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.
Everywhere you looked there was something fun to draw – and to eat. Sketchers did well in both departments.
You really should! I’ll be back for sure.
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.
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!).
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!
Enormous burritos, shrimp and grits, shrimp salad, cinnamon rolls and even….mimosas!
P.S. Thanks to Carolyn, our resident “Swedish” artist, for her commentary at IKEA. Our group is having a “fika.”
Next week: Barnes and Noble.
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.
We were grateful for our very lovely server, Matilde, who kept up with all our wants and needs. Thank you, Matilde!
And 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.”)
Then we shared our very colorful sketches:
Next week we’ll be at another new place, the Florida Cracker Kitchen. Watch for us.
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.
Happy New Year! We’ll be back in 2018.
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.
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.
Lunch – shrimp, scallops and oysters – was fresh from the water and delicious….
Then we shared our paintings and said good-bye until next time.
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.
Sketchers met last week at the Secret Garden at Jax Beach. We commented that we wished there was more “decor” to draw and were told all that was changing. By now there is a “Grand Opening” sign up for their new name – “Bacon in the Sun.” The image is a strip of bacon “baking” in the sun in a beach chair…..
Frances and Jane came early for breakfast. Frances drew hers while Jane drew sketchers as they arrived. Very nice, Ladies.
I hope they will still have the fried green tomatoes with onion marmalade as that’s my favorite! Also the lobster bisque was delicious.
See you next time at the Home Plate Diner in Mayport. Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Last week the Cafe Sketchers visited the Lightner Museum in St Augustine, formerly the Alcazar Hotel built in 1888 by Henry Flagler (photo from their website).
The occasion was to see and sketch the “Dressing Downton” exhibition of 36 costumes and accessories from the popular British TV series, Downton Abbey. This selection from the series’ wardrobe reflects on the changing times through fashion from 1912 to the mid-1920s and was great fun to sketch. This is the final stop of this exhibition, the only stop in Florida and the Southeastern United States and continues through January 7, 2018. It’s definitely worth a visit.
Jackie dressed for the occasion and fit in beautifully. She could have been in one of the tableaus. We are all glad she became a permanent transplant from Vermont.
After a very quick two hours it was time for tea. High Tea was served (for a price!) in the Cafe Alcazar, what was once the world’s largest indoor swimming pool. Finger sandwiches, scones, tarts and other sweets were served as well as your choice of tea.
There was lots of laughter and good conversation, but Sandi is the only one who actually did a sketch of it.
And then it was time to say good-bye. Cheerio until next time.