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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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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 7 days ago at Your Next Bite
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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
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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
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Fellow biters, it's hard to believe that 4 years' ago, Your Next Bite launched with a little amuse-bouche. Living in LA's constantly changing restaurant scene became my inspiration for this "delectable quest to find you the best from Fine Dining to Food Trucks". And now that OC is my main... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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This year's St. Patrick's Day falls on a Monday, which means one of two things: 1. You're stickin' your shamrock where the sun don't shine by fillin' Monday's schedule with green beer 2. You've decided to button up your little Leprechaun suit and sit down for a nice Irish stew... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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Last weekend, the hand model and I finally decided to break away from the coast and explore downtown Santa Ana. I'd been wanting to go to Little Sparrow Cafe for a while, and since it was participating in Orange County Restaurant Week we thought, why not. Located a block from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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Taco Maria is fast approaching as one of the best & most unique restaurants to hit OC. It originally started as a gourmet food truck back in 2011. Then after gaining a huge fan base, OC native chef Carlos Salgado, decided to open a restaurant last summer at hip SOCO... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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Orange County Restaurant Week is back and better than ever with 120+ participating restaurants this Sunday, February 23rd through Saturday, March 1st. It's affordable for everyone with 3-course Lunches starting at $10 per person, and Dinners up to $40 per person. There's even a contest to win a full year... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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When I think about romance, I think about Italian food. Perhaps it's the fact that Garlic is an aphrodisiac. Or, maybe it's that famous pasta kissing scene from Disney's Lady and the Tramp. Either way, just in time for Valentine's Day, I'm serving you Pizzeria Mozza from Newport Beach. Brought... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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A friend of mine recently moved to the Silver Lake area, so when I asked him to pick one of his favorite spots for us to dine out, he suggested Hyperion Public. Located on Hyperion Ave., the restaurant is lively, warm, and inviting. There are wooden patio benches outside, attempting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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Contrary to popular belief, Eat Chow is not a Chinese restaurant. Rather, it's a hip eatery with a retro vibe, and all sorts of "New American" meets Tex-Mex cuisine to chow down on. There are two locations, one in Costa Mesa, and the other tucked behind the famous Spaghetti Bender... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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Newport Beach Dining Week continues through this Sunday, January 26th. If you haven't been to Great Maple yet, here's a few reasons why you should enjoy their 3-course prix-fixe for $30. First off, Great Maple serves "seasonal produce, responsible seafood, and farm fresh American meat." They also have a killer... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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The 8th annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week starts this Friday, January 17th through Sunday, January 26th. It's the best way to get a 3-course taste of over 60 restaurants from seaside Balboa Island to quaint Corona del Mar. Prix-fixe lunches range from $10 to $20 with dinners from $20 to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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Last week brought the New Year and my last chance to feast on whatever my tummy desired before starting my annual January juice detox. I thought long and hard about my inevitable quote, unquote "last meal", and decided to try out a trusted Italian restaurant referred to me by friends... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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Before ringing in the New Year with exciting blog posts to come – like the new Red O in Fashion Island, classic Culina in Beverly Hills, and my all time seafood favorite Son of A Gun in LA – it's time to reflect on the best bites of 2013, chronologically.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of accepting an invitation to "An Evening in France" for the grand opening of the Fig & Olive at Fashion Island, Newport Beach. I'd been to the Melrose Place location before while living in LA. So, when I heard the news that it was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2013 at Your Next Bite
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It's hard to believe Muddy Leek just celebrated their one year anniversary last Monday. Their eco-chic vibe, on-trend old fashioned cocktails, and organic sustainable comfort food, equal one recipe for a long-standing staple in the LA dining scene. Stop by this week and you'll receive a glass of bubbly on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at Your Next Bite
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Even though SeaLegs Wine Bar is located by Surf City's seashore (a.k.a. Huntington Beach), upon dining you can't help but feel like you've been transported to LA. Strip mall aside, the place is popping with a lively crowd, cool tunes, natural warm woods, sexy candlelight, chichi chandeliers – even a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2013 at Your Next Bite
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Last weekend Culver City gave birth to a new restaurant & bar – The Wallace. Of course, Your Next Bite was there to feed your breaking food news desires, just minutes after opening. The Wallace has an industrial meets French bistro vibe with Thomas Edison style over-sized bulbs descending from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Your Next Bite
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Happy Thanksgiving Biters! Every year, no matter whose family meal I'm attending or cooking myself, I make it tradition to be responsible for the Pumpkin Pie. From Pecan & Chocolate Pie Crusts to Ginger Pepita Seed Toppings, nothing beats the classic Alton Brown Pumpkin Pie recipe. A little more work... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at Your Next Bite
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During the fall, I like to have my daily Pumpkin, just like Alain Coumont – owner of Le Pain Quotidien in Fashion Island – likes to have his "daily bread". The minute you step inside, the smell of baked bread surrounds you like a warm blanket. Think Organic Wheat, Walnut,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at Your Next Bite
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Last weekend I had a complimentary training assessment session from my gym. After doing a review of my daily diet, my trainer determined I'm not eating enough calories, and that I should probably mix in a protein shake. (Perhaps I should've declared all the pumpkin treats I've been noshing on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at Your Next Bite
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If you've never been to the French or Swiss Alps and are itching for a trip, take a stay-cation to Balboa Island's Basilic restaurant instead. This cozy 24-seater is reminiscent of a ski chalet with warm woods and a Matterhorn painting, except with white linen tables. Open since 1997, chef/owner... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at Your Next Bite
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In celebration of All Hallows' Eve tonight, I bring you the spookiest looking pizza you'll ever eat – you can bet your mortal life on it. Hostaria del Piccolo – an Italian eatery with locations in Santa Monica & Venice – is the evil genius behind this dish. First off... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2013 at Your Next Bite
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It's the most wonderful time of the year because everything Pumpkin brings me such cheer. In honor of my crazy Pumpkin obsession, and Starbucks 10th anniversary of the "PSL", I had to embark on a quest to find the best Pumpkin Spice Latte. Three local spots were on my map:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2013 at Your Next Bite