Monday, November 24, 2014

Jacksonville's New Steampunk Restaurant

The Cowford Steampunk Society held a party Saturday night at Jacksonville, Florida's new steampunk pub and restaurant, Goozlepipe and Guttyworks.

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The decor is amazing! There is so much to see, from steampunk murals around the elevator doors, to walls tiled with pennies, and even walls full of brick-sized dioramas. A person could spend several days just exploring all the tiny artistic details that went into creating this space.

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As you can see from the last picture, the place was very busy Saturday night. The bar was crowded and most of the seats inside and out on the patio were filled, in addition to the steampunk party which had it's own room. Our waitress deservers some kind of medal for surviving the evening with a smile on her face the entire time. It's not easy serving a room where the people are constantly in motion, visiting with friends at different tables and wandering around to look at the decor. The kitchen was overwhelmed  and not everyone was able to receive what they ordered, but what we did get was good and the drinks were generous. The frier was so backed up that we never received the fish and chips we ordered, but our table was given a complimentary plate of sweet potato fries, when the kitchen mistakenly made an order that wasn't needed. The menu is creative American bar food, with many options to choose from, including vegetarian options. I heard from a friend that the vegetarian panini was excellent, as was the spinach dip. Blaze isn't very daring when it comes to food and just wanted a hamburger, which he said was perfect. DH and I tried the scotch eggs wrapped in chorizo, which I never would have thought about doing, but enjoyed so much that I want to try making them at home.

They have an enormous selection of beers to choose from, but did run out of Guinness around 9:30 p.m.

The company was thoroughly enjoyable! The Cowford Steampunk Society is always a fun group of people.

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I would love to go back someday, when things are more calm, and try some of the other food items. There was so much to choose from and I was so distracted while talking to friends, that I didn't give the menu the attention that it deserved.

Friday, November 14, 2014

New Christmas Ornaments

Two new ornaments have been added to my collection of steampunk Christmas ornaments. This one was purchased from Amazon:

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This one, I just finished making today. It is based on Blaze's first steampunk costume.

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Last night, I asked Blaze if he thought anything was still missing from the doll, he said it needed a gun, so I worked on that after he went to bed and for a few minutes this morning. It's tricky making a steampunk gun for a 6-inch doll. He and I have been referring to this one as the "blow drier of DOOM".

Blaze the airship pirate, Halloween 2009:

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Crafty Crow