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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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I don't know about you, but this year Valentine's Day came up quick. From French to Italian and aphrodisiacs, here's a list of low-key spots to take your loved one, minus the expensive set menu or required reservations. The Grubdown: Moulin Bistro - soft 'n cheesy, Le Croque Monsieur with... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Your Next Bite
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This Sunday marks one of the biggest television watching days in American history. Some tune in for the love of the game. Others – like me – enjoy it for the commercials and the excuse to pig out. Here's where to get some of the most popular Superbowl party dishes,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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It's been almost 2 years since The Ritz – an iconic power-lunching & special event restaurant from the 70's – closed down. It was a sad occasion, seeing yet another piece of Newport Beach history crumble. I remember it like it was yesterday. Trying to get a reservation in their... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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photo courtesy of discoverlosangeles.com It's time to break out your forks & knives because this past Monday, January 18th, dineL.A. Restaurant Week returned. Over 300 restaurants throughout the L.A. area are serving up special prix-fixe meals ranging from $15 to $95+ per person. Here's a list of some of my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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Photo courtesy of www.dinenb.com It's that time of year again for Newport Beach Restaurant Week in OC. Starting this Monday, January 18th through Sunday, January 31st, you can enjoy 3 and 4-course prix-fixe meals for Lunch or Dinner at great prices, ranging from $10 to $50 per person. Here are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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The holidays are over, which means it's time to trade in those Gingerbread Lattes and Spiked Eggnog Nightcaps for a no-sugar, non-alcoholic Green Juice. I know what you're thinking. Meh, boring. But, not when it comes to these top spots offering organic, cold-pressed, and freshly-made juices daily. The Grubdown: Sejuiced... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at Your Next Bite
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As 2015 comes to an end, it's time to reflect on the Top 10 Best Bites of the year. There were a lot of new openings in Orange County – mainly franchises – such as Sushi Roku, Pizza Nova, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Krave Kobe Burger Grill, Slapfish, Mendocino Farms, El... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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'Tis the season to be on vacation and enjoy all the happy hours you never get to go to because you're usually stuck in the office! This past weekend, the hand model and I visited Mercado Restaurant in Santa Monica. (They have additional locations in LA near Beverly/The Grove area,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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As of late, my new favorite spot to enjoy Happy Hour by the fire is Ecco Pizzeria & Bar at The Camp in Costa Mesa. For one, the Happy Hour food is truly satisfying with 16 different items to choose from. And, the service and atmosphere make you feel like... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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photo courtesy of christmasboatparade.com It's the most wonderful time of the year, because it's time for the the boats of Newport Bay to spread their holiday cheer. This year marks the 107th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. And I've got not one, not two, not three, but four different... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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Holiday shopping can be exhausting. The goods news is Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill just opened at The Grove LA. So after you've bought your mom a scarf, sat the kids on Santa's lap, and done the whole "one for you, one for me" gifting game, grab a table... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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This Thanksgiving, when it's time to toss the turkey and the in-laws out, head on over to the newly opened Hopdoddy Burger Bar in Newport Beach. Hopdoddy – yes, that's "doddy", not "daddy"– is located in Fashion Island, just past Sushi Roku and across from Kitson. The name combines their... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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Thanksgiving is one week away. It's that time of year to ponder about what you're grateful for (like the fact that Whole Foods Market let's you put your Turkey order in up to 3 days before T-Day), and then stuff yourself silly like a pilgrim. So, if you haven't figured... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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Sidecar Doughnuts are seriously the best Doughnuts ever made. In fact, they make every other "donut" shop look just plain amateur. Located on hip 17th Street in Costa Mesa, Sidecar always hosts a long line outside the door – especially on the weekends. It's no wonder, because they make their... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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After a brutally hot, unrelenting Summer, temps have finally cooled down to a chilly 64 degrees. If you live in Southern California that basically means it's time to break out the UGGs and scarves. And, when it comes to Your Next Bite, it's time to warm your soul with a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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This Halloween, I dare you to try some scary good Squid Ink treats. This liquid, secreted from cephalopods as a defense mechanism against predators, is considered a delicacy. It contains dopamine and free amino acids like taurine to get your party going. Because it's black in color, it's often used... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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Spanish Tapas is one of my favorite cuisines. Ever since what used to be my favorite restaurant in LA, Cobras & Matadors, closed, I've been on the hunt for something just like it to fill the void. Until now. Pueblo is one of the newest restaurants to come to SOCO... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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Last week Krave Kobe Burger Grill opened up atop Newport Coast in Newport Beach. It's a new fast-casual franchise that prides itself on having 100% natural, sustainable ingredients, all made fresh to order. Speaking of fresh, I know it was opening weekend, but the 20 deep line out the door,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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This past weekend was exciting for many reasons: 1.) It rained, which is my most favorite form of weather despite having grown up in sunny Southern California, a place devoid of said weather 2.) I finally got to try Boathouse Collective, nevermind the fact it's been open for a year.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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Even though fall's weather hasn't arrived yet in sunny Southern California, at least we can enjoy the fruits of my most favorite season – Pumpkin. This year, I've added a new Latte to the mix from Peet's Coffee & Tea. (Check out prior Pumpkin Latte posts from Kean's Coffee, Starbucks,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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This week, as summer turns into fall and the apples fall from the tree, there's no better place to enjoy them than in Julian, CA. The historic Julian Apple Days Festival takes place this Saturday, September 26th through Sunday, September 27th. There's all sorts of fun for the whole family,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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It's been one hot summer. So, before we cool down with some much needed fall weather, I bring you the best NEW seafood spots I took a bite out, from The OC's Laguna Beach to Central Coast's Cambria. The Grubdown: Slapfish - Laguna Beach - super plump portions, buttery tender... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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For over 25 years, Sweet Lady Jane has been baking with the freshest Butters & Creams, in-season Fruits, and finest Imported Chocolates. Founder, Jane Lockhart, came up with the concept – and subsequent ironic name – because she felt that store-brought desserts seemed just "too sweet". I used to frequent... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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Last week, the hand model and I visited the newest Mendocino Farms Sandwich Market location at UCI's University Town Center in Irvine. I remember back in the day hanging out at this "mini mall" as a teenager. The only fun things to do consisted of a movie theater, some expensive... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at Your Next Bite
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To complete the great August Central California Road Trip, so far from Los Olivos to Solvang, the buck stops at Centrally Grown in Cambria. This local gourmet restaurant, featuring organic California cuisine by 5 star Executive Chef Eric Olson, doesn't fit in Cambria – and I mean that in a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at Your Next Bite