Monday, October 9, 2017

Feedback on Local Guide Meetup 2

In October, I hosted another meetup to invite Local Guides in Houston. I want to give LG another try on LocalGuideConnection.com website, which is changed to https://maps.google.com/localguides. They didn't tell me that. (this is usual with Google. I'm not surprised.)

My event was called National Cookies Month meetup in Houston TX. I limited 10 guests as I usually do. But I received a message from someone really wanted to attend but there was no more opening. That's odd. Among those 10, there were only 4 replied had reviews in Houston.

  1. Jawahir (Finland) - Level 2 - 109176936456734675648
  2. Bunda Imoet (Indonesia) - Level 6 - 114393280060569328492
  3. salvatore porru (Italy) Level 5 - 113940019571382231665
  4. Ericka Flowers (Houston) Level 3 - 106689765669046657086
  5. Vito Montanaro (Italy) Level 3 - 102425615440366601261
  6. MrAHMED SAEID (Egypt) Level 4 - 101547467045030028617
  7. William Daniel (Thailand) Level 3 - 115909375203005254472
  8. Siddharth srivatsa (Houston) Level 4 - 104503682632363210984
  9. Ashley Nichols (Houston) Level 4 - 109788889396731111856
  10. Blessed Chishanga (Houston) Level 5 - 117559043957034298852

Soooo... are those foreigners decided to travel across the ocean to attend my meetup? Or... they can't change the RSVP after clicked on "Attend this meetup". I am contemplating to give up this Local Guides meetup idea completely. It's a lot of hassle and lot of learning (my first try was a lot of work).

In my opinion, Google Maps reviews could never be like Yelp. Here are my thoughts to compare them:
  • Local Guides could never be like Yelpers. It lacks standards on reviewers. Everybody can be Local Guides and no incentive at any level. These levels do not translate to longevity and knowledge. 
  • There is no connection between Local Guide profile and Google+ profile. As I suggested on my first meetup feedback, I can't message attendees effectively.
  • Yelp has 2 classes of reviewers, Elite Squad and everybody else. We Elites tend to have higher expectation on how we behave in the community. Local Guides don't have any prestige. 
  • On Yelp Events, there are "I'm in" and "Sounds Cool". There are more people on Yelp observe RSVP rules than Google Local Guides. If you can't attend, you can always change your status.  I'm not sure if this is the case with Google Local Guides event page. I asked those attendees to message me, but no one replied. 
I get 3 chances to add event updates. But did attendees get notified?
Another issue with Google Local Guides, they don't require to use real name and real photos. I met a guy at my first Meetup. He said, "I'm here for your meetup" like I know him. Wait, the profile has no photo. That's another thing. That 21-digit profile number from Google+ profile has no relationship to profile on LocalGuideConnection.com.

If I were going to share another meetup on Local Guides page, I would limit it to 1. Anyone who wanted to attend would need to announce themselves in the discussion and hit my Google+ Event page to RSVP for real. Wow. Isn't that too much work for them? Well. It might be my last time to post anything at all.

Oh, BTW, no one from Local Guides showed up. That person who messaged me told me few hours prior to starting that he/she can't make it. (The avatar was blank)

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Send to Phone

Yelp has this convenient feature on the website similar to Google Maps' Send to Phone feature. Just in case you are at a computer not your own, like in a library or public places, send a page to your phone to bookmark it. It is also convenient to share a location with a friend who is looking for places to eat.
I discovered this feature early April 2017


From a biz page, look for "Send to your phone" link.
sample

Enter your cell phone number and hit "Text Link"




Friday, October 6, 2017

Yelp Workshop Venue

This is part of my Yelp Workshop during the Zoom Zoom 100 & Beyond UYE. We are going to talk about the features on the Yelp app (Android) and website.
Houston Yelp Houston
First of all, I have no affiliation with Yelp.
Second of all, I am not getting paid by anyone to represent Yelp.
Most of all, #iYELPaLOT. I love to share what I know about Yelp and help Yelpers to get the most out of this app.

Once you know how things work, it will be more fun to Yelp about.

Featured topics:
  1. Friend or Follow
  2. Missed You on Yelp
  3. Yelfie 101
  4. Yelp Cash Back
  5. Yelp List on App
  6. Auto-Friending Feature (website)
  7. Where's my Badge
  8. Last 90 Days Stats
  9. Send to Phone (website)
  10. Yelp Talks
  11. The Local Yelp (fka The Weekly Yelp)
If you want to create a list for Yelp Challenge, please be sure to bring your user name and password to login to my laptop. Or, you can bring your laptop and you can use my mobile hotspot to connect to the internet.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Claimed or Not Claimed Biz Page

Whenever I write a review, I have to check if the biz page has been claimed by an owner or not. It makes big difference on the outcome.

Claimed biz vs Unclaimed biz
It doesn't mean I would give a claimed biz a 5-star for no reason or purposely write reviews at claimed biz. But reviews at claimed biz are likely to be read more often than unclaimed biz. However, biz owner can later claim a biz. It would change the dynamics.

