December 16, 2014

Secret Elite Santa of Prague

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On December 15th 2014 the Prague Yelp Elites were gathered in Ristorante Rugantino.  We started with a classic italian white wine, appetizers were already filling. With red wine, we endulged in the gift exchanging. Everyone got one from Secret Santa and from Yelp. Needless say, spinach quiche and red wine we absolutely excuisite.  

Wanna know more? Find the reviews on Yelp, pictures are here!

Biggest thanks goes to amazing Secret Elite Santas, I can't wait to party again with you!

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Yelp Kraków Elite Event: laser tag @ Zoltar

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Krakowski Elitarny Skład rok zakończył wystrzałowo - i to dosłownie! Ostatni Elitarny Event w tym roku odbył się na poligonie laserowym Zoltar.

Dwie drużyny - czerwoni i niebiescy, rozegrali trzy półgodzinne rozgrywki. Zabawa była fantastyczna: biegaliśmy po arenie - tunelach i kondygnacjach, szukaliśmy schronienia, próbowaliśmy rozgrywać grę wedle wymyślanych szybko strategii.

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It was the last Elite Event of 2014! And it was an event with sparks!

Our host this time were Zoltar - place where you can play laser tag in Cracow. Two teams - red and blue played three intensive games.

We were running around the whole ring, trying to hide and to come up with some strategies.

Here you can read reviews and here you can find pictures!

Yelp Elite Event: Creepy Munich Tour by Stadtspürer.

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What a creepy elite event! The Munich elite was led in pitch darkness by the black woman. She guided us with historical horror stories about witches, ghosts and the Munich aristocracy across the Munich city center. A big thanks to Carola, known as the black woman from the Munich Stadtspürer, who showed us our beloved city of Munich with terribly horrible and exciting stories. Read all reviews (german) of the Elites here, watch the pics! Thanks also to the fabulous Munich elite team for this creepy elite event. It was the perfect ending for this year, to quote Michi K.: "Almost like a mixture of Denver Clan and Dallas, but centuries ago."

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December 15, 2014

Yelp NC Triangle's Great Wrapping Party!

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The Yelp elves came out and volunteered their time for some complimentary gift wrapping at Yelp's very own pop-up shop at North Hills this past Saturday. Shoppers stopped by for FREE gift wrapping, photobooth fun from TapSnap, tasty bites to eat from North Hills restaurants and beer samples from Mim's distributing. A few lucky shoppers who donated to our nonprofit sponsor, Capital City Clauses won some great giveaways for their donations to shop, eat, and play at North Hills. Check out the reviews here and photos here

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Yelp NC Triangle's Holiday Bazaar

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Triangle residents got ready for the holiday's at the NC Triangle's first Holiday Bazaar at The Cotton Room in Durham this past Sunday. The Bazaar was booming with over 40+ local vendors to choose from. For four full hours you could shop to you drop! The Cotton Room was the perfect space to host this beautiful holiday shopping affair. The options for gifts were endless; from knit and crocheted scarves, handmade soaps and candles, jewelry, snowboards, clothing, greeting cards and so much more. Attendees got a taste of homemade vegan tarts, gluten free cookies, pastries, and other goodies. And nothing goes better with shopping then a sip of local bourbon from Mystic Bourbon, or local cider from our very own Bull City Ciderworks. Shoppers took a nice break from all the shopping madness and enjoyed a DIY holiday greeting card station, smore's bar, and Yelp cookies. Thanks to everyone who donated to our nonprofit partner the Ronald McDonald House of Durham, we raised over $600! Check out the reviews here and the photos here

 

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Baltimore Yelpers "Meet the Maker: Pure Chocolate by Jinji"

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Who knew that vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free fine chocolate with no refined sugars even existed? Yelp Baltimore continued its "Meet the Maker" series with a trip to Belvedere Square Market's "Pure Chocolate by Jinji." More than 60 Yelpers got a special behind-the-scenes look the the art that is chocolate making thanks to Jinji and her dad, Guy (who also doubles as her business partner). While Jinji demonstrated her perfectly-perfected chocolate-making process, Guy shared tidbits on their travels together around the world to procure the best cacao. The event wound up being just as much the dynamic duo behind the treats as the treats themselves! Check out all the reviews here and the mouth-watering photos on our facebook page. Give us a "like" while you're at it!

Brisbane Yelpers Shop Local

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The festive season is in full-swing and Brisbane Yelpers were treated to Wirra Wirra Mrs Wigley Muscato as they browsed the inspiring shelves of Scrumptious Reads for gifts. With ideas a plenty and purchases made, guests were introduced to Danielle Dixon's infamous "celebrity cakes" at HIVE Cafe. The Fat Elvis cupcakes were washed down with Nessun Dorma cold press coffee as we contemplated adding Danielle's Sailor Jerry Christmas Pudding to our Christmas Day tables. Read the reviews on Yelp and see all the photos on Flickr.

