February 09, 2016

Miami Goes Monet at Bottle & Bottega

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What happens when you mix Miami Elites, mimosas, and lots of paint? Masterpieces, of course! Last Saturday, 50 Yelpers were invited to brunch on bagels and unleash their inner Picasso at Bottle & Bottega. With the excellent staff as a trustworthy guide, everyone put their own spin on the Yelp burst and the results were certainly impressive! Check out the photos here and read the five star reviews here

Special thanks to Onyx Lopez (Instagram: @wantsomeoj) for the photos!  

Yelp Elite Event - Yelp Loves....Bodega

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Last night 30 Birmingham Elites headed down to the amazing Bodega Cantina, a South American restaurant right in the centre of Birmingham. On arrival Elites were treated to cocktails and nachos before taking part in a full tequila and south american beer tasting hosted by the restaurant's bar manager Marcel. Elites were given not only the origins of tequila and the history of the drink but also full details on the different types of the spirit that are available and the differences in flavor each provides. To finish the evening we had burritos and street food served with fresh guacamole and salsa while finishing off our drinks and having a catch up on the evening's proceedings.

A night to remember! Thanks to the team at Bodega for their amazing hospitality! Have a look at what went on and the pictures taken by our Yelpers here

February 08, 2016

Yelp's Holiday Hangover 2016

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Yelp's fourth annual Holiday Hangover aboard the Hornblower Infinity set sail this past Saturday along the shores of the Hudson River. On a mild, star-crossed evening in New York, it was the perfect backdrop to celebrate local business. With 25 food sponsors, open bar courtesy of Campari America and Bronx Brewery, and plenty of other bells and whistles, it was easily the best event we've experienced yet in the history of the series. And best of all, we raised thousands of dollars for our charitable partner, TriBeCa's Stupid Cancer. For pictures of the event, click here. Check out reviews of the event here

Big ups to all of the participants that made the event a huge success: Between The Bread | Chickpea | City Cakes | COLORS | Coppelia | DOUGH | Ground Central | Lolo's Seafood Shack | Oficina Latina | Oficina 1000Miglia | Otto's Tacos | Patacon Pisao | Pokéworks | Royal Munkey | Sticky's Finger Joint | Tea and Milk | The Masalawala | Toloache | Vosges Haut Chocolat | Pretzel Crisps | barkTHINS | KIND Snacks | Krave Jerky | Monster Energy | Harmless Harvest | Anthony Fuscaldo Jazz | Candy Twisted Balloons | DJ Darnell Justin | DJ Kev G | Eric W. Brown Magic | House of Yes | Pendulum People | Spa Envy | StelnikArt Soireé | Waiting to Inhale oxygen bar

Fort Wayne Is Sippin' On Yin & Juice

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Hosted by Tessa Garner, Yelp Fort Wayne Community Ambassador

Over twenty Yelpers successfully sweated out 2015 during Yin & Juice on Saturday, January 23, at Beet Street Juicery. Kristy Schaefer, owner of The West Central Studio, led the intro to yoga basics classes. The classes were held in Beet Street’s Satori Room. This space is open to the whole community. If you need a break from this crazy world, you can peacefully use the space to reconnect your mind and body. Heck ya!

Yelpers enjoyed juice samplings of Beet Street's most popular juices: Nomaste, Beet Life, and Green Jeans. Sherina Collier, the mastermind behind this awesome juice bar/community space, cooked up some delicious black bean brownies and spinach muffins. Sherina shared her story on the journey to opening Beet Street, the inspiration—her father’s battle with cancer. His smile hangs front and center in the Beet Street lounge.

Beet Street uses regional organic fruit and vegetable suppliers and local when possible. They offer an array of superfoods to add to any menu item or juice. Each juice is made fresh when you order. What’s the coolest part about Beet Street? Their glasses are to die for. Each juice is served in a glass Beet Street jar meant for you to take home and reuse on your next visit. Extra points for eco-friendly!

Check out the beautiful photos snapped by Brian Till Photography here!

Phoenix Elite Event: We're On A Boat! At Bluewater Grill

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BW Collage2 On Thursday, February 4th, Phoenix Elites were treated to a decadent 5-Course Seafood & Wine pairing menu at Bluewater Grill-Phoenix. It is safe to say that all expectations were surpassed. Elites were greeted with a cocktail and then indulged in some of the freshest seafood in the Valley. Some highlights from the delicious 5-Course menu include: New England Clam Chowder, Butternut Squash and Curry Brulee Scallops over Celery Root Puree, Charred Chula Tuna with Brown Butter Brussels' and Golden Heirloom Tomatoes, Raspberry Sorbet with Caramel Dust, Roasted Barramundi with Poblano Mango Chutney, Arugula Chiffonade, and Pesto, Chula Swordfish with Shiitake Mushroom, Sweet Peppers, and Pineapple Teriyaki Drizzle, Black Cherry Maple Creme Brulee, and last but certainly not least, Razzcranberry Pecan Bread Pudding with Smokey Whiskey Sauce. Each course was paired with a phenomenal wine provided by The Estates Group. Is your mouth watering yet? Relive this 5-Star experience by reading the reviews and viewing the photos

A BIG thank you to Jeff, Chef Jamie, and the World-Class Bluewater Grill team for hosting us! Another huge thank you to Lindsey Ashmore from The Estates Group, A Young's Market Company for providing and describing the delicious wine pairings for each course and to Mike B. for capturing this foodie experience. 

60's night for 50 Elites and 50 Bounty Lovers in Valencia

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50 Elites and 50 New Yelpers all dressed up for a 60’s party night, 12 great local businesses, millions of laughs, a 50th anniversary… We could be counting much more things around: wine cocktails, games, pics, hot dogs, beers, even Reiki sessions! Bounty Valencia is the first night club in Valencia since 1956 and 100 Yelpers celebrated and danced the 2016 Elite badges in such great venue while welcoming 50 new folks to the Yelp family. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos of Maje Aliaga on the Flickr page.

