafe. We were greeted by local superheroes with coffee egg nog. Divided into 2 groups, we learned about the history of coffee, about best coffee machine in the world, about latte art, coffee evangelisation as well as cocktails with coffee. Do you want to read more? Read all the reviews and see all the pictures

Thank you Superheroes from Anonymous Coffee - we can't wait for more lovely coffees with you!

Ďalšou pochúťkou pre Pražské elity bol workshop pre neanonymných kávoholikov v AnonymouS Café. Na privítanie sme si s miestnymi superhrdinami štrngli egg nogom vyrobeným z kávy. Posilnení sme sa rozdelili na 2 skupiny, aby sme sa dozvedeli niečo o histórii kávy, o jej využití za barom či doma, o latté art, o evangelizácií kávy ale aj kávoholických hrádkach. Chcete vedieť viac? Prečítajte si fantastické recenzie na Yelpe a pozrite si fotky na našom Facebooku!

Ďakujeme superhrdinom z Anonymous Cafe a už sa nemôžeme dočkať dalších kávičiek u Vás! 

Wawa is for "Come closer to Korean food!"

Posted by Anne

 

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For a belated celebration of the Korean New Years Eve the Berlin Yelp Elites were invited to an introduction into the Art of Korean Dining at the newly opened Wawa in Berlin-Schöneberg. After being welcomed with hot green and roasted corn aka popcorn tea they were given a short How To Eat With Chopsticks and a guide into the Korean etiquette by Elite Ki-Won S and an intro to the Art of Korean Dining by the Wawa team! And then there was the food ceremony  - letting us experiencing that you never leave a Korean table hungry. There was beef and pork Bulgogi and all kind of supplements to make your own Ssam (salad wrap), there was sweet pumpkin soup, there was a GIANT bowl of bibimbap. Dessert luckily came in a liquid form, a rice wine drink given an added sparkle with Sprite!

Thanx Wawa! Thanx Ki-Won S! Thanx Alex W for the fun pictures! Don't miss to check more pics and the reviews for more details!

February 25, 2015

Madison Elites Learn Grampa’s Is More Than Pizza

Posted by Corey Dane

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The dining room at Grampa’s Pizzeria is typically dimly lit and atmospheric, but on a recent Sunday afternoon, Gil Altshul and Marissa Johnson opened their space early so Yelp Elites could experience fantastic fare during the day. 

House-made mozzarella with tomatoes and balsamic, slow roasted pork confit with giardiniera, mustard and crusty bread and a mushroom risotto with shaved truffles impressed those in attendance, and reminded folks that there’s an entire section of the menu not to be missed, stellar starters and salads worth savoring. 

Pizza is what makes the place popular, though, and there was no shortage of it... truly! Gil and team sampled every pizza on the menu, and guests raved about the Barberini (topped with watercress and local honey), as well as the Brassacre (brussels, bacon, fresh mozzarella and olive oil). 

And while Grampa's food and libations compliments of Doug Weber at Purple Feet Wines anchored our afternoon, it was Gil, who spoke about his background in the kitchen, his history in Madison, and the philosophy he has towards food that truly won over the crowd. Elites were extremely grateful to have had the chance to attend a private experience during a time when the restaurant wouldn’t ordinarily be open, and you can read about their reactions here and look through photos from the event here

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Melbourne's Fun with Fro-Yo

Posted by Melanie

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On Tuesday night, Melbourne's Yelp Elite Squad were given permission to eat dessert for dinner when they headed to sample the delicious frozen yoghurt at Yo-Chi in Yarraville. 

With endless flavour and topping combinations, there was a froyo eating frenzy in this short but oh-so-sweet event. In between constructing their fabulous creations, Elites learned the story behind Yo-Chi, a family owned business passionate about locally sourced natural ingredients and creating fun community spaces. 

The fun was captured on many a phone, but this time keepsakes could be printed instantly with Fuji's Instax Share printer.

Check out all the happy snaps on Flickr and read the reviews on Yelp.

