October 21, 2014

LA West Elites Get Pampered At Epione Spa

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On Wednesday evening, 30 Elite Yelpers spent some quality "girl time" at Epione Spa enjoying endless Sugarfish sushi, Charm City Cupcakes, Sugarfina gift cards and Sugar Shoppe candy while consulting with Dr. Ourian and his staff on beauty treatments. Everyone walked away with two complimentary services (Botox, Restalyne or laser hair removal) - plus a to-die-for goodie bag with a Cleartouch cleansing system and hydration cream!

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Something Happened At The Happ Inn

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It was a Happ-enin' kind of evening for North Shore Yelp Elites and their guests at Northfield's historic Happ Inn. Locally-famous restaurateur, Carlos Nieto, welcomed everyone into his home, and renowned head Chef Freddy Sanchez, also of Taco Nano, gave a guacamole demonstration to prove that anyone can make something so deliciously simple with all the right ingredients. Guests sampled butternut squash soup, tilapia ceviche, a variety of flatbreads, fried shrimp tacos, stuffed mushrooms, homemade guacamole and chips, and there was no forgetting the Prickly Pear pink margaritas made in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Jean, TJ and team kept things running smoothly, and it was an overall Happ-y scene all night long. Read the five-star reviews here and event photos here.

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October 20, 2014

Yelp Elites Livin' La Vita Dolce

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There's absolutely nothing wrong with a little taste of La Vita Dolce, a.k.a. the sweet life, and last Wednesday, Yelp Elites were treated to a spa-tacular evening of it at Dolce Vita Wellness Spa, starting with a chauferred limo ride. Upon arrival Elites were enrobed in the serenity of this beautifully decorated and detailed spa and treated to a delicious array of spa snacks and of course, wine! Scents and sounds added to the atmosphere as they were introduced to the spa and selected their mini treatments, such as facials, foot soaks, and massages, and then escorted into the themed suites to receive their services from the wonderfully skilled staff at Dolce Vita. This truly was a five star experience enjoyed by all, and you can check out the reviews and wonderful photos from Chris Holloman that tell the whole story! 

Thanks to our Sponsors:

Dolce Vita Wellness Spa and Chris Holloman Photography

Yelp's Seven Deadly Sips: SLOTH!

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On Friday night, Yelp Fort Worth celebrated their lazy side in style on the beautiful rooftop terrace of the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel. As the sun set, Yelpers honored their inner "sloth" with signature sloth cocktails – the "Mint to Be" with Dewar's Honey, fresh lime juice, mint leaves, Cointreau, and simple syrup, and the "Paloma" with Repasado Tequila, grapefruit syrup, lime, and club soda. Yelpers were also served colorful appetizers, including spicy shrimp cocktail and bright veggies with dip. To further encourage the "sin of sloth," Yelpers were treated to relaxing chair massages and soothing hand salt scrub demos. Be sure to check out the incredible event photos and reviews!

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Yelp Elites Burn Rubber At NOLA Motorsports Park

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While there were no little turtles waving checkered flags or bananas to be thrown, our Yelp Elites had the best of times battling it out in a Le Mans relay on our very own private track at the NOLA Motorsports Park this past Saturday. Brandi from Bakers Dozen made sure our crew of over 30 Yelp Elites and their guests had some decadent donuts "off the track" before spinning our wheels for an hour, switching off drivers every couple of laps to gain the most times around the track. To keep us fueled, we guzzled local craft soda, Fest Cola, and Red Bull from the Wings Team. Awards were showered upon a handful of teams from the Most Laps & Winner of the Le Mans Relay: "Get Off My Lane", to the Slowest Team (who also won Best Name): "Kiss My Asphalt!" But everyone went home with a little bit of adrenaline left over! Want to drive vicariously through our epic adventures? Check out our tricked out reviews on Yelp and our stellar pics on Flickr!

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Chicagoland Elite Mission: CMP Tactical Laser Tag

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On Thursday night, 40 Chicagoland Yelpers came together to get tactical at CMP Tactical Laser Tag in Frankfort, IL. Yelp Elites and their guests fueled up on delicious pizza and salad from Palermo's, geared up in Yelp schwag and were split into two teams to battle it out. The CMP referees provided Yelpers with gun orienation, multiple tactical missions, team debriefs, and intense laser tag fun. Read all the reviews of the event here and check out the awesome photos on our Flickr page!

 

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Clad In Plaid, Providence Elites Bash At The Beaver!

