Yelpers Have Gone Green in Orange County!

Yelpers turned Orange County green at the Yelp Goes Green elite event at The OC Mart Mix on St. Patrick's Day! Elite yelpers got a chance to skip the crowds on everyone's fave drinking holiday, and were treated to a special sneak peek of all The OC Mart Mix at SoCo is going to offer – including tastings from We Olive, Portola Coffee Lab, Wicked 'Wiches, Le Napoleon Patisserie, and Taste Buds. Not only that, all of the shops in The Mix stayed open to let yelpers shop 'til they drop.

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The color green went all the way outside with two of OC's fave green-hued food trucks, The Lime Truck and Dogzilla, who supplied hungry yelpers with gourmet bites… all while sipping on some organic vodka and Irish-inspired cocktails poured by the charming and talented bartenders from Bar One Beverage Catering, and local beer from Anaheim's own Noble Ale Works. And, of course, you've gotta have water – the very eco-friendly and environmentally driven Echo Water was on hand to make sure everyone left the party with quenched thirst… and you can now buy your own bottle at Mother's Markets locations throughout OC.

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Not enough for ya, how about the rad musical stylings of The Joneses? They kept this party going with their kickass acoustic covers of everything from The Beatles to Drake… and word on the street is that they were pretty easy on the eyes too. The wonderful Elaine from E Photographic Art documented it all in style, as did the ever-talented Albert E, and the truly amazing 3D animated photobooth from the fine folks at 3D Cheeze.

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Shops at The Mix also made sure yelpers got a chance to feel the luck of the Irish with chances to win amazing prizes in the raffle for the night – everything from a $1,000 bridal accessory, photography, and floral package from B.Bride to vegan-friendly dresses from Deer Lovely to custom-made stationery from The Paper House. Perhaps prize-winner, Qui C puts it best, "The venue was perfect – all the shops and owners were lovely; the owners willingly to share their special collection of stuff with us. They always took a moment to make me go 'Ahh.. that's cool!' Special shout out to the stores giving out the prizes, I won myself an incredible decorative bowl/plate from Flourish that retails at $75!"

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Check out all of the reviews of the event yourself on Yelp, and head to Yelp's Flickr to see all the photo documentation of the night in action. Until next time… stay lucky, yelpers!

Hazel Q