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ashley creates
Los Angeles
copywriter, contributing writer & blogger
Interests: food, beer, advertising, fashion, restaurants, planning, copywriting, figure skating, cooking, movies, reading, writing, photography, traveling, snowboarding, leisure, ping pong, entertainment, dining, foosball, playing in the rain, precision, being competitive, correcting other people's spelling errors, listening to christmas music all year round
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Let's face it. It's hot outside. And, when temperatures soar in sunny Southern California, there's no better place to be than sippin' cocktails and savoring homestyle cookin' on the patio. Thankfully, Arc Restaurant in Costa Mesa at SOCO has just what the doctor ordered. And, last Friday, the hand model... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Your Next Bite
If your dad's anything like mine, all he needs for Father's Day is "a Burger and a Beer". But let's break down what type of Burger he really wants to eat. This day 'n age, there's every type of Burger imaginable – from Kobe Beef to Burgers in a Bowl,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Your Next Bite
If upscale comfort food, Craft Beer and premium Whiskey Cocktails are what you're craving, then plan on checkin' out Plan Check Kitchen + Bar. Established in 2012, Plan Check has 4 different locations in LA and even offers delivery. It ain't your regular burger joint, though. The menu boasts everything... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Your Next Bite
This Friday you finally have an excuse to eat that donut at the office – without feeling guilty – because it's National Doughnut Day! Who can say no to a delicious fried piece of dough, dipped in Cinnamon Sugar Crumbs, housemade Strawberry Glaze – even Bacon. Whether you like 'em... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Your Next Bite
In honor of Memorial Day, and the hand model & I's 10 year anniversary, here's a few getaways we've been to and the bites we enjoyed from Palm Desert, CA to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. The Grubdown: Aquamarina, Blue Diamond Riviera Maya Resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico irresistible, authentic,... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at Your Next Bite
This Friday happens to be a big day. First, it's the 10 year wedding anniversary of my trusty hand model and I. Second, it's a celebration of my favorite food, National Quiche Lorraine Day. (It also happens to be two days after our 17-month-old son first said the word "Quiche".... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Your Next Bite
I was first drawn to Social in Costa Mesa for the drinks. Upon reading their "bespoke cocktail menu", I couldn't make a decision, so I ordered three, even though they were all different spirits. The housemade ingredients spoke to me, like Black Tea Syrup and Cinnamon Meringue. I was awe-struck... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at Your Next Bite
Mexican food is definitely one of my favorites, especially Oaxacan cuisine. I love the intricate spices, sauces, and textures, such as anything Mole, washed down by a smokey Mezcal Cocktail. I crave the classic dishes just as much, like Enchiladas Rojas, or a Shredded Beef Taco with mounds of Shredded... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Your Next Bite
North Italia recently opened at the Park Place shopping complex in Irvine. Part of the Fox Restaurant Concepts group (same owners as True Food Kitchen), North Italia breathes new life into Italian food. The Pasta and Pizza Dough are handmade from scratch, daily. The interior has a modern farmhouse feel.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Your Next Bite
My love affair with authentic Oaxacan Mexican food began when I lived in LA some 5 years' ago. The Original Farmers Market on 3rd St. and Fairfax was my backyard. I'd saddle up to the over-the-counter bar at Loteria Grill with my trusty hand model, and order Carne Deshebrada Tacos... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Your Next Bite
If you're not going to Coachella this weekend, you've still got another reason to celebrate. This Saturday is National Eggs Benedict Day. A traditional Eggs Benedict is comprised of a Poached Egg smothered in Hollandaise sauce, then layered with Canadian Bacon or Ham, and placed atop a halved English Muffin.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at Your Next Bite
As the summer-like heat approaches, I can hear Snow Monster calling my name. What exactly is a Snow Monster? After devouring one of their imaginative, larger-than-life treats, you'll soon find out. Snow Monster is an innovative dessert shop in the OC that prides itself on creating unique sweets. They even... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Your Next Bite
