Welcome to this edition of Dimanche (That Means Sunday), a roundup of things that caught my eye this past week.
This week was a test of patience. Unfortunately, I don’t have much. A couple weeks ago I overdid it in a major way while I was running. I did ten miles in two days after not running the entire winter. Then, one day when I started out on a run, I felt a muscle in the back of my leg snap. It’s not a fun feeling, to say the least.
I spent the last week resting, which is a difficult task. I like to be on the move, especially when it starts getting nice out. Instead, I sat at my desk at work all day, went home, made dinner, and went to sleep. For a few days, it felt like torture.
Then I started easing into the routine. I realized that by cutting out the time I spend working out or hiking, I could concentrate on other things such as baking and cooking. I tried a bunch of new recipes and caught up on some reading. I gave my body the break it needed, and it thanked me for it. I feel much better than I did last weekend.
My favorite yoga teacher always says during class: “The body doesn’t lie.” I think about that a lot. Sometimes, we spend so much of life on the move that we forget to check in with our bodies. We could be overwhelmed emotionally or physically, but we don’t know because we’re always rushing to the next thing.
Your body will let you know when you’ve gone too far. I think that’s reassuring, especially when you’re someone like me who tends to ignore the signs. It wasn’t fun sitting a week out and not doing all the activities I usually enjoy. But, as my body taught me, sometimes a break is necessary.
Without further ado, here is Dimanche:
In a semi-shameless plug, I had my second print article appear in the May issue of Feast Magazine this week. I’m pretty excited about it. It’s a Q&A with Jon Parker, the owner of Parker’s Table, a wine and gourmet foods shop in a cute neighborhood in St. Louis called Demun. It was fun to sit down with Parker and talk about what led him to open the shop, and where he sees it going.
In case you missed it, I made some flourless chocolate cookies with cherries last week and they were a big hit. Everyone at work went crazy over them and my boyfriend said they were his favorite ones yet. If you like brownies, flourless chocolate cake, and cookies, and you’ve always wanted to see them together in one dessert, these cookies are for you. Check out the recipe here.
I’m loving this list of best bakeries in St. Louis by Tasting Table. They included a bunch of my favorites, such as Nathaniel Reid and Pint Size Bakery. The only one they left out was Comet Coffee and Croissanterie, which has the the best pain au chocolat in town. You can view the full list here.
Speaking of bakeries… La Patisserie Chouquette, one of my favorite bakeries in St. Louis, recently unveiled a lemon blueberry poppyseed croissant and it is HEAVEN. I went and got one yesterday morning on my way to the Tower Grove Farmers’ Market. The glazed exterior, lemon curd and blueberry filling, and crunchy poppyseeds…I’m tearing up just writing about it.
French President Emmanuel Macron visited the White House last week and it was wacky, to say the least. Trump picked a piece of dandruff off Macron’s shoulder in a moment now branded as “l’affaire dandruff.” It was an odd moment, in part because in a nature metaphor Trump would be the parasite and Macron would be the host species. Anyway, you can read more about it in this story in The Washington Post.
I got really riled up when I read this story about the Macron-Trump summit. Adam Gopnik, a staff writer for The New Yorker, starts by more or less accurately summing out the sequence of events during Macron and Trump’s meeting. Then, he goes into a biased, anti-France tirade in which he claims that Macron overestimates his own intelligence because, well, he’s French, and all French people do that. He also says that intelligent French people have a theory for everything, and Macron’s theory about Trump is wrong. I have a theory about Gopnik’s reporting, but I’ll take the high road and keep it to myself. Read the article to decide for yourself.
Last but certainly not least, Macron ate some tater tots in D.C. and everyone went crazy. You can read more about his meal with Congressman John Lewis of Georgia in this story in The Washingtonian.
Have a good week! Here’s a song to get you started.