Welcome to this edition of Dimanche (That Means Sunday), a roundup of things that caught my eye this past week.
I think the theme of this past week would be “resilience.” I know I sound like a self-help book but it’s true. There’s something gratifying about coming through a difficult situation and thriving in spite of it. Sure, there are times when you think you’re falling apart. But then there are moments of grace when you realize that no matter what happens, you’ll be okay. Plus, you’re stronger because of whatever adversity you faced.
Now I’m sitting at one of my favorite coffee shops, reflecting on the past week and making plans for the next one. I think this week will be a little busier, but that’s okay. I’m working on moving to a new place soon and so I’ll be looking at a bunch of apartments around town.
I’m also going to focus on re-cultivating a writing habit. I try to do it for a few months but then I usually fall off the bandwagon. As many writers know, forcing yourself to write everyday (outside of what you’re paid to do) can feel like torture. There’s self-doubt, self-criticism, and the overwhelming impulse to throw everything that you just wrote in the trash. Conquering this impulse is key. For me, it’s still a work in progress.
Anyway. I hope no matter where this week takes you, it brings moments of clarity and motivation. Good food and coffee breaks are also important.
Without further ado, here is Dimanche:
I discovered the cutest new coffee shop in Southampton. Lola Jean’s Giveback Coffee is a new coffee shop concept from Russell Ping, the owner of a popular café in town, Russell’s on Macklind. It raises money for important community causes, and it’s adorable. I’d check it out if you want a place to enjoy great coffee, read, and get work done.
A village in Michigan elected cats, dogs, goats, and chickens to their government. The animals will hold ceremonial positions. They’re probably better than 85% of people in elected offices. Check out this AP story for more information.
Speaking of animals… My sister and I were driving home the other night and we saw two baby deer crossing the road. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love deer, so naturally, we spent five minutes staring at them and taking pictures. You can check it out on Instagram.
Is it just me, or does everything seem better in Australia? I’ve wanted to visit the country for a while now but I want to visit even more after reading this story about their café culture in The New York Times. I’m pretty sure that if I visited Melbourne, I’d never leave.
I was heartbroken when I heard the news about Jonathan Gold’s passing last week. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Gold, he was a food writer for The Los Angeles Times and an inspiration for aspiring food writers such as myself. I donated to a fundraiser supporting his wife and children. You can contribute here.
In happier news, Nudo House is coming to the Loop. Nudo, which currently has a location in Creve Coeur, is one of my favorite ramen shops in St. Louis and maybe the country. I’m not surprised that they’re expanding so soon after opening their first store. Find out more about their new shop in this St. Louis Magazine story.
Last but certainly not least, Vivian Howard has a new show coming to PBS. Howard is best known as the host of “A Chef’s Life,” a series on PBS that documents her life and food in the South. Now Howard is making a new show about Southern food culture. She’s mum on details but you can get her take on the new series in this Eater article.
Enjoy your week! Here’s a song to get you started.