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February 07, 2016

Elite Voices In Hampton Roads

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Seriously, who doesn’t love to sing? Last week, Yelp Elites were treated to a night of music at the newly opened Amplitude Karaoke in Virginia Beach. The headlining act? The Yelp Hampton Roads Elite Squad! The night started off with food samplings and ended with talented members of our Elite Squad on the mic. 

Watch the video and you’ll see we’re more than just good writers and photographers. Sure, we had a blast but don’t count on us debuting a music video or iTunes hit anytime soon. But hey, when you’re a Yelp Elite and we get to be superstars for the night, we party hard! Read about all the fun and if you want to take your shower singing skills to the next level, book a private karaoke room at Amplitude. As always, thank you to Jason Hillian of All You Photo for joining in on all the fun!

February 05, 2016

Pendergast Bash at Tom's Town Distillery

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KC Elites whispered the password into this super-secret speakeasy party and were taken back to a time when spirits, money and jazz flowed like fountains and political boss Tom Pendergast ran the show. The new Tom's Town Distillery is full of that 1920's KC charm, warm atmosphere and of course, superb cocktails with vodka and gin distilled on site. An impressive spread of small plates made their way around while Elites earned their next cocktail by boning up on some Pendergast era history. Check out what all the guys and dolls are saying about it here, and be sure to look at all the fantastic photos!

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Louisville Elites Run Away And Join The Circus

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Fun fact: Louisville has its very own circus and circus gym, which offers classes! The first Louisville Turners Circus was held in 1941, displaying gymnastic skills of Turner members of all ages. That circus tradition continues with a new circus each March. And roughly 60 Yelp Louisville Elite Squad members and guests were invited into Turners' gym last week to learn feats of circus daring, including the trapeze, lyra, aerial silks, swinging ladders, walking globe and juggling. Plus, along with circus fun, the squad enjoyed generous ice cream samples from Bernoulli Small Batch Ice Cream, and they were the first to try Hawaiian hotdogs from the Ula Ula Hawaiian Hotdog Co., the new food cart concept from Red Top Gourmet Hotdogs. This hot-dog style is getting big out West, and Ula Ula is the first to bring it to this area. Check out the reviews, photos by photographer Maggie Huber and slideshow

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Rock N’ Flow At LiFE Yoga Center

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On a Saturday morning, Manila’s Elites came out with yoga mats in hand for a 45 minute Rock N' Flow Yoga class at LiFE Yoga Center in Bonifacio Global City. Our fabulous instructor, Noelle, taught these yogi newbies a flow sequence that was easy to follow yet challenging at the same time. Afterwards, Yelpers were served new dishes from Vibe Cafe which is found inside the center. It was excellent to try something new and enjoy some healthy alternatives than our beloved burgers. A huge thank you to the LiFE Yoga Center team for an amazing insight into the world of Yoga! If you want to see what you missed, check out the reviews here, and the great photos snapped by Kenneth Manueli on our Flickr page!

February 04, 2016

Tampa Bay's Mr. And Mrs. GrillSmith IV

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Ah, February in Florida. Doesn't get much better than taking advantage of Tampa Bay's fabulous winter temperatures! That is exactly what the Elite Squad did on Tuesday, February 2nd, as GrillSmith hosted a lovely evening al fresco! Guests dined on savory appetizers including Tuscan Bruschetta, Filet Tip Eggrolls, Spicy Thai Shrimp, and Ahi Tuna Nacho Tostadas! Delightful drinks washed down these delicious dishes, and dessert gave the evening a sweet finish. Learn more about this fantastic event! Read all of the reviews of the event here and flip through all the beautiful photos on the Flickr page.

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Gelista Icecream Creations!

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On Thursday 4 February 2016 the Adelaide Yelp Elites were invited to Gelista Factory for icecream creations.

Gelista is a unique artisan style, handmade gelato which is produced in small batches, using batch freezing technology ensuring a consistently creamy texture. Their milk and fruit base range, developed in conjunction with some of Australia’s leading chefs is a true celebration of icecream flavours. 

We learnt how special Gelista is to South Australia by supporting other businesses in sourcing as many ingredients locally. And boy could you taste the difference! Icecream could not get any more fresher than this. You can definitely taste the difference in quality of ingredients. 

We were very fortunate enough to vote and choose to make our very own Yelpy flavour! And what did we choose? In true Yelper style and wanting to trying something new and wonderful, we decided to make Bacon and Maple Gelato with Pretzels! Oh yeah, couldn’t get much better than that!

What did it taste like? Well, you will have to read all the fun and excitement at this party of epic proportions in our reviews and check out our photos.

A big thank you to our sponsor for the night:

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Smakdomarna Yelp Stockholm: Stockholms bästa semla 2016

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Vem har Stockholms godaste semla 2016? Den frågan ställde sig Yelp Stockholms smakdomare och bestämde sig för att testa så många som möjligt för att få svaret.

Torsdagen den 4e februari samlades 27 Yelp-skribenter på HTL Kungsgatan och tillsammans testade de sig igenom semlor från 24 ställen. De 24 ställena valdes ut genom personliga preferenser, bagerier som tidigare fått utmärkelsen, bagerier vars semlor det pratas om och ett par bubblare.

Det var en gräddig historia när smakdomarna bedömde semlorna utifrån utseende, kvalitet, smak och totalt betyg mellan 1-5. Det var tätt både i toppen och i botten.

Vinnaren Konditorn & Bagarn fick 4,11 av 5 möjliga och tvåan Konditori Droppen fick 4,09. På tredje plats hamnade Magnus Johansson på 3,86 poäng.

Testresultatet räknades ut genom totalt antal poäng och sedan delades det på antalet personer som bedömt semlan. Inte alla orkade testa 24 semlor...