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Elite Beer Tasting in Zurich

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What happens if you put Elites and Newbies in a new Beer Bar and let taste them over 8 beers while taking funny "yelfies" and sneaking some snacks? It ends in a great evening with many new friends and a new favorite beer bar - because the business owners Christian and Mike are real beer experts. We learned a lot about the different types and the best part was of course getting a glas of each crafted beer. Don't miss the reviews and check out the pictures on flickr!

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Vienna Elite Coffee Workshop

Posted by Kati

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„Genius is 1% inspiration 99% coffee“ is what he said and introduced the Vienna Elites to a brave new world of third wave coffee shops, filter coffee to its perfection and everything else around the black gold. Accompanied by sweet nibbles and excellent latte art Philipp, the friendly owner and coffee expert, made our Sunday. Can’t miss the reviews or fotos!

Special thanks to the excellent team of Café Jonas Reindl and our fantastic photographer Adrian Almasan!

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February 24, 2015

Indiana Jones and the Temple Of Yelp!

Posted by Jennie

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Edmonton Elites experienced a true adventure at an Indiana Jones themed event at Telus World of Science. Chef David Omar from Zinc Restaurant created seven gourmet meatballs from a bison meatball with gorgonzola cream to a chickpea meatball with coconut curry. Yelpers also enjoyed sweet treats from the Italian Centre Shop and samples of exotic spices from The Silk Road Spice Merchant. Cha Island had 3 refreshing loose leaf ice teas on hand, and there was an exciting selection of drinks from Whitehorse-based brewers Yukon Brewing Company with beer, whisky and liquor. Charles Smith Wines was on hand, as was the phenomenal Absolut Elyx vodka; manually distilled in a 1921 copper rectification still known as Column 51, and made entirely of copper! Following all of this, Yelpers visited the Telus World of Science's current feature exhibit: Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archeology Exhibit. It combines stories from the Indiana Jones movies, and real archeology artifacts from National Geographic in a fun, interactive and informative exhibit. Be sure to read reviews of the event HERE and check out pix from photographer Sam Brooks HERE.

 

Thanks to all our sponsors for this amazing event

Telus World of Science · Zinc Restaurant · Absolut Elyx Vodka · Silk Road Spice Merchant · Cha Island · Yukon Brewing Company · D'Arcy's Meat Market · Italian Center Shop · Charles Smith Wines · Sam Brooks Photography ·

 

Tampa Bay Gets Fit

Posted by BrettNehls

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From February 9th through February 22nd, Tampa Bay Yelpers ate healthy and worked on their fitness, as regional healthy-living and active-­lifestyle businesses offered a variety of deals as part of Yelp's Fit Club! Yelpers helped their health by partaking in events throughout the duration of Fit Club at Loving Life Therapy, Fitlife Foods, SOHO Cycling Studio, Craft Kafe, Whole Foods, Pure Barre, The Body Electric Yoga Company, and Evolation Yoga. Check out all the fun fitness for yourself! See all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page, and read the reviews of Yelp’s Mind, Body, and SoulYelp Fits The Bill IIYelp Rides off the CaloriesYelp’s Health and CraftsYelp’s Whole Nine Yards IIYelp Sets The BarYelp’s Electric Slide, and Yelp Sweats It Out.

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The #BrumBeauty Gallery Is Unveiled!

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After an exciting couple of weeks (with plenty of events thrown in for good measure) on Monday the Yelpers got together to truly celebrate the beauty of Birmingham at the final gallery unveiling. The warm and welcoming surroundings of the brand new 6/8 Kafe proved to be the perfect setting for admiring the entries submitted (over 600 in total), bid on the silent auction (in aid of Birmingham LGBT as chosen by photographer of the winning picture, Adam S.), pick up a postcard and enjoy posing for snaps in the photo booth (with delicious accompanying food and drinks, of course). It sure was a lovely evening filled with #BrumBeauty. But don't just take our word for it, of course. Why not mosey on over and check out the photos and the reviews

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Pizzas and fun at Messié, Barcelona

