Trent’s Seafood Grill – Local Favorite

Cafe Sketchers traveled to the Westside a few weeks ago to go to Trent’s, a local favorite for over 20 years, across from NAS Jax. Normally they don’t open until 10:30, but they were gracious enough to open early for us and even gave us our own room. So much to draw!

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Before we ate (which my husband says is why we do this!) we sketched and painted this amazing place.

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Before we knew it, it was time for lunch. Our server was Toni, and we never lacked a thing. The food was really fresh and delicious, and portions were very generous. Sandie and I shared the platter of shrimp and oysters, and it was plenty. We’ll be back here.Toni:TR.jpegIMG_8275.jpegScreen Shot 2019-05-03 at 1.00.08 PM.png

Earth Works Landscape and Design

We had a big group and perfect weather for our plein air paintout this time. Beautiful flowers and lovely water features  gave us plenty of choices to sketch and paint.

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No food here for Cafe Sketchers so we all went up the road to Sid and Linda’s where we enjoyed some great seafood. And great service by our server, Katrina.

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Obi’s: Really Cool Place

Obi’s Fillin’ Station in St. Augustine Beach is an old filling station made into a restaurant with a retro automotive gas station theme that takes you back to the good old days. From the Sinclair dinosaur to parts of vintage cars, it has logos, ads and memorabilia from yesteryear (when somebody pumped your glass and actually cleaned your windshield). Sketchers loved it!

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Some sketchers didn’t finish their sketches, but I’m told they will…

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There was a goat too…

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Our waitress, Tristan, was friendly and efficient, and our food was delicious.

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Thank you for stopping by, and we’ll see you next time.

3rd Street Diner – Jax Beach

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There was so much “retro” to see, including a real jukebox – that played CDs! We had fun remembering earlier decades and trying to fit everything on a page.

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Aloha Bagel – Fernandina Beach

At the end of January Cafe Sketchers decided to take some road trips to cafes a little further from Jacksonville. I have had a great time checking them out in both St. Augustine and Fernandina Beach, and this was our first excursion.

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A group of 10 enthusiastic sketchers enjoyed the hospitality of Sloane and her staff at the Aloha Bagel and Deli in Fernandina. What a fun and colorful place!

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And the bagels were wonderful! Soft on the inside and crispy, crunchy on the outside. I had the Eggel Bagel – the “everything bagel” (eggs, bacon, cheese) for breakfast, and it was big enough to split. Yummy.

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I hope you enjoy the fruits of our visit.

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True Food Restaurant: Healthy and Delicious

True Food Restaurant at the Town Center is a new “health-driven” restaurant serving gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan foods (as well as “regular” food). It doesn’t open until 11:00, but they were kind enough to let us sketch in the Orange Sunset Room while they set up for lunch. The place is beautiful, and the food delicious. Enjoy with us.

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And then we ate! I had the Margherita Pizza (VEG) and Pomegranate Chia Limeade.  I have had the hummus before, and it was one of the best I’ve ever had. My granddaughter is vegetarian, so I got her a gift card for her birthday, and I’ll be taking her here soon.

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New: Bleu Chocolat Cafe

A new place in Springfield has opened in the former Three Layers location. It is awesome! Sketchers were welcomed warmly as we arrived and ooed and awed over the array of chocolates. We all worked hard as we tried samples and drank hot chocolate.  Hope you enjoy what we did. This is definitely on our return list.

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The unique hand-painted bon-bons were especially beautiful. One reminded us of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” Too pretty to eat right away. They went home with lots of us.

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These delightful ladies –  Cassie, Janelle, Tanesha and Erika – are the founders, owners, cooks and waitstaff. Chocolatiers extraordinaire. Support a local business and treat yourself to some chocolate. It’s a fun place.

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New: Stress Reliever?

I have been told that people who buy the “adult coloring books” use them as a stress reliever. I see many different types on the shelves at local stores, and they are intriguing. I have now joined the ranks with “Paris Cafes,” a set of 12 postcards to color – with colored pencils, crayon, markers or paint. They are perforated so you can even mail them to friends.

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I’ll be at the Amelia Island Book Festival on Saturday with books and postcards. Come visit!

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Sketches from Empanadas

Empanadas Latin Fusion was a new and fun place to be. The bright, colorful bistro serves a menu fused with Cuban, Argentinian, Peruvian and Colombian influences. The murals on the walls were so delightful, I forgot to take pictures of the sketchers! But you’ll see our work. Besides the surroundings, our food was delicioso! The empanada sampler – one chicken, one spinach and one ham and cheese – was especially tasty and the pastry flaky and full of flavor. Our cute waiter was helpful with the menu translation and very attentive, and the dancing empanadas were a favorite!It’s just across Philips Hwy from Avonlea Antique Mall at the corner of  Baymeadows.

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And now this is what our talented sketchers did:

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Greetings from A Broken Egg

Happy New Year to those of you who are still following this blog… Cafe Sketching has started again, and I’ve made a resolution to try to keep up with it here. We’ve taken February off so I will be sharing photos of our 4 Meetups in January. Long range, I plan to finish the Paris trip now that all of us have mostly finished painting our sketches from there. I hope you enjoy all this as much as I anticipate for myself.

Now on to Another Broken Egg, the one at the beach this time. I was not there due to a n emergency, but the other Sketchers tell me the staff was just wonderful. They could not say enough about Chefs GP and Joe, sous-chef NaNa and waitress Therese. They were all so warm, welcoming and helpful. Sketches reflected how delightful they were.Dale:egg.jpeg

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Sketchers spread out and worked hard after a long Christmas break.

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And, from what I hear, the food was delicious too! Next time, we’re at Empanadas.