Titta på bilderna och läs recensionerna. Nästa utmaning för Smakdomarna blir i slutet av mars och då är det tårta som står på agendan för att fira att Yelp Stockholm fyller 4 år. Räkna med stora mängder cava att skölja ner tårtan med. 

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Här är listan på de 24 testade semlorna i rangordning.

Konditorn & Bagarn

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Magnus Johansson bageri & konditori

Stinas Bageri

Finess Konditori

NK Bröd

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Bröd & Salt

Grillska Husets Brödbod

Lindebergs bageri & konditori

Green Rabbit

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7-Eleven (klassisk semla)

7-Eleven Chokladcroissantsemla 

Gunnarsons Specialkonditori

Haga Tårtcompani

Wienercaféet (hemlan)

Prince Philosopher (candy semla)

Brillobagarn - Taverna Brillo

Prince Philosopher (klassisk)

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Vivels

Borgs Bageri

 

Nyfiken på Stockholms godaste lussekatt

 

Tulsa Tastes Sake!

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On Thursday, January 28 Tulsa Yelp Elites were sake'd with some stellar... sake! The family owned and operated Ranch Acres Wine hosted with Thirst Wine leading the tasting. All the killer stops were rolled out for an ace evening. Sake, sushi and new knowledge? That totally equals powerful fun. Relive all of the memories from the event with reviews here and find a photo for your keepsake locket here. Cheers!

Thanks To Our Sponsors:

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Sonoritas Prime Tacos

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This past Tuesday, LA West Elites sipped and savored at Sonoritas Prime Tacos.  Starters included guacamole and an assortment of salsas made from scratch, and grilled corn on the cob with chipotle mayo and cotija cheese - Mexican Street Corn done right!  The main course exhibited a sampler of Sonoritas prime tacos - BBQ Rib, Al Pastor, Veggie, and tender, juicy Carne Asada.  For dessert, yelpers enjoyed a sweet duo of Mexican Flan and anything but ordinary Red Velvet Churros with vanilla ice cream, all the while sipping on signature cheladas, agua frescas, and horchata.

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CO x Yelp : Bonne année les Elites !

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La toute première soirée Yelp Elite de l’année a eu lieu chez CO. Un espace multiple. A la fois restaurant aux accents british, bar à cocktails pratiquant le foodtail à merveille, lieu d’exposition, pépinière de jeunes artistes, maison de couture, ou même espace de coworking…

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Chez CO on s’entre-aide, on fait de belles rencontres. Une adresse nichée dans le Nord 18e, portée admirablement par Isabelle et Bruno depuis quelques mois.

En ce lundi froid de janvier, une cinquantaine de Yelpeurs Elites ont eu de quoi à réchauffer corps et coeurs.

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Pairing food & cocktail avec Loic, alors qu’en cuisine on s’affaire pour présenter les tempura d’aubergine au miel, les sandwichs au concombre, le délicieux saumon fumé, la tortilla…

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Pour finir avec deux bûches de citron meringuées géantes et des guimauves maison yuzu et barbapapa...

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Un immense MERCI à tous les acteurs de cette belle et 1ère soirée Elite de l'année :

Isabelle et Bruno, pour leur accueil ultra chaleureux.

Loïc, pour les cocktails déments et les belles associations en cuisine.

Arnaud et Emmanuel, pour le moment piano / bar, la visite de la Maison de Couture Arnaud Lazérat au sous-sol.

Nadia pour avoir partagé avec chacun son talent à travers cette exposition.

A Sébastien Bonnabel et Clémence Demesme, pour la présentation de leur pièce de théâtre immersif Tout contre. Tickets disponibles ici.

Pour tout savoir sur cet événement cliquez ici et retrouvez l’album photo de la soirée par .

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The very first Yelp Elite event of the year took place at CO. A place with multiple aspects : at the same time : a restaurant with British accents, a cocktail bar practising the art of foodtail marvelously, an art gallery, a space for young artists, a fashion house, or even a coworking space…

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A spot nested in the North of the 18th, carried admirably by Isabelle and Bruno since a few months.

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In this cold Monday of January, fifty Elite members were expected to warm bodies and hearts.

While Loic was pairing the cocktail with the food, the Chef, in the kitchen brought the delicious eggplant’s tempura with honey, the cucumber sandwiches, the perfect smoked salmon…

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And finished this amazing dinner party with giant lemon meringued pies and home made marshmallows…

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HUGE THANKS TO all the actors of this beautiful and 1st Elite event of the year:

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Isabelle and Bruno, for their ultra warm welcome.

Loïc, for the cocktails and the beautiful associations in cooking.

Arnaud and Emmanuel, for the moment piano/bar, the visit of the Fashion house in the basement : Arnaud Lazérat.

Nadia, to have shared with each Yelper her talent through this exhibition.

Sébastien Bonnabel and Clémence Demesme, for the presentation of their play “Tout Contre”. Available tickets here.

Find out more about this event by clicking here for the reviews and there for the photos.

 

Photos : Kym Nguyen Photography

February 03, 2016

Hampton Roads Elites get a Home-cooked Meal from Ddeb's

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On Sunday evening, our friends at Ddeb’s - A Taste of Home, treated us to a special homemade Sunday dinner! Sweet, intimate, and fun. We laughed, we drank, we ate… everything from sausage wonton bites to she crab soup, beef stroganoff and chicken and dumplings. Ddeb’s owner, Debbie Toth, truly made us feel like we were at home. Really, who doesn’t love an amazing home-cooked meal? When you go to Ddeb’s, it really is ‘A Taste of Home’.

Check out all the fun we had and plan your next home-cooked meal at Ddeb’s! Thank you to Jason Hillian with All You Photo for all the food and fun pics!

Richmond Elites Spread Love At Julep's

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Last Monday, Yelp Richmond held our first Elite Event of the year, and it was all about mixing things up in 2016! Our host for the evening was Julep’s, a local bar and restaurant known for their craft cocktails and “new southern cuisine.” The Yelpers mingled in the restaurant’s private back dining room where they noshed on appetizers and watched the bartender mix up champagne mint juleps. The chefs also assembled plates their famous shrimp and grits for the Elites to sample.