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Yelp Chicagoland's Ugly Sweater & Schnitzel Soirée

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Who says October is the only time to celebrate German cuisine? That's right folks. On December 14th Yelp got in the holiday spirit and over 50 Chicagoland Yelp elites and their guests busted out their ugly holiday sweaters to have a schnitzel soirée at Edelweiss! This German-American restaurant has been a family-owned dining destination for over 40 years. Their menu features an impressive array of traditional, well-crafted German specialties, and they carry some of the finest Bavarian beers in the world!

Yelpers had the pleasure of sampling a few of their menu items including smoked trout bruschetta, potato pancakes with granny smith apples and horseradish cream, lamb meatballs with tomato mint sauce, chicken schnitzel satay with red cabbage aioli, and black forest parfaits with chocolate mousse and cherry jam. To accompany this declicious spread, everyone enjoyed Carlsberg and Heavenly Helles draft beer. As a bonus, mother nature decided to give Chicago the gift of 50 degree weather in December! This allowed for some fun on the patio roasting marshmallows and making s'mores.

To top the evening off we hosted a selfie photo contest! Everyone snapped their best selfie in their festive (and ugly) sweaters, tagged them on Instagram as #YelpSweaterSelfie and then three guests were chosen for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes! In the spirit of the gift-giving season, we also raffled off five gift bags full of top notch Yelp schwag. It was most definitely a merry night had by all at Edelweiss. Read the reviews here and check out the awesome photos of our soirée on Flickr!

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Sacramento Elites Imbibe In Hendrick's Cocktail Academy

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15388687983_c3f0087760_oDespite torrential rains, Elites came out in force to imbibe in quality cocktails and a gin education during Hendrick's Gin Cocktail Academy. Hosted by Brand Ambassador Mark Stoddard, the intimate gathering in the bar area of Hock Farm Craft & Provisions featured individual place settings and a make-you-own drink setup at each table. Our guests created quality craft cocktails while Mark walked them through the compelling history and production process behind this award-winning spirit. Our host restaurant provided appetizers like cheese, olives and brick-oven pizzas, and each guest left with a gift bag complete with a Hendrick's Gin cocktail book. Read more in the evening's reviews or explore the photos on Yelp's Flick page

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Louisville Elites Get Splashed In The Speakeasy

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Yelp Elite Squad events are, by their nature, exclusive. And this one took it to a different level, by having it in the most exclusive of Prohibition-era gathering spots: the speakeasy. Last week, the Louisville Elites were treated to a full bourbon tasting and ample appetizers in Down One Bourbon Bar's speakeasy space, which you enter through the telephone booth in the restaurant. Bernie Lubbers, Heaven Hill Brands' whiskey ambassador, took everyone through his entertaining and educational "History of Bourbon" tasting. And the Elites were sent home with gift bags from the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience and free copies of Louisville Magazine's just published Swig issue. Read the reviews, see the pics and watch the slideshow

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Merry Yelpmas, Atlanta and OTP!

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Last Wednesday, upwards of 250 Yelp Elite converged on Studio Space Atlanta to celebrate a Merry Yelpmas, and bring 2014 to a close. Santa joined the party and handed out fabulous new schwag to those on the Nice List, while two photo booths clicked and snapped away, massages were given out freely, handmade ornaments were created, and delicious food and beverages were savored – altogether with 13 holiday partners. Generous Yelpers donated gift cards in $5, $10, $25 denominations, and wrote cards with wishes for a happy holiday to local boys and girls (between 11-17 years of age) in need – One Hundred donations were received! Thanks to all of our sponsors, attendees and our host venue! Read or write reviews, or check out attendee photos here! Check out official roaming photos from Krisandra Evans Photography here, and from Allison Mah Photography here. Check out the green screen photos from JKlein Photography here, and Tapsnap here.  

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Yaratıcılık Mixer Arts'ta Hayat Buldu-İstanbul

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We all have waited for this moment. We all wanted to feed the inner child by making something so special, specifically for him/her. Thanks to one of the best Art Galleries in Istanbul, Mixer Arts, we were given a chance to create something with love, enjoy the moment and find happiness for a full 2.5 hours. Mixer Arts, an art platform that brings a different interpretation to the idea of modern art space, whilst discovering emerging artists and making unique artworks accessible to all, gave us the opportunity to create our very self-designed t-shirts and bags. We had a great day and came back home with our lovely designs. Did you miss this event? It's pretty sad, but at least you can check the pictures out and read the reviews.

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Evento Elite "Navigando" al Bistrò del Mare

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Per l'Evento Elite di Novembre siamo stati ospitati al Bistrò del Mare a Firenze. Abbiamo avuto il piacere di assaggiare alcuni dei loro piatti forti, tutti ispirati ai punti cardinali. Come il Salmone Marinato e Pepe Nero che rappresentava il Nord, la Crocchetta di Gamberi al sentore di Curry su Zuppa di Lenticchie:Est, Tonno in Crosta di Pistacchio su Caponatina di Stagione il Sud e Zuppa di Lamponi Cheese Cake e Amaretti: Ovest. Abbiamo fatto anche un gioco interattivo immaginando come avrebbero usato i loro canali social dei famosi capitani come Cristoforo Colombo. Ecco dove si possono vedere le foto e leggere le recensioni sull'evento. Grazie al Bistrò del Mare, a tutto lo staff e a tutti i fantastici Elite che hanno partecipato! 

