Tower Grove Farmers’ Market

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Almost every Saturday during the spring, summer, and fall, I wake up early and head to Tower Grove Farmers’ Market in St. Louis. It’s become a tradition that I look forward to every week even though for the most part, it’s the same vendors.

Still, you never know what you’ll find there. I usually walk in with a few items on my shopping list and I end up adding more impulse purchases based on what I see. Sometimes there will be a huge tin washtub filled with dew-kissed melons. Other times there will be little blue boxes filled with bright orange squash blossoms. The market is as much a feast for the eyes as it is the stomach.IMG_5874IMG_5878I just stopped by the Tuesday farmers’ market for the first time and I loved it. It’s smaller than the Saturday market but you can find equally good vendors, all of whom have fresh, local produce and lots of enthusiasm. I almost like the Tuesday market better because you can talk more to the farmers and vendors and you don’t feel as rushed. Saturday can be a bit chaotic, as anyone who goes to the market knows.

That’s why I wanted to provide some tips about attending the market. Yeah, you can just walk in and see everything at once, but it helps to have some guidelines. Then you won’t miss the best food or get bogged down in lines. That still might happen, but if you follow these tips, I think you’ll have a more enjoyable experience:

1.) Get there early. This might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s hard to get up on a Saturday. Still, set your alarm and try to get to the market by 9. It opens at 8 but there’s a free yoga class that goes on from 9-10 in the field behind the market. Once that’s over, the crowds get twice as large. Oh also, you should probably go to that yoga class. It’s pretty relaxing.IMG_58732.) Do a once-around first. It’s easy to want to buy the first things that look good. The problem is, there could be something even better and more reasonably priced around the corner. That’s why I take my time and give everything a once over before I commit. Sometimes I’ll spring for particularly good produce early on, especially if I’m buying it in bulk. But usually, I shop for deals. IMG_58773.) Stay hydrated. One of my favorite things to do at the market is to get a big cup of lemonade or iced tea. I usually buy from the woman who tells me that she’s had $2 lemonade for more than 10 years. I’m blanking on her name but you’ll hear her before you see her. She calls out “fresh lemonade” periodically.IMG_58804.) Get a breakfast sandwich from Kounter Kulture. This is a MUST. Go early, because if you don’t, the line is way too long. I like to order the grilled cheese with sea salt and honey, but you can also get a breakfast sandwich with bacon and egg. Kounter Kulture gets its bread from a local French bakery, so you know it’s good. IMG_49605.) Check out a food truck. The food truck schedule varies at the farmers’ market, but on any given day it could includes popular vendors including Balkan Treat Box. I just got a pide, or Turkish flatbread, from them yesterday and it was so delicious. I ate it on the grass before I did my Tuesday shopping. I’m tearing up a little as I remember how good it was.IMG_58456.) Realize that dessert can be breakfast, and embrace it. One of my favorite things to do is not buy enough groceries during the week so I have to eat breakfast at the farmers’ market. Whoops. I’d highly recommend a pastry from Prioritized Pastries or a popsicle from Whisk. Prioritized Pastries specializes in vegan pastries with a menu that varies weekly. The hummingbird cake (pictured below) is one of my favorite items that I’ve tried. I love all Whisk popsicles but the avocado (also pictured below) is one of my all-time favorites.IMG_5847IMG_58817.) Rub elbows with locals. This is easy to do if you take your dessert/breakfast and go sit on the steps near where a band starts playing at 10. You can chat with people if you feel like it and it might lead to situations like the one below. So. many. cute. dogs. IMG_58798.) Explore the park. Tower Grove Farmers’ Market happens to be in one of the prettiest parks in the city. I’d recommend bringing a cooler so you can walk around Tower Grove Park before or after you shop. There’s a pretty pond across the field from the market and lots of tree-lined paths that are perfect for strolling. IMG_5872IMG_5875Conclusion

So yeah. Those are my Tower Grove Farmers’ Market tips. It’s not an exhaustive list but I think if you follow the guidelines, you’ll have a more enjoyable experience. I’d definitely recommend stopping by if you’re a local or even if you’re just visiting St. Louis. It’s a great place to see some of the region’s best produce and get a sense of the community. Plus, there’s delicious food and cute dogs.

Here’s a song to get you started on your farmers’ market journey.

