Thursday 22 November 2018

WITH the car loaded with gear for tonight’s show at King Tuts we make our way into Glasgow early. I drop Margaret off then go and set up camp in McDonalds for coffee and wifi to get some work done and last minute online promo etc for tonight’s gig....

Saturday 20 October 2018

NOT much time to hang around this morning – we need to get to Green Bay and pay Kip at Printables Inc for the tour t-shirts he printed and shipped to New York. He’s around ’til 1pm.We leave Wausau int he snow and hit Green Bay and Kip’s place with 15...

Sunday 14 October 2018

IT’S snowing when we wake up in Winona…and we’ve a good five hour drive to Chicago ahead. We pack up, say cheerio to Ken and hit the road, stopping at Perkins for some breakfast. The weather eases up and we take turns driving, arriving at our pals...

Friday 12 October 2018

A BIT of a fluster this morning…we need packed up and on the road as soon as possible. Four hundred and thirty miles to Racine today. There’s some stuff we need to pick up then we hit the road. We keeper eyes peeled for a Panera Bread but end up having a quick pit...

Thursday 11 October 2018

AFTER clearing the decks work-wise, we’re out the hotel by 11am and on the 150-mile journey north to Annandale, Minnesota. We stop for fuel and pick ip some stuff in a supermarket, grab a snack and continue on our way. Load in is 5pm and we want to get checked...

Tuesday 9 October 2018

AFTER breakfast and the now normal routine of emails, social media and last minute “today’s show” online promo we hit town. Margaret want to go to T J Maxx and we need some stuff to fix my necklaces. On the way back to the hotel we pick up some stuff...

Tuesday 2 October 2018

GOOD morning New York! The guitars have arrived and the concierge guys have ’em downstairs. I go and pick them up and all’s well so we celebrate by going for breakfast at the Silver Dollar diner a couple of blocks away on 2nd. Back ay Ginny’s we go...

Sunday 12 August 2018

AN early start (for a Sunday)..we’re up, showered, some work done, breakfasted and on the road by 10am. First stop is Perth for a session on touring in Australia, New Zealand and China organised by Showcase Scotland and Help Musicians Scotland as part of The...

Thursday 14 June 2018

THE BOIL that appeared on the inside of my leg seems to have calmed down a bit…the hot compresses have helped, I think. I have a landing page to sort out for my pal Rab’s website. It’s not due to go live yet, but it can be a technically challenging...

Monday 7 May 2018

AFTER the routine stuff I nip across to the studio and run through my set for tonight’s show at Broadcast in Glasgow. It’s been a couple of months since my last show and I need to make sure I’m match fit. I manage to remember the words to everything...

Monday 16 April 2018

A 6.45am call from a courier with a delivery gets me out of bed… No bad thing, really, as Margaret’s gonna be in Glasgow all day today and the kitchen folks are coming around 9am to start ripping out our cranky old kitchen. After breakfast I tidy up some...

Thursday 29 March 2018

Click above to watch the video for Glasgow Blues Players…visit the website here. I MANAGE to get a few things done before breakfast so that after my fruit, yogurt and porridge I can go straight across to the studio. The guitar part of a new song idea I’ve...

Sunday 25 March 2018

LOOKS like a nice day. After breakfast I tidy the studio and try and set things up to be conducive to my intended routine of spending an hour every morning – right after breakfast – to play guitar and work on new ideas. For too long songwriting and playing have been...

Wednesday 21 March 2018

WE’RE off to the BBC’s Quay Sessions this evening, so both of us go into Glasgow early. I drop Margaret off then go for coffee and spend an few hours on the local community trust website before parking up at the People’s Palace and wandering into...

Thursday 15 March 2018

FEELING a bit ropey this morning..no hangover – more my balance is all funny and I’m a bit dizzy. A shower and breakfast later I’m still feeling odd, but no time to worry about that ‘cos all the gear needs sorted for tonight’s show in...

Saturday 3 March 2018

WE CHECK the weather and roads situation first thing. I’m nervous about getting into Glasgow and really hope we don;t have to cancel tonight’s show. Things look fairly positive and after packing the gear and merch we hit the road just after 11am – a good...

Wednesday 24 January 2018

TOP of my list today is to try and give my shows a higher profile/visibility in Google search using Google’s ‘data highlighter’. Because my tour dates come in via Bandsintown, Google doesn’t index them as individual events, so yesterday I set...

