On Saturday October 22nd, 2011, over 130 Yelp Elites turned out in totally tiki fashion as Yelp Mai-Tai’d One On at Trader Vic’s in Portland, Oregon! Who needs a trip to the south pacific when you can get warm, sunny tropical flavor right in the heart of the pearl?
As Melissa V notes, “the pan-Asian nibbles and crazy-strong fruity rum drinks were dangerous indeed.” Yes, in true island style, Yelpers decked out in their Hawaiian shirts and leis were met at the door with Trader Vic’s classic Mai-Tai, a tropical rum drink that’s as dangerous as it is delicious. Made with a couple of ounces Trader Vic’s own rum, this fruity concoction had Bridge City’s finest feeling the warmth of the equatorial sun. While DJ Drue Groove rocked the classic tiki vinyl on the 1’s and 2’s, the crowd chowed down on Vic’s classic bar fare including crab Rangoon puffs, breaded shrimp and their signature smoked pork ribs. Plate after plate of food circulated as the crack team of bartenders slung hand-made mai tais.
Round Two saw yelpers “getting slizzered on some jungle juice! A shared jungle juice! In a giant bowl! With big fancy straws!” Yeah, Lori F, preach it! TV’s Scorpion Bowls with share straws graced group tables as the servers came through with a whole fresh set of items from the upcoming menu – smoked duck on crostini, ahi poke, smoked tofu on taro chips, pork sliders, beef satay, chicken satay and more! There’s “nothing like a fun little Polynesian buzz on a Saturday afternoon.” Sherry S definitely knows what she’s talking about! Finished off with house-made cupcakes including a macha flavor with azuki-bean frosting, the spread was generous and filling! And as Melvin T attests, “The service was some of the best we have ever had at Yelp Elite Event.”
As Carl B so eloquently sums up: “Great service, excellent food (best of event was beef satay) and an overall experience making me want to come back to try out more from the menu.” Yup, this 5-star soiree would not have been possible without the extreme generosity of Trader Vic’s; a boatload of support from Dean Rogers and Heather Jones; the hard work of Sage, Michael, and the incredible staff at TV’s; Wish You Were Here Photography for taking some great photos; Matt D; and of course the Portland Yelp Elite Squad, without whom none of this would be possible.
Until next time, Aloha!
— Don Ho.