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Welcome To The Hamburg Ice Arena

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What a great show and an awesome Elite event!
Friday evening, 12 Yelpers were invited by the O2 World in Hamburg, to see a game of the Ice-Hockey team Hamburg Freezers vs. ERC Ingolstadt from a VIP-Lounge.
Before the game starts, they got an exclusive behind the scene tour thru the arena. It was very exciting walk, with a lot of interesting things to know.
Some Snacks and drinks in the VIP-Lounge gave everybody a relaxed feeling. It was a thrilling game with the victory of the Freezers. One of the Elites had the chance to ride on the ice machine. For her, it was a once in a lifetime moment!
Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fantastic photos on the Flickr page.

 

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Galliano Pizza Party Antwerp

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The beautiful Italian restaurant Galliano, in the South part of Antwerp, invited our community last Wednesday to get totally crazy in their Italian wonderful kitchen. With the professional guidance of owner Aldo, we made our own special Pizza. A pizza has never tasted so great. Kneading the dough, trowing it in the air for a second, choosing your favorite toppings and there you go… A combination of the skilled hands of the community, professional chefs in the kitchen, a homemade tomato sauce by Galliano and the perfect dough that rises to be the perfect crust. In the background there was an amazing Italian band filling up the beautiful industrial setting of Galliano with romantic music by Enzo Ricciulli. With a mix of elites, elites to be and a whole lot of gin tonic by the Gintonicshop, this was a night to remember. Read the incredible reviews of this amazing event here, and check the fabulous pictures on our Flickr page!

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December 14, 2014

Melbourne's Giving Spirit

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Melbourne Yelpers got into the spirit of giving with a Sunday afternoon mixer at local retailer, Imajine. Shopping locally had a global impact, with every item available for purchase giving back to community projects with brands like TOMS, One Night Stand and Sister Works. All wrapped up by the team at One Girl. 

We were treated to a very special performance from Melbourne singer-songwriter, Bertie Blackman, who performed a gorgeous acoustic version of two songs from her new album, The Dash. 

The sun was shining and the courtyard party was in full swing, with delicious hot dogs from Lord of The Fries and refreshments from Slow Cow and Wirra Wirra Wines. 

Check out the reviews here and check out the photos here. 

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Yelp’s Ho-ho-holiday Soiree at Erie Grill

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‘Twas time for Yelp Rochester’s annual festive bash to celebrate the holiday season with drinks, small plates, and revelry! The Rochester Elites dressed in their classiest attire as we took over Erie Grill's bar for a night of merriment. Elites drank the cranberry splash cocktail and dined on never-ending plates of truffle studded scallops and duck and sweet corn wontons. Best dressed earned a special stocking stuffer this year too! And yes, we reprised the white elephant gift exchange, and as expected, it got rowdy — smiles graced the guests' faces as they opened gifts they hoped and dreamed for, only to have them stolen by their comrades. For more, take a peek at the event reviews and photos

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Hampton Roads Gets Ugly To End 2014

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The Yelp Elite Squad of Hampton Roads took to finish 2014 on Wednesday night in a not so pretty fashion...  An ugly sweater party at Norfolk's Rajput Indian Cuisine! From homemade to oversewn designs and deep Vneck sweaters, it was evening of eyesores and laughs. Yelp Elites were treated to a live cooking demonstration, buffet style eating and endless amounts of mango-flavored lassi. Our resident photographer, Jason Hillian of All You Photo, made the best of what beautiful ugliness we brought. Check out the event reviews and photos!

What is an Elite Picnic without new friends?

Posted by Sofia Varas

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

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

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

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

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December 13, 2014

Miami Celebrates a Happy Homestead Holiday!

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On Friday night, Miami Elites and their guests took a drive down south for the squad's holiday party. Their journey ended at beautiful Schnebly Redland's Winery in Homestead, the southernmost winery in the United States. Upon entering Yelp's private tiki hut, everyone had freedom to imbibe in Schnebly's exotic wine selection made from local fruit, as well as Miami Brewing Company's inventive beers. For eats, attendees got the very first taste of bites from the winery's new chef including savory pork quesadillas with local goat cheese and lychee wine syrup, local mahi-mahi ceviche, smoked chicken with tandoori flavors, and beer-infused tabouli salad with house-dried mango. Highlights of the holiday celebration included souveneir wine glass painting led by the experts from Artists at the Falls Art Studio, a behind-the-scenes tours of the wine and beer making process from owner Pete Schnebly himself, and the bounty of donations Yelpers contributed to the deserving Ronald McDonald House of South Florida. Take a peek at the festive photos here and the merry reviews here.

Special thanks to Artists at the Falls Art Studio, Ronald McDonald House of South Florida, and Schnebly Redland's Winery for contributing to an unforgettable evening! 