Monday 22 January 2018

Belfast videoblog – click to watch! AFTER shovelling away some of the snow and ice outside the house and office I start dumping all the various video clips from the weekend’s Belfast trip onto the laptop. With the rest of the routine chores and breakfast out the...

Saturday 20 January 2018

NEEDLESS to say we’re starving when we wake up – a two blueberry muffins and a large dram was no substitute for dinner – especially at 1.30am after spending the evening in the hotel bar! Premier Inn breakfast is good, but we don’t have too much time to...

Saturday 2 December 2017

A GREAT sleep and a wee lie in…but still up in time for breakfast – doesn’t finish here at the rather swanky Ruby Marie hotel ’til 11am 🙂 John Spillane’s hosting a songwriting workshop at midday at a venue on the other side of the city centre....

Saturday 25 November 2017

AFTER a lazy morning I do some last-minute online promo for tonight’s show at Strathblane Village Club and print off the list of advance ticket sales . I make a big pot of veggie black bean soup – a bit of an experiment after last week’s effort using...

Tuesday 14 November 2017

AN EARLY start….up at 5am and on the road by 6am! We stop at Carlisle for breakfast and pick up some sandwiches for lunch on the hoof later on. Swapping driving duties along the way, we head down the A1 and  make good time, hitting the Ramada at South Mimms...

Saturday 11 November 2017

MY website’s still getting messed up by the malware or whatever…seems to have injected a script that’s still hanging around. I think it may be ‘hidden’ in the database. I escalate by efforts to rid the site of the infection and cross my...

Saturday 28 October 2017

EARLY start to head south…I pack the gear and merch and we’re on the road soon after 9am. It’s over 300 miles to Horsley Woodhouse in Derbyshire where I’m playing a special event organised by Newtone Strings who make and provide my guitar strings…in...

Saturday 21 October 2017

NOT too much panic this morning…I get some emails and admin done as well as the last minute promo for tonight’s show in Rakvere out the way before we pack our bags. We take everything downstairs when we go for a late (10.30am) breakfast then check out and...

Friday 20 October 2017

A GOOD night’s sleep in a comfy bed helps restore things…physically, anyway! We need some milk so I take a walk to the supermarket and find some croissants, fruit and milk and get back to our funky old town apartment for breakfast. Our pal Merli drops by...

Friday 13 October 2017

MARGARET goes to meet our American pals for a coffee before they leave the village…I’d like to go too, but have far too much to get done before I have to go into Glasgow at midday. Turns out my old graphics tablet won’t work with my current laptop,...

Sunday 8 October 2017

NOT much time to spare this morning as we need to load in at the festival site around 11am. The weather’s not so good today, but I don’t think it’ll cause any problems. There’s plenty of folks on hand to help with the load in and soon I’m...

Thursday 5 October 2017

THE morning’s spent at the old mill catching up with some work then we drive to the festival site for lunch with the FestivalBAR team and folks building the ‘festival village’. After a nice two-hour lunch we tale a trip to Chinon to pick up some...

Wednesday 4 October 2017

IT’S LATE when we wake up at the old mill and go downstairs for coffee, pain au chocolate and get a little work done. Once the routine stuff and some last minute promo’s out the way we drive into town and have lunch at Les Temps des Crises with the...

Friday 29 September 2017

BREAKFAST at the old mill, then we go to Avoine and pack the van for tonight’s show in Bain de Bretagne. We relax for a while then Dominique and Marie-Claude drive us all the way to Bain de Bretagne and tonight’s venue, Point B@r which has a great music...

Sunday 24 September 2017

ONLY about 80 miles to go today and we have a courtesy late checkout at the hotel near Weatherby. We have a lazy morning and catch up on some work then hit the road.  First stop is Halford in Selby to pick up a mains adaptor for our powered coolbox. The 12v car...

Thursday 22 September 2017

A BUSY day today…lots to get ready for the next couple weeks’-worth of shows and we leave tomorrow morning. Once the daily emails and other routine stuff’s out the way I pack a couple or guitars for tonight’s live session and interview on...

Saturday 9 September 2017

WE’RE packed and on the road by midday…some stuff to drop off at Catriona and Will’s then up to Inverness. After checking in at our B&B we drop some vinyl copies of the new album off at Union Vinyl – the owner’s enthusiastic and...

