Sunrise Diner in Cocoa Beach is the Real Deal

Sunrise Diner in Cocoa Beach is the Real Deal

I have loved having breakfast at the Sunrise Diner in Cocoa Beach for about five or six years now. It’s my “go to” spot in Brevard Co. for real food at breakfast-time.

You’ll notice as you approach, that’s it one of those diners. You know, one with a simple and undeniably “old school” look. And yes, they have real food. And a real staff. A few of whom have been around for many, many years.

One of the things that sets the Sunrise apart from other places of its type is that you can–and probably should–eat breakfast, lunch and dinner there. Most diners that live up to the name close around 2:30 in the afternoon. Just SOP for these storied establishments. But this one doesn’t stop seating patrons until 9 PM.

To be honest, I have only enjoyed breakfast here; I’m not a good source on those two other times of the day when Americans usually feel like they have to “fill the tank.” But I have eaten there five or six times and always have a first-rate breakfast, receive very good and personable service and don’t ever feel like I’ve had my pocket picked.

The place hasn’t changed in the six years or so that I’ve been going and it looks as though it’s been around much longer than that. Long-time crew member Wendy told me on a recent visit how long it’s been around and I just don’t remember a number; suffice it to say, they’re far from newcomers.

One of the things I like about the Sunrise is that the breakfast sausage featured there are those over-sized patties that are about the size of a sand dollar. That’s the way this pup likes his sausage in the morning and places that have it are few and far between.

I do know that you’ll find quite a bit of seafood on their menu, and Greek fare is featured prominently as well. I tend to get stuck in a rut at many of my fave eateries but that doesn’t mean you should! And though came as a bit of a surprise to me, their beer selection isn’t bad at all.

Let me close by saying that if you’re anywhere near the heart of Cocoa Beach in the future, especially in the AM, you owe it to yourself to stop at the Sunrise Diner. It’s conveniently located on SR 540, aka Cocoa Beach Cswy, just a block from where 520 meets A1A.

Sunrise Diner ~ 365 W. Cocoa Beach Cswy ~ Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 ~ 321 783-5647

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

Another Fabulous Day to Be at the Beach

Another Fabulous Day to Be at the Beach

It truly is a gorgeous day today. Spent a good chunk of it soaking up some rays and enjoying the sights and sounds of the ocean.

Last night I wasn’t completely sure I was beach-bound but one of my fave Central Florida weather folk, Channel 13’s Mallory Nicholls, said the chance of rain for today would be a mere 30% and I pointed the nose of my cruiser to the east and hit the gas!

If you’re also from the Central Florida area, you know we’ve had nearly-constant rains around here for the last two months or more. I’ve whined about the dreary weather we’ve had lately here on da bulldog blog on a couple of occasions. But today has been close to ideal.

Having said that, I didn’t have the best of luck with photos. I’m not the best at shooting under different light conditions. I have an auto-everything cam, the Canon Power Shot, and I like the results under the usual kinds of conditions but I do need to progress to a camera that will stretch me a bit so I can learn the craft better. (What in the world does “usual kinds of conditions” mean in photography, anyway?)

Anyhow, the featured photo is one from a different visit to a stretch of beach quite close to where I was this morning. I like the tranquil feeling I get when I look at this one. And I really like that Mother Nature gave some of her most devoted subjects–like me, to name only one–at least one July day without a big freakin’ downpour! I was a happy camper!

Make that a happy beach-goer, now that I’ve given it a moment of thought.

 

“Beachdog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

 

Life’s A Beach! And Then You Go Back to Work…

Life’s A Beach! And Then You Go Back to Work…

I ended up scheduled to work Saturday and Sunday again this weekend and it’s not the end of the world. I like the work I do and our management and crew are exceptional people to work with, so I’m not going to whine about working through the whole weekend.

It’s just that there was no way I was going to do anything on Friday except go to the beach. I did. I had a great outing.

