I didn’t do a lot of sketching or visiting places that are on a tourist’s must-see list in Miami. But one place I went to each morning for my coffee was the Cuban Bakery, Versailles. It opened at 8am and all three days that I was in Miami, I was there for my morning cup.
This picture? I’m posting it because it made me happy to be wearing flip flops in December: it just seemed right.
Here’s what I learnt: If you go early, there’s no queue. Tourists box their breakfast munchies, locals get it on a plate. Tourists get a big coffee, but the one in the little styrofoam no logo cup is the best. And the empanadas? Order them fried not baked. Ham&cheese and spinach are both yum!
The lady in the maroon shirt at the center of the sketch below? I saw her yesterday too. The staff said she’s there every morning and sits at the same table, ordering the exact same thing.
Back again on day 3 for my cafe con leche evaporada and flan. I loved the flan it was the creamiest I’ve ever tasted.
And a note to self: gotta get back to Duolingo and learn some Spanish. I had so many things I’d have loved to chat with the staff about and it would have been so much more fun to chat even if I spoke a pidgin version of the language.
Here are previous posts in this series of sketches from Florida. Part 1: Sanibel Island, Part 2: Palm Trees, Part 3: Fishing Boats, and Part 4: The Everglades
And for a fun comparison, here’s a post of my sketches from Florida from 12 years ago.
Love your sketches.
I know what it’s like to wear flip flops in December (I’m from the Caribbean) It definitely is right!
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These are great, really capture the feel of the place.
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Your observation about the goodies in a box as opposed to on a plate were right on. Must be universal: same here in Mackinaw City, Michigan, a resort town. Love the details in your sketches!
Your style is so unique to you, so expressive and inspiring. Looks like you begin with line then add washes….right? Thanks for sharing.
yes these are all line first: when I draw people on location I often work that way because I am faster with line than with shape. But i mix it up every once in a while…