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LumberjackbashYelp took the edge off a chilly October evening for 75 of Providence's Yelp Elite and their guests with a night of merriment the woodsman way at Yelp's Lumberjack Bash at The Thirsty Beaver. Scrumptious bites, perfectly chilled pumpkin beers, and sweet cocktails warmed everyone up, and a dancing beaver made this a night to remember. Check out the fabulous reviews here and the great photos here

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Greater Toronto Bites Into Octo-BBQ

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October, a month typically filled with beers, giving thanks and a whole lotta spooky behaviour, can seem like it's already jam packed with to-do's! That didn't stop 50 or so Yelp GTA elites from packing into Thornhill's Boneyard Grill recently for a different take on October — one filled with endless BBQ eats! Even Steam Whistle Pilsner showed up to make sure guests had something to sip whilst enjoying their BBQ banquet! Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.

It's The Best Of The 'Ville For Boston Yelpers At Yelp's Somer Love-In!

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Once the little sister city to Cambridge, Somerville has emerged as the destination for gourmands and the green-thumbed, artists and acrobats, musicians and makers, and everyone in between. This Saturday, more than 600 Yelpers joined the Somer Love-In and experienced the best of Somerville's biz, bakers and brass blowers within the gripping walls of Brooklyn Boulders. Aerialists, drum circle dancers and drone cams entertained the masses, while samples from 15 breweries, bars, restaurants and independent artisans kept the palates pleased. Read the five star reviews, check out the event photos and see us at the next one!

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OTP's Homestyle Harvest

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Yelp Elites and guests were right at home at Yelp's Homestyle Harvest, at The Gilbert House in Roswell. Attendees got to sample local artisanal tea blends and alcoholic ice cream, try and take home samples of locally made lip balms, and learn about cup cozies repurposed from old shirts that encourage kindness, in between sipping spiked hot cider and munching candy, decorating pumpkins and making their own smores, and jumping in an enclosed photobooth to capture funny faces of Fall. Read or write reviews, or view photos here! Check out photobooth pics here.. and event photos here!

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October 17, 2014

Nikki's First Burstday at Pinky's Westside Gril Huntersville

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On the first day of Fall, Elites headed north on I-77 for a first birthday party unlike any other. Edamame hummus, white trash sliders and jalapinky's... oh my! Pinky's Westside Grill in Huntersville rolled out an amazing spread of eats, while guests washed it all down with brews from Sierra Nevada and Sailor Jerry craft cocktails. The adventurous braved the slight chill of the new season to square off in some intense Giant Connect Four, cornhole and bear pong matches on the patio. Read all the stellar reviews here and check out the amazing pics from Poprock Photography on our Flickr!

Huge thanks to our sponsors:

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Healthy Eats For Birmingham Elites

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Since they know a good thing when they see it, almost the entire squad came out for Birmingham's Dinner With Zoe's. The menu was filled with hummus, salad, wraps, kabobs, and sinfully wonderful desserts. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.

 

Yelp SF's Fall StrEat Fest Benefit

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In anticipation of Food for Thought 2014, Yelp San Francisco Elites had a private party at SoMa StrEat Food Park to raise awareness (and some funds) for this local non-profit. Did we mention that there werre food truck noms, cider, beer and wine, too? 'Tis true! Nine local food trucks donated hearty portions for those who donated to the cause and we had great beverages to pair with our eats! Our group raised over $600, partied in the private SoMa StrEat Park barn, and watched the San Francisco 49'ers win their Monday night football game. Score! See the photos and read the 5-star reviews

Thank you to our host, SoMa StrEat Food Park for coordinating with their resident food trucks: Bacon Bacon, The Boneyard, Carribean SpicesCountry Grill, Dusty BunsEl Porteno Empanadas, EuroBistros, Lil Burma, Sabor De San Miguel

And thank you to our beverage sponsors: Bluxome Street Winery, Golden State Cider, Hangar24 Craft Brewery, HonestTea

About SoMa StrEat Food Park: SoMa StrEat Food Park is SF's largest permanent food truck space. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, they feature a rotation of 10+ food trucks daily. Visitor perks include covered heated seating, free WiFi, a beer garden, five big screen TVs movie nights and sporting games and a unique setting for the San Francisco community.

