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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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If you haven't been to Zinque yet, you're missing out. The French cuisine 'c'est magnifique', the atmosphere is rustic & cozy, and the views of Newport Bay from the newly revamped Lido Marina Village are breathtaking. Which is why this Bastille Day, you should do as the French do, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Your Next Bite
When I think of the 4th of July, the first thing I crave is a Hot Dog...followed by a Hamburger, Corn on the Cobb, Potato Chips, and Apple Crisp, all in that order. But, I digress. This 4th of July, it's time to celebrate not just any old Hot Dog,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at Your Next Bite
This past weekend was the 5th annual OC Weekly Summerfest 2017. It's hard to believe it was my first time attending, being that it's held at one of my favorite venues, the Newport Dunes in Newport Beach. It's a great place, perched on the bay overlooking paddle-boarders, swimmers, and oversized... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at Your Next Bite
Let's face it. When it comes to dear 'ole dad, all he really wants for Father's Day is to grab a Burger and a Beer – at least my dad does. So, in honor of him, here are a few spots by the water to do just that. The Grubdown:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Your Next Bite
This past weekend, the hand model & I finally made it out to Ballast Point in Alamitos Bay. It's one of his favorite Craft Beers, offering quite a range of hoppy IPAs to newer light 'n fruity Wheat Ales and toasty Stouts. Ballast Point started out as a small group... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Your Next Bite
There are only just a few hours left to celebrate America's heroes, National Hamburger and American Craft Beer month this Memorial Day. Simmzy's in Pacific City, Huntington Beach, has it all with 24 Craft Beers, 3 kinds of Burgers, and a great ocean view to soak it all in. The... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Your Next Bite
This past weekend, the hand model and I celebrated our 11th anniversary. While we couldn't make our annual trip, we did get to feel whisked away on vacay, thanks to Captain Jack's. Located off PCH in Sunset Beach, Captain Jack's has a glimpse of Huntington Harbor and a dock to... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2017 at Your Next Bite
What does your mom really want for Mother's Day? To do nothing, absolutely nothing. She doesn't want to lift a finger, and she wants to wear PJs ALL DAY, while you're cooking her Breakfast in bed. (Or, maybe that's just what I want.) Here are a couple Breakfast dishes inspired... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at Your Next Bite
This Friday is Cinco de Mayo and Your Next Bite is going to give you somethin' to Taco 'bout – like where to get the Top 5 Tacos in town. The Grubdown: Carmelita's 217 Broadway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. 949 715-7829. - ginormous chunks of pull-apart-tender Pork bathed in spicy... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Your Next Bite
Whenever the weekend comes around, I always crave Boba and French Macarons. Low & behold, Bon Epi Patisserie & Cafe offers both. Located at the UCI Shopping Center off, Bon epi is a feast for your eyes. Upon walking in, there's a rainbow of colorfully hand-crafted French Macarons, delectable Cake... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at Your Next Bite
They say, "April showers bring May flowers." And, since April is almost over, I thought it'd be best to discuss one of my favorite fireside spots, Jimmy's Famous American Tavern in Dana Point. Jimmy's has a great indoor/outdoor feel with lots of seating options. Step inside and you're greeted by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2017 at Your Next Bite
This Easter, hop on down to Newport Beach in Orange County to soak up the sun, Champagne, brunch, and bunny love. If you want an old standby, hop to Bayside Restaurant, offering a bottomless brunch, lively music & crowd. Provenance in Eastbluff has more of a peaceful vibe, complete with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Your Next Bite
With Easter just a hop, skip & a jump away, there's no better time than now to celebrate the humble Carrot. There's an abundance of ways to prepare it – simply roasted, as a Soup or Raw Salad, or better yet, Carrot Cake! Here's where to enjoy it all. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Your Next Bite
It's officially April, which means it's officially National Grilled Cheese Month – No fools! Here's where to celebrate America's favorite comfort food from LA to OC and roaming mobile through SoCal. The Grubdown: Doughboys Cafe & Bakery - Los Angeles - thick 'n string cheesy, coulda used a lot more... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at Your Next Bite
Spring has officially sprung, which means it's time to step out on one of the most unique patios in Laguna Beach. Skyloft is in the heart of downtown Laguna. It overlooks the hills, the beach, and the historic Hotel Laguna Tower. The Cocktail List is abundant and best enjoyed at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2017 at Your Next Bite
Today is not just any old Friday, it's St. Patrick's Day Friday! Whether you're ready to get your Irish jig on at 9:00 am, knock back some Guinness & Pub Snacks without the fuss, or keep your Leprechaun suit at home, here are 3 places to get your Irish grub... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at Your Next Bite
This year's Orange County Restaurant Week is literally only 7 days – March 3rd through March 11th. Over 100 restaurants are serving up prix-fixe Lunches and Dinners ranging from $10 to $50 per person. Try something new, or take advantage of a great deal at your favorite spot. Either way,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Your Next Bite
In the spirit of Fat Tuesday, I bring you The Best Bites of New Orleans. While I visited back in 2012, the great ones still remain, from classics like Cafe Du Monde's Beignets and Emeril's Gumbo to my favorite find, "dirty" Barbecue Shrimp at Mr. B's Bistro. The Grubdown: 1.)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Your Next Bite
There's another new spot on Balboa Island (read about The Royal Hen), bringing polish & finesse to this once quaint & charming, touristy destination. Mr. G's Bistro serves California & Italian-inspired cuisine from Handmade Pastas to Burrata Prosciutto boards with edible Flowers & Mint. The decor is simple: classic black... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Your Next Bite
Valentine's Day may be over, but your sweetheart's sweet tooth craving may not. So, surprise your sweetheart with a new take on Ice Cream from the Cauldron. Located in Santa Ana, Cauldron is not your average Ice Cream shop. Instead of serving hard packed Ice Cream, they churn it fresh... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Your Next Bite
Gone are the days of tradition and white linen tablecloths, since 1989 at Scott's Restaurant & Bar. Now, there's a hot new outdoor bar scene and fresh seafood spot, just outside South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Water Grill has a lot to offer from an open-air patio to a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Your Next Bite
It's already February, which means it's time to snag that coveted Valentine's Day dinner reservation before someone else does. Except this year, you're going to do it right, by enjoying the meal AND the art of conversation. (Because screaming at each other in an overly-crowded, noisy restaurant is so 2016.)... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Your Next Bite
As the first month of 2017 comes to an end, finally so does that detox. From Pizza and Pasta to Spanish Tapas, here's where to eat all the things you've been dreaming of, mumbling in your sleep, and making Freudian slips about at work. (Primarily carbs, cheese, and cheese-covered carbs.)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Your Next Bite
photo courtesy of It's mid-January, which can only mean one thing – it's time for Newport Beach Restaurant Week. From now until Sunday, January 29th, you can take advantage of 2- to 4-course prix-fixe meals, ranging from $10 to $50 per person. Here's a list of some of my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Your Next Bite
Still detoxing? Don't worry, Your Next Bite has got you covered with some of the best Salads that'll keep you on track 'til you meet your end of January diet goal. The Grubdown: Greenleaf Gourmet ChopShop - Grub it all from healthy organic ingredients to freshly pressed Juice - the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Your Next Bite