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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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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 4 days ago at Your Next Bite
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Jan 18, 2017 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