Between sips of their fizzy cocktails, the Elites crafted Valentine’s Day cards to be delivered to their favorite local restaurant. The event also featured a “Make Your Own Trail Mix" bar for a take-home treat. To read reviews or to hear more about the event, click here

A Late Night Affair at Maynards Market & Kitchen

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Meet #MaynardsLateNight– the perfect weekend fusion of curated local music, delectables eats, and craft drinks. Take a seat inside the gorgeous dining room or post up on the patio of the historic Tucson train depot and enjoy the energy of downtown Tucson. Last Friday night, close to 50 Tucson Yelpers had the chance to get familiar with the full experience first hand. The culinary team wowed with a food and drink tasting that was both eclectic and exotic. This group of foodies was also privy to a sneak peek of the new Gastro Night program Maynards Market & Kitchen plans to roll out soon. Does Smoked Beef Tongue with a 60 minute egg croquette on local Barrio Bread Crostini pique your interest? All this paired with entertainment by Tucson John and DJ DesertDeer on the beautifully illuminated patio made for a truly memorable late night experience.

Click here to scope pictures of the event.  Click here to read the 5-star reviews.

 

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Yelp's Snowy Sleepover in Portland, ME

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For our February Elite Event we harkened back to the days of our youth and recreated an old-fashioned slumber party at Yelp's Snowy Sleepover at the Holiday Inn By The Bay in Portland, ME.

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Brooklyn Goes Nuts Over Manila Social Club!

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Allow me to start by quoting Rob W: "What a special place the Manila Social Club is." I'm not going to call it a restaurant. There's a reason Chef Bjorn DelaCruz and his family dubbed this fantastic Filipino spot a "social club," because it's much more than that. Yes, you can get absolutely delicious food here, but it's also an extension of their home. It's a place where the neighborhood can gather and eat and drink (fantastic bourbon cocktails courtesy of Buffalo Trace) and hang out...and on Monday night they invited out the best of Brooklyn Yelp to do just that. Samuel, Toki and the rest of the staff do a seamless job of blending hospitality with hip-hop sensibilities, and unlike Kanye, they are lettin' EVERYONE in their family business. Read on for more of the fun, including the reviews and the photos!

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February 02, 2016

San Antonio: Yelp and Country

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Cause y’all know we're from Texas, and we know how to get our country on! That is why we decided to kick off 2016 with a family friendly official Yelp event at Cowboys Dancehall. All of our Yelpers got the chance to enjoy Professional Bull Riding, complimentary drinks, food, mechanical bull rides, and a private sitting area to watch the show!

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To start the night, we invited everyone to join us at the second floor of the venue, were we had prepared a delicious buffet catered by Furr’s Fresh Buffet, which included different appetizers from chicken strips, sliders and nachos! 

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The evening was followed by an amazing two-part tournament of Professional Bull Riding, were everyone got to experience the adrenaline and rush of a real PBR show! During this time, our Yelp families also had the chance to become real Cowboys for a night, and test their 8 seconds with a mechanical bull.

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After the tournament, everyone got the chance to enjoy of live country music and dance to some good ‘ol two step! We really have to thank all of the staff from Cowboys Dancehall for helping us with this unique family friendly experience for our Yelpers in San Antonio. This event was definitely a true Texas experience for everyone!

It was an awesome event overall but don’t take our word for it!

Check out the awesome reviews and user uploaded photos here.

Special thank you to our sponsors for an amazing night and Noah Acevedo for the amazing photos!

Professional Photos here!

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LA East Elites, Ice Cream, And Jeni From Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream

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Last Thursday, LA East Elites strolled into the Loz Feliz Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream for a short, but sweet evening of ice cream goodness. Greeted by owner, Jeni, and her fabulous team, Elites were welcomed to sample away at all their classic flavors as well as their new American Licks series. With full servings and smiling faces, Elites were also invited to fill out complimentary postcards to send to other ice cream loving folks, to later be mailed by Jeni's. Care to see or hear more? Check out the reviews here.

Epic Burgers & Amazing Service at Inferno Grill

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Sydney Burger Passport kicked off at Inferno Grill & Cafe in Maroubra, an eatery famous for "The Clucking Pig", a southern fried chicken burger with slaw, bacon, chilli and aoli. Owners and brothers Anthony and Michael are two of the friendliest, most hospitable gents you're ever likely to meet, and like to get creative with their burger menu – Yelpers tried their limited edition The Super Trooper, which is laced with double Aunt Jemima maple glazed canadian Bacon, and the hilariously named Donald McRonald AKA a Big Mac on steroids, along with addictive crunchy fried and onion rings and house-made garlic aoli and chilli sauce. This place is a true triple threat – amazing food, super service, a family friendly atmosphere, and excellent prices. Wait, that's a quadruple threat. Even better! Special thanks to the team at INFERNO GRILL & CAFE and our event partners, the legends at OMPTY.com. Check out the PHOTOS and the REVIEWS!

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Portland Flexes Their Mussels At North 45

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2016 has started out strong for Portland Elite Squad, thanks to Yelp's Mussels & Brussels host North 45. The travel-themed pub opened their covered and heated patio to 80 Elites, preparing selections from their menu of mussels, all inspired by the owners' world travels! Rounding out the meal were delicious fries, green beans and the most decadent mac and cheese in all the Alphabet District! The perfect pairing to AYCE moules frites? Complimentary pours of Space Cadet, 10 Barrel Brewing's limited-release Belgian-style peach saison. As the evening began to wind down, North 45 surprised each guest with a mystery gift certificate worth up to $50 on their next visit, and both our host and beer sponsor raffled off gift packages for extra-lucky guests! Whether they wanted to enjoy smoked ribs and meet local brewers at the Thursday-night Brew Hog events or simply try more of the menu of mussels, everybody agreed: they couldn't wait for their next visit to North 45! Want to hear more? Read the reviews from real Yelp Elites! 

