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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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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
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
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
photo courtesy of 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
When I think of the 4th of July, the first thing I crave is a Hot Dog...followed by a Hamburger, Corn on the Cobb, Potato Chips, and Apple Crisp, all in that order. But, I digress. This 4th of July, it's time to celebrate not just any old Hot Dog,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at Your Next Bite
This past weekend was the 5th annual OC Weekly Summerfest 2017. It's hard to believe it was my first time attending, being that it's held at one of my favorite venues, the Newport Dunes in Newport Beach. It's a great place, perched on the bay overlooking paddle-boarders, swimmers, and oversized... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at Your Next Bite
Let's face it. When it comes to dear 'ole dad, all he really wants for Father's Day is to grab a Burger and a Beer – at least my dad does. So, in honor of him, here are a few spots by the water to do just that. The Grubdown:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Your Next Bite
This past weekend, the hand model & I finally made it out to Ballast Point in Alamitos Bay. It's one of his favorite Craft Beers, offering quite a range of hoppy IPAs to newer light 'n fruity Wheat Ales and toasty Stouts. Ballast Point started out as a small group... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Your Next Bite