In honor of International Waffle Day last Friday, March 25th, I bring you The Waffle Affair. Located in the Bayside shopping center just before Balboa Island, The Waffle Affair is a sophisticated spot with white tufted booths and chandeliers. The menu follows suit, offering 21 sweet and savory waffles –... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at Your Next Bite
For the upcoming holiday, I've planned a whole new type of Easter hunt for you. Instead of eggs, we're "hunting wabbits" – as Elmer Fudd famously said. The Blind Rabbit is a speakeasy located in the Anaheim Packing District. It's so secretive, their website doesn't list a phone number, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at Your Next Bite
This St. Patrick's Day, trade in your green beer for a green juice from Club Detox in Newport Beach. Let's be honest. Bikini season is right around the corner – thanks Spring break for reminding me. That's where Club Detox can help. They're not just your typical juice bar, offering... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Your Next Bite
Photo courtesy of OC Restaurant Week is back again for 7 days only, March 6th through 12th. Over 100 restaurants in Orange County will be serving up a 3-course prix-fixe Lunch and Dinner, ranging from $10 to $50 per person. This year I'm dishin' up some tried & true... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2016 at Your Next Bite
This Sunday marks the 88th annual Academy Awards ceremony. Millions of viewers will be tuning in to see the fashion, the winners, and Leonardo Di Caprio finally take home his long-awaited Oscar. To make sure you're red carpet ready for the big day, here are a few spots to pre-game... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2016 at Your Next Bite
Last week, Cafe Gratitude officially opened in Newport Beach. The 100% organic plant-based restaurant hails from L.A., and is sister to the Mexican vegan hot spot Gracias Madre. The new space, located in Westcliff Plaza off Dover, reflects its sustainable, environmentally-friendly mission. It's natural meets modern with lots of natural... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2016 at Your Next Bite
I don't know about you, but this year Valentine's Day came up quick. From French to Italian and aphrodisiacs, here's a list of low-key spots to take your loved one, minus the expensive set menu or required reservations. The Grubdown: Moulin Bistro - soft 'n cheesy, Le Croque Monsieur with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2016 at Your Next Bite
This Sunday marks one of the biggest television watching days in American history. Some tune in for the love of the game. Others – like me – enjoy it for the commercials and the excuse to pig out. Here's where to get some of the most popular Superbowl party dishes,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at Your Next Bite
It's been almost 2 years since The Ritz – an iconic power-lunching & special event restaurant from the 70's – closed down. It was a sad occasion, seeing yet another piece of Newport Beach history crumble. I remember it like it was yesterday. Trying to get a reservation in their... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Your Next Bite
photo courtesy of It's time to break out your forks & knives because this past Monday, January 18th, dineL.A. Restaurant Week returned. Over 300 restaurants throughout the L.A. area are serving up special prix-fixe meals ranging from $15 to $95+ per person. Here's a list of some of my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Your Next Bite
Photo courtesy of It's that time of year again for Newport Beach Restaurant Week in OC. Starting this Monday, January 18th through Sunday, January 31st, you can enjoy 3 and 4-course prix-fixe meals for Lunch or Dinner at great prices, ranging from $10 to $50 per person. Here are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at Your Next Bite
The holidays are over, which means it's time to trade in those Gingerbread Lattes and Spiked Eggnog Nightcaps for a no-sugar, non-alcoholic Green Juice. I know what you're thinking. Meh, boring. But, not when it comes to these top spots offering organic, cold-pressed, and freshly-made juices daily. The Grubdown: Sejuiced... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at Your Next Bite
As 2015 comes to an end, it's time to reflect on the Top 10 Best Bites of the year. There were a lot of new openings in Orange County – mainly franchises – such as Sushi Roku, Pizza Nova, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Krave Kobe Burger Grill, Slapfish, Mendocino Farms, El... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at Your Next Bite