Welcome to this edition of Dimanche (That Means Sunday), a roundup of things that caught my eye this past week.
We’re one week into the New Year and already, I feel like a lot is happening. In a semi-shameless plug, a couple articles I worked hard on last year went live on Feast Magazine and St. Louis Magazine‘s websites. It’s a gratifying to see the articles online and share the stories with a wider audience. Check out the links below.
I’m lucky to have missed the bomb cyclone that just hit the East Coast but I’ve been suffering through a cold spell in St. Louis. It makes me want to curl up with a cup of tea, binge-watch “Parts Unknown,” and make a big pot of soup. I plan on doing all those things this afternoon.
I hope that wherever you are, you’re staying warm and escaping the winter cold. I don’t know about you but I’m definitely ready for it to be spring. Until then, I’ve cooked up a few ways to tolerate this weather.
Without further ado, here is Dimanche:
As I mentioned before, I had a couple stories go live this week. One is a monthly column I’m writing for St. Louis Magazine about cheap eats. More specifically, it highlights five items for less than $10 that you can find in St. Louis. The second story is a feature I wrote for Feast about Edelbrand Pure Distilling, a family-owned-and-operated business that makes Swiss brandy.
I just saw “The Shape of Water” and I was blown away. The acting, the dialogue, the cinematography…everything was on point. The movie deserves to win lots of awards. I’d highly recommend going to see it before the Oscars.
Have you been to Fiddlehead Fern Café yet? If not, you should DEFINITELY check it out. I stopped by for lunch yesterday and it felt like coming home. The staff is friendly, the coffee drinks are made with an expert hand, and the avocado toast (pictured at the top of this post) is made with local bread and fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s the perfect place to spend a couple hours reading, chatting with friends, or working.
Bruno Mars’s new song featuring Cardi B, “Finesse,” just came out this week and I pretty much lost my shit. The song itself is amazing but the music video is out of control. I teared up watching it. The dancing is incredible. I also liked the homage to In Living Color. If you haven’t seen the video, check it out here.
I’ve been waiting a looong time for David Choi to open his West County outpost of Seoul Taco. On Friday, I read that it was finally open so I stopped by yesterday night to check it out. For those of you unfamiliar with Seoul Taco, it’s a Korean-Mexican fusion restaurant that originally started as a food truck in St. Louis. It became so popular that Choi, the chef and owner, decided to open a few brick-and-mortar spaces. I got the spicy pork tacos with kimchi last night and I was blown away.
I really enjoy reading Lauren Collins’s stories in The New Yorker because they usually cover France. Collins, an American, is based in Europe so she gets the scoop on what’s going on abroad. This article about a French author who wrote a “killer-nanny novel” is a must-read. The book sounds compelling but even more fascinating (in my opinion) is the author herself.
Last but certainly not least, I’m loving this interview with Lena Waithe in Chicago Magazine. Waithe, who won an Emmy for her work in “Master of None,” is premiering her new series, “The Chi,” on Showtime tonight. The show chronicles life on the South Side of Chicago, where Waithe grew up. I like what Waithe said in the interview about putting a little of herself in all the characters.
Enjoy your week! Here’s a song to get you started. George Harrison is my favorite Beatle but somehow, I’d never heard this song. I’m glad that changed last week.