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Last Saturday we had a Yelp event, a very fun and familiar one. It took place at Messié Pizza, in the neighborhood of Gracia. We were able to try their delicious pizzas, drink fruit flavored Moritz thanks to Eric from Messié, try the delicious sweets of Ke Magdalenas, and take funny pictures with the photocall that the guys from FUNstage prepared for us. As always, there was live music and special gifts for the Barcelona Yelp Elites, a very funny gloves to prevent getting burned when they get their pizzas out from the oven! Thanks to everyone that did possible this party. Do not forget to write your review about the event and take a look at the fabulous shots that made for us Francisco G and that are already posted on Flickr.

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Messie Pizza · Ke Magdalenas · Moritz · FUNstage

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Yelp Elite Burger And Craft Beer Feast in Köln

Posted by Olli

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What a feast! When the Cologne Yelp Elites were invited on the monday night by The Bird in Cologne, they had no idea how delicious this is going to be. Chicken Wings, Burgers, Cheesecake, Craft-Beer, Cocktails and special Apfelstrudel in Yelp glasses. You name it. What the team of The Bird presented was top notch. Check out the reviews, photos and the video of the event. 

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February 23, 2015

ミツメ × Yelp 萬年橋ウォーク

Posted by Rika Nakazawa

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Who would've thought Kiyosumi-Shirakawa is coolest neighborhood in Tokyo a year ago? Now, it's a great destination! On beautiful Saturday, Yelpers gathered at Mitsume, where is art space near Mannenbashi, Kiyosumi-Shirakawa. Two group of Yelpers explored hidden gems- traditional Tofu-shop, art galleries, rental cycle shop and specialty coffee cafes. On the way of long journey, Yelpers treated by Ramvic with their sweet muffins. When the tour is over, all attendees become Kiyosumi-Shirakawa experts!

Check out reviews here and fabulous photo on Flickr.(Photographed by Kanako Maruyama, Kenji Mori)

Thanks to Our Sponsors: MitsumeFukagawa Bansho GalleryRamvic

 

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Yelp's Beauty Blowout in the Chicago Burbs

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On February 22nd nearly 60 Yelp Elites and their +1's started their week at Yelp's Beauty Blowout where they were pampered by the fabulous stylists at Niki Moon Salon. To make room (and time) for everyone, we cut the fun in half with a Part 1 party from 3-5 pm and Part 2 from 5-7 pm.

Yelpers were treated to their choice of wine or champagne to sip on while they browsed over a special Yelp hair service menu provided by Niki Moon. One by one, attendees were transformed into bombshells with the hair to match! They chose to either indulge in a conditioning treatment with different blowout styles, or have their hair styled in an updo. 

While guests waited to have their do done, they had the pleasure of snacking on Italian subs, Chicago style popcorn, and delicious sweet cupcakes. 

The before and after photos (and selfie-stick snapshots) are priceless! Read all the 5-star reviews here and here from this glamorous and relaxing evening, and check out everyone's photos on Flickr!

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#LocalLegends: Mark in London.

Posted by Alex Shebar

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Yelp's new blog series, #LocalLegends, takes a look at the faces and stories of the amazing people who make up their home cities, told to us in their own words:

"I came from Sydney to make drinks; this is where the cocktail was born. And the drinking scene in London is so big. I've been here a year and I haven't been to all the places I want to. I don't think I'll ever go to all the places I want to drink in London."
 
- Mark Tomczyk, Head Bartender at TwoRuba
 
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Here are a few of Mark's other favourite places to drink in London:
 

Yelp Omaha's Festival Of Firsts

Posted by Will

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Over the past two months, Omaha's Yelp community celebrated the new year in a fresh new way during the Festival Of Firsts. In all, 16 events had Yelpers trying a variety of things for the first time, including sharing Ethiopian food, tasting mead, playing games at a bar arcade, launching a pizza league, sipping sour beers, indulging on fried Oreos and much more. For photos and reviews of a few of the Festival Of Firsts events, click here, here and here.

