Weekend Fun: Eating French Fries for Breakfast On the Oceanside Pier

Girl with blonde hair holding classic chocolate milkshake from Ruby's at the Oceanside Pier

Forever A Tourist

If you follow me along on instagram, I recently confessed to never traveling outside of North America. Despite desperately wanting to travel abroad - the "right time" just never presented itself to me. . While my friend's were backpacking in Europe - I was juggling multiple part time job's , planning my big move from Toronto, Canada - to California.  Now that I'm here, I still feel like such a tourist! Despite having lived here for nearly 8 years (wow, time flies!) - I'm still a small town Canadian girl who is endlessly enamored by the 365 days of sunshine, swaying palm trees, and all that makes California such an iconic state. 

Therefore, my absolute favorite thing to do on the weekend's , is to get out of the house - pretend I'm a tourist, and sight see! There is seriously SO much to see in San Diego. My parent's have visited more time's that I can count, and they still have yet to experience all that San Diego has to offer. . So word to the wise, if you are planning a trip here, plan one for longer than you expect.  As San Diego County is a huge area, stretching miles up the coast - and inland.

This post will be part of on ongoing series, dedicated to all the fun things to see, do, and eat in San Diego!  

Photo of Oceanside pier on foggy morning

Oceanside Pier

Oceanside is a laid back gem, at the very most north point of San Diego county. It is bordered by Camp Pendleton, which is a vast and empty piece of land used by the marine's for training purposes. It has a beatnik, eclectic beach vibe - and up until recently, time had stood still for this small coastal city.

The main attraction, is most definitely the pier - which happens to be one of the longest (1,942 ft) wooden piers on the west coast!

Not only is the pier a fun place to take a leisurely stroll down, but perched at the very end of it, is a classic diner equipped with all the decadent classics to replenish those calories you just burnt off! 

Classic Chocolate Milkshake with whipped cream and cherry from Ruby's at the Oceanside Pier

Calories Don't Count on the Weekend

We buy organic, avoid dairy, eat lot's of veggies, and eat mainly vegetarian  - during the week. So when we go out on the weekend's, we break all the rules!  

We like good food - and sometimes good food, isn't good for you. Rather than guilt myself for it, I try to limit the weekend binging to one meal - and eat light the rest of the day. Quite honestly, since intermittent fasting - I've noticed a huge decrease in my appetite. It's not something that is constantly on my mind like before. I try to eat the majority of my carbs for lunch, and have been loving breakfast bowls (recipe coming!). 

Moral of the story, let loose! You can get back to whatever regiment you follow on Monday! Get out to your local eateries, and indulge in some tasty food! Life is all about balance - and finding yours!

Full disclaimer, I bought that milkshake solely as a prop - as Stella can't have dairy (read more about that here ), and neither can I (especially while nursing Lola, as she's become extremely fussy anytime I've ate even a little). . I just couldn't miss the opportunity to have the full on diner shot! PS - I asked if they had a dairy free version, but it was. a laughable no!

French fries, pancakes, and milkshakes for breakfast at Ruby's at the Oceanside Pier

French Fries For Breakfast

This was fully my idea, signed off with an approving shreik of joy by my toddler! Judge me! 

Toddler girl laughing in classic diner in Oceanside California at Ruby's at the pier
a stack of pancakes from ruby's on the oceanside pier in California
Waitress balancing food at Ruby's on the Pier in Oceanside California

An Ode to a Bygone Era

Part of the appeal of Ruby's - is their purist approach to the 1940's style diner seen in everything from the red vinyl booths - to the waitresses and waiters dressed in classic dress, and aprons. . I'm all about small details, and appreciate the dose of nostalgia!

White and red classic diner interior with wood beam ceilings at ruby's on the pier in Oceanside California
Young family laughing and smiling in classic diner rubys on the pier in oceanside California

Our little circus

Yep, having two littles under 3 is a lot! Especially toting them around on these weekend adventures. But I'm all for the chaos if it makes for sunshine filled, happy memories. 

Foggy capture of the beach, taken from the pier in oceanside California
Dad wearing brotherhood walking with his stylish toddler daughter down the foggy pier in oceanside California

Walking Those Carbs Off

Remember when I said this was one of the longest wooden piers? Thank goodness, because you just ate like a hormonal teenager - and now you can burn some of that off (just ignore the smell of funnel cakes once you get to the boardwalk!)

Dad lifting toddler daughter's sunglasses so she can see through the binoculars at the pier in Oceanside California
Foggy capture of surfer's in the lineup, taken from the pier in oceanside California
Dad lifting toddler daughter so she can see through the binoculars at the pier in Oceanside California

Peep the Scene

A few quarter's is all it takes to have telescope vision to check out all the action at the beach!

Foggy capture of surfer's in the lineup, taken from the pier in oceanside California
Old car cruising the beach in Oceanside California on a foggy weekend morning

Weekend Warriors

What do your weekend's look like? Do you like to catch up on laundry & cleaning? Do you binge watch Netflix? Do you get out and adventure? Let me know! Also - give me some ideas of somewhere you'd like me to visit in San Diego next!