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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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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 4 days ago 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
If upscale comfort food, Craft Beer and premium Whiskey Cocktails are what you're craving, then plan on checkin' out Plan Check Kitchen + Bar. Established in 2012, Plan Check has 4 different locations in LA and even offers delivery. It ain't your regular burger joint, though. The menu boasts everything... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Your Next Bite
This Friday you finally have an excuse to eat that donut at the office – without feeling guilty – because it's National Doughnut Day! Who can say no to a delicious fried piece of dough, dipped in Cinnamon Sugar Crumbs, housemade Strawberry Glaze – even Bacon. Whether you like 'em... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Your Next Bite
In honor of Memorial Day, and the hand model & I's 10 year anniversary, here's a few getaways we've been to and the bites we enjoyed from Palm Desert, CA to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. The Grubdown: Aquamarina, Blue Diamond Riviera Maya Resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico irresistible, authentic,... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at Your Next Bite
This Friday happens to be a big day. First, it's the 10 year wedding anniversary of my trusty hand model and I. Second, it's a celebration of my favorite food, National Quiche Lorraine Day. (It also happens to be two days after our 17-month-old son first said the word "Quiche".... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Your Next Bite
I was first drawn to Social in Costa Mesa for the drinks. Upon reading their "bespoke cocktail menu", I couldn't make a decision, so I ordered three, even though they were all different spirits. The housemade ingredients spoke to me, like Black Tea Syrup and Cinnamon Meringue. I was awe-struck... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at Your Next Bite
Mexican food is definitely one of my favorites, especially Oaxacan cuisine. I love the intricate spices, sauces, and textures, such as anything Mole, washed down by a smokey Mezcal Cocktail. I crave the classic dishes just as much, like Enchiladas Rojas, or a Shredded Beef Taco with mounds of Shredded... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Your Next Bite