Rain or Shine, These Festivals Are Happening

Italian Market Festival will go on all weekend | M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Italian Market Festival will go on all weekend | M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

We were pretty excited when we put together our compilation of May festivals, and then May happened. It’s been gray skies for much of the month with a good amount of rain mixed in (you know, except for today). And now we’re at the final pre-Memorial Day weekend and the fear-mongering weather people are predicting more rain. But if you’re like me, you’re like, “whatevs, It’s my weekend and I’ll party if I want to, weather be damned. So it’s good to know that at least some of the weekend’s outdoor events are happening regardless.

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Food Trucks and Drinks, Just Off the Schuylkill Banks

Food trucks by the Schuylkill River.

Food trucks by the Schuylkill River.

On Saturday, September 12, Yelp is hosting an afternoon of fun and fundraising in the courtyard at Edgewater Apartments (just off of the Schuylkill Banks at 2323 Race Street). The event, which starts at 2 p.m., will include complimentary beer and wine tastings, plus pay-as-you-go food from four Philadelphia food trucks.

The event benefits the families of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House and a $10 donation is requested. For every $10 donated, guests will receive a raffle ticket for a special drawing to take place at the event, plus a pair of the famous Ronald McDonald red and white striped socks.

In addition to the food and drink there will be a DJ and lawn games.

RSVP on Yelp by Thursday at 5 p.m. for admission.

Participating Food Trucks »

Yelp Throwing a Summer Social

Via nmjah.org.

Yelp’s Summer Social happening at the National Museum of Jewish History| Via nmjah.org.

On Monday, August 10th, Yelp is throwing a big summer party at the National Museum of Jewish American History. A $10 cash donation for the museum is all that’s required to receive free food and drinks, as well as access to massage services and really cool fashion sketches.

RSVP on the Yelp event page (RSVPs close Thursday at noon) and plan on wearing your summer cocktail party best. Cool fashion sketches just don’t work when you’re in cargo shorts.

The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. and food is provided by the likes of:

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Yelping For Freebies: 8 Deals To Get You Through The Week

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Popcorn chicken at Wokworks.

 

If there are two words to get me off the couch and out of my blissfully air-conditioned bedroom, they are “free” and “food.” And I can’t be the only one. Luckily, if you’re a Yelp user there are all sorts of pick-me-ups to be had around the city. And all you have to do to get them is “Check In” on Yelp at any of the establishments below to snag your freebie.

Show me the free stuff

The Death of the Professional Critic in Philadelphia

Illustration by Matt Chase

Illustration by Matt Chase

When I and my fellow boomers get together in our dad and mom jeans and yak about the good old days when we were growing up, I find myself at a distinct disadvantage. While I share a common cultural heritage with most of my cohort, there is one gaping hole. I never watched a lot of the television shows they watched, because those shows were what my mom called “vulgar.”

The Carol Burnett Show, Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies — all were forbidden. The Wonderful World of Disney, Bonanza, Flipper? Allowed. I know that the concept of a parent exercising such bald veto power over Petticoat Junction — or anything on a screen — is unthinkable to contemporary mothers and fathers. I’m not asking for their pity. I’m merely explaining why I grew up imbued with a sense that some items on the cultural table are more worthy than others. Read more »

Pennsylvania Is A Gigantic Culinary Stereotype

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In one of those evil-genius type collaborations, the Huffington Post and Yelp have combined their powers to come up with a state-by-state list of the most disproportionately popular cuisines in the U.S.. A brief description of their methods:

Yelp figured out which cuisines were most common in each state by examining restaurant listings on its site. The review service uses information pulled by third-party data providers from public records and other sources in order to create its online restaurant listings, according to its website.

To get the data for the map, Yelp first calculated the percentage of total restaurants each cuisine represented in a given state. Then, it compared each percentage with the cuisine’s representation in restaurants nationwide. The resulting map, made by HuffPost, shows the cuisines with a disproportionate level of representation in each state.

Got that? It’s all science-y and what-not, is what they’re saying. And while some state’s data came through as somewhat stereotypical (What? They like Southern food in Georgia? And buffets in Iowa? How did THAT happen?), Pennsylvania’s list of most disproportionately popular grub might just as well have been decorated with an Eagles hat and tiny little Rocky statues.

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Yelp Launches App for Business Owners

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yelp-for-business-appYelp receives 73 million monthly unique visitors via mobile phones and now theres an app, just for business owners that lets the owners be just as mobile as Yelpers. The new app allows business owners to view stats regarding visits to their business page, respond publicly or privately to reviews, respond to business inquiries and for advertisers, view reports on ad clicks.

Business owners can also get notification of new reviews and messages, right from their mobile device.

The app is free and available for both iPhone and Android.

Yelp for Business Owners [Yelp]
Our Gift to Business Owners: A Yelp App Just for You! [Yelp Blog]

3 Rules for Surviving (and Thriving) on Yelp

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My sister is a really good doctor. She runs two busy offices in South Philly. Her patients include CEOs of large companies and union workers from the neighborhood. She sees everything from colds to cancer and knows the best specialists in town. I wouldn’t let her cut my fingernails, of course. But that’s because she’s my sister and I still remember her as a bossy 15-year-old. But her patients I know love her.

Except for this one guy. He skewered her on Yelp. He complained about her office. He gave her a low rating. And what was worse, that she didn’t even know about it until somebody (that was a gloating me) told her about it. She barely knew about Yelp. But apparently, her office was listed there and a handful of people made comments — all great except for the one guy. And it really, really upset her. I get it — people don’t like to hear bad stuff.

Is your business on Yelp? You better check.

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