Welcome to this edition of Dimanche (That Means Sunday), a roundup of things that caught my eye this past week.
This is a slightly delayed Dimanche post because I’ve been running around picking strawberries all weekend and making a billion things with them. Yesterday I stopped by Eckert’s, a country store and farm in Belleville, IL, with my boyfriend to get some berries.
Going to Eckert’s takes me back to when I was little. I would go pick berries with my mom, grandparents, and sisters. I’m pretty sure the first time we went, my one sister was still a baby so she couldn’t do much. But there’s a photo of me and my other sister devouring vanilla custard sundaes with fresh strawberries on top. I can still remember how good that ice cream tasted with the sweet, juicy berries. It’s one of my earliest and most vivid food memories.
Last year, my first year back in St. Louis, I went strawberry picking by myself. I had a good time but I sort of got in and got out. That is to say, I picked the berries and then left quickly thereafter. I didn’t order the strawberry sundae, which was a major oversight.
This year I decided to savor the experience more. My boyfriend and I got there early and there was a long line already, but we didn’t mind. We stood talking and then we got on the tractor to go out to the fields. There were so many little kids there. It reminded me of when I was younger and I used to come with my family.
We filled up two baskets to the brim and then we got on the tractor to go back to the weighing station and store. We picked about eleven pounds of berries between us, and I was proud. I started to go over what I wanted to make with them in my head.
But before we left, I made sure we stopped by the frozen custard stand. I got a sundae with fresh berries on top and sat under the awning in the shade to eat it. It tasted exactly the way it did 26 years ago. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised.
I hope that wherever this holiday weekend takes you, you have the opportunity to get outside and appreciate what the season has to offer. Without further ado, here is Dimanche:
In case you missed it, I put a review of Good Fortune up on the blog this week. It’s one of my favorite new restaurants in St. Louis. It got me to like Chinese food more, which I thought was nearly impossible. Check out my review in this post.
Sometimes, we need a break from the caustic news cycle. Cue: This lab and baby chicks. I was browsing Twitter earlier this week and I saw it, and I couldn’t *not* click. I’m clickbait…Oh well. Here’s the scoop in Travel + Leisure.
I got really excited earlier this week when a French political reporter said something about President Macron being an “avocado president.” I thought she was talking about what he eats for breakfast, but as it turns out, she was talking about how his environmental agenda is failing. You can read the story at Politico.
One of my favorite articles this week was a feature about food trucks. I’ve always been intrigued about how they operate. This delightful feature from The Washington Post gives you an inside look. It also includes some of my favorite D.C. food trucks such as Crêpes Parfait.
‘Tis the season for strawberry picking and no one is more excited than I am. If you’re in the St. Louis area, I’d highly recommend stopping by Eckert’s in Belleville, IL, to pick up some fresh berries. The farm lets you eat as you pick, which is dangerous but in a good way. Check out my Instagram for more info.
I’ve always wanted to make cobbler but surprisingly, I never have. During the summer I get caught up with pies and crisps and I never think to make it. That’s all going to change this summer now that I have some insider tips from food writer Kim Severson. Check out the cobbler recipe and story behind it in this Garden & Gun story.
Last but certainly not least, Chef Tom Colicchio is opening a food hall in Kansas City. The space won’t be open until 2020 but it is definitely something to look forward to. My sister and I are big fans of Tom and I texted her when I saw the news in Feast Magazine this week.
Enjoy your holiday! Here’s a song to play during the long weekend. I’ve been *slightly* obsessed with it recently.