Cleveland Quirks Out

Posted by Cara

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Yelp Cleveland's inaugural Yelp Quirks Out series wrapped up a month-long celebration of out-of-the-box, unique and free active life events around CLE+ this past Sunday! Yelpers across the NE Ohio region enjoyed indoor zip-lining, rock climbing, air yoga, percussion-based cardio workouts, pole fitness, healthy bites and bevs! That's not including all the fantastic prize packs, given away at all the events, featuring Yelp water bottles, frisbees, sweatbands, headphones and more. Check out the awesome photos on our Flickr page and don't miss all the great event reviews here

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Bilibala: Yakitori, Live Music and More

Posted by Kevin L

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To celebrate the New Year of Goat, our Elite Squad enjoyed a relaxing Sunday at Bilibala Yakitori Bar. Paired with Asahi beers and Somersby Ciders, the yakitori came to absolute perfection: grilled ox tongues, grilled octopus, grilled scallops, maitake mushrooms, and the amazing bacon wrapped lychee, to name just a few. And the live music performance by Unknown and Tabi Ng made the afternoon even more memorable. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.

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Yelp Warsaw makes croissants @ Aromat

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Would you like to wake up someday and realize you're in Paris? Well, this is exactly what happened to the Elite Squad of Yelp Warsaw on one sunny Saturday. We visited Piekarnia Aromat, made croissants and baguettes, ate the cutest little eclairs and brioches and learned so much about the art of making bread. Thanks for having us!

You can check out the photos of our happy faces on Flickr, Facebook and obviously Yelp, where you can also read how much fun we had being bakers.

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Rio Elites Sail Down Guanabara Bay

Posted by Gabriele

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It was an exciting and adventurous Sunday afternoon for ten very lucky members of Rio's Yelp Elite Squad. This fun crowd got the opportunity to sail down Guanabara Bay, sipping on cold beers and caipirinhas and taking pictures of Rio's marvelous landscape, as well as of Niterói's famous and charming MAC museum. Our host, Sail in Rio's captain Cássio Gurjão, made an excellent job at teaching everyone a bit of sailing and pointing out the 2-hour ride highlights. What a great way to end the week! Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page

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February 22, 2015

Throwback Movie Night @ Screening Room Cinema Cafe

Posted by Alex L

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For a post Valentine's Day celebration, 30 lucky Yelpers went to The Screening Room Cinema Cafe to enjoy a reception filled with eats (catered by La Belle Epicure) inspired by the movie (such as "The Mean Reds"), a raffle and a talk with owner Bob Golibersuch, who let yelpers know that this family owned and locally loved Screening Room has been in operations for decades. At the reception, Yelpers also enjoyed fresh cold pressed juice from Ashker's Juice Bar and samplings of beer from Southern Tier Brewing Co. Check out the five-star reviews here and the Flickr gallery for pictures!

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Yelp's Cirque Spectacular at the New England Carousel Museum

Posted by Emily

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What better way to spend a frigid February night than at the hottest big top bash of the year? On Friday evening, 300 yelpers descended upon the New England Carousel Museum for Yelp’s Cirque Spectacular, complete with 15+ incredible food and drink vendors… not to mention carousel rides, burlesque performances, balloon twisting, stilt walkers, unicyclists, a pampering station, photo booth, marching band and so much more. While sipping, snacking, dancing, and scoping out the unique galleries, guests raised nearly $2,500 to support the museum’s restoration efforts. Take a glimpse of the photos by Nick Caito on Flickr and check out the stellar five star reviews here!

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February 21, 2015

Reviviendo recetas tradicionales mexicanas en Casa Jacaranda

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 On Thursday night, 15 lucky Elites were treated to an evening of wine tasting and exquisite Mexican recipes in the beautiful (and secret) Casa Jacaranda.

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February 20, 2015

Post Carnival Detox for São Paulo Yelpers!

