Welcome to this edition of Dimanche (That Means Sunday), a weekly roundup of things that caught my eye this past week.
I guess all my wishing paid off because it finally snowed in St. Louis. I knew it snowed before I saw it. I woke up yesterday morning and everything was very peaceful and quiet, more than it usually is. At this time of year that can only mean snow.
I walked around in it a little yesterday but today, I took a longer walk through my neighborhood. It’s still snowing this morning but it’s not sticking like it was yesterday. Still, it’s beautiful to see. I felt like I was in a snow globe as I walked down a big hill by my house.
The rest of my holiday plans include lots of resting and eating, as they should. I hope whatever you have planned for the next few days also involves good food, relaxation, and spending time with people you love. For me, that’s what the holidays are all about.
Without further ado, here’s Dimanche:
We’ve been hearing a lot about Russian meddling in the 2016 election, but are we focusing on that at the expense of other important political issues? That’s the major question in this op-ed in The Los Angeles Times. The article, which is written by a Chilean immigrant/now American citizen who had to flee his home country due to political upheaval, urges our country to “acknowledge that what ultimately matters is not what a foreign power did to America, but what America did to itself.”
I had no idea that people camp out on the sidewalk for days to see a Supreme Court case, but apparently that’s a thing. A former Supreme Court clerk said people shouldn’t have to line up in the cold to see a case, but the Court seems pretty set in its ways. Personally, I’d be willing to camp out for a while to see a case depending on the weather, but I agree that maybe there’s a better solution.
I’m in love with this article about California restaurant and chef culture. It talks about how California has a more laid-back, collaborative environment for chefs, which has encouraged some to stay there long-term. It also points out that California is home to some of the country’s top female chefs, who have helped define the restaurant culture in their state and beyond.
I’ve been wanting to buy an acoustic guitar for a while and yesterday, I finally took the plunge. I got it with a freelance check that came in the mail on Friday (Merry Christmas to me). I can only play one song on it so far, a tune that one of my friends in France taught me. I’m going to take lessons so I can learn how to play songs from more than just memory.
Demi Adejuyigbe cracks me up. You might know him from his podcast, “Gilmore Guys,” but he’s also a social media presence under the name “electrolemon.” I just found his Bandcamp page (how has it taken me this long?) and I’m in love. This is one of my favorite mashups.
A new coffeeshop and café just opened in Webster Groves, a quaint suburb of St. Louis. The Clover and the Bee is serving up some of the best coffee in town, AND their food is delicious. I got the bagel and chive cream cheese yesterday and I cried silent tears of joy over the cream cheese. I’m going to write a full review soon but for now, you can check them out here.
I saw this Tweet the other day and I was laughing at my desk. I’ve mentioned before that French people are very particular about their ingredients and what they’re used for. Apparently, a guy tried to buy special cheese for fondue and the French cheesemonger wouldn’t sell it to him.
Enjoy your holidays! Here’s a song to get you started. This band reminds me of the beach every time I listen to them.