December 12, 2014

THE YELPIES : Yelp Fête Ses 10 Ans ! - Foodies Festival - Bordeaux

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On Wednesday, September 24th, more than 120 Yelpeurs were gathered at Map Studio to celebrate the 10 years of Yelp. An event full of surprises with greedy stands, creative stands, a polaroid cabin, the exhibition of Yelpers' photos : Yelp Summer Pop-Up Gallery and the ceremony of Yelp Awards which rewarded Elites and our favorite biz owners on Yelp.

Mercredi 24 Septembre, plus de 120 Yelpeurs étaient réunis au Map Studio pour fêter les 10 ans de Yelp. Un événement plein de surprises avec des stands gourmands, des stands créatifs, une cabine insta pola, l'exposition Yelp Summer Pop-Up Gallery et la cérémonie des Yelp Awards qui a récompensé les Yelpeurs Elite et nos commerçants préférés sur Yelp.

Rediscover the event and our magic partners with pics / Redécouvrez la soirée et nos partenaires de choc en images :

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Trophees waiting for winners of Yelp Awards - Les trophées attendent les gagnants des Yelp Awards.

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Aloe Drink For Life and their delicious drinks with aloe vera - Aloe Drink For Life et leurs délicieuses boissons à l'aloé vera.

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Famous cupcakes of Sophisticakes - Les fameux cupcakes de Sophisticakes

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Table full of cheeses from La Selection de Pierre - La table de fromages de La Selection de Pierre.

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Bonjour Darling and her DIY workshop to create our own photobooth accessorizes - Bonjour Darling et son atelier DIY pour créer nos propres accessoires photobooth.

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Les Itinéraires de Charlotte and their selection of wines - Les Itinéraires de Charlotte et leur sélection exceptionnelle de vins.

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Ilo Pâtisserie and their revisited "puits d'amour" with different flavors - Ilo Pâtisserie et ses puits d'amour revisités aux saveurs gourmandes.

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Jamon Jamon makes us discover their iberian flavors - Le Jamon Jamon nous a fait découvrir ses saveurs ibériques.

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La Boule d'Or knew how to accompany all the dishes with its very good homemade bread - La Boule d'Or a su accompagner tous les mets avec son bon pain maison.

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Sophie's Store enchanted us with her Anglo-Saxon grocer's shop - Sophie's Store nous a enchanté avec son épicerie anglo-saxonne.

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English muffins from Seasons Foodtruck delighted our papillae - Les English muffins du Seasons Foodtruck ont ravi nos papilles.

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Pearls of bobas and homemade cakes with les Potins de Coline - Perles de bobas et petits cakes maison avec les Potins de Coline.

An event which I would not be able to organize without the help of the Super Elites of Bordeaux: Camille D, Elodie D, Laura M, Gaëlle B, Pauline J, Eloise E, Oriane C and all this happy and beautiful  community of Bordeaux Yelpers, always on the lookout for good local places and always cheerfull. Thanks to all of you for this wonderful event !

Une soirée qui n'aurait pu avoir lieu sans l'aide des Supers Elites bordelaises : Camille D, Elodie D, Laura M, Gaëlle B, Pauline J, Eloise E, Oriane C et toute cette jolie communauté de Yelpeurs bordelais, toujours à l'affût des bonnes adresses locales et débordant de bonne humeur. Merci à tous pour ce merveilleux événement !

All the reviews are here and the photos there ! - Retrouvez les avis ici et les photos !

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Yelpers Get Festive At Donna's Gourmet Cookies

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Yelp's Holi-date with Donna, the owner and chief cookie lady at Donna's Gourmet Cookies proved to be a highlight of the holiday season. Yelpers brought their A-game in the ugly sweater department and were greeted with a festival holiday cocktail upon arrival. After some light bites & friendly holiday banter we got to hear from this "best of the city" veteran on what makes her cookies so unique. Lastly we got a behind the scenes tour to check out where where all the magic was made and even got to partake in a private cookie decorating sesh with Donna herself. But don't just take our word on the night's awesomeness. Check out all the festival holiday photos by Evoking Light Photography on our Yelp Cincinnati Facebook page and read all the 5-star reviews here. 

Be sure to follow Donna's Gourmet Cookies on Facebook, Twitter, & their website here to order cookies all year round. 

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Seasonal Shenanigans in Vancouver

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

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Voyage au Pays du Soleil Levant au Nobi Nobi, Bordeaux

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On Tuesday, October 28th, more than 40 Elites and some lucky Yelpers were present to attend an amazing culinary performance. The team of Nobi Nobi, new Japanese restaurant in Bordeaux, reserved us attractive surprises. Between Yakisoba, Chicken Katsu, Takoyakis... Yelpers did not know which way to turn anymore (or rather the palate). All the dishes were prepared under our stunned eyes, just like the bubble teas with the various flavors we had to guess. So to the program: an Origamis workshop which proves once again that Yelpers are real artists, a manga caricatures workshop by two talented illustrators Elise Hoogardie and Mana, as well as the presence of Cosplayers of the Casino One Piece Animasia. All these animations and greedy discoveries make us travel in the Land of the Rising Sun.

All the reviews are here and the photos there !

