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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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Spring has definitely sprung. The flowers are in bloom, the sun is shining bright, and the weather outside is just perfect. So to celebrate all of Earth Day's finest, enjoy some farm-to-table California cuisine on the green at Harvest Restaurant. Tucked inside Aliso Canyon, Harvest Restaurant offers a mini escape... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Your Next Bite
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On the hunt for Easter Brunch? Then I've found the golden Easter egg for you. Whether you're looking for a place to take the kiddos, or a breakfast bite without all the fuss, here's a few places to hop to from Los Angeles to Orange County and San Diego. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2018 at Your Next Bite
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This past week Your Next Bite celebrated 8 years of blogging the best of what I ate – from fine dining to food trucks across Los Angeles, Orange County, and wherever the hand model & I traveled. So to commemorate the occasion, here's a list of the Top 8 Bites... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at Your Next Bite
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OC Restaurant Week has begun! It's only for 7 days, March 4th-10th. Ever since moving back down to Orange County from Los Angeles about 6 years ago, the OC has really stepped up its food game. With Top Chefs like Amar Santana, LA transplants like Sushi Roku, and innovative restaurant... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2018 at Your Next Bite
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This coming Wednesday is Valentine's Day and newcomer Olea – offering "Wine Country/American Bistro Cuisine" – has something for everyone. If you're celebrating "Single Awareness Day", the central bar and main dining room is loud, lively, and bustling. If you're celebrating with your loved one, then the covered and heated... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Your Next Bite
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A New Year is here and another Newport Beach Restaurant Week has begun. Whether you're coming off a cleanse or still enjoying the holiday stretchy pants, I've got a healthy selection for everyone. From now until January 28th, you can enjoy 2 & 3-course prix-fixe Lunches and Dinners, ranging from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Your Next Bite
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As we ring in the New Year, it's time to reflect on the Best Bites of 2017. From Classic American Comfort food to Spanish Tapas and Liquid Nitrogen Dessert, here's where to get Your Next Bite from LA to OC, listed alphabetically. The Grubdown: Captain Jack's – Historic & Nautical... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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photo courtesy of christmasboatparade.com It's that time of year again! So, I thought I'd bring back an oldie, but a goodie. Because there are only a few select spots where you can wine & dine, while watching bright Christmas lights cruise by. This year marks the 109th annual Newport Beach... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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If you're still pining for the poultry, then I've got a cluckin' good Fried Chicken spot for you. Crack Shack is a fast casual concept that serves locally sourced food by Top Chef Winner Richard Blais, as well as Jon Sloan, Michael Rosen, and Dan Pena. I first visited the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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So you've had a full day and a half to recover from the Turkey, Stuffing, and all the fixings from Thanksgiving Day. I know what you're thinking – you want to go back for more. Here's where to get some of the best sides like Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, and Mashed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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A couple weekends ago, I went back to The Royal Hen in Balboa Island. I hadn't been since it opened a year ago, so I was excited to see all the new menu items added, especially since they had a limited menu during their soft open. One year later and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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Since Halloween is on a Tuesday this year – and you might not have enough energy to go traipsing around neighborhoods Trick or Treating – throw in the 'candy bag' and try out these devilishly delicious dishes instead. Whether it's considered a foreign delicacy from Spain or Thailand, or it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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A family-owned restaurant lasting almost 50 years in SoCal? It's almost unheard of these days. But, chef/owner Mike Philippi did something right, creating a unique dining "experience". The Hobbit is more than just a meal. It's a "three act" event with pre-dinner Cocktails upstairs at the bar/parlor, Champagne and Hors... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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This Thursday is National Pumpkin Pie Day and in my family, it's kind of a big deal – well, at least for me. Pumpkin is one of my favorite foods – ever. It's creamy, comforting, and can be enjoyed all year 'round in forms such as Lattes, Smoothies, Donuts, Muffins,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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It's October, which means I finally have an excuse to eat & drink one of my favorite foods – Pumpkin EVERYTHING! Truth be told, I eat Pumpkin all year long – because there's no better comfort food than Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Muffins, and Pumpkin Pie. But, now that it's officially... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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Fall is finally here and so is one of my favorite family traditions – the Julian Apple Days Festival. This Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, head over to the Menghini Winery (formerly J. Jenkins) in Julian. Parents can sip Apple Wine, while the kiddos frolic in the apple... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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Over Labor Day weekend, my family and I visited Balboa Park in San Diego for the first time. We were looking for a quick place to grab a bite before heading to the San Diego Zoo, so a friend recommended Panama 66. ­(We enjoyed the outdoor atmosphere and live band... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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If you're looking for some last minute plans to celebrate Happy Hour this Labor Day – most likely accompanied by the entire 405 freeway that was headed southbound to San Diego this past Saturday – then check out The Brigantine Seafood & Oyster Bar in Coronado Island. My family and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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As the end of summer is drawing near and the kids are going back to school, it's time to celebrate one of our greatest confections – the Toasted Marshmallow. It's ooey, it's gooey, it's puffy, it's fluffy, it's sticky, it's sweet, and hopefully has just the right amount of toastiness.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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Last week I had a much needed "GNO", a.k.a. Girls Night Out, in L.A. My friend told me about a new Wine Bar – and sister restaurant to co-owner Matthew Kaner's Bar Covell – offering tasty small plates and Paleo diet friendly entrees that had just opened up in Atwater... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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I know what you're thinking – July, National Hot Dog month, is over. So why am I still talking about them? Because I literally just had the best "Well Dressed Frank" in town, to be quite frank, at Crocker's on Balboa Island. They've been open since 2014, right alongside their... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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Summer is almost over and unfortunately so is the OC Fair. From now til Sunday, August 13th is the last week to eat your heart out by indulging in everything you can imagine Fried. Fried Klondike Bars, check. Fried Kool-Aid, check. Fried Oreos, don't even think about going home without... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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I remember taking Sunday drives to Dana Point for dinner with my family when I was little. There were really only a few places we frequented, like our favorite Ferrantelli's, now replaced by Jimmy's Famous American Tavern. Today, Dana Point is comin' up with a whole slew of new restaurants... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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This Saturday, July 22nd is Manchego in Santa Monica's Bacon Festival! It's a time to celebrate Spanish culture, and the pigs they honor, who roam freely "in pasture and oak groves and feed naturally on grass, acorns + roots". If you know anything about Your Next Bite, then you know... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Your Next Bite
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If you haven't been to Zinque yet, you're missing out. The French cuisine 'c'est magnifique', the atmosphere is rustic & cozy, and the views of Newport Bay from the newly revamped Lido Marina Village are breathtaking. Which is why this Bastille Day, you should do as the French do, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Your Next Bite