Friday 1 September 2017

RELEASE day for Live at Memorial Hall! I get a bunch of stuff done online and pack up a bunch or orders that have come in before we need to head into Glasgow to meet Lucy who’s opening the shows tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday). Lucy’s train from...

Saturday 26 August 2017

THERE’S a few things to get done in the office then we pack the gear and merch and hit the road. We’ve a 300-odd mile drive to heather in Leicestershire where I’m playing at the Hardtail Blues Festival.  Margaret’s not feeling great so,...

Friday 18 August 2017

AFTER packing up some more pre-orders to drop at the post office I get the gear read for tonight’s show in Newcastle. We leave just after midday and take turns driving. It;s not so far, but the traffic as we hit Newcastle is terrible. The Cluny has booked us...

Saturday 12 August 2017

OOPS…we’ve slept in for breakfast by 1/2-hour! No problem, tho’…we’re welcomed by an incredible spread of food and we have a lovely breakfast 🙂 The festival doesn’t  open ’til 1pm, so there’s a few ours to get some...

Friday 11 August 2017

A RELATIVELY early start and we leave Ponnie’s and Eastbourne to make our way to Ashford. We get there with plenty of time to spare and go for some lunch…but as we get to the international rail terminal I get the booking papers out and Margaret realises we...

Thursday 10 August 2017

WE wake up to sunshine at Ponnie’s in Eastbourne and after a long breakfast we go for a walk along the seafront. Like being on holiday! Still, there’s quite a lot of online stuff and bits and bobs of work to tend to when we get back. Mid-afternoon we leave...

Tuesday 8 August 2017

WE’VE a late checkout from the hotel in Birmingham – so plenty of time to get some last minute promo done for tonight’s (Tuesday) show in London. Before we leave the city, though, Margaret insists we hit the Levi’s shop to try and get a new pair of...

Sunday 30 July 2017

UP early! Gotta get everything sorted and hit MugStock Festival by midday. My stage time on the main stage isn’t ’til 4.25pm, but we have to get parked up, loaded in and all sorted out. Old pal Paul Henry greets us when we check in at artist liaison and...

Friday 28 July 2017

UP early  – Margaret’s going to a funeral in Dundee and I’ve got a big list of stuff to get through before we go to Glasgow for tonight’s fundraising show for the Strummerville Foundation. My main task to to get things set up so we can,...

Friday 21 July 2017

IN the studio I run through some of the songs I’ll be playing at tonight’s show then start packing the gear. Last time I played Bathgate we had difficulty finding somewhere to eat and ended up spending a fortune on shite sandwiches out the petrol station...

Friday 14 July 2017

SINGLE release day! Givers & Takers is now available. Get it here. I’m up at a decent time to add a landing page to the website, post Facebook profile and page banners and a bunch of other social media stuff to spread the word…and, of course, an iTunes...

Friday 30 June 2017

ANOTHER early start to get Ted and Laurie into Glasgow for their train to London – glad we didn’t drink too much last night! Once I’ve dropped our guests off I pick up a bunch of new-design t-shirts – and a couple of experimental hoodies – from Kenny at...

Wednesday 21 June 2017

Click above to watch Whisky in my Blood at Glengoyne distillery 🙂 THERE’S a few wee things to edit on the Whisky in my Blood video I shot at Glengoyne distillery yesterday, so it’s straight into the studio to get the final version done and rendering. I...

Tuesday 20 June 2017

MARGARET drops me, my guitar and all the video gear at Glengoyne distillery at 8am. We shooting a quick d-i-y video of Whisky in my Blood for World Music Day. It’s a fun and productive morning, then I’m given a lift home in the Glengoyne landrover....

Tuesday 6 June 2017

I GET cracking on the holiday lodge website – and start uploading a video ‘walk through.  We reckoned it might be a good idea to put out a download-only single in advance of the album launch – so Givers & Takers will be released on Friday 14...

Saturday 3 June 2017

IT’S roasting in the tent when we wake up…a good thing, in a way, as it means it’s nice weather! We make breakfast outside then catch up on some emails and other bits and bobs of work – looks like there’s some shows sorted for Latvia and...

