Simply put despite all of the advances in the cloud over the last decade, it is too hard to build a reliable, cloud-native application. However, with each passing month, more and more of these applications must be built. As containers and Kubernetes have become a commodity that developers can rely on in all public clouds and on-premise as well, our attention is turning to the systems that we can build on top of Kubernetes. Brigade and Metaparticle are two new systems that provide higher level, more approachable abstractions for building distributed applications. Developers can design, develop and deploy distributed systems from within the confines of familiar programming languages. This idiomatic-cloud approach radically simplifies development and empowers a whole new population of developers to become distributed system engineers.