Eat, Drink, Sketch and Be Mary!

Cafe Sketchers gathered at Hamburger Mary’s last week and had a grand time.  Walter, the manager, opened an hour early  just for us, and C.J. was our very cheerful and dishy waiter who attended to our every need.  The light was low, but there was oh so much fun to draw.

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The light was low, but there was oh so much fun to draw.

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The menu was extensive, but most of us wanted one of the hamburger choices. The  Mary Burger and “Ta-tas” (Tater Tots) was huge and delicious, big enough to split.IMG_5126.jpgmam.jpeg

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We’ll be back for another burger – you should try it! This was our last regular Meetup for awhile. We all need a break sometimes, and I’m leaving on a road trip to the Southwest.  A few of us will be at The Spot Cafe in St. Augustine next Wednesday, but we will have visitors from Tallahassee, so we may just visit….  See you in a few months. And keep sketching.

 

 

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Sketching at European Street

Nine regular cafe sketchers and one junior sketcher met at European Street at Jax Beach and had a wonderful morning. Jackie’s granddaughter, Molly Rose, joined us. all.jpg

From the hydrangeas in the window to the delicious food, there were delightful things to draw and paint. Just take a look:

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Bye, see you next week.

The Mini Bar – Donut miss it!

Sketchers discovered a wonderful place has opened in Jax Beach: The Mini Bar serving hot donuts only. 3 tiny donuts make up about 1 regular donut, and the flavors are incredible.

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Everywhere you looked there was something fun to draw – and to eat. Sketchers did well in both departments.

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You really should! I’ll be back for sure.

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Barnes and Noble Hosts Sketchers

Last week Sketchers met up at Barnes and Noble at Town Center. Some chose to work in the restaurant and have coffee while sketching, others were drawn to the delightful children’s section.

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Then for lunch, spinach and artichoke quiche or a tomato Caprese on ciabatta. And shopping for books. Next week we’ll be at another new place at the beach – The Mini Bar (donuts only!).

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Sketching Florida Cracker Kitchen

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A new restaurant in Jacksonville, and it was slammed! (I took this picture when it was closed.) I thought the portions last week were huge, but the plates here were enormous – and just as good as they were big!

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Enormous burritos, shrimp and grits, shrimp salad, cinnamon rolls and even….mimosas!

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P.S. Thanks to Carolyn, our resident “Swedish” artist, for her commentary at IKEA. Our group is having a “fika.”

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Next week: Barnes and Noble.

Hola! Sketchers go Mexican at Pepe’s Hacienda Restaurant

On Valentine’s Day, sketchers met up at Pepe’s Hacienda Restaurant just off  St. Augustine Road and University Boulevard. What an explosion of color met us! Mexican decorations were everywhere – as well as a huge bouquet of Valentine balloons. We had a big group and lots of fun as everyone got to work doing their own interpretation of the place. That’s one thing that makes this group so enjoyable. We learn so much from each other.

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We were grateful for our very lovely server, Matilde, who kept up with all our wants and needs. Thank you, Matilde!

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IMG_4778.jpgAnd before we knew it, it was time for lunch. A caveat: portions are gigantic! But very tasty – more authentic than most Mexican places, I was told. (The sign says “original flavor of Mexico.”)

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Then we shared our very colorful sketches:

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Next week we’ll be at another new place, the Florida Cracker Kitchen. Watch for us.

 

Sketchers Visit IKEA

Our first meet-up of the year was at Jacksonville’s new IKEA store and restaurant. The food was good – Swedish waffles or crepes anyone? and very reasonable. Some had breakfast, some waited for lunch, but everyone was busy sketching. Most were drawn to the huge hanging lamps, but there were interesting things to see everywhere. A fun trip, and, of course, shopping afterwards.

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Next week we’ll be at Pepe’s Hacienda Restaurant. Mexican food and colorful  decorations.

Basketique (before Christmas)

I know it’s February, and I have gotten behind in posting our sketches. In December we all celebrated the holiday season by going to “high tea” at Basketique in Orange Park. Jackie dressed for it, and Pat instructed us in the fine art of high tea. We drank the same brand the Queen drinks, P.G. Tipps, and the food was so beautiful and delicious, many had to take their sketches home to finish.IMG_4284.jpg

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Happy New Year! We’ll be back in 2018.

Sketchers at Singleton’s in Mayport

On a beautiful warm day in sunny northeast Florida, Sketchers visited Singleton’s Seafood Shack, an iconic institution in the historic village of Mayport. Though it’s been “gussied up” in the last few years, it still retains the flavor of the original old fishing shack. The current restaurant opened for business in 1969, but if you include the family’s prior sea shanties, Singleton’s has served fresh fish and shrimp here for 71 years, since 1945.

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The staff welcomed us warmly, but because of the previous night’s rain, we were unable to use the deck until it dried. However, we settled down on the screen porch to watch (and paint) the pelicans which occupied every piling in the water.

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Lunch – shrimp, scallops and oysters – was fresh from the water and delicious….

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Then we shared our paintings and said good-bye until next time.

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And last but not least… Dale’s Fishercat.  For our last Meetup of the year, we’ll be at a Sip n’ Sketch having tea at Basketique in Orange Park. Watch for us.

Home Plate Diner, Mayport

Its been two weeks since the Sketchers went to the Home Plate Diner in Mayport.  (I’m a little behind in posting….)  It was a fun day with the original Col. Mustard (Jimmy) keeping us entertained and his gracious wife, Dana, keeping us supplied with food and drink.

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Our sympathies and prayers are now with Jimmy as he mourns the death of his wife since our visit. We were so sorry to hear of it.