L aissez les bons temps rouler! Or as we say, let the good times roll!

On to New Orleans fun and a little history:

  • Founded May 7, 1718 by the French Mississippi Company
  • Named for Philippe II, Duke of Orleans in France
  • Sold to the United States by Napoleon in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803

Officially pronounced “New OAR-linz,” this city is known for its rich French, Spanish, and Creole history. The city has many food and drink establishments, and architecture sights worth checking out.

NOLA Tape—Retro That’s Still Relevant

Stroll through the historic Jackson Square, stop to try a beignet at the famous Café Du Monde, continue down the waterfront for a look back at the skyline from Crescent Park, and then check out the famous Steamboat Natchez, a replica of the famous steamships from the Civil War era.

Turn down St. Peter Street to head into the French Quarter and stroll down the iconic Bourbon Street.  Depending on the time of day, you can look for those lucky enough to have beads to throw from the second story.

At the far end of Bourbon Street sits Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar, which dates back to 1772. The historic bar is still famous for its version of the NOLA hurricane drink.

The Slowest Spinning Disk Ever

The iconic Carousel Bar & Lounge located in Hotel Monteleone is a must stop for happy hour or a first drink. Make sure to take the opportunity to sit at the city’s only carousel bar, turning more slowly than any spinning disk ever.

Flash Storage, High-End Luxury

Much like the newest, flashiest storage solutions, here are some of the newest and hottest restaurants to add to your list. La Petite Grocery, Pêche Seafood Grill, Coquette, and Brennan’s all get top ratings from expert reviewers and are some of my personal indulgences in recent months.

Want to Dedupe Your Experience?

Get off the beaten path a little and check out some new neighborhoods. In the Warehouse District close to the convention center, you’ll find some fabulous dining options including the old-world meat market style of Cochon Butcher, the sushi-and-club experience at Rock-n-Sake, and a contemporary brunch with famous biscuits at Willa Jean.

Take an Uber to experience New Orleans’ Uptown District just down the river, and enjoy fabulous local shopping along Magazine Street with the potential for spotting Tom Cruise at one of the local restaurants: Surrey’s Uptown, Appolline for French cuisine, or Atchafalaya for traditional Cajun cuisine.

Looking to Get Sweaty and Speed Up Your Ingest (Appetite)?

Check out City Park for some peaceful running and a view of the old houses on St. Charles Avenue.  For a longer run, a trek down the waterfront to Esplanade can take you all the way to city park—map here.  If you have a car and want to get out of the city, sunrise over Lake Pontchartrain is beautiful and a lakeside trail can be accessed from Bonnabel Boat Launch in Metairie.

Finally, If the Raw Sounds of Data Before It’s Digitalized Is Your Thing

You’re in the right place! Check out the directory for the best of New Orleans live music for the week. Take a stroll away from crowded Bourbon Street and check out the more legit live music on Frenchman Street, make sure to pop into the Palm Court Jazz Café, and the Foundation Room at House of Blues, and check out the Top 10 recommendations as well.

Enjoy your week in The Big Easy, the Crescent City!

And finally, make sure to attend “What Do Quantum, Veeam, and Mojitos Have in Common?on Wednesday at 2:50pm. You’ll learn about Quantum’s new integrations with Veeam—and you can have a mojito on us.

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