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Edinburgh's January Re-Cap

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As we look back at a jam-packed January, one of the shining points has to be the epic Return of Team Ninja Elite Event at Harry's Bar & Grill. What a superb spot to announce Yelp's Year of Giving Back and celebrate alongside the new 2016 Elite Squad! From decadent nibbles to great craft beer c/o Alechemy Brewing, it was the perfect start to the 2016 season. Plus, we're still dreaming about that chocolate old fashioned! Read the five star reviews here and take a peek at the photos here.

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A Colorful Saturday For Rio Street Art Tour Guests!

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It was quite the colorful Saturday for carioca Elites, who were taken on a tour to see some of Rio's most interesting graffiti murals. Our hosts were Nina, founder of Rio Street Art Tour, and Cazé, the artist behind Barbudinho, one of Rio's streets most well known characters. The highlight of the tour was the visit to Ladeira do Castro, the city's first graffiti alley, where several artists have been showcasing their art - and where Cazé painted Yelp's own Barbudinho for the lucky guests! To finish this lovely day, nothing better than a cold, nice beer, and that's exactly what we got at Jeffrey's very cool store. Read the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.

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Philadelphia's Gold Badge YEE

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On Sunday, Philadelphia hosted its second-ever Gold Badge Yelp Elite Event at Cafe Ynez. Gold badge elites enjoyed vegetarian-friendly light bites, Corona, and a blind tequila tasting. After tasting notes of blanco, reposado and añejo tequilas were read to the crowd, guests got to work identifying each mystery tequila. Be sure to check out event photos and reviews to see how everyone did with their research!

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Oslo's Pizza Workshop at Rent Mel

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11 Elite-writers were invited to learn about the magic that happens in Rent Mel's famous kitchen! Monday, 1st of February was the big day, and what a beginning of the week! Rent Mel welcomed us with organic champagne! The owner told us about their passion for organic food, and we got some great insights about the process of running a proper pizzeria. We were divided in pairs, and got to watch each other as we tried our best to handle the dough. Luckily our pizza chef was quick to give a helping hand, and most of our pizzas had a nice round shape when they went into the oven! We all agreed that the pizzas turned out extremely good! Was it because we could choose any topping we liked? Or maybe because the ingredients were such high quality? As the pizza chef assured us; Yelpers have a great talent for pizza baking! Well, we had such an exciting evening, and we are all very grateful that we got this unique opportunity!

A great thanks to our sponsor: Rent Mel and photographer Noor Dawod.
Have a look at the photos and read the reviews here!

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5 Places Bill Murray Has Been Spotted In Austin, TX!

No one knows what Bill Murray will do next, but if history is any indication, it’s only a matter of time until he shows back up at these joints in Austin.

Shangri-La - Everyone knows the famous story of Bill Murray slinging whiskey at this East Side establishment. You might wonder what the chances are that Murray would repeat his appearance, but leave it to Murray to surprise us all.

Mohawk - Spotted during the Ghostface Killah show at SXSW 2015, Bill enjoyed the VIP section until a guy in the crowd called him out. Still the relationship between Mohawk and Bill Murray burns strong, it wouldn’t surprise us if he made an appearance again this SXSW.

Maria’s Taco Xpress - Bill Murray was caught in a snapshot by a local at this iconic Austin restaurant. Their tacos are so addictive, it’s only a matter of time before Bill comes back.

Javelina Bar - Another SXSW sighting during #Murraywatch 2010, Murray was spotted trailing behind the band The Nerves.

Spider House - Finding Murray in Austin might be as simple as following The Nerves tour, because he was again spotted in 2010 after the band played at Spiderhouse on campus.

Well, there you have it. Austin has always had a special place in it’s heart for Bill Murray. When and where he will show up is as random as Bill himself. Our advice to see the legend himself is to eat out, follow #Murraywatch, and hope you’re in the right place at the right time, because no one can predict what Bill Murray will do next.

February 01, 2016

Vancouver's Fun and Games at Colony Kits!

Posted by Ayla Collins

BlogLast Monday, Elites enjoyed fun and games at Colony Bar’s Kitsilano location; the hip and inviting space was the perfect location to nosh on sliders, Yorkshire pudding, and delicious flatbread, while making new friends. As they enjoyed their snacks Elites were able to use their brand new Yelp Slap Koozies on the fantastic beer and cider provided by Whistler Brewing and Lonetree Cider, or simply sip on house wine and highballs. Post noms, Elites teamed up for a riotous round of trivia with the help of IQ 2000; competition was fierce and prizes were coveted! Colony Bar provided the perfect atmosphere for Elites to get to know one another and bond over a shared love of food, fantastic company, and some good old-fashioned competition. Check out the reviews and photos!

Yelp North Shore Elites Rocked The Rock House

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It's an exciting new year for Yelp North Shore, and Elites had a rockin' good time at the new Rock House in Glenview. Rock house is a coffee house, music school, and music venue all rolled into one, and guests enjoyed a special sneak peek at their second location for a relaxing evening filled with live music, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, beer, wine, coffee (of course), and friendly conversation. Yelpers engaged with the business owners, and many left with a bag of in-house roasted coffee beans for the next day. See what Yelpers had to say about their experience right here, and view Flickr photos here.

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Valentine's Day Picks For Food Lovers In the Triangle!

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Impress the one you love this Valentine's day with a special dinner out or at home!

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Chef Teddy Diggs shares his special al a carte menu, plus a few special recipes if you're planning to stay in and surprise that special someone.

