Picks and Pans – Chicago, IL

PICKS: 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 I

PICKS: Sufficient Grounds in Berkeley A GPS is a useful gadget, but its utility is greatly limited by the fact that the world (and especially infrastructure) is continually changing, while the GPS’s maps are not. Let’s say, for example, the Bay Bridge is closed, but your GPS doesn’t know about this and is assuredly leading […]

Picks and Pans – British Columbia, Canada

PICKS: Granville Island, Vancouver Granville Island is a fairly touristy conglomeration of a pricey farmers’ market, some knick-knack/toy/t-shirt/souvenir shops, sprinkled in with a few art galleries and locally owned boutiques. Although this wouldn’t normally be our kind of gig, it does have a great pier for sitting in the sun near the water. It was […]

Picks and Pans – Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City has a lot of what you would expect (Mormon influenced squeaky clean culture) and a lot of what you would not (an active LGBT community, a vocal liberal political presence, lots of gothy/punky/alt culture kids and a rockin’ arts festival).  Although there are several intriguing things going on in SLC, the clash […]

Picks and Pans – Boulder and Lyons, CO

Boulder is a much talked about city with 90k people, only a 1/2 hour drive to Denver and minutes from the mountains and nature abound. We only got a 1 day run through, but were impressed with it’s many offerings – a contemporary arts museum, a good farmers market in the downtown, lots of bike […]