San Francisco's Pizza Party at Duboce Park Café

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It's back to school for the kiddos this fall, but for Yelp San Francisco, it was back to "cool" with an adult pizza party at Duboce Park Café! Elites and a guest were invited to check out Duboce Park Café after hours and get a taste of their new handcrafted pizzas alongside adult beverages. 
Plus, as an extra bonus, fellow SF Elites DJ'd the shindig. It's true! Four Yelpers who took part in the October 6 "So You Think You Can DJ" event showed off their skills with the help of their experienced instructor. Between the pizza, pasta, beer, wine and great tunes, it's no surprise this was a 5-star event! See the photos and read the reviews.

Thank you to our sponsors: Duboce Park Café, Washburn Studio DJ School, Fort Point Beer Co. and Portalupi Wine

Don't Stop Awa Dancing!

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Over 40 Yelpers in Tokyo chanted "Yatto-sir yatto, yatto!" while dancing to Awa-Odori tune at Awa Dancing Restaurant "Shinjuku Awaodori". The heavy drum beats that raged inside the restaurant was louder than Typhoon Number 19. Yelpers' hunger from all that dancing was satisfied by delicious sushi, sukiyaki noodles, and of course, all you can drink sake & beer! The night was filled by cultural education, food, entertainment, and Yelper bonding! Check out the event reviews and photos (snapped by by Kanako Maruyama) on our Facebook page!

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October 16, 2014

Mexican Yelpers enjoy exotic pizzas and fine beer on wednesday

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Last night chilango Yelpers gathered in El Estanquillo for a night filled with 2 of life's greatest pleasure: friend-making and pizza noshing! Chef Lalo provided a bottomless array of exotic homemade pies in a variety of flavors.

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Houston Elites First Look At Yellow Rose Distilling

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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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Yelp's Getaway at the #KnottyDeck, Renaissance Arboretum

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Last Friday, the Renaissance Arboretum hosted a perfect party on their beautiful new Knotty Deck. The menu was unbelievable, an array of drinks and appetizers that included aged baked apple Bulleit manhattans, aged Negronis, Stoli Martinis, Smoked Chicken Quesadillas, Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos stuffed with Smoked Brisket, Fish Tacos & BBQ Brisket Sliders. Frost 321 weilded their impressive nitrogen tank and made Fireball ice cream on-premise. 

The real star of the show was the amazing giveaways at the end of the evening. Nights at the Renaissance Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale Harbor Beach, Coronado Island Marriott, Chicago Marriott Downtown, Seattle Marriott, Scottsdale Marriott Suites & 6 round trip SWA tickets. Click through to see the reviews and the pictures from Chad Adams.

 

Elite Event: Singapore Flees Away!

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On Wednesday, over 20 Elite Yelpers and their guests escaped the hustle and bustle of Little India with a soiree at Flee Away Café. Yelpers got to sample their unique ‘Le Char Kuey’ a pairing of Youtiao filled with local flavours like dry laksa and chicken curry. Check out the reviews and see the photos.

Many thanks to Flee Away Café for a wonderful experience! 

October 15, 2014

Yelp's Feeding Frenzy @ The Balloon Fiesta

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Yelp Elites were treated to a feast before the Balloon Fiesta literally launched in Albuquerque. 50+ attendees enjoyed a guided tour of edible partners including Blake's Lotaburger, Rex's Hamburgers, Mario's Pizza, Perico's tacos, as well as some yummy funnel cakes to conclude the evening. After our stomaches were filled, the media tent offered drinks and apps galore. Reviews and photos captured the scene. Up, up and away! Thank you Garrity Group for connecting Yelp with this foodie fest!

Philly Elites Toast To A Good Cause

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On Tuesday night, seventy-five Yelp Elite Squad members participated in a happy hour benefitting the Ronald McDonald House at upscale Indian restaurant Tashan. Elites showed their support by donating money for the "Show Your Stripes" campaign – $490 was collected! Meanwhile, Tashan introduced guests to delicious beverages and hearty tastes from their menu. Check out reviews of the event here and don't forget to browse the photos!

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Drinking Clericot in Rio!

