Swim Cafe

Chicago, Illinois

I told someone the other day that the most boring drive of my life was from Chicago to Kansas City. I’ve done some pretty boring drives: I16 from Macon to I95 (fuck you, Kite, GA!), LA to San Francisco (or thereabouts), any US road with three (3) or more CVSs, I40 through Oklahoma and the […]


Gathering Grounds

Gathering Grounds (née Sweet Java Brown)

Atlanta, Georgia

On my return trip to Sweet Java Brown the place was called Gathering Grounds. They appeared to have the same operating hours, but, as I have been privately insulted for making an issue out of coffee shops that close absurdly early, I will not rail too much on the fact that Gathering Grounds closes at […]


Calistoga Roastery

Calistoga Roastery

Calistoga, California

Wheelchair travelers to Napa Valley beware, Calistoga Roastery boasts the coolest front step outside of every bodega in Mexico City, Verona, or Chapterhouse Cafe in Philadelphia. The code officials likely were cool with making you enter in the back door, though the philosophical tenets of the ADA should require something as old-world and fresh as a real threshold for you back there. Maybe a phone booth…




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