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East Bay’s Space Odyssey 2009!



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Yesterday evening yelpers from all around the Bay gathered in the hills of Oakland for East Bay’s inaugural open party to explore the mysteries of the universe at Chabot Space & Science Center! This event included not only Elites, but the entire extended Yelp community.

Lip-smacking good refreshments and nibbles abound, guests wandered through three floors of interactive exhibits, simulations and learnings while grooving to the beats of fflood, Vagabond and Demodulate. With stunning panoramas as a backdrop, guests peered into three enormous telescopes at newly discovered asteroids and Jupiter and three of its moons.

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There were out of this world eats around every corner: Edible Explorations served up incredible molé and salsas while Miraku wowed with a spectacular array of sushi. Otaez was a pescatarian dream with loads of scrumptious fresh, chunky ceviche, and The Sage Table offered a taste of Indian chutney. The other end of the taste spectrum was satisfied by delectable cupcakes from Sweetface Bakery, brownies and cookies courtesty of A Sweet Affair, and Gelateria Naia with a rainbow of gelato including the ever-popular whiskey flavor!

Miracle Fruit USA made a distinct impression on many a palate with their special berries too; yelpers were seen taking shots of straight vinegar! Now that’s certainly not all their was to drink, when it came to beverages the choices were plentiful! For the beer lovers, Dogfish Head, Drake’s and Humboldt offered refreshing cold brews, while Bear Flag Wines and ginger mimosas from Domaine de Canton pleased the oenophiles. The line was likely the longest for Partida though! We all know how much yelpers enjoy their tequila.

Considering it was a Sunday evening, the non-alky bevergages were just as popular though, and folks enjoyed Honest Tea and effervescent hibiscus drink, Ooba. Berkeley café, Local 123, also dripped fresh Flying Goat coffee for all! And it doesn’t stop there: Think Escape‘s fantasy shuttle stocked with refreshments kept the party going from the subway station to Chabot and back!

Three cheers to all our guests and sponsors for supporting this marvelous organization that continues to make important contributions to the field of astronomy and provides a unique learning ground for the curious of any age! Chabot is now hosting nightlife events that include telescope viewings, planetarium showings and live music. Check out their last party under the stars of the year!

Want a peek of the festivities? The costumes should not be missed! Head to Yelp’s Flickr page for photobooth shots by PhotoWorks Interactive and pix by CDMFoto and see more from Will A’s perspective. Read the reviews of the event too! As you can see, it was truly a stellar evening.

Hope you’ll join us next time…

To infinity and beyond!

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