Welcome to this edition of Dimanche (That Means Sunday), a roundup of things that caught my eye this past week.
It’s officially spring in St. Louis and I’m SO happy about it. I’m still recovering from my sports injury a few weeks ago so I’m trying to take it easy, but that doesn’t mean staying inside and resting. Instead, I’m opting for low-key activities that I can do outside. Mostly that involves me lying on a blanket and reading, but today it also involved taking a leisurely stroll around the Missouri Botanical Garden with my boyfriend.
One of my favorite parts of the garden is the Japanese garden (see above photo). There are lots of pretty rock gardens, waterfalls, plants, and cherry blossom trees. It was the perfect day to go because it wasn’t too hot and there was a slight breeze. We spent a little time feeding the koi because there’s a fish pond in the corner. I actually aimed for the ducks because I think they’re way cuter, but I tried to spread the love.
Spring is a good time to take stock of things but also, I think it’s a good time to rest, revamp, and reenergize. I know I sound like a motivational speaker but it’s true. Walking through the gardens reminded me of how important it is to bring impromptu joy in my life. Whether it’s a leisurely walk, an hour spent with someone you love, or just lying on a blanket looking up at the sky, I hope you can find time to do activities that are meaningful to you.
Without further ado, here is Dimanche:
In a semi-shameless plug, I had another Cheap Eats column published last week in St. Louis Magazine. This month’s column focuses on food truck fare. It’s no secret that I love Balkan Treat Box but I also included some other noteworthy trucks on the list. Check out my recommendations here.
I almost spit out my tea earlier this week when I saw that French President Emmanuel Macron called the Australian Prime Minister’s wife “delicious.” To be fair, Macron didn’t mean to call her delicious. The word has a different connotation in French. It means “charming” or “pleasant.” Still, it was kind of a cringeworthy moment. You can watch a video of it in this Telegraph story.
I finally got to try Good Fortune this week and I was BLOWN. AWAY. For those of you unfamiliar with the restaurant, it’s a new Chinese joint that opened in the Botanical Heights neighborhood. My boyfriend and I went for dinner Friday night and we were both impressed by the food and service. If you go, I’d recommend the rangoon with salted cod and the pork dumplings (pictured below).
I’ve had a lot of pie mishaps in the past, but all that changed last week. I decided to make a blueberry rhubarb pie with fresh rhubarb that I found at the market. I was very nervous about the crust because in the past, I’ve completely screwed it up. Luckily, that didn’t happen this time. Read more about my pie travails in this blog post.
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens is as despicable as they come. He’s already in hot water with state lawmakers for allegedly taking a photo of a woman he had an affair with and using it as blackmail, and for allegedly using a charity list from a veterans nonprofit that he founded to boost his campaign. Now, the Missouri House Committee investigating Greitens says that he lied to a state ethics commission about the list. I wish Greitens would resign but he probably won’t, so hopefully he’s impeached soon. You can read more about the situation in this Post-Dispatch story.
In lighter news, I stopped by Pint Size Bakery last week to celebrate its sixth birthday and I ate this delicious churro bundt cake. The bakery made some in honor of Cinco de Mayo, but personally I think it should be on the menu year round.
Last but certainly not least, I really enjoyed this video of French and American speakers pronouncing different brand names. One of my favorite things is French people pronouncing American words in French accents, so watching this video on Frenchly was a nice break in my day.
Enjoy your week! Here’s a song to get you started.