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Dimanche (That Means Sunday)

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

I had a busy week followed by one of the best weekends I’ve enjoyed on record. On Saturday, I drove out to Potosi, Missouri to attend a Home Grown Farm Tour and Fête for Feast Magazine. I enjoyed exploring the country and getting to know the farmers and chefs who live and work in the region.

Something I noticed when I was talking to farmers, chefs, and even locals was the pride they take in their home. Most of the people I talked to are involved with agriculture and they work hard to produce vegetables, fruit, and livestock.

One farmer, David Ybarra of Forshana Farm, said something that really resonated with me. He told me last night at a farm field dinner that we’ve gotten too far away from community, and that it’s important to use food, namely local food, to bring people together. I couldn’t agree more.

It’s such a simple thing but so satisfying to see a community rally together around food. It’s something to think about as I keep covering Midwest food and meet more farmers and artisans who are working to make local products.

Without further ado, here is Dimanche:

I can’t stop thinking about a story I read earlier this week about an Indian tribe struggling to gain recognition from the federal government. The Lumbee tribe in North Carolina wants government benefits but doesn’t get them because they’re not recognized as Native American. This article in The Washington Post documents their ordeal and the uphill battle they face in trying to get lawmakers to grant them benefits.

I’m loving this interactive map of France. Campus France released it recently. You can hover over different regions of the country and see the main cities and a little information about them. Honestly, it’s nothing I didn’t know already but I miss France and so staring at a map makes me feel a little better.

Have you ever heard of amezaiku? I hadn’t until earlier this week when I saw this story in The New York Times. It highlights a centuries-old Japanese confectionary art that involves making delicate shapes out of extremely hot sugar syrup. It’s crazy to think that only a few people still know how to do this in Japan.

As I mentioned before, I spent a little time in Washington County, Missouri yesterday. One of my favorite destinations was the Old Village Mercantile in Caledonia, a small town near Potosi. My inner child went CRAZY. Yours would too if you saw this place, which is filled with every kind of candy you can imagine and ice cream.IMG_5791IMG_5792

I think I need to take another trip to Québec soon. I just read about Île d’Orléans, a small island near Québec City that’s supposed to be a food lover’s dream. Since I was just in Canada a few months ago, I might hold off on the trip for now. But after reading about the island’s food and fresh produce in this AFAR story, I probably won’t stay away for long.

Speaking of good food, I tried Frankly Sausages for the first time this week and I was blown away. I got an all-beef frank with grain mustard, smoky catsup, and relish from the food truck outside work and it was honestly the best thing I ate all week. I wanted to eat another frank after I finished the first one.

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Last but certainly not least, I’m so glad I got to attend the Home Grown Farm Tour yesterday. The highlight was the field dinner at the end, which took place on Edg Clif Farms and Vineyard’s beautiful property in Potosi. The meal was made almost entirely with local ingredients. Stay tuned for my Feast Magazine story with more details about the tour.IMG_5797IMG_5800

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

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Dining Alone

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Dining alone is a topic that comes up frequently in food writing. I was browsing articles online the other day and I saw an advice column about how to eat alone and not look like a loser. I bristled at this association because I wondered why someone dining alone automatically qualifies as a loser.

Then I got back from Kansas City on Sunday night and I started talking to my mom and sister about my dining experiences. “I don’t know how you do it,” my mom said, referring to my dining alone. I often dine alone when I travel or even throughout the week when I want to try a new restaurant.

My mom was saying that she wouldn’t feel comfortable doing it because everyone looks at you. I told her that while there’s some truth to that, you just have to be confident and not care who is looking at you. “You should write a book,” she said.

I probably could write a whole book about dining alone but for now, I’ll start with a blog post. I wanted to provide some tips for people who want to dine alone but perhaps feel too self-conscious or afraid. Trust me when I say, there is nothing to be afraid of when dining alone. In fact, it can be a great opportunity to get more of out your experience at the restaurant.

When I was in college, I read an essay from food writer M.F.K. Fisher that changed the way I viewed dining alone. Up until that point, I’d never really had a solitary meal in public. Then I read Fisher’s essay from “Alphabet for Gourmets,” “A is for Dining Alone.” Here’s an excerpt:

“…and so am I, if a choice must be made between most people I know and myself. This misanthropic attitude is one I am not proud of, but it is firmly there, based on my increasing conviction that sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly … There are few people alive with whom I care to pray, sleep, dance, sing or share my bread and wine. Of course there are times when this latter cannot be avoided if we to are exist socially, but it is endurable only because it need not be the only fashion of self-nourishment.”

