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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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My trusty hand model is from the Central Coast in California. So, when he heard a new restaurant had just opened in Huntington Beach, serving Santa Maria style Steaks (a.k.a. Tri-Tip), there was no question where we were eating for dinner. SeaSalt Woodfire Grill is a celebration of "Old Western"... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Your Next Bite
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This Saturday is National Bacon Lovers' Day. And, really, what's not to love about Bacon? Dip it in Chocolate, wrap it around Asparagus, or crumble it on Soup, and you've got yourself a complete sweet 'n savory meal. Here's a list of places to get your bacon on from OC... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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I've been wanting to visit the new(ish) Pacific City since it opened up in Huntington Beach this past December. When the hand model and I found out a new Mexican spot – Ola Mexican Kitchen – was going in, we couldn't have been happier, as it's one of our favorite... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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This Friday is National Oyster Day. With soaring sunny Southern California temps and uncomfortably sweaty humidity, nothing sounds better than the taste of an ocean fresh Oyster – raw, grilled, or wrapped in Bacon. The Grubdown: Connie And Ted's in West Hollywood, CA - Bacon Oysters & Bread OH MY!,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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photo courtesy of discoverlosangeles.com If you haven't been prix-fixe'n it up since July 18th, then you've been missing out. Over 300 restaurants in LA are offering 3- and 4-course Lunches and Dinners for dineLA Restaurant Week with prices ranging from $15 to $95+. Here's a list of old standbys to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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This weekend is going to be hot. So, why not enjoy the new outdoor Marina Park and beautiful bay views from the Lighthouse Cafe. The new development in Newport Beach, offers everything from rec rooms for large parties to basketball courts, sailboat slips, and a nautical playground. The cafe has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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It's that time of year again to enjoy all your favorite fried comfort foods at The OC Fair. Fried Oreos? Check. Fried Butter? Check. Fried Kool-Aid?!?!? Yep, they've thought of everything. The Grubdown: - better than I thought it would be, like a donut hole with a cookie crunch surprise... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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July is National Ice Cream Month. If you think about it, it makes sense. It's hot out. School's out. What more reason do you need to stop and taste the Ice Cream? From Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches to Cupcake Sundaes, here's where to cool off this summer. The Grubdown: Snow... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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This coming Monday is America's Birthday. It's time to band together and celebrate our independence, via backyard BBQ or Beach party. So, before the lights go down and the fireworks go up, here's where to fill up on America's favorite foods. The Grubdown: Chili – Arc, SOCO in Costa Mesa... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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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 Jun 22, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Photo courtesy of OCrestaurantweek.com 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