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Last night, the Yelp Elite Squad in Rio de Janeiro received VIP treatment at Leblon's Zee Champanheria. Twenty happy Yelpers got to taste the house's delicious clericot as well as freshly made caipirinhas. The food was also incredibly tasty, with the sesame wrapped cheese being stellar standout. To finish off the night in high spirits, Spa Serra Morena raffled a complimentary two-night stay for one very lucky Elite! Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page

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Atlanta Gold Elites Preview New Fall Menu At FLIP Burger Boutique

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On Tuesday, a large grouping of our Gold Yelp Elites in Atlanta visited the ever-famed FLIP Burger Boutique on Westside. This evening was all about things anew: Brand new cocktails, appetizers, and sliders -- all coming to the Fall menu in just a few short weeks. Of course, you can't finish an evening at FLIP without their famous milkshakes and, of course, we did. Check out all of the reviews here and peruse all of the photos here

Ria Elite Event Perth

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Now open for over a decade, Ria has recently undergone a significant refurbishment and has re-opened as Ria Malay Kitchen with a beautiful new dining room and inspired new menu. Last night 20 Elite Yelpers were treated to the new Ria experience. Check out the reviews and the photos of the stunning new surrounds and delicious food.

Thank you so much to Ria Malay Kitchen for such an exquisite evening.

October 14, 2014

Elite Event: Zymology 21

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Zymology, the process of fermentation. To highlight this delicious area of applied science the San Diego Elite Squad embarked on a field trip to the new Zymology 21 in the Gaslamp Quarter! What did they experience there, you ask? A place where actively fermenting fruits lined the walls, which was accompanied by the finest glasswork of beakers and test tubes. They were able to feast their eyes on cocktails exploding with dry ice and warm coffee boiling on Bunsen burners. Taste buds were ignited with with some crafty creations and a few tasty surprises rolled their way out of the kitchen to eager eyes and willing stomachs. This group of Elites truly had the opportunity to indulge their senses in the splendor of science and allowed all of their wildest hypotheses to come true! Pictures can be found here and as always, all the great event reviews here!

Elite Event: Sparkcycle

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Last Friday night, Sparkcycle and Yelp invited 40 members of the San Diego Yelp Elite Squad to come party on a bike at the Sparkcycle grand opening event. All of the confirmed Elite Yelpers enjoyed a complimentary 45-min class and then were invited to stay for a cocktail party hosted by Sparkcycle, Yelp and Pacific San Diego Magazine with DJ entertainment, hosted cocktails, light bites and an exclusive Yelp and Sparkcycle swag bag. The workout itself was a low-lit, high-energy, dance party environment that got the heart pumping, worked the core and incorporated hand weights for upper body strength. Be sure to check all the high-energy reviews here and peep all of the power-party pictures on the Yelp San Diego Flickr page. 

Yelp's "Sizzle, Swizzle & Swirl" Launch Reception at Ruth's Chris Steak House

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Fifty yelpers came out for Yelp's "Sizzle, Swizzle, and Swirl" Launch Reception at Ruth's Chris Steak House in Knoxville last evening. Attendees were able to sample a formidable spread from Ruth's Chris' happy hour menu and learn more about Ruth Chris' impressive craft cocktails. Sipping on elegant Brown-Forman classic Cosmos and Manattans, Knoxville yelpers were wowed by an array of stunning dishes that included: Beef Tenderloin paired beautifully with horseradish sauce, seared Ahi Tuna, Spicy Lobster Bites, Marinated Tenderloin Steak Skewers, Prime Burgers with Cheese, Crab BLT sandwiches, Zucchini Fries with Remoulade, Sweet Potato Casserole and a beautiful Vegetable & Fruit display. The end of the dazzlingly delicious night was graced with wowing desserts such as rich Cheesecake, Bread Pudding, chocolatey Sin Cakes and Key Lime Tarts. Read on for the event reviews and check out the photos on our Flickr page from James Mayo here.

Thanks to our Sponsors:

Ruth's Chris Steak House and Brown-Forman

 

LA West Elites Play Trivia At The Phoenix

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Fifty LA West Elites came together at the cozy watering hole The Phoenix in Beverly Hills to play trivia and board games eat delicious sliders, steak, frites, salad and cocktails. Tables competed against each other in trivia and the winning Elite took home a gift certificate to the bar. Read all the reviews of the event here and check out all of the photos on Flikr.

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Nickel and Rye Elite Happy Hour

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This 100-person happy hour celebrated the cooled off Fall patio season at one of the newest craft cocktail hideouts in Dallas’ Uptown neighborhood, Nickel & Rye. Guests were invited to “make their own moscow mule” courtesy of Austin, Texas’ Treaty Oak Distilling (Red-Handed Bourbon; Waterloo Gin; Starlite Vodka) and sampled delectable bites including quail wings, lobster quesadillas, barbecue sliders and naan pizza. Missed out? Read up on the reviews... and don't forget to check out the awesome photos taken by super Elite Brian Q.!