Basically, why would we eat with someone else when we could have a great time alone? I like that Fisher characterizes a meal as an intimate act. Enjoying food, like other pleasurable pursuits, should be done in good company. Sometimes, the best company is ourself.

Here are my tips for dining alone:

1.)  Accept that people are staring at you. There’s a psychological phenomenon I read about recently that says we think people are staring at us more than they actually are. I think this is true, but I also think that when you’re dining alone, you will be looked at. People are curious, nosy, and sometimes downright rude. You’re not a mind reader so you don’t know which of these they’re being when they watch you down a plate of tortellini.

When I dine alone, I accept that people will look at me and I tell myself that I don’t care. The more I practice this, the more I find that it works. Sometimes, I even make eye contact back and then they look away.

2.) Get there early. Your instinct might be to get to a restaurant late if you’re dining alone so no one will see you, but I’d advise you to do the opposite. Get to the restaurant as early as possible, maybe even right after they open. This will do two things: It ensures that you’re not waiting around alone for a table, which can get annoying after 20-30 minutes. It also gives you an opportunity to take in the restaurant’s ambiance and enjoy it before it gets too crowded.

Another side perk of this strategy is that you could score a great seat. I showed up to Giant in Chicago a couple years ago and didn’t have a reservation. I was early enough though that the hostess offered me a seat at the chef’s table. I spent dinner chatting with the cooks and watching them prepare my meal. That’s an experience I doubt I would have had if I was dining with another person.

3.) Sit at the bar. I hesitate to include this because I’m a big believer in solo table dining. I think that as a diner, you have a right to a table experience no matter if you’re dining by yourself or with a party of five. But sitting at a bar does have its perks. People next to you are more apt to make conversation. Bartenders tend to be friendly and can offer good recommendations on food and cocktails. Plus, you’re not facing an open room so there’s a little more privacy. I’ve found that whenever I sit at the bar, someone tries to talk to me. Often this results in a good conversation or at the very least, funny one-liners I can laugh about later.

4.) Order like you would normally. This seems intuitive but I think a lot of people change their order when they dine alone. Yeah, you don’t want to eat for a whole table, but order food that you’re eager to try. Don’t worry about how it looks. You’re at a restaurant, you’re paying for a meal, and you should enjoy it.

5.) Bring a book. When all else fails, a book can be a great companion. The restaurant or bar has to be well lit, but if you have a book, you have built-in entertainment. I usually carry a book in my purse and pull it out when the lighting is good or I’m sitting at a coffee shop or café.

6.) Become a regular. Think about the times you’ve gotten the best service in life. I’m not talking just at a restaurant; I’m talking about anywhere. Usually, it’s when people know you and feel a personal obligation to make your experience better.

When you become a regular at a restaurant, you’re establishing a relationship with the place. Wait staff and managers will start addressing you by name and making conversation. You’ll start feeling like you’re not at a restaurant, but a friend’s house or a family member’s kitchen. You can achieve regular status with a partner, but I think it’s easier and more rewarding when you do it on your own.

7.) Be confident. This is one of the hardest things to do while dining alone but probably the most important. I feel myself about to go on a tangent about dining alone so I’ll just let it happen.

One of the things that upsets me most is a restaurant that discriminates against single diners. It’s subtle but you can still see it: For instance, a restaurant that only allows parties of one to make reservations at the bar, or a restaurant that doesn’t allow parties of one at all. Or, a restaurant that serves a party of one but the service is way worse and your meal takes forever to come out. Trust me when I say, I’ve experienced it all. There’s nothing worse than paying for a meal and walking away with a bitter taste in your mouth.

So, I would advise you to be confident. Walk into the restaurant and don’t act ashamed of being there by yourself. Ask questions of the bartender, barista, or waiter/waitress. Order food that you enjoy eating and take your time eating it. If there’s a problem, be assertive about it.

At the end of the day, you’re paying for this experience. You deserve a nice meal enjoyed in your own company. If you follow the tips I’ve listed above and go into it with an open mind, I think you’ll find that dining alone can be even more enjoyable than dining with someone else.

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Hello Juice & Smoothie

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Hello Juice & Smoothie just opened in The Grove and man, am I excited about it. It has been a long time coming.