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Mardi 28 Octobre, plus de 40 Elites et quelques chanceux Yelpeurs étaient présents pour assister à une performance culinaire hors du commun. L'équipe du Nobi Nobi, nouveau restaurant japonais à Bordeaux, nous a réservé de jolies surprises. Entre Yakisoba, Poulet Katsu, Takoyakis,... Les Yelpeurs ne savaient plus où donner de la tête (ou plutôt du palais). Tous les mets ont été préparés sous nos yeux ébahis, tout comme les bubble teas dont on devait deviner les différents parfums. Aussi au programme : Un atelier Origamis qui prouve encore une fois que les Yelpeurs sont de vrais artistes, un atelier caricatures manga assuré par deux talentueuses illustratrices Elise Hoogardie et Mana, ainsi que la présence de Cosplayers du Casino One Piece Animasia. Toutes ces animations et découvertes gourmandes nous ont assurément fait voyager au Pays du Soleil Levant.

Retrouvez les avis ici et les photos !

Merci à nos partenaires / Thanks to all our partners :

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All Is Merry, Tasty And Bright In Providence!

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Providence yelpers got into the holiday spirit and had a holly-jolly time at Yelp's Merry Marketplace III on Wednesday night at the historic Arcade Providence. With everything from local pickles to freshly-made ceviche to artisanal cocktails and RI-bewed beers to sample, yelpers got to sip and savor while getting their shop on with over 30 local retailers. Check out the reviews of the event here and the beautiful photos here

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December 11, 2014

Holiday Glamboree At Radio Milano

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

Wing Fling At BreWingZ Sports Bar & Grill

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

Yelptittude and drinks at La Destilería

Posted by Sofia Varas

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Last night was the last Yelpy Hour of the year for yelpers in Santiago de Chile, and it was definitely a night to remember.

It took place at La Destilería, in Plaza Ñuñoa, the heart of one of the most bohemian neigborhoods in town. And what happens if you put together a nice bar, nice gifts, cool guests and a lot of good yelptittude? Well, you have a pretty awesome chilean "carrete" (party).

It was a night full of great drinks, with a wonderful selection of belgian beers to fight the heat of the spring, and a variety of great food, going from a chinese "chorrillana" (meat, chive, fried eggs, onion and french fries...yummy) to a pretty delicate selection of iberic cheeses and ham. All of that giving the ideal context for the beginning of new friendships and some pretty funny stories that transformed this one in the most extended Yelpy Hour in the history of Yelp Santiago.

Well, it was the last one! We had to do it, right?

Don't miss the photos here and read the reviews of our yelpers.

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YelpJax Goes Bollywood for the 2nd Annual Yelpies

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Ah, the end of the year. A time for reflection, holiday get-togethers, friends and family and, of course, the 2nd annual Yelpie awards! YelpJax went a little Bollywood in order to honor the best of the best Elites and the stars of our silver (computer) screens. Mint Indian Restaurant was a gracious host, filling us up with an amazing buffet spread and plenty of libations as well.  After we were all spiced up, and had gotten our henna tattoos from Linda (from Amazing Face Painting by Linda), it was awards time. Congrats to Amy S, Mark B, Jimmy P, Daisy D and Leah A for taking this by storm! Don’t miss out on the colorful pics on Facebook and Flickr, and read all about it from the Yelpers that were there here.

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Skating In A Winter Wonderland

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This past Monday, one hundred yelpers came together to ring in the holiday season at The Lakes Ice Skating Rink in Thousand Oaks.  When not on the ice, elites enjoyed tasty bites with red and white wine pairings.  The event featured a variety of items from some sensational vendors, including sliders from Umami Burger, apps from 9021Pho and Sabor Cocina Mexicana, sweets brought by Nothing Bundt Cakes and Call Me Cookie, and healthy hot chocolate and protein balls courtesy of Lorna Jane.  Read all of the event reviews here.

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Yelp Shops Local: Ultimate Holiday Guide for Baton Rouge

Posted by Rebecca Whyte

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How does Yelp Shop Local, you ask?  This holiday season, Yelp wants to encourage you to keep your dollars locally... support the small businesses in the Baton Rouge Community!  This Holiday Guide connects you to Red Stick businesses that you may need to use during the upcoming holiday month! Whether you are going on a night on the town and need to get primped up or have been shopping all day long and need a place to take a breather, we have it here for you! You need your strength through the hustle and bustle of it all, so we even have recommended places that can help you stay healthy. Make sure the kiddos aren't bored during the break and need a safe haven, while you are out painting the town even more red... below are tips on where to bring them. Did your favorite businesses make the list? Keep checking back for changes to this list!

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A North Bay Burger Bash

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We saved the best for last at Yelp's Super Duper Burger Bash - our final Elite event of the year!

Tracey A said it best: "Once in a blue moon each of the planets aligns and everyone and everything goes exactly as one would hope for in a utopian universe. Chalk it up to the holiday spirit, the spirit of giving, an innate understanding of what makes people happy, and the follow-through required to do just that. This was the happiest lot I've been around in a long time."

85 hungry Yelpers were treated to an exclusive party at Super Duper's new Novato restaurant. Guests were treated to a variety of burger bites (made with all-natural, grass-fed Niman Ranch beef), garlic French fries, soft serve ice cream cones (made with Petaluma's own Straus Creamery), "spiked" milkshakes, and plenty of beer & wine to wash it all down. 