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Elites Go Gaucho At Fogo De Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

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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 13, 2014

Sydney Elites Celebrate Fabulous Fermentation at Brasserie Bread

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What a way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon! Yelp’s best & brightest gathered at Brasserie Bread’s beautiful Banksmeadow café for a masterclass on fermentation, cultures and sensory analysis from some of the best in the biz – master baker Matt from Brasserie Bread, Tom from The Red Cow Swiss cheeses, and James from the Hunter Valley’s Oakvale Wines. Guests supped on delicious artisanal food and wine – including a memorable raclette station – as well as gold medal-winning apfelwein cider from family-owned Ciderhaus. Yelpers even walked out the door with their very own sourdough loaf courtesy of Lynne, Sarah and the team at Brasserie Bread. Check out the reviews and photos!

With thanks to our wonderful sponsors Brasserie Bread, The Red Cow, Oakvale Wines, and Ciderhaus. Photos by Sam McMillan.

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SF Elites said "Hello, Fog-tober" at FOG CITY!

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Though we've had the most amazing summer that San Francisco's seen in decades (if not ever!), it's getting to be that time of year. You know, where the days get shorter and the temps dip below 60. And it's when Karl the Fog rolls into the Bay and parks it here for a few months. Elites don't hate, we celebrate! An intimate group of SF Yelpers welcomed the fall season with a swanky happy hour at FOG CITY. Craft cockails were served alongside a creative twist on classic American appetizers while attendees mixed and mingled at this iconic San Francisco spot. 5-stars all-around, plus gorgeous photos to boot!

Thank you to our sponsors: Fog City, No. 209 Gin, Sailor Jerry Rum

About FOG CITY: The original Fog City Diner, which opened in 1985 and closed for renovations in March, has been completely re-imagined by renowned Chef Bruce Hill and its founders, Bill Higgins, and Bill Upson. Maintaining the energy and approachable spirit of the beloved original, FOG CITY offers innovative menus in a sophisticated, warm and open space created by Bay Area architect Michael Guthrie.

Baltimore Celebrates "Yelptober Fest" at Horseshoe Casino!

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Yelptober Fest found fun, food, and festivities at Baltimore's newest and greatest place for fun: Horseshoe Casino! More than 100 Yelp Elites experienced a legendary two-hour, 5-star dine around event, beginning with a Guinness American Blond Lager Reception (the first time anyone in Maryland had even tasted the lager)! From there, groups proceeded to tour the complex, with mouthwatering tastings from the Entertainment Capital of Baltimore's premiere restaurants, including Johnny Sanchez, Guy Fieri's Baltimore Kitchen & Bar, Jack Binion's Steak, Charm City Cakes and 14forty. From mac n' cheese cheeseburger sliders, crazily-concocted tacos, cuts of the finest steaks, and a custom Yelp cake from Charm City cakes, the night was so good, you could taste it! Check the pictures here and reviews here.

A special thanks to Horseshoe CasinoJohnny Sanchez, Guy Fieri's Baltimore Kitchen & Bar, Jack Binion's Steak, Charm City Cakes, 14forty, and Guinness.

October 12, 2014

'Tis The Season Of Craft Beer

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It's time for cozy food and craft beer. Sin City Brewing Co. in Las Vegas invited forty Elites to come in and sample some of their staple beers and a few seasonal delights. After sampling the cornucopia of craft beers, Elites loaded into a high-end shuttle bus with flashing lights, bumping music, and the loud sounds of Daft Punk filling their ears. The bus dropped them off at the Sin City Brewery, where they were taken on a private tour of the brewery and received insight on craft beer brewing. Once the tour ended they headed back to the Sin City tap room, where Metro Pizza surprised them with a barrage of pizza pies. Veggie, meat lovers, and margarita pizzas filled the tables and capped a very tasty and crafty event. Peep out the pics here and relive the experience on the event page

Big Thanks to Sin City Brewing Co., Metro Pizza, Elite Transportation and Digital Guerrilla Inc.

October 10, 2014

Yelp MSP Breaks It Down @ The Cowles Center And Mason's Restaurant Barre!

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On Friday, September 26th, Yelpers began their weekend with a bang by descending on The Cowles Center and Mason's Restaurant Barre to party with some of the Twin Cities’ best businesses and artists. Whether local Yelpers indulged in neo-Indian or traditional Italian, sipped tea infused mixed drinks or beautiful brews, or received makeup consultations or a beat-boxin' show, there were plenty of bites, sips, and fun for all! Not only was the epic Yelp Breaks It Down the hottest party poppin' off that night, but we also raised almost a grand for The Cowles Center’s Distance Learning Program!

