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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's not often you find a restaurant with history in Newport Beach, CA. And this year, A Restaurant, formerly known as The Arches, celebrates 90 years since opening in 1926. Back then, "The Arches" was a roadside diner with distinct arches as part of its Mediterranean architecture. Over the years,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Your Next Bite
It's time to 'Talk Turkey' – and all things 'Fowl' – because Thanksgiving is finally here. Whether you want a traditional old-fashioned Turkey, prefer to mix-up your pick of Poultry, or to head out for the holiday, here's what to stuff your face with from LA to OC and Palm... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Your Next Bite
With just one week 'til Thanksgiving, it's time to dissect the Potato. This starchy staple with origins dating back to 8000 BC, has come a long way from plain old boiled 'n boring. Whether it's mashed, fried, chipped, or spliced into tasty Tater Tots, here's where to get it. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Your Next Bite
Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, it's time to give Brussels Sprouts the spotlight. This member of the Cabbage family has come quite a long way from the plain old steamed 'n bitter green your mama made you eat before leaving the table. This day 'n age, it's a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Your Next Bite
To ring in a celebratory month of the thankful bird, let's talk about The Royal Hen. (We'll talk Turkey later.) This new gastropub, brought to you by owner Tim Goodell (OC's A Restaurant, Red Pearl Kitchen, and Aubergine ring a bell?), just launched a mere 2 weeks ago in the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at Your Next Bite
This Halloween, Trick or Treat with something GOOD to Eat from the RUST General Store in Old Town, San Diego. RUST carries goods inspired by 1860's travelers and traders from all over the world who made their way to California. Step inside and it's like you've stepped back in time,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at Your Next Bite
photo courtesy of This Friday is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day. There's only one place you need to go, which serves quite possibly the Best Pumpkin Cheesecake, ever. Sweet Lady Jane Bakery has been a long time favorite of mine, ever since I lived in LA. I'd take my hand... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2016 at Your Next Bite
It's confirmed. I have a serious Pumpkin problem. My hand model will no longer let me walk into a grocery store for fear I'm going to come out with a bag full of Pumpkin treats to fill our pantry. A few weeks ago, I scored a stash of very necessary... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at Your Next Bite
This past weekend, the hand model and I visited friends in San Diego. They suggested the Crack Shack in Little Italy near downtown. It's a fast casual concept that serves seriously good slow food – think locally sourced, free range Jidori Chicken. The atmosphere is fun with family style picnic... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at Your Next Bite
This heat wave in October has still got me thinking of Summer...and Seafood. And, there's no better place to enjoy a taste of both, than by the beach at Ways & Means Oyster House in Pacific City, Huntington Beach. The restaurant has that East Coast, New England feel with white... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at Your Next Bite
Fall. It’s the second most wonderful time of the year. Why? Because it’s Pumpkin Season at Trader Joe’s! Pumpkin really is a magical fruit. It can be used in sweet or savory recipes. The aroma evokes fond childhood memories. And, the season lasts from September through December. Trader Joe’s offers... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at Your Next Bite
This year, I'm giving you over one weeks' notice to put your Julian Apple Days Festival trip on the books. The festival is held for two days only, Saturday September 24th and Sunday September 25th from 10am to 5pm. There's fun for the whole family from Apple Pie eating contests... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at Your Next Bite
Last weekend, I finally got a taste of the "field to fork" cuisine from Farmhouse at Rogers Gardens. I'd been waiting a year for owner & chef Richard Mead (formerly of Sage) to open his new restaurant. The concept fits right in the scene, offering everything from garden fresh Kale... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at Your Next Bite
It's official. The end of summer is here. Say goodbye to long days at the beach, late night sunsets, and barbecuin' on the grill. Speaking of barbecue, here's where to celebrate National Baby Back Rib Day from LA to San Diego and even Austin, Texas. After all, Labor Day weekend... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at Your Next Bite
My trusty hand model is from the Central Coast in California. So, when he heard a new restaurant had just opened in Huntington Beach, serving Santa Maria style Steaks (a.k.a. Tri-Tip), there was no question where we were eating for dinner. SeaSalt Woodfire Grill is a celebration of "Old Western"... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2016 at Your Next Bite
This Saturday is National Bacon Lovers' Day. And, really, what's not to love about Bacon? Dip it in Chocolate, wrap it around Asparagus, or crumble it on Soup, and you've got yourself a complete sweet 'n savory meal. Here's a list of places to get your bacon on from OC... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Your Next Bite
I've been wanting to visit the new(ish) Pacific City since it opened up in Huntington Beach this past December. When the hand model and I found out a new Mexican spot – Ola Mexican Kitchen – was going in, we couldn't have been happier, as it's one of our favorite... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at Your Next Bite
This Friday is National Oyster Day. With soaring sunny Southern California temps and uncomfortably sweaty humidity, nothing sounds better than the taste of an ocean fresh Oyster – raw, grilled, or wrapped in Bacon. The Grubdown: Connie And Ted's in West Hollywood, CA - Bacon Oysters & Bread OH MY!,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at Your Next Bite
photo courtesy of If you haven't been prix-fixe'n it up since July 18th, then you've been missing out. Over 300 restaurants in LA are offering 3- and 4-course Lunches and Dinners for dineLA Restaurant Week with prices ranging from $15 to $95+. Here's a list of old standbys to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at Your Next Bite
This weekend is going to be hot. So, why not enjoy the new outdoor Marina Park and beautiful bay views from the Lighthouse Cafe. The new development in Newport Beach, offers everything from rec rooms for large parties to basketball courts, sailboat slips, and a nautical playground. The cafe has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Your Next Bite
It's that time of year again to enjoy all your favorite fried comfort foods at The OC Fair. Fried Oreos? Check. Fried Butter? Check. Fried Kool-Aid?!?!? Yep, they've thought of everything. The Grubdown: - better than I thought it would be, like a donut hole with a cookie crunch surprise... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Your Next Bite
July is National Ice Cream Month. If you think about it, it makes sense. It's hot out. School's out. What more reason do you need to stop and taste the Ice Cream? From Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches to Cupcake Sundaes, here's where to cool off this summer. The Grubdown: Snow... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Your Next Bite
This coming Monday is America's Birthday. It's time to band together and celebrate our independence, via backyard BBQ or Beach party. So, before the lights go down and the fireworks go up, here's where to fill up on America's favorite foods. The Grubdown: Chili – Arc, SOCO in Costa Mesa... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Your Next Bite
Let's face it. It's hot outside. And, when temperatures soar in sunny Southern California, there's no better place to be than sippin' cocktails and savoring homestyle cookin' on the patio. Thankfully, Arc Restaurant in Costa Mesa at SOCO has just what the doctor ordered. And, last Friday, the hand model... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Your Next Bite
If your dad's anything like mine, all he needs for Father's Day is "a Burger and a Beer". But let's break down what type of Burger he really wants to eat. This day 'n age, there's every type of Burger imaginable – from Kobe Beef to Burgers in a Bowl,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Your Next Bite