In keeping with the holiday spirit, we hosted a food drive for the Marin Food Bank. Yelpers who brought in a canned food contribution received a $10 Super Duper gift card (what a great stocking stuffer!). And if that wasn't enough, 5 lucky Yelpers won the raffle for a $100 Super Duper Gift Certificate!

Based on all the 5-Star Reviews rolling in, this event lived up to its "Super Duper" name.

Read all the rave reviews and check out all the fab party photos.

Thanks to our generous host with the most:

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Stogies & Sips at Diamante's!

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You might know him as the official voice of the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays Center. You might know him from his decade-plus of experience announcing professional boxing, MMA, and Muay Thai all over the world. You might recognize his epic dreadlocks because he's been a Brooklyn fixture for so long. But when you head over to his eponymous Brooklyn Cigar Lounge, David Diamante is just the welcoming owner and proprieter, a cigar enthusiast who wants to make sure you have a great time in his place. David has created his own line of highly-rated, hand-rolled cigars, which can be exclusively found at Diamante's, and last night he invited out some of Brooklyn's finest yelpers for a smoke. Check out the reviews and the photos from the event here, and read on for more fun.

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Chicago's Yelp Elite Winter Warmer @ Barley and Brass

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With the cold in full season, folks weathered the weather over in Wicker Park where the neighborhood's newest hot spot was host to the Yelp Elite Winter Warmer. Barely open two weeks, Barley and Brass showcased its kegged cocktails, savory bar snacks, and amazingly attentive staff for guests on a wet and nasty December evening. With bitter cold and the first snow fall of the year to deal with the brothers behind the famous 25 Degrees definitely lived up to the heat of their other spot! If you weren't there, read the reviews and have a look at these beautiful pictures!

Thanks to our party sponsor: Barley and Brass (Facebook)

Home For The Holidays At 15 Fox Place

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ZeppoleOn a cold Jersey City night, Yelp Elites came together for a festivus that got you in the holiday spirit, if you weren't before. Located in a residential neighborhood and walking into the most decorated house on the block, with gift in hand really makes you feel as if you were walking into Grandma's house. Welcomed by our lovely hosts and directed to our seats found in various sections of the house, Yelpers enjoyed a mini sampling of the usual 15 Fox Place spread. From mini pizettas to polenta and sausage to ending on a sweet note with a mini zeppole filled with cannoli cream, how can you not appreciate food made with love? Everyone walked away with a special gift from their Secret Santa, some new friends and some great memories. A huge thank you to Buffalo Trace for providing the delicious spiced cocktails, our lovely friends at 15 Fox Place and of course, all our wonderful Yelp Elites. Check out all the reviews and pics here.

 

Yelp Manchester Says 'Hoppy Christmas' Again At Brewdog

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After a year of great Yelp Manchester events (even if we do say so ourselves...) it was time to round 2014 up in style with our Christmas bash at Brewdog! 

With great food and drinks, a fantastic beer school from Becky at Brewdog and an expanded quiz it was a night that hopefully had everything as our 'regal reviewers' and 'super snappers' got together with friends old and new. 

It was amazing to see such an effort with everyone's festive costumes and the quiz was super close between the top 3 teams - next year we'll need to come up with some new questions I think! 

You can read our reviews of the event here and see the photos on our Facebook page now. 

A big thanks to Martin and all the Brewdog team for a great night and thanks to all our Manchester Yelpers for coming down and enjoying yourself - hopefully see you soon!
 
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The Yelp Perth Elite Event at Lot Twenty

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Almost 100 Yelpers gathered in Lot Twenty's beautiful alfresco area last night to experience and hear about this new addition to Northbridge. Yelpers were treated to Cubanos, and lamb and pork served with their very popular Dutch fries. Oyster expert Jerry Fraser was there too, shucking a range of three oysters for the Elites to try. Paired with cider, beer or one of their new fancy granitas (a hurricane or pina colada), it was a perfect dinner for the balmy summer's night.

A massive thank you to the team at Lot Twenty for organising this wonderful and delicious evening!

Check out the photos and read the reviews.

Laura D

Yelp Perth Community Manager

December 10, 2014

Popejoy Presents Yelp

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To close the year, Yelp Elites in Albuquerque took a backstage tour of the halls, dressing rooms and inner sanctums of the city's best venue for Broadway productions, lectures, orchestrations and all-around amazement, Popejoy Hall. Elites and guests were treated to delectible antipasto from M'Tucci's Italian Market & Deli, dreamy baked goods from Rude Boy Cookies, and wines in-house. Every attendee had a shot at a ticket to performances in 2015. The exceptional reviews and pictures tell the story. Thank you, Popejoy Presents, for the incredible event! We're spreading the theatrical word.

