Dimanche (That Means Sunday)

Welcome to this edition of Dimanche (That Means Sunday), a roundup of things that caught my eye this past week.

I was sitting at a work luncheon on Thursday with a colleague and a librarian from the university I work at, and conversation lulled so I brought up the weather. “I wonder how much snow we’re going to get this weekend?” I asked. The librarian scoffed. “Are you from St. Louis?” she said. I said that I was. “They always overhype these things,” she said.

At the time, I agreed. Even though I’ve lived in different cities throughout my adult life, I grew up in St. Louis and I know how this city reacts to snow. Typically, the weatherman or woman says something about a snow storm, everyone rushes out to buy supplies, and then we end up getting a snowflake. “I bet we’ll get an inch,” I said to the librarian at Thursday’s lunch.

Well, as you can see from the above photo, we got a little more snow than an inch. Read: A LOT more snow. The storm started Friday afternoon and continued through the weekend. As I write this post from my couch today, I’m looking out the window and I still see snow coming down. As my sister said, this is probably the most snow we’ve seen in our lifetimes.

I’ve enjoyed hibernating the past few days but I’m starting to get cabin fever. I guess staying in your apartment for an entire weekend is kind of like getting a new toy when you’re little. You’re excited about it for a day but eventually, you get bored and toss it aside. I ventured out for a walk yesterday and I’m going to do the same today. Also, I have to dig my car out of an embankment today, which should be fun.

Still, I’m going to enjoy this final snow day. I was thinking about it yesterday and inclement weather can be the perfect excuse to slow down and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. I made coffee and waffles for breakfast this morning and it’s fun to lounge on the couch in my pajamas for most of the day. I hope that you’re enjoying the snow days if you’re in or around St. Louis. If you’re on the East Coast, look out because apparently the storm is coming your way.

Without further ado, here is Dimanche:

Decadent breakfasts are very important on snowy weekends. Yesterday I made chocolate chip pancakes and a big cup of my new favorite coffee from Goshen Coffee. If you’re in St. Louis or Southern Illinois, I’d highly recommend picking up a bag of their coffee beans.img_8137

My nerves cannot take all these updates about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I’m happy that the justice apparently has no more signs of remaining cancer, but I’m still worried because she missed a day of Supreme Court arguments for the first time earlier this week. Stay well, Justice Ginsburg! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Read more about the situation from NPR and BuzzFeed News in this story and this article.

I really enjoyed reading this guide to winter citrus. Food writer Kat Kinsman rounded up a bunch of different oranges and ranked them from her least favorite to most favorite. I totally agree with her assessment of pink navel oranges. They are very underwhelming. Get the full guide from Extra Crispy.

Things keep going from bad to worse for French President Emmanuel Macron. The “yellow vest” protestors keep rioting against Macron’s reforms so he decided to open up a period of town hall discussions. Still, this will probably not do much to quell public unrest. This article from Reuters compares Macron to the late Louis XVI, who was beheaded in the French Revolution.

I love this idea of bringing story time for children to laundromats. The Chicago Public Library last year launched a program that turns self-service laundromats in underserved areas into public libraries where children can read, play educational games, or participate in story time. Every city should have a program like this, in my opinion. Read more about the Chicago Public Library’s program in this Mental Floss piece.

Many cities in the U.S. claim their own style of pizza but now those styles are popping up across the country. The resulting “paradox of pizza authenticity” means that people are arguing whether a certain kind of pizza is legit or not, all while they put their own spin on the pie in question, food writer Jonathan Kauffman says in a recent story. Kauffman dives into Detroit-style pies in San Francisco and how they compare to their Midwestern counterparts. Read the full story in the San Francisco Chronicle.

I’m *slightly* obsessed with this farro bowl that I made earlier this week. The star of the bowl is the lemon tahini sauce, which is bright, citrusy, and addictive. You can make the bowl with roasted broccoli and radishes like I did or you can swap in other vegetables. Get the recipe in one of my latest blog postsimg_8128

Last but certainly not least, I really want to visit Little Baghdad. The neighborhood, which is located in San Diego County, is home to many Iraqi refugees who are starting restaurants and bakeries. I love Middle Eastern food and the descriptions of the Iraqi pastries and dishes in this story literally make my mouth water. Read more about the restaurants and bakeries in this Los Angeles Times story.

Enjoy your week! Here’s a song to get you started.

About Emily Wasserman

Bonjour! My name is Emily and I'm a writer based in St. Louis. I'm also a home baker with a small business, Amélie Bakery. I'm a self-proclaimed francophile and love French pastries and baking.
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