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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 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 6 days ago 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
Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, I bring you Red O in Newport Beach. It's a collection of Mexican meets California cuisine from Top Chef Master, Rick Bayless. I'd been to the first location in LA for a Christmas party a couple years back. So, when I found out... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2014 at Your Next Bite
Recently, the hand model & I visited fellow foodie friends in one of my favorite town's to eat, West Hollywood. They'd been to Night+Market several times, for the food and occasional celebrity sighting. The Weho location is located on Sunset boulevard right next to Talesai. Walking inside, immediately your senses... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at Your Next Bite
When it comes to bottomless brunch, I always go to Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach. There's no better place to enjoy a 3-course meal with bottomless drinks, a live band, and if you're lucky, a patio table overlooking the bay of Balboa Island. Last year, our group of family and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Your Next Bite
It was a Friday night after a long work week, when the hand model and I decided to be tourists in our own town. We hopped the Balboa Island ferry – by foot not car – to Newport Beach Peninsula. (If you've never done this before, I highly recommend it.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Your Next Bite
Last Saturday, my cousin and our accompanying hand models indulged in a night at SUR Restaurant and Bar to check out all the drama from one of our favorite guilty Bravo TV pleasures, Vanderpump Rules. Stepping out of our vehicle at the valet in our 4.5 inch platform heels and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Your Next Bite
There's a reason why I've eaten at Haute Cakes Caffe for the past two weekends in a row – because they serve healthy & hearty dishes with specialty surprises. I've driven by Haute Cakes several times on Costa Mesa's up & coming 17th St. But, it wasn't until I was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Your Next Bite