Swim Cafe

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 […]


Jo’s Downtown

Jo’s Downtown

Austin, Texas

When I heard the b’hoys at Page Southerland Page talking about AMLI, Ill be honest, I had no clue what they were talking about. It was not until I saw their fetid property on the side of I85 up near Shallowford Road on my way to Harmony Vegetarian that I picked up on what they […]


Xhedos Cafe

Xhedos Cafe

Ferndale, Michigan

Almost every city with a skyscraper has at least one little cultivated strip of businesses where squares can go when they feel ‘funky.’ Where not so long ago greasy RPG trolls and 20-eyelet Wax Trax creeps strode confidently in the abject kingdom of Ferndale, their ought-tens counterparts drink coffee from styrofoam cups and hide out from boojies like our tableauxist in Xhedos Cafe.




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