I saw the sign advertising that it was opening soon a couple months ago as I was driving to work. Every morning after that I’d glance over to see if it was open yet. The other day I saw people inside and a line, so I decided to venture over. I brought my sister with me and we went for lunch.

Hello Juice & Smoothie is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. The interiors are quiet, calming, and filled with plants, so it’s the perfect place to come and unwind for an hour during the workday. It’s also not too noisy even at peak hours, which makes it a good place to sit and do work. Last time I stopped by, I did some writing and reading and I didn’t even need to put headphones in.IMG_5269When I went with my sister, I ordered a lavender smoothie bowl (pictured at the top of this post). It’s served in a beautiful ceramic bowl and has lavender bitters, blueberry, banana, coconut milk, and lavender buds and Made Fare Co. granola on top. It was sweet, floral, and slightly tart. It was good for a light lunch.

My best friend was in town recently and she asked me if it was weird to go to a place and get a smoothie bowl when I make so many myself. The answer is, yeah it’s kind of weird and I wonder if I’m just throwing away money. Then I remind myself that going to a place like Hello Juice is an experience. Also, I can’t make smoothie bowls during the workday because I live so far from home.

The other plus about going to Hello Juice is the Made Fare Co. granola. It’s a local brand that I discovered last year. I used to get a bag a week and it was a little pricey, so I weaned myself off that habit. Now, I can go to Hello Juice and get the granola on top of a smoothie bowl. This little indulgence seems worth it.IMG_5868Hello Juice also has breakfast and lunch menu with toasts and salads. I ordered a banana almond butter toast with honey for lunch last Friday and a juice of the day. Every day the shop makes a new flavor of juice, and the day I stopped by it was pineapple turmeric. It was very refreshing on a hot summer afternoon and paired well with the toast. IMG_5410I ate a slice of quiche before I went over to try the toast and juice, so altogether, that made a good lunch. I’d recommend toast and a smoothie bowl though if you’re looking for a more filling meal.

When I stopped by last time, I was surprised to see doughnuts in a case by the register. It seemed a little out of character but also endearing. We’re in St. Louis after all, not an L.A. juice shop. I recognized the doughnuts on sight and I asked the cashier if they were from KNEAD. “Yes,” she said, her eyes bright. They were. So, if you want to get all your food groups in, this is also an option.

I’m excited to go back to Hello Juice soon and try a salad and get another smoothie bowl. For now though, I’m satisfied with the memory of the lavender smoothie bowl, which ranks among one of the best breakfast dishes I’ve tried in St. Louis. I’d highly recommend getting one soon.

Also, I read that Jordan and Kayla Bauer, the owners of Hello Juice, are planning on rolling out some seasonal items this fall. I’m looking forward to trying lattes and soup, if /when they appear on the menu.IMG_5869

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Kansas City: Part Deux

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Around this time last year, I took a road trip to Kansas City. An acquaintance of mine who’s a cook in St. Louis told me about the city’s flourishing food scene and I wanted to see it for myself. I hadn’t been to Kansas City since I was ten years old and so my memories of it were confined to candy, summer camp field trips, and long bus rides.

What I discovered is that Kansas City is unlike any other town I’ve been to. There’s art everywhere, great museums, delicious food, and a laid-back vibe that permeates almost every neighborhood. It’s the kind of place you’d want to spend a week, not necessarily because you couldn’t see the highlights in a few days but because it’s relaxing. For me, going to Kansas City is a little like coming home.

I wrote about some of the best places to get food and coffee last year but I have a few new recommendations from this trip. I also went back to The Antler Room, one of my favorite restaurants in Kansas City, because I can’t visit and not go there. I think you would love it as much as I do.

I’ve included some of my favorite places to eat, drink, and be merry in Kansas City below. Of course, most of the highlights involve food but some of them relate to art and literature. One of the best things about Kansas City is its creative spirit. You’ll find lots of opportunities to indulge your artistic side when you’re visiting.

Messenger Coffee and Ibis Bakery

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I drove straight from St. Louis to Messenger Coffee and Ibis Bakery Saturday morning. I’m glad I had it first on the agenda because after getting lost in central Missouri for an hour, I needed some baked reinforcements. I ordered a honey bunches of oats bear claw and an iced horchata. It was so delicious and refreshing. If you stop by Messenger, try to snag a seat at the bar. It overlooks the bakery and you can watch as they make bread.

