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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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Photos courtesy of BalboaBayResort.com One of my all time favorite places to enjoy the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is at the Balboa Bay Resort. I used to be a member of the club as a child, and have gone consistently throughout the years. Much has changed since then with... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Your Next Bite
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Living in sunny Southern California, we get to enjoy great weather all year round. So why not continue the Hawaiian holiday feel at Billy's At The Beach for the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. They've got great window-seat views indoors with a few on the patio, too. To guarantee a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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From dim lighting to rich dark woods and soft leather booths, there's no better place to cozy up on a cold, wintry night than The Bungalow. The warm bar is welcoming with a great Happy Hour, Monday thru Friday, featuring everything from Moscow Mules to Lobster Corn Fritters. Enter the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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Tomorrow is Turkey Day, which means at the crack of dawn you'll be poppin' that big bird in the oven with no time to even think about what's for breakfast – until now. Thanks to Simple Mills' everything's-in-the-bag-but-the-eggs Pumpkin Muffin Mix, just stir, bake for 20 minutes, and voila! Did... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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There's only one thing better than Pumpkin Pie a la mode – Pumpkin Sprinkles Cupcake a la mode. If you haven't had the Sprinkles Sundae experience yet, you're seriously missing out. They take a Sprinkles Cupcake, cut it in half, fill in the middle with Ice Cream, and then scoop... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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Look no further because McConnell's Fine Ice Creams from Santa Barbara serves up the best Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream you'll ever try. Since 1949, McConnell's has been hand crafting ultra-premium Ice Cream from scratch with grass-grazed Milk & Cream from Central Coast cows. The good news is you don't have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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November is my favorite time of year because Pumpkins are in full bloom everywhere. So I've decided to bring you a month of Pumpkin treats, and kick it all off with Nekter's Pumpkin Pie Smoothie. It's subtle, nutritious, and the perfect segue to ease you into a season of sweets... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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This frightful Friday night, whether you're living in LA or OC, celebrate Halloween amongst zombies and vampires. The Grubdown: 2nd Annual Santa Monica Zombie Crawl - spooky food & drink specials from Rusty's Surf Ranch, 41 Ocean, and more with after party at Wokcano $12 ($15 day of) VamPirate's Dinner... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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A couple weekends ago, the hand model & I finally dined – not just knocked back some pints – at The Iron Press in SOCO. SOCO is truly shaping up to be one of my favorite spots to eat. From modern Mexican American at Taco Maria to Shuck Oyster Bar... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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Photos by Sarah Lockhart and Tim Ryon from Ryon:Lockhart Photography, courtesy of thesuitelifela.com If you haven't been to an underground supper club, then you haven't lived. As a foodie, they're one of my favorite things because, sometimes, a dance party in your mouth is better than the one on the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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This past weekend the hand model and I had a little getaway to the Rancho Bernardo Inn near Escondido in San Diego County. We were really impressed by the hotel staff's friendly & excellent customer service, from the valet who gave us a tour of the grounds to our waitress... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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This weekend marks the annual Julian Apple Days Festival. It's my favorite time of year to pick a variety of apples straight from the orchard like Jonagold and Red Delicious. The 2-day festival brings fun for the whole family from pony rides to Cider & Beer tastings and a Pie... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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Biters, it's my favorite time of year – Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING! Just a couple weeks ago, Starbucks brought back the PSL (that's Pumpkin Spice Latte for you neophytes). I was literally checking their website daily, popping in the coffee shop, and waiting with bated breath for the cup of warm... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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Photo courtesy of NewportWineandFood.com This weekend marks the first annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival held at the Newport Beach Civic Center. For three days, you'll get to indulge in live cooking demos, sommelier panels, wine tastings, and music from international jazz artists. Go big with an All Access... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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Photo courtesy of facebook.com/thequietwoman 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 Sep 10, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Photo courtesy of LobsterfestNewportBeach.com 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
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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
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Photo courtesy of discoverlosangeles.com 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
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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
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Photo courtesy of LATourist.com 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
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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