Oceanside is a great place for this Valley Girl to take a quick getaway to. I love the small beach town feel of that place. I don’t know what it is about the ocean, but I love to be by it. I love the sound of the waves, the cool winds, and the view of the horizon. But the thing I noticed most about being by the ocean, there are a bunch of places near the ocean with good food!
If you remember my post on tips for traveling I had a short list of places I wanted to visit while we were in Oceanside. Once we arrived in South O we walked over to Urge Gastropub and Whiskey Bank. It was awesome because it was just around the corner from our Airbnb. We had a couple drinks (Charlie had the Barrel Aged Sazerac and I had the Magic Surfer), a short rib bonanza (Charlie and I split the Short Rib Poutine and the Short Rib Burger), and the Hard Root Beer Float for dessert.
For dinner we decided to do a little grocery shopping and cook our own food. We stopped by Red and White Market across the street and bought a tri-tip roast, some red potatoes, and white mushrooms. Just seasoned with with some olive oil, sea salt, fresh cracked black pepper, and garlic powder. Awesome! We ended up having it for breakfast on Sunday and Monday too. Saved us a ton of money since we didn’t have to eat out.
On Sunday afternoon we decided to explore Carlsbad which was only about a mile away. We stopped at Carlsbad Beach to catch a few rays and enjoy the view. Then we explored Carlsbad Village to find a couple places to eat. We got a couple really good smoothies from Beach City Smoothies. You might be thinking, “A smoothie is a smoothie, how good could it be?” Boo, trust me. Take it from a girl that makes a lot of smoothies on a daily basis. These are good smoothies 🙂 From there we went to Campfire, which was on my list of places to visit. We shared their interpretation of ceviche (which was more like a tare tare), their pork belly bahn mi, and a couple cocktails.
After we watched the sunset at Cassidy Beach (which was breathtaking btw), we had a couple drinks and the fried cheese curds at Urge and then had one of our favorite dishes at home: Mandarin Orange Chicken and brown rice from Trader Joe’s. Yes yes, y’all. One of our favorite dishes. No shame lol!