This year marked my 6th year attending Tales of the Cocktail, the largest cocktail festival, in New Orleans. Each year there is a lot of physical prep that takes place knowing that for between 3-5 days, there will be non-stop drinking and eating, late nights, little sleep and hot, humid weather. Each year, with another Tales under my belt, I have gotten better and better at managing my schedule. But, no matter how hard I try, the days get filled with back-to-back tasting rooms, seminars, one-on-one meetings and parties. Somewhere in there, one has to find time to eat and sleep.
But, this year there was a new theme - Keeping It Real: Mind, Body & Spirits. Every morning from 8:30 am - 10:00 am, we gathered for a couple hours of yoga and meditation led by Natalie Bovis, Patricia Richardson and Dushan Zaric and a presentation by special guests - a nutritionist, an acupuncturist and a wellness nurse.