Holiday Feasting At The Pineapple Room By Alan Wong

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Honolulu Yelp Elites celebrated the holiday season with an intimate Elite-only gathering at the Pineapple Room by Alan Wong. Guests were the first to taste the brand new happy hour menu which featured crispy calamari, "Umami" fries, Pineapple Room chili, twice baked potato skins, all natural Kuahiwi beef sliders and lilikoi malasadas! After stuffing their bellies to the brim, Yelpers washed everything down with an array of organic Ocean Vodka cocktails. Throughout the evening Elites smiled the night away with Photo Ops Hawaii and a few lucky folks won locally made foodie gifts! We ended 2014 in the spirit of giving with each guest donating toys to local non-profit Helping Hands Hawaii!

Check out the gleeful photos and 5-star Santa approved reviews!

Thanks to our party sponsors: The Pineapple Room by Alan Wong • Ocean Vodka • Photo Ops Hawaii • Leon Ho Photography • HOPA Ginger Chocolates •  Spun Paradise Cotton Candy 

Yelp Omaha Learns The ABCs Of Winter Cycling

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Omaha's Yelp Elite Squad gathered for bites, sips and cycling tips at the Omaha Bicycle Co., a cozy bike/coffee shop in Benson. After enjoying offerings from Star Deli (their Cuban is one of the best sandwiches in town, just sayin'), Two Birds Bakery and Intelligentsia Coffee - not to mention a variety of samples from Infusion Brewing Company and Benson Brewery - Omaha Bicycle Co. owner Sarah Johnson gave a presentation on the ins and outs of winter cycling. The biggest takeaways? Make sure you're adequately dressed, remember to slow down and always check your ABCs - air, brakes and chain – before hitting the cold, cold streets. Want more? Check out reviews and photos from this fantastic event.

Huge thanks go out to Omaha Bicycle Co., Star Deli, Two Birds Bakery and Andy Lachance Photography.

Greater Toronto Paints Their Way Into The Holidays!

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After over two years of amazing elite events in the GTA, Elites returned to one of the original spots where they once gathered to celebrate great local businesses in the 'burbs — Paintlounge, now in it's new location on the recently revitalized Markham Main Street. While the celebration was still in support of great local businesses, the evening took on a holiday theme as warmed seasonal beverages flowed, sweet snacks were shared, and yes, even a canvass or two had some holiday themed paint fun on them! Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.

Thanks To Our Sponsors:

Paintlounge Markham •  Michael Rousseau Photography

Yelp Oslo Crêpe Christmas craft @ Crêperie de Mari

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Tuesday the 9th of December Elites and Yelpers gathered at the cosy Crêperie de Mari for a Crêpes Christmas craft. The table was filled with towers of crêpes, strawberries, homemade lemonade and delicious cider. Tunnelling all our creative skills, we were dedicated to participate in the Crêpe Awards of the night. One challenge appeared; how to decorate the crêpes before being tempted to eat them all? The amount of topping seemed to grow around us; surrounded by strawberries, coffee beans, homemade blueberry jam, fruits, hot flowing nutella and whipped cream, we all had enough to both eat and create! Our Crêpe Award resulted in 40 nominations but only three Crêpe artists were chosen for their extraordinary crêpes. The price was a cup of Mari's own homemade chocolate. We all felt very happy and pleased to be filled with so much sweet, creative and humorous crêpe-love! As newly debuted crêpe artists we could all roll happily home, carrying the good memories with us.

A great thanks to our sponsor: Crêperie de Mari.

Read the reviews and take a look at the photos on Yelp, Flickr and facebook.

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Tirsdag 9. desember var eliten og yelpere samlet på koselige Crêperie de Mari for vårt Crêpes juleverksted. Bordet var fylt med tårn av crêpes, jordbær, hjemmelaget limonade og nydelig cider. Vi fokuserte all vår kreativitet, og dedikert satte vi i gang med kveldens Crêpes Award. Med tre kategorier i mente skapte vi crêpe-ansikt, jule-crêpes og en spesiell serie med Yelp-crêpes! Èn utfordring meldte seg; hvordan skulle vi klare å vente med spisingen til våre crêpes var ferdig dekorert? Mengden toppinger på bordet ble større og større utover kvelden; omgitt av jordbær, kaffebønner, hjemmelaget blåbærsyltetøy, frukt og krem var det nok til både å spise og skape! Vår Crêpe Award resulterte I 40 nominasjoner, hvorav kun tre crêpe kunstnere ble premiert for sine ekstraordinære og kreative crêpes. Premien var en kopp av Mari’s egne hjemmelagde sjokolade. Som nylig debuterte crêpe kunstnere kunne vi alle rulle glade og fornøyde hjem etter en spennende og uforglemmelig kveld.

En stor takk til vår sponsor Crêperie de Mari.

Les anmeldelsene fra kvelden, og ta en titt på bildene på Yelp, Facebook og Flickr.

Yelp, il Wok è giusto!

