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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 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 6 days ago at Your Next Bite
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Continuing the California August road trip, this week's stop is in the Danish Village of Solvang. From Wine and Craft Beer tasting to touring museums and – my personal favorite – year round Christmas boutiques, there are lots of things to do in Solvang. So, to kick off your day,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Your Next Bite
Last week, we kicked off the most traveled month of the year with a road trip to Sides Hardware and Shoes in Los Olivos. The next stop, literally right around the corner, is Los Olivos Wine Merchant and Cafe. They've been serving local, organic, sustainable food since 1995. And, all... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Your Next Bite
As August is the most traveled month out of the year, I thought it would be best to take you on a California culinary road trip up north. The first stop is Sides Hardware and Shoes, a "New American" restaurant in Los Olivos. While it may sound quite unusual, it's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Your Next Bite
A couple weekends ago, the hand model and I enjoyed one of my favorite things to do – dinner and a movie outside. We visited The OC Great Park Movie on the Lawn for the first time. To my surprise, several food trucks were there, including Dogtown Dogs, Crepes Bonaparte,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Your Next Bite
July is National Ice Cream Month, according to the International Dairy Foods Association. It's actually one of my favorite desserts, too. I can proudly profess that I've been known to eat it every day in the form of what I like to call an "Ice Cream Party". Just take two... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Your Next Bite
first photo courtesy of dineLA Restaurant Week is back for 14 days this July 13th-July 26th. It's your chance to sample prix-fixe Lunches and Dinners ranging from $15 to $50. Here's a taste of some of my favorite places from Cal-Mediterranean to New England seafood and French cuisine. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Your Next Bite
Last weekend, we celebrated America's Independence Day with Red, White & Blueberries. Next week, specifically on Tuesday, July 14th, let's celebrate Bastille Day by indulging in some fabulous French food via Moulin Bistro. While it may be located in Newport Beach, the cafe whisks you away to Paris, from the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Your Next Bite
This 4th of July, I bring you my favorite fruit in all FOURms – the BLUEberry. The Grubdown: Sycamore Kitchen, LA - Breakfast - screw the carbo pancakes, never-ending plump berries, crumbly goodness, Blueberry Oat Bar $3.25 Hyperion Public, LA - Dinner - different, like a syrupy Chicken Waffle, Blueberry... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at Your Next Bite
Last week, I finally made it to Shuck Oyster Bar at The Mix in Soco. I can't believe it's taken me this long, since seafood is quite possibly my favorite thing. The place is casual, intimate, and minimalist. Walking in, we spotted a table of hipsters waxing poetic over a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Your Next Bite
When it comes to Father's Day, only one thing comes to mind – meat. So, in honor of all the dads out there, and all the families trying to find a place to celebrate them, I give you the best Steak, Short Ribs, and Burgers to dine on in SoCal.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Your Next Bite
Yes, you heard right. 11 new restaurants will be opening in Laguna Beach within a year, according to Stu News Laguna, a Laguna Beach News & Community Forum. Who'd a thought this bohemian, art-centric beach town could turn into such a dining mecca. Here's a list of a few noteworthy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Your Next Bite