Forgo the hothouse flowers and store-bought chocolates this year. Nothing says romance like the savory flavors and decadent desserts haling from the heartland of Italy. Chef Teddy Diggs’ braised lamb meatballs begin with a simple base that you can personalize with creative garnishes suited to your sweetheart’s tastes. At Il Palio, Chef Teddy tops this recipe with cheeses - such as fresh ricotta, smoked pecorino or parmigiano-reggiano - or a dash of basil, gremolata, extra virgin olive oil and toasted pines nuts. You can pair with creamy polenta, rich and buttery potatoes or your favorite pasta.

For the final moment, Chef’s olive oil cake captures the quintessential elements of regional Italian cooking by pairing the sweet flavors of cake with the savory tang of extra-virgin olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar. Served in perfectly sharable portions, this indulgent construction leaves a lingering sweet finish to cap off what will undoubtedly be a memorable Valentine’s eve.

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 Braised Lamb Meatballs

Ingredients:

4 pounds ground lamb

4 whole eggs

¾ cup whole milk

3 cups panko breadcrumbs

2 tablespoons salt

2 teaspoons black pepper, fresh and course ground

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil plus ¼ cup to finish the plate

1 tablespoon crushed red chili flakes

2 Spanish onions, small diced

4 celery ribs, small diced

2 large carrots, small diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 whole sprig fresh rosemary

2 whole sprigs fresh thyme

2 quarts (or as desired) basic tomato sauce

½ cup loosely packed mint

Directions:

Place ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Once the oil has come to temperature (when it shimmers or glistens), add the onions, celery, carrots, garlic, thyme, rosemary and 1 tablespoon of the salt. Sautee the ingredients, stirring frequently so the vegetables do not brown. After approximately 10 minutes, the vegetables will have become soft and will smell delicious. Add chili flakes and black pepper to toast. Cook for approximately one more minute. Turn off the heat and allow the vegetables to cool in the pan. Remove the thyme and rosemary sprig, though the leaves that came off during the cooking process can remain in the pan.

In a large bowl combine the milk, eggs, breadcrumbs and remaining salt. Add the ground lamb and cooled vegetable mixture and combine with your hands until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Cover the meatball mixture and place in the refrigerator until chilled.

Roll the meat mixture into desired size. (This recipe yields about 36 meatballs for Il Palio.) Sear the meatballs in a large pot with ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil. The meatballs should achieve a rich brown crust. Add your tomato sauce and a bit of water and allow the meatballs to simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Add chopped mint just before serving

Garnish as desired and serve! Eat! Enjoy!

 

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Ingredients:

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

2 cups granulated sugar

½ teaspoon Kosher salt

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon baking powder

1 ½ cups extra-virgin olive oil

1 ¼ cups whole milk

3 eggs

1 tablespoon grated orange zest

½ cup fresh orange juice

¼ cup Grand Marnier

 Directions:

Heat the oven to 350° F.

Lightly oil cake mold(s) with extra virgin olive oil.

In a bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and powder. In another bowl, whisk the olive oil, milk, eggs, orange zest and juice and Grand Marnier. Add the dry ingredients; whisk until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan(s) and bake until the top is golden and a cake tester comes out clean. Transfer the cake to a rack and let cool for 30 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the pan, invert the cake onto the rack and let cool completely, two hours.

Let Chef Diggs cook for you! Check out this special menu and make a reservation for Valentine's Day.

Tupelo Honey Cafe - Raleigh

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Tupelo Honey Cafe at Raleigh's Cameron Village is offering a two specials from Feb. 12-14: A fried chicken supper plate with a glass of champagne for $20 or two fried chicken supper plates, a shared dessert and one bottle of champagne for $55. To make a reservation, call 919-723-9353.

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Blu Seafood and Bar in Durham is offering a three-course meal for $55 per person. Choose from a variety of menu items including oysters, crab claws, carpaccio, salmon, shrimp and grits, key lime pie and so much more! Check out the full menu here and make a reservation online.

 

 

Why So Blue?!

Posted by Nathen

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We don't think anyone left this event feeling blue, maybe just wearing a little. The Las Vegas Elites started the event with snacks at Rick Moonen's, "RM Seafood", with a menu consisting of Lobster Rolls, Crab Cakes, Sushi, and Salmon Tataki, with everything being washed down with a tasty "Elite" cocktail. After the snacks ended, Elites headed over to see the new Blue Man Group show with a VIP meet n' greet afterwards. See the event here and read all about the food and show here

Huge thanks to RM SeaFood and The Blue Group for the awesome hospitality. 

Houston's 2016 Badge Bash At Yellow Rose Distilling

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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Yelp Houston Elites celebrated their new 2016 badges Go Texan style! On a Thursday evening, Elites made way to Yellow Rose Distilling – Houston's first and only inner city whiskey distillery – for a night of boots, chaps and cowboy hats (ahem, for some). Yelpers enjoyed cocktails made with Yellow Rose Distilling's whiskey and vodka selection, as well as group tours and spirits tastings. And serving up generous bites was The Cajun Stop (crawfish etouffee and king cake bites), Ruggles Green (various pizza bites, hummus and artichoke dip), and Araya Artisan Chocolate (gourmet chocolates and marshmallows). Music provided by DJ Seduction. Photos provided by Eugene Lee Images. Check out the event reviews and flickr and facebook photos!

Madison Elites Get Sweet On Bloom And The Regal Find

Posted by Stacey Lansing

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Cookie decorating, valentine making, and endless treats made for a sweet night at Bloom Bake Shop and The Regal Find on January 28th, 2016. Madison Elites and their guests broke into groups to learn about the local suppliers that make Bloom so delicious, get a cookie decorating lesson, make beautiful handmade valentines, and have some delicious bites and sips while making new pals. Creativity was in full effect with everything from an origami-topped card to burst-covered cookies. Attendees also had the opportunity to be the first to try Bloom's new toaster pastries filled with peach chamomile and raspberry rose fillings. Read the reviews here and check out all the delectable photos from Stephanie Kluz Photography here!

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Harrisburg Elites Celebrate Their 1st Elite Event: Brunch & Munch @Home 231!

