Oceano Dunes

Back in August, Chris and I headed off to Santa Maria/Pismo Beach/Oceano to spend some time with family. We arrived Friday night and decided to explore the little town of Santa Maria. We arrived rather late in the afternoon, so we scrambled to find a good restaurant when most places were to beginning to close their doors for the day.

We stumbled upon Ichiban Japanese Restaurant after the Korean BBQ place we found was packed and had a 40-minute waiting time. And it was great that we did!

Ichiban Japanese Restaurant had AMAZING dinner combinations. I ordered the chicken katsu dinner which came with miso soup, cucumber salad, assorted tempura, gyoza and rice. The servings were HUGE and the service was amazing – the wait staff made you feel so at home and treated you like family. I highly recommend this place should you find yourself in the area.

The following day, we got up early and headed to Oceano, CA where the Oceano Dunes were located. If you’ve seen Mad Max: Fury Road, this is what going to the dunes felt like… except with an ocean right nearby. We found a rental place, checked in and got dropped off at the ATV area!

The day was rather gloomy so it made everything better. Riding ATVs is so much fun – except when your ATV gets stuck uphill (which happened quite often). And as I quote Mad Max, GASOOOOLIIIIIINE!

This quick little weekend trip was a lot of fun. After we wrapped up our ATV riding session, we grabbed some bacon-wrapped (“big niño”) hotdogs at this hotdog truck. It was a great way to end a good day! Afterwards, Chris and I had to leave because I had work the following day. Hopefully we get to come back soon!



  1. January 12, 2019 / 9:05 PM

    Riding ATVs on the beach sounds really fun. I love good Japanese restaurants as well.

  2. January 13, 2019 / 12:06 PM

    Oooh, I’ve seen a lot of Ichiban restaurants, I wonder if they’re run by the same group of owners. Your katsu dinner looks delicious!! I haven’t been to Oceano before and everyone looks so cool riding on those ATV’s!! I need to get my butt out there to try it out myself, hehe. Ohoohohoho I am a sucker for anything bacon-wrapped. Glad you had lots of fun!!!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  3. January 13, 2019 / 7:50 PM

    Sounds like a lovely trip! You kind of lost me after the chicken katsu dinner though! Lol I’m a food lover, and I have a tender spot for Asian cuisine! I live on the other side of the planet, so I won’t be near that area any time soon, but I’ll see if I could find a similar meal in one of the Japanese restaurants here. xD

  4. January 14, 2019 / 9:54 AM

    Looks like lots of fun! I’ve heard that Ichiban is good but I haven’t got the chance to eat there yet.

  5. January 16, 2019 / 5:47 AM

    This experience seems so cool! And the food looks delish! Never tried the asian cuisine, need to 🙂
    Have a lovely New Year, full of your dreams!

    xx Dasynka

  6. Carly
    January 17, 2019 / 9:09 AM

    The ATV riding looked like SO much fun! I would love a day of this topped off by Japanese – this looks like a great day.

  7. January 17, 2019 / 12:53 PM

    Riding an ATV looks so fun! I had no idea you could do that on a beach, it gives me ideas for my next vacation!

  8. January 17, 2019 / 8:18 PM

    This looks like so much fun! I love your comparison to Mad Max, because it’s so true that some of the California dunes look very very similar to that movie haha. Yay for more authentic Japanese restaurants! Every time I find one I’m over the moon because I miss Japanese food so much sometimes, so it’s great to find a restaurant that serves it up authentic style. 🙂

  9. January 17, 2019 / 9:44 PM

    Love being close to the ocean, this trip looked like a lot of fun! That food looked amazing, too! I’d go just for the food, lol.

  10. January 18, 2019 / 9:09 AM

    This sounds like such an awesome trip Eena! The chicken katsu dinner looks delicious and I imagine it was so much fun riding along the sand dunes, what a cool experience! Thank you for sharing your adventures and tasty food, I’m feeling pretty hungry right now, he he <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  11. January 18, 2019 / 12:36 PM

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun and all the food looks incredible I must say!

    Kate | cakeandcoast.com

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