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 […]

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…

Cafe Medici; Austin, Texas

Cafe Medici

Austin, Texas

In the middle of it all we were hanging out in the basement print lab of the UT architecture school. It was September 2008. I had my copy of ‘Strange Details’ alternately curved in my back pocket or stuck in my waistband like a pistol. An almost Los Angeleno night breeze spoke in the dark […]

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