Sunday 28 May 2017

DESPITE the late night and amount of bevvy we’re up and about ay a semi-reasonable time. Watch the Livestream on replay above – or visit my Facebook page. Alastair and Karen get breakfast on the go and after we eat we spend the rest of the morning gabbing and...

Wednesday 24 May 2017

WE BOTH hit Glasgow early. I make my usual stop at McDonalds for coffee and wifi and get a bunch of stuff done, including getting the four track Live EP up on Bandcamp. We’re also delighted that our pal, London-based singer/songwriter Lucy Zirins will be my...

Saturday 22 April 2017

FEELING rough again this morning…I blame the late night chips. My belly’s not used to the carbs these days! We get the bus into the centre of Edinburgh and meet up with some of the other Wide Days speakers and folks. Olaf’s taking us all on a bus...

Friday 21 April 2017

UH-OH…hangover central when we get up just before 7am. A shower helps then I run p to Waitrose to get milk for coffee and some rolls. Doesn’t open ’til 8am tho’. I’d spotted an M&S food store when we came into Edinburgh last...

Thursday 23 March 2017

WE drive into Glasgow early, drop Margaret off, then I take Mikey to the bus station before making my way to Braehead. I’ve only just got a coffee and the laptop open when an alarm goes off and the place is evacuated due to ‘an incident’. I sit in...

Sunday 12 March 2017

AFTER breakfast I work on a web development and photography proposal out of a meeting last week. Once done, I’m back onto the tracks from the live album. Getting the various playlists from iTunes onto my new phone is a bit of a carry on until I work out that, if...

Saturday 11 March 2017

AFTER a long lie we have breakfast and I start pulling the live mixes we’ve been working on over the last few days into iTunes and onto our Sonos server so we can listen easily. We spend the remainder of the morning and all afternoon listening and checking...

Friday 10 March 2017

ANOTHER early start to get to Chem19 studios for the second day of mixing the live tracks recorded last Saturday. We go more than halfway yesterday, so the pressure’s off a bit – but there are some alternative takes and technical issues on a few tracks we need...

Tuesday 7 March 2017

I DROP Margaret off in Glasgow and then drive to Perth for a music consultancy meeting. There used to be so many calls from musicians and songwriters wanting to ‘know stuff’ that, despite being keen to help everybody, I just had to start saying “I...

Saturday 4 March 2017

WE’RE up early and have breakfast then pack the car with the rest of the gear for tonight’s show. By 10.30am I’ve got a time-lapse camera set up to capture preparations for the gig and all the gear’s in the hall. Margaret leaves me to rig the...

Thursday 2 March 2017

INTO Glasgow early. Again. I drop Margaret off then take the car to the garage to have the underbody cladding fixed and two new tyres. Margaret will pick the car up later, meantime, I’m off to a music industry day at Glasgow University which kicks off at 9.15am....

Tuesday 28 February 2017

THERE’S a few reminders pop up in the diary. First, book a haircut for tomorrow (Wednesday) while I’m in Glasgow. Actually, that was in the diary yesterday, but the Soul Barber Room’s closed on a Monday. I make an appointment for early...

Thursday 23 February 2017

THERE’S a fair bit of snow when we leave the house at 7.30am and when we reach Croftamie, there’s a big tailback of cars. Not moving. Normally the road’s almost deserted, so this ain’t good as I need to get to Milngavie to catch a train into...

Friday 17 February 2017

WE’RE up at a reasonable time and got some work out the way by the time Davie from Glengoyne distillery comes to pick us up at 10am. Stuart at the distillery has lined up a day of whisky-related activities for Margaret and I and is waiting to welcome us. We...

Tuesday 14 February 2017

IT’S VALENTINE’S Day – we swap cards but, as agreed, no presents. In saying that, after givin spiralising a whirl with the wee manual gadget I bought last week Margaret did buy an electric spiraliser as a mutual gift. A half-price bargain on Amazon. A...

Monday 13 February 2017

OFF TO London…but not so early as to have to catch the red eye. My meeting’s not ’til 2.30pm, but my flight from Glasgow to London City leaves 1/2-hour late which means I have to rush across London to get to Musicians’ Union (MU) HQ so’s...

Friday 10 February 2017

GIG day today – so first task is printing out set lists and getting some last-miniute online and social media promo out. We’re also gonna try recording tonight’s show and I spend a while gathering an assortment of mics, cables, splitter boxes and other...