Thou Mayest

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Thou Mayest is a must if you’re in Kansas City and you want good coffee. The eclectic shop is in Crossroads Art District and has an extensive menu of brews and tea. I like to snag a seat in the corner, people watch, and do some writing.

Christopher Elbow Chocolates

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After you’re done at Thou Mayest, walk a couple blocks over to Christopher Elbow Chocolates. O.m.g. I’m having trouble finding words describing it. Elbow makes gourmet chocolate, the kind that’s difficult to find in the United States. I haven’t had chocolate like this since I lived in France. I ate a lavender caramel on the spot and then I brought back a mixed box of truffles and caramels for my family. The surprise favorite was the sweet corn (top right in the box pictured above) but my sister and my mom also enjoyed the coffee caramel (top left).

Paletería Tropicana

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Located in Kansas City’s Westside neighborhood, Paletería Tropicana is a great place to stop during the summer for a frozen treat. I got a cantaloupe paleta, or fruit popsicle, and devoured it outside the shop on Southwest Blvd. It helped me cool down after walking around Crossroads.

Prospero’s Bookstore

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If you’re in Kansas City and you love books, run, don’t walk, to Prospero’s. It’s one of my favorite bookstores in the world. Pictured above is the upstairs, which has floor-to-ceiling bookshelves spanning a bunch of genres. I like to browse around and take a couple titles back to a table or chair to read.

The Antler Room

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As I mentioned above, no trip to KC is complete without a stop at The Antler Room. It’s a relatively new restaurant and one of my favorites in the city. I want to order everything on the menu, which could be possible if I stayed all night because they specialize in small plates. I decided to order three things though and that ended up being perfect. I got the shokupan, or Japanese milk bread, with foie gras torchon, and the corn and miso tortellini and the mango kulfi (pictured below). The tortellini was my favorite dish. I could have eaten five of them.IMG_5509IMG_5510

Made in KC Cafe

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Admittedly, I stopped by Made in KC Cafe Sunday morning because I’d seen the floor on Instagram. The good news is, in addition to having a beautiful tile floor the shop has good coffee and tea. I ordered a rose lavender matcha latte and it was delicious, very fragrant and warming. Then I browsed the back of the shop because it’s filled with products from local artisans.IMG_5523

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art/Café Sebastienne

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Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is one of my favorite places I visited this trip. It’s small but it’s filled with engaging exhibits and beautiful art. I loved the art installation above.

When I was done browsing around, I stopped by the museum restaurant, Café Sebastienne, for brunch. The dining room is a destination in and of itself, with colorful paintings lining the walls and mod tables and chairs. I ordered the challah French toast with fresh peaches and a side of bacon. It was one of the best French toasts I’ve ever had, and I’m not just saying that. I wish I could eat one again right now.IMG_5587IMG_5588

Monarch Coffee 

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Monarch Coffee is my favorite coffee shop in KC. It’s so beautiful inside, with gleaming white interiors and a sea green La Marzocco machine on the counter. I like to sit at a small table or at the marble bar by the window and journal. I’d highly recommend spending an hour (or two or three) at Monarch if you’re ever in town.

Conclusion

IMG_5573So yeah. Those are my Kansas City recs. It’s not an exhaustive list but includes most of the highlights from this trip. I’m glad I got to spend a couple days in the city and learn more about its food and dining scene. I crossed a few places off my very long list but there are still more places I want to see, so I’ll have to go back soon.

Here’s a playlist I put together for this trip. I played it a lot in the car and it calmed me down during I-70 traffic, which is a pretty impressive accomplishment.

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Dimanche (That Means Sunday)

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

This past week went by quickly, and I’m glad it did because then I got to spend the weekend in Kansas City. I left early yesterday morning, drove for 45 minutes, and realized that all the on-ramps to Interstate 70 were closed outside of St. Louis. I spent an hour driving around cornfields in central Missouri trying to find a new route.

The good news is, I finally made it to Kansas City and I had a great time. I went for the first time in a while last year and I loved it, and this time I enjoyed it even more. Kansas City has a more western feel than St. Louis, and I’d argue that overall, it’s more laid back. People are very friendly for the most part, there’s good food, and no one is in a hurry. I love setting aside a couple days to go there for those three reasons.

