Saturday, April 25, 2015

How to make a list

List is a feature on Yelp and mainly used to group reviews with related topic. It could be anything from Best Places for Dim Sum to Worst Places to Get Wasted.

You can title the list any way you want and be sure to write a description to explain to the readers. I love this List feature, which helps me to be more productive with my Yelping experiences. As for readers, they can follow my story better, like "Auto 'n Mobile of Houston." It's about everything that moves with an automobile. I purposely grouped my biz reviews on dealing with my flat tire experiences in the spring of 2014 and car shopping experiences in the fall of 2014.

In case you don't know how to make a list, here is my easy to follow instruction:

  1. First, you must use a computer. Yelp app does not have such feature and mobile web browser does not have proper encryption in security and permission to allow authoring. (Sorry about the jargon.)
  2. Log in at and make sure you are at your home city. 
  3. Then, click on
  4. If not successful, go to "About Me" and look for "Lists" tab above your profile photo.
  5. Click on the red button "Create List."
    List feature helps your readers to follow your organized thoughts
  6. You need a title and a description. You can change them at any time. However, if you posted your list on a talk thread after you changed the title, it will become a dead link. This is specially important for Yelp 100 Challenge Lists.
  7. Make sure follow the directions on the screen to drag-n-drop your reviews from left bank to right bank. You can also organize the sequence of reviews any way you want.
  8. Hit "Done" on the top. And, voila! You've got a list.
  9. Be careful, don't hit "delete". Because once it's gone, it's not retrievable. 

Double Dipping

Orange is my trademark
Benefit of writing a review on an UYE is that you can also write one on the business. Check out Austin J's review on UYE - 2B or Not 2B and Bombay Pizza Co. Looks like he did go back to the business after the UYE, but not the post date.

As for UYE (Unofficial Yelp Event), there is no rule how to review it. But if you attended an Official Yelp Event (OYE) or Yelp Elite Event (YEE), your reviews must be posted on the specific YEE/OYE page, not on the biz page. Because the venue from the event is not open to general public.

I captured an excerpt from our CM's email of 3/3/14 regarding writing reviews on any Yelp events:

Important reminders regarding Yelp Events and reviews: Please remember that if you do choose to leave feedback for your CM and participating sponsors, do so in the event listing that is created for the Elite Event. DO NOT review the sponsors' official Yelp business pages until you go back for a legitimate customer experience as a paying customer (Not everyone gets free beverages, food, entertainment, etc. during an everyday biz experience). Just a reminder that if you do neglect this rule, your review will be flagged for review. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

In Tacos We Trust

Taco La Bala #6 located at 5515 Gessner Dr, Houston, TX 77041 in the Carverdale neighborhood is the cleanest restaurant of the Taco La Bala chain. Not because it's newest, but the customers kept this place orderly. And, best of all, this is my favorite spot for dinner. Here is my review.

De Trompo = hard to say how it tastes, because it was all mixed up (photo)
Fajitas beef = highly marinated but mostly dry beef pieces. (photo)
Deshebrada = Shredded beef is juicy and tender. (photo)
Chicharron = Pork skin taco has a unique texture. (photo)
Barbacoa = slow cooked beef (photo)
Pollo = Chicken fajita taco - a little dry, but still tasty. (photo)
Lengua = tender beef tongue with mild flavors (photo)
Tripa = Tripe (photo)
Vegetarian variety - all avocado. Tasty with a squeeze of lime. (photo)
Cochinita Pibil = slow-roasted pork with zesty seasoning (photo)
My favorites are Deshebrada, Cochinita Pibil and Lengua