Saturday 4 February 2017

THE merch that had gone missing en route to the USA has turned up! Phew! But there’s some orders come in thatI need to get packed up and away before the last post pickup at midday. Also realised I hadn’t made up set lists for tonight’s...

Thursday 2 February 2017

ANOTHER early start into Glasgow…glad I packed the gear for tonight’s show yesterday! There’s quite a lot to get done in town before we head for Edinburgh, including a bunch of last minute online promo for the gig at the Voodoo Rooms. First stop when...

Wednesday 1 February 2017

NOT too an early a start…but we still need to get to STV’s studios in Glasgow soon after 11am. STV is starting to feel a little like a home-from-home. Innes comes to meet us in reception and Murray and Dot are on the studio floor getting everything...

Sunday 29 January 2017

The new ‘intro to Dave Arcari’ video…. I HAVE an important MU (Musicians’ Union) meeting in Glasgow at 11am…the roads are quiet and parking easy and I arrive bang on time. iI’s early afternoon by the time we’re done and I pick...

Saturday 28 January 2017

AFTER a late breakfast, Matty heads off and I get the stuff together for my 2pm Facebook livestream. I’ve bumped my gums often about how our broadband at home;s so slow we can’t do a Facebook livestream from the house, yet a mile or two up the lochside...

Friday 20 January 2017

Scottish shows info/trailer video…click above to watch! THERE’S a note in the diary that the episode of Julia Bradbury’s Best British Walks featuring yours truly is airing on ITV tonight. I spend a while spreading some ‘hints’ around...

Friday 30 January 2016

I stumble across a neatly edited clip from River City earlier this year featuring yours truly….click above to watch! ANOTHER (!) long lie. Yesterday’s alcohol-free day and exercise doesn’t seem to have made waking up any easier. Ah well,...

Thursday 29 December 2016

WE sleep in. Again. Dunno if this is down to tiredness, lack of exercise or too much bevvy. It certainly isn’t down to a lack of things needing done! At our pals Duncan and Irene’s the other night, Duncan re-inforced the idea of doing a live album. A lot...

Thursday 22 December 2016

STRAIGHT into the studio after breakfast to work out what I’m gonna play in this evening’s Facebook livestream ‘festive special’. I run through a few tunes and, as we’ve got a live audience, a few songs to warm ’em up before we go...

Wednesday 14 December 2016

BEFORE I do anything else, I go up the attic and get the Christmas tree and decorations down. I doubt we’ll have time to do anything with them today – or even tomorrow – but if we’re tripping over the boxes and bags in the hall we;re likely to...
Sunday 27 November 2016

Sunday 27 November 2016

A LITTLE delicate when Margaret goes upstairs to get coffee, but by the time the coffee’s drunk and we’re up and washed I’m feeling a bit more human. We go along to Visocchi’s  for breakfast…square sausage and black pudding rolls for...

Saturday 26 November 2016

AFTER the usual morning routine tasks I get the remaining pieces of the web project I’m working on into place and email the client. Then it’s time to restring guitars while Margaret gets the merch ready and we pack the car ready to hit the road to...

Wednesday 23 November 2016

ANOTHER early start…a beautiful clear blue sky but freezing cold and the car takes a good while to defrost before we head into Glasgow. A warning message on the dash tells us there’s some kind of airbag problem, so after I drop  Margaret off I nip...

Wednesday 16 November 2016

FIRST job is to trawl through some old backups and see if the missing/updated spreadsheets are there. I spend a good hour going through time machine backups on hard drives for both Margaret’s and my machines. Nothing. Although I’m pretty OCD about that...

Friday 11 November 2016

FUNNY being back into the early morning routine of cleaning the fire, chopping wood and stuff before breakfast…already feels like we’ve been home for a month. The diary’s full of things to get done – mostly small jobs – then I put out a news release...

Wednesday 9 November 2016

The fifth and final part of the 2016 USA tour videoblog…click above to watch… WE land at Heathrow sometime after 6.30am…I only just woke up 🙂 By the time we negotiate umpteen boarding car checks and border control we’re starting to cut things a...

Sunday 6 November 2016

WE wake up in the van in McDonalds’ car park around 6.45am. Feeling a bit rough…and drive the couple of blocks to Enterprise to hand the rental back. Looks like it doesn’t open ’til 9am tho’, so we walk back to McDonalds and have some...

