What a beautiful day in February! Temperature almost 80 degrees – lovely to sit outside and sketch. The class went to Simply Sara’s, a small restaurant in Ortega run by Sara Mangham and her family. We were treated royally. Josh, GM, opened an hour early to accommodate us, complete with tea and coffee. As we had the place to ourselves for awhile some sketched their famous cookie jars (“making these cookies for 25 years”), while others went outside to paint the charming architecture. Everyone was concentrating so hard on getting down at least 2 sketches, someone said it was as quiet as a funeral home. At some point Larissa, our ever-so-helpful waitress, brought us the most delicious eggplant fries – the best ever. Marie, our intrepid photographer, took some pictures from her perch on a chair, and we all enjoyed a very tasty lunch and lively conversation. It was such a wonderful day, no one wanted to leave.