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 […]


Aurora L5P

Aurora L5P

Atlanta, Georgia

Attempting to drift like a vagrant in one’s own town prompts reconsideration of local haunts we take for granted. It is fun to consider what Aurora would be like were it in a different city, or to visit it without the decade and a half of Atlantan desperation to patina it. It is in fact, dope. Bonus: JhT is haunted by a French Canadian troll!


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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