Welcome to this edition of Dimanche (That Means Sunday), a roundup of things that caught my eye this past week.
It’s finally starting to feel like spring in St. Louis, and all I can say is, THANK GOODNESS. There were a few snow episodes the past two weeks and all I wanted to do was hide under a blanket and not come out until the spring weather hit.
Luckily, I didn’t need to do that for long. It warmed up and I took some leisurely strolls around town this week to admire the spring flowers. I snapped the above picture at Tower Grove Park, one of my favorite spots for spring flower watching.
I also had a bit of rough week so I tried to take extra care of myself. I got overexcited once it started getting nice outside and I ran five miles two days in a row. My body did not respond well, to say the least. I ended up taking a few days off to recover.
Today, I went to yoga class for the first time in a while. I thought it would help loosen me up and I was right. I skip yoga a lot because I don’t have a membership anymore but I really shouldn’t. Every time I go, I remember how much I love it and how good my body feels afterward. It will cure what ails you, along with ice cream, tea, and repeat episodes of “The West Wing.”
ANYWAY. I hope wherever this week takes you, you find some meaningful detours along the way. I have a couple cooking projects planned for this week but other than that, it should be relatively low key. I’m looking forward to more spring weather, walks through the park, and time spent outdoors.
Without further ado, here is Dimanche:
I was very excited when I heard that Josh Charles, a well-known chef in St. Louis, will helm Winslow’s Home. Josh is one of my favorite chefs in town. He gave me good career advice when I moved back to St. Louis a couple years ago and I’ll always be grateful for it. Now, he’s working at one of my favorite restaurants. I can’t wait to stop by soon and get a pastry and one of my favorite dishes in town, a breakfast burrito with tomatillo salsa.
I’m going to go on another Drake tangent…You’ve been warned. I read an article this week in Slate about how Drake’s latest banger, “Nice for What,” replaced his last popular jam, “God’s Plan,” at the top of the Billboard chart. Personally, I think “God’s Plan” is a better song but I can see why “Nice for What” clinched the top spot. Check out the Slate piece for more insight into the songs and why they’ve become so popular.
Sometimes, I think lunchtime dining options in downtown St. Louis are limited. I was happy to see earlier this week that Good Buddy’s will open this summer. The shop plans to carry homemade soups and sandwiches and cater to the lunchtime crowd. I wrote about the business in my latest story for St. Louis Magazine.
Speaking of lunchtime options in St. Louis…Squatter’s Café is one of my favorite lunch spots in town. I don’t get there as often as I’d like because it’s farther from my office and I’m trying to get better about eating out all the time. Still, I admire the work Rob Connoley and his sous chef Justin Bell are doing. You can read more about Justin in this Q&A in Feast Magazine. I love his shoutout to KNEAD bakery’s doughnuts.
I thought I’d been to every restaurant in St. Louis but apparently, I was wrong. I found out Friday when I stopped by Seedz Café in Demun. The restaurant serves vegan and vegetarian food. Next door, there’s an adorable shop, Seedz Provisions, that made me feel like I was in Los Angeles again. I ordered a chaga chai at the recommendation of the cashier and it was divine. I also got a vegan banana chocolate chip walnut muffin, because why not?
Last night, I surprised my boyfriend with pastries from La Patisserie Chouquette. The bakery is one of my favorites in town. They always have the most exquisite, inventive French pastries. I feel like I’m back in France when I eat one. I got a few including a pistachio orange creation, a religieuse with strawberry cream, and a raspberry almond cake that was so good, I didn’t want to share it.
Last but certainly not least, I stopped by Fiddlehead Fern Café’s bluegrass brunch this morning and listened to some tunes from The Mighty Pines. If you haven’t already heard the band’s songs, you should check them out on Spotify. They’ll also be touring around St. Louis and the west this summer, so you can see them live if you’re in the area.
Enjoy your week! Here’s a song to get you started.