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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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photo courtesy of dinenb.com 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 4 days ago at Your Next Bite
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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
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The 2017 New Year is finally here, which can only mean one thing – out with the old, and in with the New You. Because let's be honest. You know this past holiday season, you overdid it with the all the Cookies, Cheese & Charcuterie plates, Gingerbread Lattes, and whatever... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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As the year comes to an end, it's time to reflect on the 16 Best Bites of 2016. From Spanish Tapas to Taiwanese and good 'ole fashioned Fried Chicken, here's where to get Your Next Bite from LA to OC and San Diego. (Listed alphabetically.) The Grubdown: A Restaurant -... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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Christmas is just TWO days away. And, let's face it, you've still got some last minute shopping to do. So, why not kill two birds with one stone by going to Din Tai Fung at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. No matter how you slice it, you'll be waiting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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Ever since living in LA – and being of Portuguese descent – I've had a love for Spanish Tapas. It all started with Steven Arroyo's Cobras & Matadors on Beverly Blvd near The Grove in LA. Since, it's closing – and moving back down to Orange County – I've been... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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It's the most wonderful time of the year because the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is finally here. This year, the 108th annual boat parade is only four days – December 14th thru 18th – as opposed to the usual two weeks, so make sure to lock-in your reservations now... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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It's not often you find a restaurant with history in Newport Beach, CA. And this year, A Restaurant, formerly known as The Arches, celebrates 90 years since opening in 1926. Back then, "The Arches" was a roadside diner with distinct arches as part of its Mediterranean architecture. Over the years,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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It's time to 'Talk Turkey' – and all things 'Fowl' – because Thanksgiving is finally here. Whether you want a traditional old-fashioned Turkey, prefer to mix-up your pick of Poultry, or to head out for the holiday, here's what to stuff your face with from LA to OC and Palm... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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With just one week 'til Thanksgiving, it's time to dissect the Potato. This starchy staple with origins dating back to 8000 BC, has come a long way from plain old boiled 'n boring. Whether it's mashed, fried, chipped, or spliced into tasty Tater Tots, here's where to get it. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, it's time to give Brussels Sprouts the spotlight. This member of the Cabbage family has come quite a long way from the plain old steamed 'n bitter green your mama made you eat before leaving the table. This day 'n age, it's a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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To ring in a celebratory month of the thankful bird, let's talk about The Royal Hen. (We'll talk Turkey later.) This new gastropub, brought to you by owner Tim Goodell (OC's A Restaurant, Red Pearl Kitchen, and Aubergine ring a bell?), just launched a mere 2 weeks ago in the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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This Halloween, Trick or Treat with something GOOD to Eat from the RUST General Store in Old Town, San Diego. RUST carries goods inspired by 1860's travelers and traders from all over the world who made their way to California. Step inside and it's like you've stepped back in time,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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photo courtesy of sweetladyjane.com This Friday is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day. There's only one place you need to go, which serves quite possibly the Best Pumpkin Cheesecake, ever. Sweet Lady Jane Bakery has been a long time favorite of mine, ever since I lived in LA. I'd take my hand... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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It's confirmed. I have a serious Pumpkin problem. My hand model will no longer let me walk into a grocery store for fear I'm going to come out with a bag full of Pumpkin treats to fill our pantry. A few weeks ago, I scored a stash of very necessary... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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This past weekend, the hand model and I visited friends in San Diego. They suggested the Crack Shack in Little Italy near downtown. It's a fast casual concept that serves seriously good slow food – think locally sourced, free range Jidori Chicken. The atmosphere is fun with family style picnic... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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This heat wave in October has still got me thinking of Summer...and Seafood. And, there's no better place to enjoy a taste of both, than by the beach at Ways & Means Oyster House in Pacific City, Huntington Beach. The restaurant has that East Coast, New England feel with white... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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Fall. It’s the second most wonderful time of the year. Why? Because it’s Pumpkin Season at Trader Joe’s! Pumpkin really is a magical fruit. It can be used in sweet or savory recipes. The aroma evokes fond childhood memories. And, the season lasts from September through December. Trader Joe’s offers... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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This year, I'm giving you over one weeks' notice to put your Julian Apple Days Festival trip on the books. The festival is held for two days only, Saturday September 24th and Sunday September 25th from 10am to 5pm. There's fun for the whole family from Apple Pie eating contests... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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Last weekend, I finally got a taste of the "field to fork" cuisine from Farmhouse at Rogers Gardens. I'd been waiting a year for owner & chef Richard Mead (formerly of Sage) to open his new restaurant. The concept fits right in the scene, offering everything from garden fresh Kale... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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It's official. The end of summer is here. Say goodbye to long days at the beach, late night sunsets, and barbecuin' on the grill. Speaking of barbecue, here's where to celebrate National Baby Back Rib Day from LA to San Diego and even Austin, Texas. After all, Labor Day weekend... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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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 Aug 24, 2016 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