Don’t take my word for it, though! Read the rave reviews, see the spectacular photos from the booth and of the party, and witness the awesomeness that is the slow-motion video booth. Thanks to our oustanding sponsors:

Flavor-Bustin’ Bites: Afro Deli, Arezzo Ristorante, Fresh Bar, Hot Indian Foods, Mason’s Restaurant Barre, Olive You, Rosa Mexicano, and Sweet Science Ice Cream.

Soul-Movin’ Sips: Five Watt, Fulton Brewery, Harriet BrewingJoia Soda, Lift Bridge Brewing Company, Tin Whiskers Brewing Co, and Verdant Tea.

Funky Fun: Bryce Davidson, Camille Albane, Carnage The Executioner, DJ Espada, DJ Tyrone, House Of Dance Twin Cities, FutureLabsMax Martin Shoes, Narrate Studios, and The Lime Booth.

Special thanks to Dana and Randy and Lucas and Emily from The Cowles Center and Mason's Restaurant Barre, respectively. 

Yelp Boise's Launch Event at Smashburger

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Last Tuesday - Yelpers gathered at Smashburger in Meridian for an incredible five-star Smashburger and Payette Brewing pairing. Guests were able to sample 8 very diferent mouth-watering Smashburgers including popular favorites such as the Truffle Mushroom Swiss Burger with sauteed crimi mushrooms topped with swiss cheese and truffle mayo  and a lighter Spinach, Cucumber and Goat Cheese Chicken burger. Each delicious burger was served with a sample of one of Payette's cold brews. Munching on crisp sweet potato fries and Smashfrites lightly topped with rosemary and garlic - Boise yelpers laughed and talked amongst each other. The night ended with delicious cold Häagen-Dazs shakes and warm smiles. Read on for the event reviews and check out the photos on our Flickr page from Carrie Hampton here.

Big thanks to our sponsors:

Smashburger, Carrie Hampton, and Payette Brewing

Richmond's Evening In Italy At Carrabba's

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On Wednesday evening, Richmond Elites enjoyed an incredible multi-course sampling at the newly remodeled Carrabba’s in Midlothian. The gorgeous space boasts exposed brick and a romantic vibe, and from the moment guests arrived, bites and beverages were flowing. Three flavors of sangria awaited Elites at each seat and the royal treatment continued throughout the evening. We enjoyed a variety of savory favorites like Calamari, Mahi Wulfe, and Prosciutto-wrapped Pork Tenderloin, and ended the sampling on a sweet note with not one, but two desserts! A few lucky winners took home prize packs and gift cards, while everyone received spice packets and wine keys. Relive the fun or check out what you missed by reading the reviews or peeping the pics.

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Chicago 'Burbs Taqueria Tasting at CiNe

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On Wednesday night, nearly 50 Chicagoland Yelpers came together to enjoy an evening of Latin flavor and eclectic scenery at CiNe, located in the historic downtown Hinsdale. In addition to collecting Yelp schwag and indulging in refreshing margaritas and sangria, Yelp Elites and their guests sampled a handful of CiNe's delicious menu items including Avocado Fries, Baby Scallop, Shrimp, and White Fish Ceviche, Vegetarian Queso Fundito, and Mini Tinga Tostadas. Read all the reviews of the event here and check out the fabulous photos on Flickr!

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San Antonio's Elite Urban Patio Party

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Monday night, San Antonio Elites gathered to sip frosty Yelparitas, taste upscale Mexican snacks, and enjoy a break from the hot Texas sun. The Urban Taco patio was the perfect scene for a relaxed evening with an intimate group of Elite friends. Read and add your review here, and check out the fantastic photos on Flickr

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Roma - Meet the new CM party

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A new community manager for Rome!
Salvatore aka Thore introduced himself to the Yelpers last night! 
The Anticafé was the venue of the event, it's a café but also a coworking space where you can go paying for your time spent there and having food, drink and wi-fi free. 
During the party fantastic live jazz music and good food provided by a local bakery but the real protagonist of the night was the craft beer, great passion of the new CM, offered by Jungle Juice Brewing a roman beer firm. 
Beautiful atmosphere e a lot of very glad Yelpers met the new Community Manager.
If you want enjoy again the party you can take a look of the pictures or read the reviews!

 

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Le Club des Yelpeurs Testeurs Lyonnais : édition spéciale Cookies !

