More posts by Ryan Bender

Coit Tower

Art Deco Tower in San Francisco

Coit Tower in San Francisco is named for Lillie Hitchcock Coit, a gambling, smoking, pants-wearing, all around awesome proto-feminist. Her family moved to San Francisco in 1851 when she was 8 years old. When she was 15, she jumped into action to help volunteer firefighters battle a blaze (see we told you she was awesome).… Continue Reading →


A Pleasant Day Trip From Madrid

When the Spanish sun makes Madrid too hot to handle, do what the locals do and head for the hills. Segovia is located about an hour north of the city, and at 1000 feet higher than the capital, it’s cooler and breezier than the capitol.… Continue Reading →

Wynkoop Brewing Company

Brew Pub in LoDo Denver

The Lower Downtown neighborhood is the original birthplace of the city of Denver and home to the magnificent Union Station (built 1914). It was once filled with bustling warehouses storing goods to fuel the expansion westward, but by the 1960s, it had fallen on hard times.… Continue Reading →

Wazee Supper Club

Wazee Supper Club, LoDo

Pizza and Beer In LoDo Denver

Wazee Supper Club has been holding down the corner of 15th & Wazee since 1974, long before LoDo’s resurgence as Denver’s hippest neighborhood. And even though it is more of a pizza place than a supper club – we’re from Wisconsin where “supper club” means Friday fish fry and Saturday prime rib – we’re not complaining!… Continue Reading →

Sunday Setlist, December 4

We’re heading to San Francisco soon – so this week’s bands are all from the Bay Area. Can’t wait to get out there – the weather forecast says it’s gonna be 60 degrees and SUNNY!

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Links We Love – Vol 11

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The 1up

Ryan playing video games at the 1up

Your Favorite Childhood Arcade Games, This Time With Beer.

My family got our first Nintendo when I was 10, right around the time Super Mario Brothers 3 came out. I was not much for video games before that, so when I started playing, I started from scratch. It took me two years of playing it daily, but I finally beat it. … Continue Reading →

Avenue Bar

The Best Fish Fry in Madison

We know our fish fry in Wisconsin. Every Friday across this great state,  deep friers are heated up in restaurants, supper clubs, taverns, VFWs and church basements and cod, haddock, perch and walleye are breaded and then tossed into the oil. Why fish? Why Friday?… Continue Reading →

Sunday Setlist, November 27

This week’s tunes are all about our latest trip. In case you couldn’t guess – we were in Denver. (The Foo Fighter song is for my brother Ben – they’re his favorite band.)

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