Welcome to this edition of Dimanche (That Means Sunday), a roundup of things that caught my eye this past week.
This week was a recovery week. I started a new job a couple weeks ago and inconveniently, I got sick and hurt my wrist at the exact same time. It was frustrating to feel like I was out of commission when I was supposed to be *in* commission, but I tried to give myself permission to rest and recover.
Something my sister said recently really resonated with me. She said that I’m always going with all my engines firing, so my illness and injury was an opportunity to slow down. There’s nothing I hate more than slowing down (unless I’m at the beach), so it was challenging for me to do this. I’m happy to say though that I’ve incorporated more relaxing activities into my routine and taking care of myself. At least so far, it seems to be paying off.
In other news, it’s finally fall. We had a few weeks of abnormally warm weather followed by cool days with rain, wind, and that undeniable fall chill in the air. I’m not complaining though because this is my favorite time of year. I love watching the leaves change, wearing light layers, and breaking out my favorite scarves.
I hope wherever you are, you’re enjoying the season. Maybe you don’t get fall leaves but you at least get cooler temperatures, warm drinks, a change in wardrobe, and weather that’s perfect for hiking and exploring.
Without further ado, here is Dimanche:
I enjoyed this article about two women working together at a restaurant in Mississippi despite their different political views. Crystal Walls and Lovetta Green are friends and colleagues but one woman supports Trump and the other despises him. I think that overall, the story is a good indication of the political climate in this country. It’s hard believe that anyone would still support Trump but the article sheds some light on the situation. Read more in this New York Times story
Speaking of restaurants… I tried a really good one last night. My boyfriend and I drove to Godfrey, Illinois, to eat at Bakers & Hale. I’d read about it in local food publications so I wanted to check it out. The restaurant specializes in farm-to-table cuisine. All the ingredients are fresh and delicious. My favorite dish was the burnt ends quesadilla. I could have eaten three of them but I also ordered a pizza so I had to save room.
Plagiarism can be a death sentence for many writers but increasingly, it’s not. I thought this story about appropriation in writing was interesting, especially from the perspective of a writer and communicator. The article talks about examples of writers paying homage to past pieces with their current stories and how that’s created an uproar in the literary community. It’s definitely a fine line but I liked what the article said about how paying homage can be a way of welcoming more voices into literature. Check out the full article in The New York Times Style Magazine.
I don’t live in D.C. anymore but I wish I did so I could go to Call Your Mother. The team from Timber Pizza Company, one of my favorite restaurants in D.C. and maybe the world, recently opened a “Jewish-ish” deli in the city that specializes in world-class bagels. I can’t wait to visit on my next trip. Read more about the restaurant in this Eater DC story.
I went to Craftoberfest for the first time this week and now I want to go back every year. The night market has taken place for the past seven years in St. Louis and features work from local artists and entrepreneurs. There’s also lots of good food on hand. This year there was Mission Taco Truck, beer and pub fare from the venue, Urban Chestnut, and sweets from Whisk, a local bakery.
I came across this story about Indian immigrants and Dunkin’ Donuts on Twitter and it was a fast and fun read. The writer talks about how her parents moved from India to New Hampshire in the 1980s and formed an instant and lifelong bond with the doughnut chain. It made me crave doughnuts and it also intrigued me. Food plays such an important role in how we see and interact with a place, and it can be an important indicator of home. Read more in this Bon Appétit story.
Last but certainly not least, I’m obsessed with Jacques Audiard. I love this profile of the French movie director. He’s so talented and forward-thinking. One of my favorite movies is “Rust and Bone” so it was interesting to learn more about the man behind the film. Check out the full profile in The New York Times Magazine.
Enjoy your week! Here’s a song to get you started.