Now I’m in bed writing this blog post, which may or may not be an Allez Le Food first. Even though I’m tired from the drive and traveling all weekend, I wanted to tell you a little bit about my trip. Stay tuned for a full blog post about Kansas City food and attractions tomorrow.

For now, I’ll leave you with some teasers and other things that caught my eye this week. Without further ado, here is Dimanche:

I was so sad to hear about Aretha Franklin’s passing earlier this week. I love her music and I have a whole playlist devoted to her songs on Spotify. There were many good tributes to the Queen of Soul but I especially enjoyed this one in The Cut. The writer makes the argument that Aretha could be singing “blah blah blah” in “Natural Woman” and that it would still be brilliant and emotionally evocative. She isn’t wrong.

I tried Messenger Coffee and Ibis Bakery for the first time in Kansas City and I was floored. If you’ve never been, I’d highly recommend checking it out and getting this honey bunches of oats bear claw and iced horchata. I could have had five but I cut myself off after one (mostly due to an extensive eating itinerary). Read more about them in my blog post tomorrow!

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If you love chocolate, you’ll enjoy this article about a master chocolatier. Melissa Coppel, a chocolatier based in Nevada, is running chocolate-making classes from a kitchen in a Las Vegas strip mall. I want to sign up. Read more about Coppel and her work in this New York Times story.

So…there’s an avocado crime ring in New Zealand. The country is suffering an avocado shortage, which has spurred large-scale thefts at farms. Check out this story in The Guardian for more information. It taught me some local vernacular, including “raked” and “spate.”

It’s no easy task to overhaul labor in France but that’s exactly what one woman is trying to do. Muriel Pénicaud, France’s labor minister and the person President Macron tasked with pushing through reforms, is an interesting character. She gets a lot of flak for being wealthy and going along with Macron’s ideas without dispute, but she seems like a fierce negotiator and courageous leader. I especially like her quote about France’s labor reforms, which have sparked national disputes. You can read more about Pénicaud in this New York Times story.

Can we talk about the peanut butter coconut soft serve at Nudo House? Thanks. I tried it earlier this week and I was blown away. Even though ramen is still my favorite thing at Nudo, this soft serve is a close second. On a hot summer day, it might even come in first. I would highly recommend getting some soon. IMG_5406

Last but certainly not least, French seniors are getting a prescription for special bread. Even though the bread sounds suspiciously gross (“vitamin-enriched cakes”), it still is better than in America, where seniors are barely guaranteed anything. Maybe I’ll end up retiring to France after all. You can read more about the news here.

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

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Summertime Pasta with Tomatoes, Corn, and Zucchini

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When I make pasta during the summer, I like it to be light and have lots of veggies. Cue: This summertime pasta with tomatoes, corn, and zucchini.

I decided to make the dish last night after taking stock of what was in the fridge. I had two ears of corn, a large zucchini, and a very ripe tomato sitting on the counter. I also had an unopened container of Parmesan that I don’t remember buying, but that’s often the case with cheese.

This pasta is so easy and satisfying. It comes together relatively quickly and it tastes good without lots of cheese on top, which is my test for good pasta.

If you want, you can add garlic into the mix. I’m very sensitive to garlic so I tend to avoid it when possible. Instead I rely on onions or in this case, shallots, to give the vegetables some extra flavor.

If you have a different kind of summer squash on hand, it would also work well in this dish. You could also sub in cherry tomatoes for diced tomatoes, but the flavor might be a little sweeter. I found that using one whole, diced tomato was more than enough.

So yeah. Make this pasta as soon as possible. It’s an easy weeknight or weekend meal and it incorporates the best ingredients of the season.

Here’s a song to get you started.

Summertime Pasta with Tomatoes, Corn, and Zucchini

Ingredients

1/2 box farfalle pasta
1/2 large shallot, chopped
2 ears of corn, kernels removed
1/2 large zucchini, sliced thin
1 tomato, diced
olive oil for frying
salt and pepper for seasoning
Parmesan cheese for serving

Directions

Heat some olive oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat. Add the shallot and corn and sauté until they’re golden brown, about three to five minutes. Add the zucchini and stir to combine. Allow the zucchini to soften a little before stirring in the tomato. Add more olive oil if necessary. Let the mixture simmer on low heat. Season with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain the pasta, return it to its cooking pot, and stir in the vegetable mixture. Serve with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

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