Biz owner can then delete my review if it's not to their expectation without warning. They can also remove my photos with undesirable caption. For example, my photos were removed from the page of Bel Furniture before I wrote a 5-star review. Anyone with less than 5-stars are removed, as I saw it happened.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Friend or Follow

To reply my Yelper friend's question from awhile back, "Why do I see some people on my feed but they are not my friends?"

Answer: You marked to follow them. Doesn't matter if you are friends or not, anyone you follow will be showing on top of all feed, reviews and tips.

It's good to follow someone on Yelp. It's completely anonymous until November 28, 2017. After that, any new follower will be visible (updated per Yelp Blog 11/02/17). They don't know you are following them. Befriend with someone on Yelp will reveal each other's check-in messages. I don't see any harm to follow your friends. Except, the contents from people you follow will go to the top of everything.

I like extremes. Porsche posted over 17k media.

From what I know besides reviews, tips, photo post notifications, you'll receive notifications from your friends' interests in Events and posts on Talks on the feed. It's much easier to read them on the app because they presented in both groups, Friends and Following.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Time for Taiwan at Tainan Bistro

Crawlers, this is the recommended menu for #TimeForTaiwan #ChinatownCrawl event at Tainan Bistro.
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Everything on the menu is single serving, not family style dining. But feel free to share with other Crawlers.

I have carefully selected dishes for those people who is:
  • Vegetarian - steam buns and dumpling may contain eggs
  • Pescetarian - can be vegetarian contain eggs
  • Gluten intolerance or sensitivity
  • Restricted on the consumption of pork
  • Allergic to shell fish - see below, but skip fish and seafood on the name
  • Vegan - Not on the menu, but it can be prepared from the kitchen

Vegetarian and Pescetarian:
凉麵 $5.25 - Cold Noodles (dry) - tell kitchen to hold the shredded chicken
炸醬麵 $5.95 - Bean Paste with minced pork Dry Noodles - tell kitchen to hold the pork
素炒麵 $5.75 - Vegetarian Chow Mein
酥炸魚排飯 - $7.75 - Fried fish steak over rice
綜合素炒飯 $6.00 - Vegetarian fried rice
鮮蝦炒飯 $6.50 - Prawn fried rice
三鮮水餃 (15) $7.00 - Three Seafood dumplings
煎素餃子 (10) $6.50 - Fried vegetarian dumplings
三鮮鍋貼 (10) $6.50 - Three Seafood Pot Stickers
蘿蔔絲煎餃 (1) $1.30 - Shredded Daikon Pot Sticker
海鮮什锦系列 $7.95 - Seafood Combo Series (Rice noodles/Noodles/Rice Cake/Rice)
味佳香熏魚 (Half or Whole)  $11.00 / $21.00 - House Special Smoked Fish

Dumplings & Pot Stickers (3rd panel) and Noodles
Everything on these 2 menus contain wheat.

Non-Pork Dishes - plus dishes from Vegetarian and Pescetarian:
牛肉麵 $6.95 - Beef Soup Noodles
酥炸雞排飯 - $6.95 - Fried chicken steak over rice
紅燒牛肉燴飯 $7.95 - Braised beef over rice
牛肉水餃 (15) $7.00 - Beef dumplings
牛肉鍋貼 (10) $6.50 - Beef Pot Stickers
牛肉湯餃 (12) $6.75 - Beef soup dumplings

Everyone else, check out above listed dishes and below:
上海菜肉餛飩 (10) $6.50 - Shanghai style pork wonton
牛肉湯餃 (12) $6.75 - Beef soup dumplings
酥炸雞排飯 - $6.95 - Fried chicken steak over rice
炸排骨飯 - $6.95 - Fried Pork Chop over rice
麻醬麵 $5.25 - Sesame Paste Dry Noodles 
炸醬麵 $5.95 - Bean Paste with minced pork Dry Noodles 
擔擔面 $5.25 - Spicy oil minced pork noodles
台式炒米粉 $6.50 - Taiwanese style dry rice noodles
滷豬腳拌麵 $6.95 - Spiced pig feet dry noodles
鮮蝦小餛飩麵 $6.75 - Shrimp won ton soup noodles
切仔麵/米粉 $5.50 - Minced Pork Plain Noodles/Rice Noodles
肉焿 $5.75 - Pork Meatball Soup
肉焿米粉/ 麵 $5.75 - Pork Meatball Soup with Rice Noodles or Noodles
雞捲 (2) $7.00 - Tofu wrapped chicken roll



Monday, July 31, 2017

Tainan Bistro Menu Translated

Tainan Bistro serves lots of delicious Taiwanese food. Unless you read Chinese, you can't understand what's on the menu hanging on the wall.

