I spent Monday through Thursday this week in Brevard County, Florida, on a work trip. There was a gorgeous view of the ocean from my hotel balcony and
the beach was a quick walk down a sandy path. I ate some of the best food I ever had in my entire life.
On Wednesday at lunch, I discovered that the Irish really can cook. I had the biggest bowl of tomato soup I’ve ever seen and the best spinach stuffed pizza I ever tasted at Ryan’s Village Pizza in Cocoa Village. Monday night, my coworkers and I discovered gouls and ghosts at Ashley’s Cafe. And the food was pretty good, too. (If you go, make sure to try the garlic/parmesan dinner rolls.) Cocoa is also home to Cafe Unique Amish Deli and Coffee Shop, which is beautiful inside and has some pretty great sandwiches. Unfortunately, one of my co-diners discovered a special surprise in hers — a hair. But it happens in the best of restaurants, so it wouldn’t keep me from going back.
And, finally, the police are very active in Brevard County. Just down the road from the hotel where we stayed is the ports from which cruise ships leave. My friend Melissa drove down from Jacksonville and spent a couple nights with me. We went to dinner at a restaraunt near the cruise ships on Tuesday night and when we got there, police were blocking off the parking lot. They would only allow vehicles to leave from one spot, and even then, “Cocoa Beach Security” was blocking the way and people had to wait for the officer to move his SUV in order to pass. We never did find out what was going on, but they were gone by the time we left the restaurant. And on the way to lunch, Wednesday, my coworkers and I witnessed a woman in a bikini (nowhere near the beach) being placed in handcuffs by local police.
On the way out of the restaurant, we saw a man with a capuchin monkey on a leash in the park.
All-in-all, it was an interesting week.