Posted by Gabriele

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Just a couple of days after Carnival's madness, 40 lucky São Paulo Yelpers got the very special chance to "detox" together at a holistic event held at Método DeRose. Led by a trained specialist, Yelp guests tried some very relaxing breathing and stretching exercises, aimed at keeping mind, body and soul in shape. After the de-stressing session, chef Thiago Arruda served his very own vegetarian risotto, that was a hit amongst attendees. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.

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Yelp Gets Romântico at Chamas do Brazil

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On Wednesday evening, Yelp Fort Worth was invited to Chamas do Brazil Brazilian Steakhouse for a legendary feast to remember! First, guests were encouraged to explore the beautiful buffet, which is filled with colorful side dishes and appetizers like fruit and veggies, lobster bisque, mashed potatoes, fresh salads, olives, cheese, and more. When Yelpers were ready to add flame-kissed meats to their plates, they flipped a card on their table. Out came the servers with skewers of top sirloin, bacon wrapped filet mignon, chicken legs, sausage, and top sirloin with garlic – all carved directly onto each Yelpers' plate! Guests washed it all down with glorious glasses of house wine and the famous Caipirinha - Brazil's national cocktail. Be sure to check out the incredible reviews and photos!

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Yelp Helps SF Launch: House Party to Fight Hunger

Posted by Abby Schwarz

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What's better than a house party? How about a house party that helps a worthy local cause? On February 18, Yelp Helps officially launched in the Bay Area with a "house party" of epic proportions at Room & Board San Francisco. Yelpers in attendance donated over $1000 cash and three barrels of canned goods to the SF-Marin Food Bank and, in exchange, enjoyed munchies, adult beverages, as well as live entertainment all over the 50,000 square-foot space.

Not only did Yelp Helpers get to explore a massive show room and relax in the house, they also interacted with a handful of truly amazing San Francisco non-profits and signed up to volunteer! Read the warm fuzzy reviews and see photos from our house party, courtesy of Kevin Kluck

Spirits Sponsor: No. 209 Gin craft cocktails, prepared by local connoisseurs Rye on the Road

Food Sponsors: Eat24 - Yelp's official food delivery partner and new acquisition. 

Berkich Baking, Bob's Donuts, FK Frozen Custard, Loving Cup, Noodles & Company, Old Skool Cafe, Rosamunde Sausage Grill, Rubio's, Sugar & Spun

Beverage Sponsors: CellarPass, Crispin Cider, Hall Wines, Hangar24 Craft Brewery, HINT Water, Humanitas Wines, San Francisco Mead Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, Trinitas Cellars

Entertainment: DJ Matt the Katt, Snap Yourself!

Non-Profits: 826 Valencia, Community Music Center San Francisco, Crissy Field Dog Group, Friends of the Urban Forest, Old Skool Cafe, SF-Marin Food Bank, SOMArts

About Room & Board:

For more than 30 years, Room & Board's focus has been the simple idea that good design should be beautiful, affordable and long-lasting.

Opened in 2005, the Room & Board San Francisco showroom is powered in part by solar energy, and features landscaping designed by San Francisco landscape architect Andrea Cochran. The showroom features 40,000 square feet of design inspiration on three floors.

Un après-ski en Madrid

Posted by Lolo R.

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El pasado miércoles, el Pelotón de Élite de Yelp Madrid acudió, por primera vez, a una fiesta après-ski. Más de cincuenta Élites se guarecieron en torno al fuego de una singular cabaña suiza... colocada en medio de la calle. La Terraza del Mercado de la Reina, en plena plaza de Vázquez de Mella, fue la encargada de recoger esta fiesta, que contó con un cóctel caliente muy especial que sirvió para poner a los Élites a tono antes de que llegase la comida: mini hamburguesas, mini hot dogs, ensaladilla rusa... ¡y una fantástica raclette que hizo las delicias de los Yelpers! ¿Quieres saber más? ¡Entonces echa un vistazo a las reseñas y las fotografías del evento! 

