Picks and Pans – Chicago, IL


Cafe Bernard

We rolled into Chicago in the early evening and pulled up to the family home of our friend, Brian. Not long after walking in the door, I realized that this family had created the type of home in which anyone and everyone is made to feel welcome. Even though it was the […]

Picks and Pans – San Francisco/Bay Area, Part II


The first Tuesday of every month is the free day at most San Francisco museums and, being that we are enthusiasts of both free things and museums, we were pretty happy to partake in the November day of gratis museum going. Being at a museum on the free day is especially pleasurable because […]

Picks and Pans – In and around Portland

Sean and I each spent four years in Portland, with two of those years overlapping, so coming back was kind of like putting on an old, comfortable pair of jeans. I just slipped right in as though it had been a week and not a decade.

Ned Ludd

Our first night in Portland, Margot and […]

Picks and Pans – Between RMNP and Salt Lake City

PICKS: Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and Coffee Shop in Steamboat Springs, CO

Another great independently owned bookshop, with possibly the best children’s book section ever….they built a book reading fort complete with doors too small for adults and pillows properly placed for getting lost in a good book. It will however be eternally linked […]

Picks and Pans – Denver, CO

Denver was a bit of a surprise. After spending time in Utah and continually wishing for more time to explore, we had hopes that we might find a new home in the vicinity, but didn’t think our chances were very good. Driving alongside a river of whitewater, through the picturesque Rockies on our way in […]