Posted by Elsa M.

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What could possibly be better than an Elite Event featuring a menu of fresh, seasonal, handcrafted, and brunch-themed eats inspired by the farm and garden? One that includes beverages of equal impressiveness – coupled with a service experience that added a touch of the unforgettable! Laughter, lively conversation, a decked-out schwag table, and light-bites-a’plenty all combined to create a pretty fabulous way to bring in the New Year for the Harrisburg Yelp Elite Squad. These are only some of the extraordinary elements that contributed to Yelp Harrisburg’s inaugural Elite Event at Home 231. Got a case of FOMO? Never you fear! Check out all the 5-star reviews here and pictures here for some major foodie eye candy.

Sactown Elites Enjoy A Pizza Guys Feast

Posted by Alex L

24070917754_9c843ef4d4_oSacramento's Yelp Elites kicked off 2016 with a very special private gathering at Pizza Guys Franchises, Inc., the headquarters of the popular west-coast pizza company. Seeing as this storied business began right here in our backyard, it was only fitting to experience their beautiful headquarters during an evening of pizza-making, games and prizes. Our guests were each allowed to make their own fresh pizzas in our host's show kitchen. Complimentary pizza tastings and drinks were also provided. A number of fun games, including a dance-off and box-folding, were held. Every guest walked away with a swag bag of Pizza Guy goodies. Check out the wonderful reviews or take a look at the photos

Special thanks to our event sponsor: Pizza Guys

Yelp Sacramento's Railbridge Wine n' Dine

Posted by Alex L

OAround 30 of Yelp Sacramento's most engaged contributors were invited down for a special soft opening/three-course meal last Monday at Railbridge Cellars & Company, one of Sacramento's most anticipated new businesses. The beautifully updated space in the bottom floor of the historic Elks Tower was the perfect environment for a lovely evening. After getting a glass of their award-winning wine, our guests sat down and chatted with Elites new and old while our host served up a complimentary dinner including osso bucco pork, pastrami sandwiches, crab salads and cheesecake desserts. Check out the reviews for more details!

Special thanks to our sponsor: Railbridge Cellars & Company

January 31, 2016

Yelp + Mlkman Factoreatory

Posted by Anita Decoster

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On Friday 29 January 2016, 10 very lucky Yelp Elites and a group of the best Social Media guru's in Adelaide sat a dinner delivered by Mlkman & Yelp. 

Yelp loves to support new and exciting projects! So, it was only natural to work with local start up Mlkman. Mlkman is a premium food delivery service that has integrated with Yelp so you can read reviews to help you decide what to eat. No more waiting in line, driving and finding car parks. They deliver the food to you.
 
The guests enjoyed a four course meal including sliders from Burger Republic; pizza from East of Norman; arancini balls from Tony Tomatoes; and icecream from St Louis House of Fine Icecream. And of course our thirst was quenched with a starter aperitif made by the Adelaide Community Manager Anita D. followed by award winning wines from McLaren Vale III Associates & craft brewed beer from Hawkers Brewery. 
 
It was a great night to experience food delivery from some 4 Star restaurants in Adelaide, and an insight for social media experts on the Yelp Elite events that we hold every month!  
 
Want to know more? Check out the reviews and pictures
 
Big thank you to our sponsors:
 

January 30, 2016

Yelp大阪 エリートサミット

Posted by Shuhei Tanigawa

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2016年最初のエリートイベントは、黒のドレスコードとコーヒーで楽しく交流!

行きたい国、行ったことがある国をYelpパスポートに記入し、お互い現地事情を教え合ったあと、今回のドリンクスポンサー mani mani kyoto さんからご提供いただいたコーヒーを呑みながら、今年1年のYelp大阪の活動をそうやって楽しくしていくか、たくさんの人と意見交換をしました。

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Yelp Indy's Hamilton County House Party

Posted by Brittany

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Reggae music flooded the Estridge model home as Yelp elites swung open the front door and kicked off their shoes as if they owned the place.

Each room held a unique local business that left elites exploring for hours. Donuts were piled high in the bedroom, waxings and massages took over the master bath, vino flowed aplenty in the basement, and a letterpress printed Hamilton County postcards in the garage- to name a few. With twelve local businesses in tow, guests tried a lot of new delicacies and services while interacting with passionate business owners. Elites also #PackedThePantry by donating hundreds of nonperishable food items to Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank. The party could have gone on all night. In Aaron Carter words, "The party of the month? No, the party of the year!"

Estridge HomesPeace Water WineryJilly Jack DesignsRail Epicurean MarketLa Torte BakeryThe Naked MonkeyJamaican Reggae GrillJack's DonutsTilly's Tea RoomIndy Acts of KindnessThe Rugged CompanyUpland Beer CoHeady Hollow Brewing CompanyGranite City Food & BreweryNickel Plate Arts

 

January 29, 2016

Yelp Fit Club: Indoor Cycling at CycleBar

Posted by Heli M.

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On Thursday night, a group of excited Yelp Dallas Elites arrived at the brand spankin' new CycleBar in Flower Mound for our very first event of the year! What a better way to kick off another Yelp year than by sticking to those resolutions?! Each guest was provided with indoor cycling shoes, fresh towels, a CycleBar water bottle, fruit and delicious hydrating Hoist Premium Hydration water. April, the evening's class instructor, turned up the energy and enthusiasm during a 50-minute indoor cycling session incorporating light weights and a killer playlist! During the class, Elites got their fair share of interval-training, hills, sprints and more. The raving reviews of CycleBar's top-notch facility, DJ booth, stadium seating, high-tech bikes, large screens (to monitor your rank) are continuing to pile in! Missed out and want to read more? Check out what your fellow Elites had to say in their 5-star reviews and peep some of their uploaded photos! CycleBar officially opens its doors to the public in mid-February, so make sure you drop by and sign up!