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En un pluvieux jeudi soir, quoi de mieux qu'un rendez-vous dans une galerie d'art et café toute neuve de la Presqu'Ile, la Galerie SLIKA, pour déguster la crème de la crème du cookie lyonnais, n'est-ce pas ?

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15 heureux Yelpeurs étaient au rendez-vous, pour affronter 15 assiettes remplis de cookies.

Au programme : les cookies de Konditori, Laureline's Corner, la Boulangerie Saint-Marc, Café Marmot,  Mes Gourmaudises, Dorodi Pastry, Piece of Cake / la Bicycletterie, Kayser, Kitchen Café, Anaïs Cookie (vendu notamment au Crock'n'roll), Tralala, Candy Cookie Boulevard, Perroudon, mais aussi deux pièges avec les cookies vendus en grande surface de Peperridge Farm et de Michel & Augustin.

Avec bonne humeur mais aussi beaucoup de sérieux, les 15 Yelpeurs Testeurs accompagnés de Jérémie, galeriste et barista de SLIKA, tournent autour des cookies, les comparent, les évaluent, d'abord à l'apparence puis au goût et enfin au rapport qualité-prix.

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Le testing donnera lieu à 15 "Top 3" de Yelpeurs Testeurs, que vous pouvez retrouver dès maintenant pour les plus rapides sur la fiche de la soirée sur Yelp ! Le débat a été houleux sur certains cookies, notés par certains comme les meilleurs et par d'autres comme les pires, mais une fois les résultats consolidés, le verdict est sans appel et 5 cookies se démarquent tout particulièrement.

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Vous êtes prêts ?!

Voici le verdict de cette première édition du Club des Yelpeurs Testeurs Lyonnais, spéciale Cookies !

1er - Le cookie du Café Marmot

2ème - Mes Gourmaudises (véritable outsider, qui nous avait été recommandé par un Yelpeur qui a très bien fait !)

3ème - Konditori (cookies réalisés par la seule et unique Guillemette et vendus notamment chez Slika !)

4ème - Dorodi Pastry

5ème - Piece of Cake (vendu notamment chez #Nam et à la Bicycletterie)

A noter que Dorodi Pastry réalise l'exploit d'apparaître sur 10 podiums différents, tout comme le cookie du Café Marmot, grand gagnant plutôt inattendu !

Par respect pour tous les cookies (car le cookie, c'est la vie, rappelons-le !), nous ne citerons pas ici l'intégralité du classement, certains cookies pouvant avoir souffert du transport, de la pluie, etc.

On remet ça bientôt pour la Revanche des Cookies ??!

Merci pour son accueil à Jérémie de SLIKA - une galerie-café à découvrir de toute urgence, au 37 rue des Remparts d'Ainay (Lyon 2ème)

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October 09, 2014

Yelp's Passport To Newport

Posted by Stephanie

Yelp-newport-163-51471111On October 7th, three hundred and fifty Yelpers gathered in the Newport neighborhood in Jersey City for a restaurant crawl like none other. Each guest was armed with a passport and a map and sent off in groups to explore. Treated to complimentary light bites and cocktails at each stop, Yelpers truly got an exclusive taste of Newport. Read all about the event from the reviews themselves here and make sure to check out all the event photo's here and here.

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NC Triangle Yelp Gets Groovy at Tijuana Flats

Posted by Lauryn

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This event sure was groovy! Tijuana Flats hosted elites and their guests for a funky gathering on the beautiful patio at the Parkside location in Cary. Dressed in their best 60s attire everyone filled the tables decorated with fun swag, tattoos, friendship bracelets, and face-painting kits.  Elites were treated to a fabulous six course dinner starting the evening with a trio of dips and chips. Homemade guac, salsa and queso was followed by atom bombs, chicken tacos (including a special pink taco to support breast cancer research #TijuanaPink), beef burritos, flautas and some churros for dessert. Sipping on draft beers, wine, and their signature sangria the choices were plentiful.  All this free "love" and food made for a peaceful night sleep for these Yelpers. Check out these cool pics on Facebook, Flickr, and the five star reviews here!

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Yelp Went Up Market & We Liked It!