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

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December 09, 2014

Yelp's Taste-Cation

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Last weekend Las Vegas Elites attended the final Las Vegas YEE of 2014 and SLS did not disappoint. Elites checked in to the hotel on Friday, December 5th from 4:30pm - 6pm. They then started the at Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book for cocktails from 6pm for cocktails, beers, and sliders to kick-start their appetite. The "Taste-Cation" began at 8pm with Elites being broken into two groups. Each group was able to experience both Ku Noodle and Cleo by rotating restaurants after an hour at each with a forty minute break in between. During the break they chilled and let their food settle at Sayers Club with a cocktail or glass of wine. After the food, Elites headed up to their rooms to freashen-up and head over to LiFE nightclub for a VIP/Bottle service experience like no other. Saturday morning Elites treated to a fully loaded breakfast at The Griddle Cafe and a champagne tour of the Iconic Images gallery on the Mezzanine Level of SLS. This was an amazingly fun and exciting event for Las Vegas Elite community and a great way to cap off the Elite class of 2014. Read the reviews here and get the full photo recap here

Huge thanks to SLS Las Vegas, Umami Burger, Cleo, Ku-Noodle, Sayers Cub, LiFE Nightclub, Griddle Cafe, and Digital Guerilla Inc. 

#YelpWinterZootacular- Tucson Yelpers Celebrate Local Flavor & Raise Funds For The Zoo

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Hundreds of Tucson Yelpers flocked to the Reid Park Zoo on Tuesday, December 2nd to celebrate Yelp's Winter Zootacular– the season's biggest holiday bash, benefiting the Reid Park Zoological Society. Designed to connect locals with great local businesses, Yelp's Winter Zootacular featured an array of incredible local bites, beverages, beats and entertainment from over 25 local businesses, plus an exclusive preview of Zoolights. Despite the rain, Yelpers came together to party and raise $2,700.00 for the new Gibbon habitat. 

From gourmet food, to craft beer and cocktails, hair styling, glitter tattoos, massage stations, acrobats, face painting, nail art, wine glass painting, DJ entertainment and a photo booth, party goers experienced a local celebration in true Yelp fashion! 

This event was made possible in partnership with the Reid Park Zoo, the Reid Park Zoological Society and PRO EM- Party Concepts.

Catch up on what Tucson Yelpers thought of the party on the review page. Checkout the visual delights of the party in the photos captured by fabulous Pedro Romano Photography. And check out the tremendous local partners below!

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Yelposada, ¡la última del año!

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Chilango yelpers partied until 2am this past Friday as they celebrated the final Yelpachanga of 2014. With cocktails and beer freely flowing, guests gathered on the picturesque rooftop garden of Hotel Casa Blanca to reminisce upon a full year of festive yelpiness.

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Atlanta Elites Celebrate With Tacky Sweaters & Holiday Dinner At LongHorn Steakhouse

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On Monday, our Yelp Elite Squad gathered at LongHorn Steakhouse on Cobb Parkway for a little holiday cheer, and an experience with the Winter Menu replete with new items. Our merry group gathered for tons of fancy bites, great holiday decor, and even a white elephant gift exchange! It was a great way to end the year with such a lovely and merry atmosphere! Check out the reviews here and the photos here

NC Triangle's Yelp Express Pajama Party at Tupelo Honey

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Yelp Elites kicked off the holiday season with an exclusive event at the all new Tupelo Honey Cafe at Cameron Village. Elites and their guests dressed in their best PJs and got cozy at the bar. They started the afternoon with a ‘Violet Beauregarde’ Champagne Cocktail' made with organic vodka from our lovely alcohol sponsor, TOPO distillery. The mixology demonstration really got this party shakin'! Everyone learned how to make an "Old Fashioned" cocktail choosing their own bitters and herbs, and took home their very own glass, shaker, and muddler. Not to mention everyone received a gift certificate for a FREE tour to TOPO distillery. Top off those drinks with some yummy southern favorites like; fried okra, fried green tomatoes, and hot pimento cheese and you got yourself a group of happy Yelpers. Read all the five star reviews here and check out all the photos on Flickr!

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Healthy Holiday Dinner and Cookie Contest in Montreal

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December 2014, Montreal's Yelp Elites followed a trail of cookie crumbs through an arts-packed industrial building in the MIle End to enjoy a cozy, healthy holiday dinner cooked up by nutritional consultant Danielle Levy in a cool new community kitchen. Plus they brought their best cookies and recipes to collectively create a Yelp Montreal cookie bookie! Check out the recipes, photos and reviews.

Sinterklaas bij Candyville Pop-Up Store Antwerpen

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There once was a tiny candyshop, named Candyville Pop Up... Between the cool shops of the Nieuwe Gaanderij in the centre of Antwerp, 30 yelpers were invited to meet the sacres Sinterklaas. Together With Zwarte Piet, he came graciously down the stairs to the singing yelp community. We enjoyed delicious candy made by Eurosweets factory all night long! Sint Nicholas even handed out goodie bags for everyone who took a picture with him (and sat on his lap!). Of course there was also a healthy veggi option. The highlight of the evening was the Candyville competition. The yelper with the most original picture won her own weight in candy! Halleluja, that’s a whole lot of candy. It was a close call, a true selfie competition at Candyville. Elite Yelper Sigal was the happy winner who got to take the loot home. Until the end of December everyone is able to take a selfie with an XL lollypop and buy delicious sweets! You can read the funny reviews of the night here and check out the pictures on our Flickr page.

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