So, let me break it down for you. There are 5 panels:

  1. Side Dishes (check the cooler for availability)
  2. Noodles
  3. Dumplings Pot Stickers
  4. Rice Dishes
  5. Beverage & New Items
Noodles (2nd Panel)
Noodles Panel
牛肉麵 $6.95 - Beef Soup Noodles
牛肉蓋澆陽春麵 $6.95 - Beef Topped Noodles
榨菜肉絲湯麵 $6.00 - Preserved mustard with pork strips soup noodles
雪菜肉絲湯麵 $6.00 - Preserved vegetable with pork strips soup noodles
番茄雞蛋麵 $6.00 - Tomato scramble eggs over noodles
鮮蝦小餛飩麵 $6.75 - Shrimp won ton soup noodles
豬排麵 $6.95 - Pork chop soup noodles
雞排麵 $6.95 - Chicken Steak soup noodles
魚排麵 $7.75 - Fish Steak soup noodles
切仔麵/米粉 $5.50 - Minced Pork Plain Noodles/Rice Noodles
凉麵 $5.25 - Cold Noodles (dry)
全家福 - Family Portrait - Fish, pork
砂鍋牛肉粉絲湯 - Clay pot beef strips rice noodle soup
蝦炒麵 $6.75 - Shrimp Chow Mein
雞炒麵 $6.50 - Chicken Chow Mein
鮮蝦炒麵 $6.75 - Prawn Chow Mein
麻醬麵 $5.25 - Sesame Paste Dry Noodles V
炸醬麵 $5.95 - Bean Paste with minced pork Dry Noodles P
素炒麵 $5.75 - Vegetarian Chow Mein
擔擔面 $5.25 - Spicy oil minced pork noodles
台式炒米粉 $6.50 - Taiwanese style dry rice noodles
滷豬腳拌麵 $6.95 - Spiced pig feet dry noodles

Rice Dishes (4th Panel)

Rice Dishes:
酥炸雞排飯 - $6.95 - Fried chicken steak over rice
炸排骨飯 - $6.95 - Fried Pork Chop over rice
酥炸魚排飯 - $7.75 - Fried fish steak over rice
雞炒飯 $6.00 - Chicken fried rice
鮮蝦炒飯 $6.50 - Prawn fried rice
綜合雞蝦炒飯 $6.50 - Chicken & Shrimp fried rice
綜合素炒飯 $6.00 - Vegetarian fried rice
滷豬腳飯 $6.95 - Spiced pig feet over rice
梅干扣肉飯 $6.95 - Prune pork stew over rice
紅燒牛肉燴飯 $7.95 - Braised beef over rice


Dumpling (3rd Panel)
Dumplings & Pot Stickers:
韭菜豬肉水餃 (15) $6.50 - Chives Pork Dumplings
白菜豬肉水餃 (15) $6.50 - Napa Cabbage Pork Dumplings
三鮮水餃 (15) $7.00 - Three Seafood dumplings
牛肉水餃 (15) $7.00 - Beef dumplings
煎素餃子 (10) $6.50 - Fried vegetarian dumplings
上海菜肉餛飩 (10) $6.50 - Shanghai style pork wonton
牛肉湯餃 (12) $6.75 - Beef soup dumplings
白菜鍋貼 (10) $6.00 - Napa Cabbage Pot Stickers P
三鮮鍋貼 (10) $6.50 - Three Seafood Pot Stickers
牛肉鍋貼 (10) $6.50 - Beef Pot Stickers
鮮蝦鍋貼 (10) $7.00 - Shrimp Pot Stickers
韭菜鍋貼 (10) $6.00 - Chives Pot Stickers
蘿蔔絲煎餃 (1) $1.30 - Shredded Daikon Pot Sticker

Beverage (5th panel)

Beverage:
汽水 $1.00 - Soft Drink
冰糖银耳 $3.00 - Rock Sugar White Fungus Drink
綠豆冰糖银耳 $3.00 - Rock Sugar White Fungus with Mung Beans Drink
酸梅湯 $3.00 - Sour Plum Drink


New Items (5th panel)
New Items:
肉焿 $5.75 - Pork Meatball Soup
肉焿米粉/ 麵 $5.75 - Pork Meatball Soup with Rice Noodles or Noodles
雞捲 (2) $7.00 - Tofu wrapped chicken roll F
味佳香熏魚 (Half or Whole)  $11.00 / $21.00 - House Special Smoked Fish
燙青菜 $5.95 - Hot Vegetables
海鮮什锦系列 $7.95 - Seafood Combo Series:
- 米粉 Rice Noodles
- 麵 Noodles
- 年糕 Rice Cake
- 泡飯 Soaked Rice
雞肉絲飯 $5.50 - Shredded Chicken over Rice
鹽水鴨肉飯 $7.50 - Salty Duck over Rice

Please come to my Time for Taiwan #ChinatownCrawl UYE on Sunday, August 13, 2017. 

Disclaimer:
I don't work for this restaurant. These are my best knowledge of Taiwanese food. Anything pre-made are not likely to be altered, such as dumplings. It's possible to ask for certain ingredients to be or not to be in your order.

Small red alphabet indicates other ingredient might be allergic. Pork, Fish