New Orleans

New Orleans

By Andrea Mejia

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I arrived in New Orleans a few years ago, not knowing I would eventually stay.

Today, I can say I wouldn’t change that for the world. New Orleans is a place of extremes, a place of love and of hate. When it comes to living well, New Orleans has it all. You can choose from a vast variety of restaurants, bars, cafes, parks and streets that fill you with history.

And one cannot leave behind the festivals that crowd the streets with tourists and liven the city up making it an exceptional city to visit or live in. There are so many activities to choose from, even those that do not involve drinking.

There are free yoga classes offered at the park, and some bars also offer yoga and other sports as well, allowing you to choose how to spend your afternoon.

In New Orleans you don’t really need to arrange a date for your leisure time. Whether you want to go out to exercise or enjoy a drink, there is no better plan than to show up at a bar or at the park and meet a stranger. As part of the fun you talk to people you do not know and get to learn and see a unique perspective of what this wonderful city is.

This is something that made me fall in love with this city, as I am the type of person who loves to talk to anyone. This morning I woke up to the sad news of the passing of Anthony Bourdain. The sadness that I feel over his death is overwhelming.

It would only be fitting and appropriate to mention him in this article. My first thought was that after visiting so many places, he decided to travel to one without a return ticket. We won’t hear his account on this trip, and we won’t have any more stories told in the unique way he used to tell them.

He was the mentor that I never met in person. I can say many of the places I visited were inspired by him. His legacy will remain forever within many of us, those who followed in his footsteps inspired to adventure.

As we enjoy the privilege of living in a place like no other, and in honor of Chef Bourdain, who seemingly enjoyed New Orleans, we should make it a point to savor this city with all the craziness and dysfunctionality that makes New Orleans so unique.

Andrea Mejia

Writer/Escritora

Better Living/Vivir mejor

Colombia

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Publisher's Note

Spring Fest Time

With the warmer days ahead, everyone is ready to soak up some sun and get back to the outdoors.

Music is the center of it all. We prepare our wallets to support us during every festival coming up that brings the talented musicians on-stage and the food vendors to serve their signature creations. This month is the third edition of Top Taco, an event that has grown exponentially each time.

This event, that takes place on March 14th this year, has become a great avenue for restaurants and their business owners and for the promotion of mezcal and tequila brands. Latino cooks and restaurateurs have been able to connect to the New Orleans community, and Top Taco has allowed exposure to many restaurants, including little mom and pop's that otherwise American residents of New Orleans would have never known.

With Agave Week happening March 10th to March 14th and its tasting events, seminars and parties at the ACE Hotel, Top Taco is sure becoming a New Orleans signature event. We are excited about its growth because it gives visibility to the growing Latino community and some of its great culture.

 Enjoy the wonderful Spring events and don't forget to tag VIVA NOLA in all your pictures!

AnaMaria