Sidney Holmes

Sidney Holmes is a New Orleans native with a love for life. She writes about food, entertainment and everything that makes this city so unique. Her journalism career started at Loyola University New Orleans, where she served as editor-in-chief of The Maroon. She also worked a producer at WDSU-TV.

Who built New Orleans?: The untold story of Black blacksmiths

By Sidney Holmes / March 4, 2022

French settlers made plans to turn the piece of land on the banks of the Mississippi River into a sprawling community, but they didn’t have the manpower or skills to do it themselves. So they turned to African slaves.

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Vegans love ice cream, too! Here are the best spots for dairy-free treats in New Orleans

By Sidney Holmes / June 25, 2021

Vegan ice cream? Yes, it’s a thing, and it’s easier to find in New Orleans than you might think—even on those especially unbearable days when you need a cool treat to beat the heat. So whether you’re on a plant-based or dairy-free, here’s where you can find a nice scoop of vegan ice cream around the city. 

Exercise, entertainment and eats: a day on the Lafitte Greenway

By Sidney Holmes / April 9, 2021

Grab your bike and lace up your tennis shoes — we’re heading to the Lafitte Greenway, the 2.6-mile trail that can take you from Mid-City to Downtown New Orleans in as little as 15 minutes. But why zoom through when there’s so much to do along the way? Here’s a guide to spending the perfect day on the Greenway.

Ain’t That Phancy: Bringing a taste of NOLA to TikTok

By Sidney Holmes / March 31, 2021

Karen Phan is taking a bite out of New Orleans one restaurant at a time on TikTok. Her viral account shows off something every New Orleans loves; food.

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Guilt-free pleasures: Where to find the best vegan desserts in NOLA

By Sidney Holmes / March 29, 2021

Vegans can have a sweet tooth, too. So whether you’re a life-long omnivore or someone who’s looking to cut down on animal byproducts in your diet, here are some places to find vegan desserts that everyone can enjoy.

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7th Ward native son A.P. Tureaud broke color barriers long before Civil Rights Movement

By Sidney Holmes / February 19, 2021

Many would call the 7th Ward one of New Orleans’ iconic Creole neighborhoods, and civil rights attorney A.P. Tureaud is one of the neighborhood’s iconic native sons. While he became widely known for his accomplished work against segregation and racial injustice, his path to success was a winding one that would ultimately call him to “right the wrongs” of the society he grew up in.