I spend quite a bit of time at Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach and arrived Friday morning just after 10:00. If I had gotten there much later, I would have ended up using some other site for that day’s beach excursion; a paid site, that is. But I did get in before the “cursing and orbiting” got underway; Bulldog was a lucky pup this last time out!

I usually unload my gear and head straight for the ramp but lingered a while this time to ponder whether this would be the trip where I’d explore the Hammock nature trail at L.W.P. It took me a while to decide that it was and so I threw my beach umbrella back in to the cruiser and headed for the ramp for the nature trail with only my trusty Canon in my hand.

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The trail, I discovered, is not that long; it comes in right at 1/4 mile total. I took my time exploring its length and did slip into the trance with which all photographers are very familiar. It was a good session. Here’s a shot I liked especially, love to play with light and shadow in settings like this:

 

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Truth be told, I only stopped because I realized that I left that beachy straw hat I love so well in the car and that’s not a good thing for this dog. So I cut it short with about 200 shots, went back to the car pour mon chapeau and other essential beach gear and headed for the ramp.

I opted to stay beach side for about four hours, which is a bit more time than usual for me. Before long I was joined by about thirteen jillion of my closest friends and though I thought about leaving many times before I did, I focused on my little slice of sandy, salt-saturated real estate, took a few pix and chose not to dwell on the fact that this trip did not include that illusion I treasure that this time, I’ve got the beach all to myself!

Here’s a shot of my new gullfriend, who in this frame does seem to have Mother Nature’s gifts all to herself; but there were gulls-a-plenty at Cocoa Beach on that lovely Friday afternoon, so neither one of us had the pleasure of pretending that we alone held the key to that tiny corner of Poseidon’s kingdom!

 

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It was a little shy of 4:30 when I headed back to the park, stowed my gear and headed off in search of food. Once my hunger had been staunched, I set out for my fave Starbucks in Cocoa Beach to start working the photos. I knew I had more than enough for a blog post or two and got pulled so deeply into the editing job that I completely missed another activity in Brevard that I had tentatively planned to take in; a quick look at my cell phone’s calendar feature revealed my latest in a never-ending series of failures to review calendar entries until the events have come and gone!

It was a bit frustrating, but because the day had been very well-spent, I was not going to spoil it with thoughts about how it might have been even better. I’ve done that so many times, but passed on the latest opp to sabotage my happiness. And on Saturday morning, as I headed for work, the memory of another happy outing on one of Florida’s amazing beaches was not diminished at all by the awareness that I’d soon be logging on to the system at work and jumping into another busy shift. I’ll create another opportunity to scratch that constant outdoor itch that has plagued me for my six decades on this planet.

And when I do, I’ll take some photos. I’ll have an update or two on social media, and a blog post here for sure. And I’ll no doubt have to show up at work for another shift or two to support my outdoor habit. And then the whole cycle will launch again. C’est la vie!

 

“Beachdog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

 

Trips to the Beach On Those Cloudy, Overcast Days

Trips to the Beach On Those Cloudy, Overcast Days

 

Trips on days like that can be nice.

I made it to the beach on one of those days about two weeks ago. I was sure that I’d get wet but my beach jones was so bad that day that I pointed my car towards the Beach Line Expressway and hit the gas in spite of the really, truly dire forecast.

I’m glad I did. I did get rained on but it was less severe than I expected and the rain held off until I’d grilled my awesome Johnsonville Cheddar Smoked Sausages, cleaned up and explored the beach for about 20 minutes with my Canon. Canon Power Shot, to be more precise. (Just for the record, the fine folks at Johnsonville have not offered me anything to mention one of their great products. Nor the folks at Canon, for that matter!)

It was a very worthwhile trip. And I’m grateful to Mother Nature; her timing was damn near perfect.

Here’s my fave shot from this brief outing. I love shots that re-create that feeling of exhilaration I get every time I get to the bottom of one of those ramps and the planks give way to sand. Only sand. It’s like being launched into Neptune’s domain.