Posted by Emily C

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Yelp went Up Market with Irish Village Markets in the month of September; and so the theme of October seems to be one of loosened belts and elasticated waists after the gastromical treats that were consumed. Gourmet burgers, raclette, Thai and Indian curries, sustainable fish, fresh pasta, cupcakes, cookies and way way more. More than any man should consume in one sitting. Thanks be to the great puppet Bosco that the markets are open every week except the Christmas holidays so we can go back at our own pace and try one cuisine per week! If you are sick of your usual lunch fodder, we suggest locating your nearest Irish Village Market and hotfooting it there. There are nine altogether, so there's seriously no excuse!

 

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Dinner Between The Sharks Aquatopia Antwerp

Posted by Maud

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We were invited on Wednesday for a big tour and dinner between the sharks at Aquatopia, our biggest fish aquarium in Antwerp, across the Central Station. Aquatopia is a beautiful aquarium in the centre of Antwerp. In the tropical heat we discovered snakes, lizards, nemo fish, sharks, piranha's and turtle's. Thanks to Aquatopia we had an amazing experience were we could even feed the sharks. Would you like to read more about this event? Check our reviews here, and look at the amazing pictures on our Flickr page. Aquatopia Antwerp is the place to be for a delightful morning or afternoon with tour partner, kids or family.

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Flugwettbewerb im iPILOT Flugsimulator & exklusive Airport-Tour

Posted by Verena

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Ready for take off ... The Munich Elite was taking off several times in the iPILOT flight simulator in Munich’s airport. Our flying teacher Johannes Spiegel taught us with absolute tranquility and professionalism how to fly an aircraft in the simulator. Thanks to his help each of us has landed more or less gently back in Munich and the best pilots got a prize! In addition to our first flight and landing experiences, we had an exclusive airport tour, where we got imposing insights into all operations on the runway. All reviews for the event can be found here, also check the pics of our flights here ! A huge thank you to Anna & Rebecca from iPILOT for the great event organization and to Johannes for the impressive support in the cockpit! Attila E. sums it up: "Above all, I now know that the increase of multitasking is called a pilot."

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October 08, 2014

Fan-tastic Times In Honolulu At Surrender Bar

Posted by Emi H

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Who says you can't have the best of both worlds? Sports fan rejoice over the delectable bites and big screen madness at Surrender Bar & Grill! Last night, 100+ Yelp Elites and their +1s donned their fave team apparel to eat, drink and karaoke with new and old friends. Yelpers were treated to a cold bar filled with poke and cerviche, hot samplings of gourmet chicken wings, fancy sliders, deep fried shrimp and oysters rockefeller! Home run? Touch down? Goooaaaal! Take your pick, everyone's a winner! Check out the photos, and 5-star reviews of the party!

The West Side Bazaar - Huge Multicultural Asset

Posted by Alex L

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If you've ever wanted to taste or experience other cultures and are still saving up for your trip abroad, have no fear! The West Side Bazaar is Buffalo's own little cultural mecca of food, clothes, gifts and overall awesomeness. Last week, Yelpers tasted just how authentic, variable and flavorful the food is. They explored the various wares and gift items you could purchase in the other half of the merchandise store and came away with a very positive impression. The West Side Bazaar is an organization that empowers refugee entrepreneurs to start their own businesses and supports and incubates them. What does this mean for us? Delicious, beautiful products. Check out the great pics here and live vicariously through our lucky Elites' reviews here!

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Meet the CM Frankfurt Céline has arrived!

Posted by Céline W.

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On Tuesday night, 17 Yelpers got together at Konak Restaurant to celebrate the new CM of Frankfurt, Céline. The attendants got to taste some of the best Turkish cuisine in town, according to Céline's mother - and you know it has to be true when a Turkish mom says so! Some Elites met each other for the first time offline and the Yelp petit fours were definitely a great treat that surprised everyone! The Yelpy mood was in full effect with lots of photo-taking and being rewarded with surprises. Read all the reviews and have a look at the stunning photos made by Corrado S. on the Flickr page. 

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October 07, 2014

North SD Yelp Elites Experience Abnormal At The Cork And Craft

Posted by Trish

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Yelp Elite in North SD were treated to a party hosted at the stunning Abnormal Company Inc. and got to experience the expanded space. It's evolved from their original 1,500sqf craft winery to a 5,000sqf winery, brewery and restaurant all in one location. Its open interior space allowed us to see everything they do: produce wine, beer and highly refined culinary creations.

Yelp North SD + Abnormal Wine Co + Abnormal Beer Co + The new restaurant, The Cork And Craft, were so pleased to have combined forces to present the new remodel and menu! Surrounded by decor that seamlessly blended the modern and the rustic, we experienced another well designed mixture: that of haute cuisine and comfort food.

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