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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
Recent Activity
A couple weekends ago, the hand model & I finally dined – not just knocked back some pints – at The Iron Press in SOCO. SOCO is truly shaping up to be one of my favorite spots to eat. From modern Mexican American at Taco Maria to Shuck Oyster Bar... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Your Next Bite
Photos by Sarah Lockhart and Tim Ryon from Ryon:Lockhart Photography, courtesy of If you haven't been to an underground supper club, then you haven't lived. As a foodie, they're one of my favorite things because, sometimes, a dance party in your mouth is better than the one on the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Your Next Bite
This past weekend the hand model and I had a little getaway to the Rancho Bernardo Inn near Escondido in San Diego County. We were really impressed by the hotel staff's friendly & excellent customer service, from the valet who gave us a tour of the grounds to our waitress... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Your Next Bite
This weekend marks the annual Julian Apple Days Festival. It's my favorite time of year to pick a variety of apples straight from the orchard like Jonagold and Red Delicious. The 2-day festival brings fun for the whole family from pony rides to Cider & Beer tastings and a Pie... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Your Next Bite
Biters, it's my favorite time of year – Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING! Just a couple weeks ago, Starbucks brought back the PSL (that's Pumpkin Spice Latte for you neophytes). I was literally checking their website daily, popping in the coffee shop, and waiting with bated breath for the cup of warm... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Your Next Bite
Photo courtesy of This weekend marks the first annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival held at the Newport Beach Civic Center. For three days, you'll get to indulge in live cooking demos, sommelier panels, wine tastings, and music from international jazz artists. Go big with an All Access... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Your Next Bite
Photo courtesy of The Quiet Woman Restaurant & Bar is one of the longest standing establishments in Corona del Mar. Since 1965, they've been serving classic Steak & Seafood dishes – even a lazy susan style Salad with all the fixins for the whole table to share. It's one... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Your Next Bite
As Summer starts to fade and the coziness of Fall rolls in, there's no better place to enjoy globally-inspired comfort cuisine than at Sapphire Laguna Beach. To give you a taste of world-renowned Chef Azmin Ghahreman's background, he was born in Iran, educated in Switzerland, and seasoned from spice markets... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Your Next Bite
This Labor Day weekend I encourage you to try one of the newest restaurants to hit the Corona del Mar area of Orange County – that's if you're lucky enough to get a reservation. Pirozzi is changing the way Italian is done in this quaint seaside town, serving modern, clean... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Your Next Bite
This Monday marks television's biggest night of the year with the 66th Annual Emmy Awards Show. So celebrate in style, while you're glued to the tube with everything from Tacos & Tapas to Deli Salads & Sushi. Each of the nominees below offer catering options, so all you have to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Your Next Bite
One of my favorite restaurant strips in LA is on Little West 3rd Street in between The Grove and Beverly Center. Restaurants come and go, but Gusto is here to stay. In what was formerly Zen Grill, the space is intimate seating 38 diners. The hand model & I lucked... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Your Next Bite
Photo courtesy of Get your bibs out, 'cuz this weekend marks the 6th Annual Lobsterfest Newport Beach at the Newport Dunes. Sunday August 10th from 3pm to 8pm, enjoy festivities like kayaking along the bay, live entertainment, and seafood like Clams, Crab Claws, Shrimp, and of course, Lobster, flown... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Your Next Bite
Last week, Fresh Brothers Pizza debuted in Orange County's Newport Beach Harbor View Center. Replacing the former zpizza, aptly named "Fresh Brothers" Michael & Scott Goldberg, definitely live up to "out with the old and in with the new attitude". Hailing from Chicago, the two bring with them a no-holds-barred,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Your Next Bite
Photo courtesy of The annual Dine LA Restaurant Week event is well underway with just 1 week left through July 27th. It's a great way to taste some of LA's hottest restaurants with 3 or 4 course meals at a fixed price. Here's a list of some dishes to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Your Next Bite
This week's humid weather & gray skies got me hungry for some old-fashioned, east coast Lobster Rolls. As a kid, I'd visit my mom's side of the family in Rhode Island every 'summa' and enjoy the fruits of the sea, from Fried Clams to Quahogs, and of course chunky buttery... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Your Next Bite
Photo courtesy of This weekend kicks off two exciting food fests in OC and LA from Fried Butter at the Orange County Fair to Little Spain's authentic Spanish Tapas at LA's Original Farmers Market. The Grubdown: Friday July 11th, eat your heart out (literally) with fried food fantasies at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Your Next Bite
From LA's Santa Monica & Hollywood Hills to OC's Laguna Beach, here's a list of views on the deck to catch the best fireworks shows, while dining al fresco. The Grubdown: - enjoy bottomless brunch and $5 margi's all night with Japanese & Latin fusion cuisine on the rooftop at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Your Next Bite
School's out for Summer, so it's time to hit up Sunny Spot for Bottomless Brunch. Located in the previous Beechwood bar off Washington Blvd. in Venice, genius Roy Choi (creator of LA's famous Kogi BBQ Truck) moved in with a menu featuring Caribbean and Pacific flavors – or as he... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Your Next Bite
Last week the hand model took me out for a birthday surprise dinner at newly-opened The Winery Restaurant in Newport Beach. Located in the old Villa Nova spot, the already multiple award-winning restaurant has had a major face-lift with modern accents (same contracter as Charlie Palmer's & Pizzeria Mozza), a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Your Next Bite
Last weekend, the hand model & I flew up to Portland to celebrate my fabulous friend's engagement. After a sophisticated soiree at The Town Club, he chose a contemporary restaurant he'd been to before at Nob Hill's aptly named NW 23rd Hoyt Avenue. The location is prime on a corner... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Your Next Bite
As the weather gets warmer and summer approaches, there's no better place to bask in the sun for brunch than George's at The Cove in La Jolla. Make sure to score a reservation beforehand, as the wait can be up to two hours. But, if you're stuck in line, belly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Your Next Bite
Last weekend, the hand model & I traveled down south to Carlsbad for a low-key anniversary. (Last year was quite the adventure visiting Chichen Itza and staying at the all-inclusive Blue Diamond Riviera Maya Resort). This time around we booked the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa with a room... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at Your Next Bite
When I think about Memorial Day, barbecues, the open road, and the onset of Summer comes to mind. And there's no better place to go road trippin' than in sunny California. So pack up the car and grab this coastal itinerary from San Diego to San Francisco. The Grubdown: Carnitas... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Your Next Bite
When I can't take the heat, I go to the seafood kitchen, especially one with an ocean view. Fly 'N' Fish Oyster Bar & Grill is a little pearl perched on Newport Peninsula facing the Pacific. A few doors down from the famous Mutt Lynch's, Fly 'N Fish offers up... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Your Next Bite
We've all heard of eating "farm-to-table", but Chef Cathy Pavlos – also of OC's famed Lucca Cafe – takes it to the next level. Located in Eastbluff village in Newport Beach, one would never guess there's a 1300 sq. ft. organic garden sprouting Spinach and Lemon Balm on the backyard... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at Your Next Bite