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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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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 4 days ago 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
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This Sunday marks the 88th annual Academy Awards ceremony. Millions of viewers will be tuning in to see the fashion, the winners, and Leonardo Di Caprio finally take home his long-awaited Oscar. To make sure you're red carpet ready for the big day, here are a few spots to pre-game... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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Last week, Cafe Gratitude officially opened in Newport Beach. The 100% organic plant-based restaurant hails from L.A., and is sister to the Mexican vegan hot spot Gracias Madre. The new space, located in Westcliff Plaza off Dover, reflects its sustainable, environmentally-friendly mission. It's natural meets modern with lots of natural... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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I don't know about you, but this year Valentine's Day came up quick. From French to Italian and aphrodisiacs, here's a list of low-key spots to take your loved one, minus the expensive set menu or required reservations. The Grubdown: Moulin Bistro - soft 'n cheesy, Le Croque Monsieur with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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This Sunday marks one of the biggest television watching days in American history. Some tune in for the love of the game. Others – like me – enjoy it for the commercials and the excuse to pig out. Here's where to get some of the most popular Superbowl party dishes,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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It's been almost 2 years since The Ritz – an iconic power-lunching & special event restaurant from the 70's – closed down. It was a sad occasion, seeing yet another piece of Newport Beach history crumble. I remember it like it was yesterday. Trying to get a reservation in their... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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photo courtesy of discoverlosangeles.com It's time to break out your forks & knives because this past Monday, January 18th, dineL.A. Restaurant Week returned. Over 300 restaurants throughout the L.A. area are serving up special prix-fixe meals ranging from $15 to $95+ per person. Here's a list of some of my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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Photo courtesy of www.dinenb.com It's that time of year again for Newport Beach Restaurant Week in OC. Starting this Monday, January 18th through Sunday, January 31st, you can enjoy 3 and 4-course prix-fixe meals for Lunch or Dinner at great prices, ranging from $10 to $50 per person. Here are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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The holidays are over, which means it's time to trade in those Gingerbread Lattes and Spiked Eggnog Nightcaps for a no-sugar, non-alcoholic Green Juice. I know what you're thinking. Meh, boring. But, not when it comes to these top spots offering organic, cold-pressed, and freshly-made juices daily. The Grubdown: Sejuiced... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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As 2015 comes to an end, it's time to reflect on the Top 10 Best Bites of the year. There were a lot of new openings in Orange County – mainly franchises – such as Sushi Roku, Pizza Nova, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Krave Kobe Burger Grill, Slapfish, Mendocino Farms, El... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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'Tis the season to be on vacation and enjoy all the happy hours you never get to go to because you're usually stuck in the office! This past weekend, the hand model and I visited Mercado Restaurant in Santa Monica. (They have additional locations in LA near Beverly/The Grove area,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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As of late, my new favorite spot to enjoy Happy Hour by the fire is Ecco Pizzeria & Bar at The Camp in Costa Mesa. For one, the Happy Hour food is truly satisfying with 16 different items to choose from. And, the service and atmosphere make you feel like... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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photo courtesy of christmasboatparade.com It's the most wonderful time of the year, because it's time for the the boats of Newport Bay to spread their holiday cheer. This year marks the 107th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. And I've got not one, not two, not three, but four different... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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Holiday shopping can be exhausting. The goods news is Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill just opened at The Grove LA. So after you've bought your mom a scarf, sat the kids on Santa's lap, and done the whole "one for you, one for me" gifting game, grab a table... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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This Thanksgiving, when it's time to toss the turkey and the in-laws out, head on over to the newly opened Hopdoddy Burger Bar in Newport Beach. Hopdoddy – yes, that's "doddy", not "daddy"– is located in Fashion Island, just past Sushi Roku and across from Kitson. The name combines their... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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Thanksgiving is one week away. It's that time of year to ponder about what you're grateful for (like the fact that Whole Foods Market let's you put your Turkey order in up to 3 days before T-Day), and then stuff yourself silly like a pilgrim. So, if you haven't figured... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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Sidecar Doughnuts are seriously the best Doughnuts ever made. In fact, they make every other "donut" shop look just plain amateur. Located on hip 17th Street in Costa Mesa, Sidecar always hosts a long line outside the door – especially on the weekends. It's no wonder, because they make their... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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After a brutally hot, unrelenting Summer, temps have finally cooled down to a chilly 64 degrees. If you live in Southern California that basically means it's time to break out the UGGs and scarves. And, when it comes to Your Next Bite, it's time to warm your soul with a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2015 at Your Next Bite