McMinnville Oregon is a sleepy
town with great places to eat, and a wonderful art store (Merriartist) which is staffed by people who either know the products or say they don’t, a refreshing change from overly huge chain stores
that teach the employees to say things that make them sound stupid if you know anything at all about the products. We had not heard do of Nick’s Italian Cafe, but it was the only place still open other than McMenamins. The restaurant was elegant, simple, feeling a bit NYC-ish. The design statement was the undulating wall of cut barrels that created the wood treatment, and simple white tablecloths with a single red rose on each tabletop.
Mitchell craved a cheeseburger. I am
not a big fan and they never are very good out. I ordered a pear/Gorgonzola/caramelized onion thin crust pizza and a Caesar’s salad. We decided to split everything, to taste. OMIGOD! I said that about the very good salad and pizza with wood-fired crust. Then I said it like a mantra over the cheeseburger. Again and again. Beef ground in-house, and the meat perfectly prepared. Heaven! The reason you eat beef is the flavor should be as good as anything you top it with. No salt + pepper on the table which I often find pretentious but not here, nope, no need. Thin sliced onions, tomato, lettuce and goop all added up to perfection.
I want it for my birthday dinner. I sketched and lightly inked while they twisted our arms to try chocolate pudding and a latte. Watercolors and detailed ink added in my studio.
Drawn in an Strathmore Mixed Media journal with Pentalic graphite pencil,
various pens including the Platinum Carbon Pen + ink, and with De Artramentis Document ink (black), and Daniel Smith watercolors.
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