While you're in New Orleans for TechEd North America 2013, take advantage of the opportunity to experience the one-of-a-kind, historic Crescent City. The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau has created a site exclusively for TechEd attendees—a great place to start at www.neworleanscvb.com/teched, where you'll find everything you need to know about the city, what to do and see, dining, hotel information, and transportation. Plus, download the MeNetwork App, and get discount coupons for more than 50 different attractions, tours and restaurants. International attendees will find helpful hints to make your stay easier as well.
Since we can't resist giving our advice, here are some essential New Orleans highlights you won't want to miss:
Must-eat foods and where to get them:
It's all about the food, right? First of all, you have to have a Po-Boy, but it may be hard to choose between the shrimp, oyster, or endless other varieties. Why not try a half-and-half? For history on the iconic Po-Boy sandwich and a list of local sources: http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/cuisine/traditionalfoods/poboys.html (We also hear Crabby Jack's is good: http://crabbyjacksnola.com/)
Beyond the Po-Boy, try these favorites:
- Cajun food, live music and dancing at Mulate's (right by the convention center): http://www.mulates.com/
- Muffuletta sandwiches at Napoleon House (come on... get a whole one!) http://napoleonhouse.com/
- Oysters from Pascal's Manale: http://www.neworleansrestaurants.com/pascalsmanale/
- Crab au Gratin and maybe a little Bread Pudding at Bon Ton Café: http://www.thebontoncafe.com/
- Beignets and café au lait at Café du Monde: http://cafedumonde.com/
- BBQ Shrimp or a Crawfish Boil – from anywhere and everywhere!
Nightlife and music:
You've heard of Pat O'Brien's and the House of Blues (where we hope you'll join the TechEd Jam Session on Tuesday night). But, maybe you're looking for an after-hours hangout with live music, fried pickles, and... bowling? Mid City Lanes Rock 'n' Bowl is a local institution: http://www.rocknbowl.com/
If bowling is not your thing, try:
- Live local Jazz (no food and standing room only, but a mandatory stop in the French Quarter) at Preservation Hall: http://preservationhall.com
- Jazz and dinner at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro (highly recommended): http://snugjazz.com/site/
- Check http://www.neworleanscvb.com/nola-micro/nightlife/ for more hot spots around town
Culture and Activities:
If you're planning to extend your stay in NOLA, you'll find plenty to do. The Crescent City is teaming with museums, historical sites, activities, and tours. There are far too many to list, so check out www.neworleanscvb.com/teched for details and special offers for TechEd attendees!
Some of the most popular:
- Head outdoors for golfing, biking, fishing, or a day in the park: http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/sports/recreation/
- Tours covering everything from NOLA's iconic cemeteries, to Garden District architecture, historic landmarks, and more: http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/tours/
- Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World (to see how they make those amazing floats): http://www.mardigrasworld.com/
Finally, if you brought your family, New Orleans offers activities galore, including Audubon Aquarium and Audubon Zoo, City Park, and the Louisiana Children's Museum: http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/family/
Be sure to check www.neworleanscvb.com/teched for more ideas, and download discount coupons!