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Meet The CM: Pigging Out

Posted by Stevie McIntyre

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What better way to get to know someone than getting down and dirty with them, I'm of course talking about eating messy BBQ food in one of Belfast’s most popular eateries. Members of the Yelp Belfast Community were invited down to Bubbacue on Wednesday 18th February to meet their new Community Manager and get an insight in to how Bubbacue make their make their mighty smoked meat so delicious. The Yelp Community members were treated to a taste of the good old American Deep South in Beautiful Belfast and boy oh boy did they enjoy it!

The Belfast Community trotted off in to the night as happy as pigs in muck with their wee bellies full to the brim with meaty goodness and their (big) brains overflowing with wonderful Yelp knowledge!

Read all the reviews of the event here and see the fantastic photos on the Flickr page. 

Cocktail Time For Frankfurt Elites

Posted by Céline W.

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Last night, Frankfurt's Elite Squad members got together for their first Elite Event at Grand Seven Bar to learn more about mixology. Everyone listened carefully to the instructions of legendary barman Fatih Akerdem, as he guided the Elites through the world of Cocktails, from its origin to how to make the perfect cocktail. Four different cocktails were prepared behind the bar, whilst our own buffet of delicious mini plates kept our hunger away. At the end of the evening, Elites created their very own Yelp Cocktail, which will now be on the menu of the bar, served to all Frankfurters. Read the reviews and look at the fabulous photos on Flickr

Thanks to our Sponsors: 

GrandSeven BarWestin Grand HotelFatih AkerdemCorrado Sperone Photography 

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Yelp's Quack Attack With Hawaii Duck Tours

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Honolulu Elites were treated to an afternoon of fun in the sun with Hawaii Duck Tours! After boarding the DUKW, a 2.5-ton, six-wheel amphibious truck that was used during amphibious operations in World War II by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, Yelpers played tourist in their home town by enjoying a tour of historic downtown Honolulu. Check out the photos and reviews!

February 19, 2015

What is tea time without a fluffy new yelper?

Posted by Sofia Varas

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On tuesday an historic event happened in Santiago. For the first time, yelpers attended a "Café con Sofi" the CM of the city. And of course, since we enjoy to surprise yelpers, instead of coffee we did tea time.

Right after work, in a very hot summer afternoon, yelpers got together at Tea Connection to enjoy some Ice Tea, pastries, variety of regular teas and wonderful cake. Seems that staying in Santiago when everybody is on vacation is not bad at all!

The event was full of laughter, we learned some japanese thanks to part of our Elite Squad, and had quite a brainstorm trying to find a name for a fluffy new yelper that arrive to one event for the first time: the Yelp Santiago mascot, a globetrotter bear, that now goes by the name Gary Don Oso. Always good to have a new friend around!

Check the pictures of this event here, and the reviews here!

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London Has a Sunday Social Soirée

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February is a month for friendship. Everyone knows this! And we proved it as Yelp and citysocializer came together for a night of meeting new people and business owners at Yelp's Social Soirée. Yelpers and CSers made the most of a Sunday night, enjoying everything from hot dogs to burritos, crepes, desserts, juice and even some amazing live tunes. What a friendly night indeed! Check out all the reviews here and the fantastic pics by Kristine Tsiknaki on the Yelp Flickr Page

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Vancouver's Jammin' To The Caribbean

Posted by Ayla Collins

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After an unseasonably warm Monday, a cheerful group of Elites and their plus ones attended our Caribbean themed event at The Reef on Main Street. As each attendee signed in the super helpful staff offered them a drink - a choice of a dark 'n stormy with homemade ginger beer, a Red Stripe, or Gypsy Tears provided by Parallel 49. Shortly after folks started arriving a plethora of food flowed from the kitchen - everything from jerk chicken skewers, to coconut prawns, to Jamaican patties. DJ Sue Commandante was spinning some Island-style tunes, and we even had a limbo competition! We ended the night with prizes for best photo uploaded on social media, and the person who guessed closest on the number of buttons in the jar! For more fun check out the reviews and photos!

Yelp Phoenix Gets Their Sake On At Foosia!