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The Elite Squad Goes Behind The Velvet Ropes

Posted by Will Borland

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Last week the Birmingham Elite Squad was invited for a true VIP experience at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. They wanted to show off their new renovations and did so much more than that. The red carpet was rolled out as we were able to try a seasonal beer, wines from their famous the Fleming’s 100 ®, and a tasty cocktail... and that was just the drinks. Ahi tuna tacos, filet mignon flatbreads, and short rib empanadas to name a few dishes we sampled. Everyone left with a full stomach, a generous gift, and a new found love for Fleming's. Let the party goers tell you more on the event page and don't forget the pictures!

Elite Party @ Wally's Coffee !

Posted by Elsa Spiers

Laughter, grilled cheese sandwich, crazy cakes, a super smily team, moustache selfies, and cooking contest : a pretty nice way to start the year with this january's Elite Party right ?

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Wally, Clémentine, Rosana and Maylis welcomed 25 Elites around the theme "Comfort food". The menu ? We had to pimp our Grilled Cheese with different cheeses, blueberries, spinach... Creatives minds got to experiment ! The Wally's Team picked a winning team. And you know what ? This team's grilled cheese will be on the menu at Wally's Coffee !

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We also had the delight to discover Clémentine's (the incredible cook behind Wally's Coffee kitchen, running the "Demoule ton Cake" blog) amazing lemon pies, cookies, muffins and pavlova ! Then Wally made cappuccino's for everyone. That's comfort right there, isn't it ?

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Des rires, des Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, des pâtisseries de dingo, une équipe au sourire contagieux, des selfies moustaches et des considérations digne de Top Chef sur le croustillant et le fondant : une belle façon de commencer l'année avec cette soirée Élite de janvier, non ?

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Wally, Clémentine, Rosana et Maylis nous ont accueilli pour une soirée sur la thématique de la Comfort Food ! Au programme : customisation de grilled cheese sandwich et c'est l'équipe du Chti Cheese qui a conquis nos coeurs. Résultat ? Cette recette sera de temps en temps au menu du Wally's coffee, oui oui !

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Après ces multiples test de Grilled Cheese, les assiettes de pavlova, tarte au citron meringué, cookies et muffins de Clémentine de Demoule-toncake ont fini de nous réconforter en ce mois de janvier glacé. Enfin, Wally nous a concoté capuccino, moka et déca... difficile de faire plus réconfortant pour finir la soirée en beauté !

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Retrouvez les avis ici et les photos là !

All the reviews are here and the pictures there !

Merci à nos partenaires / Thanks to all our partners :

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Restez connecté / Stay connected

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Phoenix Elite Event: Taco Bout A Party at SOL Mexican Cocina

Posted by Hailey Butler

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Let's Taco Bout A Party! On Wednesday, January 27th Phoenix Elites were wined and dined by SOL Mexican Cocina at the Scottsdale Quarter. During this fabulous evening, they were greeted with a delicious hand-mixed margarita, built their own guacamole at the guacamole bar, tasted decadent appetizers and a variety of tacos, snapped photos with their shiny new '16 elite badge, and listened to live music by Chad Wilson Bailey. Relive this party by reading the reviews and viewing the photos! A special thank you to Jason and his amazing team at SOL Mexican Cocina for hosting this scrumptious experience! 

Another big thank you to Chad Wilson Bailey for performing live music and to Jenelle Bonifield for capturing this fun event!

Yelp Perth Elites Frolic At Freo Royale

Posted by Laura

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Last night Elite Yelpers headed to WA’s favorite seaside town to celebrate the best of comedy, theatre, cabaret, music and art for the launch of Freo Royale. Freo Royale is an independent festival site proudly presented by Vulture Culture and supported by the City of Fremantle. Together they have brought together a community of artists, producers and businesses through the presentation of over 150+ performances in iconic venues across Fremantle.

Read the reviews and check out the photos.

A huge thank you to our sponsor Freo Royale.

January 28, 2016

Best Sushi In Buffalo - Teton Kitchen

Posted by Alex L

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A small mom n' pop shop in Depew was named The Top 100 Restaurant in Buffalo by Yelp back in 2015. To celebrate, Teton Kitchen threw a party for 40 of the most influential Yelpers (dubbed The Elite Squad) and brought in a DJ, unlimited sushi and saketini's and all sorts of additional fun! We had dance offs, udon noodles, sushi, 80s music, current hits and an amazing time with Yelpers lining up to dance, eat and be merry. If you're looking for the best sushi in Buffalo, look no further than Teton Kitchen -- our wonderful event host. Peep the amazing reviews here and relive our night vicariously with photo's from Paul F: via this Flickr album.

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Calgary Yelp Elites Do Dirty Laundry

Posted by Dale E.

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On Monday, the Calgary Elite Squad took over Dirty Laundry, Calgary's favourite (and only) completely live, completely improvised comedy soap opera for a very special Degenerate Hospital yelpisode of epic proportions.

Before heading to the theatre, elites kicked of the evening at ONE18 EMPIRE, the home of everything whiskey, with some cocktail demonstrations including whiskey sours and real bourbon barrel smoked Old Fashioneds. Yelpcorn anyone? Sugar Creek Gourmet Popcorn hooked us up at intermission with the best local kettle corn going.

Read the rave reviews and check out the photos!

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Boston Elites Go On A Pantry Raid!

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'Twas a Yelp Elite only assembly to put the spotlight on (and learn a bit about) the hybrid retail experience at the one-of-a-kind Pantry in Brookline. Taking a pre-portioned approach, Pantry offers 17 recipes and everything you need to make 'em for two, four or more! Yelpers sipped wine pairings and nibbled on poblano pork stew, miso hake in a lime beurre blanc, and wrapping up with Coop's hot fudge and caramel ice cream sundaes! Everyone walked with a Yelp goodie bag and a new appreciation for at-home culinary prowess! Check the event photos (tag 'em on Facebook) and read the rave reviews.