In Ms. Day's free time, she's taken to moonlighting as a union representative. It's a tough gig, but she does it for the people. Anyway, she thinks that one of her clients has a pretty good case, and she would like to share the story of this group. It's called Garlic Local 121, and these bulbs won't stand for being used so minimally in recipes anymore. A clove here, another clove there: It's weak bulbshit, and you know it. Now, what the 121 is demanding isn't much, just a little appreciation and a lot of love, so you should definitely try to avert a stinky strike by heading over to Simon's Café (79 Forum Center, at Highway 141 and Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield; 314-469-2210 or www.simonscafestl.com
) for the 2006 Garlic Festival
. During this event, which begins at 5 p.m. daily Thursday through Saturday (August 3 through 5), you can gear up to participate in a roasted-garlic-eating contest (at 6 p.m.) by drinking a garlic martini and eating Lebanese garlic potato dip with garlic pita chips. Belly dancers will celebrate garlic as well by performing dances that honor this member of the lily family. All in all, the annual Garlic Festival promises to show honor and respect to the bulbs, and, if enough people attend, this fest has the power to end the contract stalemate whoo-hoo
! and allow Ms. Day's signature scent to be something other than Eau de Garlique (not that there's anything wrong with that). So go! Garlic it up!