Friday 4 November 2016

BREAKFAST at the hotel in Providence then we get some work done before checking out. There’s just a couple of hours’ drive to Newburyport, Massachusetts so we spend some time at a shopping mall then drop into a Panera Bread for lunch. We aim to get to...

Thursday 3 November 2016

A DAY off today…and we’re in the same hotel, so no mad rush to get stuff done before check out! After breakfast I restring my guitars ready for the final three shows of the tour then we do a quick Facebook Livestream. An email from my cousin in New...

Tuesday 1 November 2016

Click above to watch part four of the USA tour videoblog…. A FOUR hundred-and-fifty mile drive from Elyria to Utica on our way east today. But there’s an ‘oil change’ message popping up on the van dashboard, so first we have to find an Enterprise and see where...

Monday 31 October 2016

WE give Nan a lift to the Bloodshot Records office and pop in to say hello…and end up with a load of cool Bloodshot merch. Thanks Nan! After stopping at a Panera Bread to pick up some grub we leave Chicago behind and start the 350-mile  drive to Elyria...

Sunday 30 October 2016

BY the time we get up and get all the online stuff out the way, we chat with Nan and Mark then head to out to pick up some stuff…Matty’s asked if we can find a baseball shirt from Chicago. By the time we hit the shops we’re thinking about having a...

Friday 28 October 2016

WE sleep in a bit then have breakfast and coffee at Doug and Micki’s. We’re not long done when folks start arriving for the big party…Pete and Sue are first here…then Sue and Jim. Jim and I go for a walk round the trails in Doug’s...

Tuesday 25 October 2017

WE sleep in. Totally mis-managed the time difference! Regardless, there’s an amazing spread of breakfast stuff waiting when we get downstairs and we eat and then enjoy chatting with Charley over coffee. Part three of the tour videoblog has been uploading...

Friday 21 October 2016

NOT terribly sad to leave Fond Du Lac behind…not the most exciting place to stay…and make for Wausau a couple of hours’ drive away. Suffering from my 3am ‘everything’ burrito and pile of tater tots I need to try and eat something healthy....

Thursday 20 October 2016

THE Microtel in Fond Du Lac proves to be another breakfast disaster. Available ’til 10am says the sign, but t 9.30am there’ nothing – fridge empty, no yogurt, bread, bagels, muffins, cereal, milk…just a waffle machine and some crappy waffle batter....

Saturday 15 October 2016

WE have coffee and chat with Ken before leaving Winona. It’s 250+ miles to Racine, and once we get a few miles under our belt we stop at a Perkins for some grub. JJ – booker/owner at McAuliffe’s where I’m playing tonight – has sorted a hotel just a...

Friday 14 October 2016

BEFORE we leave Minneapolis we spend a while trying to sort out some iCloud Mac/iPhone sync issues…our diaries seem to sync sporadically and I really should get to the bottom of the problem. We spend an hour messing about and trying to work out exactly what is –...

Thursday 13 October 2016

JUST 150 miles today from Eau Claire, Wisconsin to Annandale, Minnesota. We stop short of Annandale to check into our hotel in Minneapolis but we’re way too early so find a Panera Bread for lunch. At 2pm I have a phone interview on Winona’s KQAL89.5 FM to...

Wednesday 12 October 2016

MY EYES are playing up which, combined with the lurgy I’ve had since we left home, made for a pretty restless night. It’s hard to concentrate on things so I decide to up the steroids in my eyes for a few days and see if I can blitz this uveitis and get it...

Monday 10 October 2016

WE have a busy morning in the hotel… I have to edit a touring feature and photos for a spread in an upcoming issue of ProSound News Europe which we’ve been working on for a while. That takes a bit of time, then we do a quick Facebook Livestream update....

Sunday 9 October 2016

Part one of the US tour videoblog – seven days in four minutes. Click to watch! WE’VE been invited back to the Pine Room for breakfast, so get out the motel room at a reasonable time and head back downtown. Coffee and an amazing breakfast burrito for me and a...

Saturday 8 October 2016

BREAKFAST at the HoJo is pretty much non-existent….Margaret remembered we stayed here on a previous tour and it was shit…we’ll avoid them where possible! So where do we go? Panera Bread, of course…right beside the hotel. Once we’ve eaten...