Paula Echevarria

Born in Madrid, raised in Miami, bred in New Orleans: Paula is a gregarious locavore always in search of a good cocktail and a great story. She won an Emmy for her kitchen production work while at NBCUniversal, and was nominated for a second one while working as the Associate Producer for PBS's Check, Please! South Florida with host, James Beard Award Winner, Chef Michelle Bernstein.

While she worked as the Miami editor for national digital food and drink powerhouse, Tasting Table, she was chosen by Tom Colicchio as one of his secret diners for Bravo's Best New Restaurant. Food is her passion, but cocktails are her mistress, and she has been extensively covering the subject as a freelance digital journalist and social media maven for the past 5 years. This included a column for Edible called Tropical Tippling, and extensive reporting for the Miami New Times.

She's back in her true love New Orleans after being away for ten years, and you can follow her food adventures @nola.bites and her tippling ones at @cocktailgroupie.

Local bartender Maggie Morgan’s imaginative homage to New Orleans

By Paula Echevarria / November 16, 2019

New Orleans kept calling her back in her dreams, and she knew she needed to prove to herself that she could find inspiration in our creative city.

Portside Lounge is the uncharted “North Caribbean” watering hole of Central City

By Paula Echevarria / October 30, 2019

Portside Lounge has become a neighborhood hangout as well as a destination for devout Tikiphiles, seeking its potions from near and far.

Thalia brings whimsical, seasonal cocktails to the LGD

By Paula Echevarria / September 25, 2019

Remember when we gave you the heads up on why you should be hanging out in the thriving neighborhood between the LGD and the Warehouse District? Well we’re about to give you another excellent reason to add to the list.

Polly’s Bywater Cafe on St. Claude is a Hidden Gem in Plain Sight

By Paula Echevarria / June 15, 2019

You can tell that the food here is made with care and love, and from that moment on you will have no other option than to return that

Union Ramen’s story is a bromantic one

By Paula Echevarria / October 2, 2018

This is the story of how Union Ramen as a pop-up began and how Union Ramen the restaurant is beginning.

What We Ate This Week: Sweet & Savory Waffles, Duck Confit & More

By Paula Echevarria / September 23, 2018

The best of what we (and other NOLA foodies) ate this week.

Cocktail of the Week: Bidi Bidi Bom Bom is birthed from resilience

By Paula Echevarria / September 18, 2018

“Bidi bidi bom bom”- With all the body of egg white, yet vegan approved!

That New New: Authentic Mexican in St. Roch, new family cafe

By Paula Echevarria / September 18, 2018

Colorful new Latin restaurants are popping up within city limits.

The New Classics: New Orleans mixologists put their twists on classic cocktails

By Paula Echevarria / September 17, 2018

These New Orleans cocktails are landing in bars all over the country and becoming “the new classics.”

What We Ate This Week: Nutella Donut, Flammenkuchen, Even Popeyes Because Duh

By Paula Echevarria / September 15, 2018

Food brings out all the feels!