As I put together this post today, I’m having trouble pushing away those familiar and persistent beach cravings. I’m overdue. Because today’s my Friday, my chances of being able to scratch that beach itch soon are very good.

I’ll be sure to take some pictures.

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

 

 

This Blog Immortalizes Cocoa Beach Surfer Dude

This Blog Immortalizes Cocoa Beach Surfer Dude

Well, okay, that’s a bit of an over-reach. But getting some good pix of this surfer is a very cool thing.

I took more photos on this trip than I usually do, and I usually take a lot. And I rarely have a chance to get more than four or five of any particular subject. So this was cool in several different ways.

Because he was not really very close to me, I didn’t pay a lot of attention to him at first. But knowing that the camera’s eyes are way more capable than the photographer’s, I focused more purposefully and went to work.

What the rest of you never get to see are the thirty plus other photos that will live only on my hard drive. If you take about 50, you might get a dozen or so that you’ll liberate from the hard drive and let cruise at warp speed all around in cyber space.

I’m going to try to put together a substantial post to showcase “the whole story” of the Cocoa Beach Surfer Dude but that will have to wait for another day.

On this dreary Central Florida day, I’m content to remember that when I made it to the beach a few days ago, I saw some fantastic sights, recorded a few of them with a modern tech device called a camera and have a means to share it with people I know. That’s a cool thing; I think I’ll do it some more.

 

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

 

 

Fabulous Day To Be at the Beach

Fabulous Day To Be at the Beach

It is a beautiful day out there and I made the most of it. A great pleasure today to be back at the shore, enjoying the sights and sounds unique to a beach. Yeah. Cocoa Beach again, my go-to spot.

My little friend here in the featured foto didn’t seem too inclined to share his beach with me. But I suppose that’s mostly because we had never met before. The joke’s on him, though, because I’m putting him up on my blog today even though he point-blank refused to sign a photo release. Will be hearing from his attorney any day now, no doubt.

All silly attempts at humor aside, it truly is an awesome day today. I’m delighted that I had the chance to get away and enjoy it fully without having a lot of mundane stuff take priority. Because I have nothing else I must attend to at the moment, I keep thinking it’s the weekend. I have to focus to realize that it is Thursday, but that’s wonderful as the “real weekend” is right around the corner. And I’m going to make the most of that, too.

I have about 450 photos to work with now from the last two days. I spent most of yesterday at the Brevard Zoo before getting beachside today and I’m going to do some more photo-work before I get everything up here on da bulldog blog pertaining to this outing.

As I wrap this up, let me say that I hope that your day is going as well as mine! And thanks for stopping over to have a look at the blog.

 

Enjoying the sun and surf today, I am,

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

 

Heading to Cocoa Beach in a Few Minutes. You Can’t Stop Me!

Heading to Cocoa Beach in a Few Minutes. You Can’t Stop Me!

It’s been way too long since I’ve been able to bow at the Sacred Altar of Poseidon but I’m heading to the shore as fast as my PT Cruiser will take me!

I have done lots of very cool outdoor stuff in the last six months, but none of those fabulous things including watching the waves crash on to the shore or smelling the sea. Today’s the day I get to fix that problem.

It’s a common thing for me to be desperate to scratch the outdoor itch but stuck waiting for the arrival of the weekend. Happy to say that this week, that’s not the case and I’m only a few minutes from heading out the door with a cooler in one hand and my camera in the other.

If you’re chained to your desk for the next few days, you’ve got my sympathies. Here’s hoping that you’ll get to do something soon to enrich your life and get that sparkle back in your eyes; something that’s not necessary to pay the bills but that’s just for fun. For this puppy, today’s the day!

Soon to be streaking down the beachline, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

P.S.: Yes, we do have an expressway around here called “The Beachline!” Bulldog wouldn’t lie to you about such a thing…

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile