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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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If you haven't been to Slapfish yet, you're seriously missing out. I know a thing or two about seafood having been brought up on the best from Eating the Ocean State to comparing The Great Lobster Roll from West to East Coast. The fast-casual restaurant has several franchise locations popping... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Your Next Bite
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Last weekend the hand model and I took the Balboa Island Ferry to Newport Beach Peninsula. We wanted to try something new, so we stumbled upon Patty Macs, just one block from the dock right off East Bay and Palm. Walking inside we were warmly greeted by reggae music, a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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Just in time for Easter brunch, I bring you Ramos House Cafe. Apparently I've been coming here since I was 4 – according to my mother – but, it wasn't until recently that I discovered why it's such a historical hidden gem. Ramos House Cafe is located on Los Rios... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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The hand model and I finally ventured out to Seal Beach to grab a bite at 320 Main restaurant. I've been wanting to come to this "New American Eatery" ever since I found out they made their own Ginger Beer – ironic, I know. That, coupled with OC Restaurant Week's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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first photo courtesy of shoutitforlife.com Fellow Biters, March 16th was a big day. It marked the 5th year blogiversary that I've been delivering you The Grubdown on fine dining to food trucks across LA, OC, and Your Next Nite destinations. As a thank you for your loyal following, here are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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This St. Patrick's Day shake things up with a sophisticated spin on Irish food at Sapphire Laguna. Located in the Old Pottery Place, the global comfort food restaurant has one of my favorite people-watching patios on PCH with a cozy fireplace to boot. For Tuesday's holiday, world-renowned Chef Azmin Ghahreman... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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Now through March 7th is the time to dine out for the 7th annual OC Restaurant Week. More than 100 restaurants will be participating this year with Lunch prix-fixe menus ranging from $10 to $20 and Dinners from $20 to $50 (a new all-time high). Here are the top dishes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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Last week was my first time dining at Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop. (I know, I know.) My friends, coworkers, and pretty much everyone has been telling me I "MUST GO" because it's just my type of place. Well, they were right. Greenleaf is your typical hipster cafe with an earthy rustic... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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Even though Newport Beach Restaurant Week is over, I'm still thinking about the incredible meal I had at Cucina Enoteca's newest location in Fashion Island. The "California inspired Italian Kitchen" is a great addition to the outdoor mall, despite the fact it's always packed. The space is rustic with warm... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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Valentine's Day is for lovers...lovers of chocolate that is. So, whether you're giving your sweetheart breakfast in bed, dining out on a fancy 4-course prix-fixe, or grabbing a sweet treat for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie premier, here is the top 'Choc' from LA to OC and NY. The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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This Thursday, February 5th, marks the last day you'll be able to dine at Zengo, a Latin-Asian fusion restaurant at Santa Monica Place mall. They have a great Happy Hour from 4-7pm with prices that match the time, as well as my all time favorite All You Can Eat Endless... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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Ah, January. A month long of detoxing the new you for the new year is finally coming to an end. You know what that means. It's time to pig out for this weekend's pigskin party – the Superbowl – with the ultimate, Pizza! Whether you like it classic with Pepperoni,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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photos courtesy of discoverlosangeles.com and dinenb.com This week marks the start of not one, but two restaurant weeks from LA to Newport Beach. From January 19th thru February 1st, eat your heart out with 3-course prix fixe lunches ranging from $10-$25 and dinners from $20-$50. From New England Seafood to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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It's mid January, which means you should be two weeks into your New Years Resolution detox and, by now, are probably starting to waver. Have no fear, kale is here! Whether you juice it, roast it, or like it raw, anyway is fine as long as you're eating it. Kale... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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It's the New Year, which means out with the old Christmas cookies, candies & pies, and in with the New You – seriously, put down the cookie! Krisp Fresh Living, tucked away in the Westcliff Plaza in Costa Mesa, has just the thing to help reinvent yourself – organic, cold-pressed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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Let's face it. You probably partied too much last night, ringing in 2015. So, get some hair of the dog and tummy-coated comfort cuisine at one of these three brunch spots, from LA to OC and San Diego. The Grubdown: Sunny Spot offers an island style bottomless brunch in Venice... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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On this Christmas Eve, if you're looking for last minute dessert ideas good enough to eat Christmas morning, then may I present Mrs. Wages' Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Praline Crunch recipe. The Grubdown: - combines the best of both worlds, velvety Pumpkin Pie with sweet Pecan Praline Crunch, all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at Your Next Bite
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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 Dec 17, 2014 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