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Sake in hand, the Yelp Phoenix Elites got to experience the brand new concept of Asian Fusian fast casual dining at Foosia. In between sips of the sake sampling, Elites dined on their choice of food and cocktails from the kitchen while they mingled with fellow friends. Before they called it a night, everyone left with a goodie bag complete with a $25 gift card to return at a later date! Take a look at the reviews here and pictures here.

A special thank you to our sponsors: Foosia and Wrap Arizona Photography.

Sacramento Elites Fire It Up At Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza

Posted by Alex L

16400421348_fe217a49c5_oFor two consecutive nights, Elites got oven-fired up at Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza's two new Sacramento locations! Immediately upon entering, our guests lined up to dictate their own personal pizza creations using a plethora of fresh ingredients, which the cheerful Blaze staff lovingly assembled to be oven-fired in just 180 seconds. Everyone had their pick of pizzas, salads, alcoholic beverages and even smores, and seconds or thirds were encouraged! As an added treat, Executive Chef Bradford Kent (aka "The Pizza Whisperer"), was on hand both nights to talk about the passion behind the pies, the locally-sourced ingredients and the Blaze mission. Huge thanks to the Blaze family for their extreme generosity! Check out the glowing hot reviews for Gold River and Roseville and scope the photos on Yelp's Flickr page

Thanks To Our Sponsor: Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza

Atlanta Elites Go Farm(er) To Table At SaltYard

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On Tuesday, a group of our Gold Elites (5+ years on the Yelp Elite Squad) gathered at SaltYard to experience one of the culinary world's favorite styles -- Farm-to-table. However, the interesting twist was having the actual farmers present! It was true to the monicker with having the hands behind these amazing products representing their craft and passions. Executive Chef, Nick Leahy, and his team also worked with these products to create some fantastic bites to give an inside look at his menu style. Check out the reviews here and the photos here

Many Thanks To Our Sponsors

• Native Seafood • Sweetgrass DairyThree Taverns BrewerySaltYardAmerican Spirit 

• Forest Park Mushrooms • Tucker FarmsGarnish & Gather

Throw It Back Thursday @ Tupelo Honey Cafe

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Flannel, Fruit Roll-Ups, neon, Mad Libs... how can you not love the 90s?! Forty Elites got a special sneak peek at the brand new addition to the Tupelo Honey Cafe menu: Southern Small Plates. Among the favorites: country ham and cheese wontons, lamb meatballs and baked three cheese macaroni and cheese with blackened shrimp. Yelpers were greeted with build-your-own Old Fashioned drink cards with a choice of whiskey, bitters and a garnish. While the movie Space Jam played on the TVs, Elites had a blast with retro candy, toys and games. Thanks to the generosity of the Yelp Charlotte Elite Squad, our prize raffle raised $300 for the YWCA. Read all the 5 star reviews here and check out all the incredible pics on our Flickr.

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En iyi Selfie İstanbul'da Çekilir!

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On a day that Istanbul was pure white, we were invited for a very cool workshop, a workshop that showed us all that even a selfie could look so good when you know how to take it in Burak Bulut Photography School. A school that has courses in Basic photography, Advanced photography, Fashion and Portrait photography. Thanks to Burak Bulut, we learned not only many details about taking good portrait photos, but also got a new perspective on how to see things around us differently. It was a great evening with lots of sharings, laughter and of course photos. Did you miss it? You really shouldnt have as it was a great one, but you may reach the reviews here and see the photos of the event here

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February 18, 2015

Making It LOVEly In Tulsa

Posted by Sarah

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What better way to feel the love during Valentine's Day than gathering with fellow Elites and craftin' V-Day cards, enjoying refreshments, eats and hopping in a photo booth? Tulsa Elite members were given a private look inside The Workshop at Made's co-working space. The Valentine's theme was in full force with wine and plenty of pink and red crafts! Elites also enjoyed an incredible build your own nacho bar from The Rusty Crane and photos from The SNL Booth! Read all of the event reviews here, see the fabulous event photos on the Flickr page,  pitchas from SNL Booth, and check out the video curated by Patrick Vaughn!

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